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Robert Niles

New feature on Violin Tips

September 14, 2009 at 4:58 AM


A few changes around the site:

First, the new commercial notices section has been somewhat "spun off" from the discussion forum, and now may be found under the "For Sale" link at the top of all pages. New notices will appear at the top of the discussion forum for 24 hours after their submission - after that, you may find the complete list of "free classified ads" on the For Sale page.

Remember, any member may post a free classified ad in this section - for items for sale, services available, audition notices, etc. We ask that you submit no more than one new thread to the "For Sale" category per week. And please do not repeat items from previous threads in the category. We also reserve the right to refuse notices that promote items and services that we consider not of interest to the community.

In other words, just because the service is free doesn't mean that we'll allow anyone to spam it.

Second, when we switched to the new site design last year, we didn't change the templates on older blog posts which had been published before the switch. Now, that's fixed. In addition to making those old blog entries consistent with the site's current look and navigation, the switch revives the "Edit" links for the authors of those old posts. So if you want to kill or change an old blog post of yours, now you may. You needn't send Laurie those requests anymore.

(If for some reason, your individual blog entries did not switch, and you do not see an edit link at the bottom of the individual post's page, please contact me and I'll switch the template.)

Finally, you might have noticed another new link in the navigation bar at the top of the page: "Violin Tips." I've created a version of a popular feature we've had on Theme Park Insider for several months. It's a user-submitted list of tips, sorted by category, that all readers may vote on. Vote "yes" on the tips you agree with, and "no" on the tips you don't like or don't find helpful. Click the button at the bottom of the page to submit your own tip.

The tips with the most net "yes" votes rise to the top of the list. If a tip's score falls to far into negative territory, it disappears. I've created a general interest version of this same feature at, for anyone who is interested.

There's no discussion of tips - just a simple up or down vote. If you really, really want to discuss a tip, feel free to start a thread on the discussion forum! (You can link to individual tips by clicking the little icon at the end of each tip.) I hope you have fun with this new feature, and find some great tips, too!

Thanks, again, for reading

From Laurie Niles
Posted on September 14, 2009 at 5:16 AM

Okay, and I have to confess that the "Prunes" category was my idea, and I think we can also blame Buri. For many years, whenever anyone seems to be getting their underwear in knots over something, Buri intercedes with the advise, "take a few prunes..." I envision this category as offering the kind of advise that helps us highung fiddle players to chill out a little. I will attempt to model a few pearls of wisdom in this category, as soon as I think of some.

From Bonny Buckley
Posted on September 14, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Nice p r u n e s category.  You two are awesome. 

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