Just to have something else fun to do with your member points, now you can play the lottery. Initially, it will be a weekly lottery with pots of various sizes. You can see this week's lottery (just started today) here:
It will end tonight, as it is mostly a test run. But if you like games of chance like lotteries, feel free to play weekly. You can buy as many tickets as your points will afford.
You should already be aware of the Member Shop
It is easier than ever to join the conversation at The Bulls Pen. And the giveaways, quizzes, galleries, downloads, Member Shop, etc., too.
I have recently completed a revisit of the social integrations functionality after finding some had been broken by our software as well as that of Facebook and Twitter.
The integrations are important for a number of reasons, but I'll stick with the top two.
New members - Anyone with a Facebook, Twitter, Google, Linked In or Windows account
The calendar function has been around since The Bulls Pen was a forum on SouthFloridaBulls.com.
It doesn't quite get the community use it could, so I'll invite you to visit and see if it can help manage yours and our Bulls life.
First of all, there are two calendars that combine as one:
Bulls scheduled games
Only the Admin can add scheduled games, but we can all add events - such as BULLRALLY I added a week or so ago. Events can have RSVPs attached so
We had a couple threads on the new "Points" economy, this being the initial one:
The points collecting has been in place for about a month, there is plenty of experimenting to do, but the possibilities are pretty entertaining. I don't think it's a good thing to identify what adds points to your count (you'll figure it out), but I can tell you one key source of points is being online everyday, multiple days in a row at the least. Starting quality topics is rewarding as well.
Hey, part of our community has been the fun of prediction contests and other things....most recently, raffle style giveaways and bracket contests. In order to make it a more easily manageable situation for your humble host, I am asking that you complete the Name and Address profile fields added to your Profile.
This will make it much easier for me to get winnings out on time. It's all private, but saves me from having to ask and then being delayed because I do not want to make mult
As you can see above, the menu operation has changed. Instead of clicking on the main topic like Clubs, Browse, Activity and being presented with a secondary row of options, I've opted for the traditional drop down. I'm interested in your thoughts, if it works better for you. I think there was confusion with the old menu, hopefully this makes more sense.
With the continued evolution of the code that supports this site, it can now support smilies from your phones and tablets. With the upcoming upgrade, the board will expand to a greater number of smilies that are released with the upgrade. In order to avoid having 17,000 smilies I deleted the non TBP and Bulls related smilies for the time being. After the upgrade, we'lll decide if we need those sets back.
I know some members tend to bookmark the one page they like to visit on TheBullsPen.com. If they start on the main page, they always start on the main page and have an opportunity to see any changes along the way to the thread they wish to read. Others start on the Topic index page or perhaps even a particular thread.
I'm always throwing different things out there to see if people like it enough to comment on the main board or via PM.
Recently, I put a real slick looking enhancement
It's a rebuilding season for The Bulls Pen. Each year, when possible, I look at the upcoming changes, enhancements and apps that can be added to the board. I am looking for the right mix of cost vs. impact and try to find things that make you want to hang out here more. More hanging out = more talking about the Bulls. Yes it helps pay the bills, but also attracts more Bulls fans.
As some are aware, as this boldly posted topic indicated,
we are going to have our own "economy" wher
Hey Members and Bulls fans,
I have been in touch with some of the folks in the media that follow and report on our USF Bulls. Looks like we'll have a handful with interest in being introduced here and getting to know us while we get to know them (better).
For the group, it's looking like the range of questions can cover a lot of ground. I have asked for collaboration with a broad range from beat writers to USF Administrators. Instead of asking you to provide questions to specific
If you look across the top of the site (desktop mode) in the main title bar, you'll see tabs for "Browse", "Activity", "New & Info" and so through "More". Some of these have sub-menus with other content or links. Under "Members" is "Leaderboard" and "Member Map". For mobile version, click on the three bars in upper right corner to see the menus.
Leaderboard lists the "top rated members" by content for the day, week month or custom period. If you look at last week, I Bleed Awesomene
This screen grab of the site about 15 years ago has some memorable meaning for me. It was around 2002 and the site was beginning to take off a little. A fan from another site of one of the early pay sites decided to insult the old SouthFloridaBulls.com site - the original host of "TheBullsPen". So being a smart ass, I went ahead and gave the guy his own front page story. We were going to seek venture capital to update the site to proper 2002 standards.
The other memorable part was direc
Was it really three years ago? Out of boredom, I decided to be politically incorrect and attempt to get the attention of our board members by displaying pictures of scantily clad bikini babes. My devious plan was to grab their attention and then test their NCAA logo knowledge.
The fun lasted from June 2 - August 29, featuring 14 different attention grabbing logo discussions. The eye-straining effort concluded just two days before the season kicked off with an embarrassing 53-21 beat d