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  1. Site Suggestion Box

    All this is very disappointing. I didn't even mention free speech. You don't understand a single word, most probably you never will. A waste of time. "This is the moderators recorded announcement. We appreciate your suggestions and will discuss them internally. Please hold the line for the next fifteen years." Great job. Thank you. Have a nice time.
  2. Site Suggestion Box

    Final word on my suggestion, no chance of consideration for a minute? [EDIT] Well, I have a simple rule too: No donations to a site where moderators have a need to demonstrate how much they ignore my needs.
  3. AndisArt's BAT cookery

    Great relief. Thank you - I was about to google for neurologists in the neighborhood.
  4. Site Suggestion Box

    I'm a little confused about how threads are close by moderators. I thought there is some kind of standard - like you expect in human behavior in general. F.e. generally it's regarded as impolite just to hang up the phone without agreement the talking is finished or at least saying, I have to quit, bye or something of this kind. The same I would expect before a thread is closed by moderators - some kind of notice in advance - a warning - is given first. If I remember right, once this was practiced on Simtropolis. If discussion got out of joints, which in earlier times happened much more often, I think, a moderator used to show up and posting: calm down or we have to close this thread. So people had a chance to get back on track before they had the feeling to be punished. If this practice was dropped, may I suggest to readopt it, playing one card of moderation after the other, having certain steps of intervention and making use of them step by step? I personally think having a certain procedure used continiously would prevent users from feeling treated unfair - like f.e. others getting several warnings before they are sanctioned, me I get sanctioned immediatly without warning on the same thing. I know it's difficult, some users call for moderators as soon as they see something, they dislike, some users may prefer at least to try, to resolve their issue with each other on their own. Regarding the original meaning of the word 'to moderate' (from latin moderare - to temper, mitigate) I think it would be no bad idear - to enforce the second practice. So in general moderators could start with asking the involved parties - did you try to speak to each other, did you already try to handle this on your own, do you really need moderators help? At least my understanding of moderators is, they are to help people in case they clash, they aren't some kind of prosecutors to watch over wrong or right behavior, but friends who will portect you from doing stupid things by saying: "hey, calm down, hey don't fool around, stop drinking" or something like this. The behavior of rulers and friends is much different and easy to recognite, I think. So moderators are friends inside of the community not really custodians of the community. They become custodians only by mandate. And if there is no mandate, they won't. At least that's my understanding. This is - because we don't want to loose one member by the other because of they feel not being welcomed anymore but after a brief welcome on the entrance door instead they are watched and controlled, if they behave correctly. This isn't a wellcoming community. So to have a wellcoming community it's good tgo unite people not to separate them and therefor it's good to sleek dispute instead of eliminate the possibilities to talk with each others. So moderators are a little bit like marriage councellors - the first aim isn't to go for divorce those quarreling couple but to check if this marriage can be saved, if there's a common ground. If the community can be strengthen by gather their members together or if it's weakened to separate members so they can't quarrel anymore. For the latter reason I think it's a good idear to avoid everything that has the smell of punishment as long as possible instead promoting people talking with each other, encourage them, to find a way to turn their anger into something more productive than to accuse each other. If all threads must be closed - at the end there will be no community anymore. So first interest should be to keep threads open. Therefore first action should be moderation in the sense of the meaning of the word. As closing a thread isn't really moderation in this narrowed sense. Sorry, again many words for a quite simply suggestion. But I must confess, in the last two years there were three or four times, were moderator action really upsetted me. And they always left some sadness each time and for some period I lost interest and turned towards other communities. I always came back after some time. Gladly. But I'm afraid, the day will come the disappointed gets to mighty inside me. To me it seems, the relationship between user activities and moderator action changes towards moderator action. Moderators became very keen, users became quite lazy. Maybe moderators became so keen because they want to keep the community alive. They want the best and do in vain. A tragic existence. Sometimes it's better to let things go instead of trying to control them.Sometimes trees grow better, if you just let them grow instead of cutting every unwanted pinion. I know, it's hard to recognize what is the job of time and doesn't require human action. I think it would be no bad idear, from time to time, to rebalance things. Users becoming more keen, moderators becoming more lazy. Wishfull thinking, I guess? Love and justice never will unite. Or you're doing what you do for love or you do it for justice. Or you are my friend or you are my judge. You can't be both. But I'm convinced Simtropolis needs our love much more than our judgement. The same as the whole planet, I guess. So if I suggest - put a little love in it, you'd probably laugh at me. And I guess, you're right.
  5. AndisArt's BAT cookery

    Ah, who knows, if I don't see simply ghost - things that aren't really there. But looking on the second picture where the lighter grey or white of the main structure touches or sits on the darker foundation - isn't there a little nook or bulge (maybe elbow was the wrong word)? - as if the edge of a single verticle on the arch is slightly missplaced.? Hadn't (yet) any drugs today but if no one sees it except of me - what does this mean? Hopefully nothing scary about my brain?
  6. So many BATs, so little time.
  7. Aarsgevogelte BAT's

    Yes. It's a little bit like the dance club opened at 9 p.m. All the girls marched in ... and shure I downloaded them all. But now I have to check them out individually, have a little talk with them, finally ask some of them - would you like to visit my city? All this may take some time until I can give a proper rating on the STEX. I'm a fast guy on downloading but until I fall in love may take some time. Doesn't mean much, doesn't tell much about the girls BATs. Or maybe (using less critical metaphors?) - all those delicious dishes, you can't eat them all as quickly as they were served. But don't worry, just do as you feel and like. Motivation is the most important thing. And I'm so glad, they are there - so happy to see you back. Even if it takes some time to digest. The cooking is much appreciated.
  8. AndisArt's BAT cookery

    To me this looks quite different when looking from the narrow side. I love those lights/reflection on the eastern facade from this angle, looks very realistic (first picture). Instead the same facade/side when turned (picture 2) strangely looks a little plain and I don't know exactly why - but it's not about textures, they seem right to me. I think it's because of missing some shadows perhaps? It's like sunlight is come directly from front - while there are shadows on the ground and the awning (?) on the right - there seems to be no shadows on the windows. If I look on the bigger glass front on the ground floor, there is a shadown on the upper part - indicating sunlight comes from above. Somehwat I would expect this happens also on the upper part of the structure - also the smaller windows having a thin darker line on the upper part? Not shure. Maybe I'm wrong on this. Wouldn't trust in only my opinion but to hear other peoples opinion. Thank you for this beauty, it's much fun to visit this thread and to see the fast progress - your last bat was slim and tall, now this has some rounder shapes, curvacious - good balance There are those bred&butter bats you need in great quantity for the game, they may grow 20 times in your city and even look better when appearing in a row but get lost when growing alone. This one is definitely no bread&butter bat, it's too special, standing out - like a beauty in the crowd popping out. Might be worth to consider to make it a ploppable only - as growing several times close to each other may look inappropriate for an 'outstanding beauty'. Like on an awards show two stars wearing the same designer clothes (shocking!). Last thing - there seems to be a little elbow on the right (second picture) on the transition between foundation to main structure which strangely I didn't notice on the previous pictures, don't know if it's of any importance and only some kind of distortion on the picture.
  9. Show Us What You're Working On

    Is it because of graphic card/driver that makes the same bats looking sharper/more detailled in @nycsc4 pictures compared to my game?
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    2. Fantozzi


      Not shure how to read the last sentence, if it's directed in my way as it seems you know my motivations better than me. Would a pm have been the better choice? Should I remove my message here and send it as a pm to you? Or should I open a new topic in the forums? Or something else maybe? What would be the proper way to adress my opinion about you closing this thread? Thank you.

    3. CorinaMarie


      To clarify my last sentence: It is my perception of what could happen by including the @ mentions which might prompt a continued discussion of the off topic portion of the thread in question. By necessity, Simtropolis is not a democracy. As staff we try to find the right balance between open discussion and moderation of non-productive conversation. Obviously, we cannot please everyone.

      In this case I believe a PM would have been sufficient to express your opinion. That could have been sent to me only or include @Cyclone Boom or sent to CB without me being included. At this point a PM to me is not necessary as I've stated my viewpoint here. My decision to temporarily close the thread for a time out will not be reversed. When it does re-open we will continue to monitor it and see how it goes.

    4. Fantozzi


      Anyway deleted. I agree, a PM would have been the better option to prevent the primary debate moving over here.

      But I must confess, lately I'm getting a little bit tired. There is almost no playground left, only law and order and justice fills the minds of the people. One has the see, in great parts, forums are ruled by moderators. The only unlimited game is: people ask, moderators respond. Communication is already very ritualized this way. It's quite annoying if every action is driven by the question - is it allowed or not, is it wrong or right. Can I post this, should I post that?

      You'd call it drama? I'd prefer to call it a game. But actually - a drama is a play, some sort of game. What, if you try to see it with my eyes - more some kind of comedy?  A tragicomedy perhaps?

      But if Simtropolis is no stage, no playground at all but instead all serious business, some kind of job - a school you have to learn the rules, I have to confess, I'm too old and tired to want to join class for you being my teacher.

      My very personal impression is - this moderator job doesn't do good to everyone. Some children act quite authoritan while entering the stage. Well but maybe even this is "As you like it". 


  11. Should the 5 Star Rating System be Removed on ST ?

    One of the real great poets of mankind, Rainer Maria Rilke, in one of the most influencial german poems wrote: “For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so, because it serenely disdains to destroy us. Every angel is terrible.” Stop judging those raters. Everybody has his own limits to judge beauty. It's an important exerice to learn in life to deal with beauty - how to respect, how to destroy, how to recognize what you've lost because you didn't recognize on first sight. Every true artist is always on the edge of his capabilities, always trying his best. All the talking about fair rating is nonsense. For the beauty you create you'll always get paid in heaven - it's popularity you get paid with/for on earth. And three or four bad ratings of poor people each month (and we don't have to fight them but to have mercy for those poor souls) against hundreds of people voting simply because they are excited and are happy (and there is no judgement of beauty involved in these five-star-votings too) - to make them important blames the artists. They never did count. Don't make the voting system a judgment for beauty. Looking on it this way it terrible fails, like all we fail under the light of beauty. Don't make this error. It's sad to see people getting angry and disappointed because the beauty they create isn't echoed by the dirt, isn't respected by the ugly. It never was the job of the ugly to respect beauty. Don't look on the rating system with the eye of actuallity. Almost every week there is written in some newspaper around the world: "this is the book of the century, This is a masterpiece." And for some weeks people run into the books stores and buy these books. But after a year or two, those books, those so called 'masterpieces' are all forgotten. Who remembers the masterpieces 2012 or 2015? On art truth may take a hundred years to show up. All you get fooled by fashion and trends. But what is really important, what really matters - is what you recall and remember after some years. You can't judge the rating system by only looking on actual votings. As the rating system shows its relevance not today nor tomorrow. It always takes a year or two until the rating system shows some truth. And its truth is popularity. But to blame it because it doesn't lead to beauty you terrible fail. As those who are able to guide you the way to beauty are always a few and it isn't a job the crowd can handle. And those few always have no voice in the orchestra media creates and are always drown by the waves of fashion, trends and popularity. So to every true artist: beauty never shows in ratings, in the amount of applause. To hope for that - you fail. Don't confuse artistry with popularity.
  12. Al Di Meola - Innamorata It must be fun to play a guitar that's carring your name. It's an Ovation 'Al Di Meola' Signature Series. Which allows to switch between the acustic jazz-sound and the electric rock sound seamlessly like in the clip above.
  13. What happiness? If I searched for you a whole life and couldn't find you Without the satisfaction to have been close at least one time To see you go away What happiness? If I try and can't even remember your face At loss if I should crawl or if I should fly ... ... in short, not even knowing where to search for you anymore What happiness? Without faking to be asleep while your cheek touching mine Knowing instead, tomorrow; "Hi how are you," a slap on the back, "I'm in a hurry", and gone What happiness? What happiness? Making faces a hundred times making believe we are little childs With a welcoming smile laughing, singing, turning everything upside down ... ... in short, making believe it's always a carnival. Always a carnival. Without happiness Going out early in the morning Worries on your mind Trailing through cars and newspapers Returning home as soon as possible Well, today is like yesterday Without happiness Even on tramways and planes Or in the glaring light of a stage Bowing to those in front of you and they're many and will slap your hands Without happiness Sharing a bed together unable to make peace without nothing left to invent Being forced to hurt each other just to get a reason to forgive each other with sweetness and continue With happiness Pretending in the end and at the bottom of the world there's only people again with the same problems Ready to found a secret society for wackos, madcaps, babblers - witty but a little weird. Pretending the race is all about reaching the end in good health While Saint Andrew already waits there with a stick and a hundred teeth Asking to settle the score For his horked down meals The desillutions and lost dreams, the usual burglaries For having been shot fifteen times at the end of the alley At christmas day in fifteen years...
  14. mipro

    Slowly, slowly this bat gets dressed up like an oriental bride ... ... and me like the husband-to-be walking nervously up and down the corridor ... ... knocking: "Is she ready?" "No." "May I have look?" "No, be patient" Walking the corridor again, knocking half an hour later ... .."No". "May.." "No". But to be true: to wait for such a stunning beauty, to be the one walking the corridor, you're already on the lucky side, you are already fortunated. Much, much worse it would be, there's nothing to wait for. So why in worries, why being so nervous and impacient? Guys, we must call ourselfs the happy ones to be waiting - watching her getting dressed for the great day. It feels like pain to wait, maybe, but it's the sweetest pain of all.
  15. Assorted notes on human behavior

    Sorry for double post and sorry for sometimes it takes so terrible long till I find words to answer. I think, it's not a volunteer descission to cast confusion. But philosophy starts with astonishment. Like telling stories (and there is an alignment with literature) - you experienced something strange and you call a friend to tell it. You start telling stories, you become a writer by being astonished - gods fighting men, men fighting gods, war and love, the turn of fates. If storytelling finish, philosophy will finish. But as long as there is time, things will happen worth to tell/describe. And as long there are things worth to tell, there will be reason to be astonished. So reason will be to ask: why? Is it really this way or could it be different? As astonishment can't come to an end this way (or world would be terrible annoying and for this it's maybe needed to become ignorant) confusion grows during time proportionally to knowledge. May sound strange but it's knowledge that makes confusion grow. It's very right in my opinion to use the metaphor of 'casting shadows'. Could be this way: philosophy is the sun. Knowledge is the object and confusion is the shadow. You can say sun is causing the shadow, yes, but if there is no knowledge, there is no confusion and the same there is no shadow. So philosophy isn't doing this by itself alone - like where is no object sun can't cast any shadow. And object and shadow they will always be proportional in some aspects. Well it's true, the sun isn't innocent - it can make things seem bigger then they are by casting terrible long shadows. But still it's the shadow of something. Imho. To make it more complicated - if you know the sun's possition and you know the dimensions of the shadow it casts - can you deduct how the object must look like from knowing both? So if confusion is the shadow, it should be possible to recognize how knowledge should look like from confusion. Shure if you think, knowledge is the light to make the shadow (confusion) smaller - this doesn't work. But then, this doesn't work as from where comes the shadow as sun can't do itself - there's an object missing, thinking the metaphor this way. Also me, asking myself, when I was a child - was I more confused than I'm today and did I have more knowledge by then than today? Seems confusion and knowledge always grow parallel. So their relationship can't be like light and dark, one eating the other, they aren't simple opposites. Finally - sometimes in summer, when sun is burning, you are happy to find a little shadow to cover. One could think of confusion being a shelter. There are some very old myths involved. Sky is clear and plain, earth is dirt and chaos. There is an upper class and a lower class - one has to see, these are already metaphorical speeches mirroring ancient world view (heaven and hell). The same with light and shadow - light is good, shadow is bad. This isn't a neutral view but already occupied by moral concepts. Black and white - black is evil, white is pure, like the bad guys in movies always drive black cars with blacked windows. And so on. If you take away all those cultural charges from the word 'shadow' and 'confusion' all those fears of 'dirt and chaos and the devil inhabit the dark, things changes too. The so called 'Aufklärung' formed a new religion - the religion of knowledge as if knowledge is the big healer, healing people, make them coming out of the dark, releasing them from the devil, bringing them into the bright light of ... well ... knowledge. I agree, it's not easy to see how all the metaphors once owned by religion jumped over to science and the believe in science and technical development - but like Jesus healed the blind many teacher today think they can heal blindness with knowledge - make students see. All these are transformations of religious idears. Light and shadow - god an devil. It's a strange believe, with knowledge you gain some kind of sanity or 'health of soul', some privileged existance. "Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another. Such immaturity is self-caused if it is not caused by lack of intelligence, but by lack of determination and courage to use one's intelligence without being guided by another. Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence! is therefore the motto of the enlightenment..." (Immanuel Kant) Come out of the dark, come into the light. It's too simple, it's just a variation of a religious believe applied on education and knowledge. But every educational system is also a system of authority. Someone holds all the power in his hands, the pharaoh of knowledge and he distributes it to some privileged, his servants, scribes. And they want it so bad, the knowledge, so they obey. One has to see that those suns very often are authoritites, teaching nothing else than obedience by ruling knowledge. So for the philosopher there's shelter in the shadow, there is shelter in the doubt, the astonishment. Shelter from those burning suns that blinds the loyals with it's ruling and punitive rays of knowledge.