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Official Announcements / End of the Road (8th Year Post & Future Plans)
« on: January 05, 2022, 12:17:59 am »


On January 2, 2022 TangoWorldWide turned 8... and today (January 4, 2022) marks 8 years of the forums running. Welcome to our 8th Year Anniversary post, it is a bit overdue, as it was a difficult one to put together and write: but much needed. Thanks to those of you who have been sticking around, some very eager for this message today.

TangoWorldWide
Just over 8 years ago, we sought out to compete against other gaming communities and clans alike to get our foothold in the massive network of groups that make steam the unique platform it is. Tons of 'mission statements' or 'goals' were tossed around over the last several years, but one held true: to provide a home away from home. A distraction. And for many of us over the years, for better or for worse, that's exactly what TangoWorldWide had become: something to invest time into, to build friendships, to distraction ourselves from the many things that were going on around us in "real life". Eight years later, and it's not as needed today... groups on steam have evolved past their community/clan structure, and the entire gaming scene has shifted from what it once was. There is not as much of a need now for TangoWorldWide, the steam-based gaming community, as there once was. It's taken a lot of maturity over the years to accept all good things do have to come to an end, and we are not teenagers who can spill hundreds of hours a month into games anymore, so with that: the steam-based gaming side of TangoWorldWide will cease to exist after today (more details to come later in the post).

We've had so many people hold 'Ownership' titles at this point, I can't keep track of all the names, or even how many. But for certain there are countless names that I owe thank you to once all is said and done. To Zeph, rizky, The1Speck, and Alex: thank you for being apart of that original group of folks who really 'founded' this place. We wouldn't have even existed without each and every one of your inputs. To Doomy/Mobz/Freeman/Nisse/Roz/aPn/Polak/Solo/Adam/Shadow/Sinister, and that long list of first two-year folks, thank you for being apart of TangoWorldWide and helping us shape into what we did over the years. This list could go on for pages, and I've re-written the post many times, so I'll leave it at thanking my Ownership: @loo ★, you are an incredible "COO" and handle things very well in my absence, and a great friend all around. @jordan, I am incredibly happy you joined us, you and lulu ended up some of the best friends I've ever had on the internet and I'm very appreciative to you both. @Urbaena, you're well aware how much I respect I have for you, hoping very much we end up working together one day past all this, thank you for helping us do really great things in the time you had developed here. Aside from Ownership, a few friends and folks that hang around, or I'd be remiss to not thank: @Vita, thank you for always believing in our community - even when we were very obviously on fire. @Ady, you are an awesome friend and I appreciate you a lot for all the times you've stepped in to pick up the pieces for me. And lastly @briana, while it will be a surprise to most to see you on this list, thank you for the years of support, without it I would've likely resigned or shut us down long ago.

All this being said, while we are shutting the steam-based gaming side of TangoWorldWide (and a few other things, which again we'll get to later in this post), I still to this day cannot wrap my head around some of the great memories, moments, and outstanding things this community did accomplish. Maybe not all in the rankings for gaming communities for the entire duration -- but we did a lot of cool things. For me personally, I got to work hands on with a variety of really talented people that ranged from members in high-school just learning how to program, all the way to professionals. We theorized so many crazy methods of doing things. Built tons of groups within TangoWorldWide as 'clubs' for people to engage with. Saw friendships form, be destroyed, relationships be built, and so many other interactions throughout this community. I am extremely thankful for the last 8 years being the Director, and from the bottom of my heart, I've appreciated each and every one of you.

I can only hope that over the last 8 years of TangoWorldWide, the community made a positive impact on some of your lives -- be it: providing you a place to hangout, by giving you a place to make new friends, a hobby, an interest, or for those of you who made it a goal to get banned -- a challenge. One of the biggest rewards of running Tango was the times people would reach out thanking us for what we did, giving us backstory into their lives and expressing how much having a place to 'escape' on the internet really made a positive impact on them. Those are moments that I think about, and thought about very much in making the decision to write this announcement today.. and what we will do for future plans.


What Happened to 'balon'?
When some of the longer-term members think back, there was a much more passionate, fired-up individual who used to run this community. Someone who would come into meetings and get vocal for people to focus, come up with new plans, new strategies, and to help us keep moving forward. Somewhere along the way in 2016, that fire started to burn out, and i only ever gave sprinkles of context. In Spring of 2016 my mom was in a pretty big car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Following her accident, came months, and months of hospitals, doctor appointments, lawyers, court hearings, and so on. To this day (now almost 6 years later), she is still not herself and had suffered permanent damages.

Growing up, my mom had been a single mom -- something I expressed to a few of you over the years -- and was a huge role model and person in my life. Having to migrate into a 'caretaker' role was a huge challenge for me, because at the time I was juggling working full time in IT/system admin work, doing freelance work, working towards a bachelors and minor, and then also running tango. This put a major strain on me, and this is when my drive and passion for things started to decline massively. For a long time, I truly believed if we worked hard on tango, with all the ideas, talented folks, and creative minds we had around... no way we couldn't build something bigger than a gaming community.

Over the last 2.5-3 years, her health had significantly declined and I became her full-time caretaker. This put a strain on my graduate degree, my work, relationship, friendships. Pretty much everything across the board was impacted by her declining health.

To this day, I still take care of her, and I'm trying to juggle full-time work, fixing up her house, a few other side-things, and as of spring last year a major weight-loss journey. For those of you who enjoyed your "whalon" memes over the years, to date I've lost just north of 230lbs, with no intentions on stopping any time soon.

Needless to say, the last few years of my life were pretty crazy, and unfortunately TangoWorldWide got back-burnered too many times. I take full responsibility for the eventual downfall of the community, but, I regret nothing as I've been a pretty firm believer that family comes first.


What now?
As of today, we have enough remaining funding to continue on for another year or two if we move forward with a better strategy. We could try to rebuild if _ was active, and we did _, but I think I've seen one too many "<insert-game-name-here> returns to TangoWorldWide!" posts for this lifetime. I'd like to think that a much younger me wouldn't have stayed in a space so long where the lights were on... but "nobody was home" (essentially pissing away money). Effective immediately, we will be marking the steam-based gaming community portion of TangoWorldWide for removal and make the following changes:

Effective Q1 2022:
  • Removal of all steam-related gameservers
    • Final backup of each existing gameserver
    • Final backup of each related SQL database
    • Final network diagram of each server before destruction
  • Reduction in webserver size
    • Scale back forums to match new variety-styled community
    • Forums will receive only QOL and security updates
    • Notify KZAdmins that we will no longer be able to host file server
    • Deploy a new dev-server for future potential projects*
  • Some plugin authors will be contacted, and we will inquire if they are OK if we open-source their tango-related works, as a thank you to the SM/AM community for all these years of support
  • Any remaining 'legacy' services will be removed
  • Remaining rust/minecraft resources will be destroyed
  • Teamspeak 3 will be down-sized and scaled to 32-max users
  • The Roster will be re-designed to match the new community-design
  • Backups containing user data over a 5 year period will be destroyed, shortened to 3 years after Summer 2022
  • 'Dangling' items will be removed (things forgotten on this list)
  • The discord will be primary controlled by @loo ★
  • TangoWorldWide's Tag Policy has been removed
    • Tags are no longer required (though encouraged for staff, or those who wish to represent us still)
    • FTCS will be taken offline

There are several items that I've missed that I will edit in after this is posted, or when they are removed/modified. From here forward, we will have a Discord/Forum/Teamspeak, and a dev environment that Ownership will be allowed to deploy server(s) of their choosing for 'pop-up' games (such as when @Urbaena hosted the voice server for Among Us).

This was ultimately a hard decision to make, but one that was long overdue. Probably well over a year. I simply do not have the time to commit any longer to fully run this place, and most of us in higher staff would like to retain control of the community (to continue to preserve the friendships and connections we built over the years). A few weeks back a well-valued ex-staff member reached out asking to make a jailbreak server in our name (or to rebuild ours), and after I replied that they could, I had not heard anything since ... this was a deciding factor that we could not continue on waiting for the 'next staff rotation' to pull TangoWorldWide up again, we need an active and effective leadership. One which has very obviously grown up past actively gaming.


Closing Remarks
If you've made it this far in the post, thank you for taking the time to read the Year 8 announcement. If all goes well with these changes, we'll see you at Year 9, and then hopefully for our 10-Year anniversary (one of my longest standing goals to surpass as a community owner).

Once again, for those of you who asked for years, the TangoWorldWide steam tag is no longer required (but you are of course encouraged to keep it on if you so wish, to represent the community).

Thank you all for a great 8 years as a community, and thank you again for being here.
Even if we do not make it to the 9 year post, it has been an absolute pleasure and honor being the owner of this community.

Did you know? This title is based on the one from Year 5.

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Promotions & Demotions / Promotions, Demotions, & Acceptances v382
« on: July 31, 2021, 10:21:50 pm »
Promotions & Demotions v382



@waddles was promoted to Community Engagement Leader.


NONE.


NONE.


@Bobby Vag was released from TangoWorldWide.
@pun resigned from TangoWorldWide.
@silverii resigned from TangoWorldWide.

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Polls / Re: POTW | What animal would you rather be?
« on: July 13, 2021, 09:43:31 am »
great thread to out all the closet furries in our community

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Freebies & Giveaways / Gibing away 3 months of nitro
« on: June 22, 2021, 01:12:33 pm »
Like for 1 entry comment for another.


I'll draw winners in a week or so

Best of luck

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Jailbreak / The New Era of Taskforce & Uprising
« on: June 19, 2021, 06:35:51 pm »


We introduce the new way to play.



Taskforce and Uprising have long been groups to establish those of the highest skill level on their respective teams. This resulted in many being shut out from these groups entirely. That will no longer be the case. We want to set a competitive edge for these groups including all possible skill levels. This is a competition between the Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists.

With that being said, there are four new tiers established for both sides:


The Legends:  Players recognized as the most absolutely gifted are placed under this category. No one can compete against them.

The Elite:  Players that have established themselves with a significant amount of talent are placed here. They are a step away from reaching the highest level.

The Prodigies:  Players that have proven to be consistent and productive team members are placed here. They have strong potential to reach higher tiers.

The Beginners:  Players that are starting their path on their respective team are placed here.



To recognize those that have made an impact on their team without forcing them to leave the group, they will now be placed under the category of Historical Figures. Anyone is able to qualify for this ranking if you are no longer active, but are still a member of Tango.

The application process has been updated to reflect on the changes made. Those that are currently in the Jailbreak Hall of Fame will be placed in a respective tier. Those that are able to display clips of their ability will also be placed in a respective tier. The decisions on what tier they will be placed in are determined by The Hierarchy. These are the lead rulers of each group.

Anyone that is unable to display either achievement will be placed in The Beginners tier. The Hierarchy will manually select those that qualify to be promoted to a higher tier on a weekly basis. They are not obligated to make changes weekly.



We invite you to join a side and fight for the title of the best team on Jailbreak.




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Jailbreak / Re: Whats up with JB?
« on: June 13, 2021, 08:29:53 pm »
Just wait on it.

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Promotions & Demotions / Promotions, Demotions, & Acceptances v375
« on: June 13, 2021, 12:37:06 am »
Promotions & Demotions v375




@Drift was promoted to Group Leader: Mentorship.
@Charlie was promoted to Community Ambassador.
@Flow was promoted to Community Ambassador.
@mars was promoted to Divisional Staff: Surf.
@waddles was promoted to Web & Comms Mod.
@xtra was repositioned to Web & Comms Mod.
@Teal was repositioned to Sr. Staff.
@Buster Baxter was repositioned to Sr. Staff.
@Persephone was repositioned to Sr. Staff.
@WickedAmaya was repositioned to Sr. Staff.

NONE.

@dolip was accepted as Novice.
@Yanny was accepted as Novice.
@Mistaken was accepted as Novice.

@jacob. was rejected from TangoWorldWide and may reapply again in 2 weeks.

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Changes / Community Discontinuation of Services
« on: May 23, 2021, 04:06:55 pm »
It is no secret that TangoWorldWide is currently struggling to gain the population needed to reasonably keep a lot of our network running. Over the last several years we've downsized yearly (from about 2016/2017 era) to what we have today, just a few servers on the network.

In efforts to hopefully re-build what we still have, the following servers are to be suspended:
- [CSGO] TangoWorldWide | Bhop (WL - TWTimer) | !ws - !knife - !store
- [CSGO] TangoWorldWide | Global KZClimb (WL - GOKZ) | !ws - !knife - !g
- [CSGO] CA - BHOP TEST 1
- [CSGO] CA - SURF TEST 1
- [CSGO] CA - DEV TEST 1
- [RUST] TangoWorldWide | PVP 6x| Wiped 4/9
- [RUST] TangoWorldWide | PVE 3x
- [GMOD] TangoWorldWide | TTT Adv | TTT2 | PS2 | M9K | FastDL | tw2.us
- [MC] Minecraft Whitelist

We will also suspend the following services:
- TangoGIT will be put in a read-only state, with users wishing to contribute code to urged to use GitHub
- OwnCloud will be taken offline
- GoGIT will be taken offline
- LDAP will be taken offline
- SALT-DEV will be taken offline
- SURVEYS will be taken offline
- PUBLIC-WEB will be taken offline
- STATUS will be taken offline
- The remaining TangoServers legacy services will be removed

This will also suspend all the whitelist application processes for accessing our WL servers. In addition, it is formally time to announce that the team running FiveM has decided to part ways from the community. Right now, Ady, same, and I are reviewing where we stand with a server what planning what to build next.

Right now, our top priorities will be the Jailbreak, Surf, and KZTimer servers that remain in CS:GO. We have a long road ahead to rebuild the community we once were, and even then to be blunt -- we might not survive another year at this pace (nor should continue if the interest in the community is not there).

Granted, it is finals. The last year has been taxing on all of us -- and I assume a lot of the population dip relates to many people no longer wanting to be camped up inside as restrictions lift. In addition, I have had plenty of personal things going on (as well have the rest of our high staff). Hopefully, this is not taken as an excuse, but some reasoning towards what has happened. Dec2020 - Feb2021 we saw massive growth once again, and it goes to show how active high administration can have a significant change.

Over the next several months, we'll continue our journey in trying to make a great community for everyone to enjoy. Please feel free to reach out to me directly with feedback, if you are interested in helping us continue moving forward, and if you are interested in staff -- ensure you check out our staff applications.

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Suggestions & Ideas / Re: jb gangs
« on: April 23, 2021, 01:47:35 pm »
since this thread doesn't seem to be about gangs anymore whats your guys' favorite flavor of ice cream. i think brownie batter is pretty cool.

Lol cool like ice crea.m Lol

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Freebies & Giveaways / Giving away 3 months of Discord Nitro part 2
« on: March 22, 2021, 09:41:53 pm »
Same thing like and comment each are one entry. I'll pull winners in 7 days.


This is reg discord nitro 10$ each. 3 winnners each get 1 month.

Good luck

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Jailbreak / Re: jb_clouds update
« on: March 16, 2021, 07:43:06 pm »
Ok guys,

Its been a long time. But I will continue on map development tomorrow and you will see some progress and screenshots tomorrow:)


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Staff Applications / TangoWorldWide Staff (Council & Leader)
« on: March 06, 2021, 08:53:31 pm »

Staff (Council & Leader) Applications



Interested in helping us build the future of our community? TangoWorldWide opened its' website on January 2, 2014. We've been the home to over 5,000 Official Members, have had over 100 game-servers, and have seen over one million unique players connect to our network. The community has proudly set the bar high for expectations and accomplishments, and at the core of the community: our loyal members, creative minds, and talented staff have helped make this possible! We thrive off new staff members join our Staff Team and helping us build a better community.

We search for new staff members on our network constantly, always willing to expand or shrink our roster on-demand, to help aid in shaping our future. Staff tasks range from aiding in increasing player population, active recruitment, managing servers, contributing to the community (via development, graphic, & mapping skills), planning events, overseeing groups, and so much more! Our current positions can be found via the Official Roster.

We accept staff regularly on varying backgrounds -- from the experienced technician to the promising beginner. We provide equal opportunity to all members to obtain staff regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, disabilities, age, and other factors. Our base requirement: be a motivated individual willing to communicate and learn!

Responsibilities:
  • Work alongside other staff members on our team
  • Be self-motivated and open-minded to changes and features
  • Problem solve issues presented in TangoWorldWide
  • Attend all required staff meetings, and fulfill staffing duties
  • Aid the rest of the staff by providing constructive criticism and feedback
  • Be able to work as a team
Requirements:
  • Ability to think critically
  • Ability to dedicate at minimum, 5-10 hours per week to TangoWorldWide
  • At least 13 years of age to apply via our staff application
  • Must be an Official Member or Supporter of TangoWorldWide
  • Must portray yourself around the community in a professional manner
  • Must not have active ban(s) on our network
  • A passion for our community
Additional preferred skills:
  • Willing to learn new skills to help contribute to the community
  • Be versatile and willing to move around as resources are needed
Benefits:
  • Build a portfolio under our network. Your time in staff is reflected in your contributions to the community and can be used as a portfolio, for job resumes, and more.
  • Access to Staff-only features around the community
  • Complimentary Admin, depending on your rank placement
  • Paid Jobs (Please note not all jobs are paid, only major projects may carry compensation of some sort. Compensation includes TangoWorldWide perks, gift cards, steam items, or monetary payment)
  • The ability to collaborate with other talented staff, improving yourself and your abilities
  • Experience! You are entitled to letters of recommendation, references, and other help in building your resume
  • Credit boosts on our CSGO server(s)



Application:
Excited to try and join our staff team? We're happy to have you! Create a new thread in the Staff Application board, after copying the template below. The forum section is poster-view only: this means that only the person making the post (you), Managers, Advisors, and Ownership can see your thread! Write your answer after each ":" character in the thread you respond with. Please note, your application is expected to be thorough and complete. Neatness counts towards your ability to be accepted. ESSAY QUESTIONS can be a short blurb or a detailed explanation.
Code: [Select]
DEMOGRAPHICS
[b]1. First Name[/b]:
[b]2. Age[/b]:
[b]3. Timezone[/b]:

APPLICATION INFORMATION
[b]4. Were you referred to apply for staff (list who)[/b]:
[b]5. How long have you been apart of TangoWorldWide[/b]:
[b]6. What rank(s) or area(s) of the community interest you to pursue[/b]:
[b]7. If your ranks of interest ranks are not available, are you willing to be positioned elsewhere[/b]:
[b]8. Are you willing to dedicate time to learning new skills to help progress the community[/b]:
[b]9. Will you actively participate in group activities, meetings, etc[/b]:
[b]10. Do you agree to actively post on staff-related message boards, discord conversations, etc[/b]:
[b]11. How much time can you dedicate to TangoWorldWide on a weekly basis (hours)[/b]:
[b]12. Do you agree to a staff-interview with a member of Ownership[/b]:

SKILLS & EDUCATION
[b]13. Describe your skills you bring to the staff team[/b]:
[b]14. Describe any previous experience, in TangoWorldWide or other communities/projects[/b]:
[b]15. If applicable, do you have a portfolio or any past work you would like to share[/b]:
[b]16. Do you have relevant education to your desired position (certifications, schooling, etc)[/b]:

ESSAY QUESTIONS
[b]17. What motivates you to become a member of our staff team[/b]:
[b]18. What differs you from other applicants to the staff team[/b]:
[b]19. What is your favorite area or server of TangoWorldWide[/b]:
[b]20. Do you see yourself still apart of TangoWorldWide in 6 months[/b]:
[b]21. Any additional information you may want to add[/b]:



If desired, you may attach a resume to your application (this will only be seen by You, Managers, Advisors, and Ownership). You can also provide times at which you would be available to meet for your staff interview. Please note, not every application will get an interview, but we will encourage you to re-apply in the future if we are not able to offer you a position at this time.

Thank you for your interest in joining TangoWorldWide Staff! We depend on talented individuals like yourself to make our community a better place.

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Jailbreak / Re: Disco Song Suggestions
« on: February 23, 2021, 06:42:00 pm »
1. Name of the song?: Hot Boy (Remix of Hot i said a nono word!)
2. How long is the song?: 3:27
3. Link to the video / mp3 file:
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGt9_4gIi04
4. Any specific map to add/remove a song from? This song goes really hard

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Temp Leaves / goodbye mango
« on: February 21, 2021, 06:07:11 pm »
It was sick coming back to work on JB and help out for a bit again. It was a good ~6 months but I have some IRL things to take care of and it was just time for someone else to take over (like the absolute beast @Dog). I really haven't ever been one to tag ppl, so if I ever played on one of our servers with you, big shoutout. Even the shitheads who I wont name but will probably know that I'm talking about them. You made what I liked doing possible. To all the admins; thanks for the hard work and for keeping up w/ my shit show behind the scenes, love y'all.

Don't have a PC anymore so I'll see you guys in Discord every so often. Temp leave as I'm never leaving Tango, and as per tradition I leave you with the same gif. Goodnight Tango.



ps: i wont be upset if you guys get tired of night time Clouds l0l

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Promotions & Demotions / Promotions, Demotions, & Acceptances v359
« on: February 21, 2021, 10:57:32 am »
Promotions & Demotions v359




@Dog was promoted to Divisional Leader: CS:GO.
@xtra was promoted to Group Leader: Mentorship.
@ldcommish was repositioned to Divisional Staff: CS:GO Jailbreak.
@waddles was promoted to Divisional Staff: CS:GO Jailbreak.
@Bill was promoted to Group Staff: Mentorship.
@pun was promoted to Jr. Staff.
@Buster Baxter was promoted to Jr. Staff.
@Kronus was promoted to Senior Member.
@Frosty™ was promoted to Junior Member.
@Se7enSinS was promoted to Rookie Member.
@Quintin was promoted to Novice Member.
@Xero was promoted to Novice Member.

@Axel has resigned to Veteran Member.

@Lance was accepted as Novice Recruit.
@Sweaty was accepted as Novice Recruit.
@deezgrants was accepted as Novice Recruit.
@スプリームと私は oof was accepted as Novice Recruit.
@uzO was accepted as Novice Recruit.

@iceberg149 was released from TangoWorldWide.
@FireCoopz was released from TangoWorldWide.
@Rus7y_ was released from TangoWorldWide.
@jorbage was released from TangoWorldWide.
@Toxickiller751 was released from TangoWorldWide.
@Sstewie was released from TangoWorldWide.
@Ho-Rider was released from TangoWorldWide.
@pepod09 was released from TangoWorldWide.
@Concierge was released from TangoWorldWide.
@xsprayz was released from TangoWorldWide.

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