1. We have moved to a new website: https://mariokartboards.com/ This website will be in a read-only state until October 31, 2018. After this date, mkboards will be deleted and it will become a simply redirect to https://mariokartboards.com/

New stuff. Lots of it. Everywhere. And more on the way.

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Savannah, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. Savannah

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    Hey, hope everyone's havin' a good day today. As many have noticed, we've been making lots of changes to the site ever since the downtime. Let's jump right into the list of changes as well as upcoming ones, shall we?

    Site Rules
    Over the last few months, we've been working on a rework of our rules. Almost every section has a drastic change, so I recommend you read the new rules! We understand that updates to the ruleset every few months or so can be confusing or hard to follow for all of our users, thus we've been working on this rework ever since late November to ensure we have great satisfaction with it, with no foreseeable changes needed.

    - The infraction point system has been changed from 2pt/3pt to 1pt/3pt/5pt so we can better reflect levels of severity.

    - Indefinite bans have been added. If you receive an indefinite ban, you are banned for an indefinite amount of time. After 6 weeks have passed from the ban date, you can appeal. If you correctly appeal three times and fail to pass, you will become permanently banned with no option to appeal.

    - Staff discretion rule has been added. We reserve the right to handle situations on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes, it doesn't make sense to hand out infractions or bans just because the rules say so. Moreso, we should be handling situations with what we feel is right.

    - The old Shitpost Policy worked by giving a 2 point infraction to users who accumulated a total of 5 warnings for problematic posts. Now, we have replaced this with the Behavioral Policy, which gives 3 point infractions to users who have been staff thread-banned 4 times. We feel that the Behavioral Policy will meet our goal of lessening the problematic behavior more than the Shitpost Policy did.

    - Minor, moderate, and major offenses have had various rearrangements to suit the new "moderate" section.

    - Hacking on MK8 is now a 2 year site ban instead of a permanent ban. However, it remains a permanent ban in MKU.

    - Punishment for failure to mark soft NSFW content has changed from warning -> permanent ban to warning -> 3pt infraction -> indefinite ban.

    - We no longer consider attacks on social media or IM platforms as harassment cases that concern the site. We will now only accept extreme harassment cases (stalking, sexual harassment, witch-hunting, catfishing, releasing personal information).

    - Minor grammar and word changes have been made to every section.

    Translations
    We are adding translations of the site and the rules in German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese. We have also added a translator banner to signify our translators! @Beryl @Laki @BetoMan and @Manuel are all working hard on the translations. We are still searching for someone to do Japanese translations. If you are fluent in English and Japanese, or you know someone who is, please contact/have them contact us. You can find our Discord / Skype contacts on this thread, or you can reach us at support@mkboards.com

    Donations
    We have a "donations" tab at the top of the site if you wish to donate money to us! Note that this is separate from the supporter feature. The supporter tab will be making a return soon.

    Various
    - If you try posting or editing a thread with the word , it will give an error. We have no idea what is causing this issue, but will try to fix this in the future. In the meantime, we suggest removing the letter g from the word, if you absolutely need it in your posts.

    - The deadline to apply for Tutor Staff is Sunday, February 19th. If you haven't read the thread on how we'll reconstructing the improvement section, read it here!

    - We are reaching out to other Nintendo sites, approaching them about potential relations. We hope to get the bulk of the work done by the end of March, so we can have a good amount of promotion in time for MK8 Deluxe.

    - A user-to-staff subforum now exists for your convenience! If you need to speak with staff about an issue or a suggestion, you can post in this subforum. Threads will be viewable to only you and site staff -- other users won't be able to view them.

    - The MKW teams & PUGs section has merged as a result of this thread. Leaders are still able to label their clan as a team or a PUG. In no way are we telling people how to lead their clans. Oh, and MT/RT/CT prefixes are available for your clan threads, so you can distinguish your clan by the tracks your team mainly plays.

    - We implemented a system that automates a welcome message to new users. Long overdue!

    - Something else that is overdue: a site email! You can now reach us at support@mkboards.com

    - We have five new special medals: Content Creator, Long Service, Publisher, Programmer, and Site Founder (found in the spoiler below). If you feel that you fit the descriptions, contact us and we'll review giving it to you.

    - A "news" tab has replaced the "staff online now" tab. At the moment, it is buggy on a few themes. However, we intend to remodel the forums and have a news in the future, so this tab will only exist for so long.

    Future Plans

    - Speaking of that news page... yeah, I've been mentioning it forever. We have a new homepage made by the one and only @BetoMan, but it is planned to add a news page to the site. We haven't forgotten about it!

    - More new pages? If you remember The Museum Project thread I made a while back, we will actually be turning that into a page/database instead of a subforum. Our intention is to have past league records easily viewable and accessible. We are still looking for help with this, so if you have anything that is stated as needed on that thread, please post there!

    - All event staff are meeting today to finalize the event schedule for this year. It won't be a definite schedule, because it's difficult for MKU to give definite plans since they don't know when/how to plan a league for MK8D yet. Rather, this schedule will be a guideline. It will be released very soon!

    - We will be discussing ways to potentially expand the casual side of the community. We realize that, with MKW.com gone, there is no longer a central hub for casual play, and our expansion on that side of the community may be long overdue. At the moment, one idea is to re-arrange "The Games" section, as well as expand on the "looking to play" section.

    - We will be creating a Forum Games section with games that aren't too spammy. The option for posts in this subforum to count towards your overall post count will be disabled. Sorry if you wanted your post count to go up. Also, Forum Games won't show up in the recent posts tab. Sorry again if you wanted your username in the recent posts tab 10 times.

    - More emoticons will be implemented. Am I the only one who thinks a heart emoticon is long overdue?

    - In our next announcement, expect news about MK8 Deluxe, and potentially MK7! Oh, and new staff. New staff. Deadline to apply for site staff is February 21! Create an application soon if you're thinking about applying.


    If you have any questions or suggestions, we're always open!

    Enjoy,
    - MKBoards Staff
     
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  2. Tyler

    Tyler May I have this valse?

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  3. Tzuzu

    Tzuzu 美月

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    can this not be a thing
     
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  4. Cynda

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  5. Savannah

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    Last person to post wins won't be happening, we don't want forum games that are really spammy.
     
  6. Tzuzu

    Tzuzu 美月

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    There shouldn't be any forum games at all to begin with, it was like the one thing they made sure didn't happen when mkb was founded.
     
  7. Savannah

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    Actually, Pyro had an old stickied thread stating that non-spammy forum games were allowed in general conversation, so they could've been there to begin with but no one made any.
     
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  8. mine

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    FINALLY A HEART EMOTE

    the future is bright folks
     
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    natos poor post count
     
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  10. inviso

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    Why? Because you guys were getting too many and it was too much to handle? Turning a blind eye to it won't fix anything, LOL
     
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  11. Zinthos

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    Wouldn't this lead multi-clanning? I understand that WL exists, but I feel like there should be a ban on multi-clanning. It ruins the whole prospect of teams altogether if multi-clanning exists.
     
  12. Lulumon

    Lulumon (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

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    Just a reminder that there are privacy filters that keep people out of your social media outlets and to think twice before sharing personal information to others. I think the rule is rational enough.
     
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    People multi-clan anyway. I'm against it, but I'm pretty sure it's the reason why the sections were merged.
     
  14. inviso

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    That literally doesn't stop people in this community.
     
  15. Zinthos

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    There should be a restriction on multi-clanning.
     
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    It all depends on how the leader handles the members of their clan

    If there's no rules inside the clan, the member can pretty much do or join w/e they want

    If there is, chances are the member(s) will get a warning or a kick for multi-clanning

    This website has no control over what the member does inside of that specific clan
     
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    ~Maidvelia❤~ Red Like Roses Staff Member

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    This^

    The only way the site can have control is through an organized competition. Be glad Wiimmfi League doesn't allow people to play for more than 1 group.
     
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    Really amped for the future of the site, looks awesome!
     
  19. Agosta

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    If you guys have a medal for founders, the original 4 founders were flc, twiliz, spike, and myself. Not sure who's active on the website anymore, though.
     
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  20. Savannah

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    We feel that getting involved in the matters outside our site don't concern us, we don't have control of what happens off-site and we need to be giving our attention to on-site matters instead. To put it simply, we're not "community police", we're MKBoards staff. Although, with this being said, severe harassment cases will be accepted, mainly because it's generally illegal.
     
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    If someone's got filters to get rid of certain people and are actively trying to avoid them and they still find a way to harass I'm pretty certain that would be considered severe and their tush would be sent to bop city.

    I agree but the norm in the community has been multi-clanning for years now (for mkwii), so it won't change.
     
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    - We no longer consider attacks on social media or IM platforms as harassment cases that concern the site. We will now only accept extreme harassment cases (stalking, sexual harassment, witch-hunting, catfishing, releasing personal information).



    thanks
     
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  23. Zinthos

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    If we want to be taken seriously as a competitive game, I feel like there needs to be a ban on this type of thing. I don't care if it's the "norm" in the community, it makes us look unprofessional.
     
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    It's not possible to enforce that. There will always be loopholes because you don't have to even use MKBoards to be involved in the community. The only way you can enforce multiclanning restrictions is through the league.

    As far as I'm concerned, each clan in this community is its own organization, based on Discord or Skype and they can do whatever they damn well please with their members list and who they choose to play against.
     
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