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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:08 am

To be honest, I'd say you're in the minority there. It had gotten to the point where regulars were expressing frustration and annoyance rather than amusement at his spamming and topic derailment, and he'd been given ample warnings and chances. His tantrums and Wiki vandalism after being banned further demonstrate that showing him the door was for the best. OS had to do the same thing.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby iamSamke on Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:27 pm

Wow, then I must've missed a lot, since all I saw was his coach mode suggestions on 2K threads and player-coach ideas on basketball discussion threads. Later I saw his NLSC wiki rage. That 'later' word is probably reason why I still think he is just a dude with so many random thoughts :lol:
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:35 pm

In many cases that would be fine and welcome, but unfortunately it got to the point where it was too much spam, too many derailed threads. No one was amused (or at least the majority wasn't), and he just wasn't taking the hint. It's difficult to draw the line sometimes because we obviously want everyone to feel free to talk about what they want to talk about and express their opinions freely, but there is a point where a user goes from being a colourful personality with a passion for certain subjects to being a bore and a nuisance who's bothering other people and getting in the way of their good time.

I'm told that he's "boycotting" us, which is kind of tough to do when he's been banned first, but so be it. As an admin or moderator, you should always be a gracious and welcoming host, but you also have to know when to show a guest to the door when they're making other people uncomfortable with their behaviour, and spoiling the party. It can be hard to do without looking like the bad guy and a control freak, but you owe it to the people whose experience is being affected by the person causing problems.

Anyway, I know that's a lengthy answer to a quick question, but I'm all for being open about our rules and moderation policy, and action we've taken in situations that aren't as straightforward as "asked for a crack, got banned immediately".
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Kevin on Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:59 pm

I am back from the depths of med school!

Finally told my family I dont want to pursue medicine. Told me "na-uh" but realized they cant force shit to me. Anyways, I'm now pursuing IT because, honestly, who doesnt want to play irl basketball AND sit on your computer whole day while also playing virtual basketball. Took the entrance exam to one of the top unis in my hometown - said I was overqualified. Passed it. All my past subjects got credited so I only go to uni every tuesdays and thursdays to study two subjects concerning IT and nothing else.

Just when I thought of ending it all, I did one of the bravest things I've ever done. Life is good, my friends. LIFE IS GOOD.

Now, back to shitposting to this forums.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby mp3 on Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:23 pm

Nows the time to change your mine Kevin, better to do it now then to figure it out when your 30 or something. Goodluck on your new adventure!
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:37 pm

Good to hear, Kevin. You've got to do what you're passionate about, and what plays to your strengths.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Kevin on Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:40 pm

mp3 wrote:Nows the time to change your mine Kevin, better to do it now then to figure it out when your 30 or something. Goodluck on your new adventure!

This. I was actually asked by one of our psychology professors what we'd think we'll feel like 10 to 15 years from now and if we would be proud of what we'd accomplished. That was the turning point of my decision. Why spend a decade studying something I don't love and then ending up with a miserable life after, you know.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby NovU on Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:56 pm

to give up the med school is insane my friend. I work in IT industry and it's never ending hell show. I suggest you go meet IT ppl in your local area, it's easy to do so through various meet up sites and picture where you end up in 10 to 15 years.

also one of my friends who studied med makes $400k annually while once called genius comp programmer struggles to make $100k a year.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Pdub on Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:47 pm

Kevin, try to get an IT job at a hospital or doctors office. :P
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby deihatein on Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:03 am

NovU wrote:genius comp programmer struggles to make $100k a year.


It is even harder where I'm from. Especially when IT people is being stereotype into "guys who only reformat computers"
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End of any racist discussion.


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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby mp3 on Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:25 am

He's going from having someone's life in his hands to having someone's pc in his hands, sure there's a difference there.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:09 am

mp3 wrote:He's going from having someone's life in his hands to having someone's pc in his hands, sure there's a difference there.


Exactly.

There's a lot more to any job than money, which you're not going to make the most of when you first enter any vocation anyway. Your passion for the job is going to have to see you through to the point where you really start earning the big bucks, and even when that starts rolling in, you'll need it to see you through the rough times. Medicine's a tough and demanding profession; I know I wouldn't want to deal with the things doctors and nurses have to on the regular, so I applaud them for their dedication.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Kevin on Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:02 pm

Money will never be an issue in my family, honestly. Me and my family in the future might even choose not to work if they want to and we'd still live a happy life. The only reason they want me and a lot more of my cousins to be doctors and engineers is because they want something to brag about in their circle of friends. That's literally it.

No worries on the employment part of it too since we manage many businesses and firms so I can probably get a job from any of them.

PS: What I might've wrote can be taken very offensive or "braggy" but I swear I'm just clearing up that money isn't what we need but contentment and happiness.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby formx on Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:20 pm

As long as you've chosen to pursue something you love to do, it doesn't really matter what others think. If you're happy, that's what matters.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:51 pm

Indeed. If it's a good fit, you're happy, and you're paying the bills, that's what's important.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Dee4Three on Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:01 am

Kevin, I support your choice. The fact that you figured that part out at such a young age speaks volumes. I feel like many kids/young adults pursue college/careers based on what their parents tell them to pursue, what they tell them/want them to do. I've seen it many times, and those people are miserable in the job they end up in, they constantly question "What was I thinking getting into this?".

Keep trying to pursue what you are indeed passionate about, and what makes the most sense for you.

Great job.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby NovU on Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:16 am

I guess I am one of those "I should have listened to my parents" crowd, not that I would have made it to med school anyways.

But my advice is as I lived through it. Being IT guy was my wants and goal from early childhood, and now that I finally got into it, reality is entirely different. What you envision is not reality will get you. Every one of spring chickens thinks they're special and think they will make it big, but 99.9% settles. That's the reality that sets in eventually. That goes same for nearly all industry. So now, what you want or think want is likely NOT what you want in 10 or 15 years. It sounds all glorious to pursue what you really want but too often times I've seen people looking back.

Timing and choices are rare to come by. Once gone, most of times forever gone. Med school is big, buddy, especially here in North America.
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