After several weeks in development and dozens of coding hours selflessly invested by Buffered, shut, and Albert Elegance, I am proud to announce that the new and (vastly) improved edition of Heisei Democracy is open for business.

While most of the updates are cosmetic (thumbnails! whee!), the content delivery and integration systems have been considerably streamlined and optimized to enhance user interactivity – whoa there Shingo, breathe. What this means is that you can now access the forums automatically from the bottom of every post, and will be directed to a different subforum based on post topic. For those (one, two of you out there) lamenting the loss of eroge and eroanime release lists, they’ve been replaced with something far better; a full-fledged wiki that we can all contribute to and hopefully turn in to a great resource for the community at large.

In the course of porting everything over I decided against bringing the old forum posts and registrations to their new home, but I hope everyone with accounts at the old forums will take the time to reregister here. In my humble opinion there are some pretty cool things in store for HD, and I’d like everyone along for the ride as we aim to make 2006 an even better year than the last.

While things look decent on the front page, a quick jaunt through the archives reveals many oddities that have cropped up in posts that I’ll be going back to iron out over the course of the next few days. Other than these formatting issues, if you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see more (or less) of here at HD, I’m all ears. This is an ongoing project, and the more input the better.

To those who’ve just recently discovered the site and those who have been with us for awhile, I want to say in closing: thanks for your support! It’s getting to e-meet and communicate with like-minded folks that keeps me going here (that, and coffee. And doujinshi, and eroge, and anime, and… well, yeah). I hope you like what you see in HD’s new incarnation, and that you’ll stop by again soon! There are great things in store…

Otanoshimi ni~
-Shingo