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Regarding the Closure of ZetaBoards

Posted by Cody (Administrator) at Monday, 16. July 2018, 18:28. 7 comments

Greetings Everyone,

It's been about 4 years since this board went into an archived state. I will always cherish the memories, skills, and friendships I gained here. Even though Outline has long been quiet, it's always a treat to revisit this place from time to time for nostalgia purposes; and to see what familiar faces have resurfaced after all this time.

Unfortunately, ZetaBoards as a platform seems to be coming to an end. If you're not familiar with the details of the situation, I'm not going to go into much detail in this post. Instead, you can read up on high level information here and more granularly here. It's a shame that all of the work, history, and resources will be lost or obsolete - but all great things must die eventually, I suppose.

Outline may live on in some state or another, but a ZetaBoards-first resource archive will mostly be made redundant with the death of ZetaBoards. Instead, I invite everyone to join several us on a Discord channel (Ephex) hosted by Nick and Chance. It's a design and development-oriented channel, but anyone is welcome to come and hang out.

Join us on Discord

That's all I have for you. Feel free to reply to this topic with any thoughts/questions you have, it will be lightly moderated. I'll be active here until the final conversion to Tapatalk, so you can PM me with any questions regarding my themes, resources, etc.

Cheers everyone,

Outline's Official Goodbye

Posted by Cody (Administrator) at Monday, 7. April 2014, 22:17. 152 comments

Greetings friends, strangers, and all members,

Here we are again. It's been nearly seven months since I made that fateful topic that sent most of you into either a passionate blaze or a mournful acceptance. Outline was going into a non-updated state with my resignation. I was moved by the reaction and fallout that followed that topic, however, and I decided to give it a shot and allow the forum to keep going.

Seven months have passed and not much has happened other than our new theme. Many of the staff have grown busy with their lives and don't have the passion or the time to continue devoting themselves to the forum. As a result, most of the forum has been neglected and become dormant. There has been very little progress towards the daily development forum or the long-term development of the forum.

I've spoken with all of the staff about what they want to do. I asked them if they felt they could pick things up and get things back into shape. It was the general consensus that they could not. Life is just too busy. And I respect that. I hold a great respect for every single one of the staff members that picked up the torch after I left and gave it their best shot. It was not an easy task, and a lot was asked of them. I'd like to especially thank Stacha for stepping up in a role that was originally foreign to her with very little notice. I know that you gave it all you could, and I will always be grateful to you for that.

I do not regret giving Outline another chance to live. We got another great seven months out of it. I finished and released Arux, which I consider to be the pinnacle of my work on ZetaBoards - something that honestly would have never happened if Outline has closed. Arux is a true demonstration and reminder of what Outline has been about: innovation and evolution. I hope every time you come back and visit you see the theme and remember that.

I'm trying not to make this excessively long, so I'll get to the final point: Outline is, as of this moment, officially in a non-updated state. It's the same deal as seven months ago. The board will remain open, people will be allowed to post in many sections (I'm going to lock a few and hide others that will serve no purpose), and staff members may continue to moderate the community at their leisure. There will be no more future development, and staff will have no obligation to check the board. We leave it in this state for the community and the resources - there's no need to lock off those aspects of the forum that could still be useful in the future. Please note that if the board eventually becomes overridden with spam or otherwise defaced then posting may need to be restricted.

I hope that you all continue to visit the board as long as you find interest here. We're not forcing you out. We're just being honest with you about the state of things. This has been agreed upon by all of the staff and we stand by the decision. Unfortunately it is not up for debate, and there will be no reversal this time around. Please understand that and keep this topic civil. It's likely one of Outline's last ever announcement topics - let's make it good. At some point down the road we may do some kind of reunion event that will give everyone the opportunity to catch up with each other at one time, but we'll see. There will never be a revival and I'm not open to selling the board or Arux.

I sincerely thank all of you for what you've given me throughout the years. I hope that Outline has influenced your life in some meaningful way - even if it only helped your forum succeed by giving you the tools you needed.

Cody Mannigan
Outline Owner

Earning Tokens

Posted by Cody (Administrator) at Friday, 11. March 2011, 19:33. 0 comments

Outline Tokens
Reference: Token Central for an explanation on tokens

HQ - High Quality
LQ - Low Quality
XCFs can serve as a substitute for PSDs

Themes and Skins

  • Themes

    • Featured: 500 tokens
    • HQ: 400 tokens
    • LQ: 100-200 tokens, or unacceptable
    • w/ full graphics set at release: +100 tokens

Graphics Database

  • Buttons and Forum Markers

    • HQ: 100 tokens
    • LQ: 50 tokens
    • w/ PSD: +50 tokens

  • Team Icons, Pips, and Emoticons

    • HQ: 80 tokens
    • LQ: 30 tokens
    • w/ PSD: +50 tokens

  • Signatures

    • HQ: 50 tokens
    • LQ: 25 tokens
    • w/ PSD: +50 tokens

  • Avatars

    • HQ: 30 tokens
    • LQ: 10 tokens
    • w/ PSD: +10 tokens

  • Renders, Fractals, and C4Ds

    • HQ: 70 tokens
    • LQ: 20 tokens

  • Prints

    • HQ: 100 tokens
    • LQ: 50 tokens
    • w/ PSD: +50 tokens

Modifications/Codes, tutorials, and documentations

  • Mods/Codes

    • Simple

      • HQ: 100 tokens
      • LQ: 50 tokens
      • Reid's stamp of approval: +50 tokens

    • Complex

      • HQ: 200 tokens
      • LQ: 125 tokens
      • Reid's stamp of approval: +100 tokens

  • Tutorials

    • HQ: 100-200 tokens (Depending on how complex the subject is)
    • LQ: 10-70 tokens (Depending on how complex the subject is)

  • Documentations

    • HQ: 100-200 tokens (Depending on how complex the subject is)
    • LQ: 10-70 tokens (Depending on how complex the subject is)
    • Cody's stamp of approval: +50

Misc. Methods

  • Donating via Paypal: $1 to 200 tokens
  • Filling a request: You receive the amount the requester paid
  • Filling Support: 100 tokens*
  • Winning a contest: Depends on the prize set by the host
  • Getting promoted to Gold Member: 500 tokens*
  • Winning MotM: 500 tokens*
  • Posting a topic: 2 tokens (automatic)
  • Posting: 1 token per post (automatic)
  • Liking us on Facebook: 75 tokens*
  • Following us on Twitter: 75 tokens*

* = You must PM a Staff Member to redeem your tokens.

Cody | Outline Administrator

Token Central

Posted by Cody (Administrator) at Thursday, 10. March 2011, 21:36. 0 comments

Outline Tokens

What are they?

Our token system is a form of currency (money) you can earn and use exclusively on Outline. They're listed in your mini-profile on each and every post you make, as well as in your profile (Example: Cody's profile - check out the left side).

Why do they exist?
AKA: What's their point?

Tokens are here to balance between what we give to you and what you give back in to the forum. It could be that you're good at avatar-making - well, you submit avatars and get tokens in return, and then those tokens allow you to get a request for something like a theme print. There are also means to earn tokens that aren't necessarily graphics-related that are outlined in a topic linked to below.

How can I earn them?

There are many ways to earn tokens! To keep this topic condensed and keep everything organized, we have them all outlined in this topic.

Where and how do I spend them?

  • Graphics Requests - Graphics and custom theme requests can be made in the requests section!
  • Advertising Requests - View our advanced advertising options and get your forum or website's name out there!
  • Token Extras - A few misc. ways to spend your tokens on fun little things!

Additional questions? PM a Staff Member for further assistance.

Cody | Outline Administration

Outline Rules

Posted by Cody (Administrator) at Sunday, 25. April 2010, 16:18. 0 comments

Outline Rules

Outline is a free resource board; we create a home for skins, themes, tutorials, and more. Feel free to have fun, sit back, and relax. We're usually pretty chilled, so it's rather easy to go with the flow.

Although we are lenient on some things, the rules below will be enforced. If you cause a disruption, make a show, repeatedly break rules, etc, action will be taken. You can be warned verbally, warned via the warning system, and/or be banned for a set amount of time.

1. Ripping. We have a zero-tolerance policy for ripping. Any user caught ripping someone else's work will be banned and if it continues, permanently banned. Minor offenses will earn you a warn in your warn log.

What is ripping exactly?

Ripping is when you edit, use, or distort a piece of work by someone else without their permission. Even if you give credit to the owner, it is still ripping. (Unless you have permission, of course.) Simply hue changing an image (or any other minor/major edits) and reposting it is also counted as ripping.

Once again, you cannot edit or repost anything without the original owner's permission. This is ripping, and you will be punished.

2. Language. This is an English speaking forum, so no need to talk in Spanish, French, Pig latin, txt msgs liek dis, etc. Please try to make it a point to use proper grammar and punctuation. It really does make a difference, and we (as staff) do pick up on it. Try not to post overly negative comments, especially to the newer members.

3. Swearing. Swearing is tolerated here, but only to a point. Don't go overboard and drop the f-bomb every other post. It's not 'cool,' in all honesty. Most of us find it rather annoying. Think of a better word if possible.

4. Trolling. We follow the simply written definition of trolling found on Wikipedia (Link). Trolling will be punished with bans and warns if it is continued over time as we like to ensure our members have a safe environment to post in at all times.

Definition of Trolling
A troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response[1] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

5. Illegal Material. This is one more thing that we do not want around here. Save your pirate information for MSN or somewhere else; it doesn't belong here.

6. Obnoxious Behavior. We're a small community and we like everyone to enjoy themselves. We generalize on the term 'obnoxious behavior' and examples of it include posting giant images for no apparent reason or intruding upon other members' rights (like spamming their private message inbox). We will punish this behavior accordingly, however you can trust us to give you fair warning if you're bending this rule so you'll know plenty ahead of time.

7. Advertising. Keep advertisements in the right area. (and follow the guidelines, too) We don't like trashing your topics, but sometimes it has to be done. PM Advertising is completely against our rules, please don't do this. If your account is found to be used only for scandalous advertising purposes, it will be disabled

8. Spam. We've had users make over 500 posts in 24 hours before.. Trust me, it can get crazy really fast. Try to make your posts at least a sentence long, and think about it for at least 0.350325325 seconds. That one millionth of a second can really make a difference. Posts containing only emoticons and 'lol' or other one-word posts are frowned upon here and you could find yourself with a warn as a result of them.

9. Egos. Please, watch what you say about yourself. No need to inflate your own ego. The day you realize to get off your own high horse, you'll be a lot more respected around here.

10. Bans. Bans are usually final, and will be for a set amount of time. We usually have a good reason for beating you with a hammer. If you honestly have a question about your ban, PM a staff member on another site or email one of us.

11. Drinking. Weird to see this one on here, eh? We've had a fair amount of people come on to Outline while intoxicated. I'll admit, it is funny, but seriously- go to bed or something. You don't want to wake up 2 days later and see you posted something while you were drunk. Ex: One previous staff member posted a picture of himself in a little skirt thing. Embarrassing, huh?

12. Multiple Accounts. Generally you are only granted one active (not disabled) account on Outline at a time. We understand that sometimes you just want a fresh start on the community, so it is permitted, granted you get permission from an administrator, to register a new account. You may not, at any time, deceive anyone on the community of your identity by pretending be a new person on a new account.

13. e-Babies. There will be no premarital e-babies running around Outline. Once you're legally married it is, however, encouraged to help give Outline a +1 member count. COPPA forms required.

14. In addition to following these rules, make sure to follow the Zetaboards ToS. Anything stated in there that is not above also applies here. These rules are subject to change at any time without notice.

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