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This week's interview features the user Archonic.
When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username Spretznaz?
"I’ve known about NG ever since Numa Numa came out, actually. I just never decided to check the site out until 2011, when I was linked to it from some random flash on the web and noticed that there was actually more to it (the site, not the flash) than stickfights and other shit. As for the username, let’s just say that I used to be a huge Call of Duty addict, and I had no idea how to spell “Spetsnaz”."
Changed his username to Archonic
Do you think that you changed over the time you were here, as user, or also in real life?
"Sure. I mean, I signed up a little over a year ago, and let’s just say that a shitton of stuff’s happened, both online and irl. For one, just take a look at my posts back when I signed up-then look at them now. It might just be me being egotistical, but I think there’s definitely a difference there."
Are there any other users that you like, and how do they affect you?
"I chat almost every night with the old Blessedsin crew, namely Lionelion, e-lord, satanbrain, Laughingbox and beardkiller, and they’re just a great group of people, period. Other than them, I’d like to give a shoutout to my EGB buddies Decky, Chrausner and gamejunkie, as well as pretty much everyone who used to post regularly in the now-dead Bat Crew, who are all amazing and part of the reason I just can’t leave this site."
Are there any users that you would consider enemies or that you just don't like?
"Enemies, no. There isn’t really a single person on NG that I “don’t like,” per se. I mean, if someone constantly acts like an idiot, then I’ll just start taking him/her less seriously for obvious reasons. But no, I definitely don’t consider anyone an “enemy.”"
What is your opinion about the forums? Is there one forum that you prefer? And is there another forum user that you want to see getting interviewed by me?
"Well, if I didn’t like the forums, what am I even doing answering these questions? :P I mean, obviously you really can’t take them (General) seriously, but even so, as I’ve said a couple times already, the place is just too good to leave. As for the actual forums, I like General, Where is/How to?, Clubs and Crews, and to a lesser extent Politics. And for future interviews, I’d say pretty much anyone I mentioned up above would be a good choice. I guess if I wanted to see one in particular, though, I would think that either satanbrain or Chrausner would make a very interesting interview, to say the least."
I guess that you have an opinion about the moderators of Newgrounds. Do you think that they do a great job or not?
"Usually no, I don’t have a problem with them. Honestly this is the only forum I know of where the mods don’t constantly abuse their power and turn the place into a survival-of-the-fittest style wasteland. But then again, one or more of them have ticked me off before, for various reasons. I’m just not the type to hold grudges with people on the Internet, though."
Would you like to become a moderator on Newgrounds? If so, what kind of moderator?
"I’m not crazy about it, to be honest. I just don’t need yet another responsibility (yes, that’s how I see it) on top of my ever-growing pile of seriously-more-important obligations. I guess if circumstances changed, then I’d be open to the idea, but as of now it’s a solid no."
You are a member of the Elite Guard Barracks. What are you doing for the group and how did you become a member?
"Nowadays, the Barracks seems to be full of people who basically just want to help keep the flash portal clean and free of crap, sometimes literally. :P When the whistle was removed in the redesign, the EGB was, for a time, the only way abusive stuff could get reported, so I think that at least slightly increased the amount of posting in there. And as for [b] how I joined, it’s pretty much spelled out in the original post, with the added requirement of a silver whistle or higher. Oh, and if anyone’s on the fence about joining/posting there, don’t be shy, we love fresh meat!"
Taking a look at the flash portal reveals that nowadays more and more days pass by where no flashes get blammed. Where do you see the reasons for this?
"The B/P system, which I’m sure pretty much everyone knows by now, works in such a way that flashes only get blammed if enough people vote on it accordingly (read-0-1). Since basically nothing’s getting blammed, people obviously aren’t doing that. It might be some super secret save-spamming group (lmao), it might be that most people don’t care enough to vote properly and just 2 everything, or it might be something else entirely, I have no idea. Besides, with the current direction the site is going, I really don’t see it changing anytime soon."=
The redesign happened last year. Tell me what you think about it. What do you like and what is not so good?
"I definitely like the aesthetic feel as a whole, which all in all was/is a huge improvement with the old design. Otherwise, there’s still too many long-standing bugs and such that I’ve gotten tired of (no whistle, special characters on the BBS, etc.) While pretty much everything introduced by the staff since then have been amazing improvements, I would think that fixing old stuff would be a tad more important than completely new stuff."
Many changes have been implented after the initial redesign last year, including more social options. What kind of changes would you like to see in the future?
"Apart from the old bug fixes I’m still waiting for (see above), I prefer to basically sit back and be surprised, I don’t doubt that anything to come won’t majorly improve the site, even if it’s just minor."
On one of your newsposts you state that you are a "diehard Packers fan". When did you start watching American Football? Did you ever watch a match live or do you plan to do so?
"A very early age, that’s all I can really say. And yes, I’ve gone to quite a few games live. I’m sure quite a few people here would agree with me when I say that going to a game live is completely different than watching it on TV."
Something that interests me... your usericon is Monokuma from a videogame called Dangan-Ronpa. Why did you choose it as user icon?
"Eh, I found the thing in someone’s fan translation on another site (It only came out in Japanese, iirc). The game itself didn’t interest me much, but the bear’s design seemed neat, so yeah."
Every person has secrets. Can you tell one of yours or something else that we didn't know about you yet?
"I go to the Summerfest music festival in Milwaukee every year (it’s going on right now). I’m also skinny as hell and just can’t bulk up for some reason. And yes, I lift (or try, at least :P) ."
What can we expect from you in the future, Archonic?
"Just me being me, pretty much. Maybe one day I’ll get off my arse and try flash or something, but probably not. Either way, I sure as hell won’t be leaving this place anytime soon."
Now you are filled with more knowledge about Archonic, 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