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Djharkavy (60 D)
Sun 19 Mar UTC
American Empire 179318
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=194219
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Djharkavy (60 D)
Sun 19 Mar UTC
World game 170318

http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=194219
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Randomizer (139 D)
Thu 16 Mar UTC
Solving unemployment
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/16/us/white-irish-undocumented-trnd/index.html
Export those deadbeats to the US and then get the illegals to skip ahead of the line to become US citizens.
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tobyjoey (50 D)
Fri 17 Mar UTC
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World Diplomacy Map Alterations
Hello WebDiplomacy. I have a group of people are making a physical World Diplomacy map for a big event, but we have agreed the board has some problems. Most of the people weighing on this issue say they want to take away South Africa's unit in Antarctica and instead put it in Madagascar as a fleet. However, I am worried that, unless South Africa and Argentina actively worked to stop this, it would give Antarctica too many possibilities for expansion in its home continent.
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dobreni (95 D)
Sat 18 Mar UTC
game : starting in 15 min , one more needed pls
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=194176
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zultar (3900 D Mod (P))
29 Dec 16 UTC
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Official Donation Drive and Future Plans
See inside for details.
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Yonni (669 D (S))
01 Jan 17 UTC
baller
captainmeme (591 D Mod)
01 Jan 17 UTC
@Zultar - What does the adamantium badge look like?
zultar (3900 D Mod (P))
01 Jan 17 UTC
LOL, I haven't figured out what platinum and adamantium look like yet, but maybe three claws for adamantium?
captainmeme (591 D Mod)
01 Jan 17 UTC
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I have an idea

http://i.imgur.com/f95XfOy.png
zultar (3900 D Mod (P))
01 Jan 17 UTC
:(

Actually the text says Co -Site Owner for platinum currently. When it's fixed, the star should say site co-owner.
Jamiet99uk (102 D (B))
01 Jan 17 UTC
Platinum and Adamantium donors should get an actual Platinum or Adamantium medal sent to them in the mail, plus a certificate signed by Zultar, Kestas, and Jmo.
Jamiet99uk (102 D (B))
01 Jan 17 UTC
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They could wear their medal at F-T-F gaming events and conventions... or when making love to their RealDolls.
captainmeme (591 D Mod)
01 Jan 17 UTC
I found a good adamant medal icon

http://i.imgur.com/XR6xo73.png
CommanderByron (433 D (S))
01 Jan 17 UTC
Solution:
Adamantium- X-men symbol black and gold
Platinum- silver with white line through to illustrate its shinier
twinsnation (715 D (B))
01 Jan 17 UTC
(+1)
I gave but did not see where to tell them whom I am
CAPT Brad (1323 D (B))
02 Jan 17 UTC
jamiet is being disrespectfull
steephie22 (182 D (S))
02 Jan 17 UTC
Would it be possible for us to know what company you consider working with and stuff like that? I know that $10,000 is realistic for all the stuff you mentioned for instance, but there's no harm in using this community to see if anyone has a better suggestion for you. Of course, the site owner keeps the veto, but I think it's only fair to be transparent and listen to the community where you can when asking for this kind of money. I for one would like to hear.

Also, just a clarification: is this fund kept seperately from the donations towards hosting the site? I'm just curious.

On a less serious note, perhaps the One Who Shall Not Be Named would be interested in doing this ;-)
abgemacht (840 D (G))
02 Jan 17 UTC
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You should hire steephie
steephie22 (182 D (S))
02 Jan 17 UTC
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You should not hire steephie.
zultar (3900 D Mod (P))
02 Jan 17 UTC
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We've asked for suggestions for months. If you have suggestions about who can do this stuff, let us know. You can reach us at webdipmod@gmail.com. As of yet, we don't know who will do this for us. I am working on finding such a dev.

This donation drive is kept separate from the donations hosting the site.

On that last note, thanks for the laugh, but we have seen said person's codes multiple times on the forum and we would rather have a broad expert to do the work than said person. ;)

On a more serious note though, the site's code is open source and if you think you can contribute to the features we are looking for, please feel free to work on it.
steephie22 (182 D (S))
02 Jan 17 UTC
You might be missing my point, I'm not sure. I'll clarify just to be safe.

What I mean is that you're suddenly going from completely voluntary without any kind of payment to a professional full-cost solution, without exploring the middle ground. I can imagine that there's suitable people in the community who are looking for this kind of project and don't want $250/hour for it, but don't want to do it for free either. They might just want compensation for their time, because time is money, but still ask far less for a good job.

Did you explore that option as well? That's what I meant.
Of course, if you consider this an option as well, you do need to decide whether you would be willing to work with people who have the skills but lack a great portfolio and therefore aren't risk-free. Those would be most likely to fall under this option.

Basically, with this kind of thing you can either take the premium sure-fire approach for $10k or the 'mostly qualified but not risk-free' approach of, say, $4k.

Similarly, are you going for a risk-free American, Australian or Western European company or are you going for the skilled-and-cheap Indian or Polish (I know Polish might not be your first guess but I've heard good things about a company there actually!) people?
The advantage of hiring cheaper people is that you can have two shots at it and still pay roughly the same in the end.

Right now, you make it sound like getting the job done costs $10k, period. In reality, it's heavily dependent on your exact criteria for the people you're hiring in particular.
I'm not telling you what your criteria should be. I can't decide that for you. Just make sure that you make a conscious decision there, and consider sharing that decision with us.

My programming skills won't help this site any further I'm afraid. Right now, I merely try to know enough about programming languages to be able to see the difference between an unskilled worker and an undervalued expert.
CAPT Brad (1323 D (B))
02 Jan 17 UTC
Where were you when the pen was full and the paper blank?
steephie22 (182 D (S))
02 Jan 17 UTC
Until I read this thread, I was under the impression that the plan was to spend no money on development. I'm pretty sure I suggested something like this before, but there wasn't much enthusiasm for spending money on development yet.

Anyway, just trying to contribute in my way. If zultar would rather have me shut up, he should let me know and I find that completely acceptable.

Spending $10k for a website like this should be a reiterative process anyway. Consider, consider from another perspective and reconsider some more, then make the deal.
abgemacht (840 D (G))
02 Jan 17 UTC
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If there is any member of the site who has the interest and ability to work on this for compensation, I'm sure they've read this same thread and would contact zultar.
steephie22 (182 D (S))
02 Jan 17 UTC
That's a fair point.
bo_sox48 (4300 D Mod (G))
04 Jan 17 UTC
Bumpo
steephie22 (182 D (S))
04 Jan 17 UTC
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Donate button says: "If you decide to donate by clicking the button below please let me know your username so we can add a donator marker to your profile."

Doesn't specify who 'me' is, or how to contact 'me'. You might want to specify.
zultar (3900 D Mod (P))
08 Jan 17 UTC
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Donations update are in. After talking with some more people and seeing how donations are coming in, I've decided to adjust the donation levels a bit. I am moving silver down to $25, gold at $50, platinum at $100, and adamantium at $500. If you donate more during this drive, I will update your donation level accordingly. These new icons do not exist yet, but once they do, I will give them out accordingly. If there is a donation at $1,000 or more, I will create a new donation level for it.

As of today, we have a total of $1,540 (rounded to the nearest ten). The donators in no particular orders are:

Bronze: thatwasawkward, jamiet99uk, peregrine falcon, chumbles, thegatso, kokodarick, lamson

Silver: Hannibal76, eturnage, twinsnation

Gold: MKECharlie

Platinium: swordsman3003, Doug7878, Hellenic Riot

Adamantium: zultar, jmo1121109

Thank you to those who have donated so far! I am working on adding ways that people can donate.

Please guys, donate as you can. This is our big push to get more features for the site and improve many of the functionalities that we need and want.
Thanks everyone for donating as much as you have! I hope we can make it to our goal so we can get all hose new features we want.
Kremmen (2058 D)
09 Jan 17 UTC
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I don't understand why a site which doesn't have unlimited amounts of resources would keep trying to re-invent the wheel for a non-specialised aspect of its site ... especially when that wheel is kinda square and lumpy and drags along the ground. It's an off-putting shambles that makes it impossible to know where anything is and where most major announcements are hidden away so that most users never see them.

Ideally, just drop in vBulletin for forums and put technical effort into the Diplomacy engine, such as keeping as many good formats available as possible, especially World Diplomacy IX.
jmo1121109 (2537 D)
09 Jan 17 UTC
@Kremmen, what specifically is your concern?
Kremmen (2058 D)
09 Jan 17 UTC
@jmo, what is unclear to you? After many years in IT, I conclude that it is very seldom worthwhile even for a full-time professional development team to engage in creating an in-house solution when an off-the-shelf package exists to do the job. It's best to put development resources into those areas for which standard packages don't exist.

But if some people really like this current forum system and it creates a heavy load, how about this: Just give us an option to get rid of it from the home page. Most people don't read the forums anyhow. If the computationally expensive forum display was only occurring for the minority who actually use it, the current system could probably be used indefinitely at no extra cost.
jmo1121109 (2537 D)
09 Jan 17 UTC
@kremmen, why are you under the impression that what you've mentioned has been ruled out?
kestasjk (133 D Mod (P))
10 Jan 17 UTC
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Thanks all for the generous donations so far, and thanks to Zultar for leading it. We'll be sure to squeeze every cent out of every donation. Apologies if I haven't written anyone back personally to express thanks, I have to keep track of each paypal e-mail individually.

If you haven't written me yourself to ask to be given a donor flag I'll be doing that in bulk by matching up your donor e-mail against your account, which is much easier to do all at once after the drive is over, so thanks for being patient.

Cheers all,
Kestas
Jamiet99uk (102 D (B))
10 Jan 17 UTC
My gibbering gods, how excessively wealthy are swordsman3003, Doug7878, Hellenic Riot and jmo1121109 that they have over 100 Austrian dollars to splash on improvements to a Diplomacy website?

I mean, well done to you, and I'm sure the site will benefit from your contributions, but you guys must not be short of a few bob.

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DemonOverlord (522 D)
Sat 18 Mar UTC
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Petition to ban Capt Brad from full press games
Hi everyone. I'm starting a petition to ban capt brad from full press games. I love capt brad as much as the next person, but I think he's harming the integrity (or something) of the non-password protected full press community. Not only is he in 47 games, but he doesn't send press. Someone pls stop this
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goldfinger0303 (987 D)
24 Jan 17 UTC
2016 World Cup Finals
This thread will be for announcements and updates regarding the Finals of the 2016 World Cup
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brainbomb (285 D)
Fri 17 Mar UTC
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Ketchup or Mustard
The federal government.
HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY FOOLZ
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ll667 (126 D)
Fri 17 Mar UTC
Join Mediterran Shift
You are invited
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yavuzovic (100 D)
Sat 11 Mar UTC
In Holland.
What's happening? Can someone explain it?
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Limni (228 D)
Wed 15 Mar UTC
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Abusive PMs
Is it possible to block someone from sending you messages? There's a user who is sending abusive PMs to a few players who played a game with him a few weeks ago.

Not that I'm exactly getting upset about being called a colossal berk, but it's annoying when you think it might be a legitimate message each time
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Hauta (1331 D)
Thu 16 Mar UTC
Tom Cotton (AR) to replace Paul Ryan?
Looks like Bannon is setting up Tom Cotton to replace Paul Ryan as speaker of the house. At least getting rid of Ryan is one part of #MAGA that I can get behind.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/cotton-ryan-obamacare-repeal-replace-236102
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
Sun 12 Mar UTC
Sovereign rights?
I know lots of Americans talk the talk when it cones to states rights. But how do you feel about treaties signed with Indian Tribes guarenteeing their sovereignty? (What rights should they have? Where do you draw the line? - when this is happening: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58c20238e4b0d1078ca597af )
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JamesYanik (330 D)
Wed 15 Mar UTC
Rachel Maddow has Trump's Tax Returns
I'm guessing an IRS leak? still, it's 9pm E.T. when America shall know
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stranger (603 D)
Wed 15 Mar UTC
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The new 1v1 games are ruining the game stats
Couldn't there be a possibility to make games even more unranked - meaning that the result wouldn't even appear on your game stats?
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
Wed 15 Mar UTC
John Snow born on this day!
Maybe more sig ifigant than the Ide of March: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v495/n7440/full/495169a.html?WT.mc_id=TWT_NatureNews
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Hellfire Missile (70 D)
Thu 16 Mar UTC
Fall of American Empire
Can a boat move from W coast to Los A?

Also for turns is it Spring, Aut, builds?
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WyattS14 (8 D)
Mon 13 Mar UTC
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Income inequality in the US
How could one argue that income inequality is a bad thing, without saying that the rich are too rich, or proposing a redistribution of wealth?
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bo_sox48 (4300 D Mod (G))
Thu 16 Mar UTC
webDip Bracket
Anyone want to fill out a bracket? Picking Duke isn't allowed.
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brainbomb (285 D)
Thu 16 Mar UTC
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The incredible return of Boaty McBoatface
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/13/519976028/boaty-mcboatface-prepares-for-first-antarctic-mission
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MajorMitchell (1048 D)
Sat 11 Mar UTC
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Western Australia votes, big win for "lefties" & Conservatives smashed
Massive defeat for Liberal Party and National Party, and far right Hanson Party slumps to 4.7% from 14%.
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CommanderByron (433 D (S))
Mon 13 Mar UTC
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Let's play a game
I have in my possession 3 small animals. I have preselected a rule for each (I.E if last post before getting locked is on first page then X dies) of course there is a way no animals have to die. Their fate is in your hands webdip.
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WyattS14 (8 D)
Wed 15 Mar UTC
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Chili and Rice
That is all
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SuperMario0727 (101 D)
Tue 14 Mar UTC
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Concerning Turkish Strategy: The Ottoman Empire
Concerning Turkish strategy and tactics, the historical endeavours of the Ottoman Empire during the Great War can be considered. Like the other Great Powers, Turkey has many fronts to consider—the Caucasus, Balkan, and Mediterranean fronts. Each front must be considered and analyzed before pursuing a campaign . . .
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Hauta (1331 D)
Mon 13 Mar UTC
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Trumpcare - costs will be lower for everyone
MSM keeps failing to note that Trumpcare lowers the cost of healthcare for everyone by lowering PREMIUMS while reducing BENEFITS. If nothing is covered, then Republicans can lower premiums drastically, but that doesn't really solve the problem of healthcare does it?
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Deinodon (250 D (B))
Wed 15 Mar UTC
Diplomacy is the official game of the Ides of March.
Et tu, Brute?
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Tom Bombadil (1173 D (G))
Mon 13 Mar UTC
Vacation
So I'm taking a week off at the end of summer and am going on my first solo vacation. I've gone on several vacations with my family, but I like the idea of going somewhere alone where I can do whatever I want for a week. Looking for suggestions on destinations for a week (not a resort - something more adventurous)
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Hauta (1331 D)
Tue 14 Mar UTC
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Trumpcare predictions?
I predict that Ryan's bill will fail and that Trump will continue to sabotage Obamacare by excusing penalty payments until Obamacare fails. Once Obamacare fails, there's no need to repeal it. Trump will just blame the Democrats for "failed Obamacare" and for failing to work with him on a plan to save it.
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Matticus13 (1042 D)
Tue 07 Mar UTC
Top 150 GR Full Press Game
48 hour phases. Can have a top 150 GR in either overall or full press rating. Who's game?

1. Matticus13
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