A Very Belated Introduction, Some Welcomes, and An Announcement

By Hayden (M'iau M'iaut) . July 7, 2013 . 8:30am

With E3 2013 come and gone, it is now over a year since Aung and I joined the team with the hope of keeping an ever growing community active, vibrant and strong. Two more sets of eyes to help ensure anyone could participate without having to concern themselves with receiving a vulgar, vile rant in reply to their thought-out and well-argued posts.


I think for the most part, we have achieved at least that part of our goals. Now I reach another, being able to share a bit about myself. This introduction is very belated as it was first discussed soon after I came on, and was again promised to Ishaan for the start of the new year. A few weeks after the start of the northern hemisphere Summer will have to do.


In Ishaan’s community post last year, I was referred to as one of Siliconera’s “oldest” community members. He wasn’t just remarking on how long I had been part of our community. I was born in 1970, and have been fortunate to keep up with and enjoy the interests and hobbies of my youth. Yes I actually had Pong, a 2600 and can speak first hand about the horrors that was Pac-Man on that system. I even had an ET cart before all those ended up in the landfill. Many teenaged nights were spent in actual living and breathing video arcades. There was an amazing amount of camaraderie in those dark noisy places, and it brings a smile to not so old eyes when I see that companionship manifest itself on our message board and news threads.


From the friends I have made here, I see the passion for this hobby remains strong in so many. I want to only build more upon what you all have created. Open knowledgeable discussions on a wide range of gaming and media topics, with members willing to share what they know freely, rather than using that information to bludgeon folks into submission. But as our community grows, so too does its needs. Three sets of eyes were not always enough, so we found two more whom I hope everyone has has the honor to come across. Say hi to our newest moderators.


Puchinri – She also quite qualifies as a long-time poster, who always started great conversations throughout the site and kept them going with a voice of reason. One of Siliconera’s first ‘fan girls’ during a time the rest of us were sure that everyone on the internet was indeed male. The rest of us were wrong about that then, but not about Puchinri being the type of poster who would make a great moderator.


Solomon Kano – Our latest find, plucked straight from the garden of friends and ideas which our Open Thread has become. Solomon shows that active posting can be done without trolling or making angry comments. The type of poster who only strengthens a community through his involvement, and will continue to do so in his new duties.


Now that the fun stuff is done, it is also my duty to announce a new rule which will be going into effect across all of Siliconera’s posts and discussions from this point forward. The banning of posted GIFs and other moving memes. The drain these are putting on folks being able to properly access the site (especially on the mobile side) has become too great for us to ignore. We also want to encourage folks to share their own ideas and thoughts, not just link to some overused video clip. Posts with senseless GIFs and memes will deleted, with reminders to repost their written thoughts if so desired. Continued ignoring of the rule will be dealt with as any other repeated violation would.


Still pictures and links will still be allowed, but I will ask posters consider (think before posting) if the picture is needed for making their point. The moderators will also be taking closer note of both pictures and links for existing NSFW concerns.


We aren’t changing much, just again looking to remove as many barriers as possible for experiencing and enjoying our community. I hope you will welcome your latest mods if you have not already done so and feel free to say hello to this ‘old man’ in the future. Again, thank you all for making the Siliconera community was it is and will become.


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  • CirnoTheStrongest

    Thank goodness. While some of the meme pictures are funny, I really think they get overused nowadays.
    Ah, and welcome to the two new mods~!

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Holy crap. Congrats on those two. =)

  • Penguin


  • Isaac Newton

    Salmon deserves it :D

    • M’iau M’iaut

      How do you prefer your Salmon? Poached, baked or braised?

      • WyattEpp

        Broiled on cedar plank.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    What if I just leave the incomplete url and tell the others to write “.gif” at the end of it so that they can see it? Is that possible?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Still pictures are fine, but we aren’t going to play games with the gifs. Sorry. This is an issue with the physical side of things.

  • DesmaX

    *applause gif*

    Oh well, I’ll behave. Congrats for the new mods, btw

    • M’iau M’iaut

      See. The feeling those provided can remain with just a little thought.

      *dis gonna be good gif*
      *die in a fire gif*
      *jumping out the window gif*
      *random dumb animal gif*

      • Well thank god this doesn’t affect me since i spam “dumb animal gif” on twitter instead of the OT>

      • JustThisOne

        Personally, I like this way better because I don’t have to search for anything. I mean, what if my .gif hasn’t been made yet? :3


    • Isaac Newton

      good bye GIFs we will miss you. T_T


  • Valtiel Ikari

    congrats to both new mods, specially Salomon, hes a cool dude who always maneges to gives his point in a respectful way, he deserv this!

  • Herok♞

    Well I am glad everything is going, and even though I liked them it makes sense we are getting rid of gifs, now maybe I can do a recap without things slowing down like crazy.

  • DyLaN

    Is it OK tht I edit the link to the gif into the comments after I post it? I promise I will lessen the use of it though.

    Congrats to both of them lvling up again.

    • JustThisOne

      Oh right! Because if you edit the link in after posting, only the link shows and the .gif doesn’t show up, right? So therefore, there’s no moving parts, but just a link. :V

    • M’iau M’iaut

      If it doesn’t move on the site, it will be treated as just a link — within the existing no NSFW rules of course.

      If it does move it its tagged, bagged and eet.

  • Congrats. I don’t comment much but I look forward to seeing what you guys bring to siliconera.

    Also i must flat-out say I miss the Arcade Machine era. I was born just as it came towards its final curtain. However if Japan ever provided their arcade selection worldwide…. :D

    • Lynx

      Luckily for me, we still have an arcade down the street.

      Now, the question is normally whether or not half the stuff there works at any given time or day.

      • Isaac Newton

        In here too actually our family business is all about arcade :D

  • Go2hell66

    omg miaut miuat your like 20 years older than me
    i hope i still love games that much when i reach that age

  • Magnumsally

    I wish neogaf would adopt the banning of GIF policy

    • Isaac Newton

      That one is a different story LOL

  • Go2hell66

    question! so gifs and videos in the open thread are still OK right?

    • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

      Video are okay but gifs no.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Links to videos are fine. If they move without a click however.

      • Would shortening a link perhaps be good practice for people posting in OT, in case we still want to share almost anything there with less risk of breaking this rule?

        Forgot to mention that this is on the assumption that shortening links stops Disqus from loading them automatically.

        • JustThisOne

          They do. :>

  • Go2hell66

    2nd question! if gifs and images are such a problem why can’t you just change the comment system entirely. disqus is such a pain anyway

  • Ereek

    Ah, I’m glad you aren’t going to allow .gifs in the comments. It wouldn’t be so bad if it was only once in a while, but they’re so frequent that they’ve lost their impact.

  • Congratulations lady and gentleman =)

  • Colonel Custard

    Phew the chubbies are safe… -_- hehehe anyways the gif policy works out better for my laziness now I won’t have to look for that perfect gif. Laziness HO!!

  • British_Otaku

    Welcome, Puchinri and Solomon Kano. Looking forward to seeing you guys more on the site.

    The adjustments to the rules sound pretty reasonable. The Escapist is super strict on minimalist posts (a line or so and/or a video/image/gif could collectively earn a warning, suspension or ban), perhaps too far, still it is better to have people making their points clear with the images and such acting as sources or capping off the subject.

    Still images still have a lot of potential for easy expression anyway.

  • JustThisOne

    Whoo hoo! Late congratulations to you two! Hope you guys can take the heat, because some of these comment sections can really burn up.

    Also, I wish disqus had an option to freeze .gifs until clicked on or to “flatten” them outright. I have a hunch that people aren’t going to pick up on this rule if they happen to miss this article, or something like that. You guys might have to keep this pinned to the top for a long time.

    Ack, I hope people notice this, or else there will be many banned. .__.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    :[ good bye gifs I will miss you hyped dog…..

    • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

      We will never see Solomon’s shark gif again…

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        I loved Senpai Shark

        • M’iau M’iaut

          If you *spend enough time in your quest*, Shark-kun still should be there.

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            he will notice that… rudely

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Ok Ok. Corrected with apolgies.

  • Skyer Ist

    ^^ ;)

  • ronin4life

    Keep up the good work Everyone!

  • I endorse any measure encouraging internet users to actually express themselves in language rather than meaninglessly regurgitated so-called “meme” images.

  • badmoogle

    I thought Puchinri had said some time ago that she was a guy…o_0
    Anyway congrats to both of them. :)

  • Pekola

    This is the perfect place to post about the mobile site then.

    I use an iDevice (iPad) to browse through the site. And I have to say that I’ve encountered lots of problems with OnSwipe (having to go to the actual mobile site to comment, images not appearing in full. Videos not showing, ect) . And there’s apparently the mobile version + OnSwipe. Which makes it confusing. I’ve constantly changed to the desktop version, only to be reverted back with each visit.

    So since this announcement is about improving the mobile experience too, it would be great if you could look into fixing or unifying the mobile site. As an added thought, as nice as the touch gestures in OnSwipe are, the normal mobile version might just be better because I don’t have to open multiple pages just to comment and it gives less image problems.

    Just as a thought. Thank you for you amazing work, guys~

    • doctorpope181

      I get the exact same problems with OnSwipe on iOS

    • mirumu

      This x 1000. On-Swipe and the mobile site are both abominations as they are. I don’t even find switching to the desktop mode will stick even changing between articles, let alone between visits. They don’t work properly on iPads or iPhones, and the last time I tried on an Android tablet wasn’t much better.

  • SirRichard

    Congrats, Puchinri and Solomon, you deserve those positions. God help you when the next big JRPG doesn’t have dual audio.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      bwhahahahahha that^

    • puchinri

      I recently got the hang of deleting comments in a very quick manner, so if I see someone past the warning point, I’m just going to nip it in the bud extra quick. :’D

      But yeah, gonna need all the help and blessings I can get. vuv;

  • SupaPhly

    no more gifs?

    damn, my goal to turn each comment section into a 1998 geocities page has been ruined

  • Spider-Man

    Finally, no more gifs. It was starting to feel like NeoGAF. Congrats Puchinri and Solomon. Glad I was aware of these users prior to their ranking up.

    • JustThisOne

      It was starting to feel like NeoGAF.

      Oh god. Don’t even say that. DON’T EVEN SAY THAT.

  • PoweredByHentai

    I honestly doubt that animated gifs are detrimental to the mobile experience.

    What does affect mobile browsing can be categorized into any combination of the following areas:
    1. Bad mobile browser optimization (i.e. FireFox)
    2. Bad website optimization
    3. The user’s mobile connection

    Disclaimer: I have a Galaxy Note 2

    Regarding number 1:
    Firefox has a tendency to slow to a crawl when you use it prolifically. Hell, you can jump between any number of websites on FireFox like Siliconera, Joystiq, Polygon, or even GamaSutra and you will see Firefox slow to a painful crawl. Some browsers are just bad like that because they take after their desktop version’s design philosophy.

    I don’t have such an issue with the basic “Internet” app on my phone nor do I have such an issue with Chrome or Dolphin. What I do see instead are all the ads that these other mobile browsers don’t block.

    Of all the major mobile browsers on Android, FireFox has the worst and slowest interface for text input. Oh, you have a typo on your second paragraph in a 5 paragraph long comment? Well, I hope you have the patience to fight the damn FireFox browser in selecting that specific word that you want to correct because it will fight tooth and nail to throw your text cursor all the way to the bottom of the text box. Remember, I have a WaCOM stylus that comes with my smartphone (the S-Pen) so I shouldn’t have to put up with this BS from a mobile browser.

    Regarding number 2:
    Website optimization is a difficult business. You can have bloated websites that will derp on you because of everything that it is trying to throw at you like Polygon. Or you can keep things simple and occasionally delegate certain aspects of your site to more professional services, such as the commenting tool for the general public. If you want a terrible implementation of both the site and the comment tool on a mobile browser, then Polygon is a poster child for everything that you should NEVER do on a mobile browser. Oh, a Polygon article has 50+ comments, I should be able to load the comments, right? Nope.

    I tried visiting that same Polygon article on the following browsers: Internet, Chrome, FireFox, and Dolphin. FireFox had it the worst out of the other browsers. I also tried that same Polygon on my iPhone 4, same thing. And the kicker here is that no one in the comment section posted any images. That site was just terribly un-optimized.

    By contrast, all of those mobile browsers have no issue with loading up Siliconera and letting Disqus do its thing, complete with user-posted images and animated gifs. It only becomes an issue when you want FireFox to load more comments than the default number on the Open Thread, where I spend most of my time on this site.

    Regarding number 3:
    The user’s connection is often the most troublesome and most common point of failure. If you are using your wireless provider’s mobile data like LTE or 4G HSPA+, then you are essentially at your wireless provider’s mercy for a stable connection. At home, I use my cable broadband connection via a wireless router. At work, I rarely have problems using the LTE and 4G HSPA+ network.

    However, I was just at Anime Expo for the past few days and getting a decent connection was all but impossible. If I’m lucky, I might get LTE or 4G HSPA+ signal at the LA Convention Center but I usually ended up being connected to 2G Edge, which has zero utility for the modern age. It was actually bad enough that using the default Messaging app (the one that ties into your SMS or mobile text service) and even just making phone calls was more reliable and had less battery drain than trying to connect to any data network. Just yesterday, I was posting about being in line for my huke autograph and that itself was a challenge even when no one on the OT posted any images.

    So really, I doubt that animated gifs are even the problem that your users are experiencing. It might add a bit of stress to their smartphone or tablet but it really comes down to their network and whether their browser is properly optimized or not. Hell, FireFox occasionally hits 25% CPU use on my phone for no reason other than it needs to be killed to clear out some RAM, just like its desktop brethren.

    TLDR version:
    You don’t have a problem with number 2. You have a problem with users having problems number 1 and number 3.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Thanks for the announcements and updates. I already know the mods and I’ve talked to them too :D
    You should make more articles!

  • Curan_Altea

    I don’t think I’ve actually talked to Puchinri, but I always see her around making sense and being nice. Gets my seal of approval.
    And nice to learn a little about you M’iau. You don’t talk enough.

    It’s funny to see a new rule that will affect a mod.
    No gifs isn’t a big deal, I could see how they’re a drain on a real conversation and I look forward to the actual words that will come across instead.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Don’t remind me. ;_;

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Belated indeed. Cheers!

  • AnimeRemix

    Welcome new moderators! =D

  • Congrats!!!! Now all solomon needs is a twitter account like the other mods.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I’m trying my damnedest not to make one, but it may yet happen.

  • Romancer Ecclesia

    I have more problems with loading the mobile version on my iPad, and ironically the web version is smoother on it. Just some feedback :)

  • Vyse_the_Stampede

    Could you guys just give me a clarification about the banning/warning criteria? Let me use specific examples, and let’s say I would post something like “I really don’t think I will end up buying this game. I’m not a big fan of the series, but the fact it doesn’t has dual-audio just pushes me away from it, since I know I won’t be able to play it with english voices. My wallet has a limit, and I have to choose where to spend it on XD. Well, it looks promising at least, so I wish it sells well ^^.” (let’s say I posted something similar no more than once, when concerning a specific game, all threads in consideration)… or something in those lines, you get my point I believe. Well, I don’t think I offended anyone, I’m just stating that without dual-audio, what the game will cost me, it’s not worth my money. In my opinion at least, where each person spends their own money, and by which criteria, should be chosen by them alone, yes, other people can question them about their decision, but going as far as using a way to attack the person behind it, and listing it as a definition of a [insert insult of choice] (which happens pretty much every time something like “dual-audio” is even mentioned), just seems the wrong one (or at least the “wronger”) of the two actions. Also, I’m not “begging”, “blackmailing”, or looking for a flame war, but nonetheless, this always ends up, at the very least, a heated discussion… but in this specific case, which “one” (if any) is the “one” that will receive a Ban/Warning?

    I also want to say I did read the posting rules in the “Open Thread”, and something similar could be said about point 3, but since the sentence “DO NOT… complain when games are announced for other systems.” is, for me, very subjective, I decided to ask a more specific question. And by “subjective”, I mean that, let’s say someone complains saying “Why was this game released on [insert system]?! A game like that deserves to be on a real system, like [insert a different system… probably the one you own] (I guess deserving of a Ban/Warning, since it’s in “attack position”, and it’s nothing more than “fanboyism”); or “Ah, I wished this would be on [inserted system… the one you own I guess]. It seems I will end up missing a great game :(.” (to me at least, this case does not deserve a Ban/Warning, since it’s only showing dissatisfaction, and not attacking any system or person… because not every person can have all the systems.). Well, I guess this second case could be considered more of “Forum material” than “Comment material”, but I see no reason for people to not be able to show dissatisfaction in this matter. Yes, it can be considered a highly flame inducing comment, but again, he didn’t start or look for that flame war, if someone did start it, as a response to this comment, in my view, that person should be the one to take the consequences. I don’t know, I just feel that if we start prohibiting people to “talk” their mind, or show their dissatisfaction, just because is a sensitive subject, or because many people might use as a way to start trouble, sooner or later, as sites (and the internet) become even more spread around the world, it will get to a point, we won’t be allowed to say anything that is not in accordance to what we are talking about, and I don’t need to say that no contradictory opinions, no discussion, and everything stays the same. Well, I guess people can clearly see where I’m going with this, in my opinion, if both this cases are considered Ban/Warning material, as time passes, we will star having (more serious) censorship problems (and btw, I’m not talking about Siliconera here, I’m just expressing how I would feel if all these comments where considered punishable, and how I see, through time, the continuance of those standards). But again, in this case, would both (if any) case, be considered to be worth a Ban/Warning?

    (well, these are all the questions I have, and since this can go wrong depending on how/who answers me, I will advert from making further comments related to these points (and yes, I know that, in the eyes of many people, I made one or two “stretches” there, but talking about that was not reason for this post, I just wanted some “official” clarifications on how these kind of comments are seeing… and considering what I’m about to write next, I think the smarter idea would be for me not to say anything else on the subject… sorry XD)

    About the article, and in the same vein of thought I guess, I just wanted to make a small personal observation. I can’t say I agree when you say that you are “looking to remove as many barriers as possible for experiencing and enjoying our community.”… I actually chuckled when I read it, since from the second I read the announcement the only thing I could see was a restriction, and an imposition of barriers that took away one privilege (liberty, right, or whatever you consider the most politically correct word here XD) that the users previously had, and is being taken away. It just sounded to me like it was a very sleeky way to put it.

    With that said, after pondering a little about it, I can say I agree that it might give way to more interesting and enjoyable discussions between users (I first wrote “interactions” instead of “discussions”, but I realized that to me what word was just wrong, since different kinds of interactions are being taken away, not added), but I personally don’t think it will make much difference, since most people that don’t post much more than a gif in the comment section, don’t have the time, or the will, to spend long minutes having a discussion about the same subject, so they will just, most likely, don’t post at all. That’s why it just felt to me that some enjoyment we could take from the site was taken away (yes, the overuse of certain gifs make them loose their charm, but new are being made every day… and I actually found some of them funny/enjoyable), just to improve the accessibility (I guess you could also call it “enjoyment”) of some users that are accessing the site from, or through, inferior hardware/software (as “PoweredByHentai” mentioned earlier, his points 1 and 3 are the main problems here). But then again, I only access this site from a notebook/desktop computer, so if someone chose/can only do it through a mobile phone, for instance, I guess I can’t argue much, since I wouldn’t like to be in their position, but this is my point-of-view from where I stand, and I chose those platforms, because I had more trust on them.

    As a final thought, the “obligatory” welcome to the new mods :). Let’s see what you got… no pressure XD.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      First there have been very few insta-bans outside of spammers and those who drop such lovelies as ‘I will go there and kill every human being who works for the company’. And warnings are given in plenty.

      I don’t keep track of the sides of arguments but yes, angry name calling will always get either a delete or a delete and a warning. Deletes without drawing attention indeed serve the same value as a warning to the original poster and I am not having to respond to ‘what did he say’ requests. There can be a bit of a fine line between discussing why/why not a game ended up on a particular system and getting a mod post, but in general — WHY AINT THIS ON X — by itself will be removed.

      I will not hide the fact that yes, we do put more effort than some into keeping track of the boards. I am also willing to explain the whys, but the reasons remain there. I do think a strength of our boards is that there are deep discussions and that most members of our community actually do post something beyond just a gif or other one line post.

  • Congrats dudes now let’s all relax with a cool glass of radish juice

  • Göran Isacson

    Congratulations Puchinri and Solomon Kano, you two be cool people and as such, I for one put my trust in your mod-hood! May it be fair and patient with the inevitable e-drama.

    Also daang M’iau, 1970? That’s some powerful seniority you got there on… most likely 95 % of the rest of us brats. Now I’m imagining a nerdier looking Morgan Freeman, all wise and grizzled with a soothing yet authoritive voice. Please tell me I am close I would really like to think we have a Morgan Freeman among our ranks.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      He is much older than I am. And I am white, sorry. The voice description is pretty spot on — my normal voice is loud but its not like I am screaming at someone.

      • Göran Isacson

        … Close enough for me! I will now proceed to imagine you as video game Morgan Freeman… OR videogame Sean Connery. He’s old and grizzled and wise, he works too.

  • mirumu

    I’ve always found navigating Siliconera on a mobile device to be a pain because of the weird “mobile optimised” user interfaces. Never had any problem with gifs, and my mobile connection is quite a slow one. Actually on my iPhone 5 it doesn’t even show the comments in the default view so how are people seeing these animated gifs anyway?

    I’d be willing to bet money those gifs aren’t the problem if someone is trying to browse the open thread on a mobile device.

  • Hinataharem

    Two of my favorite peeps, getting official positions.

    It’s like watching your friends graduate *sniff*

  • Yuriangels

    Yeah, good for them, (i hope i get pick next!!!)

  • Neophoton

    I knew about Solomon for awhile (helps from practicing posting on the same articles for certain games!), but not Punchinri. Congrats to the both of you!

  • Anime10121

    Congrats yet again you two! Two well deserved community members who as the article said, are well mannered and articulate members! Congrats to the two of you and to Siliconera for picking two excellent peeps :D

  • puchinri

    So. . . this is really late (for this post), but hi hi everyone!

    Quite a few commenters already greeted me before in other places, but salutations to all.

    I hope to be a responsible and happy, fair mod to every-gamer. >uO /salute

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