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General Discussion / Forum is now in Archive Mode
« on: January 09, 2023, 09:39:41 pm »
Happy New Year everyone.  This is just an announcement that the forum has officially entered archive mode.  All boards have been set to read only.

General Discussion / Pixelation's Future
« on: September 01, 2022, 01:01:00 am »
As you may have noticed, Pixelation has been on a downward spiral of usability.  It is my intent to summarize the current state of the forums and discuss the future of Pixelation moving forward.

The forums have spun out of control with spam, and despite custom tooling, plugins, settings, and hard mod work we are not able to keep it under control.  Most of the original administration team has departed, and our server admin also left amidst disagreements not worth covering in this thread.  Despite Pixelation being incredibly important to me, I personally haven't been able to stay involved with it as much as I'd like to between parenting and my job.  Yet I hold on to it out of obligation.  It's gut wrenching for me to even think about the forums in their current state. Mods have volunteered to help, and they have helped a lot, but there's only so much they can do.

On top of all this, forums in general are dying. The ones here reading this may not agree, but it's just a fact.  Social media has long ago replaced art forums like these.  We've talked about many ways to resurrect Pixelation in a new form, from extending this forum's features to rewriting a new paradigm from scratch.  Some work was put into making that a reality, but again, my time is limited and that task is daunting.

One of the realizations we've had while talking about this countless times was pixel art now lives and thrives on Twitter.  It's a vibrant community and has allowed the medium to grow in a way that I never thought possible in the early days of tight-knit forums.  Even without the focus on critique, somehow the talent within our medium has exploded and it's truly a wonderous sight.

So this leads me to the inevitable decision to shut down these forums. I am closing registrations, and switching all boards to be read-only shortly.  The forums will be a permanent resource for the knowledge that has accumulated here.

The future of Pixelation will carry forward on Twitter. Twitter has a new community feature we will leverage to retain some of the benefits forums provide while integrating closer to where the pixel art scene largely already is.  This will be a much more sustainable future for Pixelation and one that won't require as much dedicated attention to operate.  Will it be the same as what we've grown to love? Of course not. But is it the right choice? I'm convinced so.

You can join the twitter community here:

the focus of this community will be critique as it always has been - something that is not commonly done on twitter.  Over time I will be formalizing rules and guidelines as we feel out this new venue, and I will be looking for twitter-active moderators to assist.

If forums are still your preferred thing, I advise you to go to PixelJoint, or LoSpec. Both are great options.

Pixelation and these forums hold a special place in my heart. I attribute my entire career to discovering these forums long ago.  It tears me up to see them go, but I also look forward to seeing it flourish in a new context.

Challenges & Activities / Re: Hexquisite Corpse 4
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:02:14 am »
@Gecimen, you're right.  I've gotten extremely busy at work.  I'll look for someone else to moderate this activity since I'm falling behind.

if anyone wants to volunteer, let me know.

never received your tile @haddy

Challenges & Activities / Re: Hexquisite Corpse 4
« on: June 23, 2019, 05:35:03 am »
Hey, missed this one.  You have 3 days from today

Challenges & Activities / Re: Hexquisite Corpse 4
« on: June 01, 2019, 04:52:01 am »
tile 89 isn't available.  I'm assuming you meant 88?

Challenges & Activities / Re: Hexquisite Corpse 4
« on: May 27, 2019, 04:53:03 am »

Just saw your unapproved post.  You have 72 hours from now :)

Challenges & Activities / Re: Hexquisite Corpse 4
« on: May 09, 2019, 12:34:48 am »
added you two

done :)

Challenges & Activities / Re: Hexquisite Corpse 4
« on: April 28, 2019, 08:24:21 pm »
sure it's yours

Challenges & Activities / Re: Hexquisite Corpse 4
« on: April 26, 2019, 06:04:26 am »
Sure thing! I didn't approve your post until now so I'm setting your timer starting now rather than when you claimed it to give you extra time

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