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Announcement Staff Interviews Return!

Discussion in 'Pokémon Showdown!' started by Tiksi, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. Tiksi

    Tiksi That makes me feel angry!
    is a Battle Server Moderator

    Nov 4, 2015
    The long-awaited Pokemon Showdown Staff Interviews are back! Your (fabulous) host, Tiksi, is here to guide you to all the spicy details unearthed in this round... and all to come later!

    To start us off, global moderator biggie takes on former administrator and Roleplaying Owner Jasmine (@Rico):
    Click here for the interview! (open)

    #biggie: Alright, so lets start with the basic demographic stuff:
    #biggie: What's your age, gender, occupation and residence?
    Rico: I'm 28 years old and live on the east coast of Australia. I'm a guy on a pension, although I do a fair bit of amateur theatre.
    #biggie: Oh, cool. How long have you been doing theatre for?
    Rico: I think my first show was in 2008, so 9 years now.
    #biggie: Wow, so a fair bit of time then. What would you say is your favorite production that you've been in?
    Rico: It's hard to really nail one down. Playing Francis Fryer in Calamity Jane was definitely a unique experience, as I had to learn how to put on lipstick, wear a dress and sing in falsetto for part of it. In terms of singing, my favourite has probably been Trial by Jury.
    Rico: It has a part that seems made for my voice. The usher requires a deep and commanding baritone voice, something I have in spades.
    #biggie: That seems like some sort of vocal range that you have if you can pull off both of those types of roles.

    #biggie: Coming to PS, how long have you been involved in a moderation capacity here?
    Rico: About 5 years now. Started back in early 2012.
    #biggie: Quite a bit of time. Certainly longer than myself. What brought you around to PS? Were you a member of other earlier simulators?
    Rico: Actually no. A friend of mine saw the reddit post about it back then, so a few of us got on, made shitty teams, and battled. I'm an awful battler, but they were worse so they didn't stick around for long.
    Rico: I only stuck around because I got voice for my impressive Jasmine-themed roleplay in the Lobby.

    #biggie: That actually brings me to the next topic I wanted to talk about. I know that you're a Room Owner of the Roleplaying room. What is it that attracts you to roleplaying? Also, what's it like having one of the largest, yet polarizing rooms under your command?
    Rico: I've always been in to roleplaying. I went through some difficult times after school, but I was in to video games a fair bit. Started playing Neverwinter Nights and by chance ended up on a roleplaying server there. After that I remained hooked on roleplaying in general.
    Rico: By the time I joined PS RP I'd already been roleplaying longer than some of our users have been alive. I wanted RP to be what it was for me, somewhere that anybody can get started, but also that anyone can make something truly great.
    Rico: The RP community (global, not PS) tends to have a very hostile line between people just starting out, and those who have been at it for a while... so trying to make a community that welcomes both can be quite tricky.
    Rico: As for actually running it, I don't do a whole lot. Primarily, I introduce new features and offer advice to the rest of my staff. For the most part I try to let the room run itself.
    Rico: RP in general... I mean, once we hit our teens, we're expected to stop enjoying our imagination. As a person who loves theatre and writing, I can't stress how important your imagination is. I think that's a large part of why we are so polarizing. It is very weird if you're not in to it.
    #biggie: It seems as though you've striven to create a welcoming environment - where no matter what one's experience with roleplaying is, they can find a place for themselves, and grow in their choice of hobby.

    #biggie: Speaking as a fellow room owner, I feel as though that's probably one of the more important things we can do as it sets the tone for how other users should treat each other.
    Rico: PS can be a stepping stone from one community to another. If you like Pokemon, you might also like these other things. You might just want to stick with Pokemon and Roleplaying, but you may also like to leave and get in to Dungeons and Dragons or FATAL.
    Rico: That's a joke. Don't play FATAL.
    #biggie: I can honestly say I've never even heard of it, so I think I can adhere to your request.

    #biggie: Do you have any other interests or hobbies aside from acting, roleplaying and PS? Something that you devote a fair chunk of your time on?
    Rico: As I mentioned earlier I'm massively in to videogames. Everything from Dwarf Fortress to League of Legends. My steam library alone sits at about 700 games now.
    #biggie: Wow, that's quite a collection. Do you stick mainly to PC, or have you also done some console gaming?
    Rico: At the moment I don't own any of the current generation consoles, but sitting around the house are a PS3, PS2, WiiU, N64 and SNES. I think my brother took the Atari ST to show to his daughters when they're old enough.
    Rico: My wife and I are thinking of saving up for a PS4, I just want to wait and see if the price moves after E3.

    #biggie: Oh wow, I had not realized you were married. How long have you been betrothed?
    Rico: We're at about 6 months now, but we've been living together for an additional year.
    #biggie: Well congrats to you! Does she ever play PS with you?
    Rico: Well... she's also a driver here, so occasionally. You'd know her as Articuno or Blue Kitteh. #biggie: Wow, I feel so out of the loop...
    Rico: We didn't really share the information initially. I think we only let people know we were together after we got married. When you have a community as tight as PS is, it can sometimes be a good idea to keep personal things secret until you know for sure where they're going.
    #biggie: Fair enough. I think we can all agree that some things are just better left private, until the moment is right at least.

    #biggie: Well I think that about covers it. Do you have any last words of wisdom you'd like to pass along to the masses? Or a shoutout to anyone in particular?
    Rico: I'll give a shoutout to Cheesy Chips, my main squeeze. Other than that, I'll just repeat what I said earlier. Pokemon is a kids game, but that doesn't mean you have to be a kid to enjoy it. Don't let growing up change what you're 'allowed' to enjoy.
    Rico: Except diapers. You can probably stop enjoying those.
    #biggie: Way to kill my Saturday plans.

    Now global moderator Reverb joins us with panpawn, driver and coder extraordinaire.
    Click here for the interview! (open)

    #Reverb: OK, so im new to this...
    #Reverb: Let's start with the basics. What's your gender, age, and profession/educational background? Also, where do you live(if comfortable sharing)?
    %panpawn: I'm a dude, 19, currently studying computer science from Boston.
    #Reverb: awesome

    #Reverb: What languages do you know?
    %panpawn: Programming languages? Or like, language languages?
    #Reverb: Programming.
    %panpawn: I'm pretty good at JavaScript (not to be confused with java), python, and bash scripting in terms of programming languages. I'm also good at HTML and CSS, though those aren't programming languages.
    #Reverb: As a mod, I should probably know this, but... besides HTML, what languages are used to make PS work?
    %panpawn: PS mostly uses JavaScript actually, especially server-side.
    %panpawn: mostly uses*
    %panpawn: (Oh, i said that, lol)
    #Reverb: yeah lmao

    #Reverb: You've been around PS for some time. When did you join PS, and how did you find PS/Smogon?
    %panpawn: I actually found PS from my schoolmates in my computer class; they were playing Pokemon, when I realized that it was a website and got really interested.
    #Reverb: cool
    #Reverb: Do you remember when this was?
    %panpawn: I hadn't found out about Smogon for a few years to come; for a while I thought "smogon" was just the name for the main PS server.
    #Reverb: Ah thats funny.
    %panpawn: I believe it was sophomore year of high school.
    #Reverb: So 2013?
    %panpawn: Yeah, around there.
    #Reverb: nice

    #Reverb: I understand you are very active in programming for PS. what features can PS users attribute to your efforts (that you're allowed to talk about)?
    %panpawn: Hm... I actually do most of my programming for PS in the summer-time historically, as that's when I have the most free-time.
    %panpawn: Last summer, I implemented the bot rank, roomsettings, slowchat, and the stretching/capitals filters... before that, I made the first The Studio plugin, as well as the first version of The Happy Place's plugin and a ton of other random bug fixes and enhancements.
    #Reverb: That's pretty cool.
    #Reverb: So in terms of the game of Pokemon:
    #Reverb: Do you have any battling skills? And what tiers do you like to play?
    %panpawn: I actually don't consider myself much of a "Pokemon player", more so of a "Pokemon fan"... I usually get the new games when they come out and whatnot, but I just never was able to get into competitive.
    %panpawn: However, a long time ago there was actually a ladder for Hackmons, and as a programmer who loves creativity, how could I resist? I was actually on the top 10 at a time when PS had a ladder for hackmons, and I feel pretty satisfied by that fact.
    #Reverb: Pretty solid.

    #Reverb: With your battling and programming credentials, you're clearly a very eligible bachelor.
    #Reverb: What dating advice would you give to another PS user?
    %panpawn: Well, I like to think of Tinder like the Pokemon Go of dating... gotta catch em all. Nah, but in all seriousness, I'm not really one to give dating advice, but if you have some, feel free to pass me some tips :]
    #Reverb: two words:
    #Reverb: blue username.
    #Reverb: Anyway...

    #Reverb: Back to PS. who are your best friends on here? And feel free to give them a shoutout.
    #Reverb: They won't be able to respond if you use this as an opportunity to make fun of them...
    %panpawn: I like talking to Orda-Y a lot, he's also a programmer and he's really cool. I also think that jd isn't a total nerd. Oh, and I met Zarel this one time which was pretty lit. We had a fancy lunch and talked all about programming and the history of PS...
    %panpawn: Yeah... the only person I've ever actually met from PS was Zarel. Not sure how many other people can say that :p
    #Reverb: That's impressive!
    #Reverb: Eevee General actually met Zarel as well, which I'm sure was very exciting for EG.

    #Reverb: Zarel's an interesting guy, but he always struck me as somewhat introverted. I don't think a lot of users outside PS staff know him too well, let alone have met him irl.
    #Reverb: What was that like?
    %panpawn: I didn't really know what to expect, but he turned out to be really cool. He always lit up whenever I asked him the history of PS and current top-secret features, whether he could or could not comment.
    %panpawn: But yeah, in all seriousness he's really a nice guy whose really down to earth. I definitely can attribute him and PS to my career direction of programming, so for that I am forever in gratitude.

    #Reverb: So moving on from there, outside of programming, what are some of your other non-PS interests?
    #Reverb: And do you have any weird talents?
    %panpawn: I guess "weird" is subjective, but I like playing CS:GO, although I'm not very good at it. Oh, and I'm pretty talented at getting banned from GTA, those damn mods!!
    #Reverb: kek

    #Reverb: I think that covers most of the bases, but wrapping this up, what are your summer plans?
    %panpawn: Programming for PS of course, and maybe a family vacation. Speaking of, I'm always looking for new ideas for things to add to PS; if anyone has any, feel free to PM me and we can talk about them.
    %panpawn: Worth noting here is that I typically don't do things that involve the Pokemon side of PS (battles/tiers), but anything else is fair game!
    #Reverb: For sure. Well I think we're done, thanks for taking the time!
    %panpawn: No problem.

    Well, I think we're done with this first round as well! Don't worry, though: more interviews are coming later.
    Do you know anything our next interviewers should ask the staff? Have any comments on their interviews? Post away!
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  2. Raidx


    May 19, 2016
    Ahh solid interview biggie not bad! I love these smogon interviews whether its mods/tourney players/etc. Makes you realize theres always someone just like you on the other side of the computer screen :). Keep it up guys!
    Alore, Swirlyder, Verdigris8 and 8 others like this.
  3. GoldTheRadTrainer


    Mar 16, 2015
    I'm digging this staff interviews, I'm looking forward to the next!
  4. Luka~


    Dec 30, 2013
    I'm glad these are back, I recall when they used to do these. Still love the content in the interviews! Good stuff Tiksi.
    Kai Rafael, Luna and Raidx like this.
  5. Mighty Rising Ace

    Mighty Rising Ace I COULD BE BANNED!

    Oct 10, 2016
    Nice! I'm anticipating more interviews! Great stuff Tiksi.
    Pokem9n likes this.
  6. Amaluna


    Aug 18, 2014
    Great interviews! It's really cool to get some in-depth info about the people you work with or that you see often on the sim.
    Enjoyed it a lot and I am looking forward to more of these with different people in the spotlight!
    pokerface123, Raidx and Luna like this.
  7. Dratias

    Dratias Drat, it's Dratias!
    is a Pre-Contributor

    Oct 18, 2014
    So happy to see these back again :) I loved reading these back when they were always done.
    Great interviews. Getting to see and know about the people that make up PS is always an enjoyable experience.
    Luna likes this.
  8. Sondero

    Sondero Giveaway Extraordinaire
    is a Smogon Social Media Contributor

    Nov 3, 2015
    Wait, so the staff on PS aren't faceless names without lives outside of PS?! Everything I believe in is a lie!

    In all seriousness, I love these. It's good to get insight on the staff members, so they're less than just a name.
    Alore, Verdigris8 and Raidx like this.
  9. bumbadadabum

    bumbadadabum Nihilist with good imagination
    is a Battle Server Administratoris a Programmeris a Forum Moderator

    Oct 17, 2013
    Speak for yourself
    PenQuin, Austin, urkerab and 4 others like this.
  10. dogknees


    Mar 29, 2016
    these are awesome!
  11. Kie


    May 27, 2014
    It's nice to see staff interviews are back! I've always enjoyed reading through the interviews to potentially know more about that person.
  12. Inactive~

    Inactive~ formerly Inactive User

    Apr 20, 2016

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