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  1. Jim Butcher, Small Favors. I read both Proven Guilty and White Night yesterday, and they were really good, especially Proven Guilty.
  2. We have some exciting news to announce today. So far in order to obtain some unpublished works of Brandon's, you'd have to email him through his sites, and his assistants would distribute them. Well now you won't need to wait for that, because now we will be in charge of distributing out Aether of Night! All you have to do is post in this topic (you'll need a 17S account, but that's it), and our staff will PM you the document. Once we do this, we'll remove your post here. We'll be using this topic as a to-do list for requests. Ideally since we have lots of staff members, we will get this out to you soon, within a week or two. With this change we are unpasswording the Aether of Night board, as now all of you will have access to it if you want it. You may discuss Aether of Night in the Cosmere Theories board, but tag your topic title with [Aether]. We hope you're excited about this, so many of you will be able to get this text in a much more obvious way now! You will receive a .docx file, and if you need to convert it into a .pdf or .epub, there are many converters to do that for you. (We are not distributing the prose version of White Sand, as that will continue to be distributed in Brandon's newsletters.) Thank you Dragonsteel for letting 17S do this!
  3. Click here to go to the Ultimate List Google Doc. If you have any question about Brandon's books that hasn't been resolved yet, post them, and I'll just keep aggregating them to this list. This is a resource to be used by people who will have an opportunity to ask questions of Brandon, so it has been decided that if a question has a considerable chance of being RAFO'd with no extra information gained, then we will not add it to this list. There's no point in wasting a question after all. If a staff member decides that your question shouldn't be added you are welcome to appeal the decision by telling us why you think Brandon will answer the question. Admins and/or staff have final calls though. Also any question you submit may be edited for clarity. If you are heading out to a signing this is a great resource for finding a good question about an area that you would like to know more about. If the question you wish to ask is not on this list then I'd appreciate if you checked the Interview Database to see if it has already been answered. A couple tips for checking are: Use keywords in your search, chances if someone has already asked the same question they won't have used the same exact words If Brandon has RAFO'd a question similar to the one you wish to ask, he'll probably do the same to yours After you do one search for some keywords, using "ctrl f" is a useful way to further narrow your search by finding other relevant words on the results page Remember if you do accidentally ask something someone else has its not the end of the world, we won't be mad. Just be sure not to ask Brandon to sign your book with a Cosmere clue. He has requested that we no longer do this and simply ask a specific question. If you ask a question and it has been answered I will post the answer and PM you you to let you know. Let's determine precisely what we know, and questions we must ask in the future!
  4. Hi all, some minor changes happened this week for the site. There is now a Forum Games forum Way back in... uh, 2016, a dedicated forum games section has been suggested. I guess I just consistently forgot since I liked the idea, so we made one! Forum games whether they are generic games or Brandon related will go here now. This has an advantage in that they are now easier to find, and also will be out of the way for people interested in book discussion. Things will go in the Forum Games section if they are games, or if the thread is pretty random, like the Random Stuff thread. The goal is to make General Discussion more discussion based. Some forum games can be spammy (for one example, Three Word Story) and lead to an enormous amount of very short posts. For this reason, the Forum Games board does not increase post count. Eventually, the forum's post statistics will be recounted (it happens automatically when the site updates), and it may be the case if you posted, say, 1000 posts in topics that are now in Forum Games this may be retroactive and your post count may be significantly lower. I don't actually know if this is the case though. This hasn't come up yet in my experience. Are there any other forums you'd like created? Anything miscategorized? Let us know! Hiding posts returns A while back, I disabled hiding posts because there were a few instances of members hiding all their posts for some bad reasons. But since there's been a lot of double posting going on, this just seems unnecessary. So if you'd like to remove your posts, use the Hide button. No need to report them now! Just as a note because I've seen a lot of accidental double posting: if the Post button says "Saving" just wait it out! I have noticed sometimes it can take a while to go through for some reason, and I'm not quite sure why it does so. But if you click it again it will post again, which can result in something like 3-4 topics of the same kind. Remember the general computer rule that if something is loading, don't click more! (That makes things worse and will cause your computer queue that action more for every click!) That said the lag in posting is extremely annoying. If you have any information on this do post here or in Tech Support. Signature restrictions Our signature guidelines have been in effect since 2015. I've enabled some technological restrictions to prevent signatures from being too long. Now signatures can be a max of three lines. The exact value of lines can be discussed but I think 3-4 lines is a good amount. Long signatures really add to scrolling on desktop and are generally not aesthetically pleasing, especially if one adds a one-line post and the signature takes up much more room than the post itself. Animated profile pictures are disabled Speaking of aesthetically displeasing things, animated profile pictures generally make the site look much less modern and are pretty ripe for abuse. With profile pictures appearing on the main page, you really don't want a bunch of flashing lights from animated profile pictures on the main page. Additionally, animated gifs make sites load slower if there are a lot of them. I have generally discouraged animated profile pictures though it has not been a rule. I believe in old versions of Invision Power Suite, our software, there was an ability to disable this. I could never find the setting in the newer version, but tonight I found it, so animation in profile pictures are now disabled. This should generally lead to slight performance increases.
  5. Yes, RPs will stay in their respective space.
  6. I don't see them and animated pictures are now static. Do you still them? Where? Be specific. EDIT: I've heard another report as well of this. This is likely due to caching so if you clear your cache it should be resolved. Single spacing is irrelevant, I think you can still compactify it. Maybe we can make the limit four lines, but I don't think technologically single space or double space will be distinguished by the board. You're welcome to try to test it.
  7. Roast battles should absolutely go in Forum Games. I would say You know you're a Sanderfan is not. Things that seem like games should go there. I don't really understand the distinctions you're trying to make? Defining what is or is not a game is nontrivial which is a reason why the board didn't exist in earlier incarnations of the site. Some people will probably feel differently as to where the line is but do feel free to ask if there's any miscategorization with your rationale. I'll be putting the Roast Battles into Forum Games for sure. Regarding sig restrictions: forums can be pretty big eyesores if signatures are unregulated. It can add a ton of vertical scrolling to a short discussion thread. If there is even a single individual who, say, lists 8-10 long quotes in their sig, that isn't just a bad experience for members, but it also makes the viewing experience terrible for guests and will likely make them tune out and not come back. Sure, you can press the X on that person. Now imagine there's 20-30 really active people with giant sigs. A new member shouldn't have to press X's on all of those to get the site to be readable for them on desktop. At that stage that is a problem on the staff for letting that happen. Signatures are very much a less is more scenario. If you have ten quotes you like, they will have more impact if you hit just the three best ones and call it good. Some of the long signatures I have seen have been pretty unnecessary. Signatures are not people's life story (use About Me); keep them short and snappy and to the absolute essentials. Don't even get me started on image heavy signatures. I remember other sites where people would have 3-5 banners across their sigs, and they were tall. That's not great. At the end of the day, it's important for the site to be a good viewing experience for everyone. This is kind of in the same vein of why animated profile pictures are also disabled
  8. Generally, subforums are not something I like to employ unless it's very necessary. I like the forum home page to be clean and easy to navigate. Nested subforums do not help that. I can also think that would be difficult to differentiate between the two sometimes.
  9. Since there was interest in the forum games change, you can discuss this here:
  10. I mean, "spoiler" would probably be a little extreme to say, but it is definitely strong foreshadowing for the eventuality.
  11. Right, I should probably put together my official announcement. I didn't like how my 1000 word essay on the subject came out. Short story, the lack of post count increase is intended as some (not all!) forum games can be somewhat spammy. If I didn't assign a topic correctly, report it and we'll move it to the right place. Recounting the statistics may make the post count number retroactive, but I'm not really sure. Recounting statistics always happens when the site does version upgrades and post count generally goes down anyway, since it will remove posts from your post count that were hidden, for example. I'm not sure if it will unassign posts from your post count on ones that now live in a forum that is marked as "do not increase post count". Unfortunately it's either the forum increases post count or doesn't. With existence of things like three word story and others I think this is the correct decision to do. I've seen this enabled in other such forum game forums on other sites and I think that's correct here. This topic was assigned to this board because the OP clearly states it as a specific game. There's nothing particularly interesting in Discord on the subject I don't think but let me know.
  12. Because we need more forum games, wee! What song are you listening to right now? I'm listening to Ayumi Hamasaki - sending mail. This CD is really good.
  13. plot

    I'll move it, but please don't do internet shouting in topic titles please. Since it will be in RP area please do not be spammy in the thread.
  14. Good thing post count isn't increased here anymore
  15. Doomstick, cut it out.
  16. This week we are continuing going through the Words of Radiance Part Two epigraphs and the listener songs, and we're talking about the objectively more spicy ones. We get into history stuff, forms of power, and talking about the Surges themselves. We have Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), Evgeni (Argent), and Alyx (FeatherWriter). Thanks to Ben for editing this one! Send your Who's That Cosmere Characters to [email protected]/
  17. That's intended behavior as people should know which entries are verified as transcribed correctly or not. Suggestion indicates it requires additonal review. In this case it is a bit silly but I do think this is the correct behavior for the Copy button to have.
  18. File -> Version History. You can see everyone who has done anything in the file too. It's amazing.
  19. Google docs saves revision history, so it wouldn't have gone away anyway Glad everything is okay though!
  20. This was indeed referring to the Sons of Honor organization, not the Stormfather saying Child of Honor or Child of Tanavast.
  21. I am pleased to announce that there's an entirely new set of reputation titles. Check out under your name to the left of your post and see what title you are--I imagine it will be very different. Why did the ranks get altered? Well, I hadn't ever really expected people to rise through the ranks so fast. Obviously this site isn't going anywhere, and five years down the line, it wouldn't make sense for all of us to be Adonalsium, now would it? So this new scheme was designed to be much more sustainable for years to come. It's also designed to have a ton more progression than the old system. In the old scheme, you became Shard at 128, and then new ranks appeared at 256, 512, and 1024. Not so much progression. Considering how many people are in the 1-500 range, there needed to be a lot more ranks. And boy, there are a lot of new ranks. In the old scheme we had less than 20 ranks total. In this new system, there are 102 positive reputation levels. There's also no exponential growth on new ranks--it's much more linear, with the differences between levels gradually increasing. I hope you find the new system fun! There are a lot of very powerful and cool titles now, but there are also delightfully obscure cosmere titles, and some that are just plain silly. Hehehe. And of course, now with a properly large list of ranks, it's time to complain about their ridiculousness. Some of the promotions are... interesting, to say the least. Discuss yours in the These Stupid Ranks topic.
  22. important

    Because often this has led to conversations like "Oh don't take a cookie from them, they are spiked" and then the entire conversation gets derailed with things like that that are very in-jokey. I would like all varieties of that to stop.
  23. important

    Why don't you actually talk to the person rather than asking them about their food choices?
  24. There are just a few thousand more of you now And I'm no longer a college student and work full time. Thanks for being here, friends. Sorry I can't greet you all anymore. I did enjoy doing that a great deal. It was quite a trip going through General Discussion and seeing old 2012 and 2011 posts and see how small our little site was at that time. Things have definitely changed!