We are finally ready to invite everyone to enjoy our newly-redesigned discussion forums here at Bluegrass Today. The busy bees in our IT department, Eric Tapp and Rich Larusso, have worked very hard to create an intuitive interface and a feature-rich, easy-to-use environment where bluegrass folks can talk about whatever suits their fancy.
We are especially proud to resurrect Bluegrass Rules, which had been a vibrant conversation site for many years. We took it over about two years ago and have been waiting to relaunch until we had tested, retested, and tested again – which took far longer than we had anticipated. If you enjoyed the free-ranging bluegrass confab that “the Rules” was known for in the past, please jump on in and help get the discussion started again.
Our Bluegrass Today forums are open, in the sense that you do not need to register or log in to read the discussions, but you will need to do so to share your own comments or start a new thread. Registration is quick, free and easy. Just click the Login/Subscribe button at the very top of any page, or follow this link. Login via Facebook is also enabled.
If you are already a registered user, you can login with the same username and password as you established for the main site. Once you are logged in, you can upload an image to be associated with your account. This icon will appear on any forum posts or replies, and in the comment section of the main news site.
When you post comments, you’ll be able to include links, photos, or videos and format text as you choose as you can see in the image below.
Once a comment is posted, users also have the ability to leave feedback without creating a response. Simply mouse over any existing comment, and a list of response options will pop up. You can also use this feature to share a comment on Facebook.
We have a number of different forums (fora?) where you can read and post. There are sections for topics like songwriting, bluegrass radio, festivals and specific bluegrass associations in addition to Bluegrass Rules. We have a support forum where you can ask questions any get assistance with usage issues, and even a Suggestion Box to pass along your ideas for features and improvements you might recommend.
Come on in – take a test drive.