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About the Forum, the Rules, and How To Use It

edited October 2012 in Site Related
SequentialWorkshop.com is a forum about creating comics.  It's geared toward both the seasoned professional and the sincere hobbyist, as a place for creators to talk with other creators, with a minimum of noise.  It isn't really for creator/reader interaction, or fan/fan discussion (there are plenty of other sites for that).

The rules for Sequential Workshop are few and simple:

NAMES -  No anonymous handles. If you want to participate here, put your name to your words.  You can sign in with an existing social-networking ID, but be sure to put your real/professional name in the first-name and last-name slots of your profile, or use the "Sign Up!" button to create an ID with your full name.

CONDUCT -  This is an open forum for discussion.  After all, we can't improve ourselves or our medium if we can't all be frank and honest.  But that does not give you a license to be a jerk (this isn't one of those places).  If you aren't a grown-up... act like one.  Treat others here with the respect you think you deserve.

Those are the only rules.  Cooperation will be appreciated.  Problems will be addressed by the moderators (JasonAQuest, RussellLissau, SteveHorton, SteveWallace (admin)).

There are several discussion categories:
  • Do The Work - Basic work-related things, including daily check-ins to affirm that we're Doing The Work. There is a thread in this category for "help wanted" type notices.
  • The Toolbox - Tutorials, discussions about methods and tools, requests for feedback, etc.
  • Work Logs - Running updates about your projects in development.  Big projects can have their own thread, otherwise keep your daily hems and haws in a single My Name log.
  • On The Road - Conventions, in-store signings, speaking engagements, and the like.
  • Site Related - Meta stuff like this.
  • Procrastination Devices - Non-work related threads. It's open and we won't moderate except for flaming/trolling.
  • Private - Restricted to pros and other regulars who can be trusted not to leak stuff - request access from admin Steve Wallace.

Other useful tips:

@'ing - Works a lot like twitter @'ing. If you @username in a post somewhere, that user will get notified of it. This is a great way to pull certain people into a conversation. 

Private Messaging - The private messaging system is pretty powerful. You can include multiple people in a single conversation, it basically creates your own little forum.
 
Mobile - There is a great mobile version of the site, check it out on your phone. It's very usable. 
 
Social Media - If you login using your Facebook profile, your avatar here will update with your FB avatar.
 
Tagging -  Works like tagging on other sites, basically use single words that relate to the post. If you're doing something on inking, use "inking" as one of the tags and maybe "drawing". This way we can group threads together for easy reference later. So if you want to find all the threads about writing really quickly, click the "writing" tag and it will pull up everything with that tag.
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  • edited April 2011
    This is basically a paraphrase of the P&P rules, to be edited as needed.  The only substantial change I made was to address the sign-in options, and explicitly state that professional names (e.g. Case Wagner, Jock) are acceptable.
  • P&P was incredibly well-self-governed. I can think of exactly two instances of behavior that deserved a ban.
  • Whoops.

    Dwight here. Apologies, Jason, for my memory gaffe on the names rule!


    :(
  • And thanks for the quick fix!
  • The short version: Wheaton's Rule. 

    "Don't be a dick"
  • @Tim12s I almost suggested Wheaton's Rule, actually.
  • Hey, Jason. Is my name too short or too close to a nickname? It's just the default one I use for forums now. 

    If it's an issue, I can go long.
  • I think Steve W can fix it. Or will be making it possible for you to.
  • I just went ahead and re-registered as MattMaxwell. Shoulda seen that coming.
  • Quick question...when using the "@" tool (like when typing out @JasonAQuest)...is there a fast way to do it, or do you have to type out the whole name? Is there a one-click method I'm missing?

    Thanks!

  • @DinoCaruso you have to type it all. They're working on auto complete though, hopefully in the next release or two of the forum software.
  • @SteveWallace: Regardless of which computer I use, I have trouble navigating this site with IE. Firefox is fine. Anyone else report this problem?
  • @RussellLissau haven't heard anything, what version of IE are you using and what issues are you having? I'll try to recreate the issue.
  • I'm unable to post messages (the input box just goes on and on) and the fan runs like it's a jet engine. I don't know what version we're running here at the DH.
  • Yeah, I was able to recreate the issue with IE8. I'l see if I can find a fix for it.
  • I have a solution: Don't use IE! ;)
  • If you have to use IE hit F12 and set the browser mode to IE7. This works great in both IE8 and IE9. 
  • I use firefox at home but IE at the office, where firefox lags for some reason. My solution is to just use firefox at work to visit SW.
  • I use it on Chrome and there are no kinks.

    I actually just set up a Vanilla forum of my own and it was wonderfully easy.
  • I just try to use firefox, if possible. Unless a site requires IE (some of the work sites I use do), I don't touch that.
  • This may be something obvious I'm missing but is there anyway to set all the unread items on the forum to read? I know vbulletin has a little button at the bottom so you mark them all as read to distinguish the new posts that were posted since your last visit, does Vanilla have something similar?

  • I've been getting a lot of error messages the last couple days when clicking on forum links or refreshing pages.  I'd think it was just me, except it's been happening on both home and work computers.  Anybody else experiencing any technical difficulties?
  • @DerekMcCulloch are they time out errors? I got one of those today.
  • Oh, ok looks like '500 server errors'. I've put in a ticket with my host, I'll let you guys know what happens.
  • Yeah, 500 server errors.  Just had another one of those a minute ago.  I think I was getting some other crap as well, but I forget now.
  • Yeah, it seems we're bumping a sequential connection limit. I'm working to get that raised/removed.
  • Just letting folks know, I'm still actively working on the 500 server error thing. It seems something is eating server resources pretty heavily so that's causing the memory errors (the 500 server thingy). I'm currently pulling down different plugins to see which one might be causing it. Hopefully we'll have it fixed in the next day or so.
  • Just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work Steve.
  • FYI - Private messaging seems to be working properly and without hiccups now. You should get almost instant email notification. (that's how it's been running on my test accounts anyway) Let me know if anyone has any issues.
  • erm, I've been having some issues when I try to reply using my iphone with the mobile version of the website: ie: I can't.
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