I've been asked a few times on how to make a custom Playby List without having to create a separate directory for claims. This will work for many different things that only have one level like Faction or Species. Job lists, if you want them separated by location, are more complicated and will be covered in another guide.
As it stands there is a default total block in the application itself however that only works for groups and if you want other sorts of totals manually updating them is... well lets face it, a pain in the ass. For this guide I'm going to give you the code and how to edit it. This should only be used on things that only have one selection on a select box (so no arrays). You can do this for factions, genders, whatever you have that needs a total.
With IPS, unless you have it set to highlight specific groups posts, there is no real way to differentiate the author types save for their icon and group color. As you can see here at the Initiative we are able to accomodate a different look per user group to show off all of our awesome staff members, patrons and contributors.
By Default IPS doesn't allow for large avatars as the overall styling of the site really doesn't fit with that. It doesn't, however, mean that you don't get to have one. Follow these steps and you'll be able to have a large avatar on your site.
So continuing through the Jcink theming guides our next step is the actual design process. Board Wrappers are considered the bones of your theme and wraps up the other elements in it. This will often be the biggest part of your mock-up.
IPS is a powerful product. Most of the time, if I need to achieve something, I can do it with page blocks. Sometimes, I just need to alter those page blocks a little bit in order to achieve what I want to achieve.
In this guide, I hope to help guide you through looking for the correct variables and writing a simple if statement. At the end of the guide, you should have a working automatic open thread list.
This guide is addressed to jcink users but can be used by anyone. Just substitute in the correct terminology.
Essentially, this guide is the creation of a guidebook. On the left of the screen are links. On the right of the screen is a blank space. You click on a link and the appropriate contents appear on the right hand side. You click another link, those previous contents vanish to be replaced by the new appropriate contents.