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Just as we were talking about this, another update on Biden’s new foreign policy announcement concerning the war in Yemen. This is a video from David Doel, a political commentator I like to watch:

https://youtu.be/ywyeb6dM0Ao

The Obama-Biden administration may have started involvement in the Saudi’s campaign, but credit where it’s due. I want to reinstate, I never wanted Biden as president over someone like Bernie Sanders, but this is good news - especially after airstrikes in Yemen increased dramatically under Trump

Spuffure said:

Oh great. America is screwed.

Also, what are you thinking here?

“Remember, the Force will be with you. Always.”

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Guys please stop turning this into the politics thread.

I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.

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I wonder what 2030 will be like (culturally).

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Someone should start a food thread where we post Star Wars related food items we’ve seen. I bet there are a lot of weird ones.

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Rodney-2187 said:

Someone should start a food thread where we post Star Wars related food items we’ve seen. I bet there are a lot of weird ones.

One time Silverwooke mentioned Wookiee cookies

I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.

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Did you have to make us all penguins?

Well done. I will disengage self-destruct initiative.

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Y’know what would be nice?

Listening to a song without knowing who the artist is. You just appreciate the song itself, especially if the artist did something bad.

Or just as a form of escapism, where you can just appreciate the song as a song, not as a work.

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Spuffure said:

Or just as a form of escapism, where you can just appreciate the song as a song, not as a work.

I feel like most people do that anyway. For me, it’s still possible to get out of ‘analyst’ mode when listening to a song for entertainment. Or a film, for that matter.

By the way Spuff, please don’t ignore the advice on the ‘If you need to bitch about something’ thread. I agree with it wholeheartedly, if you have severe thoughts of shame or self-hatred a therapist will help more than you know. Many people on here get worried every time you come to us to open up about your feelings, and want to see you feel better. You just need a better outlet for what you want to say.

“Remember, the Force will be with you. Always.”

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It is sad to read through all the old discussions, and some not so old, at OT.com and see how many people have not been here in years or are now banned.

“It is only through interaction, through decision and choice, through confrontation, physical or mental, that the Force can grow within you.”
-Kreia, Jedi Master and Sith Lord

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It’s very sad. This place isn’t what it used to be.

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RicOlie_2 said:

It’s very sad. This place isn’t what it used to be.

I was bored and went into some old threads. I found that this site seems to be in its third stage. Around the years 2008-2009 or so you had some original members (from 2003) complaining about how all the “old members” were gone and the place wasn’t the same. Many of them (Darthchaltab etc.) stopped posting around then, or a few years later (psychodavy). End of OT.com The Early Years.

Then TVs Frink and Duracell (among others) came along and the site (or at least the Off Topic and Film areas) was/were rejuvenated. OT.com The Next Generation

Then 10/18 happened - a whole bunch of active members got banned and other active members left in response. Then 12/20 happened - more active members (chainsawash etc.) got banned. End of The Next Generation (?)

It seems we are in the third stage of OT.com. So far it is a lot less fun.

Anywho, maybe remove the quote from Star Wars under The Cantina section of the site. This place does not get a little rough anymore.

“It is only through interaction, through decision and choice, through confrontation, physical or mental, that the Force can grow within you.”
-Kreia, Jedi Master and Sith Lord

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Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. The Star Wars sections of this site are still pretty active, but Off Topic has yet to revive. Maybe one day… But that doesn’t mean it’ll be as fun as it used to be. No moderation meant things got pretty delightfully ridiculous at times and there was a repertoire of inside jokes/forum memes that will be lost to time.

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RicOlie_2 said:

Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. The Star Wars sections of this site are still pretty active, but Off Topic has yet to revive. Maybe one day… But that doesn’t mean it’ll be as fun as it used to be. No moderation meant things got pretty delightfully ridiculous at times and there was a repertoire of inside jokes/forum memes that will be lost to time.

I’m not sure if those sections really are that active. There was a time when a new topic would get many responses in a day. Now you might go days without any replies.

To be expected I guess. Star Wars is mostly played out I think.

There is a Woke mentality that had crept into this place too. Tends to stifle any real debate, since real debate might cause offense. And to the Woke mentality being offensive means being hateful, which is being harmfull…and I am going to stop there before random thoughts goes the way of the politics thread.

“It is only through interaction, through decision and choice, through confrontation, physical or mental, that the Force can grow within you.”
-Kreia, Jedi Master and Sith Lord

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Yes, I guess that’s true. But I think things weren’t always as active before the ST was announced. Perhaps they were and I just wasn’t as interested in those sections of the forum. I can’t remember.

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So true. I actually kind of miss being roasted by Duracell back in 2017, back in the good old days.

I don’t know if this will be my final post here or I’ll have something new to complain about.

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theprequelsrule said:

RicOlie_2 said:

It’s very sad. This place isn’t what it used to be.

I was bored and went into some old threads. I found that this site seems to be in its third stage. Around the years 2008-2009 or so you had some original members (from 2003) complaining about how all the “old members” were gone and the place wasn’t the same. Many of them (Darthchaltab etc.) stopped posting around then, or a few years later (psychodavy). End of OT.com The Early Years.

Then TVs Frink and Duracell (among others) came along and the site (or at least the Off Topic and Film areas) was/were rejuvenated. OT.com The Next Generation

Then 10/18 happened - a whole bunch of active members got banned and other active members left in response.

Just for clarity; for anyone unfamiliar with situation at that time, and now reading this…

a ‘whole bunch of active members got banned’? It was 3 members who were banned… Collipso (who’d been here around a year), Possessed, and TV’s Frink - Detention Block AA-23 : The OT.com’s Banned Members.

10/18 didn’t just ‘happen’ - if I recall… it was a ‘final straw’ type-situation in a lengthy & ongoing state of affairs for at least one, maybe two, of the members above.
 

Then 12/20 happened - more active members (chainsawash etc.) got banned. End of The Next Generation (?)

Now I’m humming the ST:TNG theme in my head 👍

2 members were banned - Chainsaw and dahmage both announced their leaving of the site before they were banned (with continuing attacks on members / site / site staff in their ‘leaving’ posts; resulting in their bans afterwards).

Like ‘10/18’, that didn’t just ‘happen’ either.
 

The same with Duracell sometime afterwards.
 

It seems we are in the third stage of OT.com. So far it is a lot less fun.

If you feel this way then why not contribute to help make this section of the site more fun?

As others on here have said previously… many sites and forums that also now have a Discord have seen participation reduce in their Off Topic, General Discussion or The Boozer sections. The upshot seems to be the same here - the OT Discord seems to be doing well with a number of members actively participating / shooting the breeze on there - more so on there than here in The Cantina.

Maybe that’ll change again over time…
 

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TV’s Frink posted, on average, 19 times a day!

19!!

Per day!!

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oojason said:

theprequelsrule said:

RicOlie_2 said:

It’s very sad. This place isn’t what it used to be.

I was bored and went into some old threads. I found that this site seems to be in its third stage. Around the years 2008-2009 or so you had some original members (from 2003) complaining about how all the “old members” were gone and the place wasn’t the same. Many of them (Darthchaltab etc.) stopped posting around then, or a few years later (psychodavy). End of OT.com The Early Years.

Then TVs Frink and Duracell (among others) came along and the site (or at least the Off Topic and Film areas) was/were rejuvenated. OT.com The Next Generation

Then 10/18 happened - a whole bunch of active members got banned and other active members left in response.

Just for clarity; for anyone unfamiliar with situation at that time, and now reading this…

a ‘whole bunch of active members got banned’? It was 3 members who were banned… Collipso (who’d been here around a year), Possessed, and TV’s Frink - Detention Block AA-23 : The OT.com’s Banned Members.

10/18 didn’t just ‘happen’ - if I recall… it was a ‘final straw’ type-situation in a lengthy & ongoing state of affairs for at least one, maybe two, of the members above.
 

Then 12/20 happened - more active members (chainsawash etc.) got banned. End of The Next Generation (?)

Now I’m humming the ST:TNG theme in my head 👍

2 members were banned - Chainsaw and dahmage both announced their leaving of the site before they were banned (with continuing attacks on members / site / site staff in their ‘leaving’ posts; resulting in their bans afterwards).

Like ‘10/18’, that didn’t just ‘happen’ either.
 

The same with Duracell sometime afterwards.
 

It seems we are in the third stage of OT.com. So far it is a lot less fun.

If you feel this way then why not contribute to help make this section of the site more fun?

As others on here have said previously… many sites and forums that also now have a Discord have seen participation reduce in their Off Topic, General Discussion or The Boozer sections. The upshot seems to be the same here - the OT Discord seems to be doing well with a number of members actively participating / shooting the breeze on there - more so on there than here in The Cantina.

Maybe that’ll change again over time…
 

I am aware of the circumstances regarding the bans. The point is that there was a ripple effect when they happened because those members drove a lot of the discussions around here and drew others into participating.

Is discord, at least here on OT.com, mostly text chats? I prefer it to vid or voice. I kind of like to have an image of what members are like, without really knowing what they look and sound like. Does that make me a weirdo? 😃

“It is only through interaction, through decision and choice, through confrontation, physical or mental, that the Force can grow within you.”
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theprequelsrule said:

oojason said:

theprequelsrule said:

RicOlie_2 said:

It’s very sad. This place isn’t what it used to be.

I was bored and went into some old threads. I found that this site seems to be in its third stage. Around the years 2008-2009 or so you had some original members (from 2003) complaining about how all the “old members” were gone and the place wasn’t the same. Many of them (Darthchaltab etc.) stopped posting around then, or a few years later (psychodavy). End of OT.com The Early Years.

Then TVs Frink and Duracell (among others) came along and the site (or at least the Off Topic and Film areas) was/were rejuvenated. OT.com The Next Generation

Then 10/18 happened - a whole bunch of active members got banned and other active members left in response.

Just for clarity; for anyone unfamiliar with situation at that time, and now reading this…

a ‘whole bunch of active members got banned’? It was 3 members who were banned… Collipso (who’d been here around a year), Possessed, and TV’s Frink - Detention Block AA-23 : The OT.com’s Banned Members.

10/18 didn’t just ‘happen’ - if I recall… it was a ‘final straw’ type-situation in a lengthy & ongoing state of affairs for at least one, maybe two, of the members above.
 

Then 12/20 happened - more active members (chainsawash etc.) got banned. End of The Next Generation (?)

Now I’m humming the ST:TNG theme in my head 👍

2 members were banned - Chainsaw and dahmage both announced their leaving of the site before they were banned (with continuing attacks on members / site / site staff in their ‘leaving’ posts; resulting in their bans afterwards).

Like ‘10/18’, that didn’t just ‘happen’ either.
 

The same with Duracell sometime afterwards.
 

It seems we are in the third stage of OT.com. So far it is a lot less fun.

If you feel this way then why not contribute to help make this section of the site more fun?

As others on here have said previously… many sites and forums that also now have a Discord have seen participation reduce in their Off Topic, General Discussion or The Boozer sections. The upshot seems to be the same here - the OT Discord seems to be doing well with a number of members actively participating / shooting the breeze on there - more so on there than here in The Cantina.

Maybe that’ll change again over time…
 

I am aware of the circumstances regarding the bans.

Aye, though when members on here state a ‘whole bunch of active members got banned’ or similar - a group, clan, gang, host, posse etc as others have previously stated… sometime afterwards I (and likely the other mods) receive PMs and questions sometime after asking just who was in the ‘bunch’ that were banned… and it is ‘just’ 3 members.

Which is in part why I mentioned ‘Just for clarity; for anyone unfamiliar with situation at that time, and now reading this…’

 

The point is that there was a ripple effect when they happened because those members drove a lot of the discussions around here and drew others into participating.

Yeah, I agree with that… to a point. Though it is also worth noting some previous members’ actions on here also resulted in others withdrawing from discussions - either from certain sections of the site, or the site altogether… something which is often overlooked or forgotten about.
 

Is discord, at least here on OT.com, mostly text chats? I prefer it to vid or voice. I kind of like to have an image of what members are like, without really knowing what they look and sound like. Does that make me a weirdo? 😃

Yes - mainly text chats (though it is easier to add videos / gifs and audio on the Discord in general, than it is on here).

We are all weirdos on here 👍 (and on the Discord too!)
 

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theprequelsrule said:

RicOlie_2 said:

Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. The Star Wars sections of this site are still pretty active, but Off Topic has yet to revive. Maybe one day… But that doesn’t mean it’ll be as fun as it used to be. No moderation meant things got pretty delightfully ridiculous at times and there was a repertoire of inside jokes/forum memes that will be lost to time.

I’m not sure if those sections really are that active. There was a time when a new topic would get many responses in a day. Now you might go days without any replies.

To be expected I guess. Star Wars is mostly played out I think.

There is a Woke mentality that had crept into this place too. Tends to stifle any real debate, since real debate might cause offense. And to the Woke mentality being offensive means being hateful, which is being harmfull…and I am going to stop there before random thoughts goes the way of the politics thread.

There’s a lot of new active posters, a lot of them seem pretty chill. Hopefully there will be a third wave on OT.com. But the older posters being gone sucks hard, and the circumstances around their departure were really unfortunate.

I kind of wish they and the mods would reconcile so they could come back, but a lot of them have said they are no longer interested. Oh well. Can’t change that anymore.

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Judging from the fact that a lot of the posts from the second era, which I caught the finishing two-three years of, were quite antagonistic at times, I for one prefer that people are nicer and tamer.

I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.

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JackNapier said:

Judging from the fact that a lot of the posts from the second era, which I caught the finishing two-three years of, were quite antagonistic at times, I for one prefer that people are nicer and tamer.

It is interesting to see different takes on the online world. Certainly most of us are willing to put up with some things online that we would not do so at work or home, but it seems that difference is shrinking (for better or worse). I wonder if it is a generational thing. Personally I think we should be able to take a little bit more antagonism from anonymous strangers online.

But we can all agree that if a site has rules and you repeatedly flaunt those rules, then you can expect consequences.

“It is only through interaction, through decision and choice, through confrontation, physical or mental, that the Force can grow within you.”
-Kreia, Jedi Master and Sith Lord

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SparkySywer said:

I kind of wish they and the mods would reconcile so they could come back, but a lot of them have said they are no longer interested. Oh well. Can’t change that anymore.

Then you are still in touch with some of them outside of OT.com?

“It is only through interaction, through decision and choice, through confrontation, physical or mental, that the Force can grow within you.”
-Kreia, Jedi Master and Sith Lord