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    feedback on hacks added to my forum

    ive recently added a few new features to my forum and was wanting a second opinion on them

    the first add on is a statistics section on the home page telling you the newest members, the newest posts etc. Its on my home page at http://www.presents4them.com/forums/

    the next add on is a graphical point system which a lot of role playing forums have added but i think it looks good on my site. For an example please click here

    any feedback would be greatly appreciated

    cheers

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    Congratulations on getting your vBulletin up, you're on your way.

    If you really want my honest opinion...

    I personally think your graphics need work. Black letters on orange doesn't look good to me.

    Your forums loaded slow for me - perhaps to all the hacks you have added. While adding hacks can often enhance a community, take a step back and ask yourself if the hacks you've added are really worth the extra clutter and confusion they bring. At the bare minimum, give users the opportunity to enable/disable hacks such as the bars in the posts. I find those extremely annoying because they move the focus away from the actual content of the post to the poster's name.

    Also, another "sin" of just starting out a forum is being too eager and adding more forums than you really need to start off. You don't need three dozen forums that will end up with 1 or 2 posts for weeks, until you get going, if you do. Start off with a few general forums and when those grow, expand. You never want to have to shrink in growth, but when you start off big, that's what you need to do.

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    mjames

    thanks for the feedback

    i think the colours are ok.What does everyone else think?

    I think your right about the forums though.
    I need to make less rooms.

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    I've debated about putting the stats on my page also. I would move them to another page and have a link at the top, or move them to the bottom. When you are trying to grow you board, make them seem more friendly. Lots of links and info upfront can be confusing for new members.

    Have you installed the Community Bulletin Generator Hack? That is a great one to help build the community.

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    pgowder

    whats the generator hack

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    It is a hack the sends in an email to everyone with updates about the forum.

    Here is a sample:

    Virtual Gathering Community Bulletin

    For unsubscription information, please see the bottom of this email.

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    Today's Date: 11-11-2001
    Activity since 01-01-2001
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    View all new content here: http://www.powwows.com/gathering/

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    LATEST THREADS
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    -- Threads posted most recently --

    Title: "BrownWlf!!!!!!!" (posted 11-10-2001 by eap7)
    o 0 replies, 19 views, last post: 10:31 PM, 11-10-2001 by eap7
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1086

    Title: "Feather search.............." (posted 11-10-2001 by medic)
    o 3 replies, 36 views, last post: 09:11 AM, 11-11-2001 by medeagle20
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1085

    Title: "How do you make a buckskin dress??" (posted 11-10-2001 by Ayita16)
    o 0 replies, 16 views, last post: 04:48 PM, 11-10-2001 by Ayita16
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1084

    Title: "Pheasant wing fan" (posted 11-10-2001 by chitimacha1974)
    o 0 replies, 21 views, last post: 11:27 AM, 11-10-2001 by chitimacha1974
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1083

    Title: "Gathering Of Nations" (posted 11-09-2001 by Ayita16)
    o 1 replies, 45 views, last post: 03:01 PM, 11-10-2001 by dancing bear
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1082

    Title: "Son Grass DAncer" (posted 11-09-2001 by deltadawn)
    o 7 replies, 62 views, last post: 06:12 PM, 11-10-2001 by PowwowBabe
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1081

    Title: "1dancing white wolf b'day" (posted 11-09-2001 by Walker)
    o 13 replies, 109 views, last post: 09:16 AM, 11-11-2001 by Shadowchaser
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1080

    Title: "competiton dancing in southern cloth" (posted 11-08-2001 by Ayita16)
    o 6 replies, 63 views, last post: 05:00 PM, 11-09-2001 by Ayita16
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1079

    Title: "New Smilies" (posted 11-08-2001 by Singing Otter)
    o 3 replies, 38 views, last post: 05:11 PM, 11-08-2001 by Singing Otter
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1078

    Title: "Hey, does anyone have any info about pow-wows in Texas that are coming up?" (posted 11-08-2001 by hidatsa9)
    o 2 replies, 43 views, last post: 12:51 PM, 11-09-2001 by SoaringEagle
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1077


    -- Threads with the most replies --

    Title: "Acts of Terrorism in US" (posted 09-11-2001 by Smokin' Ace)
    o 129 replies, 21 views, last post: 01:12 PM, 09-29-2001 by Abump
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=425

    Title: "poems or stories about "anything"" (posted 09-27-2001 by FAITH)
    o 98 replies, 439 views, last post: 11:50 PM, 11-10-2001 by FAITH
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...s=&threadid=98

    Title: "singles ?" (posted 08-29-2001 by ndn_ave)
    o 86 replies, 553 views, last post: 06:36 PM, 11-08-2001 by SoaringEagle
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...s=&threadid=43

    Title: "singles ?" (posted 08-29-2001 by ndn_ave)
    o 83 replies, 264 views, last post: 06:06 PM, 11-02-2001 by lawmanUT
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1036

    Title: "WHOS YOUR FAV. FANCY DANCER?!?!?!" (posted 05-06-2001 by grass dancer guy 11)
    o 78 replies, 337 views, last post: 05:40 PM, 11-07-2001 by Peigan49er Babe
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=232

    Title: "Pow Wow Idea" (posted 10-09-2001 by webmaster)
    o 75 replies, 1561 views, last post: 10:52 PM, 11-09-2001 by InjunJoe
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...s=&threadid=79

    Title: "poems or stories about "anything"" (posted 09-27-2001 by FAITH)
    o 75 replies, 231 views, last post: 12:42 AM, 10-24-2001 by FAITH
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=939

    Title: "WHOS YOUR FAV. FANCY SHAWL DANCERZ?!?!?!" (posted 05-09-2001 by grass dancer guy 11)
    o 70 replies, 197 views, last post: 05:08 PM, 11-09-2001 by ChenoaNativeGirl
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=396

    Title: "Richmond, VA Pow-Wow" (posted 10-01-2001 by NDNQt)
    o 62 replies, 1205 views, last post: 08:30 AM, 11-10-2001 by Kiwehnzii
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=133

    Title: "Lumbee Fall Powwow" (posted 10-11-2001 by harleywoman)
    o 61 replies, 1011 views, last post: 08:52 AM, 11-02-2001 by Shadowchaser
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=103


    -- Threads with the most views --

    Title: "Acceptance" (posted 10-20-2001 by Roc-E)
    o 1179 views, 37 replies, last post: 09:05 PM, 11-09-2001 by RandyE
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=919

    Title: "Attractive Pow-wow Guys" (posted 10-13-2001 by Lumbee Pride)
    o 1012 views, 46 replies, last post: 09:18 PM, 11-07-2001 by missy
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=106

    Title: "Welcome to the New Virtual Gathering" (posted 10-16-2001 by webmaster)
    o 757 views, 46 replies, last post: 01:45 PM, 10-31-2001 by wyat
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=856

    Title: "Fav N. Drums" (posted 10-24-2001 by nativelohaus)
    o 658 views, 26 replies, last post: 03:22 PM, 11-09-2001 by sweetndn49
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=943

    Title: "No Thanks" (posted 10-20-2001 by FAITH)
    o 634 views, 21 replies, last post: 08:07 PM, 11-05-2001 by ChenoaNativeGirl
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=914

    Title: "Christian Powwows and Sweats" (posted 10-24-2001 by DANCINGEAGLE)
    o 594 views, 26 replies, last post: 12:04 AM, 11-05-2001 by Benther_Dunthat
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=947

    Title: "The True Origin Of Thanksgiving" (posted 10-09-2001 by jriverwind)
    o 584 views, 51 replies, last post: 03:25 AM, 10-21-2001 by mymistyeyes
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=469

    Title: "What style do you dance?" (posted 10-29-2001 by webmaster)
    o 563 views, 16 replies, last post: 12:20 AM, 11-10-2001 by musespirit
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=977

    Title: "Waccamaw-Siouan Powwow" (posted 10-04-2001 by ChenoaNativeGirl)
    o 556 views, 38 replies, last post: 12:23 AM, 10-28-2001 by saponi
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=151

    Title: "Tramps on the Trail!!!!!" (posted 10-17-2001 by FancyStar)
    o 522 views, 9 replies, last post: 10:56 AM, 11-06-2001 by sldodson
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=863


    -- Threads with no replies yet --

    Title: "BrownWlf!!!!!!!" (posted 11-10-2001 by eap7)
    o 19 views
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1086

    Title: "How do you make a buckskin dress??" (posted 11-10-2001 by Ayita16)
    o 16 views
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1084

    Title: "Pheasant wing fan" (posted 11-10-2001 by chitimacha1974)
    o 21 views
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1083

    Title: "Fav dancers of Canada" (posted 11-08-2001 by chiefer_10)
    o 15 views
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1074

    Title: "choctaw" (posted 11-06-2001 by natiger)
    o 46 views
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1056

    Title: "Releasing the Singers" (posted 11-06-2001 by Aqiimuk)
    o 60 views
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1052

    Title: "Monies owed" (posted 11-05-2001 by the bee)
    o 47 views
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1046

    Title: "KOLA Action Group" (posted 11-02-2001 by powwowstyles)
    o 44 views
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1031

    Title: "INFR pw results" (posted 11-02-2001 by mizztradish)
    o 66 views
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1030

    Title: "The Actvists Shop" (posted 11-02-2001 by powwowstyles)
    o 58 views
    o http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1029


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    Question: Are you coming to the Tullahoma Intertribal??
    o 'Heck yeah, I wouldnt miss out on meeting some of the wierdos from this board!!' (5 votes)
    o 'Well..I dont know yet...my dog ate my car keys and Im not sure if I could handle meeting some of you people cause I uhh got a job that uhh might not let me off..yeah' (2 votes)
    o 'No way am I going to subject myeslf to the ranitng and ravings of powwows.com people in REAl life, its bad enough on the web!! so Im not coming.' (5 votes)
    View this poll: http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1062

    Question: Are you coming to the Tullahoma Intertribal??
    o 'Heck yeah, I wouldnt miss out on meeting some of the wierdos from this board!!' (5 votes)
    o 'Well..I dont know yet...my dog ate my car keys and Im not sure if I could handle meeting some of you people cause I uhh got a job that uhh might not let me off..yeah' (2 votes)
    o 'No way am I going to subject myeslf to the ranitng and ravings of powwows.com people in REAl life, its bad enough on the web!! so Im not coming.' (5 votes)
    View this poll: http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=956

    Question: How many people are really familiar with what happened to Leonard Peltier?
    o 'Very Familiar' (24 votes)
    o 'Familiar' (15 votes)
    o 'Somewhat Familiar' (10 votes)
    o 'Leonard Who?' (2 votes)
    View this poll: http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=990

    Question: What style do you dance?
    o 'Men's Fancy' (2 votes)
    o 'Men's Grass' (6 votes)
    o 'Men's Traditional' (11 votes)
    o 'Men's Straight' (7 votes)
    o 'Women's Jingle' (9 votes)
    o 'Women's Fancy Shawl' (3 votes)
    o 'Women's Buckskin' (7 votes)
    o 'Women's Cloth' (20 votes)
    o 'I don't dance' (3 votes)
    o 'I sing' (6 votes)
    View this poll: http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=977

    Question: Are you coming to this?
    o 'Yes' (1 votes)
    o 'No' (7 votes)
    o 'Maybe' (2 votes)
    View this poll: http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...=&threadid=862


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    thats a fantastic hack

    do you have the code saved in a text file or is it still at the vbulletin forums

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    I got it from vbulletin.org

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    cheers bud

    ill do a search and should find it that way


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