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Mutiny. Munity I say!

Some motivation for those attempting to usurp Joel:

posted @ Friday, February 1, 2013 - 15:06

Mutiny. Munity I say!

Decisions, decisions ...

posted @ Friday, February 1, 2013 - 14:52

GOP hopeful: "rape thing" not cause for abortion

[quote][b]RightWingExtremist[/b] - But how does one manage to get a point across? I see personal experiences as a vital element to mine or any arguments.[/quote]

That's completely understandable, and we're not here trying to stop you from doing that. It just needs to be made clear when someone offers information of a personal nature out there publicly on a messageboard, it becomes extremely difficult to moderate the use of that information later on.

If you want to leave it, that's your decision. But I just wanted to make it known that by doing so you limit future actions taken against the user of said info.

posted @ Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 18:49

GOP hopeful: "rape thing" not cause for abortion

@RightWingExtremist: You've divulged some very personal information in this thread, information that could be used against you in a retort down the road and which we'll be unable to take action against because you volunteered the information in the first place.

I can't dictate what you do, nor would I ever desire to, but I would recommend and give heavy consideration to removing that bit of information from your post.

We don't want to have to pause commenting on this topic because it's getting out of hand, so it might be beneficial to scale back the debate to less of a personal nature.

posted @ Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 18:37

National Same-Sex Kiss Day

I think showing affection is yucky regardless of public or not.

posted @ Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 16:15

Houston, we have a problem.. or three

Failure to post could indicate a lot of issues, not the least of which is hardware-related. You've already done work to attempt to eliminate the potential for a software issue, so at this point I think it's safe to say you likely have a component failing somewhere.

Powersupply, RAM seating, CPU, bad HD sectors - all of these could be culprits. Really, without physically looking at the computer it's hard to diagnose exactly where the issue is.

posted @ Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 15:49

APP Developers

Objective-C is fun. This was one of the things on my list while I was still in Athens, and I'm sure it's something we'd still love to do, but it's not very high on the priority list at the moment.

Really an AthensTalks App wouldn't serve a lot of needs that simply making the site responsive - more specifically mobile friendly - wouldn't meet. It'd be far more beneficial to the users if you could browse and post Talks content from any device, such as a smartphone like an iPhone. There's not a whole lot of features we'd want to add to a closed-environment like an App that we wouldn't also want to add to the web-based version, so in that regard making the site mobile-friendly/responsive is a higher priority.

We built an API for the site and we utilize it across other sites where we plug in the comments there, such as seen on and - pushing this into an App would be pretty easy. Quite honestly, anyone with the knowledge of how Apps are built could look at the sourcecode of AthensTalks and figure out how we deliver the commenting data. The login and user session isn't there, for very good reasons.

posted @ Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 10:54

Geek rage rises: Don't diss the Dark Knight

Because user-content generated sites have never employed a tactic of controversial topics laden with user comments in an effort to garner more page views and SEO traffic because of all the 'negative' attention.

Whoops, did I say that out loud?

posted @ Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 09:39

Oconee sheriff says opponent was 'irresponsible' in posting credit card numbers

[quote][b]Digdug[/b] -

how many is a minimum? Lets say I wanted to post a personal attack toward @joel kight: would 2 attacks be a minimum or could I attack him 4 times and still have that be considered a minimum.


There is no minimum for Joel.

[quote][b]nowheregirl[/b] - Did you shave your legs for this? I mean beard???Just kidding. Are you now the full time dramasitter??[/quote]

I help out when Zack gets swamped and says he needs some help. I try not to get too involved though because, being 900 miles away, my knowledge of Athens-area news and ABH stuff is not as extensive as it use to be.

That profile picture is old, it's from when the wife and I visited Alaska a few years back. We've expanded since then:

posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 - 16:28

Oconee sheriff says opponent was 'irresponsible' in posting credit card numbers

A lively debate, which is good - but let's keep the personal attacks to other AthensTalks users to a minimum going forward.

posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 - 15:52

Oconee sheriff says opponent was 'irresponsible' in posting credit card numbers

[quote][b]keepitsimple[/b] - So just to clarify, I could guess that @Follow the Money: is named Dave but I couldn't guess that his name is Robert, Carter or Leroy because it's multiple guessing and quite annoying?[/quote]

Eh, generally all it takes is one guess complaint for us to pull the post. Which I've always told people is a bad idea, because then it pretty much confirms to those who read it that they were correct.

posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 - 12:31

Oconee sheriff says opponent was 'irresponsible' in posting credit card numbers

[quote][b]Digdug[/b] - Sounds like fun. When's my turn.[/quote]

Right now. I found a video of you at your house:

posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 - 12:18

Oconee sheriff says opponent was 'irresponsible' in posting credit card numbers

[quote][b]keepitsimple[/b] - So I have to guess repeatedly at someone's identity? How many guesses do I get before I'm kicked to the curb?[/quote]

You can guess all you'd like privately, but we can't allow things such as "You're John Doe who lives at 123 Any Street, aren't you?"

It really doesn't mean anything because you can always deny the guesses regardless of validity, however we tend to get a lot of complaints when people start doing the Guess Who? game so it's not an activity we encourage or allow.

posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 - 12:05

Oconee sheriff says opponent was 'irresponsible' in posting credit card numbers

[quote][b]Follow the Money[/b] - You seem to be trying to "out" the identity of the poster. A clear violation of the TOS.[/quote]

While this is a violation of the TOS and will get you banned, we cannot control the information people willingly post on these comments in regard to their own accounts and information gleaned from that.

When someone attempts to "out" someone by either guessing repeatedly or bringing new information into the comments, then we take action. I checked through a few of the pages and didn't see any of this, but if there are cases of it please let us know and we'll remove the comments / take appropriate action.

People should take more precautions in that we cannot control other people from guessing at your identities (privately), and that it's very easy to disclose more than you intend via what you believe to be innocent statements.

posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 - 11:53

Oops... I forget!

My family calls me Randy all the time, even my own mother.

posted @ Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 16:31

In Da Bed Togethah! ATown Jus' Keeps On Truckin'!

[quote][b]E.J.[/b] - What? What? If you can't say, then when?[/quote]

AthensTalks socks that alert you whenever someone replies to your post with a mild shock.

posted @ Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 09:27

In Da Bed Togethah! ATown Jus' Keeps On Truckin'!

@keepitsimple: We thought about making it 8 points, but didn't think anyone would purchase it at that price.

posted @ Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:17

In Da Bed Togethah! ATown Jus' Keeps On Truckin'!

[quote][b]Andrea Griffith[/b] - I'm also SUPER psyched to have Robyn back on board to work on some projects that are really, really exciting.[/quote]

I know, the "Be Andrea Griffith for a day" reward for 7 points is going to be really awesome.

posted @ Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:56

Spotted Pics

[quote][b]Minion[/b] - Oh no... is Athens sucking you back in[/quote]

Back in? I never escaped its clutches, excluding geographically.

posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 16:29

Spotted Pics

[quote][b]E.J.[/b] - until it is not, then censorship is appropriate.[/quote]

Censorship is harsh word regarding this situation. The photo in question was in essence a mistake, the intent behind the content was never to showcase what it did. Such mistakes are relatively common in photography, especially when it comes to portraits of women wearing formal attire. The view of the lens is much different than what we're use to and often the innocent actions we take without knowing it reveal much more on film.

If a group of young women wish to have a bikini parade through the streets of downtown Athens, we might feature that in Spotted, as their actions in such attire is a direct result of their choice in a public setting. We're not going to promote such displays of clothing when unintentional and perhaps completely embarrassing and/or disrespectful and will always remove them when requested.

posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 16:26

Spotted Pics

[quote][b]nowheregirl[/b] - Hi Robyn. Working long distance?[/quote]

Currently in Arkansas at the moment, wishing I was in Athens.

[quote][b]nowheregirl[/b] - Are the photographers posting their "off duty" photo's here too?[/quote]

Spotted is a community product, anyone can post photos to it provided the photos don't violate the terms of use. Most people don't though because there's a myriad of other, better, photo-sharing sites out there and despite tireless marketing a few years back to get community engagement, it just didn't turn out that way.

As such the ABH has engaged the help of other photographers to help capture the images from the community. Any photographer from the community with images to share is free to create an account and start uploading photos.

In regards to the selection for OnlineAthens, that's up to Zack I believe and not something I'm privy to. I know that certain 'events' are requested to be covered by the ABH, and as the college atmosphere is a big part of Athens it only makes sense that the events surrounding such get exposure as somewhat of a photo essay.

The various activities of the young adults throughout Athens' college environment is quintessential Athens, just as much as the bands and downtown. I know we'd love to cover more of the music and nightlife scene of Athens in regards to Spotted so that the subjects are a bit more varied.

posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:39

Just What We Need. Another Way To Get High

@matt1141a: Absolutely, and I didn't meant to dimension from any of the health warnings regarding alcohol abuse. I was simply pointing out that the, er, "story" clarification requested here, specifically the details regarding teenagers and various methods of ingestion, is an urban legend and more likely to be found in a chain email rather than reality.

posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 11:25

Just What We Need. Another Way To Get High

This is actually an urban legend that's not true and has been around for a while:

posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 10:35

Spotted Pics

Spotted photos are typically bulk uploaded and a lot of the duty of 'filtering' through them for accidental exposures sits with the photographer doing the uploading, but it's understandable that every now and then one will make it through.

Taking a look at Spotted and ways to make it better is one of the things I've been asked to do, so I really appreciate feedback like this - both positive and negative.

I think I've found the photo you're referring to and, if I can't remove it, I'll let Zack know.

posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 10:34

Configuration change testing

[quote][b]dinodungdan[/b] - Hey, Robin how're ya doin'? Are you here just for the upgrade?....[/quote]

I'm good. Been in Athens for the past few days, returning back to Arkansas tomorrow.

And I'm here for the foreseeable future Smile

posted @ Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 21:49

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