Today we're going to be testing out a change here on the forum which will disable signatures by default for all users.
You still have the option to re-enable signatures if you prefer seeing them, just go your 'Ignore Preferences' in settings and uncheck "Ignore all signatures when reading topics and personal messages".
Why the change?
I have quite the pet-peeve with signatures. They're large, take up more space than content when reading a thread, and slow down page-load times signif
So it's that time of year again and the Holiday season is upon us! The students are out of class, there are last minute gifts to be bought and 2013 is just around the corner. To celebrate the season, GDC is running a couple holiday themed contests!
Christmas Costume/Tree Contest - We wanna see your best Christmas costumes/Christmas Tree decor of 2012 for this contest. Time to enter this contest is running out so if you plan on entering you better hurry up as entries are due Dec 26th!
We're happy to announce that BeachBum (Val) has been promoted to a global mod.
Bum started out as a chat mod then started helping us with pictures in the media forums and helping organize and clean up the Picture Vault. She's been dedicating a lot of time to help improve this place, and I'm glad to finally have her on board as a global mod.
We have decided to remove the Club Leaders special group we formed when we launched the Clubs subforum last year.
This group was initially meant as a simple type of incentive and recognition for users who started a club. After seeing it in action we don't believe this group is really necessary and wasn't accomplishing what we hoped it would.
Any users who were part of the Club Leaders group have now been defaulted back to the the standard Members group.
Please leave a comment if you h
There's a lot that going on around the forum now, so mods and admins can't always see every bad thing that happens, that's where we need your help.
On the forum:
If you are browsing around the forum and you come across something like a duplicate thread or someone being a dick or breaking the rules then please use the report system. The report button can be found on every post, PM, blog and every members the profile. On posts and PM's it is located at the bottom right hand corner of each on
Over the past few months we have been busy promoting some active chat members to help out over on the chat and I thought I'd introduce them to you today.
Firstly I would like to introduce Sleeper Agent. who joined the team back in July. His name is Riley and comes from a little island known as New Zealand. He also plays in a band called Passive Nation so don't forget to check them out.
Our next addition to the team is HolidayContradiction. She joined the team last month (September). Her na
As some of you tend to notice, at some points features get disabled for a short period of time on days when there's big news. Well there's a reason for this:
The server GDC is hosted on can only hold a certain amount of users on at one time. Of course the times we get too many members online is when a big announcement is made (Oh Love being released, new songs being released/leaked, etc).
When a lot of users start to flood the site it slows the server down to the point where it can take a
As you guys know we've been having some serious issues with the server lately. Last week we had to hire a professional server administrator take a look to see what was going on. It ended up costing us $150 to have him optimize the server and try to figure out why we've been having so many issues. It was definitely worth the cost, but $150 is a lot considering we already pay nearly $200/month just to keep the forum online.
So I thought I'd ask the community for help. If you can donate a few bu
The mod team has decided to allow members to change their display name once per year. You can now change your username in your settings without having to PM an admin to do it.
This option is open to all members, but please remember you can only change it once. Be sure to pick something you're going to be happy with for a long time, and be sure you don't make any typos.
Let us know if you have any questions or problems. If you see a member ask how to change their name, be sure to let them
The past few weeks a lot of you may have noticed you haven't been able to access the site at certain times because the server crashing. Part of the problem has been due to some of the large threads that are very active and the strain those threads have on the server.
Because of this we have restarted a lot of threads over 1,000 posts. Not all, but mostly the very active ones.
We hope this will help some of our problems with the server and load-times.
Very happy to announce that Katarina will be joining the team as a new moderator. Because everyone else on the team hates Green Day, she'll be mostly focusing on the Green Day Chat area of the forum that all the other mods actively avoid.
Katarina, glad to have you on the team, and looking forward to crushing noobs with you when these albums start rolling out.
This is something the mod team has been talking about for months and I'm finally ready to do something about it. I feel that a lot of the 'Brink of your Vision' forums are now redundant with the introduction of Blogs earlier this year. This is a good place for people to have their work posted and viewed, and I believe it's much better than a thread inside a subforum. Why? Because your newest work is highlighted on the blogs homepage and on the board index, rather than hidden inside your own indi
Really excited to announce that Ben (Tre's Busted Drumkit) is joining the mod team once again after a short break. We're excited to have him back, and look forward to him beating the hell out all of you.
I've finally got the Facebook Connect features working on GDC. You can now tie your Facebook account in with GDC.
"But why the fuck would I want to do that?"
Fair question, but please watch your language. When you tie your account together your status updates posted on Facebook will automatically update your GDC status and vice versa (or you can choose in your settings to only do one way or the other). Tying your accounts together will also allow you to login in to GDC via your Facebook ac
I'm excited to announce that we've promoted Bryony to a global mod and she will help us out running the forum. One of the things many of you suggested in the recent GDC evaluations was that we needed more mods from across the Atlantic, so this is a start. She's already been an incredibly helpful team member here on GDC as well as GDA - so I'm glad we could get her on in an even bigger role.
We're also promoting BeachBum (Val) to a media mod today. She'll be in charge of helping us keep the pi
We'd like for you guys to take just a few minutes to fill out this quick 4 question survey about GDC. Let us know how you feel about the forum and give us suggestions on ways we can improve and make the forum better for you.
The surveys are anonymous so we don't know who submit them - so be honest. This is the best way for us to get some real feedback from you guys without anyone feeling worried or pressured about what they're writing.
The admin an
I've just finished installing the most recent update for Invision Power Board. There have been no major changes. Just some tweaks to improve functionality and a lot of background changes to make the forum run smoother and more quickly in the long run (probably won't be noticeable to most users).
Note: I'm currently working on upgrading the light theme. It will be ready to use sometime tomorrow.
Load More Topics
When you get to the bottom a forum you now have a "Load More Topics" link (ima
I have to upgrade the forum software, so I'll be doing that tomorrow. The forum will be offline starting at 1pm EST for 1-3 hours depending on how much work needs to be done.
You guys can follow the forum on twitter @GDCforum for progress during the update.
As some of you noticed, I did the change in the middle of the night. There will be some errors until I have a chance to make one more upgrade, but it'll have to wait till tomorrow.
Green Day is hitting the road again later this year so we're going to do what we can to offer you guys the best place to talk about everything. We've just finished setting up the tour forum for the Summer 2012 tour, covering Japanese and European festival shows.
I encourage all of you to go into the tour forum and find a topic for the show you're going to. Make plans to meet-up, share details about the show location, all that.
We'll continue adding threads for tour dates as they're announc
We've updated the forum guidelines which for a while now have just been "Don't be a dick". These are the rules that the mod team will follow and enforce.
We have decided to promote Liam to global moderator (from just a media mod). Liam has been incredibly helpful around the forum and since joining the team has done a lot for this place.
I'm excited to have him help us more around the forum. So go visit his profile and bug him.
The full mod list can be found here.
Alright, so we've decided to add in the blog system into GDC. This will allow you guys a place to post your writing. It can be whatever you want. I'd love to see people using it in different ways. If you have something you feel like writing, wehther it be Green Day related or not, I look forward to seeing how you guys use this.
Maybe you have some short stories or poetry you'd like to share, this would be a pretty good place to do it. Maybe you want to write your own thoughts about something