August 11, 2008 02:10 AM
CHF to develop "Juren Re-take Exam", for those who fail the Juren Exam
Before I take leave away from CHF for 3 weeks till end of August, I would just like to announce a new upcoming plan after September 2008.
The CHF Han Lin Academy will be introducing the "Juren Re-take Exam" in the same way as "Xiucai Re-take Exam". The development of this exam will begin after September 2008. It will be available in the future for those who have failed the Juren exam, but wish to re-take the Juren exam.
The streaming system for "Juren Re-take Exam" will be similar to "Xiucai Re-take Exam". Those who score A (90%) will become a Master scholar (Juren). Those who score between 60-90% will inherit "intermediate scholar" (Gongshi 贡士） title, a higher scholar rank than Xiucai scholar. Those who have failed (below 50%) will continue to retain their Xiucai title, but promotion to Gongshi or Juren is possible for those contribute actively to good history discussion in CHF.
The Juren-re-take exam will generally be easier than the Juren exam.
Aug 12 2008, 08:27 AM
Weekly poem - translation workshop,
For beginners and experts both
I would like to highlight this thread that is well worth visiting and participating in.
Give Fcharton a big applaud for having started it.
You can find this first thread and each new weekly poem in: Chinese Culture Topics
Forum in the sub-forum of Chinese Literature
August 18, 2008 06:10 AM
CHF finally listed in first page of Baidu.com,
Likely to further boost traffic to CHF
I'm pleased to inform you that China History Forum has finally appeared in the 1st page of Baidu.com (the largest chinese search engine), when you type "中国历史论坛" (the chinese term of 'chinese history forum').
I forsee this as a good way to boost further traffic to CHF. After the "cleaning up" of content and introduction of better quality management into CHF, CHF is now receiving more attention from Baidu.com as a premier forum site for chinese history/culture (even though it's in English). Obviously, CHF is receiving more attention from University academics, many of which are also members of CHF.
I remember that when CHF was banned in 2006 in China, it had adversely affected the traffic of CHF. But now, CHF is in full force, witnessing a large traffic flow from China (the 2nd largest source of our traffic after the US) .
Policy from Baidu.com can change from time to time. If they feel it's not appropriate to list it, they will remove it. Search engine optimization and traffic flow to CHF have always been one of my top priorities in CHF.
Check out the listing at
August 20 2008 01:23 AM
Some forum restructuring and changes
To help improve the navigation and alleviate the complicated navigation over too many subforums, I have done some forum changes and restructuring. The restructuring was done to allow concentration of posting instead of being too 'decentralized' (when there are too many subforums)
1. Chinese Art of War Subforum is removed. Ancient Chinese Military is changed back to "Chinese Art of War" forum. All topics moved to the new 'Chinese Art of War' forum.
2. Subforums like chinese economy, chinese games and sports, chinese artifacts and antiques are removed. All the discussion threads are moved to general chinese culture.
3. Chinese Science, Tech & Med. become a main forum
4. Partners, Advertising forum becomes a subforum within Dragon Gate Inn, since it's less important.
September 1, 2008 09:29 AM
Some modification to "CHF Beginner"'s badge
This is to inform you that I've made some changes to the color of "CHF Beginner's badge" to make it more appealing.
The former "dark color blue" has been changed to "dark green" but with some light shade in between.
This will improve the outlook and appearance of our beginner members.
September 2, 2008
"No. of Active Members" modications added
This is to inform you that I've added some modifications to display the statistics for "no. of active members today". The statistic is useful for staff members or any members who wish to know how many active members visit the forum every day.
The statistic is shown at the bottom of the forum.
Editors note: you will find this new statistic at the bottom of the opening page of the Imperial Capital.
Our members have made a total of 210,965 posts
We have 5,357 registered members
The newest member is goose
Active Members Today: 124
Most users ever online was 4,670 on Jul 27 2008, 02:47 AM
September 13 2008, 12:07 AM
Madalibi promoted to Super Moderator
This is to inform you that our staff Madalibi has been promoted to Super Moderator. He can now moderate the entire forums.
Madalibi has been promoted largely because of his activeness and his excellent moderation work, in particular doing the forum index. He has also spent a considerable amount of time researching for members with valuable information.
I wish to thank him for the excellent moderation work and research work in CHF.
September 15 2008, 05:13 AM
Games Discussion becomes a main forum
This is to inform you that Games Discussion forum is now made a main forum.
CHF has now become a premier research site for games developer of chinese historical theme to research chinese history info. We hope to attract more games developers and mod developers to work with the historians of CHF. It will help to spread the reputation of CHF
9-15-2008, 10:28 PM
Some modification to Exemption Plan
This is to inform you a minor adjustment to the 'exemption plan'. Under our "magistrate", I've granted posting ability in two additional forums: Ancient Chinese Arsenal and Chinese Art of War.
Therefore, for those specialising in ancient chinese military, you can bypass the exam if you want to concentrate on discussion on chinese military and take the exam in the future only when you need it.
September 16 2008, 01:41 AM
Download CHF Newsletter in pdf format here!
We have converted the CHF newsletter to Adobe pdf format. Newsletter from February 2008 onwards will be available for download here.
September 16 2008, 02:20 AM
CHF Newsletter and Hanlin Journal available in pdf, for download
This is to inform that we have converted CHF newsletter and hanlin journal into Adobe pdf format.
They are now available for download at
We will also send members by e-mail the links for download.
September 17 2008, 10:48 PM
Lu Su joins the CHF staff moderation team!
I'm pleased to inform you that Lu Su has joined our staff moderation team. He will be the moderator for our CHF Gallery/Chinese Artwork studio forum at http://www.chinahist...hp?showforum=77
It's good to have a moderator who has artistic talents in digital art and help out with some of CHF's chinese artwork creation.
September 28 2008, 09:59 PM
ShingenT joins CHF Staff Moderation team!
I'm pleased to inform you that ShingenT has joined our CHF staff moderation team. He will be the moderator for our world history/asian history forum.
Welcome him to the staff!
September 29 2008, 08:24 PM
New rules! Read!
Especially regarding current affairs and political discussion!
At long last, after much deliberation by the CHF staff, the new rules to curb Dragon Gate Inn pollution have been finally put into execution!
CHF is a forum devoted to Chinese history and traditional culture. It attracts people from different backgrounds and origins, from different places and all walks of life, and with various political leanings, faiths and nationalities, who visit it for different reasons. As a result, CHF is more prone to misunderstandings and disputes than communities whose members share similar views and backgrounds.
Quarrels have plagued CHF since its creation, causing some members to leave and others to be banned. These endless disputes have also created unnecessary work for the staff. More importantly, the harsh tone of some discussions has tended to make CHF less appealing, because heated arguments often prevail over calm and interesting discussions.
We have noticed that most squabbles occurred around subjects that are only marginally related to CHF's core interests. In order both to reduce the dominance of quarrels and to refocus on CHF's original mandate, threads focusing on the following subjects will now be forbidden: current events, the general merits of political systems (democracy vs. dictatorship, left vs. right, capitalism vs. socialism, etc.), sexual orientations, religious faith today, and contemporary ethnic issues (discussions of "racial types," current ethnic conflicts, etc.). The posting of newspaper articles with the sole aim of generating debate is strongly discouraged. Staff members are authorized to delete any new thread that breaks these rules. In accordance with CHF's goal of remaining accessible to people of all ages, explicit discussions of sexual activities will be edited out. Discussions of sexuality in history are suitable as long as they obey that principle.
Exceptions to the new bans may be made, but only when a specific authorization is granted by an Administrator. Members can apply for exceptions in this special thread [insert link, and perhaps thread name]. This thread should be used to ask for permission to discuss a particular topic, not to make a first post on that topic. If permission is granted, a staff member will open a "stub thread" where the member can then insert his or her first post. Even after permission is granted, staff members will make sure these special threads do not degenerate into debates on the banned topics.
Although it is obvious that disagreements will always appear on an Internet forum, we believe there can be debate without acrimony. Disagreements on historical issues are perfectly legitimate, and should even be encouraged if all participants agree to base their claims on evidence (that is, historical sources or the works of historians, not just strong statements of opinion) and to remain civil (no inflammatory rhetoric, no belittling of the opposing party, etc.). Members are encouraged to be particularly tactful when discussing controversial subjects like past grievances and ethnic disputes which still continue today. We understand that a historical discussion might, at some point, allude to some current events or politics. In such case, members should stick with the principles, and try to avoid polemic. We also hope that legitimate threads (notably those devoted to "what if..." counterfactuals) will not turn into endless and ultimately pointless East vs. West comparisons.
With these new guidelines, CHF hopes to create a friendly environment that will encourage open-minded inquiries and constructive debates about Chinese history and traditional culture.
By posting on CHF, you automatically agree to these new rules.
You may apply for exceptions in the following thread.
September 29 2008, 08:33 PM
Exceptions for new rules
Here is the thread where you will apply for topic exceptions for the new rules. Your application will be assessed by admins. We reserve the right to approve or disapprove of threads as we see fit. We need not offer reasons for turned down threads.
September 29 2008, 08:46 PM
Current Affairs/Political discussion rules up!
After a long time with DGI becoming a glorified current affairs board and being the home to CHF's biggest disputes and the greatest amount of CHF's nonhistorical pollution, we have finally passed rules aimed at restoring DGI by curtailing the nasty political disputes that it became home to. The new rules have been appended to the forum rules at the bottom, and can also be seen in a pinned thread on CHF.
We hope that these rules will help to enhance your experience on CHF and return focus to history. Have fun!
October 6, 2008, 02:54 AM
No Multiple Accounts for member, Clear rule added for our forum rules
It has longed been forbidden that there should not be multiple accounts for members. This is to prevent members from signing up multiple accounts to 'support/backup' one's argument during debate, which is deemed to be unfair and inappropriate. The only exceptions are staff moderators, who might need one additional backup account for technical testing/troubleshooting.
However, we didn't state this rule clearly in our forum rules.
Anyway, I've added this rule in our forum rules at http://www.chinahist...php?showtopic=7
All additional/multiple accounts detected will be deleted or 'banned'.
>> One Account Per Member (No Multiple Accounts)
A member (a person) is only entitled to one account in this forum. You should not register multiple accounts in CHF. Any multiple accounts will be deleted or 'banned'. The reason for initiating this rule is to avoid members signing up multiple accounts to 'back up' one's argument during debate, which is deemed to be unfair and inappropriate. The only exceptions to this rule are staff moderators, who might need an additional backup account for technical testing or troubleshooting.