Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden, commonly know as Bulbagarden, is an original Pokémon fan community.
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Bulbagarden acts as a central hub for its projects, which operate under their own name and on their own subdomain, each with their own staff and leadership, each filling a different role. The core and most well-known projects are Bulbapedia, Bulbanews, its forums and Bulbagarden Social Media. Users need an account to participate in the forums and edit articles on Bulbapedia (or other wiki-based projects), otherwise, registration is not required to browse the websites.
Bulbagarden's mascot, as its name suggests, is Bulbasaur - a Generation I, Grass-type starter Pokémon .
1. Create an account
Important: All of Bulbagarden's wiki-based projects including Bulbapedia, Bulbanews and Bulbagarden Archives use a unified account. But the Forums account is serparated.
A. Bulbapedia and other wiki-based projects account
- Go to http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net.
- Click create account in the top right of the page.
- Create your username, choose a password and provide your email address.
- You can enter your real name. It is optional, if provided, it may be used to give you attribution for your work.
- Check the box next to I'm not a robot.
- Click Create your account.
Your account is created. But you need to activate it by going to your email inbox, and click the link in the confirmation email sent by Bulbapedia.
B. Forums account
- Go to http://forums.bulbagarden.net.
- Click SIGN UP on the right of the page, below the search bar. Or click the Sign up now button on the left, above the Members Online list.
- Choose a display name (this is the name that will be shown with your messages, you may use any name you wish).
- Enter your email address.
- Create a password for your account.
- Provide your birthday and gender.
- Check the box next to I'm not a robot and terms and rules.
- Click Sign up.
Your registration must now be approved by an administrator. You will receive an email when a decision has been taken.
2. Sign in
A. Bulbapedia and other wiki-based projects
- Go to http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net (or any wiki-based site that you want to log in to, the process is the same).
- Click log in in the top right of the page.
- Enter your username and password.
- Click Log in.
- Go to http://forums.bulbagarden.net.
- Click LOG IN on the right of the page, below the search bar and next to SIGN UP.
- Enter your name (the name you created when signing up, not your real name) or email address, then type in your password.
- Click Log in.
You can also log in using accounts from other social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Google. You will be taken to that site to authorize Bulbagarden to use your information.
Bulbapedia is a community-driven, Pokémon-focused, wiki-based encyclopedia. It is the largest and most detailed Pokémon database project on the Internet. Launched in February 2005, Bulbapedia now has over 30,000 articles on eveything Pokémon related. It is the most popular core project of Bulbagarden by far according to Alexa rankings.
On Bulbapedia, you can find information about all things Pokémon, from details about a specific Pokémon (among a grand total of 802), where to catch it in-game, how to raise it to its maximun potential, to what character appears in which chapter of the Pokémon franchise's manga (Japanese-style comics).
Bulbapedia is a wiki, which means registered users can edit the articles simply by clicking the Edit this page button. Of course, the edited content must be approved by the staff before it's publicly visible.
Bulbanews is another one of Bulbagarden's core projects and its official news division. It's your community Pokémon newspaper about everything Pokémon related. Bulbanews is also wiki-based and has news submitted by both dedicated writers and users. User-submitted articles will go through a process of editoral review before publishing. The site also provides detailed guides on how to write an article (Manual of Style) and how to submit on Bulbanews.
Bulbanews's frontpage is automatically updated every 15 minutes to bring you the latest news updates.
Bulbasaur Mysterious Garden forums is the oldest of the four core projects. Its primary purpose is to provide discussion forums for Pokémon fans to discuss all aspects of the fandom, as well as to provide a virtual space for staff members of various projects to interact. There are also off-topic boards for general discussions.
D. Bulbagarden Social Media
Bulbagarden Social Media is the youngest of the core projects. Its aim is to establish and maintain a strong presence of Bulbagarden across the major social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The project is still in its infant stage and working on building its initial staff.
E. Bulbagarden Archives
Bulbagarden Archives is a file-hosting system that supports the Bulbawiki Network (which includes Bulbapedia, Bulbanews and other wiki-based projects) by providing a common storage space for images and other files that the projects may need to link to, such as Pokémon anime (Japanese-style cartoons) screenshots and Pokémon Trading Card Game cards images.
The Archives do not store every Pokémon-related image on the Internet, just those relevent to the encyclopedia and news services that Bulbagarden provides.