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PostSubject: Happenings Bulletin Board = Old Bulletin Board + Service & Activity   2010-07-16, 6:53 am

Happenings Bulletin Board = Old Bulletin Board + Service & Activity

Having two forums for planning and announcements was pretty redundant. Seeing as only one forum at a time can be linked to the Portal News widget, I merged the Community Service & Activity forum into the Community Bulletin Board and renamed it to the Happenings Bulletin Board. Likewise, this new forum has a combined purpose. As its forum description reads, it's for "Messages, Help & Services, Buying/Selling/Trading, and Activities". Everything packed into one place.

As a side bonus, now the forums Portal will have a bit more variety on it instead of just the ANet Guild Wars Bonus Weekend Events threads. This aids our efforts to bring back some flair to the Portal page, which has been pretty drab for quite some time.



Some Words Of Wisdom To Go Along With This Change:

1) Seeing as this all-things Happenings Bulletin Board forum is linked to the Portal, people starting threads will have to be VERY cautious when posting images into the first post of threads. Yes, we have an automatic resize function in place for large images, but for the intents and optimality of the Portal page's news widget center space area, its setting is still a tad too large for that.

The best advice is, if you have large images to go along with an initial post in a Happenings Bulletin Board thread, make a second post (ie. your own reply to your OP) and attach the pics into that post of the thread instead. The images will serve the same purpose but the thread itself will still remain Portal form-functional.

Likewise for lengthy initial thread posts. Break them up into multiple posts if you have to.


2) Optionally, if people add a Sized And Colored Text Header at the top of their initial Happenings thread posts, similar to what I have always done for the ANet Guild Wars Bonus Weekend threads, it would help their thread stand out on the Portal page and quite possibly draw more attention and response to it. We'll leave that choice up to the OP though. Smile


3) Bumping a thread in the Happenings Bulletin Board forum (by replying, etc.) ALSO bumps the thread to the top of the Portal page's news widget center space. Use this to your advantage for timely bumps but please don't abuse or neglect the knowledge that this happens. We humbly request that you don't bump very old Bulletin Board threads unless there's a legit reason for doing so. Thanks.


Note: If forums mods feel the need to adjust Happenings Bulletin Board threads for Portal composition, they won't hesitate. This includes breaking up lengthy posts and/or moving attached large images to the second post of the thread (whether that second post is the OP's or not), adding sized and colored text headers (for visual enhancement) to the top of Happenings OPs, and/or removing useless *bump*-style posts to put older Bulletin Board threads back where they should be in the order of things.

These edits will ONLY be for the sake of Portal sanctity and having as much flair as possible, and not to demean the integrity of the original Happenings Bulletin Board threads themselves. Thanks for your understanding on this.

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PostSubject: Re: Happenings Bulletin Board = Old Bulletin Board + Service & Activity   2010-07-16, 8:53 am

I'll probably put this in an About The Forums guide thread sooner or later.


As always, if anyone here has suggestions for things they'd like to see on these forums, that is why this Forums Feedback & Development forum exists in the first place. You are welcome to start threads here to make said suggestions and gauge overall public opinion on those.

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PostSubject: Re: Happenings Bulletin Board = Old Bulletin Board + Service & Activity   2010-07-17, 4:55 am

After a day or so, I'm not sure what to think about this change. Kind of flip-flopping to either side. Maybe I just need to get used to it.

We'll see... For now it's alright the way it is.

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