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The WolfQuest community forum was started on June 11th 2007[1], though it did not open to the public until July 25th 2007.[2]


Five Years

Usergroups 5yr wqveteranexample

A mock-up example of the Celebration usergroup from 5-9 years.

For its fifth anniversary in 2012, Cana set up a new usergroup -- "Celebrating 5 years of WQ" -- and chose a vibrant shade of orange to color the usernames of those with it set as their default usergroups.

The community submitted avatars which have since been uploaded to the forum's avatar gallery.[3] These avatars are free-use, meaning everyone can use them at any time with no credit required, provided users do not claim the art as their own.[4] A poll was also run to decide the rank the usergroup would apply to its members when set as their default; the winning option was WQ Veteran.[5]

As part of the celebration, Cana promoted turning to multiplayer as part of the festivities by encouraging the community userbase to host WQ Anniversary or similarly named/themed multiplayer games. These could also be hosted or joined by all players including Cana (who was the only WolfQuest Team Member to do so), the community moderators and the WolfQuest Report Team.


Ten Years

Usergroups 10yr wqveteranexample

A mock-up example of the Celebration usergroup for 10 years.

For its tenth anniversary in 2017, the existing usergroup (which had been updated yearly to reflect the age of the forums based on the board's start date) was appropriately renamed. The community team turned to the community for their input to determine a new color with the most popular suggestion being a lovely shade of lavender - and as was done for the fifth anniversary, they once again reopened submissions for the avatar gallery.

Due to the decline in activity, no multiplayer festivities were hosted. This milestone also marks the last year for the celebration usergroup as it is scheduled for closure after July 25th 2018.


Gallery

This gallery displays all the avatars available in the WolfQuest avatar gallery for anniversary avatars. These files are unmodified -- those that weren't resized can be seen full-size. Click an image to view it at its full resolution.

Additional note: Some members may have moved or deleted accounts. Current usernames have been credited especially where username changes apply, though the filenames of the avatars will always reflect the artist by their original username at the time of its submission.


Fifth Anniversary Gallery

Source: 5-year Anniversary Avatars

The avatar gallery on-site is titled "wqavatars".


Tenth Anniversary Gallery

Source: 10-year Anniversary Avatars

The avatar gallery on-site is titled "wqavatars".


Trivia

  • 'Veteran' implies long experience in a particular field. Ironically, not all members within this group truly meet or exceed this title.[6]
    • Because supervising a group's members is difficult due to the administrators' limited time, it is likely the group is deliberately open-for-all as opposed to specifying members to approve members who qualify and reject members who do not.
  • The gallery avatars exceed the specified size limit. It is possible the team were unaware that the forum software does not automatically resize gallery avatars if they exceed the limit. (The current limit is 100x100 pixels.)
    • The gallery avatars were resized on 23-Apr-2015.[7]


References

  1. Cited 22-Aug-2014, Forum Suggestions V2
  2. Cited 13-Jun-2017, 10 Years of WolfQuest: Forum Anniversary
  3. 5-year Anniversary Avatars
  4. Songdog, Guide: Art Theft and Illegal Usage
  5. WQ Anniversary Rank
  6. 'Veteran' definition.
  7. wolfquest.org • Forum Suggestions v2