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★ The Smog Announcements 8/26

Discussion in 'The Smog' started by Toast++, Jul 31, 2013.

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  1. Toast++

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    With XenForo, we have lost the announcements that appeared over the thread list. In place of that, we'll be using this thread to post announcements. Hopefully this will work out even better since you can subscribe to threads and get notified about new announcements.
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    The Smog Staff

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    Editor, Technical Lead, and Wholesome Breakfast Food

    Bummer
    Art Leader, Article Approvals, and Pun Enthusiast

    skylight
    Progress Management, Article Approvals, and Overall Cheerleader

    Flora
    Progress Management, Article Approvals, and All-round Mystery

    Vacate
    Technical Minion, Article Approvals, and Part-time Astronaut

    sandshrewz
    Part-time staff, full-time mascot, potato.

    Feel free to contact any one of us with questions about anything here at The Smog.
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    What kind of things go in a Spotlight article!

    What's a spotlight article?

    Spotlights are a special type of article. They have pretty much the same format each time and in each article it highlights a specific Pokemon in a specific tier. Say you want to write an article about Ninjask in OU. Ninjask is cool, it has high speed and can help out other Pokemon with baton passing boosts! However, while it is usable in OU it isn't suited for a spotlight article. This is because spotlight articles should highlight something that either defines the metagame, such as Keldeo, or has a huge influence on the metagame, such as Scizor. Generally these Pokemon are found in S-B rank in viability rankings of each tier, and if they're below that rank they're most likely not suited to being a spotlight Pokemon. With that out of the way, let's get into the dirt!

    History

    With this paragraph you want to show the readers how far this Pokemon has come. What's its past like? How well has it done in past tiers (or metagames)? Why was or wasn't it good? How well is it dong in the current tier it's in? What's its usage like? What's some other interesting tidbits about it? Was it ever banned? Suspected?

    You might be wondering how to find this information. That's where past analysis come in, as well as past and current usage threads. Tier hubs also generally include this kind of information too, or just search older threads and see what this Pokemon was like. The more you can include the better!

    Qualities

    This section is personally my favourite part to write. You get to pretty much discuss everything about the Pokemon there is. What's its stats like? What stands out the most? What's the biggest let-down? Can it speed-tie anything relevant? What about its STAB/s? What can they (and its coverage moves) allow it to do to the metagame? What other interesting moves does this Pokemon have to use? Can it set up, support its team mates, or do something else entirely? What can its abilities do? How do they benefit it? What are its roles in the metagame? You can also talk a little about its sets, too. All this kind of stuff fits in qualities, because it allows readers to get a better picture of this Pokemon as you read about what it can do.

    Playing With ______

    This section talks about the sets in more detail than qualities. How easy is it for this Pokemon to switch in? Can it take hits? Does it have to take loads of risks or is it easy to use? Can it set up? What can it do? This section pretty much describes how hard or easy this Pokemon is to use. For this section I suggest using the ladder. If you play around 25 matches with this Pokemon (if you haven't had much experience with it) you should get a pretty good picture of how hard or easy it is to use.

    Playing Against _______

    In this section you can discuss what stops each of the particular sets you discussed in the previous paragraph. Is it easy to predict what this Pokemon is running? Why or why not? What's the action plan - how do you deal with it through checks and counters in the metagame? Is it essential to get SR or Spikes up to be able to easily take it down? How easy is it to switch into it? In this paragraph you can also discuss if a Pokemon has to run a specific move to beat the Spotlight Pokemon in order to be considered a counter or check.

    Fitting ________ on a Team

    This is the section which discusses how well this Pokemon fits on teams. What playstyle can it fit into? Do teams have to build around it, or can it build around a team? How much support does it need? Can it fit into any cores to benefit the team? What weaknesses can it help with? Pretty much discuss what Pokemon this Pokemon has the best synergy with.

    Get Out There

    The final paragraph just sums up why you should use it. It generally shouldn't be more than 5-6 lines long and should be convincing enough for readers to want to use this Pokemon. With that said, get out there and write a Spotlight article!
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    Have you ever wanted to suggest an idea for The Smog but aren't too confident in your writing abilities? Now's your chance! We're accepting article ideas, and as long as you PM your ideas to one of us Smog Staff (Setsuna, Toast++, Bummer, Flora, skylight, Vacate).

    The purpose of this is to help users who aren't too confident in their writing abilities, users who have little free time, or lack of experience writing about a particular subject. Additionally, current writers for The Smog can still submit an idea if they want to see something covered but don't think they're the best person for the job.

    In Article Workshop we'll have a thread listing all the article ideas people have submitted, and someone from our pool of regular writers will pick and choose from there. Whether your article idea is in the next issue will be a surprise! So definitely keep an eye out for our next release.

    With that in mind, here are the conditions you must follow if you're going to submit an idea to us:

    1. When making your submission, make sure you describe it in a brief paragraph just so we know what it will cover. Even better, send us a good outline along with a short explanation of what key points you think the article should be based on, and anything else you'd like to add.

    2. We'll add ideas at our own discretion.

    3. You do not need to contact us about whether an article idea was picked or not.

    4. Although submitting ideas will not count towards the Media Contributor badge in any way, if you decide to become a formal contributor later on, it will help you gain access to the Article Workshop quicker.

    5. If your aim is to get involved in writing, proofreading, drawing or providing HTML / CSS code for The Smog, you should follow the regular procedure instead. Read this topic to obtain more information about this, particularly the Getting Started section.

    Thank you for your interest in The Smog, we really appreciate every small contribution we get!
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    The Approval Guidelines announcement thread has been updated with this snippet

    "If you're writing a Battling Strategy or Metagame approval for the first time, you should provide credentials that support your knowledge of the topic in question in either categories. Examples of such would be team rates of that and posts in any relevant forum discussion of the tier(s) in question."

    This will help aid us in ensuring that such articles are always up to standards :) Thanks!
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    The Smog now has QC! ...to an extent, at least. Over the next few days we're adding people to article approvals who we feel know what they're talking about in regards to their area of speciality. When submitting an article keep in mind that they're there to give you feedback and can also approve articles, too. As well as that, they'll likely check over your article once it's approved and in Article Workshop, to give feedback and make each article the best they can be.

    A full list of the approvals QC will be posted here over the next few days.
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    Kind of late... but here's our QC team, who will give you helpful suggestions within Approvals and the Workshop!

    Ubers: Melee Mewtwo, shrang, Sweep
    OU: TGMD, Valentine, Valmanway
    UU: CoolStoryBrobat
    RU: atomicllamas, Molk
    NU: Zebraiken, Raseri
    Doubles: Arcticblast, Pwnemon, Audiosurfer
    LC: macle, Goddess Briyella, blizzardy
    Other Metas: Arcticblast, Valmanway, The Immortal
    Entertainment: Layell
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    thanks for this idea/post Superpowerdude :)

    Want to get involved in The Smog but need a push in the right direction? Do you need some help to get started with contributing to The Smog? Have any questions that you don't want to ask in the SQSA thread? Our list of mentors specialized in The Smog will be happy to help with any of these things!

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