By James Nelson
I don't know if you've noticed, but here at TBA we're pretty jazzed about the
launch of our brand-new website. Not only does
this site represent a sleek visual overhaul, but it greatly expands upon
what the previous site could do, and also allows us to offer features that were
never possible before. This includes our brand-new member forums!
A brief explanation for those of you who haven't used forums before: "forums," or
message boards, are a type of social media where people can engage in
discussions (called "threads") by posting individual messages ("posts")
to that thread. You can reply to posts that others have made in an existing
thread, or even start a new thread yourself if you have something you want to
talk about. Since threads are temporarily archived on the Member Forums page,
participants can check in and respond at their own convenience, allowing
interesting discussions to carry on for hours or even days. The threads are
ranked on the page according to the amount of activity each thread is
generating, so the topmost threads are those with the most people posting the
most comments. When a discussion finally winds down, it will slowly drop from
the front page, leaving more recent and lively threads in its place.
Here's a sneak peek at a draft of the Member
Forums webpage (sorry it's so small!):
So basically, a Forum is an organized way for our members to engage the TBA
community in conversation about our Bay Area theatre and arts scene. (Forums
are not for publicizing any
potentially revenue-generating activity—see "Member Forum Rules and
Guidelines" below.) Imagine all the fascinating discussions you have in
real life about theatre with your friends, family, and fellow
artists—everything from post-show mingling to post-audition commiserating to
wailing over the dinner table about the injustice of "August: Osage County"
being made into a movie. Now, how about having those same conversations with an
entire community of artists and theatre lovers, and being able to continue the
discussion for the entire week?
See how different people can respond to
questions like the one asked by my test persona, "J. McTester":
This all gets even more exciting when you consider that the Member Forums can
be an alternative home for the awesome social media conversations we're already
having. Have you seen any fierce theatre debates pop up in your Facebook
Newsfeed? Riveting back-and-forths on Twitter? Those are the kind of
conversations the Forums are designed for—because when conversations are public
and inclusive, more members of the community can jump in and take it up a
Theatre makes people want to talk. Some of us want to keep talking long after
everyone else has lost interest, and some of us don't even know who to talk to
in the first place. These awesome Member Forums are for all of us who want to
talk more, listen more and be more connected to each other and our community.
Theatre Bay Area has always been about bringing the Bay Area theatre community
together. With these Forums, we invite you, as our members and friends, to
connect to each other directly and instantly. February 12 is quickly
approaching—what do you want to talk about first?
Theatre Bay Area Member Forum Rules and
Guidelines - Please Read
Thanks for joining the discussion in our new online community, the TBA Member
Forums. Before you post, take a gander at the following guidelines for using
1. No commercial listings are allowed.
This includes announcing, promoting or advertising shows, services, or
products, or linking to commercial websites. There are specific places on our
website for this kind of material. Our forums are not it.
2. No listing of jobs or auditions in the
Forums. As you know, we have the Job &Talent Bank on our main site to post new
auditions or job openings. These are not permitted on the forums.
3. Be respectful to all
members, moderators and administrators. We are dedicated to promoting a
respectful and safe community, and as such we ask that you post professionally
and courteously. Personal attacks, strong language or aggressive posting will
be moderated as needed. Let's take care of each other, even when we don't
4. No offensive material/posting is allowed.
Material or posts that are deemed explicit, offensive, hateful, sexist,
discriminatory, obscene, racist or otherwise inappropriate will be moderated
and appropriate action will be taken.
5. You must have copyright ownership
of all material you post. This one is fairly self-explanatory.
6. Don't spam. Please do not
repeat identical messages, post messages with no content, "bump"
threads, or post unnecessarily or redundantly.
7. Don't post off-topic. These
boards are about the Bay Area theatre scene and topics of relevance to it.
Please don't post messages that are blatantly off-topic. "Who do you use
for headshots?" is a great post. "Did Shakespeare write his own
plays?" is stretching it, but sure. "What's your favorite cat video?"
is not relevant.
8. Use your judgment. Help us
make this a great place to keep the conversation going!