Hi all, it's great to see so many people from LumberJocks coming to Craftisian and joining our site. Welcome!
I am well aware of the recent abrupt changes on LJ. They have been unfortunate to say the least. But because they essentially killed what made LJ unique, I think it's time to stop looking back and move forward...
I'd like to take some time to outline a few key differences between both sites and shed some light on a few points raised in the recent discussions. Think of this is as a brief orientation for the LumberJocks so you can feel right at home here at Craftisian.
We don't have buddies feature, instead you can follow other members. This is as easy clicking on the Follow button on the author card as well as on the member page. You will be notified of any new projects, blogs, forum topics posted by the members you opted to follow.
There are no favourites on CS, instead we have Collections. Collections are more powerful than good old faves on LJ because you can create multiple collections (not just one fave bucket). Perhaps, think of these as the Pinterest boards. You can also browse collections created by other members on this Collections page. Look for the following icon/button to start collecting projects - it can be your projects or projects from other members, there are no limits. I see private/public collections and collaborated collections in the future...
There is no Pulse on CS for now. This was one of the top features on LJ and I will think hard about implementing something similar here. Until that happens, you will have to rely on the Notifications (the bell icon in the header) and Email Digests.
The text editor on CS is visual and more powerful. You probably noticed that we have what's called WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor, meaning that any formatting (bold, italics, lists) as well as attachments like images are immediately displayed as you compose your content. This should make your posting experience more pleasant. Also, I have big plans for the editor magic-embeds. You can already embed/insert interactive project cards into your content just by pasting a direct project link / url into the content. It should look like this:
This will soon be expanded to support youtube videos, blogs etc.
User/member mentions are coming soon. You will soon be able to mention members in your posts so they get notified and can respond directly.
Workshops will be added soon. I like the idea of having them - as suggested in recent comments. You may start taking photos as early as today :)
We don't have a dedicated Tool Reviews section on CS currently. Original reviews on LJ were awesome, I remember spending weeks working on them. We had initial version of Tools section in the early CS days but it was not carried over during the latest redesign. I plan to improve it first before launching it again. Also, the idea is to make it work together with the unique CS feature - Tools & supplies section on each project. This area needs some improvements like suggestions and completions but it's our attempt to build the biggest repository of projects according to specific tools and brands. Make sure to add them when posting your next project:
We have blog series and they are awesome. This works very similar and you can use Series to document your builds and group other related entries into sequences:
Forums have no categories. This will be soon changing for the better and I also plan to rename Forums to Discussions. With this initial categories (not too granular) will be introduced.
Craftisian is also open to people working with metal and leather. To raise the bar after LJ, my vision was to bring craftisans from other fields to one online home - that being Crafitisian. You can explore these other sections by clicking on the All Crafts selector in the header. If you happen to know a few dedicated metalworkers or leatherworkers, send them an invite, please.
We have Craftisian Weekender and Bespoke emails. Weekenders are being distributed each Saturday and are basically a nice digest of the past week's activity. Bespokes are sent once per month and are edited by our indispensable community editor MsDebbieP.