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    Introduction Thread Four: A Carneighval for Foureigners


    This is the thread where we introduce ourselves as a forum, and you, in turn, introduce yourself!

    1.1: Introduction
    1.2 Forum Directory
    (aka "where should I post?")
    2.1 Forum History
    2.2 Questions and Answers (FAQ)
    , sir or madam, and welcome to the MSPA Forums! To summarize this place as a whole, we're all about having fun and general shenanigans. So just be yourself and find a conversation to jump into! And don’t be spooked if we go off topic, because we do that a lot.

    The law of the land here is Respect and Teamfriendliness (which means to be chummy to one another and to always make an effort to contribute positively to the community you see around you); a more specific set of rules is here and you should read them if you haven’t already or else we won’t take you out for Dairy Queens after this is over.

    These forums are looked over by 6 administrators (Andrew, Betelgeuse, Byron, Michael, NotASenator and tynic) and 5 moderators (Lexxy, Schazer, SleepingOrange, Wesley Foxx, and Zuki) who may edit your posts, or move/lock your thread. But don’t feel personally offended, they’re only trying to make this place better! And don’t feel afraid to approach them (PM them) if you're having a problem with another user.

    The most important thing to remember overall is to have a good time here! This forum is like a posting carnival, and you should have fun with it.


    Great! Now that the boring stuff is over with… it’s time for me to help you find your way through the forums! You see, I'm member of the Badger Buckos (troop 105b), and if I can successfully guide you across the forums, I can get my “helping baffled weirdos” badge. So come with me on a magical tour through the internet!

    1.2 Forum Directory


    First, there's the most densely-populated subforum—the MSPA subforum. That's where you talk about all of the crap in Homestuck (and Problem Sleuth). Talk about how sweet the last update was, talk about things you just realized with past updates, role-play as characters from the Homestuck universe off-site, tell the world your ideas and crackpot theories about how Dad is the Mobster Kingpin of Homestuck or how the troll planet is just a metaphor for the Reconstruction South, or ask questions about the story/forums that don't deserve their own thread.
    Also, if you'd like to discuss a recent update, perhaps try discussing it on our pesterchum IRC channel (#pesterchum on esper) instead talking about it in the MSPA Chat thread. Discussing it on our IRC channels is more conducive to expressing simple reactions, and helps relieve the forum’s typical post-update load.




    The Suggestion Box: there is a crater where it used to be ha ha


    The MSPA Forum Adventures subforum is by far the most expansive subforum. It's almost its own community: some who post there can end up posting nowhere else. It's easy to see why: the whole subforum is a lot of free entertainment from a bunch of dedicated, personable individuals. If you're looking to get started in the world of the MSPA Forum Adventures subforum, just ask in the MSPAFA general chat thread or jump right in to an adventure to make a suggestion.
    People advertise their adventures in this thread, post fanart for other adventures in this thread, and you can find many adventures mirrored off-site in a style similar to Andrew’s MSPAs. There’s a table of contents for the forum adventures that have been completed. Lastly, if you are looking for an IRC channel to discuss MSPAFA, go on #MSPAFA on Esper.

    There are also four subforums for the MSPAFA forum: the Completed Forum Adventures collection and three Meta-Forum Adventures subforums—
    1) Threads that are more about collaboratively telling a story or roleplaying and that aren't so heavy on the mechanics, such as Grand Battles, GURPS and other RP campaign go in the Collaborative Storytelling/Roleplaying subforum.
    2) Forum activities with a competitive element that tend to have 'game-like' mechanics like RTDs, DUELS, and Mafia are in the Games subforum.
    3) Threads for anything relating to MSPAFA that isn't a MSPAFA go in the Meta+Misc. subforum; this includes things like planning threads for RPs and projects relating to the subforum like the Wiki or Author Bibliographies.






    The Forum Questions and Answers forum is here so you can give general feedback, report bugs, or ask other questions regarding the technical workings of the forum.


    The Archives are there to commemorate threads of yonder. Right now, all that’s there is the locked Forapocalypse subforum, which was a 3-day subforum regarding the thematic demise of the old forums (since we switched forum servers and software).


    The Art forum is where you go for one of two reasons:
    The first reason is that you have done a work of art, and would like feedback or critique.
    In that case, you may want to check out the doodle thread for drawing, the creative writing thread for writers, and the "post music you made" thread for musicians. If you plan on making a large number contributions to one of those threads and don’t want to “take up too much space” in them, or have made some kind of more specific or involved work you think is needing more varied and detailed feedback/would like possible discussion on it, consider making your own thread.
    The second reason for hanging in the Art forum is if you’re a fan-artist. There, you can do fan-art of the characters, draw romantic fan-art of the characters (but not too romantic), read and write up some fan-fiction, or listen to and make some MSPA fan music. If you want to chat about fan-art stuff on IRC, try the Pesterlite IRC channel (#pesterlite on esper)--it's like pesterchum, but more fan art-centric.

    There's a subforum in the Art Forum for Group Projects (and Art activity Threads): it's where you go for collaborations, game modifications, activities (like "draw a picture with your eyes closed") and forming teams for creative projects. You can make humorous photoshops of past MSPA panels, or if you’re looking to get all meta with your fan-art, here’s a thread where we draw other forumgoers.. Lastly, the popular Hivebent radio show production is being made there.


    The Movie-Music-Game-Books subforum (Also called the Nerd subforum) is where you go when you want to be a fan of popular media and see if other people here also are similarly fans of the piece of media you have in mind. There's a thread for video games, an MSPA Steam group, movies, music, books, and a general links thread (as in, "here's a cool website; here's a cool youtube video")


    Spawning from a thread in the General Chat forum, Serious Business is now its own forum. Basically, it’s for no-nonsense internet debating; topics come and go.


    And that brings us back here. The General Chat Forum is laid-back altogether and the people who frequent it are pretty chill. The map in the spoiler below contains links to some of the more prominent threads to chat in.


    And lastly, one of the keys to becoming part of a forum's community is its IRC channels. We've got several here.

    On the Esper.net server: (you can use any irc client like mibbit to do this)
    #Pesterchum (discusses the story of Homestuck, especially recent updates)
    #Pesterlite (a fan-artist centric IRC room)
    #MSPAFA (a gathering place for authors and readers of those in the Forum Adventures subforum to talk about adventures)
    #GrandBattle (for authors of the Grand Battle adventures in the Collab subsubforum of MSPAFA to discuss and plot Grand Battles)


    On the IRC of http://blog.skaia.net/
    #MSPlayers (for voice actors and friends)
    #Radio (for discussing Homestuck radio broadcasts)


    Remember, there’s something in each forum for everyone. So interact freely!


    (Or you can stay for the next post and learn more about the history of the forum and read some frequently asked questions!)
    Last edited by Wheeeeeeatthins; 11-08-2010 at 04:34 AM.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival of Foureigners

    2.1 Forum History--in which I give the illusion that I know about things

    So now you know where and how to post , but you’re still afraid you won’t fit in with all the cool kids (despite assurances that you probably will!) because you don’t know what to post. Don’t worry, we’ll let you in on a few things, just to let you get used to the waters. Presenting: the History of the Forums.



    2.2 Questions and Answers



    And that wraps up class! Your homework: be wicked rad.

    Last edited by Wheeeeeeatthins; 10-22-2010 at 06:52 PM.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Fun, you say? Shenanigans, you say? Sign me up!

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Well prepared indeed. I like that Wheeeeeeatthins.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners


    Excellent job. With that post, you should get that badge after no time at all!
    How far along into writing the forum's history are you?

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Hello, zudak!

    Quote Originally Posted by captain2obvious

    Excellent job. With that post, you should get that badge after no time at all!
    How far along into writing the forum's history are you?
    About half-way.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Very nice. I know you said you've been working on this for a while and it shows. Can't wait to see your history lesson.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    If you want to make your avatar out of a story panel or large-sized image, do not just take it directly from the page or web source--resize it down to a smaller size first! (Can easily be done in paint or GIMP.) If you don't, it slows down the servers every time a page has to load with your huge image. Also, image leaching is for jerks.
    So glad to see someone saying this. Seems like there's way too many avatars that are scaled down in browser or leached.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Haha that's awesome, wheatthins.

    Yeah other people have made that joke, I even have a couple of Zubat avatars on my other forum but somehow that joke never gets old. XD

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    I kinda wish I was new.

    Actually... wait a minute... this is no good... this is no good at all!









    No but seriously you get some serious respect for that.

    (There's also a [/spoiler] without a [spoiler] in the soft guidelines bit)

    Edit: I don't know if it would be good to mention that you can tell other modmins if you have a problem with a particular one.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Wow that must be like the first time a new user has posted on the first page of the introduction thread!

    tee hee:
    Please, don't mention a post is a page-topper! Or at any other position of the page.
    The first poster on page 100 gets the honor of starting the next thread.
    That introduction is a work of art!

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    I hope to someday start a thread as well.
    If you have ever wonder "is there an universe where I did that?", the answer is already "maybe"?

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Quote Originally Posted by illisid
    Wow that must be like the first time a new user has posted on the first page of the introduction thread!
    I actually posted in the previous one first, and somebody was all like wow you're sneaky, you got in just as this thread was about to close!

    So then I knew I had to come post in the new one, too.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Your right and hi Zudak and welcome to this place. :3
    If you have ever wonder "is there an universe where I did that?", the answer is already "maybe"?

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Thanks Fidus.

    I'll say again what I said in the last thread: y'all seem like a pretty nice bunch of people.

    I've actually been lurking in the fanart thread for a while now because there's some pretty cool stuff coming out of there (it's where I got this Aradia avatar actually, well, minus the Zubat that Wheatthins added to it and is awesome for doing!)

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Hi their guys, I never posted in this thread yet, so I guess this is my introduction even though I've been here for almost a year

    so hi!
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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Quote Originally Posted by Epamynondas
    Actually... wait a minute... this is no good... this is no good at all!
    Thanks to you and acionyx for correcting the typos! I had to kind of get it off without much proofreading just so we'd have an intro thread.
    Edit: I don't know if it would be good to mention that you can tell other modmins if you have a problem with a particular one.
    I meant if you're having problems with other users. I'll make that clearer.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    No problem Zudak since it nice to be nice. And hi piester and your welcome here as well, no matter how long it takes to visit here.
    If you have ever wonder "is there an universe where I did that?", the answer is already "maybe"?

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Heres something you might want to fix.
    In addition to the rules, here are some posting tips and soft guidelines to follow if you want to keep in good standing with the other posters: In addition to the rules, here are some posting tips and soft guidelines to follow if you want to keep in good standing with the other posters:

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Man, this is a fine introduction post. How long did it even take you to do that, wheat?

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Damn wheathins way to put EFFORT into things.

    e: pretend like I post this for every new person who joins us


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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    For some reason, though I know it is howdy, I keep seeing rowdy in there and it puts me in mind of a wrasslin' match.

    Also this post definitely was not edited many times in a series of confusing corrections which were then finally replaced with something about an entirely different topic.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Quote Originally Posted by Stij
    Man, this is a fine introduction post. How long did it even take you to do that, wheat?
    It's been a day or two on and off.

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Also you said you were going to color the banner.

    I wanted to see some cotton candy color. Comrade. Capiche?

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    Re: Introduction Thread Four: A Carnival for Foureigners

    Quote Originally Posted by Wheeeeeeatthins
    Hello, sir or madam, my name is (scout's name) and on behalf of Badger Buckos troop 105b, welcome to the MSPA Forums! They have never been always been known as the MSPA Fora and anyone who says otherwise isdumb and probably has no friends not an admin.
    Did that always look like that or was it just changed?

    Edit: Marelo/Wheeeeeatthins stop changing the things you say! Its confusing!

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