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Obligatory Disclaimer: This post is my personal opinion alone and should be considered separate from the other moderators and Pokimono group.

This is not an apology.  It may be taken by some as a reprimand.  What I am hoping to accomplish with this is to clear the air and have the truth out in the open because I fullheartedly believe that the truth is on my side.

We did not hold this moderator hunt to appease anyone.  We did it because we were strapped for moderators when not one, not two, but THREE mods left and we desperately needed help.  Not only were we left holding the bag several times but now the story has been mangled and twisted to make it out that Pokimono’s moderators are somehow the villians.

I pity the people who are apparently so upset with our decision that they have resorted to childish attacks and evasion tactics.  You would think I would be more understanding of people who applied and didn’t receive the position but in fact I am all the more disappointed in them for it.  I saw a lot of talk in moderator entries about ‘the good of the group’ and wanting to ‘help Pokimono’.  Well frankly, that appears to be a load of horse shit from what I can see.  It may not be the intention, but some of the responses from those who were not chosen so far has only served to perpetuate the frustration and resentment that would only make things worse for the group.

I would like to know just what it is about the moderators chosen that apparently make them SO UNQUALIFIED for the position.  There have been accusations and hostile commentary that skirts around the issue but so far all I have seen about why the winners are unfit boils down to ‘they know the mods’.  Newsflash, almost every single one of the applicants did.  And out of twenty or so people? We could only pick three.

Surprise, surprise, though, IT WAS CLOSE.  I am not at liberty to give specific numbers but many people had very strong applications.  And at least two of those strong candidates have reacted in a way that I personally find to be disappointing.  If there had been another moderator hunt they would have been top choices, but after recent displays of spitefulness I can only say that it reaffirmed that our current choices had been the correct ones.

If you want a more detailed explanation of the process, Llawll has already written a very thorough post on Samurai HQ's tumblr, but the point is that this has already gone too far.  Moderators sometimes will have to be ‘the bad guy’ yes that’s part of the job description, however in this case it is unwarranted and downright vicious of those who would try to portray it as such.

Instead of seeing the good in that the group got help from some eager and dedicated new moderators the only focus I have been shown is how hurt people are that they didn’t get picked. ‘For the group’ my ass.  If that were truly the case it wouldn’t have mattered who was picked.  You’d stick around and tough it out helping where you could.  I should know, I had to do it. For this same exact group even.
           

I have known some bad moderators.  Some truly corrupt ones.  The kind that if they didn’t like a member personally, they would find ways to get them banned.  And since that wasn’t good enough they decided to go to every one of those member’s friends and spread rumors about art thievery and dissent.  Moderators who would outright tell members that they didn’t have to listen to any complaints whatsoever because they were a moderator for the perks and didn’t want the stress.  Moderators who secretly made their favored members into shadow moderators backroom privileges and all.

 

So what have Pokimono Moderators done?  Let’s look at the FACTS.  We…responded civilly and politely to all notes, questions, and concerns.  We made an askblog specifically for complaints so people could feel comfortable to talk to us anonymously.  We dedicated a WHOLE 12 HOURS on a Saturday to reassure and talk with members who treated us like we were out to witch hunt them and blatantly accused us of being corrupt. We come up with events, the most prolific year or two so far in the group’s moderate history, and rp with anybody when we have the time to spare.  I know for a fact that at least one of our mods extends warm greetings and conversations, note or otherwise, with new members and we even let previously banned members back into the group because we gave them the benefit of the doubt and a second chance.
           

What response do we receive? We are called biased. Cliquish. Nepotistic.  Ignorant and spiteful.  When convenient we should be spending every waking moment catering to the group like we’re a paid service.  Except we’re not paid and then again when convenient instead we’re pointed at as tyrannical dictators bloated on our own ego if we do not acquiesce to said ‘requests’. We’re commanded to justify ourselves, to PROVE our worth and if this entitlement was flipped around would any of you demanding that we show our purity of heart like to be treated in such a manner?

We’re not perfect, no person is.  But this petty feud?  This helps no one, least of all Pokimono, and for anyone who would dare say that it’s the moderator’s fault, take a good long look at your own actions first.  It’s all ready been brought to light that at least one anon who had a problem with the group in fact had a personal issue with one of the mods and was using the dissatisfaction of other members with the group as a smokescreen for their real attack on said mod.  I can only guess as to who or what started this path of unhappiness but I do not think it fair to throw unfounded accusations around on pure speculation.

   

I may not be the most eloquent or diplomatic of people but I am straightforward and I will honestly and openly answer and discuss any questions that anyone has regarding my opinions on the matter if any of you will actually come out and just ask.

Cuz :iconloverofscythe: tagged me like a cement overpass.

 

Random Facts!
1.
I've done this before like 4 years ago why is it circling back now gdi.
2. I’m an ENFP (Meyer Briggs go look it up)
3. I’m a working professional Game Artist. If you have seen less personal artwork from me it’s because I’m busy killing my arm on art stuff that hopefully will put food stuffs on the table.
4. If there was any food that I would have everyday it would be any kind of MEAT gravy. I will literally drink that amazing nectar of the universe straight out of a mug, my colon be damned.
5. My favorite cartoon of all time right now is Gravity Falls (SRSLY CHECK IT OUT)
6. I prefer the DC universe for cartoons/t.v. and Marvel for movies (not counting Spiderman or X-men – Screw you Anna Paquin you will NEVER be Rogue to me.)
7.  The best present people can get me are art supplies. Preferably copic markers.
8.  If you ask me a direct question I will give a direct answer. I especially like to extrapolate on the psyches of my OCs.
9.  I tend to impersonate people and speak in funny accents.
10. I don’t like eating breakfast. Brunch is okay depending on my mood.

 

Scythe's Questions

1. How long has it been since you'd have a bath? Bubbles and all!

    I think when I was 6.

2. Do you collect anything? What is it?

    Eh the only thing close to a ‘collection’ are shiny pokemon. And even then it’s not that intense or anything.

3. Do you have any REALLY big pet peeves?

    Sycophants.  When people outright lie to others thinking they’re too dumb to notice.  When people try to twist something evil to be good or the truth to be a lie (and vice versa).  When people make everything out to be about them.

4. What do your bedroom walls look like? Posters everywhere? Art? Are they bare? Painted?

    Bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.  Sometimes I’ll have a calendar that I forget to change up.

5. Are you good at making friends? (Teach me if you are Ppfff;Description: )

    Apparently I am but not the kind that are long lasting.

6. Do you like energy drinks? Which ones? o 3 o

    Technically yes - Coffee

7. Are you a disney, Pixar, or Dreamworks fan? Or maybe a smaller studio like BlueSky or Laika?

    I’m a fan of most of their movies from each studio but I also like Cartoon Saloon (Secret of Kells) and Miyazaki obvi.

8. Are you single /waggles eyebrows

    Yes.

9. Do you have any neat scar stories?

    No.

10. Do you have time to talk about our lord and savior jesus christ?

   Of course, anywhere anytime, but something tells me that this is a trick question.

 

My Questions

1. What’s a shiny pokemon you want but DON’T have? (Legendaries excluded cuz I’m p sure everybody would want a shiny mew)

2. How would you describe your fashion sense?

3. If you were dropped into a classic Fantasy RPG what character class do you think you’d be?

4. If you had to eat fusion food, which two (or three) cuisine styles appeal the most to you?

5. What’s your Meyer Briggs Personality type?

6. If I were to make a TCG version of PKMO characters would you let your character be in it?

7. Serebii or Bulbapedia?

8. Which of these would appeal to you more gijinkified/humanized. Musical Instruments, Spices and Herbs, Insects, Weapons or Gemstones and Rocks?

9. Are there any habits you fall into when stressed?

10. What kind of event in PKMO (If you are a part of the group but let's face it you probs are) would you like to participate in?  Member hosted, competitions/contests, or periodical puzzle based (crozzwords, scavenger hunts etc)?

And I tag:

:iconluxurycat:, :iconcruzu:, :iconnortherngoddess:, :iconxiki:, :iconcheesegoddess:, :iconjiru-chan:, :iconmadorin:, :iconbloodmoons:, :icontyncelu:, :iconateliervan:, :iconemiane:, :iconjamafly:, :iconb0409d:, :iconmrpooba:, :icondia-dark:, :icondingdingy:, :iconvexee:, :iconwolfenraven:, :iconsoupmeal:, :iconrenu-k:, :iconkuro-tsuki24: And breathlessisthehunt? I don't know if I remember that properly.

I'M P SURE YOU GUYS HAVE ALL ALREADY DONE IT THOUGH SO HAHAHAHATAG.

I.A.S. - First Case by HoiGao
I.A.S. - First Case
For :iconi-a-s:  SO SORRY that this is basically up to the deadline.  I recently got a new job and have been internet-less for the past two and a half weeks buuuuuh. @___@ Otherwise I wanted to do better with dramatic lighting and shading OTL.  ANYWAYS HOPE THIS IS SATISFACTORY WORK AKSDFJlasjfkhgawKHDLSFLJDK and sorry again U__U.

CASE:Perfect Portrait”

 

LOCATION: Rosenheim, Germany

This case comes from Nadja Stendal who had gone to Rome for vacation three weeks ago. During her vacation, she had her portrait done by a local painter as it was one of those tourist attractions many people raved about. The vacation ended on a great note and all was well as she returned to Rosenheim, Germany. A week later, she woke up to find random warts all over her face. Went to the hospital and got treated and nothing seemed odd until she went home to find that her portrait had warts on it as well.

Freaked out completely, she threw her portrait into the basement. Unfortunately, twelve days later, she was hospitalized again due to severe pain in her eye which doctors identified as P. aeruginosa bacteria that had eaten into her cornea. She called her sister immediately to go to her house and find her portrait in the basement.

While her sister was perplexed out with the request, she went to do as was asked and was surprised to find what she did. The portrait indeed showed a red and half-missing right eye. Worried but skeptical, both sisters contacted Aurum. What is behind this is up to you the agent to find out and solve immediately before something worse happens to Nadja.

 

Scenes:
:bulletblue:1. At the Hospital

    a.  Interrogated Ms. Nadja Stendal and her sister for their details on the events in question. Story remains consistent with prior statement. No suspected deceit from the victim. [Despite being a medical professional in training Ms. Stendal’s sister is perplexingly susceptible to the same flights of fancy as the victim and also believes it to be the work of something ‘inhuman’.]  40% chance of Supernatural activity.

    b.  Due to lack of authority was not allowed access by the hospital to the victim’s medical records to corroborate her claims.  Broke in after hours and turned into water to slip through door crack.  [Left behind clothes and will need a replacement uniform.] Medical files confirm the victim’s afflictions of P. aeruginosa and ascribe warts as a generic hpv virus from an unknown source.   60% chance of Supernatural activity.

:bulletgreen:2.  At the victim’s home.

    a.  Was provided a key to the victim’s home from Ms. Stendal’s sister.  First went to the basement to look at the offending portrait and scroll through the victim’s camera with pictures of her trip to Rome.  [Nothing suspicious was noted from vacation photos, just an irritating amount of ‘selfies’ and kissy face ‘duck mouth’ photos with a blonde haired man.] Was unable to find a reliable photo of the painter from Rome.  Painting was unresponsive to provocation and is quite ordinary.  50% chance of Supernatural activity.

    b.   </span></span>Searched the rest of the home and found several expired pill bottles prescribed for ‘bipolar’ and ‘depression’ in her medicine cabinet.  [The victim seems incapable of discarding anything as more than half of her disgustingly heavy scented lotion bottles are empty as is  her contact solution.]  Other than a lack of organization, the victim’s personal hygiene is unquestionable.  40% chance of Supernatural activity.

    c.   </span></span>Hacked into the victim’s computer to do research and look into her electronic correspondence and online presence.  [Perhaps later inform the victim that ‘password’ is not a secure password.]  Found nothing except evidence of adultery and a large credit card bill for name brand handbags and high-heeled shoes. 2% chance of Supernatural activity.

:bulletblue:3. Back at the hospital.

Confronted Ms. Stendal’s sister and she confessed to being the perpetrator.  .01% chance of Supernatural activity.

 

CONCLUSION:  The wart virus was picked up from the special face cream lotion the victim purchased in Rome.  Ms. Stendal’s sister knew this because her ex-boyfriend had bought her the same lotion on their trip a year ago.  Suspicious she investigated her sister after dropping off the victim to the hospital the first time and discovered that indeed the victim had been seeing her ex-boyfriend since two years ago. Even that the victim had gotten a painting from a local tourist spot just as Ms. Stendal’s sister had received on her trip. Enraged she painted green warts all over the portrait’s face.</span>

 

Out of jealousy Ms. Stendal’s sister planned to psychologically torture her sister and stole a culture of P. aeruginosa from her lab.  She mixed it into the victim’s right eye contact solution well as the victim is lazy and reuses old solution when she has run out of the bottle.  Then when the victim was hospitalized she changed the portrait again and has played the deceptive confidant to the victim, purposefully feeding into her sense of paranoia and fear.


After these revelations it has been left it up to the victim if she wished to prosecute or press charges against her sister and should no longer require any I.A.S. presence.

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[I.A.S.] App - Meilyr Ceredig by HoiGao
[I.A.S.] App - Meilyr Ceredig
Application for :iconi-a-s:  Hope it's filled out correctly I BLAME YOU :iconjamafly:!

:bulletblue:Name: Meilyr Ceredig

:bulletgreen:Rank: Trainee

:bulletblue:Alias: Alkahest
:bulletgreen:Ability:
Amalgamation

:bulletblue:Age: 20

:bulletgreen:Sex: Male

:bulletblue:Weight: 140 lbs
:bulletgreen:Height:  
5’10”

:bulletblue:Eye color: Sectoral Heterochromia – Blue/Green

:bulletgreen:Hair color: Blue-Black
:bulletblue:Nationality:
Welsh

:bulletgreen:Ethnicity: Welsh
:bulletblue:Birthday:
12/31
:bulletgreen:Horoscope:
Capricorn

   

S T A T S
   
   Strength: [6/25] 

   Agility: [4/25]

   Physical health: [7/25]

   Mental health: [8/25]

   Knowledge: [10/25]

   Charm: [0/25]


HP:  17

SPECIAL ABILITY: [10/100]
REPUTATION: [5/100]

 

D E T A I L E D  I N F O R M A T I O N

 

   Personality: Fastidious in appearance and manner of life Meilyr exudes and requires structure and control in order to function.  You cannot appeal to him through emotions, but not because he is incapable of understanding, just simply unwilling.  He dislikes people not only because he is introverted by nature but also because he finds social pleasantries to be unrealistic and unworthy of effort.  Professional and cautious he will calculate the pros and cons of any decision before acting on it and is baffled by the impulsive behaviors of other people.  He takes himself awfully seriously and what little humor he has is mostly dry, bitter, cynical, and dark.

 

Meyer Briggs: INTJ

 

   Positive traits: Intelligent, Decisive, Organized, Diligent, Independent, Articulate, Analytical, Pragmatic, Reliable, and Straightforward.
   Negative traits:
Misanthropic, Anti-Social, Critical, Dismissive, Stubborn, Unforgiving, Impatient, Untrusting, Ill-Humored, and Callous.

 

  Ability in Use:

Active: His cellular structure is transmutatively adaptive and can take any inorganic material that touches his skin to incorporate into his body, essentially transforming himself partially or completely into a kind of elemental mimicry. He cannot MANIPULATE the element, only take on its properties and characteristics (hence ‘mimcry’).  This works best with solids, which he can utilize for hours on end.  Though he has absorbed liquid, gaseous, and combustive states, he cannot maintain the form for more than a few minutes. Because his powers focus on the physical constructs of nature his ability is useless with intangible or supernatural forms (i.e. magic/spirits) unless channeled through a corporeal material.  If a piece of him is cut off from his body while transformed it will stay in the current structure of whatever he has fused into himself.

Passive: Because his immune system is in a flexible state in order to compensate for such a variety of ‘foreign objects’ when fusing with them, his powers are incompatible with organic beings large enough to have an immune system that will fight his attempt to combine with them.  This does not generally apply to microbes, viruses, toxins and poisons and so his body tends to absorb them and render them inert instead of fighting or being affected by them.  This means he is fairly unsusceptible to worldly illnesses and diseases and has no allergies or dietary intolerances.

Side effect:  His specialized cells also extend to the fluids in his body (blood, sweat, tears…urine) and in enough quantities they can have an effect outside of his body.  Either it will break down an inorganic compound or structure into its most basic molecules or it will fuse objects together for an unknown amount of time.  Meilyr cannot control which will happen and if separated objects are isolated from each other long enough, they will no longer combine with each other on their own.

   Background: His mother was a simple orphaned village shepherdess in a quaint little Welsh town that got involved with a traveling scholar that passed through one summer.  Left behind unwed and pregnant with twins she maintained an optimistic outlook on life and looked forward to having a family of her own.  To her midwife’s surprise she gave birth to only one boy when she was expecting two and this has been the only case of Meilyr fusing with something organic.  This amalgamation of him and his twin is seen through the sectoral heterochromia in his eyes, a sea blue iris with sections of emerald green. His mother loved her son however and was content with the child she had.

 

Rumors spread however that Meilyr was a changeling child from the fae that had been switched out for the real twins.  Others claimed that it was in fact Beelzebub that impregnated his mother, not a scholarly tourist and this led to most of the village avoiding him and his mother.  As he grew, his mother would take him to mass like a good devout Christian and this was where he came to know Father Emrys, the only one in the village that treated Meilyr and his mother with kindness.

 

Some of the parish boys did not like the care and attention that Father Emrys would show Meilyr’s mother, misunderstanding his good nature for pity. Jealous and fearful of the wicked stories housewives gossiped about the Ceredigs they cornered Meilyr one day when he was eight, daring him to climb the large iron crucifix atop the cemetery gates.  They mocked him, telling him that if he weren’t a changeling fae then the iron wouldn’t burn him and if his mum didn’t have sex with the devil he shouldn’t have trouble touching the cross. This was the only way to prove his family’s innocence.

 

Incensed by their taunting and physically pressured by some of the bigger boys, Meilyr accepted the dare and proceeded to clamber up the rickety iron bars, making it all the way to the top of the cross.  However his accomplishment was short lived as one of the bullies took an iron bar and struck the gates to try and make it shake to knock Meilyr down.  The whole thing was so rusty however that the crucifix crumbled and fell atop him, effectively pinning and suffocating him into the graveyard dirt.  The parish boys ran away, scared and blaming the whole thing to be ‘God punishing the wicked’.

 

Meilyr was terrified and when he felt himself losing breath, the trauma triggered a conscious activation of his amalgamation ability.  The metal crucifix shuddered as he absorbed some of it through his skin, his body and muscles hardened into iron and he was able to shove the massive gate ornament off of his torso.  His moment didn’t last however as he panicked, not understanding his ability and briefly thinking that he WAS some sort of demon spawn.  Luckily Father Emrys found him right then and took the boy inside, coaxing Meilyr to calm down and reverse the process.  For weeks he helped the boy begin to research his abilities in secret and became an even closer confidant than before.

 

All seemed to be looking up for Meilyr when suddenly his mother was found dead in a ravine, having fallen when trying to rescue a stray ewe.  Heartbroken he was taken in by Father Emrys, and threw himself into his studies and research, in an attempt to prove himself to the Pastor.   His adoptive father was kind at first, with only the odd request that Meilyr practice amalgamating into gold and silver, and to grow out his hair.  When Meilyr finally succeeded in completely transforming into gold, Father Emrys cut his hair, keeping the amalgamated gold strands to melt down later.  He explained that the church was not doing well and needed the extra funding.  Meilyr was just happy to be helping Father Emrys and had no qualms or questions about continuing this process.

 

One day when Meilyr was eleven however, the Father came home in a panic.  He revealed that he had been in fact a notorious gambler before becoming a Pastor.  He was in a lot of debt to a lot of bad people but had escaped and hidden his identity by lying low and refraining from his past bad habits.  However with the sudden influx of wealth that Meilyr’s hair had provided he could no longer resist and fell hard back into sin.  This raised red flags with the people after him and they finally caught up with him.  Father Emrys revealed that in order to save his own neck he had offered them something more valuable than his life…a proverbial ‘golden goose’. Meilyr.

 

He wanted Meilyr to transform into gold to show the loan sharks that Father Emrys’ word was good; otherwise they were going to take the pastor’s ears.  Meilyr agreed, still cherishing his adoptive father, but when the debt collectors arrived he realized that Father Emrys meant to give him up entirely.  Then it was revealed to him that Father Emrys in fact had planned this out since he found out about Meilyr’s abilities.  He had staged Meilyr’s mother’s death to look like an accident in order to get custody of the boy and had groomed him to be his sacrificial lamb.  Father Emrys’ betrayal caused a second trauma and as he fought to escape he fell into some burning embers of the stove and absorbed the fire’s properties.  Just by touching his attackers he seared off their flesh and he barely managed to escape after setting the church on fire.

 

Since then he has been on his own, using his powers to get ahold of raw gold and silver to fund his escape and subsequent lifestyle of research and knowledge.  He has become obsessed with better understanding his powers thoroughly because he feels that he can only rely on himself and his powers to survive.  Despite isolating himself in his research he one day received a letter.  A group called Aurum promising him that they could help him achieve his goals in a mutually beneficial arrangement.  Despite initial misgivings the pros outweighed the cons and so he joined up…ready to face consequences if it was the wrong decision.

 

TLDR; Bastard child gets orphaned, then betrayed by adoptive parent and will never trust again.

 

   Ambition:  He wants to use the I.A.S's resources to research more into his powers/abilities and the history behind it while simultaneously helping others out of memory for his sweet natured mother.

 

   Specialized Skills: Proficient knowledge of Advanced Chemistry

 

   Hobbies: Reading and collecting antique first edition books, Horticulture and Ornithology (NEEEEEEERRRRRRD)

 

E X T R A S

Random Trivia:

 

:bulletblue:Yes he absorbed his twin (girl or boy is unknown) permanently however there are no side effects other than his eyes. He does not have voices in his head or extra body parts or a split personality.

 

:bulletgreen:Keeps his hair short-ish and only grows it out if he’s going broke.

 

:bulletblue:He considers his alchemic abilities to be scientific in nature and mistrusts explanations of anything ‘magic’ and ‘supernatural’.

 

:bulletgreen:He has a reoccurring nightmare of burning up in a fire and going to hell. Psychological backlash from his Christian upbringing and the night he burned the church down.  This leads to uneasiness around fire.

 

:bulletblue:He has various samples of materials in his pockets to allow easy access for Amalgamation. Typically the ones he keeps on him are: Rubber, Titanium Steel, Diamond, and Tungsten

 

:bulletgreen:Despite a clear preference for the old and analog he is proficient and up to date with current modern technology.

 

:bulletblue:Alkahest – Hypothetical Universal Solvent

:bulletgreen:Meilyr – ‘My Lur’ Man of Iron

:bulletblue:Ceredig – ‘Ker Ed Ig’ Lovable/Kind

 

 Likes and Dislikes: (Pretty self-explanatory)

 

+ Exotic Fruits (Pineapple in particular)

+ Coffee

+ Writing Quills (to collect)

+ Silence

+ Studying

+ Anthologies, especially on plants or animals with illustrations.

 

- Liars/Two-facedness

- (Large) Fires. He is unaffected by candles, matches, lighters etc.

- Pop Culture and Media Entertainment

- Humidity/Sweating

- Loud Noises

- General Silliness or Nonsense i.e. Parry Gripp Songs


RP Preference: CHAT ||
NOTE || COMMENTS || SKYPE || OTHER

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Yuzu Doll for Northern by HoiGao
Yuzu Doll for Northern
THANKS AGAIN FOR THE SUBSCRIPTION NORTHERN, figured if Scythe drew Marou then I'd give Yuzu a little love *___*

Makaze App: fav.me/d76y4po
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Obligatory Disclaimer: This post is my personal opinion alone and should be considered separate from the other moderators and Pokimono group.

This is not an apology.  It may be taken by some as a reprimand.  What I am hoping to accomplish with this is to clear the air and have the truth out in the open because I fullheartedly believe that the truth is on my side.

We did not hold this moderator hunt to appease anyone.  We did it because we were strapped for moderators when not one, not two, but THREE mods left and we desperately needed help.  Not only were we left holding the bag several times but now the story has been mangled and twisted to make it out that Pokimono’s moderators are somehow the villians.

I pity the people who are apparently so upset with our decision that they have resorted to childish attacks and evasion tactics.  You would think I would be more understanding of people who applied and didn’t receive the position but in fact I am all the more disappointed in them for it.  I saw a lot of talk in moderator entries about ‘the good of the group’ and wanting to ‘help Pokimono’.  Well frankly, that appears to be a load of horse shit from what I can see.  It may not be the intention, but some of the responses from those who were not chosen so far has only served to perpetuate the frustration and resentment that would only make things worse for the group.

I would like to know just what it is about the moderators chosen that apparently make them SO UNQUALIFIED for the position.  There have been accusations and hostile commentary that skirts around the issue but so far all I have seen about why the winners are unfit boils down to ‘they know the mods’.  Newsflash, almost every single one of the applicants did.  And out of twenty or so people? We could only pick three.

Surprise, surprise, though, IT WAS CLOSE.  I am not at liberty to give specific numbers but many people had very strong applications.  And at least two of those strong candidates have reacted in a way that I personally find to be disappointing.  If there had been another moderator hunt they would have been top choices, but after recent displays of spitefulness I can only say that it reaffirmed that our current choices had been the correct ones.

If you want a more detailed explanation of the process, Llawll has already written a very thorough post on Samurai HQ's tumblr, but the point is that this has already gone too far.  Moderators sometimes will have to be ‘the bad guy’ yes that’s part of the job description, however in this case it is unwarranted and downright vicious of those who would try to portray it as such.

Instead of seeing the good in that the group got help from some eager and dedicated new moderators the only focus I have been shown is how hurt people are that they didn’t get picked. ‘For the group’ my ass.  If that were truly the case it wouldn’t have mattered who was picked.  You’d stick around and tough it out helping where you could.  I should know, I had to do it. For this same exact group even.
           

I have known some bad moderators.  Some truly corrupt ones.  The kind that if they didn’t like a member personally, they would find ways to get them banned.  And since that wasn’t good enough they decided to go to every one of those member’s friends and spread rumors about art thievery and dissent.  Moderators who would outright tell members that they didn’t have to listen to any complaints whatsoever because they were a moderator for the perks and didn’t want the stress.  Moderators who secretly made their favored members into shadow moderators backroom privileges and all.

 

So what have Pokimono Moderators done?  Let’s look at the FACTS.  We…responded civilly and politely to all notes, questions, and concerns.  We made an askblog specifically for complaints so people could feel comfortable to talk to us anonymously.  We dedicated a WHOLE 12 HOURS on a Saturday to reassure and talk with members who treated us like we were out to witch hunt them and blatantly accused us of being corrupt. We come up with events, the most prolific year or two so far in the group’s moderate history, and rp with anybody when we have the time to spare.  I know for a fact that at least one of our mods extends warm greetings and conversations, note or otherwise, with new members and we even let previously banned members back into the group because we gave them the benefit of the doubt and a second chance.
           

What response do we receive? We are called biased. Cliquish. Nepotistic.  Ignorant and spiteful.  When convenient we should be spending every waking moment catering to the group like we’re a paid service.  Except we’re not paid and then again when convenient instead we’re pointed at as tyrannical dictators bloated on our own ego if we do not acquiesce to said ‘requests’. We’re commanded to justify ourselves, to PROVE our worth and if this entitlement was flipped around would any of you demanding that we show our purity of heart like to be treated in such a manner?

We’re not perfect, no person is.  But this petty feud?  This helps no one, least of all Pokimono, and for anyone who would dare say that it’s the moderator’s fault, take a good long look at your own actions first.  It’s all ready been brought to light that at least one anon who had a problem with the group in fact had a personal issue with one of the mods and was using the dissatisfaction of other members with the group as a smokescreen for their real attack on said mod.  I can only guess as to who or what started this path of unhappiness but I do not think it fair to throw unfounded accusations around on pure speculation.

   

I may not be the most eloquent or diplomatic of people but I am straightforward and I will honestly and openly answer and discuss any questions that anyone has regarding my opinions on the matter if any of you will actually come out and just ask.

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OfActionMan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
sweet Arceus  your art is awesome ^w^
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Vanillathefox Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey I just found out that you were the winner of the Pokimono Battle Tournament so you get  One full body drawing with background and color of OC using their winning move from me. 

May I ask, what was the winning move of that Tournament?~
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HoiGao Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Hi Vanilla! Thanks for the art prize :)

I guess the winning move could be considered his Iron Tail attack. Normally described as his katana's blade glowing white he smashes through rock and more with his sword.  I hope that helps :)
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Vanillathefox Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that does plenty~ thanks for the information ^^
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Angelicangel69 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hiya! Just to let you know i will be going against you in the match in Pokimono with another person. Its a three person match! We will need to talk to the other person. Trying and get us together to fight!
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HoiGao Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Hi! I just saw the journal post now, I'll be free mostly today and maybe tomorrow in the afternoon or late evening.  What works for you?
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Angelicangel69 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoopies sorry not replying sooner i can do it tonight for a bit or tomorrow and thursday or friday. 
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HoiGao Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Well you're a good 8 hours ahead of me so the earliest we could do it is probably Thursday.  Dino5tee is 2 hours ahead of me as well so I still think maybe Saturday might be better if nobody has other plans.  Thanks!
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kuro-tsuki24 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Happy Birthdayyyyy XD *throws cake blames scythe and runs*
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HoiGao Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
THANK YOOOOOOU LURV

*eatscakeoffface*nomnomnomnom
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