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Serebii.net, also known as SPP (Serebii's Pokémon Page/Place/Palace), is a fan site created by Serebii in the fall of 1999 when many Pokémon sites were quickly starting to appear. The site first gained popularity as a GeoCities site, where it was also a member of the Articuno Island network. The site also had a close affiliation with the short lived Pokémon Official Magazine in the UK.
It is a well known source for anime and games information. The website is updated on an almost daily basis. A popular feature of the site is the "Pokéarth", a complete listing of all in-game Trainers and catchable Pokémon in every city and route.
Serebii.net's name is taken from the Japanese name for Celebi. The Pokémon also serves as the site's mascot.
Serebii.net has suffered from a number of server problems since it burst into the ranks of the major Pokémon sites in 2002. Up until March 2003, its uptime could be called sporadic at best, with large downtimes of up to 6 months, due primarily to Serebii.net outgrowing a sequence of servers that it was being hosted on for no charge.
Due to Serebii's dire situation, Ledian_X introduced Craig Maloof to Serebii, who made an offer to pay for Serebii's server costs. (Craig had previously made this offer towards Archaic for Bulbagarden, though this offer was rejected.) Since that time, Serebii.net has been hosted on Craig's own private servers, with the hosting bills apparently being paid for via the single Google AdWords banner on every page of the site and forums.
In Early 2006, after the site had made enough excess to pay Craig back for the time he personally funded the servers, it was decided to move the servers onto servers under the sole control of Serebii, with assistance from ricocheting, a person who had helped Craig run his servers in the past.
Since then, the site's reach expanded causing many more server issues noted by many users in commencing at the release of Diamond & Pearl in Japan and many users trading in the sites forums. These issues are still plaguing the site at time of writing and are in the process of being resolved. The trading problem, however, has been resolved by different methods, such as sorting Pokémon and not allowing personal trade topics.
In summer of 2010, the forums began to emerge from the effects of these server issues, though this may be short-lived as the news of Black and White continues to attract new members, increasing the post volume on the forums.
- Serebii - Head of Serebii.net.
- Coronis - Helps with news and updates on new games, created various fansprites for the Pokémon Adventures sections, and helps with the Manga sections.
- Alfonso - Has written many episode guides.
- Hey Micky!/Willowhisp - Does the Pokémon of the Week entries most of the time.
- Dragonair - Has written various guides on game mechanics and other related items.
- Skittyonwailord - Scans cards for the cardex.
Serebii.net has many different sections including manga, anime, games, news, list of pokemon, and there most prominent feature is PokeEarth which is a compilation of the different regions in the pokemon universe even including the pokemon ranger regions
Each section also has sub-sections like with the games section there is a large sub-section pertaning to each game. This is also the case with the other sections