Hello VH! Once upon a time, I was named Nemesis (like a decade ago?), so Nemblog was the name of my 'blog' on VHOT.
There are so many things the other mods and I want to talk about, but I will TRY not to tackle them all now and turn this into a novel. Please enjoy the following hodgepodge of information. This is more like a rambly Site News post, sorry. Future posts will hopefully be more concise and focused.
Welcome to our new club. We hope that you'll keep an eye on the club and join in on projects when you can. Projects will range from one time and small (Can someone make a list of ____?) to ongoing (social media content, vh:ah posts). Our aim is to bring projects that don't have to be secret out of the mods' hidden lair and invite you to work on them with us, if you're so inclined.
Also, as mentioned in the Welcome to GSD Club post, we want to work on communicating more with everyone and bringing a little more transparency to what we do. And that's what this blog is for.
If you want to reply to a topic or blog post, you'll have to join the club. Sorry about that. I would've made it Public so folks could reply without joining, but I wanted the ability to designate club moderators. Joining the club does not require you to do anything and membership doesn't require approval.
DEFAULT ACTIVITY STREAMS
I was thinking we could make more use of the activity streams feature, so I've added two default streams to the Activity tab: Help Wanted and Site Plots. You can find them by going to Activity > My Activity Streams > Default Streams
Help Wanted: this is for all applications, whether posted by moderators, staff or prefects. Any topic which is tagged with help wanted, help-wanted, or helpwanted will show up in this stream. We ask that members not use those tags for roleplays or questions, etc. We also ask that anyone using those tags remove them after applications are closed. The mods will periodically look at the stream and remove the tag from old topics as well.
Site Plot: This is so you can see what's new with the plot folks. Currently, any topic tagged plot or the uprising will show up here. We ask that members outside the Plot group do not use either of those tags without permission.
Other Stream Ideas?: I was thinking of adding lesson streams. Would that be helpful? (If you doubt I'd keep them updated - a valid doubt, I would make it part of Sorting Day tasks to update the stream tags for the new year's lessons. I always do my sorting day stuff). If you have other ideas for a default stream that people might find useful, let me know in the comments!
Lessons streams, would look something like this, so the Default Stream section didn't get ridiculously long:
I was informed recently that an update about the shop system was long overdue. Sorry about that!
The status has not changed much since my last update. Here's the main parts we're missing:
- items/credentials showing in member profiles
- admin section (to add/edit shop items and shops)
- earn money for posting
There are a couple more bells and whistles we'd like, but those are the essential missing bits. Otherwise it's working great. If we could even just get the items to show in profiles, I'd probably put it up for you guys to use.
I'm very sorry that this has dragged out so long. I had gotten pretty fatalistic about the whole thing. I hadn't totally given up on it, but there'd been too many let downs so I put it way on the backburner for a while. Coding for Invision has gotten way more complicated and just knowing php and mysql isn't quite enough. A few people that offered to help did not get very far into deciphering how it all worked before giving up, so I got wary of accepting any new offers. (Thank you so much though to those of you who did offer.)
ANYWAY, I am trying again. A few mods have offered to pitch in some money so we could hire someone experienced with coding apps for Invision. I contacted someone in December who seemed like he'd be able to help, but has not followed through either. So this week I'll try contacting a couple more coders. It's going to happen, darn it!
We've decided to downsize The Marketplace forums. Activity in the shop forums had naturally decreased quite a lot ever since we switched the shops system to direct purchase. There are too many forums in there and not enough interest in roleplaying in them. With our current population and activity levels, we didn't feel it made sense to focus member time and energy on increasing activity there.
We have bid a sincere thank you and adieu to our Shopkeepers (not including wand assistants). We will soon bid goodbye to most of The Marketplace forums as well. (Any roleplay topics already in them will remain public. You won't lose your roleplays.)
One of our first projects to be posted in here (soon!) will be to help writing up and formatting descriptions of the shops and NPC shopkeepers to post in pinned topics in the remaining forums. That way people interested in roleplaying in a particular shop can take a quick peek and include those characters in their roleplays if they so wish.
BITS AND PIECES
There are a few other topics I'd really like to touch on, but I think they deserve their own posts. So more on the following later, either from me or the other mods, but for now I will just say:
- We all know VH is smaller than it used to be and this affects all aspects of the site. So PR/Social Media is a big priority for us to help boost our population. Burke will be posting ways for people to assist with our efforts to lure more people in, so please keep an eye on her "Cool Stuff" forum in this club and help out if you can. Even if you can't help with that stuff, do what you can to be welcoming to new folks who find their way to VH.
- Applications are open for a few positions and response has been low. If you're kind of/maybe thinking of applying, please give it a go! (Check out that handy new Help Wanted stream...) If you have questions about the jobs or time commitment involved, send the mod who posted them a message. I promise they won't mind!
Murder mystery novels! I've read two this month and they let me down hard. The first ended without ANY of the mystery being resolved. (Nobody warned me it was the first book in a trilogy! UGH). The second... it was clear the protagonist's husband was secretly a murderer from the first chapter. Maybe it was supposed to be obvious? That was not clear. Try harder, murder mystery novels!
DEAD TO ME:
The cracks in my walls/floors that let the ants in.
LOVE OF MY WEEK:
NINE NINE! Welcome back