Hello! This thread is to help you better understand what Smogon is like and how to contribute. In here are various things for you to look at if you don't know what else to do on Smogon. Happy hunting! Badge FAQ Badges are used to show a user's contribution to the site. You can earn a badge by doing various things in the different forums. For more info on Badges and how to get them, look here. Smogon Primer With Smogon being so big, you're bound to be confused as to what each section exactly is. Our mentors have compiled together a list of all of the forums and have written an in-depth guide on what they're all about! If you're confused on what some of these sections mean, still, then you can look here to find a mentor of that section and PM them any questions you may have! Hubs Hubs are pages that let you know what's going on in a specific part of the site! Within the hubs, you will find the most recent news regarding that section and past changes to it. You can also find many helpful links in them, such as the history, leadership, and the foum link itself just in case you need to find it! There are even hubs for parts of the site that aren't metagames, such as Orange Islands, our in-game forum. The IRC Guide, On- and Off-Site The best way to get a hold of the majority of the users on Smogon is through IRC. Smogon has used IRC forever, and a lot of channels are used by a lot of the section on the site, if not all of them. Smogon's official IRC channel is #pokemon, where you can chat about anything. #mentor is the Mentorship Program's official channel, and that's where you're going to find the mentors and other mentees. Plus, it's a good place just to hang out and find out some general knowledge on Smogon. The Smogon IRC Directory is another good page to look at frequently if you're looking for a certain channel. Confused about how to work IRC? Here is Smogon's IRC Guide. Also, if you're having trouble connecting to #mentor (or any other channel, just replace "mentor" with the corresponding channel name), be sure to make it look like this. Also, replace "Redew|Mibbit" with your name. Smog Articles Some users have written various articles on how to get more involved and integrated into to Smogon. While some may be brash, they are no less helpful. RODANNING IT offers some tips on how to "survive" on Smogon without a badge. Another article, Creating Forum Projects, offers great insight to helping out Smogon in creating a project. Some projects could even lead you to getting a badge! In-game and Trading You can head on over to Orange Islands on the forums if you want to talk about anything about the Pokemon games. You can also hop on to #orangeislands if if you want to talk to more people in OI or if you want to take part in the OI Movie Nights! If you're looking to trade, go look at Smogon's Trading Forum. It's full of threads with Pokemon to trade for! READ THE RULES THOUGH. Battling is Not the Only Thing on Smogon While we are excited for you to be a part of our large competitive battling community, that is not the only thing we have at Smogon! Like any other forum, we have an art section called Smeargle's Studio, as well as the forum that pumps out all of the analyses that you see on-site, called Contribute. We also have a trading forum for you to do all of your PokeBusiness with, so fee free to visit there, too! --- Welcome to Smogon! This should go without saying, but just so you know, remember to read the rules of every forum you participate in. This saves you from any embarrassment and misunderstanding between you and the mods. It saves you a lot of trouble in the long run if you take five minutes to read a small rules thread.