Chapter Clean Up Round 2

Chapter Clean Up Round 2

Update: Searching for chapters will no longer display disbanded ones.

I've gone ahead and done what I said I'd do and disbanded more inactive chapters. I'm still being nice though, and have only disbanded ones that show not a stir of life. We'll let things settle down for a bit, and then after the holidays I'll put these new message indicators to good use ... there are still about 20 chapters I'm almost positive the founder has never looked twice at.

Incidently, we've made it so that the names of members in your chapter's new member request queue link to the player profile page. I can't believe no one suggested this (or that we overlooked it)!

Community 12/20/2001 11:18 PM PST permalink

7th Column Needs Motto Badly

7th Column Needs Motto Badly

Hear ye, hear ye! The 7th Column is in dire need of a motto. Unfortunately the latin version of Bungie's corporate motto won't do, and the only alternative we've come up with I can't even write here without translating it into Latin first. We need your help!

That's right, we're looking to you, the members of the 7th Column, the bread and butter of the organization, the men and woman (yes, I know of one) on the front line, to help devise a new motto. Think up something witty, something profane, something that captures the true essence of what the fan club is all about, and send it to webmonkey@bungie.com. If we use your idea we may even send you a nice thank you present.

Community 12/18/2001 10:07 PM PST permalink

Our Fist, Your Chest?

Our Fist, Your Chest?

I really like the 7th Column logo, the fist with the lightning bolt derived from the old Bungie flag. Just wondering if any fanclub members feel the same way, and would like to wear it on a T-shirt as much as I would (ahem ... Bungie Store). Since we don't have polls quite yet message me (click on my name in the news story header) and let me know what you think. UPDATE: I've started a thread over at the Bungie Sightings forum, http://bs.bungie.org/cgi-bin/bsib/topic.cgi?forum=10&topic=14. Feel free to jump in.

Community 12/13/2001 11:45 PM PST permalink

Finding a LAN Party Venue

Finding a LAN Party Venue

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Community 12/13/2001 8:59 AM PST

Accepting New Members

Accepting New Members

Looking through the chapters makes me wonder if everyone knows how to accept new members. The following chapters have membership requests pending (number of requests in parentheses):

7th Reality (2), 108 Dragunz (1), ArsTechnica (1), CMU's Keepers of Tru7h (1), Chi-HALO (2), Chaos (1), Colonial Marines (3), DC Metro Hell Razors (5), Ft. Wayne Halo Freaks (1), Fallen Angels (1), Grand Rapids Rampage (2), Gator Gamers (2), Halo Miamians (1), HalOtown (1), Halo Hokies (1), Halo Elite (1), Invisible Dream (2), Master Chief's Rogues (2), Mercenaries of Light (6), Minn. Infantry Assembly (1), New York for Myth (1), Old Players Of Myth (1), PSU HALO (2), RIT (1), Turks (1), The Fedyakin (1), Tucson Halo Players (1), The Death Slurpies (2), The Elite (3), The Elite Marines (2), The Silent North (2), TEAM HALO (2), Wisconites UNITE!!! (2)

Some of you are already on top of this, but many need to accept at least one member to ensure your continued existence. (Seriously though, only accept members if you're ready for the responsibility of running a chapter.)

When you have new members waiting you'll see it in your chapter's navigation bar. The number of new members waiting is a link. Check out this picture to see what I'm talking about: http://www.bungie.net/images/site/bnet/news_images/new_members.gif

Community 12/12/2001 10:40 PM PST permalink

Chapter Cleanup Phase 1 Complete

Chapter Cleanup Phase 1 Complete

I've started disbanding inactive chapters. Somewhere between 10 and 20 that were founded in November and that showed no pulse, not a single sign of life, got the axe today. I was actually pretty lenient though, leaving chapters alone that have membership requests pending, even when they had zero activity. I won't be so nice next time. To survive the next round you must meet at least one of the following conditions:
  • Your chapter was founded in December
  • You have at least two members
  • You've posted at least one news story
  • You've created at least one database

Community 12/12/2001 10:18 PM PST permalink

Sidebar Customization Bug Fix

Sidebar Customization Bug Fix

I just fixed a minor bug FrogBlast pointed out that was stopping some of you from customizing your group's sidebar. Things seem to work now, but be sure to let me know if you have any problems.

Community 12/12/2001 9:12 PM PST permalink

NEW FEATURES: Maps, Profiles

NEW FEATURES: Maps, Profiles

We've added a few new features to go along with all these bug fixes:
  • When you search for chapters you'll now see a link that shows you a map of the chapter's headquarters, courtesy of MapQuest.
  • The player profile page now includes games played and a list of chapters the player belongs to. You can update your games played info using the Your Settings link and modifying your public profile.
  • Changes in event attendance now get recorded to a group's activity log.

Community 12/12/2001 8:48 PM PST permalink

Major Bug Fixes

Major Bug Fixes

We've just posted a huge site update that includes the following bug fixes:
  • The member list bug has been fixed. The list will once again show up for your chapter, and long lists won't crash the site.
  • We found and fixed the messaging bug that was displaying the "Can't add row" message. It's still a hack, but it's a more stable one.
  • The upcoming events and overview pages now show more events, and allow you to view all future events.
  • Last bug not least, we overhauled our caching system, fixing a nasty bug and hopefully making the server much more stable.

Community 12/12/2001 8:41 PM PST permalink

Member List Fix Imminent

Member List Fix Imminent

Pfhor asked about this, so I thought I'd tell everyone. We've fixed that nasty bug with the member listing page. We're doing some final testing on the code change, as well as some other changes, and are hoping to have the member page back online tomorrow. Hang in there.

Community 12/12/2001 2:33 AM PST permalink

NEW FEATURE: More Databases

NEW FEATURE: More Databases

I've finally added some more default databases, like I promised. There are now defaults for hardware list, venues, and preferred times. The layout and data entry for each of these works better than the column lists I hacked together earlier. Unfortunately there's no way to convert your db's to the new types, so you'll have to destroy your old ones and recreate them. Sorry about that. If Tom had that data importer/exporter working... it's all his fault.

We also have a number of fixes and more new features that we're doing final testing on. These will most likely go online tomorrow morning.

Community 12/12/2001 2:29 AM PST permalink

House Cleaning Imminent

House Cleaning Imminent

A lot of you created 7th Column chapters just to check things out, but have never touched your web page. So, in order to keep things neat and tidy, we're going to start disbanding chapters that have been around for a while, but that have only one member and no news posts. You've been warned.

Community 12/11/2001 1:23 AM PST permalink

Doing Everything For Everyone

Doing Everything For Everyone

A few chapters have started their own sister sites to fill in for some of the missing functionality on the 7th Column pages. I certainly don't mind this, as there's no way we can do everything for everyone. The simple fact of the matter is that giving people tools to run their own sites is complicated business.

That said, we have a few cool features that didn't make it into the launch build, but that we're picking up again and hope to have online in time for the holidays. We also have an extensive plan for additional features further down the road, including some that will let you customize your chapter sites to a much greater extent. Of course, we always welcome your ideas and suggestions, and would love to hear what you have to say. Please send suggestions for this site to webmonkey@bungie.com, or simply click on my name and message me.

Community 12/8/2001 6:35 PM PST permalink

Games Played

Games Played

If you mucked around with chapter settings you may have noticed a little Bungie Multiplayer Games Played field that didn't seem to do much. That's because it didn't. Now, however, the games your group plays are displayed in your Overview. (Just one more step towards the creation of a Minotaur community site!)

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

Temporary News Fix

Temporary News Fix

A few of you noted that your old news items, though showing in the overview news list, aren't showing on the News page. I've put a temporary fix in place while I ponder a big, heavy hammer to pound in a really small nail.

Community 12/7/2001 1:19 AM PST permalink

More Database Ideas

More Database Ideas

Our experiences trying to organize a gathering for the Northwest Halo Players gave me two new ideas for databases. First, one where each member can list their preferred and alternate days of the week and times. Second, a list of possible gathering venues. Feel free to use these if you think they'll help, and if any catch on we'll see about doing some cooler default layouts for them.

Community 12/6/2001 1:07 AM PST permalink

NEW FEATURE: Links in Posts

NEW FEATURE: Links in Posts

You can now use a LINK tag in your news posts to make hyperlinks, like so: http://halo.bungie.org. Links that define the http:// will open in a new window, those that don't, like this: /perlbin/blam.pl?file=/site/2 will open in the active window.

Community 12/6/2001 12:10 AM PST permalink

Directory and Search Fixes

Directory and Search Fixes

We just uploaded a couple more fixes for the 7th Column, and a new feature. Specifically:
  • You can now search for chapters by keyword. This searches titles, descriptions, and mottos.
  • The state field is now a select list. This means you can now search for chapters by state and not worry about differentiating between OH and Ohio. (Sorry for the downtime, by the way, we had to take the server offline to update all the abbreviations. Tom's a nut, so double check your state.)
  • The directory got some minor UI fixes that should make it easier to browse existing chapters.

There's more where this came from, so stay tuned.

Community 12/5/2001 2:42 AM PST permalink

Overview Page Caching Fixes

Overview Page Caching Fixes

I've fixed a few caching problems. Now, when you post news or events, they should show immediately on your chapter's overview page.

Community 12/4/2001 7:36 PM PST permalink

In The Spotlight

In The Spotlight

This most recent update to the Spotlight chapter deservers a little explanation. There have been several calls from members of the 7th Column to create consolidated chapters. (Actually, three areas come to mind--Canada, Australia, and the Southwest US. Am I missing any?) I think these broader groups are a great idea, and a necessary step for the 7th Column to grow. Keep in mind that you're allowed to join as many chapters as you like, so there's nothing stopping you from becoming a member of both a chapter specific to your dorm, neighborhood, city, whatever, as well as a member of a "SW US" chapter.

As Lord Albrecht, founder of Sardaukar Legion West states, a regional group is needed to coordinate any large scale events. While we (Bungie) enjoy hosting launch parties and the like, these events are few and far between. With some serious involvement and organization from members of the community we can take on more of a support fole for larger events, and in the process ensure these events happen more often and in locations closer to you.

Community 11/29/2001 6:13 PM PST permalink

News Submissions and You

News Submissions and You

Welcome back everyone! Congratulations to the chapters that held gatherings over Thanksgiving, hope all went well. This fan club project is still in its infancy, so be sure to let us know about your experiences, good and bad (we're always open to article submissions). Also, if you have news noteworthy to more than just the members of your chapter, feel free to submit it. The report news link isn't showing up on the main 7th Column page right now, so use the one on Bungie.net--it all goes into the belly of the same beast anyway.

Community 11/25/2001 9:43 PM PST permalink

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break

Just a quick note to tell everyone to have a safe and pleasant holiday. Mordia is now officially on vacation, so I'll be holding down the fort alone for the time being. (Yes, I'm on vacation too!)

I actually had a long article explaining our vision for this site and the Seventh Column planned, but I'll spare you, for now at least. It's something I've been chewing on for a bit, so I'm sure it'll resurface.

Oh yeah, here are a few statistics before I go. We now have 146 fan club chapters and close to 2000 registered accounts. 285 of these belong to a chapter. Not too bad for less than a week online.

Community 11/22/2001 2:13 AM PST permalink

Spread Too Thin

Spread Too Thin

We now have over 120 Seventh Column chapters, with an average of two members per club! I think I've said this before, but it needs to be repeated: If you're not serious about running a chapter and all of the work organizing LAN parties entails, please join someone else's! I don't know of a single Bungie game that's more fun with two players than with four, or eight, or more.

If you're new to this site please use the Find a Club link in the Seventh Column navigation bar to find a club near you to join. This doesn't have all the controls that it should in place, so be sure to try your state's name both as an abbreviation and spelled out. (When we get back to the office we'll fix this.)

Community 11/21/2001 12:08 AM PST permalink

Check Incoming Submissions

Check Incoming Submissions

I've noticed that a good number of chapters have news and new member submissions that are waiting for approval. You'll see these submissions if you're the group owner or if you've been given the proper privileges. News submissions, event submissions, and new member requests will all show up in your navigation bar, like so:

> News (1 new)
> Event
> Databases
> Members (3 new)

When this happens the (1 new) portion will be a link to the submissions page. You can also check for and approve new members directly from the sidebar on the Members listing page.

Community 11/18/2001 4:33 PM PST permalink

The 50 Chapter Barrier

The 50 Chapter Barrier

It's been barely over a day since launch and the Seventh Column has already broken the 50 fan club chapter barrier! Seems like quite an accomplishment for so short a time. However, only about half of the clubs have actually done anything on their sites.

Though the rewards will be great, running a fan club isn't a walk in the park. If you've started a club out of sheer excitement or curiosity, but have no intention of actually running it, please go to the group settings page and disband it. Then join someone else's chapter, and we'll see if we can start to consolidate things a bit. Then, and only then, we'll get to the real carnage at hand.

Community 11/17/2001 7:07 PM PST permalink