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The PokéCommunity we know is finished

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 07:55 AM by Forever
Updated September 22nd, 2011 at 08:17 AM by Forever

In a few hours, many of you will be leaving PC. Many? Make that almost all, in fact!

I found this information out ahead of time, and I have come to spread the message before being suppressed by the new... the new, yes, the new rulers of our wonderful forum. You see, Facebook has mentioned that they are going to announce something soon. Sadly for us, it's not a good thing.

You may have heard of Audy developing certain new features that are petrifying just to think about. These things include a birdseye view of where every member goes to school (due to be released in 2013), a new game called Ponyville, which allows anyone who loves Equestria to become a pony (due to be released on December 21st, 2012) and finally, a like button, similar to Facebook.

Now why is all important? Well you see, Audy (and really all of us staff right now) was in on this months ago, to be honest, nearly a year ago. Back when the controversial new signature rules were announced, over in the staff forums it was being discussed that the new limits would reflect something similar to Facebook, which was quite a sinister thing to think about. Audy, tired one night, stumbled onto this discussion and mentioned that he received word from Disneyland that Disney wanted to buy the rights to Pokemon. Everyone, shocked, quickly forgot about the signature rules and started to discuss where this would put us.

Our thoughts were that if Disney purchased Pokemon we would generally be brought out instantly - we wouldn't be just a Pokemon forum, we would have to include Mickey the Mouse in every style, as well as Disney's logo. Back then, Hiroshi Sotomura was the primary style designer (and still is). That night he considered all his options and simply concluded he did not have enough time to go through and make all the styles Disney-based. We all had to come up with a new idea.

Normally, this would be handled in the admin forums, but this time since it affected the entire forum it went to the lowest level of staff. At the time, Luke mentioned that he wouldn't mind if PC disappeared completely, because it was becoming too much like Facebook. Went, confused, started to question what Luke said, and asked, "What if we get Facebook to buy PC so we wouldn't have to convert to Disney...?"

We didn't reply for a day. I personally forgot about the discussion, but I'm sure most others were pausing to consider his proposition. Audy soon replied "That's it, we need to. I'll set up an interview with Zuckerberg soon (and PPN can be involved too) so we can discuss the possible options. I'm sure PPN will get the royalties, and I'm sure most of us will keep our staff spots..."

Audy was wrong.

A month later, after PPN sealed the final deal (since Audy has no control over PC's finances), he made the announcement in all staff forums (I assume the other staff forums received this announcement too, this was life changing, after all, like I mean, not being able to moderate a Pokemon forum seriously would affect our stability).

"I regret to inform you that on September 22nd, or 23rd, 2011, you will all lose your staff positions permanently. Facebook has agreed to buy PC but only on the condition that we are no longer a forum, and rather a site similar to what Facebook is."

Most of us didn't know how to take it. Would it really be that bad to have Mickey Mouse on all of our styles? ...well, probably. After months and months of debate we agreed that it isn't worth fighting it.

Hiiro responded compassionately: "We all lose our staff positions, but on the other hand, PC is going to have a new generation of staff, who would lead PC into becoming the best in the Facebook era. The forum within PC will never die - we will still be the best forum ever, just... not quite! Remember guys, we served this forum well."

Sydian responded with glee: "YES FINALLY I WON'T HAVE TO MOD AS MANY FORUMS AS I DO!!!"

As for Patchisou Yutohru, his thoughts were: "I still don't believe it. It's clearly a conspiracy on Steve's part to overthrow the staff. You know, he never was a very sensible person! I know I shouldn't be saying this, but I suggested that rather than the profits go directly to his pocket, they went to us. He didn't like that, though and directly threatened me. If we all bow to the pressure he'll win! If we do, well, everything we've done on staff has been for nothing!"

Patchisou Yutohru was soon silenced, but PPN still was intending to sell.

We didn't know how to tell the members, so we waited until now. It was better coming from their future owners, after all.

...however, I couldn't keep it in. I felt it was necessary for all of you to know.

50 of you will be chosen to be the staff of the new PC. In 24 or so hours you'll see no more blue, orange, green, red or purple usernames. Only monotone grey ones. This is the new PC, this is the new Internet, this is our new community.

Oh and if you want proof, remember the new signature rules? Yeah, not long after they were revised. Apologies on PC's behalf for being so distracted at that time!

You can discuss the thoughts on the owner change here.
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    Stormbringer's Avatar
    Nica you forgot my contribution!!!!
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:48 AM by Stormbringer Stormbringer is online now
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    flubbateios's Avatar
    Yesterday I was talking about donating (in november) and I just read this today and I was talking about how the Pokecommunity wont close down and tomorrow (today) I'm thinking oh my gosh it IS closing down, no point in donating, Facebook has loads of money.
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 AM by flubbateios flubbateios is offline
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    donavannj's Avatar
    I feel terrible about all these poor newbies you're misguiding, woman.
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 11:09 AM by donavannj donavannj is offline
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    Xyrin's Avatar
    Lol @ the people on PHO thinking it's real.

    Those poor newbs...
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 11:46 AM by Xyrin Xyrin is offline
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    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 11:51 AM by Kura Kura is offline
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    M.L's Avatar
    Haha wow this is funny to read bleh
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 11:55 AM by M.L M.L is offline
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    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 11:59 AM by seeker seeker is offline
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    Originally Posted by Xyrin View Comment
    Lol @ the people on PHO thinking it's real.

    Those poor newbs...
    They're all calling Nica a troll now lol.
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 PM by Crimson5M Crimson5M is offline
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    vaporeon7's Avatar
    You're more mean to Audy then I am to you when mentioning a name in a post.

    And I thought we discussed the dangers of alcohol and the internet.
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 12:49 PM by vaporeon7 vaporeon7 is offline
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    Might as well leave then, seeing as to how completely awful the new facebook is, and how they've been fixing something that hasn't been broken since 2007, as user Anti said. ;(
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 01:47 PM by Exile Exile is offline
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    Aquacorde's Avatar
    what have i just read lol
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 02:30 PM by Aquacorde Aquacorde is offline
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    Spinor's Avatar
    And that's how Equestria was made!
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 05:55 PM by Spinor Spinor is offline
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    Stormbringer's Avatar
    I really cannot believe PHO made that big a deal out of something obviously fake and mundane.
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 07:06 PM by Stormbringer Stormbringer is online now
    Updated September 22nd, 2011 at 07:07 PM by Stormbringer (smh)
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    Originally Posted by Drew View Comment
    ROFLMAO goodgame
    Yeah, after reading this: "...and finally, a like button, similar to Facebook." I just thought vB4!
    Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:27 PM by Netto Azure Netto Azure is offline
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    ~Ryukaa's Avatar
    Oh god, Nica. xDD;;
    Well, what can I say?
    Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 01:39 AM by ~Ryukaa ~Ryukaa is offline
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    Hikamaru's Avatar
    Nica you're too crazy imo.

    Almost as crazy as me...
    Posted February 5th, 2013 at 10:12 PM by Hikamaru Hikamaru is online now

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