Hey again everyone!
We have been working hard to improve the look and feel around the site as well as adding helpful new awesome features. One of those new features is Two Factor Authentication. This is currently enabled to help protect your account from being hijacked if it is ever hacked. If you have suggestions for more questions that we can add (if you choose to do security questions over Google Authenticator) than don't hesitate to post in that thread and give us some ideas!
Next up! We have updated how blogs appear on their main page. We now have the most recent article fully shown with the other articles truncated below. It came with a Grid layout and a traditional layout. We also increased the height of the cover image to better showcase an image of your choosing!
All around we have made some aesthetic changes to many things around the site (like the embeds that were difficult to read). We hope you enjoy them!
Another cool feature that we added is we now have discord integration! So if you're in discord either on your computer or on your phone you will now get notified when new topics are posted around the forums. Currently it is set up to primarily post from the "Wanted, Roleplay" section and the "Roleplay Conversations" sections. In the future this may change. Please feel free to provide feedback in the Staff Contact forum to let us know if you think we should add more or remove any so we know what you like.
Now! Onto Challenges! The Best of 2016 has been posted! We would like to thank everyone who nominated and to remind everyone to look out for these same things as we will be repeating it next year and probably with more categories! You are free to contact us and let us know of categories you think we should add! Go check out the winners here:
Following that! We are looking for award ideas! Funny, nerdy, bizarre whatever! We want to make awards fun to both have and earn. If you have an idea for an award for something around the Initiative than please let us know what it is and how you think it should be earned! We would love more fun and creative ways to engage you!
Moving on from awards! Our Spotlight Challenge is nearly at it's end! Don't miss your opportunity to get your site listed in the header of the Initiative for an entire month! Check it out and send us some stories about Valentine's day! Remember they don't have to be about love!
Voting for Graphics Challenge 9 is up! Go vote for your favorite one here:
We have also posted a new graphics challenge! It's super easy and fun! Go make some avatars of some animals!
Think you have what it takes to write a graphic inspired challenge!? Go check out this writing challenge:
Last but certainly not least! Don't forget about @Gothams Reckoning advice blog. Just send them a PM with your question that you would like advice on and they will post it in the blog and give you advice. You can be completely anonymous just advise GR when you send your PM.
We just want to add that we can't have this awesome community without you! So we thank you for being awesome members and being supportive to one another! You all rock!
The Initiative Staff
This month we are wrapping up the nominations from 2016! We will be getting awards out as soon as we go through the nominations and get everything picked out!
We have quite a few new guides in our guide section. We recommend going to check them out:
We have new graphics and writing challenges posted in their respective challenge forums.
We have also posted this months' Spotlight Challenge. Valentine's emotions! Tell a story about a Valentine's day, good or bad.
We want to remind you about our lovely @Gothams Reckoning blog! You can request directed advice from a longstanding administrator of the roleplaying community. You can find it here:
Have a Happy February!
The Initiative Staff!
So loads of missed updates. I apologize. The world mostly ate me over the past few months so I apologize for the lack of them. I'm trying to work on making sure they are more consistent for everyone. Trying for every two weeks.
So first things first! Welcome, again, to @Gothams Reckoning for joining the The Initiative staff! You are amazing and your guides are great we are really happy to have you.
We have lots of things going on including January Nominations for the Best of 2016! This is this months Spotlight is a lottery of sorts. By participating in the nominations you earn yourself another chance to earn your site into the spotlight! Read about it here:
Nothing else big for this update! Don't forget about the graphics and writing challenges! Participating will now start to earn you new cool awards so get in on it now.
The Initiative Staff
Sorry for the lack of updates recently. It's been a trying time of PC issues for me! However lots to update on this week!!
First and foremost, congratulations to @Blackjack Bart for winning GC5! The new challenge will be posted this weekend.
Next up! We have cleaned up our hosted accounts before we started to manage them here on IPS' software. Anyone that has our hosting it is now properly associated to your user account. You can now personally cancel or begin to donate using the Manage purchases:
Next up! We are going to be hosting another round of CAH:
Let us know if you are joining us and make sure that you are in discord!
Next we are looking to know if you want to be able to edit the HTML of your posts around the site. Details are explained here:
Additionally we want to know what your opinion of our navigation menu is. Give us your feedback here:
Last, but not least, be sure to join into our Writing challenge! All you have to do is what you do already! Post on your sites!
Thanks for listening and we hope you are having fun roleplaying!!
Thanks for the great entries to the Graphics challenge! You can vote on them here:
There were no entries for the Writing challenge however we know that we will get some in the future! Go here for the newest Graphics Challenge:
And here for the new writing challenge:
Also! You only have a few days left to pick your favorites for the June Challenge:
Last but not least! We are still looking for staff! Our highlighted staff position of the week is still the Featured Manager. All you do is feature and unfeature interesting topics around the site:
We need this person to make sure that we have cool new threads featured at all times as well as graphics and other items!
Thanks for reading!
First off we want to touch on an important subject that was brought up in a post here:
We here at the Initiative allow for mature content to be discussed in an open forum and a safe environment. We strive to make sure that you feel safe and that you are comfortable here. If you are approached by another member regarding something that makes you uncomfortable then please report it. Being uncomfortable is not okay and we will look into all counts reported to us. If you don't know how to report something you have many options:
Click the report link on the content in question (There is a report link on every post, every PM, every image, every link everything) and type your concerns into the box. The staff is then notified of your report and we look into it ASAP.
Engage a staff member (You can add a staff member to any PM or else PM them directly).
Simply reach out (Only Morrigan bites here)
We take every report seriously and investigate everything. We want you to feel safe here so please tell us when you don't.
Next, onto more fun things! Only two more days for the graphics and Writing challenges to earn yourself some advertising space!
Also the voting is up for the June Spotlight Challenge! Get your votes in for your favorites!
Hey everyone! Just a few updates!
We would like to welcome @txernest onto the staff as our new Graphics moderator! We are still looking for more staff! Many jobs to fill! Check them out! The featured (most wanted job this week) is the Featured Content Manager!
Also, one more week before the end of the Calendar challenge! Don't forget to get your entries in to be featured in the Initiative spotlight as well as the calendar forever!!
Other challenges to get your entries in for are the Color Change Graphics Challenge and the Trapped Writing Challenge!
We also want you to remember that there is voting up for the Tech Graphics Challenge!
Finally we have gone HTTPS! Which means we are secure. You may still notice some directory links and forum pages show as "insecure" or having "mixed content". This is normal with forums unfortunately as content embedded from sites that aren't HTTPS will cause this (including images from places like photobucket and tinypic). You are free to upload your images to your post and signature or the gallery and use them if you would like to make the site more secure. In fact we recommend it! You can even use them offsite in other signatures!
Just a reminder that you can still enter this weeks challenges and get free advertising in our paid advertising locations as well as in the forum description on the front page!
You have two opportunities to enter a submission and win by going to these forums:
Get your cliffhanger or your tech on and enter now before it's too late! Contest entries can only be entered until 6/12/16 by 8PM PST!
Also, The Initiative is looking for staff members! We are looking for people that want to dedicate some time and contribute to the site. We have many jobs available and you can do from 1-5 jobs within any of the available teams that have available jobs! You can be our Communication Tumblr manager or our Operations Guides Manager! Check out the positions here:
Must be an initiate to apply!
After going through and updating suggested fandoms and genres there still seems to be confusion on why there is no "Fantasy" genre within the Directory and other locations on the site and I feel that we need to clear up this confusion as it appears to give pause to many people that are trying to select their "genre" and we want to try to mitigate this confusion as best as we can.
I'm sure all of you remember my post from over a year ago here:
The TL;DR version is that Fantasy has no genre. All things writing and roleplaying "unless they are real life accounts" are in essence "Fantasy". Not real life. As such it is our firm belief and desire to keep true to the word instead of the "assumption" that fantasy is automatically this "magic" genre. We imply that all genres are "Fantasy" so whether it's the Spy Genre, the Sci-Fi Genre, the Historical Genre or any of the others it is implied that they are all fantasies. EG Spy Fantasy Sci-Fi Fantasy, Historical Fantasy etc.
You are free to post questions or concerns here but this is something that we firmly believe in and will not change.