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Weekly Update - 5/2

Posted by Black Six , May 02 2008 · 35 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
We've definitely hit a slow period here on BZPower, slow news, slow updates, slow server. Oh wait, that's been going on for a while. Anyway, thanks for joining us for yet another Weekly Update.

Updates
Thanks for all your input in the spoiler policy poll. Bones and the rest of the Reference Team have been poring over the results to come up with a unified spoiler policy that will be implemented in the future. You will follow it or face the penalties, which have yet to be determined.

So BBC Contest #49 voting has finally started, and the final round is here. We apologize for the delay, but unfortunately things have been quite hectic for Tufi and Kex recently, forcing the longish delay.

So yeah, there definitely are going to be some interesting staff changes coming up. Just to get you guessing, someone may leave and others will stay. *Insert tension and drama.*

Mailbag
QUOTE(-Taipu-)
I became an OBZPC before the 'No more Copper Masks' was announced. Do I still get one? I was asked for my address...

Yes, you should still get yours, along with everyone else that was asked for an address.

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
And so another week is wrapped up. Come back next week after something interesting has hopefully happened!


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Weekly Update - 4/25

Posted by Black Six , Apr 25 2008 · 40 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Today is the last Weekly Update in April. What does that mean? Absolutely nothing, but I thought I'd point it out. Anyway, we have a whole lot of nothing for you tonight, with some more rehashes of stuff you've already been told. Yeah I know it's no fun, but it's the truth.

Updates
So, first things first, the Calendar. A couple events are up there - if you look hard enough, you might find something really cool. Speaking of calendar events, go let us know what you think our spoiler policy should be so we can add events as needed to the calendar.

Next, member interviews will hopefully start early to mid May, once my semester has ended and I can focus more time on organizing things. It'll be here, don't worry.

Oh, and maybe sometime soon there will be some interesting staff announcements. Maybe.

Mailbag
QUOTE(Wreckage)
When we reach 1000 posts, will we still be able to recieve those free kratta?

That promotion ended a long time ago. We don't have any Kratta anymore to give away.

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
And so my much ado about nothing concludes. If you want to see more stuff in here, leave some ideas in the comments or in my PM inbox!


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Weekly Update - 4/18

Posted by Black Six , Apr 18 2008 · 38 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Doctor Who season premier on SciFi tonight, so I better get this done quickly! A lot of people are really busy this time of year, what with taxes, and semesters ending, and AP tests approaching, so don't be surprised by the lack of activity.

Updates
One piece of news I'm happen to report on is that is all goes well we should have a new set review up tomorrow! You'll have to wait to see what the set is, but there aren't very many options at this point.

The setting for the calendar have all (hopefully) been configured, so we should start seeing some updates on there in the next week or so. If there's something you think would be a good addition to the calendar, leave a comment or PM me or another staff member so we can see about adding it.

That's about it for now, we're still working on getting the Member Interviews up and running, but I wouldn't expect to see the first one until May. If you have any questions you think we should ask members, let us know in the comments!

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QUOTE(Mandragora)
Will there ever be another BBC contest where past winners are the only ones allowed to compete, like BBC #25?

Well, it just so happens that our next BBC Contest is #50. That may or may not mean something special is happening. You'll have to wait and see.

QUOTE(Adventurella)
1) I read the thing about the copper Hunas not being sent out out anymore. Does that mean members (such as me) who got full proto before the supply ran out won't get them?

2) If not, does that mean they will be sent out finally?

3) With the calender, will you add dates such as when book spoilers are allowed etc...?

1) We're hoping to be able to still be able to ship out those Hunas, but the details are still being worked out.
2) See above.
3) That is one of the things we are hoping to do with the calendar. Check out the rest of the update for a little more info about this feature.

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 hope you feel you have been properly updated and enjoyed this edition of our Weekly Update. As always, leave us your questions, comments, and other feedback.


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Weekly Update - 4/11

Posted by Black Six , Apr 11 2008 · 40 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Another week, another update. Not very much exciting to discuss, but read what you will and enjoy.

Updates
We're looking into getting the calendar started up and populated with events soon by our staff members. And maybe we'll let you guys add some events at some point. If we do they'll be moderated so we have to approve them before they're live. If you can think of any types of things you want to see on the calendar, let us know so we can include them.

LAMLradio #33 was posted the other day, and while I wasn't on it, BZPower did get a mention for our April Fool's joke. I'm glad to see that other Lego fans liked it.

In other news, it was interesting to see Greg's announcement of the book schedule for next year. I guess that just goes to show the books have not been the best sellers in the Bionicle line. Maybe this is a sign that Bionicle will start focusing its storying more in the comics and on the website again like in the beginning of Bionicle. Or maybe it will boost book sales. Only time will tell.

On another not, do you think the weekly updates are something that should be advertised more, maybe mentioned in the forums or on the front page (not as a news item, but maybe a sidebar link)? It's hard to tell just how many members read this, and I'm sure there are people that don't visit that could get something out of reading this or provide some nice feedback. Thoughts?

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QUOTE(-Lawliet-)
1. How do you feel when you make someone's proto lower or higher?

2. If you didn't become staff member, how long do you think it would've taken you to become OBZPC?

3. What's the biggest pain the neck about being staff?

-L

1. Like I'm doing my job. It's not a power trip or anything, just something that has to be done for the betterment of the site.
2. First I would have had to wait for the Proto system to have been implemented, and then get boosts. So probably a couple of years.
3. Dealing with people that don't follow the rules.

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 tonight. As always, leave your comments, suggestions, and feedback in the comments so we can make things better.


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Weekly Update - 4/4

Posted by Black Six , Apr 04 2008 · 57 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Welcome to the BZPower Weekly Update. As always I'm here to tell you about stuff that's happening on BZPower and such. And then it will be time to watch some Battlestar Galactica before the final season premiers.

Updates
Obviously the biggest news this week was the announcement of a new line of Bionicle books. Ok, so maybe it was an April Fools joke, but it was still pretty funny. Major thanks go to Bionicle.com webmaster and former BZP Admin Binkmeister. He pretty much thought up the whole thing and made the very convincing mockups – you rock Kelly! While it may not have been a huge site takeover, I think it still succeeded as a prank, and was much more potentially believable than something like VahkiPower (which still rocked in its own regard).

Of course there's also BBC Contest #49 going on now. Can you make something awesome using only black, white, and grey? Speaking of contests, the RPG Forum COntest #9 is all wrapped up now, congrats to the winners and all the entrants that made this a bigger contest than we've had in a while.

Member interviews are still in the planning phase, more on that as progress is made.

I also recently appeared once again on LAMLradio and got to talk with James. It's fun to go on there, but when the talk goes to building I'm not exactly the best person to have on the show. Don't worry though, James has asked me for a little help on something and hopefully it will result in Bionicle getting even more attention on the show.

Finally, I direct your attention here. Would you like to see this used for more than just birthdays? What do you think could be posted on there? Contests seem like the obvious choice, but anything else? Let me know what you think!

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QUOTE(~KajI~)
1) How was it to be a non-staff member for 4 days?

2) If you could have any staff role besides Admin, what would it be?

3) What group (members, Premier Members, Outstanding BZP cityzin, etc.) did were you in before becoming staff member?

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1) Much less stressful than the six and a half years the followed.
2) Forum Leader; I still get minions to boss around, but don't have to worry about any of the big stuff. tongue.gif
3) Premier Members and Outstanding BZPower Citizens did not exist when I joined. I went from being a Member to a Moderator.

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 all for today and this week. I hope you enjoyed it. As always, be sure to leave any questions, comments, or feedback you might have!


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Weekly Update - 3/28

Posted by Black Six , Mar 28 2008 · 43 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Thank you for joining me for another fun-filled weekly update. Well, maybe the filling won't be fun, but that's up to you to decide. Read on to find out.

Updates
So the response from last week about the member interviews was pretty positive. So much so that we're hoping to move forward with it soon. Not sure when, but when we are there will be an official-type announcement. Just so you all know, this is an example of a member suggesting an idea and us running with it and making it happen. So don't think we don't listen.

Aside from that, something I mentioned in the update two weeks ago might be coming to fruition too pretty soon. But you'll have to wait to see what exactly that means. tongue.gif

Also, be sure to vote in the RPG Contest Semifinal Polls before they end tonight. If you're reading this and the semis are closed, you can find the final poll in this forum. Go vote and then join us in the RPG Forum for some Roleplaying Action!

Mailbag
QUOTE(Toa Nuva Of Alex)
1-
why has omi been unbanned 4 or 5 times? and how did he get up all the ranks if he's been so bad?
2-
how did you get to the rank you are now?
3-
why has there been a wave of spam topics?

1- If I knew how to keep him from coming back, he'd have been gone a while ago. He keeps on reappearing though. wink.gif
2- Time, patience, and proving I was the best (or maybe only) candidate for the job.
3- There are always spam topics.

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
And that's it for this week's update. Hope you enjoyed it. As always leave your comments and feedback, and see you next week.


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Weekly Update - 3/21

Posted by Black Six , Mar 21 2008 · 106 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Today is the first full day of Spring, and with the return of warmer weather in the Northern hemisphere I was greeted this morning to a reading of 29° F on my thermometer this morning. Spring may be a wash so far, but today's Weekly Update isn't. Read on to see what we have in store.

Updates
Currently there are two contests going on here at BZPower that hopefully most of you are aware of. Voting has begun in the BBC Contest #48: A Slice of Life. Semifinal voting ends tonight and the final round will begin soon after. Be sure to cast your votes! And, of course, the Ninth RPG Contest is underway as well. The entry period ends tomorrow at 11:59 PM, so there's still a little time to get your RPGs entered. After that voting will begin! This RPG contest is looking to be much bigger than some of our recent ones. I'm glad interest has been rekindled.

In other news, not much happened. There's been a steady stream of content from Bionicle.com and BionicleStory.com, thanks to our good friend Kelly (aka Binkmeister) that has been keeping all the story buffs busy. Aside from that, however, there has been relatively little news to discuss. That's ok though, quiet periods happen. It just means that sometime in the near future there's going to be a flood of new stuff happening!

One thing someone suggested to me is interviewing different members and posting the interviews on the front page. It would sort of be like the Member Spotlight, except go into more detail and be an active member, not just someone randomly pulled from the database. Personally I don't think the front page is the best place for it, but would anyone be interested in seeing this happen either on the forums or here in my blog? Let me know in the comments section!

Mailbag
QUOTE(Neo Blademan Seed Destiny)
1. Do lesser staff get Premier Perks too? Just curious here and in response to your last Mailbag question.

2. Anything planned for the almighty 1 of next month?(tongue.gif)

3. Just curious about this, but if someone was to figure out a way to code up a custom skin for here, that hopefully was without bugs, is there the possibility it could get added to the skin list? Again, just curious...

1. The staff have to pay for Premier Memberships as well. The only exceptions I'm aware of are the Administrators.
2. What's so special about April 1st?
3. Yes there would be a possibility.

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; I hope you all enjoyed reading the update. Please leave comments, especially about the idea of member interviews. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated. Until next week!


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Weekly Update - 3/14

Posted by Black Six , Mar 14 2008 · 40 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
It's not quite the Ides of March, but in fact, it's better. It's PI DAY. The day to celebrate such an important number in the world of mathematics. I will be celebrating after I post this. Oh and also it's time for our Weekly Update.

Updates
Unfortunately I was not able appear on LAML Radio this past week. I was sick on Saturday. I should be able to get on there in the next couple of weeks though.

It's been pretty slow in terms of Bionicle news, so there's not much to discuss this week. One thing I will mention refers to behind the scenes stuff. I have been thinking of some ways to help organize things on the site, as far contest and such. Would you guys be interested in that sort of thing?

Mailbag
QUOTE(Phantoka Lord)
1) How do you have a blog if you aren't Premier?
2) When will you be picking FA's again?
3) When I was composing this message, why did the name sanelection list have two Black Sixes? Do you have a twin or something?

Thanks.

1) Usually for our anniversary all members get the benefits of Premier Members. This includes the ability to start blogs. Once the anniversary week is over they can no longer update their blogs.
If you mean me in particular, I'm an Admin, so I get all the Premier perks.
2) When we need them.
3) Someone created another account with an invisible character in their name the make themselves look like me. They then used that account to spam. They have been banned.

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
Yeah so that's it for this week. Go eat some pie and enjoy the mathematical holiday! As always, feedback is welcome and requested.


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Weekly Update - 3/7

Posted by Black Six , Mar 07 2008 · 40 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Welcome back to what I'm sure you all look forward to on Friday evenings: BZPower's Weekly Update. Not much new these past seven days, but take a gander anyway.

Updates
Congratulations to Kex and Smeagol4, our newest Forum Leaders. I think everyone agrees that they earned it with all the hard work they've put into the site over the years.

In other news, we should have a new set review up tomorrow, after a bit of a hiatus. Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about them. After the initial rush though, things tend to slow down. We'll get to them all though.

39,000 members. That's a lot. Some people have said numbers aren't important, and in the big scheme of things they're not. But it's still pretty awesome if you ask me.

Finally, I may be appearing on LAML Radio's Lego Talk Podcast again soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Mailbag
QUOTE(Shurtgal)
1) How do you get to the Toy Fair, do you buy a ticket?

2)What qualities doyou look for in a Forum Assistant?

3)Can u give us the server password and name so we can hack it?

4) Tell us the long story of why yu are called "Black Six." Pretty please biggrin.gif

~~Shurt

1) You get invited by Lego.
2) An understanding of the rules, respect of the site, members, and other staff, a good attitude, and fun-loving nature. Probably some other things too.
3) Umm... no.
4) Sorry.

QUOTE(toa nuva of alex™)
1-why is it that if theres a spam topic, people go and post ten bazilion things saying, "thats spam" but i go and make a great topic, and nothing happens?
2-have you ever seen blink in real life?
3-do you speak french, mon?
4-why is it that there is a burst of promoting members to staff?
5-how did you get on the list to toyfair? i've heard that you've got to be some what inporten, but being a amind of bzpower doesn't mean that much, does it?
6-do you have a lego account?
7-if so, do you use it?
8-last one, why are you so cool?

1 - What defines a "great topic"? It's all up to the members to decide if they like it or not, nothing I can do.
2 - You mean Bink? No, we've never met.
3 - Nope.
4 - We felt we needed some more to help out since other Forum Leaders have been busy and not as active.
5 - Lego has graciously invited us since 2003. We represent a large portion of the Bionicle fan-base, and Lego likes for us to get the information out to you guys as quickly as possible.
6 - Yes.
7 - Every now and then, but not often.
8 - I guess it's a genetic thing.
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, thanks for reading. As always, give me some feedback so I know how I can improve future shows.

Until next time!


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Weekly Update - 2/29

Posted by Black Six , Feb 29 2008 · 56 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
This week seems to be another Mailbag Extravaganza, so there probably won't be a whole lot else here. I'll see what I can do though.

Updates
So first off, I'd like to once again congratulate Nikira, Taka-Tahu-Nuva, and Takuta-Nui as our newest Forum Assistants. It's always how funny how nervous they are at first but how quickly they settle into their new roles. What can I say, I pick them good. tongue.gif

That's pretty much all I have to say this week, things have been very slow and life has been very busy. I'll let you enjoy another huge batch of mailbag questions now.

Mailbag
QUOTE(Adventurer)
Hey B6, can we expect an 07 or 08 rank anytime soon? smile.gif

We know the ranks are out of date. It's one of the many things on our list to update. As far as plans, I'm afraid I can't say anything officially. tongue.gif

QUOTE(BioHero Phantoka)
1. In the Axalera set, are the wing tips activated by a lever, gear, etc. or does each have to be done manually?

2. If you are the last Blog of The Week, will your blog stay pinned forever?

3. Same as 1, but with the Midak slots.

4. Have you heard of krack-a-toa's upcoming podcast, Live from BZ-Koro? I was wondering if BZP could make it it's official podcast, because it is about BZP and Bionicle. More info when the show really begins.

5. Who would win, a Tarakava or Rockoh T3?

6. Ultimate dume or Axalera? Kardas or Axalera?

7. What is your best advice? (It can be in any topic, i.e. life, BZP, jobs, real estate)

1. There was no activation lever I could see, but the tips are all linked so that if you move one the other two move as well. The same goes for the Midak bays on the T9 and the wings on the T6.
2. I'm sure there will be something to replace it eventually...
3. Already answered.
4. I do think I've read about it somewhere. I'd have to know more about it before I even considered endorsing it in any way.
5. Well, the Rockoh can fly and attack from a distance, so I'd say it has the advantage.
6. Hard call. My guesses would be Dume for the first and Axelara for the second.
7. Never spit into the wind.

QUOTE(-Windrider-)
1. What advice do you have for a future physics major?
2. Do you speak any other languages, besides geek (and English)? tongue.gif
3. Are you musically inclined? Do you play an instrument?
4. Metric or imperial units?

1. Switch to a major that you can do something with like engineering.
2. Hablo un poco español.
3. Does Guitar Hero count? Didn't think so...
4. Depends on the situation. I'm still accustomed to Imperial for most everyday things, but for anything scientific it's metric.

QUOTE(Arch-Angel)
1. Hola, Black Six, hablas Spanglish?

2. Thats cool. Hey, how much cash do you have (including collge, in your wallet, the bank)?

3. I know, I counted it already. Anyways...

4. You could could have a super-human power aside from making copies of yourself, what would it be?

5. Have you ever considered working at a Museum?

6. Do you remember the first movie you saw in threatres?

7. I'm planning to go to Barnes and Nobles eventually, but I hoping t get an idea of what book to look for. Know any Coming-of-Age fiction, Teen novels, or anything like that?

1. No, solamente hablo ingles.
2. Enough.
3. That's not a question.
4. Flight or regeneration.
5. Nope.
6. Nope.
7. When I was little, I read children's books. Then I jumper right to adult fiction pretty much, so nope.

QUOTE(toa nuva of alex™)
1: if some one were to hack in to bzpowers sever, unban Hapori Dume, block all of the staff but you, and take your rank down to a normal member, what would you do?
2: what bionicle movie was the best?
3: why is your name black six?
4: what is a amid statis? does it mean you have the master conture?
5: what would you do if at next years toy fair i showed up?(and i just mite)
6: this anuff?
7: what was your favite year of bionicle?
8: what do you think of the growing amount of members that are not reading the sig rules and putting huge images in there sig, or many 250-100 images?
9: whats your favite bionicle of this year setwise?
10: whats your favite bionicle of this year storywise?
11: what xbox game are you playing right now?
12: whats your xboxlive game tag?
13: how many "just asking" topics have you made? i mean like: "a theory on the mask of life" or "how many posts do you have for real?"
14: have you ever made a sprite comic? that was funny?
15: last one, witch matix movie did you like the best?

1: Log directly into the server and restore everything.
2: The first.
3: Long story.
4: I'm not sure what you're referring too.
5: Well, you wouldn't know where or when to show up, and if you did they wouldn't let you in, since you're not on the list.
6: Enough of what?
7: 2001.
8: We'll get to them.
9: I might go with Krika.
10: Takanuva.
11: Right now I'm answering questions. The last game that was in my Xbox was Guitar Hero 3.
12: Black 5ix
13: Zero.
14: No.
15: The original. I never even bothered getting the others on DVD.

QUOTE(Darth Toa™)
When did Nikira become FA, and was it announced?

Have you ever played Halo 1 or 2?

Whats "Black Six" mean anyway?

A) When this topic was posted.
cool.gif The first game I got for Xbox was Halo: Combat Evolved, after playing it for hours and hours with my friends.
C) What's in a name?

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 it for tonight. Please send/post any questions, comments, or suggestions you have. I look forward to reading them.






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