All our usual updates have been made! The bones log is reset, the waitlist wash
is up, the MSE
has been updated, and DotW's front page is sporting a stylish winter coat! We have a lot of big updates
to go along with this seasonal change - it's very important so please read it all!
Before we get to the fun stuff, we need to address something important
- there has been a growing trend involving members attempting to micromanage one another. This includes, but is not limited to: hostility towards members who choose not to play DotW the same way as one's self, disdain towards members who are offered leeway on activity checks, being overly pushy/possessive about plots, and a gossipy and passive-aggressive mentality towards people with differing viewpoints. D:
Staff is always focused on the health of the community and the security of all members, and it is for this very reason that we feel the need to bring such an uncomfortable subject up. This is NOT directed at any one particular person or event, rather it is a growing trend that we have become aware of and feel the need to address! DotW is meant to be a close-knit and welcoming community, but it can only be that way if you, and I, and all of us as members actively choose to be conscientious and courteous!
As the Season of Giving approaches, we encourage all
members to think about how their words and actions effect others, even indirectly. Not everyone will choose or even be able to put the same amount of effort into their art that you do. Not everyone can be as active as you are. Not everyone has the same plans and goals for being in DotW as you. Be respectful of this, and do not let another person's choices effect the way YOU choose to be a part of this group! DotW has a setting with few limitations by design, and we feel it is better to offer everyone as much autonomy as possible. Don't you?
The sort of behavior we are seeing is very uncharacteristic of our community, and we are confident that this simple reminder is all anyone will need to redirect their energy towards a more inclusive and generous mindset!
NOW on to the fun stuff! Thanks for keeping up with us so far guys, you're the best!
Red Dot Adjustment
After consideration, we've decided to reduce the amount of time members keep red dots on their account! Instead of lasting a year, red dots have been reduced to 6 months! Several members will be losing red dots from their names alongside this turnover!
Always remember, you can note the group at least a week before the end of the month for forgiveness from the activity check, should anything come up that prevents you from submitting a bone! ^^
Loner Bones Change
We are excited to announce a change to the loner bone fee coming up! Regulation of the loner faction has always been a bit tricky, as loners are by far one of the most popular types of characters to play despite the group being pack-focused! Balancing populations in a group with a limited number of members is an ongoing process; loners has consistently proven to be the most difficult case. But we love loners, and we love the people who play loners! We've taken member feedback into account and been hard at work deliberating additions or alternatives to the current system. After several weeks of debate, we've narrowed it down to two potential prompt-based changes we'd like to try out.
The first option is to change
the bone fee to a seasonal survival prompt. Loners must reply to the prompt before the end of the season or they will be removed for inactivity. The prompt is worth a bone, and Loners never lose bones
this way. However,
they will be more harshly penalized for failing to answer the prompt.
The second option is to add a survival prompt as an alternative
to the bones fee. The prompt is worth a bone, but Loners who do not reply to the prompt will
lose two bones instead. It is less hard-lined than the previous option, but there is still a potential bone deduction. If a character fails to respond to the prompt and doesn't have enough bones to pay the fee, the character will be marked inactive.
Members are strongly encouraged to reply to the poll that was noted out, voting on the alternative that they would prefer! Voting closes in two weeks. Whichever option is most strongly favoured, we will implement for the future loner checks. If you did not receive a link to this poll, it can be found in the Discord "Announcements" tab or you may contact a moderator for a link!
In addition to this, winter's loner bone fee has been waived!
The next loner check will take place in spring according to whatever is voted in on the poll!
Member Feedback Survey
In that same vein, last month all members should have received a link to a member survey! While staff is always available to talk to members about suggestions, concerns, or questions, we recognize that bringing these things up can be difficult even in ideal situations. This survey allows members to provide feedback anonymously if desired! We will be reviewing all responses in January and, depending on how the survey goes, will look at offering this tool yearly or bi-yearly to members! If you did not receive a link to the poll, you can find a link in the "Announcements" tab of the Discord chat or contact a moderator for help!
Chandor has received some exciting new updates! You should definitely go take a gander
at their new page!
Everyone extend a huge round of applause to Jaeggy
on being chosen as for Winter's CotS! A longstanding member with many captivating characters, congratulations on a feature well deserved Jae!
Secret Santa!Secret Santas
have gone out! You are free to submit your gift at any time between the day you get your name and January 6th! When you submit your gift you may cash it in for two bones for your choice of any of your characters, and these two bones do not count toward the 6 bone monthly limit (which means you can gain 8 bones total for a character with this!), AS LONG AS it is before January 6th 2018! (If you submit after the deadline you will get no bones… and also it will be upsetting)
Meme Revival Event
This holiday season, we are thrilled to announce our December gift! For this month, all passed group memememes are being featured again! THE DEAD MEMES LIVEEE
You can find all the templates by scrolling through the group's featured folder
, and they'll all count for the featured bones price! IT'S CHRISTMAS (literally x'D)This means:
- These memes are worth two bones if completed and submitted for bones in December 2017:
- These memes are worth three bones if completed and submitted for bones in December 2017, so long as each frame is a unique drawing:
That's all for now! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of DotW, and for making this such a great year for the group! Bring it on, 2018!