Unsolved Citadel Mysteries

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Re: Unsolved Citadel Mysteries

Post#21 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:54 pm

DeathScythe wrote:Off topic posts, if I recall correctly. He'd post unrelated comments on topics, often insane, often hilarious. I thought he was harmless, he didn't start flame wars or anything IIRC.

The very fact that we were able to have a forum debate on his banning, with multiple people on either side, was evidence enough that he should probably not be banned, as I look back on it.

Off-topic posting is... familiar... Yes, I recall that about Chester. As I said in the OP of this thread, I was gone when the ban actually happened. When I got back, it seemed like it was more than just the usual, but maybe not.
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Re: Unsolved Citadel Mysteries

Post#22 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:18 pm

Sadly, there are large gaps in my Citadel Memory. Too many late nights. Too many name changes. Too much huffing and puffing over trivial matters.
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Re: Unsolved Citadel Mysteries

Post#23 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:01 am

I dunno cause he had his own computer so alot of stuff he done I would not be able to see until the following day. Nah we are both real. I'm the one who brought him to the site. Apparently he was doing something, you would have to ask someone who was here what it was doing to the site. He wouldn't tell me so I am unfortunately unable to tell you what "mess with the forums", not the site itself.

There were three of us. Me, (Edward) Snake (Cecil) and Sephiroth (Kevin). We joined the site as Cloud Strife (me), Cid Highwind (Cecil) and well, Sephy. (Kevin.) Yeah, his ban was abit excessive. It seemed some staff members were trigger happy with the ban button giving people automatic bans with no gradual system that would eventually lead to a ban. I first learned of IP's because of my ban and was not very knowledgeable bout every computer having static ips.
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Re: Unsolved Citadel Mysteries

Post#24 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:42 am

One of the reasons I was so angst-y at the time was because of moderator behavior. They had a whole system fleshed out with warnings that would be given and specific ban periods. The perm-banned status was rare, but existed with Chester and Solid Snake.

The mods of the time we an insular community of friends: there once existed a semi-private mod discussion forum, inaccessible to view for most, but you could see had more posts and was more popular than most of the non-GD sub-forums at the time. The numbers were bolstered by the numerous "local mods" created for sub-forums without posts. It was excessive, to say the least, for the size of the community.

But, it was also normal. Forum owners have always chosen their own mods. That it be merit-based, is a generosity.

Apparently he was doing something, you would have to ask someone who was here what it was doing to the site. He wouldn't tell me so I am unfortunately unable to tell you what "mess with the forums", not the site itself.


One iteration of the forum had a security flaw that would allow you full control over everything, the ability to change the color scheme of the forum, etc. Possibly even see passwords, if I'm remembering right. It was something like, URL/forum/secretsecret, but it was changed a couple times before it was fixed.

Every mod knew about it, which was a ton of people already, and I know for a fact some of them shared it with their friends (which is how I know about it), which means probably half the board knew.

It was pretty obvious that it could be used maliciously since the tag line when it was shared was "Don't tell anyone, but we do have a slight problem:"

I just can't believe that the idea of two people sharing a computer (for example, a married couple?) was some kind of impossibility to us.
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Post#25 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:23 pm

From what i remember, it went like this for forum administration since I got here:

  • Cyrus and his associates were pretty okay mods.
    I don't remember who came next before...
  • ChibiTaryn. She had her lieutenants at times, but she came off as a one-woman show.
    More turnover, transitioning to...
  • The Brit crew.
    Then eventually...
  • Reeve and now Clidus.

I probably missed others.
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Post#26 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:41 pm

Yeah they handled things poorly.
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Re: Unsolved Citadel Mysteries

Post#27 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:18 am

It went from Ambi to Cyrus to ChibiTaryn, no in-betweens, although I couldn't really tell you what happened next. I thought it went from Taryn to Reeve and now Clidus.

Who was the "brit crew"?

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Post#28 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:36 pm

DeathScythe wrote:It went from Ambi to Cyrus to ChibiTaryn, no in-betweens, although I couldn't really tell you what happened next. I thought it went from Taryn to Reeve and now Clidus.

Who was the "brit crew"?

http://www.ff7citadel.com/siteinfo/staff.shtml#previous

Reno
Clyde Strife
Jin
Ludo
Digital Holocaust {Venny}
Creation

Some or all of these folks were from the UK if I remember right. I wasn't very active.
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Re: Unsolved Citadel Mysteries

Post#29 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:06 pm

Reno was a professional choir leader or something from Ireland, IIRC. He was really the only one I chatted with regularly and got along with. He was a reliable and sane staff member when he was around.

I don't remember having much contact with Clyde or Jin.

As I recall, Ludo and Venny were an item for awhile. It broke down for whatever reason. Ludo may have been from the States. Venny was in the UK for sure. I seem to remember Ludo or Venny having to fly to spend time with the other.

Creation?
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Re: Unsolved Citadel Mysteries

Post#30 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:41 am

Gotcha, I remember that as the Venny era. I was basically inactive at that time but would lurk and make drive-by posts.

Some of those other names are familliar. Clyde Strife was around in the previous eras I'm pretty sure.

There were a lot of people I had forgotten on that staff history page! Like Roy D. Mercer and Highwind. Another sorely missed individual not brought up here yet, is Chibi-chan.

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