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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in Community Team Staffing Update - 15 January 2019   
    Thank you, it's an honor to be back!
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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in Community Team Staffing Update - 15 January 2019   
    Thank you, it's an honor to be back!
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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in Community Team Staffing Update - 15 January 2019   
    Thank you, it's an honor to be back!
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    c13 got a reaction from Slendis in Police chase and baby held hostage - Turret from SWAT deployed   
    Police rarely fire their weapons outside of state required qualification, which in most states is only twice a year and done in a mostly static position. Each agency has their own standards, training and curriculum in place, but budget and quite frankly relevance (it is extremely rare that a cop draws their gun, let alone fires it) make it a lower priority. Additionally, a direct quote from one cop I've talked to is "most cops only care that their gun goes bang when they pull the trigger." Plus police officers rarely train on their own time unless they are into guns.
     
    To me, the most alarming thing in the video is the lack of cover. There were half a dozen cops exposed to a known armed suspect for several minutes, but it took forever for someone to comment on it. All it takes is a split second for a shot to be fired towards them. With the lack of cover, it made an incident of the child hostage being hit much more likely should the suspect open up.
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    c13 got a reaction from Slendis in Police chase and baby held hostage - Turret from SWAT deployed   
    Police rarely fire their weapons outside of state required qualification, which in most states is only twice a year and done in a mostly static position. Each agency has their own standards, training and curriculum in place, but budget and quite frankly relevance (it is extremely rare that a cop draws their gun, let alone fires it) make it a lower priority. Additionally, a direct quote from one cop I've talked to is "most cops only care that their gun goes bang when they pull the trigger." Plus police officers rarely train on their own time unless they are into guns.
     
    To me, the most alarming thing in the video is the lack of cover. There were half a dozen cops exposed to a known armed suspect for several minutes, but it took forever for someone to comment on it. All it takes is a split second for a shot to be fired towards them. With the lack of cover, it made an incident of the child hostage being hit much more likely should the suspect open up.
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    c13 got a reaction from Slendis in Police chase and baby held hostage - Turret from SWAT deployed   
    Police rarely fire their weapons outside of state required qualification, which in most states is only twice a year and done in a mostly static position. Each agency has their own standards, training and curriculum in place, but budget and quite frankly relevance (it is extremely rare that a cop draws their gun, let alone fires it) make it a lower priority. Additionally, a direct quote from one cop I've talked to is "most cops only care that their gun goes bang when they pull the trigger." Plus police officers rarely train on their own time unless they are into guns.
     
    To me, the most alarming thing in the video is the lack of cover. There were half a dozen cops exposed to a known armed suspect for several minutes, but it took forever for someone to comment on it. All it takes is a split second for a shot to be fired towards them. With the lack of cover, it made an incident of the child hostage being hit much more likely should the suspect open up.
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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience   
    I think everyone over the last page needs to take a step back and calm down, then look at things from a new perspective.
     
    Let's rewind way back to the days of LCPDFR. As anyone who has ever worked with code before knows, anything and everything will go wrong if you change one line. Sam once said that there were often times when he would add a new line and 10 different things that were working would suddenly make the game crash. This brought up many issues with releasing finalized versions.
     
    It was several years ago, I believe it was LCPDFR .9, that a definitive release date was given about a month in advance. Like usual, the site went down due to the excessive amount of traffic. The few who were able to download it and get in game quickly noticed a critical error: the game crashed when they called for backup. People were furious, as could be expected.
     
    For people that haven't been around a while, that is the main reason why the official response to questions about release dates has always been "when its done."
     
    Additionally, it does get troubling keeping hype up for a new version. I'm sure a lot of people would be much more annoyed if there was no news whatsoever. It puts Sam and LMS in a tough spot, and I am sure they believed .4 would be finalized sooner rather than later when the first preview was posted in February. But life and game breaking errors can often get in the way and I am in no way privy to this information.
     
    I guess what I am trying to say is that I share frustration with many of you, but we have to sit back, relax, and not be at each others throats because that is not going to help anything.
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    c13 got a reaction from CadmiumRed in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    Because no one has ever prevented a mass shooting, bad people with guns are all powerful deitys and guns are instantly useless in the hands of potential victims.
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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience   
    I think everyone over the last page needs to take a step back and calm down, then look at things from a new perspective.
     
    Let's rewind way back to the days of LCPDFR. As anyone who has ever worked with code before knows, anything and everything will go wrong if you change one line. Sam once said that there were often times when he would add a new line and 10 different things that were working would suddenly make the game crash. This brought up many issues with releasing finalized versions.
     
    It was several years ago, I believe it was LCPDFR .9, that a definitive release date was given about a month in advance. Like usual, the site went down due to the excessive amount of traffic. The few who were able to download it and get in game quickly noticed a critical error: the game crashed when they called for backup. People were furious, as could be expected.
     
    For people that haven't been around a while, that is the main reason why the official response to questions about release dates has always been "when its done."
     
    Additionally, it does get troubling keeping hype up for a new version. I'm sure a lot of people would be much more annoyed if there was no news whatsoever. It puts Sam and LMS in a tough spot, and I am sure they believed .4 would be finalized sooner rather than later when the first preview was posted in February. But life and game breaking errors can often get in the way and I am in no way privy to this information.
     
    I guess what I am trying to say is that I share frustration with many of you, but we have to sit back, relax, and not be at each others throats because that is not going to help anything.
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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience   
    I think everyone over the last page needs to take a step back and calm down, then look at things from a new perspective.
     
    Let's rewind way back to the days of LCPDFR. As anyone who has ever worked with code before knows, anything and everything will go wrong if you change one line. Sam once said that there were often times when he would add a new line and 10 different things that were working would suddenly make the game crash. This brought up many issues with releasing finalized versions.
     
    It was several years ago, I believe it was LCPDFR .9, that a definitive release date was given about a month in advance. Like usual, the site went down due to the excessive amount of traffic. The few who were able to download it and get in game quickly noticed a critical error: the game crashed when they called for backup. People were furious, as could be expected.
     
    For people that haven't been around a while, that is the main reason why the official response to questions about release dates has always been "when its done."
     
    Additionally, it does get troubling keeping hype up for a new version. I'm sure a lot of people would be much more annoyed if there was no news whatsoever. It puts Sam and LMS in a tough spot, and I am sure they believed .4 would be finalized sooner rather than later when the first preview was posted in February. But life and game breaking errors can often get in the way and I am in no way privy to this information.
     
    I guess what I am trying to say is that I share frustration with many of you, but we have to sit back, relax, and not be at each others throats because that is not going to help anything.
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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience   
    I think everyone over the last page needs to take a step back and calm down, then look at things from a new perspective.
     
    Let's rewind way back to the days of LCPDFR. As anyone who has ever worked with code before knows, anything and everything will go wrong if you change one line. Sam once said that there were often times when he would add a new line and 10 different things that were working would suddenly make the game crash. This brought up many issues with releasing finalized versions.
     
    It was several years ago, I believe it was LCPDFR .9, that a definitive release date was given about a month in advance. Like usual, the site went down due to the excessive amount of traffic. The few who were able to download it and get in game quickly noticed a critical error: the game crashed when they called for backup. People were furious, as could be expected.
     
    For people that haven't been around a while, that is the main reason why the official response to questions about release dates has always been "when its done."
     
    Additionally, it does get troubling keeping hype up for a new version. I'm sure a lot of people would be much more annoyed if there was no news whatsoever. It puts Sam and LMS in a tough spot, and I am sure they believed .4 would be finalized sooner rather than later when the first preview was posted in February. But life and game breaking errors can often get in the way and I am in no way privy to this information.
     
    I guess what I am trying to say is that I share frustration with many of you, but we have to sit back, relax, and not be at each others throats because that is not going to help anything.
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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience   
    I think everyone over the last page needs to take a step back and calm down, then look at things from a new perspective.
     
    Let's rewind way back to the days of LCPDFR. As anyone who has ever worked with code before knows, anything and everything will go wrong if you change one line. Sam once said that there were often times when he would add a new line and 10 different things that were working would suddenly make the game crash. This brought up many issues with releasing finalized versions.
     
    It was several years ago, I believe it was LCPDFR .9, that a definitive release date was given about a month in advance. Like usual, the site went down due to the excessive amount of traffic. The few who were able to download it and get in game quickly noticed a critical error: the game crashed when they called for backup. People were furious, as could be expected.
     
    For people that haven't been around a while, that is the main reason why the official response to questions about release dates has always been "when its done."
     
    Additionally, it does get troubling keeping hype up for a new version. I'm sure a lot of people would be much more annoyed if there was no news whatsoever. It puts Sam and LMS in a tough spot, and I am sure they believed .4 would be finalized sooner rather than later when the first preview was posted in February. But life and game breaking errors can often get in the way and I am in no way privy to this information.
     
    I guess what I am trying to say is that I share frustration with many of you, but we have to sit back, relax, and not be at each others throats because that is not going to help anything.
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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience   
    I think everyone over the last page needs to take a step back and calm down, then look at things from a new perspective.
     
    Let's rewind way back to the days of LCPDFR. As anyone who has ever worked with code before knows, anything and everything will go wrong if you change one line. Sam once said that there were often times when he would add a new line and 10 different things that were working would suddenly make the game crash. This brought up many issues with releasing finalized versions.
     
    It was several years ago, I believe it was LCPDFR .9, that a definitive release date was given about a month in advance. Like usual, the site went down due to the excessive amount of traffic. The few who were able to download it and get in game quickly noticed a critical error: the game crashed when they called for backup. People were furious, as could be expected.
     
    For people that haven't been around a while, that is the main reason why the official response to questions about release dates has always been "when its done."
     
    Additionally, it does get troubling keeping hype up for a new version. I'm sure a lot of people would be much more annoyed if there was no news whatsoever. It puts Sam and LMS in a tough spot, and I am sure they believed .4 would be finalized sooner rather than later when the first preview was posted in February. But life and game breaking errors can often get in the way and I am in no way privy to this information.
     
    I guess what I am trying to say is that I share frustration with many of you, but we have to sit back, relax, and not be at each others throats because that is not going to help anything.
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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience   
    I think everyone over the last page needs to take a step back and calm down, then look at things from a new perspective.
     
    Let's rewind way back to the days of LCPDFR. As anyone who has ever worked with code before knows, anything and everything will go wrong if you change one line. Sam once said that there were often times when he would add a new line and 10 different things that were working would suddenly make the game crash. This brought up many issues with releasing finalized versions.
     
    It was several years ago, I believe it was LCPDFR .9, that a definitive release date was given about a month in advance. Like usual, the site went down due to the excessive amount of traffic. The few who were able to download it and get in game quickly noticed a critical error: the game crashed when they called for backup. People were furious, as could be expected.
     
    For people that haven't been around a while, that is the main reason why the official response to questions about release dates has always been "when its done."
     
    Additionally, it does get troubling keeping hype up for a new version. I'm sure a lot of people would be much more annoyed if there was no news whatsoever. It puts Sam and LMS in a tough spot, and I am sure they believed .4 would be finalized sooner rather than later when the first preview was posted in February. But life and game breaking errors can often get in the way and I am in no way privy to this information.
     
    I guess what I am trying to say is that I share frustration with many of you, but we have to sit back, relax, and not be at each others throats because that is not going to help anything.
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    c13 got a reaction from Giordano in LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience   
    I think everyone over the last page needs to take a step back and calm down, then look at things from a new perspective.
     
    Let's rewind way back to the days of LCPDFR. As anyone who has ever worked with code before knows, anything and everything will go wrong if you change one line. Sam once said that there were often times when he would add a new line and 10 different things that were working would suddenly make the game crash. This brought up many issues with releasing finalized versions.
     
    It was several years ago, I believe it was LCPDFR .9, that a definitive release date was given about a month in advance. Like usual, the site went down due to the excessive amount of traffic. The few who were able to download it and get in game quickly noticed a critical error: the game crashed when they called for backup. People were furious, as could be expected.
     
    For people that haven't been around a while, that is the main reason why the official response to questions about release dates has always been "when its done."
     
    Additionally, it does get troubling keeping hype up for a new version. I'm sure a lot of people would be much more annoyed if there was no news whatsoever. It puts Sam and LMS in a tough spot, and I am sure they believed .4 would be finalized sooner rather than later when the first preview was posted in February. But life and game breaking errors can often get in the way and I am in no way privy to this information.
     
    I guess what I am trying to say is that I share frustration with many of you, but we have to sit back, relax, and not be at each others throats because that is not going to help anything.
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    c13 got a reaction from YoshePlays in Reply with your CRAZIEST LSPDFR Story(ies)!   
    My reply from an old thread like this:
     
    For me, this happened in the days of .95 RC3 (testers version). I was parked in the alleyway on Jonestown street in downtown Alderney, just northwest of the Plumber's Skyway entrance, in EVI's shiny new slicktop caprice. I had a K-9 as a partner at the time. I start hearing yelling, and a Spanish Lords member runs in front of me holding a pistol with another deputy right behind him. I jump out, press the hotkey for the K-9 and we get involved in the chase. I call for backup before rounding the corner heading north on Myung street, where I catch up with the other deputy about half a block away from the gang member.
     
    My K-9 easily catches up to the suspect, and is about to jump when the suspect turns around and opens fire. The cop I am with and I start returning fire with Glock 19s as my dog retreats, and civilians are running everywhere. About 15 feet away to the left, the doors open up to a car and two more gang bangers jump out, one with a glock and the other with an uzi. We're heavily outgunned, have no cover and we're being flanked, when two backup units arrive from the south at the same moment the other deputy goes down. I sprint back to the cover of a sheriff's car, return fire and the two suspects go down.
     
    The K-9 then sprints forward and latches onto the original suspect, making him drop his weapon. I arrest the suspect and call for a transport. I think this crazy situation is already over, but I was wrong. I turned around to start heading back to my car when I hear more gun shots. I turn around thinking it's the AI police being stupid and corrupt by shooting the unarmed suspect. However, two more gang members are firing at the remaining deputies to break out the original suspect. I start firing from a flanking position, and my dog goes down as well as another deputy. Then the original suspect gets a gun and joins his compadres. I call for more backup, as there are now only 4 deputies on scene including me. I get to cover again, return fire again, and more backup starts to arrive from the south and east. The remaining suspects quickly go down, littering the Myung street with more shell casings, blood and bodies than usual.
     
    By the end of it, 5 suspects were killed, 2 officers were killed and my dog was killed also. All of it happened in about 2 minutes.
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    c13 reacted to GravelRoadCop in Time to go 10-7   
    The time has come for me to radio in 10-7 and go out of service indefinitely, after spending a decade ( 2008-2018) being involved in the Grand Theft Auto communities. 
     
    I am not the one to make a long speech, so I will keep this simple : thank you for the greatest show on earth, and keep inspiring others to follow their goals.
     
    From 2008, being in junior high school, to present time, becoming an Emergency Vehicle Technician, thank you for giving me a platform that enabled my passion for the emergency services and emergency vehicles in general. Because of this journey, I get to wake up everyday and go to a job that I love doing, a career that GTA emergency services modding communities have helped me discover. It's been an adventure. I hope that my contributions to this community has helped make your gaming experience a bit better. 
     
    November 24th, 2018, This will be my final 10-7, it's been a great ride. Thank you very much. 
     
     
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    c13 reacted to Albo1125 in Open-Sourcing Albo1125's Mods & 'Retirement'   
    Dear all, 
     
    As many of you will have noticed, my activity in the LSPDFR scene has decreased significantly over the past few months. There are many reasons for this, the details of which I won't bore you with. It mostly comes down to being busy with other things in my life, as well as LSPDFR becoming less interesting for me having played it for so long and the introduction of frameworks allowing modded GTA5 multiplayer environments (read: FiveM).
     
    How times have changed since when I joined the community in 2015, from me taking an interest in learning to code in C# to having multiple plugins released on the site. It's been one heck of a journey here. I recall well the first 'mod' I uploaded for the LSPDFR community, which was called 'More Jail Points' at the time. This was first published for RAGEPluginHook 0.20. This later evolved into 'More Jail Points & Prisoner Transporter' and is now known as the all-so-familiar Arrest Manager. When I was contacted by @dbock1989, who was so enthusiastic about my More Jail Points & Prisoner Transporter plugin at the time, I couldn't quite believe it. He had been so kind as to create a variety of images related to the plugin (see below)! It frankly couldn't have been a more exciting moment at the time and, alongside other overwhelmingly positive and welcoming feedback, served as a major motivation factor for me to continue learning to code and create plugins.

     
    Following this, I was looking to give more purpose to the LSPDFR traffic stop system. And so, Traffic Policer was born - a plugin originally intended to add a few ambient events related to traffic offences. This has now grown into one of my most feature-packed plugins to date. By this time, some YouTubers started using my plugins in their videos. Not only was this a great way for me to obtain feedback on my mods' user experience, I also watched @Zachary Houseknecht with great pleasure while my ANPR Hit AI lit many of his police vehicles on fire... An absolute howler: https://youtu.be/4D8HshZzWMQ?t=606
     
    Some weeks on and Assorted Callouts was next in line. This was originally created out of a callout idea by  @CaptainSugarFree  and turned into what is now known as the Pacific Bank Heist. This took about 4 weeks of intensive development to fully complete (and am I shocked at the code quality looking back at it now... works though). As the first of its kind, the callout featured voice-overs and an intense, detailed SWAT based LSPDFR callout. I was incredibly proud for this to be featured on @Jeff Favignano's channel and I see now that the video in question has amassed over 1.9 million views... breathtaking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIXKvUyzylA
     
    Moving on again. At this point, @FinKone had managed to get me into YouTube. After having released British Policing Script, longing for an LSPDFR experience closer to home for me, many longed a version of the plugin for international and American users to incorporate the traffic stop improvements and a court system. With that, I released LSPDFR+ by doing my first ever YouTube live stream, which was quite the experience. After this, I released Siren Mastery, PoliceSmartRadio and a variety of other tools and smaller plugins. Many hours of coding, effort, stress, giving support and obtaining feedback had been put in by this point. I was absolutely chuffed to then achieve one million downloads on my published files...
    This figure has since risen to over five million.
     
    Following some negative coverage of LSPDFR in some of the Australian media, I'm also very happy that Wired UK decided to publish an overwhelmingly positive article on the whole GTA5 police modding scene: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/gta-5-mods-lsdpfr-british-police?utm_content=buffer9ca53
     
    After PoliceSmartRadio's release - with the infamous April FoolsRadio download giving four thousand people a perhaps frustratingly good laugh - I placed the whole modding scene lower in my priority list. As mentioned previously, this has since been pushed far further down.
     
    Some thoughts on the community's development over time
    I would describe the LSPDFR community as healthy. @Sam @LMS and all the other contributors have created something very special for all the right reasons and this is largely reflected in the attitudes of the staff & moderation team and community members. With publishing mods on a popular website like this, unfortunately, comes some drama and negativity - and while I have not always agreed with the way and speed the moderation team dealt with my reports relating to me and my work, they have done a good job overall. The few issues that I experienced were all resolved. From my experience in the plugin side of the modding scene, this continues to be the case now.
     
    One thing I noted during the months that passed is that both experienced but particularly newer modders are now frequently treated with disdain in the scene. The modding scene has grown massively since when I first started and unfortunately, in this area, it shows. Everyone starts somewhere and the fact someone is spending their free time creating something for all of you to download, for free, has become massively underappreciated and taken for granted. Sure, a new modders' release may be full of bugs and be nowhere near as feature-rich as more developed plugins, but this takes time to solve. Had I received the negative feedback I've seen on many a new modder's release page back in 2015, you can rest assured I wouldn't have continued my development here. When providing feedback, by all means, point out the issues, but do so in a friendly, constructive manner, not in an entitled, toxic one. Have a look at the first few comments on my Arrest Manager download page to see what that is like - this was a major factor for me to consider continuing development! It is essential for the development of the LSPDFR modding community that this attitude is changed back to what it was in the 'good old days'.
     
    With all that said, I also hope the release of LSPDFR 0.4 kicks a breath of fresh air into the now somewhat stale core LSPDFR modification. With over 2 years having passed since the latest update of the core modification, I'm sure we all agree that an update would be a very welcome step. From the various preview posts released by the development team, it looks that we all have something great to look forward to there.
     
    'Retirement'? So does that mean you're permanently done with the LSPDFR modding scene?
    No, but I won't be actively developing plugins for LSPDFR any more. To be fair, nothing's really changing much now compared to the past few months. I intend to remain as a member of the LSPDFR Testing Team and I'm sure I'll be drawn back in at some point to explore some of the new development options in the 0.4 API. I'll also stay around on my discord and occasionally the forums and I intend to continue publishing occasional videos on my Youtube channel. And yes, for those that know and enjoy it, I'm also planning to continue writing blog posts on UK road safety . If my time and motivation levels allow, I may publish some minor updates to my current mods before 0.4 is released. The fact remains, however, that I would currently classify myself as 'inactive' in the scene. With so much other stuff going on, I simply don't have the time to commit that I used to. It would be a pity to say the least to let all my work slowly deteriorate and waste away. Therefore, I've decided to publish the source code to some of my plugins to https://github.com/Albo1125/. At the very least, I would like it to be a learning resource for other ambitious plugin developers in the scene. At best, I hope other developers will take it upon themselves to improve the code where necessary (yes it is very necessary!) and create pull requests to share those improvements. These can then be merged and released, with credits obviously included for contributors.
     
    Back when I started developing for LSPDFR, very few learning resources were available bar the great example project by @LukeD . This hasn't really changed since, despite the creation of the LSPDFR API repository by LMS (https://github.com/LMSDev/LSPDFR-API) and some posts aiming to document the LSPDFR functions by myself in the API development subforum. A noteable step was the creation of the LSPDFR Developers Discord server thanks to  @Stealth22 A full post with current development resources can be found here: 
    I'm planning to publish the source code to a number of my plugins one-by-one to improve this and give something to the community:
    Arrest Manager: https://github.com/Albo1125/Arrest-Manager  Assorted Callouts: https://github.com/Albo1125/Assorted-Callouts Albo1125.Common: https://github.com/Albo1125/Albo1125-Common Traffic Policer: https://github.com/Albo1125/Traffic-Policer LSPDFR+: https://github.com/Albo1125/LSPDFRPlus British Policing Script: https://github.com/Albo1125/British-Policing-Script  
    By no means do I claim that any of the code I post is perfect or amazing - on the contrary, far from it. With the experience I have now from studying a BSc in Computer Science, reading through some of my old code makes me want to tear my hair out. This is only to be expected, though - most of my plugins were created as part of my learning experience of C#. Prior to this, I had no coding experience or knowledge. It's fascinating to see how the quality of my code has evolved over time by looking at my various different plugins in order of initial release date.
     
    Wrapping up. I hope this post provides some clarification and closure for those of you wondering where on earth I've been over the past few months. It's been an absolute blast and a pleasure. To all of you who were a part of my journey here, thank you.
     
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    c13 reacted to Doug1637 in Leaving for a While   
    I think the issue here that a lot of you are missing is that things are done wrong. I post  a file was it inciting a reaction? Not really but it was hidden and I was warned in the same day it was posted, ok I can see why that was done but when something is clearly stolen and posted with out the permission of the original author nothing is done for days. If you mention it in the comments you get warned and even yelled at about bring it up. Even if you have Already reported it. In an instance where something may be stolen, it should be hidden immediately till an investigation is done then take the appropriate action. Leaving it up allows it to be downloaded hundreds of times, by then it’s impossible to track. No one wants to spend hours on something just to have it stolen. Skins and liveries get ripped so much it isn’t even worth reporting because  nothing will be done. I understand that a site this large is hard to moderate but theft should be taken seriously and quickly. I really hope this can be resolved and we can get this community back to the greatness it once was. In the mean time see ya on discord, I’d post the link but it would be deleted like others have! Good luck on future endeavors.
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    c13 reacted to LibertyDesigns in Leaving for a While   
    LSPDFR Community and Whomever it may Concern,
     
    I've been around this site for a hot minute. I like to think I generally know what I'm doing when it comes to skin designing, among other things that have to do with GTA modding. In my time here, I've released exactly 81 files in just over a year of membership. That's more than most members here. I'm not saying I'm better, more qualified, or more talented than anyone else here, but I will say I have worked very hard to bring this community quality work the entire time I've been here. As of November 7th, 2018, the entirety of my file library will no longer be available on LCPDFR.
     
    Why I'm no longer sharing my files here:
     
    Rude & disrespectful members: 
    Since starting this adventure about a year ago, I've met quite a few great people. Helpful people who give constructive feedback on my work. I've also come across people who have no regard for my intense effort to make high quality work. I've had people rip my designs, screenshots and abuse the LCPDFR review system because they didn't like my response to their rude comments, reviews, etc. For example, humans are not perfect, we all miss a few errors. If one of my screenshots has a bit too much saturation, I probably missed it, there's no need to leave a one star paragraph long essay on how much that one picture sucks. Then when I reply with something you don't like, you go and one star all of my other files, which is real mature. This is why we all can't get along, and it's annoying because if we could just learn to give constructive feedback, this wouldn't be an issue.
     
    Staff have treated members poorly:
    In the instance I heard about, a modeler I know of was treated unreasonably poorly by a member of the LCPDFR staff. I'm not here to stir more stuff up, but come on! I'm not getting into the specifics, because that's between the member and staff, but what I will say, being on the staff of a pretty large website, you should hold yourself to a higher standard. Don't curse people out because they let you know about something of concern on the site, instead, look at it in a professional manner - and deal with it in a professional manner. This isn't all of the staff, by the way. I have had many positive encounters with site staff, and they are great people!
     
    Lack of substantial new things:
    Yes, I understand that 0.4 is in development, near release and all. That being said, we've had the same general call-outs, scripts and such for a pretty extended amount of time. 0.3 brought many new and exiting things to this community when it was released in July 2016. Since then, we've seen the same tactics, maneuvers, and bugs over and over again. From the players' side, this should be understandable - as we all want new things to put in our game. From the developers' side, the prolonged wait is also understandable, adding many new things to the update that look like big mechanical changes. Adding ambient crimes, additional player/ped customization, menu options, etc. While this is all very cool, I personally don't think it takes 2 years to develop this. I've seen mods like "Stop The Ped" and "Interaction +" come out and be updated in a much shorter amount of time, and those plugins are considerably similar to the previewed content of the LSPDFR 0.4 release. I also understand the developers are making this in their own time, with little to no financial support. I know I'm not the only member who feels this way about the updates, or lack thereof.
     
    Stolen & misused content:
    I'm a pretty generous person. I don't charge you for me to design a skin going to a public release or to help develop something to better the community. But, when I'm generous enough to make you textures or something of the sort, I expect you to ask me before modifying the file I made you, I also expect credit for my work as well. I've had multiple occasions on this site where I make something for someone else, and they have either posted it without my permission, modified it without my permission, or sold it without my permission. Yeah, yeah - the site admin doesn't condone any form of financial transactions.... All I'm saying is, it's really not that hard to ask to do something with my work. Most of the time I'll let you post it, modify it, whatever, I just want to know you're doing so. But, when you don't credit me, and ignore my requests for credit for my own work - it makes me pretty angry.  
     
    Members are just ugly to each other:
    I've been involved in, seen and heard of so much "drama" within this community. Why? We all literally make stuff for a $60 video game. What happens is one person gets too confident about their work, then other people get upset with that person, and arguments arise. It happens in intervals, too. It's a different set of people every time. When this happens, people just leave because they get fed up with this crap. It's like a country's revolution. In this case, it keeps happening over and over again. I'm sure i'm not the first one to point these problems out, but seriously, we all need to see that we have a common goal, and drop all of the pre-existing grudges - AND WORK TOGETHER!
     
    Finishing, I'm really not going after anybody, I don't want to start any drama. I wrote this and cleared my files because I want to see some positive change here. We're all getting tired of this toxic crap, and quite frankly, I don't think I'll be the only one to leave because of this. I think we would all like to see an improvement in how we treat each other. I'll be honest, there have been a few instances where I was somewhat rude to other members, but from those instances, I learned that it's only counter-productive to act that way. This will 110% be mis-understood, but just to be safe and repeat myself for the third time - I'm not targeting any single person in this post, I'm making this post because I want people to realize we need a positive change here, and hopefully this will help make people realize that.
     
    Closing: Thank you to all the people who helped me get where I am today. I'm not going offline, I'm just leaving this site. I'll still be on Discord and such. Again, thanks to the following people for their support, kind words and such, it doesn't go unnoticed.
     
    If you want to join my Discord, PM me since it's against guidelines to post it here. My Discord username is T. Jennings#1056
     
    Regards,
    T. Jennings
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    c13 got a reaction from AgentCharles in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    Tell me how gun registry possibly prevents crime. "Oh, but guns can be traced back." Report it stolen. The only thing a gun registry solves is giving the government a convenient list of who owns guns and how many they own.
     
    As of 2017, there were 112,710 cases in 29 states where people failed a background check when attempting to purchase a firearm. Attempting to purchase a firearm while having your rights revoked is a felony. 12,700 were further investigated. 12 people were prosecuted.
     
    Let that sink in for a moment. One thousandth of a percent were prosecuted. Think of all the violent offenders that could have been locked up, and probably went off to continue to commit crime. Enforce the laws we have now before we add more laws that will hassle law abiding citizens and where criminals will fail to be prosecuted.
     
    Banning private sales will not exclude people gifting firearms to family members. "But what about people selling guns to known criminals?". There's already a law for that. It's called straw purchasing. Enforce the laws on the books.
     
    A majority of guns at gun buybacks are older guns found in the attic of a deceased relative. Then there are often throwaway guns used by gangs since many buybacks have rules of no questions asked.
     
    On the 4-6 month waiting period, let me tell you of an anecdote. When I worked at a gun store, we sold NFA items. That means short barreled rifles/shotguns, suppressors, and full autos. One time, some one sent in a form with the tax stamp to the ATF. There was an entire page not filled out. It got approved 9 months later. You know why? They rarely bother reviewing those items too closely, as people looking for NFA items have presumably purchased firearms before and passed background checks. They take the $200 tax stamp on those items and put it in a bank, letting it collect interest for 6-9 months.
     
    I'll let you in on a little secret. Depending on how inundated NICS is with calls, a background check can be completed in as little as 5 minutes. If it's not in the system, it's not going to come up. "But those people with homicidal intentions might be dissuaded if they have to wait so long". Perhaps. But what is more likely to happen is a woman is killed by a stalker because she had to wait 6 months to get protection.
     
    Psychiatric evaluations? All that has to happen is someone ruling that wanting a gun for self defense is crazy. I'll pass.
     
    I'm not going to get into a 9/11 debate, but short and sweet, it was a failure of our government to react to many warning signs and have a plan in place to react to a hijacking. The Israeli's have some of the safest airports in the world. You know why? They profile.
     
    And now we get to the most sickening part of your argument.
    There is absolutely no right that should be "annoying and inconvenient" to exercise, especially to the degree you describe. When that happens, it becomes a privilege. "But you can't shout 'FIRE' in a crowded theater." You're 100% correct. But we don't gag people before they enter. We prosecute them after the fact. We don't give people psychiatric evaluations before they are allowed to vote. We don't even require a photo ID in many states which is far greater of an issue.
     
    Just come out and say it. You don't trust yourself with a firearm, therefore you don't trust anyone with one.
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    c13 reacted to ToeBius in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    And others must acknowledge that there is absolutely nothing, nada, zip to prevent evil people from doing evil, horrid, vile, mean thing's.  Why don't you add that before you start directing the conversations issues toward one side of the spectrum?  
     
      There are fucked up people out there that will do fucked up things and no law or restriction will stop these vile people from completing their objective.
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    c13 got a reaction from AgentCharles in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    Tell me how gun registry possibly prevents crime. "Oh, but guns can be traced back." Report it stolen. The only thing a gun registry solves is giving the government a convenient list of who owns guns and how many they own.
     
    As of 2017, there were 112,710 cases in 29 states where people failed a background check when attempting to purchase a firearm. Attempting to purchase a firearm while having your rights revoked is a felony. 12,700 were further investigated. 12 people were prosecuted.
     
    Let that sink in for a moment. One thousandth of a percent were prosecuted. Think of all the violent offenders that could have been locked up, and probably went off to continue to commit crime. Enforce the laws we have now before we add more laws that will hassle law abiding citizens and where criminals will fail to be prosecuted.
     
    Banning private sales will not exclude people gifting firearms to family members. "But what about people selling guns to known criminals?". There's already a law for that. It's called straw purchasing. Enforce the laws on the books.
     
    A majority of guns at gun buybacks are older guns found in the attic of a deceased relative. Then there are often throwaway guns used by gangs since many buybacks have rules of no questions asked.
     
    On the 4-6 month waiting period, let me tell you of an anecdote. When I worked at a gun store, we sold NFA items. That means short barreled rifles/shotguns, suppressors, and full autos. One time, some one sent in a form with the tax stamp to the ATF. There was an entire page not filled out. It got approved 9 months later. You know why? They rarely bother reviewing those items too closely, as people looking for NFA items have presumably purchased firearms before and passed background checks. They take the $200 tax stamp on those items and put it in a bank, letting it collect interest for 6-9 months.
     
    I'll let you in on a little secret. Depending on how inundated NICS is with calls, a background check can be completed in as little as 5 minutes. If it's not in the system, it's not going to come up. "But those people with homicidal intentions might be dissuaded if they have to wait so long". Perhaps. But what is more likely to happen is a woman is killed by a stalker because she had to wait 6 months to get protection.
     
    Psychiatric evaluations? All that has to happen is someone ruling that wanting a gun for self defense is crazy. I'll pass.
     
    I'm not going to get into a 9/11 debate, but short and sweet, it was a failure of our government to react to many warning signs and have a plan in place to react to a hijacking. The Israeli's have some of the safest airports in the world. You know why? They profile.
     
    And now we get to the most sickening part of your argument.
    There is absolutely no right that should be "annoying and inconvenient" to exercise, especially to the degree you describe. When that happens, it becomes a privilege. "But you can't shout 'FIRE' in a crowded theater." You're 100% correct. But we don't gag people before they enter. We prosecute them after the fact. We don't give people psychiatric evaluations before they are allowed to vote. We don't even require a photo ID in many states which is far greater of an issue.
     
    Just come out and say it. You don't trust yourself with a firearm, therefore you don't trust anyone with one.
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    c13 got a reaction from AgentCharles in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    We've been over this many times. Of the difficulties of enforcing gun laws in the US as compared to islands. Of the difficulties of rounding up all the guns. Of the difficulties of getting criminals to obey the law, and how they will see it as an opportunity to take advantage of a defenseless population.
     
    We've talked about how guns are an equalizer. How women and the elderly are most likely unable to fight off a single criminal without one. Of how you are more likely to be attacked by multiple people than caught in a mass shooting.
     
    We've talked about how the primary firearms used in crimes are handguns, as they are concealable, cheap and there's no real con to ditching them. How rifles are used in less than 400 murders a year, and that doesn't specify the style of those rifles.
     
    We've talked about how crime is dropping and has been dropping for decades, while simultaneously there are more guns in civilian hands than ever before in the US. How despite every state having a concealed carry permit system, and some states not even requiring permits to carry concealed, it's not the wild west gun control advocates screamed it would be.
     
    We've talked about areas with some of the strictest gun control having some of the highest murder rates. How a majority of mass shootings occur in gun free zones. How a majority of shooters give up or kill themselves upon facing armed opposition.
     
    We've talked about the difficulty of requiring background checks for everyone. How the gun show loophole is a myth. How the ATF said a national registry would be required to enforce it. We've even talked about how a majority of mass shooters passed a background check or acquired their guns through illegal means.
     
    We've talked about the fact that not everyone lives in a city, and there are many places in the US where police can be hours away.
     
    What are you trying to accomplish with that statement?
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    c13 got a reaction from AgentCharles in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    Statistically speaking, a vast majority of mass shooters, attempted or successful ones, give up or kill themselves upon being confronted by someone with a gun. At the absolute worst case scenario once a good guy with a gun enters the picture, the focus is taken away from taking out defenseless people and engaging the other armed party.
     
    Obviously it's not realistic to put officers at every religious institution, and many won't have the funding for armed guards, but it is realistic that there are many people who have concealed carry permits who would be willing to act in such an event, should the location not be a gun free zone.
     
    Mass shootings are also fairly rare comparatively. While such events are much more common in the United States than other developed nations, you would still be more likely to win the lottery and be struck by lightning in your lifetime than to be caught in one.
     
    At the end of the day, regardless of where you are at, you are the primary one responsible for your own safety.
     
     
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