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This is a great place, made of great people and that means every single one of you. You being here is the cinnamon on our bun, and while the bun isn't as big as it once was, it's even more delicious than ever.

Kindness and friendship. Sticking together. Lending a shoulder, or a Philips head. Amusing. Teaching. All of you do your part because you like doing that. As long as people like you like each other, Atomic is alive and well.

As was our way since the very beginning, we like to thank those who, for any number of indefinable reasons, have stood out just a little bit extra. We're saying thanks, and we're giving you a badge of honour so others may know of your deeds.

It's been a long time since we tapped Heroes, but they've always been here. Many here have long been true Heroes even if they didn't have the badge. Until now. While the landscape here has altered a bit, the green grass of Atomic is as strong and fresh as ever. You're still here, after all.

Today we have new Atomic Heroes. With mighty thanks for just being you - you done good.

 

HEROES

Cybes
Always there to keep the conversation going, Cybes' level headedness and quietly smirking nature can't be beat. Cybes is one of our top posters and always brilliant. He has always been glowy green at the core, and this just makes it official. 

SquallStrife
From politics to Arduino, Squall is into it all. We miss him dearly when he's not around and love it when he weighs in during the tough conversations. 

SceptreCore
Everything from tech advice to the best whisky is Sceptre. He's tech and gaming in the best way, with advice and sheer awesome helpfulness to new and old. 

smadge1
Another one of our quietly glorious post champions, smadge gives the atomic gaming love as well as being generally awesome. From Arduino to his new toys and games, he keeps the love going.

eveln
We love her opinions, her challenges and her style. Eveln gives us plenty of atomican goodness in every post, no matter whether it's her fridge or a driverless car.


/BRAVO!
These friends now join the rank of Hero.

 

Speaking of which, there are Heroes here that have become more.

They are SUPERHEROES.

These mega people have shown consistency in being super awesome. Always in-depth whether it comes to tech or science or food or audio or general hijinkery. They play with us, they share with us, they keep the place amazing. They are love - gooey, glowing green love, and are just very atomic. Yes, Sir. Very atomic. 

 

SUPERHEROES

Nich...
A decade and a half overdue and I thought he was already, which is the only possible explanation for this not happening before. He cares, he loves, he provides the glowy green slushy of total awesome. He works his tiny custard-filled butt off to keep the place sparkling, moderating and adjusting the backend to keep us running. His dedication to the community can’t be beaten and his tireless efforts often go unnoticed. But he absolutely is noticed and is truly, completely, astonishingly amazing. 

scruffy1
From medical advice about haemorrhoids to sage wisdom and a megaton of musical knowledge, he is the king. Scruffy is tireless in his grand old country doctor way and an awesome guy to boot. 

Fenn
Fenn brings a spark of CWA to atomic. She enjoys her games and plays hard with us all, while gently showing us how to crochet a CPU and bake a chocolate cream pi. 

fredzfrog
Fredz is an atomic institution. He laughs at the world with us and all it's foibles, while always being there to cheer us along. 

@~thehung
From the tech sections to general chat, hung is everywhere. He is always ready with a smile and an opinion while quietly keeping the chat going in his own special way. The place just wouldn't be the same without him.


You beautiful people. 

 

BUT. THAT'S. NOT. ALL.

As special as this moment of thanks is, it's now going to 11. For amongst us are Superheroes that personify the very best of Atomic. Because, these superheroes are our tech gods, and Atomic is Maximum Power Computing at its core. They are always there to offer help and assistance in anything tech. They provide comment and genius advice and sage wisdom to any and all who need it. They keep out a sharp eye throughout our tech areas for everything from wayward spam to dodgy RAM. These are the atomic cyborgs and we love them.

And from now on they will be afforded the rank of:

 

SUPERHERO MPC

aliali
While we might have a tech head or two around the place, aliali is a techie’s techie. He can fix it when it's broken and make it better when it's not. Always there to lend a hand on a piece of kit or a problem.

Rybags
There is so much awesome wrapped up in the package that is Rybags, it's hard to know where to start. He a tech gem and a Green Room god. And so much more. Totally and completely atomic in every way.

Dasa
When the supertechies get together, Dasa is never far away. He can help with everything from your mobile phone to your AMD kit and is always willing to lend a hand.

stadl
With a heart as big as a continent, tech chops galore and an ever present helping hand, stadl shines like the sun. He can get to the heart of an issue in 6 words and still have room for a compliment.

 

Stand tall. You are all gold.


Two more thanks must be included. First to the mods. They give and give, they do it for the love here, and that means they do it for you. We all love them back, and rightly so. They made today's announcement happen and helped me a lot putting it together. Bless. We are lucky.

And. YOU. Without you Atomic would be a lesser place. You seem to like it here and keep coming back. So, thanks for being in the gang, and I hope we can all stay here until the end of time xx

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*Emerges from the engine room wiping her hands on a greasy rag*

All done Cap'n!  Anyone who doesn't have their shiny new words under their name, PM me and I'll get Nich to figure out what the heck I did wrong. ?

Also - woohoo!  Congratulations to everyone!!!!!!!!  You all very much and totally deserve it.  I hope you all treasure your titles and wear them with pride.

And Ben, thank you for your care and attention and giving us so very very much.  This place is a testament to who you are.  The love we share, the care that is given, the spirit that is atomic is a growth of the seed you planted, nurtured and continue to tend.

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sob !  i ... i ... don't know what to say...

 

unlikely, i am always verbose and indeed honoured by the lofty title bestowed upon me

and here was me thinking special was a backhanded way of propping up the egos of those with "other abilities" (which it is politically incorrect to elaborate on in this time and place, but suffice to say they get their own olympics)

 

congratulations to all the other players similarly honoured; youse all deserve the promotion gained

my only suggestion is superhero mpc is difficult to say, and i would propose that these uberheroes might be more easily recognised as megaheroes  (or indeed, uberheroes, which sounds pretty schmick also)

or leave them as superhero mpc, and now i'll shut the fuck up

 

not for long though

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Congrats.   TBH I thought some were already heroes years ago.  Really, the people who who have endured the assault and stayed around since things like the mag going away and ArseBook, Shitter and InstaScam taking over the world all deserve such a tag.

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Thank you so much. I am honoured to be bestowed with this... honour... (yes, honour). Seriously.

I'm not sure I'd have got it if it were the old days with so many people swarming about the place, but I'm honoured nonetheless. 

All those besides myself though I do recognize as worthy, such great contributors that keep this place going. And the mods are so very awesome for all the selfless work they do.

Nothing in the world of tech that you couldn't find here amongst these heroes is not worth knowing.

 

I might just have a whisky to celebrate the occasion.

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6 hours ago, Ben Mansill said:

Always there to keep the conversation going, Cybes' level headedness and quietly smirking nature can't be beat. Cybes is one of our top posters and always brilliant. He has always been glowy green at the core, and this just makes it official.

Awww, shucks.  I'd like to thank the Academy...

Seriously, thanks, Ben. ?  I'll keep on trying not to disappoint anyone with porn posts.

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1 hour ago, SceptreCore said:

I might just have a whisky to celebrate the occasion.

^^^^^^^^^^^^ ... maybe two

so, fridge talk does it hey ?  Many thanks . Glad to be able to be here chatting / arguing into the future.

Really like the SuperHero MPC title and even I understand the brains and attention that those dudes use here ?

 

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and i'm back, at this crowded soiree

 

to say well done to all the crew, but also to congratulate you on making the badge of honour much more colour matched to my tag (of ummmmmmmmmmm............ )

thanks for that, my artistic libran sensibilities are feeling very balanced

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2 minutes ago, scruffy1 said:

and i'm back, at this crowded soiree

 

to say well done to all the crew, but also to congratulate you on making the badge of honour much more colour matched to my tag (of ummmmmmmmmmm............ )

thanks for that, my artistic libran sensibilities are feeling very balanced

I told @Nichmy color choices were right! Artistic librans are always right. ?

 

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i confess that i rarely call green and blue correctly when judged by my spouse, but i reckon my tag is aqua, while my badge is perhaps more aquamarine

 

but is that blue or green ?

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1 minute ago, scruffy1 said:

but is that blue or green ?

it's aquamarine because it's blue/green

to me your tag is fluro teal. lol

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/mutters something about monitor colour balance, night eye, lux, and blue reduction...

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?

 

Been a long, long while.

I utterly agree not just with the new "promotions" but with thinking all those folks were heroes or supers already ?

I really must spend more time in Tech but it's been a rather horrendous time for quite a while, the Green room is pretty good psychotherapy. ?

Cheers

 

 

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12 hours ago, Ben Mansill said:

SquallStrife
From politics to Arduino, Squall is into it all. We miss him dearly when he's not around and love it when he weighs in during the tough conversation

Good that's extremely well deserved.

12 hours ago, Ben Mansill said:

aliali
While we might have a tech head or two around the place, aliali is a techie’s techie.

I think you are rather overdoing it a bit on the accolades there Ben, but thanks.

 

And congrats to all the others too.

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Legit crying here, Ben.

We're only here because of the people. Sure, there's that whole tech side of the forums, and we were mostly drawn here by that, but I've been hanging out here for fifteen years. That isn't because of the tech, it's because of the people. This thread has some of my best friends in it, old friends, solid friends. People I've helped. People I've argued with. Couple people I've snogged while drunk... plenty of people who have helped me, listened to me, taught me amazing things. 

To the new heroes, welcome to the club. Nich will be around shortly to sign over your key to the special bathroom with the nice towels and proper toilet paper.

Meanwhile, you're right, Ben. This Atomic needs more pi...

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4 hours ago, Fenn said:

Legit crying here, Ben.

We're only here because of the people. Sure, there's that whole tech side of the forums, and we were mostly drawn here by that, but I've been hanging out here for fifteen years. That isn't because of the tech, it's because of the people. This thread has some of my best friends in it, old friends, solid friends. People I've helped. People I've argued with. Couple people I've snogged while drunk... plenty of people who have helped me, listened to me, taught me amazing things. 

To the new heroes, welcome to the club. Nich will be around shortly to sign over your key to the special bathroom with the nice towels and proper toilet paper.

Meanwhile, you're right, Ben. This Atomic needs more pi...

Good onya Fenn :)  And yep, same. There are  friends for life here. And let's not under-rate lifelong acquaintances, either, also very good to have in your heart.

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Nice selection, Ben!  All the new names were heroes in action already, but good to have it acknowledged publicly.

 

Cybes especially - he's one of those guys that should have had the hero tag long ago, instead of me...

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12 hours ago, eveln said:

it's aquamarine because it's blue/green

to me your tag is fluro teal. lol

i thought so too till i compared it to an artists palette on line

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