One of the issues last March was the problem that "we can't just make ourselves owners." I don't know what other people think on it, but the consensus last year was that it's unethical to just declare yourself owner. That's why I'm making a system that will institutionalize the crowning of a new owner even if I'm not here.
The only reason that happened was incompetent mods at the time. If you take even a look around PoC, you'll see what I mean. We have decent mods now, so the club wouldn't stay around nearly that long ownerless. Anycase, it doesn't really matter as we can do forced change of ownership to the co-owner's any time we want as long as the mods approve, so I wouldn't worry too much.
Good luck with your hunts! Also, I'll do the shiny FAQ if you don't mind, we can probably get it put into the second post.
The mods must've been in a bad mood, "lol." The SHC went from December 2004-March 2011 without an active owner, and it would've gone on for a lot longer if Landorus hadn't started a new club (that's controversial, and there are mixed reports as to whether he PMed a mod or not). Seriously, if I went 6 months without posting, nothing would happen. The club would run perfectly fine, and I doubt any of the mods would even notice.
Thank you so much! But in more serious news, I found a flaw with your plan. A big flaw. Like a super huge extremely gigantic enormous flaw. "If the owner goes 6 months without posting, club ownership is automatically transferred to the longest actie co-owner" I've seen clubs be closed for 2 week inactive owners. :/ Make of this what you will, but the period of inactivity definintely needs to be less than 6 months.
But if other people want to use it post in our club, that's great! I'm not going to make people join who don't enjoy shiny hunting, though. You have to be totally crazy to shiny hunt, so I wonder what will happen if normal people start joining the SHC because of that contest, "lol."
Trust me, I got really lucky with the banner, haha. Basically, I used Paint to make the black box with the yellow text of G-Money's Misspelled Shinies. Then I copy/pasted one shiny and saved it as 1. Then I pasted another one and saved it as 2. Then another as 3. You can Google GIF maker and just put the template as the first picture, 1 as the second, etc. and the site will make it for you! It's immediate and free!
Once you have more than 9 shinies, though, it exceeds what you can do on a website and you have to use GIMP or something. I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, but after many searches through Google and Yahoo! Answers I finally guessed and opened the template in GIMP, click "Open as Layer," open 1 as a layer, then open 2 as a layer, and then save it as Banner.gif and when it asks you to export the file (whatever the heck that means, "lol"), check off the box "Save as Animation."
OMG I THINK I JUST KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT COMPUTERS BEFORE YOU! :cer_laugh:
Censorship leads to people secretly questioning the authority behind closed doors. Banning any mention will only turn all the pro-ROM people against us! Landorus isn't going to come to power again, not with the current system. The only reason that it happened last time was because the club, as well as shiny hunting in general, went through a Dark Era in which all co-owners left at the same time, leaving a vacuum of power. The problem was exacerbated by the fact that not only were the co-owners gone, but everyone was gone. Everyone. Like, there wasn't a single member of the club for ~8 months. From April 2010-March 2011, the club was essentially dead. It did in fact die and was legally ineligible from being posted in, but Chr. Draco broke a few rules on the club's behalf and single-handedly raised it from the dead. Without him, there would be no SHC today. And if you go back to May-November 2010, the entire spectrum of the club was literally Fufu and some new member wanting to join. For pretty much the whole year, every single post was by someone who came to just say they wanted to join and then never post again, with Fufu posting between them to keep the club alive. Those are two great heroes of the SHC history, and in the far future, they will be remembered as the two who kept the club alive. Without them, Landorus wouldn't even have a club over which to become an evil dictator. But Landorus got the economy back on track and started attracting members, and he started the club on an upward slope to get it where it is today. But the only reason he was able to come to power was because the club had fully died and was hanging on by a tiny thread. The thread even broke!! We're really lucky that Chr. Drace duct taped it back together, and that there weren't any mods back then who saw what he was doing!!
As long as we have a co-owner, the club will be fine. There was no owner from October 2004-March 2011, and those 7 years have the highest average awesomeness out of any 7-year span throughout the SHC's entire history. Clearly, the co-owners and the members are the two most important dynamics of the club. If ever there are 90 (ninety) consecutive days in which no co-owner, owner, or FOUNDER posts, you are hereby granted interim co-ownership. You can use this VM as proof, and you will be the emergency plan to ensure the SHC never dies. May we always have a co-owner!
But really, the probability of a 90 day period in which Latios Master, LDD, MM, and Yami are all inactive is practically neglibile. Latios Master hasn't gone 90 days without posting since his triumphant return over a year ago, and I fully expect the club to be in excellent hands for a very, very long time.
Yes, ROMs are bad and illegal and we have nothing to do with them. But if somebody wants to shiny hunt, they're allowed to post in the Club. None of their shinies will count for official contests, races, or cards, but we can't stop them from posting about hunting shinies. We don't endorse what they're doing, but the last time we had a battle about ROMs it led to a crazy power surge where I got demoted (so I personally understand the repercussions of this), the #1 ranked shiny hunter of all time left the club, and every active member of the club was made co-owner (!!). Things really get crazy when people start talking about ROMs!
Landorus had the entire tainted epoch deleted, so if you see a string of about 20 deleted posts in a row and wonder why there is no mention in the SHC history archives of my shiny Abra, you'll know why. But repression is bad, and silencing people who disagree with you is never a good way to solve problems. If your stance really is right (like we are, in this case, by saying ROMs are illegal), then there's nothing to worry about. We calmly explain our position if pressed and allow the dissenters to have their voices heard. Making them resort to other means to express themselves practically forces them to cause an underground rebellion against us, which would be bad. :cer_wink:
The entire debacle was deleted last time, but I took a screenshot of all the posts, so I still have the "Forbidden Section" of the SHC archives. I could show you if you wanted, but you would have to pass many tests to prove your worth...
ROMs are officially illegal and completely banned from the club. That being said, we know that people do it and aren't going to stop them, so if people want to hunt on them, we're not going to go to their houses and physically prevent them from shiny hunting in their twisted, distorted corruption of purity. The last time we tried that, a lot of people got arrested...