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  1. The Meh

    ~Zombies Hangman~

    I can tell ya you'd get it. But you should know, as does @RequixEclipse, that... well... ...there is but one path to enlightenment.
  2. The Meh

    CoDZ 25 Hour Live Stream!

    Gonna agree here - I'ma definitely hop in for it!
  3. The Meh

    To Build Upon Foundations.

    Hey, guys. I know, postin' on the Questions subforum again... got some stuff to say. To be honest, with the numerous posts I got on this sub-forum, I can't blame myself for that anymore... I just have a lot of questions and ideas, I suppose. With the resounding amount of comments and... actual things having been done after having posted "Airing Grievances" (I could never thank you guys more), and stuff being done because of that post... welp. I had to ask myself just what I think we could do. What that post was, mainly, was me venting a slight frustration about issues and addressing that this forum's coming under some hard times. Seeing that we have plans to come back, and seeing that we could just come back up when Black Ops IV comes out, was very much reassuring... and lit a bit of a spark under me. It got me wondering just how much we could do, or what we should question doing... and, if you can't already tell, I've got some ideas. I think that, in a way, one of the best paths we could pursue is one of change... one of evolution. That means that... yeah, I think some shift and overhaul could happen. Some of my ideas regarding this stuff wouldn't be easy, nor do I even know if it's possible. But a core belief of mine stands to be that... simply, it's better to present an idea than to hide it, lest it fade away, and any positive value or change that could come with it dissolves with it. To not believe that your beliefs are good enough is to believe that none of your beliefs are right... so, with that said, I want to be vocal about this. (No special formatting or anything to make my points, either... kinda sucks, I like the big bold titles. But... nah. Level conversation's important.) I think the first thing worth addressing here is the need to condense some areas of the forum into a much easier and comprehensive order. I feel that, in some places, we're disconnecting some areas of the forum as their own things, more than we are giving them room to breathe where they belong. It could be a case of order, it could be a case of prioritized discussion in these areas, but I feel like they'd be sorted better if it were the case. All they do being put that way on the front page of the forum is add more stuff to scroll down to. It's a problem to me that these areas are sorted in certain ways, and leaves some of other forums for discussion (subforums alike) in the dust. It's good to have some form of conversation present, but not on the down-low. At the same time, I think it's important we also look to what areas of conversation are truly necessary, as well. While, yeah, it's important to have a discussion ready in certain areas, I do think that any area of the forum not seeing activity by anyone in the past year or so is a problem. I'll throw a couple of examples: 1. The "General Gaming Discussion & News" section, mainly. The latter part of it, the "Gaming Discussion & News" section's not really an issue, regarding activity... although it's probably not worth ruling out, at the very least. No, more-so the "Console Discussion" area, really. People don't really even comment on most threads there anymore, and according to what I've seen, the last post made to the section at all was in 2017. Almost a full year now... and the irony is, at the same time, we do have a Media section: "Media Center". While I don't believe it should take a forefront... I do think that, at the very least, "Console Discussion" would be better moved into that area as its own subforum. Meanwhile, we should really evolve the actual "Gaming Discussion and News" portion of it. Maybe just call the actual section "General Gaming Discussion", and make new subforums for it in the form of "Recommendations", "Gaming News & Events", and "Game Discussion & Review". Hell, that last one would probably give me leeway to place my older Advanced Warfare and Infinite Warfare reviews... but, I digress. Condense it however you like, reformat it however, remove the least active of the sections if you've the need... but I think something definitely needs to change with this particular section. 2. As much as I love the LFG existing in the first place... I think it'd be better if we just added it as a "Browse Requests" part to the tab at the top of the forums. Makes it much cleaner, in my eyes. To add to all that, I think there's probably a good way to arrange the actual pages themselves. Like... give focus to Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Sledgehammer like they were their own main overarching section (like how the "General Gaming Discussion & News" section is. Just order the games good (in order of how new they are, so the most recent game is featured first), maybe even throw a "Classic" or "Legacy" subforum up to each. Just, a bit of an idea on that one. That's probably less easy to accomplish... but it'd help make management of the pages be a little cleaner... easier to understand. To move on from that, though... it's probably more of a "quality-of-life" thing, but I think we should probably shorten how many posts we throw on the top of the page in the "Topic" tab. I think having 7 like we do right now is a bit of an issue. At the very least, make it a tab you can expand and collapse. Hell, "Post of the Day/Week/Month" is always an intriguing idea, as well... ...while we're on the topic of small changes, the "Welcome to CoDz" blurb could be tweaked a little. Throw the "Find a Group on LFG" bit down with the row of stuff you got there. Hell, I think it'd be better to have a post linked in that blurb, one that addresses the sort of forum we are, what kind of stuff members can do, and just how people can contribute to the forums in a conducive matter. Throw a "Contribute to the Wiki" or "Contribute to the Library", perhaps. It's better we do, anyhow. We've recently wished to address that these changes need to happen, and that we're going to start focusing on this sort of stuff, but why not give people the initiative to contribute in the first place, y'know? Make it feel like every action taken around this place is worth it... like it's a forum for the members, with contributions made by the members for the members. That sort of thing. ...god, I feel bad, because that's a good segway, too. Y'know what's probably a good thing to bring back in the way it used to be? The chat. I don't know if it can ever be what it used to be again (its own page)... hell, I don't know if it could ever be something you could just have as a "bottom-right of the page tab" like Facebook has, but... I don't like how it is now. How we have it. Yeah, maybe have a smaller version of chat on the front page, but... I dunno. Chat was always better when it was its own realm of stuff, its own "bubble", so to speak. Clutters the sidebar now, really. I mean... I dunno, I recall we used to have Status Updates on the sidebar too. It's a lot to think about, because the "Airing Grievances" post gave me a lot to like about the sidebar... and I feel like addressing that would feel somewhat hypocritical. But... I dunno, this was important to say as well. I hate to say "we need to tweak that sidebar" right after saying "we need to tweak the sidebar". I hope you guys understand on that one. This post keeps going... I hope this isn't a lot at once, either. Not exactly writing this well... or at least, that's what I'm telling myself. There's a little bit more that I'm gonna go over, but I think all the areas in regards to what's on the front page is done. I've addressed most of the changes and tweaks regarding certain areas (chiefly, Zombie Labs) to @Boom115 and @InfestLithium already in PMs, and just about every external change I figured could help was thrown into "Airing Grievances" at one point or another... but I think there's a few other things to mention, past that. (Yes, this paragraph was a quick breather... for both of us xD) The words we're gonna fear... the removal of stuff on the upper tabs! I don't like removing things, but I think there's less a use for some areas than others. Probably one of the chief ones... sad to say, but I've lacked any understanding of (or any pursuit of interest in) the Clubs. Like... yeah, they're interesting, I guess. It pursues the idea of giving people the ability to group together and have a banner to represent around here, but I don't think having them is important if we can't figure out the best way to use it. If you're looking to give people a way to represent themselves, let someone create a "Group Name" to throw somewhere on their page for a certain amount of Divinium, and let people join that "Group" for a small increment of Divinium (much less compared... like, if you charged 50, people pay 5). That's more conducive than having a completely separate page from everything else that shows what Club you're in and what posts you can make in that group. I hate to say it, but it's a completely useless function... and we really should get rid of it, if not at the very least, tweak it to an effective measure. ...and that's just the stuff on the "Help" tab at the top (although I think tweaking the Leaderboard would be nice too)! There's some things in the "Apps" tab that could definitely be nixed... like the Arcade, I suppose. It's nice to have, but it's not necessary, either. It's just taking up space. Last bit here, but... last couple of things I can suggest we add. In the "Help" tab, I would suggest adding a "Statistics" page... that is, if we wish to chart comprehensive forum stats. As much as I love what we got so far, we could definitely use a more detailed page. Additionally, I think... well, maybe it's a small thing, but there could probably be a bit of a "Music" tab that links out to the one plug.dj I made. It's nice to have that small little hangout, I suppose... and sharing music in that would be nice. ======================================================================= I know this is hackneyed in a couple places, and... I'll be the first to admit how much of this was stream-of-consciousness (a LOT of it was). But... it felt like something worth being said. I don't intend to make this be "Airing Grievances, Part II: Electric Boogaloo" in any way, more than I just wish to suggest some possible changes. As it stands, I only wish to lend a hand to the forum, and I figure that... frankly, some of these changes would benefit, in the process of revamping the site. So... yeah. Take it how you will. Other than that? Per aspera ad astra. -The Meh
  4. The Meh

    ~Zombies Hangman~

    Time for some vowels. How about an E?
  5. I'm just gonna jump head-on into this theory here, no introduction or anything to it. Alright, so the Zombies Timeline released by Treyarch provides us the knowledge that the Great War - the war between Keepers/Humanity and the Apothicons - happened some time in early history, right? With that, we also see that Primis, on the main universe's course of events, gets sent there to facilitate the Cycle the storyline follows being preserved. ...or do we? With the fact of them being sent to the main universe's Great War, instead of having heard any knowledge of them having been sent to Dimension 63's version of the Great War (which the timeline starts with on the Dimension 63 spiral), we're presented with a bit of a problem: The Great War, at best, is assured only in the main universe with Primis. That's a problem, however, due to the fact that this must happen the exact same way in Dimension 63 for it to exist the way we've seen it. So... what does that mean, then? Without both universes facilitating the arrival of Primis to the Great War, that breaks the timeline, right? Well, believe it or not, I think that's what's happening in Blood of the Dead. Perhaps, that's just what we're getting. A missing Primis replaced by another Primis. I can't exactly begin to wrap my head around the "why" of it all, or the grander paradox of it all, but I do feel like this will probably be explained. So... bit of a crackpot theory. I'm aware of that. Per aspera ad astra. -The Meh
  6. Honestly, it's amusing enough to me that people aren't willing to accept that fact. It doesn't all need to be connected, and I'm COMPLETELY fine with a new storyline. Give this person a medal, honestly. A raise. Whatever it is. He deserves it. ...is "Zombies Historian" a viable career? Sign me up! (...and make @MysteryMachineX that job too) I mean, you could technically have said the same shit about Mob of the Dead, too. There's plenty of stuff. That said, it's nice to know that it's super involved. I can definitely get behind that, especially if it's good. That's one way to put it. ...Jason's getting me hyped for a map I know nothing about, though! Why do this to me? With the way we know of Mob and Five, I think calling them easy or hard by proxy alone would be somewhat of an overstatement. That said... if BOTD is so high, that's not very reassuring. I think this is more in reference to the fact that, well... they now have two storylines to balance. The Chaos Storyline's probably gonna get one map per DLC, as will the Aether Storyline. Not that I wouldn't like to see Zombies Chronicles 2: Electric Boogaloo. But, hey, I digress. With the track history they've got, I'm all for this. I'm more curious how that may work. Honestly, I am. Ultimis v. Primis? Primis v. Victis? Victis v. Ultimis? I'm sure they could do it, it just needs a sensible amount of substance. I actually wasn't clear on how that worked... huh. I'm all for that, actually! That sounds fun. See... this partially irks me, though. Because that doesn't imply it happened, more than it does imply that this is just a dreamworld. Did IX happen, or did it not? Do the vapors act not as a gateway in time, but a gateway to a paradise world for the cult, kind of like The Elder Scrolls' "Mythic Dawn" from Oblivion? For a practically pagan cult to exist but not be widely known like IX shows in the world of Voyage of Despair would require either an expert level of secrecy, or for something to realistically have happened. At the very least, I understand it not screwing with the official history of the world, that's fine, but... make the maps actually stitch together, Treyarch. A story should make good sense, y'know. ...Roman numbers. Cult. Probably important to the cult. Maybe there's nine core leaders. Maybe we gotta kill all nine the leaders. ...if that actually happens, you guys heard it here first.
  7. UPDATE [9/17/18]: Since I'd already made the post before, saying it would release Monday, I figured that I'd update and re-tool this post so that it reflects the actual song, with its lyrics. Eventually, I figure that there will be a trailer for IX to release rather soon, so I may update this post one last time, or make an entirely new one for it. As it stands though, I've pinned this post... to which, I hope that's okay. I don't want it to be an issue if it is pinned. Otherwise... yeah. Gotta say, I love this song. Not sure on the accuracy of lyrics, but the actual song itself is sick. It's heavy most the time, dynamic at others, and kinda psychedelic with the Syn solo. It's feels like it's kind of the same style as The Stage, and I love it for that. I really do. I expect Black Reign (the EP of all their Black Ops songs, apparently) to be exceedingly good, honestly. Even if it's all stuff we've heard before, I'll still enjoy it through this song alone... Nice job, A7X. Still kickin' ass.
  8. (Likely due an IX trailer as well today. Just my assumption. I will be editing the post for that.) LYRICS (aka, my educated guess): (Yeah, I know the video says "with lyrics". I don't particularly agree with what they all are, I tweaked in a few areas xP) From the manner, cutting whisper Rising vapors through clouds of gold... Give him fire, chains the demons With undercurrents, far too strong to hold... The sun burned out today (The fools are dancing in the rain...) Stopped by the acid stain (The only shell, the jar that holds my brain...) Nightfall hunts us all, from the shadows Cynical beauty now, lies the host... Before the flicker there's only madness The end is coming, and all my friends are dead... The sun burned out today (The fools are dancing in the rain...) Stopped by the acid stain (The only shell, the jar that holds my brain...) Rid by an empty world! (Suffer the crushing weight...) Madness will crawl inside! (Alter the selfless stage...) Feeding all the voices in my head... [Solo: Synyster Gates] ...floating with you... ...floating within... ...slowly with me... ...slowly with me... Slowly with me! Elaborate hedges return to someone Mother's weeping will go unheard... Up on that once green hill, 'round the mazes! Had seen the darkness, the jaws will take it slowly... The sun burned out today (The fools are dancing in the rain...) Stopped by the acid stain (The only shell, the jar that holds my brain...) Rid by an empty world! (Suffer the crushing weight...) Madness will crawl inside! (Alter the selfless stage...) Feeding all the voices in my head... Feeding all the voices in my head... They're feeding all the voices in my head! They're feeding all the voices in my head!
  9. The Meh

    ~Zombies Hangman~

    T, H.
  10. The Meh

    So... Podcast der Toten?

    Hey guys, Meh here. Still getting used to the whole "Dweller" thing... definitely a new aspect of the forum to me. Glad to say I appreciate being able to reach this point, though. That said, I'd still prefer to level with you guys on these terms for a time. I like having these sorts of conversations with the community we have where anyone can have a say and not feel shut out because of all the people that are above them. So... that's partially what this is for. ...weird way to start the post, but, hey, I wanted to address that. Onto the juicy stuff. I think a few of the older members - and the auth - would likely remember the name "Podcast der Toten". I know I do, but not very much as well as I could. All I can say I really knew of it was that it was a sort of community podcast, where most the auth would come together and talk. I don't recall if there were special guests from time to time in the form of YouTubers or not, nor do I remember a lot of the other pressing details, but I know that we used to do it. So, in light of this, I wanted to ask about it. What the plans were for it. All that cool jazz. I know that we're planning to reform the place a bit... certainly hope we can, and we do it well, admittedly so. But I don't want to leave certain things in the dust. If there's plans for the Podcast to return, I would love to hear them... and perhaps, even, be a part of it. So... yeah. As always, per aspera ad astra. -The Meh
  11. The Meh

    So... Podcast der Toten?

    How'd you guys typically run it? Did you put it through game chat or something? Skype?
  12. The Meh

    ~Zombies Hangman~

    ...boi, it's your board. As per the rules. You make the next one xD ...also, it wasn't that far out. I mean, there's this Black Ops IV cult we know about... notwithstanding general occult things, like the Black Sun, Illuminati and such. Add the Keepers in as well, if you'd like.
  13. The Meh

    ~Zombies Hangman~

    ~Zombies Hangman~ Test your might! _ Incorrect Guesses (0/6): Hint(s): Scoreboard: 1st: Slade - 238 (RIP?) 2nd: Lenne - 218 3rd: way2good - 201 Electric Jesus - 138 Nightmare Voyager (ripperino) - 134 The Meh - 110 ETEl2NAL407 - 100 Tasha the noob - 93 Delta - 68 Naitrax - 58 Rissole25 - 48 MurderMachineX - 46 Undead - 44 Chopper - 34 Cheesegrater28 - 32 Tac - 30 PortlyLlama80 - 22 Reddonkeyham - 20 Jake Duck - 16 wesleykg00 - 16 Silv3r Energy - 16 RequixEclipse - 14 83457 - 12 Anonymous - 12 zombieman9 - 10 XAvengedLullabyX - 10 OverWater17 - 10 RaidDzn - 10 PINNAZ - 8 nayrc - 6 unlawfully inacurate - 4 Ooka - 2 RiftRunner001 - 2 ZombieDreamerDan - 2 CrubZee - 2 BriggzyJ97 - 2 TheNathanNS - 2 Mr Swifty - 2 RZArazorSHARP20 - 2 Señor Festo Lithium - 2 JJMFP - 1 Rules: Guess the word/phrase correctly without any letters = 10 points Guess the word/phrase correctly = 2 points Stump the field (6 incorrect guesses) = 6 points One incorrect letter = 1 incorrect guess One incorrect word(s) = 2 incorrect guesses You may only guess up to 2 consonants or 1 vowel at a time Host adds hint after 4 incorrect guesses Numbers must be spelled out After 6 wrong guesses the person who did make the last guess gets the board If after two weeks, the person who is meant to be posting a board doesn't, another person is allowed to take their board and continue the game.
  14. The Meh

    ~Zombies Hangman~

    Seems with that, I've stumped the field. The answer was actually CULT. As the rules go, you get the board next, and I got me some sick pointage.
  15. The Meh

    New Dweller!

    ...y'know, you hit me up right before making this, and I don't even know where to begin in just addressing it... ah, jeez... I guess the best way to put it would be that I'm beyond honored. Honestly, I am. I couldn't put it any other way. I mean, I would've never expected that someone like myself could have reached this point... god knows I've had my problems here, not all of them pretty. I'm... glad I can be a part of this site like this. I really am. I hope I don't disappoint. Gotta be honest, I'm still nervous. Definitely excited, though!
  16. The Meh

    ~Zombies Hangman~

    This is goin' by quick. Hint added, board updated.
  17. The Meh

    How Can We Sustain Our Community?

    I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at with this... admittedly, there's a lot going on with the colors. But, past that... yeah. I'm not sure what to get from this. I'm... pretty sure they already use mainly existing resources. Notwithstanding, I think they're looking into shifting up the Staff as is. (Quick edit: ...speak of the devil I'm a Dweller ._.) It's not a good model at all, actually. Restricting access puts a lot of strain on the community, and I feel like closing off people isn't the way to do things at all. I mean, the newest PTG forum had done that, and god knows if they were successful... but, for the time I was there, it was certainly strained. Just because a thing worked doesn't mean it will work the same way. Ah, the old adage. There's plenty of different platforms around for the community. Be it through CoDz or not. There's plenty of them. Reddit, forums out and about, this place, and our numerous extraneous places. I thought the same thing myself, that there was a need for unity in the community, but... that's simply just not as realistic an idea as it could be. Sure, we're a subset, from it all, but we don't need to be. It's what we can do to appeal as a subset that will matter the most.
  18. The Meh

    Retrospective.

    Well... looks like I made it. According to the website, on May 26th, 2018... I reached my fourth year on CoDz. Honestly, I can say that it feels good. Knowing how long I've been here... knowing I'll be here longer, as time moves on... it is really heartwarming... and there's a lot I feel like I should say, regarding it. When I came here for the first time, I was apprehensive. People that know me already know how things are - PTG had shut down a long while ago with their forums, and I had yearned to find a place like that where I could post what I used to, and do what I could do before. Before I joined CoDz... I honestly felt like I was alone in my endeavors to understand Zombies... and, who I was in that grand scheme - that, being no light comment either, since, admittedly, I grew up with the internet, and I grew up with forums and chatrooms, like this place has/had. It was... comforting, knowing that this place was as welcoming to me as it was... well, with every other PTG member, give or take those that were bad about it. I know there was an influx, and that a number of people from the old forums didn't make it here or caused issue... but I was glad knowing that I was able to come through and be a part of this community. To learn and understand what content this place would allow me to produce. I grew up here, really. I wasn't sure what to post, and tried to be imaginative with concepts in the form of old stories I made... which, I'm happy having done, since it led to me posting Unity, something I love... something that I feel embodies who I was going to become here, at this forum. Something that shaped me as I shaped it. Given... I learned a lot of things being here. I had hard times. I got banned once, if I recall, for a period of time. I outed my thoughts and admitted dark things. I said things I shouldn't have said. I found friends, I lost them, found them again, and made enemies of others. I questioned my place here, and elsewhere. I discussed strange ideas that I feel gave reasonable input to conversations. I... did a lot of things. But, I've learned that, perhaps, all these things are mortal. That, in a way, these inquisitive impulses are supposed to be what make me become this person I am. If I didn't have them, I don't know that I'd be here. I don't know that I'd be any better. If I didn't have people to support these things... I don't know if I could ever have lasted here. I have... an unyielding and undying appreciation for the people and persons that I've met here. There are so many of you that visit and care about this place, just as I do, and are willing to point me in the directions that make my time being here all the more worthwhile. There are so many of you between here and elsewhere - meaning, mostly, people that are here or have come here that I talk to more off of here - that I've come to find as friends. People like Voyager. People like @Lenne. People like @anonymous. People like @TheNathanNS. People like @Stop Mocking Me0. People like @Delta. People like @MysteryMachineX. People like @Amantha77. People like @HitmanVere. People like @InfestLithium... and oh-so-many other names... I wish I could mention them all. There are a lot of words I could say to all of you that I figure could suffice as a show of appreciation, but... I don't know how to even form them in any better, eloquent way. ... I guess what I'm trying to say is... I owe you guys everything. All of you that have impacted me in this way. I don't think I'd have been able to make it this far without the impact you all have left on me. I know there are names that I haven't mentioned, names that I've forgotten, names that deserve recognition. But... somehow, perhaps, I do hope that they may see this and smile. Simply put... thank you guys... so much. For everything. Here's to the future. Let's see how far we'll go. Regards, -The Meh
  19. The Meh

    Retrospective.

    If only, if only. I'm sure a fraction of them would have considered coming 'round, too.
  20. The Meh

    ~Zombies Hangman~

    You were eaten by a grue. Board updated.
  21. The Meh

    Medal Request Topic

    @Lenne's got yo' back! Woot woot! Ironic note, by the way, but uh... any way I can get that Contributor medal? I don't think I have it. Just... in light of recent posts, of course.
  22. Well, I don't want to be throwing up stuff that shouldn't be up, y'know? I could have posted some of the audio and videos yesterday if I thought it was a good idea... certainly not, though. (You guys know I wouldn't do that ._.) Also... I'm 100% ready for a Classified tease or general trailer. Very much so.
  23. The Meh

    Airing Grievances.

    Hey, guys. Meh here. Listen, before I get into absolutely anything, I want to go ahead and say that... for the most part, I love this forum. I have loved this forum for all the time I've been here. Four years of support on my ideas, a loving community to follow, maps and theories to discuss. It's all fun. I've met many people, experienced things, torn my heart out with my honesty and built upon it a reputable soul. My experiences here are good, and I look back on them well. This place has grown well in the time I've been here, and I like how it's been managed. With that out of the way... bear with me when I say, I think there's problems. I think there's things needed to change, if this forum wants to stay afloat. It's become very apparent to me as of late, and I can't stand by anymore and see them perpetuate. So, I'm taking a stand here and speaking out for them. First things first... let's face a fact here, there's not a lot of people stopping by anymore. I get that, I do. The Reddit's around, the YouTube community's growing strong - it's a genuine win-win situation. But we've been left in the dirt, the background. I feel like, as these other bodies of the community rise, the roots have withered. I get that we try, and, truthfully, I won't deny that I don't know the exact visitor number, daily (a more comprehensive page for statistics would be lovely, come to think of it). I don't know perfect analytics, nor do I know the traffic this site gets. But, it's evident to me that, compared to its compatriots, we're in a lull compared. I don't wish to attribute it to the off season (truly, we haven't had a year without Zombies since Ghosts), and I don't wish to believe that it's anything other than the simple fact that... well, we haven't grown with the times. We've stuck to a format that we like, and I don't wish to see ourselves change "drastically" to embody a completely different image than that we originally started with. But I think, in the pursuit of things, we need to find a fix to this. In my eyes, I believe that, if we want to ensure more traffic, we need to branch out more. In that, I mean that... we, as a forum, absolutely NEED to have more community involvement. I know we have a Twitter, a YouTube, the whole nine yards, but I thoroughly believe we need to completely overhaul them in some way if we want external services to produce internalized traffic, y'know? Re-brand the CoDz YT, call it "CoDzOfficial" or something, and make it a community hub page. Make topic videos about certain aspects of Zombies maps, reintroduce the infamous podcast (that I know little about to this day). Make weapon guides. Make "post of the week" videos. Introduce the same atmosphere we have here and inject it into that. Added into that, throw up an official Twitch. Run charity livestreams (be that for the forums to stay up or for actual places, like funds for hospitals and such), connect with other popular CoD streamers, perhaps even give them spotlight on the Twitch. Embrace the larger community at hand, really, as, together, we can have that power. ...oh, and before I forget with that point... re-connect with the Reddit, for the love of god. It may be run with other people at the helm, but I don't believe that it being there like that should mean that the forum that it (by all technicalities) was birthed from should take the backseat of its rise. I think there should be some internal talks with the crew that runs that, and that, in some way, we should involve eachother more than we already do. I think, in the grand scheme of things, a beneficiary relationship between the two would work out on both ends. I think the second point I have to bring up here regarding things... more or less, is in regards to the way things are run. Believe me when I say, to every single Moderator and Admin that stands here still with us, I respect all of you. I respect that, as it stands, you guys do a fantastic job. Though, I don't know that everyone does it in the best manner. I don't think that every Moderator sees their work equal and just, or handles their work well, and in a conducive manner. Notwithstanding the fact that, if I'm being honest, I don't really even know how many of you are still around these parts. The most I see anymore around here is @Lenne, and @InfestLithium, the two of whom, I trust the most, and the two I believe will hear me out on these points as I say them. I mean, honestly. People throw suggestions up all the time - hell, I've done it over the past few months and have had good answers from them. But I've seen a number run down that pipeline and not get the same treatment. Like Zombiefication ranks, which, truly, I'm glad to see as different and updated to represent a form akin to referencing the Black Ops III format... and yet, I go to look at the Zombiefication page, and these changes, these new ranks, they aren't there. How's someone supposed to know how they got their rank if the pictures don't represent them right? I know that's someone's job to do, I know it's someone's job to do upkeep on those pages, so... as a regular member, I feel it a disservice to not understand why these things aren't tweaked, or already dealt with. Notwithstanding, with this fact, the concern over the number of people still around to treat these things and correct them. Like... I know certain auth aren't able to come around anymore, as is. I know @Hells Warrrior is more or less his own body of sorts when it comes to activity... as are most admins, if I've come to understand it. But where are the mods? I'm not sure I understand where @GRILL, @DeathBringerZen, or even the likes of @Slade have gone. I know people have lives, I know they have higher priorities, but I don't get the idea of having a Staff team where 80% aren't around anymore. Is it that "the Old Guard's the Good Guard"? I don't understand it anymore. I was complacent about it, but the lack of activity and the general rut in which I've seen has simply become too much for me not to question it. As good as you all are, I find it appropriate to figure out the matter, and those overall with them. The final thing I can think of that I find issue with is... likely, the one thing that I see as a more personal issue than anything else. That being, keeping the Zombie Labs/Stories sections barred from adding post numbers to the people using them. I won't be the first to admit that I didn't like the idea when it was introduced, and... as much as I've grown to accept it, I still don't like it. There are aspects I find lie into actually creating posts there, and I agree that there are issues with how it's been used in the past. Yes, I do understand that a single person posting thirty posts in Zombie Labs in a short time is bad, but, truthfully, it's something like that that we need to ask ourselves what we distinguish in there. There's a difference between "Zombies Ideas" and "Map Concepts", really. Some posts are more just rambling dialogue, and maybe those deserve to be thrown in a separate subforum as their own sort of ideas. But larger, expansive ideas, those that grow to be concepts of their own... something like The Unity Series, for example (my map concept series), those should perhaps be set aside to a different subforum, specifically for map concepts like them. It wouldn't be to set a bar, it wouldn't be to schism the whole of what makes that area of the forums what it is, but it would make the flow more conducive. Concepts and stories, I believe, deserve to be given their numbers for posts back, while smaller and generalized ideas should be kept barred. If that makes sense. ...in other words, I believe there's a better way to run that area, and that's what I believe we could do to assess it. ...with all of that in mind, however, I think I want to end this post. I know, there was a lot said, and I know that, truly, not all of it was good. I don't really want to make myself "Public Enemy #1" here, and I'd feel bad if that were the case I made for myself. I truly care for this forum, and its betterment from this moment to the next, enough so that I'd put myself on the line with a post like this. I hope you guys - the auth included - will understand that, as you guys read this. I know that not everything can be done, as I know that not everything is perfectly capable, but I do want to see that something can be done as we move forward into the Black Ops IV season. As much as I love me a game of Zombies Hangman with just me and Lenne... I think it's time we garner a crowd again. I truly do. Hopefully, you guys will see that and stand with me on that shore. With that said. As always, more than ever... ...per aspera ad astra. -The Meh
  24. The Meh

    Airing Grievances.

    I'm more curious if this is referring to the CoDz Wiki (mainly) or just general stuff. Because, with me, I really am rather uncertain how to add and contribute with the Wiki. In regards, I've done what I could, but... I've been confused with the whole editing and such of posts, particularly. I would certainly love to contribute, though. How else can I contribute, past just the Wiki, if I may ask?
  25. God, I'd hope so! Part of me is wondering if they're just gonna release the trailer on the main CoD channel sometime earlier than Monday or not... notwithstanding what the video will be like on A7X's side. But, I digress. I certainly wonder what Classified will be like... a trailer would be very nice.

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