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Vinnie - [tpeano29 at hotmail dot com]

Alright, thank you, difficult to notice your effort when there's so much of it. I had figured they were abusing guideline 6 more, as there's definitely no restraint there. Also since they're asking about events during a time not shown in the show, I thought that they'd be SR:NC'd for the most part.

Wish you the best then in dealing with it.


As the current Ask Greg moderator, a couple of things:

1. In and of itself, the fact that one person is asking dozens upon dozens of questions on the same topic does not necessarily break guidelines. I'm very aware of the user you're speaking about, and they do try my patience whenever I'm processing the queue. But they are only sometimes breaking the actual rules set in place.

To be sure, since they ask dozens of iterations of the same basic question (for example, how every character and their third-cousin feels about M'gann's comparatively long lifespan), I can and do delete the ones that aren't substantively different from a previously posted question, in accordance with Guideline #2. But if the question is new, even if I personally feel it is banal and repetitive, I have no choice but to send it through.

Still, there have been easily more than fifty questions I have deleted from this user under said guideline. So the situation could be a lot worse than it currently is.

2. Todd or I haven't answered any questions under "An Ask Greg Helper Responds" for a while because, to be frank, it's rarely worth it. Doing so at length and in earnest, as I used to back in 2012-2013, didn't seem to stem the tide of ASKED AND ANSWERED questions at all, which was the intent.

With a full-time job and a new condo to pay off, my time for processing the Ask Greg queue is far more limited than it used to be. I'm still happy to take on the responsibility, but it means I need to avoid making the process take any longer than it has to.

And among other things, that means repeated questions are far more likely to get a heavy DELETE button than an "An Ask Greg Helper Responds" these days. Both approaches are permitted by Guideline #2.

3. I do appreciate the offer of help, but I think the current systems are working about as well as they can. Yes, this M'gann/Garfield-obsessed user is abusing them to a degree. But there's little that can be done to alleviate this, beyond more draconian measures that Greg W. has repeatedly vetoed.

Masterdramon - [kmc12009 at mymail dot pomona dot edu]
"If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me, one day I'll know...how far I'll go." - Moana Waialiki

Hey, 2 questions/requests.

Ask Greg queue has been massively flooded by questions about Beast Boy/Miss Martian that go against guidelines, easily over 100 and though they have put different names, they're obviously from the same person by the style of writing. Since they're not even going to be answered and there's plenty of repeats, was wondering if a mod would delete or at least clear out those that would definitely not be answered.

Have seen the Ask Greg Helper answered questions. Fair bit of what's asked can be answered from the show, and from moderating at the wiki, am well versed enough to recognize it. Would there be a way to assist with this?


I've been looking at the anatomy of gliding animals, specifically animals that have the gliding membrane similar to Lexington's. The main difference is that the membrane on creatures like flying squirrels, sugar gliders and flying lemurs (note real ones, not the ones from Avatar) have membranes that extend all the way to the feet whereas Lexington's only reach his knees.

Now anatomically speaking, it would make sense for only smaller gargoyles to have those smaller wing flaps because greater body mass would require greater means in achieving lift even in gliding. That's why animals with natural gliding abilities tend to be on the smaller size.

Of course this is Greg's world and he can do whatever he wants with it.

Muscles fade and the mind dulls.But as long as the heart is willing, strength remains.

Samuel> I think you're getting a little cart before the horse. I think it's less that wings DETERMINE a height limit than that any overall anatomical structure is built appropriately (so if web wings couldn't work for a gargoyle Goliath's size, then they simply don't exist). Personally, I can't speak to the likelihood one way or another without a much larger sample size, but given Sacrifice's overall size (small but not extremely so), web-winged gargoyles might be smaller on average than other gargate forms, but I would see it less as wings making that determination and more the genetic ancestry and overall viable anatomy...natural selection, in other words.
Brainiac - [OSUBrainiac at gmail dot com]
There is balance in all things. Live in symmetry with the world around you. If you must blow things up and steal from those around you, THAT'S WHAT RPGS ARE FOR!

Do you think that wing structure is the determining factor for maximum height for a gargoyle? Like, I couldn't picture a gargoyle with web wings (like Lexington) being as tall as Goliath.
Samuel - [anglofhello at aol dot com]
Now, now... Language.

Y finalmente, diez.
Brainiac - [OSUBrainiac at gmail dot com]
There is balance in all things. Live in symmetry with the world around you. If you must blow things up and steal from those around you, THAT'S WHAT RPGS ARE FOR!

Samuel - [anglofhello at aol dot com]
Now, now... Language.


Lucky Seven!
Muscles fade and the mind dulls.But as long as the heart is willing, strength remains.



Today is the summer solstice, which means the longest day and the shortest night of the year. I've sometimes wondered what gargoyles think of this time of year - the days are longest, which means more time stuck in stone sleep, vulnerable to anyone who happens by with a mace, a hammer, or a pneumatic drill.

Todd Jensen
Hufflepuffs are really good finders

Jurgan - [jurgan6 at yahoo dot com]

Matt - [Saint Charles, Missouri, USA]
"For SCIENCE, which, as my associate Fang indicated, must move ever forward." - Sevarius


Vinnie - [tpeano29 at hotmail dot com]