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@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 January 2018 - 02:20 AM)

You just did.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2018 - 02:18 AM)

Can I just say that right now... I hate the USA?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 January 2018 - 01:34 AM)

There are languages where the days are named for numbers and Sunday is "one". Like Arabic.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 01:31 AM)

Isn't it sort of a religious thing for Sunday to be the start of the week but most people just go with the first day they go to work for the week?

@  unitremover : (20 January 2018 - 01:02 AM)

I feel like I've known plenty of Americans who'd say Monday is the first day of the week.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 12:57 AM)

Personally Monday will always be the first day of the week for me. The notion that Sunday is somehow the first day of the week seems completely nonsensical to me.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 12:57 AM)

I'm fairly sure it is in Australia, but that tends to get blurred because of US influence.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 12:19 AM)

(It's Sunday here in the U.S.)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 12:18 AM)

Anyone here live in a country where Monday is considered the first day of the week?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 January 2018 - 08:40 PM)

Maybe?

@  Patchouli Kn... : (19 January 2018 - 08:38 PM)

But do they search barf?

@  BlackMax : (19 January 2018 - 08:38 PM)

Under water, the fish don't stink.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 January 2018 - 07:42 PM)

I read that at first as "Everyone is a fish...."

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 January 2018 - 06:08 PM)

Everyone has a fetish, I guess.

@  BlackMax : (19 January 2018 - 05:56 PM)

I parsed it as "search barf" at first.

@  Nevermore : (19 January 2018 - 05:05 PM)

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@  Robowang : (19 January 2018 - 02:54 PM)

Oh, hey, that's not the search bar! Whoops.

@  Robowang : (19 January 2018 - 12:48 PM)

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@  MEDdMI : (19 January 2018 - 12:14 PM)

But did you get a Snowbombcyclopsragnarokdoomstorm like the US NE got last week?

@  Nevermore : (19 January 2018 - 11:40 AM)

Netherlands? We got one hell of a storm here in Germany the other day too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 January 2018 - 01:59 AM)

When that happens in Cocoa Beach there's always someone getting out their surfboard.

@  CORVUS : (19 January 2018 - 12:04 AM)

Damn!

@  Telly : (18 January 2018 - 10:29 PM)

holy hug

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

Goddamn look what happened to the Dutch this week.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/954066379610628097

@  Locoman : (18 January 2018 - 03:43 PM)

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand brick and mortar.

@  siccoyote : (18 January 2018 - 04:31 AM)

Who sings the first part of the GIJoe The Movie theme song? (Cobra) Sounds so familiar.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:46 PM)

Also true.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:40 PM)

I hate brick and mortar stores around here.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:38 PM)

But I like the feel of the brick and mortar search a bit more. And I can see inside packages at brick and mortar. True, Amazon has a good return policy, but I like buying once and settling.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:37 PM)

I suppose I could save more if I bought more often from Amazon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 10:36 PM)

Closest I got to "free" was 30% off warpath, which just about lined him up to the canadian price had he ever shown up around me. The pile of loot saved me a pile, but it was still pricy.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:34 PM)

Yeah, I purposefully waited on them because I knew they'd be perfect "add onto orders to get free shipping" fodder. Already gotten two that way. Technically "free" and I barely had to wait.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 09:21 PM)

That's how I feel about Prime Masters. Getting back into collecting last year taught me to be patient, which grants rewards most of the time.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:18 PM)

I want Starscream so hard after seeing him in person, but since he's the one being left behind by every other collector in my area, I feel like I can wait for a sale.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:09 PM)

I mean: I maybe woulda jumped on starscream if I found a sale or something, but it wasn't a priority.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:08 PM)

I only wanted the dinobots (cause... volcanicus.) but got saddled with three I didn't want due to the bundling. I'd still be waiting to order if I had waited on individual figures.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Ahh.. I just ordered the whole case cause I wanted too. :)

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 06:49 PM)

Mostly PotP dinobots. Plus some stuff I couldn't opt out of to get those dinobots. And CW warpath... cause he was on sale.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 04:54 PM)

What ya getting?

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 04:38 PM)

Yay! My package from BBTS is in canada! I might even get it this week!

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 02:04 PM)

I need a laptop more than a new desktop

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 01:18 PM)

Buying a pre-built computer you should be okay.. It's just the individual parts that jumped huge in price.

@  Paladin : (17 January 2018 - 01:14 PM)

well all the idiots who invested in "bitcoin" will be selling theirs en masse to make ends meet so you might be able to find something cheap if you watch auctions.

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 12:59 PM)

Is now a good time to buy a computer? Or should I wait?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 12:01 PM)

I pointed out that I'm on disabilty.. I don't have to pretend to be an adult anymore. ;D

@  MEDdMI : (17 January 2018 - 11:25 AM)

Also Bayonetta 3.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:55 AM)

Nintendo also announced Dark Souls for the Switch, so those people should shut up.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:51 AM)

Apparently people are freaking out that Nintendo announced something for kids and kids at heart. And people are absolutely freaking out about it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:23 AM)

...what?


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#1 Kalidor

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:37 PM

Hey everyone - we're about to reach that time again where computer old age is catching up with us. 

 

We've had a good run for the several years since our previous update after a disaster and I'm actually pretty happy with the uptime we've had thus far. Aside from a few glitches here and there that were quickly resolved, we've had a solid run. 

 

What we're seeing now is the aging of the software and the need for a few more hardware add-ons to make things run even smoother, as well as easier to upgrade.

 

Before I get into the specifics of what we need and what it's going to cost (Still working out the best possible way) I want to get some feedback.

 

 

Several of you have prompted me to start another one and I told you I would when the time was right, but before I even do that I want to get some feedback on what you want to get out of it.

 

My first big question is in terms of rewards. A lot of drives have had perks and benefits - would you like to see something like that or just do a straight run to the finish line to get as much out of the contributions as possible?

 

Examples would be T-Shirts or mugs or posters or something of that nature. It can be done, but in doing so it does offset the actual amount used for the updates by a certain margin. But at the same time, I'd like you guys to feel like you're definitely getting something out of it besides new stuff you can't see first hand (Only the benefits it will present)

 

And of course we can still do things like "Supporter" ranks and maybe even spread them out.

 

Patreon is definitely something I'm going to move to in the future, but that will have to wait until I have the tools to truly maximize our potential and future. 

 

With things getting better in terms of traffic and content, and the knowledge that some of this stuff is getting outdated (We've been on this message board platform since 2006, through various upgrades, but it is no longer supported by the creators) it's time to up our game.

 

All thoughts are welcome - and remember, nobody is ever required to contribute anything. Just having you here enough makes this place great. But for those who can, every little bit helps.

 

Let me know what you think. 



#2 Zamuel

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:51 PM

I think the only reward needed outside of the place existing should be the Supporter title for the very cost offset reasons you mention. Rewards should only come into play for a Patreon setup, not the initial drive itself. As far as what I want out of it, just the site and forum is all I expect. Add ons are probably more trouble than they're worth. I will say be wary with the upgrade since some site/forum software doesn't seem all that good.
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#3 Maruten

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:51 PM

Personally I think rewards are unnecessary. The Supporter badges are nice, I love those (why did I join the staff?!) and I think diluting the money to hand out gaudy trinkets is unnecessary. 

 

But plenty of people may love those trinkets, and enjoy showing off their love of the Allspark more widely. So we'll see how everyone else feels. 



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:56 PM

Physical rewards seems like it could be a risk money-wise. Shipping costs can be a hidden problem.

 

It'd be better to stick to digital stuff. The supporter thing was a decent enough idea the first time.


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#5 Daith

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 09:00 PM

I'm with these guys as rewards seem unnecessary, but if we're talking about new Allspark Tee's I do think it's long overdue :D My old T is fading out and is rather snug these days.


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 09:49 PM

Wholly separate from the idea of rewards, I think having a shop to buy Allspark swag would be a great idea. Pay x dollars, get a t-shirt, or a mug, or whatever, and a percentage of every purchase goes to supporting the site.

#7 DarkeklawGW

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:15 PM

Greg, is there any chance that supporters could get a version of Battle Protocol (If it still even exists) as a reward in a digital format.  I think since it's something that Already Existed and you could supply it as a PDF and not everyone got a chance to get it the BotCon we worked on it...  Maybe if there's a copy that exists somewhere that could be turned into a PDF and emailed to those who supported the fund drive.... That way it would be something that you didn't have to spend money on... and a Perk people could get that would be Allpsark Unique.  Basically a second chance to grab something we as a community worked on. 


If no copy is available I understand that.  Was just trying to think of a cool perk that wouldn't run up your costs. 


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#8 Kalidor

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:29 PM

I have a complete copy of the original so that is certainly a viable reward option. Good suggestions! Keep them coming. 



#9 Dake

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:42 PM

I've never been a big fan of spending the money we get in a fundraiser to buy stuff other than what we're fundraising for.

 

Conversely, I've always figured we should have an Allspark store. I'd buy a t-shirt or something - especially in this beautiful Classic Purple.


 
 
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#10 DeltaSeeker

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:52 PM

I like the idea of a shop aside from the fundraiser.  Wouldn't mind picking up an Allspark mug to show off next to my Autobot/Decepticon mug.  Maybe have it done somewhere that allows customization options, like printing our screen name on it or something.


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#11 Confuzor

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 01:17 AM

I have no problem donating to keep this place movin.

I too would dig a purchasable-whenever Allspark shirt to buy with actual human-money.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 02:16 AM

yeah I'm all for the fundraiser money only going to the goal of having funds raised. 

 

but that store idea is also a neat way to get additional funding and let us walk around town in Allsparkle t-shirts XD 


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#13 Rust

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 03:34 AM

I don't need more physical trinkets/clothing I barely wear. I'd rather the money goes straight to the site and any reward be of the kind that doesn't cost additional funds to produce.


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#14 MEDdMI

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:54 AM

I don't *need* anything special, but I would love to see an Allsparkle theme for this site! Though I get that won't appeal to everyone. :D

A store seperate from fundraising sounds good. Tee Public seems like a decent site. They pay a commission per shirt sold-eg buyer pays $20 for a T-shirt, $4 goes to the designer. The designer can offer multiple background colors for apparel, and also offer the print on mugs, stickers, phone cases, etc. They're sold shirt by shirt, so the buyer can choose the fit they want on the background color they want without worrying if it's in stock. Sizes range from S to 2XL. I want to see if I can come up with a fun Allspark-related shirt design now!

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#15 Gizmoboy

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 07:58 AM

This is great feedback everyone.  Honestly, I was one that though people might like the "swag" as a reward.  The idea of doing something on the digital side as a reward instead of something physical to help keep the money for just the server is a great idea.



#16 Glenn

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 10:09 AM

Well if you have any of those allspark cyber keys left.. could be a way to unload them.



#17 Dake

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 12:12 PM

I would still absolutely buy an Allspark Cyber key; I never did get a shot at those before. A Cyber key-shaped keychain in purple anodized aluminum would be cooler still.


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#18 Zamuel

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 12:43 PM

As someone who wasn't here at that time, what exactly were the Allspark Cyber Keys?
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Posted 20 July 2017 - 01:10 PM

Like Transformers: Cybertron cyber keys, fully functional ones that could trigger the toy gimmicks and everything, but with a unique design and using the Allspark logo as the emblem.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?

 

Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?


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#20 Gizmoboy

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 01:58 PM

The Allspark Cyberkey was never released... yet. ;)





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