The 'Shroom:Issue LXV/Interview
Greetings, 'Shroomrades! Another month rolls by, summer is reaching its end. Just last week, we had the biggest celebration of the year on the website, the 6th Annual Mario Awards. The event was a total blast, and was very well-coordinated between the leading Awards Committee staff. Massive kudos to Turboo, Superchao, Super Mario Bros., Gamefreak75, and Tucayo for all the work they did in keeping everything punctual, fun, and enjoyable for everyone.
I just wanted to mention what an awesome job they did and how good the ceremony was. Check it out if you haven't seen the ceremony yet.
I'll skip ahead to tonight's subject now.
This month I'll be interviewing someone I've been trying to get a hold of since June. He's a really good guy who joined this community in a rather funny scenario (which he will tell us about later), and is someone I thought you guys would like to see interviewed eventually. His name is Anton, but he's also well-known as both Hypnotoad and PsychoKamek. He has not contributed much to the wiki itself, but he is an established user in the various chatrooms around our community, as well as the forum. He is currently a Chat Operator on the #mwchat and #userpedia channels, as well as some member-owned chatrooms.
On Userpedia, Anton is currently an Admin on their wiki and forum. He was originally promoted to Patroller one year ago, and was bumped up to Sysop status during March of this year. Anton also helps out with Userpedia's Featured Content process; he directs Featured Images and sub-directs Featured Articles. Anton also is also the star of a comic created by Mason on Userpedia.
In addition to all of this, Anton also attends college photography, forensics, and anthropology. He plans to take his knowledge from the three subjects and form a steady career in crime scene photography, which is a pretty impressive goal.
I don't want to bore you with too many details, so I'll move on to the actual interview now. You should enjoy it.
Me: Hello, lovely 'Shroom readers whom are likely getting tired of my same old lukewarm greetings!
so, here we have a member of the community who didn't join because he was Googling Mario information; he joined because of some pranks in the chatroom that some of our more senior members were trying to pull in his own chatroom, #pokemon — a chatroom completely separate from this community. ...Or, at least, it was "completely" separate. Anton followed those people back to our native chatrooms, and past there, eventually formed some solid friendships with the people there. He then became more and more involved in the community, and even helps administrate one of this community's most creative outlets — Userpedia. Anton frequently assists people in many situations; from administrative duties to personal problems, if there's a way Anton can help someone out, odds are, he's going to try it.
I find his career goal to be pretty admirable, too. Helping the authorities catch the bad guys and solve cases, giving the victims' families some sort of closure; what's not to respect about a job like that? Maybe he's not the one putting the cuffs on the perpetrator, but without people like crime scene photographers, the police would have far greater difficulties solving cases. Evidence is crucial in any case, which is why it's so important for as much of it to be gathered as possible. Which is where Anton would come in. Anton has helped many people work through various issues in this community. I can see him helping many people solve issues of more criminal nature, too.
If none of this making any sense, just watch this.