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Flinn
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His Dudeness of TWC

Badges/Staff Roles:Citizen , Civitate , Administrator , Gaming Director , Content Emeritus , Patrician
Patron:Finlander
House:The Imperial House of Hader
Patron of:Lugotorix , Lifthrasir , Socrates1984 , Joerock22 , Kilo11 , Vladyvid , Dick Cheney , phazer , Jake Armitage , Webba84


Flinn is obsessed with Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi and many of his closest friends suspect that they may be one and the same. Flinn is also TWC's resident Dudeist and is responsible for drinking more white russians (and wine!) than all other TWC members combined. He's got an insane appetite (aka Bunga Bunga) for avatars, having changed hundreds of them over the years! For the full story, just check below!

The real history!

The Beginning

Flinn arrived at TWC sometime around mid 2012, but only joined during December of the same year. Like many others, he has been attracted at TWC because of Third Age: Total War mod, the glorious overhaul modification for Medieval 2: Total war, set in the Middle Earth. Flinn spent the first few months of activity at TWC at the TATW fora, making himself comfortable in that corner of the site. While there he wrote a strategy guide and mostly supported other members with gameplay and strategy suggestions, while also doing some mod testing. Every once in a while he goes back to visit his first home at TWC, and it's always exciting.

The Personal Help & Advice and the Eagle Standard

It was not long before Flinn discovered his second home at TWC, the Personal Help & Advice (aka PH&A) fora; this place is dedicated to ask, and give, personal support and advice with the many struggles of real life. Flinn became active around mid June 2013, and after that he spent a huge amount of time there; for the first part of his TWC life the PH&A was his main area of contribution, where he both posted about his own struggles and helped many fellow members with their own. As of today the PH&A is still a very important part of Flinn's activity and he's a recognized authority there, also acting as the Local Moderator since 2015.

During mid 2014 he joined the Content Staff, and became a writer for the Eagle Standard, the publication primarily dedicated to review and preview TW Games and modifications. It was a quick start, as early as August that very year he had his first article published and also earned himself his first Scribe's Quill (the Bronze one); by the end of 2014 he was promoted as the Director of the Eagle Standard, aided by the fact that the former Director had to suddenly resign. He served as a writer and Director until mid 2018. As a writer he wrote a total of fifteen articles himself, as a Director he over-viewed, edited and published a total of twenty four articles. During his tenure "interview with modders" were introduced, a brand new field of articles that was largely appreciated by the audience. Finally, he also managed the transition from the old forum publication to the most recent Content Management System (aka CMS) publication.

Moderation

Flinn was hired as a Global Moderator on March 2016 and served as in the TW section of the Forum up to January 2017, when he was promoted into Hex.

As a TW Moderator he had to deal with the launch of the first Warhammer and the following heated period, among the other things. Upon exiting the official Global Moderation team, he remained as a Local moderator in various areas, mainly the PH&A and the Questions and Suggestions and, from early 2020, he's assigned as a Local moderator at the Thema Devia forum. He's also acting as a de facto moderator in the Coliseum and in all the threads involved in the TGC. As an Admin he usually takes care of spambots and blasts them on sight.

Site Awards Committees

Another one of the main areas of contributions. Flinn joined the Member Awards Committee during 2014 and has been part of it during a total of 7 editions. He started as a regular member, but as soon as 2015 he took the helm of the manager and started to transform the competition by reviewing the rules, this both to prevent the usual rigging of the past and also to keep them updated with the current site activity. He also created a framework for the organization and running of the Awards that has become the standard, as well as working on updating the categories.

During 2015 he also joined the Modding Awards Committee, and became the main manager as early as 2016; so far he has participated in 6 different editions. As a regular member he focused mostly in the promotion of the awards (via the Eagle Standard publication); as a manager he worked mostly in creating framework for the organization and running of the same, together with keeping them updated with the latest TW games released. New categories were also created (Tools & Resources, New/Classical modder, etc). Serious efforts were made in order to ask the community both about how to renew the Awards and if it was or not the case to open them to mods not posted at TWC.

Recruiting new committee members every edition is another important part of the job.

Content Hex and Site Administration

Flinn was allowed into the Hexagon Council around the end of 2016, and he finally wore the bold red mantle publicly early 2017. Since then he has been sitting in the Site Administration, covering various roles, the first being Site Content Administrator (responsible for the publications and the other activities carried out by the Content Artist, Content Staffers and Librarians). He has been serving in the role until early 2019, when he eventually moved to fully dedicate himself to other administrative roles.

Publications as Content Hex

As Content Hex he worked both by himself and in team with another Site Content Administrator. During his tenure more than 50 articles were published, of which approx one third from the Eagle Standard. He also cooperated with the Scriptorium to help them promote and develop their Writing Competitions. As a rule he provided plenty of guidance, took care of editing, and worked continuously to keep up with the tight agenda of publications.

The CMS Guide and the Rep and Quills Guide for Directors; other activities

The Content Management System aka CMS, was introduced starting from end of 2016 and Flinn created and posted a guide on how to use the CMS (including a simple pic editing guide) which is still used as a reference as of today. He also made a Guide specifically aimed at helping Content Directors with managing the rewards (reputation points and Scribe's Quills) of their Staffers. Furthermore, he underwent a cleanup of the oldest threads as well as putting up some new stuff, such as the Communal Activity thread or the Content Support thread

Competitions and Awards Hex, Pro-tempore Gaming Hex

Having taken care of managing the Site Awards since 2016, Flinn eventually moved in full to their management around end of 2018, few months before quitting the position of Content Hex. At the same time he created the brand new position of Competition Hex, something he was tailoring with since long. In this position he not only manages the Site Award, but also takes care of some of the Community Competitions, and also gives his support and help to other existing competitions whenever needed and requested to (i.e. Picture of the Year 2018!). During the first weeks he also underwent a reorganization of the Competition fora, to make them consistent with the actual structure.

Medals and rep for RPG and Hotseats

Since early 2020 is acting as a Pro-Tempore Gaming Hex, mostly taking care of basic Admin activities, including giving support with the annual Hotseat Awards, as well as assigning reputations and medals (both the Gaming Staff Chess Piece and the Gaming Service Shield), for the Hoteseat and RPG (now inactive) Staff and community.

The Total Guess Competition (TGC)

Upon stepping in the new position, Flinn started to work immediately on ideas for new competitions, which eventually led to the creation of the Total Guess Competition. The TGC celebrated 2 years at February 2021 and at that date more than 20 members have been awarded with a TGC medal. On mid 2019 the TGC was further expanded with the addition of a new set of awards and related medals. He's currently covering the Gaming Director position.

The Post of the Fortnight Competition (PotF)

During mid 2018, the Curia proposed the creation of a new competition, the Post of the Fortnight Competition. After few weeks of discussion, Flinn stepped in and eased the creation of a dedicated committee; in particular he worked, together with other volunteers, to create a set of rules and all the templates needed to smoothly run it, as well as setting up and creating the PotF Medal. He also created the forum dedicated to the PotF Competition. First round was launched on December 2018, and as of early 2021 the PotF has reached round 44! He's currently covering the Gaming Director position.

Lottery

Early 2019 Flinn launched a Happy new year lottery. The main purpose of the lottery was to stimulate people to post suggestions for a name for a new game (which later became known as the TGC), but also to give out some rewards in reputation, and most important, in game keys. The prices were assigned after the ballot took place on January the 22nd.

CMS Blogs and the CMS Blogger Award

With the introduction of the CMS BlogsFlinn actively worked to crete a specific Award dedicated to active CMS Bloggers; after discussing about it he later created a new award. Furthermore, seeing the need for a new community dedicated to blogging, he created the Blogging Thread, both as a repository of all the necessary info and as a place to discuss and make requests related to the CMS Blogs. Later on he also created a Blogging Hub housed on the CMS itself, as well as a WIKI page.

Graphic competitions

In collaboration with the Content Art Staff: Post of the Fortnight Medal and Banner; Three Kingdoms Badges.

As a Competition Hex: Modding Staff Medals; Legio 5001st Award Medal; Modding Service Award Medal; CMS Bloggers Award Medal; Troy Badges.

Other reviewed awards (with no competition involved): New WIKI Medals, in cooperation with the Content Hex and WIKI Director.

Milestone Award

Being the Award Hex, Flinn has dedicated himself more than anyone else to look for and then award with, all the possible eligible recipients for the original TWC Milestone Award. When noticing that many other members could be worthy of this award, and in the spirit of the award itself, he proposed an amendment to expand said award; as a result, 100 more members received it. Furthermore, with the help of a friendly member, he created a dedicated thread in the Symposium, both as a repository of info about this award and to be used as a celebration spot for any new recipient.

Supporting Modding Hex

Upon creation of the Modding Staff at the end of 2018, and after the subsequent resignations of the first two assigned Hex, on June 2019 Flinn joined another Hex as a temporary Modding Hex, with the idea of giving support and temporarily lead the Modding Staff as long as another assigned Hex could be found. Unfortunately, due to lack of general activity and interest, the Modding Staff was eventually disbanded on March 2020, and its duties reassigned to Moderation and Content.

Other important activities

Not content with the many duties he's already carrying out, Flinn has involved himself in various other activities around the site.

Blogs

Flinn is the most active CMS Blogger, having posted more than 30 different blog posts since the very first one on July 2019. his blogs range from typical Italian things like wine-making or cooking, to more general stuff about being a public administrator or a wild camping nerd (aka bushcraft), and of course one about his own Dudeistic view of life.

Wiki

Flinn has been working on updating and improving various pages of the TWC wiki; first of all he has created and is maintaining the CMS Blogs page. In his Competition and Awards Hex (as well as pro tempore Gaming Hex) he reworked and updated the Staff page as well as the Medals and Awards page and all its subpages (Curia Awards, Hex Awards, etc). He's taking care of updating the Member awards and the Modding Awards pages. Starting from early 2021 he also embarked in a full review of the Curia pages, including all the subcategories and subpages.

Content Emeritus & other Content activities

Upon quitting the Content Staff at the beginning of 2019, he was allowed into the ranks of the Content Emeriti. In this position he acts as an advisor, usually sharing his experience, in particular about managing staffers and other related issues.

Helios Writer

Flinn has been involved in the Helios publication, as a guest writer, since mid 2017. As a writer he produced 4 different articles, all of them with his typical light-hearted writing style.

A 'modern Roman' view of how Ancient Rome influences us

We are what we trade, and trade is what we are

On how scientific development changes our perceptions

Marcus Aurelius, the ante-litteram Dudeist emperor!

Thema Devia

Flinn has been one of the prominent members of the Thema Devia, the house of gags of TWC. He's not only one of the most active Devians in the YLYL and the Say Cheese Thread, but he also made his own various threads, such as the It's about time you know the truth one, aka the Bunga Bunga thread, a tribute to the glory of the Cavaliere. He also devised and created the Thema Devia Constitution, a monument for the undying memory of the Devians.

University

The University is another of the peculiarity of TWC. Flinn joined in around end of 2018, with the intent of trying to revive what once was very active. He tried with the helps of others, but as of today no new courses have been set up, despite certain interest has been showed with regards to various arguments. The University is still active though, and new courses are always possible.

Creative Writing

By the end of 2019 Flinn started his very first Creative Writing novel, Honor and Bravery, a fictional story set on the acclaimed Forgotten Realms background for Dungeons and Dragons. The story is still in development and will be so for long still!

Curia

There was never a real love between Flinn and the Curia, but he always valued its role as an Awarding committee.

Citizenship & Large Awards

Flinn was patronized by Finlander on October 2014.

Flinn was awarded with the Phalera on December 2015, primarily for his contributions in the Personal Help & Advice fora.

Flinn was awarded with the Novus on February 2017, for his distinguished service in different roles in the Staff.

Flinn was awarded wit the Asterix's Loincloth on June 2019, mostly for his contributions in the Thema Devia and for his continuous efforts to spread humor around the site.

Patronizations

Flinn has patronized so far a total of 10 worthy members

Lugotorix

Lifthrasir

joerock22

Socrates1984

Kilo11

Vladyvid

Dick Cheney.

phazer

Jake Armitage

webba84

Flinn have sponsored a plethora of many great members for various Large Curial Awards:

Steph for Opifex

Lifthrasir for Novus

Alwyn for Novus

Abdulmecid I for Phalera

chriscase for Phalera

Lord Oda Nobunaga for Phalera

Roma_Victrix for Phalera

Basileos Leandros I for Phalera

Bran Mac Born for Opifex

Curial offices

Starting from mid 2020, Flinn has decided to be more involved into the Curia. So far he served as:

Praefect: from July 2020 until September 2020, when the position was removed due to an Amendment.

Censor: from January 2021, ongoing

Former and current ranks

Former Ranks

Rank Description
Troy Content Staff.png Content Staff Content Staff is responsible for writing articles and producing valuable content for the site in general.
Troy Content Director.png The bosses of the Content Staff's respective branches. They supervise the Content Staff (Writers and Wiki Staff), Librarians and Content Artists.
Troy Moderator.png Moderators form the body which performs the vast majority of day-to-day front-line site moderation.
Troy Praefectus.png Praefectus was one of the new roles introduced with the Curial Overhaul 66, and was responsible for moderating the Curia and administering Citizen referrals
Troy Modding Staff.png Modding staff was responsible for various activities related to modding (Downloads, indexes, permissions, etc)

Current Ranks

Rank Description
Troy Citizen.png Citizenship is the fundamental award given by the Curia for contributions to the site and community of the Total War Center.
Troy Civitate.png Members who choose to be recognized as having strongest ties to the Common Community can select the Civitate badge.
Troy Patrician.png Patrician is an honorary title and user group reserved for those who hold one of the large Awards, and also for former Administrators.
Troy Censor.png The Censor position has gone through large changes and the present function is very different from the past, but the name and usergroup lives on.
Troy Gaming Director.png The bosses of the Gaming Staff's respective branches. They supervise the Gaming Staff
Troy Administrator.png The Hexagon Council or ‘Hex’ are the main body which performs the day-to-day administration of Total War Center and its forums.

List of Awards

Awards Achieved

Award Type Reason
Novus large.png Novus Awarded for exceptional contributions to the site in the capacity of a staff member.
Phalera large.png Opifex Awarded for exceptional input or other significant contributions to non-TW sections of the boards.
Loincloth large rahl.png Asterix's Loincloth Awarded for demonstrating purity of mind and spirit on TWC, in the pursuit of humour and good times for all members.
GamingCP silver.png Gaming Chess Piece Silver - Awarded for merit and time served in Gaming Staff.
Quillbigamethyst.png Scribe's Quill Amethyst - Awarded for merit and time served in Content Staff.
Macebigsilver.png Moderator's Mace Silver - Awarded for merit and time served in Moderation Staff.
CMS BLOG Gold large.png The CMS Blogger award Gold - Awarded for having posted at the least 30 blogs of minimum 500 words each via the Content Management System (CMS).
ScriptAwardGd bg.png Scriptorium Contributor's Medal Awarded to the utmost contributors to the Scriptorium archives and for exceptional contributions to the Scriptorium as determined by the Chief Librarian.
University bachelor large.png TWC University Degrees Bachelor - to receive a Bachelor's degree a member must have completed at least one course.
SiteAward LG 15.png 2015 Winners Awarded for winning Friendliest Member and the TWC Content Award in the 2015 Site Awards.
Site 2016 large.png 2016 Winners Awarded for winning the TWC Content Award in the 2016 Site Awards.
Site 2017 large.png 2017 Winners Awarded for winning Funniest Member & Friendliest Member in the 2017 Site Awards
2018 Site Award.png 2018 Winners Awarded for winning the Funniest Member in the 2018 Site Awards.
2019 Others.png 2019 Winners Awarded for winning the TWC Staff Award in the 2019 Site Awards.
SiteAward LG 20.png 2020 Winners Awarded for winning the Funniest Member & the Best Avatar & the TWC Staff Award in the 2020 Member Awards.
TTGC medal silver.png The Total Guess Competition Medal Silver - awarded for earning thirty points in the TGC.


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