[break][break]Alrighty, Architects. 2.2 comes with a good amount of aesthetic and operational updates, some of which I'm sure is immediately noticeable. But first, I need to go ahead and make an official announcement! [break][break]
The admins are SO EXCITED to welcome @cursiekitti and Sillilly Sproinkstress to the Staff! They have stepped up as Solaris and Animus Order Leaders, respectively. Already they have made a noticeable splash in aiding in The Oasis.[break][break]
We also want to give a special shout-out to all of those who apply, you know who you are. Please know it was a VERY difficult decision, and that we appreciate your time and patience with us while we decided. We are VERY fortunate to have such dedicated members who wish to help the site grow, so please be on the lookout for upcoming staffing opportunities as the site expands.[break][break]
Also, we've decided that with this ascension to Order Leader that we would be getting rid of the 'Sentinel' rank and simply keep just Admins and Moderators. With this decision, that means that all Order Leaders are now officially 'Moderators'.
Here's a breakdown of what's new and different around the site:[break][break]
HONORED Inductee. Long overdue and highly anticipated, the admins are pleased to announce @endgame induction into the Hall of Honor! Please be sure to stop by and pay your respects to the Queen of the Void! Congrats, End! You absolutely deserve it!
Updated Honors Thread.The Honors thread got a complete system overhaul. Now, everything is categorized into groups of similar honors as well as broken down and separated so they're easier to read.
Separated Nexus. We've abolished "The Nexus" and instead have split up The Architect's Portal and The Macrocosm into their own sections. Now they should be much easier to navigate from the Homepage.
Shadowed Font. It's small and hard to notice, but a bit of shadow has been added to some of the coding around the site, making the font a lot easier to read against the dark background.
Hyperlinked Order Crests. The Order Crests at the top of the forum are now linked to the Order Halls! Clicking on any of the crests will bring you to the appropriate Order.
Workshop Request Threads.The Workshop has been re-purposed, just a tad. Now you can post your Request Threads in there to advertise what sort of stories you're looking for, while also being able to look for others who are looking for the same.
Included in this update is the implementation of a few new forum-wide concepts. Here's a breakdown of what they are:[break][break]
The Oasis Finance Thread. As per the results of the previous polling, a Community Finance Thread is now up and running. With this, the admins will be keeping this updated to reflect the finances of the site as well as the costs of everything in running and maintaining it. Within that thread, you may also choose to contribute to the collective pool of funds as there is also a link to the Oasis Paypal. Again, this is by no means a requirement to do. The Oasis has been, is, and always WILL be free-to-use for all of our members. However, if you feel a like you'd like to give back or perhaps even buy staff a pizza, then go ahead and check it out!
Matchmaking. While not quite fully up and running quite yet, this is still an implementation we're in the process of putting up. We'll now have a Matchmaking system! If you're looking for a partner for a story to write but aren't sure quite how to approach the subject, then feel free to stop in here and have our staff help you! As stated, it's still being built, so be sure to check in for more details!
Unfortunately, I didn't get to as many updates as I wanted to in this go-around, so instead of keeping the site closed until I finish them, I'm going to be uploading them in the upcoming weeks as I finish them. These updates include:[break][break]
FAQ List. I know I've had that list spot held up in the Information Board for a while now, but I promise it's on the horizon to being worked on! Hopefully it'll be done by the end of this month.