Ask the Moderators SubforumIn addition, we have added information to the top of many subforums that gives basic description and links to relevant rules and helpers. It may seem a little bit "loud" right now, but within a few days it will just become part of the forum layout.
We will be repurposing the Forum FAQs subforum to a one-on-one Q&A subforum. Only you and the moderators will be able to see your posts and threads within this subforum. By posting in this subforum, you will be guaranteed to have your post seen and responded to by an active moderator. We will be encouraging posting there rather than PMing an individual moderator.
Automatic PM on Moderation
The forum will send you an automatic PM whenever one of your posts or threads is deleted, closed, moved, or merged. In the case of deletions, the PM will contain a moderator's note giving the reason for deletion.
Newbieland - Implemented!
We will be beta-testing a new subforum where senior members will be able to assist new members with basic doll ownership and community-related questions. In addition, we will gradually add several "Getting Started" threads to help newbies learn the forum and answer common doll-buying questions.
In January, DoA will begin a dealer registration project that will require all dealers, distributors, and company reps to identify themselves on the forum. "Company Rep" will appear under the username and the company's feedback thread will be linked to the dealer's profile. This will also give the moderators alternatives for flagging shops that are involved in problematic business transactions.
There is no cost to dealers to register, though paid upgrades will be available in the future.
Swaps will have their own subforum under the Marketplaces. Swaps are essentially trading transactions, so we hope to cut down on swaplifting by both creating access requirements and allowing Marketplace feedback.
Marketplace – Offsite Shopping
This new section of the marketplace will have two parts: "Offsite Artisans" and "Dealer Mall." Offsite Artisans will be for individual members who have off-site Etsy shops or artisan websites selling doll clothes or accessories. The Dealer Mall will be for companies, dealers, and distributors to promote their products, announce restocks, and interact with customers. The Dealer Mall is part of the planned Dealer Upgrade that will be offered after we have completed the first steps of the dealer registration project.
We will be reworking the Workshop subforums and making them a bigger part of the forum. Customization is a big, important part of the hobby and we want the forum to reflect that.