Happy New Year everyone! We wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2012 for what will, without a doubt, be an amazing year filled with lots of potential and enormous possibilities! We hope you all had a fantastic New Years Eve and New Years, if you can even remember what you did. As we move into the new year, our beloved project turns one year old and it's a bit surreal for us that so much time has passed by already. It honestly feels like we were beginning the project just yesterday. But here we are, at our first anniversary - an important milestone on what we hope will be a long and fulfilling journey to bring the Minecraft community what it wants. As we move into the new year, I'd just like to cover a few important changes you should be aware of, if you aren't already: New Recommended Build with better support for Minecraft 1.0.1 Our first Recommended Build release for 1.0.1 was aimed at compatibility and stability. Since many of you rely on the RB system to run your servers, we decided to get a build out that everyone could use that was stable and compatible with 1.0.1 to keep your users happy. In our next RB release we are aiming at adding new APIs to Bukkit to provide Plugin Developers with more tools to make awesome plugins based off of the new content in Minecraft 1.0.1 such as an API for Brewing stands. As there are a lot of new additions in Minecraft 1.0.1, we do not have an estimated time when this new RB will be available but we are actively working on it. New Development System: Code named "Bleeding", our new development system is designed to allow the community to become more actively involved in the development of Bukkit and CraftBukkit. We believe that “Bleeding” will drastically improve the efficiency and quality of the project, as well as open more doors for faster and more frequent innovation. For more information on Bleeding, check out our Bleeding announcement and our most recent article on the system. Staff Restructuring: We recently bolstered our Community Staff and Admin team with several individuals who have given a lot to our community, and I'd like to publicly mention and thank them for their continued commitment to making our community the greatest place it can be. Over the past few months we've added 3 Admins to the team: @Rigby90, @Verrier and @fernferret who have been crucial in pushing out many of the changes and improvements we've made to the project and community as a whole. As we are all busy individuals outside of Bukkit, we've decided to add @NuclearW as an Administrator to help us out with all the ambitious ideas and initiatives we have in mind for the future. On top of this, we've added 6 Community Staff members to help us better manage our large family and community. As we're all aware, BukkitDev's approval process has been a large concern within the community and to address any delays we've seen, we have added and will continue to add staff to meet the demands of the community. To that end, we've added 8 BukkitDev staff members to provide extra, overlapping coverage to minimise the approval queue wait times as best as we can. To address some weaknesses we've noticed in the project, I am pleased to announce we've created two new positions within the project whose sole purpose is to improve on those areas. It is my pleasure to announce that @TnT will be heading our new Bukkit Help initiative and @resba will be heading our new Bukkit Docs initiative. Please join me in both welcoming and thanking our current and new staff, we wouldn't be where we are without them and they are simply awesome. For those of you who have been with us from the beginning: thanks so much for your continued support, you're the ones who have gotten us to this point. If you're just joining us, are relatively new to the community or weren't there from the beginning: thank you for choosing to become a part of our history and our story. Additionally, more detailed information on the above initiatives and other plans will be made available soon. To a new year filled with promise for Minecraft and our amazing community! Thanks for everything!