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#2628920 monthly schedule wallpaper?

Posted by Matt on 08 October 2015 - 08:26 PM

This IS coming this month. I've been feverishly working on it this week (sorry, I've been really busy! Too many friends getting married this month!) -- I plan on having it available for download prior to the season opener tomorrow night. I'll release it in a few different resolutions, then lean on you guys a bit for some resolution requests.


Just so you know: The native size of the wallpaper is 2560x1440 -- it'll be plenty big to start!

#2625457 Monthly schedule wallpapers?

Posted by Matt on 14 September 2015 - 04:01 PM

I'll see what I can do. :)

#2611350 Improved Spam Protection and Forum Maintenance Update

Posted by Matt on 29 May 2015 - 08:32 AM

The LGW forums have been upgraded to Google's reCAPTCHA2 spam security, with the expectation this fixes the flux of spam users that have infested the site the last few days. (The old reCAPTCHA 1 version obviously isn't as bulletproof as it once was.)


While performing that upgrade I also performed a general maintenance update for the forums as well.




I'm currently testing a major upgrade to the forums to IP.Board 4.0, which should roll out later on this offseason! It promises a whole host of new feature and functionality.

#2561318 Forum Maintenance Upgrade Performed

Posted by Matt on 07 January 2015 - 12:33 PM

The LGW Forums underwent an upgrade around noon today. There shouldn't be any major front-end changes, mostly behind-the-scenes and security updates.


If you encounter any errors, please be sure to first clear your cache (Ctrl+F5). If the problem persists please feel free to drop me a Message.




#2560760 CapGeek shuts down

Posted by Matt on 05 January 2015 - 09:47 PM

First RWC, now this? I'm starting to fear LGW will go down. What's ever going on I hope the best for Matt.


No plans to shut anything down, though I am looking into a new host for the site.


Had to hit the Wayback Machine for this one: 




I used to block away an hour or so every Sunday night to update that thing by hand. What a monster pain in the butt that was. Matt Wuest got his automated on CapGeek and I thought it far better to save my hour(s) and, eventually, help out on the CG user interfaces.


Wishing him all the best and a never give up attitude.

#2560380 CapGeek shuts down

Posted by Matt on 03 January 2015 - 10:05 PM

I've kept in touch with Matt on and off for years (for a short time he wrote about the Red Wings' prospects on this site before the turn of the century and branching out to Rivals.com and eventually RWC). We worked a bit on CapGeek together and this is truly sad news.


Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. I know the decision made tonight was an extremely difficult one for him....

#2541498 LGW Moderator Problems

Posted by Matt on 16 October 2014 - 12:27 PM

 I remember new threads on signings/trades being discouraged during free agent frenzy and the trade deadline, and I found it hard to participate in the discussions when the thread are too long to follow and make an informed post.


This is exactly what I want to change. I have no problems at all with trades/signings having their own threads. Doesn't matter if it fills up the front page because the ones that are deemed comment-worthy float to the top, anyway.

#2540766 LGW Moderator Problems

Posted by Matt on 15 October 2014 - 08:22 AM

There was a thread about 4 or 5 years ago that somehow, spontaneously, amazingly, evolved into a 3 page running joke using players names as puns. It was completely harmless and was in no way offensive or insulting to anyone. It was the funniest thing that has ever happened around here. It got deleted.

Can we have that one back? I still think about it sometimes...


Honestly, this sounds hilarious but I don't recall seeing it (which isn't entirely surprising since I'm not poking around every day).




Too many posters I liked have come and gone since then because of these petty internet arguments.  I miss a lot of their posts.  


What's disappointing is that on a good number of those users we broke our own '3 Strikes' guideline in trying to keep things in line because some of them I considered valuable members. But continually violating the rules of the forum can't be ignored in the end. There were plenty of warnings and a monstrous amount of discussion among the moderators before decisions were made.



Matt, do you honestly not think this is creepy?


I understand deleting -- but never, ever editing -- a post if it contains something illegal or an image that isn't "family friendly," but you do not need to try to purify threads so that they contain only "respectful" hockey talk.  I wouldn't read this forum almost daily if I didn't want to read about hockey, but I want to read a forum, not a blog.  Lock -- or why not just move -- threads if you must, but do not, if you're an adult man or woman, delete or edit posts.


'Creepy' is the last word I'd use to describe that. And it's not about keeping the discourse on here "respectful" -- you can get heated, get animated... That's fine. But at least do so with some tact. Being an "adult man or woman" is a plainly ignorant way of putting it -- the moderators and myself have years upon years doing this job. Removing a 'page' from a thread isn't some huge deal -- 99% of the time it's because the topic at hand was derailed, quoted comments of something that had to be removed followed, etc., etc.. These aren't "yeah, I think that post sucked"-type removals. That doesn't happen.


I have a feeling that some of you don't see the forest for the trees in the respect that your off-topic banter or derailment of threads makes it more difficult for casual (or new) visitors to follow along or try to jump into a topic mid-thread. I don't want the site to be clique-ish where potential new members are turned off from joining because they don't feel a part of the club. In small doses I have absolutely no problem with it, but when it starts to dominate a thread it either 1) needs to get dialed back, or 2) the thread needs to get split or a new one started.



That sounds great. But typically in a situation like this you wouldn't be having a conversation with a few people only to have some random person jump in in the middle of it and start saying


"You guys started off talking about this, and now you're talking about that. That isn't allowed!" 

"This topic has been discussed at length already (possibly by people that aren't you), I'm putting a stop to this discussion and you guys can't talk about it anymore!"

"No you can't discuss that, move your conversation to something else"

"Oh, this topic again! I'm sick of reading about this (and I'll just assume that since I'm tired of it no other fan of this team would want to discuss it anymore either), I'll just gonna pretend you didn't want to talk about and shove it back to the bottom of the barrel!"

"I know you just spent 15 minutes developing this well thought out and nicely worded opinion about something, but I'm now going to say it's invalid and nobody will ever hear it."


You're not being oppressed. Using the bar scenario, I would look at the off-topic derailment of someone jumping into a group conversation (where the discussion topic was already established) and trying to talk over everyone or change the subject.


Now, some of your other concerns (the "this topic has been discussed at length...", "... this topic again!...") I do share on occasion. Sometimes the idea of 'mega-threads' or bumping old topics from a couple pages down to merge with a new post (on the same topic) isn't the best -- particularly if there has been a significant change from the time the original thread was started, etc... Every time Jimmy Howard has a bad stretch in net doesn't mean we need to bump a 3-year old "Howard is Average" thread to continue the discourse. The main intention with the duplicate thread remove/merge was to fix situations where there would be five "HOWARD SUCKS", "Howard is the Second Coming of Our Lord and Savior" or "Howard ________" on the main page. 




I do want to add: I love discussing things like this. There's no reason for people to get hot and bothered and keep things pent up when we can just talk about it. You guys can air your thoughts and concerns, and the moderators and I can explain the other side of the coin and see what we can do together to continually improve things.

#2540760 Monthly schedule wallpapers?

Posted by Matt on 15 October 2014 - 07:41 AM

http://www.mw32.com/ is the best (sorry Matt yours got to be too busy for me and you weren't really interested in suggestions.....which is fine)

plus the guy at monkeywrench does all Michigan area teams, like the Griffins.

To each his own, but I don't recall seeing suggestions other than different screen resolution requests. It's not difficult to throw a red tint on a wood texture and just slap logos/times/tv on and call it a wallpaper. I prefer add more detail, additional time, etc., into these as I have done for well over a decade. That's all.


As for everyone else: As long as they're the 16:10 and 16:9 aspect ratio re-sizing them is fine. What I may end up doing is the high-resolution version of each ratio, then allow your PCs/Macs to scale them down to fit.

#2540661 Monthly schedule wallpapers?

Posted by Matt on 14 October 2014 - 03:56 PM

Ha! I wasn't sure if there was a big demand for these anymore. It is getting a bit harder to produce them in a wide variety of screen resolutions, so if I go ahead with them I may trim them down.


Now I could use Analytics data to get an idea on the general needs, but what resolution(s) do you guys primarily use?

#2540658 LGW Moderator Problems

Posted by Matt on 14 October 2014 - 03:51 PM

I'll get these two out of the way first...


There have been a few members promoted to Mod in the last few years that surprised me. Surprised me to the point to where I PM'd Matt and asked how much money I had to send him to be a Mod because __________ obviously paid him to be one.

This never happened. I checked, because getting a PM that puts a $ figure on the management decisions made on this site is a monstrous slap in the face and something I would've absolutely remembered if it, you know -- actually happened.



My brother was perma banned 2 years ago because he told a mod he was "being a nazi", because he made a post about how refs were a holes and used it to vent his frustrations about something that happened in game that the mod didn't agree with.  He contacted matt about this and said it was personal and matt simply said "I trust my mods, sorry".

There is no single faster way to get yourself perma-banned on this site (other than being a 1st-post blatant troll) than directly insulting the moderators on here. It's surprising how many people feel a persecution complex and think it's a personal vendetta when they have a posted edited/deleted. Now, this may sound harsh: You're not that important. Really.


Now that that's out of the way... Moderating is an absolutely thankless job. It has been stated continuously that you simply cannot keep everyone happy. It's an accepted fact. What Harold, vladdy, MB, Jedi et al have stated is absolutely true. Every thread that gets removed, every post, gets moved to a special sub-forum within the moderator forum. It's all there. There's discussion on how to handle certain situations that come up if disciplining a member might be required. They volunteer their free time to help keep the ship righted. I'm immeasurably indebted to them for doing so.


I've also stated repeatedly that I have absolutely no problem with dissenting opinions on this site -- it is what makes for a diverse community. Let's face it, no one wants to have the forum turn into one giant circlejerk where everyone agrees with each other and it's all lollipops and ponies.


Now this may come as a surprise, but:

  • I do reply to PMs. Yes, I'm incredibly busy day-to-day, but I do make time and I do get notified. Now, if you have a concern about the moderating or another poster, just let me know. Be an adult about it, and I reciprocate. "THANKS FOR THE POLICE STATE!!1!" PMs will be summarily ignored (you know who you are). It is very rare I get PMs relating to something like this at all. I'm not the boogieman.
  • I have reversed moderating decisions. Now, it doesn't happen often, but it does. You know how that dialog gets started? PM me. Moderators make mistakes. I make mistakes. We're not above rectifying them.
  • I do want your feedback! There are good reasons that this site has been around for over 18 years now -- this baby is already heading off to college. It's been built upon that sense of community, of taking care to listen to the suggestions and concerns that the members here share, and by a fantastic moderating crew.

The last thing I'd want this site to become is over-moderated. I'd love it if the site didn't even need any. Anyone that knows me on here knows I'm all for no curse filter, some good animated banter that doesn't get personal, etc.. But I don't want comment spam. I don't want flame wars. I don't want cursing just for the sake of it.

I'd like to think of this place as a virtual sports bar, with each of you pulled up on your own stool, with a cold beer in your hand and a hearty rant about the values of CORSI and Jimmy Howard's SV% on Saturday afternoon games during Leap Years when Mike Emrick is calling the game and Babcock is wearing his McGill tie at the tips of your fingers. Don't take it too seriously, and enjoy it in a manner that contributes to make the site better for everyone.


Is that too much to ask?

#2536199 Official FREE Fantasy Hockey League Sign-Up is CLOSED

Posted by Matt on 14 September 2014 - 06:21 PM

Sign Up is CLOSED for the FREE LGW.com Fantasy Hockey League!


It's registration time for the free LetsGoWings.com Fantasy Hockey League as we get ready to tackle the 2014-15 NHL season! This is a 12-team, head-to-head league hosted by Yahoo. Scoring and draft information is below:

Draft: Saturday, October 4th @ 6:00pm ET

Starting Positions: 2 Center, 2 LW, 2 RW, 4 D, 1 Util, 2 G (6 Bench, 1 IR)

Scoring Categories: G, A, PTS, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, W, GAA, SV%, SHO


Interested in Joining?


We currently have just two spots currently left unclaimed from last year's competitive season. If you're interested in joining, PM me here and use the subject line to indicate that you're interested in the FREE league. Invitations are handed out on a first come, first serve basis and these spots will be filled very quickly.


Attendance is REQUIRED for the Saturday, October 4th (@ 6:00pm ET) LIVE DRAFT. If you cannot make the draft, do not request an invitation!


If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Team availability will be updated as the remaining spots are filled.

#2534208 LGW Fit Club

Posted by Matt on 14 August 2014 - 08:54 AM

I love the Fitbit, actually. It's the primary reason this has worked so well. I'm down 42 pounds now, and getting close to the goal -- want to hit the gym and build up muscle mass as the weather starts to cool. (That and adding equipment in the basement.)


The Fitbit + syncing with MyFitnessPal (watch calorie intake) and MapMyFitness is FANTASTIC. Can't recommend it enough. Has made this process tremendously easy.

#2533195 Wings stuff on clearance at Dick's

Posted by Matt on 28 July 2014 - 03:57 PM

****'s is not a curse word filter on here is it?


Holy crap, it is.  Feels like I'm in the 6th grade.  



Lol, no doubt.  The last couple years, this has become one of the most overly PC and heavily censored websites I have experienced in my 15+ years of internet. 


Especially absurd when you consider this is a hockey website.





Relax, fellas. You're not in a police state.


A few years ago there was a rampant problem with overly gratuitous cursing on the forums (particularly in the GDTs, where scores of entire posts would be made up of nothing but f-bombs and such). The community was warned that if such behavior continued that a curse filter would be enabled. This curse filter is just a huge word blacklist that was loaded into the database -- it wasn't something that myself or one of the moderators simply added one by one, manually.


That said, the behavior continued, it grew tiresome to continually delete/edit posts that were going over the line -- and the curse filter was enabled. I hate the fact we have to have a curse filter here. It annoys me to no end. But if the community can't handle that maturely then it's here to stay.


"Dick" was an unfortunate victim of blacklist collateral damage. You should be happy to see your dicks have henceforth been freed.



#2517664 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by Matt on 27 April 2014 - 03:05 PM