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    Hello from your friendly neighborhood madmins! The forum is just a couple of months away from its first anniversary. We weren't certain it would get off the ground, or that it would ever get out from the shadow of Big INTPC Brother, but it seems to have done both of those things. We've got a diverse membership, getting more diverse each day, and a distinct flavor that I think makes this a really attractive place to call Home Sweet Internet Home. There's no way we could have done this without each and every one of you bringing what you bring to the table. So, thanks.

    When we created this forum, it became clear that we needed to provide a space for people to blow off steam and socialize with each other. We had the Bonfire, but it seemed that we needed an even more casual space than that. It was for this purpose that the Fluff Zone was created. It was NOT (I want to underscore this!) NOT created as a punishment, or to discourage social posting.

    As FineLine eloquently pointed out, we NEED the fluff posts to get to know each other, see ourselves in our casual clothes, and build relationships. So having a thread or a spate of posts moved to the Fluff Zone isn't a wrist-slap of any sort- it's simple forum maintenence. Some people prefer a more serious tone, and we want to accomodate them too, so keeping the casual, chat-oriented posting in the Fluff Zone is a way to keep the peace between different types. This is an all-types community and we want EVERYONE to feel at home here. So, in the interests of tidiness and accomodation, we ask that you do your best to keep the casual conversation in the Fluff Zone (and to a lesser extent the Bonfire) and not take it personally if your threads or posts are moved by a madmin.

    In the FAQ, we have a line about "repeated and/or sole posting of fluff" (item 6) and that doing so after warnings can result in a Graveyard shift. (This is when a member is restricted to posting in the Graveyard section of the forum for a short time.) I don't think it has ever been done, and I hope it never is. In my opinion, this option is in place in case of an hypothetical member who, after being warned to cut back on the fluff in the non-fluff areas, went on a passive-aggressive fluff posting spree.

    Personally, I don't think it's likely to come to this because we have a particularly bright and friendly member base, and I don't think there's a lot of passive-aggression here. We get things out on the table and debate them, and maybe yell at each other a little in the process, but eventually it makes for a healthier forum. So I think we can do this. It'll be a team effort, though. I'm asking everyone to do your best to consider what part of the forum you're posting in as you post.

    Thanks to everyone for making this forum so enjoyable and rewarding!
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    Forum Cleanup In Progress!

    This project could take hours, days, or weeks, depending on how much energy the already-busy madmins are able to devote to it.

    The sheer size of the forum means we don't see everything that is posted. We encourage members to drop a note to a madmin if they notice threads that seem to be misplaced, similar threads that seem mergeable, or if a new topic comes up that seems splittable from an existing thread. Dropping said note doesn't mean it'll happen, mind you, and this doesn't open the door for complaints about action that has already been taken. Thread merge/split/move decisions by madmins are final, throughout time and space in perpetuity. But it'd be helpful if folks could keep an eye open for things like that, especially older threads.

    All things considered, people seem to be doing a great job of starting their threads in the most appropriate subforum, and checking for an old thread on the topic before posting. Keep that up- it keeps the forum well-organized so members (both rookie and veteran) can find what they want easily. Continue to be mindful of the tone of the subforum and the thread when you post. Thanks to everyone for pitching in!
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    We've created a request-only usergroup that has no access to the Graveyard. While some fun stuff ends up there, depending on your perspective, typically the threads that go there are of little use to anyone beyond idle chit-chat that doesn't meet rigorous Fluff Zone standards. If you'd like to forget the Graveyard exists, PM me and I will add you to the usergroup.
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    Two announcements in one day?! Preposterous!

    There is now a Meet-Ups and Get-Togethers subforum in the Commune. I've moved all the meetup threads I could find into it but if you find any I missed PM me.
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    An Academics and Careers channel has been created for your discussing pleasure.

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    Exclamation Server Switch

    Today, we're supposed to be switching over to the new server. Therefore, if you experience connection problems or if the forum is down, do not fear! The site will be back up shortly.

    If I receive any additional information, I will pass it along.

    Once again, thank you so much for your financial contributions. We're thrilled that so many people are dedicated to the forum and are willing to donate their hard-earned cash to making the site run as smoothly as possible.


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    We're back up and on the new server!

    Thanks for your patience, everyone.

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    Exclamation Locking Threads

    Hi everyone.

    We have received some recent criticism regarding thread locking. The mods and admins have discussed the topic at length, and we have decided that from this point forward, thread locking will be used only as a last resort.

    We certainly don't intend to stifle the strong opinions of our members. We welcome a variety of political and social viewpoints. However, we also ask that all posts are relevant to the topic at hand and do not contain personal insults.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Captains log:

    90 members are currently logged in. That's a new record.

    Captain out!
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    It must be my world beating space invaders score that did it!

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