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I wasn't able to see OM reservation Index when I tried to access it in OM Analyses section, and when I asked Alakazam about it, he said that it could be because I am banned or something. But, I am able to see it if I open it from my browser bookmarks; I am just not able to access it when I go through OM analyses main page. Also, I am able to post in it and everything


I tried logging out and logging back again, and I still can't see the OM reservation index through the OM analyses page...

Maybe a stupid question, but are you ignoring Uselesscrab? Hiding things on a thread-by-thread basis is not really a thing, and when I look in OM Analyses I see three threads by Uselesscrab that your screenshots aren't showing...
 

Osra

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Suggestion:

Make smogon give one of these kinds of popups whenever you attempt to navigate off page with a post still being drafted
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While a more consistent method of making sure WIP posts are saved would be ideal, I'm sure it's probably much harder to implement than a simple failsafe like this.

I'm always petrified at the thought of accidentally clicking something and having to start over my entire post as a result-
 

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Suggestion:

Make smogon give one of these kinds of popups whenever you attempt to navigate off page with a post still being drafted
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While a more consistent method of making sure WIP posts are saved would be ideal, I'm sure it's probably much harder to implement than a simple failsafe like this.

I'm always petrified at the thought of accidentally clicking something and having to start over my entire post as a result-
There's already a fail-safe; if you leave in the middle of drafting a thread just click "post thread" from that same subforum and your draft will be there. If you leave a thread while in the middle of writing a response to it the post draft will still be there when you return to it.
 
I'm pretty sure I found the right thread, but sorry if I didn't. I have a few questions about the library.
1. What are quills and how do I spend them?
2. Is the story I'm writing about pokemon, or can it be unrelated?
3. What is the library? Is it a forum thread or something else entirely?
4. When it says custom avatar, does that mean I get to create my own?
Sorry if these questions were answered in another thread.
 

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I'm pretty sure I found the right thread, but sorry if I didn't. I have a few questions about the library.
1. What are quills and how do I spend them?
2. Is the story I'm writing about pokemon, or can it be unrelated?
3. What is the library? Is it a forum thread or something else entirely?
4. When it says custom avatar, does that mean I get to create my own?
Sorry if these questions were answered in another thread.
Hello MasterofSegways. This isn't the right thread, as it's for Smogon only. What you were looking for was this https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/ask-simple-questions-here-read-original-post-before-posting.3520646/page-98#post-8246308, which is for PS! only. Anyway, to answer your questions: 1) quills are a form of prize given during games in the room The Library on PS! ; 2) Your story can be unrelated, and you can find more information by joining that room and checking their roomintro. 3) As said before, The Library is a room on PS! that is currently hosting a Halloween event. Here's the link to join it: https://play.pokemonshowdown.com/thelibrary ; 4) If you're able to create your own custom avatar that respect PS! standards for avatars, then sure! Otherwise, in case you win, you can request one to spriters / artists. Keep in mind that nothing is free, so they may ask you some money for the commission.
 
I don't know if this belongs here but I have an Idea for the timer problem on smogtours and would like to know if it is even feasible. Is it possible to add a special challenge function for tournament games(kinda like in spl x with the background) and have that be the only format in which the timer is auto on?
 

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I want to try to make some suggestions for changes within smogon, particularly their means of handling infraction appeals, so that situations like mine where an appeal is not replied to whatsoever for a long time (a month plus in my case) and particularly is not approved or denied before the infraction/ban wears off.
 

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I want to try to make some suggestions for changes within smogon, particularly their means of handling infraction appeals, so that situations like mine where an appeal is not replied to whatsoever for a long time (a month plus in my case) and particularly is not approved or denied before the infraction/ban wears off.
You can do your suggestions in this subforum:
https://www.smogon.com/forums/forums/suggestions.517/
 
Simple question that might have a simple answer. Why isn't Stealth Rock banned? It seems very centralizing and unhealthy for the metagame. Every team carries it and a counter to it. It lowers tons of Pokemon's viability single-handedly, specifically anything weak to Rock (god forbid being 4x weak)
Anyone want to explain this? It kinda turns me off from Smogon.
 
I'd also like an answer to the "why isn't Stealth Rocks banned" question. I'm not of the opinion that I should be banned, but on paper, it does seem kinda banworthy, as it's basically the Primal Groudon of moves, except it applies to all tiers and not just Ubers. The best argument I've heard is that it would change the game WAY too much, but that argument on its own has never really set right with me.
 

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Simple question that might have a simple answer. Why isn't Stealth Rock banned? It seems very centralizing and unhealthy for the metagame. Every team carries it and a counter to it. It lowers tons of Pokemon's viability single-handedly, specifically anything weak to Rock (god forbid being 4x weak)
Anyone want to explain this? It kinda turns me off from Smogon.
Here's the three Policy Review threads entirely about Stealth Rock, they cover most of the common arguments both for and against banning Stealth Rock. Ordered oldest to most recent (I may have missed one, but I think this is all of em).

https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/stealth-rock-the-most-harmful-move-in-the-metagame.42211/
https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/stealth-rock.81700/
https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/can-we-talk-about-stealth-rock.3585730/
 
Simple question that might have a simple answer. Why isn't Stealth Rock banned? It seems very centralizing and unhealthy for the metagame. Every team carries it and a counter to it. It lowers tons of Pokemon's viability single-handedly, specifically anything weak to Rock (god forbid being 4x weak)
Anyone want to explain this? It kinda turns me off from Smogon.
Don't ban what isn't broken. There is a lot of counterplay to Stealth Rock, be it in the form of hazard removal (Defog or Rapid Spin) or prevention (Taunt or Magic Bounce), which allows for more strategy and playmaking in the game.
Hazards are a necessary evil. They deter mindless switching (and Regenerator healing) and also make it so that Focus Sash should not be spammed but exclusively utilized in the lead role.
Fire-, Ice- and Flying-type Pokémon, some of the biggest victims to Stealth Rock, are strong in their own right considering Fire and Ice are two of the best offensive types in the game and Flying-types are immune to the ubiquitous Earthquake and (Toxic) Spikes (I admit Bug-types are a bit shafted).
Essentially, hazard control is part of the metagame and, while it may seem centralizing or annoying to deal with, adds more to the health of the metagame than it takes away, at least if you ask me.
 
When inserting images to a post, is there any way for it not to show up as an attachment at the bottom of a post? I'm currently doing a let's play, and some images will show up in the post and some will show up in the post and attached to the bottom of the post as well. I use the "Insert image" button and not the "Attach files" button by the way. Thank you.
 
When inserting images to a post, is there any way for it not to show up as an attachment at the bottom of a post? I'm currently doing a let's play, and some images will show up in the post and some will show up in the post and attached to the bottom of the post as well. I use the "Insert image" button and not the "Attach files" button by the way. Thank you.
files that you upload directly from your computer via the "drop image (or click here)" button are automatically stored as attachments because they aren't accessible through any url. any image that goes to a url instead, like :bulbasaur: or use of the "by url" button isn't stored as an attachment.

basically, if you don't want attachments, upload the images to imgur or something, then use the imgur links in the post instead of direct uploads.
 
I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question, but does anyone know why the @protonmail.com email domain is banned?

(I couldn't use my actual email address when registering this account because of the ban, so I had to use a dummy email instead. I'd love it if I could use my actual email, but I understand if that isn't possible.)
 
Asked this on PS but got iffy responses, so asking again: will the Gen 8 random battles ladder be up within a few (3-4) days of the release of Sword/Shield?
 

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Asked this on PS but got iffy responses, so asking again: will the Gen 8 random battles ladder be up within a few (3-4) days of the release of Sword/Shield?
We don't know. It not only depends on how quickly we can program generation 8, which relies on how quickly we can get data and mechanics information. After we get Gen 8 up we have to program the team/set generator, and this isn't super high priority at the time of a generations release. I'd say within a month but I have no idea.
 
Hello, this is my first post here!

Is there any sort of introduction thread here? I wanted to do a bit of a more "composed" introduction post, and searched for threads about introduction of new users, but the only one I found had its most recent post from 2016. Is there a more recent one?
 

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Here's a simple question!
Well, 2.
1 - can you change your username
2 - how can I become more involved in smogon.
Greetings and welcome to Smogon!
  1. You can request a name change in this thread. However, please read the rules first and wait until you qualify for a name change before posting.
  2. There is no clear answer to that. I suggest that you browse around our different sub-forums and see if one or two interest you. Maybe you are an artist and you want to share your art with us, then the Smeargle Studio would be a good place to start. If you like writing, then maybe article writing in the Flying Press section could be for you? There's plenty of activities you can participate in. A good start is always familiarizing yourself with the rules of the sub-forum and to see how other users in that action contribute. A lot of the sub-forums also have a thread where you can post simple questions if you feel lost and your fellow users will try answering them to the best of their abilities.
I hope found this helpful. Good luck!
 

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