Two months have passed since our big May update thread, and, as promised, we've got some more news for you.
This thread, as the last one, will serve to get the regular user up to speed on changes to the site and current projects, as well as give you guys and gals the chance to give feedback.
I am happy to announce that @Ecstasy has officially returned from her hiatus and is back in the fold of our CL moderators. This means that the european timezones should be better covered again.
Additionally, we have promoted @Rinneko to Ranger status - we believe that Rinneko has earned this role by virtue of being a friendly, active, engaging and helpful member. She will also be able to reinforce Chat coverage during european daytime.
Top Navigation Bar
This one is a simple change. Previously, the top navigation would feature links to the Front Page, Chat, Tags and FAQ. Staff has decided that our FAQ is in need of a few updates, and that it would be more helpful to users new and old to instead link to the User Guide.
We hope that this change will make it easy for new users to find the Guide without looking through stickies or scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the page. If they can find the Chat link, they should be able to see the Guide right next to it as well.
Additionally, the collection of Sticky Threads listed under the "Readme" tab in the forum navigation is now labeled as "Notices" instead.
You'll find a wider selection of important and relevant threads in that section.
Rejoice! @Warlock has managed to fix the Thread page-offset bug which has plagued us for about a year. Now everything should work as intended again, so no more posts hidden by the page switching over prematurely. Big thanks to Warlock for this long overdue fix!
Additionally, our Polls have received a minor fix as well. Previously, the colored bars may overlay the vote buttons, until votes were spread out more equally, preventing many users from casting their votes. This has been fixed, and all buttons should now be easily clickable.
On top of all that, @Warlock also fixed the on-site Badge uploading system. This means that we can now create new badges without needing to fish around in the database manually. We hope to introduce a range of new badges soon.
Further fixes are on the to-do list already, but not ready yet. We'll let you know about them when they roll out.
This time I'll also tackle the topic of Projects. CL's been going strong with those over the past months, and right now, we have a variety of projects running.
CL Calendar 2014
@Kip is currently organizing next year's CL Calendar, with artwork created by our artistic users.
Please check the thread if you have any questions regarding this project. From what I gather, there's still time for artists to sign up and get involved!
The Calendar is planned to be sold as CL merchandise by the end of the year, to provide interested users with a nice, shiny piece of CL culture.
The CLpodcast recently released its 4th episode onto the forum, featuring our Admin and Owner Warlock. @Gwynn has been hosting the 5th just a few hours ago, and more are being planned already.
If you'd like to get to know various CL users, regulars and staff alike, then please feel free to listen to these podcasts.
As an added note: Gwynn is currently looking for artists willing to contribute a new, original cover artwork for the Podcasts. The deadline for this contest is on August 1st, so go ahead and try to get your Server-tan & Server-kun featured - the winner will be chosen by the community and receives a $20 credit for Amazon.com!
Check the contest here
Ah, yes, this is my own pet project. With the 4th CL Short Story Anthology recently released, the participants weren't going to sit idle for long. So we are already hosting the 5th Writing Project, which a lot of users already signed up for.
The topic this time has been chosen to be Supernatural (no, not the TV show, the literary genre!), and I have glimpsed plenty of interesting ideas already.
If you would like to participate, please post on the thread and let me know if you would like to be added to our Writing Group on Skype. The project is scheduled to run until August 11.
Including the CL Calendar, staff has also been planning to offer even more CL Merchandise in the near future, ranging from shirts to other, simpler trinkets.
Please check this thread if you'd like to be involved in the creation process!
PayPal donations are back! You can find the donate buttons on the sidebar.
The donation counter bar is still broken as of the time of writing, but this will hopefully be fixed in the near future. We're not as broke as the counter would make it appear! Still, if you'd like to donate towards CL's server costs, please go ahead.
Please feel free to post Feedback on the above changes on this thread. Keep things constructive, please!
If you'd like to report a site problem or have suggestions for new shiny Badges, please feel free to share those as well.
There are some things this thread did not cover yet in terms of projects, as I personally don't have all the relevant details on them. They may be added later by another staff member if necessary.
I hope this thread helped you get up to snuff!