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    SimCity
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    Cities: Skylines
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  1. Simtropolis 9.0.x - Bugs & Issues Report Thread

    You can't quite do that.. You'd first have to drag the image from your website to your desktop so that a physical file is created, and then you can drag from your desktop to the ST Gallery uploader. That's your best bet.
  2. Cities: Skylines - Green Cities

    Cities: Skylines - Green Cities is all about earth-friendly towns. This expansion adds 350 new assets to the core game, adding a massive selection of new visual options, complete with eco-friendly buildings, organic shops, electric vehicles, and new services designed to make pollution a quaint notion of the past. Story to Story, Building to Building, Street to Street: New Eco-Friendly Buildings, New specialization buildings, new alternative service buildings, new unique buildings, electric cars, new parks -- 350 new assets in all giving a unique new look to Cities: Skylines I Wish I Was Special, You’re So Very Special: New specialized options for all city zones, plus leveled-up specializations for the first time in Cities: Skylines So What So What So What’s the Scenario: 3 new scenarios, 4 new policy options, and a new Monument to make your friends Green with envy Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear More Stylish: Of course we’ve included a new hat for Chirper.
  3. Simtropolis 9.0.x - Bugs & Issues Report Thread

    It's possible that some files in our STEX may have been inadvertently clobbered over the years. Can you give me a direct link to the file in question and I'll take a look.
  4. Thanks for the feedback, your past contributions and your questions. So, I don't know of any website that discloses all operating expenses openly, I suppose there are any number of reasons; expenses aren't always consistent (monthly bills tend to fluctuate), not everyone is particularly interested, it is privileged information (no one is required to pay to use Simtropolis, and I definitely want to keep it open and free), and it is extra work, if we're being honest . But I'm happy to offer some background and context in terms of revenue and expenses. We have a base monthly server hosting cost of course for a number of servers for our various web properties, but our monthly obligations can be different from month to month. For example, we've also got technical support and license costs (the licenses aren't just for the board software, but also for any paid 3rd party addons we're using, and almost any kind of integration has some recurring cost associated). All of these have different renewal frequencies, ie. some are every 6 months, some quarterly, etc. Other expenses include things like shipping costs for producing and sending out DVDs (amount varies depending on the month). Additionally, we also periodically like to make enhancements and upgrades to the site when warranted. The majority of our income comes from donations. We also make money from ads, which is an unfortunate reality; I dislike them, and prefer to not have them at all, but they do help generate some extra revenue. We also have affiliations: EA, Origin and GOG.com, where we can make a cut of sales generated, but I confess, these affiliations need a lot of work to maintain and it's something I would like to try to set up a bit more earnestly! But let's get back to your point about transparency. When you make a donation, you get an automated confirmation email in which you are asked to reply to let us know: if you want a Collector's Disc, and if so, do you want to use the same or different shipping address, or if you wanted to get the digital download instead. Starting in October, we'll also let you know that if you're interested to see where your donation comes in with respect to our monthly goal, you can request that, too. We'll tell you what the dollar obligation we're trying to meet is, and how your donation helped. In the coming months, I'd like to work on a more integrated system with donations and the board, for example, automatically be given a member distinction for donating a minimum amount, and receiving some member perks. We would need to take some care to think about this, as we don't want to create a "class" situation. But some member perks could be faster download speeds, extra forum tools, first to get access to test new features, more personal storage space, access to additional Discord functions, and cosmetic distinctions. And we could also have a "donor's club" or "donor's forum" where donors can socialize in a more relaxed atmosphere, and where we can provide monthly dollar updates to those who are interested, get the scoop about what's coming up and be able to preview things before the general population. Your other question was, what happens if a monthly goal is not met? The answer is that it comes out of my pocket. It's been this way for some 14 years, being my site, of course, I have to be the one holding the bag. Ideally, I could try to roll any shortfall over to next month's obligations to see if we can meet it, but in reality, I just pay for it out of pocket and hope we do better next month. I hope that addresses your point, and every day I'm still so pleased to know that people are still enjoying Simtropolis even after all these years. I do genuinely appreciate the support of all our contributors; thank you!!
  5. Simtropolis 9.0.x - Bugs & Issues Report Thread

    Great idea about putting in a redirect! Got that working now, so everything should be automatically repointed to the new location, no dirty code/post editing necessary.
  6. Uniform Streetlight Mod

    This should now be fixed. The above is an old link, but the server will automatically redirect you to the right location.
  7. Cephalonia (Countryside & Overviews)

    At this point, can we really even consider @korver a mere "player"?
  8. Hoity-toity Gallery

    Really just a demonstration to see how Galleries can be linked with Clubs.
  9. Club-owners Club Logo

    From the album Hoity-toity Gallery

    Now with 100% more hoity-toity!
  10. As Clubs are a fairly new addition to Simtropolis, sometimes things may break. The "Custom Home Page" feature for clubs is actually experimental, and in the past has been prone to breaking during updates. As a result, I urge all club-owners to keep a copy of your custom Home Page so that you can easily copy-and-paste it back in if something should happen.
  11. Hello club-owners and club-members, I will dedicate this Club to keep you updated on new club features that have rolled out that you might not know about. Feel free to also use this space to ask questions, offer suggestions and make requests. We'll do our best to accommodate. ------ Change log Below is a change log. Do note that some features are for club-owners and some features are for Admins that you might want to be aware of. August 18 Mass PM: added ability to send a private message to all members of the club (leaders, moderators and members) Bug fixes August 31 Option to reorder tabs Option to disable features September 26 Bug fixes Add ability to convert a club feature into a forum/category (Admin) Add ability to ban/unban members from the whole clubs. (Admin) A banned member won't be able to access any club page, including its content (topics, files, images, etc.). IMPORTANT: Club items will continue to appear in Activity Streams, profiles, searchs, etc. The restriction will happen only when the member tries to read them.
  12. Please help us meet our September donation goal! Thanks so much for your donations :)

  13. Simtropolis 9.0.x - Bugs & Issues Report Thread

    Indeed hopefully this was temporary as we were moving STEX files to a new storage location. The move of the files should be complete now and those errors should have fixed itself... But if you encounter a similar error please report it. Thanks.
  14. I'm pleased to have @CorinaMarie as our newest Admin team member!

  15. Simtropolis 9.0 Site Upgrade

    Thanks for the feedback, and I agree. The front page is actually one area that's currently being revisited. The changes you've been seeing to it lately are just some early testing and experimentation. We're going to keep bringing more CJ activity to the forefront, and see if we can find even more ways.
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