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In the Pipeline - PipingDesigners.com Newsletter Dec 2014
pipingdesigners.com would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Busy New Year.
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This month, has been relatively quiet in terms of articles, but we are working on some new ones to roll out in the new year, so watch this space.
We have launched our latest T-Shirt - Piping Is a Language. It is available here (or through the links on the site).
As a Christmas bonus to registered members ... login to the site and by clicking on the t-shirt link, you will automatically get a $5 discount ... just for being a member. (This is only available until Jan 5th)
"Crowd-sourcing" our next article.
We are looking for a new approach to writing articles for our various sections, such as the Tips, Tools & Training area of the site, and what we want to try is to "crowd source" an article.
Someone suggests an area of training or general interest, and we use a specific forum thread to gather thoughts, opinions and debate on the subject.
Given the number of users on pipingdesigners.com, we have amassed thousands of years (quite literally) experience in the piping field.
The hope is that this will enable many pipers to take some ownership of what appears on pipingdesigners.com. Once we feel we have reached a good level of comments on the thread, we will pull together the comments, and edit / weave all the debate and opinion into one coherent document.
Probably easier said than done, but I'd like to see what we can do.
Why not give your opinion on the first article - Pump Piping?
We have also introduced a "Tag Search List" menu, under CONTENTS. This will give you a list of all tags used on the site, clicking on any given tag with display a list of all content with that tag.
All of our Articles, Tools, Menus etc, have smart tags associated with them. At the bottom of any article, ,you will see Tags (like little blue buttons). Clicking on these will bring you to a list of all content that has the same tag.
If you have any suggestions for New tags, or articles that may need to have particular Tags added, please let me know. TAG LIST SEARCH
My Profile & Groups
Have you visited you profile on pipingdesigners.com yet?
Maybe it's time you took a look.
As part of our drive to bring new features to the site, we have merged the forum with the rest of the site, with the exception of the jobs board.
This means that your forum profile now enables you to login site wide - meaning, once logged in, you can comment on articles, connect with other pipers and post some of your fancy 3D Piping images on your gallery - to show off to other pipers.
This newsletter is connected to the site login, and you can turn if off in your profile settings (but why would you? It keeps you up to date, and it's only one email every month or two!)
A new feature added is the group function. This works with the Forum.
You can join a group using the group Tab in "My Profile" Currently there are groups set up by country - join a group for your country, and you get access to the group section in the forum - here you can chat casually among pipers from your country and discuss local issues.
Take a look at your profile today, and see what the piping world sees, when they see your name! (of course, you'll need to be logged in!)