How Is The Pitmaster Club Forum Structured?

The Pitmaster Club forum has channels such as General Discussion, Recipes and Techniques, Grills and Smokers, etc. (To access the full channel list in The Pit, click the Channels Page tab in the red menu bar, then scroll down through them). These channels can contain sub-channels (more specific subject areas).

In the picture below, the main channels are the bold red text (with a brief description of the channel below its title), and the sub-channels are highlighted in yellow in this sample picture. Posts can be made in both the main channel & the sub-channel, unless mentioned otherwise in the channel's description. If your topic fits best into a sub-channel, please place it there instead of the main channel.
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Channels & sub-channels contain topics (conversations or discussions) which are made up of individual posts (where a member writes something). Each topic starts out as a single post and grows as replies and comments are added by different members, and these conversations collectively are often called threads.

You can easily change the order of viewing threads, for example to have the topic with the most posts at the top. Simply click on Filter menu at the top right of the topic list. The Filter menu will provide you with the options you need to sort the current page.

Sticky topics are topics determined to be important by moderators or administrators. They are listed at the top of the topic list and remain stuck to the top of the listing, even if they haven't had any posts recently. Their purpose is to keep important information visible and accessible at all times, even if there hasn't been recent activity in that topic.

Featured Posts are topics that mods or admin feel are unique, exciting, or otherwise important enough to feature. Most often this is new content here or on, such as sneak peeks at new recipes and reviews, the latest PitCast, etc. Featured Posts will appear in a slideshow marquee at the very top of the Channels Page.

Multi-page views

When there are more topics to display than will fit on a single page, you may see the 'Page' box, which contains page numbers. This indicates that the list of topics has been split over two or more pages. This method of splitting lists of items over many pages is used throughout the community.

In the pictures below, notice the arrow pointing to the 'Page' box at the top of the topics list in any channel that has more than 1 page. The second picture shows the pages list at the bottom of the topics list in any channel that has more than 1 page.

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Finding new content

Recent Posts

Most members log in and click on the Recent Posts tab. This shows you the last 24 hours of conversations (or 7 days, 30 days, etc) in descending order, most recent at the top, regardless of which channel they're in. You might say it's the list of the hot conversations of the day. For many, this can be the most convenient way of exploring the Pitmaster CLub forum, as it aggregates all recent activity in one place.

Where You Left Off

While viewing topics in any channel, members will see a small blue icon immediately to the left of a topic's title in the case of unread topics, as shown by the red arrow below. Clicking this icon will take you to the first unread item in the topic (in other words, where you last left off).

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To skip ahead and see the most recent (latest) post in any topic, click the blue icon on the far right, as shown here. The member who made the last post, and when, is shown on the right side.
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Clicking the title itself will open the topic at the first item. Each entry in the list also shows the following information:
  • The topic title
  • A read / unread icon that indicates whether the topic contains content you have read or not
  • A small icon that links directly to the first unread item in the topic, as mentioned above (if the topic contains unread content)
  • Name of person who started the topic
  • Date and time the topic was started
  • Any prefix associated with the topic. Clicking on the prefix will show you other topics with this prefix
  • Total number of posts in the topic
  • Total number of likes within the topic
  • Name and avatar of the last person to post to the topic
  • Date and time of the last post to the topic.

Additionally, at the top of the list of topics, there are two filters that enable the viewer to sort the results according to their preferences.

Have I Been Here Before?

To see at a quick glance if you've read a topic, commented in a topic already, if a topic has new posts that you haven't read yet, or if a topic is completely unread by you, there are some color-coded clues!

Bold titles means there's unread content in that topic.
  • A bold blue title means you have not opened that topic, therefore it is all unread by you.
  • A bold red title means you've read it previously, but there's new posts inside that you haven't read yet.
  • A red regular font title means you've read it and there's nothing new.
  • A paper icon with a green arrow on it means you've commented somewhere in that topic already, as shown here:
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If you have questions about how the Pitmaster Club works, click here to go to the User Manual which has answers to FAQs.