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Announcing Project Overgrow II

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This is a common theme when I write announcements, but I'll say it again anyway: it's a pretty exciting time for Bulbagarden right now. We just concluded another year of holiday contests that gave nearly two dozen Bulbagarden users a preorder of Black or White. Bulbapedia continues readying itself for the Black and White release, and has already fully updated all available information from the Japanese games. The Black and White section of the forums is among its most active. I'm sure activity on all levels of the site is going to continue to grow as the English-language release of Generation V draws closer.

To build on this excitement and drive Bulbagarden forward into 2011 and Generation V, we are launching the second Project Overgrow. Broader in scope than the first, we have a laundry list of goals both big and small that need accomplished. Some of the bigger ones are the most exciting and will provide a major enhancement to the way you see and use Bulbagarden.

We will continue work on Bulbapedia to make it more user-friendly. A number of changes have been implemented over the past few months to that effect, such as the removal of Pokémon disambiguations, and the trend of simplifying the user experience will continue. We look forward to introducing portals that will serve as an ideal interface for navigating the big topics of the fandom—the games, the anime, the TCG, the manga, and others. New editors will also see a change in their experience; we hope to provide more guidance and clearer policies to them as they get started on Bulbapedia.

We are going to be upgrading the forums to vBulletin 4, which is more secure than the current software, provides a more expansive set of add-ons, and comes with a Content management System (CMS) which will give our content generators a place to display their work that's far superior to anything we have to offer today. Other improvements include an enhanced tournament system, software that is more effective at blocking spambots, and a revamp to the Buy & Sell section.

Other areas of the site will see improvements, as well. We are exploring collaborative drawing software, a revival of Bulbacast and National Bulbagraphic, and other exciting initiatives that we can't even talk about yet. There is, as you can see, a lot on our plate.

To coordinate Overgrow II and direct the continued growth and development of Bulbagarden, I am stepping down as the head of BMGf effective immediately and stepping up into the role of Bulbagarden's Chief of Staff, where I will direct the growth and development of the site. Replacing me as the Head Administrator is someone most of you know quite well, and someone I consider a good friend--$aturn¥oshi. He will be in charge of day-to-day operations on the forum; I hope you welcome him to this new position and don't give him too much trouble as he gets used to his new digs.

Finally, and on a personal note, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made my work on the forums—originally in the gaming sections, back in 2002-2005, and later as head of the forums, such an enjoyable experience. While listing everyone would lead to a really long list, I would like to especially thank the staff, moderators, and admins who show up every day on this site and work hard with few thanks and fewer paychecks to make sure the experience is great for everyone. I'd also like to thank all the users—many of whom I've spoken with but even more who I've only seen in passing, and more still who I have not seen at all—who make this forum, in my opinion, the best place on the internet. I say that without irony or sarcasm. I've loved working on the forum and I've loved my time at Bulbagarden, and I'm excited and privileged to continue to work in a new and different role.

So, now I'm going to roll up my sleeves and get to work. Overgrow II is about to get going. If you have questions, comments, or requests of things you'd like to see, we're all ears.
 
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Go SaturnYoshi!!!
Thanks for all your hard work, evkl. Im sure all this stuff will be great
 

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I'm quite excited for this new project -- and I assume that we (the users) will be quite involved in this next step up? And what ways are there for us to help in this?

(and congrats to evkl and $aturnYoshi for the promotion)
 

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Woot! Go evkl and Saturn!

I know I've said it before, but again, congratulations to both of you with your respective promotions. You guys deserved it!
 

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I'm quite excited for this new project -- and I assume that we (the users) will be quite involved in this next step up? And what ways are there for us to help in this?

(and congrats to evkl and $aturnYoshi for the promotion)

Yes, we're going to work pretty hard to keep the users not just aware of what's going on but also involved with the projects. Stay tuned, we'll be posting further details in the coming days and weeks about how you can help out if you want.
 

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I was late the first time you announced this but I won't be this time.

CONGRATS evkl FOR GETTING THAT PROMOTION! You can now oversee everyone :D

Also Congrats SaturnYoshi for getting that promotion. You'll do a great job lording over us directing the forum. ^.^
 

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I imagine that with this move will come a new staff recruitment drive... *rubs hands gleefully*

And if not, that's fine too *retracts hands*

Either way, good luck with this.
 
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Yes, we're going to work pretty hard to keep the users not just aware of what's going on but also involved with the projects. Stay tuned, we'll be posting further details in the coming days and weeks about how you can help out if you want.

Okay, thanks, I'll make sure to check out this thread regularly.

And again, congrats on the announcement and your promotion.
 

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Well congrats. I remember when Project Overgrow the first was dying, that was basically when I joined the 'pedia.
 

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Congrats evkl and $aturn!

I know you will do great!


(LOL, evkl, I thought you were leaving for a moment when you said you were stepping down!)


Well, hopefully, the change to vB4 will be easy!


Just a question- Will the forums be down for a day when the forums upgrades to vB4?

And will all threads be deleted in the process?
 

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Everything sounds great. Thats so great for you guys. Hopefully everything goes smooth in upgrading the forums. If there is something I can do to help, dont hesitate to let s know here. I'll check here regularly
 

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No, all the threads and users will be retained. And yes, I imagine there will be quite a bit of downtime while we upgrade.
 

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No, all the threads and users will be retained. And yes, I imagine there will be quite a bit of downtime while we upgrade.

Oh.

So it's more like a system update for a video game console?

Like, the system updates, but all the data stays intact and adjusts to the new system?
 

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Congrats to evkl and $aturn on the promotions. I'm excited about the new project!
 

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Congrats Saturn and Evkl.

They are both going to do just fucking terribly








Terribly good that is.
 

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I didn't remember to congratulate you earlier, but now I will. So, uh, congratulations to evkl and $aturn¥oshi for your promotions, I know you'll do a great job :)

Overgrow II will be awesome, too.
 

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Eh, I voted for the other guy.












Congrats Saturn and Evkl. Hope this project turns out well.
 
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