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Gaming HangoutsThread Outer Wilds |OT| Life, the universe, and everything else all in 20 minutes!
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Credit to for putting this together You’re the newest member of Outer Wilds Ventures, a fledgling space program searching for answers in a strange, constantly changing solar system. Who built the ruins on the moon? What lurks in the heart of Dark Bramble? Why are you trapped in a time loop, and can it be stopped? To solve these mysteries you’ll have to venture into the most dangerous reaches of space. The planets of Outer Wilds are packed with hidden locations that change with the passage of time. Visit an underground city before it’s swallowed by rising sand, or explore the crust of a hollow planet as it crumbles beneath your feet. Every secret is guarded by hazardous environments and natural disasters as the solar system spirals out of control. Strap on your hiking boots, check your oxygen levels, and get ready to venture into space. Use the Little Scout space probe to illuminate dark caves, take photos, or test for hazards in your environment. Track down mysterious audio with your Signal Scope or use your Translator to decipher an ancient Nomai riddle. Navigate the darkness of space with your jetpack and ship. There’s a lot to discover in the Outer Wilds. The game started out as a student project, with a free "Alpha" version made available in 2013. After the game garnered more and more attention (and nearly 90.000 downloads) Mobius Digital picked the team up in 2015, after the demo won the Seamus McNally Grand Prize and Excellence in Design at the Independent Games Festival. The full game was then to be funded through fig, a crowdfunding site, with an initial pitch for a 2016 release and a goal of 125,000 $, that was met. Initial fig campaign link: Fig-backers that chose PC as a platform "will get both an Epic key upon launch and a Steam key later when released on those services. " () Annapurna Interactive announced that they will be publishing the game in 2018:
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AnnouncementsThread General Guide to ResetEra
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An explanation of the roles and responsibilities of our staff, as well as our approach to moderation in general. Our international staff is made up of dedicated individuals spread across five continents, with wildly diverse backgrounds and interests. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, and religious minorities are all well represented on our team. That team consists entirely of volunteers drawn from the community they seek to serve. A comprehensive is available to the public and updated regularly. The team processes hundreds of reports daily, and every one of those reports is handled by multiple moderators. We also receive dozens of emails and private messages, and manually approve dozens of new registrations each day. This work is endless, stressful, and often thankless. Many staff members put in countless hours each week towards maintaining the forum; this is a responsibility they take on because they care deeply about the community and want it to be the best that it can be. It is important to note that we take a team approach to moderation, and no single moderator will ever be solely responsible for a given decision. All moderator actions are automatically logged and visible to the rest of the team; it is therefore impossible for an individual member of staff to go rogue. Every action is discussed as a team and signed off on by multiple staff before it is carried out. The diversity of our team is a strength -- we always seek insight on any given issue from the staff members who know the most about it. Like all members, individual staff have strong opinions on any number of topics and are free to express those opinions as posters. Those opinions and posts are their own and do not represent official policy. Moderator actions are always driven by consensus from multiple staff and by our written guidelines and policies. Official staff communications will be marked as such. These are the volunteers charged with enforcing our mission statement and our policies. They are on the front lines when it comes to keeping the peace on the forums. Moderators process the bulk of the reports, provide guidance through written warnings, and try to make contributions as posters along the way. Many were pillars in the community even before they became staff. Without their efforts, there would not be a community to inhabit the site. The administration is responsible for keeping the site healthy and operational in all areas. This means coordinating with tech staff on maintenance and new features, verifying industry members, screening new registrations, and responding to emails. Administrators also lead internal policy discussions and are often called upon to provide guidance to the moderation team. Certain administrators (designated as "Mod Captains" on the roster) are specifically in charge of managing the moderation team. These Mod Captains are required to approve any ban over 2 weeks in duration. They also process appeals and are available to answer any questions you might have about moderation. We aim to articulate our policies and expectations as clearly as possible, in this document and in all our official communications. Whenever a user is warned or banned for a post, the reason is provided in a public banner attached to that post. In addition to ensuring transparency and accountability, these banners are helpful for other members to understand where the lines are and what our rationale is. Every staff member is expected to follow the same rules as the rest of the forum. Due to our heavy workload, a large moderation team is required to ensure timely coverage around the clock. The size of the team can make it very challenging to ensure consistent moderation. To address this, we have Mod Captains and internal moderation guidelines based on precedent and publicly available policy. Some flexibility is required to account for new or unexpected circumstances. Our team moderates to the spirit of the rules and our mission statement. Multiple factors are taken into account before coming to a decision. We weigh past infractions, post history, and the severity of the post(s) when determining penalties. We also consider whether a member doubled down on their behavior. Staff members are required to avoid any involvement in moderating disputes that they have personally taken part in. This means that a moderator will never moderate a user for an argument between the two. Instead, any relevant reports are handled independently by other moderators on the team. We do our utmost to ensure that moderation is impartial, objective, and not driven by emotion. On the other hand, when it comes to community threads that might each have a unique culture, we always seek to consult staff members who are familiar with that community in order to avoid potential misunderstandings. Please bear in mind that due to the highly active and fast paced nature of discussion on ResetEra, it is impossible for our staff to be everywhere. Even if you notice staff presence within a thread, there is no guarantee that they have read every single post before or after their own. Do not assume that moderators are ignoring rule violations. If you see an issue, report it. The fastest way to bring something to the attention of the staff is to report it. All reports go into a single queue visible to the entire moderation team. You can report posts, profiles, and private messages. If you report a private conversation, moderators will be able to join that conversation in order to get the full context. Please remember that we process hundreds of reports daily and that it may take some time to get to yours. The most common use of the report system is to report posts that are believed to be breaking the rules. However, you can also report your own post if you need a thread locked, a thread title changed, a double post deleted, etc. You can report a message by clicking the button on the bottom left of the message. All reports are read and investigated, but there are some steps that you can take to make things easier for the staff. To ensure your report is processed as quickly as possible, please focus on describing exactly what is wrong with the post and why it requires staff attention. Be clear about what rule has been broken, if any. Do not be flippant or sarcastic, and do not assume that staff will understand your argument unless it is spelled out. The moderators available at any given time might not always be familiar with a particular subject, the history of the posters involved, or the dynamics in a specific community. Make sure you include any and all relevant context in your report. Please do not abuse the report system by submitting frivolous or rude reports. Your reports should always be polite and constructive. You may send follow-up reports about the same post, but do not keep reporting a post just to protest a decision. Misuse of the report system can result in a warning or a ban. Do not make public posts threatening to report other members -- either report them or don't. When the staff needs to directly provide guidance in a thread, a staff post will be made. These posts will be marked as 'OFFICIAL STAFF COMMUNICATION' and have been designed to be highly visible. Please see the example below. Staff posts are often threadmarked if they contain guidance that is relevant to the thread as a whole. In such cases, the title will also be adjusted to indicate that a staff post has been made. Ignoring this guidance can lead to a warning or a ban. We recommend that you always check for the ‘Staff Posts’ button at the top of any thread you enter; this button will only appear if a staff post has been threadmarked. It is technically possible for ordinary members to use the staff post template -- this was necessary to allow staff posts to be quotable. However, you should not take advantage of this. Altering a staff post or creating a fake one, even as a joke, will result in a ban. The majority of our members will never break a rule or face moderation action. However, when such action is required, there are a range of punitive measures that might be used. Warnings are applied when a user needs guidance and/or has committed a minor infraction -- these are situations where a ban is deemed unnecessary. All infractions, including warnings, are logged for future reference by the moderation team. For transparency, a public banner will be added to the offending post explaining the warning. Some warnings will contain a more detailed message for the offending member, to ensure that they understand why they are being warned and how they can avoid problems in the future. You must manually acknowledge a warning before you are able to post again. Bans are used for more serious infractions, when a warning is ignored, or for a recurring pattern of misbehavior. As with warnings, bans are logged and public banners are applied to the offending post. The length of the ban depends on the severity of the infraction as well as the member's record. The more infractions a member has, the longer their next ban is likely to be. Serious infractions, such as those related to bigotry, are monitored and tracked separately from other bans. In cases where we determine that a member is either unable or unwilling to correct their behavior, a permanent ban will be issued. When a long ban is requested, or when the team is initially unsure how long a ban should be, it will be marked as 'Duration Pending' on the public banner. These bans are reviewed by the Mod Captains, who determine the final length. 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What you should never do is tag individual staff members in a thread while asking them to carry out some form of moderation, particularly punitive action against other members. This is obnoxious and unnecessary and will result in penalties for you. There may be times when you disagree with a moderator action or lack thereof. Your feedback and criticism is welcome and encouraged, so long as it is constructive, politely presented, and offered through appropriate channels like the contact form or private messages. If you post complaints about moderation in a public thread, you will be responsible for any ensuing derailment. If your words cross the line into hostility or outright attacks on staff, you will be banned for modwhining. Please be aware that our volunteer staff are never required to passively receive abuse or invective. This applies to both public and private forms of communication, including private messages and reports.
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EtcetEraThread Where is the communication from mods/admins on trans topics?
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Staff have been discussing this internally over the last week or so, with trans staff members leading that discussion and consulting on the specifics. We've so far prepared the following guidelines for threads on trans issues: As always the best way to receive responses to moderation questions and concerns is via the contact form at the bottom of the site or by reaching out to the mod captains directly. The full staff roster can always be found here: Additionally, a discussion thread on the current topic is open and can be found here:
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EtcetEraThread We need to talk about responding to Trans related issues
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Staff have been discussing this internally over the last week or so, with trans staff members leading that discussion and consulting on the specifics. We've so far prepared the following guidelines for threads on trans issues: As always the best way to receive responses to moderation questions and concerns is via the contact form at the bottom of the site or by reaching out to the mod captains directly. The full staff roster can always be found here:
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GamingThread Pokemon Sword and Shield | Review Thread (READ STAFF POST)
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GamingThread Next-gen PS5 and next Xbox speculation launch thread |OT7| - nm
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EtcetEraThread Canadian Human rights tribunal rules against Transgender woman over refusal of waxing services
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GamingThread So a PS1 emulator actually exist for PS4 (Medievil unlockable bonus)
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GamingThread [OPEN SPOILER] Now that the entire Sword/Shield Pokédex leaked, let's mourn the Pokémon that got Thanos-snapped by Game Freak [SEE STAFF POST]
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EtcetEraThread Bloomberg: Nancy Pelosi Is Worried 2020 Candidates Are on Wrong Track
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GamingThread Pokemon Sword and Shield discussion thread (spoiler-free)
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GamingThread Blizzard’s Actionless Non-Apology Is Complete Bullshit
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GamingThread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands announced (READ STAFF POST)
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GamingThread Overwatch 2 announced for PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC! (see staff post for discussion guidelines)
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GamingThread Death Stranding - Review Thread (see staff post for discussion guidelines)
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GamingThread Kojima interview: ‘I’m thinking about my next project for a while now’
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GamingThread Blizzcon 2019 Gear Store Confirms Recent WoW Leak + Overwatch 2 Art Print (READ STAFF POST)
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GamingThread Blizzcon 2019 |OT| Seize the means of hype (READ STAFF POST)
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EtcetEraThread Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Final Trailer (No Spoiler/Leak discussion!)
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EtcetEra HangoutsThread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
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EtcetEraThread "Bernie's Back Rally" today in New York with guests Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Michael Moore
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EtcetEraThread Adam Silver rejected China's demand to fire Daryl Morey
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GamingThread Little Town Hero Review Thread [see staff post]
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GamingThread The morality of downloading pirated versions of games you already own
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I think you got enough answers to your question OP. As this is a hard conversation for the community to have without running into the FAQ, the thread has now been locked. Per the Faq
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EtcetEraThread Hillary Clinton Says We Must Be ‘Sensitive’ to Transphobia
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GamingThread PC Gaming ERA | October 2019 - No Truce With The Outer Worlds
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EtcetEraThread What's with people taking pride in beating their kids??
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EtcetEra HangoutsThread Manga |OT|: No matter how I look at it, it's discord's fault we're not popular
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GamingThread EuroCosplay ban League of Legends Cosplayer for alleged "blackface"
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