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Weekly Update - 8/1

Posted by Black Six , Aug 01 2008 · 113 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Hello all, welcome back to another edition of our Weekly Updates with yours truly, Black Six. A few things to talk about this week, but nothing too important or earth-shattering. Still, take a read through!

Updates
A couple weeks ago if you were in the San Diego, CA area you hopefully stopped by Comic Con, the huge expo featuring comics (duh), video games, TV shows, movies, card games, toys, and just about anything else a geek would like. Lego was there in pretty full force with a booth with the new sets and Greg Farshtey to answer questions and sign books and comics. There were also booths run by other companies that had Lego content such as the upcoming Lego Batman video game. But don't take my word for it, check out our full account courtesy of Darnzerf and The Captain. One thing they missed out on was the Brick Journal panel, headed by the magazine's editor Joe Meno and featuring BZPower Forum Leader and Master MOCist Bryce McGlone, aka Cajun. Have no fear though, because Cajun himself has provided coverage of the panel as well as some pictures of his latest creation, which is quite amazing. It looked like a lot of fun as always, and I'm jealous I was on the other side of the country and couldn't go. One of these days...

In other news we're finally seeing some new story-based content on the official Bionicle websites. A new serial and podcast debuted this week, in addition to more updates to the Takanuva blog. I'm really liking that Lego is providing us with more story content through the website and is not relying so much on the books as they have in past years. Now they just have to bring back the Flash animations. Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?

Our Third Member Interview was posted today. Read Makaru's interrogation questioning of iRocco and see what he had to say. Then you can sign up for Cycle Four.

Next on the list, Brick Fair is fast approaching. Be sure to get your MOCs sent soon or to make your reservations if you're going to come. A lot of BZP staff and other members will be there, it'll be a great time for sure! You can find more information about sending your creations here.

Oh, and set reviews are coming, honest. Blame Smeag, as he's been telling me he's going to post his for days now. After that we have a couple more on deck we can hopefully put online shortly after.

Mailbag
What can I do to get more questions here?

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
So as always, let me know if you have any questions, comments, or complaints, either about the Weekly Updates or about BZPower itself. Thanks for reading, and until next time...


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Weekly Update - 7/25

Posted by Black Six , Jul 25 2008 · 135 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Super-fast update this week.

Updates
So, it's anniversary week, woohoo! We made it seven years and counting! Our first big announcement was the Forum Mentors, who should hopefully make BZP an easier place to get used to for new members. I've been pleased to see some positive feedback on this.

Today's announcement was that we will be updating the post ranks. It's been a long time coming, but we finally got around to it. I showed a sneak peak on the front page, but here's another for those of you that actually read my blog:


We're still working on some of the later images, but we may start putting up what we have and make it a gradual process.

Oh yeah, we may have one more surprise tomorrow, but no promises.

In addition, and this is unrelated to the anniversary, summer 2008 set reviews are on the horizon. Keep your eyes peeled!

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QUOTE(Adventurer)
Hey, B6 do you know if the bounce1a.gif (BR) smiley was named after Bionicle Rex?

That would be a pretty accurate guess.

QUOTE(~ShadowBolt~)
1. Does your name either come from a movie or a designation for a Military commander? (About the second one, I was watching a documentary about the Military and they showed a combat stimulation and the man in charge of everything was codenamed Black Six).

1a. Am I close in any form? tongue.gif

2. You know how staff members can move topics, delete posts, edit posts, etc... Does the interface look similar to that of a blog user? You know, all the buttons beneath each post that says "edit", "delete", etc...

3. How do you move topics? Do you take a topic and drag it from one place to another, push a button, or something else?

1. No.
1a. Almost close.
2. Yes actually, it's quite similar.
3. There's a button, then you select where you'd like it moved to.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
I said this was going to be short and I meant it. See you all next week!


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Fun In The Sun

Posted by Black Six , Jul 22 2008 · 109 views
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So, as I mentioned in my previous Weekly Update, I went away last weekend; this was the first vacation-type thing I've had in a while, even though it was only for two days. A friend of mine has a cabin on a lake in Western Connecticut, nice and secluded, not too busy. He invited me and a bunch of our friends up there for the weekend, so we drove up Saturday morning and came back Sunday night.

It was a real fun time. He has a boat with a tube for tubing, a couple kayaks, and even a little sail boat. Of course being a lake there was swimming to be done too. Saturday night some of his neighbors came by and joined us and we had a barbecue, just hamburgers and hot dogs, but a good time nonetheless. It's always cool to meet new people.

The worst part of the trip by far was the drive back, stuck in traffic for a little bit with everyone else coming back from their weekend getaways. Perhaps had we planned a little better we could have all managed to take off work on Monday and make it a three-day weekend, but it was not to be. Maybe next time.

Oh yeah, and I got some sunburn, that wasn't fun either. But it's to be expected since I have fairly light skin. I should be good in a week or so.

So yeah, that was my weekend, and the reason why there was no Anniversary story until late Sunday night. I hope you can forgive me. tongue.gif


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Weekly Update - 7/18

Posted by Black Six , Jul 18 2008 · 64 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Due to our server outage last week, it's been a bit since I've done one of these. But we're back and ready to go!

Updates
Unfortunately BZPower was completely offline for a while last week as a result of some server trouble. These issues have been resolved and we're back up and operational. Thanks everyone for your patience.

In other news I'm happy to congratulate two people that recently received staff promotions. Shannara has been a Forum Assistant for a long time, over three years, and has earned his place as a Forum Leader in BBC, if only because of his incredible skills and his ability to help others. As I said in his introduction story, Benjamin aka ChocolateFrogs is a great writer and longtime Bionicle fan and member. It's a great pleasure to have him on the News Team. We may have some new announcements on this front soon, but that's all I'm saying.

Of course, the biggest news is that our anniversary is in two days. We have a couple things planned, but don't expect to see it all on Sunday, if only because I'll be going away this weekend and will probably be too tired to do much then. But we do have a couple things planned that I hope you guys enjoy. Again, you'll have to wait and see.

Mailbag
No questions this week, send some in!

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
Thanks for reading everyone. I hope you're all looking forward to the anniversary. It should be a fun week as always. But let me go now, I have to get packing!


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Weekly Update - 7/4

Posted by Black Six , Jul 04 2008 · 70 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Happy Fourth of July everyone! Another short update this week, for two reasons. One, it's a holiday. Two, not much is going on.

Updates
Pruning continues at its slow an steady pace. We'll get there eventually, just watch us.

The site is back up and running at full strength. This includes news, Premier Membership forms, the Set Database, everything. If you notice something we've missed though, by all means let me or another staff member know.

As part of the Lego Ambassador program, I'm supposed to act as a go-between for you guys and Lego. So while this may not be strictly Bionicle related, it may still be something you're interested in. Check out this topic to see how you can suggest ideas to Lego for the City theme. If you have cool set designs or a theme you think they should use, send it to me so I can pass it along to Lego. Hopefully there will be plenty more things like this over the next year, and I'll see if I can make some suggestions of feedback they might want; or better yet - you can tell me what you would like to tell Lego and we can try to put together a survey or something. Any ideas or questions you have, let me know, and if I think they're pertinent enough, I'll try to get them answered for you.

So I think that's about it for this week. The new sets are finally appearing, hopefully we'll have some reviews this month to showcase them.

Mailbag
We had some questions this week, but due to an unfortunate browser crash they were lost. *Facepalm.* Maybe next week?

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
So that's it for this week. As always leave comments or send me a PM with any questions, thoughts, or ideas you may have. Bye all!



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Weekly Update - 6/27

Posted by Black Six , Jun 28 2008 · 120 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Very short update this week. Thanks for reading - no, not that short.

Updates
We're continuing to work on getting BZP back up to full strength, so bear with us. If you don't know what I'm talking about, read this topic. Currently everything is working except for our news system and Premier Membership form, that I know of. If you notice anything else not working let me or another staff member know. We're getting there, just give us a little time.

Mailbag
No questions this week. Send me some!

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work on fixing the site. We'll try to get it working as soon as possible. Until next time, thanks for reading, and leave some feedback!


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Weekly Update - 6/20

Posted by Black Six , Jun 20 2008 · 92 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Welcome back to Celebrity Jeo... wait, wrong intro. Thanks for joining me once again as we talk about various fun and exciting and maybe some not-so-exciting things.

Updates
So there hasn't been a lot happening of late that you don't already know about. The pruning has been continuing and tens of thousands of posts have been deleted so far, with many more to come. It's a slow process, the Forum Leaders have to go through every topic to make sure it's something that can be deleted. Believe me, we're taking our time on this one since we want to avoid deleting stuff that may still be useful or have historical value. That said, there's still a lot of useless posts out there to be removed.

The new Reporter is coming. He is currently undergoing our rigorous training process under my close supervision to make sure he doesn't break the site once he is given access to the news. Oh you might laugh, but it's a very real threat. I'm hoping we'll be making an announcement next week. A new member group will also have to be created, which may help narrowing down the possible candidates.

The entry period for Member Interviews is next Thursday. We have over one hundred candidates so far, so the competition is pretty stiff. But one of them will be the lucky interviewee! I'm pleased with its success so far, and look forward to its future growth.

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QUOTE(Itachi Uchiha)
1) What's your favorite kind of music and band?
2) What's your favorite type of movie and which is your favorite?
3) How did you become a staff member so quickly?
4) How did you find out about Bionicle and why do you like it?

1) Classic Rock. Harry Chapin.
2) SciFi/Fantasy. The Matrix? It's so hard to pick one...
3) Timing and experience.
4) The Lego Magazine. I had always been a Lego fan and this theme seemed to combine things I liked about Technic and Throwbots with a cool story.

QUOTE(-MX-)
1) Have you tasted any of the new Mountain Dew flavors? If so, which one is your favorite?
2) When you first became Staff, did you ever close any of your topics? If so, did it feel strange ending what you started?
3) What will you do when BZP ends?
4) Do you like the seven year spinny?

1) I had to look up what these new flavors were, so the answer is no. I've only ever had original (good), Baja Blast (OK), and Game Fuel (good).
2) I have closed many of my own topics, either because they were revived or no longer needed.
3) Have a LOT more free time.
4) It's different than in previous years, but I think it's quite nice.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
So that wraps it up for this week, hope you enjoyed it, as always. To continue to sounds like a broken record, leave comments or send me PMs with any questions, comments, or complaints.


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Weekly Update - 6/13

Posted by Black Six , Jun 13 2008 · 82 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
It's the BZPower Weekly Update, Friday the Thirteenth edition! Ok, so that means absolutely nothing, but it's cool to mention.

Updates
Topic pruning is off to a slow start. We've lost a couple thousand posts or so already, but compared to the over 5 million that we did have it's not that much to be noticeable yet. Hopefully this weekend the Forum Leaders will have some more time (myself included) to work on cleaning things out. Give us some more time and things should improve.

In other news, we'll be promoting a new News Reporter soon. It might be a bit of a departure from the norm, but I think you'll all agree with the choice.

Other than that there's no a lot more to talk about. There are a couple things going on behind the scenes, things we're not ready to talk about quite yet. In addition, planning is beginning for BrickFair 08, which will take place near Washington DC at the end of August. There should be some announcements soon about that and the role BZPower will play there.

Mailbag
QUOTE(Lotus Blossom)
1.) Now that everything has sunk in, how does it feel to be a LEGO Ambassador?

2.) What's your favourite scary movie?

3.) Have you ever heard of the band Live?

4.) If so, do you like them?

1.) It feels pretty good. We're still in the planning stages of what we're going to be working on right now, and I've been pretty busy with other things as of late, so I haven't done much yet. There's a lot of potential though, and that's what matters.

2.) I'm not a fan of scary movies, so I don't watch many of them. One that I remember seeing when I was little that scared the stuff out of me was The Langoliers, which is based on a Steven King book. So I wouldn't say it's my favorite, but it's memorable.

3.) Who? Wait, The Who, yeah they're great.

4.) See above.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
So, that is all for this week. Go forth, don't spam, and leave feedback or send in questions or ideas. Until next time...


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Weekly Update - 6/6

Posted by Black Six , Jun 06 2008 · 77 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Greetings from your local Lego Ambassador. That has a nice ring to it, and I hope I can put the title to good use over the next year. But that aside, let's see what's been going on...

Updates
Obviously the biggest announcement was the Topic Pruning that will be starting in a couple days. I'm really glad to see a fairly positive response to this, and appreciate everyone's understanding. This will definitely speed up the server, what remains to be seen is how much it does so. With over five million posts, there's a lot of spam and old topics that are no longer needed. So I think there are enough that can be removed to help speed things up.

You may have noticed some new mini-banners on the front page recently. Something I hear from time to time from members is that they don't know when stuff is going on here, such as contests or whatnot. Currently we have one for RPG Contest #10 and now one for Member Interviews. Obviously the RPG one will disappear when the contest ends, but the other should be there for a while, and may be joined by others (how do you think a Weekly Update banner would look?). Hopefully this will make people that just may visit the front page aware of the many other things that go on at BZPower.

Finally, a couple days ago it was announced that I had been accepted into the Lego Ambassador program. This is a great opportunity for BZPower to get their voice heard. So if you ever have something you feel should be brought up, let me know and we can see how other members feel and send Lego some feedback. Since I'll be under a NDA for a bunch of the things I see, I won't be able to let you all in on it. But there should be plenty of tidbits I can let out that you'll be able to appreciate. Thanks again to everyone who supported me to give us this opportunity!

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QUOTE(Arch-Angel)
1. I just want to make things sure. So I can PM you with a request to a Member Interview this month so it counts for next month?

2. Have you ever been a wrestling fan, because I'm watching WWE Smackdown! right now and I think you'd like it.

3. What's your favorite soft drink?

4. I was a Bionicle fan before, collecting sets, et cetera, but now I just follow the storyline. I have my eye on Pohatu Nuva (2008 model) to see if I can spark my interest again. Should I get Pohatu, or do you think, in your own personal opinion, I should get another 2008 set?

1. Requests for Member Interviews can be sent from now until June 26th. Anyone who submits will be considered for the review that will be posted on July 3rd. You can only request for this upcoming one, not ones further down the road.

2. Nope, not at all.

3. Sprite.

4. Pohatu's a fine set. I like the designs of the Makuta better though, personally.

QUOTE(kyuubi)
1. Why is did you change your name from B6 to 4-speed?
2. How come all the staff changed their names to be related to my little pony?

1. I'm not sure what you mean. Haven't I always been 4-Speed?

2. No they didn't. I've seen plenty staff without pony names. You're just not looking hard enough.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
That's about it for this weekend. As always, be sure to leave questions and comments or send me a PM. Have a good weekend everyone!


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Lego Ambassador - Success!

Posted by Black Six , Jun 03 2008 · 177 views
BZPower
Today is an exciting day. Although there was an omission on the initial release on LUGNET, I was indeed accepted into the Lego Ambassador program. Hopefully this will help give BZPower some more pull in the Lego community and I hope to have some input on changes that are going on. You can be sure I will look to you guys for input and will be posting discussion topics and polls to see what you guys think (if I'm allowed to discuss it, at least).

Thanks to everyone for your support and votes in the nomination process, and thanks especially to Binkmeister, Bionicle Rex, GregF, Swert, and Arpy for their support and/or testimonials during the process. I couldn't have done it without you!






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Name:
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Alias:
Black Six
Join Date:
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