Been a while since last update. I was playing ultimate frisbee with my girlfriend and some other people, hurt my ankle... so yeah, time to write about Smogon. Here's what's going on: The... EVs Crisis? As you may know, I regularly search the Internet for posts about Smogon. Besides uncovering some hilarity, it has one useful benefit - I can see where we need to improve. For a while now, I've seen a bunch of posts saying our EVs our mediocre... and then found this in a Serebii guide (yeah I know, lol) Does anyone have any thoughts about our EVs? Are they really that bad? Really, any commentary at all would be nice. Damage Calculator See: planning topic. Thanks to DJD for making mockups - they help a lot. I'm looking forward to starting this project soon - we need to have a chat on IRC about where to start and then sit down and code some. Dex I'll be adding learnsets to the dex soon. I said I'd do it two days ago, but stuff from RL keeps popping up... this'll be done before next week, I promise. Afterwards, I'll add some preferences for moves and hopefully get that junk out of the way for good. Incoherent Posts Has anyone else noticed that foreigners do weird things with spacing between punctuation? User Luck comes to mind here: he types like this.I have a post.here are my ideas. (notice lack of space after the period). There are others who do weird shit like this , stuff , hi. I don't want to advocate smacking these people with an incoherent post infraction if their post is understandable, but maybe we should give warnings with a helpful note to please put spacing in the correct places? I speak a second language and I don't have trouble with that kind of junk. People who ignore should be infracted. Lack of updates on the front page We've done a whole host of new shit since the last update. Could you guys bitch at me on IRC every now and then to update the main page? I'd really be helpful. I'd like to do updates every 3 or 4 days. The RMT forum There has been some controversy over aldaron's stickied topic in RMT. This probably deserves it's own topic, but I'll get the ball rolling here: I'm not sure it's such a good idea. It's already bitch-work to rate peoples teams, I'm not sure insulting their effort and expecting more out of something that is already rather unrewarding is a good idea... I don't know of any solutions to fixing "the RMT problem" - I don't like RMTs, I don't see why other people like them. I don't think bitching at our userbase to spend more time rating when it's already kind of a boring job is a good idea though... The breeding guide X-Act, have we gone over all of the breeding guide? What's left to do before putting this on the site? New badge holders? ... is anyone deserving of new ladybug/contributor badges in C&C? I haven't heard anything about it in a while... please, if you think one of your fellow community members is doing a great job, nominate them in the badge nominations thread! Responses to these topics I appreciate the enthusiasm with "read" posts but I'd like these topics to harbor discussion on how to improve Smogon. I'm sorry for not doing these more often; I'm REALLY having trouble setting aside time for Smogon these days. It'll get better, I promise. :( So - take some time to think about these issues, please! I'd love to hear what you all think and how we can improve this site.