Community Spotlight - Chapter I

It's been a pretty rough month so far: news is dwindling, Bashiok is more tight-lipped than ever, and we're still waiting on the next patch for Diablo II. Yet, our forum still soldiers on, scraping every bit of discussion we can out of the tidbits of news we're given. Not everyone wishes to crawl through the forums to see everything that is going on, however.

So now, to serve as a torch for those people, and those who just want to see the best of the best, we have...


Community Spotlight, Chapter I!

Thats right, community spotlight. Where the chosen of the forums come to showcase their discussions, their contributions, and their forum-spirit.

Anyways, flashy introduction aside, let's get down to business.

The Forums

It's been a relatively quiet month on the forums thus far, yet we've still had some amazing discussions flowing from our users.

First off is waelsj's Pirate idea. The thread began with little thought or proof (sorry waelsj), but users really began to discuss it in depth, and it seemed more and more at-home in the world of DiabloWiki.com - Sanctuary Sanctuary. Fifteen pages of discussion later, the thread was closed. Definitely an interesting read for anyone wanting to learn about what we could be getting for our fifth class.

Next on the list, is Entropy's Starcraft II find. It consisted of a screenshot, and sparked much debate over what it would be. Users decided that it was in fact, a Zerg unit. But what unit, is another question. At the moment, the general consensus is that it's either an Ultralisk, or a Queen. Check it out and share your thoughts, or if Starcraft isn't your thing, avoid it like the plague. Your choice.

Finally, we've got DarkMagicc's "New name instead of Noobs" thread. Discussion has flowed for seventeen pages so far about what word could replace the tried and true insult "Noob". To save you from searching out each one mentioned, I'll mention some of the best: Dewb, Bish, Derp, Durry, Flayers, Bhok and Kunk. If none of those suit your tastes, get in there and share your ideas, maybe your insult could replace Noob some day.

Fan Creations

It seems creativity is slowing down 'round here, but we've still got some great submissions being posted, as well as some great Roleplays happening at the moment.

For art, we've got Holyknight3000's wallpapers. This month, he's made a wallpaper of the Stinging Sands, a location within DiabloWiki.com - the Borderlands the Borderlands (the area in Diablo III, not the game). Once more, he's worked his magic to create another outstanding wallpaper for users to put on their desktops, check it out if you're in need of a new one.

For fan fiction, there is a story posted up by Number1SuperGuy, called Adflict, Lord of Torment. It was posted long before November began, but seeing as this is our first community spotlight article, I thought I'd include it. For anyone wanting a quick and interesting read, give it a go.

This brings us to the Roleplaying forum, which, at the moment, is being dominated by The Dark Abyss, created by Junction3, and scyberdragon. It's a roleplay set in outer space, following the story of the Revenants, a group of bounty hunters trying to get rich quick. Thus far, they've gathered their group together, hunted down a gang leader, got caught in a swarm of zombies, murdered a giant T-Rex, and have drank their earnings away on a paradise planet. The RP is still running, and the creators may still have room for more users, so if you're in a creative mood, get in there. Or, if it doesn't float your boat, try your hand at running an RP yourself.

The Wiki

Oh, the wiki. A source of knowledge many of us have yet to contribute to. Nevertheless, the staff and a select few users have been filling it with quality articles covering almost every facet of the Diablo universe.

Recently, the staff behind it has finished writing out the skill pages for Diablo II within 5 weeks. When they began, they needed to reformat 210 pages of skills, 180 of which did not even exist. It was obviously a massive task, made even larger by the fact that it was finished mainly by five people. Of these five contributors, three were Wiki staff (zhuge, Lt. Venom, and Phrozendragon), the other two were normal users.

Blood-doll helped with the DiabloWiki.com - Assassin Assassin skill pages, and finished the majority of them, all the while keeping the quality of the pages intact. Sebastian helped with the DiabloWiki.com - Necromancer Necromancer pages, and provided the basis for the Wiki staff to work with. A thanks to both of these users, pass them some rep if you can!

Name Changes

This month in particular, we've had two name changes. The first, was Elyk, now known as Azriel. Next came Turmobil, who is now known as Entropy. I briefly changed my name to Fuzojix, then changed back to Zhar (Sorry Sixen).

Thus ends our first community spotlight article, hopefully it was informative enough for you. If you have any suggestions, feel free to voice them, we still need to refine this to make it better for the users.

After all, the users is what this article is all about.

Comments

  • #1 Turmobil
    Nice read, keep up the good work!
  • #2 Bhaal
    Not to be offensive or anything but are we so bored that we need an article about the random crap that goes on here?
  • #3 Zhar
    We'd been tossing the idea around for a while, and thought we might as well start these now.

    Anywho, it's basically there to sum up significant forum-happenings and whatnot.
  • #4 Bhaal
    Well no, it just seems that this community is very bored lately. Which isnt new i guess.
  • #5 Zhar
    No arguing against that, the forums have been pretty quiet lately, so I guess it's an odd time to start doing these.
    But hell, maybe it'll spark people to really start trying to think up badass ideas, since now there's a chance that it'll make front page news.
  • #6 Bhaal
    Wtf is going on with all the new names, its throwing me off.
  • #7 Genesis
    Good job. I'm surprised you managed to make such a long news post from virtually nothing happening here

    But you left out the part about me and how I'm awesome *cough*
  • #8 Magistrate
    Bhaal, community spotlight articles are something I and others have wanted to do since even before Curse really took the reigns here. It is only unfortunate that it had to be delivered in a large lull in any Diablo-based news. This is something that every Diablo fansite is facing right now. Anything you look up, even recent interviews, are only rehashing what has already been said. Blizzard only allows new information to be released when they want it to be so.

    If anyone has further questions on this, please PM me. Anything posted of this nature in public will be deleted as spam.
  • #9 Airandius
    Quote from "Bhaal" »
    Not to be offensive or anything but are we so bored that we need an article about the random crap that goes on here?


    I second this lol. D:
  • #10 Bhaal
    Quote from "Seth" »
    Bhaal, community spotlight articles are something I and others have wanted to do since even before Curse really took the reigns here. It is only unfortunate that it had to be delivered in a large lull in any Diablo-based news. This is something that every Diablo fansite is facing right now. Anything you look up, even recent interviews, are only rehashing what has already been said. Blizzard only allows new information to be released when they want it to be so.

    If anyone has further questions on this, please PM me. Anything posted of this nature in public will be deleted as spam.

    I totally understand whats happening with the Diablo fansites, its just all so hopeless lately, but oh well the wait better be worth it.
  • #11 Musica
    I thought this article was a lovely read, it made me feel all warm and cozy to know that people around here are getting a chance to be in the spotlight, however dim it may be.

    But Zhar, why'd you change your name? I really liked the old one... Is the new name your own creation or is it referring to something I've never heard of?
  • #12 Zhar
    Naw, it's my own creation.
    Got tired of Zhar, wanted something unique, not ripped out of a game.

    But the signature is staying as is, though. Just as a tribute to old times ^^.

    Quote from "Genesis" »
    Good job. I'm surprised you managed to make such a long news post from virtually nothing happening here

    But you left out the part about me and how I'm awesome *cough*


    Quote from "Musica" »
    I thought this article was a lovely read, it made me feel all warm and cozy to know that people around here are getting a chance to be in the spotlight, however dim it may be.


    *is giddy*

    Glad you guys liked it so much, I was really looking forwards to this idea. I pitched it a while back and people seemed to agree with me, so now we've got them up and running ^^.
    They're going to be bi-weekly, so one during the middle of the month, and one at the end of the month.
  • #13 Zhuge
    looks great

    will look forward to working with the news team :)
  • #14 Jamoose
    Nice one, Fuzojix ^^
  • #15 Genesis
    Quote from name="Zhar the Fuzz" »
    bi-weekly


    Fortnightly!
  • #16 Magistrate
    Quote from "Genesis" »
    Fortnightly!


    I just... Wow... Lol.

    Great job, Zhar.
  • #17 Zhar
    I actually had to look up fortnightly....
    But yeah, I guess we're doing these fortnightly.

    Thanks Seth ^^.

    edit: You know what, fuck it, people are still calling me Zhar, I still call myself Zhar, I still have my signature as Zhar, and I prefer Zhar for this forum.
    I'm changing back to Zhar.
  • #18 stoaster
    I like the idea. This kind of thing is always a nice addition since it helps to make the users feel like more of a community. I tried something similar on another site years ago but it never really took off. I'll look forward to checking these each fortnight.:)

    Edit- Don't go back to Zhar if you don't want to, just keep the Zhar sig or add "formerly Zhar" under a new sig. If people just don't want to type extra they can always just use Fuzo, which sounds kinda neat too. People that have been more active for a longer period of time will have a longer time to adjust, but they'll be fine as long as you continue to ween them off Zhar as you have with the sig/avatar.

    Another edit- hey post number 200. Yay and whatnot I guess.
  • #19 ScyberDragon
    We are always willing and happy to add any members to the dark abyss rp. Feel free to send myself or junction3 a pm if you are interested.

    Thanks for the nod zhar.
  • #20 PhrozenDragon
    Very nice read, especially for me being the lazy ass that I am and not checking out all discussions :P

    Quote from "Zhar" »

    edit: You know what, fuck it, people are still calling me Zhar, I still call myself Zhar, I still have my signature as Zhar, and I prefer Zhar for this forum.
    I'm changing back to Zhar.

    Yay!
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