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  1. Holiday update! Over the holidays, there's always a ton of baking in this house, and we always make at least one potica! Also, bonus loaf of bread And this was my next banana bread child! This time, with walnuts! (We started eating all of these on Sunday and I'm afraid to say they're all gone )
  2. I don't know, Guest!Me. We should look into this
  3. What is the Community Assembly? The Community Assembly is a community-wide meeting open to everyone, where we can share plans for the upcoming future of the community, hear ideas from our members and discuss any questions, quandaries and concerns people might be having related to the community. Anyone can come along and voice their concerns, ask questions, share ideas, as well as ask for clarifications on any matters regarding the community What will be the big topics? Any topics can be brought up by members, but major topics that will be brought up by the OC staff relate to the changes in the community, what we hope they will achieve, and the future we're hoping to build for the community. We'll be discussing progress on the GW2League, our new Teamspeak structure, and changes on the website! And as always, if you'd like to discuss other topics, don't be afraid to bring them up! Whether you have questions yourself, or you'd just like to come and hear what others have to say or what the plans for the future are, we hope to see you at the 4th Community Assembly!
  4. Hey everyone! We've kept busy since our last update, with both a website and teamspeak overhaul, so let's dive right in and see what's new! Community Assembly - Sunday, 21st of April, 18:00 CEST First, we'd like to remind everyone that this Sunday, at 18:00 CEST, we'll be having our next Community Assembly! We'll be discussing the website & Teamspeak changes announced here, as well as some future ideas such as potential donation prizes, OC birthday plans, and other fun stuff! As always, if you have any questions, comments, queries or complaints, don't be shy and speak up at the assembly! If it's something to do with this update, you can also comment on the post here! Website Overhaul Our website's been overhauled with a few major, and several minor updates! New Front Page As we've moved away from predominantly using forums, we're now using a brand new front page, which should better highlight and focus the different hangouts our website provides Clubs Renamed to Hangouts! As clubs are beginning to take their final form, we've renamed them site-wide to hangouts. We just thought it sounded better and less exclusive than clubs GW2 League The biggest and most profound change is the GW2 League, which is our new working name for the section previously known as "Autonomous Groups"! The old GW2 Guilds page has been taken down, and all guilds that wish to be listed on our GW2 League page can now do so! The GW2 League hangout features give guild leaders a lot more freedom with regards to what they can do, as they can freely edit and moderate their own areas, create new sections of their private hangout, and even schedule their own events! We'd like to first take a while to give priority to guilds that used to be OpenCommunity guilds, so any guild leader that wishes to have their guild listed (and to gain a channel in the new independent section), feel free to contact me and we'll arrange it! The Return of Donations Donations are back! Now that OpenCommunity's closer to resembling its final intended form for the foreseen future, we're comfortable putting back the donations page! We're also toying with some options for the last 2 supporter tiers that are yet to be announced in this supporter set! The Package Tracker has also received a slight improvement, receiving an additional progress field for mails that are "In Progress", to let people know if their mail is being processed by us. General Improvements We've added a mega footer with some useful info, links, and navigation, we've updated the navigation menu up top, and tweaked the theme a little bit to make the transparent backgrounds a little bit less transparent, to improve overall readability on the site! In general, there have also been some other small improvements on the site, and some cleanup of old information. Teamspeak Overhaul Our Teamspeak has been completely reworked with regards to the channel and group structure! GW2 League Area The GW2 League area has been created as the area where leaders of independent guilds & groups have a lot more freedom, and can freely create and curate their private channels! Within this area, guild leaders and their chosen officers have more powers than they did before, including channel bans, moderation, assigning music bots, and being able to create guest-protected channels! In addition, it's now possible to connect to our Teamspeak using the server nickname "GW2League". When GW2League becomes hosted on a separate address, this'll make it easier for users to connect with the same bookmark! Public Area The public area is the space for anyone - from community members, to guild members, to guests - to hang out and play together! It features two social channels - one regular and one music channel, and a ton of private channels for your group gaming needs! It also houses the old AFK cupboard! OC Sanctuary The OpenCommunity sanctuary is the area where OC members can go, knowing they will not be disturbed or harassed by non-confirmed members. It provides a safe space that only those with the permission can visit and see into, that way, our members know they have a private area they can use, even during the time OC is hosting the GW2League. This area features a social channel, a music channel, private rooms, and even its own AFK space. It also houses the OC office and the Workshop (the latter is, at the moment, still accessible to non-members)! OC members still have the ability to create private channels, just like they did before, along with some other cool features that we're planning to outline in a TS usage guide soon! That's it for Update #5, we'll go into some further details regarding the GW2League and Teamspeak permissions in the future!
  5. Hello yes I bring the anger and the rage
  6. After a conversation with @Doomsday I remembered this amazingly funny Jenny video and I thought I should share it The Crimes of JK Rowling
  7. From the album: Screenshots From Our Minecraft Server

    Our lovely spawn! I think this was taken on the day of release!
  8. This is where we can put all the screenshots from our Minecraft server! When posting a pic, if you want, you can also add coordinates so people can find it in-game! Anyone can add, but please make sure you only add stuff from our server
  9. It does? The caption says That's not that fancy, is it? According to a compare website my Radeon R9 390 seems comparable to that GPU But then again, ever since crptos exploded the GPU market I've been a bit out of the loop
  10. Hello everyone! The year has rolled around and it's time for the Toga Party for Multiple Sclerosis! We are once again teaming up with Gamers Giving Back to host the Toga Party on the EU servers, and we're inviting anyone from OpenCommunity to join us on the first OC Volunteer Meeting, which is open to everyone! The volunteer meeting is on Saturday, April 6th, at 18:00 CEST, on our Teamspeak at ts.theopencommunity.org! What is the MS Toga Party? The MS Toga Party is an in-game event dating all the way back to 2009 in Guild Wars 1, when a bunch of people gathered together to create a fun event to raise some money for MS research! Over the years we've raised tens of thousands of dollars for the MS care and research, with grants going around the world! The in-game event features a bunch of fun in-game events and contests with cool prizes, tons of fun, and live legendary giveaways! You can find out more information on the MS Toga Party website! When is the Toga Party? The main event is on May 11th, but don't worry, if you can't make it on the day and would still love to help out, come to the volunteer meeting, and we'll see how you can help! What do volunteers have to do? The volunteers don't have to do anything Any assistance is strictly voluntary. We have a bunch of different events which will need people to assist, act as judges, or even lead, if you're feeling up to that task, and we also have some other non-event tasks that volunteers can help out with! At the meeting, you can say what you're interested in helping out with, and we'll see if we can get it done! We're also open to any individual, group, or guild who wishes to organise any pre-events in the weeks leading up to Toga! Note: Joining the meeting is non-binding, and you can simply come to listen For more information, or if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reply to this post, private message me on the forums, or contact me in-game at Lelling.6795!
  11. Happy Birthday, Tamo! ❤️ 🎂

  12. Additional Announcement We are also pleased to announce that to continue our quest for equality, which we already started earlier this year by dissolving the Commander Tags and distributing the means of conduction, we will be dissolving the Admin and Manager ranks, and instead, all members will need to participate in weekly meetings where they decide the future of the community. Additionally, all OC guild leaders must relinquish their leadership position, and distribute equal power to all their members. All private channels on Teamspeak will be socialised and their ownership transferred to the people. All OC supporter rewards will be distributed to members of OpenCommunity and in addition to their usual supporter rewards, our supporters will receiving a new OpenCommunity hammer and OC logo scarf to wear to their local rally, or to use as a stopper for bottles to use against the bourgeoisie. We are also declaring today the GW2 Labor Day, to commemorate all the unpaid labor our members, as well as other GW2 players are doing in Guild Wars 2, putting in countless hours trying to pass through the Super Adventure Box. Together, we can build a more OC future!
  13. Thanks for the votes, folks! I'll keep the Introduce Yourself forum in the Community Center club for now, but if anyone has any more ideas and/or suggestions, don't be afraid to let us know!
  14. Hail, comrades! As promised, we are continuing our steps to further align OpenCommunity with its core ideals. We've updated not only the channels on our Teamspeak, but also the website, with a brand new logo! We're also happy to report that in the spirit of equality, all our members on Teamspeak have been awarded a Golden Cookie! In the coming days, we will continue to improve the website to truly flesh it out in the spirit of OpenCommunity. Please stay tuned for further announcements later today, detailing the new redistribution of power and responsibilities amongst the members, as well as additional announcements regarding our Teamspeak changes tomorrow! We are really looking forward to taking OpenCommunity one step closer to the ideals mapped out in its initial founding! SFSN! Lelling
  15. OpenCommunity effectively disbanded its commander teams, but we did wish to facilitate the founding of an independent commanding group, which is what resulted in PvE, but this doesn't mean we wont be organising charity events and the like Nothing! But that's not a problem - since we are not competitors, there shouldn't be any conflict if people wish to join PvE events and also be a part of OpenCommunity. We also understand that OC is intended for a very fringe audience, which is why we're supporting the formation of independent groups from those who no longer feel like OC does what they want from it.
  16. It's time for a new thing aaah! This time I've got something a little bit more serious! Something which I think is very topical when it comes to discussions about edgy humor, freedom of speech, etc. This is a really good video, and I've heard good things about NonCompete before, but never actually checked out the channel prior to having this pop up in my recommendations. 10/10 would recommend watching this vid!
  17. I think "benevolent dictator" is not really an appropriate term, due to the nature of the community. You wouldn't walk into a restaurant, try to eat from someone else's table and then call the restaurant owner a dictator for not allowing you to do so. We outlined what OpenCommunity is, and just because other people who came in wanted it to be something else, doesn't make us dictators. A library cannot be turned into a swimming pool. Also, the teams always had the potential to completely self-manage - the Raid Team, for example, was entirely self managed and needed practically no input on my part. However, the commanders from the other two teams never really wanted to take on more responsibilities, they just wanted to have more privileges, but without putting any of the self-management effort. I mean, most of them couldn't be trusted with writing the name of the community they were in properly. That's partially why we are creating this independent space that is outside of the community, so that it's even easier for these groups to self-manage. I really do believe that a platform open to guilds should exist, but it's also clear that OC was too specific of an idea to work as a general platform. Because we recognize that OpenCommunity's ideals are not something that all of our members were here for, and we do still wish to create an actual neutral platform. It just can't be within OpenCommunity. But, despite the point of it all being to create a free and neutral platform for guilds & groups to exist in, people have this idea that OpenCommunity is somehow oppressive - btw, this idea and the language describing me as a dictator only started when we started banning people with nazi memes in their avatars. We're wondering how this will impact our project attempts, and whether it would've been better to put forward the money for another license and try to start it up on a completely separate TS, rather than starting it here and then moving it after it's become more independent. Another one of the biggest risks we recognize is that even if the project is successful, and attracts multiple guilds and other groups, the likelihood that any of them will be interested in putting any effort in maintaining the platform for everyone is not high. But I'm not too worried about that, even if it doesn't take off As far as I'm concerned, the fate of that platform really is in the hands of anyone who wishes to use it, we're just creating the option. I'm more focused on all the good stuff that we're actually going to be doing inside of OpenCommunity (especially the board games, arts, crafts, and culture chats!)
  18. Thank you for you speaking your mind, I definitely think the changes are massive and there'll be an even more pronounced change in how things will look. The reality is that these changes were inevitable. The OpenCommunity model was not necessarily unsustainable, it's just that it was unsustainable with just 3 people managing it. Despite repeated calls for people to step up, interest was sparse. If spread evenly, the work needed wasn't that much, at least in the Event and TT Teams, but while there was interest to keep benefiting from it, there was no interest in actually maintaining it. Commanders would harp on about wanting fewer rules and regulations, but when asked to come up with solutions to issues on their own and democratically resolve them, nobody wanted to do the actual thinking, and when a group of commanders actually did establish an alternative to OC and GW2C, all of their rules and procedures ended up being identical to OpenCommunity's (almost as if we had thought them through, and they were there for a reason). The reality that most commanders don't want to hear is that there's a difference between just tagging up and doing events, and what we were doing at OpenCommunity, and you can't have the same perks without the same hard work. Same with non-commander volunteering. We kept consistently asking for volunteers who wished to help with community management, or anyone who could help us engage people outside of events, etc. etc., but no one wants to put in the work. So we would continue to put in the work ourselves, stretching our limits temporarily, thinking "in time, the volunteers will come". They didn't, and these changes are not as much a choice as they are a necessity. OpenCommunity was like... hmm this will be a stretch of an analogy... it was like a market bubble, and it had reached maximum capacity. It would either pop and collapse completely, or it would need to be de-escalated. We chose to go with the de-escalation route.
  19. Lelling

    What's Cooking?

    For as long as I can remember, @Pippin's been mentioning eating banana bread every now and then and how great it is, and I've never had it before. So I decided to try and make some . I've never baked bread in my life, and the last bread-type thing I made was a potica in 2015, so this endeavour is something I've been thinking about for ages, but always put off because I found it too daunting. And for some reason, today, I saw we had some extra bananas and I was like "today is the day". The banans called to me Behold, my first bread child! Well, it's kinda bread. Banana bread is arguably more of a cake than bread But it's called bread, and it's mine, so it's my first bread child! I love how soft and fluffy it came out. And look at the bottom! Such good spongy texture! I'm so proud of my firstborn I was scared about the flavor but it also tastes super nice! Although I don't know how good of a judge I can be since I've never had any banana bread before And don't worry, I didn't burn it The reason it's so dark is because I added cinnamon.
  20. Hello everyone! As the reshaping of OC continues, the biggest, and so far most untouched, area that will need to be affected is Guild Wars 2. Let's talk about the future of Guild Wars 2 and OpenCommunity! Guild Wars 2 Club As part of the modernisation of our website, the Guild Wars 2 section has been moved into a club of its own, becoming our third specialized area of the website! This includes all the general Guild Wars 2 forums, but does not include the GW2 guild subforums. Check out the announcement here: Our New GW2 Project As OpenCommunity is moving away from organising events, we find that there is a lack of Teamspeak platforms hosting Guild Wars 2 groups. Since we still have a running Teamspeak, we figured we would extend our support to anyone wishing to still run events on Teamspeak. As such, we want to announce our new Guild Wars 2 project, which hopes to establish a neutral place for independent event organisers, and just guilds and groups in general. So, what is it, how will it work, what is even happening? Let's break it down! A Neutral Platform The idea behind this new platform is a separate section on the OC teamspeak where each group can get its own area within which it is fully autonomous. The Players vs. Events group was recently given such an area, and we wish to extend this opportunity to any group that desires it! Each group with such an area will have full autonomy over its channels, as well as moderation rights, similar to what Community Guilds got under the old system, except with more powers and privileges. Groups will have more protections and a more dynamic permission system, basically being little islands inside of the platform. OpenCommunity will not have any direct influence on when and which events any of these groups choose to run, as well as on how they choose to run them, and they will enjoy full autonomy with regards to their members. Each group will be able to set their own internal rules and regulations, and will also be in charge of enforcing those rules internally. This platform would be open to any group, regardless of whether or not they organise any events on their own, and can just be used to provide a cosy voice chat home for those who need or desire it. For those who organise events, this means they will have more visibility, and for smaller guilds it should mean they'll have more chances to join activities! Website & Calendar Support The groups will also get their own area on the website, in the form of clubs. We've had some great success trying out clubs, and they have many features and are very flexible in terms of what they can be used for - from discussions, to questions, to information pages and calendars, a club offers a guild a micro-site of its own, which the leader(s) of the club can fully customise. They can also appoint their own moderators, and are completely in control of what kind of content appears in their club! We'll also be returning the Calendar to our website, and members will be able to see events from all clubs they are a member of, meaning it'll be a great go-to place for anyone wishing to see who is doing what event! Eventual Goals So what is our goal with this? We've said before that we do not want OpenCommunity to be seen as a service provider, so this move seems kind of counter-productive. This is still true, however, this is also a project that we thought was really cool, and something currently missing in the Guild Wars 2 community. Our intention is to see if this idea picks up any traction, and eventually create an independent, self-running Teamspeak. If it does not, we can most likely continue to accommodate a small number of groups, even if this project ends up being shelved. The Future of OC Guilds We've already discussed integrated guilds in the past, now let's take a look at what's going to happen with the other OpenCommunity guilds. With the move towards a more community-focused OpenCommunity, and the addition of this platform, guilds that were previously under the umbrella of "OpenCommunity guilds", will now have the ability to move to the new independent area. While guilds can continue to exist inside of OpenCommunity, there will no longer be a label such as "an OpenCommunity guild". The existing guild sections on the website and teamspeak will be deprecated, as there will be no more need for them, and guilds will instead be able to have the (more independent) guild area on Teamspeak and a club on the website. Guild leaders who wish to transfer to this new area should get in touch with us, either via the OC Teams discord or directly here on the website! OC Raid Discord As we're no longer organising raids, the OC raid discord has been inactive since we went into downtime. However, there are still many members on it who might be interested in raiding, so before we fully shut down the discord, we wish to hear from anyone who organises, or is interested in organising raids. Let us know, and we can give you a shoutout in our closing announcement on the raider discord! Teamspeak Updates Coinciding with this project, we'll be cleaning up our teamspeak and reshaping it to fit our new direction for OpenCommunity better. We will be clearing out most of the existing channels, and replacing them with a brand new structure, as well as re-evaluating the various tags. The Community Member - GW2 tag will be getting deprecated, however, as Guild Wars 2, and all our members within it, held such a special place in OpenCommunity we will be replacing it with an exclusive legacy tag. This tag will remain on all identities which had the GW2 tag beforehand as a kind of vanity tag to show off your legacy status. Note that we wont be reassigning these tags, so make sure you don't lose your identity! (For help with preserving your identity, you can check out the relevant Teamspeak tips post.) We're planning a lot of cool changes for the Teamspeak itself, and we'll go through more details and specifics regarding those in a future update. Stay tuned!
  21. Happy birthday!! ❤️❤️❤️ 🎉

  22. Hey everyone! It's time for our largest club yet - the Guild Wars 2 club! Joining the Club If you're already familiar with IPS clubs from our Creators' Corner, or Let's Game club, you'll be familiar with the functionalities here. If not, let's get right into it! To start posting, all you have to do is click on the "Join Club" button on the top right. Then you're in and you can start posting straight away. This doesn't have to be manually confirmed, so you can automatically join without any wait times. Note: If you posted any threads in any of the old Guild Wars 2 forums, you were automatically added to the club. You can leave and/or rejoin at will. Clubs offer a variety of really cool features, allowing players to pick and choose which sections of the community they're interested in and participate there, rather than be met with a flurry of forums every time they load the page. The GW2 features all of the previous Guild Wars 2 discussion boards, as well as a brand new GW2 screenshot gallery, both for personal screenshots and for events! Discussion Boards Tyrian Tavern The general GW2 chat on our forums, for all and any discussions related to Guild Wars 2! This board contains all the posts from the Tyrian Tavern forum, as well as everything from the previously separate Raids forum, now both merged into one. Guides The place to drop guides of any sort relating to anything in Guild Wars 2! GW2 Questions Converted from the old Raid Q&A, the new GW2 Questions section is open to anyone to ask and answer questions related to Guild Wars 2! The Gallery The gallery offers a new and easier way to share screenshot and moments from Guild Wars 2! Whether it's screenshots from your personal exploits, or memories from a community event, here's the place to post them! To start posting, you can either create your own album, or, in case of community events, choose an existing one! Once you've created the album, you can upload images to it at will, and users will be able to comment individually on pictures, or on the entire album. You can also post updates or link to the album from anywhere else on the website. Follow the Content You Enjoy! In IPS, you can follow any content - be it a specific thread, a board, a gallery, or even an entire club! Simply click on the "Follow" button, usually found in the top right corner of any post, forum, gallery, or any other content, and you'll be able to pick how, when, and where you receive notifications regarding that specific content. You can follow and unfollow any content at will, and can even set to follow content without other members being able to ese! Give Feedback & Share Suggestions Clubs are very flexible, and can be changed according to our needs as a community, so if the current set up ends up being not exactly what we need, it can be expanded, contracted, or reworked in a way that makes it more convenient to use! Comment to let us know what you think about the features and whether you find them useful, or if anything is missing! As always, if there are any issues, you can message me here on the website directly, or reply to this thread!


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