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Old December 30th, 2011, 09:42 PM
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Helpful Tips for Thread Presentation




Introduction
First off, we'd like to welcome you into the trading community, and congratulate you on making a thread here. Now if you're reading this guide, you may be looking for tips on how to make a presentable trade thread here in Trade Corner. Well you've come to the right place. In this guide we will be going over a few helpful tips in making a presentable trade thread. You will be learning how to design your thread, provide detailed information, and over all organizational skills. Hopefully by the end of this guide you will have a presentable thread booming with success.




Design
You may be wondering how to go about designing your thread. What kind of formatting do I need? Which colors should I use? What type of font do I want? All are necessary questions you should ask yourself before making a thread. First, lets start off with formatting.

If you've taken a look around Trade Corner you'll see a lot of threads using CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets. CSS is a style sheet language commonly used for styling web pages. Around PokéCommunity it's used as a layout for posts. To use CSS, you'll need to learn how to format and use the proper codes for it. Below is a link for a CSS guide. We'll also provide you with some basic codes in this guide as well.

CSS Guide & Helpful Tips

First off you'll need to start the CSS code with a BB code.
Code:
[cd="(insert coding here)"][/cd]
Next we'll need to add the parameters for the CSS box.
Code:
[cd="height: 200px; width: 200px;"][/cd]
Then we'll add in a color to the background and color to the font.
Code:
[cd="height: 200px; width: 200px; background-color: white; color: black;"][/cd]
And finally we'll add some padding.
Code:
[cd="height: 200px; width: 200px; background-color: white; color: black; padding: 10px;"][/cd]
This is the result of your CSS.
Code:
[cd="height: 200px; width: 200px; background-color: white; color: black; padding: 10px;"]This is the result of your CSS.[/cd]
Now that you know how to format, it's time to think about what colors you'd like to use in your thread. To pick some colors, draw some inspiration from around your scenery or a picture. For this example, we will be using a picture of a skyscraper.


Notice there are a lot of blues, grays, and white in this photo. We'll use some of these colors in our CSS.

You've learned how to format,
Choose a color palette,
And all that's left is to choose a font.

When choosing a font, you may want to mix and match a couple of them together. For instance, you'll want to use one font for a header and another for the content.

Header Font - Arial Black
Content Font - Century Gothic

With these combinations of format, color, and font, you'll give your thread an overall look of balance and style.




Details
When making a thread, you'll want to be as detailed as possible. This includes giving the details of the dos and don'ts of your shop, your trading information (e.g. OT, ID, Friend Code, hours available), and add detailed information about the Pokémon you're offering and requesting.

When including rules to your thread be sure to consider the interests of not only yourself, but the interests of others. Traders who see a thread protecting their rights as well will most likely come back for future business.

Adding things such as your hours of operation will let traders know when to contact you and schedule a trade. Including OT, ID, and Friend Code, will also let traders know who they're obtaining Pokémon from and eliminate the need to exchange information beforehand.

Finally, be sure to include as much information as possible about the Pokémon you're offering and requesting. This will make it easier for traders to see your offers and in return offer something themselves of worth.

Example:

Latias Lv.100 ♀
Nature: Timid
Ability: Levitate
Move set: Draco Meteor, Dragon Pulse, Surf, Trick
Stats: 302 | 176 | 216 | 319 | 296 | 350
IVs: 31 | 31 | 31 | 31 | 31 | 31
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
OT: May | ID: 10017





Organization
Organization is key to putting together a thread. It helps traders cut down time searching for their wants when you lay out everything in an organized fashion. You can list Pokémon according to their region, IV'd/EV'd status, or event. You can also list out sections of your shop by rules, services, pending trades, affiliates, and Pokémon. Feel free to add any categories you think would be helpful to traders visiting your thread. Lastly, it may help to reserve some posts in case you need the extra space. If you choose to leave out this option, but require it later on, a moderator will help you reserve a post later on.




Helpful Links
Below are some helpful links for you to utilize on your thread.

CSS Guide & Helpful Tips

The PokéCommunity Forums - BB Code List

PokéCommunity's CSS Help & Discussion Thread

Cherrybam - For choosing backgrounds

Kuler - For choosing palettes

Serebii BW Pokédex

Bulbapedia - List of Pokémon by National Pokédex number

Veekun - Sprites

Floatzel - BW Sprites

pokemonelite200 - Sprites

Last edited by twistedpuppy; July 26th, 2012 at 04:24 PM.