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Interview with EJR

4/8/13 by Asandir
Updated 1/22/14

Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the the portal and forum moderator EJR.

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When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username EJR?

EJR:

"In March of 2008, some kid who went by the username of Volkain5 was interested in my sprite animations when I was 13 and encouraged me to sign up here. Since then he has left but I stuck around because I liked the community. I chose the name EJR because those are my initials and I'm bad at coming up with a new alias. I've wanted a new username for a while but I still can't think of anything so I'm sticking with it. At one point I was EJRProductions but Wade ended up changing it to EJR and gave me that neat thing where if you type in ejrproductions.newgrounds.com it'll redirect to my page."

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Do you think that you changed over the time you were here, as user, or also in real life?

EJR:

"Yeah NG has changed me in a ton of ways which is why I choose not to leave. I've gotten so much advice from the friends I've made on here it'd be hard to ditch them all. I used to be a really immature kid on NG while I kept to myself IRL, but now I've managed to balance both out and keep my head leveled. It's all PRETTY SWELL."

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Are there any other users that you like, and how do they affect you?

EJR:

"Off the top of my head - Zachary, Gobblemeister, ZJ, Gagsy, Luis, 4cat, Murray, TehSlapHappy, Jay, Cosmicdeath, Travis, Timmy, Ryan, Knights, ReNaeNae, TurkeyOnAStick, Daethdrain. I like a lot more people but I guess I like these guys more than anyone else. They're all just generally cool to talk to and helpful."

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Are there any users that you would consider enemies or that you just don't like?

EJR:

"I don't really want to name any out of just not being an asshole, but there's actually a surprising amount of users that I can't really stand on the BBS. I wouldn't consider any of them enemies though."

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You are a portal moderator. Tell our readers how you became one.

EJR:

"Well in 2010 I asked Tom to give me icon mod access and being like 15 at the time I had all the time in the world to do hundreds upon thousands of icons. A little while later Tom introduced a thread for genre mods and I was interested in becoming one of those so I sent him a PM and got modded there as well (PMing Tom probably will not get you anywhere today folks). I had been fairly active on the website since receiving access to those mod types and when the time came where they had completed the portal mod tools I was given a gold aura and fancy perks. Moral of the story - users who are polite, intelligent and helpful will receive personal invites when the time arises that we need more mods."

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As portal mod, would you like to see the flagging option back as support or are groups like The Elite Guard Barracks sufficient enough to report abusive flashes?

EJR:

"Personally I would like to see the flagging option back ASAP, but I know that the staff have other concerns so I've been pretty content with The Elite Guard Barracks. They've been pretty helpful and the thread has helped them guide each other as far as what is abusive or not, and being able to give them feedback is something I appreciate."

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You recently became a forum moderator. Did your view on the forums change since becoming one? What was the most difficult situation you had to deal with on the forums?

EJR:

"Yeah, once you're on the other side you start to realize things you didn't necessarily know as a regular user. Yesterday I was asked why forum mods seem to post less after being modded and it's because it's hard to want to post and clean garbage posts up at the same time. It's amazing to see how many people complain about site moderation whether we're being strict or lenient. Can't please everyone I guess. There aren't a lot of weird things that go on that make forum modding difficult. If anything there are just a lot of annoying things like ban evaders and advertisement accounts that pop up frequently."

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Your flash Mario v. Luigi 2 won an award and was folled by a sequel , since then you moved away from sprite animations. Will you ever make another sprite animation?

EJR:

"Last year I was going to attempt another sprite animation as a joke but I got too lazy and didn't go through with it. Sprite sheets are pretty hard to come by these days and unless you're really dedicated I wouldn't recommend spending hours finding the right ones. Maybe one day I'll revisit that idea and actually finish something for once. Maybe not. I think sprite animations are dying anyway so I don't see a point in really trying it."

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The redesign happened last year. Tell me what you think about it. What do you like and what is not so good?

EJR:

"I like a lot of things about the redesign. I really like the way the site works now and the way it looks. It's one of my favorite websites to go on because everything was made with love and it shows. What I don't like is that features that should have been out long before it happened are still just barely coming out. Stuff like unpublishing and a revamped audio portal were great surprises but that should have all been out with the redesign."

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What can we expect from you in the future, EJR?

EJR:

"I've been working on animation ideas and more recently. I had considered hopping on that collabinator and finding a programmer so I can start a game. Who knows if they'll ever be done though. I'm not very good at finishing what I start."

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about EJR, dear reader.Feel free to leave a comment here, saying what you think about the interview, requesting users to get interviews is also appreciated. Tune in next week :3

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EJREJR

4/10/13

NO YOU'RE ALL COOL PEOPLE

4/10/13 Asandir responds:

EJR HAS SPOKEN WITH WISDOM


daethdraindaethdrain

4/10/13

Hi jolly.

yeah, ejr is alright

4/10/13 Asandir responds:

Hi joll.... wait :o
I agree :3


ReNaeNaeReNaeNae

4/9/13

EJR is p awesome! :D

4/9/13 Asandir responds:

Indeed :D


JollyJolly

4/8/13

ejr is cool

4/8/13 (Updated 4/8/13) Asandir responds:

Yes :)


EJR sounds like a great user. Nice interview!

4/8/13 Asandir responds:

He is great and thanks ^^


JayJay

4/8/13

EJR is a great, EJR is grand. If I could I'd meet with him and form a funky band.

4/8/13 Asandir responds:

And the band would be ..... E Jay R :o


EJR is certainly an awesome individual! Had no idea he got modded. Kudos to him.

4/8/13 Asandir responds:

I think too that EJR is a great person :)