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  1. The maintenance was successful. Also, the ads will be removed moving forward for a better experience. Thank you.

  2. Hi @Digimon_Sommelier now that’s a name I haven’t seen for awhile, they went down around 2014? No I didn’t manage it, iMon did a long time ago. Probably best we take this conversation elsewhere as it’s not related to the main topic in hand.
  3. Hi everyone, I would like to formally announce @Myouya as our new Community Manager for AF. In the coming days we will be looking at focusing heavily on rejuvenating the core forum discussion sections, features, as well as reviewing Clubs and Blogs. To achieve this the extra features such as the Gallery and Anime Database have been disabled, they may come back at a later revamp but for now the main focus is on the main discussion topics. It's obvious AF has had a slump in activity and a big part of that is due to my absence arising from personal and work circumstances within the last 3 years, I sincerely apologise for this. I'm happy to report that those circumstances have changed this year and I am excited to help rejuvenate AF. In the coming days a new Moderator team will also be recruited. Thank you, for your ongoing support to AF.
  4. Hi everyone, It has been hard reading this topic, I accept full responsibility for the current state of the community and issues that have occured due to my long absence. Back in 2019 I started a role at a mine site doing FIFO (fly in fly out). This is quite a strong industry here in Australia where personnel are flown in to remote mine sites to do a work roster (typically 12 hour days), then you fly back home to have days off at home. It depends on the company and your contract but some example rosters include: 2:2 (2 weeks on-site, 2 weeks break), 8:6. The intention of the Community Manager role that appeared around this was to give me an opportunity to take a step back from the Admin daily duties as I felt I didn't have as much spare time to commit to AF. I would continue to keep the server and software platform up to date and assist with any escalations and general guidance on the platform. By around Mid 2020 onwards it became apparant I was becoming more and more distant from AF due to the increasing demands and rigours of the job. Even on my rostered days off I was feeling disillusioned and seemed to have lost that creative spark I had prior to commencing that role. I was no longer engaging with AF at all except for just the usual server and software maintennace (and escalations via Discord). In October 2022, I resigned from my FIFO job. I was completely burned out in the role. I took two months off, clearing through my personal backlogs and catching up with friends and hobbies that I missed out on for so long. before deciding to finally return to the workforce looking for a new job. I recenetly found a new job with a much better work life balance and finally started to review AF in more detail to catch up when I came across this topic. Regarding the statements about my "intentions" This forum has always been a personal hobby, with the vision to unite like minded anime fans. To offer a fun alternative to the other forums that were out there at the time (with perhaps some nostalgia as forums were really popular back in the early 2000s). It was originally founded back in late 2012 under a different name "AN Community". In late 2014 I paid a considerable amount for the animeforums.net domain as it was an opportunity to help make it easier to find. Interestingly enough around this time we had other visitors confuse us with the preivous animeforums.com ... There are ongoing expenses including the software license and web server hosting fees (a VPS currently hosted in the US in Atlanta). Back in 2012 we started with MyBB (free open-source platform) but the features were lacking, so we migrated to XenForo. Then finally Invision Community. I don't have any intention of selling the domain or the website, especially after having paid expenses for so long to keep AF online. Next steps I have applied the changes to the Moderator team for those that want to move on, and you have my sincerest apologies for the ridiculous amount of time it took for me to reach this topic. I thank you wholeheatedy for your previous contributions. I am currently reviewing all the logs and recent activity feeds, if there are any outstanding issues please don't hesitate to reach out to me or @Myouya and it will be addressed promptly. I am reviewing the state of the platform and associcated add-ons and themes. I will be looking at putting together a new team to help revitialise AF. As I am now back in a typical job with normal working hours I will be able to step up and engage with the community. Again I am really sorry for my long absence and the state of AF, I make no excuses for that.
  5. Hi @matsu, this has been adjusted so you can update your email address now. We had to temporarily disable that ability due to a previous SPAM incident.
  6. Back after an extended absence - settled in with a new apartment, work commitments and in this post COVID world...

  7. Hi everyone, A vacancy exists for a Community Manager for AF. This position is perfect for those that are passionate about anime and wanting to share that passion to other fans using their previous community administration experience. Duties Engage with members regularly throughout AF including Forum discussion topics, Clubs, Blogs and the Gallery. Organising seasonal community events. Implementing and maintaining Achievements and Trophies within the platform. Upkeep and addition of new themes. Assisting moderators as an escalation point for community queries and resolving member disputes that may arise. Mentor moderators in line with Community Guidelines and adjusting the guidelines as required. Selection Criteria Previous experience with community engagement is required. This experience can be from managing a guild, server or social networking site. Experience with the Invision Community platform or similar forum platforms would be desirable but not essential. Friendly and courteous manner with good written English. Benefits This is a volunteer position - I will provide technical mentoring with you for this platform and you will gain full Admin CP access to help mould the community to meet a shared vision to better unite anime fans from around the world. You are also encouraged to restructure the structure of the platform as you see fit, within scope of the above duties. There is a 1 month probation period for this role to assess suitability. If you are interested in this position, please send me a message directly outlining your experience and what interested you in applying for this role.
  8. The updates have now been completed.
  9. Hi everyone, The forum will be undergoing a major core update which will result in some downtime whilst the update is applied. The updates will include some UI improvements as well as significantly improved performance with the themes, particularly for mobile users. Also please note, we are suspending the Member Shop and Trophies/Medals features due to lack of developer support. We are looking at bringing these back in a new form sometime in the near future. Thank you for your ongoing support.
  10. Hello @HanaApril , thank you for your kind comments. Yes, you can of course approach me with any issues, certainly the other staff here can also assist too. I myself have been taking care of mostly the technical back-end of things since the founding of AF.
  11. Hello everyone, Due to some personal reasons @ArchieKun has decided to step down as Community Manager. He is pursuing a few opportunities that will take a good amount of his time. He will still be around to hang out when he can, but will no longer be serving on AF staff. I sincerely thank him for the contributions he has made to AF. A vacancy for this role will be advertised in future.
  12. Hi @Illusion of Terra Thanks for the feedback. Our main focus is on the forum discussion areas. So at this time we're not considering any official live chat groups / chat boxes. We did have a few in the past but they drastically increased our moderation workload and also split the community between the forum posters and chatters - not an inherently bad thing but currently we are a rather small community. We're not completely ruling it out, they might return as the community grows.
  13. If we're both thinking of the same community, there was an older community called "Anime-Forums.com" which went down due to new owner issues. A handful of members started their own community called Sakuga City. And no relation.
  14. I was contacted about this. There were some blank line breaks in the About Me area. This should now be sorted.
  15. @Greeneyes when it got out of control, pre-moderation was introduced and a lot of the YouTube advertising was intercepted before it was made public. I personally feel that Blogs would be a better medium to showcase written works, and you'll still get front page exposure.
  16. Hi everyone, Club topics are now being shown on the front page again to try and boost your clubs. It was temporarily disabled because every clubs' pinned topics were showing on the front page. Two changes since reactivation: The sidebar filter for Club forums has been hidden on the front page, the block was too high due to the number of clubs. If your Club topic is a pinned topic, it won't appear on the front page - this is to avoid it clashing with the main pinned topics, such as our Forum Rules & Guidelines. But of course your topic will still be pinned when inside your Club forum tab. I believe this is the best compromise for now. If you really want front page exposure, try to avoid pinning it. As before, if your Club has a Gallery, the album and recent image uploads will appear when viewing the main Gallery home page.
  17. Adding Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection to the list, and eagerly awaiting its sequel Detonation.
  18. I was meaning to reply to this awhile ago but got held up with other projects and work, sorry. Yes, more or less. The anime and movie was fantastic... Hoshino is a great robotic girl.
  19. Thanks for the screenshot of your full view on mobile whilst in desktop mode. So to clarify: 1. We don't actually have a dedicated mobile site. The theme is responsive based. Which means as your browser width reduces, things and columns on the side start to disappear (the sidebar being the main one). You can actually test this on your desktop if you resize your browser window width So because of this, there shouldn't be any difference if Desktop Site mode is enabled in your mobile browser. I just find it odd that on your Samsung Galaxy S7 the viewport width is so big it accommodates the sidebar? I would have expected it to be similar to my first screenshot. Looking at Google's Material database your phone has a viewport resolution of 360px x 640px: I'm a little confused because when I resize my browser window on my desktop to reproduce your screenshot, the width I get is around 1000px. To me this looks more like what I'd expect from a tablet in landscape mode. Are there any other features /settings on the Samsung Galaxy S7 that might be causing the sidebar to show up like that? 2. We can edit the theme to force that column to appear even if the sidebar appears in responsive mode But I am worried this will be too squashy for mobile users if this is done for everyone. When the theme is developed we use your viewport size as a reference (as per the above picture), so I can probably add a separate override for devices in-between. As @ArchieKun noted there are many different mobile devices we need to cater for. 3. Also as a workaround, you can also try using the Activity Stream on mobile: https://animeforums.net/discover/
  20. Hi @XII360 nothing has changed recently in regards to the theme. It has been like that since Day 1 when we moved to this platform for mobile users. Having said that, it looks like your mobile device has more width than mine (but the width is still small enough for the responsive layout kicks in) This is how it looks for me: Out of curiosity what mobile device are you using?
  21. My personal preference is cloud storage - I.e OneDrive (already have a monthly Office365 subscription) so may as well leverage the 1 TB storage.
  22. Optic

    New Staff

    Hello everyone, First of all thanks to those that applied for the Community Manager, Moderator and Anime Page Curator roles. Recruitment is now complete and here is our new line-up: https://animeforums.net/staff/ Community Manager @ArchieKun Moderator @the_twig @Roxeg @Beocat @XII360 Anime Page Curator @awesomedude20 @Neptvne Mini profiles and distinct rank images are work in progress to better distinguish them. Please extend a very warm welcome to these new staff of Anime Forums.
  23. Hi everyone, Finally got around to adding new sets of anime character type images. You can select the one you want by editing your profile. Many thanks to @Wedgy @Izzy and @xWickedNekox for contributing these. Set 1 by @Wedgy Set 2 by @Izzy Set 3 by @xWickedNekox Thanks again to those that contributed full sets. We may be looking at other personality types in future.
  24. Hi @SIlverFoxtail, you're not supposed to advertise your channel in the forum topic discussions, only in your Profile/Signature.
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