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Greetings Station-wagoners, ExPorygon here! As promised here are the answers to the first batch of questions anonymously submitted to the WSW Question Box.


Q: Can anyone else besides Walfasers join the WSW? What if they like the group, but decide not to use Walfas are aren't into Touhou much? Is there a place for them here?

A: While we once began as a group mainly for Walfas, we have since evolved and had the interests of our members broaden. At this point, the WSW can be considered a Multimedia and Self-Improvment group heavily focused on Walfas and Touhou, but not exclusively.

I suggest to the person that is not is not necessarily interested in these things but thinking about joining that him/her join anyway and see if they feel comfortable. Rest assured, we accept people from a variety of different interests.


Q: What do you think about fanservice in Walfas?

A: Well, I'm not quite sure what you mean by fanservice. If you mean that in the typical sense, as in gratuitous sexualization, then I fail to see that being much of an issue in Walfas (given the non-sexualized default look of characters), with the exception of a few customs that people have made.

If you mean fanservice in a more broad sense, then I would ask you to be a little more specific with examples as I have a hard time telling what exactly you mean.


Q: Why is it such a hassle to say Tracy's name? A majority of people from RC know who he is and what he has done, so why is it such a problem to say names in public?

A: By popular demand, we have disclosed the full story behind Tracy, otherwise known as MrHeart24 in the latest Town Haul. To answer the question as to why, the situation was very delicate and making it public risked escalating the issue, as was made clear in the meeting. Even afterword, this divisive incident is still a very sensitive subject to many.

Many people, especially several of us admins, would prefer to leave this issue behind and not continue to talk about it. However, we decided that the full story needed to be told, but now that it has, we ask that you all leave this issue in the past.


Q: What would it take to become an admin of WSW?

A: The attributes that we of the WSW value in our admins are, first and foremost, community involvement. As the past has shown, admins that do not interact with the community become out of touch, and people begin to wonder why they're admins in the first place. In addition, we value trustworthiness, dedication, and the ability to solve problems swiftly but with a level head. No one is perfect, but all of us strive to embody these traits and more.

Q: This isn't really a question, but I always feel like I'm being a douchebag to everyone and annoying them and if I do I'm really sorry. I just always seem to push people away with my sense of humor and the way I act, and it just makes it hard for me to feel like people enjoy being with me

A: This sounds like a problem that needs to be talked about directly. It's difficult to address this kind of issue adequately with anonymous messages. We encourage you to approach us to talk about this directly. In fact, I'd suggest talking to a number of us at once to get this issue settled. Just contact us through one of the available admins or a group note and we can set up a date.

In the meantime, please remember that no matter what you think you've done, there is always the possibility for improvement. I also believe that it's very likely you are being too hard on yourself.


Q: If I have a *minor* complaint about a specific individual that isn't related to character or conduct (e.g., "Soandso didn't reply to my criticism of thusandsuch."), where would be okay places to post it?

A: Well, to be honest, this is something you should bring up with the person. Have you tried contacting them via comments or notes? As long as you are being polite about it, it's best to be open about these kinds of things.

Q: How can you help someone who can't even trust their admins, if they have some leftover grudge after a while? I'm suffering of this issue. I won't be able to make comics because of this.

A: This is a difficult question to answer. All we can say is try to give us a chance to prove ourselves. If you have any concerns with any of us we strongly encourage you to try talking to us about it. As Roy (ChibioChen) once said, "Rome and trust, neither can be built in a day."

Q: To all admins, do you think the WSW is headed towards prosperity or not?

A: Honestly, it's the members who decide what the WSW is all about. The admins are here for support, but in truth, your attitude makes the wagon move forward or get the wheels stuck in mud. Personally, I say the wagon has been, and will continue to be a fun and productive community to be involved with. The key is for you, the members, to communicate with each other and do what you want to do. We admins are there if you need help decision making or have a problem spring up. We do NOT decide what you do. If the wagon members want something, the wagon will change with the want and need.

Q: Could you have the town haul meetings at an earlier hour? It's not very european friendly to be honest.

A: This was somewhat addressed in Town Haul #3's minutes, but I'll reiterate it here. We are looking to be more accommodating for our European members for the next and future Town Haul meetings. We ask that any member who would prefer a different time for the next Town Haul to post time suggestions, either in the comments or to one of us directly. Eventually, we will host a survey to see which time works for the most members.

Q: What was the WalfasStationWagon's main purpose? Was it merely suppose to be an "Art Share" group, or what it's turned into now?

A: I redirect people to read the answer to the first question, as it's somewhat relevant. Additionally, the group's always been about all things Touhou and Walfas related, using them as a means for creative/personal development through the community. It hasn't really changed in terms of purpose: it's gone through a lot of bumps and people have said a lot of bad things that can change the public's opinion, but we haven't really changed.

Q: Is there a time where a group of people can be promoted to Senior Members? Because I feel like MikiBandy will be a great addition to the team! She is great at helping the mood when the group feels down, she also helps out members and remind them not to step out of line.

A: As much as we agree that Miki Bandy is an excellent leader, she, if you were not already aware, already leads Walfas Club 1. While we are greatful for the assistance that she already provides, we understand that her priorities lie with her own group.

On the subject of "senior members" in general, you don't really "get promoted" to being a senior member. People just recognize you as being around for a long time and being notable about community contributions (and not just works, but helping people out).


Q: I propose putting Brolli's journal walfasstationwagon.deviantart.… as a sticky topic under Group Info.

A: This is under consideration. In fact, I (ExPorygon) had planned to make an addendum to Brolli's original journal entry containing the exact contact info of all of the available admins. Currently, I am still in the process of compiling all of the information for it.

Q: Honestly since the whole WBL part of the Town Haul took so much time that there wasn't much time to cover the others really was bad. To be honest, we should cover the rest of the people in full detail in the next meeting. We need the community to know these other incidents as a way to prevent stuff like that to happen in the future.

A: We don't think we need to devote part of a Town Haul meeting to this so allow us to give you a brief explanation regarding the circumstances surrounding the other bans:

Emmie/ScarletXero - Harassment, Constant dramatic rage quits/account closures, Repeated lying, Rude behavior
UberRobloxMan - Ban evasion, Harrassment, Attention whoring
Spaztique2 - Impersonation, Harrassment, Rude behavior


Q: I'm pretty sure there will be another one of those major problems some time in the future, do you think it'll be handled better?

A: All groups have their problems at some point. But yes, the next time something troublesome like this happens the mods and everyone else should be better prepared to handle it next time. Now that our focus has changed to be more positive, open, and trusting, there should be no mishaps involving member bashing and etc.

Q: So you demand in your journal that nobody bully, harass or gang up on Mr. heart 24...

comments.deviantart.com/1/4787…

But it's perfectly fine to gang up and bully WBL?

A: I suppose in the wake of the discussion about Mr.Heart we neglected to mention the same thing about WBL and any other belligerent members. So, to clarify, yes we ask that everyone LEAVE THESE PEOPLE ALONE if for no other reason that they cannot be reasoned with and trying to start fights is just going to make things worse.

In fact, there should be NO harrassment of any kind, regardless of who the person is and what they've done. Such vengeful actions are greatly discouraged as they needlessly drag out issues.



And that's all the questions that have been submitted since the Question Box was established. If you have a question and aren't comfortable with talking to one of us directly, just drop it in the box! The link can be found in the Admins section of the main page. There will be a journal entry like this one every Sunday.
Hello everyone, BleachBummer here.

As you know, me and :icondeitydiz93: are hosting a Highly Responsive to Prayers Race. The two people who are entering are :iconpopfan95b: and :iconjester-147:. We're still open for spectators who want to watch us, (as the racers will be more focused on playing than talking) but take note we'll be limiting spectators to a total of 4 or 5. As a reminder, here are the rules:

1) Two of the four player have to choose a different route, two on Makai, two on Hell.

2) Everyone will be playing on Normal difficulty for this race. With 7 Maximum Player lives, check the options in the game for these.

3) You can continue. This isn't about 1cc'ing, it's about finishing.

4) If you say "No" in the continue option and are sent back to the title, you're out of the race.
[* We can't hold back three other people once we start, you'll have to sit out the rest of the race. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN.

5) Players will score independently based on the Route they chose. Makai versus Makai, Hell versus Hell.

6) We are using Neko Project for this race for the most smooth and optimal way to play Touhou PC-98.
[* Ask DeityDiz93 for help should the game have any visual or performance issues.

7) You will need the Highly Responsive to Prayer English patch to partake, see DeityDiz93 if you are not set up with the patch.

8) You will need a recording device. If you don't have one then ask Bleach about Fraps (paid program), or DeityDiz93 about Open Broadcasting Software (Free)
[* Alternates include DxTory (paid program), or Bandicam (paid program). Anything else that works will do as well.

9) Anyone who wishes to spectate and co-commentate will need to get TeamViewer and choose one person to watch. Up to four or five people may join at least.
[* If you have a powerful enough PC to view more then one person then go ahead, but it may slow the player's game if there are too many people watching. (This rule is more for the spectators)

10) No save-stating, no speed abusing, no tampering. Keep this play-through as vanilla as possible.
[* Be sure your PC is strong enough to handle recording, Raidcall, TeamViewer, and Neko Project all at once.

Finally, due to time zones, the race has been moved to tomorrow and will be at 11 PM PST. To the racers, be sure to practice. Good luck to everyone.

August 2014 Town Haul Meeting Minutes


Audio/Visual Recording: Click here to view/listen.

Warning: The following minutes includes controversial information that may make you question the Walfas Station Wagon or your membership within. The public has demanded that we disclose this information to all of our members due to the risk to the Walfas community and to rebuild trust with those we lost.

Meeting Minutes:
  • Due to public demand, we have officially disclosed the story behind Mr.Heart24. The full story is too complicated to summarize in these minutes, so please hear the full story in the recording (when it is released). In short, Mr.Heart24 was let go for clashing ideals with the WSW Administration and group, which has led to extensive damage to the Walfas community as a whole. In hindsight, he was not qualified to be an admin, his presence was (and still is) toxic to our community, and our biggest mistake was not removing him from power sooner. However, in the wake of these series of events, we have adopted numerous policies to counteract the damage: our Anti-Grudge policy is to ensure nobody takes sides in others' fights (which leads to community in-fighting), our Anti-Bullying policy is to ensure nobody gangs up on anyone to chase them out of the group, our Mod Accountability system is to ensure no future mods abuse their power, and Town Haul was made to end the "closed-door policy" of the old administration and bring up issues with the public. With that said, LEAVE MR.HEART24 ALONE. He's been through enough as it is, and attacking him will only bring this group down. Anyone caught harassing Mr.Heart24 will be immediately banned from the WSW (and likely affiliate groups). At the same time, DO NOT TALK TO MR.HEART24 ABOUT THE WSW, THE WALFAS COMMUNITY, OR TOUHOU: he has promised never to talk about these topics ever again, but we have transcripts proving that he is still asking members to vent their problems about the group to a point where they end up leaving/feeling too scared to enter the group, so honor his promise and do not talk to him about the group, Walfas, or Touhou. In the event he brings these topics up to you, REPORT IT TO THE ADMINS IMMEDIATELY.
  • In regards to mods "overusing their powers", only four people were ever banned from the WSW for generally bad conduct. The rest of the time, we help people through their issues and help them integrate into the community. The mods are very reserved with their powers and only use it to keep the environment of the group safe and friendly for all. If a mod does overuse their powers (or underuse them when they need to use them), you, the members, have the power to de-mod them. 
  • Remember that if you have a problem with the group, the admins, or fellow members, it does no good to vent it to other people than the admins. If we don't know what's wrong, we can't fix it. If you're too afraid to speak to the admins, it does no good to go to a third party who can't do anything (or worse, asks you to vent your frustration until you are so worked up that you feel too scared to re-enter the group). If you're too scared to talk to us directly, use the WSW Question Box to send stuff anonymously, but remember: you have no reason to fear us. As mentioned before, we can't do anything to you unless you put the community in serious, serious danger, and even then, we'd do our best to find a peaceful resolution. SPEAK UP! LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD! (In fact, we'd like to thank the European WSWers who sent anonymous complaints about the Town Haul meeting times through our new Question Box. For the September Town Haul announcement, please post a preferred time, and we'll average it out and have September's meeting at a more EU-friendly time.)
  • keinecat finally remodded on RaidCall.

Upcoming Projects:

Due to the ultra-long topics we had, there wasn't much time for publicity, so if you got a project, post it below. If your project is listed here, you might want to fill in the details.
  • On August 31, LPer BleachBummer and PC-98 expert DeityDiz93 will be having a Highly Responsive to Prayers race! Details by Bleach included below:
1) Two of the four player have to choose a different route, two on Makai, two on Hell.

2) Everyone will be playing on Normal difficulty for this race. With 7 Maximum Player lives, check the options in the game for these.

3) You can continue. This isn't about 1cc'ing, it's about finishing.

4) If you say "No" in the continue option and are sent back to the title, you're out of the race.
[* We can't hold back three other people once we start, you'll have to sit out the rest of the race. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN.

5) Players will score independently based on the Route they chose. Makai versus Makai, Hell versus Hell.

6) We are using Neko Project for this race for the most smooth and optimal way to play Touhou PC-98.
[* Ask DeityDiz93 for help should the game have any visual or performance issues.

7) You will need the Highly Responsive to Prayer English patch to partake, see DeityDiz93 if you are not set up with the patch.

8) You will need a recording device. If you don't have one then ask Bleach about Fraps (paid program), or DeityDiz93 about Open Broadcasting Software (Free)
[* Alternates include DxTory (paid program), or Bandicam (paid program). Anything else that works will do as well.9) Anyone who wishes to spectate and co-commentate will need to get TeamViewer and choose one person to watch. Up to four people may join at least.
[* If you have a powerful enough PC to view more then one person then go ahead, but it may slow the player's game if there are too many people watching.

10) No save-stating, no speed abusing, no tampering. Keep this play-through as vanilla as possible.
[* Be sure your PC is strong enough to handle recording, Raidcall, TeamViewer, and Neko Project all at once.


July 2014 WSW Spotlight


Once again, more highlights from mods and community members (or at least the mods: we still need community members recommending stuff for our spotlight. Anyone at any time can submit more stuff for this. Remember: Speak up!)

ExPorygon recommends...

IShingoYabuki recommends...


Noraneko-Sparks recommends...
Got recommendations for the August spotlight? Better submit them!

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Peace has finally come! Huzzah!salute emoticon 
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Holy crap! A time-related incident (?). Somebody should get the incident solvers.
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Count Sakuya out then, I get the feeling she might have something to do with this.
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