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How come we don't have a delicious archive for TF2 fanfiction? It'd make shit a hell of a lot easier to find.
We do have the Archives: http://tf2chan.net/archives
And we also have text boards dedicated to fanfiction made by our users. Or are you talking about something completely different?
I assumed OP meant an indexed archive, like with content tags, authors, etc.?
Not OP, but I think an indexed archive (like delicious) would be fantastic. It's a struggle to find old fics if you don't remember the name. It's probably off putting to new users too.
I'll even volunteer to help out if you guys want to do an index!
Let's face it, TF2chan is pretty much a ghost town and the only activity we get is a bunch of internet tumbleweeds blowing through. I think we've gone too serious times and not enough fun times wearing hats like the good ole' days.
Just going to other small chans that are more active than ours (and also more laidback and more fun), I have gotten a few ideas, but I want to propose them to not just the mods, but also the users.
I have a few proposals:
1. Secret boards. Boards not listed in the sidebar that can only be found either by tacking a word onto the address of the site or clicking around. Secret boards would be about whatever the fuck weird shit we want. Board only about discussion of hats? Board only about discussing Gaben? Secret board with just Satanic messages scrolling in the background? I dunno. Why the fuck not?
2. Raining hats. Randomly. Refresh a page and there's a chance of just fucking hats raining. Don't know how this would work, I don't know how to work the webternet.
3. Relaxing a few rules to keep the atmosphere slightly less elitist. We can ban people for like being dumb teenagers or whatever, or posting le rage face comics or other redditor shit, or we can just openly mock them until they run away. Speaking of...
4. Joke bans. We don't do them anymore and I miss them. I don't like having to stress out if I'm going to get in trouble for acting on a ban. I feel like it's made me less effective and that I'm at the mercy of a userbase that will be judging my every move.
5. Chilling the fuck out and maybe embracing the chan culture that we used to have instead of becoming more like DA and Tumblr in terms of hugboxing and being offended. We're a chan, goddammit. I'm not saying we need shitting dick nipples all over the dang place, but I really feel like we've become a big NO FUN ALLOWED robot and that because of this, most of the users have left us for Tumblr and we've become irrelevant.
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Hey, question. I just tried to go to the Left4Dead board, and a great big 'YOU ARE DEAD' thing was there, and hindered my reading of several threads. What is this thing?
This thread is really not the place to ask, haha. Just click through the black page to make it go away.
Ah, thank you. I was gonna ask in the normal questions thing, but I couldn't find it.
The Mancraft server is now available! To learn more about its features and to see an overview of the map, please visit http://mancraft.tf2chan.net
Mancraft is a whitelist server, so if you wish to connect and play, please leave a post in this thread or ask a mod in IRC or Steam Chat to be added.
If you have played in the previous Mancraft server, then you don't need to ask to be added again. The previous whitelist has been carried over to the new server.
Happy building, guys!
mancraft has been updated
mancraft's subscription also ends in 2 days
Could I perhaps be whitelisted? Username is dead_litebulb.
i have some bad news...
RIP good buddy ( ._.)7
Would anyone be interested in doing a Secret Santa Exchange this year?
For new members of the ‘chan, the Secret Santa Exchange is an event in December where artists and writers each create a gift (a drawing or story) for an anonymous person in the fandom and receive a gift in return. You can see last year’s gifts here:
I’m asking because I’d volunteer to manage it, in case no one else steps forward. I’ve asked Kilo, who did an excellent job last year, and I’ve asked the TF2chan mods, but unfortunately it seems they’re all prevented from taking on the task. I’ll have the time for it in December, though, and I loved how the community came together last winter to create some amazing art and stories.
Please let me know if you’d be interested in participating. If you guys are okay with me managing it, I will post details on how to sign up in mid-November.
I definitely want to participate in this again! Had fun the last two years, so I've been looking forward to another round of Secret Santa (which is so far the only time I ever contribute to the site, which I still feel bad about considering I really need to write more).
I eagerly await the official release!
Awesome! Thanks for replying, guys.
I’ve had a few people on tumblr ask me about it as well; they’re lurkers here but they’d like to participate. I’ve told them it’s not a problem, but should I post a notice on tumblr or is this a TF2chan regulars only event?
Also, I’ve been asked if we allow Gmod/SFM images in place of drawings. My inclination is to say yes, provided they’re of a decent artistic quality, since some artists use Gmod/SFM as their primary means of creative expression, but what do you guys think?
I’ll make sure to ask a mod to sticky the proper Secret Santa thread with the guidelines and sign-up information when I post it, probably by the end of next week. I’ll also post notices on /fanfic/, /afanfic/, /fanart/ and /afanart/.
Thank you! I’ll be sure to let you know if I find myself in need of a helping hand. Do you have an e-mail address I can use to contact you? I've added mine in case you'd prefer not to post yours publicly.
I think that sfm and gmod should be allowed. As long as it makes sense for the prompt I don't see a problem.
Sincerely, /v/.(USER WAS BANNED FOR THIS POST)
This is something I've mentioned before, but I figured I may as well post it here. Hopefully this won't get ignored.
It seems like the chan really went downhill after the workshop board was introduced. Before that, everyone got the same amount of hilarious, brutal criticism for their art because it was all in the same place and there was no metaphorical short bus. People who had terrible art were ripped to shreds and given a decent amount of criticism, while the 'good' artists were also given criticism when needed. That was what I used to like about this place. There was no hugbox, and the boards were way more active. Less whining was had and everyone had more stupid fun. It wouldn't be so terrible if people weren't forcibly thrown in there.
Will the mods ever consider getting rid of the awful hugbox that is /workshop/? What are your opinions on this?
I remember that post. Responses from Tumblr:
1. "Ok this. This is what upsets me to see.
We all love this game. We all love the characters, some more than others. Why should anyone be afraid to draw or contribute to this brilliant fandom just because of a few people who nitpick and make everyone else very uncomfortable? I used to care, but after whats just happened, I have proof enough that theres no point in wasting your worries on these people. They won’t change their minds, there’s nothing you can do about it. just draw what you enjoy and share it with your friends.
this goes for any fandom. lighten up!! not everyone is going to agree with your sentiments but don’t hate people for it." -- Owly Medics
2. “Draw what you enjoy and share it with your friends.”
YES. fuck you tf2chan or whatever the fuck and your shitty method of “being a prick to make you get better at drawing gay porn of videogame characters high ass quality critique”. Crit and improvement is GOOD and IMPORTANT. But you don’t beat a dog to train it to do good." -- bitchidelic
3. "Write it anyway.
Fuck da haters." -- Cat Bountry
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I honestly don't see how that proves your point any. We're not saying you have to strip down naked and submit yourself to daily floggings by the fandom to be accepted. Yes, you should have the confidence to get out there and write, and no one's saying otherwise, but if you're going to break down into tears because I suggest "Hey, I like your Heavy alright, but could you not make him a big dumb ape?" then that's YOUR problem. You can chose to take my critique or ignore it, but anyone who says GUYS NO CRITIQUE OKAY IT MIGHT HURT SOMEONE'S -FEELINGS- should just grow up.
Also, I read some of the things the quoted artist has said in context, and I think you guys misrepresented her. That artist is not against critique - she(?) is against FANDOM BASHING (ie where people get upset that Medic is as flaming gay as he is in their headcanon), which is very unfortunate and inexcusable, but KIND OF HAPPENS EVERYWHERE. IN EVERY FANDOM.
Tf2Chan I think is very accepting about different headcanons because we realize Valve let a lot of things open on purpose. It's the reason why CatBounty (one of the most popular and talented fanfic writers we have to offer) can write RED Spy as being in a loving, romantic relationship with BLU Scootma, and I can write him as using her only for sex and information on her son, and we BOTH ARE ACCEPTED.
I mean, we're not a fan of dumb heavy because it's kind of CANON that he's not an idiot, but that's really about as far as it goes. And even then, everything is fair game for lulz.
I just. Your argument makes no sense. We're all for GOOD WRITING whether it adheres to popular fanons or not how could you compare our valuing honest, constructive feedback (as a general rule) as being childish fandom-bashing I can't.
Figured we should have a new thread for the TF2chan Mantrain once more, considering the Man-Caboose had to be laid to rest. The Man-Caboose fun/event server had to be put down due to lack of player participation and lack of player interest.
On top of that, I would like to remind everyone that we do have a voice server for you guys to hang out in and chat. Information about it can be found on the Servers tab on the front page of the site. The voice server is currently set to host Ventrilo. However, if popular opinion prefers it, I can set it to host Mumble instead. So let me know what you guys want!
Back to the TF2chan Mantrain, the server now supports the maps that the Man-Caboose held. However, they are not a part of the normal mapcycle and as such, require a Mantrain moderator to change it to a map that the Man-Caboose used to have.
The following 'fun' maps are listed as follows and requires a Mantrain moderator to change the map over to them:
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I'm not sure if there is some kind of bug or if I'm just supremely unlucky, but lately it seems that when I try to play on the Mantrain, whenever my team would win everyone would lose connection. Not trying to sound like I'm whining or anything, it's just even after the group announcement that it was fixed, it just happened. Just thought I should let you know it's still crashing.
Just wanted to stop in and say I had a lot of fun with the reunion party event tonight. It was enjoyable, and I hope to see and attend more in the future.
The Mantrain has been moved to Chicago, a neutral server that'll provide fairer ping to our friends on the West coast, compared to the New York server that it was hosted on. Pings will be fair all-round for both West and East coast players, and for Canadian players (averaging 50).
New server address: 184.108.40.206:27015
The server has also been updated with more fun maps to play on. Just simply RTV to play them!
As always, I am always open to suggestions. Just send me a message on Steam or reply to this thread.
As I'm sure some of us will agree, /gmod/ has been especially full of shit lately, if not all the time. This thread will begin in mods-only-land, then be moved to a more general location if necessary.
What I propose is that we make some guidelines for /gmod/, to prevent people from posting what is essentially absolute garbage with no redeeming qualities, while still allowing for those who put in minimal effort and get something acceptable. The image I show you here is related, in that I myself made it several years ago within the span of maybe 20-30 minutes, yet it is still a decent scene. As such, I propose we enact some regulation/restriction/what have you to /gmod/, and actually set some sort of guidelines on the question of "How low quality an image will we accept?"
It's REALLY not that hard to make a simple scene like this, especially considering all the new tools that are around since back in the day when GMod was free, but I'm seeing people posting things that are worse than MY old crap, and it annoys me.
Hum... So let's see what we have.
A tutorial thread (posing/editing), a source thread, a texture and modeling tutorial too I guess...
We could have some kind of project too, as a rp done with gmod? That would be interesting, I've done it before on tumblr and it was fun because it was interactive and challenging~
Also, a critique thread, maybe?
There's not much else to say I think... hum.
Sounds good then. If you're all waiting for a verdict here, I would suggest getting the threads you want started properly, and if any issues arise then I'll try to get it taken care of. All that I'm actually waiting for in terms of official stuff from Kumori is whether or not I can delete the shittiest quality stuff off /gmod/.
Alright, I'll try to start a couple threads then.
Hey tf2chan. I'm new here and I was a bit bummed out to learn that the porn boards are named/described in an androcentric way, which means that they assume everyone looking at this chan is male.
If it's relevant, I'm not male and I feel excluded and ignored because of the board names and descriptions. It would be cool if they could be changed. /gay/ isn't gay for me (/tits/ would be), so /dicks/ or something else that clearly describes the content in a non-androcentric way would be a better name imo. And /tits/ is a pretty accurate name for that board but the description is still androcentric so it would be nice if it could be changed to state that images/drawings of females/genderbends are welcome there.
These are all just suggestions and I haven't contributed anything to this site so I can't expect you to follow them but it would be nice.
Pic is actually related. I'll check back on this thread and reply to insults, I guess.
You'll find, Anon, that a majority of the people here are not male either. The people who named those boards, in fact, were female. So you'll have to forgive us if we don't see what's exclusionary about the name of those boards when we know that that males are actually in the minority on this board.
I'll be honest with you. I don't see the board names changing. I'm not in a position to change them, but I have my doubts that the administrator will see fit to change them either, especially at the request of the new Anon in town. You are probably going to have to deal with boards being named /tits/ and /gay/. If you can't deal with that, then I'm sure there are other places out there that can fulfill your needs.
If other chan members who have been here longer see the need for change, then something might happen, but this is a slow board and I seriously doubt that a lot of folk will care much about what the boards are called, ESPECIALLY /tits/ and /gay/ which aren't active boards.
So yeah, I wouldn't get your hopes up, Anon.
The gender of the users is irrelevant. Someone can be androcentric or any other form of discriminatory regardless of their gender.
>So you'll have to forgive us if we don't see what's exclusionary about the name of those boards when we know that that males are actually in the minority on this board.
I'm correct here about the board names and descriptions being androcentric. Your ignorance is your own choice and it would have taken a simple google search to learn the meaning of the word "androcentric" before posting nonsense.
I had hoped this *chan would become more inclusive and less discriminatory as a result of my post but I didn't expect it. Enjoy your uncivilized boards- I'm off to somewhere else. Pic related.(Don't let the door hit yer dirty feminist ass on the way out.)
Tumblr would love to have you, I'm sure, 'cause we sure as won't miss you.
I should have been tipped off by the fact that you were asking a board celebrating an androcentric game would be androcentric that this would be a pointless discussion.
Topic closed. Any more of this carebear shit is getting banned. It's about time TF2chan started being a fucking chan again.