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Writing: Words I Might Have Ate vs Blogs

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

Lone

Lone

 

Video & Audio and Pictures removed from Other Artists

Due to the inactivity of Video & Audio and Picture forums in Other Artists, we have decided to go ahead and remove both subforums. Both forums only have a few topics that are fairly active as well as they have not been looked after in many years causing it to be a complete mess with duplicate threads and threads that aren't suppose to be there. From this day forward, if you wish to request/post in audio, video, or pictures from an artist, you can do so in their respective thread in Other Artists. Since none of the threads will be merged, feel free to repost anything from the subforums to their respective thread. These aren't major changes but it will help keep more things in one place.

Liam

Liam

 

Changes to Blogs, Brink of Your Vision, Underground, and Information Highway

While evaluating the usefulness of some sections of the forum, we decided it was time to re-structure some of our content around GDC. We've made the following changes to hopefully encourage better conversation or at least grouping content that makes more sense. To start off we're completely removing two forums: The Underground This forum never really worked like we hoped it would. While we wanted a place to encourage people to talk about their own music, it ended up working more like a place to file all that stuff to the side - and as a result fewer people would check out individuals work. From now on we encourage people to post their own music in either Other Artists, Green Day Chat (if your music is Green Day related: covers & tribute bands), or General Chat. If you're starting a band or plan on posting lots of content you've written or made, then please post a new topic in Other Artists. If you just want a place to post some song you did and don't think it really needs a whole "Artist" thread, feel free to make a topic in General. Information Highway This place was never really that active, except for a few topics around the largest social networks. We've moved some of those topics into General if you guys want to continue conversations about these sites or want to plug your own profiles. You can use the search form in General to look for a certain topic. To help you out here's a few: Tumblr, Ask.fm, Twitter. Changes to Words I Might Have Ate We have moved Words I Might Have Ate from a subforum of "Brink" to its own subforum under 'Community'. We hope this will help bring some more attention to 'Words' and the people who write creative work. We're still thinking of more ways we can help this forum grow and get some attention. Feedback is welcome. Brink Of Your Vision Now that Brink no longer has 'Words' or 'The Underground' as subforums, we've decided to also remove the "Requests" subforum as it was hardly used. Brink is now its own place just for creative graphics/artwork/photography. We've also removed the individual threads for avatars, signatures, wallpaper and put a single pinned topic for all requests. The rest of the forum will continue working as it was, with each person creating a topic to post their work. Changes to Blogs Starting today we're no longer going to allow individual posts in Blogs for creative work - either written or graphic design type work. Unfortunately it didn't work like we hoped it would, and a result was that people were posting some stuff in blogs, some stuff in Brink and it wasn't really consistent. We'd like for all similar content to stay in a single place - so people who want to post poetry or lyrics should create a topic in Words and post there. People who want to post new drawings, avatars, or other similar content should start a topic in Brink and post there. What we will allow on Blogs are weekly or monthly "recap" posts so you can highlight all the new content you've posted in those dedicated threads. We want to avoid having multiple individual blog posts in a day when people want to share 3 items they've made so they make 3 posts. Instead we'll move that to their topics, and ask them to just do a "recap" type post weekly. What we do want blogs for is regular blogging. Writing about your day or stuff that's on your mind. We know all these changes might seem a little convoluted now, but the hope is that over the next weeks and months it will help create more centralized content and allow those sections to grow, and become easier for people to browse GDC when looking for some specific type content.

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

Closing down the meet-ups forum

We have decided to close down the Meet-Ups forum. Since we opened it in 2010, there's been a much larger focus on people meeting up around shows so much of the conversation goes in the tour forums. Since then we've also created the Clubs forum where people from certain regions often make plans through that instead. As a result, the Meet Ups forum was as barren as an 80 year old uterus. We've made the forum read-only for the next week so people can be sure to start conversations with any groups they were talking to, or just to pick up where they may have left off.

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

New change to notifications

I've made some changes today to notifications. For starters, I've cleaned out all old notifications. Sorry if you may have lost some you hadn't read - but I just had to do it. We had nearly 2 million notifications sitting the database which was causing some long load times. Many of them going back to September of last year and still unread. So I just decided to nuke them all. From now on the server will only store your most recent 100 notifications. If you reach 100, it will start deleting your oldest ones. I assume most people don't reach that much on a regular basis, so it should keep things running better. However, if I notice in a few months that we're already up to a few hundred thousand notifications going unread, I may lower that limit to 50.

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

Change in length of suspensions for warnings

We have decided to change the length of suspensions handed out when we give warnings. The old system was more on a "case by case" basis after your second warning. Previous we would decide how long it should be for (it usually was 7 days, then 15 days, then 30 days). Here's the new setup 1 warning point: 24 hour suspension 2 warning points: 48 hour suspension 3 warning points: 72 hour suspension 4 warning points: 96 hour suspension 5 warning points: Account will be permanently banned. So we're lowering the length of suspensions, but increasing the punishment for multiple warnings. With this change we've decided to increase the amount of time a warning point will stay on your account, which will now be 60 days (up from 30 days). This means if a member has 1 warning point it will go away after 60 days. If they're warned again within those 60 days, their warning points go up to 2, which means a longer suspension. We're also adding in that if you create/login with a duplicate account while you're on suspension, we will add another warning point to your main account. The goal of this is draw a clear line to people who are warned: when you're suspended for breaking the rules, it's meant as a "stop doing that" note. If you don't get the hint after 4 times within 2 months, you will lose all access to your account and we will block your IP.

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

Return of "Words I Might Have Ate" subforum!

You guys have voiced your opinions and now here it is. The “Words I Might Have Ate” subforum returns under the “Brink of Your Vision” forum. With the return of this forum, we now ask that writers post their writing soley in “Words I Might Have Ate.” There are a couple rules to read so please check them out here. I hope everyone checks it out and enjoy the new subforum!

Lone

Lone

 

Lone has been promoted to admin

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.

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

Latest update

This latest update was just a maintence release to fix a few issues. however you will notice that we've updated the logo and icons to now fit more accordingly with the trilogy. yay! Thanks to Bum for working on finding a color scheme that worked well. We've also created a new subforum just for Green day news. more info here. There are still things I need to do to the skins (update user info that sits on the left of each post, put back links and rep at the top of the site, etc.), but I wanted to bring the forum back online as quickly as possible. I'm working on those cosmetic changes now. If anything is missing, let me know in the comments below so i can add it to the list. Thanks!

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

Help GDC - Send us your money

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. $5 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=5RW97CQ7ZNMVG $10 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=K5XZM8QUH98J4 $20 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ML95HME8QJRQY $50 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Z4YVPNU5U6JGW $100 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WRMHT97QEKWT4 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.

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

New changes on GDC

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

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

New "Contact Methods" & Changed Profiles

We've decided to make a few changes to profiles and contact methods to make more sense. When you view a profile you will now see four categories. The first is "About Me" which will have whatever you've decided to write about yourself. Under that you will see "Community Stats" which has your member group, active posts, profile views and member title. Then you will "Personal Information" which has your name, gender, location, age and birthday. Lastly is "Contact Information", which has now been updated as follows: We've removed methods like AIM, Yahoo, MSN, and Jabber and replaced them with new methods like Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook while leaving Skype and website URL still available. Here's what a profile will look like if you have them all filled out To change or add any of the above information to show on your profile, you can go to My Settings.

Liam

Liam

 

Florence joins the team

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

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

A policy update about reports of users harassing others

If you've read the GDCcrets thread in the last day you've read about an issue that has come up with one user harassing others with explicit comments after being told to stop. The mod team takes these reports very seriously, but we agree that we took too long in this case and we have been talking about ways to fix this. First off, we will institute an immediate 24 hour suspension once we get a report about another member harassing someone else. During this time we will look into the issue, gather the facts we can get, and will then issue a permanent ban once we get enough details. If we're unsure about a situation or need more time, we will keep the user suspended until that time - but we mainly want to try and take care of these reports within 24 hours when they come in. Secondly, I'd like to take a moment to talk about friendships and relationships with other GDCers. We pride ourselves on trying our best to keep a safe place for people to come and chat and create relationships with other like-minded people. I think 99.9% of the time that's exactly what happens. But just as in offline life, there is always going to be a small number of people who cross the line into what's ok and what's not. If you ever feel uncomfortable with something another user has told you, then report it to the mod team. Here's a blog post about how to use the report function. It's incredibly important that we hear from people in these situations. There's no way we can know everything that's happening around the forum and we depend on you to make sure we know. Lastly, on behalf of the entire mod team, I'd like to apologize to everyone affected in the situation mentioned in the GDCcrets thread. It took us over 2 weeks to completely deal with the issue, mostly because as we looked into it, we realized it was more complicated than we initially understood and it was hard for us to make a judgement call without more information. We failed in reaching out to everyone affected right away and trying to get all the details we needed to issue a ban. I'm sorry that we in anyway contributed to any of you feeling unsafe about posting or visiting the forum. The entire mod team agrees that we should have done more right away, and with the policy outlined above, we want to make sure something like this never happens again.

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

Top 10 Active Topics for March 23rd - March 30, 2013

Here's something new I'm thinking of doing. Every Saturday posting the top 10 most active topics this week. If you're interested, I've also started tweeting the top most active thread each day (not in the tour forum) over on our twitter (@GDCforum). Let me know if this is something you think I should keep doing or if it's just taking up space. Wasn't sure if people would find this interesting. This weeks' top 10 list 1) 2013/03/28 - Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL - 1,659 posts 2) 2013/03/29 - I-Wireless Center, Moline, IL - 982 posts 3) MTV's Musical March Madness 2013. - 607 posts 4) German Club - 254 posts 5) The Picture Thread - 248 posts 6) Green Day Instagram Photos - 217 posts 7) GDCcrets - 214 posts 8) My Chemical Romance - Mark 2 - 213 posts 9) GDC Regulars Club - III - 177 posts 10) Unpopular Green Day Opinions - 177 posts

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

When do mods close threads?

The mod team has often closed threads based on our individual judgments, basically "if we don't think it should be open, we can close it." We decided that this left way too much room for disagreement between the mod team about what should and shouldn't be closed. We've agreed to all follow the below criteria for closing a thread and we want to make sure you guys know when we will. #1: Duplicate thread: Another similar thread already exists and is moderately active. #2: Spam thread: We all like our fun, but there can be too much of a good thing. #3: Includes content we don't allow (copyrighted material, porn, private info related to Green Day, paparazzi stuff) #4: List type replies: (What's your favorite song, favorite member, etc.) Everyone just replies with a couple words and there's no incentive for conversation. #5: A blatantly stupid thread that shows no potential for engaging conversation. Will only be closed after more mods have agreed it should be. There are a couple items on that list that still require us to use our own judgement (#4 and #5 especially). In those situations we'll talk it over with other mods to decide if it should or shouldn't be closed. We have a topic in the mod forum where any one of us can ask the rest of the team for feedback about a thread and whether it should be closed. We also use the thread to challenge each other if one of us doesn't think a thread should have been closed. When we close a thread from now on we will link to this post along with the rule number that correlates to why it was closed. If you feel like we closed a thread that should remain open, I encourage you to use the Report button on the mods closing post and give us your reason. The mod team will discuss it and if we agree we'll reverse our decision. Hopefully this will clear up some of the vagueness about what we close. If you guys see a thread that breaks one of these rules and you think should be closed, we would prefer that you use the Report button and send it to us, rather than posting in the thread. A mod will take action on your report as soon as we can.

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

We want your (anonymous) feedback.

The mod team is interested in hearing your feedback about GDC and the mod team. We want you guys to be completely honest and up-front with us, so we're taking this survey anonymously here http://gda.polldaddy.com/s/gdc2013 There are only 3 questions. Please be constructive with any criticism you have. The entire team will be reading these over to see how we can improve GDC and improve how we run the forum. Thanks!

Fuzz

Fuzz

 

Matt (monkeyman) has been repromoted to media mod!

For those of you who don't know, Matt (monkeyman) was one of the original media mods before he left in 2010 and I took over. Ever since the download section had been redone, he's been working along side me to help get everything uploaded. Because he has such a amazing collection and knowledge on the downloads, as well as spending his time, we have decided to repromote him to media mod. Matt is 22 years old, currently a uni student and reigns from down under as well as me. I really can't wait to be officially working side-by-side with him after all this time. So please help me welcome Matt back to the team and don't forget to check out the amazing job he's done helping me with the download section as well

Liam

Liam

 

Introducing the GDC Team.

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. Andres (Admin/moderator): 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 andres@greendayauthority.com. 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. Hermione (Moderator): 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/) Jaymee!! (Moderator): 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! Jimmy (Moderator): 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, jimmy@greendayauthority.com, or a tweet, @jtdscape. John. (Moderator): 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. Katarina (Moderator): 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. lizziebix (Moderator): 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). Matt. (Moderator): 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: matt@greendayauthority.com. pasalaska (Moderator): 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 cheers. Sarcasm (Moderator): Ola 21 years old Norway. 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 olapola@live.no or drop me a line on facebook. My twitter is irrelevant. But I do have 20 followers for no reason, @othersmisery. Cheers. 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.

Liam

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We've re-enabled signatures by default

In December of last year I decided to disable signatures by default for all members plus any members that registered. I felt this change would be a net positive for the forum, and while I still believe that, it's clear that those who care most about signatures felt differently. After some thinking I realized it was unfair for me to make this change without broad support from the forum. As of today I've re-enabled signatures across the forum. If you'd prefer to hide them again, you can do so your "Ignore Preferences" by checking the box near the top of that page that says "Ignore all signatures when reading topics and personal messages". Because we've re-enabled them site-wide, we've decided we will be enforcing the sig rules more strictly. Here are those rules: Only one animated gif per signature.
Sigs are limited to 700px (width) x 250px (height) total (which means any text + images you have must be smaller than 250px tall). Click the spoiler below for a sample of that size


Nothing NSFW (not safe for work) in signatures and avatars. Don't forget users often visit GDC at school and work. We don't need anyone getting in trouble because someone thought the whole world should see Billie Joe's dick in their sig.
If you're breaking any of these rules, expect a moderator to send you a PM. If anyone has a signature that's obnoxiously large we will likely just delete it ourselves then let you know why we did. If you guys see a signature you think is way too big, please use the Report This Member link on the bottom right of a users profile so the mods can take care of it. Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions below.

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Cat C. joins the team as GDC's Community Manager

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

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New merged forum for Movies, TV Shows, Books, and Games

After taking feedback from you guys and the mod team, I've decided not to merge all 'media' topics into General, and instead just merge them all into their own forum. You can now find a dedicated forum just for media related to movies, tv shows, books and games. http://www.greendaycommunity.org/forum/48-movies-tv-books-games/ I've gone through the first page and tagged the topic with whatever media they are. I encourage you all to tag any new threads with the appropriate media type so that people wanting to search through specific content (such as books) can easily do so.

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The New Downloads Forum and How It Works!

Just over a year ago when the team decided to promote me to media we decided that we were going to redo the whole forum. With the many setbacks including meagupload getting taken down, having to reformat the threads and me just being busy with school in general, its finally finished and here it is. With this downloads forum we decided to take a different approach to the design. With the original it was split by audio and video then into section for where ever it belonged and then into era. We’ve decided that we were going to combine audio and video together and have it as one forum. As for the download links, we’ve split it by era and each show with a recording has its own thread. You can now discuss a recording in its own thread. For requesting or posting a recordings, just put it in the main page stating whether you want audio or video of it Regular members won’t have access to make threads in any of the era specific forum, so if they want something added there they have to make the thread in the main section then a mod will move it to the appropriate forum. It’s also been decided that the only recordings that make it into the actual downloads are recordings that are either professionally shot, complete or very near complete. The way the downloads at set up is in each era they are sorted by year/month/date with the title to keep it all in order. When you click on the thread you want you will see a setlist from the entire show, though the recording may have all the tracks in it. Underneath that you have the recordings listed. It will have Source # followed by whether it's audio or video and what type of recording and which number it can be. There’s four types: AMT – Video shot by an audience member from in the crowd PRO – Video shot by a professional company with soundboard audio AUD – Audio recording from an audience member in the crowd SBD – Audio taken from the sound desk. Under that you have “Screens” (this is only for video recordings) where it will have links to screenshots of the footage. Next you’ll have “Notes” which will be stuff to do with the recording like where a video is shot from or what songs are missing are have cuts. Under that is “Ratings”, one for audio and video, both out of 5 starts. Please keep in mind that the quality rating depends on the type of recording (example – a 5 start AUD recording won’t be as good as a 5 star SBD recording). Then we have “Links” these are of course links to download the recording. It will indicate what format you’re downloading it in and from what site. We also have a part for artwork that people can feel free to make for that recording for people who like that stuff. Is the section complete? Of course not, we still have a lot more to do but this is where you can help. A lot of my information is taken from GDTorrents, their live guide and DVD guide and my own common knowledge, for some recordings I couldn’t find info about so I had to guess. We will be keeping the previous download section archived for a bit. What you guys can do is if you see any recordings, info, screen shots, incorrect ratings or something else, post it in the thread for that show and it can be fixed. Now to the download links, there are currently very little links (a few will be pinned to give you an idea) in there for the simple fact that megaupload got taken down and we lost a lot. These are ones I found from other members on this forum. We are now going to start uploading all our stuff to mega.co.nz mainly in MP3 (for audio) and MP4 (for video) formats. If you have another link to the recording in a different format and/or on a different site (including GDTorrent), feel free to post it (preferably on mega) and I’ll put it in the links as well. Uploading will be done over a period of time so please be patient and bear with us. So that’s pretty much it, if you have any thoughts or question then feel free to comment or shoot me a PM. Enjoy

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Apply to be GDC's first-ever Community Manager

There's a lot of cool stuff happening around the forum whether it's interesting blogs, awesome artwork, interesting topics and discussions, contests or just something fun. We need someone whose role is to help highlight these things on a regular basis through forum announcements, blog posts or social media. I'm creating a specific team position just for this responsibility titled Community Manager. This person will be responsible for highlighting interesting stuff and helping the team with contests and other stuff like that. Requirements: Age: 16+
Active member on GDC for more than a year
Active on GDC 4 or more days per week


This isn't a moderator position. You will be a part of the team and take part in our discussions in the team forum. If chosen you'd be responsible for updating the announcement banner when necessary, posting to the @GDCforum twitter account and Green Day Community facebook page regularly with interesting stuff around the forum. You'd also be in charge of helping us come up and run contests for GDC'ers.

How to apply:

Send me a PM with the following information Name
Age
Location
How much time you spend on average on GDC per week
Why would you like the position?
Send 3 examples of content you'd like to highlight around GDC (just copy/paste the URL) and why you'd pick those
Applications should be in Jan. 30th. We will announce the new team member on Feb. 1st. Questions? Ask below!

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