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  1. Post something useful or don't post at all, thanks. Spam=Spam+1
  2. Think i'll save you a few flames here Raven, and lock this thread for you... it's obviously going nowhere... Please, in future, keep this kind of thing in the rants section (yes, it's more rant than observation).
  3. Doomster, "most forums" also don't have the kind of traffic we do... and those that DO have that amount of traffic more than likely have a considerably different hardware setup than we do... Easy enough to run a forum for 500 users with no performance problems at all ;) Perhaps have another look at the stats which Alby posted up earlier in the thread for examples on why this comment of yours is kind of redundant :)
  4. Interesting discussion indeed... been watching from a distance for a while now... got a couple of questions for those who are all for keeping the post counts... One thing i've noticed is that most of you that want to keep post-count have been arguing that it's a good way of helping judge how to handle the content of a post, combined with a couple of other pieces of information like join date, etc. That's been the primary argument against, as far as I can tell. How would moving post-count from the main forums into the individuals' Profile stop you from doing that ?? Yes, it's an extra click or two when you do want to check post-count of a user... but seriously, how often do you need to "investigate" a post that's made in order to respond to it ? For those of us who use FireFox or any other tab-based browser, it's simple enough to open it in a new window in the background and continue reading, and deal with the new window as you please... With regard to other "points" systems... anything that is "user run" is never going to work, for what I think are very obvious reasons. A couple also mentioned setting the minimum number of characters required either for a post to count, or for it to be able to be submitted... all that's going to do is make the spammers type more... more smilie spam, more "zomg wthbbq!?!?!one1!?morespameheretomakethislongenough". So no, that's not really an option ;) It's a little disappointing that so many are obviously not thinking outside the square a little, and going straight for the "keep it" option in the poll, when it's quite obvious from their posts that having it kept in the profile would quite easily satisfy most if not all of their arguments... Oh well... looking forward to reading further debate on this. There ARE some good points coming out... I just hope that some of you are able to reason through your thoughts and make an informed, rather than knee-jerk, decision... in other words, before clicking on one of the options... be sure to think "What would this *really* mean to myself and the forums if this particular option happened ?" - something that should be done for ANY poll or other voting-type thing. All options should be considered fully before voting ;) Mandatory disclaimer : All comments, suggestions, ideas and ham sandwiches are mine and mine alone, and do not reflect anything other than my own thoughts and ideas as a user of Tip.it
  5. ineedequip - just with small, med and large pouch, you get 43 runes per trip, as opposed to a max of 28 without. That makes a VERY big difference over the course of time ;) Getting the pouches is a little bit of a pain. Going through that as I type this, after having been PKed while doing abby runs. Can quite gleefully say, however, that I went back and fried that little bastards [wagon]... mwahahaha... DAMN that felt good, and well worth the time it's taking me to get my pouches back lol...
  6. My my - didn't we have fun with the thesaurus ? Ok... "my dear friend"... the answer to your question "Why is it Jagex fault" is an easy one, and one that I have already stated twice : They did not make him do it !! He CHOSE to do it. And by making that choice, he put himself in the wrong, plain and simple. You go to the ATM, get an extra $100 note you shouldn't have been given, take it without reporting it and have the police turn up on the doorstep. You think they're going to accept your answer of "It was THEIR fault !! They gave it to me !" ?? No. That has to be THE biggest load of... waffle... I have ever heard on these forums! Encourages attacks upon the system ? Has Bob started roaming the countryside, saying "Psst !! See that person over there ? Go kill them - you can do it without getting skulled ! Try it ! It's a blast !!" Mate - it's "hypocrite". If you're going to try and use big words - get them right, eh ? And for the record, considering the only insult that i've thrown at you is to say that part of one of your posts is rubbish, and to ask if your ENTER key has a problem... might wanna grab that dictionary yourself ;) Now who's not reading who's posts ? Hmmm ?? Refer to my previous post for an answer to your query regarding bug-fixing, etc. Now as much as i'd love to continue this little play of words with you, i'm off away for the long weekend. So... play nice now, kids !
  7. ... and at what point did I say you did ? Perhaps it is not I that is failing to read posts... Ok... first of all i'll try to ignore the ridiculously childish part in the middle of THIS post, "diddums" - unlike what I did with your previous one, which was extremely hard to read. Is there a problem with your ENTER key, perchance ? I read your entire post, as I read the entirety of the other posts in this thread - I never comment on a thread without having done so. The reason I chose to answer in your post what I did, is that the rest of it was complete and utter rubbish and completely unworthy of a response. Do you have *any* idea on what is involved in firstly developing something as complex as Construction, and secondly bug-testing it ? Have you considered the number of *years* that POH has been discussed, talked about, etc. by us ? Where do you think the concept of that came from ? Hmmm ? It came from Jagex, whoch have been thinking of, and planning for, this release for *years*. What... you think all of those items, the designs etc. were done since last weeks' update ?? As has already been posted by Paul (I think it was Paul, or was it Andrew or a Mod ? Oh well, nevermind - it was a Jagex staff member anyways), the sheer size and complexity of the update made it nigh in impossible for them to test every single possibility, every single action that could be done within the scheme of the whole Construction skill. They have apologised for this bug, and have used it as a learning experience and are working on improving their development and testing phases in order to help try and ensure this kind of thing doesn't happen again. Now... in the mean-time... throw whatever "factors" out there that you like. My initial point, however, remains : Jagex did not force Duriel to do any of what he did - in fact, there were Mods running around trying to stop him, yet he persisted until he was forcibly removed... yes... yes once again I can see how Jagex are completely to blame for that... :roll: Now... before you pull out your lovely red bold font and your pen of immaturity and insults, I suggest you read MY post in entirety (notice how much easier it is to read with punctuation and line breaks and stuff ?), and consider the fact that perhaps yes, indeed, I DID read all of your post... but that perhaps some of your points were off the mark... (OK, so I failed to entirely ignore your immaturity. So sue me)
  8. I'd just like to clarify this - we did not publish this, per se, as much as we removed it from the forums, which were rapidly grinding to a halt due to the unexpected load that was put on them, onto the web-site, as a static page, which could handle considerably more connections at a time than the forums could... it's almost made quite obvious that this was done, and why, and that it was, by no means, something that we agreed with. ... just thought I should clarify that, as you make it sound as if we posted it up as a Tip.it Times article :P
  9. Yup - i'll give you full marks for that one :) This is what ANY half-decent player would have done... and what Duriel *should* have done - which would have saved him from a ban. Now this... this I disagree with entirely. Please - explain to me how we are "Promoting bug abuse" ?? Have we come out and said "Check this out ! Here's how you do it, go for broke !" ? If we did, I most certainly missed that one, and would have removed it in a heart-beat if i'd seen it... Allowing a report on what the result of someone abusing a bug to be posted - with no details on how to replicate it, etc. is hardly promoting it. I can tell you now, each and every member of the Admin team condemn Duriels' actions and are absolutely appalled at the chaos he caused - totally selfish, careless and irresponsible, and my heart goes out to those innocents caught up in the middle of this and suffering losses which they should not have suffered. Yes, this is only a game... however, the millions of GP, items, etc. which were lost, have all taken time and effort to earn, or have sentimental value in some cases, and that has all been unfairly taken from numerous people by those who broke the rules. Now, the only exception that HAS been made here, is the whole naming of names things - and that's purely due to exceptional circumstances. It was so widely-known, and so entirely proven beyond doubt, that there was no "possible innocent" to be spared. Yes... yes I see how Jagex forced Duriel to go out and kill those people. Made him go out and actively click on all those people innocently walking along in town, cutting them down without a thought for them. Yes - Jagex most certainly are evil people, with those Jedi mind-control techniques of theirs... :roll: Duriel made a concious decision to do what he did. He knew the rules (and even if he didn't, he signed a thing to say the he DID, so he has no recourse there), he broke them, and has been suitably punished. Those who support what Duriel did... well, they need to sit back, look around, and think "Hmmm - what if that was ME, with my blue phat and full dharoks and g maul, and 2 mill gp on me that was killed ? How would I feel about it THEN ?". Pull your head out of the sand, kids, and think about the big picture, rather than just yourselves for a change...
  10. As Duke mentioned in his post, he has been removed from Tip.it staff and will not be re-joining, due to Tip.its' zero-tolerance policy to the breaking of Jagex rules. It's a shame that such a high-profile, and until now well-respected person, allowed himself to be sucked into temptation like that. Personally, I congratulate both Duke and Jagex. Duke, for at least having the strength of character to explain his wrongdoings, and Jagex for catching the infraction and taking the appropriate action. Time to put this one to rest. This thread was allowed in order for Duke to give his explanation to the Community which he has, regretfully, let down. This has been done, and enough discussion on the Topic has been had. Time to move on...
  11. Quick clarification on a few things : First of all, it turned out that the "request" was not an "official" one, even though it came from a J-mod. More than 1 site was requested not to publish, or to remove if they had already published, their guide. We were the only one to comply with the request to not publish - although I believe the RV guys may have gotten word of the request a little late... and they were, to my knowledge, the only other site to not publish (or remove after publishing) their guide. After discussing the issue with Andrew, it was decided it was a waste of time having only 2 sites withholding the guide, so the day after these discussions took place, the Guide was released on Tip.it. RV were contacted via PM on their forums to advise them of this so they, too, could release their guide. As previously mentioned by one of the posters, Tip.it used to have a policy of delaying guides for at least 24 hours after a quest was released. This policy was stopped at the time that too many opposing fan-sites were starting up and releasing their guides immediately - making Tip.it one of the later ones to have a Guide (even if they WERE better Guides, IMO heh). Now, even though Tip.it is essentially non-profit, it still needs to make cash in order to pay for the servers it uses to run the website and forums... and if things continued the way they were, too many users would choose to use sites other than Tip.it purely for the fact that the guides weren't out fast enough on Tip.it for the users' liking. So - the choice to remove our 24hour+ policy for releasing guides was purely one of survival. Now, for my own personal opinion (which The Editors' article also was, btw... a personal opinion). Personally, I think that Jagex have a right to ask the fan-sites to delay a guide. However, if the sites DO comply, the ones that do should get some form of recognition - be it better direct communication or something... i'm not sure. But they (Jagex) need to remember that, as much as we're here for our users, and for the game... we still have bills to pay. I would quite like to be able to go back to delaying the Guides for a day or two... but I can pretty guarantee it will never happen, purely for economical reasons. There are far too many fan-sites out there now which couldn't give a toss about what Jagex think, and will release the guides ASAP. If the major sites all carried on delaying their Guides, their userbase would slowly drift away to the smaller, lesser-known ones... until the major sites *became* the smaller, lesser-known ones. In regards to The Editors' article... personally I think it *was* a little over the top - however, i'll admit, when I first heard the request, my reaction was considerably stronger than that of the Editor, until I had time to sit down and think it over. My initial reaction was "Stuff them, i'll go whip up a guide now and post it right away"... However, fortunately, I remembered why it is we're here, and what we're about. Yes - a large part of it is you guys, our community members. But, right at the core - it's about the game itself. Communication between Jagex and its' fan-based communities has been mentioned a number of times here, and I have to say that I agree that something really DOES need to be done by Jagex to try and improve this. We used to have direct communication with Jagex... but as they have grown, that communication has become less and less useable... and has now become nigh on inexistent. Too many times in the recent past, I have seen/heard of "official" directives, requests, comments, rule-makings being done through non-official channels. It's these occurrences that make the request that has prompted this entire thread considerable more plausible/believable. If Jagex had a more structured official contact system in place for its' users (which it currently kinda has with the contact centre) and its' fan-sites (which it doesn't have, at all, aside from in-game communication which isn't acceptable), then things like the request that has caused this entire uproar wouldn't happen... or at least wouldn't be taken as official "Jagex" business. It is my own personal belief that, without the major fansites that have been here for years, Jagex, and certainly RuneScape wouldn't be anywhere near as large as they are today. Oh, and one quick note before I finish off this post - someone mentioned something about Copyright issues with fan-sites using images from RuneScape, and that Jagex could get nasty about it... I think you'll find that the words "non-profit" and "educational" should cover that use under International Copyright laws rather nicely... although Tip.it has actually requested (and been granted) permission from Jagex in the past to be able to use their images. In summary : The request to delay wasn't an official Jagex request (although we didn't realise this at first, given it was from a J-mod) The request was honoured by only (to my knowledge) 2 sites. The delay was shortened after discussion with Andrew, who also personally thought the delay was a good thing. I personally think that Jagex need to spend a little time/effort on their community relations. Help those who help you...
  12. Ok... don't normally need to do this... but for this one, I think it could be needed. PLEASE keep the discussion on this thread reasonable and curse-free :)
  13. Nah - i'd just re-program the numeric keypad keys for stuff like that, as I never use those ;)
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