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  1. Welcome to the 2018 Initiative's Roleplay Community Awards We're holding a celebration of all things roleplay, resources, and community! These awards focus on everything that makes our corner of the internet so wonderful -- which is mostly (spoiler alert!) you guys! If you've been desperate to show your love for a particular site, resource, or member, this is your big chance! Or if you're a member of the community that pours your heart and soul into your site, or the resources you make for others to use, this is your chance to be recognised for the amazing work you do! It's like the Oscars for the roleplay community. But how does it work? How do you get to be Site or Member of the Season? There are two aspects to the Initiatives: the voting categories, and points gathering. VOTING AWARDS The voting system is simple. Nominations will be collected between now and August 9th, and voting will be held between August 10th and 23rd. Winners of each category will be determined by scoring the most votes. The categories are: Awards for Roleplay Sites Sites must be listed in the Initiative's Directory to be eligible for nomination. Best in Genre (winner per each genre category) Best New Site (sites six months old or less) Best Established Site (sites six months to two years old) Best Long-standing Site (sites two years old or more) Awards for Roleplay Resources Resources must be available here at the Initiative in the themes, guides, or codex areas to be eligible for nomination. Best Forum Building & Management Guide Best Writing Materials Guide Best Being A Member Guide Best Software Guide Best Coding Guide Best Graphics Guide Best Plotter Template Best Documentation Template Best Premade Staff Template Best Code Item (Other) Best JCink Theme Best MyBB Theme Best phpBB Theme Best Proboards Theme Best Other Theme Awards for Members Members must be registered at the Initiative to be eligible for nomination. Most Helpful Most Welcoming Best Discussion Starter Best Resource Creator You are allowed to submit yourself, your site, and your own resources if you choose. However, we encourage all members to reach out and spread some love and appreciation through the community. Nominate a site you know is great, or a resource that you always go back to. Tell that member how much you appreciate their presence here in the community! Winning sites will be listed in a dedicated awards results page, and marked accordingly in the Initiative's directory as chosen by our community to be outstanding places to roleplay. Winning resources will be marked especially in our resources section and in a dedicated awards results page as items of high value to the roleplay community. Winning members will be acknowledged for their sheer awesome on an awards results page, and win access to subscriber-only features here at the Initiative and a plastic tiara*. * plastic tiara may or may not be imaginary THE POINTS GAME One of the greatest things about our community is the great participation we get from you, and we wanted to reward that as part of the awards program. The points game allows all members, even those who are not nominated for voting awards, the chance to be named Site or Member of the Season. Particular activities across The Initiative will allow you to accumulate points. These are: Submit a play-by to the play-by directory: 2 points per submission Refer a new member to the Initiative: 5 points per member that achieves 20 posts before end of voting Submit a documentation to the guides section: 15 points per submission Submit a code item to the codex: 15 points per submission Submit a premade theme to the themes section: 20 points per submission Start a discussion in the RP Discussion, Mature RP Discussion, RPG Confessions, and Storytime forums Post and pin the RPG Initiative advert in your site's guest friendly forums: 10 points per unique site Any of the above resources submitted or registered at the Initiative after July 1st, 2018, are eligible! You may already have scored points! Awards-specific points are also up for grabs, including: Submit a nomination to any awards category: 5 points per submission Be nominated in any awards category: 10 points per nomination (not eligible if self-nominating) Submit your voting card during voting: 20 points Third place in any voting category: 30 points Second place in any voting category: 50 points First place in any voting category: 70 points So how do you get involved? First, register your Participant Tracker. This page will track all of your contributions across the awards season with a little IPS magic! As part of setting up your tracker, you'll be asked to declare your allegiance. This means selecting a listing from the Initiative's roleplay forum directory that you will be representing throughout the season. You can only choose one, so choose wisely! Start submitting nominations! You can nominate by clicking the Add Record button on the Nominations page. You don't need to fill out every nomination on the form, and you can submit the form as many time as you like - as long as you don't nominate the same item in the same category more than once. That would just be silly! Get involved! There are heaps of things you can do to accumulate points for yourself and the board you're representing. Have at it! Make sure that members you refer have your username in the "referred by" section of their account profile! After voting closes, points are determined on an individual and site basis. Individual is the sum of all points you earned in your participation across the season. The site total is the sum of all points from all members representing that same board across the season. Members with the three top individual scores, and sites with the three top site scores, will win some fantastic features and advertising opportunities here at the Initiative! FAQ Can I nominate myself/site/resource for an award! Yes, of course you can! However, you will only collect the 5 points for submitting a nomination, not the 10 points for being nominated. Can a site/resource/member be nominated more than once? Absolutely! If you feel that something/someone is so wonderful they should be nominated multiple times, go ahead! I run/love more than one site. Can't I support them all? We understand that heartbreak! But to keep the system simple, we're only allowing allegiance to one site at a time. Can I change my allegiance? Yes! But whatever it is set to when voting closes is where the points will go, so make sure you change it before then! What if voting ends in a tie? If votes are tied in any category, full points will be awarded to the top three scorers. So if two sites tie for first, one for second, and two tie third, all five sites will be given points according to their place. All winning sites, resources, and members will get their due recognition. What if Site or Member of the Season ends in a tie? That's just awesome! We love winners! We may need to buy more plastic tiaras*, but we can deal with that. Am I allowed to advertise that I/my site/my resources are up for nomination outside of the Initiative? Absolutely. Remember that any person you encourage to join our community can also count as a referral if they achieve 20 posts or more before the end of voting---so do the thing! You've worked hard to get where you are. Don't be afraid to bring people here and show them that the community loves you too! Who is allowed to submit nominations? Any registered member of the Initiative. Ghosts with enough ability in the physical realm to operate a computer. What sites, resources, or members, may be nominated for awards? Any site, resource, or member that can be found here at the Initiative! If there's a resource that you love, and you want to nominate it (but it's not here), consider asking the creator to submit it to our resource section! Who is allowed to vote? Any registered member of the Initiative with 20 posts or more. This is to ensure that we don't get people registering to flood votes for a particular site/resource/member. What if I forget to vote? You simply won't get the points for submitting your vote. Voting will run for two weeks though, and we will be sending out notifications when it starts, and giving warning before it closes. So make sure your email address is registered correctly, and that you have "news and updates" turned on! Do I have to fill out the whole nomination form? I can't think of one thing for each category. Nope! If you only have one item you want to nominate, do that! You can submit that same form as many times as you like, and you can nominate the same sites or resources in any category they are eligible for. I accidentally nominated the same site/resource for the same award... again. What do I do? You can edit your nominations at any time up until the nomination portion of the season closes. I have another question, can I ask it? No, Karen. We don't allow discussion. Get back in your box. Of course you can! Just post below with your question, and we'll answer as soon as we can.
  2. Good Day Everyone, I am the newest Communications staff person. My primary area of responsibility will be the newsletter but I will assist everyone else when and where needed. While I can be very verbose in general, when it comes to introducing myself, I am lame. I run three RPGs of my own and write in two others. My experience ranges from table-top roleplaying in the 1970s (my high school years) to various online venues (groups, forums, Nova, etc.). I know zilch about things like Tumblr although I do have an account there. My thanks to @Morrigan and the other staff for all the help I know I will receive while getting settled into my new tasks.
  3. Morrigan

     Announcement Watch out!!

    SOMETHING BIG IS COMING! The Initiative is about to launch a giant celebration of our wonderful roleplay community. Have you been waiting for the chance to show your love for a particular site? A helpful member? A resource, theme, or post template you can’t live without? Are you a resource maker that pours your heart and soul into everything you do? Our next big event is the perfect opportunity to showcase your amazing skills, and the skills of those you admire most! All resources submitted to RPG Initiative during July (and throughout the event) will be eligible, so if you haven’t posted your… Premade themes Play-bys Roleplay documentations/guides Post templates/codes … Now is the time! New members you refer, who reach 20 posts before the end of the event, will also count, so get those referrals happening! It’s time to share the love, time to highlight the most wonderful facets of our RP community. THE INITIATIVES ARE COMING More details coming soon!
  4. eleholly

     Announcement Changing Roles

    Hi Everyone! Some of you might know - and now all of you will - that my personal life is getting rather hectic. My husband and I are trying to start a family and with the added stress I'm under at work, it's really taken the time I use for RP away from me. For now, I'm going to be stepping down from my communications position to just a member on the Initiative. Most of my focus will be on my own RP site, since it's my home away from home, but I do hope to chat with all of you guys from time to time. Feel free to message me with any questions or concerns - thanks for all of the fun, I enjoyed being part of the mod team and I hope to be able to reprise that role in the future! - H
  5. As with our other directories we have been trying to update our layouts to look a little cleaner, more modern and all around better focused on what is important for that directory instead of being the same across all of our resources, especially in ones that the layout didn't make very much sense. So with those updates (and the bajillion new playbys that have been added lately) we have updated the playby directory! We have brought the focus onto the faces and not the extra stuff. We have also removed the names of contributors as in this section, unlike other parts of our site (like guides), it's meant to be a community effort to add, update and maintain the listings. This doesn't mean we don't appreciate those that contribute these wonderful items. We really do, but we don't want you to feel like updating or adding to listings is solely your responsibility. Let us know what you think.
  6. So I'm Yume (or Lenara). I'm from the east coast of the US. I'm a terminally bad speller so you're welcome to kick me or laugh at me if I spell something horribly wrong here or there. Lol. I've been on the RP scene since I was 9 years old, and I started forum rp when I was 11. I'm 24 now though, so no worries there. I'm honored to be on staff and look forward to getting to know everyone a bit better. Ah, I've rped everything from A:TLA and Harry Potter to your run of the mill modern supernatural style site. If I seem familiar it's very possible that you know me - I used to play on a TON of sites, and you're welcome to hit me up if your curious if I played on a certain one lol. These days I don't play on nearly as many sites because I lack the boundless energy of being in middle school and desperate for interaction outside of the classroom, go figure that one. I've used multiple forum softwares - I started out on smfforfree, then moved to proboards, and then I moved to invision free, before going over to Jcink. I've run boards on all of the above, though mostly unsuccessfully. These days I mostly play on SMF, but I don't have issues with most hosts. In my free time, if I'm not rping or writing something, I like to play video games and watch anime. So I joined The Initiative a while back as a directory for a board I was running at the time, and I've since grown to love the community here. I hadn't really considered becoming staff before now, but uh the opportunity presented itself and here I am. Funny story, I used to really dislike real life playbys, but these days they've grown on me and I have quite a personal collection of pictures that I use for characters. Which is, uh, how last night's picture dump started, actually. I know directories like this one help me majorly when finding a face for a new character so why not spread the love yeah? Yeah. Thanks for having me, y'all.
  7. So you'll have noticed that the challenges forums seemed to disappear. As we move forward with making our resources and everything more staff and user friendly the Challenges were next on our list. We found PMing and forcing the staff to log into these accounts, or have their personal inbox spammed, to be tedious and annoying for all those involved. It also meant, once voting was done, no one knew who submitted what so that they could get their proper kudos for a great entry! So the redesign! We're still working on improving the look and feel however you can view it here: https://rpginitiative.com/challenges/ The challenges will be posted as normal and be viewable on this page. To submit an entry you just reply to the challenges post. All entries are moderated so no one, but you and the staff, will be able to see your entry until the posts are approved after voting. Voting will now be performed in the new Challenge Voting section here: https://rpginitiative.com/forum/411-challenge-voting/ If you have questions about a challenge then just post in the Staff Contact Center and we'll get back to you ASAP.
  8. Morrigan

     Announcement GDPR and You

    Hey everyone, I know not everyone knows what is going on but we want to give you a heads up and try to make this as easy on our non-EU people as our EU people despite being not for profit. First to non-EU people: You can stop reading this as most of this will not apply to you. However, as a note, you may receive a few annoying Privacy Policy updates over the next few weeks/months due to this update just to be sure we're in compliance. Please read, as normal, and accept. Our privacy policy, overall, isn't changing however it will be adding things to comply with GDPR in the overall spectrum. Your privacy is still important to us and we will continue to keep your stuff private. For EU people: We are working to be sure we comply with GDPR, as it stands IPS, the software we use, alone is enough to comply with GDPR. As GDPR grows and becomes a more solid thing we will continue to work on making things compliant. As it stands we do comply with GDPR however we are adjusting our privacy policy to be more descriptive. We use session based and functional cookies along with google analytics and reCaptcha. We currently have information regarding this however we will be expanding this to be better suited for GDPR in the near future (possibly not before the official roll out, sorry). This message, overall, is for EU users that are worried about GDPR and their privacy. Please reach out to the staff using the Staff's Eyes Only, if you have any concerns about GDPR and your rights on the Initiative, and I will do everything in my power to answer those questions to the best of my understanding of the new policy (especially being an American). If you are not concerned about GDPR and how it affects you on the Initiative please feel free to disregard this. We are working to make sure that we comply as best we can.
  9. This has been a long time coming honestly. I hold all of the hats on the initiative and Spotlight challenges is the heaviest of them all. I love to run them but I run them all solo and have done for years. As of right now, without a spotlight challenger to help offload some of the burden they are retired until I have fewer responsibilities and more inspiration. All current spotlights will be available until their end of month time frame (as per what a spotlight challenge provides). To better understand this decision these were some of the major deciding factors (we are providing these to you so you can help us know if you want to bring this feature back in the future): Quantity of participants - How many people joined Quality of participants - How many people join and actually complete or participate in challenges (for example the May Birthday Bash, how many people post in the info thread versus how many post in the actual participated in the thread challenges). Participation value - Whether the participation requires effort or not. Ability to participate - Graphics versus writing challenges and whether or not it was made for everyone or not (for example our paint exclusive challenges meant for everyone versus just the PS people). Willingness to participate - This often had the highest want but the other qualities above actually zero this value out after over 2 years of trying. Sadly, after polls and attempts the most popular challenges are staff chosen ones. Basically the staff chooses and people win. We both don't find this fair as it encourages a staff bias, but it also excludes all of our staff from participation. Overall, we think the spotlight challenges are not worth your time because it has been shown to not be a valuable asset. So at the end of this month the Spotlight challenges are officially retired on the Initiative. You are free to debate, attempt to convince us otherwise in this thread and we will consider that information for a possible reincarnation of those challenges. Thanks for understanding.
  10. So, you've asked for it and we've created it. We tried to make the submissions easy. We will be updating things and adding more to it as we go including a FAQ and some guides on recommended practices like commenting on your codes. However, for now this is what we have: https://rpginitiative.com/codex/ You can find our information on this directory here: https://rpginitiative.com/codex-information/ We will be attempting to move what we can from the current code gallery and removing that forum. Please provide us feedback or ask us questions about it here.
  11. Kit the Human

     Announcement Icyboards shutting down

    It was with great sadness that I read Spork's announcement that icyboards would be shutting down on the 31st of July, therefore ceasing all hosting services. All RP forums using icyboards therefore need to find a new home. You have three options available to you: Switching to jcink. Spork has reached out to John who mentioned the ability of a converter. He needs to do some work before that is an actuality. Going it alone with a hosting service. There are many options out there! These are mybb's software requirements for any host. Finally, you can consider using the Initiative's hosting service! The Initiative offers hosting for role play forums through donation, in other words, it is pay as you like (but please consider donating! Every little bit helps pay the Initiative's server bills.) And before you ask: you can have a mature forum ;) Some things you need to do before you do anything else: Export your database. This is now free. Go to your ACP, click on icyboards tools and then click on Database Backups. Select, back up now. Once the job is done (takes a few minutes), you will be able to download a zipped file that contains all of your forum's accounts and posts. Export your themes. Go to your ACP. Click on Templates & Styles and click on options, next to the theme you want to export. Click on export theme. You will be redirected to a new theme, make sure yes is selected for both options and click on export theme. I've already written up a guide to importing themes to mybb. If you are sticking with mybb - and I hope you are! You will probably want to locate the plugins you used on icyboards. You can find all if mybb's plugins here. Common plugins include: Account Switcher Prostats Online Today Announcement Manager Ougc Awards Page manager and HTML in posts If you have any questions, please reach out to us. I love mybb and I sincerely hope that icyboards users consider continuing to use the software.
  12. As a Comm. Mod, it is my first job to introduce myself to you all. So howdy. The Alias I go by is Hysteria, or Hys for short. I'm an American (Greek/?+) who wears way too much gothic makeup. I'm usually most active when most of my fellow EST zoners are sleeping, but I do tend to set up posts and such at specific times of the day even when I'm not around - so don't let my activity levels fool you. I'm most available from 12:00 am to 5:00 am. Only the fastest and fiercest night owls can catch me! I've been apart of RPG-I for a bit more than a year, and apart of the overall RP Community for over ten years. I enjoy meeting and talking with new people, especially if it's a deep conversation requiring lots of analytical or philosophical topics. I'm open to easy conversations to, and even some light-hearted ranting if it makes you feel better, but that isn't more forte. Or my actual job for that matter...just the icing on the cake. My role here is a bit varied. I'm in charge of three things: Facebook Management Announcing challenges and their eventual winners, sharing links, etc. Tumblr Management Reblogging interesting RP blogs & Setting up events such as fun Friday, Meme Monday, etc. Featured Content Management Bringing attention to active and non-active threads alike! If you need to reach me for anything feel free to message me on this site or through discord! Don't be afraid to either, I appreciate being distracted from boring irl junk.
  13. We've made some changes to our Patronage. Nothing really big but we made a move to better show our bigger patrons. As such we have changed how our Patrons work. First of all we are officially using the subscriptions package. This means that all patronage (not already activated) has been converted to a month to month item. There is no longer a way to pay for patronage in larger increments at this time. However, this means that you can upgrade or downgrade your patronage at any time for the difference in cost of for the remaining time in your month. The change in your button location is still manual but will be updated. You can view these changes on our new Patron Page: https://rpginitiative.com/subscriptions/ Additionally, you can view our full list of patrons on our new Sponsors Page: https://rpginitiative.com/sponsors/
  14. Previously, we had the ability to donate a singular amount of money to the site through donations. We've opted to get rid of this option to better provide our members with our cool shit. As such, our minimum donation amount has always been 5-10 dollars. Our patronage has a 5 dollar minimum amount. While it is a subscription you do not have to renew and you do not have to agree to the billing agreement so it can be a single month item. The reason we are doing this is because donating provides you with only one advantage, the cool name around the site and the separate section in the discord. We are removing the separate section in the discord (during this update). We are encouraging, even one month, patronage. Donating five dollars used to get you a cool name, not it will get you a cool name, a custom directory cover photo for your site AND we will feature you in sponsors for the time you maintain it. I understand this is frustrating, especially for those that hate Paypal as that is our only method of payment, however as we evolve we will likely expand and change as well. We are still allowing donations for the Character Mod. To be developed by Esther Eisner of IPS 3rd Part Devs. Trusted friend of Morrigan.
  15. We've updated Writing Partners! Now we don't require a special image. We are now using your avatar and your Cover Photo from your profile since it's about you we think this will make it easier on you overall!. We've mirrored profiles and the RPG Directory in this fashion! We hope it makes it easier on you to create writing partners searches now that you don't have to find pictures to boot. We have also decided to leave all Writing Partner searches in tact. They are just now hidden from everyone (except the original poster and staff) if they aren't active on the Initiative. Activity on the Initiative (for our directories) is determined by whether or not you have posted within the last week.
  16. Hey! We really appreciate that you all help us in making our directories awesome! We do, however, have a problem! Currently we don't have a specific staff member that manages our playby directory, this means that I, Morrigan, specifically manage this directory and it is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to manage as members are not utilizing the Playby Directory Submissions information as well as not fully reviewing all of the options and simply submitting Playbys. We know it's tedious to look through and select everything, however, it's equally as tedious for us to edit the listings when the submission is incorrect (and we are basing these off of the images you submit). Some things to check: That you have selected every style and selected them appropriately. We give some pretty significant leeway on this as it's a perspective measure. That you are appropriately selecting Special Features! Stubble is still considered facial hair. That you review and adhere to our skin tone structure. We give some leeway here too so if a skin tone can possibly span two depending on lighting, we allow it. Submit supporting images for each thing you choose. While you can submit one image that covers three it must be there to prove those things are there. So if you use rebel & facial hair if you use a picture of the person that is wearing a leather jacket and has stubble or a beard then you have satisfied both with one image. Only submit an image 1 time. Whether it's the primary image or the supporting images, only use the image 1 time. Do not duplicate the same image in either place please. For now, this means that playbys will be rejected as of right now until my load lightens or we get a Playby Directory staff member if members are not paying attention to the fields available. You can tell how it is done by looking at other Playbys! Thanks! Thanks for understaing!
  17. We are continuing our update to make the site more fresh and modern as well as cleaner and easier to use. This update is about our guides: https://rpginitiative.com/guides/ We have changed the default view from categories to recent guides. Additionally we have removed sub categories and changed them out with filters so guides are easier to browse and easier to find things you may not know existed (just like our directory!) We hope you enjoy our new and updated guides section and find it easier to submit to! We will be working on our other existing directories next then start in on some new cool features!
  18. Well after some discussion and much deliberation among the staff and a very annoyed Morrigan we made a very harsh but needed decision. The like button SUCKS! As such, we have removed reputation from the "like" button. We have also changed said button to a default reaction with no reputation that says "I read this!". The like button is still there, Right next to Agree and Pinkie Pie and still provides positive reputation however all past "likes" have been nullified. I know this may be jarring but after reviewing reactions over the past six months we determined that "like" being the default was just a reflex "facebook", "twitter" and "tumblr" reaction to things that had any number of different emotive reactions (thus why we have so many). This change is meant to encourage actually reviewing and using the reactions provided (all still available via mobile, it scrolls even though a scroll bar may not be present). You are free to respond/react to this accordingly and let us know if you dislike our decision but since we removed all of the "like" reputation more relevant reputation attribution has applied: https://rpginitiative.com/topmembers/
  19. As you all can see we have a brand new theme both light and dark. We cleaned it up something fierce, taking a lot of feedback from our surveys. We re-designed our directory and made them prettier! We did a lot of work here people! We hope you enjoy it! Please report theme bugs to the Bug Tracker: https://rpginitiative.com/tracker/
  20. Hey everyone! As you know we're making changes based off of our recent surveys. One of these changes is we have retired/removed the character exchange. We think the Character Exchange, overall, is a good idea but something that would be better implemented on roleplays themselves instead of through the Initiative. As it stands the Character Exchange was just an "alternative" and "more specific" writing partner search that basically meant "I'll join your site if you join mine" which was overall unsuccessful. After reviewing the results of the survey we found that you all had no need for it either. We encourage you to adapt the idea to your roleplay and use it. We'd love for you to share with us your implementations.
  21. Helloooo Everyone! I'm here to introduce myself as a new Communications Mod! You might have seen me lurking around over the last few years - many of you might know me as H, which has been my alias for as long as I can remember, but please, feel free to just call me Holly. I am American - representing the EST time zone - and I guess the biggest thing you should know about me is that I loooove to talk! I'm a pharmacist, talking comes naturally to me, so that's my job! To talk to all of you! My role here on The Initiative is to stalk all of your lovely status messages and welcome people to the board. So, be prepared for me to comment on as much of your updates as I possibly can, and don't be afraid of striking up a conversation with me if you'd like - I don't bite. Really - I don't. Of course, you'll see me continuing to post in topics as I integrate into the site, but I'm always here for a friendly chat and to say hello if you're bored. Keep it chatty, guys! I'm sure I'll talk to you all soon! H
  22. I'm American, not Aussie, but I spell like an Aussie so I suppose you could count me as half an Aussie. Honoured to be on staff! I'm Arceus and I'm this weird cryptid tentatively termed an "SMF freak." I'm about to spread the SMF love and help with SMF questions, codes, and general what the-. I've been working with SMF since I was sixteen, so that's a little over a decade, now (my, how time goes). Over that 10+ years, I've become something of a master at it; I could, if I wanted, probably rewrite the entire thing (not that I do, phew). I'm also the creator of an automated tabletop battle system for SMF, which is pretty boss and everyone said I couldn't do it (haha to them). I already spend all day fixing SMF and making it attractive, and now I'll be officially helping do so for you lovely people! I already helped others with it, just, not here. I'm pretty familiar with the ins and outs of how it operates, and even if there isn't a mod that does whatever thing, already, I can probably plot a pathway to doing it. SMF isn't exactly well-loved, but I hope to help change that! I love SMF personally, and it's somewhat of a personal goal to help others see the bright sides and extendability of SMF, maybe even give it a go (or another) themselves; it's rough, it's a mean mistress, it really is, but it is rewarding, and I'm more than happy to help people learn to understand what it does and why it does. I'm also super-duper stoked for the final release of SMF 2.1, too, and I hope it helps bring SMF into the modern era. If you've got any questions about SMF, or want to know if a specific thing is possible, please do post about it on the board! And never say never! Even if it seems stupid, you just might be able to do it. Nothing is impossible. To quote Audrey Hepburn, "The word itself says I'm possible!" Also, bring soda. =P I likes me some soda.
  23. Continuing with our surveying we are still looking for some more opinions. This one is more of a "tell us things" survey so a lot fewer multiple choice questions. Please let us know how you feel about these: https://goo.gl/forms/48L2SNtvCzDZ5cLZ2
  24. G'day! I am your other resident Australian staff member. You can see that the invasion is going well. My job here is to help anyone who might have questions about mybb, including icyboards. Basically what I've already been doing! But now it's official and I get a pretty red name. I've been using mybb for a few years. I started with icyboards because I adore the level of customisation it allows but since then, I've moved onto shared hosting on the Initiative. I am therefore familiar with the plugins that Spork has customised for icyboards, as well as the plugins that are available on the mybb site. My goal is to make the Initiative a place to go to where you know you'll receive coding assistance. Furthermore, it is important to me that people actually understand why this piece of code helps or why something went wrong. So as much as possible, I will break down my answers and solutions so that you can walk away with a deeper understanding of code and your software. If you're having an issue or have a question, Code Requests & Help is the place to post your question. Don't PM me! Chances are, if you have the question, there are a lot of other people with the very same question and if the solution is public, then well, everyone can find the solution! So, huzzah?
  25. So now that I've made my obligatory Croc Dundee reference, hello RPG Initiative! You may know me as Mousie, Lyllea, Lillie, Sadrienne... or any variation on "hey you" and "ghengis khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..." I am your resident Aussie Aussie Aussie staff member. Here at The Initiative, my job is to encourage discussion and engagement by doing what I love most: talking about all things forum RP. So... sparking copious topics on various facets of our world, promoting discussion and debate, and generally making The Initiative The Place to go to for advice, observations, and all of that. Since coming back to the RP world I've been sad to see a decline in that, a whole lot of resource forums have moved away from really digging in to what makes an RP board work, why we do it, how we can do it better. The ones that do still have discussion areas tend to be less interactive, and more people just throwing their opinions in and never looking back. I find this sad, and having discovered that this unfortunate trend doesn't extend to The Initiative--I am here to fight back the Nothing! (okay I was hugely obsessed with The Neverending Story as a kid, you got me) And I need your help to do it! Here's how: Start your topics on all things RP. If there's a topic you'd like to see discussed, but don't want to bring it up yourself/aren't sure how--PM me! Reply to other people's topics, engage with what they're saying! Go back to topics you've participated in. See what's new! Keep the engagement going! Sound easy? It sure is, and pretty much it's what we do here anyway. I'm just here to... stand around and look important? Yes. But in all seriousness, the point of this post is to let you all know that I have joined the staff team, and you're welcome to come to me with any issues regarding the RP discussion side of The Initiative. Or any other issue that you feel comfortable approaching me with, I am here for you! And what I would super love, is to know what aspects of the RP world you'd like to discuss more. So feel free to post what sort of things you'd like to see more topics on as a reply to this here shiny announcement! Love you awesome nerds! M (a staff member)
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