Introducing ballp.it

If you've gone to this website with any regularity whatsoever, you've clearly recognized that we've outgrown our comments section. It's served its purpose for some time, and there's still some lovely gems in there, but we're inarguably beyond the point where we can rely on that thing to keep the discussion alive. Which is just as well, because I've been thinking about a forum for some time, and we're definitely at the point where we need to try it.

So, in secret, I've been building a Simple Machines Forum over the past couple weekends, and came together with a layout I'm happy with, and a number of opportunities to expand that'll be easy to work with should the project take off.

It's important to note here that everything that's previously existed continues to exist as it has. We're keeping the comments section and you can comment to your heart's content, although I'd strongly prefer that the comments section for an episode be a place where people can comment about that episode, and ballp.it be used for everything else.

It's in my head that while the site is a forum at its core, the concept of specified read/write permissions plus a way for people to talk back and forth on a specific topic should hopefully allow us to experiment with different ways of producing content, and that we can build up an experience more robust than crating long-running dick jokes.... although those are fun too.

The other thing worth mentioning here is that we are charging a one-time $10 charge for posting rights. The reasons for this are numerous and hopefully explained pretty well in the official message, but briefly it's a matter of creating better forum logistics so we'll have a better community in the long run, plus scraping out a couple of bucks to defer our server costs. Believe me, nobody's gonna get rich making this podcast, but maybe we can spend a little less.

So thanks for what you've done with us so far. Let's see what we can do next.

ballp.it: Where Hardons Collide

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 09:32  

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0 #40 Isfahan 2013-02-28 12:53
Geremy Tibbles and I are giving away invites to Arma 3's alpha test over in the forums. You have to post there saying you want one, though.

See? For those who get the keys, the ten bux will have paid for itself already!
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0 #39 BallpitBread 2013-02-14 22:03
NO NON-KITTEN STUFF ALLOWED. THE FORUMS HAVE GAINED SENTIENCE. YOU WILL UNDERSTAND SOON. PREPARE TO MEET YOUR GOD.
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+2 #38 Runic 2013-02-14 21:59
Yeah, it's down for me too.
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-2 #37 Dacey Mormont 2013-02-14 21:53
Did the site just go down? I was about to post a horrific fetish art reviewer's Tumblr when I suddenly got a "could not connect to server" message.
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+2 #36 BootsRaingear 2013-02-14 18:06
Quoting Isfahan:
I used to think there was no such thing as too many kittens. Bunnybread somehow proved me wrong.
that?

To be fair, he spent a full week promising hundreds of photos of 'pussies spread open'.

So much horror.
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-1 #35 Isfahan 2013-02-14 16:00
I used to think there was no such thing as too many kittens. Bunnybread somehow proved me wrong.

The first ban from the forums was a reader. How sad is that?
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+5 #34 Bunnybanned 2013-02-14 12:58
I'll be here too, baby. I got kicked out for overloading the server with kittenpics.
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-1 #33 September 2013-02-13 23:36
I'd be all over this, but no bank will let me open a checking account with $70 and a handful of uncooked macaroni. Could I pay you in bitter, unemployed tears? I have plenty of those.

No? Okay. I'll just be that one creeper still posting in the comments. By myself.
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+4 #32 CutesyBread 2013-02-12 10:24
I'm still gonna make a kitten forum.
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-1 #31 Anon 2013-02-11 17:41
Quoting Delcat:
False, inaccurate, vulgar, hateful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, adult...shit, that rules out like half the podcast topics right there. What have you got left to talk about?

Meh, I read that too and the first things I posted about was robot dragon rape and women being hypnotized into being cows and I'm not banned yet! I probably broke every one of those rules in each post.

Also I guess there's no point in signing my name as Anon anymore. Almost every single one of them was from me.
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0 #30 Delcat 2013-02-11 05:47
Quoting Acierocolotl:
Quoting Delcat:
False, inaccurate, vulgar, hateful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, adult...shit, that rules out like half the podcast topics right there. What have you got left to talk about?

Kittens.

I hope you like kittens a lot. Each episode iis now a blow-by-blow accounting of that week's most popular kitten videos.


Oh gosh, I do! I really, really do! I love ten dollars' worth of kittens and so should everyone reading this!
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+3 #29 Acierocolotl 2013-02-11 05:09
Quoting Delcat:
False, inaccurate, vulgar, hateful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, adult...shit, that rules out like half the podcast topics right there. What have you got left to talk about?

Kittens.

I hope you like kittens a lot. Each episode iis now a blow-by-blow accounting of that week's most popular kitten videos.
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+2 #28 Delcat 2013-02-11 04:01
"You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law."

False, inaccurate, vulgar, hateful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, adult...shit, that rules out like half the podcast topics right there. What have you got left to talk about?
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0 #27 Notm 2013-02-09 05:31
I'd love to do a D and D thing with the F Plus guys, it'd be really awesome.

I'd also be interested in the Australian Politics Episode that Cleretic brought up since...I study it for a living.
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0 #26 Isfahan 2013-02-08 23:44
Incidentally, if you folks are wondering if there's a connection between ballp.it going live and the massive slowdown in activity in the comments section, there is.

We're all over there posting away and having a grand old time.
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0 #25 Acierocolotl 2013-02-08 15:31
Quoting Acierocolotl:
Senator Patrick Brazeau


I forgot to add that he is in contention for being the first ever Canadian senator to be kicked out of his job.
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0 #24 Acierocolotl 2013-02-08 15:30
Quoting Cleretic:

This reminds me. Australia's got an election coming up later this year, I should see if I can put together an 'Australian Politics' episode submission.

It's gonna be hard, most of what happens in Australian politics is less humorous, and more just vaguely depressing and aggravating. But you never know if you don't try, right?


OH POLITICS!

Expand it to the Commonwealth and I'll point you our freshest politican black sheep, Senator Patrick Brazeau. A quick summary: A direhard boxer, he challenged a member of Parliament of the opposing party to a boxing match (who had no formal training) and lost. He's recently been arrested and charged for spouse abuse. That's not funny, I know. But there's bound to be people writing hilariously awful stuff about him, and that might be useful.
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0 #23 Photomancer 2013-02-08 07:58
By the way, Lemon is going to get my money after work.
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0 #22 Photomancer 2013-02-08 07:57
Quoting BunnyBard:
Quoting Isfahan:
Quoting montrith:
I've already warned Lemon that at some point or other I will totally make a D&D thread. Beware.


Do you mean Debate & Discussion or Dungeons & Dragons? I think the Internet would be interested to hear a bunch of us suffer through a Dungeons & Dragons session.


I'd definitely be down for this. I'd do all sorts of research and learn the game rules and maybe even make it through one of the Lord of the Rings movies all the way.
Of course, if my entire appeal lies in being a clueless outsider then I could continue my streak of simply showing up drunk and ignorant.


That's the way to do it! Really, given horrible Player Character Logic, showing up drunk may just lead to solid decision making in comparison to the roleplayed psychotic breaks that abound in many of the games I've both been involved in (Both as GM and as a player).
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0 #21 Cleretic 2013-02-08 06:07
Quoting Isfahan:
Quoting montrith:
I've already warned Lemon that at some point or other I will totally make a D&D thread. Beware.


Do you mean Debate & Discussion or Dungeons & Dragons? I think the Internet would be interested to hear a bunch of us suffer through a Dungeons & Dragons session.

This reminds me. Australia's got an election coming up later this year, I should see if I can put together an 'Australian Politics' episode submission.

It's gonna be hard, most of what happens in Australian politics is less humorous, and more just vaguely depressing and aggravating. But you never know if you don't try, right?
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0 #20 dave 2013-02-08 05:55
This RPG talk is giving me a hunch about your super-secret podcast. If it's what I think it is, it will be your best episode, surely.
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0 #19 Dicktron 2013-02-08 02:05
A D&D episode would be some excellent bonus content, and the suddenly-given context possibilities of a future D&D grognards episode would be fantastic. I'd even look into providing some content. (By which I mean crack open grognards.txt and just cherry pick it because the whole thing is gold.)
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0 #18 Adam 2013-02-08 01:35
Quoting BunnyBard:
Quoting Isfahan:
Quoting montrith:
I've already warned Lemon that at some point or other I will totally make a D&D thread. Beware.


Do you mean Debate & Discussion or Dungeons & Dragons? I think the Internet would be interested to hear a bunch of us suffer through a Dungeons & Dragons session.


I'd definitely be down for this. I'd do all sorts of research and learn the game rules and maybe even make it through one of the Lord of the Rings movies all the way.
Of course, if my entire appeal lies in being a clueless outsider then I could continue my streak of simply showing up drunk and ignorant.

Guys, if you're really serious about playing D&D, you'd tell me, right?
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+2 #17 NUTSHELLGULAG 2013-02-08 01:17
Oh god I will do this. Me me me! I have the dice in my purse! I will play D&Deeeeeeeeeeee eee! I can help people generate characters!
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0 #16 elmo 2013-02-07 21:31
Quoting Isfahan:
Quoting montrith:
I've already warned Lemon that at some point or other I will totally make a D&D thread. Beware.


Do you mean Debate & Discussion or Dungeons & Dragons? I think the Internet would be interested to hear a bunch of us suffer through a Dungeons & Dragons session.


YES YES YES YES YES YES
YES YES YES YES YES YES
YES YES YES YES YES YES
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+3 #15 BunnyBard 2013-02-07 15:21
Quoting Isfahan:
Quoting montrith:
I've already warned Lemon that at some point or other I will totally make a D&D thread. Beware.


Do you mean Debate & Discussion or Dungeons & Dragons? I think the Internet would be interested to hear a bunch of us suffer through a Dungeons & Dragons session.


I'd definitely be down for this. I'd do all sorts of research and learn the game rules and maybe even make it through one of the Lord of the Rings movies all the way.
Of course, if my entire appeal lies in being a clueless outsider then I could continue my streak of simply showing up drunk and ignorant.
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+1 #14 Isfahan 2013-02-07 14:21
Quoting montrith:
I've already warned Lemon that at some point or other I will totally make a D&D thread. Beware.


Do you mean Debate & Discussion or Dungeons & Dragons? I think the Internet would be interested to hear a bunch of us suffer through a Dungeons & Dragons session.
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+1 #13 ForTheLoveOfPunk 2013-02-05 15:45
* puts on angry gravely metal voice *
BE IN OURRRR GOOGLE+ CIRRRRRCLE
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0 #12 ForTheLoveOfPunk 2013-02-05 15:41
Wild In the Tubes

Some of the stuff on youtube channel pages can be pretty funny, like seeing a hard, tells-em-like-a h-sees-em punk channel telling you to *~" Friend us on facebook "~*

Nick
BlankTV

PS: I suddenly regret phrasing my previous comment the way I did now that it's on the "recent comments" on the left with no context whatsoever
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+1 #11 ForTheLoveOfCum 2013-02-05 15:14
Cum is fascinating in that I'm pretty sure nearly all civilizations have come up with a recipe for sperm, dicks and/or testicles. It's like a benchmark. You've got the stone age, the bronze age, the renaissance and somewhere in all that you've got the "let's eat some wild boar scrotum" age.
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