HUGE thanks to DeityDiz93 for his superb moderation and ideas for this Town Haul.
Minutes for the February 2015:
How we can deal with community issues...
First, don't immedietly seek Spaztique for everything. There's a whole team of mods and members willing to help, not to mention many situations you can deal with yourself in constructive manners. The problem is that most members are too scared to seek many of the other mods or members, usually out of unfamiliarity. Remember: they get more experience when they get more involved, and you get you problem solved more quickly if everything's not piled onto one person. If you want a list of available mods, check out the About Us page. If you're a regular member who want to make a name for yourself, read on.
Next, it seems that most of the WSW's negativity appears mainly on DeviantArt. The members on the voice chat tend to have more contact with fellow members, not to mention troublesome members are dealt with more quickly. The goal of the our regulars should be to spread that positivity from the chats to the DA group.
Here's how you can help:
- Leave more constructive, positive comments! That's how the original WSW started: a bunch of guys leaving comments on eachother's videos. Constructive means you tell people why you liked what you saw (or even tips on how to improve), and positive means you have the intent on helping the person out, putting a smile on their face, or at least making their life better. If you cannot leave a constructive comment, at least brighten somebody's day.
- Remember that fear hurts groups: fear of speaking up, fear of seeking help, fear of getting hurt, all these keep you from taking action to improve things and make things better. MagnumPhoenixZX has managed to speak up in spite of fear, and he's confronted big issues with no problem.
- Beware the dangers of negativity: Fear spreads fear, hatred spreads hatred, sarcasm breeds sarcasm. Don't add onto it: when others are negative, you act positive; when others spread fear, you spread hope; when others are sarcastic, you'll be honest. And remember: if somebody continuously bothers you, just block and ignore. Don't stalk, don't complain, just act as if they don't exist and move on.
- Encourage people to use the chat more. It's the fastest way to contacting our members. Either join the Skype group (now re-instated!) or our public Raidcall chat (if you have to apply, write your DA page name). Most of the Walfas community congregates on the voice chats, anyway, so take advantage of them. It'll increase your traffic, your network, the people you can get help from, and most importantly, more friends.
- Basically, CONNECT WITH MORE PEOPLE, AND CONNECT WITH PEOPLE MORE. The amount of love you get back is a reflection of how much you regularly send out. So, send out more love!
DeityDiz offers this challenge:
How much positivity can you spread in a week?
How many comments can you leave to put a smile on somebody's face or help them out in a week?
How much fun could you have doing this? And would you want to do it?
In a vote of 33 to 7, GreenJake gets to remain as a mod for his increasing activity in the community.
Seems that feedback on the new folders are positive, but props may need some organization. Also, thanks to the recommendation of Ceej39 for re-arranging the folders, with the most active folders on top.
- AlgaeNymph has written his first fic, Marisa's Sex Change.
- TTBNC and kidowa continueing work on The Disaster of the Multiverse.
- Carlos1225: Made this photo during Town Haul.
- MagnumPhoenixZX and ChibioChen: New CCC stuff.
- BleachBummer: Needing more voices for the Tosatsu Kingdom voices! Read the lines here.
- Ceej39: Will be making an animation tutorial for smooth animation, physics, and timing. It will incorporate the 12 principles of animations. Also, upcoming animation, What's Eating Nitori Kawashiro.
- 963Delta-Studios recommends you check SynFig for your animation needs.
- MegaGundamMan: Working on Megamari Battle Network, with Touhou characters as navis.
- MyonNyanMukyuu: WalfaZ begins March 10! Here's a roster.
- DarkChaosXX: New review project. Needs recommendations.
- DustedEnderman: Touhou Doom in development! He needs more reviews, suggestions on what demonic Touhou characters should do, and more. More details here.
- Captainface: Continuing work on the Walfas Course on Autism comic series. Here's part 1 if you wanna see it.
- ORT451: Stream coming back! And here's a chat for non-twitch users.
- kitsune121x: Will be getting back to projects soon. Here's his youtube page.
- FullHitPoints, popfan95b, and MichiharuRuko working on MajiKana. Here's some more screenshots. Ruko is also doing commissions: these funds will help her get Game Maker Studio!
- Spaztique: HTF Birthday vid nearing completion, Leadership Crash Course on February 25, and Unleash The Hermit Within on February 28. Details here.
- keinecat doing a voiced version of Chrono Trigger. Try out for stuff here. Contact Keine via DA notes to try out.
- Leo360WalfasMix: Needs help with an upcoming project.
- ExPorygon now working with pellaeon for sprites for Ephemeral Unnatural Balance. For production updates, visit Porygon's Tumblr. Playtesting will take place at TouhouCon. Streams around 6-8 PM EST on Twitch and Hitbox
- Got more announcements? Post them in the comments below!
We'll see you for the next Town Haul in March! In the meantime...