It's been a rough ol' week for Markie (yes, I'm talking in the third person now...). I've been sick as a dog, so I'm looking forward to resting up over the weekend. But before that I have one more honour to bestow upon a single person in our glorious little group of Kotaku buddies! Welcome to Community Kudos!
Kotaku buddies? You guys like that? Cute right! We're cute! We're all buddies!
(I'll stop now)
First off I'd like to address a wee problem, it seems to have been-a-brewing and I'd really like to nip it in the bud, or at least address it!
Idiot commenters! It seems like Kotaku Australia has them now! I knew this day would eventually come, especially once we turned off the 'must approve all comments' button. It's something that has been plaguing me for a while, and I'd like to ask for your help...
Well, actually first I'd like to thank you all. Firstly for being great commenters and killing those fools with logic, secondly for just giving me the heads up when things are getting out of hand. But I'd like to ask one more favour...
Please use the report button — that's why it's there. If someone is being a jerk, even slightly, don't be afraid to report it!
The fact is, the site has grown so much, particularly when it comes to comments. If I were to approve every single comment that would be all I do. All day. It would mean less local content on the site and that would be a shame I think. It's a while off, but Ben is working on a new comments system that will hopefully make things a little better in the long term. I've heard some of his ideas and they're pretty incredible.
Secondly the issue with US stories. I know a lot of you have a problem with some of the content coming from the US. I'll be honest — sometimes there is content I'm not a personal fan of myself, but I think we all need to understand that the audience in the US is a little bit less awesome compared to you guys!
What you guys might not realise is that we're actually being a lot stricter with the content coming through in response to your complaints. Every now and then a bad article slips through the net, but we're being a bit more stringent to make sure you guys get the kind of content you like. There will be things you disagree with, for sure, and articles you think are plain stupid, but we are trying to get the balance right here.
And always— if you think something is inappropriate, just let me know. I'm always happy to hear feedback from you guys, and sometimes I get stuck in my little Ivory Tower writing content, so I don't always notice these things!
Anyway — thanks everyone. ON TO THE NOMS!
I'm going to start with my favourite nom email of the week, which was from Cakesmith.
Markus Marksman I don't even know man. Everyone deserves a nom.
Give it to *spins wheel of fortune style wheel*
because of *looks behind door number 3*
We had a first time nommer, which always makes me a happy dude. It was from StuMan (Are we StuMan, or are we dancers?) The nom was for McGarnigal for being "mega awesome" and giving StuMan a Diablo III guest pass key.
Chuloopa! What is this game? What is this 'in my ass' game I've been hearing people speak of? Greenius sent me this nom...
Also one for Chuloopa for his "in my ass" game. Uhh, I know it sounds bad but basically you take the title of the song you last listened too and add "in my ass" at the end. Many lols were had reading the results of this 'game'.
Greenius also wanted to give a big hug to everyone who has had a bad week. *HUGS*
The BatGuy — it's been a while since I've had a nom from him. He wanted to thank everyone who has been fighting the good fight against troll commenters. For some reason he highlighted Bish, cause "he needs more stuff". I have no idea if this is true or not. Bish — do you need more stuff?
Man, ShiggyNinty. I don't know what to do with this tall bastard (who I love with all my heart).
In bullet point form here are his 'noms'.
- First for The Cracks for being my dick kicking partner in Max Payne 3. He my main homie. - Second for the Testicular hitting Pez for getting his house and proving even weirdos like him can lead normal lives. - Third for Doc What and all the help on us producing our Podcast. Without him it would be like a punch in the crotch.
At the moment, Shiggy's 'thing' seems to be talking about people's dicks being kicked and/or punched. It's just a phase. We've all been there.
And finally, Scree nommed a million people, so I'm just going to list them.
The folks on TeamSpeak — Dr. Freyr, Noobheadshot, Blaghman, Tech Knight, Trjn, Greenius, Bish and Alpha Prospector for hitting up Team Speak for the first time.
Scree's Mum dropped some noms again! For Negative Zero, Tech knight, Trjn and Cakesmith — thanks for getting her netbook up and working! Apparently she would email me herself, but she doesn't have an email yet. THANKS SCREE'S MUM!
Man, choosing a winner this week is hard...
I'm going to go with McGarnigal. Just because he is awesome. And the Diablo III thing was a nice thing to do. Also it was from a first time nommer.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Community Kudos is your chance to reward Kotaku readers/posters who have done incredible things throughout the past week: sporadic acts of kindness, deft commenting skills — if someone deserves to be called out for being an incredible human being, Community Kudos is the place to do it. Send nominations directly to me at this address! The winner gets a cool prize from my massive box of stuff.*
Disclaimer — I'm am really bad at sending stuff out, I have a list, I haven't forgotten, I'm totally getting round to it. Sorry everyone!
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