jcoyier wrote:Excuse my ignorance first off.....I will try to put this topic together the best I know how given my limited understanding of how forums work, what a "topic" is vs a "post" within a "forum category"....etc. This all seems very confusing to me. My intent is to initiate a "topic" that I can post to in the forum titled "Hang Gliding General". If you see I am on the wrong track, please give me some feedback earlier rather than later. The first thing I see is when I choose to start a new "topic" I am immediately asked to provide a "subject"....wtf??, is this "subject" now going to be the title of the "topic"??..... moving right along.....
First of all, thanks very much for taking the time to post to the US Hawks forum!!
There's an old saying "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail".
The main tool that we have running right now is a forum and a forum is mostly for back and forth communication between a bunch of people. But it can be used for other purposes (say a "blog") with just a little bit of care.
I can think of two ways to support "blog" functionality fairly easily. The first approach is to ask that any topics intended as blogs (basically monologues) should start with the word "Blog:". So this one might be titled "Blog: Easy Riser Repair Project". It could be an understanding among the US Hawks community that each such "blog" is reserved for the person who started it (unless the blogger explicitly invites people to post). There are ways that I can enforce that and even remove posts that the blogger finds objectionable (maybe put them in a special area for posts removed from blogs). The other approach would be to start a new subforum dedicated to people's blogs. The same rules would apply.
And actually, as I was typing, I just thought of an even better idea!! It turns out that topics can live in multiple places at the same time. You may have seen topics in the main forum that actually exist in the Torrey Hawks subforum or vice-versa. I mentioned the Torrey Hawks forum because that subforum has a different style, so when you go there, you immediately know you're not in Oz anymore (pun intended). The nice thing about this approach is that the blogs will be visible as regular topics in the main forum, but they'll also be collected together in a subforum if anyone wants to just see lots of blogs.
I think that's what I'll do unless anyone wants to hold a vote on it.
Are you ready to be the test pilot for that John?
You also mentioned that you didn't know how to upload a picture, so I took the liberty of inserting it for you (please let me know if you approve or would rather have it removed).
Finally, you mentioned that you might need some help posting pictures. If you have a question or problem with the forum, please feel free to call me any time at 858-204-7499. I'll do my best to help you almost any time (and I mean that). In this case, there's a topic that describes the process at: http://ushawks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=24#p4098
. You might want to "right click" on that link and open it in a new window so you can follow along with the pictures as you do it. It's not quite as smooth as I would like, but once you get used to it you'll be posting pictures in your sleep.
But mostly, please feel free to use the phone any time. I'm really (really
) happy to help anyone who's willing to help the US Hawks.
So thanks for posting, and I look forward to following your progress with that Easy Riser!!