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Posted by: DEAN WINCHESTER Jun 5 2015, 12:22 AM

• SURPRISE! We've got a brand new skin up right now that's unlike anything we've ever had on Derp before! We're super excited about it! As usual, though, there may be a few bugs in the system - Amanda, Sam, and I worked really hard to get everything figured out ahead of time, but if you see anything wrong, please just let one of us know and we'll fix it!

• As you can see, we've also got a new announcements thread - recently it's seemed like not everyone's getting the announcements, so if you could take a moment and click "track this topic" in the top right-hand corner of this post, that will help you stay updated on what's going on on-site so you don't miss out on anything important!

• All that being said, a lot of things have changed here, and we've done a LOT of editing! This includes the SITE'S RULES, PLOT, and the ORIGINAL CHARACTER RULES. Please review these three things!

• Additionally, check out our brand new DIRECTORY. We loved the old who's who, but we had a bit of trouble with people forgetting to update their posts with their characters. The directory is now more like one of your fabulous claims. HOWEVER, it also includes your time zone and age! How cool is that? This means that we need all of you to go post and tell us (if you want to) your age and time zone. I put in only the few that were listed in the old who's who thread. So please update that!

• We did a lot of moving around of claims and stuff while setting up the skin, so CHECK ALL YOUR CLAIMS! Make sure everyone you play is claimed and sorted properly! This includes the directory - if your characters weren't listed in your who's who post, you'll need to add them!

• As you can see, there's an entirely new layout for clickname profiles. To edit your profile, you'll now need to go up to MY CONTROLS near the top right of your screen, then click EDIT PROFILE INFO on the list on the left.

• We loved the fate roulette event so much that we've decided to keep it forever! So check out our new ALTERNATE UNIVERSES board! Pretty neat, huh?!

• The activity check is now CLOSED! Claims have been cleared out and boards emptied! If you missed the AC for any reason and want to bring back one of your previous characters, please PM ME and we'll discuss your options!

• Keep an eye out for the OTMs - they'll be posted very soon!

Posted by: ALLISON ARGENT Jun 13 2015, 11:54 PM

• Hey guys! It just came to our attention that the clickname profiles aren't working correctly for guests, new members, or inactive characters. In the process of fixing this, it has come to our attention that there's a bit of an issue with a piece of the skin's coding, and we've reached out for help. Hopefully it will get fixed in the next couple days, but in the meantime don't panic and we're sorry it looks a bit messy!

• OTMs will be posted shortly, so stay tuned!

Posted by: SCOTT MCCALL Jun 14 2015, 04:44 PM

• Hey DERP! The OTMs have been announced! They're a little late due to the hecticness of the skin change and the overall busyness of our schedules. So we do apologize for that <3 Otherwise please take a moment to congratulate our winners when you see them again!

Posted by: ALLISON ARGENT Jun 16 2015, 09:43 PM

Inside Out will be added to the canons list this Friday, 6/19. It may be added at anytime that day, but reserves may be posted anytime after midnight EST.

• Please refrain from talking in depth about the movie in the cbox for a while, too - it may take a bit for everyone to see it, and nobody likes spoilers! If you want to talk about it, take it to PM or AIM!

Posted by: LITTLE DOVE Jun 26 2015, 08:18 PM

• Hello everyone! As you might have noticed, we've updated the theme of this month's ICC. As summer is officially here, why not celebrate with a good old fashioned beach barbecue? Have a grill-off, splash around, or just bum around in the sand - just don't forget your sunscreen! This location will remain until we update it again on JULY 25th! Now get out there and chat it up~

Posted by: ALLISON ARGENT Jul 1 2015, 09:42 AM

• It's the first of the month! We all know what that means - activity check time! The activity check can be found! It'll close on JULY 4TH. If for any reason you have to miss the activity check, please PM me as soon as you possibly can and we'll chat. I know it's been a busy, stressful month for everyone, so please don't hesitate to reach out!

Posted by: ALLISON ARGENT Jul 5 2015, 12:42 AM

• The activity check is now officially CLOSED! The boards and lists have all been cleaned out. If you missed the activity check for any reason and wish to bring back one of your characters, please PM me and we can discuss your options.

• We have a shiny new category in the graveyard for past, future, and au threads! Previously, they were going into our miscellaneous graveyard board when they were moved from the active threads, but now they have a brand new home. c: They should be easier to find that way!

• Keep a lookout for the OTMs - they should be posted very soon!

Posted by: SCOTT MCCALL Jul 8 2015, 10:33 PM

• Hey DERP! OTMs have been announced! Please take a moment to congratulate our winners when you see them again!

Posted by: ALLISON ARGENT Jul 9 2015, 10:25 PM

• Great news, my darling Derpians! I've just had Derp added to DISNEY RP TOPSITES! This is a great way for Derp to grow and show the world that we have a fabulous, supportive community going here. c:

Now here's where you come in: You can vote once every 24 hours by clicking the button below. The same button can be found at the bottom of the board with our static affiliates - it's the very first button on the list! Make it a part of your routine to click that button and vote for Derp!

Posted by: LITTLE DOVE Jul 17 2015, 09:57 PM

• Something strange has been happening recently, and you can feel it. Perhaps you've tried your best to ignore it, but there's no denying it now... There have been whispers of Darkness leaking into the city and rumors of disappearances. Could they be true?

Good evening DERP! As you may have noticed, we have revealed the Summer event in a shiny new forum. You can read up on it and sign up... If you dare. More details will be released in the next week, so keep an eye out!

As always, if you have any questions, reach out to a staffer and we will be happy to help.

Posted by: LITTLE DOVE Jul 21 2015, 11:07 PM

• Hi DERP! We have closed the sign ups for the Summer event, so look out for future developments this weekend.

Posted by: MASKED MAN Jul 28 2015, 07:04 PM

• A new clue has unfolded for this year's Summer event, and it may not work out in your favor... Tonight and tomorrow, check the inboxes of each of your characters and you might find a little surprise. See more info and don't forget to watch your back.

Posted by: DOCTOR'S COMPANION Jul 29 2015, 10:04 AM

• Hi jewels, just note to let you know the IC c-box has been updated! This time around it is a cruise, and there are many activites through the month that you'll be able to take part in. So leave the heat of the City and take to the high seas! The activites will be changed on a friday morning, GMT , so you can play all week long! In the mean time you can get to know your fellow shipmates. The things you can do are listed with the date below:

•31st July- water sports! These can include swimming in the pool or using the wave pool to learn to surf or even swimming with dolphins. What ever takes your fancy!

•7th August - Spa Day! Take a day out and pamper yourself in the luxurious spa...

•14th August - Take in a show! Or take part in one - do a bit of karaoke, watch a variety show or even a movie!

•21st August - You've been invited to have dinner with the captain! Enjoy the food and listen to his stories.

Posted by: ALLISON ARGENT Aug 1 2015, 12:06 PM

• Activity check tiiiiiiiiiiiime! The AC can be found, and it ends on AUGUST 4TH.

SUMMER IS A BUSY TIME FOR EVERYONE. If for any reason whatsoever you are struggling to make this activity check, PLEASE contact me. If you don't reach out to me, I can't help you - it's your responsibility to talk to me if you need help with this AC. I don't bite, I promise. >>

Posted by: SCOTT MCCALL Aug 5 2015, 05:42 PM

• DERP has a brand new Character Development Forum! You can find all the information you need, as well as how to request your own sub-forum right Enjoy!

• Also remember that voting is open so go show your love by getting your votes and noms in ASAP

Posted by: MASKED MAN Aug 11 2015, 09:38 PM

• We've posted a new so you can post links to your threads and read along with others! See the first post linked above for more details.

• Strange things are still going on, so don't think the evil forces of darkness are at rest just yet! Keep an eye out for new developments coming soon.

Posted by: SCOTT MCCALL Aug 11 2015, 09:52 PM

• Hey DERP! OTMs have been announced! Please take a moment to congratulate our winners when you see them again! Find even more information about our winners and!

Posted by: CLAIRE DEARING Aug 13 2015, 11:34 PM
ATTENTION: HERE IS THE CBOX LINK. WE ARE SITTING IN THERE AND TALKING STILL. Pond's AIM is lindylemonn, feel free to add her with any questions. 10/5/15

Posted by: ALLISON ARGENT Sep 1 2015, 06:22 PM

• My how time flies! It's the first of the month again, and that means it's activity check time! The AC can be found, and it ends on September 4th!

• If for any reason you cannot make the activity check, please PM ME and we can discuss your options!

Posted by: SCOTT MCCALL Sep 4 2015, 12:08 PM

• Just a little update on the development forums. If you have a specific topic that you want pinned for whatever reason ( AC codes, template codes, ect ) to keep it from getting buried beneath other topics/lost. There's now an option to request that

Posted by: LITTLE DOVE Sep 5 2015, 10:31 PM

• Hey everyone, September OTMs are up, and we're trying a couple new things out! First, we are allowing up to one staff member per month be nominated for member of the month. And second, we are allowing members to nominate in the Relationship category in addition to threads. It's all laid out in the thread if you want to know more.

These are both on a trial basis, so if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know! Send me a PM and we will discuss.

Posted by: SCOTT MCCALL Sep 11 2015, 10:41 PM

• Hey DERP! OTMs have been announced! Please take a moment to congratulate our winners when you see them again!

Posted by: ALLISON ARGENT Oct 1 2015, 04:04 PM

• HAPPY FIRST DAY OF HALLOWEEN EVERYONE. >> And since it's the first, it's time for an activity check! The AC can be found and it ends on October 4th!

• If you've had trouble posting recently, you've been really busy, or you can't make the activity check for ANY REASON, please PM ME and we can discuss your options! (If you don't talk to me, I can't help!)

Posted by: SCOTT MCCALL Oct 3 2015, 03:01 PM

• We're having some technical difficulties with the CBOX right now in case you haven't noticed. It's nothing major, our premium on it just ran out, and we'll have it fixed in no time at all c: In the meantime the ICC box still works and you can chat there ( just remember that it needs to be refreshed ) you can find that

Posted by: THE AVATAR Oct 4 2015, 11:45 PM
This message is hard for me to write, but I'm just going to get straight to the point. Many of you have probably noticed - or will notice now - that the board is offline. Without beating around the bush, yes... Diamond in the Rough is being closed. To some this may come as a complete surprise... and to others, this has been a long time coming. There was a specific incident that served as a catalyst for this sudden closing and I apologize that most of you will probably not get a proper explanation for it... as I have no desire to drag anyone's name through the mud. But the truth is, I've felt for quite a while that this day was coming. I didn't expect it to be today... but... I feel it's the right decision and the best for everyone involved.

I know this is going to make a lot of people mad and upset. I get it. I do. This is sudden and painful and I am beyond upset. But all I can say is I feel, 110%, that this is the right thing to do. The board is and will always be available offline to current members. You will have access to all of your characters and posts and such. I only ask that no-one re-uses this concept elsewhere... as there is a possibility that maybe, one day, we can build something new and fresh.

I'm sorry that it had to end this way... I really am... and I wish you guys the best in everything. Thank you for the good times <3


-- Alice

Posted by: THE AVATAR Oct 5 2015, 06:39 PM
I'd like to clarify as well, as this seems to be some misinformation being passed around by certain members, that I did not just close DERP because I 'disliked the way it was run.' As the owner of Diamond in the Rough, I passed on the management to Forest and Sam when I left. But I still continued to pay for premium and for the domain name of the site. I was still the owner and the root admin and that was clear when I left. While I was gone, people would come to me and complain, vent, express frustration, cry, and talk about how they wanted to leave. I saw multiple people leave over what the site had become. A vat of negativity and toxic feelings. Of animosity and badmouthing - in which I am certainly not blameless. But I left it alone because I want to stay out of things.

Last night, I signed onto a post that hit me right in the gut. Because this post displayed the exact nature that I described above. For you new members who have joined after I left - you don't know me. But I ran DERP faithfully for over two years. It was like my child. Then it morphed and changed and caused me so much anxiety that I couldn't function. So I left. When I came back to this message, it triggered that same sort of reaction. It was mean, nasty, and not fair. It was indicative of DERP going back into the dark ages of harsh activity rules and nasty words. After I promised that that wouldn't happen again, I couldn't stand seeing something like this. So I acted.

There are a few of you who are new and will not understand the significance of the above because you did not experience it. That's fine. Like I said, you can be mad at me if you wish and you can think of me however you'd like. I did it because I could not allow this cesspit of negative feelings to continue... and I could not condone someone I could no longer trust perpetuating those feelings and ideals. That is what it is. Were you punished for that decision? Yes. Unfortunately, I could not close the board without hurting a lot of people. I'm sorry. But what's done is done and I am okay with this, whether you agree with it or not. Not happy about it by any means, but I'm okay with it.

If you want more information on what happened, at this point - to prevent the spreading of misinformation - I'd be happy to share. I have absolutely nothing to hide. PM me on this account and I will get it. But I will not respond to messages that are sent just to bash me. You can take that elsewhere.

- Alice

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