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MU, You're 14!
Greetings all,

It's a few days late, but I just wanted to say Happy Birthday MU! It's hard to believe that it's been such a long time. I know I don't do this usually, but this birthday is special. Read on to find out why...

Some interesting facts from when the site was founded:

- In 2004, cell phones were still just barely in their infancy. Flip phones were the norm, and the first iPhone wouldn't be released until 2007, almost 3 years later.

- There were no javascript or css frameworks. There were no php frameworks. PHP 5 was only released 7 days earlier on July 14th. Wordpress was only recently founded. (This site is primarily written in PHP, JavaScript and CSS. Imagine what 14 year old code looks like under the covers...)

- IE6, Netscape 7.2, Firefox 1.0, and Safari 1.2 were the primary browsers. Chrome wouldn't launch for another 4 years in 2008. Developing this site usually involved having IE6 and Netscape open, and ensuring that every change (written in notepad) worked in both browsers. Those were the days ...

- Facebook was founded in February. Google is at $85 a share. Social media site Digg launches. World of Warcraft launches. Reddit and YouTube aren't launched till a year later. Twitter doesn't launch until 2006. MySpace was only launched in the previous year.

Fourteen years before 2004 was 1990. In that year, the first website was launched at CERN. The first web-browser was created by Tim Berners-Lee. The Internet was fourteen years old when MU was created, and it's been exactly fourteen years now since then. After today, there will officially be more time since MU was created and now than between the time the Internet started and MU began.

How long can she go? Here's for another 14!

Posted by Manick on 
July 23rd 6:56am
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New Poll - Spoilers in Ads
This week's poll was suggested by residentgrigo. How do spoilers in advertisements influence your decision in consuming a product? You know how some movie trailers (seem to) spoil the whole plot of a movie? Is that annoying to you?

You can submit poll ideas here

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Would you rather have the most beautiful / handsome spouse but hates anime / manga, or a ugly spouse who loves anime / manga?
I don't want a spouse - votes: 1350 (25.6%)
Doesn't matter - votes: 1694 (32.1%)
The ugly and loves anime / manga - votes: 696 (13.2%)
The beautiful / handsome and hates anime / manga - votes: 1538 (29.1%)
There were 5278 total votes.
The poll ended: July 20th 2018

I rather like how juliarox214 talked about her own situation with this poll
Posted by lambchopsil on 
July 21st 7:01am
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UTF-8 Support
MU Denizens,

After 10 years of putting it off, I finally converted the site to UTF-8. There are no doubt still issues to work out, and I'd appreciate if you could reply to this thread or post bug reports in the suggestions forum if you find one. This will lead to better things to come! ?

Thank you,
Posted by Manick on 
July 14th 8:55am
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New Poll - Would You Rather
This week's poll was suggested by CrookedSmile. Some of my friends love the types of questions where you have to choose between A or B. This one deals with the looks of a spouse compared with the love for the hobby

You can submit poll ideas here

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you believe there is other intelligent life (aliens) in the universe?
We are alone in the universe - votes: 557 (11.5%)
They exist, and a select few humans have seen them - votes: 521 (10.7%)
They exist and are hidden among us - votes: 508 (10.5%)
They exist, but they haven't visited Earth yet - votes: 3275 (67.4%)
There were 4861 total votes.
The poll ended: July 14th 2018

Wow, 3 of the options have around 10% of the votes each
Posted by lambchopsil on 
July 14th 7:54am
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New Poll - Aliens
MangaGhost wants to know if you believe in aliens!

You can submit poll ideas here

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Why did you first visit MangaUpdates?
To recruit for my scanlation group - votes: 27 (0.5%)
To create my own series list - votes: 513 (10.3%)
To find where to read or download manga - votes: 982 (19.7%)
To find a new series to read - votes: 1130 (22.6%)
To talk to others who like manga - votes: 9 (0.2%)
I was looking for info on a specific series or author - votes: 2122 (42.5%)
Other - votes: 210 (4.2%)
There were 4993 total votes.
The poll ended: July 7th 2018

Just a reminder that most of the series info has been user submitted. So it's up to you to help us maintain our database!
Posted by lambchopsil on 
July 7th 7:41am
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New Poll - Why MU?
This week's poll was suggested by crossyuuki. Oddly enough, I don't think we've ever asked this question before. We've never really done a survey on who our users are and why they stay

You can submit poll ideas here

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you believe in ghosts and/or supernatural things in general?
Does/Do God/gods count? - votes: 560 (11.1%)
I don't and will never believe - votes: 840 (16.7%)
I believe they exist but haven't seen them - votes: 1374 (27.3%)
I don't believe, but could change my mind if I see something - votes: 1856 (36.9%)
I've seen them - votes: 395 (7.9%)
There were 5025 total votes.
The poll ended: June 30th 2018

Seeing is believing, eh?
Posted by lambchopsil on 
June 30th 8:32am
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