march 28th check out the new event! A small little springtime event to bring some spark if you're interested!
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june 19th with the coming of summer, we've decided to run summer themed writing bingo until august! if you're interested in completing writing prompts for bits rewards as well as the possibility of being entered into an elite group of bingo completionists definitely make sure to check it out!
july 1st we're open! welcome! we hope you guys are as excited as we are to finally be here on the new site. you can check out our opening announcement to find out the gist of all our features. if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. here's to a great future! ♥
sylin city parliament cordially invite you to attend the second annual masquerade ball in order to stave off the dreariness of the season! refreshments will be provided, and formal attire is required. please leave your weaponry at home and dance the night away! ...however, this year not all is as it seems. it appears someone has placed a riddle on the back of the invitations. who-- or what-- could have done this, and why?
ZUGZWANG is an illustrated panfandom roleplay with a twist-- characters must either choose to give up their memories or abilities to play the chessmaster's game. with a progression system that lets you earn back what you've lost and over fifty active fandoms, the sky is the limit!
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Forum hosts are a large part of roleplaying - it's literally the place you're hosting your site on! However, there are a lot of choices out there on which to use, so here we have compiled a list of pros and cons for the two most popular hosts in the community: Proboards and Jcink. [break][break] In the past, there have been numerous discussions across multiple sites about which forum host is better, and more often than not, these discussions become heated, often leading to the bashing of one host and upsetting the people that use it. To alleviate this, we have this thread to offer an objective list of pros and cons for each, as well as in the hopes that the these threads stop popping up every few months and creating more drama. [break][break] If you notice a pro or a con not on this list, you are welcome to PM a member of staff with it so that we can add it! Similarly, if you would like a post for another forum host, please PM us with some starter pros and cons!
+ Robust notification system with several different options. There's so many ways to keep up with which threads you want to read that it's unlikely you'll ever miss posts. [break][break] + Even without notifications, there are options to look at recent threads and recent posts, so keeping up with activity is easy if you just want to skim through posts to see what's happening. [break][break] + Easy to navigate admin panel with good drag and drop tools. It's pretty easy to get the site setup and organized. [break][break] + PM system is very clean and organized and also lets members add staff to conversations so they can actually see the PMs if there's a dispute in PMs. It also lets you create links to PM multiple, specific users (IE, a link to PM all staff instead of individual staff members). [break][break] + Tries very hard to let you do things in as few clicks as possible. It doesn't tell you that you marked all boards as read and that it's redirecting you to the homepage, it just makes everything as read and takes you to the home page. When creating boards, they're visible to everyone by default and you don't have to explicitly set permissions to that anyone can see them. Makes setup and use quicker. [break][break] + Lets you move threads without breaking the link to the thread. [break][break] + Has a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor, making it easy to put in basic bbcode. Unfortunately, this doesn't work with most templates. [break][break] + Proboards itself actively tries to support their third party developers, so there's a lot of tools, skins, and plugins for board customization and a lot of them are still supported by their initial devs despite being third party.
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- No option for mature content. All Proboards forums must be PG-13 to be ToS compliant. [break][break] - While account switching isn't hard, it's not as convenient as jcink's. Notifications are also account specific and don't all go to a parent account like jcink's system allows. [break][break] - Templates are a bit hacky and complicated because they're done with plugins rather than supported directly by Proboards. They work fine, but the biggest are this con shows is that you can't preview a lot of templates in the preview editor, and sometimes the preview outright breaks them, before posting. [break][break] - Advanced features are poorly documented. If you're a dev you're pretty much on your own in figuring out how to do something. The support board can help, but it's pretty difficult to figure out the intricacies of certain skinning and coding features on your own.
There are pros and cons to skinning. On the raw beginner end, it's very easy to install premade skins, or even make a very simple skin yourself. On the advanced end, Proboards gives you nearly everything to let you customize the layout, save for some dropdown menus and the ads. This can let advanced users make complex and unique skins, but it can be overwhelming for people with only some understanding just because there's so much stuff you can do.
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- PM system is very limited. You cannot view previous PMs on the same page as the one you've just received, and you cannot add multiple people to a conversation. [break][break] - There is no 'Recent Posts' page. Jcink's 'Recent Threads' equivalent ('Active Topics') also only lists threads updated in the last 24 hours by default. [break][break] - Account deletion can only be done one at a time, which makes activity checks painful, to say the least. [break][break] - No 'Likes'! D: [break][break] - There is no HTML Template for Active Topics, so they'll be default thread listing, even if you made your own thread list template. (However, this feature is supposedly in development.) [break][break] - For skinners, there is no option for the last poster's avatar to show up on boards, the thread listing, or the info center. [break][break] - With member groups, you can only add someone to a group via the Admin CP, and you cannot add someone to multiple member groups.
* Jcink's skin editor is more simple than Proboards' is, as well as less intimidating. However, the system is also limited, and there's slightly less you can do with it (for example, you can't have the avatar of the last person to post in the board show up on the board itself). However, it is generally sufficient for what you want to do. [break][break] * PM logging can be turned on, allowing staff to look at all the PMs that have been sent. While great for problematic issues and documentation, it can also be an invasion of privacy if misused. [break][break] * Built in money system where you can set an amount of money earned for starting threads, and for replies. However, you cannot change the amount you earn on a per forum basis, and can otherwise only set it to give no money if you disable post count increases in a board, since the money system is based upon post counts.