BA Spotlight: Betatester

Congratulations to Betatester for earning the BA Spotlight. He is always willing to help out in plug.dj/support and loves to make sure all questions are answered. You’ll see him in a variety of places helping out however he can. If you see him on site be sure to congratulate him!
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1. What is your username on plug.dj and where do you like to hang out?

Hey! My username on plug is Beta Tester (although you might’ve known me as T98, which was my previous username). This name came from the badge I got when I transferred my account, because the “Beta Tester” account was named “PotatoFarmer” beforehand. Hehe.

I’m usually at the Dubstep, Techno, and Electro! room, though you may find me on nightcore-playing rooms, or just hopping around. I personally like to avoid overcrowded communities, so you’ll rarely see me in a room with more than 100 people.

 2. What music and artists are you excited about right now?

 My taste has changed quite a bit since I found out about plug.dj! In the beginning I was very into the Electro and House genres, whereas now I appreciate some Chill Trap, Drum and Bass, and Melodic or Orchestral EDM (I really like songs for their melodies!). As for artists, I adore Fox Stevenson and TheFatRat. Can’t forget to mention the Cash Cash group, because they’re the ones who introduced me to EDM, with Overtime (awesome song, if you haven’t listened to it yet, I very much recommend it!).

 

3. Where are you from? What do you do for fun when you’re not on plug.dj?

I’m a bored teenager from Brazil, but unlike stereotypes might suggest, I hate watching football games or going to the beach. I’m more of the nerd type of guy, so I like to watch animes, code something, go out with friends, or just eat something delicious! 

 

4. Are you in school, or do you have a job? 

I’m still in High School, and it takes up 10 hours of every single one of my week days. But in spite of having to sacrifice my non existent social life during the week because of them, I really like attending to my classes! I study at a school that’s all about computers, so most of my homeworks involve programming. Can it get better than that?! 

 

5. What are some things you hope to accomplish personally next year? 

I’m not really a person to plan out as far as a year ahead, even because I’m very happy about my life right now. But I think that it’d be good if I could get some small games made, possibly learn some other programming languages. Mostly though, I think 2016 will be to me a ‘study hard year, considering it’ll be my last at school.

 

6. What inspires you to be a Brand Ambassador? 

To me, the joy of getting to help people and make their day better is immeasurable. It might sound cheesy, but I just love helping people out, be it with an actual issue, or just by cheering them up. Also, being well-received and spammed with questions in multiple communities that don’t usually have BAs around just makes my day!

 

7. How do you contribute to the plug.dj community as a BA? 

I’m on the support side of things. So some emails sent to support@plug.dj, or Feature Request tickets at support.plug.dj, I’m the one responsible for answering. I love helping out just above anything else, and there’s nothing better than the feel of someone thanking you for making their day happier. I also like to moderate staffless rooms, which are usually YouTuber/streamer rooms that end up having no one to look after, during or after an event happens, especially Brazilian rooms (there’s a lot of fun spam to contain!).

 

8. Why do you love plug.dj? What’s the most exciting thing about plug.dj?

Just like I mentioned on the previous question, I LOVE the community. I love helping people I don’t know, participating in events with people I don’t know, meeting people I don’t know and befriending them (all on plug, of course, I’m a big antissocial irl). I simply adore the huge amount of different people you get to meet on plug, everyone with a different taste in music, in conversation subject, well, in everything!

 9. What’s the most common question you get about plug.dj, and how do you answer it?

Even though there are many repeated questions throughout communities, I think the #1 big winner would be “What are you?”. I usually either answer explaining what do BAs do, how anyone can apply, and link the BA page, or I say I’m some random staff member’s mom.

Funny enough, people usually like me better when I say I’m someone’s mom. 

 

10. Any final thoughts, advice or shoutouts you’d like to share?

I’d just like to send a huge thanks to the entire community, for being so awesome and friendly! Times when I’m tired, bored, or even sad, it’s plug that cheers me up, and all because of the users! Of course, none of this would be possibly without the All Mighty Admins, so this thanks extends to them as well! I’m really glad I found out about this website relatively soon after it was made, and I’m really grateful for everything people do at the website and for the website! Love you all!

P.S. If you ever need help with anything, don’t hesitate to stalk me and ask for help! As I think I might’ve mentioned dozens of times here, I really like helping people!

 

Cheers to Three Years!

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That’s right! It’s our 3rd birthday. Three years of discovering your new favorite songs, stepping up to decks, and creating communities that foster friendship.

We’re so proud of the community you helped us build, and it’s time to celebrate!

We want to send a sincere THANK YOU to all of you, our amazing community members who continue to support us. You have helped us brainstorm new ideas, given us valuable feedback, and helped us grow plug.dj into what it is today.

Celebrate the beginning of our 3rd year by pumping up the party!

Spread the word about your community. Tell your friends, tell your parents, tell your dogs. The more the merrier (and the better the party)!

Consider gifting some Plug Notes to people in your community that have helped you! Your generosity will also help keep us around for many birthdays to come :)

Oh! And who would we be if we didn’t have a gift for you, the ones who got us to where we are today? We created a limited edition birthday badge just for you! All you have to do is log into your account between Sunday 12:00am and Monday 11:59pm PST to get the badge, which automatically appears under “My Stuff” (must be level 5 or greater). Make sure to grab yours so you can show it off in your favorite community! 

Most Interactive Community is… FiM!

Congrats to Friendship Is Magic for winning this month’s small community nomination! They are always open to chatting with community members and welcoming newcomers. Feel free to visit their community! 

1. What’s the best thing about your community?

Vinyltrance: The best thing about my community is how interactive and willing to chat with everyone all the people are. We like to talk and joke around with everyone and generally make it a fun time.

Sgt Chrysalis:I love all the little unwritten rules that accumulate over the years. Things like “X outranks Y, but only if Z is unavailable that day” or “this particular song is banned, unless it’s with this video” they give a room character that you’d never know about unless you spent some time there.

DimLimin_________:Ponies.

The Sensational Stallion:Best thing I think this community has is the users. We have a good group of regular users that are just fun to talk with and share music with.

2. What artists are you excited about right now?

Vinyltrance: I’m personally excited about a lot of artists, like hearing that Avicii is coming back from hiatus. Within my community there’s several that are always up and coming injecting new music for anyone to play or listen to.

Sgt Chrysalis:Vylet Pony! and The Decemberists are at the top of my list at the time of writing this. But there are so many artists that only release 2-3 songs that I really don’t follow many in particular, just who sounds good today.

DimLimin_________:Panic, Joaftheloaf, TAPS, Hay Tea, aftermath, turq splash, alfliux, vocal score and all my homeboys: .rawr, plexi, fluffykitty, proc, pegasYs, rainbawz and matthew moiser.

The Sensational Stallion:Hard question, there are a lot of awesome artists that I’m excited about. I guess I’d have to say that I’m really excited about Donn DeVore, Internet Empire, and Wasteland Wailers.

3. What first inspired you to join/create this community?

Vinyltrance: I can’t take credit for creating the community (that would be cosmic), however I joined the community for 2 big reasons. The theme of the room My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and how much I’m a fan of the new show. I was invited over by a few friends who knew that was being made and wanted to get several of us in there immediately.

Sgt Chrysalis:I originally joined the room in mid 2012 when the current host of a newish room wanted to play the season 2 finale of a show I had just gotten into (MLP) I had yet to see the episode, so I came in for the 24 minute window, met some cool people, and found out about an entire world of music that I had honestly ignored until then. Friends kept me around as much as the music did. Long story short I’m now one of the highest ranking people in the room and have multiple artists from the scene in my contacts, and I wouldn’t rtade that time for anything in the world.

DimLimin_________:I joined this community so I could talk to people who shared some interest with me. So I could be in a place where everybody would accept my unusual interest and I could listen to music and talk freely about ponies.

The Sensational Stallion:What brought me to the community was a link in a Sim Gretina video, but what inspired me to want to stay was the fun atmosphere. It didn’t feel like the mods would freak out about simple mistakes, they were patient and willing to help new users. Plus pony music, can’t forget the pony music.

4. What’s the best thing you’ve discovered on plug.dj?

Vinyltrance: I’d be a bit biased saying my community, so other than that I’d say the amount of options for avatars and being able to upload Youtube playlists rank right up there.

Sgt Chrysalis:Ohh… that’s a tricky one. In all honesty, Music. before I found plug music was just the thing that I never really thought about. I’d sing a few songs when they where on the radio, or if they were stuck in my head, but I never really cared about it until then (barring Don McClain’s songs American Pie and Vincent anyway)

DimLimin_________:Friends.

The Sensational Stallion:The Best thing I’ve discovered about plug? I would have to say that’s an obvious one. The music, I’ve heard more new and diverse music here then any other site I’ve been on.

5. What advice do you have for others working on starting a community?

Vinyltrance: Don’t try to be like other communities. Be your own community and find what works for you. It won’t fall into place immediately but it’s worth working for. Find staff you can rely on to watch your community and who can help to grow it. Lastly is the exposure of your community, get the word out and make sure when anyone comes from any of those sources that your community is open and welcoming!

Sgt Chrysalis:Robin Williams once said: You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. Be prepared to take everything in stride. and put up with nothing. when you start a community, you want to have a sense of individuality, and a good group of friends.

DimLimin_________:Advertise. Preferably outside of plug. Get as many people to know about your community as you can and it will grow. Make it interesting by adding some special events that make your room unique and interesting.

The Sensational Stallion:Best advice I can think of is simply have fun. People like coming to a community that has the music they like, but more importantly they like coming to a community where they feel they can relax and share that music with the people they like.

The Making of An Avatar!

You’ve seen them. You rock them on site. When you Woot, they even do a little dance!

….But what goes into making them into the awesome Avatars you see on site?

Our artist, Mike, and animator, Bill, work hard creating all the avatars you see on plug.dj! They work together to make sure the avatars have sweet dance moves and a sleek design.

To start, Mike sketches up an outline of what the avatar will look like. Here’s his sketch of our latest Robot design:
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Once the rough sketch is done, creates a color rough of what the avatar will look like.
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Then it is time to build the avatar in Illustrator, add all of the shading, and get the avatar ready to be imported into Flash and animated!
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Once that is done, Mike & Bill look on YouTube for some sweet dance clips. They go through quite a few videos to make sure the dances are unique and will stand out from one another in a community.

This was the inspiration behind the Robot’s dance:

After the clip has been decided, it’s time for Bill to animate. Even simple dances can be a bit time consuming to make, as each individual part of the illustration needs to be animated!

Avatar_Robot_Premium_50s_03Avatar_Robot_Premium_50s_03_withRef Can’t forget to animate the DJ Booth view!
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After all that is completed, the fully animated avatar frames are exported as png sequences. The png’s are pulled into “filmstrips” and then are ready to be placed on the site!
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To make an avatar it usually takes both Mike & Bill between 2-5 days for each avatar depending on the complexity of the animation and design!

Both Mike & Bill love seeing you rocking your avatars and rocking your support for their work. They also love hearing your requests. Some of the avatars created were based on your suggestions!

P.S. Know an awesome video with sick dance moves? Comment below and tell us! It may just be featured as a new avatar’s dance!

New Dragon Avatars Are Here!!

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To our community members celebrating, Gong Xi Fa Cai! We are happy to announce the release of our newest Dragon avatars inspired by Chinese New Year.

These rare avatars are twice the size of normal avatars, have firework fx, and look really awesome when they DJ!

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 4.16.06 PMYou’ll look extra cool rocking them in any community. Be sure to check them out in the Shop!