By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2005-02-15 Print this article Print

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One area where Beehive truly shines is in its administration features. If youve ever managed a message board, particularly a high traffic one, then you know that a community manager lives or dies by the tools that he has to manage the forum. If the tools are poor or limited, then managing a very busy forum can be nearly impossible. Managing threads is easy in Beehive. Just click the "Thread Options" link at the bottom of the message frame and you can easily change the title of the thread, lock the thread to stop new posts, or lock the title and folder the thread is in, or you can move it to a new section, make the thread sticky, or even delete posts by a particular user in that thread. This last option is new and, frankly, its a god-send for all community managers! This means that if somebody acts up in a thread you can prune all of their messages out of that thread with just a single click. This is much better than just having a single option to nuke all of the users posts in the entire forum. Its the difference between using a laser-guided bomb in a pinpoint strike and a full-blown nuclear missile. In most cases, the laser guided bomb is a much better bet to avoid collateral damage than using a nuke.
If an admin allows it, users can also move or rename their own threads. This has the potential to be another huge help to admins. If a user screws up and puts their thread in the wrong section, they can click the "Thread Options" link to move it to the proper section. This saves the admin from having to do it later. Users can also be given the ability to rename their threads. Admins do have the option of turning off this option if they want but we would almost certainly keep it on. Continued...
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Caption: Beehives excellent thread management tools lets you control a threads title, place in the forum, make it sticky or remove all posts by a particular user in that thread. -->

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site:

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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