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5MV, Year 5

September 9, 2004

Those of you who keep track of such things will recall that 5MV's site anniversary is in June; that we traditionally do a "theme week" for said anniversary; and that this year we were running behind and said the event would be delayed. It's nearly three months later now, so it's about time we gave you the lowdown on what's going on with that.

There are two things preventing us from doing the event now. One is that a couple of us on staff have had incredibly busy summers and thus need more time to make full contributions. The other is that we came up with a theme which is really, really good -- so good that it would be almost painful to use it on an anniversary we've already missed by several months. After a pitched debate, the other staffers and I have decided to postpone that theme week until the fifth anniversary, on June 15, 2005. (And no way are we going to miss that one. We've already got half the material done because we intended to do it this year.)

Now, right now I can imagine you're feeling a little shafted. We (mostly I) have been hyping this event for some time now in the forums and chatroom, and now you have to wait another nine months for it. You could reproduce in that time. If you don't think that's a fair way to treat loyal readers, we agree. Here's how we plan to make up for it....

First of all, the promised Version 4.0 of 5MV will be released on September 15 if I can possibly manage it. It's a major change to the whole structure of the site -- I'm delighted with it, and I'm confident that you will be too.

Second, there will be a weeklong event of some sort before 2004 is out. It'll be like one of our usual theme weeks, but on a smaller, more manageable scale. We're probably going to aim for December 15, our 4.5th anniversary -- more on that event as the date gets closer.

Third, between now and the massive fifth-anniversary event, there will be a lot -- and I mean a LOT -- of other events to keep you interested. Two will take place this month: the one Kira hinted at, and the new Sci-Fivers minisite I've mentioned in some previous newsposts. (I'm aiming for September 13 with the latter.) The eTrektion saga will continue until it's done, which at one article a week will likely take it to mid-October. I'm not going to drop any hints about the other events right this minute, partly because I'm trying to cut down on vague promise-making, and partly because some of them will make more sense after v4.0 is released. But this much I guarantee: you won't be bored.

5MV's fifth year may have gotten off to a slow start, but starting now it's going to build steadily, capping off with a fifth birthday party like nothing you've seen before at this site. Tell your friends, spam your coworkers, eat the hearts of your enemies, and stay tuned.

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