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A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« on: June 17, 2010, 07:26:10 pm »
Kevin Ouellet (DJ Omnimaga), as many of you know, deleted the entire Axe subforum today and demanded that the new token changing funtionality in v0.3.0 be taken out before the forums would be restored.  There are several things happening in DJs life right now that contributed to this, as well as some other factors.  As he is still trying to figure some things out, he has asked me to explain some of this on his behalf.
First of all, Kevin would like to apologize for his rash behavior.  What he did was a spur of the moment decision that he wishes he could take back.  You may find this apology a bit insincere because it is not in person, but you may understand more after reading this post.  He is going to spend the next couple days thinking over things and compose a more personal apology in a few days.
Kevin has some life problems.  His father and brother suffer from Asperger Syndrome, and, although he was not diagnosed, Kevin believes he may have a minor case.  He struggles to get along with some people, and has trouble learning new things.  For instance, Kevin still does not entirely understand how to do tilemapping in Axe.  Can you imagine how frustrating it would be to be told how to do something over and over, and still not understand?  He also suffers from a very short fuse, and can easily overreact.  His deletion of the subforums this morning was influenced by his dislike for the new tokens.
Everyone has a right to their own opinion, and Kevin's opinion is perfectly fine.  However, this did not sit very well with him.  For some reason or another, that we will probably never find out, it hit just the right chord in his mind.  Kevin took serious offense to the new tokens, and deleted the entire subforum until they were gone.  His major concerns were that the community would be divided between those who use the tokens and those who don't, and that source code would become confusing, and that the documentation for the original tokens would cease.  Kevin struggles to learn new things or adapt to change, and this was a too drastic one.  He regrets his decision to delete the subforum earlier, and is still shaken up by his choice.
Kevin has done several things to make sure this does not happen again.  Several of these things were done in the past as well.  For instance, the main reason that BuilderBoy and Ztrumpet were promoted was to ensure the safety of Omnimaga if Kevin were to blow up again, so that there were more administrators to protect the forums if he made a mistake.  This does not mean that BuilderBoy and Ztrumpet are not good candidates for adminship, it simply means that there were more reasons behind it.  Another method of protection was the change in site ownership to rcfreak0.  Rcfreak0 now has control over the server and can manage it separately from Kevin.  This protection worked, too.  Today, the new admins were able to back up the entire Axe subforum to a separate location in case it was permanently deleted (it was moved to the hidden trash folder, not deleted).  In addition, Kevin has asked rcfreak0 to change the 1&1 password, as well as the Omnimaga FTP password so that Kevin can never completely delete Omnimaga.
I personally have great respect for Kevin, who has managed to deal with all of this and still make the most popular calculator forum in the community, and contributed the best TI RPG I have ever played.

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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2010, 07:59:15 pm »
Pretty much just a normal day for Omnimaga. We're all desensitized to this by now.

Don't worry, Kevin - we still love you. Come back to us. :-*

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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2010, 08:25:50 pm »
Thanks for the explanation, I'm sure a lot of people were waiting for this.
Thought I was already somewhat aware of this (what's up with DJ), a full explanation has him my full sympathy. (I don't know if he's looking for sympathy, so I'll leave it at that.)
And yeah, we still like you, Kevin. Your part of this community, and that'll never change (you cannot leave! :P)
Best wishes to you, DJ!
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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2010, 08:56:34 pm »
even knowing of this prior to this message it makes me sad
thank you for the explanation and i hope that your off time can help you relax and then come back with us at full force and to the best of your ability ^_^

i mean one of our rules is to not make fun of ppl who cant do something on the first try right or hell even if they cant do it at all we still encourage them

so till your back and feeling better
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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2010, 10:38:28 pm »
Thanks for the explanation. I'm new here, and I didn't really understand what was going on, so I guess I owe you all, (Especially Kevin) an apology if I sounded somewhat insensitive.

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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2010, 10:42:22 pm »
I appreciate that at least, there are people including the new ones that don't jump to conclusions right away when a person flips. In one case, one person saw me flip only once then never wanted to talk to me again, and it was something really small, like, I was in a bad mood and replied harshly to the person's comment that I took badly. He never let me any chance to explain myself or anything


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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2010, 12:08:44 am »
Thanks for the explanation, glad your still here DJ :) I dont want to see you gone :(

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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2010, 01:56:38 am »
Its good that this explination is out there now, people can ubderstand now the whole situation and take it all into account if more situations come up.
I respect you DJ. I dont always respect your desisions but i always respect you.
The speed at which this was solved is a great testament to how far you have come DJ :) especially with the good response by a large portion of the community. Hope this break you are taking helps calm things down for you.

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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2010, 02:06:01 am »
Wow...
If I would've known that...
Kevin must be going trough a hard time now.
It must've taken a lot of courage to make those decisions.
I wish I had that kind of courage.

Il keep it with this, since I'm one of the persons that reacted too rashly.

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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2010, 09:41:47 am »
Pretty much just a normal day for Omnimaga. We're all desensitized to this by now.

Don't worry, Kevin - we still love you. Come back to us. :-*
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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2010, 01:44:50 pm »
Yeah, it's totally fine. Getting upset with decisions is easy. Finding out why and understanding that decision is hard.

It's all better now, though!

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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2010, 02:01:32 pm »
A bit unnecessary, but this is how we feel about you, Kevin :P
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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2010, 02:02:38 pm »
* SirCmpwn *almost* clicked it, but was lucky enough to read the url in the status bar.

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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2010, 02:04:17 pm »
If I could remember how to embed it, I would, Sir. But don't give it away! :P
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Re: A Formal Explanation for Today's Events
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2010, 02:04:43 pm »
Hey, everyone likes a good game of Starcraft.