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  1. Should I buy SimCity 2013 or not?

    There were boys that did spent money for a very simple toy like a football and they were totally happy playing with this football and one became even a football star and earned a lot of money and he bought a big yacht and when the boy - now a grown up man - was on his yacht, he played with his football, because basically just staying on the yacht was quite anoying but playing the old football on a yacht - that was fun. Basically games are like toys - the fun they give to you is the most important thing about them. You don't need everything to have fun. It's very different on people, what is fun to them and I'm afraid, you'll have to find out yourself. Some like jokes about genital organs, some like maths. Some like both. It's too much difference in people to give a general advice 'what is fun'. In my opinion a set of badminton rackets is much more fun for summer than SC2013. And most people would say - if you have played c:s and sc4 already, most probably SC2013 won't give you any new experience and add any new fun. So how's about a chipmunk? They can be terrible funny. You can make videos and post them on YouTube and become famous. I doubt anyone want's to see SC2013 videos on YouTube anymore and to become famous with sc2013 videos. So a chipmunk is definitely the better choice. But still - this is only my individual point of view.
  2. The problem is - I don't know exactly for what reason CAM overrides all default (maxis) farm fields. But the Sunflower field uses an ID already used by Maxis. So it will override one of the default fields. So basically you have a conflict as CAM and the sunflower field each overriding the same data. If you create a farm field but no farms, the field won't appear in the game - as only farm fields assigned to a farm can appear. So most probably this was the reason for HunD88 to override a default field ID so the sunflower field could show up in the base game without manual configuration by the user. I don't think apart from appearing in unwanted places - there is no harm to the game caused by the conflict between the sunflower field and the Colossus Addon Mod. But with the Colossus Farming Mod there are several custom farms using a sunflower field with the sunflower props by HunD88. So basically, the original solution of overriding a maxis farm field isn't needed anmore - as the mod now solves the initial issue of having no custom farms. So basically you have a field lot that conflicts with CAM and that is not necessary as Colossus Farming fixes the no-farm problem. At this point it seemed better to drop the original lot file - especially if you use a maxis farm blocker it won't be of any use. So there is no need to edit the original lot file by HunD88. Included in Colossus Farming is a new, very similar farm field with an individual ID. You have to edit the farms, the fields-ID list, and ad this new farm field, only if you want the sunflowers appear on other farms of your choice. Otherwise just remove the original lot file by HunD88. The only conseqence of doing so is, the sunflowers won't appear on maxis default farms anymore and sometimes, unwanted, on CAM-farms. And again: if you use a maxis farm blocker you won't even notice a difference.
  3. A-Z Animals

    Trinidad howling monkey
  4. Why So Many Moderators Here?

    Sometimes internet gives you the illusion, you can build up community, a social network everywhere. But they are just virtual and often worse: commercial fakes.. Instead you have to find your friends always where you are, not where you want to be. This relationship is explained by the story of the soldier and the princess: Basically you're doing like the soldier, @chfzdn you want to conquer the princess heart because she seems the most beautiful, most respectable, the most glorious treasure. And all the tasks she gives to you, you will execute lighthearted - just in the hope to gain her heart. But the princesses always will mary princes - and they will always only play with your heart and your faithfullness. And all the gain will be - you will be her fool, her pet or toy. You must find a bride that suits you - a bride that wants you the same as you want her. And that's the same on all social networks - don't go for fame, for those people on the balconies looking down at you, find your friends amongst the common people. Now they tell you, you have to become a prince first. And you do everything they tell you is necessary for a prince. But believe me, they will always find new tasks ... as you and me - we will never be a prince. And believe me, dancing with the maidservant in the yard is much better than crying for the princess up on the balcony.
  5. Should the 5 Star Rating System be Removed on ST ?

    Still, I think, moderators should be intermediary, not dividing ideas of community members in good and bad, deciding about people being wrong or right but strengthen community assisting them to gather together. I can't take your word if you behave different than your talking is, splitting up community into political objects and attacking single members as if they were adversaries. In your words you use a 'we' - you don't talk as a single person but as an ambassador of a group. This 'We' appears as something different from community in your words. I suggest, you think about the construction of this 'we', how it is settled. Basically it is settled the same way as by Philip Zimbardo in 1971. With all consequences.
  6. Sharing Plugins Folders - Discussion

    Well, I'm afraid there won't be any lawyer in western world that will regard Dirk and his 'dirktatorship' as some kind of non-profit organisation but just as a funny term to express, that this site is his business. And so 'community leaders' from a legal point of view will be regarded as his employees instead of community representants. As they weren't elected or choosen by community. If they decide to offer free content without the written and explict consent of the creators and the site is making profit or gains money with advertising space etc., imho they will be in real troubles. Community members not involved with the site - imho - have certain advantages in this case. Or the site is acknowledged by canadian law being a non-profit organisation. I don't know. But being a site descission not a community descission - makes it a different legal thing imho.
  7. Sharing Plugins Folders - Discussion

    May I ask: to whom exactly the term 'community leaders' is refering to? And if you use the word 'we' - how exactly differs this 'we' from community? As if this 'we' is something closed, on the inside, which the term 'internal discussion' at least suggest, one could think, there are two communities present in your post - an outer community that recieves descissions from the inner community, that makes descission. So maybe, for the outer community it's good to know, who makes the decission about community on the inside or what this inside is in detail. A parliament, a court, a group of elected members like some kind of council of elders? It seems I can't find public information about how this inner circle is organized. And if final descissions on the inside have to be approved in some way by another instance - or if this inner part is legislative, executive and judiciary at the same time and therefore makes up the whole community by itself - while people not member of this inner part can't be part of community, as they can't participate in things that settles community. So the 'we' defines community and everybody not being part of this 'we' are 'them', the others, outside of the community. So if the term 'community leaders' is f.e. refering to Simtropolis moderators this would mean 'community' is formed by them and everybody else not being a moderator would be some kind of guest visiting this community of moderators. Or am I wrong? To me atm, it sounds more like running a business. You know, EA f.e., they ask the players what they want like to see and then they make their descission (on the inside) and present a new game to the public. You can't call this a community. It's the relationship of a company and their customers. The company makes the descissions - more or less (you can't satisfy everybody) in favor of their clients. Imho.
  8. Should the 5 Star Rating System be Removed on ST ?

    This site is owned by @Dirktator and there's nothing to complain about that he want's to make up this site as he likes. One can think we are all driving in a car he lent us. Still we can think "what ... if", what if the car was faster, seats pink ..." etc. The reason given for closing this thread was known from the the start (see second post). So obviously it isn't the true reason for closing it temporarly (why then even temporarily?). Lately moderators try to lead and direct public opinion. They didn't shy away from discussing single users behavior here, in public, as those were less prominent users. They closed the thread, when a moderator became involved. They allow moderators do behave like less prominent users aren't allowed to behave. If needed, moderators state: well now I switched role. now I'm no moderator, suddenly switching back, now I'm moderator again. But user can't - he talks to a users and gets punished by staff (we discussed this internally). Because of being part of internal discusion - this switching roles is a fake only towards users. Or you are moderator or you are not - and as a moderator you should stay distant too - the same you expect for a judge having a neutral possition. Instead moderators take part in every discussion. They behave like referees joining the soccer game, trying to sign. If you look around they lately try to rule public opinion. Look at the last posts by @Hamish, he immediatly wants to settle the direction we should think. Sorry, I like you all, but I can't stand this sort of manipulation. There is no 'open' disucssion anymore on Simtropolis. What - if I - in first place - don't want to be rated by moderators everywhere? Even if I post to give some newbee some advice, immeditly a moderator jumps in to correct me and 'adjust my words'. They even complained I'm using to much metapors. I'm rated permanently by moderators here, the quality of my words, the compatibility of my thoughts. Compared to this the rating system is just like a rubber ball (metaphor, grief) no special direction, going left right, up down, no educational tool. The reason for closing this thread was the same. The thread took a different direction weeks before, no moderator action was taking then. I did even complain and they did do nothing. The thread become awkwardly personal several times, pointing with fingers - I did even complain about - no moderator action was taken then. They even felt the need to join the party. It's just to direct public opinion. In this case 'to calm down' means nothing else. I guess they got infected by some 'quality standard' and now extended this on opinion too. I know, they aren't evil people, there is no conspiracy behind this. But somewhat selfcritism doesn't work on their 'internals' they become a community apart from community - and joining/companionship becomes difficult, instead ruling becomes stronger. They lost ground. Moderators need a feedback system. There's a lack in the system here - like you can't do referees simply what they want but also referees need to be proofed on their work. It's nothing bad to discuss moderation style - still, we want to help each other, don't we? A clear sign - that something is wrong - when you talk to them to ask for their work and you get in return: "that's non of your business". Like it happened to me. That's a clear sign they are six inches of the ground. First this issue has to be fixed. Why? Because on the rating systems it's moderators that are responsible for quality. They are the referees on the rating system and do adjust fouls - show yellow and red card to abuse. And if I'm not completely wrong, that's the initial problem. Creators get hit by this rubber ball from out of nowhere - they can't react properly, they can't join the game - the whole thing is accidentally and of no control to them. But as every adult, they maybe don't want always mom and dad to handle their business (after discussed internally), they don't want to be controlled by moderators neither - as they want to handle their stuff on their own? As long as there is no change, I won't take part in this 'community' (moderastorship?) anymore. It simply feels like suffociation to me, as if I can't breathe because I'm surrounded by moderators assisting me on every breath I take here. There is no fun anymore. I know, they don't want anything evil to me - it's just they overtravel the 'goody two shoes', they dominate and kill every open discussion this way, surpress every controversy and at the end even my thinking. There is no 'open' and 'wellcome' anymore to me - there is guidance and administration and feeding and service. But this ain't what 'open' means. Whish you the best. (Now, close this thread again, I'm off topic, emotional and frustrated - all at the same time. You should surpress this for the next 48 hours shouldn't you?)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. AndisArt's BAT cookery

    Great relief. Thank you - I was about to google for neurologists in the neighborhood.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. So many BATs, so little time.
  15. 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.
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