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Anybody with Admin below their name is definitely me or a trusted person. I myself will always sign as Butterfree. If somebody signs under that name but does not have the Admin label, it is most likely an impostor.
Hi! Nice to see you still at it too.
Your site is actually pretty nice, and if you applied for affiliation I'd probably accept (though I'd have some nitpicks). My only quality requirements are that the site has some worthwhile content and that it's made with care and some basic professionalism rather than sloppily thrown together, which I think is quite reasonable. I do not demand that your site contains nothing I advise against in my website tips or Sections that Suck - those only come into play to tip the scales if I find the quality to be borderline (and are amply made up for by a bit of originality and dedication, of which you appear to have plenty).
And obviously you have a right to have whatever you want on your website. I don't agree, however, that therefore nobody should point out that some kinds of content aren't very useful - the point, after all, is not to tell people they should take their less useful pages down, but to encourage them to make them more useful. I don't just want more Pokémon websites (though I do want that) - I dearly want those sites to be good and have genuinely worthwhile content, so that I can recommend them wholeheartedly and not just because they're Pokémon websites.
Being unnecessarily wordy is an annoying tendency of mine that I'm working on. That being said, the "Applying for Affiliation" subsection on the affiliation page clearly says you should just send me an e-mail with the URL to your site that makes it clear you're applying for affiliation, so I'm not quite sure what's confusing you on that in particular; could you elaborate? Is it just that it links to the contact page instead of directly including my e-mail address?
Correction: * given my lengthy explanation. *
I think the Twitter idea is great, and I think you should definitely pursue other social networks, too!
On a side note, I'm really happy to see your site is still open. I have been searching for a while to find other Pokémon fansites that are open, and I really haven't found any. Most are either inactive for years or don't have any decent content. So, I just wanted to say it was nice to see your site still open.
I am trying to affiliate with any sites still open, and I had wanted to affiliate, but unfortunately, I am afraid you might not approve of Stareon's Hideout. You have a very long list of rules for affiliation, and I don't think I could live up to those standards. However, recently, I revived Stareon's Hideout, am slowly re-vamping each page, and I have decided to simplify the pages with less words and not more.
Another thing I have done is lowered my affiliation rules. Because I feel that any Pokemon fan site still surviving in this day and age of social media craze is to be commended and I'm glad to call them a partner, therefore not enforce too many rules. And, I did read all your pages about things you don't like on websites, and although in name, I may have those, I also feel that I have a right to have those pages and I like them and others like them. I am happy with them, would like to keep them, and improve on them. Other pages, however, that you did not mention disliking on your site, I did take off because I felt that they weren't useful or I simply didn't like them. Frankly, I feel all websites have at one point had silly pages that need to be taken down and it's no one's job to point this out to others, for the beauty of having your own website is learning this for yourself.
So, I say this not to start something or argue by any means, but simply to express myself. And, to say that, if I do perhaps in some way touch your standards of affiliation, I wish I could know right away, rather than reading a long rant and being directed to a contact page to read another long rant and still being unsure how I apply.
While I may love logic and reasoning, I have come to accept that simplicity and clarity is worth more many times. And, I know you don't like being given advice, given your extensive expertise in web mastering, but I would just like to say that simplifying and adding more clarity(and sometimes less words) to your site would do you a world of good. I realize this is silly, given my length explanation.
Anyhow, I wanted to say all that because I do admire your site a lot, and I would like to see there be a revival of Pokemon fan sites. I think you could start the revolution, but I definitely think there needs to be more simplicity on your site, since we live in a very streamlined and "easy-to-understand language" society.
And, as always, I do love this site, and I will continue to stop back here time and again, so please always keep The Cave of Dragonflies open. Maybe in the future, when I come close to your standards, we could affiliate. I would like that very much.
Have a great day, Dragonfree!