Dear Oxy #73

Dear Oxy,

Groundhog Day went by a few days ago, and I heard that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, so we get spring sooner, or something like that.  But now I’m worried about causation.  Is it possible at all that Phil forces the earth’s orbit to move closer to the sun each year he doesn’t see his shadow?  If so, how long do we have before he kills us all?

Yours truly,

Harrisburg Harry

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Dear Oxy, #72

Dear Oxy,

I broke osmosis again.  How do I fix it?


Yours truly,

Axe Identwaitingtohappen

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Changing Slack

See here, you goons. I’m making some changes to the way things are done in slack here.


Number one, let me explain about slackbot. Slackbot has some responses to certain keywords with a link to the rules. The idea here is to, as it says, remind you of the rules. It’s a reminder; it’s not necessarily saying that what you said was against the rules, but that one of the words that you said touches close on some topics that are against the rules. It’s a reminder. Nothing more, don’t take it as more. Slackbot is not an enforcer of the rules, and his opinion carries no weight. I apologize if the filter isn’t to your liking.


Hov is the appointed Slackbot Mechanic. It’s his job to make sure that slackbot is reminding people when they need to be reminded, and that slackbot says something before a moderator needs to intervene. If you can see a way that the filter can be improved, tell him. He’s not obligated to take your suggestions. If you’re not Hov, don’t touch slackbot responses.


Now the goal, the goal is to not have anyone be uncomfortable. And that’s apparently pretty dang hard. Some people, believe it or not, have aversions to sex, innuendo, gore, and other stuff like that. Who would have thought. The point of the rules is to make it such so that making others uncomfortable is against the rules. I tried to make them as lenient as I can, while still preventing people from offending other people.


Like, I don’t care what you say, at all, unless it offends someone. I’ve been around the block a few times, and am pretty chill. It takes a lot to actually offend me. But I get real pissed, real fast, if you piss someone else off in my territory. You can make a very simple flowchart to see if something is OK with me.


Does it offend someone? If yes, it’s not OK. If no, whatever.


This is why DMs and private channels are unregulated, but you can still be held to what you say in them. If everyone seeing the message isn’t made uncomfortable by it, I don’t care. But the moment that you start to piss someone off with what you say, it becomes an issue.


And you can nitpick, and take mock offense, and pretend to be made uncomfortable by things, but that’s not the point. Don’t be a smartass. I’m trying to maintain this community and make it as enjoyable an experience as I possibly can.


To that end, I’m taking these steps.


  • If you see something that you would like action taken against, you follow this procedure.
    • Take a screenshot.
      • Include the entire chat window and all context.
    • Send me the screenshot.
      • Preferably with some small description of what about the screenshot you find issue with.
    • Then I’ll take action.
  • If you don’t follow this procedure, nothing will be done.


Alternatively, if I’m right there, just DM me and refer to the message. The screenshot isn’t necessary if I’m present.


If you’re made uncomfortable, and don’t tell anyone, nobody will know, and nothing will be done. Gotta say something. If you’re not comfortable speaking to me for whatever reason, speak to someone else. Just tell somebody. If nobody says anything, I’m going to assume everything is fine, and do nothing.


Additionally, you don’t get to complain about the state of chat if you don’t tell me how it could be improved. All suggestions are valid, and I’ll consider every bit of feedback I’m given. But don’t just complain or ‘comment’ in a complaining way without telling me what’s wrong.


Additionally! And there’s the important bit. The role of Moderators has changed. They now have exactly these responsibilities and authorities, and no more.


  • In the absence of Bucky, a moderator may,
  • If an individual is clearly, without any shadow of a doubt, breaking rules repeatedly, and immediate action needs to be taken, the moderator may take it.
    • This includes disabling user accounts, removing harmful links, and telling people to stop doing whatever action they’re doing that offends people.
    • This is not referring to edge cases, judgment calls, or any situation in which there might be disagreement over what the appropriate action is.
    • This is to prevent people from going on cursing sprees and the like while I’m asleep.
  • A moderator may not delete a message without first taking a screenshot and sending it to me.

Dear Oxy #71

Dear Oxy,

I’ve been reading your past letters, and I think you’re just so goshdarn clever.  How can I be as quick and smart as you, so I can impress people during conversations?


Yours truly,

(Insert joke here)


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The Official Swords of Light Reading List!

Alright. I believe I’ve done this before a long time ago, but Bucky’s recent revitalization of the playlist post gave me the idea to revitalize this as well. This is a fun opportunity to list 10 books which you find to be inspirational or entertaining in some way, be they fiction or non-fiction, or if you want to make a list for both. At the end, I’ll compile the official SoL reading list!

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