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Darat 1st November 2007 06:05 AM

JREF Forum Newsletter - 1st November 2007
<link rel="stylesheet" href="" type="text/css" /> <span class="headline">JREF Forum Newsletter – 1st November 2007</span><div class="mainheading" id="navigation"><p class="mainheading">Contents</p><ul> <li ><a href="#october">October News</a></li> <li style="margin-left: 0px; "><a href="#competition">Competition Winner!</a></li> <li><a href="#mods">New Moderators</a></li> <li><a href="#styles">New Styles for the Forum</a></li> <li><a href="#newsections">Feedback required</a></li> <li><a href="#goingon">What's going on</a> <ul> <li><a href="#tam6">TAM 6 Scholarship Auctions</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="#oldstuff">Old stuff you may not know about Part III</a> <ul> <li><a href="#editthread">Editing a Thread Title</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="#andfinally">And finally</a></li> </ul> </div> <p class="mainheading"><a name="october"></a>October News</p> <p>October proved to be another month full of "newness" - from new Moderators to new styles to new features -&nbsp; you'll find details of all these in this month's Newsletter.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was also a month for Forum records being broken. For the first time ever we have over 3,000 active Members (that's unique Members who have logged in over the last 30 days), we had the most number of Members visiting the Forum in one day (1,570) and the most making a post in a single day (648), even guests visiting the Forum in a day reached&nbsp;its highest ever number (10,610).</p> <p>I've also been looking at some other Forum statistics over the last few days so I thought I'd share them with you. Since the start of the year there have been 882,894 posts which works out as an average of 2914 posts a day &nbsp; (for the same period in 2006 the figures are 697,219 posts / 2301 posts per day).&nbsp;</p> <p class="mainheading"><a name="competition">Competition Winner!</a></p> <p>Congratulations&nbsp;to "arthwollipot" who has won the competition to win a signed book from Randi. Thanks to everyone else who referred new Members to the Forum. &nbsp; </p> <p>Remember that you can help promote the Forum by including a link to the Forum from other Forums, your blog. For ready made graphics and links see: <a href="">Linking to the JREF</a>.</p> <p class="mainheading"><a name="mods">New Moderators</a></p> From the many of you that volunteered to become members of the Moderating Team we eventually decided to ask&nbsp;Brodski and Cuddles to join the Moderating Team last month. With these appointments&nbsp;the team is now up to full strength and I'd like to thank&nbsp;everyone who volunteered. Once Brodski and Cuddles&nbsp;are up-to-speed we will be making a further announcement regarding the details of the second stage of the Mod team re-organization and we hope to have this in place before the end of the month. <p class="mainheading"><a name="styles">New Styles for the Forum</a></p> <p>A long time ago, when we introduced the new "JREF" style for the Forum and took Members feedback on board, we said we would try our best to give Members the option of using other colors and October saw the introduction of some new experimental styles and I'm glad to announce that these will be made permanently* available. These are:</p> <p><a href=";d=1191870760" ><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 219px; height: 200px;" alt="Example of Vimto Style" title="Vimto Style" src="" /></a> &nbsp;<a href=";d=1191870744" ><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 220px; height: 199px;" alt="Example of Aqua Style" title="Aqua Style" src="" /></a> &nbsp;<a href=";d=1191856972" ><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 220px; height: 200px;" alt="Example of Purple Haze Style" title="Purple Haze Style" src="" /></a></p> <p><a href=";d=1191916158" ><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 219px; height: 199px;" alt="Example of Drab Olive Style" title="Drab Olive" src="" /></a> &nbsp;<a href=";d=1191855683" ><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 219px; height: 199px;" alt="Example of The Blues Style" title="The Blues Style" src="" /></a> &nbsp;<a href=";d=1191855657" ><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 221px; height: 201px;" alt="Example of Dull Day Style" title="Dull Day Style" src="" /></a></p> (If you want a style that uses the background colors of a standard vBulletin forum select "True Blues".)<br /> <br /> You can swap to these new styles by going to the bottom of nearly any page and using the drop down menu that appears at the bottom left, however the best way (for technical reasons) to make a permanent change to your preferences is to go to your UserCP and change it from there:<br /> <br style="font-family: Courier New,Courier,monospace;" /> <span style="font-family: Courier New,Courier,monospace;">UserCP&gt;Edit Options&gt;Miscellaneous Options&gt;Forum Skin</span> <br /> (Direct link:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>)<br /> <br /> Some areas (such as the&nbsp;Forum Homepage) will still use&nbsp;the "JREF" style no matter what color choice you make for the rest of the Forum and if you use anything but the "JREF" style when viewing the&nbsp;Member only sections you will no longer see the small M graphic (<img style="width: 12px; height: 12px;" alt="Members' Only Section" title="Indicates a post is in the Members' Only sections" src="" />) in posts (but it will still appear next to the thread title when you click on "New Posts").<br /> <br /> (* By&nbsp;permanently I mean until the Forum software developer makes major changes.)<span style="font-weight: bold;"></span> <p class="mainheading"><a name="newsections">Feedback on the New Sections</a></p> <p>We'd like to start getting your feedback on the new section,&nbsp;"Business Skepticism" and the split of the old "Politics, Current Events and Social Issues" section into "Politics" and "Social Issues and Current Events" e.g. is it&nbsp;useful, is it interesting, does it make finding topics that interest you easier/worse and so on. </p> <p>Please use this thread: "<a href="">Feedback: New Sections</a>" for any comments you have. </p> <br /> <p class="mainheading"><a name="goingon">What's Going On</a></p> <p class="style3"><span class="newsletterstyle1"> <a name="tam6"></a><a href="">TAM 6 Scholarship Auctions running!</a>&nbsp;</span>Kittynh has started running auctions to raise funds for scholarships to TAM 6, if you're not aware of this it's a scholarship program run by volunteers that tries to help as many people as possible with some of the costs associated with attending a TAM. Anyone can apply for the scholarships and in the past it has helped students and people with medical problems attend a TAM.</p> <p class="style3">Many of the auctions are time limited and quite a few are ending in just a few days time so if you want to bid you better be quick. Here are just some of the auctions currently running:</p> <p class="style3"><a href=""><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a name="Stunning_Nature_Prints"></a>Stunning Nature Prints</span></a> Best to let the prints speak for themselves!</p> <p class="style3">&nbsp;<img style="width: 200px; height: 300px;" alt="Nature Print 2" title="Nature Print for auction" src="" /><img style="width: 300px; height: 193px;" alt="Nature Print 1" title="Nature prints for auction" src="" /> <img style="width: 200px; height: 300px;" alt="Nature Print 3" title="Nature print for auction" src="" /></p> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"><a href=""><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a name="phil"></a>Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer)&nbsp; signed photographs! (Ends Nov 2)</span></a> Phil Plait has donated and signed two magnificent photographs taken by the Hubble telescope.</div> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><a href=""><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span></a></p> <p>If you're up to something unusual or different and it's Forum or JREF based and you'd like me to mention it in the next Newsletter drop me a PM.</p> <p><span class="mainheading"><a name="oldstuff"></a>Old stuff you may not know about Part III</span></p> <p>Members (even long-time Members) occasionally come across a feature that they were not aware of. Several Members have suggested that we remind people of some of the less obvious features we have installed on the Forum. </p> <p><span class="newsletterstyle1"><a name="editthread">Editing a thread title</a></span> </p> <p>Even after posting a thread you have a short time,&nbsp;10 minutes, to edit the thread title. There are two ways to edit a thread title, the first is to double click in the thread title box, which will allow you to directly edit your thread title:</p> <p style="width: 760px;"><img style="width: 498px; height: 201px;" alt="Editing Thread Title" title="Example 1: Direct editing of a thread title" src="" /></p> The second way is to edit your opening post in the thread, click on edit&nbsp;<img style="width: 30px; height: 17px;" alt="Edit Button" title="Edit Button" src="" /> and then on "Go Advanced":&nbsp; <p><img style="width: 443px; height: 130px;" alt="Editing thread title" title="Example 2: Editing title via post edit" src="" /></p> <p>And simply edit the Title of the thread.</p> <p>You&nbsp;only have 10 minutes to make such an edit. (Remember outside this time limit&nbsp;you can always click on the report button, <img style="width: 17px; height: 16px;" alt="Report Button" title="Report Feature" src="" />, and "report" your thread to request a correction or change to your thread's title.)</p> <span class="mainheading"><a name="andfinally"></a>And Finally</span><br /> <br /> A quick note about the new look to the JREF website. This has been re-vamped over the last few weeks and there is now an option that allows people to add a comment to Randi's SWIFT columns. This option requires a log-in, but this is not your Forum log-in. You'll need to register a new separate account if you want to add a comment.<br /> <br /> November will also see the trialling a few new features during November including adding an "edit history" to posts that will let a Member can see what edits they (or a Mod) have made to a post, a "key word" notification that means Members will be able to enter a few words that if they appear in a new thread's opening post they will receive a notification and also improving on the tags that let you embed a YouTube or Google video clip into your post.<br /> <br /> Enjoy the Forum!<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">-Darat</span>

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