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    • Goodbye, farewell, so long

      1 month ago

      kickme444

      I’ve decided it’s time to move on. I wish everyone here the best of luck. You have something special and if things can come together I think you’ll have a really bright future. 


      If you want to follow my internet ramblings, I’m @kickme444 on twitter. 


      So long and thanks for all the fish!

    • My perfect cocktail right now - The Old Maid

      2 months ago

      kickme444

      For my current tastes, this cocktail hits all the notes I want.  Cucumber, lime and mint.  Substitute out Gin, Bourbon, or Tequila (or Vodka I guess, gross).


      Check it out

    • AnonymousMe asked kickme444 a question

      Hi Dan. I know you're very busy, but can you tell me if this question option works for everyone, or is it only for First accounts? I haven't been able to find an answer on the site. Happy New Year!

      Answered: Jan 2, 2018

      It's for everyone

    • Words Matter: Community vs Group

      4 months ago

      kickme444

      I want to take a moment to surface an issue we are going to confront in 2018.  While I’m working through the product we are building for Rooster Teeth community what I’ve identified is that the natural organization that is happening is that there are what I am calling “communities” that are either created and run by RT or they are naturally forming (this is the key to RT’s success and what you all love).  To me, the distinction between a “group” of people and a “community” is very important.  In reality, this distinction may be arbitrary and not matter to very many people, but to me it’s important.  I’m going to take a quick stab at explaining why this matters to me, and I believe, should matter to you.


      What is a group?

      By definition: “A number of people or things that are located close together or are considered or classed together.”


      What is a community?

      By definition: “A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”


      The difference between the two and the importance to me, lies in the personalization of the words.  To me, a group is more impersonal than a community (and this may be a good thing, but for what we have here at RT I don’t think it is).  From the definitions, the key points to highlight are that groups are “people or things”, I don’t like the “or things” part.  From the definition of community, the words that I really like are “fellowship”, “common attitudes, interests or goals”.

      What I hope to do over the course of the next year is to introduce one word that describes what we have and get everyone on the same page about why we are using it and shift away from other words.


      Our communities should provide a feeling of fellowship, they should be created and organized as places to share common attitudes, interests and ultimately goals.  They should be welcoming of others and embrace new users.


      I hope we can move away from the word “group”.  When we introduce our new products, we will be reinforcing this decision.


      I realize this post is extremely geeky, sorry.

    • The best part of my work from home day

      4 months ago

      kickme444

      Hands down, the best part of my day is when Archie wanders down to visit me.  He likes to get some love and then rest in his bed by me.  <3


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    • On community, staff participation, platforms, and general ramblings

      4 months ago

      kickme444

      In a forum on the site I was asked why the staff isn't participating.  There was also general concern about the direction of community on Rooster Teeth.  I wrote up a reply there, but I thought it would be generally useful for other people to read as well.  Here it is:


      As far as community goes, here's a few remarks, note I am full of meetings today so I don't have enough time to write a novel, though you KNOW I want to! :)

      Bimbie, you are correct that in order for community return, we need to use our own site.  This is 100% correct.  However, there are a few things that need to happen, namely:

      1. With an organization as large and complex as RT, it takes a lot of education and coordination to make this happen.  To do this, it requires resources ... I am working on that, it takes time.

      2. With the current state of the site, even when staff participate, it goes largely unrecognized, thus discouraging the staff from participating.  This is human nature, it's the same reason the community has stopped participating.

      Acknowledging these two things puts us in a point of transitioning.  We are transitioning from an old platform to a new platform.  This takes time and resources (which we have now on the development side).  We have started an initiative to get more staff involvement on THIS site.  This requires people who understand that they may receive little feedback on their contributions.  So, we are finding the right people and will be ramping up this effort in the coming weeks and months.

      That being said, if we could magically flip a switch and get all ~300 employees active on RT, while it would help a lot, the platform is in such bad shape that it would not bring back the community or do much for growth.  

      The path to success, simplistically, looks something like this:

      Work on a new product -> increase staff engagement -> release new product / get existing communities on the new platform / get staff and talent using the site actively -> set a cadence of community improvements so that we are constantly improving (this includes building the platform on all devices, adding new features for communities and moderators, adding new features for end users, adding new features for staff)

      This process will take all of 2018.

      With all of that being said, we need to address Eric's concerns.  I'm afraid to say/guess that there is no way to return to the past.  It's very hard, maybe impossible, possibly futile, to try to get an old community to return.  If you acknowledge that, you have to look to making something new and making it what you want it to be.  That's going to mean that there will be NEW users finding communities and making something new.  It's up to us (RT employees and you, the community) to make sure we're building and growing something that is what we want.  It will undoubtedly look and feel different than anything that has existed before, and will have a new set of users, but I believe we can make something great.  I'm just afraid we can not expect to return to some previous form of glory.

      Can it be done? Yes! Why? Because as a website we have a LOT of new users who visit the site every months.  Many millions of users.  We also have hundreds of existing communities here, and elsewhere that really want a central place to exist, be found, and ultimately flourish.  Can we fail? Yes, absolutely.  It is HARD to build community.  Harder than most people would ever guess, even with the advantages we have.  

      What can you do to help us succeed? First, you have to want us to succeed.  I read everything that is written on the site, and while I know that people are passionate about RT and the community, I also see that the large majority is disillusioned and largely negative about most of our efforts.  There is no way that I as the product lead for community can release a product that is going to solve all problems for all people.  I can work with you guys to understand the problems that we're trying to solve, and then implement what I see as the best solution.  I can put that product in front of y'all and then iterate to make it something that actually works.  What's this going to require from you? An open mind.  An understanding of iteration, improvement, and a willingness for change.

      We're working hard for you guys, you will see what we're working on when it's to a point that it makes sense, and I'm trying to be as transparent as humanly possible through the process.  Hang in there, together we can make something great!

    • Introducing the Rooster Teeth community development team!

      4 months ago

      kickme444

      Hello friends!


      I’m really excited to be making this post.  For the past few months, as you know, I’ve been working on a plan for working on the Rooster Teeth community platform.  I’ve hinted that development has started and want to use this opportunity to tell you that yes, development is fully underway, and moreover, we have a whole team working on it!


      This team is (mostly) new to Rooster Teeth so I really need your help here.  In order to make a great product, we need to hear from you about the great things about the Rooster Teeth community.  If you can spare a minute, write a comment up about your favorite moment or two in the RT communities, whether here on the site, on another site, or in real life.


      And now, I’d like to introduce you to the team who is building this for you, please give them a warm welcome:



      Janet Wang - @janetwang

      Hi! I'm a User Experience Product Designer for Roosterteeth, based in Los Angeles, California. I am an astrology enthusiast, fan of outdoor walks, and collage hobbyist (magazines + exacto knives are my jam). I'm looking forward to working with our team to build an awesome community experience for you all =D


      Crystal Jackson - @ckjxn

      My name is Crystal (call me CJ).

      I'm a product designer for Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen.

      RT I'm into: RWBY.

      Favorite games: Sims 4, Minecraft and Mario Kart (Switch).

      Fun fact: Was always picked last in gym. (Turns out life is not like kickball.)



      Jimmy Chen - @jimjimjimmy

      Hello, my name is Jimmy, people call me Gandalf because I am old and look good in gray.

      When I am not watching reruns of Hobbits, Armageddon or animal fail videos, I am a product designer for Rooster Teeth.

      My favorite game is tic tac toe and beer pong.

      Fun fact: I was tested with a IQ score of 45 when I was in 3rd grade. My IQ never improved.



      Moises Beltran - @bmoises

      Known as Moises Beltran, I am lead engineer working for Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen. I have worked in commerce, advertising, mapping and now media.

      Favorite Games(although I am not a gamer): PC(Doom 3, GTA 3, Halo, Bioshock, Half Life).

      Fun Fact: I like to build things, take things apart and figure out how things work.



      Amin Ali - @xeltenton

      My name is Amin, I am a Senior Engineer here at Roosterteeth. Have always enjoyed Red vs Blue but have recently added RWBY to my list of backlogged shows I need to catch up on.

      Favorite Games: Rocket League, League of Legends and Horizon Zero Dawn

      Fun Fact: Even though I can't stand the heat, I somehow continue to pick hot climates to live in. Sudan -> UAE -> Mississippi -> Texas. I might hate myself but I love Austin too much to leave. :P



      Patrick Weygand - @derduher

      My name is Patrick, I am a Senior Frontend Engineer working on the community. I've been a fan of Roosterteeth ever since you had to download the quicktime/realplayer videos for Red vs Blue. Currently watching RWBY and Achievement hunter (mostly 7 days to die).

      Favorite Games: Factorio, Skyrim, Bioshock Infinite

      Fun Fact: I am super looking forward to They Are Billions: http://store.steampowered.com/app/644930/They_Are_Billions/




      In the near future, we will also be adding a few native mobile developers!

      This is all so exciting, I hope everyone will show this new team the ropes and help them really understand the greatness of the Rooster Teeth community!

    • Holiday card matching is complete!

      4 months ago

      kickme444

      Hey everyone!


      Matching has been completed for the holiday card exchange!  If you're participating you should have received an email today with the details of who to send your card to.  PLEASE get on it and send one out fast!  Getting mail is fun and special and will make someone else happy.


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      When you get your card, please share it all over!  Post it here on your journal, share it on twitter, make sure you tag @RoosterTeeth so we can see everything!


      Happy holidays everyone!

    • Started getting the first community v15 wireframes!

      5 months ago

      kickme444

      Development has started on v15!

      And I've started getting the first few wireframes.  Nothing to show publicly yet (wireframes are just wireframes) but the team that's working on them is top notch and things are coming along great!

    • The staff feed has better caching and is now in the header drop down!

      5 months ago

      kickme444

      We've updated the site a bit again today.  The caching time for the staff feed is now down to 5 minutes, this means that we should see more frequent updates to it.  We've also added the staff feed to the community drop down in the header.


      Hopefully more staff members will join us!



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  • Comments (52)

    • ninjacake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Senzu Bean!!!

      2 months ago

      I saw your reply regarding a thread I commented on about the community side of the future site. I figured I'd drop by and leave a comment like you suggested.


      One thing that really made the old site fun for the community was the community feed. It was a feed that would show everyone's post but it would prioritize posts made by friends as well as posts friends have liked/modded. Your friend's posts and your friend's interests all showed up at the top of your feed and it was such an easy way for us to get our thoughts out and receive feedback from the community, especially those we were already friends with. The fact that your friend's mods/likes on other posts caused those posts to show up in the community feed made it that much easier to make new friends on the site. It was the perfect way to keep the community conversing on the site because anyone could write an opinion or whatever they wanted. If it was intriguing and well written it would shoot to the top of everyone's feed. Posts about the new episodes of RWBY or RvB were regularly at the top of everyone's feed when those shows were airing a new season. It's honestly foolish not to have a feed like this if the goal is to bring the community back to this platform.


      These days you have to browse through notifications or make the effort to scan the dashboard to see what your friends are up to (assuming they have not abandoned the site for Twitter), which is ridiculous when you try to browse through the "everyone" tab on the dashboard. Spambots are an issue as well and an interactive community feed would easily send them to the bottom of anyone's feed.


      One more thing I miss is the ability to see who is modding or interacting with your posts. An old sponsor perk I gladly paid for was the ability to see who was liking my posts. Seeing how you can see those types of interactions on Twitter and Facebook I think it's time to implement the ability to see who is modding your posts.


      I am not saying to bring back the old site, but I am begging for some of the sites old features. I hope this made sense!

    • Dopp ROLL TIDE

      2 months ago

      Re: new community site


      What has been missing from this iteration of the website from the last is that we feel completely cut off from other users. This is because of a combination of the "watch feed" going away, the alerts only showing 5 at a time and not updating in real-time (not even counting links that don't actually take you to where the alert was generated), and the forums being practically unusable. 


      One thing that would help is making the "share" button so it has an option to share to the RT website. Never understood what that wasn't an option. Also, bring back the watch feed. It was something that was fought against when it showed up because it seemed like too much information, but I read journal entries from people that I never would have seen without it and it created a way to go "viral" internally just on this site. 


      I'm not sure if you know what I'm talking about when I say "watch feed" but basically, if we watched someone, we could see journal entries and images that were modded by people we were watching and it was shown in a list a lot like the Dashboard now. Back then, if your journal didn't have around 40 - 50 mods, it wouldn't show up in "top journals." These days breaking into the double digits does the job to get on the popular content page 1. 


      You guys need to focus on making the community side of the site's primary objective to be connectivity with other members of the site. That's what groups did before, but now they are completely borked because of the interface and not getting notifications when anything happens in a group. We should be able to easily meet new people and see who is featured for the day, OH and see who has modded our stuff. Let me start another paragraph real quick.


      It just popped into my head, but one of the biggest ways I've been cut off is not being able to see who is modding my journals. This might not seem like anything until you think of it this way: sometimes you don't have anything to say to your friend about what they posted. I can easily tell them that I thought something was funny by simply leave a +1 Funny mod. They would see that I left that mod, that I'm paying attention to what they have to say despite either being too busy or not being able to articulate my emotions, or that I don't know them, but I still saw their journal and liked it. Obviously, you wouldn't want to do this with negmods, but this is a very, very important feature that was cut from this version of the site. I honestly think this has more impact on interaction than the watchfeed. If you're not convinced, go ask one of our mutual friends, Barbara or Mary or Oboe (just looking at your visible friends' list) and see what they say about it (they all know who Dopp is). I guarantee they will agree.


      Ok, I gotta get to work. Please don't pass up my long comment. And please tell me you will consider some of us old folk simply because we've been around for forever when picking beta testers for the community side of the website.

    • Ratatoskr Keeper of Logics

      2 months ago

      Had a site suggestion, and some better minds weren't sure where to pitch this:


      On the mobile site DM system, place the 'Archive' button elsewhere. Preferably away from the top right corner where someone my clumsily jab for the notification square. I'd also suggest an "are you sure" dialogue when it is pressed. It's caused me some minor irritation lately.

    • Lamkia

      4 months ago

      Hello!

      I just realized that since you are newer around these parts, you might not know about THE_HAND

      He is basically a legend overseer that no one should ever provoke (even tagging him makes the hand angry) or you risk getting banned *gasp*. 

      I haven't seen any word from him in a year or two, but I thought I'd mention it and thought it'd be cool if his image still kicked around while you guys consider things for a new community site.

      Say hi to Archie for me!

    • RWBimbie Keeper of Poems

      4 months ago

      Are you going to bake a couple platters of cookies

      to be put out as a gift for all your RT coworkers?


      It might be novel to send a jar of holiday doggy treats instead, 

      since RT has so many dogs on campus

      • kickme444 RT Community

        4 months ago

        No, but I did get my work secret santa a whiskey advent calendar :)

    • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Remember. Always plan ah

      5 months ago

      I'm finding it confusing to keep track of who's RT and who's Let's Play Family when a few LPF are including in RTP at the top (and more of them are not). I didn't know some of them existed and I didn't know some of those at the top are not RTP but just RTP-hosted. How about separating the two somehow? RTP on one row, all LPF on another row or a drop down?


      OR!


      How about Replace all LPF including Achievement Hunter in a LPF drop down among the RTP companies. Essentially:

      Rooster Teeth - Let's Play Family - Screw Attack - The Know


      Let's Play Family dropdown:

      Achievement Hunter

      Funhaus

      Game Attack

      Kinda Funny (offsite link - new tab)

      Cow Chop

      Sugar Pine 7

      Criken (offsite link - new tab)

      JT Machinima (offsite link - new tab)

      etc...


      Gives more love to all the LPF while not diluting RTP.

    • RWBimbie Keeper of Poems

      6 months ago

      Are you still watching halloween movies?


      How about GINGER SNAPS franchise?

      I think the 3rd, a colonial period prequel, is the best place to start, GINGER SNAPS- BACK

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      • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Remember. Always plan ah

        6 months ago

        Watched Monsters Inc. tonight. Does that count as a monster movie?


        Saw Scary Movie 3 last night. Does that count as a scary movie?


        I have Sleep Hollow, but that'll have to wait until Saturday when it's just me and the kids. Interesting take on Disney's cartoon version. Funny how Ray Park keeps ending up as a prop.

    • Amardneron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Hello.

      I've been wondering if there are any plans to update the forum. 

      The gaming section still doesn't have current gen and there are sections for shows long canceled.

      The forum has been poorly taken care of sinse the last big website refresh, a sincere interest in revitalising it would be greatly appriciated.

      • kickme444 RT Community

        6 months ago

        Yes, I am working to redo the whole community section of the site.  It's going to take a few months to get anything out.

    • Izayer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Stories

      7 months ago

      FU my good sir!


      FU

      EFFYOU

      EPH U

      HEFF U. 


      Have a good day. 

      • kickme444 RT Community

        7 months ago

        Thanks!

    • devilito666 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 months ago

      Happy F.U. to you SIR!!!

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      7 months ago

      HAPPY FOO DAY :D

    • mowhat83 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ineffable

      7 months ago

      Big week for you! First the new job and now Featured User. Congratulations man.

      • kickme444 RT Community

        7 months ago

        Aw thanks!

    • CookieCrumb99

      7 months ago

      congratulations!! I can't wait to see the work you do! WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!

      • kickme444 RT Community

        7 months ago

        Thank you!

    • Kalanipokii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      Just saw Barb's post. Dude, Congrats! Looking forward to seeing your work. Go get em' Stud!

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        Thanks!

    • Priest FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NonSequitur OCC Consular

      8 months ago

      Welcome.  Stop by The Oxford Comma Café sometime for a nice breakfast and a sacrifice :)

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        Will do!

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      8 months ago

      Help ussssssssssss.


      Looking forward to this!

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        I'll do my best! 

    • SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

      8 months ago

      If you ever wanna chat (in a non-conference capacity), I'm almost always available! :) I'm so glad that you are here. Welcome to the family <3 

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        I would love to chat.  Send me an email at dan.mccomas@roosterteeth.com and let's find some time in the upcoming week or something.

    • Br0kenSt0ry FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tacos

      8 months ago

      Welcome dude :D

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        High five!

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      8 months ago

      welcome to the RT family! We are happy to have you

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        Aw thank you!

    • Clitocybe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Ruler of Fungi

      8 months ago

      Welcome dude :D

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        Thanks!

    • Goastoid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      Thanks for joining the community I always get happy when we get a new face.

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        I'm really happy to be here.

    • YoBoySarge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold You just got sarged

      8 months ago

      Welcome!

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        thanks!

    • swordsmanjeb FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      Hobbie.

    • SailorGirl81 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper Of Kittens

      8 months ago

      Welcome aboard!

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        Thank you!

    • Giries FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DONGS

      8 months ago

      Welcome to our little slice of hell. Looking forward to see what ideas you're bringing to the fold.

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        Thanks a lot! I look forward to bringing it!

    • Felix NXT RPRT

      8 months ago

      Welcome to the RT Family!

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        aww thanks

    • devilito666 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      Welcome to the Roosterteeth family.

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        Thank you!

    • Daks FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Jersey Devil

      8 months ago

      Welcome! Can't wait to see what you've got in store for us!

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        Thanks a ton!

    • OboeCrazy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Freelancer

      8 months ago

      Welcome to our crazy family!

      • kickme444 RT Community

        8 months ago

        So glad to be here

  • Questions answered by kickme444

    My first step is simply to understand the state of the community, be it here or elsewhere.  Once I feel I have an understanding of that, we can figure out what we need to build to bring people together.

    Note - I don't think we need to challenge other platforms, they are great at what they do.  What we need to do is provide something unique for the community that they can't get elsewhere!

    While sponsorship is certainly important to Rooster Teeth, it is not my primary concern right now.  I am currently focused on what we need to do to build the community.  Thanks for the question!