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Week 15 - 2017: OpenTibia.net & Vapus.net Merger

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To our valued and respected members:

We are pleased to announce that effective April 17, 2017 OpenTibia.net will be merging with Vapus.net.
This is a very exciting event for both sites, for our staff and our members.

Our greatest assets have always been our communities, and by joining forces we have just made a significant increase in the quality of that asset. We are forging a new community with enhanced experience and invigorated effort. Our merger will create a higher functioning site with faster performance as we halve our overhead running costs and nearly double the former performance metrics.

 

This is a merger of two highly compatible communities. Our communities have worked towards common goals and shared members since the inception of Vapus. We hold similar values and philosophies on doing providing a platform for an open community: producing an excellent platform for our users, an emphasis on openness and integrity, and the importance of maintaining the security of your account data. Though we will now operate as one company— OpenTibia.net —you can rely on the same responsive moderation team that you have had in the past.

 

Please join us as we look forward to an exciting and prosperous future for our community, our staff and OpenTibia.

 

 

UPDATES:


ADDED:

  • Imported Vapus.net database
    • Forum posts and boards are slowly being merged on a review basis, eg. Native Chat -> Native Chat, Projects -> Archived Projects
    • Members are imported, though members with the same name will need to request an account merge
      • Please Private Message me, or use the Contact Us option at the bottom of the page with both of your account names and we can discuss means to validate
  • Created 'OpenTibia - Light' theme
  • Enabled the Store system (refer header bar)
    • You are now able to buy sidebar ads for an extremely cheap cost (only visible to users that are Guests, Banned or not logged in)
      • Note, we are not currently expecting to create further ad space and dillute your browsing experience
    • You are now able to purchase gift cards for your favourite server owners and content creators to advertise their server
  • Opened up a restricted REST API for limited downloads and transaction data to enable integrations with 3rd parties
    • eg. sell a plugin on the forum with 1 month's access, plugin owner can validate your licence is still active for it when you try to use it
  • Added a Discord profile field

 

CHANGED:

  • Renamed 'OpenTibia' theme to 'OpenTibia - Dark'
  • Migrated several archived projects from OTFans.net (-2009 era) into the Archived Projects forum
  • All forum themes have had AJAX pagination disabled to compile with Google's 'all ads on load' policy
  • Hidden some outdated social profile fields
  • Contact Us now generates a Forum Support ticket to the administrators, rather than triggering an e-mail
  • Only Donors can now use animated profile pictures
  • Restricted the number of new Conversations the can be created per minute, per to user to '1' for Members, to prevent Conversation spam

 

REMOVED:

  • Dropped the Discord content block from the forums, is now just visible on the Homepage
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