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Welcome all to the Presidential Debate! This election's debate features two prominent members of the Forum. These members have worked hard, overcame the other candidates, and now are counting on your votes to send them through. They will be presenting their arguments for two key questions this Forum wants answers to, Ladies and Gentlemen welcome, your candidates: Yoshi1176 Maestro Conan O'Brein ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Welcome to the Debate Gentleman, Yoshi1176, you're opening statement please. (Words of Yoshi in Cyan) (Words of Maestro in Lime) Yoshi1176 *walks on stage shakes Zebras hand* Thanks for having me. For those of you who don't know I am Yoshi1176. It may seem that I am just running for president but for me its much more than that, its the joy that comes from serving the community that I love. I feel I am a good choice for president because I have what any responsible politician has, A presence in the place he serves, a strong backing of peers and other followers, and a good attitude. My main goal is to be able to voice the opinions of my peers so that they can feel just as important as anyone else. And again thank you for the time. And now for your opening statement Maestro. Maestro *walks onstage, shakes Zebra's hand* It's a pleasure to be here. As you may have heard, I am Maestro. I have become acquainted with many of you, and would do everything in my power to keep our beloved community safe. Throughout the years, I have been at the helm of the nation of Alexhstan, an empire of 52 billion people and been the mayor of several cities, many of which have had a population over 100,000. I possess a large influence despite only being here for a year, as well as loyal supporters and a powerful sense of justice and loyalty to the community. I bring experience to the table; I have been in a leader's position for 13 years- that's over half my life. I will ensure that your voices are heard, and work to improve the forum in any way possible. Yes, Yes, let's give our candidates a round of applause, Now, we have our first topic of debate, Spambots and Trolls. So tell us, the people, if you're elected to the office of Presidency how will you handle spambots and trolls? Maestro If I am elected president, I will make certain that the spambots and trolls are banned swiftly, efficiently, and permanently. I will also see to it that additional security is installed to prevent them from signing up in the future. Anything that I can do to prevent another Spambot War from taking place, I will do. Yoshi1176 If I were elected president I wouldn't declare war on the spam bots. I would have my people perform psychological test on them to find out why they wish to harm our forums. I would then develope a cure for there problems so they can enjoy our forum just as much as we do. And if all else fails we will call in our mods to get the job done. Once they ban the spambots they will be welcomed back from the frontlines with the respect they deserve. Nothing beats good old man power. Maestro How can you perform a psychological test on a spambot? They're a bot, a machine. They will not listen to reason, nor do they have the capability to learn from what you or I or anyone else has to say. The trolls can listen, but they will not learn. Both spambots and trolls come in here with a mission, and they will stop at nothing to complete them. The spambots stop by to advertise their questionable services and steal your information. The trolls show up to make you angry. The only way to stop them is to cut them off at the pass, prevent them from entering the community at all. Yoshi1176 I guess your right about the bots I let my compassion get the better of me. But with the trolls don't you want to help them there must be something wrong with them right? I feel everyone deserves a chance. Also you want to put in some high end security system? What will our Mods do? They spend there time rescuing the forum from the bits and they enjoy helping out or else they wouldn't be a moderator. Wouldn't you want people to help fight the bots and so there part for the community which would in turn make tighter bonds with the members. Maestro There is the potential to save trolls. If there is something wrong, there is the potential to save them. But, that potential is very, very small. The moderators will have their work cut out for them dealing with any trolls that may breach our security system. If they are not willing to listen to our words, why should we put them to waste? Yoshi1176 So you want to implement a security system that will fail enough to keep the mods busy? It would be easier to put more mods on the street but have the new ones completely dedicated to the war against bots and trolls instead of a few mods who are running around taking care if everything wearing thin. If we take them out almost as fast as they post we can discourage them and send them to another site. Like I said, we need manpower. Really great answers. Yoshi1176, give us your thoughts. If a Civil War broke out under your Presidency, which two groups of members would it be, and How would you handle it? Yoshi1176 If a war were to break out it would probably be between ps4 and Xbox One buyers. I've seen a lot of these arguments here. To break it up you would have to someone first come in and stop the argument but then remind everyone why they are here. We are all here for a game that we love, doesn't matter which console you buy because your here for the Halo franchise. Whether or not your going to buy the next one that doesn't matter. It's the fun experiences that brought us together. Reminding them if that could cool both sides off fast in my opinion and if that doesn't work we've got the mods who can intervene. Now for your closing thoughts on the possibility of a Forum Civil War Maestro. Maestro I think that a civil war between Bungie Halo fans and 343 Halo fans would be more probable. The Halo community as a whole has fractured thanks to Halo 4's release. Diplomacy is the best route to resolve this issue, and is always the best route to go when a dispute arises. As Yoshi stated, Halo is the reason we're all here. It shouldn't matter which company makes the games, as long as we enjoy Halo in general. If diplomacy fails, then the dispute can always be settled by taking up controllers. If there's still some residual bitterness, then the moderators can step in. Thank you two gentleman for your time today! That concludes our Presidential debate, thank you for taking the time to read this, and for further reading on these two candidates be sure to scroll below to see some of the answers they gave in their campaign interviews. Vote HERE! This interview is with the Legendary Lenny Face! Maestro! An ever-existent shoutbox presence and a lifelong Trusted Member, here's his interview! 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? Oh boy, that's going back. I was only a young Maestro back then, and I certainly did not behave like the man you see before you now. I talked about forge mostly in the shoutbox and spammed a couple emotes until Zelda asked me to stop. You may have been there too, back when you were a young purple zebra. Then I posted topics for my first two publicly released minigames: Halo Gear Solid and Tesselatorium, both of which have been removed from my file share. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? Believe it or not, one of the biggest problems that I think 343iCF has today is an overabundance of playdates. While it shows that the members are dedicated to this community, which isn't bad at all, it lessens the impact of each playdate. Last year, when someone hosted a playdate, everyone got pumped for it. There were far fewer playdates than this year, but attendance was huge. Now that everyone and their dog (no offense, GSD or Dog or AD if you lurk in the shadows) have started hosting playdates, less people are getting excited; if they miss the one coming up this weekend, chances are there will be another one next weekend. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Until I make post #500, I'll stay in Offbeats. The only reason being that I don't want to be a silver member yet. Offbeats are more fun, and if you've attended a playdate that I've hosted or played Halo in general with me, all I want is to have fun. Offbeats offer fun. General Discussions aren't nearly as fun as Offbeats. Ever see a forum minigame in General Discussion? 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? I'm really hoping that I make the march to victory, but I think that Da Boss is my greatest threat. He lost by one vote in the previous election, and since the current presidents aren't in the running again, there's a good chance he'll make it. 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? Halo 3. It introduced a bunch of new weapons, vehicles, equipment, and greatly changed the Brutes from invincible Wookiees into a diverse bunch of strong warriors with different tactics, strengths, and weaknesses. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? The Incineration Cannon. No other weapon can compare to scoring a one-hit kill on pretty much every type of enemy you see. Promethean Knights, Elites, enemy Spartans, the Mantis, they all fall the same when hit with the Incineration Cannon. Plus it's just so scary. Red bolts of death hurtling at you at breakneck speeds, then a red blast followed by bouncing red bolts and smaller red blasts. Did I mention red? And the sounds it makes. 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? Add a new rank above Dedicated, to give all members something to strive for when they join. I'd call it the Mythic rank, and it could be attained when a member reaches 5000 posts. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? I'd ask him how the weather is out east. 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? Not in its useless title update form, but not in its overpowered original form either. I'd re-release it as equipment like Invincibility or Bubble Shield, and make it a one-time use only item that lasts for five seconds when you decide to use it. You have your precious Armour Lock back, but use it wisely! 10. Why do you feel you should be President? I shall serve the forum well, under the guidance of Shrek. Plus, if I'm elected president, the people shall get a presidential playdate! Oh, and I'll save the economy and get big business OUT of politics once and for all! Great job Maestro, we not only wish you good luck on your march to Presidency, we wish you happy Lenny face! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Yoshi1176 hails from the Dedicated Members group and has a very friendly presence in both the forums and shoutbox. I'm sure you'll enjoy his interview. 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? My first day on the site was like most of the people that are no longer here, I left after the first ten minutes and disn't come back for a week or so. I then came back and saw how all the elder members acted and how they were like a family and I wanted that. And now I am here today with friends, and even a sort of family. Although I wasted my first day I make everyday here worth wild. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? The biggest problem we struggle today would probably be communicating with the new members, there are a few that came in and made a name for themselves but others are still shy and don't get involved. It is the responsibility of the older more prominent members to welcome them and get them involved. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Personally I like the offbeat section, I love the games and topics that dwell within that forum. I do like the general discussion forum as well because its a bit more serious and a good place for learning stuff. 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? I think while I would love to win this election, I belive Drizzy has a good chance at winning. He is very popular around the site and is a genuinly good guy. (I still want to win) 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? Halo 3, The first game (including non Halo) that I played. I loved the story and the gameplay. And not to mention the countless hours of customs and forge with my cousins. Halo 3 delivered some of the most memorable experiences for me. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? It's probably the DMR. Although it isn't a orthodox Halo weapon I enjoyed everypart of weapon it was balanced or so I belived and it was effective. Not to mention how cool it looked. 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? I would probably give out some sort of award to all the loyal members of the forums, they work hard to keep this place the nice, friendly, and enjoyable place that we all dwell. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? I would probably discuss the ins and outs of the forums with him. See how it all works and how he manages it all. 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? I actually liked armor lock. Many people had other opinions on it but I enjoyed it, especially on BTB on Halo Reach. Whats more fun then taking down a warthog with armor lock? 10. Why do you feel you should be President? I feel I should be president because I am one of the commoners, I see the members trusted members and dedicated members and I enjoy talking with all of them and I feel there voice is important. And I would be the mouth that there voice flows. Thanks for the great replies Yoshi! Best of luck to you this election! BE SURE TO VOTE HERE! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)