I ran by SF the idea of utilizing the user group function on this site to create a system for team affiliations and he thought it sounded like a good idea so I wanted to see what the rest of you guys thought.
Here's the basics of how it would work....
There'd be a custom user group created for every team. Members would be encouraged to join whichever usergroup is associated with their team affiliation.
The advantages of this are that...
1) As soon as you join a team, you receive a default avatar of your team's helmet. Members can then change their avatar to a more custom one if they prefer but what this means is that members who either don't know how or don't really care to create an avatar will automatically get one for their team.
2) The color of your screen name will be displayed according to your team's predominant color. Navy for Dorman, Royal Blue for Byrnes Black (or Gold) for Gaffney, Green for Summerville etc...
3) As I understand it, PM's can be sent to your team's group, meaning that in the same way that you can send a PM to another member you can also send a PM to all members affiliated with a team.
For example, a South Florence fan wants to let all the Byrnes fans know that the Rebels suck. (I don't know what the problem is with South Florence fans so don't blame me.) The SF fan can just select the Byrnes group rather than trying to think of and add each member who's a Byrnes fan.
4) For the bean counters it's a simple way to collect data on the balance and distribution of fans on the board.
So what do you guys think?