Hey everyone, welcome back to GDC. Sorry if you guys felt lost or worried that we'd never come back online. The upgrade finally went through - and this blog is to list a few of the major changes.
First off, everything posted after July 18th is lost (PM's, posts, statues, etc.). This is because the failed upgrade Andres attempted last weekend was causing some problems when we tried again, so he had to restore the database to an earlier state and in doing so, lost the most recent data. None-the-less - here's the new stuff.
Only one username now. There is no longer a difference between a user's login and display name. They are the same thing.
Mentions You can mention members in post by typing @username and clicking their display name when the drop down appears.
Profiles Profiles have been completely re-done. You can now add a cover photo to customize your page a bit, and it should be easier to see a user’s content when first viewing their profile.
No More Mobile Theme The upgraded code means that whatever theme you prefer (dark or light) will be the same one you use on a mobile device. It's pretty awesome.
Along that same note, we're not going to get a custom light theme for now. We'll just stick with the default one since the developer of the old light theme has not indicated he'll be upgrading it to work with the new software.
That's it for here. There's a lot of new buttons and stuff to look at, too much to try and summarize. If you have any questions or problems, post below and let us know.
There's a few things that are not working or that we will be changing/updating. Read the comments below for more information. We'll update this post tomorrow evening with more information.
Current list of Questions, Comments, Concerns and Suggestions. (Last Updated: July 27th 1:07am EST)
Is the followed content missing.Yes. We definitely need to replace this. We'll look for a new solution.
It seems like the forum is using larger font is squished more horizontally. This is mainly by design. Just lots of padding around some content. Fonts aren't really too much larger overall. Andres has adjusted font-size in the editor though to make it match the other content.
Some media icons are missing
Are signatures gone now?Yes. Not sure why, they may come back. Andres isn't really sure.
No link in announcement. - You have to go into the announcement itself to click on the link since it seems to have its own page. Will research a better option like before.
Is the back to top button gone?It is. Andres will look for a solution
Can the number of posts needed to make a topic popular be increased? They are going popular at 9 posts at the moment. - We will keep adjusting this till we find a right solution. Right now it's only a few posts within the last 30 minutes.
What happened to friends? Do we need to follow everyone again? YOU HAVE NO FRIENDS. You can follow users to get notifications on their content, but it's not a mutual relationsihp anymore.
Can the name list in chat be in alphabetical order again?No. It's not an option and would require some coding that Andres isn't up to doing for now.
Image adder not loading images.Seems to be some bugs in this code and Invision is looking into it.
Join date not with posts anymoreAdded
Are things running slow because of the scripts running in the background? Yes. There's still a lot of work going on to the database that could be causing some of the issues.
Search not workingMajor issues going on with the search database. Will work on this asap.
Can we confirm that only users with 100 posts can see the advice posts in the activity log in the profile? Yup. Only those with 100 posts can see advice posts everywhere.
No notification when a user is kicked from the chat.
Avatars beside the names in the chat. We'll look into this later on.
Can pictures be automatically removed when quoting?This was a third-party addon. Will have to see if another has been created.
Move user title under avatar
Remove member group below avatar
Adjust blue header in chat
In chat, change notification colors for entry and exit
Replace forum icons with warning man
Re-enable cover photos for all users
Source code to be changed to BBCodeI don't think this is happening. I believe Invision is phasing out some of the bbcode stuff and just want people to use the rich editor.
Ads stretching page on mobile devicesAds have been disabled temporarily while I research a fix.
Allow quick reply to statusesThis is something Invision will likely support in a future release.
The mod team has unanimously decided to stop allowing ask.fm links in status updates. We'll be deleting them from now on. We'll also be removing any other anonymous type q&a sites like anonymous questions via tumblr.
The are two major reasons for this change:
1) We're tired of all the promotional links for ask in status updates. There are just way too many that it's nearly removed any value from the status feature. It's become a place simply to promote ask.fm links and everything else is quickly drowned out. It's just tiring seeing the same exact links all the time.
2) We're tired of all the associated negativity that has come from allowing anonymous comments away from GDC. There's a group of people who mostly enjoy talking shit about others, stirring up crap, then dragging it all back to GDC by promoting their content. Then they play innocent like they've done nothing wrong. People will always talk shit about other people, but doing so anonymously and publicly isn't helping anyone at all.
Starting today we'll begin deleting status' to ask.fm or anonymous questionnaire sites. If you do it repeatedly you will be given a warning to stop.
As you can see we've made some new changes here on GDC. We've added a new more modern theme that I think looks pretty awesome.
You can click on the paint brush on the top right to select one of 4 different backgrounds of your choosing.
Still stuff to do. Leave all suggestions in the comments below
We are looking to promote a new moderator to the team.
* Bachelors degree in Communication and Business Leadership
* 5 years experience leading a team
* Complete and thorough understanding of social/political issues in the world (i.e. intro to Sociology, Psychology 101 and Political Science 100).
* At least 4 different extra-curricular activities (rich white sports like polo, dressage and tennis are a plus)
* Extensive Green Day knowledge (Billy vs. Billie, know who Jaff Matika is, and Dookie was the first album they released)
This job is a full time paid position. Pay is rated at $0-125,000 per year, depending on experience.
Ok but really, here's what we need:
* Someone who is active throughout the forum (not just Green Day sections, not just Advice and General)
* You like stopping by most days
* You think something can be done to improve GDC
* You're able to deal with conflict (contrary to popular belief, the mod team actually does not always agree unanimously on what we should do)
* Someone who agrees that my friends should never ever been warned.
Applications are now closed. Thanks to all interested in helping out.
It's actually real, it finally happened. Liam sent me enough nudes to finally give him the promotion to admin. Starting today he'll be helping run this place and manage the team. He also re-joined the GDA news team recently and will helping run things over there as well.
So begins the process of him slowly kicking me off the team.
Congrats Liam! I'm really excited to finally have you help run things instead of just bitching at me for not doing stuff.
Earlier today, a situation developed where several established members were ganging up on and bullying a newer member in status updates. Some were suspended for this, and for those of you involved who weren't (you know who you are), consider this your one verbal warning.
Cyber-bullying, including ganging up to attack others, and harassment are not tolerated on GDC in any form. In short, if you bully someone on this site, you will receive a warning and suspension. A verbal warning will not necessarily be given first for this type of situation. Additionally, in extreme cases, a permanent ban may be handed down to the aggressor(s) without going through the usual five-strike process.
We want GDC to be a fun place for everyone to chill out, hang with friends and enjoy themselves. The very first rule of GDC is to respect other members. If that's a request you don't think you can handle, you're on the wrong website.
We've upgraded to the latest version of the Invision software. There are three major changes and lots of small ones.
The post editor was completely re-written for better support on mobile and should load more quickly
You can now press Ctrl and right click on the editor to 'Paste' or 'Paste without formatting'
When you're using quick reply, you can now press Tab + Enter on your keyboard to submit a post (instead of 3 tabs like before).
This new feature allows you to create custom streams of activity on GDC.
By default you'll see one stream that I created near the top right for 'Unread Followed Content'. That's an easy place to browse all comments, posts, and topics that you follow that have new content.
You can see other content streams or even make your own by hovering over Activity on the top right and selecting an option.
New-old Dark Theme
We've gone back to the Dark theme we were using before the upgrade to 4.0, so things should look a little more familiar.
There's a lot of the small customization we need to do (user info around avatars specifically) - but I'm going to wait a few more days since the developer of this theme has been upgrading this theme several times this past week. I don't like making a ton of changes, then having to do them all over when an update comes out.
There's other changes that I'm still finding out. If there's anything else very different I'll add it to this post.
Some background upgrades are still running on the server, so I expect the site to be running a little slow while those complete. Much of that is indexing content for the new content streams and improved search system.
Today we're going to be testing out a change here on the forum which will disable signatures by default for all users.
You still have the option to re-enable signatures if you prefer seeing them, just go your 'Ignore Preferences' in settings and uncheck "Ignore all signatures when reading topics and personal messages".
Why the change?
I have quite the pet-peeve with signatures. They're large, take up more space than content when reading a thread, and slow down page-load times significantly. Not to mention the fact that often users will use an image host that Google marks as harmful, then when those users post in a thread, people using Google Chrome get a warning that the page may contain a virus or malware.
I think a thread is much more readable without signatures turned on. It makes content easier to read without having to scroll page giant signatures.
It might take a little getting used to, but I'm fairly certain the far majority of users will either not care or will prefer it this way. For those of you that prefer signatures and want to use them feel free to change your settings.
This is also a good time to remind everyone that if you do decide to use signatures, we have a size-limit rule which we will be enforcing. Get more info on that here.
I'm excited to share that we are promoting Tom to be the next GDC Admin. Tom will be taking a bigger role in helping to run the forum and manage the moderating team.
Tom also wins the award for most promotions in the shortest amount of time. He hasn't even been here a full year, and now he'll be running this place.
Anyone who spends time on GDC knows Tom. I wanted to promote him because it's clear he cares about this place and he cares about its members. I know having him join me and Lone to make decisions about how we handle things on GDC will be a huge benefit to the entire community.
Congrats, Tom! Very happy to have you help us out.
I bought the domain greenday.community which I think is pretty cool. Right now it's just a redirect (try it out: http://greenday.community will bring you back to GDC - specifically back to this blog post just for funsies).
I'm debating whether or not we should change our domain name to greenday.community and drop the .org. I think it would be cool, but also kind of weird since full domains like that aren't really common (they're relatively new). But I also think .org is kind of a weird domain for a forum to have.
Vote in the poll, let me know why you feel one way or the other about it in the comments below.
We have so many dedicated people here on GDC so this is our way of introducing each and every single one to you. I'm sure a lot of you don't know every team member, so this is your way to get to know them. The list is sorted in alphabetical order by their username incase you wanted to skip to a certain team member, but we both know you don't.
Hello fellow humans,
My name is Andres (if you're not Spanish, Mexican or Latino, my name is pronounced on-dress. If you are Spanish, Mexican, or Latino, I'm so sorry). My friends call me Fuzz, a nickname I received in high-school because of my short hair (on my head, my nickname based on my pubic hair is not appropriate for this site). I live in New Mexico, USA. I run GDA and GDC. I don't run them well, but hey look, they're still online (most of the time). I've been a Green Day fan since 2001-ish, and have been running these sites since 2004. My standard day goes something like this: read Twitter, read emails, play SimCity, read Twitter again, eat lunch, nap, and start the process all over. It's a grueling lifestyle and I expect when a Lifetime made-for-tv movie about my life is released, it will get the lowest viewership in the channels existence and possibly cause a revolution against terrible television programming. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or just want to talk, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Chances are I won't reply right away, or maybe ever, but sometimes I will and all the trouble you went through will be entirely worth it.
BeachBum (Media mod/Moderator):
Hello my fellow GDC'ers!
My name is Val, but seeing as you are GDC members you need not concern yourself with that, just keep calling me Bum both online and in real life. I arrived on this planet called as earth 23.75 years ago. I live near that city with tall pointy building in Canada, better known as Toronto.
I first heard Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) in 2001. However, seeing as BSB was far more important to the 11 year old me, it took until American Idiot was released figure out it was a Green Day song. This fabulous thing known as Google lead me to GDA around the same time. I joined the team back on Oct 25th 2010 as a chat moderator. Two years later someone had the bright idea to make me orange (they must have had a momentary lapse of sanity.) I am in charge of masterpiece of the week, the GDA picture vault, and on occasion create contests for you lovely folk.
When I am not out and about taking photographs for school I can be found in the art studio with a pencil or paintbrush in hand. If you really want you can see my work in my lovely blog. I would say follow me on twitter but I hardly use the thing, so just stick with the basics and send me a pm.
captain peroxide (Admin/moderator):
Alex here. 21 and I live in Madison, Wisconsin, although I'm originally from the UK. I've been on GDC for around 6 years. Christ. That just sunk in.
I first heard about Green Day right after Warning came out, although at that point I hadn't started buying CDs, so I mostly just listened when they came on the radio. I became a significantly more dedicated fan when American Idiot came out, and I've loved them ever since. They're not my favorite band to listen to, but they're the one that's closest to my heart, mostly because, without Green Day, I would never have joined GDC. I lurked for a year or so without posting very much, but somehow, Andres still managed to notice me. I became a moderator, and an admin pretty shortly afterwards. Although I don't post nearly as much as I used to (life tends to get in the way), I'm here most every day. Through GDC, I've met some of my closest friends in the world, and had some incredibly exciting and rewarding experiences, and this forum will always be important to me because of that.
When I'm not online, you'll most likely find me playing guitar, hanging out with my friends, broadcasting on the radio, or, very occasionally, going to class. Follow me on Twitter (@captainperoxide), or check out my band, One Last Run, on Facebook.
Cat C (Community manager):
Hey there GDC, I’m Cat C but you can call me Cathy. I’m 20 years old and live in the North East of England nearby an industrial town, which back in ’07 was labeled “Worst Place to Live in Britain” and has proudly lived up to those standards ever since. I began my eight-year love affair with Green Day upon the release of American Idiot in 2004. After dancing around like a lunatic to the album’s title-track for hours with my cousin, I was given the CD for my next birthday, and have worshipped it like a bible ever since.
I came across GDA while scouring the internet for pictures of the band; becoming a regular to keep up with the latest news, and to share my thoughts with other fans in the comments. I became the top rated commenter under the spur-of-the-moment username “Cat C”, and in 2010 made the transition from that to this forum. Offline, I spend most of my time going out and spending time with my friends, or writing song lyrics. It’s my goal to become a pop lyricist in the future, and if you’d like, you can check out some of my work on my GDC blog.
One of the main reasons I joined GDC was because I love meeting and talking to new people, so feel free to give me a PM if you want to chat about anything community-related, or if you just want a new friend. You can also follow me on Twitter at @CathyCwaffy.
Hello, I'm Hermione. I'm 27 and live in the small town of Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk in southern England. I got into Green Day when I heard American Idiot in 2005, I promptly fell in love with it and then with all their other albums as I bought them one by one, and so my obsession was born. I got my sister hooked on them too and since then we can often be found singing along loudly to their songs or failing around at their shows. I stumbled across GDC 5 years ago having finally got on the internet a few months before and being on the look out for all things Green Day. I found it was a wonderful place filled with fabulous people, hence why I'm still here! As well as Green Day I enjoy lots of other music (especially rap music, Muse and Rammstein), coming up with strange food concoctions, going out for an occasional few drinks, and most of all spending time with my lovely 5 year old nephew.
You can find me all over the forum at all kinds of random times, and if you ever have any questions or anything you need help with feel free to send me a message. Hugs and kisses to you all.
HolidayContradiction (Chat mod):
Hey! I’m Holiday, HC or Contradiction. Some call me Marte and I’ll wish you luck with pronouncing it. I’m from Norway. The part that’s north of the Arctic Circle to be exact. Where the Northern Lights dance across the skies and the Midnight Sun keeps us awake all night.
I got into Green day somewhere in the American Idiot era. Holiday was probably the first song I heard by them as one guy at my school attempted to play it on the guitar all the time. I’ve followed GDA since then because I found it to be the best and most updated fan page. Unfortunately I didn’t join GDC until recently, because I was too lazy to find a username, but now I’m glad I did because it’s an amazing place where I’ve met a lot of awesome people and gotten new friends.
When I’m not on GDC, I try to spend as much time possible with my three year old cousin. He’s adorable, even when he wakes me up at 6 am in the morning. I also go to college and have applied for transfer to universities in the States next year, but I’m not sure what to study yet so we’ll see where I end up.
If you’ve got any questions just PM me or PC me in chat. Feel free to follow me on twitter (@mirtttt) or my blog (http://holidaycontradiction.wordpress.com/)
Hey guys! I'm Jaymee. Currently 23 years of age (but only for another 5 months) and residing in Ottawa, Canada. I've been a Mod on GDC since the summer of 2011 and ran the Fan Of The Week segment on GDA for about 3 months. In the real world, I am a concessions manager in an NHL hockey arena (Ottawa Senators) and a clothes jockey at Old Navy.
Unlike most, I got into Green Day during the Warning era. It was the Minority video that had me hooked, and the disgusting hilarity of the Warning video was the clincher. My dad was a Green Day fan and bought the album, and I would sit in the living room and sing along to every song with gusto (even putting emphasis on the 'fuck them all' in Minority, against my mom's wishes). An original copy of Dookie was discovered on the cd rack shortly after, and the rest is history.
I've traveled around North America and popped into the UK for a bit to see them on stage and on Broadway, and each time was an experience I will always treasure and never forget. The people I've shared my adventures with are the ones who've made it all worthwhile, and I hope to meet as many GDCers as I can along the way. Current tour plans take me to Brooklyn and Toronto in April, so I'll see you there!
If you feel inclined to do so, check out my Twitter and Instagram, both under the name amzitosnup. Not down for that? Just shoot me a message on the forum and I'll get back to you ASAP. Cheers!
Hello all, my name is Jimmy and I am the Managing Editor on GDA and a Mod over here on GDC. I became a Green Day fan in 2004 when I saw one of my friends reading the Ameircan Idiot booklet when I was in fifth grade. That night I heard American Idiot for the first time and I was hooked. Before working for GDA I ran three other Green Day sites where I tried to run GDA out of business. Then one day Andres asked me to join the GDA team in 2009 and I promptly dropped everything else I was doing. While I spend most of my time working on GDA I still can be found lurking around on the forum quite often.
Outside of the Green Day world I am a senior in high school and live in the lovely state of New Jersey. Shockingly, we are not all like the people you see on MTV's Jersey Shore. I enjoy photography and I can often be seen taking pictures at shows all over new Jersey and New York. If you'd like you can see some of my work over on my website.
If you have any questions or want to get in touch with me for any reason feel free to send me and email, email@example.com, or a tweet, @jtdscape.
I'm John. Don't be fooled by the generic red badge under my avatar, I'm actually a senior mod and Andres owes me a special purple banner (seriously Fuzz, can I have one?). Anyway, I've spent an eternity on this forum, and a pretty damn long time being a mod too, which at this point makes me like a rather eccentric yet inexplicably lazy professor, who can't be fired because of tenure. Be assured GDC, I will be here until North Korea conquers the world and repurposes the internet to host all of Kim Jong Un's extra chins.
But there's a good reason I've spent damn near a third of my life here, and that reason is GDC is the awesomest fucking place on the internet and trust me, you won't find better. Stay awhile, you'll see.
If it interests you, I'm a fan of the albums Dookie, Warning, and 21st Century Breakdown, and some of the songs before, after, and in between, but I'm not the most fanatical Green Day listener these days so don't expect me to find you some obscure Sweet Children bootleg. That's what my other comrades are for, and some of them are really damn good at it. But you can definitely count on seeing me around General Chat, Shenanigans, and the Advice Forum and sometimes even drifting among the blogs.
Sometimes I frequent the chat room too, if you're having an issue in there and the greenies are all playing hookie, you can send a PM my way. I will also help settle any conflicts on the forum (though I'd rather you all just play nice to begin with), and I can do any merging, splitting, locking, moving, and capitalizing the thread titles you need. Just think of me as your go to guy for forumside issues. You'll mostly see me in the evening and AM hours of the Eastern time zone, I'm a night person. And I'm more approachable than I look, I swear.
Hi everyone! I’m Kat, turning 20 next month. I live in the Netherlands/land of windmills, tulips and clogs which is why you may also refer to me as one of the GDC Dutchies.
I got into Green Day in 2004 after seeing their music videos on TV. The first song I heard was probably either When I Come Around or BOBD. Around the same time I found out about GDA and checked it daily. Funny enough it took me a while to really listen to American Idiot as I remember being obsessed with Nimrod and Warning first. I joined GDC in late 2007 for a reason I can’t remember, but didn’t start posting until a year later. I became an active member when the first threads were made in anticipation of 21st Century Breakdown. The tour threads from that era were the place to be, so you might also find me following the tour threads this year. If not I'm probably lurking and posting around the forum, mostly in General Chat, the Advice Forum, Other Bands and a few other threads I follow.
Outside of GDC I go to university in Amsterdam, taking classes about history, philosophy and art. I like listening to music, reading, cycling, eating chocolate and going to gigs.
Feel free to PM me if you have questions or you’d simply like to chat for whatever reason
Liam (Media mod/moderator):
Hey guys, Liam here. I'm 17 years old and come from Brisbane, the capital of Queensland in Australia. I joined GDC back in 2009 and joined the moderating team in 2011 as media mod to look aftet the download section. I got into Green Day back in 2005 after my brother bought BIAB and introduced me to a whole new world of music, I was previously into the Black Eyed Peas. I first say Green Day live on December 8th 2009 and saw them again the next night. Outside of GDC I spend my time trying to find a job while also helping run a open mic night every month. I've recently been "hired" by old high school to help with the musical, an Australian version of Fame.
When I'm not doing any of that and spending my time on GDC, I'm usually dedicated to try and make this place anyway better as well as constantly trying to keep the download section up to date (that I worked so long on. I highly suggest checking it out and getting involved, really, its great. You can usually find me around all random places on GDC at all different times.
Thats just about it but feel free to send me a PM if you ever need to or follow me on twitter at @LiamGDC
Lindsay (Chat mod):
Hey guys! I'm Lindsay and I'm 19 years old (20 in about 3 weeks though). I live in Canada, more specifically Calgary, Alberta. I'm the newest chat mod on the team but I've been active in chat for almost 3 years, more like 7/8 years if you count the now non-existant GDA chat as well.
Just like almost everyone else here, I got into Green Day in 2004 when American Idiot came out. American Idiot was the first song I ever (knowingly) hear by them and it instantly got me hooked and is the reason I'm here today. I was an active member on GDA back in 2005, and also had an account on GDC back in 2005 but didn't post much. I decided to start fresh and I rejoined the forum in March 2010. For the first year or so I hid in chat and didn't post a whole lot on the forum but one day my shell got broken and now I'm just as active on the forum as I am in chat. You can normally find me posting in the General Chat and Advice sections, as well as in the chat.
Outside of my interwebz life I'm in my second year of university, aiming for a major in marketing and a minor in human resources.
Now for my shameless plug, if you'd like you can follow me on my twitter account, @flyingcanadian. Don't be afraid to send me a PM either if I can help you with anything.
Hi! I’m Marilyn (or mar). Lizzie Bix is the heroine of the great American novel I’ve been writing my whole life. One day I might even write it down.
Got into Green Day when I met my now hubby and he owned a cassette of Dookie. Fast forward to the AI era and we were overwhelmed by the new album, music, and videos. But life moved on and it wasn’t until the 21st Century Breakdown tour that something came over me and I knew I HAD TO SEE GREEN DAY LIVE. Luck would have it and I was able to secure 2 tickets for the Chicago show in July, 2009 two days before the show. And it blew me (us) away.
Over the next couple of months I came across GDA and hung out there to gather as much information as I could about the band and their music. Finding, and joining, GDC and the tour threads, with like-minded fans, was one of my best decisions.
I’m here most days/nights/weekends (sounds like I have no life but I do)! Feel free to PM me anytime. Twitter’s under my username (@lizziebix) but I don’t tweet much. And while I have fb, my irl friends say I don’t because I’m rarely on there.
Hope to talk to more and more of you more often.
Lone (Chat mod/Moderator):
Hello. I am Lone but you can call me Lone. I was created 21 years ago and I live in the region that got pissed on by Sandy and dumped on by Nemo.
I discovered Green Day by going through the ringtone store and then things got off from there. I found GDA in 2005 and dwelled in the chat where they trusted me to be an admin. I also ventured into GDC a little later that year where I got in trouble for causing trouble with a few fellow chat members. Fast forward to three years ago and they've yet again made the mistake of trusting me with powers.
I enjoy solving medical mysteries, driving my friends around in a groovy van, and boss around my little yellow minions around. If you want to get to know me more feel free to drop a comment on my profile, shoot me a private message, or actually come into the chat and say hi! If you want to stalk me you can follow me at @lonedini on Twitter.
Lúthien Tinúviel (Moderator):
Hey, Bryony here - Mod Code Number 64215. I even have it tattooed on the back of my neck 'cause Andres said it was a vital part of being in the team.
Anyway, here's some stuff you didn't want to know about me, but I'm gonna tell you anyway. I'm 19 years old (what a stupid age - bring on twenty!!) and I'm from England. The North of England that is, don't confuse me with those Southerners that lurk around here n'all. I got into GDC about two and half years ago, just before the Wembley Stadium gig on the 19/06/10 (if you were there, hit me up and we can reminisce about old times). I poisoned the water system so you would all like me and then I set about brainwashing Andres and the rest of the team so I would become a staff member.
Outside of GDC I have no life. Nah just kidding, I go to university where I nerd it up on Philosophy, History and English Literature. I also enjoy going to gigs, host 3 radio shows every week through the student radio, enjoy getting copiously drunk every once in a while, and I also love to travel.
If you enjoy any of things mentioned in the above Lonely Hearts column, please contact me through the Private Messaging system on GDC. Or follow me on twitter (@BeingBryony).
Hello everyone, my name is Matt. I reside in the state of Iowa, belonging to the township of Iowa City. This is the United States, in case you were wondering. I have been a Green Day fan since 2005 after I listened to American Idiot the first time. I first joined GDC in 2006 and then the GDA team in 2009. I am also currently the host of the Static Noise podcast, where we talk weekly about Green Day and all the news.
Outside of the Green Day world, I am a student at the University of Iowa, currently in my Junior year of studies. I am also a musician. I both record covers and write my own material.
If you'd like to get in touch with me to talk about anything at all, feel free to message me on Twitter (@chinanderm) or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello, I'm Aska (hence the witty spelling of my username), I'm in the 22nd year of my life and I hail from the small city of Perth, Western Australia, though I currently reside in Canada.
I got into Green Day when American Idiot came out, after finding myself liking Holiday, BOBD and American Idiot on the radio. From then on I've been visiting GDA pretty much every day. I joined GDC a little while after my first Green Day concert (December 2005) to see the tour threads, but I didn't become an active member until 2009, in the lead-up to Green Day's tour of Australia.
Outside of GDC, I work as a barista, saving up money to fund travelling and concerts (and travelling to concerts); in 2010 I followed Green Day across 16 dates of their summer tour, which was one of the best experiences of my life. I roller skate and play Roller Derby (though I'm currently on a hiatus), and entertain my boring hermit self by spending far too much time on Reddit, and trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.
I have a twitter account that you're welcome to follow (@pasalaska), and a YouTube channel that's filled with all of my concert videos that I think you might like: http://www.youtube.com/user/AskaGreenDay
21 years old
I got into Green Day when my sister bought the AI CD in 2004, and I listened to it through her door. I would physically press my ear against the key hole. Some time later I discovered the internet, and Limewire. With Limewire I got a bunch of other GD songs, I just searched for the band and got a load of random songs, some with wrong titles and such. I remember downloading Basket Case, thinking its name was "do you have the time".
I found GDA MANY years ago, but I never knew about GDC until 2009 or late 2008.
I became more active after 21ctBD was released, and after AAF. I became a mod in the fall 2012 after many nude pictures were sent to all the admins.
If you're wondering about something, you can find me here or send me an email at email@example.com or drop me a line on facebook. My twitter is irrelevant. But I do have 20 followers for no reason, @othersmisery.
Sleeper Agent. (Chat mod):
Hey, I'm Riley, I'm from that little country next to Australia called New Zealand. I have been chat mod the longest out of the 3 current chat mods (And they still think I'm their intern.) I've been on GDC since April 2011, when I was 14. This makes me the youngest staff member currently on GDC. I have been a chat mod since mid July last year: I still have no idea why they thought I'd be a suitable chat mod, but oh well.
Stuff that you should know about me, I really like music, like playing instruments, I love bass the most, listening to music and talking about music. As for Green Day related stuff I prefer the older half of their discography, like up to Warning at latest, don't ask me why, I just prefer the songs generally to later stuff. But that is no need to say "Oh my god, he hates AI, and all that stuff!!!!" I still like their newer stuff, I just prefer the older stuff. musically I like most genres, just artists within said "genre" I like, I like them, not just because they are said genre.
I'm mostly active in the evening for you people in EST and stuff, because of going to school and all that. I'll almost always be in chat when I'm on GDC, I do go into the forums quite often, though not consistently.
Tre's Busted Drumkit (Moderator):
Hi GDC, my name's Ben. I live in the State of Confusion and have come to enjoy it there. I first heard GD back in the Dookie era, and while songs like "Basketcase", "When I Come Around", "Brain Stew/Jaded" and "Good Riddance" were always on my mix CDs, it wasn't until a high school friend gave me a copy of International Super Hits that I really began to follow the group. American Idiot is the album that really sealed me as a Green Day fan; it spoke to and inspired me at a point in my life where inspiration was in short supply. Didn't save my life or any cool shit like that, but it did help me out on some deep level--and it still does today. I joined GDC sometime in 2010, and after sitting dormant for a long damn time, finally became active shortly after the Chula Vista, CA, show that summer. Even though it was supporting one of Green Day's weakest albums, 21CB, the songs came alive onstage with a raw energy that the album lacked, and I left that show relatively certain that GD are capable of being one of the best studio bands out there, and are definitely one of the best live acts you'll see. If you haven't yet, do so. I highly recommend an outdoor amphitheatre show.
You'll see me online at all kinds of random-ass hours. My job has a very unpredictable schedule, so I'm as likely to be messing around on here in the early afternoon as I am to be uploading data files to a client's site in the middle of the night. If you want to talk to me, piss and moan, start an argument, troll me, or just want to hear a good joke, PM me anytime. PMs are answered in order of entertainment value, so keep that in mind when writing me. Toodles.
I'm excited to announce that Florence has been added to the team as a GDA Staff member, where she'll be helping us out with the Picture Vault. She'll also be a part of conversations here on GDC in the mod forum to help with ideas and discussions related to GDC.
We welcome her to the team and are very excited to have her on board
I try not to do this often except when it's really needed. Over the last month we've had to pay for licenses and the new skin. In total it was around $200 and I was hoping we could get some help from you guys to cover the extra costs. We already pay for the servers each month on our own (around $200/month just for GDC), but when extra costs like this come up, things get a little tight.
If you can help with any amount, big or small, it'd be greatly appreciated.
Custom Amount https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CJVJNN4QVEEHA
(clicking a button may open two windows: one PayPal, and one with just the button. Sorry, that's a bug with one of the addons we use here on GDC).
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help! I promise not to make a habit of this.
I'm very happy to share that we've brought two new people on to the GDC Mod Team, inthehallwaynow (also known as Matt, but because we already have two other Matt's on the team, we've been calling him hallwaymatt), and 'Second favourite son' (I don't know your real name, so I've just been calling you SFS).
Things are starting to get really busy around here and we really wanted some new people on board to help specifically with the Green Day sections.
Welcome to both of you! Very happy to have you guys on board!
Very happy to announce that Katarina will be joining the team as a new moderator. Because everyone else on the team hates Green Day, she'll be mostly focusing on the Green Day Chat area of the forum that all the other mods actively avoid.
Katarina, glad to have you on the team, and looking forward to crushing noobs with you when these albums start rolling out.
As many of you (may) know, there are two places to put your creative writing. We would like to know what you guys prefer to leave your writing. Please vote above and explain why below in the comments.
***Voting was reset at 7:30 Eastern time on September 17th due to an error. If you had casted your vote before that time please cast your vote again
We've decided to re-organize a little bit on GDC. As many know, I strongly dislike having a long list of subforums on the index. i think it gets confusing and a bit daunting.
I've always felt the "Community" and "General" subforums were a little mixed. @Amanda gave me the idea of having an "Interests" subforum to put related content together and I really liked that. So we've created a new subforum "Interests" to put all that stuff together, and removed the "General" category. Shenanigans was moved to the main 'Community' section and 'Other Artists' was moved to Interests. So now when you view the index you'll see the following subforums under a new "Interests" subforum
Brink of Your Vision
Movies, TV, Books & Games
We've also decided to merge together the Musicians Lounge from the three subforums it was (Musicians Lounge, Share your Work, Feedback) to one place where people can share their work and get feedback on their music, lyrics, instruments, whatever.
I think this makes the index page look easier to navigate, puts related content grouped together,
I would like your feedback on the name. Should we have a Green Day related name for 'Interests'? If so - any recommendations?
Now that the dust is starting to settle with the upgrade, I'd like to ask for your help in covering some of the costs.
In total the upgrade cost around $150 more than we usually spend on GDC - here's a breakdown of the costs:
New theme: $55
Paid Plugins: $46
Mega Account re-activated for downloads: $15
There were some other fees, but since it was my own fuck-up I'm not asking for any help with that.
If you help out with more than $5 you'll be put into a special group to disable all GDC ads for 1 year. We might add some extras later on for this group - just not sure yet.
Click the button below to donate
Thanks to everyone willing to help us out! I completely understand that not everyone is in a position to do so, that's alright. Just keep being awesome and participating around GDC.
Hello folks, I'd like to introduce you to your new moderator: @Todd.
You may recognize him most from the GD downloads section but in the background he has been active in our team discussions. Due to his consistent activities we decided we should give him full moderator powers. He has been a media mod since May of 2015.
Congrats to being more orange buddy!
We're happy to announce that BeachBum (Val) has been promoted to a global mod.
Bum started out as a chat mod then started helping us with pictures in the media forums and helping organize and clean up the Picture Vault. She's been dedicating a lot of time to help improve this place, and I'm glad to finally have her on board as a global mod.
I'm very pleased to announce that we are promoting Lone to be our admin here on GDC. She will be taking a larger role in helping lead the moderating team and the direction we move the forum in.
Many of you know Lone as someone who has been in charge of the chat for some time now, behind the scenes she's been an incredibly helpful part of the team and someone I trust immensely.
I'm excited to have her help lead the team and the forum. Congrats on the promotion, Lone. Enjoy your six figure salary.
We'd like to get your feedback about GDC, the mod team, and ... GDC. Please take a few minutes and fill out this survey (it's only 5 questions) and let us know how we could improve this place.
Excited to announce today that Cat C.(Cathy) is joining the GDC team as our first-ever Community Manager. She will be helping us out by updating the Facebook Page and GDC Twitter account with interesting stuff around the forum.
She will also be helping us organize contests and create regular stuff for you guys to get involved with. Because this is a new role, exactly how it works out will change over time. The main focus is to help build a stronger community on GDC.
I'd also like to thank Stephen (November's Storms) for running the GDC facebook page for the month of January, and doing a fine job at it.
I'm looking forward to working with Cat on new ideas and fun ways to improve the forum. Welcome to the team