Good day, MLPchan!
It's been a while since we've had a site round-up. For those of you unfamiliar with the process, it's a /site/ thread where those who desire it get together and talk about the current state of the site, give feedback regarding the boards or moderation, or just share ideas to better the site.
A lot has happened since last round-up, resulting in no one on the staff really having the time to make one. But with Season 4 coming soon, I feel like it's now or never.
Now let's get to it shall we?
Since last round-up, we've streamlined posting across multiple boards, deleting some inactive ones and re-purposing others, for example deleting /pic/ and allowing pic dumbs just about everywhere.
We've also got a Minecraft server, which has developed a community of its own, we are very happy about it and encourage people to visit it sometime, it's quite lively at times.
The arrival of the Catalog feature -much requested by /anon/s in particular- has made browsing boards a bit easier, along with some other things /anon/-requested (Like the Tomorrow theme which seems to be among the most popular ones).
Now, a 'news' system was proposed in the last round-up, which would allow us to inform people of streams, events or other various things in a more visible way - without being more invasive than the blotter. This is a big challenge, and will take a lot of work both on the design side and simply in terms of coding, and that's why it hasn't been done yet. We still believe this is a good idea and will do our best to make it available soon.
Same goes for a plethora of other features that were requested but not implemented, or not entirely, like some themes, or the icons next to poster names. We're only human.So what's coming in the next few days?
As most of you know, Season 4 of ponya is coming, that means a lot of things. First and foremost, we'll have one /pony/ thread per episode. Last year we had our own stream, but it was literally always empty, so instead we will be redirecting to some of the quieter Bronystate channels. If anyone wishes to stream the episodes live just for mlpchan, you can contact me and we'll talk about it.
We will also be hosting an art contest on the day E1 is out, for authors and graphic artists. They will be separate contests with separate prizes. This is something I'd like to discuss if at all possible: So far all of those contests have had pony prizes, plushies or some of those things, is this a direction that's okay with everyone, or would you rather have something else? Feel free to give ideas.
There's also another Season 4 starting tomorrow: The League of Legends Season 4. A few months ago we organized a LoL tourney, it was a metric ton of fun, as well as a little chaotic in how it was organized. Let's do it again, without the whole chaos thing! That's right, MLPchan will be hosting another cross-chan tournament very soon, with RP prizes for members of winning teams. The contest will be open to Ponychan and /mlp/ teams, and fully commentated & streamed. The tournament will happen around December.
Keep an eye out on /oat/, an announcement should be posted very soon. If you're interested I encourage you to start talking to friends. Season 4 starts tomorrow, and a lot of things are new, so even if you haven't played in a while, this might be a great time to give it a go.
And that's it for the site round-up, people, post in here, discuss things, we will be monitoring this very closely.
Give us your feedback, your ideas, your criticism, or just say hi to the staff!
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be tolerated in this thread, don't expect any tolerance towards you if you act like an ass. Criticism is appreciated, both towards the community and the staff, but we're not morons and we can tell if someone has good intentions.
If you have any questions regarding moderation and mod activity, read this first >>12304