We'll start with some lighter questions before we jump into the KSI specific stuff, give a chance for the members to get to know you a little better.
Kered: Other than being the KSI Webmaster and your real life job, what are some of the things you like doing?
JT: "I like to keep myself busy with a variety of different things. I am huge into everything technology from hardware to software. I dabble in a lot of programming languages because I like to find out how things work. On the other end of the spectrum I have a huge motorcycle obsessions. The feeling of riding is amazing, nothing like it. Just like with technology I also make it a habit to “tinker” with my bike. I have taken it apart multiple times for a variety of reasons, sometimes to upgrade a part, other times just because I want to see how it all fits together. My last and newest hobby would be home brewing, once again I think this stems from the same concept as my other hobbies. I wanted to see how beer was made and how subtle changes can make a difference."
Kered: When did you first get interested in coding and web site management, and what brought you to stick with it?
JT: "Actually it all started with KSI. I was young and was already playing around with a lot of software/hardware but nothing in the realm of websites. When I joined our website had zero interactivity, and was basically an information page (which wasn’t much) with a flash header (which wasn’t bad for the time). I was so excited when I first joined that I wanted to help however I could. So I went to one of the best (and sometimes worst) resources we have GOOGLE. I started reading all sorts of stuff from tutorials to reviews of different CMS (Content management systems). When we first changed the website to E107 I knew little about PHP or MYSQL. I was literally figuring it all out as I went. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. At the time that is why I stuck with it, now it is different for me. I no longer have as much time to be around the community; however, KSI has taught me so much over my 14+ years. I run and maintain everything now so the community has the resources to be a rock for someone that maybe is in a bad spot and gaming is what gives them peace and keeps them out of trouble."
Kered: Inside and outside of KSI, do you have any role models you look up to and why do you look up to them?
JT: "I can’t really name any specific role models. I think anyone at any time can do things to be considered a role model. But at the same time none of us are perfect. So I try to look at everyone around me and try to resemble the best of them."
Kered: What are some things that you absolutely hate and why?
JT: "Mustard and Mayo. It tastes gross! Hate is a strong word and I don’t really like to use it. One thing that bothers me is when I know what the right answer or solution is and I am unable to do anything about it
But Seriously I hate Mustard & Mayo"
Kered: What would be your chosen superpower and what is your spirit animal? (If you can't make this answer funny, lord help us.)
JT: "Superpower…. I would have to go with speed. Simply because think of everything you could get done if you could move 30x or even just 10x faster then normal. I could have been done with this interview a while back now. On a serious note, think of all the good you could do, the things you would have time to learn. It would be amazing! Plus I just like going fast.
As far as a spirit animal I guess a Lion (according to some random 10 question online quiz I found just now on Google)."
Kered: As it stands, you are the longest standing member of KSI. One of the original Creators of our community. That being said, the story of your recruitment probably isn't know by many people. Mind telling us your recruitment story?
JT: "Well it all started back on the original Rainbow Six Three on the original Xbox. KSI was still relatively new and just started playing Rainbow Six. I don’t remember the exact details of how I came across KSI but I was invited to play in a tournament they were hosting. I ended up winning and afterwards I was talking with Bill (KSI Natas 7) and Wvern (KSI Wvern 7 – Don’t recall the spelling he has been retired for a long time now) and we all just clicked and shortly afterwards I started helping on the website and then revamped it multiple times. Not a great story but the journey has been awesome."
Kered: How did you first come to hear about the community and who's idea was it to create the forums?
JT: "I stumbled upon KSI on Rainbow Six Three on the original Xbox. I knew we needed somewhere for everyone to write down ideas and conversations instead of just Xbox live messages. So after we changed the front page we started the forums a couple of months or so later."
Kered: You've been the leader and the owner of the forums since their conception. Which means you've seen many different eras and leadership on here. In your opinion, what was the "Golden Age" of the KSI forums and what made it such?
JT: "I can’t really declare any time a Golden Age. I think the needs of the community have fluctuated over time and we have continued to change. To answer your question though, I think the Halo 2 days were probably the most active days we had."
Kered: It's been debated for many years the usefulness of the forums. Discussed whether or not there would be benefits for pushing our members and leaders to sign up and stay active. Some say the recent technological advances (social media, discord, skype, IM'ing, etc) have left forums obsolete. Some say that the forums are a product of a by gone era. What is your stance on that?
JT: "I don’t think forcing people to do anything will help any situation. The forums are a tool, they can be used in a variety of ways. Are there other tools out there we can use instead? Yes. Will those are tools show the world our strength and unity? No. Discord is a great tool however it is private, which it is meant to be. However I think our use vs the forums is short sighted. If we want to continue to grow and do new and exciting things for our members that requires money. If you go to a website and it is just news and no active community, you probably are not going to be as excited about it."
Kered: Why are the forums important to our community and what can they offer our members?
JT: "Well like I said the forums are a tool, if we truly want to continue to grow we need a stable platform as a base. Chat applications come and go as we have seen in the past."
Kered: Again, going back to you being the longest standing member in KSI, have you ever had an interest in joining Clan Operations of the years?
JT: "I don’t consider myself to be outside of clan operations. If you are referring to running divisions and such, I would not be a good fit for that role, especially now. It takes a lot to run a division or even a successful squad. I don’t have the time to dedicate to that, ultimately I think it would hurt the community and that is the last thing I want to do. If something changes to where I have more time to dedicate I would consider it."
Kered: Has there ever been a moment where you thought you would be more beneficial to the community if you joined Clan-Ops, specifically at moments of crisis(i.e. LS split, creation of KSI United, split of .org)?
JT: "Like I said, I don’t consider myself separate from clan ops. Over the years I have dealt with a lot of the hurdles and bumps in the road. Albeit behind the scenes, but still very much involved."
Kered: Lastly, any parting words of wisdom for our members of KSI?
JT: "KSI is what you make it. If you just want to play games. Awesome. Want to become a leader and learn new skills(conflict resolution, etc) Awesome! Want to learn how to do Graphics? Awesome. Code? Awesome. I do what I do so that future generations can have a great community to be in just as I did."