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In case you missed it, there was a new group of people promoted last night (and earlier in the week). Please join me in welcoming our new Contributors, Staff, and even a new Moderator.

Earlier in the week my friend and yours, Channing Freeman, made the historical leap from Emeritus to Sputnik Moderator. Tread lightly for his wrath is limitless.

After resting for a few days, Mx returned and delivered us a new batch of contributors & staff. Please welcome them, as well.

Staff:

Conradtao

- Deviant.

- Adam Knott

- Sowingseason

- Crysis *

Contributors:

- Alex Robertson

- This Life is Genocide

- Irving

- AngelofDeath

- iFghtffyrdmns

- Voivod

- pizzamachine *

- Eli (Xenophanes) *

You might also notice that Jom and I underwent a title change from Moderator to Sputnik ModAdmin. This last promotion will have very little effect on the average user but it’s there. Anyway, congratulations to our new promotions and if you weren’t promoted this cycle, just keep trying.

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* Late addition due to accidental omission during the initial promotions




Willie
10.28.11
With Dead Island and Battlefield 3 coming out, we figured it was a good time to get other people to pick up our slack ;)

AngelofDeath
10.28.11
Yeah, I don't know how much you really expect any of us to do with Skyrim right around the corner, to be honest.

Sanders
10.28.11
Congrats everyone! Hasn't Dead Island been out for a while though...?

Willie
10.28.11
I saw a commercial for it yesterday, but I just checked and it was released last month.

AngelofDeath
10.28.11
Thanks, dude. Put a good word in for you for mod, but alas, nothing.

Congrats to everyone. Bunch of good dudes up there. This is a lot more efficient than shoutboxing you individually, haha.

Tyrannic
10.28.11
dead island was a rental for me, skyrim though is a midnight for sure.
oh, and congrats everyone. some fantastic writers

MO
10.28.11
Big congrats to all who got promoted, all were deserved.

aok
10.28.11
willie - how are dave's duties changing?

Oceanus
10.28.11
Congrats, all. Well deserved.

Willie
10.28.11
--willie - how are dave's duties changing?--

To be honest, I don't know.

Xenophanes
10.28.11
Probs the best promotion session since I've been here. Or maybe it just looks better in comparisson to that fucking debacle back in January.

Pair that with MJ's assualt and those were some pretty grim times.

Ignimbrite
10.28.11
yeah, the promoted people actually have reviews under their belts this time :)

Axel
10.28.11
And won't run away and quit when the pressures on.

Aids
10.28.11
great promotions for the most part. Knott, Deviant, and Irving definitely deserved it like crazy. iFght, Dante, and AoD are great additions to the contrib team as well.

Xenophanes
10.28.11
AoD is just a cool motherfucker in general.

Tyrael
10.28.11
Xenophanes for contrib in 2012!

Omaha
10.28.11
Congrats to all that were promoted, it's nice to see hard work be appreciated :')

Omaha
10.28.11
Also, something I noticed- SowingSeason's hyperlink leads to Knott's profile. Not sure what this means for the allegiances of Sputnik, but regardless

Emim
10.28.11
My 6 reviews have contributed greatly to the site.

omnipanzer
10.28.11
"Tread lightly for his wrath is limitless"

Somebody hold me, I'm so very very cold all of a sudden.

Slum
10.28.11
niiiice

Capablanca
10.28.11
Congrats to everyone, lots of good writers here.

Acanthus
10.28.11
Deviant's already hard at work, nice to see the electronic love on the front page.

conradtao
10.28.11
Yay, IRVING! And I'm very, very happy to be part of this group of new staffers.

StrangerofSorts
10.28.11
> Implying the rest of us are illiterate.

Probably true actually. Anyway, well done and all.

bloc
10.28.11
Did you remember to tell mx to renew my diplomatic immunity here?

BigHans
10.28.11
Damn didn't even know there were positions open should have applied oh well congrats to all, well deserved.

Willie
10.28.11
Updated. Just added one more staff member.

AngelofDeath
10.28.11
Damn right.

SowingSeason
10.28.11
and yet another deserving one : )

Crysis
10.28.11
Congratulations to everyone, well-deserved.

BigHans
10.28.11
staff just became for m/ even if his type of m/ is not my favorite type of m/ dude is as m/ as it gets m/.

Willie
10.28.11
What does that even mean?

Gmork89
10.28.11
Grats guys, good job.

BigHans
10.28.11
What does that even mean?


^ METAL

MO
10.28.11
It means m/

Crysis
10.28.11
@Willie- Means I need to review more thrash and jams

BigHans
10.28.11
it basically means Metal = Life

BigHans
10.28.11
it basically means Metal = Life

Rev
10.28.11
"Xenophanes for contrib in 2012!"

this. and congrats to all the new staff and contribs!

SowingSeason
10.28.11
"Damn didn't even know there were positions open should have applied"

I don't think a thread was ever posted, it came as a surprise to all of us. Well, besides the people involved in the promoting.

RosaParks
10.28.11
Awesome

Willie
10.28.11
--it basically means Metal = Life--

Well shit. ha ha, ok.

Trebor.
10.28.11
m/ is like devil horns. It's like raise your fist for the metal

wabbit
10.28.11
Willie now that you are the boss cause you force Alex Silveri to review?




Voivod
10.28.11
Xenophanes for contrib in 2012! [2]

omnipanzer
10.28.11
Uh Oh, I think Hans has OD'd on m/

SowingSeason
10.28.11
I already expressed my gratitude in the staff forum, on various lists, and things of that nature, but this seems like the place for me to make a proper acceptance speech. First I'd like to thank Willie, Jom, Dave, mx, and the rest of the sputnik staff for giving me the opportunity to continue to develop my skills and for providing me with even more outlets to talk about music. I'd also like to thank the userbase in general and all my fellow contributors who offered me constructive criticism and made fun of my obvious weakness for female pop artists. I will try my best to meet your expectations, and hopefully someday, maybe even surpass them. Thanks again for the opportunity, and I will be certain to make the most of it!

FelixCulpa
10.28.11
Congrats to everybody. About time some of these people became staff and contribs!

omnipanzer
10.28.11
On behalf of the userbase... you are welcome sir. ;^P

inB4 tl;dr

Irving
10.28.11
I is asplode wif heppinezz.

Aids
10.28.11
Crysis got staffed too? nice play, shit. this round of promotions kicks the last ones ass, hard.

coneren
10.28.11
i'll get it next year

pizzamachine
10.28.11
rite

coneren
10.28.11
support

pizzamachine
10.28.11
nope :)

Xenophanes
10.28.11
With the addittion of Crysis this is no doubt the best promotion cycle in years.

MO
10.28.11
pizza and hans need to get promoted imo

Emim
10.28.11
kintups should be a shoe-in

Metalstyles
10.28.11
Yup, all very well deserved promotions and a special shout goes out to my boy Crysis. Also, we contributors are (now) a much rarer group than you staff ilk anyway ;)

coneren
10.28.11
no pizza he is a jerk

BigHans
10.28.11
pizza and hans need to get promoted imo


^ dude, Oface.

Emim
10.28.11
FUCK THE STAFF

DISREPECT YOUR SURRONDING

AfterTheBreakdown
10.28.11
congrats guys

Jethro42
10.28.11
Congrats to all of you guys. I'm especially happy for Sowing, Irving, voivod and Angel.

BigHans
10.28.11
Jethro for staff

BigHans
10.28.11
hey guys is THOR still a contrib?

Jethro42
10.28.11
Yeah Hans, in your dreams. I go taking some English lessons and I come back.

Metalstyles
10.28.11
But really, Hans would be the most epic staff member ever. Jom, Willie and Dave should give that man his chance to wreak havoc (in a good way of course) someday.

Tyrael
10.28.11
I'm sure Hans will make staff next year

Jethro42
10.28.11
It would add life and refreshness to sputnik

Jethro42
10.28.11
M/

Crysis
10.28.11
"a special shout goes out to my boy Crysis."

Cheers Styles, don't see you on here nearly enough!

BigHans
10.28.11
thanks guys but in fairness to the mods Ive never actually applied for contrib, although I would have this time if I knew there was a round coming up.

Crysis
10.28.11
Nobody applied, it was all rather unexpected. No doubt you'll get it in the future Hans.

coneren
10.28.11
crysis the man

BigHans
10.28.11
ah, no big deal then.

Emim
10.28.11
He will add strong mouth and refreshing wind

TheSpirit
10.28.11
Yeah I probably would have applied too. Anyway, fuck yes for Angel and Crysis. Also glad that Deviant and Sowing got staff as well.

BigHans
10.28.11
yeah these were all good choices for sure

greg84
10.28.11
Congrats!

Tyrael
10.28.11
I would probably have applied for the lulz, not like I would ever have a chance of making contrib lol

Metalstyles
10.28.11
"Cheers Styles, don't see you on here nearly enough!"

I've been dealing with many other extracurricular activities but I'll probably be on here a lot more during the coming winter cycle. Of course, under a lot more I mean a lot more compared to now, meaning I most certainly will not be on as much as I was a few years ago haha. Anyway, I have a few reviews in the works and since I'm home-bound thanks to some throat bacteria I might be writing this whole week to do at least something with my time (I've got quite a few releases on my hand that I could potentially cover).

greg84
10.28.11
^ Good to hear that.

pizzamachine
10.28.11
Sweet, looking forward to them. :)

Crysis
10.28.11
Can't wait for those reviews to be posted.

DoubtGin
10.28.11
sputnik is doomed

Gyromania
10.28.11
Congratulations everyone!

iFghtffyrdmns
10.28.11
they all suck

Waior
10.28.11
If I wasn't clear before: I approve of everything.

Zeus18
10.28.11
Thor For Staff

fr33convict
10.28.11
Haha only Sowing would feel the need to make an acceptance speech for being promoted on the interent.

Athom
10.28.11
fuck all of you.

no kids on the lawn,
adam

(crysis make your way to olympus if you havent)

Crysis
10.28.11
I'd love to Adam but I guess the permissions for my account are fucked up so Olympus isn't showing up for me yet. I've told Trey but he must be out moderating real life when he should be here.

Adabelle
10.28.11
All deserved promotions, congrats to all!

Irving
10.28.11
I want to see Atavan's reaction when he realizes he's been demoted and Robertsona promoted.

SowingSeason
10.28.11
I honestly don't think he'll care

wabbit
10.29.11
IF THIS IS CONTRIBUTOR QUALITY I DON'T WANT TO BE A PART OF IT...he was half right I guess

except knott got staffed so I dunno (way to wreck the joke rabbit)

Deviant.
10.29.11
Much appreciated guys

FromDaHood
10.29.11
Gotta say, everybody on this list is 100% deserving of their new title. Congrats to everyone on the promotions.
Xenophanes for contrib 2012

Lucid
10.29.11
glad that eric got the boot

tkxxx7
10.29.11
sonictheplumberSTAFF

taxidermist
10.29.11
Congrats to all of you. Gonna be great seeing Chan as a mod and swinging that hammer of justice, lololol. All the new staff/contrib promotions are all well deserved.

robertsona
10.29.11
ths means only avant garde meta reviews 24/7

jk, thanks guys z

clercqie
10.29.11
Massive congrats on all the promovees =)

All of them are well deserved!

taylormemer
10.29.11
Well done to you all.

Tyrael
10.29.11
TAYLOR FOR STAFF 2012

taylormemer
10.29.11
I'm not reviewing enough.

Collateral
10.29.11
Haha surely there isn't any actual money in Sputnikmusic. Therefore, article = irrelevant

Willie
10.29.11
That's a stupid response. If nothing else, there's the sense of accomplishment that comes with being recognized for their time and effort. Granted, for some people that won't mean a damn thing, but they're the ones quietly using the site for new music or socializing or whatever. The ones writing enough to be recognized here probably care at least a little bit.

bloc
10.29.11
butfisted

SowingSeason
10.29.11
williefisterbutt

Duderino
10.29.11
crysis finally gets the staff promotion. big ups to this man

Crysis
10.29.11
Cheers man

Relinquished
10.29.11
fuck yeah crysis

someguest
10.29.11
The best writer here didn't get promoted!

I forgive you guys.

Phantom
10.30.11
But...Dead Island came out in September. Already done with it. Anyhow, congrats to the promoted.

Crysis
10.30.11
skyrim 11/11

Emim
10.30.11
Never forget.

Xenophanes
10.30.11
Because of uni, Skyrim won't be able to rule my life until December : [

Willie
10.30.11
Yeah. Apparently Dead Island came out in December, but I didn't know.

Irving
10.30.11
In response to Collateral's rather crass comment, I'd just like to put on record that I personally value this promotion very much. Although the step up to Contributor status won't make me rich or gain fifty million Twitter followers, the fact that I'm being recognized as being reasonably capable of both reviewing and critical thought - by a website that is listed on Metacritic no less - brings with it a massive sense of satisfaction and motivation. Moreover, the numerous encouraging congratulatory comments that I've received also says a lot about the sense of community that is almost uniquely found on this site, and I think that's quite special and one of the biggest things the site has going for it. Finally, if you're like me (or say, Voivod) and English is your second language, the feeling of accomplishment that this promotion brings is vindicating to say the least.

Jethro42
10.30.11
English is personally my 3rd language...and I don't have a 2nd one.

Sanders
10.30.11
English is most English people's 2nd language these days. Incoherent ramblings and street-speak seem to be the dialect of choice for most people here.

TheNotrap
10.30.11
Congrats guys

Jethro42
10.30.11
Thanks Notrap!

InFiction
10.30.11
Congratulations on working your way up the sputnik ladder.

Irving
10.30.11
Haha fair enough Sanders. To paraphrase a comedian I heard once: to many people in this world, thinking is a foreign language.

Jethro42
10.30.11
Je pense, donc je suis.

Tyrael
10.30.11
Braaaaaains

iFghtffyrdmns
10.31.11
Well articulated, Irving. I'd definitely have to say I agree with you on that one. Do staff get paid? Anyone here know/allowed to answer that? haha

Deviant.
10.31.11
We don't (well, not in money anyway)

bloc
10.31.11
Yes, staff does get paid

bloc
10.31.11
Dammit Dev you buster

robertsona
10.31.11
"to many people in this world, thinking is a foreign language."

i usually dont do this but

http://xkcd.com/610/

SowingSeason
10.31.11
we get paid in perks

iFghtffyrdmns
10.31.11
blow and blowjies?

SowingSeason
10.31.11
what do you think we have contributors for? ;)

Electric City
10.31.11
knew it was that xkcd when you posted a link

iFghtffyrdmns
10.31.11
oooo ok i'll start acting coy and cutesy or something
link's pretty funny

robertsona
10.31.11
yeah i mean but how fucking haughty and special snowflake-y can you get

harrumph. nobody i know -thinks- like i do. gosh

rasputin
10.31.11
'
I already expressed my gratitude in the staff forum, on various lists, and things of that nature, but this seems like the place for me to make a proper acceptance speech. First I'd like to thank Willie, Jom, Dave, mx, and the rest of the sputnik staff for giving me the opportunity to continue to develop my skills and for providing me with even more outlets to talk about music. I'd also like to thank the userbase in general and all my fellow contributors who offered me constructive criticism and made fun of my obvious weakness for female pop artists. I will try my best to meet your expectations, and hopefully someday, maybe even surpass them. Thanks again for the opportunity, and I will be certain to make the most of it! '

lol wat

pizzamachine
10.31.11
I woke up this morning...

I'M A CONTRIBUTOR???

clercqie
10.31.11
Sweet! Congrats man

iFghtffyrdmns
10.31.11
congrats pizza! well deserved

Jethro42
10.31.11
Ah wow, super duper pizz!!!

pizzamachine
10.31.11
Don't worry guys, I won't do some lame acceptance speech. ;)

clercqie
10.31.11
aaaaaw :(

Jethro42
10.31.11
boooooooo

pizzamachine
10.31.11
Alrighty then!

I'd like to thank the sputbuds who supported me throughout the years, the band Ra, the person that made me a contributor, and most importantly, myself. I won't let my contributor-ness get to my head, I'm gonna be the same person no matter what.

Tyrael
10.31.11
Goddammit pizz you're supposed to transform into an insufferable asshole when you get promoted

Voivod
10.31.11
I woke up this morning...

I'M A CONTRIBUTOR???



Deja-vu :-D

BigHans
10.31.11
Congrats Pizza

AngelofDeath
10.31.11
I would have never noticed, had my shoutbox not been decimated.

Grats, Pizza.

omnipanzer
10.31.11
" I won't let my contributor-ness get to my head, I'm gonna be the same person no matter what."


Too late ;^P

omnipanzer
10.31.11
Gratz PM

BigHans
10.31.11
Pizza Machine-a

fish.
10.31.11
what are the benefits of being a contrib anyway?

clercqie
10.31.11
Free pizza, duh

iFghtffyrdmns
10.31.11
are there any real benefits to being a contrib other than having less-experienced sputnikers assume that you're really awesome and such?

pizzamachine
10.31.11
dunno!

bloc
10.31.11
pizza a contributor?


Sputnik will fall.

Jom
10.31.11
>> what are the benefits of being a contrib anyway?

You get stronger boners. It's like doing Kegel exercises without having to clench so much.

greg84
10.31.11
Not to mention plenty of hot chicks being at your disposal.

Crysis
10.31.11
Congratulations to Pizzamachine and Xenophanes on the contrib promotion, both were well deserved.

BigHans
10.31.11
Congrats to Xeno too

cvlts
10.31.11
promote nag and hans and the circle is complete

Voivod
10.31.11
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Xezophanes is a contrib!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Voivod
10.31.11
promote nag and hans and the circle is complete [2]

Jethro42
10.31.11
promote nag and hans and the circle is complete [3]
Bravo Xeno!

FelixCulpa
10.31.11
Congrats Pizza and Eli !

BigHans
10.31.11
promote nag and hans and the circle is complete


^ That would probably be too much rawk for everyone to handle.

Jethro42
10.31.11
m/

pizzamachine
10.31.11
Yes! Congrats Xeno!

Tyrael
10.31.11
CONGRATU-FUCKING-LATIONS XENO!

Maniac!
10.31.11
Tyraelxy for contrib

Tyrael
10.31.11
I'd much rather like seeing you become contrib Brandon :]

pedro70512
10.31.11
How do you get promoted? I mean I've written some reviews I'm pretty proud of, but what separates the Contributors-to-be from the rest of us?

Maniac!
10.31.11
"I'd much rather like seeing you become contrib Brandon :]"

I'm a crappy writer who doesn't write often enough and is trying to start his own project.

Not gonna happen :D

Aids
10.31.11
woah pizza and xeno got added, word up

pedro70512
10.31.11
other than a cool username, which I sorely lack.

Tyrael
10.31.11
'I'm a crappy writer who doesn't write often enough'

But you're awesome and I'm not :[

Maniac!
10.31.11
bulllllllllllllllllllllllllllllshit, Tyr.

clercqie
10.31.11
Yeah Tyrael, just write some more and that contrib tag should come very soon.

Also pedro, you have to write really good, review newer releases, and (if you want to get noticed) try reviewing some more popular albums...

pedro70512
10.31.11
thanks clercqie. i'll keep plugging away then.

Tyrael
10.31.11
'bulllllllllllllllllllllllllllllshit, Tyr.'

Well, nobody knows me around here and there are only a few people who actually read my reviews so yeah

clercqie
10.31.11
Isn't that the case with most non-contrib or staff people around here?

Maniac!
10.31.11
I've read all of Tyr's reviews at least 10 times each and then did line by line essay examinations of them.

Tyrael
10.31.11
'I've read all of Tyr's reviews at least 10 times each and then did line by line essay examinations of them.'

Hehe, much appreciated ^^

Xenophanes
10.31.11
Thanks for all the kind words everyone, they are sincerely appereciated!

aok
10.31.11
yay xeno =)

Xenophanes
10.31.11
Thanks aokuneff.


Out of curiosity, why were pizza and I added at such an odd time?

Waior
10.31.11
It's interesting how many late additions there have been.

Xenophanes
10.31.11
well shucks andcas

Gyromania
10.31.11
Congratulations you two!

Waior
10.31.11
They are both odd, yes. I think all of the new contributors are.

This is all excellent.

pizzamachine
10.31.11
"because you're both odd."

lol!

Emim
10.31.11
Pizzamachine, how would you say your initial reaction to the news was?

*holds mic up to your face*

AtavanHalen
10.31.11
"I honestly don't think he'll care"

Spot on, sir, spot on.

At least this means Adam will knott go to bed crying anymore.

SowingSeason
10.31.11
make a dramatic entry speech pizza.

it feels good.

bloc
10.31.11
It appears the pizzamachine has stage fright but don't worry I got this.

Ahem...


SPUTNIK WILL FALL AT THE FEET OF KINTUPS

pizzamachine
10.31.11
@ Emim: I was all open mouthed and wide-eyed at first, but then my smile kept growing until I started jumping around.

@ Sowing: but I already did!

pizzamachine
10.31.11
I'd like to thank the sputbuds who supported me throughout the years, the band Ra, the person that made me a contributor, and most importantly, myself. I won't let my contributor-ness get to my head, I'm gonna be the same person no matter what. [2]

Xenophanes
10.31.11
lol bloc

pizzamachine
10.31.11
niiiiiiiiice

Emim
10.31.11
WELCOME MY SON


WELCOME


TO




PIZZAAAAAMACHIINNNNNNNNNE

rasputin
11.01.11
lol

someguest
11.01.11
you guys are motivating me to write better than all of you

which will be done, EASILY.

hahaha

LG
11.07.11
Yay more shitty staff

Aids
11.07.11
yeah you're right LG this place would be much better if you were staff

LG
11.10.11
Never said that did I

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