Announcement Adding a New Format to B101

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Hello everyone, this thread topic has been a long time coming and we are not sure why it was never made. Let's get into it.

In the past, the primary requirement to be added into B101 was your format needed to be an official Smogon metagame. This precedent can be traced back to PU, BSS, and Monotype in recent memory, and here is the link to the current standards to officialize a metagame and a bulletlist: https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/smogons-official-core-metagames.3513352/.

- Large and active playerbase on the simulator
- Base of workers willing to create content for the site regarding the metagame
- High activity on the forums
- Leaders interested in making the metagame as competitive as possible
- Must be playable on the cartridges without an external device

Many of these points are important factors to B101 and are key for growing communities and the forum at large. However, the B101 moderation team unanimously agreed that the last bullet should not and will not be necessary when a metagame applies for entrance into B101 and we intend on changing it for a new one. This is for a plethora of reasons but the main reasons include: B101's goals to improve battling proficiency and forum familiarity among less experienced players, encourage more players to work together and grow communities, and to give contributors or leaders an outlet to give back to the others. The last bullet does not accomplish any of our goals unlike the rest and is a chokepoint for a multitude of metagames.

The amendment we intend on applying is as follows:
- Must be playable on the cartridges without an external device
- The metagame forum must be directly under the "Smogon Metagames and Battle Stadium" category

For clarification with the new rule, your metagame must be navigable from the home page so if your metagame has a subforum within another forum, you do not satisfy this requirement. This can be further reduced to you can only satisfy the rule if you can navigate to your metagame's forum in a single click starting on the homepage.

As such, here are the updated requirements:
- Large and active playerbase on the simulator
- Base of workers willing to create content for the site regarding the metagame
- High activity on the forums
- Leaders interested in making the metagame as competitive as possible
- The metagame forum must be directly under the "Smogon Metagames and Battle Stadium" categories

In addition, please have a minimum of 5 users interested in being a Tutor if the metagame is approved.

If you have any further questions, please contact any of the B101 mods.
 
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