We have a number of new announcements to make so please read carefully.
After a recent assessment regarding ways in which we can better serve the members of TDH, we have begun what we hope to be a series of successful changes. The first change has already been implemented which was the addition of the “Dented Variants” forum to better accommodate those who wish to make Mandalorian style armor that is different than Boba or Jango.
I know many people have questioned why this has been done when TDH has always taken such a strong stance against custom mandalorians. As stated above and in previous threads, we have decided to do this in an effort to better serve our members. While custom mandalorians may not be Boba Fett, the techniques and item they use are often the same or very similar to what is seen on Boba and Jango and we do not want to continue to ostracize a segment of our membership as we have done in the past.
In that same vein, I am proud to announce that we are bringing Remo Locke and Jodo Kast 3 to moderate this new forum. Both RM and JK3 are long time TDHers as well as owners of their own custom mandalorian board. With their love for the material and experience as moderators, we are confident they will serve the Dented Variants forum well. Much like Dustin Crops Boy moderates the Zam forum, RM and JK3 will currently be moderating the variants forum exclusively, although we plan to work with them in the future with the possibility of expanding that forum in a category of its own.
Second, I want to announce that within a week or so, we will be moving the Sarlacc Pit from its current position on the board to the top of the board. We are doing this because the Sarlacc Pit is the most viewed forum and we want to make it more readily accessible to our members.
Third, effective immediately, we have incorporated the following rules into the code of conduct. If there is any question about the new rules, please do not hesitate to ask.
A member who makes any type of threat against another member, the administration or TDH as a whole will be immediately and permanently banned. This includes physical threats, legal threats or verbal threats. This policy will be enforced whether the incident happens on TDH or not.
Misrepresentation with the intent to harm any member, the administration, or TDH as a whole will result in an immediate and permanent ban. This includes but is not limited to any effort by an individual to besmirch the reputation of another member, the administration or TDH as a whole.
Fourth, I want to address a number of questions that we have been asked lately.
Q: Can I come to the admins with a question or concern without the fear of being banned?
A: Absolutely! No one has ever been or ever will be banned for asking a question or voicing a concern. We always appreciate a concern be voiced via PM or email but even a publicly voiced concern (posted respectfully) will not result in a ban. We do not want our members to be afraid of bringing concerns to us. We are human and fallible. If we have made a mistake or you feel we could do something better or you just want a explanation on why we did a certain thing, we encourage you to contact us.
Q: Is Brak’s Buddy “The Dent”?
A: No he is not. Brak’s is the founder and technically the owner of The Dented Helmet, but he is not The Dent. The reason for not publicly naming the Dent is due in a large part to what has been seen recently where individuals who believed Brak’s Buddy to be the Dent, tried to use his personal information to their advantage. Because of the sometimes unpleasant nature of the Dent’s job, the identity will remain unpublished in an effort to shield the Dent from personal attacks of this nature.
Q: Why did you ban member “X.”
A: In the past we have often banned members without stating why as we did not want to make public private issues. However, we now see that this often leads to confusion on the part of TDH’s members and often results in false rumors. In the future, any ban will be accompanied by a post in the Announcements /requests forum, with a short synopsis of why the member was banned and the length of the ban.
Q: Why was thread “X” deleted/edited?
A: As with bannings, in the past we have often edited or removed threads without giving a reason why, which has also led to confusion on the part of the members. In the future, any thread editing or removable will be accompanied with a post regarding why the edit/removal occurred.
Finally, there has been some rumors spread by naysayers that indicate TDH is on its way down and out. According to our board statistics, the opposite is in fact true. TDH is more active than it has ever been. There has been steady growth since we first opened. We have more NEW members, more NEW posts and more NEW threads than we have ever had. Each and everyone of you is to thank for this very positive trend. TDH is a success because of YOU. We hope the changes we are making here will help continue our efforts as constant improvement and will make your board experience even better. If there are any questions that weren't answered here, please PM a moderator or post in this thread.