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Remy
post May 3 2009, 10:16 PM
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After over five years, over 800,000 score entries, over 3,500 user registrations, three (maybe four?) servers, over 1,000 items sold on Play-Asia, and nearly 200,000 forum posts - it's closing time.

Today, May 3rd, begins a phased shut down of the VJA/PNN network, to completed by June 6th of this year.

There is a laundry list of reasons as to why this decision has been made - some are mundane, others are personal. There are four that matter the most:

- In terms of coding talent, the three programmers/designers (myself, Rura, and liggum) who have primarily developed both sites over the last 5 years have no time/energy to continue to maintain them, let alone finish the things we started.
- In terms of the forums, we are out of moderation staff who have the energy to wrangle what is best described as an energetic community. Back in 2004/2005, the forum could have survived without constant moderation, but it cannot now.
- Traffic analysis for vjarmy.com revealed something I hadn't banked on: the focus on the site has shifted away from primarily being a score site to primarily being a forum.
- The fate of CS Bemani titles seems a bit up in the air at the moment, with the confusion surrounding the Empress CS "announcement" and the fact that we haven't seen a PNM CS title since mid 2007.

This shutdown will close VJ Army (both versions), Pop'n Navy, and the forums. (Due to the uniqueness of the content and the value to the community at large, RemyWiki will remain in operation.)

I realize that this plan is a deathblow to a community that has flourished for the last five years. There is never a good time to close a service like this one; I know you all wouldn't be coming to the site if it didn't mean something to you. I apologize for any difficulty or pain this may cause.

Throughout the shutdown, I will be striving to make as much data exportable as possible. Your scores will be exportable into an XML file, the song database(s) will be published in a variety of formats, and so on. Anything that's worth exporting, will be. Also rest assured that I am not selling off the site or handing everyone's email addresses to spammers. Upon closure of the site, the user database will be deleted.

Below is the basic schedule of shutdown events for the site; I realize that my track record with shutdown policies has been poor (at best), but I intend to stick to these as closely as possible.

Sunday, May 3rd:
- Registration will be disabled on both sites as well as the forum. DONE

Saturday, May 9th:
- VJA 4 will be disabled completely. Users will be redirected to the 3.0 version.

Saturday, May 16th:
- An email will be sent notifying users on both sites of this shutdown announcement.

Tuesday, May 19th:
- Private export scripts will be made available on VJA.

Saturday, May 23rd:
- Private export scripts will be made available on PNN.

Saturday, May 30th:
- New data entry will be disabled on VJA and PNN.

Friday, June 5th:
- Login into PNN/VJA will be disabled. Public exports will still be available.

Saturday, June 6th:
- Forums will be shut down.
- Signature files will be replaced (format and content to be determined).
- Public exports will remain available.

December 31, 2009:
- Public exports will be removed from both sites.
- Signature files will be removed.

(As always, the schedule may change due to external factors.)

There is an extremely long list of people I want to thank for their support, time, and energy over the years - in the interest of time, I instead want to thank everyone who was ever a part of this community. It's been a great five years, and I wouldn't have traded it for anything.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this thread. Alternately, you can always send me an email (remy@vjarmy.com).

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post May 3 2009, 10:24 PM
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they keep referring to me as that
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You can thank Oni.


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Marlie Tang
post May 3 2009, 10:28 PM
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Marlie Tang
post May 3 2009, 10:30 PM
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at least xythar got 10k posts haha
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post May 3 2009, 10:33 PM
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QUOTE (Faefly Kite @ May 3 2009, 06:28 PM) *


Yes, this.


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Marlie Tang
post May 3 2009, 10:34 PM
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oosanbashi (10:33:42 PM): I say ASS WE CAN

ASS WE CAN :>
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BBH
post May 3 2009, 10:42 PM
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I... what?

Huh?


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Catastrophe
post May 3 2009, 10:49 PM
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You are such an ass. First TGA closes and now this? I mean what the fuck. You're not even like, going to pretend to try to sell the site to anyone?


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post May 3 2009, 10:52 PM
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QUOTE (Catastrophe @ May 3 2009, 08:49 PM) *
You are such an ass. First TGA closes and now this? I mean what the fuck. You're not even like, going to pretend to try to sell the site to anyone?

If you're not kidding, I, uh...wow.
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chubs
post May 3 2009, 10:54 PM
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this is gay
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post May 3 2009, 10:54 PM
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Thanks for everything you have done for the IIDX / Pop'n Music community Remy. It's a shame to see the site go.


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post May 3 2009, 10:57 PM
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Well, this sucks.

Will you be releasing the source code? I realise and understand if you're getting tired of running this site yourself, but I'm sure there are enough of us that we can come up with some kind of replacement. There's no reason for this to be the deathblow to the VJA community when we can just create and move to another forum, after all.

Man, I never got to put up all those Pop'n Adventure scores I took pictures of in Japan sad.gif


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post May 3 2009, 11:01 PM
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QUOTE (Xythar @ May 3 2009, 08:57 PM) *
Well, this sucks.

Will you be releasing the source code? I realise and understand if you're getting tired of running this site yourself, but I'm sure there are enough of us that we can come up with some kind of replacement. There's no reason for this to be the deathblow to the VJA community when we can just create and move to another forum, after all.


Yeah, pretty much this.

I know some sort of source code exists (that original VJA single-user score tracking script), but it's certainly a far cry from what we've got today.


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grayfox9996
post May 3 2009, 11:04 PM
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Wow. This certainly wasn't what I was expecting/looking forward to to finish off the weekend. I was just thinking earlier today how crazy it is that I've been coming to this site for nearly 5 years...I honestly visit it more than any other site - I always have a tab (or, before I did tabbed browsing, a window) open.

I can understand your decision, but I'm definitely going to be sad to see it go. It's been fun while it's lasted, at least.

Thanks for running the site for all these years.


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heck they even have predecessors to HD already
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KevinDDR
post May 3 2009, 11:08 PM
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Anyway I'll be selling my IIDX equipment now.

2 US KOCS - $20 each
1 heavily modded JKOC - $40
IIDX 8th, 10th, and HS - make an offer!


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post May 3 2009, 11:10 PM
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I may mostly lurk these days, but I visit about twice a week, and lately I've been adding scores again (thanks Taren's tool).

What a shame, but if you really can't keep up with it, it's not like we could just ask you to.


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chotto kiitena
post May 3 2009, 11:13 PM
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Remy would you be able to stop by IRC for a bit?

(note to others: I can't join aim chats, at work)


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post May 3 2009, 11:22 PM
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aww
where will i keep track of my scores now sad.gif

hopefully a new scoretracker will comeup

anyway i understand the decision, its been a good ride


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Marlie Tang
post May 3 2009, 11:31 PM
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QUOTE (Xythar @ May 3 2009, 10:57 PM) *
There's no reason for this to be the deathblow to the VJA community when we can just create and move to another forum, after all.

As far as the only fun (ha! ha!) parts of this forum go: http://vjarmy.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=6492

IIDX discussion can go to zenius or somewhere, they have Xepher2010 and TimerRabbit even!
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post May 3 2009, 11:38 PM
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Seriously, if someone wants to release the source code, at least for the score tracking, Im absolutely up for doing whatever I can to help keep things going.


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[L7] Left to AAA: 3 (Step Into the New World, Fun, Gambol)
[7k] left to A: 1 (Pluto)
11*s left to clear: 9 (waxing and wanding, tripping contact (remix), The Dirty of Loudness, four pieces of heaven, Blocks, Bleeding Luv, Be OK [b])
12*s Cleared: 5
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