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OTLand is an open-source community, and there is nothing wrong with the people who run servers and make money from that, running a server is not essentially free and takes a lot of effort. The problem is when people use free resources such as The Forgotten Server and don't give anything back to the community -- or even worse, try to sell the resources they create.

We need to start working together to move forward. I've been working on The Forgotten Server for free for over 6 years and I've never asked anyone to pay me for a copy. When I see people fork my project, add something to it and sell their additions it demotivates me from continuing to share my improvements to the engine for free.

I'm not going to be nice and expect people to understand what an open-source community is anymore, as of today, I'm closing down the Marketplace board and making it illegal to sell OpenTibia resources on OTLand. If you're in an open-source community to make money, you're at the wrong place. It is still OK to charge for hosting services, and advertising such services should be done in the Jobs forum. Advertising websites where you can buy or sell OpenTibia resources will not be tolerated.

The best way to move forward is by doing it together, and therefore it is important that we help all the newcomers with their questions in hope that they will learn and contribute to the community. The support team has done a good job with that, but there will always be room for improvement. If you cannot contribute with codes or scripts, at least contribute by helping out the newbies in the community!

To encourage developers and end-users of the OpenTibia software to contribute more, I've also closed down the private subversion in favor of an open GitHub repository. While this may result in less donations to OTLand because many were paying for a premium subscription with the intention to get private subversion access rather than supporting OTLand, I will do my best to keep OTLand ad free.

Watch and fork The Forgotten Server at GitHub! If you have made any changes that you feel should be in the official repository, create a pull request.
 

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OTLand 2.0 is on the rise, this was greatly needed. Let's pull together and sculpt a gaming community we can be proud of. Thank you Mark for putting the first step forward!
 

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Totally agree with that! Thumbs up!
If I only knew a little more i would be on the support boards all day, but unfortunately I don't :/
And unfortunately I don't have enough time to get into OT anymore so I could teach others.
 

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Great choice Mark! I hope this strategy works.
 

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I kinda miss the old layout but the rest is nice :)
Change is good!
 

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I'm all for improvements but this theme is really terrible imo. I don't think such a drastic change to the only OT Community left is a good idea right now.
 

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I'm all for improvements but this theme is really terrible imo. I don't think such a drastic change to the only OT Community left is a good idea right now.
It's temporary. It will be changed soon.
Work on a new layout will most likely begin in a few hours since Mark, Korn and I are all going to sleep now.

Post your suggestions on what you want changed, added, etc.
 
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This is nice, and I also love the new look!

This should be a total new way to see OpenTibia and OpenSource Communities, once again thank you OTLand for being there ~

Yours,
Ezzz.
 

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the layout isnt that bad imo
 

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I'm honestly very happy with the changes. And I'm very happy that it is becoming illegal to sell OpenTibia resources. Because to me it didn't feel very open-source when the only thing that was every actually "open" were the things that the developers of OTLand, and the what seems to now be very few people that contribute to the community still. It mostly became people making stuff then trying to sell it. And while I don't disagree with wanting to be "compensated" for the work you did, that sorta brings out the businessmen in people and they all want to start selling their stuff instead of releasing it. I was a little saddened when I released the c++ code that would allow people to control summons with their vocations.xml and my thread sat at the top with only 1 reply for the longest time. It made me feel like contribution was dying... Maybe I am just rambling, but I really want us to all move forward and progress into an even better community where we can all work together to make new things happen, and the old things even better than before.

Thank you for bringing us to where we are now. :)
 
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I think its good this way but i really dislike the site
 

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By selling open tibia content you also include services such as "setup OTS in linux 5$ !"?

And what are "Points" below "Likes" in the main page?
 

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Sorry to say but this look fugly with capslock on
 
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