Yet more tomfoolery!
Well, with luck your week has been less active than mine. Finals are now over, broadband's about to go, and I've been fighting with the at the CIS department here. You
see, their mail server decided that it wanted a break for the holidays as well. Either that,
or the department is staffed entirely by drunken simians. In either case, it's been randomly
discarding the majority of the mail I've received over the past week.
So that means it's another 2-pager for the mailbag this week, seeing as I've only received 4 days worth of mail. A pity, but you'll just have to make do with one less page of
my inimitable style than you normally would. I know, life's a bitch sometimes, but it'll
have to do. So let's get this thing started.
Of course, since this is another mini-mailbag I'll spend a bit of time promoting my mods
as filler. So, see if you can be the first to find the hidden link in this mailbag to the Bazooka Quake 3 site. I'll give you a hint - I'm really bad at hiding things.
So this week, let's start with a bit of feedback to the last mailbag. It's always nice to know that someone reads this stuff. Strangely enough, a few people even seemed to like it. Just goes to show you never can tell.
From: Mitsukai Sanran
Subject: Another machinima contest....?
First off, you're a funny dude, a_madman. lol
Ok, to my questions. Is Planetquake going to have
another "Machinima" contest? I mean, I know that
nobody entered an' all, but I was "going" to but
didn't get to finish in time. lol
I'm sure there was SOMEONE else ... at least ONE,
other than my bro and I working on entering the
Welp, so there was just one question, but even if you
don't have another contest, we've got some good ideas
for some machinima's. And we'll be more prepared next
time. (i think, hehe)
I know!! You could raise the stakes! 1st prize a
GeForce 14 SUPER ULTRA! WOOT!
Well, this is almost feedback about the last mailbag, anyway. Right off the bat he tells
me I'm funny, which is always a plus in my book. But then he starts going on about some
other things that aren't me, and that's where he started to lose my interest.
Seriously though, Mitsukai, I can't say I've heard any rumors of new Machinima contests
around here. The last one was, as you pointed out, a bit of a disappointment for everyone
involved. However, we're always happy to have new stuff to watch around here, so don't let
the lack of a contest stifle your creativity. In fact, to give you some incentive I'm going
to go ahead and award you your GF14 Ultra Pro card. Look for it in the mail sometime in the next 4 to 7 years when they become commercially available.
Subject: Annoying Advertisements
Since you went on about gettin spam in your email, it made me start thinking, but then I was rudely interrupted by a obnoxiously large Nascar AD that started moving around on my screen. After chasing it around and finally closing it, I had totally forgotten what I was thinking about. I think the banner advertisements plastered all over the page is fine, I totally understand those, but come on, pop-ups too? Most porn sites don't even use those bastardly demons anymore, so why would the best damn quake site in the world use them?
Another semi-feedback here, but I'll go ahead and field this one to save the GameSpy marketing wonks a bit of time. Fortunately this mail has a few redeeming qualities, the "best damn quake site in the world" bit being foremost among them. So I'll go ahead and give it the straight answer.
Like our friend F4nt0m45 (that's the last time I'm typing THAT out) pointed out, banner
ads are everywhere. They're just part of life on the net. However, we've been doing
everything possible to save you from popups around here. I looked again after I got this
mail, and I haven't found one on the site since the new "skyscraper" ads went up. Mad props
to Pappy-R for that.
But for me, here, the biggest issue is consent. You go to a webpage, you can
expect to see some way to pay the server bills. Spam mail, on the other hand, is intrusive.
I've never asked for it, I've never been to the websites they promote, and I'm not
interested in any of the services they provide. The only thing I've done is have an email
address available on a well-known site. That, in my eyes, is unacceptable.
On a side note, though, banner-free porn? Amazing.
Damn, you must have a lot more experience looking than I do. ;)
Apparently my mention of the PQ Poll struck a chord with a few loyal readers. I wasn't
kidding when I said "few," though. Still, it beats nothing at all.
From: Stephen "Abbo" Abbott
Subject: PQ poll
I really enjoyed the good ol' PQ poll (hey... that rhymes - I think) of a
while ago. Any chance of bringing it back for more voting laughter...?
Stephen "Abbo" Abbott
Johannesburg, South Africa
Hi there "New Content Manager"! When is the poll going to be active again? Besides there's some kind of problem with the vote......try it yourself. Let's fix it guys, or I'm not going to wish you Merry Christmas........... (yeah yeah, who cares?)
I am currently aware of the poll's current status, i.e. "broken." At this point, the official date for the poll's revival is "when it's done." And no, you don't need to be a giant gaming company to use that line. I'm living proof.
I'm expecting it'll be finished sometime between early 2002 and the date when the sun implodes into a small, dark piece of coal. I'm not entirely sure when that will be - Hellchick was always the astrophysicist around here. Still, it'll hopefully closer to the former than the latter. Patience, my children, patience...
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