Soon this forum will have a whole new look. Our forum has grown sooooo big and we have sooooo many posts per day that we are needing to split the forums. I moderate the photography forum as well, and we found a system that works really well, so I thought we would copy it over here and see if it will solve a couple of problems we are having. Here is what I'm thinking...but take a look at the Photography forum to understand better what I am talking about.
Main section - Pastel ....just like photography except this section would be house announcements only, whereas in photography we use it like I am suggesting we use the last forum listed here.
Sub Forum - Pastel Cafe - Network with your fellow pastel artists, greet new members, and discuss general off-topic subjects. New to the community? Stop in and introduce yourself!
Sub Forum - Pastel Studio & Art Gallery - Come on in, display your art; discuss techiniques, ask questions or offer advice.
Sub Forum - WC! Pastel Journal - Take a break from work and do some reading. Here you will find a special archive of valuable threads contributed by our members
This format is going to solve the problem with having so much to share that is off topic and just plain fun. It will be a place to share anything and everything ...even our art if we so choose. The cafe is the hang out.
This format is going to solve the problem with showing our art and getting feedback as well as a place to only discuss serious pastel topics. Now, don't get me wrong...this is not a critique center or just for techinical advice, it is a gallery, critique center, show and tell, technical information, anything ON topic.
This format is going to solve the problem of not being able to respond to Hall of Fame threads. Those threads are copies of active threads in the actual pastel forum, but when the actual thread is updated with a post, the hall of fame post remains the same...so valuable input is lost to the hall of fame. With the new format, the hall of fame threads would move to the WC! Pastel Journal and be merged with the active sister thread. Then we can keep talking and we will be able to find important topics so much quicker. The WC! Pastel Journal would not be for new threads, but rather it would be for threads that have won the honor or high ranking by membership. On the old threads, we can all pitch in and rank them so we can save them to the journal.
Anyway... regardless of where you post... nobody will get upset. We are the same group as ever...just getting bigger and needing more rooms. Don't have a good idea when this might happen...today, tomorrow, next week... but be on the look out for fresh paint!... errrrr dust.