• Starlight Academy
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    If you are reading this, then you are a very special person. Unique, gifted, different; it does not matter how you wish to phrase it. As a result, I would like to congratulate you on your invitation to Starlight Academy. We are looking forward to meeting you.

    Starlight Academy is a laid back roleplaying community with a goal in mind: to have fun while roleplaying. We post at our own pace, we plot to our hearts desire, and you decide how your roleplaying experience will be.











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    #1 Kyros, Apr 8, 2017
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    Hey guys, welcome back to SA!

    You're probably wondering what happened, since SA has been down for several days now.

    First things first: All users, posts, threads, conversations, and important stuff is fine! There's nothing to worry about, and it's all intact. However, some minor things have been lost, so read on for more details.

    For those unfamiliar with how SA works, SA is built on a forum software known as Xenforo. This gives us the basics of what we do here--member registration, posting, threads, etc. However, a lot of what we do is allowed only through addons. Things like thread tagging, having multiple prefixes, the ability to hide Mature threads from underage users, the live editor... all these things only work because of the addons we've installed!

    On April 5th (unrelated to the earlier implementation of the sidebar), we attempted to upgrade the main backbone of the site to the latest version. Unfortunately, despite addons displaying that they were compatible, many of them weren't, and our main addon backbone failed completely, causing irreparable damage to the way we functioned. As a result, we were forced to reinstall, losing everything on the staff side of things. All of our settings had to be redone, as did anything related to addons.


    We have some changes as a result:

    1. SA is currently being rebuilt, and you'll run into some bugs. For the next few days, please hold off on reporting things as broken. More than likely we know, and we're working hard at getting things up to date. Only report something if it's important to your ability to post! Everything should be set up so that you can post as usual, with just the 'extra bonuses' in progress.

    2. In order to ensure that no one has access to your passwords but you, SA's passwords are all encrypted on storage. Because we reset the database, SA can no longer read your passwords, requiring them to be redone. You will have to reset your password via your email. Be sure to check your spam folders when doing so. If you don't receive an email, it might be because you originally entered you email address incorrectly -- so please post in this thread for your account email to be changed to the right one.

    3. All conversations were separated by individual messages. From this point forward they will continue to be as they were previously, all in one thread. Conversation folders have been broken for a while (no ability to get past the first page), and as a result are permanently gone and we won't be bringing them back. See below for what we're replacing them with.

    4. Watched threads/tags are erased. If you need help finding your threads, feel free to reach out to @Romi for help. You can also log in to the archived version of the site (no posting allowed) to retrieve them.

    5. The majority of tags are erased, spare a few. We encourage you to go back and retag your threads.

    6. All prefixes are erased except for Event & Mature. Please update your current threads to be Prefixed appropriately.

    7. The Media Gallery was erased. You'll have to reupload any images you want to keep on the server. We'll be reinstalling Media Gallery soon.

    8. Certain fields in profiles were erased -- Pronouns, Gender, Tumblr, Twitter, etc

    9. All Events on the Calendar are erased pre 2017. The colors are currently not up to date.

    10. Profile posts were all erased.

    11. Likes were all erased.

    12. The FAQ has a lot of broken links and images, and we're working on fixing it.

    13. The wiki is currently down but it wasn't erased, so no worries there. Should be up soon.

    All of the staff worked really hard to make sure that we could save as many features as we can, and I'm really proud of them. Recovering from this was a long and tedious process, and required a ton of work to get to where we are now. Many tears were shed. Unfortunately, since it's been more than a year since we first moved to Xenforo, a lot of our addons needed to be renewed in order to be fixed. This took pretty much all of our existing funds, and a bit more than that -- over $200 out of my own pocket. If you were considering donating or supporting our patreon, now would be a great time to do so, and you can check out how to donate here.

    So through our efforts to get the site up and working again, we actually accidentally got some new features! Click the button to see them all.

    1. To those of you who didn't get the chance to see it, we now have an OPTIONAL sidebar. You can read about that in this announcement.

    2. Tags are now separated by category. The cloud also features all the different categories and the top tags from them! We will be using the following categories: Species, Characters, Event, Ships, Groups and Content Warnings.

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    To edit a tags category (THIS IS REQUIRED WHEN MAKING A NEW TAG!!!) , go to that tags specific page and push the "Edit Category" button.
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    You can view all the tags that we have in the tag listing, which is now linked at the top of the site!

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    3. Instead of conversations, you are able to search through your conversations quickly and easily.

    4. You have a new Advanced Search which is more useful and precise than the existing search (it also lets you search 3 letter names!) You can find it at the top of the site.

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    5. We now have a quick nav! Click the compass in the top right of the forum to quickly navigate to different parts of the forum.

    If you have any critical bugs to report, please post in this thread.

    I'm so grateful that you all were so patient with me throughout all this, and your words of encouragement are what kept me going. Thank you so much. The mods were also extremely supportive and did lots of work, so give them some love!

    Thank you everyone for your support. I'm sorry that so many things got wonky as a result of the reinstall, and your patience is more than appreciated.

    To celebrate our triumphant return, we are hosting a posting spree! From 12:00am on April 9th to 11:59pm on April 10th, post as much as you can with in-character posts, plotting threads, community lounge discussions, and creative corner posts.
     
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    We will be going offline again this coming Easter Sunday for a few hours while we upgrade the software. Don't worry about having a repeat of what happened -- we have thoroughly tested everything and are sure that the update will work without fail. I'll be spending the rest of this week remaking all of our skins from scratch so that they aren't incompatible with the new upgraded software.
     


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