Attention members! The staff members and I are pleased to announce that we have a number of awesome updates planned for RWBYForums. As our community continues to grow and evolve, so to must the site itself. With that being said, here are brief summaries of what we have planned in the near future: - On-site Articles and Blogs: Ever wanted to start your own blog to write about anything and everything? Now you can. We hope to install a separate section in the forums where members can create their own blogs and write their own articles of their choice, providing a whole new avenue for user-generated content. - "The Front Page": In tandem with articles and blogs, we hope to put in a front page section that features the latest news updates, articles, and blogs, but this front page would also include fan art and fan fiction. In fact, we plan on having a "Featured Piece of the Month" where we select a popular user creation to prominently display on the front page of the website for everyone to see. And the pièce de résistance...... - "The Market": We plan to introduce a brand new economy into RWBYForums where people can earn points by performing services such as OC evaluations, fan art and fan fiction commissions, beta reading, and much more. If people have creative talents they want to offer, they can choose set up a booth to sell their services in exchange for these points, which they can in turn use to buy services from other people, or use those points to buy exclusive forum content. Points can also be generated just by posting on the forums itself, but the quickest way to earn points involves offering up your talents for sale. These points are NOT tied to real money so there is no real world financial cost in participating in the Market. Individual vendors are the masters of their booths, meaning that they make the rules regarding what services they offer, how those services are provided, and methods of payment (whether it's up front or upon completion). In addition to the various services people here may offer, the staff is also offering exclusive forum content for sale, such as - Custom Titles (Like what the staff members have) - Unique color options for Usernames - Username Changes - Exclusive Character Banners (Yes, we ARE getting new character banners, and new versions of the RWBY girls will also be for sale) We hope to create new exclusive content to sell in the future, but these are what we have to start with. It is our hope that this Market can be a thriving center for people to create new artistic content for each other or provide crucial assistance for people looking to make OCs or write fan fiction. All of these updates can be easily implemented, but, as with all great things, it costs money, but all of these services are affordable. Collectively, in order to implement the blogs, the Front Page, and the Market, as well as update the website to the latest version, it will cost $260.00 US Dollars. And this is where you all come in. We highly encourage everyone who can to donate a little towards these updates. By no means are people obligated to donate, nor should anyone donate more than they can afford. The last thing we want is for people to feel pressured into donating, especially if they are just not in a position to reasonably do so. There's no deadline for these updates; whenever we meet our goal, that's when we'll update. I think I speak for the entire RWBYForums staff when I tell you how excited we are for these new updates that will make this community that we've all come to love and cherish even better. If anyone has any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask.