Well, looks like we are launching a bit earlier than originally planned. This site is fully functional, just a bit limited on some things as we get all the backend worked out. Our CSS is a work-in-progress due to some major differences from how reddit was set up, so that will be coming, it will just look a bit barebones until then.
For the time being we still consider reddit.com/r/kotakuinaction to be our primary site, but will be building this up as a proper backup over time. We actively encourage anyone who wants to coexist on both sites to do so, and have no issue with folks who have finally had enough of reddit's bullshit that decide to make the move here completely now.
Rules are generally going to be the same here as they were on /r/kotakuinaction, but we are thinning them out a bit as some rules no longer need to apply here due to different sitewide rules/TOS from above lifting some restrictions we had to deal with. We will try to get a more complete listing of the newly modified rules up soon, as well as get them listed/linked on the Sidebar and such. Automod is not completely operational here, but will be in the very near future to make that all a bit easier to deal with.
Please be patient with us as we get things in gear. I'll try to keep everyone updated on the progress of things, though some parts will be mostly self-evident as they happen (like the return of the banner/sidebar).
So we're getting quite a few new and lapsed users, and more than one person has asked us just exactly what KIA is.
So here's our mission statement, a basic description of what this place is for, and our half-finished rules still full of less-broken-than-I-thought-it-would-be reddit CSS and placeholder text. As you can clearly tell, THIS IS NOT DONE, we haven't even gotten started on figuring out how much of rule 3 we're gonna change...again...now that the admins are off our backs. For the moment we're allowing some shitposting and general partying, but at least now we'll have something to point to when someone goes too far past the line and needs a smack. Please bear with us as things are still very much under construction. Also, we need to do something about the character limit that's forcing me to put half of this into a sticky, so...SEE STICKY!
KotakuInAction is a platform for open discussion of the issues where gaming, nerd culture, the Internet, and media collide.
We believe that the current standards of ethics in the media have alienated the artists, developers, and creators who perpetuate the things we love, enjoy, and enthusiastically build communities around. We have observed numerous incidents involving conflicts of interest and agenda-pushing within media which we feel are damaging to the credibility of the medium and harm the community at large. We believe much of the current media is complicit in the proliferation of an ideology that squashes individuality, divides along political lines, and is stifling to the freedom of creativity that is the foundation of human expression.
KotakuInAction is a community that condemns willful censorship, exclusion, harassment, and abuse. It is a community that organizes to hold the media accountable to the concept of artistic freedom by standing up for the artist, the developer, the writer, the filmmaker, and all who enjoy the freedom to create, explore, and expand. It is a community that allows the exchange of information, supports the ongoing discussion of media ethics, and protects the right of the individual to embrace their personal interests in entertainment and fandom.
KotakuInAction is built around a core focus on reasonable, friendly discussion of the issues related to gaming culture, and those involved in it. That is not all we are about, but it's where we began and will remain our core. We hold ourselves to be politically neutral ground, not forcing anyone to conform in their opinions, and permitting a wide variety of viewpoints to express themselves in a civil manner.
Code Of Conduct for KotakuInAction
For the sake of making it easier to read, more transparent, and to cut back on confusion regarding which rules get dealt with in which way, we are pulling the warning/ban policy out of Rule 1 and moving it to stand independently so that other rules with specific policies are all in one place. The updated policy is as follows:
General Rule 1 Enforcement
You'll get two public warnings from the mods. Any offenses after that, and you'll get a 3 day temporary ban. Screw up again, and you're gone for a month. Screw up again, and you're not coming back.
Warnings will expire after 90 days. So if you got a warning and didn't screw up for, say, three months, and get warned again, that counts as your first warning on the road to being banned. However, if you received a temp ban for breaking Rule 1, it'll stay on your record, and won't expire for a year, so if you screw up after that before a year has gone by, you go to a 7-day/month-long ban and the year-long timer resets. Basically, don't screw around.
Rule 7 Enforcement
If a user is determined by at least two moderators to have violated Rule 7, they will be issued one warning not to do so again. If they repeat the behavior, as agreed upon by at least three moderators, they will be issued a 7 day ban. Doing so again (and agreed upon again by at least three moderators) will result in a permanent ban.
Other Rule Enforcement
All other rules will generally be enforced with a single warning followed by at least one temporary ban before any permanent ban is issued. The notable exceptions are Rule 2 (dox) and Rule 5 (personal army requests), which we reserve the right to immediately and without warning issue a permanent ban. In more severe or extreme cases of violations of other rules, should at least three moderators agree a user needs to bypass the standard warning/ban process and be moved straight to a permanent ban, such action may be taken, though this route should not be taken often.
Moderator Rule-Breaking Policy
Compared to regular Rule 1 enforcement, this is going to be bit more strict - first violation results in warning (publicly visible as all other warnings), second warning within a month will result in temporary suspension or permanent removal of permissions.
Reporting of mod violations should be done via modmail - please provide link to violation, rule violated and context, if necessary. If you don't want to report via modmail, you can also report to the head moderator directly. If you don't want that either, you may elect someone to report on your behalf. Nevertheless, links and context are required. Needless to say the mod in question won't be involved in evaluation of said violation.
- DON'T BE A DICKWOLF
Attack arguments, not people.
"Fuck off, retard," is not an argument. Neither is "Kill yourself, faggot." Regardless of whether you think someone is a shill, SJW, or whatever, stick to arguing the points. Name-calling does not contribute to discussion. Refer to the pyramid as a general guideline. If anything, just make sure your criticism outweighs any insults. However, well-reasoned arguments that end with parting shots like, "Stop being obtuse; even children understand this concept," are okay. Ostensibly, we're all adults here; a comment like that can just be ignored.
The core of this rule is primarily based on patterns of behavior, which fall into these categories:
Badgering and/or baiting another user across multiple threads or baiting after disengaging (mod enforced or otherwise), including persistent mentions and/or replies. Note that this generally does not apply to people that are outside the community, (e.g. "God, the guy who wrote that article is such a fucking retard."), but does apply in cases of tagging a user (e.g. "reallybadpersonidontlike you're a fucking mongoloid and you should go die in a fire.").
Posts and comments which are clearly not intended to generate discussion, but rather aimed at generating or maximizing as much drama and emotion as possible. Intentionally posting to make people angry.
Posts and comments intended to drive a wedge in the community, or to rally a mob to target users or communities, without the intent to hold a constructive discussion. Crusading eschews conversation, going beyond well-meaning criticism into behavior that includes excessive attacks against specific users, demands that action be taken against specific users, and/or bombarding a post with hostility towards KiA or specific users.
Don't resort to malicious name-calling, brazen insults, and/or general hostility against any individual user. Don't use identity politics or unironic slurs (that is, language intended to advocate blatant hatred) against groups of people. Don't make serious calls for violence against individuals or groups. If you're joking, please make clear you are joking so we don't have to slap you for it.
2. No Doxxing
We do not allow the publication of personal information, which is defined as:
1. Real names
Exceptions are made for "public figures," including (but not limited to) journalists, actors, published authors, and public-facing company personalities, as well as the subjects of published journalistic articles (limited purpose public figures). Facebook and LinkedIn pages may only be linked for corporations and public figures.
2. Phone numbers or addresses
Public contact numbers/address for companies (not including individual employees) are exempt.
3. Promotion of known doxxing sites
Certain websites exist for the primary purpose of collecting and spreading dox. You may not link to them, encourage others to visit them, or discuss them by name. The list of such sites can be found here. (link)
4. Other info which may be used to personally identify someone
Including personal e-mail addresses that are not intentionally available to the public, images of homes, etc.
If you are in doubt whether what you posted may constitute posting personal information, reach out to the moderator team. (link)
3. POSTING GUIDELINES
Posts on KotakuInAction must focus on one of the topics included in the whitelist and may not include a topic from the blacklist.
Post that do not meet this criterium will be removed. Removals due to Rule 3 alone have no consequences aside from the post being removed.
Meta Posts are excluded from this rule.
- Journalism Ethics
- Official Social Justice
- Media Meta
- Tabletop gaming, comics, sci-fi/fantasy, manga/anime, and derivative media of such
- Sub related OC Artwork
- Tech Happenings
Temporary Whitelist Items
- Unrelated Politics
- Memes (as in image macros)
- E-Celeb Bullshit
- Forum Noise (random users complaining on random forums [directly involved devs are exempt from this])
- Social Media Hot Takes
- Lets Plays
Temporary Blacklist Items
To pass unrelated pol, topics containing politicians; laws; government or major political organizations without direct relation to GamerGate, must be presented without partisan slant and the majority of the topic must focus on relevant actions or proposals, rather than their partisan or electoral implications.
Official social justice is defined as: The propagation or implementation of identity politics by institutions or companies of major size.
Tech Happenings is defined as: Significant events concerning the policies, business practices, algorithms, behavior, and corporate cultures of tech companies and social networks, especially where pertaining to free expression, identity politics, and anti-consumer activities, as well as legislation affecting tech spaces.
If you believe your post is of sufficient importance to the community but are concerned that it would not pass the above guidelines, please contact the modteam for approval
4. Posts must be intelligible
Non-English links must include a translation in the immediate comments from the OP. This can be either a full length translation, a copypaste of a machine translation, or a direct link to a full machine translation of the page.
All links to videos longer than 5 minutes will require either a comment by the OP or to be in a self post summarizing the relevant parts of the video to what they are trying to point out with it. Exceptions may be allowed if the title is clearly explaining what's going on with the link pointing directly at the relevant timestamp in the video.
Avoid mobile links if possible.
I realize that it's been a while since I've made any official announcements, updates, or proposals concerning GamerGate-related stuff, so I intend to rectify that as of right now. :)
Operation Canadian BaCon II Non-Update
Thanks to the combined effors of the mods of KotakuInAction and KotakuInAction2, various GamerGate supporters, and u/AcidOverlord helping to rally the remnants of 8chan, several interventions (complaints) were filed with the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, part of the Canadian government) concerning the biased coverage of GamerGate by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada's national broadcaster). I'm not sure how many people ended up participating since I devoted most of my time and energy to finishing my own submission - which I ended up having to take a day or two off from work to complete and ended up clocking in at over 100 pages(!) - but the 8chan contingent managed to get at least 40 to 50 people to participate and I know that some longtime GamerGaters like u/Calbeck also tossed their hat into the ring.
All I can report at the moment is that my intervention was successfully submitted and accepted. It's currently available on the CRTC's website and can be freely accessed by anyone who knows where to look for it. (I must admit that I find the fact that the leaked Crash Override Network chat logs are publicly available on a Canadian government website to be very amusing.) In addition, I volunteered to not only speak before the commission evaluating the CBC's behavior if asked, but also to potentially participate in a citizen's committee that would provide recommendations to the Canadian government on how to combat fake news and misinformation/disinformation campaigns in the digital age and following the rise of social media. Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the timetable for all of the aforementioned events has been completely disrupted and I've yet to receive any information or updates about rescheduling. The moment I hear anything, I'll be sure to let the GamerGate community know.
However, while we wait for news, I have two proposals for two (extremely loose) OPs to keep us busy in the interim, neither one of which should be disruptive enough to run afoul of Reddit's rules concerning brigading:
During its early days, #GamerGate had several Japanese-speaking supporters, including Poo Okakura (a.k.a. Roninworks) (who remains active to this day), u/RyanOfTheStars, and, of course, good old Mombot. Unfortunately, due to his work-related schedule, RyanOfTheStars is only able to participate if and when time allows it, and, as everyone here already knows, Mombot retired after being banned from Twitter due to the combined efforts of Renfamous, Sony, and Rage Against The Machine nearly a year ago. And this is a less-than-ideal situation considering that recent shenanigans (including Sony's ever-increasing censorship of the sexual content in Japanese PlayStation 4 video games, Funimation's questionable anime script rewrites, SJWs having openly expressed their intention to censor "problematic" material coming out of Japan directly at its source, and the recent banning of certain manga and light novels from Amazon) have made it more important than ever for us to establish contacts with Japanese otaku so they can fight back against this incursion on their home turf, especially since SJWs will definitely take advantage of Japan's "honor culture" to extract apologies from creators, then turn around and use this as an excuse to make more demands of them in the future (with the incident involving Swery seemingly being the "trial run" for such tactics).
And that's where Operation Amaterasu comes in.
As an unintentional (but welcome) side effect of using machine translation programs to communicate with some Japanese Twitter users concerning SJWs back in March and April (and befriending several of them in the process), an alternative news/information distribution has started to emerge (similar to what happened with GamerGate back in the day) over the past few months where we've discussed events, both past and present, involving attempts to censor and inject political correctness into anime, manga, and Japanese video games. Awareness of Funimation's antics, Anita Sarkeesian, GamerGate and even concepts like Sargon's Law are slowly stating to seep into Japanese social media thanks to the combined efforts of these individuals, among others:
- Rayforce (whose translations have been quoted in some Hero Hei and Clownfish TV videos)
- Seriema (who frequently writes articles on the Japanese user-generated content site Togetter and has likewise been referenced by YouTubers)
- Kai's Otaku Culture Lab
Though none of us are big names on social media, we've nevertheless managed to attract the attention of an emerging otaku collective - the All Japan Otaku Federation Founding Movement Committee - as well as a member of AFEE, an organization dedicated to standing up for freedom of expression in Japanese entertainment media. Right now, we're working together with ComicsGate supporter Nerd Wonder to create a small comic to raise public awareness. I know that many people here hate social media (especially Twitter) like the plague, but Japanese Twitter has been extremely welcoming and chill, so we're hoping you might consider joining us there to network with Japanese otaku, share stories, and pass on knowledge we gained the hard way during GamerGate to prepare them for what's ahead. Anyone who wishes to help us teach them of our strange ways is welcome to participate and we hope to see you there. :)
On an amusing side note, the Japanese are coming up with their own (disparaging) names for SJWs (though "SJW" appears to be gaining traction as well). The most popular one seems to be Porikore (ポリコレ), an abbreviated version of "poritikaru korekutonesu" (ポリティカル・コレクトネス, i.e. political correctness), though some have even taken to referring them as the Porikore Yakuza (ポリコレヤクザ) (The Political Correctness Yakuza). Also, radical Twitter feminists are enough of a pain in the ass in the Land of the Rising Sun that they've earned a nickname of their own: Twifemi or Tsuifemi (ツイフェミ), which is short for "Tsuittaa Feminisuto" ("Twitter Feminist").
Operation Short March
This is something that may be of interest to the (would-be) video game developers and creative types in both our ranks as well as in anti-SJW communities. Yes, its name is an intentional reference to the phrase "the long march through the institutions" and the idea behind this OP is to take the strategy that's been used by communists and SJWs to infiltrate academia, (online) communities, and businesses and turn it against them, in this case by starting our own counterinvasion of the gaming industry, with an upcoming event serving as a possible starting point.
MIGS (Montreal International Game Summit) is a large annual conference of video game professionals that started in 2004 and was combined with MEGA (Montreal Expo Gaming Arcade) two years ago to create a large public gathering where members of the gaming community and gaming industry could meet up and interact with one another. Usually, there're some pretty big names in attendance. Last year, for example, I briefly met and exchanged business cards with "Okami" background designer and "Bayonetta" concept artist Ikumi Nakamura (though I admittedly also came within spitting distance of Leigh Alexander).
This time around, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they're holding a virtual version of the event in two parts, the first of which the one being held from September 25-26, 2020 should be particularly noteworthy for everyone here:
In September, a platform for exchange for recruitment (junior, intermediate/senior and international) as well as a showcase for academic training will be in the spotlight.
In other words, this might be a good opportunity to network and/or form business contacts with video game industry professionals to get your foot in the door and get a career started. On the downside, they're charging a "virtual admission fee" and haven't provided details on how exactly this is supposed to work yet. On the upside, there's currently a Super Early Bird Special going on until August 1, 2020 where you pay $16 CAN (around $12.00 US) for general admission to both this event as well as a more business-oriented one in November, so it's not going to break the bank. More information (such as it is) can be found here:
Looks like we left the last megathread up a lot longer than intended. Things are a bit quieter over here (partially as we're still waiting on some functionality, as well as getting the CSS hammered out) but I'll try to be more on top of these going forward.
So, what are some games you've been playing lately? Anything you're particularly excited for? Share in the comments below.
Remember back in April when the German branch of EA openly endorsed the efforts of German SJWs and a far left think tank partially funded by the German government and headed by a former Stasi informant to inflict cancel culture on the gaming community and all other online communities? Well, it's still going on and I'll be translating a second wave of articles from the "No Pixels For Fascists" SJW hivemind, starting with one about review bombing. The observant should note the projection and complete lack of awareness in the last paragraph.
BY TEAM - JUNE 3, 2020 - BLOG/RECOMMENDED READING
What Is Review Bombing?
In this post we present three sources from our network that shed light on the tactics of review bombing.
"DOOM Eternal" review statistics after review bombing. Source: Eurogamer.
When groups get together online with the express goal of damaging specific movies or video games and their developers with the help of a mass number of bad reviews, this is called review bombing. The groups organize themselves in forums and through services like Discord and discuss their next goals and their attacks there. However, as a general rule, the reason for these actions is not attributable to understandable circumstances, such as video games becoming unplayable due to crashes or invasive copy protection (even if this definitely also occurs, as in the "DOOM Eternal" event) since the negative reviews there would be more individual in nature and not require any arrangements to be made. Most often in review bombing, a small group of persons who want to maintain the status quo declares themselves the "voice of the people", purportedly in the name of democracy. This happens particularly often in order to devalue game makers with an alleged leftist political agenda.
The criticism that such review bombings contain rarely has to do with the game itself, but instead regularly refers to accusations of so-called "political correctness", a catchphrase of the political right under which any depictions of social conditions fall that deviate from the desired, very conservative image of the group. Often, the desire for historical correctness is expressed, but, in the process, it quickly becomes apparent that this argument is particularly supported by misogynistic and racist ideologies. Other historical "incorrectnesses" are not only unimportant to review bombers, but they outright reject a scientific view of history, as can be seen with not only the described example of "Total War: Rome II" but also with "Battlefield V". History is not a static value, but a continuous process of refinement. Of course, one's own feeling of authenticity when it comes to a depiction is also strongly influenced by consumed media, and, once internalized, it becomes difficult to change one's own understanding of history - but it is exactly that capacity which would be vital in extricating oneself from a view of the past that has now become obsolete.
Needless to say, it would be within everyone's discretion to simply not buy a game that they do not like, which some people also certainly do. However, this is not enough for review bombers because they want to suppress any depiction that deviates from their opinion. They want to do the greatest possible damage to the developers with their mass number of bad reviews; there is no interest in a clarifying discourse. In her article "It's Not About Facts: Why You Cannot and Should Not Enlighten Reactionary Nerds", Aurelia Brandenburg explains how best to deal with such hateful comments disguised as criticism.
Brandenburg, Aurelia. "It's Not About Facts: Why You Cannot and Should Not Enlighten Reactionary Nerds". 2018. Geekgefluester.de. (https://geekgefluester.de/es-geht-nicht-um-fakten-warum-man-reaktionaere-nerds-nicht-aufklaeren-kann-und-soll-rome-2-review-bombing)
Hennig, Björn. "Right Wing Agendas Under the Cloak of Historical Correctness". 2018. videospielhistoriker.wordpress.net. https://videospielhistoriker.wordpress.com/2018/09/27/rechte-agenda-unter-dem-mantel-historischer-korrektheit-mein-beitrag-zur-debatte-um-weibliche-generaele-in-total-war-rome-ii/
Wagner, Pascal. "Games at the Polls". 2020. Languageatplay.de. (https://languageatplay.de/2020/01/27/spiele-an-der-wahlurne-demokratie-in-videospielen-und-der-industrie/
- Original Article: http://keinenpixeldenfaschisten.de/2020/06/03/review-bombing/
- Wayback Machine: http://web.archive.org/web/20200813054337/https://keinenpixeldenfaschisten.de/2020/06/03/review-bombing/
- Archive.today: http://archive.is/nLVoG
WES - Win Enhancement Suite 👨🌾
Win Enhancement Suite (WES) is a suite of improvements that enhance your .Win communities browsing experience.
As many of you, I've been a TD Reddit user for many years before coming here, i grew accustomed to many of its features plus the features of the addon called RES (Reddit Enhancement Suite) and found myself really missing them, so after waiting a couple of months for someone to come up with a solution, a friend (/u/melvin) and i started talking shop about how it could be done (he is the 400 pound hacker that actually knows how to code) and so we began with this humble addon, it doesn't have many features right now but i think it brings enough QOL improvements for it to be shared.
We are currently talking with the TD modteam to get official endorsement of the suite and waiting for their response so you can feel safer while using the addon.
You can view the GitHub repository of the addon and check the entirety of its code here: https://github.com/ilovestaples/wes
We really hope you like it and expect your feedback!
How to install:
- Install Tampermonkey on your favorite browser: https://www.tampermonkey.net (this handles userscripts, the code the addon is made of)
- Install the latest release of WES from HERE. (this is the userscript, the addon itself)
- 🆕Expandos🆕 - View tweets, images and videos from the most popular hosting sites on TD without having to leave the page - Click the icon to the right of the link to expand it.
- Communities bar - Easy access to the entire .win community.
- Expand content - Expand all content on the frontpage at once with a single click.
- Easy access to submitted/comments sections - Click on your submitted/comments karma score to access the corresponding section on your profile.
- Automatic quote - Copies highlighted text from a post and adds it as a quote in the reply box.
v0.1.1 (2020-08-10) -
- Added expandos, currently supports most links with direct image/video formats and youtube/imgur/twitter links.
v0.1.0.7 (2020-07-25) -
- Added automatic notification after updates
- Added css to the navigation bar
v0.1.0.6 (2020-07-20) -
- When replying to a comment, any highlighted text gets automatically added as a quote each time the reply button is clicked
v0.1.0.5 (2020-07-19) -
- Automatically add quote when replying with highlighted text
-Open to your suggestions, this is merely the first alpha of the enhancement suite.
Not everyone may know this, and it may not be obvious. Once you have a .Win account on one sub, you can use the same account on all .Win subs.
If you have an account on one .Win sub, just log-in with the same log-in info on another .Win sub. You don't have to make an account more than once.
I know it is weird that (as far I know) you are not automatically logged-in on other .Win subs when logged-in on one of them. In a sense they are basically websites of their own while also being able to share accounts some how.
EDIT: Ofcourse you should make sure you only do this with Official .Win subs, which you can find a list of here.
Am I drunk, is my Reddit not working properly or is our sub gone?
Bonus question: I have no idea how to use this .win here. I click on sort by new, but most stuff is like 9 days old. What am I doing wrong?