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The Future of the Hylian Knight Usergroup

Should the HK rank be kept?

  • Keep the HK rank

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Do not keep the HK rank

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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Down for maintenance.
Apr 26, 2012
for people who aren't here too often but do like this place is kind of weird; it feels like you'll never get to BE someone among a community like this one. It sucks and it needs to go.


Nov 12, 2010
webm is not webmaster. Webm is a video file extension. A lot of people are using it in lieu of a gif, as it heavily compresses it. A 5 mb gif can be a few kB, for example. I've seen the use of webm on 4chan in the past month or two, which I believe is what Repentance was referring to.


Swag Master General
Aug 1, 2012
The End
Apache Helicopter
webm is not webmaster. Webm is a video file extension. A lot of people are using it in lieu of a gif, as it heavily compresses it. A 5 mb gif can be a few kB, for example. I've seen the use of webm on 4chan in the past month or two, which I believe is what Repentance was referring to.


It was a joke xD


Till the roof comes off, till the lights go out...
Feb 23, 2014
It can also display videos in extremely high quality compared to gifs and they can be much longer, too, for the same file size. Anyway, off topic..
Jul 1, 2013
Here are the reasons why I think the rank should be abolished:

- I don't think my role models should be chosen for me
- I don't think my role models should be the ones to choose my role models for me
- I don't think my role models should have privileges I do not, however small (and then claim to just be normal members except purple)
- I don't like the idea of role models having a sanctioned environment for judging whether or not a member is good enough
to also be a role model behind his or her back
- I think it gives people incentive to make quality posts for the wrong reasons
- I think, because it is exclusive by nature, it creates disconnect within the community just by existing
- I think new members will have the mental capacity to recognize their own role models, no purple name or user badge needed
- I think members are capable following the rules without having to imitate somebody
- I think good posters will be good posters even without the rank (if not, they shouldn't have had the rank in the first place)
- I think the existence of the Golden Fro award and certain Golden Key awards make the rank unnecessary

Here are things that have nothing to do with why I think the rank should be abolished:

- Their voting system is bad
- Their voting system is good
- No one has been made HK in a year
- No one is being demoted
- I think they're arrogant
- Someone I don't like is a HK
- Someone I do like is not a HK
- I want to be a HK but am not being made a HK
- They're purple
- I don't like their user badge
- I don't actually have any of these opinions

So there you go. I know I'm not super tight with the community, but I've been visiting the forums daily for over a year now and figured I ought to give my opinion on the matter.
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Dec 14, 2008
Louisiana, USA
I've been debating with myself if I should get into this, or even if I should vote. The reason for my stepping down from a staff position I coveted since joining the forum so long ago stemmed almost exclusively from my desire to distance myself from the areas of the forum that I find unpleasant, annoying, or just downright make me angry at times. I still intend on fully doing that, and I plan no longer to take my ideas and thoughts to public discussion as I now feel it's not worth it, and that this place honestly doesn't deserve the amount of time and investment that some people pour into it. But the fact remains that I have, at least in some small part, attempted to make this discussion, at least officially, happen since we came to terms with Ventus after his multiple alt nonsense and finally settled all that crap. It's because of that reason, and because I've observed what this system does for so long, that I'll comment on this and make my vote.

Consider this my final resignation from the going-ons of this forum. Unless something major crops up, I intent to never worry myself with this thread, the suggestions thread, the contestment thread, or anything of that nature ever again. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

I'm sure people like Kitsu can confirm that the Knights in and of themselves were going to be the original extension of the Hylian Hero group, a section that was thought to offer superior posting and insight, with the Nobles being an ambiguous upgrade to them that was later retconned into a Hall of Fame. Even back then, there were just a few problems that were present among the general populace with the group, although I hardly noticed it at all past a few isolated incidents. People were brought in on a monthly basis, usually the most active members of the forum. The led to a sense of harmony, where it seemed like the ones who got the rank were the ones that deserved it - whether or not they truly did, it seemed like the Knights were more than willing to let a large variation of people into their ranks, which quelled the discontent a good amount. I can recall somewhat new members such as NorthApple and Xinnamin getting the nod for the position, among many others. The air of exclusivity wasn't exactly present, which is why when someone DID get "snubbed" repeatedly by the group (I can recall one friend of mine like this, although I won't mention his/her name), it was just a select amount of members that didn't really make a stink about it publicly. It was also rather difficult to get booted from the Knights as well; you had to REALLY screw up, as opposed to where if you coughed in the wrong direction the Nobles would kick you out. Just an interesting tidbit.

All of my issues were, at the time, not about the Knight group at all. My beef and concern was invested in the vague description we had of the Nobles, as the Knights seemed like the logical continuation of the Hylian Heroes. But that's a topic for another day, I guess.

Fast-forward to late last year, and things were already drastically different. The Knight's numbers are a shadow of what they once were, due to the new system that had been introduced. I don't think that system is the root-cause of anything but how the Knights are currently viewed. The moment you stop promoting people is the moment that members start viewing your group as something unobtainable, as something too exclusive for them. This is exacerbated even worse by the fact that it has been an entire YEAR since their last promotion, which goes one step further from what I mentioned above, and just makes the group seem stupid and pointless. There is quite literally no point for a group that fancies itself "role-models" if you don't promote anyone out of a large group of suitable contestants for an entire year. This makes you seem 100% elitist and exclusive no matter what your noble intentions are, and I truly do believe that we wouldn't be having this conversation on this scale right now had the Knights failed to do any time of public action for a year. Having had access to your section for many months, I'm afraid that the Knights have only themselves to blame. Despite record-low numbers, the current group is very capable of electing new members under their old system. A vast, vast majority of the Knights just aren't active, either in participation of discussions or voting. There's probably a grand total of..... five of you that consistently were active in that section, and even then, that's being generous. If you want to do ANYTHING to fix the current problem, you must rally your numbers and be more active. You can have any type of new system you want, but nothing will change that fact.

But that's not even the true reason the Knights are under fire, just the main trigger of it, I feel. The true concern is that the existence of the Knight group is fundamentally bad for the quality of the forum. Look above at the poll results - how many people have grown to be weary of the group due to being "snubbed" by it? I've heard PK Flash and Cassandra both say that they, like many others, desired the rank at some point. They failed to get it due to reasons that may or may not be legitimate, but the problem is there - this group is a breeding ground for discontent, whether people realize it or not. If people try their best to obtain something, trying the absolute best to their ability, and still fail, what's the result? It's contempt for what they failed to get. They start noticing that the Knights aren't truly knights, that they have members that are bitter and spiteful, and that they, in the modern age, do absolutely nothing from an activity standpoint. What can you honestly expect? For people to still admire the group that secretly rejects them behind their back? Again, it really doesn't matter if the Knights have even the purest intentions at heart - with every hierarchical system, envy and jealousy always steeps in, especially from a faction that claims to have a minimal amount of bias. Just the existence of this group fosters this, and, combined with the absurd lack of activity, just puts it in an even worse light.

But even separate from that, you have people just rejecting the notion behind it in the first place. Why do role models need to be laid out in front of us? Why does the voting have to be so secret and exclusive? Does the existence of the group, truly, without a doubt, lead to a better forum for all members? The answer is, currently, no. No it doesn't. When you have people complaining about the lack of activity, complaining about potential bias and corruption, and complaining about the fundamentals of the group in the first place, it's incredibly difficult to conclude that this entire thing is somehow a boon to the website.

I told myself when I came back that I would never accept an offer into the Knights should it come my way, and I stand by that. I also told myself that I would never make a public stink about my desire to abolish the Knights along with the Nobles, as it would be inappropriate of me to be the one to initiate instability among the community, especially with me being a mod. But as the one that has been suggesting this to Mases since I was able to, I have to conclude that I certainly think the Knight rank should be abolished. I was hoping that maybe eventually the Knights would realize that their reputation grows worse with each passing month, and that they would disband themselves. But if the administration believes this should be left up to popular vote, I suppose that it's among the most fair things to do.

I may as well make a statement on the Nobles too, I guess. I share little love for the group, and even less sympathy for the heat it continually gets. But I'm willing to compromise on this, and say that they group can stay as long as its purpose is clearly defined. Attempt to approach this from Mases' point of view - he's seen an incredible amount of people come and go from his vast time with Zelda Dungeon, and, as far as the forum is concerned, the Nobles are his way of making sure they're honored. You and I don't know them, and most of us don't even remember them, but the fact remains that they were vital contributors to the forum at one point. Just because we weren't personally around for it, or just because we didn't experience it, doesn't mean that they're contributions never existed. The Nobles truly are a trophy-room, where Mases makes sure that, at least to him, those people never truly leave the forum and are recognized for what they did. It's an elitist group through and through, but I believe that it is, at the very least, Mases' privilege to continually honor those who are the reason this forum is what it is today. As long as it's clearly defined that this is what it is, nothing more, nothing less, I no longer have a problem with it.

And I'm done. Have fun bickering from here on, I'll be sure to break out the popcorn and sweet tea and watch from a distance whenever "super serious" stuff rears its ugly head again, because you can count me out.


Till the roof comes off, till the lights go out...
Feb 23, 2014
As I don't have action to the Hylian Knights' section, I'll have to take JC's word for the following statement, and I'm very inclined to since others have voiced similar sentiments in the past; aside from promotion, another glaring issue with the HK rank is the lack of demotions for people who clearly lack interest in being active forum role models. Where has Majora's Cat been for the longest time? I'll admit that anyone who knows my activity on the Wiki has the right to call me a hypocrite in this regard, as I have been slacking for a scribe in 2014, yet I have never vanished from the face of the site completely; rather, I've chosen to prioritize one of my responsibilities over the other.
Although I doubt with my forum experience I could ever make my point better than Vergo just did, I would like to comment on this. I noticed at some point, Seth asked what happens to people who were once good enough to be Knights, but lose this quality at some point. The answer was "they are demoted". Sorry, I'm not buying this. I don't even know who Majora's Cat is. He/she is a Knight? What the flippity floppity floo is going on? Looking at a list of Hylian Knights..

Durion, Majora's Cat, and to an extent Axle the Beast, Kybyrian and Hanyou (although I recognize there is some "benefit of the doubt" given to them for their contributions in the past) should not be Hylian Knights.

What is the requirement for activity level? One post a month? One post a year? One post in their lifetime? I have posted over 30 times in the last 24 hours, if you are supposed to be a forum role model, you should be expected to post at least 10+ times a week. It's not that difficult. I understand if you're busy or something, but make this known, with an exact timeframe, and if you are not back within a reasonable amount of time, a demotion should happen. Point blank period. I am really scratching my head wondering how it even got to this. It's really amazing.

Night Owl

Oct 3, 2011
Skybound Coil Tree, Noctilum
I guess there are a few of us who still support the knights.

Back when I joined the forum, I used to be afraid of the knights and mods.
This forum was the first one I had ever joined, as such it just took me a bit to get accustomed to forum life.
Some of the intimidation was just from comparing my posts to one of the knights and seeing the huge difference in quality. (The rest was fear of the old rep system but that's a different story)

It wasn't long before I started looking up to them. I saw how knights, such as Thareous, treated other members with kindness and were willing to help new members; It inspired me to strive to be like them. Other notable knights I look up to to are Sir Quaffler, Garo, Mandy, Fig, and Wolf. Having positive role models like them sets a standard that I strive to obtain for myself. I hope that I have indeed managed to improve myself over the course of my time here by learning from them.

I'll admit that the system isn't perfect, I don't think there ever will be a perfect system. I've even seen many notable members that seemed to get overlooked by it.
I'm hoping some of that will change now that they revamped the process. I believe that any system for acknowledging members we implement will have its share of drama and a sense of it being elitist.

I voted to keep the knights mainly because my personal experiences with them have been mostly good and positive. I believe that they still serve the intended purpose of being good role models.


Nov 21, 2012
(i not read every post, there are 163... and they all have much text haha ;) )

I vote no because Dan on skype said we have the poll now. i do not understand what makes HK keep on forum?
I have been very more active on zelda universe forum and they not have any HK type rank. They hev many more however none of them have the "elite club" feel to it as Seth said in the post. Zelda universe have more "fair" rank and I think role model is better over there because you see in the thread who is experience and who is new.

wolf sage and thareous best posters imo. But I do not think that rank needs to be put on them for that. Good post are seen with or without rank. :)
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