"Community. Interactive. Fun."Back in the late '90s, a Big Name Fan of the Pokémon Community named Bulbasaur established a site he called Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden, or Bulbagarden for short. In 2001, the site was shut down due to an inability to pay server costs. Another Big Name Fan known as Archaic created a forum backup, and in 2003 relaunched Bulbagarden to the general public.In 2005, Bulbagarden created the ever popular Bulbapedia, a community driven Pokemon Encyclopedia on everything that is Pokemon. In 2008, Archaic was "sold" to HAVA Media, owners of Game Informer and Anime Shimbun (for which they wanted him), in exchange for the full payment of the Bulbagarden servers and the deal of leaving all its issues on the hands of its community. Since then, all ad revenue is spent on the community's Christmas contests, when real-life gifts (such as game cartridges and manga tomes) are given away to the winners. Lastly, in 2010, Bulbapedia was one of the original wikis to join the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance, as it was created in part by Archaic.Bulbagarden has expanded greatly over the years and has in recent times been putting heavy focus on creating a more user-friendly interface for their members, aiming to appeal to as many different kinds of Pokemon fans as they can. The Bulbagarden Forums are one of the main focuses of this project. Featuring a staff of around 100, Bulbagarden Forums offers discussion on a variety of subjects, but not just those limited to Pokemon. Members can discuss other video games and anime, contribute their own works of fanfiction or videos, and play in intricate games of Mafia. Bulbagarden also features multiple large-scale forum RPs and a rapidly growing Roleplay section. The entire Bulbagarden Network is free for use.Bulbagarden has, unfortunately, had a fierce rivalry with the other leading Pokémon site, Serebii.net. Archaic once served under Serebii as his right-hand man but left to relaunch Bulbagarden and in the process created an unfriendly competition between the two. It should be noted however that despite any conflicts the two sites have, Serebii still frequents Bulbagarden as a contributing member.It should be restated that Bulbapedia is a division of Bulbagarden, not the other way around.
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