Several times a year we file threads from "Heads Up!" and "Recent Performances" into the appropriate forums. In the last clean-up, I noticed that there were some forums that were becoming unwieldy -- I couldn't find anything in the Ballet Videos (etc.) forum -- a couple of categories where important info was being buried, and a number of static company forums.
I've created a forum called "Ballet Presentations, Lectures/Symposium, Exhibits, and Awards", and the "Ballets Russes Celebrations" forum is now a sub-forum under that. This can include discussions of cross-discipline presentations, etc.
The Ballet Videos, etc. forum now has five sub-forums:
- "Live" in Cinema, Streams, Webcasts -- this can include archives, and "Live" is in quotes for us West Coasters who get things on tape delay.
- Interviews/Podcasts/Discussions -- can be audio or video
- Photography -- this small sub-set of important posts was getting buried in the main forum
If you post these to the main forum, that's fine: we'll file it for you. I'm still in the process of filing, which is a work in progress mainly due to the quirks of our search engine, which, for example, comes up with "No topics found" when I search on "DVD."
Where there were no posts in a company forum for years -- up to six years for a couple of them -- I've removed the sub-forum and consolidated the posts into "Other American Ballet Companies," "Other Russian Ballet Companies," etc. It's not that our Admins don't think they're important, but we don't have members who are posting about them.
The trade-off was between the Video forums, which is now the most active, and dormant company forums, and there are a couple fewer forums than before the change.
Which leads me to:
As more and more people using their phones and smaller devices, it means a lot more scrolling. It also means slower resolution if cellular data is being used. Please be judicious in quoting entire posts to address a single point, and please do not quote an embedded video. A lot of the time, the discussion is easy to follow without quotes.
I know the latest version of the software makes it tricky, sometimes impossible, to get in and out of the quote boxes. The easiest way to edit in and around them is to click the light switch icon in the upper left corner of the formatting options, just above the "B" (bold) option. The formatting will look like a typewriter -- for those who remember what this looks like -- and all of the formatting codes will show. If you click the down arrow on your keyboard, you should navigate outside the quote box, and then if you click the little switch icon to toggle it, you'll be back with full formatting options.