Com­mu­nity chat board

Mac Format - - SOCIAL SOCIETY -

If you meet in­fre­quently, have lots to dis­cuss or there’s a sup­port­ive/ friend­ship el­e­ment to the club that you want to foster, con­sider set­ting up a chat room on your site. Set­ting up a fo­rum or chat room is fairly easy – the chal­lenge is in man­ag­ing them well. It’s re­ally im­por­tant that ev­ery­one knows the rules of the fo­rum and is up­braided if they don’t abide by them. If some­one says some­thing nasty and it isn’t chal­lenged, your fo­rum will soon be­come un­pleas­ant for ev­ery­one. In many in­stances, you’ll ac­tu­ally want a com­ment­ing func­tion for a spe­cific page on your site. The free Pnyxe (pnyxe.com) gen­er­ates a fo­rum-like com­ment­ing sys­tem to in­di­vid­ual posts and pages. Peo­ple’s names show up in the com­ments thread and can re­spond to the over­all topic or to a par­tic­u­lar com­men­ta­tor. There’s a ‘re­port’ op­tion if some­one gets het up and says some­thing nasty. Look out for emails about such is­sues and try to smooth things over.

To add a fo­rum, log in to your blog then go to the ac­count pref­er­ences page and choose HTML as the text ed­i­tor for­mat. Next, open a new web page and go to pnyxe.com and cre­ate a free fo­rum ac­count. Copy and paste the HMTL code that’s gen­er­ated into a new Tum­blr post.

To add a fo­rum page to Blog­ger, go to the dash­board and ei­ther cre­ate a new post or click Edit to up­date an ex­ist­ing one. Se­lect the HTML view and paste the code from pnyxe.com.

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