Since the inception of the Pokemon Online Forums by coyotte508, the forums' primary reason for existing was the development of the simulator. In that time, we have been on three different forum softwares and have moved forums around here and there, but have still had development as the primary reason for the forums. For the last few years, Pokemon Online's focus has been our community. The competitive battles the community can do, the conversations the community has, the projects that the community want to do and help us with... all of this is our main focus. You, the users, are our main focus. With that being said, we are reorganising the forums to reflect this shift in focus that has happened over the 6 years since PO was initially released into Beta form. Whilst simulator development is no longer the primary focus, it is still an important part of the community, and thus will continue to remain as a part of the board. A list of the changes being made will follow, with a more precise list of the proposed layout being in the spoiler tag below. This reorganisation has already started being worked on, but the final movement of forums and the completion of any changes will be made on Saturday 24th September. If you want to suggest some changes or additions, or just want to comment on this reorganisation, be sure to post below. New layout of the forums: Spoiler Category 1: News and Help News Help Disciplinary Committee Category 2: Competitive Gen 7 Discussion (will be added as needed, as will new subforums for new tiers) Gen 7 Ubers Gen 7 LC Gen 7 Side Metagames Gen 7 Battle Factory (when we eventually replace the Gen 6 version) Gen 6 Discussion (will eventually move to Past Gens) Gen 6 Ubers Gen 6 UU Gen 6 LU Gen 6 NU Gen 6 LC Gen 6 Side Metagames Gen 6 Battle Factory Tournaments Official Tournaments Tournament Applications TD House PO League Past Gens Discussion (Gen 5 binned, relevant threads with prefixes in here) Metagame Policy Category 3: Community General Chat NEW RELAXED-MODERATION FORUM (post name recommendations below!) Pokémon Chat Forum Games Forum Games Proposals Server Games (current Side Channels subforum) Server Tournaments Mafia Active Themes Safari Trivia Hangman Server Games Disciplinary Committee (current Side Channels Disciplinary Committee) Arts and Graphics (with Themes merged in with thread prefixes) Category 4: Projects Rate My Team Team Showcase PO Academy Academy Lounge Articles Technical Projects Category 5: Development Development General Database Modifications Server and Client Scripting Simulator Suggestions Implemented Interesting Suggestions Bugs and Fixes Android Bugs Solved Bugs Bugs Wasteland Category 6: Wastelands The Wastelands PO Classics YouTube Channel Competitive Analyses Pokemon Online Server Gen 5 Discussion Gen 5 Ubers Gen 5 UU Gen 5 LU Gen 5 NU Gen 5 LC Gen 5 Side Metagames At the very top of the forum list will be a dedicated News & Help category of the forums. The News forum aims to keep users up to date on the major ongoings of Pokémon Online, and is vital to the running of the community. The Help forum is the forum most users aim to find on their first visit to the forum, and we want to be able to help users with their problems swiftly. We are moving the Disciplinary Committee forum to be under the Help subforum also, meaning it is even easier for people to appeal their bans, and easier for authority members to respond to them. Just below the News & Help category will be our Competitive category of the forums. This contains two of the busiest and most important subforums on the board: Gen 6 Discussion and Tournaments. Gen 6 Discussion is our primary forum used for the discussion of the PO tiers, suspect discussions, general discussion on competitive battling and more. When Pokémon Sun and Moon are released in November, we will be creating a Gen 7 Discussion forum as well, and discussion on competitive battling for Generation 7 will be held there. Tournaments is the home of all of the tournaments we hold here on Pokémon Online. This includes all the official tournaments, including: the Official Pokémon Online Tournament [POT]; the PO Viability Tournament [POVT]; the Old Gens Tournament [OGT]; the Lower Tier Triathlon [LTT]; the Pokémon Online World Cup [POWC]; and the Pokémon Online Champions League [POCL]; as well as tournaments suggested and ran by users that are approved by the Tournament Directors. There's only one major battling event we host that is not hosted in this subforum, and that is... The PO League. A forum challenge run twice a year since Winter 2010, battlers challenge notable battlers across various tiers in an attempt to collect enough badges to be able to challenge the Elite Four. The Elite Four tends to comprise of previous Gym Leaders with very good records and/or notable competitive battlers from various battling communities, with more unique rules that span multiple tiers. Are you good enough to dethrone our current Champion, who defeated the Elite Four and the previous Champion of the PO League? Past Gens Discussion is the hub for the discussion of all previous generations of battling. It currently contains discussion on Gens 1 to 5, but once discussion of Generation 6 ends and Generation 7 begins, we will be moving Gen 6 Discussion here also. Ever wanted to talk about the ins and outs of RBY battling? Need some help in building a solid team for DPP? Want to run a forum challenge for GSC? Feel like something need changing in an ADV tier? This is the subforum to do all of this in. Finally, we have the Metagame Policy forum, renamed from Metagame Development. This subforum only allows staff and notable contributors to our tiering discussions to post, but everyone can see the decisions made in here. Discussions on our tiering policy, notable changes to the tiers via usage or clauses and other things are discussed here. If you want to join the discussion, feel free to PM someone with posting access with your contribution, and they might post it on your behalf - you could even earn posting access this way! The third category will be the Community category. Discussions, games and art are all vital parts of building and maintaining our community. General Chat heads up the category. Want to discuss the latest news, sport, the community, politics, or just anything in general? This is the place for you. We will also be adding a feature that has been widely requested: A subforum for you to just blow off some steam. This subforum won't count towards your post count, but the rules will be more relaxed in there, allowing you a bit of freedom to post silly images, insult others and just generally bring threads that wouldn't normally be allowed. Be warned though: The rules will be more relaxed in this subforum, but don't go too far! We also haven't decided on a name for it yet, so any suggestions will be welcome. Pokémon Chat is next up on the list. There's a place for competitive discussion already in the Gen 6/7 and Past Gens forums, so why not keep the place that allows for non-competitive discussion? If you want to talk about in-game information, special runs such as nuzlockes, post Pokémon warstories and more, this is the subforum for you! Forum Games, the subforum in which games such as forum Mafia/Werewolf, Survivor, Fantasy leagues and many more are played! If you want to have fun with fellow members of the community, then you can join one of these games. You can even suggest your own forum games in the proposals subforum! Do note that posts in this subforum don't count towards your post count. The current Side Channels subforum may end up changing its name to Server Games to more accurately reflect and help people understand what the subforum is truly for. This forum is your hub to posts about Server Tournaments, Mafia, Hangman, Trivia and the ever-popular Safari game, and details on each of those games and their own specific events are posted in this subforum. There's also its own dedicated Disciplinary Committee forum for those people that dispute punishments that are specific to those channels on the server. Do you create Art? Have you made your own custom sprites? Perhaps you made your own PO theme for the desktop client and want to show them off? If you answered yes, the Arts and Graphics forum is the place for you! If you want to show off your pieces of art, want to request a piece of art or even want to just discuss other art pieces that people have created, this is the place to be. There used to be a dedicated Themes subforum, but that is being merged into the primary Arts and Graphics forum. We will be removing the current Pokémon Online Server forum. It doesn't really have a specific use anymore, with people only posting topics in that subforum that would be better placed in Help, Suggestions or Disciplinary Committee, and so we feel it would be best to bin that subforum and put it in The Wastelands. This brings us to one of the bigger changes in terms of categories, the Projects category. This is the category for anyone that wants to contribute to PO and help other users in ways that the Help forum simply would not be able to do. Contributing to forums in this category may result in you earning a badge for your forum profile. The Rate My Team forum is used for exactly what it says in the name: Rating the teams of battlers. If you want to show off your competitive team, or want to get some help in how to improve your team, here is the place to post them. People who contribute to this subforum by rating teams well and helping users out may end up earning the Team Rater badge on the forums. If you want to learn how to battle, how to improve your battling skills or want to share your knowledge of battling to other users, the PO Academy is the hub for you. Hosted in rounds every 2-4 months, this helps to put together more experienced battlers and battlers with less experience to try and improve the abilities of battlers across a wide spectrum of tiers and metagames. Tutors for the current round get their own Tutor badge for their forum profile. The next subforum currently does not exist, but it will be titled Articles. This subforum will be a hub for various articles of various types, such as tiering news, helpful tips for battlers, analyses of Pokémon and metagames, and many more! The Articles project is still in its infancy currently, but we hope to get more details to you all soon. Currently, the final subforum of this category will be another new subforum, Technical Projects. Have you created something technical that can be of benefit to the Pokémon community? Perhaps you've created a damage calculator, or you are wanting to make some sort of technicial application for use on smartphones? This subforum will be the place for posting all these manner of things. Who knows what might come about as a result of this subforum? The biggest change here is that we are no longer supporting the Competitive Analyses subforum. The primary reason we had this subforum was to help to create analyses to place on the PO Wiki, which was a failure as a project. With other websites other than PO providing analyses or wikis with more detail, we feel it is best to bin this project and move it to The Wastelands. You will still be able to see the analyses, but they will not longer be able to be posted on. We have finally reached the Development category, which has been moved to 5th in the list to allow community projects and discussions to be higher up the list. In general, if you need to post in this category, you're going to be looking specifically for this category no matter where it is in the list. The category is only having one notable change to it other than its placing in the forum list: the Server and Client Scripting forum is being moved to become a subforum of Development General. Simulator Suggestions and Bugs and Fixes both remain below Development General. Finally, we reach the Wastelands. It is going to get bigger, with all the subforums that are being removed being moved to be a subforum of The Wastelands forum, meaning that no new posts will be allowed, but you may still be able to view all of the topics that have been moved here. Competitive Analyses, Gen 5 Discussion (once merged properly into Past Gens Discussion), Gen 6 Discussion (once Gen 7 is out and important information has been merged properly into Past Gens Discussion) and the Pokémon Online Server forum are all moving under here. Any suggestions or changes to the reorganisation? Post them below!