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Forum/Site changes

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I think it's time to upgrade a few things. Might take another five years to actually pull off, but meanwhile I want to collect all of you guys feedback about what bothers you and what you love about the current site.

For starters, the Blog's theme will change into the same theme as the forum/homepage, including the top/bottom bar and all that crap.

We might add the login/user bar ontop through the homepage and blog as well. Ideally that's for integrating forum members with blog post comments, hopefully it wouldn't be too much of a headache to do.

We're using IPB 3 and it's going to remain that way. If you think we should add any features, change something in the design, etc. - this is the time to mention it.

For instance, you all use status posts as a shoutbox. So it makes sense that we add a proper shoutbox.

Go.

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We've been asking for a shoutbox ever since the status sidebar was there.

Can't think of anything else, but I would like the option to re-rate or even un-rate cetrain posts.

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- Sub-forums. I've been thinking, more constructive posts might come about if we offered topics. How about the general section breaking into further sections? ("other" aka BS, gaming, music, news\current affairs, etc.)

- Minimum character length in posts.

- Shoutbox (basically your old "

status" disappears when you write a new one making conversations in that box extremely hard to follow)

- Matching emoticons (seriously why both? I like the old ones :D)

- More blog posts - I remember way back you ran a poll on this and pretty much everyone wanted more blog posts.

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The main reason to keep both is so that old posts who used the older ones wouldn't be broken. I always hated seeing broken smileys when finding some thread on Google. (Not saying I'd ever look at old posts, but someone somewhere will find some old thread with google and be glad that smileys aren't broken :P)

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The main reason to keep both is so that old posts who used the older ones wouldn't be broken. I always hated seeing broken smileys when finding some thread on Google. (Not saying I'd ever look at old posts, but someone somewhere will find some old thread with google and be glad that smileys aren't broken :P )

Surely it's possible to simply keep the same text characters convert over to the next set of emoticons, for example this :sad: would convert to :(

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The main reason to keep both is so that old posts who used the older ones wouldn't be broken. I always hated seeing broken smileys when finding some thread on Google. (Not saying I'd ever look at old posts, but someone somewhere will find some old thread with google and be glad that smileys aren't broken :P )

Surely it's possible to simply keep the same text characters convert over to the next set of emoticons, for example this :sad: would convert to :(

Okay, so you're saying that ": sad :" (without spaces) should show up as :( just like ": (" (without space)?

Fair enough. Although I hope you realise not all green emoticons have similar yellow ones. For example I'd hate to give up :ayeaye: , :ohshit: , =D , and many others.

If green ones were made that look exactly the same, maybe it would be good, but I don't want to give them up completely.

While we're discussing emoticons, ":: p:" is SERIOUSLY broken. First time it makes a mess. If you edit that post and don't delete the extra crap created, it becomes an even bigger mess. Etc etc.

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I think we'll leave the emoticons the way they are. Keep the suggestions coming, I like the electric blowjobs kind of thinking.

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Big things that I see would be the shoutbox, subforums, more blog posts, matching blog, no rating quota, and electric blowjobs. If I think of any though I will add.

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So I found something interesting while researching IPB 3 powered forums:

2 Member(s) active in live chat

Maybe we could have one for ourselves?

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I think live chat is an interesting idea...why not? I mean, if it's empty then we know it's not working but particularly around release times I think it'd work well.

Another thing is, I know it's a big demand but I'd like to see more releases. Even if it's projects that come a bit further than just Ido and Hen (and their teams, of course) but more guest projects and things like that. I know you guys have a high standard for quality but there's plenty of quality projects that are looking for exposure of any kid.

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And to prevent some mini-moderators I've seen forums auto-merge double posts. Is that possible?

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What is there left to blog about?

There are a couple of mods that I think would be really cool to have hosted at WCS. Give them free hosting for their mod, the ability ask for feedback and support from other WCS developers and access to trustworthy beta testers. They could also benefit from the name of WeCreateStuff which is getting quite respectable. As long as the mods that are invited are high quality I think this would help the mods themselves and WeCreateStuff.

For multiplayer mods I could probably host a 24/7 dedicated server for the mod that the mod team could use for beta testing and after release use as a public server so that there is always at least 1 server running for their mod.

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I think the blogging should be more of an insight into the individuals behind the projects and less simply informing someone. A blog is not simply a stream of news, or at least it wasn't. A blog post could be as simple as "[insert website] just wrote an article about us" or even "This mod is awesome" there's no need to have such rigid rules on what deserves a blog post.

I feel that communicating with the fan base is vital, also the more you update the more incentive people have to check here regularly. The thread about NH2's progress was one of the most active threads I've ever seen on these forums, because it was communicating a message to fans. There could easily have been a blog post to show these things...it seems more suited.

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Is there a "jailed" thing, like in vBulletin?

There's a section of these forums that only me, Ido and Hen see called "We Create Staff"

I assume you could create another called "jail" and instead of banning someone you remove their rights to post in all sections besides the jail, if that's even what you're on about :P

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Is there a "jailed" thing, like in vBulletin?

There's a section of these forums that only me, Ido and Hen see called "We Create Staff"

I assume you could create another called "jail" and instead of banning someone you remove their rights to post in all sections besides the jail, if that's even what you're on about :P

Actually, in vBulletin, you can "jail" people, and they lose their avatar, sig, title, editing powers, quotes (i think), and maybe BBCode itself. Of course, this is only temporary.

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