Written by Gerrardfo on April 01, 2008
Notably, I did not write an article on December 31st/January 1st. Yes, I recognize that I could have cemented a tradition I started in 2005, but I elected not to do so for various reasons. The first of which is that I had planned to make a couple of announcements, but I wasn't fully sure that everything would go according to plan. In fact, I opposed a majority of the changes. I didn't agree with what nico and Koen had suggested until a few days after 2008 had started. Granted, I could've written a news post or article any other time during the previous three months, but I've been busy. Now that I've finally found a free day to type an article, I will announce the new changes on magic-league.
1) Apprentice: We will no longer sanction apprentice tournaments. Laplie has been working on a means to convert apprentice codes to MWS, so netdraft minis will be able to default to MWS. Moreover, once OPT is ready for tournament play, netdraft will no longer be supported.
2) Regional representatives: For the past few months, we've had disproportionate numbers of judges from various countries. To alleviate that issue, we ask each community to nominate a user for potential status in #magic-league. This person should be able to assist in translation issues in #judges4you, and should monitor the community for any foul play.
3) Advertising: There will be no more advertising for non-league channels.
4) Mrbotski: We will no longer be using mrbotski as our card and ruling bot. Instead, we are implementing DrDove, a new script that has many useful features, such as language translation for cards.
5) Dejudgings: We've decided to become more despotic. Well, I didn't reach this decision, but Koen requested that I act more harshly toward judges. I am instituting a "one strike" policy: if you are ever dejudged, you will never become a judge again. We will now account for any ruling disputes involving judges, and use the results of those disputes to determine promotions and dejudgings. Two judges must be dejudged each month. So it goes.
6) Minis: Users will now have the opportunity to select one mini each day. We have often heard complaints about letting judges pick the formats, so we're going to honor requests more often now. We are also developing a means by which bots will automatically run minis of the users' choice.
7) Resignations: A few staff members have expressed interest in stepping down. We'll notify everyone with the official changes in the upcoming few days. Expect two j2s to receive level ten access in channel.
8) Donations: Currently, we've delayed development of draft and swiss features onsite so that we could focus on the donation box that will appear in profiles later this month. Quite frankly, we want to add more funding to judges and masters. Koen finally emerged from his pool of money in December and realized that we needed to pay judges. This idea presented a dilemma: we could either reach into our deep pockets and share the wealth, or we could "politely" ask users to contribute money. (Luckily, we currently don't have many j1s, so we could come to afford to pay everyone who isn't MistyFatDog.) There is probably a reader who is wondering why anybody would donate to our website without a powerful incentive. We considered what we could offer to those who donate a substantial amount to us, and we have arrived at the following levels:
$100 – supporter of magic-league: master admin or moderator of a format forum
$250 – friend of magic-league: deck admin or moderator of a non-format forum (level three access in #magic-league)
$500 – VIP: judge admin
$1000 – Savior of magic-league: calendar admin and full moderator status on the forums
$1500 – friend of Gerrardfo: all non-rating/banning privileges, level four access in channels.
$2000 – judge level two
$5000 – all administrative sections, level ten access in channels
$10000 – level 11 access in channels
$20000 – ownership
Once we calculate the total flow of money, we'll arrange for some better judge prizes.
That's all of the announcements. We'll post a follow-up to this article soon.
by Teknolink on 2008-04-01 10:40 CET
Nice April Fools joke. Not.
by Ronnan on 2008-04-01 10:45 CET
by sgt_pepper on 2008-04-01 11:00 CET
hm the previous ones were far better :/ especially the pink layout of the site. :D
by Eldariel on 2008-04-01 11:33 CET
So, the site costs 20000 dollars? Cool, I'm so buying it.
by WildCard on 2008-04-01 11:34 CET
woot, you take 20K in cash or check? ive been away too long from here making money! i can also pay in yen seeing as im in japan...
by TugaChampion on 2008-04-01 11:50 CET
This bit gave it away:
by MistyFatDog on 2008-04-01 13:15 CET
Woah Hold On A Minute! I WANT MY MONEY NOW!
by RiQuSP on 2008-04-01 13:30 CET
"by Linkman on 2008-04-01 12:40 CET
by nopenopenope on 2008-04-01 14:34 CET
The end is an april joke
by Vedrfolner on 2008-04-01 15:06 CET
by gypsy on 2008-04-01 15:11 CET
this is better than the magicthegathering april fools joke
by Ronnan on 2008-04-01 15:14 CET
by TugaChampion on 2008-04-01 15:52 CET
MFD yeah but I mean as a regular payment like monthly payment. And still everything in there is more likely than judges listenning to minibegs XD
by ant900 on 2008-04-01 16:15 CET
wow, you totally had me until i read the words "8) Donations:" this one was pretty good
by Sebas_ on 2008-04-01 16:22 CET
GFO Wrote: 1) Apprentice: We will no longer sanction apprentice tournaments. Laplie has been working on a means to convert apprentice codes to MWS, so netdraft minis will be able to default to MWS. Moreover, once OPT is ready for tournament play, netdraft will no longer be supported.
by MistyFatDog on 2008-04-01 16:23 CET
excuse me! i listen to mini begs or atleast i host enough minis to count to that.
by on 2008-04-01 17:25 CET
Although skeptical throughout, donations determining judge status was pretty absurd... The pink site was by far the best!
by Conkisstador on 2008-04-01 17:25 CET
MFD u dont lsiten... pshh
by MistyFatDog on 2008-04-01 17:26 CET
I douse the flames of hell with MINIS!
by Avata on 2008-04-01 19:43 CET
I actually didn't notice this was an April Fool's Joke until I got to the part requesting $1000 donations.
by OldBear on 2008-04-01 21:16 CET
So I want to make a donation of $5000 but can only do so within the next three days as Im going on a gay cruise then and by the end of it will probably have no money cause of all the rent boys. So how can I go about doing this?
by trueeevil on 2008-04-01 23:05 CET
wait, i can buy this site for 20k? Can i use a credit card?
by Kholdstare42 on 2008-04-02 00:08 CET
i really hope some of these were not jokes, such as the bot mini thing..because thats awesome. and something to replace netdraft would be fantastic. the donation thing is a joke..but im sure they will except any money they can get
by MotC on 2008-04-02 01:03 CET
Wait a second.... if you are donating 20000 to the site... wouldnt that mean you would still have your 20000 when you take over ownership? =)
by thedarkness on 2008-04-02 01:24 CET
Yes. Yes it would. Phail.
by KrovikanMist on 2008-04-02 04:27 CET
by MotC on 2008-04-02 02:03 GMT
by Sebas_ on 2008-04-02 04:27 CET
This announcment is a joke o only the part of the Donation's is joke ?
by thedarkness on 2008-04-02 19:43 CET
This idea presented a dilemma: we could either reach into our deep pockets and share the wealth, or we could "politely" ask users to contribute money.
by FlyingFreak on 2008-04-05 11:50 CET
I also think the last part is an april joke, but the rest seems pretty good ..
by Ro on 2008-04-07 12:15 CET
DrDove is gay!
by djanello on 2008-04-17 23:27 CET
permanently dejudging all the judges is pretty rough too.
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