4/01/05: Site change to Zhongmou's Archives, and a Wu focus.

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4/01/05: Site change to Zhongmou's Archives, and a Wu focus.

Unread postby James » Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:10 am

<img src="http://kongming.net/i/m/holiday/zmarchives.gif" alt="Zhongmou's Archives" title="Zhongmou's Archives" class="fr szhidden" height="42" width="42" />Welcome back to Kongming’s Archives, everyone. I’m sure most of you, before long, figured out that <a href="http://kongming.net/archived/af05_zhongmou_archives/">Zhongmou’s Archives</a> was an April Fool’s joke, though I certainly hope you got a grand laugh out of it. As for those of you that didn’t figure out—gotcha! In the name of fun, the <a href="http://kongming.net/archived/af05_zhongmou_archives/">Zhongmou’s Archives</a> page will remain online in our <a href="http://kongming.net/archived/">page archives section</a>. You can also view the original <a href="/">Scholars of Shen Zhou</a> <a href="/viewtopic.php?t=12354">discussion thread</a> and <a href="http://the-scholars.com/viewtopic.php?p=263131#263131">news post</a>. It doesn’t seem this prank was as popular as <a href="http://kongming.net/archived/af04_pikachu_archives/">Pikachu’s Archives</a>, but for most it certainly seemed more believable!
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Unread postby James » Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:40 am

Original Post: Greetings everyone,

I do have some news for you today, along with a bit of an update, though I suspect it may or may not be received well by a number of you. You may not know this, of course, but I have lately moved to another state and found myself with a number of new (but precious) responsibilities. This, combined with work, has made it nearly impossible to dedicate the time necessary in order to update <a href="http://kongming.net/">Kongming’s Archives</a> as I did in the past.

For some time now I have strived to work on various tools to make this site manageable, and while I have succeeded to a good degree—at least enough that I should be able to continue to provide some game coverage—it still leaves the issue of how time will be spent in the <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/">Novel and History section</a>, which cannot be automated in such a convenient way. I have been discussing it for a while now, with several friends, and Lady Wu and me have finally settled on something: Zhongmou’s Archives.

What’s that? <a href="http://kongming.net/">Kongming’s Archives</a> was a home for everything, but unfortunately it required <i>me</i> to <i>keep up</i> with everything. There are other wonderful Three Kingdoms sites on the internet, one of which is focused primarily on Shu, the other of which seems to be excessively fond of Wei and Jin. I would have loved to make Shu my first focus as well, but nobody is covering Wu the way they should, and we’ve already got some authors and translators that do a wonderful job with his kingdom. The point of this, if you haven’t seen where I am going with the idea, is to focus on Wu content here, rather than content for all the three kingdoms. In this way we can allow other sites to pick up in areas where we fall short, while working hard to bring you Wu-related content that might one day rival Rafe de Crespigny’s <i>Generals of the South</i>.

We’ve also been struggling quite a bit with bandwidth bills and server traffic, so this is a doubly good mood. Taking the other kingdom biographies and content offline cuts the site by nearly 50%, and frees up bandwidth and time for our much more specialized effort. I know a number of you will probably miss the old content, so I <i>may</i> try to make it available online again in the near future for those of you that didn’t see this coming, but all I can offer is my apologies. <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/bios/">Our Wu biographies are still available</a>.

From this point on, Kongming’s Archives will now be known as Zhongmou’s Archives (Zhongmou is Sun Quan’s style name, just as Kongming is Zhuge Liang’s style name), and <a href="/">Scholars of Shen Zhou</a> will be known as the Scholars of the Southlands (an update which will come later today or tomorrow). We haven’t yet decided what content changes will occur at <a href="/">Scholars of the Southlands</a>. We will probably new domains down the road as well, but just so nobody loses us, <a href="http://kongming.net/">kongming.net</a> will most likely remain active (it isn’t too hard to maintain a domain, even for years).

At this point it is unknown if these changes will have any affect on <a href="http://simrtk.net/">SimRTK</a>, but because nothing is yet final we’ll handle those announcements there, and here in a future update. Also of interest to those of you who enjoy the Sim games, we’ve been watching <a href="http://www.heroesofchaos.net/" title="External: Heroes of Chaos.net" target="_blank">Heroes of Chaos</a> for some time now, and have decided to <a href="http://www.heroesofchaos.net/china/viewtopic.php?p=74700#74700" title="External: Heroes of Chaos.net" target="_blank">purchase</a> <a href="http://www.heroesofchaos.net/china/viewtopic.php?p=74702#74702" title="External: Heroes of Chaos.net" target="_blank">it</a> as a subsidiary of <a href="http://simrtk.net/">Simulated RTK</a>. We are looking forward to seeing what different directions we can take the two sites, and I assure everyone, the transition will be smooth.

I’ve attempted to bring in a great deal of the new site appearance with this update. If things don’t look different, please refresh your browser or click in your browser’s address bar and press ‘Enter’ to refresh the page. Hopefully many of you find the new theme to be very appropriate for the new content, and our new focus. It will take time to update the whole site and work the theme into the old content, but soon we’ll have updated all the instances of “Kongming’s Archives,” and there won’t be any dead links to the biographies and content we’re taking offline with this new site revision. In case you missed the note above, the Wu biographies we’ve decided to keep are <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/bios/">listed here</a>.

If you have any feedback to share, please <a href="http://kongming.net/email/">let us know</a>.
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Unread postby Iain » Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:50 am

This is a noteable change in this sites future and I wholeheartedly support such a move, I've always found the Wu empire to be a quite facinating part of the 3K era and to know that I can now see more dedication to this cause warms my heart.

Long may 'Scholars of the Southlands' reign here, may its threads never die out, I'm so excited I think I'll go and find myself a suitable Wu avatar now. :D
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Unread postby James » Fri Apr 01, 2005 10:06 am

You should! It is a fine idea, so I picked one out for myself as well. It is Sun Ce from the collection Jaime made earlier (now none of you thieves can have it, so there). I wish I could work more on this project, but I’m off to bed. I’ve got all sorts of wonderful ideas. :)
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Unread postby Andrew J » Fri Apr 01, 2005 10:27 am

... *Claps* Well done James, you've outdone last year!

I mean, last years was good, but this year? Classic :lol:

Hooray for April Fools :P

(I got halfway down the page before thinking.. this has got to be a joke)
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Unread postby Ranbir » Fri Apr 01, 2005 10:42 am

I preferred the Pikachu change, it was more...different.
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Unread postby Harimau » Fri Apr 01, 2005 11:21 am

I refuse to bow to some Wuser!

It should be called "Wenyuan's Archives" , to celebrate the True Hero of the Three Kingdoms! :P

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Unread postby Li Ruiyue » Fri Apr 01, 2005 11:33 am

Ranbir wrote:I preferred the Pikachu change, it was more...different.


Yes I preferred Pikachu's Archives as it was more of an April's Fools. Zhongmou's Archives seems more believable and makes more sense than Pikachu's Archives, so I don't see this change in KMA much of an April Fools this year.
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Unread postby Athrun Zala » Fri Apr 01, 2005 11:34 am

Heh, I've gone red as well. :P

Actually, you can make it "Boyan's Archives" since Lu Xun is also a strategist like Zhuge.

But nevertheless, a good one. Better than the annoying drastic changes in the previous April 1sts, IMO.

This remembered me of that quote people liked to hear in DW3.. "This victory shall belong to Wuuuuuuuuuuuu~" :lol:

EDIT: Now, speaking of it, why not "Gongjing's Archives"?

And when the day is over, could you save this layout for the future? I just like this layout. :p
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Unread postby Genro » Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:20 pm

Hey, the site looks so nice like this. Keep it as your style "D"! lol :D
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