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The Bulbagarden forums are the official discussion forums for Bulbagarden, which aim to provide a discussion environment covering the various aspects of the Pokémon fandom, such as the anime, as well as a wide variety of other topics, including non-Pokémon video games, television shows and the daily life of pokémon fans. They operate on the vBulletin 4.2.0 software as of May 2013, and have been, excluding server outages and other similar incidents, in operation since the re-launch of Bulbagarden by Archaic on January 1st, 2003, being the first and oldest of Bulbagarden projects. The forums are celebrating their tenth anniversary in 2013.
The forum is staffed by a crew of over seventy moderators, super-moderators and administrators, headed by the Head Administrator(s), a role shared as of May 2013 by Iteru and Gama. Their role is both to ensure that discussion remain civil and interesting, and to prevent people from using the forums to unacceptable ends (such as advertising), while finding new ways to encourage and facilitate discussion.
The forums are often called BMGf, which is an abbreviation of the original full name, Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden forums. It is the most common remaining reference to the full name of Bulbagarden.
The forums are arranged into 12 categories: the Bulbagarden Welcome Center, which covers announcements, rules and allows new members to introduce themselves; Current Events, which covers upcoming main series games (and occasionally anime); Pokémon News, for the discussion of news reported on Bulbanews; Pokémon Video Games, a place to discuss Pokémon video games and organize Pokémon battles and trades via Wi-Fi; Pokémon Media, the place to talk about the Pokémon anime, manga, TCG, merchandise and other media; Pokémon World, the place for shipping and general Pokémon world discussion; The Creative Corner, an area for writers, artists, and musicians to share their work and critique that of others; the Bulbagarden Game Corner, a place for roleplaying games and simple fun games; Large-Scale Forum Games, which is an area for Bulbagarden's official RPGs, the URPG and Fizzy Bubbles; Bulbagarden Projects, which is for discussion of the other areas of the Bulbagarden network; The World Beyond, which deals with non-Pokémon discussions; and the Development Zone, a place where members can suggest ways to improve the forum.
The forums have a number of traditions, including the masquerade parties held at Halloween and Christmas. Christmas Contests have also become popular, with the first large-scale contest taking place in 2009. The tradition was repeated in subsequent years with a larger Christmas Contest that included over a dozen pre-order Generation V game givewaways.
The Outside the Box forums have a number of long-running Bulbagarden traditions, including the Conversational Chat Thread, the Picture Thread, the Random Messages thread, and numerous other forum games.
The forums are the host for two inter-forum Roleplaying Games, Fizzy Bubbles and URPG.