Discord is something they need to add -- badly
Do they not realize the popularity increase that would bring??
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So the admins have heard the cry for groups/clubs and after some discussion, we bring you Groups a new feature where like-minded people can gather in a community. For now, it offers nothing more than your own central hub that you can mildly customize and make your own group badge, invite members and show forum posts from categories your group enjoys or follows closely.
More things for the groups may come in time, but that all really depends on how well they are used, and not abused.. they will be closely monitored, but have fun generating some great content.
so how to do it :
Hit the group icon in the navbar groupicon.PNG
Then press the Create New Group button and give your group a namecreategroup.PNG
Your new group will open and be included in the groups list and from here you can begin to customise your group.
At the bottom left of your group if your are and admin of it , you will see something like this :
it all should be fairly self explanatory , ask here if your having problems.
Also you can have a custom banner but can only be added from a PC etc. with the icons that appear on the banner when you mouseover it:
I created a demo group to display the current possibilities here.
Hope this helps .
There’s a rule of thumb that 1% of the members of an online community create new posts, 10% make comments and the rest only consume.
If you are one of the few creators, thank you. Your content is what makes the internet such an interesting place. When you do post a new discussion, here are 10 quick tips on how to make it a great one.
1. Make the discussion title descriptive
A good discussion title is a short preview of your post and is what gets people to click and read. A well written title is also going to help search engines better index your post which will bring more people into the discussion. For example, instead of ‘The worst movie ever’, try ‘The Internship is by far the worst movie of 2013’ or instead of ‘Bridge mode doesn’t work’ try ‘Help, I’m having problems getting my Hitron modem into bridge mode.’
2. Proof read
Spelling mistakes, typos, and bad grammar will distract readers from the point you’re trying to make. If you’re writing a long post, save it as a draft and come back to it after a few minutes or as long as it takes your brain to forget what you had written.
3. Use minimal formatting
Overly formatted posts can also distract from the message and it encourages others to do likewise and you end up with a hard to read thread.
4. Put your post in the right category
The right category can be the one that has a relevant category name or it can be a category where this kind of post is often made. If there is no appropriate category, it might be worth considering if your post is appropriate for the community at all.
5. Use tags
Tags are helpful for others to find keyword related posts. It also helps the site admins get a sense for what topics are popular.
6. If you want responses, ask for them
In marketing this is called a ‘call to action’. If you want others to comment, you can encourage them by asking them to do so. If your post is just an FYI then don’t.
7. Go easy on the insider jargon
Inside jokes and inside references can be fun and make the community unique but too much of it can turn off new members.
8. Add an image
Images add visual interest and make your post look great when shared to social networks.
9. Mention others
Credit other members if you are building off their previous comments or if you want to draw them into the discussion.
10. Own the discussions you've created
Respond to comments promptly and thoughtfully. Thank others for commenting on your discussion and help with moderation if things get heated.
Creating great forum posts helps to ensure quality discussion and better engagement. If you are a member of a community and you want it to be vibrant and a great place for others, the above rules will ensure it's a great experience for everyone.
Hope this helps you construct more informative or constructive posts.
Previously, all new topics in all categories were watched by default for all users. This is now changed so that you will only see "Unread" new topics if you watch category manually. Any posts you make will automatically be watched for new replies. This is more how a normal forum behaves, but it does mean that you should go more "out of your way" to find new topics.
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You can manually watch a category for new topics by using the button above. Also, the Recents page will still show everything (unless you also change those settings).
I have added the ability to embed media in your posts. I know that you guys on the switch will suffer here but for anyone else, you can now embed all media from the following sources.
Twitch (video and channel)
Youtube (short and normal URL)
Wondering how people are feeling about the way threads are presented, currently, they endlessly scroll through all posts, but I can change it to be paginated, meaning there will be a set amount of posts before we have a next page option, etc .. so rather than choose my preference, let's let the community decide.
2 Day poll..
Added a little feature to create Polls in your opening posts. Im sure they will come in useful to some.
(Keep it clean )
to use them you hit this button:
Then you will be presented with the poll options like this :
create your poll and the options set additional settings . There we go.. so answer my poll with what you think 🙂
SWITCH USERS ONLY
I spent the last day or so trying to solve the switch users problem of not having a simple way to edit their Avatars. My solution was to create our own image search that we can therefor copy and paste from using local.storage features.
So for now its sited at the bottom of everypage though this will change soon.
*1. scroll to bottom of your window to find Avatar Search
*2. Search your image
*3.Click the image you want so its in the smaller preview where the 4TU icon is.
*4.Go to edit profile
*5.then Change Picture
*6.Upload new picture from URL
*7.Hit the Paste button and then Upload picture.
*8. Crop and save .. Your done.
Note : the search feature is currently using pixabay's API and may not find all the images your after but its a start and will change. Any issues let me know .