7th Column Motto Poll Round 2

7th Column Motto Poll Round 2

Two mottos were obvious winners in the last Bungie.net poll, We're everywhere! and Tru7h. Carnage. Bungie. However, we've received additional submissions since the poll went live, and since there's no consensus here we thought it'd be interesting to throw these new contenders in the ring. Let us know what you think ... is there a clear winner?

Community 1/17/2002 9:14 PM PST permalink

Bug Fixes: News, Overview

Bug Fixes: News, Overview

Just made the following fixes that I've been putting off for way too long:
  • I've fixed a bug that was causing the news submission count to not show up in the navigation bar for group staff. Be sure to check for new submissions, I suspect many of you have stories waiting in the queue.
  • I've also fixed an annoying cache bug where news on your front page wasn't getting updated when you edited or deleted stories. Whew!
  • Finally, I've fixed a long-standing bug with the group overview. Your member count should now update immediately when you accept new members and when members leave your group.

Community 1/17/2002 6:45 PM PST permalink

Bug Fix: Messaging

Bug Fix: Messaging

That auto reply quoting I added was causing problems for some people trying to reply to messages, so I've disabled it. If you were experiencing problems with the messaging system give it another shot.

Community 1/17/2002 12:48 AM PST permalink

You Stole My Poll!

You Stole My Poll!

I didn't, Stosh from Mob of Angry Peasants did. He suggested moving the poll for chapters so it resides below the navigation bar, thus freeing up more room for databases in the sidebar. I liked the idea so much I made the change. What would be really cool is if you could determine the position for yourself. Perhaps we'll add this ability a little down the road.

Community 1/17/2002 12:43 AM PST permalink

The 7th Column For Dummies

The 7th Column For Dummies

One out of five respondents in our last poll indicated that they don't know what the 7th Column is all about. Frogblast just reminded me we have a page that explains at /perlbin/blam.pl?file=/site/2/site/fanclub/about_fanclub.html. Who put that there? Please read up on our mission statement before you vote in the poll.

Community 1/16/2002 7:08 PM PST permalink

Vote For Our Motto

Vote For Our Motto

We've gone through all the 7th Column motto submissions and chosen our favorites. Now we'd like to hear what you think! Please vote for your favorite motto in the poll on the front Bungie.net page. (Remember, vote for the motto you'd feel comfortable wearing on the back of a T-shirt!)

Community 1/16/2002 6:36 PM PST permalink

Motto? What You Say?

Motto? What You Say?

Organdonor sent me a message asking what happened to the 7th Column motto suggestions people sent in. I thought I'd respond here, for everyone. We actually got a good number of submissions but the Online team was unable to agree on a single one. Now that we've got this poll feature let me go back over the list, pull out the favorites, and we'll put the question to you, Bungie's army. If you have suggestions you'd like considered this is your last chance, click on my name and message 'em to me!

Community 1/15/2002 11:46 PM PST permalink

New Poll Up

New Poll Up

Whoops, I meant to put up a post when our new poll went live. This poll is just a little test to see how many of our Bungie.net readers have joined a 7th Column Chapter, how many haven't, and how many have never heard of the 7th Column. Please vote if you haven't done so already.

Community 1/15/2002 9:29 PM PST permalink

Public News and Your Chapter

Public News and Your Chapter

In an effort to make the 7th Column more accessible to new players and to foster better communication between members we've made the default for all news posts "visible to the public." You can still make private posts, but we encourage you to be as open as possible with your news and happenings.

Community 1/15/2002 6:22 PM PST permalink

Improved Chapter Directory

Improved Chapter Directory

I've just implemented a little change to the Seventh Column chapter directory. Some chapters have the word "The" to start out their name, like The Marty Army. Those chapters are no longer listed under "T". For example, The Marty Army is listed under "M" now. This should make looking for a chapter a little easier.

Community 1/10/2002 11:04 PM PST permalink

A Poll of Your Own

A Poll of Your Own

Read Full Top Story

Community 1/10/2002 8:35 AM PST

New Feature: Did You Know?

New Feature: Did You Know?

Ah yes, I almost forgot. There's one more new feature on the 7th Column main page. Below the navigation bar there's now something called "Did You Know...?" This is where we'll add interesting tidbits and facts about this web site and about the fan club ... assuming we remember to update it! We'll try though, so check back and check often!

Community 1/10/2002 1:45 AM PST permalink

New Feature: Most Active Chapter

New Feature: Most Active Chapter

We've added a new feature to the 7th Column main page that should help you locate the most active fanclub chapters. Right below the New Clubs list on the right there's now a list of the 10 most active chapters. Even better, when you browse the directory, chapters that have had activity within the last 48 hours will have their names displayed bigger and bolder than those that haven't. A lot of you have requested similar features; hopefully this will help make it easier to keep on top of happenings in the 7th Column.

Community 1/10/2002 1:41 AM PST permalink

New Feature: QuickPoll

New Feature: QuickPoll

We once had a polling feature on Bungie.net. It has returned, only bigger and badder. We're actually doing a live beta test with the poll to your left, below the navigation bar. Once we're confident in the code we're going to do something very, very cool -- each chapter is going to get the ability to create its own polls!
In the meantime please cast your vote for who you think is going to win this Friday's Bungie Pentathlon. For those of you unfamiliar with this Bungie tradition, let me explain: every winter the various Bungie teams compete in five events. This year we're playing Halo, DoA3, Fusion Frenzy, Hitz, and an old classic, Spades. Go Online Cinematesticle! Anyway, I gots to go practice with my team. Oh yeah, a few more things....

Community 1/10/2002 1:37 AM PST permalink

Disappearing Events

Disappearing Events

I've seen this bug several times, but so far we haven't been able to determine the cause. Sometimes events will simply disappear from the Upcoming Events list in a chapter's sidebar but remain visible on the Events page. Wacky. We suspect it may be a cacheing problem, but we're not sure. We've added debugging code that may help track it down, but we have to wait until it shows up again. If this happens to you please message me and let me know about it. Until then hang in there, we're on the case.

Community 1/8/2002 10:09 PM PST permalink

Membership Drive

Membership Drive

The total number of members in the 7th Column is well below what it should be. Most of this is our fault, as we've never actively promoted it. We're going to start being more aggressive here, trying to get the word out on the street. We'd like you to do the same. If you've got friends, brothers, sisters, mothers that play Halo or that should be playing Halo then let them know about the 7th Column, and convince them to join up. The more members in the fan club the more The Man will turn a blind eye to our nefarious plans.

Community 1/8/2002 9:06 PM PST permalink

Bug Fix: Missing News Link

Bug Fix: Missing News Link

Whoops. Just fixed a bug I introduced last week that made the Report News link invisible to new chapters. Sorry about that. The link is now right there on your front page. If you notice additional bugs please click on my name and message me with details.

Community 1/7/2002 9:55 PM PST permalink

Advertising For Members

Advertising For Members

One more thing I was thinking about this weekend. I know there are a number of chapters seeking members in specific areas, but very few tools for advertising this fact. If you chapter is seeking members go ahead and submit news about it to the Seventh Column/Bungie.net sites and we'll see what we can do to help.

Community 1/7/2002 9:20 PM PST permalink

Bug Fix: Cancelled Events

Bug Fix: Cancelled Events

Just fixed a minor bug that has been bugging me. Cancelled events will no longer show in the events list on your chapter's front page. They'll still show on your events page, however, but with text in red that says [Cancelled].

Community 1/7/2002 9:08 PM PST permalink

HBO Carnage Report

HBO Carnage Report

We've been watching all the chapters, paying special attention to the ones comprised of long time fans. Looks like the HBO Junkies' (/perlbin/blam.pl?file=/fanclub/20) first LAN party was a success. Louis Wu posted a writeup in the Bungie.org Halo forum, http://carnage.bungie.org/haloforum/halo.forum.pl?read=86090. Read up on their experience and then go plan your own Halo LAN party, if you haven't already ... you'll need the practice!

Community 1/5/2002 3:43 AM PST permalink

Disappearing Event Bug Fixed

Disappearing Event Bug Fixed

Well, it wasn't actually a bug, but it has been fixed nonetheless. Some of you noticed that existing events sometimes disappear from the list when you post a new event. That's because the list was only looking out 60 days past your first event. So, for example, if you had an event today and another in 3 months, the second wouldn't show. I've increased the limit to 120 days. Update: The events list now shows events up to a full year in the future.

Community 1/4/2002 11:33 PM PST permalink

Big News System Changes

Big News System Changes

I've finally made a change to the news system that I've been itching to make for quite some time. First, I've combined each chapter's Main and News pages so that news stories are now displayed right on your front page, divided by day. In the process I've added a View Old News link that allows you (finally!) to view, well, your chapter's old news. This news format is what's been in place on the front Bungie.net page for a bit. I've also gone ahead and added it to the Seventh Column and Tru7h and Recon front pages so you can access old news and old Top Stories. Oh yeah, I've also tweaked the chapter default color scheme to make it more like the main fanclub page. Enjoy!

Community 1/4/2002 10:51 PM PST permalink

Tidal Wave of New Chapters

Tidal Wave of New Chapters

Apparently no one has checked the new fan club chapter submissions since I left on vacation. Yikes, that was a long list. I've gone through though and approved a bunch, and rejected a bunch more because they didn't mention anything about LAN play in any way, shape or form.

Community 1/3/2002 9:53 PM PST permalink

Old Database Woes

Old Database Woes

Miguel pointed out that I forgot to mention one thing about yesterday's database improvement. We weren't tracking who entered what before, except when a field in the database itself did so. This means we have no knowledge of who entered what for entries prior to yesterday's change, and so there's no way to allow authors to modify their own entries for these old ones. There's no way around this, except to recreate the offensive entries. Sorry.

Community 12/21/2001 7:16 PM PST permalink

Chapter Database Improvements

Chapter Database Improvements

We've made two changes to the way databases work that several of you have requested. First, you can now edit the title, description, and security settings for an existing database from the db view page. (No more having to destroy and recreate your databases to make changes!) Second, there's now a third security setting for who can edit database entries--when this option is set users can edit their own entries. This is the default edit security option, as I imagine it will be the most useful. Play around with these fixes and let us know what you think.

Community 12/21/2001 12:21 AM PST permalink