This week's featured community is The Alternative Society! The website -- which serves as a community for those interested in piercings and tattoos -- was created by Tainted_Zeal.
To put it simply, The Alternative Society is different from the other sites we've featured, and I'm pretty sure that's the way they like it. One of the worst things a site admin can do is make their site generic, yet it's a mistake that happens all too often. By defining what the community is there for Tainted_Zeal has made it more likely that quality members join.
Humans are social creatures that have a desire to be part of something bigger than themselves, which is why community sites have such a big draw. The best way to spur your site on to success is to decide what specific niche, or category, your site will represent. Remember: nothing brings people together better than a common interest. The Alternative Society is evidence of this fact.
Congratulations once again to Tainted_Zeal and everyone at The Alternative Society! Stop by their introduction post
for more information.
It's almost time to vote for your favorite featured site. There is only one more site that will be featured, so if you'd like a shot at it post an introduction that follows the guidelines
Suggestion of the Week
This week's suggestion comes from Hooey
. They suggested
that birthdays be automatically added to the Event Page if the site administrator selects the option in the feature settings page. He points out that there is already an element that can display the birthdays of members, but that it's not as personal.
If you've thought of a feature you'd like to see added to the Spruz platform feel free to post it in the Idea Room
. Remember to make it as detailed as possible; all topics must be approved before they'll appear.
Tip of the Week
This week's tip is from our video library and shows you how to use access levels
to make it easier to manage your site. It can take some time and thought to figure out how they'll be used in your site, but once the work is done it's well worth it.