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Old September 22nd, 2012 (11:01 AM). Edited 3 Weeks Ago by wolf.
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PC Battle Server Information & Help
Discuss, share feedback, and ask questions related to the battle server.

General Information
• The PC Battle Server can be accessed via this link.
Pokémon Showdown is currently supported as the battle simulator.

• Submit "/commands" in the chat for help.
The battle server will then provide you a list of commands for changing your username, avatar, and so on.

• The Battle Server Room Requests & Guidelines thread is for room information.
However, you may use this thread for discussing and providing feedback on rooms.

• The PC Battle Server Alts thread is for finding out who everyone is on the forums.

This GitHub repository contains majority of the battle server's code.
Feel free to contribute.

Rules
The rules are up to a staff member's interpretation. If you disagree with how a staff member has enforced these rules or if they abused their power in any way, contact a senior staff member via private message. Please talk with the staff member in question first in the case of personal issues.

The PokéCommunity Rules apply to the battle server.
However, there are exceptions. Mild profane and inappropriate content are allowed in moderation.
◦ Sexually explicit and extremely violent or vulgar content is not allowed. Inappropriate topics must be kept at a minimum, and may never be the main subject of discussion if explicit.

• Avoid submitting messages that don't contribute to the chat.
This includes, but is not limited to, unnecessarily repeating the same message or breaking up a message into multiple lines to an excessive degree, using broadcast commands such as "!data" that are unrelated to the current topic (use a "/" instead of "!"), and threatening to enforce disciplinary action if not staff.

• Official chat rooms are English only.
Other languages are allowed in battle rooms, private messages, and unofficial chat rooms.

Staff
Submit "/staff" in the chat to see our other usernames.

• ~ Administrators
Admins are split up into two groups: HQ staff and senior staff. Some staff are part of both groups.
◦ HQ staff
Manage PC, and as a result, oversee the management of its battle server.

◦ Senior staff
Hold the same responsibilities as mods, as well as manage the battle server by making final decisions on various matters (e.g. promotions), performing maintenance, etc.
Please contact one of the following members via private message for ban appeals.
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• @ Moderators
Moderate the battle server and provide feedback on staff decisions.

Custom Avatars
Custom avatars can no longer be requested. Instead, they are given out as prizes for winning tournaments. Use "/shop" for more information.

Bot Guide
• Commands
/invite - Invites the bot to the specified room. No longer requires the user to have global authority.
.about - Displays the creators of the bot.
.set <bot command or mod opt>, off OR disable / <rank symbol> / on OR enable (aka .settings) - Changes the bot's settings. Bot commands include say, joke, choose, usagestats, helix, and banword, while mod opts include flooding, stretching, and bannedwords. For example, ".bot flooding, off" would disable flood moderation in the room. Another example: ".bot joke, @" would allow only users with @ and up to use .joke in the room.
.banword (aka .banphrase, undo with .unbanword or .unbanphrase) - Bans a phrase in the room. .viewbannedwords (aka .viewbannedphrases or .vbw) displays what phrases are banned in the room.
.say (aka .tell) - Makes the bot say the specified message.
.joke - Displays a joke (usually a Chuck Norris joke).
.choose <option 1>, <option 2>, and so on - The bot randomly chooses between the specified options.
.usagestats (aka .usage) - Displays the Smogon server's battle usage statistics.
.seen - Displays when the user was last seen since the last server restart.
.helix - Responds with answers like The Almighty Helix Fossil.

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Old October 19th, 2012 (08:33 PM). Edited October 20th, 2012 by wolf.
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Minor update to the rules: profanity is no longer allowed on the server. Simply put, PC itself doesn't allow it, so the battle server shouldn't either. I have never seen any good come out of swearing on the server anyway.

edit: Swearing is no longer banned, but excessive swearing is not.
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Old November 3rd, 2012 (10:27 AM).
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Some of you may be wondering what happened to everyone's user statuses. Nica and I agreed to put more thought into server promotions and be more selective when it comes to picking out server staff. Voice will not be given out to everything that moves for example. Additionally, the first batch of promotions will be done on the next Community Day (sometime before Christmas), which gives us enough time to thoroughly discuss these promotions and figure out who is a "regular." Hopefully you guys will understand!
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I just wanted to post about doubles randbats (and VGC) support on the server now given that a lot of the regs online just then didn't know about it and it's something people ~crave~. Just challenge someone and it'll be near the bottom of the formats list. Plus it is the INFO thread technically!
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Old December 19th, 2012 (09:02 PM).
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It turns out that the ladder has been working for who knows how long, but some people are still unable to see the ratings for some reason. Nonetheless, the ladder-related Community Emblems will start being given out soon. Just note that the "Ladder Ace" emblem won't literally be handed out to anyone that gets into the top three because it's incredibly easy to do that on smaller leaderboards. There will likely be a restriction where the top ten can't be provisional (the text can't be faded) and they have to have a rating of +1500. I'm not sure how that would work out, so I'm holding off until the ladder gets more use. Additionally, the "Hall of Fame" from the previous ladder will likely be revived, but with a different name to avoid confusion from PCL's Hall of Fame.
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So how does this work? I want to battle someone.. (This is my first day in Pokecommunity)
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Old December 26th, 2012 (09:54 AM).
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If any drivers+ are around Pave Low needs unmuting from earlier still haha.

Quote originally posted by Matusallem:
So how does this work? I want to battle someone.. (This is my first day in Pokecommunity)
Connect to the server and then simply ask for a battle. You can click someone's name and press "Challenge" to challenge a specific person, or you can click "Look for a battle" at the side and if someone else is also searching for a battle, you'll be put in battle against each other. Not everyone wants to battle all of the time and it's most random battles that are searched for at the moment, so if you don't find a battle right away just be patient and you will :)
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I'm announcing that I will now be giving out the ladder-related emblems found in this announcement.

Quote originally posted by Wolflare:
Additionally, the "Hall of Fame" from the previous ladder will likely be revived, but with a different name to avoid confusion from PCL's Hall of Fame.
This will also be put into effect. Basically, it's an archive of the top 5 at the end of each month. Hopefully the leaderboard will change a little over time so that it won't be the same people again and again.

All of this only applies to the Random Battle ladder, as the other ladders are not used enough.
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Just a small update: a user needs to complete 50 rated battles before they can get the "Ladder Addict" emblem. Previously, there was no specific requirement.
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say is this for the Nintendo DS or the hacked games since i am not smart when it comes down to this online pokemon stuff?
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Old January 23rd, 2013 (05:55 AM). Edited November 17th, 2013 by halcyonic.
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Quote originally posted by Thereaperofdeath19:
say is this for the Nintendo DS or the hacked games since i am not smart when it comes down to this online pokemon stuff?
First of all, this isn't Pokemon Online, it's Pokemon Showdown, a better online server imo.

And this is a simulator, it simulates Pokemon battles by having them online, there is a Hackmon tier & sometimes, Wi-Fi tournaments but this is simply building a team with the teambuilder provided & battling other users, simple ;D

Anymore questions? I'm a regular there & I'll gladly help ya out ;)
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Quote originally posted by Thereaperofdeath19:
say is this for the Nintendo DS or the hacked games since i am not smart when it comes down to this online pokemon stuff?
The server can not only be used for battles, but it also has a chat feature where you can chat with fellow PC members.

You can also build teams or even try Random Battles.

There's also different user ranks there:

~ - Administrators
% - Drivers
+ - Voiced

Those without a symbol near their name are regular members, which are therefore the lowest in the rank. There's also rules you have to follow there, alongside the global PC rules.
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Old January 23rd, 2013 (06:05 AM). Edited February 11th, 2013 by halcyonic.
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Quote originally posted by Hikari10:
The server can not only be used for battles, but it also has a chat feature where you can chat with fellow PC members.

You can also build teams or even try Random Battles.

There's also different user ranks there:

~ - Administrators
% - Drivers
+ - Voiced

Those without a symbol near their name are regular members, which are therefore the lowest in the rank. There's also rules you have to follow there, alongside the global PC rules.
Ah yes but that's just Hikari-knowledge, there are also ranks such as......

@ - Moderator
& - Leader

but we currently dont have those yet

If you are to join, I recommend u learn how to battle with the tier known as NU (NeverUsed) since we specialize in that.
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Old January 25th, 2013 (10:37 PM). Edited February 22nd, 2013 by halcyonic.
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im such a sweetheart i made the new users a guide on how to build a team with ps ;D

just click this link!
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Old January 25th, 2013 (11:05 PM). Edited January 26th, 2013 by Hikamaru.
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im such a sweetheart i made the new users a guide on how to build a team with ps ;D

just click this link!
Just basically look at the link above if you have trouble using the teambuilder.

Remember that you cannot import teams from your Pokemon games.
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Old January 26th, 2013 (11:52 PM). Edited March 31st, 2013 by TwilightBlade.
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Hi, I was wanting to connect on the battle server, and while I can get onto the Lobby Screen, when I try to enter a username, I get an error message saying I'm not authenticated, and then asks for a password. I've tried my PC password to no avail.

I've been reading some of the articles in the forum, but still can't seem to find a solution...

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What username are you trying to use?

Pokemon Showdown has a 'universal network' so if I register the name "Fire Flyy" no one else can use it on any server if they don't have the password that I originally registered with.
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So apparently there are timestamps, which can appear ugly. If anyone wants to turn them off it's with the following commands:

To turn them off - /timestamps off
To put the timestamps on in minutes - /timestamps minutes
And to put the timestamps on in seconds - /timestamps seconds

They'll appear as default when you enter the server, which is apparently a new thing!

(This is like the first thing I've ever discovered how to turn off/on without checking somewhere, I'm so proud of myself tbh).
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Congratulations to Miss Doronjo for getting not one, but two accounts sitting on the top of the leaderboard by the end of January!
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I just want to add in a note regarding data spam. I haven't discussed what action can be taken yet in regards to it but I want to let you guys know that being voice, and being able to use !data is a privilege, and shouldn't be abused. Only use it if you need to check the data of something, not spam it whenever you get a chance. As you'd know, the data command uses up a lot of screen space, and can disrupt conversations if used too often. Keep that in mind, or we might need to work on a way to disable the command if this keeps up.

Also, on another note, I noticed there's ways to allow and block challenges, which can be useful to challenge spammers that some of you face.

To block: /blockchallenges
To allow: /allowchallenges
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I just want to add in a note regarding data spam. I haven't discussed what action can be taken yet in regards to it but I want to let you guys know that being voice, and being able to use !data is a privilege, and shouldn't be abused. Only use it if you need to check the data of something, not spam it whenever you get a chance. As you'd know, the data command uses up a lot of screen space, and can disrupt conversations if used too often. Keep that in mind, or we might need to work on a way to disable the command if this keeps up.
I agree, the !data spam can be annoying. Also...
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Only use it if you need to check the data of something, not spam it whenever you get a chance. As you'd know, the data command uses up a lot of screen space, and can disrupt conversations if used too often.
This can be avoided with the use of /data, which everyone can use and NOT disrupt the chat, just high-lightening this part.

/data can be used to check well, data and it'll only appear to you, not to everyone at the server.
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Also, just in case if someone missed this, voiced members are basically the same as regular members except with those extra commands.

Voiced doesn't mean staff, it's from the Driver rank onward where you are staff. Remember, any bold name member on the list is the server staff, and Voiced may only be able to help when staff aren't around as I figured out. They can help people out, but must not perform tasks that only staff are allowed to do, sorta like the "no mini-modding" rule on PC.

Even if you are voiced, you can still be penalized the same way regular members are, such as getting banned, muted etc.

If you are voiced you are NOT on staff, just pointing this out.
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Quote originally posted by Hikari10:
Also, just in case if someone missed this, voiced members are basically the same as regular members except with those extra commands.

Voiced doesn't mean staff, it's from the Driver rank onward where you are staff. Remember, any bold name member on the list is the server staff, and Voiced may only be able to help when staff aren't around as I figured out. They can help people out, but must not perform tasks that only staff are allowed to do, sorta like the "no mini-modding" rule on PC.

Even if you are voiced, you can still be penalized the same way regular members are, such as getting banned, muted etc.

If you are voiced you are NOT on staff, just pointing this out.
Still, it's not a big deal if say, voiced members reminds others to not speak a foreign language in this English-speaking chat. They can still there to help remind people of the rules, but not so drastically as to tell people "DON'T DO THIS OR ELSE YOU'LL GET MUTED" when that's actually the drivers/admins job to step in.
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Old February 3rd, 2013 (10:16 PM). Edited February 3rd, 2013 by Forever.
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Just an update on the avoiding challenges command,

It's now changed to:

To avoid - "/away"
To turn off the avoiding challenges - "/back"

There's also now the option to add highlights to your name, so now if anyone says your name, or your nick you can read up and see it easily highlighted.

This can be done with "/highlight add, golurk", for example and it'll highlight that every time it is said. Oh and to remove highlights, type "/highlight remove, golurk"
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