Jamming to the beat
In the beginning, Alchemator and Birkal made a section exclusively for Smeargle's Studio, or something that nowadays would be referred to as a 'hub'. The primary idea was to create an index of all badged artists and samples of their work, and while that did happen, it's now something that's been largely forgotten about. As in, the thread I linked to earlier hasn't gotten a reply in three years, and most of the artists within said index are either
Some questions I'm sure you're already asking yourselves:
We have a HUB?!
So what's this 'more potential' you're speaking of?
Most hubs that were created for most other tiers sooner or later got in bad shape since they were dependent on updating often with news and various metagame shifts, but given how the studio is a more stable environment, there's a lot of 'static' info that can be put onto the site that will remain relevant for quite some time into the future.
A comment I've gotten a surprising amount of times is how new users find the forums to be confusing, and while that may be attributed to how they may simply be new to forums overall, having a hub where they can browse through various topics and guides themselves to learn more about our community can be a simplier way to lurk rather than digging through forum posts.
So yeah, apart from an artist index, I'd like to see an index of our most popular threads and why they're worth a look, how to contribute art to Smogon, tips on various art-related topics, and other stuff that could make this a handy guide to any artists thinking of giving Smogon a chance. Basically: everything that'd usually get a sticky thread on these forums. This thread already houses a lot of info about the Studio, so simply uploading and rewriting it for the main site is one approach we could choose.
So what do you want from me?
If you're a badged artist that don't have an artist profile, then that offer is still relevant! PM a Smeargle Studio Mod (tiki, Kaiju Bunny, or Zephyri) or Kolohe with a description of yourself and thoughts about your craft, every relevant site you use to host your art, and naturally, some images you'd like to feature on your profile. If your work is already hosted on Smogon (such as The Smog and on-site articles), we can just grab the image address from there. If you're an artist who already have a profile, it'd be cool if you could look over it again to see if you want something edited or if you have more artwork to feature. If you'd like to have your profile updated, feel free to PM one of the people listed above with the changes you'd like to make! <3
Anything of relevance! If this is a daunting project, challenge my current plan with suggestions of your own. Name some other stuff that you'd like to see on the hub, lemme know if I can tag you whenever we need something GPd or HTML'd, advice on how to organise the various topics and indexes, whatever's on your mind. Let's make things pretty. And anyone with SCMS access (so basically all badged users) are capable of editing the hub pages as well, although do make a post in this thread if you're planning to do larger changes or contributions.
There's no deadline whatsoever, as long as it's not a project gathering dust.
Oh, and before I forget: helping out with this will definitely go towards a community contributor badge, (assuming that whatever you create won't require considerable effort by others to set straight :V), so this is by far not something exclusively for artists.
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