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    Hey folks! A quick update to the forums - one that's been a long time coming. We have a new default forums theme. Our previous theme was from 2016, and has been the default theme ever since we came back to these forums from the ND merge. The new theme is a modernized version of that theme along meant to look more consistent with the main CU website. It also includes a couple fixes and tweaks from the default theme on the Elaztek Studios website as it's theme is also based on the old 2016 theme. Along with that, we have a dark theme right off the bat to go along with it. You can find both of these in the Themes menu at the bottom of the page. Along with that, the old 2016 theme is still available in our selection as well. Along with that, we've introduced a new server status page where you can check the status of our gameservers and other services. You'll also see some new stuff in the navigation menu, including Search, Staff, and Support in the appropriate spots. Lastly, I want to apologise for yet another year of minimal progress in the CU front. I know I must sound like a broken record at this point, where every single year I proclaim that we're about to start a grand new path and that this year will be the year that CU finally makes its epic return. And every year ends up mostly the same. One or several things happen that get in the way. 2014 was starting up, 2015 was merging with ND, 2016 was unmerging with ND, 2017 was WF - most of you who've been around a while know most of this. So what happened this year? Well, this year most of the setbacks had less to do with CU itself but rather my own personal life - which is a lot better if you ask me. This year was easily much better than last year, though that's not exactly a difficult thing to do. Earlier this year, I graduated high school and since then I've been slowly attempting to transition into adult life. Things such as driving (because I didn't do that back when I was 16 as I had no desire or use for driving), getting a job, and so on. The driving stuff is still underway, but I've already obtained and left my first job at Walmart. As most of you know, I wasn't exactly active - on anything - during those work days. And despite it being a part time job, I suddenly had a fraction of the time I had before just out of the blue. At that point, any time I had I was dedicating to Elaztek - because I was driven by something that is very alien as a driving force for me - money. Now hold on, don't panic. I'm not going evil corporate on you. I mean money as in the sense of "let me do something that makes me money so I can quit this job and just do what I enjoy doing". I had ideas ranging from loans, to crowdfunding, and so on. Most of you already know how that Kickstarter went (if you don't, it went pretty horribly). This didn't last very long, though, as I quickly grew unhappy with driving everything around money (kind of). I had (and still have) a passion project of mine, that will likely take years to complete. Since that point I'd spent most of my time working on that project. But then something happened that made it where I couldn't. For those of you on Discord, you'll know that I managed to completely rip my Windows 7 installation to pieces (and later put it back together again with duct tape and popsicle sticks), and for several days I didn't have much that I could do on my PC. So, instead of sitting around watching progress bars, I fired up Minecraft. And I felt at home. I felt a powerful flame reignite deep within that had been hidden from view by the chaos of entering/leaving a job, trying to find a game plan for Elaztek, and everything else that was going on at the time. I felt happy, but I also felt a sense of regret - regret that I'd effectively ignored CU for several months. Even though I tell myself it's not entirely my fault, it's still something that hurts and I want to try and turn it around. However, I do still have bills to pay as well. I can't share the details yet, because to be honest, I have yet to even discuss this with the team in detail yet. I want to share it with all of you at the same time. I know that some of you will probably scoff at the idea, but I want to try and push CU into something that is able to actually generate revenue. The amount of money that goes into CU every year is absolutely absurd considering how relatively small it is. It's awesome, and I love it, but there is very little money that comes in. So, with that being said, I'm gonna start spitballing some ideas. Understand that none of these are by any means official plans, because as I said, I haven't even talked to anyone else on the team about this before right now. A couple of ideas I had was selling some of my own skills, such as Graphic Design and Web Design services, templates, and so on through the CU store. To have CU be a sort of web e-commerce platform for web/tech-related stuff, maybe. For many years, monetization has been all but ignored on most of our services. Yeah, there's donation ranks on MC, but those are largely remnants of old CU and ND and very few people buy them to begin with. Beyond that, I've focused more on trying to just build up a server, a website, and a community. The issue is, you need two things to do this: money and time. For most of my time doing this, I've had a hell of a lot of time, but not a lot of money. When I had a job, I was slowly getting funds built up, but once I lost that job that fell apart pretty quickly for obvious reasons. Going forward, I want to introduce more ways of monetization. But I want to do it with you guys. I don't want to (and won't) introduce monetization systems that you guys aren't at least somewhat interested in. Additionally, a lot of my ideas are community-centered. For example, web and graphic design services. Services that YOU - yes, YOU - a member of the CU community, could sell through CU. You would benefit by being able to sell things, and CU would benefit by getting a tiny portion of the funds. Things of that nature. Things where both of us win in the end. It doesn't even have to be graphic design or web or anything like that. If you've got a skill you want to offer to the community (and beyond), let me know! I've been itching to try new things with Chaotic United for a long time, both inside and outside of the gaming world - but I want to make sure you guys are okay with it. I started CU back up as a service to the community, and I refuse to do anything that goes against that. If you guys hate the idea of me trying to utilize CU and its assets to try and generate revenue, then I won't. I'll find another outlet to try these experiments. Back in 2014/2015 when things were just starting back up, there was a common misconception that Aly and I started CU back up with the end goal of just trying to make a quick buck. Back then, I didn't understand the logic. I still don't. But I also don't want this post to seem like a confirmation of some kind of ridiculous nonsense, "oh!!! halo finally admiTS it! he just wants the moNEy!!!!!!11!". That's why I made a nice and simple poll. You tell me what you think of this. I'd love to hear any and all comments and responses to anything I've said, be it positive or negative. I also ask that anyone who sees this votes either on this poll or on the equivalent poll on the Discord announcement to go along with this topic (or both if you want). If you guys don't like it, then I'll continue to steer clear of monetization the way I have been thus far. But, that's not the end of this topic. The title of this topic ends with "and a Thank You" for a reason. As much as I may feel down at times, or unhappy with what seems to be a lack of progress, the new Chaotic United isn't a failure. This year not only has been virtually drama-free, but our player counts have been regularly held up ever since we brought the folks from The Den under our wing. I want to start by just giving a huge thank you to @DownTown and @lipinskip123 for being some of, if not the most active staff on our MC server this year. Not only that, but in doing so, you two have helped to boost the overall player counts. We were getting relatively higher numbers the other day, and I want to thank you both for helping make that happen - and hopefully continue to happen. But along with that, I want to thank all of you. Every single person who has ever set foot into Chaotic United's doors. Whether you joined and played for five minutes in 2011, whether you've been here through every iteration of Chaotic United over it's 7+ year lifespan. From the original Chaotic United run by Killerteddy from 2011 to 2013, to Nuclear District from 2014 to 2016, to the current CU from 2014 and onward. I want to thank everyone who's ever registered on this forum, who's ever joined our Discord, or our Minecraft server - even for just a moment - for being part of this journey. I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to stop by and say hello. Most of all, I want to thank those of you who have been dedicated. Those of you who've been around for years and years. Those of you who've stuck around through CU's worst and it's best. You guys are the reason that I started this project, and you give me the drive to keep going. Every time I feel a little down or a little unhappy with CU's progress, I look at you. I think of the people who have been here by my side since the very beginning. You are the reason I started, and you're the reason I'm still here doing this. Before I close off this topic, I want to make a promise to all of you. I promise you that one day, whether it be within the next year, or the next five years, or even ten years, that I will bring Chaotic United back to it's status - and beyond. I can't promise it will be on Minecraft, I can't promise that it won't be a bumpy ride there, but I promise that I will get us there or die trying. Along with that, I want to reaffirm that despite how busy I may get, despite what other stuff I might be doing with my life in the future, that I won't do what so many others have done and just pull out and leave it abandoned. Chaotic United is, has been, and always will be something near and dear to my heart. It ignited a flame within me back in January of 2012, and that flame still burns as bright as it did on day one. I just... I love you guys. Thank you.
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    Discord Ban Appeal

    Server: Discord Username: Wolfblyat (but emaru2) Banned By: I don't know Reason: I still don't know Appeal: I don't know what I did :(
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    Lowkey hyped for December

    Lowkey hyped for December
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    big boy iq

    Alrighty, mister. Just keep digging a deeper hole. :^) The only reason you weren't banned sooner was because for the past while I've been busy doing a variety of things and I've sadly been unable to be as involved with Chaotic United as I'd like to. Very quickly I was thrust into a position of trying to build up my own game development studio, get a job, and a handful of other responsibilities that leave very little, if any time for CU. As such, I was fairly unaware of most of your past offenses. However, based on these new revelations, as well as seeing how you interact with our other members and our staff team, I have gone ahead and personally banned you from all of our MC servers. The kind of behavior you present to CU is the kind of absolutely shit behavior that we want to keep as far away from here as possible. Your attitude, blatant disrespect for (and outright ignoring of) the rules, trying to bend the rules and frame yourself as innocent, talking shit on our own staff members to try to inflate your own ego, all of this is plain unacceptable. If I were involved as deeply as I was a couple months ago you'd have been banned a lot sooner and never given the chance to potentially appeal as a Griefer. Virtually the entire staff team wants nothing to do with you or your kind. You are an obvious troll and you're going to be treated as such. I've been lenient for a while, to a fault, but those times have come and gone. We want to create a healthy community here at CU, and part of that includes keeping trolls and other shitty people out of it. I think Michael put it quite nicely: You're free to make another appeal or make a donation to get yourself unbanned, however you might want to consider making some changes to your attitude and behavior before you return, if you choose to do so. But I think I speak for not just our team, but CU as a whole when I say that we might just be better off without you. Have a good day, sir.
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    big boy iq

    Okay first off lets talk about the actual reason you were set to griefer, the following griefing incidents occurred. - You destroyed Downtown’s crops including, sugarcane and pumpkins while he was telling you to stop. Continued jumping up and down destroying more crops. Then shortly after it you called him a loser and left - You claimed you replanted them but only 4 pumpkins were replanted. None of the sugar cane was - You put tons of cactus over his property because “He was a prick” - I also saw a case of spam This is a blatant case of griefing which has been confirmed and has evidence which you can see at the bottom. You also had prior offenses of breaking the rules and causing trouble on both the MC server and Discord. First off lets talking about your behavior towards staff members, you have had multiple cases of acting rude towards staff members. There have been at least 3 cases of where you told a staff member that you would not obey the rules or directives given to you by staff members on Discord and MC combined. After this incident happened with you and Downtown he asked you to stop destroying his stuff to which you replied “No you” and kept causing damage. In the past when a staff member asked gave a directive to stop on Discord, you replied with “I respect no one”. You also cant say we haven’t called you out for your shit, a staff member called you out saying you were being a dick and you replied by saying “Thank You” But lets go farther, you have also scammed players on the server regarding a mob spawner, which was the first real warning before leading up to the minor offenses of you disrespecting staff members. These prior offenses validates that you had done this knowingly and intentionally using very ignorant excuses that quickly fell apart while looking at logs. I will not be removing your griefer rank and can only tell you that if you continue to harass others I will be muting you. In other words I am denying the appeal on behalf of many staff members ~ Kryptoaware/ Awakened Rage Proof:
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    DontBeSoHoty - Ban Appeal

    This is from the ingame rules, note how it says "You will be banned immediately.". Advertising has been and always will be a rule where you get permanently banned upon doing so. I will wait for other staff to overview this and drop some feedback before I make a decision, but you do need to keep these rules in mind. Ignorance to the rules is not an excuse. I would also appreciate an actual appeal instead of just "i dont know why i was banned, it should have been a temp ban".
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    DontBeSoHoty - Ban Appeal

    I do believe that DontBeSoHoty has had problems in the past listening to rules. When in discord voice chat, he always mic spams, hot mics, from what i know ear rape has not been a big problem with hoty in voice. Its just hoty doesn't know how to follow rules. It does make sense to me that advertising is a big offense. Because thats giving other servers free publicity. If there would ever be any advertising on the server im pretty sure it would be Haloman30 making deals with other servers to advertise each other. Thats if any advertising ever goes on. At CU there is no free publicity for any server of any kind.