New Feature: Game Reviews

New Feature: Game Reviews

UpdateThank Cpt_Canuck for this idea, it was his suggestion.
I've forgotten who suggested this, but it seemed a fine idea so I went ahead and created a Game Review database type for chapters. Use it to post reviews and have members rate console games, PC games, board games, drinking games, whatever!

Community 3/6/2002 9:07 PM PST permalink

Seventh Column Motto Revealed

Seventh Column Motto Revealed

Total Codex just reminded me that I never announced the official choice for the Seventh Column motto. Whoops. The official motto (currently being worked into a pretty friggin' cool shirt design) is "Tru7h. Carnage. Bungie."

Community 3/6/2002 7:47 PM PST permalink

News Posting Having Issues

News Posting Having Issues

Update: The problem has been resolved. Your news posting results should display properly now. I also fixed a small issue with the activity log not recording everything it was supposed to, so you can see more info now.

Some of you may have noticed that when you attempt to post a new news story that instead of seeing the "success" message, you see a page header and nothing else. I am aware of the problem and am working to correct it. Your news still is getting posted, so don't just blindly hit "reload", you'll end up double posting.

Community 3/6/2002 12:20 AM PST permalink

Group Activity Logs

Group Activity Logs

I've taken a few users' requests and made the group activity logs (previously only a staff tool) accessible to all group members. The activity log is an easy way to check up on what's new in your group, especially in your databases. The link can be found when you're visiting one of your chapters, in the left hand navigation bar, below Members.

Community 2/28/2002 2:05 AM PST permalink

Ask and You Shall Receive

Ask and You Shall Receive

FrogBlast noticed a new theme yesterday--Soffish. Though we'd accidentally posted the old version of this theme, his detective work convinced us to finish the new one. Now the water stuff item theme you've always wanted is finally here! Careful, transparent resin may leak out.

Community 2/27/2002 6:30 PM PST permalink

DoubleTree Number Correction

DoubleTree Number Correction

A big warm thanks to crbuke who pointed out that the number listed for the DoubleTree in our E3 story was incorrect. The correct number is (310) 395-3332.

Community 2/26/2002 6:20 PM PST permalink

7th Column Week in Review

7th Column Week in Review

Another week, another review. Speaking of reviews, we have some new database types for you that allows you to set up lists of movies and books and rate them. As for the 7th Column, well, I'll assume that your lack of mail to 7thcol@bungie.com means that everyone is hard at work planning how to dominate at the upcoming E3 tournament. Don't forget to sign your chapter up at /perlbin/blam.pl?file=/news/stories/bungie_party_at_e3.html! In other news:
  • The Mob of Angry Peasants (/fanclub/415), is seeking members, and wants to advertise their upcoming events. They mention that "The Mob really likes media attention. It's the media that really gets things done in politics, and The Mob is aware of this. This is why The Mob is drawing attention to its upcoming Bureaucratic Upheaval. Everyone is emplored to assist in this upheaving of the bureaucracy." Uh, yeah... Moving on...
  • Tigaj, founder of the Tigajim Assassins (/fanclub/800), is looking for Halo players in the vicinity of Greeley, CO.
  • The Crocodile Bungie chapter (/fanclub/26) is having a LAN party in South Australia on the 23rd... uh, that would be today in the USA. Sorry about that guys. But if you're in Australia, check these guys out, Halo is coming there too!

And so ends another week, and my first time writing the review. Be sure to send us your postings for the week in review to 7thcol@bungie.com. Also, check back early next week for some new features for every user that 90% of you wanted. In related news, 75% of all statistics are fake.

Community 2/23/2002 12:28 AM PST permalink

Two New Databases!

Two New Databases!

I've ducked the "no new feature additions on Friday afternoon" censors and created two new database types, Movie Reviews and Reading List. Even better, both are hooked in to the poll system, so chapter members can rate books and movies. Enjoy!

Community 2/23/2002 12:27 AM PST permalink

Bungie Party at E3

Bungie Party at E3

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Community 2/19/2002 10:13 AM PST

No More Accidental Deletes

No More Accidental Deletes

Now, when you hit that "delete database" button, you'll be taken to a page asking if you're sure you know what you're doing. No more accidentally deleting databases! Sorry about this one, it was waaaay too long coming.

Community 2/13/2002 1:31 AM PST permalink

New Chapters

New Chapters

I just approved a ton of new Seventh Column chapters. If you had one waiting in the queue head on over to /site/2 and check it out, your page should now be live.

Community 2/11/2002 2:12 AM PST permalink

One Born Every Second

One Born Every Second

Several users have been intentionally manipulating the activity meter to bump their chapters up to the top of the Most Active list. Some things never change. That list wasn't meant to be competitive, it's there to encourage group activity and point people towards the most active groups. If you want publicity submit something worth publicizing to 7thcol@bungie.com for the week in review. The offenders have been dealt with as appropriate. Avoid making this same mistake, next time we won't be so nice.

Community 2/8/2002 6:32 PM PST permalink

Continued Weeding

Continued Weeding

I've gone through the remaining inactive chapters founded pre-January, disbanding some and leaving staff-only news messages for others. If your chapter falls in this category but you don't want it disbanded please check your news, then message me with a darn good explanation (or bribe).

Community 2/5/2002 6:50 PM PST permalink

Simplified Links to Chapters

Simplified Links to Chapters

Nijhazer requested this feature this morning and Achronos thought up a quick solution. You can now use shortcuts to link to your chapters. Just type in http://www.bungie.net/fanclub/x, where x is the desired chapter id (get this from the URL displayed when you view your chapter). So, for example, to link to Nijhazer's chapter from another site I'd type http://www.bungie.net/fanclub/5. You can also use this in a LINK tag on this site by typing /fanclub/5.

Community 2/5/2002 6:44 PM PST permalink

Mad Disbanding Spree Part I

Mad Disbanding Spree Part I

I've been disbanding chapters inactive since last year. Once again I'm being lenient as heck, and I'm even leaving nice warning messages for those I suspect might still be around. If you're the one irresponsible for one of these chapters best let me know about it soon, or yours will be no more. Warnings have been left for chapters starting A through M, the rest will follow.

Community 2/5/2002 2:33 AM PST permalink

Soffish Is The Champion!

Soffish Is The Champion!

Soffish, that wiley friend of ours that does not harm human body, made a surprise comeback in our last poll. The poll asked which theme you would most like to see next. Soffish just barely snuck past The Flood, which ended in a close second. Candyman was relieved, as we actually started on a Soffish theme a while back, whereas we haven't the slightest clue what a Flood theme will look like. We have a few projects that take priority over any more themes but when we get some time we'll see what we can conjure up.

Community 2/4/2002 7:16 PM PST permalink

Chapter Themes

Chapter Themes

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Community 1/30/2002 10:47 AM PST

1000 Strong ... And Growing

1000 Strong ... And Growing

Today marked a momentus occasion--the Seventh Column, Bungie's army of loyal fans, is now 1000 members strong! The honor goes to Blasta_Thug, founder of The S |/\| a r |\/| of Marietta, Ohio (/perlbin/blam.pl?file=/fanclub/580).

Community 1/29/2002 7:05 PM PST permalink

Disappearing Database Entries

Disappearing Database Entries

Update: All of the display issues with old database entries have been resolved; the entries should all be back now.

Some of you may have noticed that a bunch of your older database entries appear to be missing. Rest assured, the actual entries are still there. The problem is just a display issue, and your old entries should reappear as soon as the display problem is fixed.

Community 1/24/2002 6:42 PM PST permalink

Bug Fix: Disappearing Events

Bug Fix: Disappearing Events

Finally figured out why events were sometimes disappearing from the sidebar. The problem is fixed.

Community 1/24/2002 5:45 PM PST permalink

Week in Review Submissions

Week in Review Submissions

If the 7th Column Week in Review is going to happen again this week you're going to have to do the work! Seriously, if you have something you'd like considered for inclusion--an event you hosted or are hosting, a chapter seeking members, etc.--please email details today to 7thcol@bungie.com (yes, this changed from @microsoft.com, though both will work). Be sure to include your login name and your chapter's name, as well as any relevant or interesting details.

Community 1/24/2002 5:28 PM PST permalink

Access and Database Problems

Access and Database Problems

We're aware of an intermittent problem some of you are having accessing the site, and another with disappearing database entries. We're unsure of the cause in both cases. Rest assured we're doing our best to track things down. We'll have an update as soon as we figure more out.

Community 1/24/2002 4:03 PM PST permalink

New Database: Halo Gametypes

New Database: Halo Gametypes

We've got a new feature lined up for every chapter to assist you with keeping track of what game variants of multiplayer Halo are good. The Halo Gametypes database type allows you to input different game variants for all to see. People who can view your database can then rate individual variants. The results will automatically be tallied and averaged so you'll know if that variant will go over well at your next LAN party. If you have any problems using this new database type, message myself or Yeroen.

Community 1/23/2002 10:21 PM PST permalink

7th Column Week in Review

7th Column Week in Review

Here's a quick rundown of happenings in the 7th Column. This and the seeking members list below took me a while to compile, so please don't spam me with messages telling me what I missed. Instead we've created an alias specifically for that purpose! If you have something you think worth mentioning when we review the week's happenings please send it via email to 7thcol@microsoft.com. No promises it will be included, etc., etc. You know the drill. Anyway, on to the week in review!
Gatherings
Miscellaneous Happenings
  • Sardaukar Legion West (/perlbin/blam.pl?file=/fanclub/201) is trying to build a consolidated Western US chapter.
  • Stosh from Mob of Angry Peasants (/perlbin/blam.pl?file=/fanclub/415) is working on a logo/t-shirt design for their chapter. That's cool.
  • Achronos has a feature for chapters in the works (and almost complete) that all you Halo fans are going to love.
  • Several Bay Area chapters are discussing plans for a huge Bay area LAN party.
Bug Fixes and Site Changes
  • News posts now default to publicly visible.
  • Fixed a bug that caused problems for people editing events with markup tags in them.
  • Fixed a bug that wasn't clearing the cache when news was edited or deleted.
  • Fixed a bug where the overview member count wasn't getting updated when new members were accepted.
  • Fixed a bug that was causing news submissions to not show up in the navbar.
Site Stats
  • 342 7th Column chapters
  • 787 7th Column members
  • 7688 Bungie.net members

Community 1/18/2002 9:45 PM PST permalink

Chapters Seeking Members

Chapters Seeking Members

I've compiled a list of the various chapters that are actively recruiting members:

Western US

Eastern US

Southern US

Central US

Community 1/18/2002 1:40 AM PST permalink