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Old 08-24-2014, 08:20 PM   #1
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For the Meds: Read the first post carefully (or else, or whatever)

Because so many of you are acting like jabronis, we are going to institute a one-time (until the next time) edition of Up for Parole.

Here's how it works:

1) If you are currently banned, identify which account you would like unbanned and await your judgment. If you receive a lift on your ban, it will be considered a clean slate. However, the handshake agreement here is that you will endeavor to be a good citizen, because if you lack poor judgment, you fall under this next section.

2) If your parole is denied, it's probably in everyone's best interest if you found another web site or hobby in which to waste your time. As Marthe Troly-Curtin once said: "Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." Unfortunately, Calvin & Hobbes author Bill Watterson's quotation that "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want" has been increasingly relevant for us on account of such on-site silliness.

3) Going forward, all bans on the reviews site are permanent, and circumventing this change (e.g. having a slew of back-up accounts, behaving for a week, and then asking for your main account to be unbanned) will not work out in your favor. You are welcome to inquire about the length of your ban if you feel our answer isn't going to be "Forever", but you are still encouraged to tread lightly.

4) We are resurrecting the Reviews Site Community Thread on the forums. Consider this your free-for-all ballyhoo of all things circlejerk. Here, you are exempt from 'the rules' (save for the owner's rule of no porn, as well as no phobic/-ist/-ism language or doxxing -- no matter how innocent). As usual, if those things pop up on the reviews site, the expectation is that they will be reported so that we can enforce Item #3 above.

These Community threads will be deleted every week, with a new one taking its place. If you can't be bothered to free-for-all on the forums, then free-for-all within reason on your own lists and shoutboxes. The same cautionary tales apply, though, so do keep that in mind.

5) If there are problems on the reviews site, the expectation is that you will use the Report Post function. If you use this thread to report problems but aren't specific, we will ban you for a short period on both the forums and the reviews site until you figure out how to report problems correctly.

Follow this stupid color-coded section closely:

Good: Links to specific pages. Please use [url][/url].

Also acceptable: A request to check the spam queue (CAUTION: this is discouraged because snitches get stitches; also, assume that we have been monitoring it anyway).

Good: Inquiring about bans if you feel you were unjustly caught in our crossfire.

Good: Making suggestions or observations that will improve the site (e.g. bug reports, main page improvements).

Acceptable: if we are engaging in some sort of dialogue because you feel that there's some sort of injustice, you are in no danger unless you're being a knob about it.

Bad: Literally anything else in this thread. If you report an identical problem to someone above you, delete your post. +1, [2], 'I was here to say the same thing', or any variation of those things is going to warrant a mini-vacation from both sites.

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Up for Parole will end at some arbitrary time the morning of Tuesday, September 2nd (EST). After that, the same conditions apply:

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6. Staff, Emeritus, and contributor reviews take precedence over any user review (unless there are extremely mitigating circumstances);

7. We generally don't mind if you ask for your reviews to be featured, just make sure that they are a) new releases and b) reasonably proofread. Unless we're doing a theme and/or the site's main page gets upgraded to allow featuring of non-new releases, we currently do not feature non-new releases.

We feature new releases the week of the album's physical release (thus, if there is a digital release months prior to the physical release, you can't necessarily double-dip, although we will fracture this rule on occasion). Even if there's a legitimate stream to the record six days in advance, we will not feature the review until the beginning of the week. Albums that are 1-2 weeks old still have the possibly of being featured, though, so hooray!

8. Flagging a review means making a review the default one when the album is clicked on the artist page (see Item #6 for the hierarchy). It is considered to be in poor taste and a violation of Interwebs law to repeatedly ask for your reviews to be flagged, especially when you're prone to not proofread your reviews. In other words, if your review has a total of 2 views (and I'm that second view) and I spot multiple errors in your review in less than a few seconds, consider yourself blacklisted indefinitely;

9. As a reminder: keep all unnecessary drama, theatrics, conversations, etc. out of this thread. You guys have shoutboxes -- use them! Discuss away with lists (as long as there is some tangential connection to music).

10. Oftentimes, I get questions about the next hiring cycle. The formal process will happen again in February, but the fabled 'ghost promotion' can happen at any point (especially as we near the end of the year). Asking me about this is a bad idea.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:29 PM   #2
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yo jom, 'sup.

Only got a week left, and considering just waiting it out, but I guess I'll ask for my main (Frippertronics) to be unbanned. Been itching to write some reviews for new releases, and even then, I won't even be that frequent here for the next month or two not counting for writing purposes.

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Old 08-24-2014, 08:32 PM   #3
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I would like this account to be unbanned on the review site. I started posting here regularly about a month ago after a long time away and wasn't aware that moderating policies had changed. I stand by what I said in the old meds thread, but I'll play by your rules and keep the shitposting to lists in the future if I get the ban lifted.

Oh, and I believe this account was banned for troll negging which used to be a pretty minor offense.

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Old 08-24-2014, 08:40 PM   #4
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yo jom, 'sup.

Only got a week left, and considering just waiting it out, but I guess I'll ask for my main (Frippertronics) to be unbanned. Been itching to write some reviews for new releases, and even then, I won't even be that frequent here for the next month or two not counting for writing purposes.
I like your writing and your attention to detail when it comes to the psychedelic and progressive.

My request of you at this point is to not have such an obnoxious name on the reviews site ("an actual bundle of sticks is smarter than you are"). You don't have to use first name/last name but I'd rather it be blank than that. I believe a week (i.e., what would be the rest of your ban) is enough time for you to decide to make that change.

I also think we get on pretty well, or I just am conveniently not around whenever you're getting into mischief so you will not be getting my Final Warning spiel.

Ban lifted, no Final Warning needed at this time. It is so ordered.

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I would like this account to be unbanned on the review site. I started posting here regularly about a month ago after a long time away and wasn't aware that moderating policies had changed. I stand by what I said in the old meds thread, but I'll play by your rules and keep the shitposting to lists in the future if I get the ban lifted.
Good evening.

I don't think the moderating policies had changed, per se, it's just that this place somehow got worse while you were away. Yeah, apparently that was possible. If I had more time, I'd try to figure it out, but alas...

Anyway, all things considered, it might seem like things are a bit more punitive, when really, my interest right now is righting the ship so my time on-site can involve writing, commenting, and all my expected administrative tasks, not trying to play Detective with games of who-started-it.

I do not believe that we have had any issues in the past, so you are not subject to my Final Warning spiel, either.

Ban lifted, no Final Warning needed at this time. It is so ordered

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Oh, and I believe this account was banned for troll negging which used to be a pretty minor offense.
You really shouldn't have added this part, although I appreciate the speculation?

For the record, troll negging was never okay.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:41 PM   #5
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I like your writing and your attention to detail when it comes to the psychedelic and progressive.

My request of you at this point is to not have such an obnoxious name on the reviews site ("an actual bundle of sticks is smarter than you are"). You don't have to use first name/last name but I'd rather it be blank than that. I believe a week (i.e., what would be the rest of your ban) is enough time for you to decide to make that change.

I also think we get on pretty well, or I just am conveniently not around whenever you're getting into mischief so you will not be getting my Final Warning spiel.

Ban lifted, no Final Warning needed at this time. It is so ordered.

EDIT: ugh I guess I should use
A week it shall be! (will be hard to get rid of the name, but i suppose i can put it elsewhere.)

edit: sheit just noticed the lifting. thanks bruv

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Old 08-24-2014, 08:57 PM   #6
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Can I request for someone else on the review site to be unbanned? If so, I would like to put in a request for the unbanning of a fellow contributor and friend, Arcade. His one month sentence was pretty harsh to begin with, especially since he was a first-time offender and really has done nothing else besides the Babymetal thread that would warrant him being banned. I think he only has like a week left of his ban so why not just lift it early?
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:15 PM   #7
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Consider it (i.e., Arcade's being lifted; the others have to inquire on their own) done, but I'm also making a mental note that all of you read and understood what constitutes "BAD" in this thread, and still went ahead and did it anyway.

Like, what the fuck? Good thing my mental notes don't last for very long.

Arcade's ban lifted. It is so ordered
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:20 PM   #8
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Wait Jom, so this basically replaces the old Meds thread? I thought it was only for the Parole offers.

With that out of the way, could I have a feature for my review on Royal Blood's album? Comes out tomorrow because all new releases are out Monday this week for some reason.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/63908/Royal-Blood-Royal-Blood/

EDIT: Thanks Jom!

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Old 08-24-2014, 09:26 PM   #9
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hey so about a year ago i was posting on my main (chesse13) and i challenged to be banned and whatnot and i got banned. but i've been banned ever since and i'd just like to be unbanned finally. please and thanks
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hey so about a year ago i was posting on my main (chesse13) and i challenged to be banned and whatnot and i got banned. but i've been banned ever since and i'd just like to be unbanned finally. please and thanks
haha what the fuck

what did you expect

Ban lifted, no Final Warning spiel here. It is so ordered
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haha what the fuck

what did you expect

Ban lifted, no Final Warning spiel here. It is so ordered

haha thanks i knew i'd get banned, but i didn't think it would last forever, but anyway thanks. you rock
EDIT: hey any chance chesse13 can get a ratings wipe too?

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Old 08-24-2014, 09:37 PM   #12
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I would like to request a feature for this review of mine: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/63885/Savlonic-Red/

Is this the thread to do so? I apologize in advance if it's not.

EDIT: Much thanks, Jom!

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Old 08-24-2014, 09:40 PM   #13
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It's still the right spot, aye. I meant for that middle section to say "This is still the Meds thread even with this Up for Parole stuff" -- but Up for Parole is going to expire on September 2nd.
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i hope this is the right place and if not sorry.

i just want a rating/soundoff wipe if possible. and can you delete all of my reviews except for my secret band and cryptomenesia reviews? thanks so much
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:23 PM   #15
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I was also going to request a lift on my ban, as I only made a few comments on the Babymetal thread (after being quite upstanding and positive this entire month), and I instantly got banned and demoted... not even to contrib, but all the way down to a user. I find it hard to believe that this is what's getting me demoted, and that I got demoted all the way to essentially ground zero. However, I also know that I'm definitely not posting on that thread ever again... I swear, it's a damn minefield!

Anyway, if my ban won't be lifted, it's fine. Just thought I'd shoot you this comment to see if anything can be done. Cheers!
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:26 PM   #16
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hey jommy buddy, I made a suggestion in the old meds thread but I'm not sure it was ever addressed, I didn't see that it was. not a major issue but just an idea to improve site functionality that crossed my mind a while ago. is there some way to make it so that we can "un-follow" certain threads? I'm constantly having things come up in "my discussions" from a year or two ago that I regret posting in and just wish I could be done with them. I think this would make things run more smoothly for a lot of users' experience on the site.

obviously I know there are the issues of updating the site for this and whatnot so I'm sure it would be a bit of an undertaking, just an idea I thought I'd throw out there.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:36 PM   #17
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Jom/Any mods, Arcade is trying to ask if you guys can unban him from the forums too cuz he can't comment or anything pls help him, that's all. Thanks.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:47 PM   #18
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Arcade should be all square. Chesse is all square with a ratings and requested review wipe. Sound-offs can't be removed in one fell swoop, but that's just as well.

evilford: it's on the list of things to send to mx, but as you know, there's nothing I personally can do (although it would be a nifty idea and helpful for me as well, since ~ 2,000 of my comments are reminders for people to stop posting bullshit).

FiveLeaves, your case is unique and requires a few more steps than the others, and will be settled by others (as opposed to a unilateral decision). Some resolution will happen in a few days max, though. Wouldn't be fair to keep you waiting.
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cool thanks jom you rock
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Jom, I know this is probably a stretch, but I'm going to take a shot in the dark and try. Is there any chance this account can be unbanned? When I don't think the site is completely insufferable, I do talk a good bit about music. I would really appreciate it and would really like to begin using this site like I used to(minus the Nasty Nick personality). I love you
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requesting to be unbanned from the review site (banned for BABYMETAL thread, expires in a week), with full understanding of the updated policies on spam/shitposting/etc. I'll change my dumb review name if that helps at all.

also if you could wipe my ratings while you're at it that would be cool.

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Old 08-25-2014, 02:57 AM   #22
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Hey, could I please request a rating and comment wipe for this account please
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:02 AM   #23
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In the spirit of amended rules and new laws, you're both unbanned (even though pit expressly asked for Jom and refuses to acknowledge his deep-seeded love for me, you filthy scoundrel).

Ratings wiped as well sixdegrees

Edit: And got you as well Malenchanted
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I know the votes are private, but I personally would like to know who the five psychopaths who don't look after they wipe are, so I can avoid their crusty asses at all costs.
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hi fellas i hate to be 'that guy' but can i please get this review flagged?

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/63968/The-National-Cherry-Tree/

the currently flagged one is literally nothing but 1s and As
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:18 AM   #26
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Could I have my name changed to Lakes. please? Thank you!

Thanks! Could I have it changed on the review site as well or does it take some time to process or something? I tried logging in with the new name and I get some kind of duplicate entry error. (I assume it's because my name used to be Lakes)

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Requesting Spooky to be unbanned

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Old 08-25-2014, 09:24 AM   #28
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What are you, his bitch? He can ask on his own behalf, thanks.
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http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=42536&page=136#lastpost


Are these examples of the so-called shitposts
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:46 AM   #30
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Yes. I'm not thrilled seeing some of the names there. I deleted most of it, but if the shitposting comes back, it'll be time to say adios to all involved.

However, to be fair, all those posts showed up prior to the permaban 4eva rule, so they are exempt for now.
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