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Who started the PokéCommunity?
Master Kwesi Nkromah! He's the community founder, though he's not around too much anymore.

What were the "Community Sites"?
Prior to November 1st, 2008, PC operated under a "community sites" system. Essentially, PokéCommunity was the official forum of several Pokémon fan sites out there, and their webmasters were granted the rank of "community site administrator."

This system is no longer in use. If you're curious as to the reasons, ask one of the staff members in a PM.

What do the positions at PC mean? Such as Administrator?

The PokéCommunity has different tiers that represent a person's standing within the forums. These tiers influence the amount of responsibility a member is allowed to have while posting, and in no way reflects their status as individuals. A member with a higher donation tier, for example, is not "better" than a member who hasn't donated. For information on supporter tiers, see "What are the supporter ranks and what differences do they have?"

The staff of PC can be broken into different ranks that represents the amount of responsibility they have within across the board. They can be individuals that watch over a section or another platform, or the people who look after areas outside of local forums, but still carry the name, rules, and overall atmosphere we generate at PC, such as The PokéCommunity Pokémon Showdown server.

  • Fan Games Team moderate the fan games area on the forums. Some oversee the ROM Hacking sections, while others focus on other Game Development.
  • Developers & Designers aid the administrators in developing the forum's design and functionality, such as adding new features or styles or improving the site's performance.
  • Social Media Team run our social media platforms, such as PC Twitter and PC Facebook. You're always welcome to comment on media posts and get in touch with them there!
  • Discord Moderoids moderate our PC Discord Server and do their best to make it the most fun place to hang out and most useful place for chatting about Pokémon besides the forums.
  • Daily Staff produce content for the zine PokéCommunity Daily as well as moderate the Daily Workshop section. They find and create news and articles for you to enjoy on a regular basis - but you don't have to be a part of the Daily Staff to contribute yourself! Read more here.
  • Battle Staff moderate PC's battle server as well as the Competitive Pokémon section. Besides enforcing PC's rules and keeping spammers at a minimum, the battle staff sustains a fun, friendly environment while members battle and chat with other members of The PokéCommunity. They are also responsible for updating the server regularly and making sure it functions properly and being available both on the server and on the forums to address any concerns that arise.
  • Moderators are the members who look after one or more sections that make up The PokéCommunity Forums. Their role is to perform standard moderation cleanup within their section(s), which includes but is not limited to closing and moving threads, issuing emblems, and (hopefully seldom) handing out warnings/infractions. Moderators are the members one should contact if ever in need of help, whether it be a question about a specific section or thread or a request to resolve an issue with another member. Moderators go out of their way to make themselves available for open discussion with anyone and everyone, so don't hesitate.
  • Administrators consist of the members who have total control over The PokéCommunity Forums. They deal with the most fundamental of issues within the community and are often responsible for the drastic aesthetic and practical changes that effect the way member's personalize and view the forums. Administrators oversee all staff teams and platforms of PC and play the most prominent role in shaping PC to be the best forum it can be.
  • Owner rank denotes ownership of the forum, a title currently held by Sheep. Along with the administrators, the owner of PC make all final decisions for the running of the community. The owner is the fluffiest lady on all of PC and commands the utmost of love from her dear memberlings.

What are the supporter ranks, and what are the differences?

Supporter rank is granted when you donate money to PokéCommunity. The more money you donate, the higher your tier and the more perks you gain. The potential Supporter categories are as follows:

  • Silver Tier members ($5.00 - $14.99) have access to our VIP forums, have larger PM boxes and have several profile bonuses;
  • Gold Tier members ($15.00 - $24.99) are able to create their own PC Blog, have access to any beta forums, and further increases on their profile customisation;
  • Crystal Tier members ($25.00 +) gain their very own PokéCommunity email address, the ability to customise their user titles with CSS, and further advances on their profile customisation.

How do I make a blog?

Blogs are an additional feature on The PokéCommunity and while everyone is free to comment on public blogs, they can only be created if you meet the following criteria:

  • Become a Gold Tier Supporter or higher by donating at least $15;
  • Obtain at least 2,000 posts;
  • Become a community staff member.

When you become a Gold Tier Supporter, your blog privileges will be granted once your usergroup has been set. As for becoming a staff member or reaching 2,000 posts, your usergroup promotion will be automatic, so you will receive blogging privileges immediately. These are the only ways to receive a blog. Each method is entirely objective and no special exceptions will be made.

What are emblems and how can I get one?

Emblems are a feature on PokéCommunity that allows the staff to recognize members for a variety things. Some might be awarded based for great, conducive posts, for making unforgettable typos, and some might be awarded as an award for contests/competitions, and some others have yet to even be discovered! Staff are the arbiters of what constitutes someone whom deserves an emblem, and thus anyone receiving one is hand-picked by staff and not automatic. Emblems can be perceived as a sort of medal of honor, if you will, so if you receive one, be proud of it: you deserve it.

What are the exceptions to the revival rule?

PokéCommunity's global rules include a rule that restricts threads to be posted in after it has had no replies for thirty (30) days. However, some forum sections have rules in place that allow exceptions to this rule. The following forums have an exception:

  • ROM Hacking: the No Revival rule only extends to Beginner's Lounge, Progressing Hacks, ROM Hacking Hub; The Team Room threads may be posted in after no longer than two (2) months.
  • Roleplay Corner: the section allows for game masters to revive their own threads, within reason.
  • Game Development: threads may be posted in after no longer than two (2) months.
  • Fan Fiction & Writing: threads may be posted in after no longer than two (2) months.
  • Art & Design: threads may be posted in after no longer than two (2) months (this rule does not apply for gallery/shop owners, who are free to revive their threads at any time.

Furthermore, if you're unsure of an individual forum's rules regarding posting in inactive threads, make an effort to ask the moderator as they're likely to know better than anyone else.

Why can't I post links until I have made five posts or more?

The limitation of members not being allowed to post links cuts down on spam, as well as prevents a new user to join PC with the intent to advertise their service. Once you have a total of five posts around the forum, you will be able to post links.

I keep hearing about "Get-Togethers"; what are they?

PokéCommunity Get-Togethers are a yearly celebration meant to invite members to participate in other member-created events. The Get-Together is designed to unite members of PokéCommunity forum-wide in order to incite a feeling of togetherness, as has been tradition. Get-Togethers run every year so if you happen to miss participating in it one year, the next one isn't too far around the corner!

What is a post flair and how do I make one?

So you’ve decided to make a post flair! Or maybe you’re just curious about the multicolored designs you’ve seen around PokéCommunity discussion threads.

Post flairs are one of the latest features here on PokéCommunity. They allow you to create a unique design for the author information that appears above all your posts. Postbits are styled using CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, a language used in web design to control the look, color, and feel of websites.

Your post flair editor is divided into five sections. For this introduction we will focus on the main block section.

Part 1: About CSS

CSS is a set of attributes and values. An attribute is a particular settable property, such as text color, whereas a value is what you are setting that property to. Properties and values are written like so, one per line.

property: value;

The colon after the property and semicolon at the end of the line are required.

For example, to give your flair a red background, you can enter this into the main block editor:

background-color: red;

If you’ve entered the above correctly, the automatic preview should update to something like this:

We’ve taken our first step into flairdom! However, we can do better. Press ENTER to add another line to the main block editor, and add a text color using:

color: white;

While background-color affects the color behind the text, the color property affects the text itself. These are two of the most common CSS properties.

Now you understand the basic structure of flair CSS! In the next section we’ll go over other notable properties and what they’re used for.

Part 2: CSS Properties

background-color Property

Sets the background color of the content it is applied to. You can provide it a color name (red, green) or a hexadecimal color code, such as #ffa7ba.

color Property

Sets the color of the text it is applied to. You can provide it a color name (red, green) or a hexadecimal color code, such as #ffa7ba.

font-family Property

Sets the font of the text. You can provide it with the name of a font available on PokéCommunity. All fonts available in posts are also available for use in flairs!

font-size Property

Sets the size of the text. You can provide a unit in px (pixels) or % (percentage of the default size). For example, the default is 16px, which means text that is 16 pixels wide. To make it slightly larger, you might do font-size: 18px or font-size: 110%.

Refrain from using font-size to make text unreasonably large or unreadably small.

font-weight Property

Affects the boldness of the text. To make text bold, use font-weight: bold. If you want to tweak the exact weight, you can instead give it a number from 100 to 900.

border Property

Adds a border around the specified content. This is especially useful for the avatar container. Borders have a size, a style, and a color. The border property is formatted like this.

border: size style color;

The size is measured in pixels, much like font-size above. The style is one of a set list, such as solid, dotted, or dashed. You can find the full list of border styles here. Color is a color name or hex code. Following are some examples:

border: 1px solid black;
border: 5px solid white;
border: 3px inset white;
border: 3px dottted white;

border-radius Property

Sets the roundness of the element it is applied to. This property can be used with or without the border property. It is most useful with avatars, for rounding their edges or making them completely circular. The value can be a pixel count (such as 15px), or a percentage. To make an element completely circular, use border-radius: 50%.

Is that it?

Those are the basic properties used in flair design. However, there are many more in CSS that can be used in flairs! You can check out this reference for a list of all properties, with explanations and examples. Almost all of them can be used in flairs.

That’s it for the main body of the guide! Have fun on your flair-created adventures and don’t forget to save your changes!

Appendix A: Flair Content Areas

Besides the main block, there are four other areas of your flair that can be styled – the avatar, username, statistics (your post count and join date) and the mini-biography.

The rules for styling these are the same as for the main block – you can give them individual colors, change the font of each, give them borders or make them round or any other shape! You can also hide your avatar, statistics, or mini biography entirely by unchecking the boxes next to each option.

Appendix B: Banned Properties

There are a few things that flairs are not intended to be used for, and as such the editor will not allow you to save if it detects you doing any of:

  • Hiding the flair block or your username. (using display, position, and similar properties).
  • Making your flair larger than the default dimensions. (using width or height on the main block).
  • Breaking the layout of the page. (using display or position).

Please flair responsibly!