4/23/2015 11:07:47 PM
We're currently experiencing issues sending out emails. This includes emails that the site sends as part of signing up and password resets, as well as emails that the staff sends out.
We're looking into it, and will let everyone know once this has been resolved.
UPDATE: Email has been restored. If you previously registered for an account, please try resetting your password, and you should get a new password you can use to sign in with. If you continue to have issues, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
4/3/2015 11:03:50 AM
Animal Crossing News from Nintendo
A couple of days ago Nintendo announced via Nintendo Direct some things relating to one of our favorite franchises, Animal Crossing
While there was no news about the next full installment for the Animal Crossing series, Nintendo did announce a spin-off game called Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
for the 3DS slated for release in Fall of 2015. This game focuses on designing rooms for our favorite animal neighbors. What was also announced regarding this game was that it will make use of amiibo cards
. You will use these cards to import an animal into the game so that you can decorate their room to their very specific taste. You may also use these cards to invite other neighbors over to view rooms you've already decorated for other neighbors. The cards, along with an amiibo scanner for use with older versions of the 3DS and the 2DS, will be released on the same day that the game is released.
The other Animal Crossing related news was that an Animal Crossing DLC expansion pack
is coming for Mario Kart 8
. The DLC will be available earlier than anticipated on April 23. The pack will include 8 courses, 3 new racers (Isabelle, Villager and Dry Bowser), and 4 new karts. In addition to enjoying the Animal Crossing theme as a faster-paced racing tune, each time you race the course you'll be treated to a different season - Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer - just like in the Animal Crossing games.
Finally, as a Bell Shop related side-note, we've already decided on having E-Cards similar to the amiibo cards available in the Bell Shop for Villagers, NPCs and Special Visitors. Looks like you will have a lot of amiibo and E-Cards collecting in your future
3/31/2015 11:35:09 PM
Update on Bell Shop & a Staff Resignation
I wanted to post a quick update on the Bell Shop, and some potential impacts you may notice as a result.
You are all aware that the Devs and myself are working to get the Bell Shop finished and and hopefully released this summer. Recently however, we've encountered some setbacks with some constraints around our newer virtual environments and continuous integration processes. And in order to facilitate some of our rapid development cycle, I have reprioritized some of our hardware resources to support these changes.
Unfortunately this means that there will be some service disruption to ACC. The problems the site may encounter include:
• Loss of avatars
• Loss of other graphics and images
• More inconsistency over different browsers
I expect these issues to affect the site over the next week or so, but it could possibly be for longer. By limiting the main site now, it will enable us to get the main jobs completed quickly, and it will mean that the Bell Shop will be out soon™er. Not only that, but a sacrifice now means that when the Bell Shop opens there will be more items avaliable - especially to Gold Members.
If you'd like to discuss the disruption to the regular service on ACC you can use this thread
on the Site Support board. However, if you wish to have more details about how ACC can avoid a resource shortage in the future, feel free to directly contact a member of the ACC Staff.
And speaking of Staff, it is with regret that I have to inform you that iolite will be stepping down this week. She's beginning a new career, and we wish her well.
2/24/2015 11:15:10 AM
Promotional Contests Board Now Available
Some members might have already noticed, but I suspect many have not - the Promotional Contests
board should now be viewable to all ACC members. This board is for service companies to host their contests and quizzes.
I posted details regarding the release of the board along with some related board rules updates on the ACC Noticeboard
yesterday. Please review the February 23rd
update on the Operational Updates 2015
notice thread. If you have not already, you may want to subscribe to that notice thread for future updates that may be posted about the site.
1/26/2015 12:46:33 PM
Changes to Creative Writing Board Rules, Use Of "Identifier" Terms For WiFi, And The Language Filter
Many members may be aware that over the past several months the Modmin team has been discussing an issue brought up in the Voice Your Opinion
thread. This issue was regarding making a change in our rules and policies to allow same gendered couples inclusion into creative writings on the Creative Writing board. The board rules have disallowed same gendered couples in stories and fan fiction since October 2012 even though mild romantic content became allowable when those rules were set into place. It might have also been inferred from those board rules that mention of one's LGBT status or mention of one's same gendered significant other was not allowed on ACC at all, which was not the case. After much discussion and consideration, the Modmin team are making some changes with regard to those board rules as well as some other related policies as outlined below:1.
The Creative Writing Board Rules
, which previously prohibited inclusion of same-gendered couples in fiction writings, have been updated. Same gendered couples are now allowed
to be included in stories on the board. Do keep in mind that the limits on all romantic content in creative writing has not changed at all
. We recommend that the board rules be reviewed as a refresher.2.
For a long time the words "g
ay" and "le
sbian" have been in the language filter as traditionally they have been used by members in derogatory contexts. We have removed those words from the filter. This allows LGBT members to directly identify their orientation in profiles without having to bypass the filter. Please know that use of these words as attacks, slurs and the like will be treated as flaming or trolling. Please report any misuse of these words to the Moderators using the
icon on the offending content so that we can address it swiftly. 3.
In the past, the Modmin staff has disallowed "identifier" terms for controversial topics, typically religious affiliation and LGBT status, to be used to look for other WiFi partners on the WiFi Lobby boards. From now on, members may use such identifiers to find other players of a similar world view as themselves for WiFi play purposes only. On a related note, in case members were unaware that this was allowable, you indeed can and probably should inform your WiFi partners of any potentially offensive content they may encounter in your game
, e.g. animal neighbors swearing. Being upfront about such things saves both members time and energy in the end. If someone is OK to encounter the questionable content, then great. If not, respect the person's decision to not to play with you over WiFi.
Finally, as a reminder, public threads discussing political, religious or LGBT issues are still not allowed despite the changes highlighted above. Such topics are allowed discussion in PTs as has been practice for many years. Specifically, threads about coming out, what's your orientation, marriage equality, civil rights cases/abuses, do you believe in God, what's your faith etc. are included in topics not suitable for public board discussion.
If you have specific questions regarding a thread you would like to post on the public boards but are unsure of it being allowed, please contact a Modmin before posting. The Modmins will continue to discuss the site rules and monitor these issues as we move forward. As always, if you have any concerns or comments, you may use the Voice Your Opinion
thread on the Site Suggestions board.