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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Naggie » 31 Jul 2007, 22:58

Happy Birthday Asrai.org!


It is with great pleasure I write this. Once again it is the time for celebrations here at Asrai.org, for the second year now. For all those who are new or relatively new, I am of course talking about the big birthday! Two years ago, on the date, Asrai.org opened it’s great virtual gates to the public. And members started to flood our boards. I remember those times, I remember thinking to myself “What have we done? What have I gotten myself into?” With no webmastering experience, how could I hope to keep this site alive?

It soon became pretty obvious that I didn’t have to do much. The people, the members, who joined Asrai.org were the best I’ve ever seen. Polite, friendly, loyal. For a forum administrator, you can’t ask for better members. After two whole years, you are still the best bunch of people out there. After two entire years, we have not been forced to issue a single ban. We have had only a couple of warnings handed out (compared to my days as a moderator on Druchii.net when we had 2-3 warnings per week and 1-2 bans per month – no offence to Druchii.net of course). I don’t know how these wonderful people cam to Asrai.org, but I am wholeheartedly thankful that they did. A community is nothing without its members, and you’re all very wonderful. Thank you.

Two years after the first careful steps, we have come a grand distance. We now have over 2300 members, we are closing in on 100 000 posts, and we have reached over 30 million hits (and that’s only since we moved to woodelves.org). That’s about 43 000 hits per day! We are also the first of the bigger communities to move to the new phpBB system, which I hope help profiling us against the others. It still takes some time to get used to, but I have not had many problems with it so far. I want to keep Asrai.org modern and user-friendly, even if that requires some changes and upgrades from time to time. I hope this hasn’t caused too much hassle for you all.

So before I get on to the fun stuff, I just want to make a toast to Asrai.org, for the members who make the community into the great place it is! Cheers! And happy birthday!


Birthday Present Number 1
In line with our desire to be modern and fresh, the long-awaited Dark skin is now complete and ready for serious testing and wrecking by you all! It took a lot of work, and it is my very first attempt at a new skin, so don’t be surprised if it isn’t as jaw dropping or awe-inspiring as you had hoped. I’ve also been restricted to MS Paint in the process, which made it take longer than I initially had hoped (all those gradient backgrounds, colouring pixel by pixel…). But after many man-hours of hard labour, it is finally done!

Based on the proSilver skin, this Dark Forest skin is not a cardboard copy of our old skin. With all the new functions and the way skins are built, that would have taken ages. Instead, this was created. It is set as the default skin for all new members, but I did not want to force anyone into changing. Thus, you will have to go to your User Control Panel and choose Board Preferences and change your forum skin to “Dark Forest” to see the new skin. If you encounter any problems or see some strange colouring, do not hesitate to inform me! I need all the feedback I can get on this skin.

EDIT: I never intended to force the new skin on anyone, but I made a little mistake and I accidentaly changed the skin of all our members to the new one. Feel free to change back if you want. :p

The forum icons and the thread icons (all 31 of them in total) are created specifically for Asrai.org by Mel’Reyna (whom I snatched from Asur.org.uk). The icons are a tree for regular posts, a pin for stickies, and an exclamation mark for announcements. She also made a horse icon for moved threads. The woody buttons in posts were made by me. The new banner and the new signature image are also her work.

As for the new signature image, it is only an addition to the old one we had. To add one of the two images simply add this picture into your site signature:
http://www.asrai.org/siggie.png

http://www.asrai.org/siggie2.png[/center]

More of these will be come available further ahead. Don’t be ashamed to try and make a banner yourself. If you like our community, spread the word!
Congratulations!

Birthday Present Number 2
In the early days of Asrai.org, there was a lot of talk about creating a Web Magazine for Wood Elves. After being involved in a few of them, I know they require more than volunteers to make it work. So I began planning other ways of bringing accumulated information in large batches. The solution came from Yak in early September last year. He wanted to create a Grand Project, with many tactical articles written by a group of dedicated writers and displayed somewhere on the site. Fluff stories and Painting & Modelling articles would also be included. We (the current staff) all loved the idea, and we set up the usergroup and created a dedicated forum for it. Unfortunately the Grand Project suffered from the same things as all projects suffer from; lack of activity.

It was scheduled to be released last Christmas as a Christmas gift, but it failed. Then we tried to get it done for January, but that failed even more. With Yak then going away (i.e. being buried under a large pile of work) the project never got off its feet. I still think the idea is great, and I still think we should go for it. That is why I am now actively searching for writers for this article library feature. Some people are still in the usergroup, some people have been added recently in my last effort to get this off the ground before today, but I hope a few more will sign up the next few weeks. To get more people interested, I have decided to show you the article library page and put the link up.

The Library of Educational Articles Feature – The LEAF
(Note that the background is still only made for the usual skin, the same goes for the chatroom – Will be fixed in a near future)

So far, only a small number of articles have been finished (by me, Tethlis, Hyarion and Lord Voldemorten), but more are to come, and more writers are needed. However, there’s the golden motto: Quality over Quantity. We may need more writers, but we hope to get the best ones and that they take the opportunity to write the best god damn article ever! Your work can improve the site for us all. An article doesn’t have to be long, but it should be detailed and written in a way so that a new member would understand what you mean. It doesn’t have to have the best spelling, but your points must be understood (spelling is fixed in proofreading – as long as I understand what you mean).

Take the opportunity to help your fellow Asrai. Take the opportunity to get your name in pink! Join the LEAF Writers. Whether you join or not, I hope you enjoy what is, and will be, written. Congratulations!


Birthday Present Number 3
The last and more prestigious present. This present (or rather ‘these presents’) are given to some special individuals who have helped the community in different ways and fields the last year. As you all know, or have noticed, Asrai.org have no ranks depending on post count. Instead we give custom titles to people who deserve them. This is one of those ways. Each winner of these awards will be given a custom title for as long as they wish to wear here on Asrai.org. I hope this will inspire the rest of you to do great deeds and be generally helpful and friendly.

Just as last year, administrators and moderators are not eligible to receive this award; it is their job to be helpful and friendly and knowing and good and and and… Besides, they already have a custom title :) But I hope you will all agree on the final four for their work in the respective sectors. There are three hobby-aspect-awards (if I may call them that); “Best Tactician”, “Best Painter & Modeller”, and “Best Armybuilder”. On top of that, we have the prestigious “Most Helpful Member Overall” award. If you think I’ve been babbling on for too long now, don’t worry. Here’s the four winners:

Best Tactician: Tethlis!
For his undying participation in tactical discussions, always sticking in his helpful and accurate head when something interesting appears. Tethlis is not afraid of thinking outside the box, but he knows how to carry almost any army to a victory. He very seldom misses a rule, and he always keeps his friendly face – no matter how many times he has been forced to answer the same question. See Tethlis’ work in the new LEAF Article Database. Congratulations, Tethlis!

Best Armybuilder: King Leonidas!
For his remarkable innovative thinking in his Greek Phalanx army and good results with it. King Leonidas surly showed that a Wood Elf army is more than just Dryads and archers. He is not limiting his army to the usual styles, and he thinks outside the box (sometimes outside the room in which the box is stored ;)) to create interesting new concepts. See King Leonidas' armylist {here} (correct me if this is an old list), and pictures of that army {here}.. Congratulations, King Leonidas!

Best Painter & Modeller: Anardakil!
A very tough decision to make, with a lot of good candidates springing up late in the race. If they continue to be as good, they will surly compete for next year’s awards. Anardakil is most known for his autumn army – complete with bowstrings – seen {here}) and for his many well-placed comments when trying to help the fellow painter. His general tips and tricks and constructive criticism earned him this award. Congratulations, Anardakil!

Last, but definitely not least:

Most Helpful Member Overall: Hyarion!
For just recently engaging in this hobby, Hyarion is one of the quickest learners out there. His friendliness and helpfulness has earned him many new pals across the community, as well as this award. Whenever someone is new, Hyarion is there to welcome that person to the site and to help out with the first armylist or the few tactical questions. He is never shy of a discussion and gladly shares his experiences and thoughts with whoever likes to listen. For his undying friendliness, Hyarion has received the award for Most Helpful Member Overall. Congratulations, Hyarion!


A big congratulation to all of our award winners, as well as everyone else who make sure this community is the best one online! Cheers!

Forum Hop Arounds
Some of you may have noticed that the Arena of Death forum is now gone. It has been merged with the forum formerly known as The Meadow of Tales. That forum has now gotten a new name and a move down to the outsider forums to emphasize the multi-race approach of that forum. The story-telling and fluff forum is now called The Grove of Tales and can be found in the third category of forums.

Now let the festivities begin! And please participate in the Asrai Scavenger Hunt competition in the Off Topic Forum :)

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby philleehellphia » 31 Jul 2007, 23:48

Happy Birthday to Asrai.org indeed.

Congratulations to all the members for claiming their respective awards, especially Hyarion!

I know I don't come here often, but the memories from DAU and stuff like that is priceless. And hey, thanks to Nagathi too for organizing everything!
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Mel'Reyna » 31 Jul 2007, 23:57

Happy birthday Asrai, and great job to Nag for the new skin. It looks so much better than the old one, I love it ^.^
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Naggie » 01 Aug 2007, 00:01

It's almost as much your work as it is mine, Mel :) But thanks anyway.

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Mel'Reyna » 01 Aug 2007, 00:05

Stop being so modest, I'm pretty sure making a whole forum skin is longer than what I did :P

I appreciate the props but you should give yourself credit cause you deserve it :D
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Tethlis » 01 Aug 2007, 00:06

I'm really enjoying the new skin, Nagathi. It's amazing, and you've been putting a lot of good effort into it. This site is your brainchild, and you deserve more thanks than anyone for providing us with this place. Also, the banner at the top is particularly amazing, and is something to be proud of. I recognize the source of a few pieces of the artwork, and I hope there's no copyright concerns :) .

Many thanks for the award, as well! It's such an honor to have a distinction like that, since Asrai.org has so many intelligent minds. The Wood Elves are not a forgiving army, and naturally attract talented and competitive players who appreciate a finesse and unique challenge not available to other Warhammer Fantasy forces. Such an honor is a unexpected surprise! Should I start thinking of "a custom title", or will you provide it for me?

A very happy Birthday to Asrai.org, and may there be many more in the future!
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Mel'Reyna » 01 Aug 2007, 00:11

Tethlis wrote:I recognize the source of a few pieces of the artwork, and I hope there's no copyright concerns :) .


There aren't any -.-
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Tethlis » 01 Aug 2007, 03:03

That's great, I wouldn't want there to be any kind of problem with your hard work. The site looks better than ever.
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby norwegian nerd » 01 Aug 2007, 03:33

Congrats to the mebers and the adim. I know I dont frequent but good job anyway.
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Sir Cyris deLonse » 01 Aug 2007, 03:45

Love the new presents :D

Happy Birthday Asrai.org from your Bretonnian neighbours
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Postby celtic Belenos » 01 Aug 2007, 07:24

Happy Birthday from the Frenchman
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Mist Walker » 01 Aug 2007, 07:51

I think a link to LEAF on the front page or in the glade of generals would help a lot.

But other than that everything's great!

EDIT: I just noticed the link at the top sorry and some of the links in LEAF don't work
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Teodo » 01 Aug 2007, 10:44

Looks really cool, especielly the new skin :)
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Hyarion » 01 Aug 2007, 12:23

Happy Birthday Asrai.org!

Congratulations to Tethlis, Anardakil, and King Leonidas on your awards, they are all richly deserved.

Mel'Reyna and Nagathi, many thanks to you both for your hard work on the skin, it looks fantastic.

Nagathi, As good of a community as we have here, it wouldn't be the same without a place to do it in, and for providing us a place of the absolute highest quality, you have my heartfelt thanks. Your tireless work on skins, articles, and the like is an inspiring example to us all.
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Coën » 01 Aug 2007, 12:26

Congrats Asrai, and thanks to everyone who made the site as great as it is now.
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Naggie » 01 Aug 2007, 14:35

Mist Walker wrote:some of the links in LEAF don't work

Those marked as "Example" are not yet done. I just had to put something there until someone writes those articles. All three tactical article links should work.
Once we get a frontpage (portal) a link to The LEAF will be there as well.

Thanks for the credits guys, but as I wrote, this community would be nothing without its wonderful members. You make this community into what it is, not me :) A toast to you!

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby KidA » 01 Aug 2007, 14:51

I'll just jump on the bandwagon and congratulate everyone who participated in making of this new skin. I love it!

And congrats to all four of our winners!!
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Naggie » 01 Aug 2007, 16:17

It seems as there is a slight issue with the new skin and Opera. The line that seperates the signature from the post expands to 615 pixels high. I have no clue why this happens, but I will investigate.
Everything works fine in Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox.

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby The Golden Arrow » 01 Aug 2007, 16:28

Happy birthday everyone and Asrai.org!

Congratulations to all the winners and to Nag for making such a wonderful site, that I don't visit quite as much as I would have liked too.

The skin looks fine. The text is a little to bright I think, but it's probably only something to get used too.
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby arisen » 01 Aug 2007, 17:27

happy birthday asrai.org
2 years, and still going strong. :thumbsup: for the excellent work
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Aryel » 01 Aug 2007, 19:47

Happy Aniversary indeed... and congratulations to you Petter, because all this hard work you put into it. I can't imagine how hard should be manage a huge site like this... luckly you have an excellent mod team with you. :nod:

Even if I'm not an Asrai player it's very confortable beeing here, wich is saying alot for a forum... so congratulations! :D
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Council of Eight » 01 Aug 2007, 20:47

A most jubulant anniversary Asrai.org!

Hail Tethlis!
Hail Anardakil!
Hail King Leonidas!
Hail Hyarion!
Hail Asrai.org!
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Ramesesis » 02 Aug 2007, 10:47

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby snowman » 02 Aug 2007, 16:57

Happy Birthday Asria.org!!!

I'm very excited to be a new member. I hope you only grow more.
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASRAI.ORG!

Postby Anardakil » 02 Aug 2007, 17:37

Happy birthday Asrai.org!

Wait a second! I won the best painter/modeller? :O I'm shocked, and flattered. Very flattered. Oh and happy :o Thank you.

This is a great site btw. It's wonderful that there are so many fellow asrai in one place.
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