New Website

This website will now be retired and archived, meaning that new posts will no longer be available and all of the pages here will no longer be updated. The new website will become our primary website and will contain essential updated versions of the pages and new posts will be made there from now on.

https://gsaheadquarters.wordpress.com/

We hope to see you all there!

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Net Neutrality: The fight’s not over

Last Thursday, the FCC voted to gut the Title II Net Neutrality protections, willfully ignoring the public outcry against such. We should not let chairman Ajit Pai have the last word on this, and that’s why we’re calling on Congress to overturn this vote. Urge your lawmakers to reverse the FCC’s Net Neutrality repeal today.

Congress has the power to restore the Net Neutrality rules we fought so hard for. Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can pass a “resolution of disapproval” that would nullify the FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality.

You may remember the CRA from last spring, when privacy opponents used it to roll back the Obama-era FCC’s strong broadband-privacy rules. Now we need to turn the tables and use the CRA to save the internet. Tell Congress: Overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality-killing vote.

The CRA empowers Congress to review new regulations and pass a joint resolution of disapproval to overrule any recent regulations it doesn’t like. Overturning Pai’s misleadingly named “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” would leave us with the exact same Net Neutrality protections we won in 2015. Think of it as a double negative: If we repeal Pai’s repeal, we could end up right back where we started — with strong Net Neutrality rules.

Contact your members of Congress today: Tell them to use a resolution of disapproval to overturn the FCC’s vote to dismantle Net Neutrality. As we fight for the open internet in the courts and in the streets, we need our allies in Congress to fight side by side for a clean rollback of Pai’s bogus plan. The Net Neutrality fight isn’t over. http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_overturn_rod/?

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The final push for Net Neutrality

Once again, the fight for net neutrality is arising. This may be the final push- If net neutrality is abolished, we’ll suffer for it, while the wealthy will only benefit from it. Small businesses will suffer. Entertainment will suffer- Only triple-A titles would be given reliable server connections. Smaller things many of us enjoy will not be able to pay for better access. News sources will be rate limited, unless they’re wealthy enough to pay for access, meaning that money will decide what information is presented. Even as far as political information given to the public could be so easily swayed. ISPs can be paid to block certain websites, or allow faster connection to others. We should all know the hazards of letting wealth control information.

Don’t let companies min-max their profits by restricting our access, our information, and our quality of life. Should net neutrality be successfully protected this time, it may finally be safe for good.

Learn more, and join the fight here. https://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now

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The 8th Era – A few formal statements

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In light of recent events, a few formal statements must be made. There’s alot to cover, and I’m going to do my best inform of these changes.

As of August 27th, 2017 Jeep has stepped down as the leader of GSA and retired, for personal reasons, and has passed leadership down to me. Him, and many other have put their faith into me, and I intend to take this position proudly and to not let anyone down. But I can’t do this alone. Everyone needs to contribute to GSA, and luckily I have support in this. But everyone has a part to play, and by their very nature, the changes we need to make require all of us to do our part.

Activity has dwindled for years now, and truly has been since the death of EKAT and a wide spread loss of interest and excitement. While we can’t quite return to how things were, we can get our community back up to a point of excitement and activity, keeping new members engaged in activity and forming the kinds of bonds we did when we were new to this community.

Ultimately our goal is to get back that golden part of those days. I’ve been with GSA for years now, starting from the bottom, and that experience has formed unshakable bonds between our members. The best thing we can do is to provide that kind of community again for our newcomers.


A few changes needed to be made. I’ll state some of what has been done so far, and some of what we still need. This is not necessarily complete, simply for practicality, and that alot must still be considered.

The rules page has been updated, but we still need to do more. Ultimately our laws have become too loose to serve as a proper system in many cases, and while this was intended in older reforms, it has failed. While we should not crowd the page with countless laws specific to a game we no longer play or to systems we no longer use, we do need to know a defined and precise time to take action when needed, and how to deal with issues.

Menus have been reorganized, and close to final. More changes will likely be made, though. Priority has been placed on more important pages, and less demanding info has been moved back into archives.

The banned list has had some fixed. Old entries unlawfully removed were restored, and in light of recent events some new have been added.

The staff is being worked on, revised and put together to work as a new team. Together, we’ll be making the changes we need, and taking feedback from all the community. I’m working to make sure all of our staff are active and cooperating for the better of GSA. A more official announcement will be made, once I have assembled the team fully.


And as a formal declaration, for the case of history being recorded, I declare now that July of 2017 is the start of the 8th era of GSA history.

It was then that we truly started improving the clan and aiming to make us a better community. With the changes of this week, this turn of history is cemented.

Additionally, Jeep has most certainly earned an immortal place on the wall of fame for his service as one of the best leaders GSA has seen in all it’s history.


If anyone would like to dispute the changes made, please take it up with me. We can all make this work, and feedback is important.

Hoping to serve you well ~

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Administration shakeup. [Expired]

This is a post where the people will choose whether or not to oust current member of the Administration team. Please comment below with a “+” to keep the desired person in their current office, or a “-” to oust them in favor of someone new. Do this for every person listed, not just one or two. Those who are ousted will likely be made moderators. Also, I will moderate this post. So if everyone else could let it be so that there’s no confusion or double counted posts, that would be much appreciated.

Jeepdino (+) 14 (-) 5  For personal reasons, Jeep has decided to retire and name Jon as his successor.

Nighthawk (+) 9 (-) 10

BronzeV(Leejay) (+) 0 (-) 19

Jonb7 (+) 17 (-) 2

Pzk (+) 6 (-) 13

 

VOTE HAS BEEN EXPIRED. Any recent votes will automatically not count.

Some Site Updates

Since I reacquired my status as Site Editor on the website after I once again rejoined the clan. I have decided to go and make some changes and other fixes on the website. This site was almost in a kinda sad state when I saw the contents, so I go on ahead and clean up as much of the pages as possible. Here are the changes listed below.

  • Fixed the urls for some of the pages such as the Members and Ranks pages.
  • Removed [+] on pages containing multiple subpages since they are no longer needed.
  • Removed some of the table of contents that are now longer available or public on the GSA website. Added ones that weren’t listed on the contents.
  • Created a new Members List page, the old one was absolutely messy and hard to follow and keep track of the lists, so a draft became a better alternative. As a result, I have privatized the old page which only admins and editors can access.
  • Updated Widgets
  • Fixed GSA News Page Link Directory
  • Added new Members List

 

Unfortunately new WordPress theme requires widgets to get pages to be visible on the website and only Administrators can adjust that, meaning I can’t make the new Members List public since I am only an editor. However, I can still link the page since it is already published

@Admins if possible, I request temporary Admin rights to adjust the widgets and also attempt to fix the GSA News page directory too if I get the site position for a while.

Anyways, here is the link to the new updated list

https://gsafaction.wordpress.com/members-and-ranks/members-list/

If your name is not listed, comment below. And also please list what platforms do you play on? Whether it’d be Xbox, Playstation or Steam, it is recommended, if you use any of these platforms.

UPDATE – The new official Members List has been added. Replacing the old one. It is now properly accessible. 

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Net Neutrality and You

Today is the International Day of Action for Net Neutrality, hence this post.

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is the idea that all data should be treated equally by ISPs, no matter the source. This means that all data is delivered to you in the most efficient way possible without unnecessary delays or paywalls.

How does it affect me?

Without net neutrality rules, companies seeking a profit may implement all sorts of rules restricting or slowing access to content that they please. These may include:

  • Imposing a fee upon websites, which if not paid would result in reduced speeds.
  • Overall reduced access to more sources of information and entertainment, further consolidating and homogenizing the Internet.
  • Possible censorship of information if deemed controversial or damaging to business interests.
  • BitTorrent throttling en-masse; goodbye piracy!

Who is involved in the fight for net neutrality?

Many of your favorite companies and people are involved in the fight to keep net neutrality as law.

  • Mozilla (Firefox)
  • Twitter
  • Twitch
  • Netflix
  • Tim Berners-Lee (the creator of the Web)
  • Netflix
  • OkCupid
  • College Humor
  • Vimeo
  • Google
  • Airbnb
  • Reddit
  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • And of course, Pzk M!

What can I do to help keep net neutrality?

Write a letter to the FCC supporting net neutrality. Click this link to do so. Thanks for participating!

BoA Now dead? (Re)

(Reblogged from BoA site.)

Just an interesting post from the BoA site. I haven’t heard any news from them for a while, but maybe we’re not the last surviving clan after all.
Still the oldest, but maybe not by as far as we thought, eh? Curious retrospective, though.

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Hello everyone, Dave here. Just came back to check how things are going with this nice clan. Seems things aren’t going too well. BOA and GSA are the last pb2 clans left standing(Even though that designation is probably wrong calling us still a pb2 clan. Most if not all of us have moved on to other games(better games). So anyways  lets make sure BOA does not die off.

~Dave out!

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Site updates 2017

As you can already see, the GSA site has been updated. We have changed the format from our old piano black, after so many years so as to work on a new, more modern look. Sniper and I have been working on a few things, and soon more updated pages will be coming.

Please bear in mind, the new fonts and the new theme may have made formatting on some pages a little different than before, so some stuff may be out of place. We’ll be going over every page and updating everything.

Some pages may soon be thinned out, removed, heavily changed, and possibly merged with other pages.

~ I’ll keep you updated.

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Anniversary Gamenight?

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In one week, GSA will be officially turning 6 years old.

Pzk and I were recently discussing a bit of a gamenight on the 24th-26th, to celebrate the occasion.

Who’s up for a gamenight? We’ll probably play a bit of everything. Maybe some Pb2, but probably more of something else. We have lots of options; We’ll probably set up an arena game for our newest recruits in Space Engineers. Maybe some oGaT, or something new. Or maybe some Cards Against Humanity GSA.

Who’s up for it? And, any ideas? Always open.

Everyone from the community is welcome to join us on Discord for celebrations!

I hope to see you all there~

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