2016 opens a new era for Stratics. We as a community rallied together in the last days of 2015 -- during the busiest time of the year and with little forewarning -- to purchase the site with the goal of preserving it under a new, community-oriented, not-for-profit model. Together we have accomplished something tremendous... but that's just the beginning. Many of you have expressed your interests for the future of Stratics, and we encourage you always to let us know your thoughts and ideas in the Stratics Suggestions and Ideas forum. In the meantime, we’d like to let you know what’s on the immediate horizon. While it may not be apparent and we intend to keep disruption to a minimum, there is a great deal going on behind the scenes. Our current priority projects include these in-progress tasks: Finalizing the LLC formation and formalizing the Stratics leadership structure. (Read more about our proposed structure here.) Sending thank you emails; ordering and distributing campaign Perks. (Read more about the status of perks here.) Auditing and updating system/group permissions and workflows. Performing an inventory and audit of current software licenses, plugins, and maintenance renewals/costs so we can ensure we remain in compliance with our vendors. Planning and preparation for a server and hosting migration (including QA of said new server/implementation) Reviewing and updating internal administrative documents such as our Volunteer Staff application(s), Volunteer/Contributor Agreements, Policy & Procedure docs, our Charter and By-Law documents, Mission Statement, etc. These are all major priorities as we also maintain communications with the community and fulfill our day-to-day moderation duties as well...so we hope you'll bear with us! Once we have these critical transitional tasks under control, we will be able to more fully devote our efforts to some of the more strategic projects we've had in progress prior to the auction and campaign. A few of these include: Actively recruiting more staff in all areas. We've had several people express interest in helping Stratics however they can, and we hope even more of you will step forward! Migrating and updating Stratics' historical content and integrating it into the main site. Re-evaluating our Rules of Conduct and moderation/discipline processes and procedures. Re-evaluating the current forum organization and structure. Actively engaging with the wider UO Community to increase participation and readership and grow our community, via more sponsored in-game events, and other recruitment strategies. We thank you all for your patience while we get these many tasks accomplished, and we continue to pay close attention to your suggestions and welcome your participation in the process. In the meantime...Happy 2016, and long live Stratics!