To Address Concerns
So, I did read through the critique thread, and there are some really good points and a lot of things I plan to implement. I did not reply to it because I use it as a sort of reference guide when working on the event as what needs addressing and what is within my ability to address in a certain timeframe. I honestly didn't see anything that I won't address (beyond 2 customs, but I really liked the suggestion of 1 custom and 1 breed change), but I can't promise everything will be changed between now and next solstice. There's quite a bit on that list, and I'd feel horrible promising you guys I'll fix it all and then have to say oops, sorry, didn't get to everything. Just know that the feedback is very deeply appreciated and will be referenced and integrated as time and available volunteers allows.
As far as planned activity level for the site - I will be moving, and it's not a "nearby" location, so for the month of July and possibly the beginning of August I will be around, but will not have as much time as I'd like to dedicate to the site. I will still be filling orders, and if a site artist wants to open Cash Shop Slots that will be an option, but as far as new content things will be quiet (outside of Mod Events). I am still actively looking for a coder, as well as trying to learn coding myself. My plan is to start learning and to have volunteers assist me in creating smaller features to learn with while continuing to look for a senior coder to assist. This way new content will continue to come out, although bigger features will be slower in coming. My new job will afford me much more free time than I currently have, so I will be able to learn faster and dedicate a healthy amount of time to the site, creating new content and fun things to do. I'm very excited about a lot of the stuff that is planned and honestly am impatient myself to get working on it!
As for Solstice Stuff - Stickers are out, yay! And High Score Boards should be awarding prizes correctly now. ^.^ Additionally, special velvets will no longer drop in Explore.
For the rest of this week I will be in a mad dash of packing, but will definitely be around to answer questions and do backend whatnots. ^.^
Thank you all for your continued support and patience through this time of change~. It may be a bit quiet for a little while, but know that it is temporary. Also, rest assured, I love this site as much as many of you do. It is my safe space and creative playground, and I get to share it with some of the nicest, most supportive, fun people I have ever had the blessing of meeting. Financially, the site is stable, and there is no "closure" in site. ;-) WindRose will continue on, through periods of quiet and through lively times of fun, and will continue to be the awesome space we've all come to cherish for many, many years to come.