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A new edition of Ask the Admins is coming up, and this time you have a chance to ask antemortem, Hogg, Sam, and tennisace your questions! You can ask questions to all of them or direct questions at a specific person; feel free to ask about a range of topics, such as what being an admin is like, what they do, what they enjoy about it, opinions on Smogon, etc. Note that due to the volume of questions asked from both this thread and social media, your question may not be answered, but it'll definitely be considered.

The answers will be in an upcoming release, so keep an eye out. If you’re looking for inspiration or an idea of what Ask the Admins is like, you can check out the previous versions below.



gluey feathers on a flume
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gonna resubmit my questions from last time and add some more

1) What genre of music do you like the most?
2) Do you practice any sport? If yes, which one you like the most?
3) If you had to learn a new language, which one would you choose and why?
4) Favorite movie or series?
5) If you could immediately change one thing in the forums, what would it be?


the neon coast was your sign
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The new generation of pokemon looks like its making many changes to the games including removing z-moves, mega stones, and only allowing the pokemon found in the swsh cartridge games to be used meaning some pokemon will be removed entirely from gameplay. Generally, Smogon has stuck to what is allowed on the cartridge games, but is there a possibility if all this is true that Smogon will adjust its policies to allow these mechanics/missing pokemon back into the metagames?

Ryota Mitarai

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For Hogg:

What is the most hilarious or interesting as a whole case you had to deal with as a Tournament Director?
Have you ever considered that you would become a Head Tournament Director, before it happened?

For everyone:

What do you like the most about Smogon as a community?


they do anything for clout
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For All:

1) How and when did you get into competitive Pokemon?
2) How did you come up with your username?
3) How heavy is your workload as admin? What are some responsibilities as admin that you didn't have as a smod?
4) What's the largest impact you've made on Smogon?
5) Who is the biggest badgewhore?


for all:
how do you think the fact that pokemon not native to Galar can't be traded in will affect competitive? Will lower tiers disappear? Will gen7 stay the most popular, and gen8 be snubbed? Will there be a new set of tiers where all the other mons are available? Speculate please.
Is there a chance we might ever suspect test Pokemon's moves like Stealth Rocks (makes some Pokemon nonviable and forces teams to run hazard control because of it) or Toxic (banning Toxic or Protect could heavily negate the stall Metagame, which I feel a majority of players would gladly live without)?


Never Catch Me♪
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For hogg: What advice do you have for aspiring Tournament Directors?

For All:
-What good song/album or music group have you been listening to lately?
-Have you ever considered, or have had strong feelings of leaving Smogon?


sweet sassy molassy
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Random questions that popped in my head:
1. If you had to delete every user that has a certain badge, which badge would it be and why?
2. If badges were edible, which one would taste the best and why?
3. If it wasn't already revealed, how would you feel if your Pokemon does not make in into Sword and Shield?
4. How do you like your steak?
5. What's your opinion on jorts?
6. You're at a party and you want to entertain the group of people you're talking to. Do you tell them a joke or an obscure fact as a conversation starter? What would be the joke/obscure fact?


Everything is better with a unicorn.
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I do not know any of you in particular, so all questions can be answered by all, okay?
  1. On a scale of 1-10, how responsible do you consider yourself?
  2. If you could time travel, when would you go?
  3. What's your best childhood memory? What makes it so special?
  4. What is the best piece of advice you've received?
  5. What's the most beautiful place you've ever been?
  6. What accomplishment about Pokémon Showdown and Smogon are you most proud of?
  7. When you're having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
  8. How would you like to change the world?
  9. In your opinion, If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always afraid of making a mistake?
  10. How did Pokemon Showdown and Smogon impact your life?
Thank you for the opportunity!

P Squared

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scintillating questions from our twitter / fb audience

With the introduction of the Dynamax mechanic, what's your thoughts on banning certain moves that activates weather as a secondary effect?
With the forced limitations on the amount of Pokemon in the next installment, how would it likely affect the meta in the upcoming months?
Does tennisace have admin privileges on the official "Prince of Tennis" fan site or subreddit or whatever or are we being led by a complete fraud?
Why and how did Fly Dragonite suddenly become a thing?
When Y'all gonna allow people to get inactive usernames on showdown
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