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  1. 52 points
    There is never a good time for a post like this, but with recent news, it's better safe than sorry. Since I've been a part of this community, I've gotten to know a lot of people. Regulars, passerbys, staff, resigned... All kinds of people to GFL. I became friends with them all, and anyone else that I could welcome to a place I considered family. I told each and every one when they felt down, sad, or upset: "I'm here for you, even if you don't think anyone is." You're never alone. Depression, self-harm, suicide; it's painful to not only you, but to those who see you as the star in the sky you can't see yourself. Whether its family, friends, fellow admins/members here, or coworkers/students. If you ever feel like there's nothing left, or there's no hope, please don't hesitate to reach out. Even if you don't know if anyone is there to listen, I am here for every last one of you, no matter what. If you'd rather confide in a professional or a stranger, here are these resources to use: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ United States 1-800-273-8255 NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/ United Kingdom (Multiple Resources on Web) Crisis Services Canada http://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/ Canada 1.833.456.4566 Global Listing Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines Please note these resources are not for emergencies if you or someone you know are in an emergency dial 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number. We care, and we are here for you. You're not alone. Thank you.
  2. 47 points
    Hello, everyone. I am here to inform you that I am resigning from my position as a director. In the past few months, I’ve sadly lost a lot of my interest in GFL and especially its servers, reflecting badly on my activity within the community. Due to that, I haven’t done as much as a director should have (and I personally wanted to) for the community. I want to thank all the people that have helped me get to where I am/was in GFL from the beginning, as well as everyone who was there for/with me during that time. I am sorry for disappointing some people, I know I could’ve easily done better, but what happened that happened and I cannot change that. I hope I did more good than bad to the community overall. Since I am not leaving GFL, I will not make this too long and I won’t fill it with memorable people apart from two. @Infantry Thank you for welcoming me to the community and showing me how things are done. I’ve learnt a lot from you and am very grateful. I hope everything is going well for you in your life. You’re a true friend. @Roy Thank you for giving me the chance to improve GFL, I hope I didn’t disappoint you too much. And of course, thank you for showing me many things, teaching me new stuff and being a great friend and person to talk to. There are many others that I left out today but don’t worry, I’ll include everyone the day I leave GFL (whenever that may be). You know who you are and that I appreciate you. To the GFL members, thank you for having me as your director. I had a great time working on GFL for and with you, and hope that will continue even while I am not as involved with decisions. I am looking forward to seeing what the new boys can do and what GFL will be like in a few months’ time.
  3. 46 points
    (This only applies to a handful of our TS3 users, so feel free to ignore this post if you don't use TS3.) A couple of TS3 users by the names of Salad and OGMartin were found to have embedded IP trackers into their TS3 channel descriptions. How this works is that certain obscure websites can act as image hosts for the ostensible purpose of embedding images through markup languages. The difference between these and more reputable sites such as Gyazo and Imgur is that the latter are bound by their privacy policies to withhold the IP addresses of anyone that accesses a hosted image; the former do not operate in this fashion and are rather known almost exclusively by offering the ability to discover the IP addresses of others. IP trackers aren't necessarily bad on their own (a lot of Tumblr pages use them), although the actions that one may opt to take with the garnered addresses would speak volumes of their character. The aforementioned users have been permanently banned and their channels have been deleted due to DoS attacks they have conducted against certain members of our community. If you have recently been experiencing slow Internet speeds, you may be a potential victim of this. The DoS attacks seem to be limited to a pool of under ten people, although we know for certain that they logged a sizeable amount of IP addresses. If you think you have been affected, it would be prudent of you to change your IP address. This is a very simple process for most people, and there are various articles on the Internet that explain how you can go about doing this. I will be privately contacting those that we know for sure were affected. We have also presently removed channel description editing from channel admins, but you can rest assured that this will be reversed in the near future.
  4. 45 points
    March Giveaway This might be my LAST giveaway As you may know, I do giveaways every month. I do this do give back to my community, since I care highly for you all. This month I will be letting you guys choose from a few options. Keep in mind there will only be 1 winner. This giveaway will end March 15, 12pm EST http://itsalmo.st/#theendofthemarchgiveaway This month you guys may choose from these 2 options. $20 Steam Card CSGO P250 | Sand Dune MW Choose wisely as both are very good options. To enter, follow these steps.. 1: Comment below what gift you would like. Here are the rules.. 1: You must be a GFL Member 2: You may not change the answer you have chose 3: Do not enter for the sand dune if you own one.
  5. 39 points
    Hello, everyone. In this post, I would like to outline some changes to the internal structure of GFL's higher-ups and how this is intended to impact GFL. Community Advisors changed to Council Community advisors will be changed to Council with a new job. The new Council rank will be at the same level as a division leader. New Jobs/Roles Maintain the community as a whole. May help division leaders (with their consent) with their divisions. May help divisions without a leader (E.g. Call of Duty 4, Fistful of Frags, etc.). Work with the directors on projects. Advise the community. This includes brainstorming ideas when not working on any projects and addressing them to the directors. Look for people with potential and address them to the other Council members & directors. Other The Council and directors should be working on the same projects together. The Council are essentially directors, just with less access (back end and such). Revamping the Council Team The team itself could be revamped. This means we should demote inactive members who don’t show enough interest in GFL, and promote members who have potential and are willing to dedicate a lot of time into GFL. If a member is inactive, they should be given a warning immediately; if they continue being inactive without a valid reason, it will immediately progress to demotion. We shouldn’t be waiting so long on demoting people. If somebody doesn’t show interest, dedication and motivation, they should be demoted. All members from the current community advisor team we plan on keeping should be talked to before this Council change is in effect. We should ask if they’re still interested and possess the will to truly step up (spend more time on GFL and do all the new jobs/roles assigned to them with Council), gain feedback on what we (directors) can improve on, and more. Directors Given More Access With the Council change, directors will be given more access in the future. This includes access to the back end (web and game servers such as OVH). With this change, we have to prepare our user base. This leads to even more ideas. The reason we are giving directors more access is to take the load off of Roy. If Roy isn’t available, there’s a high chance a director can fix the issue with the back end (e.g. the website going down). They will have the access to fix it and can try to. If they don’t know how to, they can try googling the issue or just wait until a director with more experience comes online. Why? The biggest issue with giving directors access to the back end is trust. I trust that most of you still remember what happened last year and the negative effect it had on GFL, but after the past year and a half, I have realized that I need to give access to more people. Many things such as giving access to new managers or completing various tasks in the back end relies on me and it is heavily backed up. For example, look at the web VM move; I wanted to complete this back in the summer and it still isn’t complete. I tried getting Balon to help me, but he turned out to be inactive and busy. If our goals are to get GFL off of the ground again (which they are), we need to start trusting people again; that’s just the reality of the situation. GFL won’t get far if we can’t trust people that can potentially have a major positive effect on GFL. What happens if I have to leave for a while and nobody else has access to the back end? What happens if the website goes down? We need others there we can rely on. This may also give the directors more motivation as well. Preparation The biggest part about this change is preparing for it. We saw what happened in the past. If one of our directors goes rogue, we must prepare for the worst. Nobody will have access to the PayPal besides me. The most a director could gain access to is the PayPal API credentials, but you cannot take funds out of the PayPal account with only the API credentials. Therefore, the worst possible thing a director can do is dump the IPS 4 user’s database table including emails and hashed passwords. Although these passwords are hashed, it still would be very bad if this was to happen. Realistically, if a hacker got into our back end, they could also dump the database table. Now, I wanted to do this back in the summer of 2016, but I haven’t been able to. Realistically, no website on the Internet is safe and the best thing a user can do is secure themselves from any possible breaches. While we aren’t expecting any breaches in our database, we should definitely prepare ourselves and our users for them. I would like to have a page in the About GFL project dedicated to explaining security. While we are confident in our security, we should also explain no websites are 100% safe. We should be telling the truth to our users about security and highly encourage them to use a random generated password (or a password not used on any other websites/logins). We should also recommend programs such as LastPass or KeePass. I feel this may also deter hackers away from GFL; if we were bragging about our security, it would probably increase the chances of a hacker wanting to try to get through our security. I would also like to add our thoughts on security to the user registration page (perhaps under the password field). We could even add a button that automatically generates and uses a random password along with copying to the clipboard for the user. Another idea is sending a forum PM/email to the user after registration about security (along with general GFL information). The next worst thing a director who has gone rogue can do is completely delete our files. This can include our website files or just game servers. This can also include the virtual machines themselves. This is why I want to implement an automatic backup system in GFL that backs everything up hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly. We should be trying to back up as many services as possible. This includes our websites, databases, game servers, and virtual machines (perhaps the core files). Balon has recommended some services we can use that are cheap (cheaper than purchasing a separate machine for backups). External Consultant Badge I would like to make an external consultant badge for our technical administrators that aren’t a part of GFL, but still help out when needed. These members (as of now) would be @setup.sh and @balon. We’re Looking For Potential We are currently looking for motivated, interested, and trustworthy members of the community to join our staff team and assist us with the upkeep and expansion of GFL as a whole. We are currently figuring out the logistics of how we plan on recruiting individuals, and an announcement will be made soon with more information. Darkling as Council Leader So far, the current community advisors know this. However, for those that do not know, @Darkling will be “leading” the Council team. While he won’t have a separate rank and will still be a part of Council, he will be leading the team overall. There is a possibility we will make a badge representing the fact that he is the leader. Darkling has a lot of motivation for GFL. In my opinion, he is a role model to the Council. He is motivated, dedicated, mature, and generally very approachable. From what I’ve seen, nobody has a problem with him being leader of the Council team and after asking a couple of CAs, they said they already look up to him as a CA leader. We are discussing more changes and have more to announce in the near future! Thanks!
  6. 39 points
    Hey guys. It's time for me to move on, I don't enjoy playing computer as much anymore and need to try live my life differently. I will still be on steam now and then, but cut GFL entirely off my day. This is due to personal focus and treatment. It's important to me, to tell that I loved every member, even the ones that were difficult to love. I would like to thank everyone who supported me in GFL and the ones I co operated with. Zombie-Escape This one is hard to leave, as it was with me since it were nothing but an empty server. For almost 1½ year has the server been number 1 on gametracker CS:GO, so I felt very successful with it. I am more than happy to say that I believe Deltacommander will do will continue running it. I would like to thank the past admins and the new admins who rarely got to see me that you guys have made the server a great experience to run for me. JailBreak This was short but still a great experience, I got to know new heads. I co operated with HackingPotato and Denros, those were amazing people. Thank you everyone, this has been a great experience to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrLk4F8OdPg
  7. 37 points
    GFL DEMOGRAPHIC 2017 Participates: 190 Trolls: 10 #Harry4WeebRank? Thank you to all that participated. I was happy to see we got more people this year and met my stretch goal of 200 people (if I include the trolls). If you see and mistakes (mainly in the religion and political party section), let me know below. If you would like to compare these to last years statistics, click here. Let us hope for another fun year of GFL.
  8. 37 points
    I see you fell for the clickbait again So this post has been coming for a long long LONG time, since about early April of this year, but I had to delay for various reasons. But now that most things are taken care of, it's time I step down and let @Kurama (You're gonna get mentioned a lot feg so be prepared) fully manage ZS. For those that wandered into this post, hello I am Z1ga, or Z1, or Z1g, or N1galord, and I manage the Gmod Zombie Survival Server. I am probably one of the only ZS members to take such an interest in the GFL community, since we're all cucks that only are defined on one server. Unfortunately I will have to step down. This week, Thursday to be precise, Ill be moving across the country to Washington so I can go to college there, obtain my degree, and find a job in my desired field. Doing all of this will take up a majority of my time, so it would be a waste to continue being manager, when my co-manager Kurama could just do it alone. I am NOT leaving GFL (Twas Clickbait), but rather spending my time here a little less than what I normally would. For the next couple of weeks I may not come on very little or not even at all, but I will be back. Time for all the mentions now! The People who I see worthy of in depth mentions @Kurama- Probably the one of the only people you ever +1'd on an admin application kek. Even though you criticized most of my decisions, you were tons of help, and I have no doubt that you will be a great SUCC-essor. Also I will be here if you ever need help. @Vivian- One of the chillest admins, and by far the friendliest on the team. Always cheered me up talking to you, and I hope your internet and parents get better. Also, ya cuck. (Also is a grill admin, @HackingPotato) @Herbert- When I first started playing on ZS, you were someone I looked up to, even though I am older than you. Now that we're on somewhat equal footing, You're one of the cancerous, but good cancer, people I've known. @tenhours- You probably criticized my decisions the most as manager, but you only did it for the good of ZS, which I can respect. Sad to see you lose interest, but we all do eventually. You were fun to hang out with my dude. @Deathhawk449- Threatened to leave if I didn't upload anything during the drought. Was a lot of fun to tryhard with as well. I still await the day that you succeed Kurama. @WarSadist- Another one of the people I looked up to when I started playing on ZS. Became kek bros when we made a cade at dippin dots. Don't be a stranger to ZS my man. @snackdemarco- Someone I constantly forget about to include in applications, but you took it well lol. Sad to see you lose interest as well, but I hope you can come on some time to play. @BigBthefluffyredneck- I remember the day that you read that really nasty fan fiction in voice chat, and the amount of support it gained during that. Nonetheless the rage you have when dealing with kleiners is a problem, but you handle it very well to the point of making it funny. @ThePurpleFire- You're a tryharding faggot. Probably one of the only admins, besides BigB, to actually be an admin during my reign, and I'm very impressed with your commitment. @MegaUpload- The only admin to become an admin through Operator. Also a traitor to zombie team. You are a lot of fun to cade with, since like me you also are a repair whore, and the human team would not last without you. @Wow- Gook For Life. One of the first friends I made on ZS. Fun to cade with in the back of movies. Also criticized everything I did. It's a shame you never wanted staff, cause everyone wants you to become staff. @Violator- All the questions I asked you were responded to at least 2 hours later. Anyways, thanks for even considering me becoming manager, and NO the interview questions were NOT leaked, I just knew what FTP was cause I was taking a Website Design class. @Zebra- Sorry for all the drama that you were put through cause of me lol. One of the chillest DL's out there, and I thank you for considering me becoming manager. And in the future, once my schedule calms down and you need someone to manage ZS again, contact me will ya. @Roy- @Roy, the guy who loves it when I mention him in Discord. Also named a bitch after you. Thanks for letting me stay manager of ZS xD. @Shuruia- The one who speaks only in proverbs(most of the time), I hope we can make PFL(Porn for Life) a thing one day . @Xy_- Someone who I helped learn the ropes of being a manager, to eventually surpass me and become a CA(cuck). Fun playing on breach with you, a shame I didnt have time during the drought, and even now. Keep CAing it up, and remember who was kind to you when you become a Director . @Kubnair- Babe. Previous Manager. And Cuck. We need to get the Siege SUCC Squad together again. (Your is short like your di- nevermind). @Winter- One of the first managers to contact me when I was promoted. My favorite memory was playing on HnS, I found you and you said "no Z1g please", so I turned around and walked away. Thanks for always helping me out. @Charmy- My boy @Stick. Also taught me a lot when I became manager, and even though he fell off his branch, a Stick is still a stick. @Darkling- This guy, always hitting on me. Well I am legal now so dont be afraid to hmu . Also thanks for doing my forum things these past few months, and was always fun in those TS chats we did awhile back. @rapperdan- This guy, him and his squeaker voice and giant body. Couldn't believe it when you first talked, but was always a fun to meme around with you. @SwegBuster- Cause I felt like it. My ambassador buddy for GCC. Don't worry though, Ill still be an ambassador (I hope). Honorable Mentions (Can I just do @Everyone) Here it comes: @Rose, @HackingPotato, @Korowa, @Syrus, @Leks, @Benroyjam, @ButterKing5000, @CrusTi, @RickGrimesTM, @Runda, @Pyros, @Syntax, @AtomicHeadphones, @PB-n-J, @Mocha, @Roxie_Foxie, @Major_Push, @Mundo, @JK_Ghosty(You fucker), @milk, @shoey150, @ZombieSurvivalist224, @SuperThanderFour, @DJ001avatar, @InfernoBurnz, @Radio, @Space_Nigga, @Glenn, @EdgyFrog, @Windeetree, @The_Teddy_Bear_Muffin, @DOOMSlayer_, @Severely_Artistic, @Smiles, @Thomasdavid097, @Snoopy, @TrillionDollarSoup, @nocheat, @IroKnee, @JerryBomb, @lexie456, @Elizabeth(eek), @harry, @Ene, @Skittlez, @Kite9867, @EJ., @Duc2000, @Atoshwing, @Toasted_Chromosomes, @Dano, and @Staryu. (P.S. @Queen_Selery) If I forgot anyone, I probably didn't know you well enough or I forgot your name, cause there's a fucken lot of them. If I did then sorry, I can't do @Everyone. And to leave off with a quote, since I know my boy @tenhours loves quotes: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind" - Ralph Waldo Emerson. For any admins, managers, trial admins, or anyone aspiring to become a GFL badmin, keep this quote in mind, as it's the internet, and most people out there are trolling you to make you angry. I thank all of you for reading most of this post, or even just the mentions, and you'll probably see more of me! Sincerely, N1galord. P.S. @Community Advisor, can you give me that sweet Senior Admin badge, since @Kurama and @Zebra approve, you can even ask them. In memory of @Scoobers, previous manager of ZS.
  9. 37 points
    Division Leaders: - @Pyros Server Managers: - @MilkMan Senior Admin: - @MooTheCow - @TheSadBandit - @TimeForYouToGetAWatch Admin: - @Bae - @Beaker - @Crazedfish - @creamy-goodness - @loucop - @Mr. Jihad - @Muse - @LawMyl - @Reverb - @ShiroFTW - @RayTheGinger - @Roger Gunshot - @Buzzz - @Lone Sniper Skeleton Trial Admin:
  10. 36 points
    Hai, I would like to talk a little about the idea of unbanning me/BotoX/Shini and just share some thoughts/give some advice while I'm at it. I'd like to preface this by stating I understand my position (of being not banned) is fragile. This piece will probably be at least mildly provocative to some of you, if this sparks my reban, then so be it. I've come to value the pursuit of <any tangible truth> over my <freedom to x>. Just know that these thoughts are my own and don't (necessarily) represent .ru. About the notion of unbanning me/Shinigami/BotoX There's a couple of ways you can approach this, but for each of us I'm going to zoom in on 2 things specifically, being: Motivation and intentions during the original split What decisions I think are logical moving forward I'm somewhat weary of analyzing the motivations and intentions, but I know I'll find myself referencing them constantly. So as concise as possible: Motivation and intentions I'll start with Shinigami since his actions are the hardest (read: impossible xd) to defend. I think your best bet at a glimpse of his logic is to just read the announcement post. Excerpt from .ru mg/dr/surf announcement post, by Shinigami: 1#: https://pastebin.com/Ez0uSxgb . I will add that this entitlement to sovereignty was enabled by me (see excerpt #2, B). For myself, I'm an open book at this point and an expert at self deprecation. Except from "server split mementos", by myself: #2 https://pastebin.com/8L25wA6B . I've written fairly extensively on when/where I failed in my position of "gatekeeper". As for BotoX, if it was up to him, ZE would have parted with GFL months prior. He approaches things exclusively pragmatically, in its most literal interpretation. While the people that had it out for .com management at the time were plentiful, BotoX wasn't one of them. He just saw possibilities and improvements in quality of life that simply weren't possible under .com due to various restrictions (e.g. no shell, gimped databases, poor performance, ...). Most importantly, he saw a stubbornness and unwillingness to improve in the people running the back end. The previous two sentences were his only motivation, he doesn't care for power, never cared to go out of his way to more damage than necessary to the community at large, because he doesn't function on that level. What decision I think are logical moving forward "Logical" is a poor choice of words, really. From this point forward it turns into a value game. "Trust" seemingly being valued above all else, I hear it all the time, left and right. The trust is broken, ad infinitum. Roys vision of GFL is an ever growing one, ever expanding. But blind trust isn't sustainable (see: viper&co, phone, soja, myself, denros, ..), let alone scalable. There is no right or wrong past this point, but there are implications to pursuing certain values, even more so in the context of this merge/unsplit. .ru approached .com with little to no high-stake demands. We agreed (through my council) that an unban demand would be met with hostility, because I understand the grudges you hold, your vengeful nature. It went from a demand to a footnote. A "please, if you could find inside of you, consider it, possibly, maybe". In the face of such humility, you couldn't find it in you to reach out and instead remained steadfast on your high horse despite the pleas from various community members reaching out on their own accord. Frozen in place by your values with the hive mind holding the metaphorical gun to your head. Zooming in on BotoX and the merge specifically. It seems to be understood that regardless of what ends up being decided, you (.com) are taking a risk. You will be running BotoX' current code, and he will continue updating it. Either through continued git commit/review before compile (however long that would last), or through emergency interference whenever x breaks. That's not even considering he could just proxy/vpn to get straight to ftp. I'm not saying there's plans detailing that, I'm just saying that under the right circumstances, or with time even, code that isn't reviewed and approved by any trusted entity is more likely than not to be executed. The point I'm trying to make is that you are running the risk, so why not reap the rewards also? The sheer gesture of turning the other cheek and reaching out to BotoX is enough to turn this into something productive. I can see this infringes on your values, but I genuinely believe it's in your best interest to move away from blind trust, and instead (continue) build(ing) sane, secure and scalable infrastructure. In the end this is still a lawless internet, and there has to be some degree of trust as there's no tangible repercussions. But BotoX isn't this ruthless monster you've made him out to be. He has ran ZE for two years now and I (along with an army of others) have made sure to shit on his any mistake/flaw, scrutinize his every step. He made a community poll to offer to step down for betterment of ZE at some point. There is genuinely nothing you could come up with that would make him do anything that would damage ZE. He's willing to work with you just for the sake of being constructive, set up the server alongside you, maybe give some advice as you go, anything as long it benefits ZE. Progress over vanity, sustainability and scalability over trust (or some sane combination of the two). Ultimately there is no "better" value. I know this is a long shot and this isn't as elaborate as I'd like it to be 'cause of time-restraints, but fuck I had to try. God speed
  11. 36 points
    Greetings everyone, After long talks we've decided that its best that we expand the role of the Directorate and Council team. With @Xy_ and @Nick now having access to the back end and assisting @Roy and I with as much help as possible it's only right that they are both promoted. Welcome aboard @Xy_ and @Nick I look forward to working more with you guys. Now they are not the only people being promoted today. We now have a new addition to the Council and that will be @Shuruia. Shuruia has a lot of experience in the community in general as he was once a Director. He has proven that he has a lot of time and is extremely dedicated towards GFL. So will everyone please congratulate the following on their much deserved promotions: @Xy_ @Nick @Shuruia
  12. 36 points
    But for real, I am resigning. I will keep this short: I've put my time in and I no longer have the time/motivation to do much with GFL anymore. I'll still be around in TS in the retired staff channel (AKA Sasha's Pron Channel) and on the forums here and there. No mention list because they are retarded.
  13. 35 points
    Roy is currently going through a hard time with his health and finances. Most of you already know about his health problems (hernia etc.), but now he has been having financial issues as well. These issues are personal, and he has only trusted few with the details but it has to do with his family. Therefore, he is unable to even afford his surgery, house bills, WiFi bills and a lot of other stuff. He has never taken a single dollar from GFL. He has been lifting a TON of heavy load, while suffering from his hernia, so he can earn money to get around. It just saddens me to see Roy in this undeserved state. GFL is one of the greatest things that has happened to me these past couple of years. I've met great people, and all that would not have been possible without GFL, and GFL would not have been possible without Roy. Only the fewest would have created a community, like GFL, and not use any of its money for themselves. This is why I have decided that we have to help him out. @Korowa created a Gofundme so all of you can help Roy out. Every dollar counts, and given enough funding, he will be able to pay for his surgery and bills, and most importantly, he will be in a much better shape to help GFL grow bigger and better than it has ever been! You can find the gofundme page here ( https://www.gofundme.com/helparoy ) It took me a lot of convincing to make him agree to this, so please act mature. Through prayers, donations, or however you choose to support this, Roy will appreciate the HELL out of all of you. Thank you @Nick for proofreading, and @Korowa for creating the Gofundme <3 Disclaimer: PayPal cannot be used! ("All Personal campaigns (as well as Certified Charity campaigns created prior to November 3, 2016) accept donations by credit or debit cards only.") If you do want to donate via PayPal the funds directly go into his PayPal account but do not show in the gofundme if you would like to donate via paypal here is Roy's paypal (with his permission) [email protected]
  14. 35 points
    So I have been in college for a bit and I am up late doing my paper... figured I finally have time to do this. SHOCKER I stepped down. I told everyone before hand and I love all of you. Not leaving for sure I certainly do not have time for anything else than college, forensics team, and being president for my hall... If you need anything the easiest way to reach me is my social media. @kyle049 - Snapchat @kylarchandler - Instagram I still have a bunch of contacts, I still know a lot, I have literally been through anything that can happen within GFL. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ I am most proud of the people I have recognized to be put up. I am in no way responsible for their success; however I feel I had a hand in that success by recognizing them maybe earlier than they might have been So this is my list of Hall of famers that I have had the privilege to affect their careers here. I am so proud of you, and I hope the biggest things for you all. @Cypher - Constantly sticking my neck out for your dumb ass. However it's not because we are buds it is because I know you're great at what you do keep at it bud @Dano - My son, Made him admin, made him manager, made him Server Manager... could not be more proud of this man.. Keep it up Dano @Thomasdavid097 - Fun fact I trained you in CS:GO I gave you your first admin and Manager outside of GMOD.. Led to great things very proud of you Thomas. One note do not let things get to you my man. @Violator - You speak for yourself all I did was give you Division Leader that was one that was going to happen really not my decision at the time it was a given. @Ariistuujj - Again not a choice on my part, it was always your choice to be how active you want because of how skilled you are and how much you actually care. I just discovered you :3 @Sleazoid @Benroyjam - You guys really built your own way I was just glad to be the ones to give you admin in CS:GO.. @SwegBuster - I personally think you were behind someone else for too long. You are going to do great things Sweg just keep up that enthusiasm with whatever you do. @BulldoG - If Dano is son, you are grandson.. You took over DR after Dano... way to long after but I see the way you try. It would take to much from your personality to give up and that is shown. @Syrus - If he wants to.. the next biggest man in GFL. This kid wants to learn.. he has time.. and he has ambition.. reminds me of me so long ago... You are the man Syrus do not change for anyone besides yourself and keep bettering yourself. To everyone else who left, who is still here, who I did not have time. I encourage you to DM me I would love to have conversations with you guys. There was so many I do not have time to type out and message like @floopyhiggle and @Kim (Love you uglies) _________________________________________________________________________________________________ To the newbies.. Hi I am Kylar, I was a Big part of GFL for way to long and you just missed me.. sucks to suck. If you're interested in learning more about this and want to get started in this amazing legacy I highly encourage it just talk to them they really need people who want to learn and are excited to get involved. P.S. Do not let this be your life like I did.. I grew up in a place where I was surrounded by trees. Get involved in your community, meet some girls, get drunk a few times. Just do not let this be your only source of community. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Finally, to Roy. @Roy Hey little brother, I appreciate you taking a chance on me so long ago. I realize you do not socialize very often with the members, but I am glad to call you a friend towards the end. Who ever gave me this VIP is a sweetheart by the way .... appreciate it. I still hold my side of the bargain that whatever you need me to do I still got you guys. It is unfortunate I had to put my professional community persona to a hold. I am glad that after all this time it is going on hold here. The community you have here is something special. I just have to start my life.. I know you're feeling that creep on to. I hope you are stronger than me and are able to find the balance. Weather you realize it or not you were a godly figure to the community for so long and it was an honor. I appreciate you not making me administrator after the dismemberment of council the first time. I might still be here and I do not think I can split the difference between this and college. I digress... Thanks for everything you have done.. like giving me a chance after just three weeks...etc. Sincerely, ~Kylar Chandler
  15. 34 points
    Hey everyone! I'm sorry to say but i need to leave my position on Hide and Seek. I could give a thousand and a half reasons why i need to, but i'll give the important things. My life has been a really cluttered mess for a long while, with school, trying to get a job, and just life things, i can't find myself wanting to give time to the server, and it stresses me that i can't do anything else for it. Don't get me wrong, i loved working on the server and i loved working with GFL, i just can't give anymore time that doesn't get in the way of my own life. I spend too much time worrying about messing things up and getting myself demoted anyway that it just adds to the stress of my everyday life. I need to leave and focus on my own life rather than a Garry's Mod server. it'll honestly be a relief to me to step away from managing Hide and Seek and focus on better things (not that it wasn't important, i still enjoyed helping GFL, i just need to help myself first.) It was so much fun working with everyone, and i love the people i've met and left, especially my admin team / former team. There'd be too many people to tag in this that i don't think i could tag them all. It was a blast being a part of this community, but it's just my time to go, i guess. I'll still be around on the shoutbox, and around the forums, just not in game or in teamspeak as much. It was fun, and i love every one of you, even those i had troubles with. Ah fuck it i'll tag everyone. Starting with my former admin team. @Impaled @bnewton @AtomicHeadphones @AciFire @Nap14hockey @Zexired @Mundo @mbs @Mistyful @Mango605YT It was wonderful working with you guys. You guys gave me reason to keep working on the server, It was an honor being your manager. I'd happily do it again. @Finnick - Nice meme, son. @Zebra and @Violator- Thank you for this opportunity. @JoelSmith - I'm still pissed you left too. @Bae - for making me all sorts of art things @John_Ariana_Man - Eh i still talk to you faggot. @Shiny - Love you. @Korowa - :3 @Dana - We should talk more, you're awesome :3 @Hannah - The person who put me into Hide and Seek in the first place. Never forget you. @Dano - For helping me so much and especially through my worst. @Shuruia - For putting up with me laughing at the way you say banana. @Darkling - For being a really good person to me. @ButterKing5000 - Keep rocking on purge my man. @PresidentTrump - xd @Carrick - i'll still talk to you, and i'll eventually hear your voice. @GLiTCh - One of my best friends in GFL. We need to talk more my man. @SuperFineMan - My nigga. @TimmyWu - Again, my nigga. @Xy_ - You did wonderfully on the time you were on hide and seek. I wish you luck on your other admin positions. @Telemetry - there you go :3 I'm gonna forget people, and they're gonna be triggered, but just shush, i'm a very forgetful person and i'm writing this at 8am, okay? Thank you for this wonderful opportunity, - Twig
  16. 33 points
    Hi, I’m making this topic to address a future change with the role I play in GFL. As some of you know, I’ve been trying my best to take a break recently as stated in this post. The reason I took this break was because I’ve been burnt out from GFL along with trying to deal with personal issues. However, I’ve also taken this opportunity to think about my future with GFL. While I do enjoy working on GFL, it requires a lot of energy and time to meet the goals I want to achieve. I often find myself getting burnt out. When this occurs, I find my physical and mental health deteriorating. This ultimately results in a poor health environment for myself and this type of environment continues to live on to this day because I am still getting burnt out fairly often. Ever since I started working a full-time job back in January of 2018, I’ve noticed these issues getting worse because I have to deal with my job as well. I do love GFL and that is the reason I’m still around. GFL has been a part of my life literally every day for the past 8 years now (the 25th of this month marked the 8th birthday of GFL). GFL has made so many accomplishments in the last 8 years both in the community itself and in my life. There is absolutely no doubt it has made me into the person I am now with what I’ve been through in it (the good and the bad). If it weren’t for GFL, I wouldn’t have the awesome job I have now along with living on my own in Texas, US. Hell, I’d probably be working at Home Depot still if it weren’t for GFL. I still plan to make a post some day just sharing how much GFL has changed my life. Due to what GFL means to me, it is also hard to let it go. With that said, if I were to let it go, trust would play a big factor in who I’d give it to (especially after the events that have occurred in the past). I’m getting a little too far ahead of myself, that isn’t my current plan, lol. Anyways, as of right now, I am in the “Founder” role. This was because I felt I didn’t necessarily do Director-related activities. Therefore, we decided to make my own role where I can freely go around and do whatever I want and can. I really don’t care what role I am in, but I feel it’d be best if I didn’t have any role. I can still have back-end access to everything, but I don’t believe I should have any official role within GFL. The reasoning for this is because I plan to take a big step back from GFL. I want to focus on myself and my personal life. Perhaps work on things to make myself happy (e.g. find different hobbies or just work to improve my technical experience). This doesn’t mean I am moving on from GFL. However, if I find myself still overwhelmed and not in good health due to GFL, that might be a possibility. This means I just don’t want to be as involved. I will be doing some stuff (primarily machine upgrades, taking care of emergencies, and handling the PayPal money). I also plan to give advice and make technical guides for our Server Managers and Division Leaders. I just don’t want to play such a big role in everything because that has been required from myself ever since GFL started. Who knows, assuming I haven’t moved on, maybe I’ll learn some more technical-related things while taking a big step back and eventually return with more experience which can potentially further benefit GFL in the future (e.g. actually taking the time to learn the IPS 4 API, lol). Please don’t take my word for that, though. As of right now, the plan is to take a big step back from GFL permanently. But there is always that possibility I guess. I am also confident in our Director team and plan to stay and give them advice as well when needed. GFL has made a lot of success recently within our divisions. There are still a lot of improvements that can be made. I don’t think things have looked this promising in years in regards to that! I will still provide a vision which contains our player’s gaming experience coming first. Ensuring our game servers are setup to be simple along with performing well. This includes not overloading our servers with useless plugins/addons, ensuring our servers have the highest uptime possible, ensuring our servers are performing the best they can (e.g. having our servers running on the best hardware available on the market), and finally, having a laid-back environment where our players feel comfortable playing on our servers. That’s basically it. I’m not sure when this will go in effect, but it will be soon. I would like to finish some of my last tasks before doing so on Trello. I am also locking this thread as well because I don’t think it needs any public discussion. Thank you for understanding.
  17. 33 points
    I'm resigning. That's it.
  18. 33 points
    Hello everybody. I just wanted to give a small update on the state of GFL. GFL's Lack Of Progression Recently, there has been very little progression in GFL with the front-end and back-end. Front-End For the front-end, there isn't enough communication going on with our higher ups. With that said, I haven't seen anybody try to step up and address these issues until this past week. I do plan on addressing this to the Trusted team in greater detail. The lack of communication is definitely noticeable. Although players have said GFL has never had "great" communication, back when we rebuilt our CA team the communication was better than it ever was in my opinion. Unfortunately, that didn't last and these "drops" in communication cannot keep reoccurring in the future. We're going to have to find a permanent solution and I highly believe the Tracker we plan on making will definitely help. Although a tracker will help us in the future, what has been going on in the past month or so cannot continue to happen in the future at any cost. Although we don't have the tools to make communicating easier yet, that is no excuse for the lack of communication as of recently. Communication was strong just a couple months ago without these tools. Back End I do believe the back-end hasn't seen great progress as well. Although, the back end of GFL is mostly handled by @denros and myself. We are still waiting on things like the web VM move that should have been done a while ago in my opinion. The OVH machines in Europe are finally done and running smoothly. As for coding, I also believe we need to see more progress on our IPS 4 applications and such (e.g. official admin applications, the tracker idea, and so on). We've been waiting for over a year for official admin applications and they still haven't been made. I also believe we need a bigger team to help with the back end of GFL (Technical Administrators). Therefore, I will be working with trusted individuals and train them to help develop and manage the back end of GFL. This not only gives me a lot more motivation to work on GFL, it will allow us to build a larger TA team that will help with the back end. This hopefully should result in things getting done more quickly and we'll also be learning more from each other. I Hear Your Complaints There have been a few users coming to me recently about their concerns for GFL. I am listening and I am well aware of the big issues in the community. The current state of GFL is not what I want it to be. I haven't been happy with GFL at all recently and honestly, even at GFL's prime, we had a lot of issues that were never fixed. Although in GFL's prime I was satisfied with its state (we were one of the largest multi-gaming communities out there when it came to game servers), I always felt we could improve. Although this mindset has its advantages and disadvantages (e.g. I'm never truly "happy" with the community so I don't take any breaks). It is a mindset that will lead this community in the right direction again as long as people are performing. To clarify, I'm talking about the community as a whole (not server-specific). For example, if a server is doing great, I'm not going to say "oh come on, this server can do better!". Even if the community is doing great, we can always be doing better (e.g. expanding into more games/servers and coming up with more ideas). There's never a stopping point. It's time to start permanently fixing the issues in this gaming community. Future Complaints I'm aware there are a couple other users who want to talk to me about their concerns for GFL. I will do so when I have the time but I'd highly suggest going to the other Directors if you haven't already. In my opinion, complaints should be directed towards all directors instead of one (especially myself since I'm often busy). It's Time To Pick Myself Up For those who follow me on the forums or generally look at my content, you're probably aware of the health issues I've been going through recently. Health issues have been tearing me down recently but as said in my content, I am working on fixing them. My motivation has been on the very low side recently in GFL and I've been very burnt out (I still am). I've been very frustrated with GFL's state and with myself in general. The break I was "suppose" to take a couple weeks ago never happened. And I feel it won't be possible unless if I take a break from the computer in general which won't be happening anytime soon. With that said, I don't think GFL can support me going on break right now. There are still a lot of things I need to take care of soon. Therefore, I have only one good choice. I will be picking myself up and gaining motivation for GFL again. This time, I want the motivation to last instead of it being "spikes" of motivation which NEVER works out in the end and this same situation happens again and again. So, as said in the back-end update above, I will be training trusted individuals which should help with the load I have and help myself gain motivation (training others to help me can only lead to good things with the current state of GFL). I am also going to be looking into getting help from outside of GFL (e.g. server friends I have). @Rukus will be moving next week and after he is moved, he will be able to help GFL. I am looking forward to that! If all works out, I am very confident the motivation will last a lot longer and GFL will start going in the right direction again! Conclusion To conclude, GFL's current state is not looking great and I am well aware of that. I along with the other Directors will be working with everybody again and looking for a permanent solution that will keep the communication going with the higher ups. With that said, I need to also pick myself up and gain motivation that will last. I'm confident that things will start going into the right direction again soon. We just need to get out of this slump. I'm going to start making update threads again addressing ideas and issues in GFL. I'm sick of making these type of posts again and again. Therefore, it's time to start coming up with permanent solutions to fix the real issues in this community. Thanks for understanding.
  19. 33 points
  20. 33 points
    I've just seen Cypher post and I can't believe I am doing the same. Recently I have not been very active with directors. I feel it's time for me to take a break. I value this community loads and @Roy along with multiple people in this community have helped me become a better programmer and person. I think it's time I focused on my personal life however I will still be around on the forums to fix problems where need be. Thanks to all of you!
  21. 32 points
    Welcome to the fourth annual GFL Demographic! I started this tradition three years ago and hope to continue it. If you do not remember or were not here for last year’s demographics, here were the results (the results from the year before should also be on there). There is not much purpose for this other than pure curiosity. I have expanded the amount of questions and made edits to previous questions from last year’s demographic to get additional and more accurate statistics. Note: All polling here is anonymous and individual responses will only be seen by me. Form to fill out: https://goo.gl/forms/89zAGbaYLUxoQOAz1 This will close on Dec. 31 and the results will be posted sometime that same week. Spread the word of this to get a better representation. My goal this year is to reach +200 participates.
  22. 32 points
    Decided to step down from my current position. I have almost no time for GFL anymore, and when I do have free time, it mostly goes towards other things. Quick thanks to @Dano as I don't think I would've been where I was without him. There is many more shoutouts, but It would take to long. You should all know who you are. I will still be around the forums harassing you all with my cancer.
  23. 32 points
    Too busy to contribute anything close to what is required by any of the directors. I want VIP forever, thanks. See ya kids.
  24. 31 points
    T'was a good run. Thanks everyone.
  25. 31 points
    Well this may come as an surprise to some, and others not, I believe it's my time to stand down as one of the 3 Team Leader's of moderation. I'd like to start off this with a few honest, and not watered down, points about what's happening and what's happened within GFL revolving around me, from past and present to choices being made for the future. A good place to start i guess, as i've rattled on about for months and months, what i've repeatedly tagged Directors, former Council member's, Team Leaders, and my own fellow moderators for again and again; a lack of transparency. So many negative situations, much backlash and much annoyance could have been simply avoided with some forewarning of plans or events. It might be old news by now, but the Discord purge was a prime example of this, where the Directors on a whim without consulting the users, did a full blown purge of all channels, blocked any use of slurs, AND split the mod team down the middle. Again, a similar situation happened when the directors "snapped", and purged council without warning, but don't get me wrong, i support this move to remove the "chaff" in-the-way ranks, what i was not a fan of, was the way in which it was done, the sudden un-warned mass purge of council was not a necessary action. It could have taken it's time and it would've gone much, MUCH more smoothly, but instead they were ousted while half of the members were offline - But this isn't the reason i'm resigning, something much worse came to my attention that really irks me. Here's a direct quote from Roy himself, shortly after the purge; Pay attention to the end of the second paragraph, for those with TL:DR syndrome, it states the following - "Ban all toxic people". This was the final straw, i wasn't considering a resignation until i saw this. The directors, sick with a dissenting opinion who are unfortunately championed by those they deem "Toxic", have created an impromptu reason to remove any opposition. Yes, you heard me, they want to ban people for disagreeing with them, and by looking at back and forth chatter of how people have talked about in internal over weeks and weeks, there are a LOT of possible targets for this. However, to not outright slander by cherry-picking, i will give credit to Roy and the other Directors for attempting this push, even if it wasn't the best implementation or process to do so. Included within this is a shift of attention to a more serverside approach, which is how it should be, and to quote what a numerable amount of people have said, the "player-base is our backbone" Now that my main reason is out of the way, i'll talk about less important reasons why I no longer wish to be a Moderation Team leader. Firstly, the return of @Kite9867, alongside the continued support @Ben Roy and @Liloz01, although Ben Roy is now a Director, gives me faith in the future of the moderation team and how it will be pushed forward. I feel like i am no longer needed in a sense to fulfill my role as is, and that these blokes can handle anything fired their way. Secondly, @eueuq's constant peer pressure and actions have made me reconsider the value of being in the higher up positions of GFL, although he may be rash and unruly at times, he has both ascended, and descended the ranks for his goals, which were honorable intentions of bringing more attention to the lower echelons and getting the Directors thumbs out of their asses and start talking to the user/player-base. As of his actions I no longer see fulfillment in the role, in addition to the push of a more user based approach from the Directors as of very recently. Thirdly, surprisingly least important of my lesser reasons are exams Now for an obligatory mention list. Leader Gang; @Ben Roy Thanks for being a great Team leader for so long, as well as not demoting me in my shaky periods lol @Kite9867 As above, although a little more activity would've been nice ; ) @Liloz01 Keep up the good work or whatever you do, you're more deserving of the rank than me so good luck. Director Gang; @Roy Thanks for making this community and sticking with it, even in recent times, (oh p.s don't ban 1/4 of the userbase lol ) @Ralsei One of the most talkative directors outwith of the "inner circle" I've never really had anything against you but, as above^ @X2D The most active director convening with us lesser ones, sorry for the constant back and forth in the feedback channel, did occasionally get out of hand @Rick "Purge when?" Moderation Lords; @Korowa One of the better mods imo, just stop going AWOL every few weeks lol @eueuq Did you actually do anything as mod in the first place lmao? @WigglesWorth At first wasn't a fan. I mean my first impression was being called a faggot , Nonetheless, keep up that abuse work in the Gmod Discord @motorsteak There have been disagreements, agreements, quarrels and civil wars where we were joined and opposite, and if i'm too be honest, you've got a solid head on your shoulders - for a TTT admin >:) Oh also, stop shittalking peeps all the time lmao, insulting people doesn't exactly work. @RockRoyce Mister innocent mod, keep up that semi active state ❤️ @Pyros Similarly with motorstreak you have a solid head on your shoulders, except you don't insult everyone you don't like ; ) @flyingjoe32 Kite Wannabe pfp looking ass Internal "VirusKing's Reason" Cunts @Syntax Tone down on calling people retarded all the time lol, but keep doing what you're doing events wise. I look forward to participating in Kareoke as a puny member. @eueuq and the award for the most tagged goes too Was fun bashing Synny boy and Council lords in internal for a while, thanks for being there i guess @Worgee "CrItIciSm Is nOt HArAssMenT" Jokes aside, you did relatively alright as a TL for PR, and securing partnerships, although sometimes mocked for. Good luck with what you do, and you didn't deserve that sudden demotion without warning. @Joel As above with Worgee, your plans were good but i don't think telling people to "Be Nice" really works @Liloz01 Bully Syntax hours Special Mentions @eueuq Thanks for almost everything, you're the reason i pushed to change mod team, you've done so much for the discord that'll be undoubtedly forgotten and washed away, and probably one the ten people who actually cared about what happened to the discord users. Not to sound too soppy but, I consider you a friend i would've been lost without. Really, thanks, Weeb Leader (Add me on steam grr) @Liloz01 pseudo-mod-then-actual-mod-after-promotion-looking-ass. Keep up what you're doing and try not to destroy half the discord @Eucalyptus imagine being named after a tree, this post was made by eat my massive haggis pp gang. @Zexired lmao, made you look @rapperdan please stop messaging me lmao, and you being ignored isn't the reason everything was "falling apart" (it isn't) behind the scenes Discord Gang; @Toni Bamanaboni You dare stand against my superior German Kruppstahl? Doomkopf! @Aurelien Auroojean Aurelion Aurelia Aurel Aureljil @harry restrain your woman @Amelie restrain your man @Chewie2k Kepp trying your advances with @Kite9867, they'll work someday @Jat @A Lost Puppy where's your forum profile smh @JerryBomb CSS > CS:GO ; ) @Finnick epic @Soviet epic weeb time @Bigtime388 oh oh oh-oh ooooooooooooh Gmod Discord Gang; @Pancake Jenkins Here ya go pp head, all alone because i couldn't find the one other persons forum account lmaO @Zer0 Imagine being named after a number, this post was made by not named after a number gang That's pretty much all i wanted to say, so peace out higher ups. Also i'll still be in the discord and shit i ain't leaving (For clarification i am resigning from moderator completely)
  26. 31 points
    Last week we reopened the Community Advisor applications as we had lost a significant amount of members for that position. These individuals excelled among all the others and proved themselves that they are trustworthy individuals who possess great knowledge and insight on how to improve GFL as a whole. These individuals will assist everyone in GFL with any issues they may have and will help us with important decisions. Anyways I would like to congratulate the following on their promotions: @SashaGrey @Xy_ @Leks @Winter Well done, We expect good things from you guys!
  27. 31 points
    Well, it is a new month. And with new months come new giveaways. (I do giveaways every month) February is the month of love. And I love all of you, so I will be giving away... 2x VIP Status For A Whole Month! That means two of you could have VIP rank on everyone of the GFL Servers. All you have to do to enter is.. Like this post Comment who your Valentine is (2 entries if you include a picture of you and your Valentine) (I am not asking for likes, I am just using it as a second reference) Here are the giveaway rules: You cannot enter if you have VIP after the date of February 14th. You can enter if you are a SUPPORTER Must be a GFL Member You can only enter ONCE The giveaway will end on February 14th, at 12 am EST (Eastern Standard Time) Here is a countdown timer: http://itsalmo.st/#giveawaytime Goodluck to all. Best Regards, iPro.
  28. 31 points
    GFL DEMOGRAPHIC 2016 Participates: 109 #Dan4MemeRank? Thank you to all that participated. I was happy to see we got more people this year. If you would like to compare these to last years statistics, click here and here. Let us hope for another fun year of GFL.
  29. 31 points
    Well, seeing as I was demoted, I most likely will not be on that frequently anymore. I’ll still most likely hop in TeamSpeak from time to time and maybe even get on some servers occasionally. Now for my farewells (even though i’ll still talk to some of you bitches) @Addy - Thanks for getting me into Purge in the first place when you were still an admin, you’re probably the reason I wanted to be an admin so bad. @Zebra - Thank you for giving me a chance at being admin, admin+, and almost head admin @Stud - You were fun to play GTA with, and I wish you had your own PC so you could get on more. @OGMartin - Thanks for being one of the most fun to be around people in GFL. You better not lose our streak. @JoelSmith - We had some great times on Purge, and I hope you one day get the opportunity and the recognition that you deserve. @ButterKing5000 - You were the best head-admin I ever got the chance to be under. Good luck with Deathrun, Purge, and anything else you may decide to do. @GLiTCh - You were a good admin+, a good head-admin (for like a week), a good manager, and most of all, a sellout @Dano - I had fun being carried by you in Dead by Daylight. Thanks for all of your overall help. @Shuruia - Thanks for being very proper, and for all of your general help. @Syrus - You were 2good4me on Dead by Daylight. @John_Santa_Man - We had our ups and downs, but I’m glad we stopped hating each-other and became friends. Good luck on Purge and HnS. @Twig - We also had our ups and downs, but I’m glad we stopped being aids towards each other. Have fun with HnS my boi. You unhealthy cunt. @Maskiee - I love you. @TimmyWu - I’m glad I got to see you get unbanned, Maybe we can play Payday 2 again someday. @rapperdan - Thanks for being the biggest meme in GFL, no matter how many times I called you cancer. @Ariistuujj - Thank you for all of your help with creating models and converting them in to files that would work with Gmod. @Nap14hockey - You’re a great admin and I can see you doing a lot in GFL if you put your mind to it. Best regards @RickGrimesTM - We may have argued about Purge’s MOTD a few times, but I’m glad you're one of the few that I can tell actually care about purge. @Mary - Look at it this way, we have more time to write essays, drink tea, and practice our grammar. @Rcool64 - Thanks for training me on CW:RP, that training may one day save my life , and thank you for giving me points for naming all of the Beatles on Deathrun @Bigtime388 - I had a lot of fun playing GTA with you, and we had some fun times on purge too. @PaperMoney - I’m glad you got admin back after your demotion. We gotta play some zombies sometime, well that is if the BLOOD doesn't bother you @Auggie- We should play the forest some time. @Bae - Thanks for sexually assaulting me on purge, I enjoyed every second of it. @Frosty.Finnick - Draw me a fucking salad or I riot. @SwegBuster - We had some fun in GTA and even on Purge a few times, and I’m glad I got to know you man. @Unknown - Good luck with being head admin. @Bomber314 - You show a lot of potential for purge, and I’m glad that the future is looking up for the server. @flyingjoe32 - We didn't talk all that much, but I really enjoyed being on an admin team with you. @Violator - Spare some ranks? @Jermsquad - #IDidItForPapa @SkittlezExZ - You are a cool guy. @IchTuDirWeh - I'll never forget the time we turned the admin area into space, good fucking times. @stevepwnsyou9 - I’m glad you got admin back again, try not to get caught hacking again @Carrick - I’ll miss the glorious sound of your keyboard clacks, and your typing skill even when playing a game. @Blah - Glad you got admin my dude, good luck. @Olli - Congrats on getting admin! I know you worked really hard for it. At least they had a good admin lined up to replace me @Kazllab - I hope you’ll still let me buy from you in purge, but i know that if i don’t you’ll get me your special express ticket to spawn. @MikePence I hope you keep streaming because I actually enjoy watching you on twitch. @Santahiggle - Thanks for reminding me that I pee sitting down. I also want say thank you to all of the fallen purge admins such as @DeathTheKid, @SpookyBoxBattleMe, @Ezecute, @Universe34, @Deya, @GLOdysseus, @CLITPUNCHER, etc. Everyone on the list above made my time being an admin for GFL a great time, and I'm forever grateful. and finally... @Otter -
  30. 31 points
    Those within GFL's higher circles have been discussing certain individuals to be considered in a series of various promotions. These promotions will span our TF2, CS:GO, GMod and media divisions. Given that the discussions for such matters are still ongoing, the final decisions for all of the divisions have yet to be disclosed. Even so, the final decisions on the TF2 and media divisions have already been made and are thus ready to be publicly acknowledged. With a voice of silk and a creative streak to boot, @Amelie has been chosen to be our new media leader. She has been with us since 2012 and will finally get her chance at a position that suits her. The Board of Directors will be monitoring her progress throughout her tenure. With @Snoopy's limited time in GFL comes a need to fill the shoes of the progenitors. @Mercer has been chosen for the role of TF2 division leader due to the time and effort he has poured into our TF2 division. He shall hold this position alongside @Snoopy whilst making himself apparent on the forums. To be chosen for the position now means that he can ease himself into the position without requiring @Snoopy's departure first. The end result is a smoother transition. Again, please be aware that these are only two of the promotions that were being discussed. Remember to look for similar announcements in the near future when we have determined our final decisions for the other divisions.
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    Hey everyone, I've been thinking long and hard about something the last two - three months or so ever since I started building out the Anycast network with @Dreae. I had a decision to make and after long talks with my colleagues, my friends, and others experienced in the area, I've finally came to a conclusion. The decision was whether I wanted to pursue a career goal of becoming a hosting provider in the future. Last night I decided I wanted to give it a shot. Obviously, this is way easier said than done. There is A LOT that would go into this and the reasoning I've thought about this decision for so long was because I kept telling myself I wasn't ready (many said I was overthinking everything as well). However, my approach to this will be starting out small (as it should be). I do still feel I have a lot to learn, but I am willing to learn everything I can and I'll more than likely even find it fun/interesting along the way there. With that said, I have a lot of support from others experienced in this area that are willing to help me out which I highly appreciate. Although, I want to learn as many things on my own as I can because self-teaching yourself is the best method of learning in my opinion. I will be creating this company with one of my IRL best friends as well. I want to talk about myself and GFL next. I've been working on GFL daily for the last 8+ years and although it isn't perfect, I do feel I did a pretty damn good job at it. It is an overall successful community. I still have many plans written out for it, but I don't feel I have the motivation and time to implement them (this is something I've struggled with for years). Realistically, I haven't made a single dime from the community in profit (never have, never will) and my job needs to take priority since that gives me a paycheck and supports my life. With me pursuing my goal of becoming a hosting provider, I will need to take a big step back from GFL. I just don't feel I have the capacity to handle my actual job, GFL, the Anycast network, and the new hosting company I create. I am not going to step down from TA because I will be handling the Anycast network and some back-end related things with the web machine, but I cannot be expected to do anything in the community itself. I will be talking to our internal staff regarding this and the community will be put into good hands. But again, I'll still technically be here, so there's that. As for the new company I plan to create, even if it were to fail, I would still learn a lot from it and it would give me a lot of experience (perhaps later on I could attempt it again if it were to fail). I can use this new knowledge elsewhere and it'd be great to put on my resume (putting what I've done with GFL on my resume is already great, but putting what I've done with my own hosting company would be great as well, lol). My personal end-goal is for it to eventually support my life solely so I can put 100% into the company daily. Obviously, I have a lot of other goals for the company itself. I just need to start out small and think things through. It could even takes years before it takes off. I plan to make my own personal website in the future. I'll be posting things there about the progress I'm making and how my overall life is going. I'll also be posting stuff here as well to share to all of you because well, GFL is and always will be in my life more than likely. If you want to know more information about this, please feel free to message me or reply here. Thank you!
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    We've just finished up with choosing our new council members. Congrats to @Ben Roy @Crusty @flyingjoe32 @Pyros @Unknown We've decided that we should go with 5 people, we didn't have a hard amount of council members we wanted, which meant we were going to promote who we felt was right for the role. These guys all did great things for GFL before the applications and we are sure they are going to do great things now for GFL! Once they get settled into their new role you should start seeing some of the things they are doing. Feel free to get in contact with them as well! There are a couple more changes coming up soon as well. Also, @Darkling is now director and I'm too lazy to make a new announcement. Congrats @Darkling. ~ Xy
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    Welcome to the third annual GFL Demographic! I started this tradition two years ago and hope to continue it. If you do not remember or were not here for last year’s demographics, here were the results (the results from the year before should also be on there). There is not much purpose for this other than pure curiosity. I have expanded the amount of questions and made edits to previous questions from last year’s demographic to get additional and more accurate statistics. Form to fill out: (REMOVED) This will close on Dec. 31 and the results will be posted sometime that same week. Spread the word of this to get a better representation. My goal this year is to reach +150 participates. Thanks.
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    Fx and I are okay just really shaken up by the shooting. We were right next door inside the Luxor when the shooting happened. We were locked down for 6 hours and recently got back to our hotel room.
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    Welcome to GFLClan.com's TTT Minecraft Server! How To Play: Innocents and Detectives must work together to defeat the Traitors among them OR find the diamond blocks to win. Detectives are proven and can force test players after the gold block is found and placed in the tester. Detectives and Traitors can buy special equipment by pressing C on their keyboard. How To Become A GFL Member: Register on the forums. Check your email and validate your account. Apply for membership here. Another easy way is to type !member in game chat. How to donate for perks, skins, and chat tags: Once you are a member, click here to become a Supporter or VIP. Your new status will populate soon. You can inform an Admin to expedite new rank! Another easy way is to type !donate in game chat. GFL Rules: No racism in chat, voice chat, or sprays. Sprays must be appropriate for all ages. Profile pictures must be appropriate for all ages. Explicit images are prohibited. Names must be pronounceable. Names must be appropriate. Do not disrespect other players or staff. Do not advertise non-GFL servers. Hacks of any kind are not allowed. Children on mics may be muted. Only English is allowed on the sever. Players must obey Admin. Do not impersonate Admin. Do not abuse the paintball gun (explicit images / words). TTT Minecraft Rules: Detectives or Innocents who are Defibulated can ONLY call out their killers, nobody else. Do not RDM (Random Death Match) - killing or damaging someone at random. Do not kill anyone off of suspicion. Do not prop-push or kill unless you are a traitor (this is considered RDM). Prop surfing is not allowed. Claiming areas is not allowed. Camping an area for more than thirty seconds is not allowed. Goomba stomping is considered RDM, unless done by a traitor. Body/prop blocking is not allowed and is KOS'able after THREE reasonably spaced warnings (In CHAT only). Do not kill or push AFKs to their death until overtime. Innocents and detectives may not help traitors in any way. Allow a person to ID a body after they kill them. Pushing with a crowbar is allowed as long as it doesn't present a clear danger. Do not use map exploits. Do not revenge RDM. Do not target Admin or specific players. Do not falsely report players. Do not kill/crowbar people when you are stuck. Request an Admin to teleport you. Use a readable name using English letters. Not killing someone when they commit traitorous act when you should is considered cheating/ghosting. Detectives: Detectives are the only players who are allowed to force test. Only a detective can place a KOS players who refuse to test after THREE reasonably spaced warnings (In CHAT only). Traitors: Traitors may not hint or give away their traitors teammates. Traitors must call out traps, detonated slams, jihad, and TNT (c4 is exempt) to other traitors with sufficient time to react. Traitors may not harm other traitors in any way. Traitors may not trade or give away any traitor equipment or weapons to non-traitors. Traitors may not stay inside the traitor room and nether for more than thirty seconds. Traitors may not delay the round. Traitors must make progress. KOSable (Kill On Sight): Throwing incendiary nades or discombobulators at or near players. Walking by an unidentified body. Being seen in the traitor room. Planting C4 or SLAM. Hiding the gold or diamond blocks. Traitor baiting - shooting at or near another player. Prop pushing, killing, and surfing during the round. Damaging or destroying a health station. Having a traitor weapon or equipment that has not been declared to have been picked up. You may use logic to determine who is a traitor (Example: Remaining player who hasn't tested). Hanging bodies. Getting rid of bodies with DNA or evidence. Non-KOSable: Do not KOS a location. Do not KOS a person coming out of nether. You may place suspicion on them only. Do not KOS a player for facing a traitor trap going off. You may place suspicion on them only. Do not KOS a player for saying they are a traitor (Voice chat or chat). You may place suspicion on them only. Do not KOS a player for their skins. Other players could have the same skin. Do not KOS a player for pre-round propkill. Bans and Slays: 1 slay for 1-2 RDMs in the following round. (Player must stay until they are slain the following round). 6 hours for RDM and leave. 12 hours for 2 RDMs and leave. 1 day for consistent RDM - RDMing for 3 consistent rounds or more. 1 day for karma below 600. 1 day refusing to listen to Admin after being kicked. 1 week for ghosting - collaborating with someone outside of the game or reviving an innocent. 1 week for targeting other players or admins. 1 week for attempted mass RDM - 2 RDMs with the intent to kill a 3rd. 1 week for Mass RDM - 3 or more RDMs in 1 round. 2 weeks for Double Mass RDM - 6 or more RDMs in 1 round. Permanent for Super Mass RDM - 9 or more RDMs in 1 round. Permanent for 3rd week ban in 1 year. Permanent for hacking. Permanent for advertising. Permanent for high amount of bans. Permanent for illegal sprays. Non-appealable. Commands: !report allows you to report a player for RDM. !respond to respond to a report. !motd to bring up the MOTD or F9. !tags allows you to set your chat tag (for donators or higher rank). !id <name> to copy someone's steam ID. !profile <name> to open their steam profile. !join to move yourself out of spectator. !member to apply for membership. !specme to move yourself into spectator. @ allows you to talk to admins directly. F1 brings up your settings. F2 toggles mutes on live and spectators. F3 brings up Pointshop (for members or higher rank). F4 toggles mouse pointer for betting. F8 brings up Damagelogs. Binds: ttt_radio yes ttt_radio no ttt_radio help ttt_radio imwith ttt_radio see ttt_radio traitor ttt_radio suspect ttt_radio check ttt_toggle_disguise ttt_spectator_mode 0 or 1 In-Game Reports: Be as specific as possible. Do not keyboard mash in reports. Do not use foul language or racism in reports. Do not argue with Admin over report decisions. Do not abuse the reporting system or make false reports. Formal Reports: Reporting a Player. Use the link below to report players for Mass RDM, Hacking, Targeting, or Advertising. Players should not use player reports for RDM. Must include proof in report! Submit a formal report against another player here. Reporting an Admin. Use the link below to report Admin or staff who are abusing their elevated privileges. Must include proof in report! Submit a report against an Admin here Applying for Admin: If you meet the requirements specified on the GFL forums, you may apply for a position on our GFL TTT team as an Admin using the link below. Be sure to follow the required format and have a confirmed sponsor prior to applying! Good luck! Apply for a position as an Admin here. Staff Roster: The updated staff roster can be found here. GFL TTT Discord: If you would like to talk to other members or get ahold of staff quickly, join the GFL TTT Discord by clicking here. The contents in this MOTD may or may not be all inclusive. If a rule is not present in the MOTD, an Admin may determine the rule and action. This MOTD is subject to change at any time.
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    Today we are going to be making two different announcements! The first being the promotion (or re-promotion) of @PB-n-J. He resigned a while ago because of personal issues. Now he has been active within GFL since his resignation, and we have discussed what the council role will involve for him. We need to make sure that we aren't spreading ourselves to thin and this promotion will help with that. He'll be making similar announcements keeping everyone updated as i have been doing. We will be starting to look at members who haven't had the opportunity to work within a staff position from now on, which means we will be keeping our eyes open. The next promotion is for our Rust server. Most of you have already seen this, but a proper announcement is needed. Congratulations to @Worgee! He will now be leading the Rust server and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with the server. Worgee is a seasoned CSGO player and even with his current position as senior admin in CSGO Jailbreak he has shown that he can manage the responsibilities.
  37. 29 points
    It has been a pleasure to be part of GFL. I first started here as an Admin for our first zombie escape server on CS:S, fun times. Then I moved up the ladder to become a Manager for ZE CS:GO, which surprisingly turned out to become a major success for GFL and after some time That_One_Guy decided to carry on the torch, the torch was given to me. First i thought this was gonna be amazing, next i woke up with mashed sausage spilt everywhere on the floor and people asking for help. Some of the times went really smooth, other was days without sleep. As many of you may already know, I am danish. To take care of the most issues, i went from sleeping at night to sleeping at day so my schedule usually went like Sleep at day, gfl/game afternoon till morning and then school. Pretty fucked huh? anyways, that's why i had to step down. Now my schedule is finally back to normal, I sleep at night go to school and drink fucking every week because my friends are fuckheads and keep inviting me. I want to tag and thank people so the ones i forget get butthurt @Roy You are a very loved person and i wish i could help you more often. Love you bru. @nick027nd @Dano Fuck germany. I love you bro @Floopyhiggle You are number 1 troll floop. Will never forget when i used your account and joined a match and "you" top fragged 60+ kills rofl. @Nick Bare rolig, driller bare, det en prank @RickGrimesTM You got some charm bru, always loved trolling with you on purge. @Snoopy never really got to learn much about you, but you cool. @HackingPotato fuck it. I still love you. But in an acceptable way :trolol:. @Violator - @Deltacommander wtf your color changed you lazy bastard @johaw where is this cunt @SoJa you will always be my bank. @denros What should i do without you @Zebra Zebra @Thomasdavid097 - surf master @Joshy you should become a guy who write books @Leks you are one special faggot @Darkling JB master Ok times up, i gotta run now. Some of you lazy bastards may not even get to here and read this. But I just wanted to make sure, if i dont come home tomorrow from the party i'm going to tonight, that i left a propper goodbye to everyone. I was bored and got some extra time before my train goes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  38. 29 points
    Hey everyone, its that one CA who did stuff even if you didn’t notice. I did most of my contribution to GFL behind the scene, but things have changed. It seems that I have lost interest/have no more purpose as a CA in GFL. I did my best to help the community but I stressed myself out with the amount and volunteer work I do online and in real life and it’s time to cut some strings. Online communities in general are starting to have a negative impact on me, mentally, which ain’t healthy. I have made some mistakes in the past and it has ruined the respect some people had for me. I just want to relieve all the stress and just enjoy playing games without having to make time to do things like I have done for GFL. I recently got a job as a Production Specialist at Krispy Kreme and boy does that wear me out. Not only that but I just didn’t have as much time to do GFL stuff. For the last month I took a step back from GFL to just enjoy playing games and I realised over that time span that this is what I want to do. With my time limited from Work and being a Drumline Staff for my high school marching band, the little time I had left just wanted to enjoy playing games. Some may be happy or some may be sad. Either way, I hope I can just leave on good terms. One last thing, when I first joined this community I had no intention to become an admin or anything, I just wanted to play. Over time I grew friendships and GFL turned out to be a fun experience. Around 6 months into joining GFL I was mostly playing 1v1 and SurfTimer. I said “fuck it” and applied for Operator for SurfTimer. Definitely was not good at being an operator and didn’t go very well for me over time, but I learned from my mistakes. Around a year into GFL I applied for Admin on 1v1 and got it. Probably the best experience I had and I was happy with it and didn’t want to go any further. What do you know 6 months later they were looking for a 1v1 manager. I had good intentions so I said “fuck it”, again. Then again when I applied for CA. My point is, even tho the above had nothing to do with it, was that I enjoyed the community enough to help and contribute and do what I could to make it better. I have to say not only have I made countless memories in GFL but GFL is probably one of the best most friendly communities out there. Everyone has an equal opportunity to become anything they want and I want to see GFL continue to grow from here on out. I don’t have much else to say so I will leave you with a quote I told a special someone when I was applying for CA.
  39. 29 points
    Hey everybody! My name is The Empathetic Peacemaker. I used to be the Director of Community Engagement at HeLLsGamers. While serving, I helped create and oversee the HGCE Branch of HG, which includes seven different committees. I'm here to discuss some big news about an organization our team have worked very hard to create and market over the past month and a half or so, along with some good news about us moving forward. I'm happy to announce that our organization, Gaming Community Central (GCC for short) has officially partnered with GFL! I'm also happy to announce that @CrusTi and @Darkling have chosen to serve as Advisors for GCC, while @Leks will serve as one of the two GFL Community Ambassadors! GCC was founded on the belief that server-based gaming communities were missing key opportunities to network and help each other out with achieving common goals. To do this, GCC is taking a three-pronged approach to increase inter-community activity: cross-community events, an aggregated news page, and our inclusive but principled GCC membership opportunity. By doing so, we hope to create a network of partnership and growth based on respect, fairness and cooperation that supports all communities involved. If that sounds like something you wanna be a part of, then you're in luck. We're looking for new staff members, so be sure to check out our open staff positions here and contact me on Steam so we can work out the details. Keep in mind that if you currently hold a staff position in a community, you will be held to a stricter screening process and higher standards to prevent any conflicts of interest. Check out our website to learn more about our organization and its plans to move forward here. Also, be sure to join our Discord to keep up with updates about GCC! We're excited to start collaborating with GFL and look forward to taking advantage of some fantastic opportunities to connect with GFL and other communities :D
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    Welp bois, it's my time. I've enjoyed all the time here since 2014. Was never in the community much till late 2015 but since then I've made friends I would have never have met in 1000 years and memories with a LOT of people in GFL, some of left and some are still here to this day! I began on purge as just a normal player, joking around trolling and having and fun times with my friends. One day I applied for admin not thinking much of it and was accepted 9 days later. With me being accepted I decided to join other GFL servers and get to know more of the community. I've met a LOT of people in GFL and I'd say I'm pretty neutral to everyone in GFL so let's start the list! @Mistletoe You the one who got me into this place I call home, I appreciate that a lot! We've had differences but you still the homie! @Shiny Thanks for the chance of being admin! I hope you doing well man! @Zebra My partner in crime! Definitely my best friend in GFL. We've had good memories and hope to still be friends throughout the years! #nohomo @Dano I love you german boy all tho you hate my grammar mistakes i appreciate you for making me not look dumb @SantasElfAuggie Also one of the first few people I've met in GFL and still talk to today, we've also had some bad times but we've overcome them like big boys and girls! @SaladFlake Like I said on your post I hate how it all went down but glad you're mature enough and we're still friends. You one of the best people I know in GFL as well! I was also never a sellout @Unknown Some people say you don't deserve Head admin but I believe in you, man! You've been a good friend to me throughout my time here and it was awesome knowing you! @Nap14hockey YES! YOU DO DESERVE ADMIN+! No matter how much you say no you're definitely a good admin+ @Syrus As salty as you may get you're an awesome dude! We've sung Gary come home and our amazing pizza sauce! @ButterKing5000 and @stevepwnsyou9 Every time I hear your voice it makes me a bit hard tbh, deep voices of GFL no doubt! @Shuruia Everytime you speak it's so intelligent and I find it so amusing, you can literally talk about garbage collecting and make it SO interesting. @rapperdan You're an interesting man for sure, but you chill. @Mary I feel like you always low-key hate me but you still chill as hell @Frosty.Finnick You we're a good admin on purge and an AMAZING artist, I've even used some of your drawings as my profile pic, keep it up. @Addy Honestly can't see Left shark without thinking of you, is that weird? I don't know but you an awesome dude! @SkittlezExZ You chill mane! I can you see you going far in computer stuffs @Benroyjam Never got to know you but you always seem like a chill dude to chill with. @JoelSmith You silly British boy, you good man keep it up! I can see the admin+ in your future @Rcool64 Thanks for accepting my member app all the way back in 2014 #WeGoWayBack @Stud ILY TOO MANE!!!! You a dude with some big muscle and could fuck anyone up! @Bigtime388 Ayy you chill man, I appreciate the hacks on GTA I mean wut? @Kazllab Just realized what your name is backwards @MikePence I love your streams, like fr they are actually interesting, keep it up, man! @Violator Yes @TimmyWu #ProRaiderTimmy #Still#1OnPurge Another dude I met way back and taught me the ways of raiding!! Also they we're air jordans!! @OGMartin Love you, dad, <3 @MaskieeTheSnowman Another man with a deep voice!! Keep it rockin man! @Bae Thanks for all the panda porn, still scared @Ariistuujj Never heard you talk but you know a LOT, my dude. Keep it up! @Carrick I heard you say hi once, my life is complete @Roy Thanks for making this home! I've met so many great people and you're to think. You've created something amazing, sometimes cancer but overall great @Joshy You took a pic with HoodieAllen #Forever jealous! @John_Santa_Man Deez nutz annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd last but not least @zoroark Love you best friend If I missed anyone I apologize for most of the people I missed I just can't think of or never met, but there's one I didn't add and that's because I really hate you . I will contuine to stay here and hope to still meet new people! Maybe I'll come back, maybe who knows time will tell. Anyways seeya guys lata and I love all the memorises I've met here!
  42. 28 points
    Hey everyone, I just wanted to announce that today is GFL's birthday! GFL is now nine years old. It was founded on January 25th, 2011. It's hard to believe that nine years ago my 14 year old self was on the Steam group creation page and somehow thought of the name "Games For Life". With that said, it's funny to think that I made the group as a joke initially, but that surely took a turn! While GFL has had its ups and downs over the years, it has always came out strong. I wanted to thank everyone who has contributed to GFL over the years along with everyone who plays on our servers. None of this would be possible without you! Now enough talking and let's celebrate Thanks!
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    Hello, I would like to announce the new Board of Director members and new Division Leaders for CS:GO. Please welcome @Liloz01 and @WigglesWorth as the newest member of the Board of Directorate, given with the work they've done within GFL as a leadership role under GFL teams. Now for the new CS:GO Division Leaders, please welcome @Leks and @Cobra, for their management experience with the servers. I'm very excited about GFL in general, I'm looking forward to working with Wiggles and Oscar(Liloz01), and to see CS:GO Division to improve as it goes on. View full article
  44. 28 points
    Hello everyone, Now I didn't originally want to create a topic about this however I feel it's right to let some people know whats going on in my life as I recently decided to take a break due to a personal issue of mine. On June 23rd I rushed my mother into A&E as she had a huge swelling on her foot and was struggling to breathe. I sat there for what felt like eternity waiting for any sort of results as to what is going on with my mother. We discussed the possibility that her anemia was the main cause of this but that was never proven true. Two days later my auntie came over to tell me something that no one should ever have to hear in their life. "They've found lumps in her neck, chest and lower abdomen." At that point I lost it and decided to call it quits on GFL knowing that the possibility that Cancer is the factor lead me to believe I didnt have much time with her left. Whilst I visited her in hospital my family which is very split had to all visit her which let to a lot of inner conflict and my mother being in a lot of emotional pain because of it yet they still decided to carry on with their pathetic behaviour. A few more weeks go by and she looks a lot better after they pump her with 6 blood bags to bring her blood levels up to normal level. Previously it sat at 60 which is dangerously low for someone (The average is around 200). Once they was able to retain a steady blood level she was allowed to leave which was only the start of my concerns. She began to slowly get sick again and I knew at that point it had to be Cancer. My worst fears were confirmed four days ago when she woke me up sat me down with my brother and told me she had lymphoma (cancer). At that point I felt like someone had just stabbed me in the heart and twisted the knife around till I couldn't handle it any longer and it felt like the world was just punishing me for no reason at all. I've been at an all time low lately and with my GCSE results coming around a day later I was in a lot of distress. I arrived at my school to expect the worst results you could imagine, not enough grades to get into sixth form and it would result in me going to a really terrible college and literally failing at life. I walked in grabbed my results and with my friends I decided to say "fuck it" and opened it up to see that I achieved really high grades for what I expected. Out of 10 GCSEs I could of have passed I passed 8 at a level 5 and above (high C, low B considered a strong pass in the new grading system). I only needed five GCSEs to get into the sixth form I wanted and I had achieved 8 instead. This had really lifted my spirit and has been the force to keep me pushing and hoping for the greater good. I've also found out that the cancer my mother has is a slow one which is fortunate but she is getting the lump in her neck removed midway through September and is then starting chemo to kick cancers ass for good I hope. You would always hear the unfortunate events that others face when it comes to cancer but you never think it would happen to someone close to you and with me living with my mother and my dad living further north It's been very hard with this news as if I lose her I practically lose everything. So to sum up the whole post the past three months have been the worst in my life so far. I just hope the outcome of this is a good one. Thanks for reading, Your home boi Rick
  45. 28 points
    Hello, this is a major update for GFL. For the past two months, I’ve had no motivation to work on GFL. Recently, I’ve regained motivation to work on GFL again and I’m ready to talk about what I think we need to work on. Let’s begin! Outside Advertising and Recruiting The first topic I want to talk about is advertising and recruiting outside of GFL’s territory. As it currently stands, we are only advertising and recruiting within GFL’s territory such as our game servers and forums. While we should be advertising and recruiting in GFL’s territory, we also need to do a lot of it outside of GFL. Our player and community base is shrinking in size resulting in the process of advertising and recruiting inside of GFL becoming rather useless. How Can We Advertise Outside of GFL? First, I believe we should write up a short message explaining what GFL is and why people should join our community. In this message, we should make it clear we are always looking for people to help make the community grow. It would simply be a short message that will attract people into the community. Second, we should find places where we can advertise this message without giving us a bad name. This will be simply getting our name out there. We should also be using our social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Steam to advertise GFL. How Can We Recruit Outside of GFL? I believe the best way to recruit outside of GFL is to spread the name to your friends and such. Perhaps we should have awards (e.g. badges) for players who recruit users into the community. Another idea (suggested by @CrusTi) would to have users who create an account using a referral link get VIP for one week along with the owner of the referral link. The maximum referrals for VIP would be three. TeamSpeak 3 and the Website I believe we should advertise our TeamSpeak 3 server outside of GFL a lot more. As of right now, a majority of the users who go to our TS3 server are from our game servers. Since our game servers have been dying, our TS3 population has been slowly declining. While I do believe we should advertise and encourage people to go on our TS3 server more in our game servers, we should also be trying to grab people from outside of GFL. Once these users discover our TS3 server, they may see we have game servers along with a website and go visit them. In the same vein, I believe we should do the same thing with our website. For instance, we could try expanding our general gaming discussion with specific game categories (instead of only having games we have divisions in). Basically, we should try to recruit users to our website outside of GFL. Back End Help and Progress Recently, I’ve been backed up on work with the back end of GFL. There are many projects I’ve been wanting to work on but due to not having enough time and personal issues, I haven’t been able to complete them. Ever since the series of negative events back in April of 2016, I’ve had a very hard time trusting anybody with access to the back end of GFL. As of writing this post, only Amp and I have access to the back end. However, Amp is very busy and doesn’t have much time to work on the back end. With the amount of projects to work on and the fact that I will be getting busier with work, I will need help to get these things done. I am hoping I can find somebody in GFL who has the time, dedication, and experience to help complete these projects. With that said, they will obviously need to be trusted enough to be given access. If I cannot find somebody inside of GFL to help with the back end, it may be worth hiring somebody to complete a couple of projects for us. However, I personally am not a fan of hiring developers to finish and complete our work. Let’s talk about the progress with a couple of our current major projects. [Linux] Game Server Back End For OVH Expansion This project has been the highest priority in GFL. For a while now, we’ve been wanting to expand using OVH servers instead of NFO. The reasoning behind this has been stated multiple times in other update threads and here. We had a developer working on this for a few months now, although they unfortunately did not have the time to complete it recently. This project is now stuck without a developer. We are deciding whether we should complete this project or find another solution. I believe if we were to successfully complete this project, we would benefit from it. Of course, it will take a lot of time and dedication to complete this project. Geolocation on OVH IPs This is another project we need complete if we are going to move to OVH. @Ariistuujj and I have been working on contacting the geolocation companies (such as MaxMind) to get our new OVH IPs located in Germany. However, their support is unfortunately frustrating to deal with. @Ariistuujj and I will continue to try to find a solution to this problem. Hopefully it doesn’t take much longer. Overall There are many other projects that need to be done with the back end including website upgrades and more. I’m going to be focusing on finding help so that these projects can be completed quicker and without stressing myself out. Division Updates I would just like to give my personal opinions and updates on a few of our divisions. Counter-Strike: Source As of right now, I believe we have a very dedicated team to our CS:S servers. Our DLs seem highly motivated to expand into CS:S and bring even more population to our servers. While I do really like and appreciate the motivation I see, we have to remember that CS:S is sadly dying. The game reaches around 10K players as a peak. Back when we started heavily expanding into CS:S (early 2012), the game had many more players. It was therefore much easier to populate the servers; there aren’t as many players nowadays and it will be extremely difficult to expand into CS:S. I believe we should continue to focus on our current servers (Surf and Bunny Hop) along with adding one or two new servers to see how they go. If expanding into CS:S doesn’t work out, it is nobody’s fault. The game is nearly dead and most gaming communities would also likely fail if they tried expanding into the game. To conclude, keep up the great work and hopefully it pays off, but don’t feel stressed if the expansion fails since like I said before, it’s very difficult to expand into CS:S. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Our CS:GO division has been stable. However, I do believe we need to push forward and start expanding and fixing a few of our current servers. Surf Timer The first set of servers we need to revamp are our Surf Timer servers. We’ve been wanting to revamp these servers for quite some time now but due to my busy schedule, I haven’t had the time to work on the revamp and I’m not sure if I would like to be included in the revamp anymore. I believe the revamp on Surf Timer should be the highest priority in the CS:GO division when it comes to fixing servers. Bunny Hop Although we revamped our Bunny Hop servers a while ago with a new timer, the server population did not increase. I believe we need to take further steps to bring in more population. FFA DeathMatch Initially, I did not expect FFA DM to work out due to it being very similar to Valve’s DM servers. However, the server is doing quite well. It fills up to around 20 - 30 players daily and I hope it keeps up. I believe there should be admins on the server trying to recruit players to our TS3 server and website (to apply for Membership). With that said, I would recommend trying an European FFA DM server in the future once we setup our OVH machine. Overall, as said before, the division is stable, but we need to start expanding and fixing up servers that are suffering. Garry’s Mod As of right now, I believe our GMod division has the most potential out of all the other divisions we are in. However, I believe there are problems that have gone on for far too long without being fixed. Purge Our Purge server used to be our most populated server in GMod. We used to reach 95/95 daily back in late-2014 and 2015. This server reached #4 on GameTracker but now look at it: While I’m sure there are many theories on why the server is dying, I can say the one thing that needs to be fixed, which is the server’s drained performance. The server has been suffering from constant lag spikes for the past two years and nothing has been done about it. The prop spam protection addon made by myself was removed from the server because it was “malfunctioning”. The reason it was malfunctioning was due to the server lagging itself (the addon detects whether the server is lagging or not). Back when the server was launched (summer of 2014), while the addon wasn’t perfect, it was a great addition to the server and legitimately prevented most prop spammers from successfully lagging the server. It’s time to stop beating around the bush and start fixing the actual issues with the server. I took my time to go through and find addons that are most likely causing the lag spikes, but nothing has been done about them. It isn’t my job to fix the Purge server, the division leaders and server manager should be the ones fixing it. I’m willing to help but it cannot rely on me solely due to my busy schedule and other stuff I have to do for GFL along with the fact that it simply shouldn’t be my job. Zombie Survival While I haven’t done any investigations on Zombie Survival, I’ve heard that it is suffering from constant performance issues just like Purge. I would recommend installing FProfiler and find out which Lua scripts are taking the most resources. In my opinion, each GMod server should have this installed regardless of whether the server is lagging or not. This division has a lot of potential, but much more work and dedication needs to be expended. It has been nearly two years and nothing has changed. A majority of the top GMod servers aren’t suffering from performance issues because they took it upon themselves and ensured they had great server performance. It’s time we take that same approach. Once we expand into OVH, machine hardware won’t be limiting our server performance; the very poorly coded addons will and still do to this day. Arma 3 I believe our Arma 3 division is going to be the next big division in GFL with the amount of potential it has. The only thing we are waiting for is the OVH machine. Arma 3 has the potential to bring in many players to our TS3 server and website along with driving in donations. Unfortunately, we are playing the waiting game with the OVH machine due to us needing a working back end. I will try to get the back end problem solved as soon as possible so we can start the setup on the Arma 3 server. I have no ETA on when this will happen. Call of Duty 4 I’ve been playing Call of Duty 4 quite often recently and wanted to setup a CoD 4 server on our new OVH box for some time now. However, I haven’t had the motivation to do so until now. I am looking forward to setting up a new CoD 4 server on our OVH machine soon. I’ve been playing on a server recently that I really like and I am going to try contacting the owner of the community to see if they would be interested in running their CoD 4 server under GFL (we give them server manager and such). Obviously, this would need to be discussed further with the Trusted group if it were to be considered. Regardless, we will be trying a CoD 4 server on our new European OVH machine. It will most likely be a Hardcore “mixed” or TDM server. I will be the leader of the division and server once it’s started up. Pirates, Vikings, & Knights II While this division is very small, I just wanted to give a small update on it since I am currently the one managing it. Our PVKII server reached #1 on GameTracker under “Half Life 2 DeathMatch”. Despite that this isn’t a big accomplishment since there aren’t many popular servers under the HL2 DM game, it at least proves our PVKII server is getting some population. I am currently playing on the server often and I am going to add a few regulars on the server through Steam to talk to them about ideas, along with trying to recruit them to GFL and such. Updates to the server can be found here. Mini-Divisions A few updates ago I explained why mini-divisions will be important to GFL in the future. As of right now, I haven’t seen any progress made with mini-divisions. Initially, we were aiming to try a mini-division in Overwatch, but unfortunately that never worked out. Mini-divisions are still important for GFL to expand into and now that we have a strong team of community advisors, I believe it’s time to start expanding. Mini-divisions also fall under “Advertising/Recruiting outside of GFL” since we will be trying to grab users outside of our game servers and such. I want these divisions to be a priority to GFL. H1Z1 Since Overwatch failed, I believe H1Z1 is the next game on the list. Although, from what I’ve heard, H1Z1 suffers from the same issue as Overwatch where there isn’t any clan system. Personally, I do believe we can have a successful H1Z1 mini-division, but that would take a lot of work. This mini-division will be discussed. RuneScape A RuneScape division has been wanted for quite some time now in GFL. @Benroyjam and @Leks wanted to manage this division, and I believe we should give them the chance. Fortunately, it doesn’t take any resources running a mini-division. Therefore, the only thing we would lose if we were to fail with this division is time. In my opinion, it’s definitely worth at least trying. Conclusion While there are many other games we can start mini-divisions in, I just wanted to list those two games (H1Z1 and RuneScape). Our community advisors and Directorate are going to be coming together to get our mini-divisions future started. As said before, this is very important to GFL in the future. I am very excited for this! European Expansion The next thing I wanted to talk about is expanding into Europe. As of right now, our NFO machine is very underloaded and we will be getting rid of that once we completely setup our OVH machine. Once our OVH machine is set up, we will be moving the servers to that machine and start expanding into even more servers. A couple years ago we started our European expansion and we did great. We had two completely full NFO machines at one point. Unfortunately, we only have one machine now which is highly underloaded. I still believe expanding into Europe is important to GFL since it fills in the inactive hours for American servers. Furthermore, TS3 is completely dead in the morning hours for Americans. If we were to expand into Europe and recruit many users to the forums and TS3, I feel our TS3 server could be a bit more active during those dead hours. One division we did not expand correctly into for Europe is Garry’s Mod. Once we fix our current American servers in GMod, we should start setting up European GMod servers. To conclude, expanding into Europe again should be a priority in the future once we fix our current game servers. TeamSpeak 3 Population The next thing I want to talk about is our TS3 server’s recent population. The population has been dying off and I feel not as many users go on our TS3 server compared to a year ago. The maximum I’ve seen us hit (even on the weekend) is around 50 - 60. We used to reach around 100 - 110 users. I feel one of the reasons our TS3 server isn’t as popular is because we don’t advertise it well outside of GFL and since our game servers are generally dying, not as many new users are connecting to the TS3 server. While I do believe we need to encourage players from our servers to join our TS3 server more, we also need to heavily advertise our TS3 server outside of GFL. Our TS3 server is the main source of communication within GFL and therefore is very important to us. I’ve seen many gaming communities out there who are much smaller than GFL, but receive three times more population than we currently do on their TS3 server. This is likely because they advertise their TS3 server outside of their gaming community and truly make it public. It’s time to make our TS3 server “truly” public and one other thing we’ll have to do with that is making sure we have an active team who will be able to kick/ban trolls since the public channels will be used often. Other Ideas TeamSpeak 3 Bots I believe we should set up some official TS3 bots for our server. Introduction Bot This bot would greet every user who connects to our TS3 server with a chat message with a few statistics as well. @Leks suggested this bot because it’s a good way to give important information to users who connect to our TS3 server. I would imagine users can disable this bot if they would like, but I haven’t looked into the details on the bot. With that said, the bot could also message all clients on the server when an event is going on. Radio Bots I’ve always thought it would be cool to have a few music channels with bots that run a radio. Only bots would have talk power in these channels and clients can go in there just to relax and listen to the music. Financial Update We’ve been doing very well financially for the past few months. We’ve went from almost running out of money ($200.00 as a balance at one point) in mid-2016 to over $3000.00 now! Here are the latest payments for MOTDGD Ad money: We are also working on moving to OVH which will save us a lot of money! If this keeps up, this will enable us to continue doing giveaways and such along with just improving GFL in general. I would once again like to say a big thank you to all the Supporters/VIPs who have donated towards GFL. Without you, GFL would simply be dead. We will continue to do our best on building GFL up and providing a good gaming experience in our servers! Personal Update I would like to give a personal update. Spring is coming up and I will be becoming busier with my current job along with the other job I will likely be getting. However, I plan on still finding plenty of time for GFL. My goal is to “lead” everybody in the right direction in GFL. Therefore, while I may not have much time for GFL, the people who I am leading will.. For the past six or so months, I haven’t had much motivation for GFL. Especially in the past one - two months, as I’ve been dealing with personal issues. However, recently, I’ve regained a lot of motivation for GFL. I haven’t had this much motivation to work on GFL in a very long time. Since I’m starting to see how strong our higher-ups team actually is, I don’t think that motivation is going away anytime soon. Yes, I’ve overall been struggling for the past few months with GFL, but things will be getting much better unless something unexpected occurs in my life. One thing I’ve concluded about GFL is that working on it truly makes me happy. TL; DR We need to start advertising and recruiting outside of GFL’s territory. We should be mostly advertising our TeamSpeak 3 server and website. This will overall make GFL grow and can be very powerful if done correctly! Recently, I’ve been backed up with back end things. The truth is, I need help with the back end and I am going to take the next few weeks looking for help (perhaps get a team of dedicated and trusted individuals to help with the back end). Once a majority of the back end projects are complete, GFL will be in great shape! There are many things we need to work on within our divisions. The truth is, our divisions aren’t as popular as they once were long ago and we need to get that back. For CS:GO, focusing on revamping Surf Timer will be important. For GMod, we need to get the performance issues fixed for good. There are other divisions that also need work. I explained a few months ago that mini-divisions are very important to GFL’s future. However, we still haven’t started on them. With the new team of community advisors, we need to start our mini-divisions’ future in GFL. I have high hopes that this will work out, as mini-divisions can greatly benefit the “advertising and recruiting outside of GFL” category. We should also try a heavy expansion in Europe again after we successfully repair our current servers. Expanding into Europe is important for GFL because it fills in the dead hours for our American servers. Our TeamSpeak 3 server’s population has been dropping recently. Since this is GFL’s main source of voice communication, I believe we need to start making it rise again. First, heavily advertising it outside of GFL’s territory will strongly help and it will make it more “public”. With that said, we should have a team ready to moderate trolls and such on our TS3 server. For the past six months or so, I’ve been struggling to find motivation for GFL due to personal issues. However, I’ve recently regained a lot of motivation to work on GFL. Although I will be busy with work and such since spring is coming, my job will be to “lead” everybody in the community and we can all work together to bring GFL truly back stronger than ever. Conclusion To conclude, there are many things that need to be worked on in GFL. It’s no joke that we appear to be a small community compared to how popular GFL was back in the summer of 2015. The truth is that GFL has been going through many tough stages within the past year. Ever since the series of negative events occurred back in mid-2016, we’ve been rebuilding. We’ve been rebuilding the back end of GFL because our divisions have only been suffering. From what I’ve seen, there haven’t been any truly new successful servers. In fact, all I’ve seen is our servers dropping in population. Some of this isn’t entirely GFL’s fault, but I still believe we can be doing much better. To be honest, what brought back so much of my motivation for GFL is going on other gaming community websites to see how popular they are. To this day, I haven’t seen any other gaming communities with game servers as populated as GFL’s peak back in mid-2015. We’ve made so many big accomplishments in the past and GFL is a very “known” community. Although we’ve taken very big hits in the past year, I have no doubt that we can come back stronger than ever. Mini-divisions will be a big part of GFL’s future and there are many higher-ups very motivated to not only get GFL’s overall population back to where it was, but go beyond and make GFL a much stronger community. In the event that I build a team of trusted and dedicated individuals to help me work on the back end, we will work on repairing any servers that require technical work. Overall, GFL has a lot of potential and it’s time to start pushing forward. Summer is once again approaching and we need to make it much better than last summer. Google Doc Thank you for reading!
  46. 28 points
    Directors: @Ben (STEAM) - @Liloz01 (STEAM) Division Leaders: @Zebra (STEAM) - @Pyros (STEAM) Server Manager: @Rennadai (STEAM) Senior Admins: @FrankAL(STEAM) Server Admins: - @bnewton - @Jat - @Musical - @BrotherWolf - @ScourgeMBC - @Shabby - @PopcornGoesPopping - @spookyowo - @KryptekBlu3 - @mbs - @VortexKiryu - @Booster Trial Admins: None right now~ Scary huh. Learn how to apply for admin here.
  47. 28 points
    I feel some of you may or may not have took me seriously when I said I resigned from both CS:GO Zombie Mods. Well, now I am resigning from everything I am currently managing. I just don't have time for it right now, but I would like to thank you guys for the opportunity for managing at least 3 of the servers. My many personal thanks goes to: @Roy: Thank you for all the guidance you have given me when you did replied ;). @Dano: Thank you for believing in me, and letting me manage for so long. @Infantry: I couldn't have gotten anywhere with out this man right here. Thanks for all your help infantry. @Thomasdavid097: Thanks for allowing me to try something new but didn't really change much for me :P. But thanks for all the guidance you have given me even if I didn't agree with some of it . If this was a goodbye to the community I would have a waaaaaaay longer list.
  48. 28 points
    Well, @MaskieeTheSnowman, @Mary, and I (with a little help from @Bigtime388) created this wonderful info-graphic. This info-graphic puts many of the wonderful GFL members and staff alongside their SpongeBob counterparts. We hope you enjoy this semi-shitpost. we love you all pls don't get triggered Those included in this image have been tagged below: @Addy @Bae @Nap14hockey @OGMartin @SkittlezExZ @ButterKing5000 @rapperdan @Shuruia @Dano @Zebra @Stud @Roy @denros @Violator @MaskieeTheSnowman @Bigtime388 @Mary @SaladFlake @Unknown @GLiTCh @Cypher @stevepwnsyou9 @Syrus @JoelSmith @Rcool64 @Mistletoe @Ariistuujj @John_Santa_Man @SoJa @Nomelie @qReindeer @Floopyhiggle @SwegBuster @Frosty.Finnick @Kim @HackingPotato @Blah @Joshy @FxIsMyUsername @SantasElfAuggie @Nubz @RickGrimesTM @Alejandro @Benroyjam
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