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Alternative
August 10th, 2011, 06:06 AM
Your how-to guide for making a successful club
This is for those people who wish to make a club and never seem to see their clubs being made, because there's not enough effort put into them. If you want to start a club, here are some tips for how to make a nice club which will 9/10 times be approved, so read carefully. :)

Through writing this I will be making a club about Ash and Pikachu, so you can have an idea of how a club can be made. I will be using examples for every section. You don't have to follow them exactly, but it's just a general guideline.


Title
You need a title for your club. The most obvious title for a club is just what the club is about. You don't need to make it a cryptic clue, that'll just drive people away. Just have something short and sweet for the title and you're good to go. You can have some sort of phrase in there as well, as long as you have the club name in the title.

Examples:
The Ash and Pikachu Fanclub
[Pikachu, use Volt Tackle!] - Ash and Pikachu fanclub
The ultimate friendship ~ Ash and Pikachu fanclub

They don't have to be exactly like that, but they're a general standard for people who wish to make a club and don't know what to name it.

Information
You need a club with information, or else other people won't know what your club is about. It doesn't matter if you take information from another website or make it up yourself, letting people know what your club is about is crucial, or how will they know more about it?

Example:
Ash Ketchum is a boy from Pallet Town, who left home at the age of ten to become a Pokemon Trainer. Professor Oak gave him a Pikachu as the starter Pokemon and they left together for their travels. There were hardships at first but they finally overcome them and became the best of friends. Through their time together they have blossomed the ultimate friendship together. If you enjoy seeing all the places and perils that Ash and Pikachu face together, this is the club for you!

Layout
Layout is just putting everything in. You see those clubs which may not look all fancy, but are successful because they have everything which makes a good club. They have a member's list, they have a sign-up sheet, they have a discussion topic to kickstart the club. These make clubs have a really awesome start, so having these things to start with make clubs good.

Example:
Sign-up form:
Username:
Your opinion on Ash and Pikachu:
Rules:
Follow all Pokecommunity Rules
Respect everyone's opinions in the club
Please keep on topic at all times
Put "the very best, like no one ever was" somewhere in your post to show you've read the rules.
Have fun
Members List:
Misty
Brock
Dawn
Team Rocket
Discussion Topics
Why do you like Ash and Pikachu?
What's your favourite Ash/Pikachu moment?
Presentation
Presentation doesn't have to be amazingly good using CSS, but as long as you use some nice format and just set it out nicely, it's going to be approved. Use some nice fonts, pictures, colours, or anything else you can think of to make it better. I'll be using a picture and some nice colours for this example.

http://umbreonfans.webs.com/photos/Ash_and_pikachu.png

Now if we put it all together, it will make something like this.

http://umbreonfans.webs.com/photos/Ash_and_pikachu.png
Ash and Pikachu Fanclub

Ash Ketchum is a boy from Pallet Town, who left home at the age of ten to become a Pokemon Trainer. Professor Oak gave him a Pikachu as the starter Pokemon and they left together for their travels. There were hardships at first but they finally overcome them and became the best of friends. Through their time together they have blossomed the ultimate friendship together. If you enjoy seeing all the places and perils that Ash and Pikachu face together, this is the club for you!

Sign-up form:
Username:
Your opinion on Ash and Pikachu:


Rules:
- Follow all Pokecommunity Rules
- Respect everyone's opinions in the club
- Please keep on topic at all times
- Put "the very best, like no one ever was" somewhere in your post to show you've read the rules.
- Have fun


Members List:
- Misty
- Brock
- Dawn
- Team Rocket


Discussion Topics:
Why do you like Ash and Pikachu?
What's your favourite Ash/Pikachu moment?


And it'a as simple as that! Just note that this is a guideline on how to make a nice club that will run effectively, so long as you put the time into it. You don't need to follow this exactly and you can have more or less information if you want to, but going by something similar to this, most of the time your club will be accepted.

Written by Alternative. Adapted for both the Other Clubs and Pokemon Groups areas.