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Serebii.net, also known as SPP (Serebii's Pokémon Page), 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 romanized Japanese name for Celebi. The Pokémon also serves as the site's mascot.
Serebii.net has occasionally been the center of controversy, as its webmaster has faced accusations of content theft in the past. Serebii, the owner, claims that he has not personally stolen any site content since mid-2002. Since mid-2002, however, there has been at least one instance of material appearing on Serebii's site that had been created and/or originally reported by another fansite without credit; Serebii has stated that one incident resulted from the work of unscrupulous fans stealing the material from the original site and passing them along to him, without informing him of the source. Although he has shown reluctance to remove or give credit for such material at times, Serebii eventually accepts to do so in the vast majority of cases.
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. 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 due to a new server.
In spring of 2012, Serebii Forums went through an upgrade of their forum software in an attempt to resolve any remaining server issues.
Members' list issues
Up until the recent update to the latest version of vBulletin, there have been many instances of impersonators, claiming being part of the staff. This issue was recently resolved with the disabling of the numerical characters, which disallows the usage of a hex code to bypass the same-name censors.
- 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.
- Miror - Writes the Pokémon of the Week entries.
- Dragonair - Has written various guides on game mechanics and other related items.
- Skittyonwailord - Scans cards for the cardex.