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With a shrinking fraction of Friday left in even the easternmost timezone, I hereby proclaim the frolic of friday to finally be in effect. It's been a fun and long week, but not an unproductive one, and I'm pleased to announce a few new things in this weekend's update.
Weekly Haiku Contest
Last Friday, we started a new, weekly, haiku competition between members. Everybody has the option to post two haikus before the deadline (midnight on Fridays, EST), and two random XC judges will each pick their favorites confidentially. The judges will likely be different every time, so don't expect the same tastes in every picking.
The winners from last week's competition have been chosen. View the archives at any time to see previous entries!
Congratulations to both of you guys for being our first winners, and good job everybody who entered! And with that, next week's haiku competition is officially open. All XC members can enter. The winners will be announced in next week's Friday Frolic topic.
After upgrading the forum, it turns out a few of our modifications and skins (the previous default included) didn't work, and I spent a while getting everything back to par as well as adding some new features. The current default skin is extremely temporary and will be changed Sunday at the latest. After realizing duelistgroundz has the same default skin set up, I hung my head in shame. Still, I'm not worried, as I'm hoping on getting a personalized forum skin that blows our previous ones out of the water. For those of you who had gotten used to the old skin and are now settling into this one, sorry, but change can be very good, and I think this is one of those cases.
Furthermore, I have some cool modifications and redesigns of current features that I plan to bring forth that I think will make this place a lot better. Stay tuned! I have installed an "instant notifications" modification so that any replies, messages, or comments make popup and page title change occur, rather than having to refresh to see the notification, more similar to facebook and other social media sites. Members are also now greeted automatically with a PM giving them a brief introduction to the site and encouraging them to introduce themselves in our forums.
In other news, the previous front page of our website has been phased out. To anybody who can recount its many uses, please send me the memo. The two essential links to our chats and our downloads have been added into our main forum navigation. These pages will receive a makeover soon, too. Our index page directs to a new portal which I'm still tinkering with and have some plans to make into a more dynamic front page for us. In the future when we get things rolling a little faster, a new website design will be revealed with hopefully more purpose than just its face-value design. Needless to say, all these designs set up now will be changed in the future.
Newsroom: In this post-2012-purported-apocalytia world that is this current day and age of ours, life can seem pretty mellow and uninteresting, but there is a lot going on in the world that is "news-worthy" and warrants discussion. I think that some topics in the news deserve their own individual discussion (e.g. elections, wars, etc) while some likely don't (e.g. speeches & soundbites, a person's doings, etc). For that second category, we've created the Newsroom topic. Click here to go to the Newsroom.
Reputation: Now that our forum is mostly cleared of spammers and spambots, "user reputation" holds a little more value. Unfortunately, spambots in the past voted a lot of members into negative reputation, ruining whatever score they had accumulated through quality posts. I want to continue to celebrate those quality posts and utilize the reputation system. I think it is a great method of telling someone "good job." So, I am in the process of recaching the reputation points (it takes the system a while), meaning that any members or posts that have been deleted no longer affect anybody's reputation points. On the flip side, some of those positive points have a very small chance of disappearing; although unlikely, if this happened, I'm sorry, and I'll try to restore the value. However, almost everybody has returned to either a neutral rating or are back in the positive. If you still see negative reputation given from any spambots or deleted posts, private message me and we'll get it sorted out to its proper value.
*UPDATE* User Name Styles: Uhhh, so, remember how I had to reinstall everything a few days ago? In doing so, it returned the default setting of deleting everybody's username style after 7 days, and I didn't notice or change it. That said, all of your username styles have been automatically deleted. Yikes. I have tried to get them back but it seems they variables are hidden and have been overwritten – even going back to old backups, they're not there. Sseeing everybody's choice of username style has been great and is not something I wanna lose, but all I can offer are free shop items to change them again to however you want. Serious apologies to everybody, but maybe there's a positive: users will come back and see their name stripped of color, prompting them to come back to the shop and fix it, and maybe check out our increasingly awesome forums and decide to stick around for a bit :thumbsup: You guys can whack me with a large trout now.
That's about it for this week's update. I hope you guys have had as entertaining of a week as I.
Any plans for the weekend? What have you guys got going on?
'Til next time!
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Over the course of the following weeks, sit back, relax, and enjoy your place here. I don't think it will be immediate, but I am truly hoping a new era of this website will be created. The best word I can use to describe what I want this new era to be is a community. So many of us have made this real connection with another member of this forum, whether through yugioh or just shared disinterests, that we keep coming back. Though the ones with whom you shared bonds with in the past might not still be here, the potential still does; and so here some of us are, twelve years later, finding interest in a community that everyone bet would have ended years ago.
I'm glad I can step up, and am really excited to see what the future of XC holds. I will not make any promises I can't keep and will try to be as honest, transparent, and reliable as possible. I am your humble servant, but also your fearless leader. Let's turn this place around.
This will be part of a weekly news installment if you guys enjoy it. The name is... uh, subject to change, but I figured "why the hell not?" So, yes! Frolic, my people! Just as you should relax and enjoy this upcoming weekend, enjoy the time ahead for this website.
We have gotten the forum renewed and spam filter turned on, and in the very near future we will be completely up-to-date, with some new content.
Firstly, I'd like to announce the Weekly Haiku Contest starting in the Creative Writing forum. Each person may enter two haikus per week, and two XC judges will pick their favorites. The winners of this week's contest will be posted in the next Friday news post. Haikus really are fun and (relatively) easy, so don't be afraid to jump on in.
Next, I'd like to point out that our IRC chat is currently working, and in that extremely near future we will have irc.xerocreative.com server connecting correctly again, but as for now, jester.xerocreative.com will connect you to our chat server. Drop by #yvd or #xc for some discussion! Who wants to miss out on all the thrill and activity of our chats!?!? Furthermore, I fixed the connection for PJIRC on our front page as well as the independent link to the server.
So hang in there, guys. I have carabiners if you need some. I'd like to use this topic to ask you guys your weekend plans, also. Anything exciting planned? Going to a tournament, meeting Barack Obama, or roughin' up the gang across the street? I'd like to hear it. For me it's a weekend of relaxation. Saturday I'm taking a long hiking trip and will be gone most of the day, but I'll be here shortly after to get back to the forums.
Caio, Salut, and Aloha!
tl;dr -> frolicking cause we met Obama