Having completed by book and various other projects I have recently refocused my attention to updating the Academy. Some of this is cosmetic, such as new sidebars (now with links that actually work), and the general look of things. Beyond that, I wanted to let everyone know in brief what has been evolving around her, and what can be expected. The Formulary page has changed. Back when the academy was a Ning site, it had hosted a good number of recipes. When we switched to this site I found the task of recreating the formulary to be daunting, especially given the limits of our theme. Therefore, our formulary has been less than stellar here, which I have taken the steps towards changing, finally. I have plenty of recipes to post, and hope to be adding an average of three new ones per week. Another thing I plan to update in kind is our new Mystic Dream Dictionary. This project seemed like a no brainer, since the word ‘dream’ is in our very name. I’ve always had a fascination for old Dream Books and Dictionaries. How it is that others interpret things fascinates me. I hope you all get something [...]
As our academy continues to grow we are focusing and expanding the roles that help keep the cyber cogs turning, and ensure that your questions and requests for help are promptly addressed. Towards that purpose we have created the new role of Administrative Aide. We will introduce this latest addition to our team soon, but for now you may direct any of your messages to his office. In the upcoming days you will receive a friend request from him, please accept it so that you may message him here when need be. He may also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails sent to other admin such as myself, Devin or Storm, will be forwarded to this new address and responded to from that office. Thank you for your attention, Chas Bogan
We have added a forum to be available to all members. Other forums remain class specific, but this new one should be of advantage to new students who have not yet learned how to access their class. For those who have joined the academy, but are not enrolled in a class, this forum provides a place for them as well. The new forum appears on the main menu above.
We have been working hard to improve the site and try to stamp out some of those bugs that have been reported. I am happy to report that today we have come a long way toward making the site easier for you to use, especially for mobile users. Mobile users should now be able to access the main menu without any interruptions (previously an admin bar was accidentally placed over this mobile access area) and we have also restored the class-specific menus both for mobile and desktop users. Now you should be able to navigate properly. As always, if anyone is having any trouble please send Chas, Devin, or myself a private message and we will look into it.
Now there is a 'Calendar' link on the Black Rose menu bar. This will take you to the Black Rose events calendar where we list the online chats, special events, and initiation ceremonies. Watch this space for more updates!
Some of you have asked “what is the function of the Groups on this site.” After some deliberation we have concluded that their main function is to: a. provide a structure for various plug-ins to work from b. provide redundancy and general confusion For this reason I am booting folk from groups. If you have been a member of a group, I thank you for having accepted my invitation to join that group; sorry for there having been no good reason to have done so. This action will not change your permissions any. Persons joining after 7/11/15 needn’t be concerned with this whatsoever. -Chas
We are currently adding links to the bottom of each lesson that leads to its forum, making it that much easier to share your thoughts. Our Course In Modern Conjure has links already, by we will be adding image links in the future for a more elegant solution. Here is an image of the new Black Rose image link to forums. SaveSave
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Our site has the option to friend people. I hear you saying to yourself "I have plenty of friends, why bother with more, it's just one more birthday a year I have to acknowledge." Listen Pal, I'm with ya, but there are some benefits to friending folk here. Some of these features will be added later, such as the ability to see a feed of all your friends' activity. Like with Facebook and other social media platforms, this will help you keep track of people whose insights you admire or who you otherwise wish to keep track of. It also allows you to correspond with them better, as certain settings are shut off for this site to avoid spam.