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  • How to: The RT Community Site

    2 days ago

    Lamkia Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

    * If you are a regular user let me know if there is anything that needs to be fixed or added! I will make one big edit to the journal after reviewing the comments

    * The QUIRKS section is a recommended read for all users, new or experienced

    I've been seeing a lot of posts asking how to get into the community on the RT site lately and I'm getting tired of writing the same thing over and over again, so this journal is going to act as a general manual on how to navigate the site and use it most effectively. To cut down on reading, there will be no jokes (not even dick jokes, trust me it hurts me more than you) and I'll write info down as concisely as possible.

    More handy info I have put into the comments below:
    - How to actively and effectively get involved in the community (will link in next edit)
    - Some active threads to jump in and get to know people (in next journal, will link later)
    - A list of local RT community groups
    - Some important groups and users to consider following (will link in next edit)


    The TL;DR is that there was a semi-rushed migration in 2015 to the current site and it's got some fixing up to do before it is in good shape. It's not terrible, but there are improvements to be made. If it is beyond your patience, come back in a few months. It has been announced that the community portion of the website will be worked on in the summer. Otherwise, we'd be happy to see you around!~

    BUG REPORTS: Comment on this journal with detailed info of the problem, browser, and OS

    - As a user you have the ability to post journals, create groups (admins make group news posts), post in/create threads, and send private messages (currently only two-way)

    - Customize your profile! Hover over/click on your username in the top right hand corner and click on My Profile. From there you can add info
    - Add friends! Make friends. Do it. Now. You can follow/message/friend people via buttons on their profiles
    - You can also comment on journals, news, and videos. Further, you can reply to journal/news comments. To use this effectively, see the QUIRKS section below
    - The format of the website depends on the resolution of the screen you are using. The instructions below apply to the format used with most computer monitors, but it doesn't differ much from mobile versions
    - The front page shows latest videos and featured news posts from RT Staff, all can be commented on and modded when you click through the title

    - Lil stars? Users with one star next to their usernames are FIRST members, double stars are Double Gold FIRST members. See the FIRST menu above to learn more about joining these services

    - Each post has a mod value. Users can add or neg mod via a drop down menu at the bottom of each post
    - Like or agree with something? Mod that shit
    - Popular Content is determined by mod value (more below)

    ~NOTIFICAITONS (+ relevant misc info)~
    - Notifications stack, meaning all new posts to a single thread will be represented by one notification until cleared. Regarding user journals, if you post several in a row, followers will only be notified about the latest journal
    - Notifications appear when:
       • Someone you follow posts a journal
       • A new post appears in a followed thread (you will autofollow any thread you post in)
       • A new episode appears in a followed series (I've been told it's very buggy, though)
       • Someone comments on your journal
       • Someone replies to your comment within a journal
       • Someone tags you (To tag - @ symbol + username without punctuation folllowing, ex @Lamkia )
       • Someone sends you a friend request

    - Notifications DO NOT appear for

       • New uploaded images (people have issues with uploading images anyway, I suggest uploading somewhere else and then posting them as a journal)
       • New threads (will show up on the dashboard, though)
       • New followers

    - Images on the internet - copy the direct address to the image (often right clicking the image offers the option to copy this) and paste it to the text editor. The image will automatically populate after you paste the address
    - Local images - Personal albums are hella buggy. Upload them elsewhere (like through imgur) and then use the directions in the above point

    - Under the Community menu
    - Activity from your followed users appears here, unlike notifications it also includes threads
    - On the left are a few handy feeds for filtering content, pretty self explanatory
    - Don't be afraid to pop open the Everyone Feed and comment on stuff! It's one of the best ways to get to know people

    - Under the Community menu, have their own subforums (accessible through their group page), some have their own chat tabs
    - Have the ability to publish news posts, all followers will be alerted
    - Joining group =/= following group, these are separate actions
    - Active groups to consider following -
    - RT Radio - 3 shows a week, awesome people to chat with, great music! Go to the chat tab on the group page to join in
    - RT World - includes a list of local community groups

    - RT Poppycock - Overseen by RT's own Becca (voice of Sister in RvB), posts humorous articles, expands on topics from the RT Podcast, hosts Fanart Friday
    - Official Web Development Group
    - Your own local group! If applicable

    - Under the Community menu
    - Forums aren't organized the best way right now and will hopefully be restructured soon. At this point I suggest browsing the Gen Discussion and FIRST forums and then others depending on your interest!
    - *Always read the first post

    - You autofollow threads you post in
    - Consider lurking in an active thread for a little or reading the last few posts before jumping right in. Otherwise feel free to post in old threads.

    - 1337 speak is generally discouraged
    - Otherwise they function just like elsewhere on the internet, have at it!
    - Next journal will feature worthwhile threads, will link here after

    - Under the Community menu
    - Journals and group news with the highest mod values over the past 2 days will appear here (not threads)
    - A great way to get the feel for the community and interact with active users, comment on the posts if you have something to say about it!

    - Spam and posts with content violating ToU can be reported via the little itty bitty red flags for review
    - Currently there is no way to formally report a user. If you have an issue with a user, contact an admin or flag the relevant post
    - Unfortunately, there is no way to block users right now

    ~QUIRKS /BUGS/ISSUES/What have you~
    - If you post several journals in a row, followers will only be notified about the latest journal. Consider spacing out journals by a day or so for best visibility
    - Friending someone =/= following them, following must be done separately
    - New images don't send notifications
    - This is one even regular users have trouble with (ie pls read this) - When replying to a journal comment, only the user who posted the original comment will be notified 

    Image for clarification:

    (Link to image in case it drops later on)
    Only User1 is getting notifications about these replies. If User1 wants User2 and User3 to get notified about their reply, User1 MUST TAG THEM using @ + username (ex @Lamkia ) in the body of the comment reply. Also, applies to User3 if they want to notify User2. Make sense?
    - Editing a journal resends notifications about it! So think twice before fixing a comma from a year old journal
    -The WYSIWYG text editor is complicated and there is a science to learn if you want to wrangle it. Firefox seems to have a lot of issues with it (spoiler tags don't work, unlinking text in replies is a pain, etc). Chrome seems to work best. Do the best you can with it
    - Following shows is really buggy, not all episodes send out notifications

    - When a new page is added to a thread, it takes a little bit of time before the page count updates and new post notifications might be a little finicky
    - Browsing user image galleries is a huge pain, navigating through pages brings you back to their journals, there isn't a work around except to do some extra clicking

    - Overtime some images linked from Tumblr stop appearing for some reason
    - I know there are more, but I can't think of any other big ones, just little ones not really worthy of comment, let me know in the comments of known bugs/workarounds!

    WHEW, okay. So this is functioning as a basic guide for new users. Look back at the top of this journal for extra info about effectively participating. Have a question? ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS in the comments. 

    And if you're new


    ~ Mish

  • Little Tokyo shall be no more.

    2 days ago

    Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars


    This weekend will not be spent partying, but packing.

    Yes. I'm moving. Again. On the 1st. 

    Little Tokyo 3.0 shall be upgraded into... ummm.... well it's not gonna be Little Tokyo anymore!

    -Gasp- but why Julie??

    I'm moving in with my 彼氏 (le Boyfriend). 

    Um... I've never done this before.

    That means Little Tokyo will become Japan–United States Cohabitation.

    This is, essentially, a new chapter of my life. You know, living alone for so long, and being lonely for that matter, was a strong driving for to my arts. Much of my feelings towards relationships were simple, "well, I won't get to experience it, might as well not think about it." I didn't mind being alone, but I minded being lonely. Right? Who likes being lonely?

    So this'll be an interesting experience... 

    But most importantly, I get to start building a life with a man I quite admire and adore. I hope he knows that. Well, I guess I should tell him! 


  • Holy Crab

    1 day ago


    I friggin' did it, friendos. 

    Here's my first tattoo. Ever. 

    It only took 3 hours and was an overall 7.5/10 on the pain scale in my opinion. Some places were a 3, others were a solid 8. But I couldn't be more happy with how this baby looks. 


    The fish scales are for the most obvious reason. 
    The horseshoe crab represents my love of prehistoric aquaria. 
    The flowers were a dainty little touch that brought the whole thing together. 

    I'm so in love.

  • Nearly Finished Unpacking

    2 days ago

    MrWartburg Team Fat

    So a couple weeks ago, I mentioned a few life updates, like moving to a new place. And over the last week I've gotten just about everything unpacked, stored in the closet, and all the cool shit hung on the wall. And the coolest stuff went in the basement. 

    Wall #1


    Wall #2


    Having the whole space pretty much all to myself is going to be pretty awesome, because it means I get to do stuff like keep my green screen up all the time! 


    I'm going to like having room to actually spread out while I'm streaming, instead of being cramped in the same small room where my bed was in the old place. Still playing with the lighting and what not, and working on some back end stuff for the new channel, but it's be a pretty solid couple weeks.

  • Oh hey girrrl

    2 days ago

    scheree Artist

    Life update journal because I promised that like forever ago and NOW I'M HERE. It's been so long. I don't remember when I last posted about life and something that wasn't art related.

    How are you guys? I'm going pretty good. Been busy making comics and animations, commissions, hitting up conventions and working part time at my awesome game studio day job (still can't believe it's real). Home life kind of isn't great but I think I'm just over living in a share house and dealing with my housemates. So many toxic issues. I want my only place with my own internet where no one can suck up the entire download speed or leave dirty dishes in the sink for weeks on end. 

    I stayed in an awesome apartment last weekend for a convention and whoa I've long since forgotten that a home can be actually be warm and not require you to wear 3 layers. And it ain't even proper winter yet. 

    Trying to figure out what I'm allowed to do with work in terms of supplemental income. I want to maybe start a patreon for behind the scenes stuff for longer projects that I don't post about (comics and animations/videos). It's a slight gray area for the day job because I'm part time. At least I'm permanent now. No more stress about being sick and not being able to pay the rent. Yay for sick leave. Speaking of which finding a good doctor is hard. Last two I saw were some old guys who's response to my problems where 'that happens, it's a women thing'. Nope nope totally unacceptable. I'm not gonna share medical things but that's just not right. 

    What else has been happening. I will not be at RTX in Austin this year (awww) because of money (double awwwwww) but I did however, at the end of last year ish sometime apply for some stuff to get a green card to move over to the US which I find out about real soon. I'm kind of in a weird state right now about it because I find about it so soon. Like I've wanted to do this for so long but at the same time my life has literally stabilised for the first time in several years so I've got some weird buyers remorse thing going on of do I want to leave stability and still want this. I know deep down it's still a big fat yes I do but at the same time I'm an anxious ball of putty. Starting over is scary and it's been so long since I've seen and talked to so many of you guys and I know it's on me but like I don't want to bother people so I don't talk. It's some messed up social anxiety going on, same thing that stops me from replying to people on twitter. Write a tweet and never hit send. This is what happens when you're a hermit for way to long. I need positive people. And hugs and waaaaaaay more frequently than the maybe one a week I currently get.

    Why am I being such a downer. What's something nice that's happening scheree. Nice and happy. Well if the green card thing does go ahead I should know by the end of the year if I'm approved all good and proper to move. What else, what else. I started collecting pins. Oh gosh I fell down that rabbit hole. Break one collecting habit, start another. Got into D&D good and proper over the last year. Got no one to play with though so I suck up whatever shows I can get my hands on. Critical Role over on Geek & Sundry is by far my favourite. I want to try tell a story/comic using dice roles to determine stuff one day. Not today though. Got too many of my own projects on my plate.

    I got an Xbox One back at christmas time. I love it. Played Dragon Age Inquisition all the way through. Good fun that. Debating on it I want to get a Switch which I pretty much just want for Breath of the Wild. And mobile Stardew Valley. Oh man how I do love Stardew Valley. Good game to play while listening to podcasts and when I just need to unwind.

    Started streaming to twitch which is the most awesome thing ever. I've been wanting to switch over to them for years and it's just never worked on my internet connections and now suddenly it does. I don't know if it was them supporting terrible internet or my ISP but I'm not gonna question it. Got to stream as part of RT World for Rooster Teeth's anniversary which was pretty amazing. 

    Oh man it's after midnight and I can't type straight anymore. so many spelling errors, help me auto correct. Time to go to bed I think. I've got some art to post but that might come tomorrow. Good night and sweet dreams friends. I miss y'all so very much <3

  • Lots on My Mind

    1 day ago

    LadyOddDuck Call Me Duck

    I've had a lot of little things annoy me lately and, as we all know, the best time to write a journal is when you're annoyed. I could probably dedicate a journal to each of these thoughts, but that feels a bit pedantic. So here they are in list form and I'd love to hear your thoughts in return.

    1. By and large, we focus on the wrong metrics. If you a run a community group, there's a heavy emphasis on growth. I think that's the wrong metric and, not only that, but it's a dangerous line of thought to get yourself trapped in. Instead of focusing on getting more members, think about how you can make your existing members happiest. Happy members do your outreach for you, because they want others to know about how great your group is.

    2. Leaders need to lead. It sounds absurd that it'd even need to be said out loud, but, somehow, it does. If you're a leader, you need to drive your team. Don't sit back and expect others to step up and do things you want. Assign tasks, keep calendars/schedules, and stay in constant communication. If you need to back away from the project for a bit, make that abundantly clear and come up with a strategy to fill your absence. Nothing is more frustrating than bad leadership.

    3. This is related to 2, but don't go overboard. This is something I do and it's annoying as the dickens. I get a little manic when it comes to thinking up ideas for cool projects. More than half the time, nothing comes of them. So if you've got cool ideas, commit to one, try it out, and decide if it's worth doing. Don't pile too much on your plate at once, especially if you're trying to involve other people in your efforts.

    4. Having empathy is so worth any extra effort it may take on your part. It's sometimes so easy to make a snap judgement and be unkind, but practicing empathy is the best thing we can do. People are so beautifully varied that we're bound to find lots of people different from us. Being empathetic leads to such wonderful things - charities like AbleGamers or Operation Supply Drop, the difference between someone feeling isolated and unloved or feeling welcomed and supported, and friendships that last a lifetime.

    5. This whole "socialized to feel in competition with women" thing is absolute bull hockey. I did not sign up for it and I hate that I find myself doing it. This may be the hardest thing I will ever have to unlearn, but my God will I try. I want to support women (and other minorities) because we have it hard enough as it is without any internalized crap trying to change our perspectives. Let's hold each other up, not tear each other down.

    6. The game industry has its ups and downs, but I am so grateful now to be part of it... Well, in a more official sense anyway. The environment is so fun and I feel myself finally surrounded by equals. I just passed the 1 month mark at my job and I cannot begin to describe how awesome it is. Now to start thinking about what I want to do with my hair... Turquoise is cool, right? ;)

    So... Whatcha thinkin?

    <3 Duck

  • Signal Boost Relay: How To: The RT Community Site

    9 hours ago

    AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

    If it's at all possible you're following me and not snark artist extraordinaire @Lamkia (she does good other art too) you may have missed that she just posted that start of a short series of posts and edits to those posts that are an effort to streamline and localize the things you need to know going into or just around the site as it stands now.

    Here's the post.

    Not only do I recommend checking it out yourself, but spread it around.  You never know who might need to see it and if you're the one to show it to them.

    [News reel voice]

    Thank you, Lamkia, for your persistent efforts for our community in our community's home. 

  • Dreamhack Austin April 29th

    1 day ago


    Hello fellow RTers. 

    I'm going to attend Dreamhack again this year in Austin tomorrow, Saturday the 29th.  I hope to do some fun things and stuff involving filming, maybe some shenanigans, reporting, and hopefully meeting Austinian RTers. 

    If you have free time Saturday night for a hangout or a possible dinner since i'm gonna be hungry as hell that evening, hit me up or PM me.

    If you have suggestions of things you want me to do while I'm at dreamhack, please feel free to suggest away.  @Ratatoskr and I already have a vile plan in mind  smiling_imp

    If you just wanna say Banana...well...whatever floats your boat I guess.

  • Geez...

    2 days ago


    I've had a gf for a solid 2 months, now...  Izzat some amazing hit, or what?

  • This made my day

    2 days ago


    I posted on GREATEST INTERNET IMAGES thread what must be the best troll in the history of the internet. XD  So worth the read!

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