Forum News discussion/feedback thread

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by Hālian » 13 Mar 2019 06:20

Whatever happened to tables? I see that they were implemented a while ago but that the markup involved no longer renders.
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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by eldin raigmore » 15 Apr 2019 04:35

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I agree with what Linguistcat just said.
Indeed, I felt its lack just minutes ago.

(I mean I wanted a “like” button.)

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by shimobaatar » 04 May 2019 16:22

I'm going to miss the "special" ranks, not only because they've been an easy way to identify who wrote a post at a glance (especially for those of us who just can't figure out how to get a profile picture/avatar that's the right size), but because I thought it was a fun system that gave board members some interesting goals, if they wanted them. However, I can't deny the logic behind getting rid of them, so even though it'll take some getting used to, visually, I agree with and support this decision, for whatever that's worth. Hopefully a way can be found to get the system working again so they can be brought back some day, though.

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by elemtilas » 04 May 2019 17:02

shimobaatar wrote:
04 May 2019 16:22
I'm going to miss the "special" ranks, not only because they've been an easy way to identify who wrote a post at a glance (especially for those of us who just can't figure out how to get a profile picture/avatar that's the right size), but because I thought it was a fun system that gave board members some interesting goals, if they wanted them. However, I can't deny the logic behind getting rid of them, so even though it'll take some getting used to, visually, I agree with and support this decision, for whatever that's worth. Hopefully a way can be found to get the system working again so they can be brought back some day, though.
I'm guessing that "the system of awarding these ranks hadn't really been working for quite some time" really means "no one wanted to deal with them anymore". For a couple years, I made requests for special ranks, particularly on behalf of others, but never heard back and never saw any change in ranks. So I just figured the moderators were no longer into that. Or perhaps it was just the mods I asked... [:'(]

Me, I actually disagree with the decision to discontinue the ranks entirely. So long as the system works, they are fun, they do serve to recognise special merit, they also serve as goals new (and old) folks can aspire to. Some of the ranks were, perhaps, unattainable and others seemed to be duplicates. But for the most part, many ranks were (on paper) quite easy to obtain. A fairly large number of folks, at least in my estimation, were eligible and often for multiple ranks.

Rather than ditching them, I'd put in a vote for the creation of a new system (based on the old, perhaps, but maybe with a number of new ranks) and perhaps hire a moderator whose primary duty is handling that part of the system!

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by Ossicone » 05 May 2019 00:06

As the person who was primarily in charge of the special ranks, I also enjoyed them a lot, but they took a while to review and award. (That is part of what made them special.) Getting a special rank meant that I had thoroughly read and responded to your conlang. At that time I had much more free time to do that sort of thing. Once I no longer had time to do this, there wasn't really anyone available who did.

So the ranks essentially became unattainable, which feels unfair to newer members. They were fun while they lasted, but could not be sustained.

Also, in regard to the like button: I could not find a suitable plugin for it that was still being maintained. You'll just have to live with typing out "I like this." or "Cool idea." or "I enjoyed reading your post." and then pushing submit.

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by elemtilas » 05 May 2019 02:32

Ossicone wrote:
05 May 2019 00:06
As the person who was primarily in charge of the special ranks, I also enjoyed them a lot, but they took a while to review and award. (That is part of what made them special.) Getting a special rank meant that I had thoroughly read and responded to your conlang. At that time I had much more free time to do that sort of thing. Once I no longer had time to do this, there wasn't really anyone available who did.

So the ranks essentially became unattainable, which feels unfair to newer members. They were fun while they lasted, but could not be sustained.

Also, in regard to the like button: I could not find a suitable plugin for it that was still being maintained. You'll just have to live with typing out "I like this." or "Cool idea." or "I enjoyed reading your post." and then pushing submit.
Too bad about the like button. The idea has grown on me somewhat.

As for the ranks, there are always possibilities. Some new blood to manage them might reinvigorate that aspect of the place. Clearly, it's not a one person job, even if that one person is yourself!

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by Ælfwine » 13 May 2019 19:53

Have we ever considered adding an option to create polls? I wanted to ask the general community which path I should next take with my conlang, but I was dismayed to find that a simple poll feature does not exist on this board.
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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by DesEsseintes » 14 May 2019 03:32

Ælfwine wrote:
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Have we ever considered adding an option to create polls? I wanted to ask the general community which path I should next take with my conlang, but I was dismayed to find that a simple poll feature does not exist on this board.
I’m sure this is not what you’re looking for, but the yay/nay thread could be used for that purpose.

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by Aszev » 14 May 2019 18:40

The board does have a poll feature, it's just never been enabled. My rationale behind this has been that a) polls are easily abused or turned into something annoying (like if you end up having lots of polls with dumb/simplistic/loaded questions), and b) polls don't really give any depth unless the people also reply in posts, in which case the poll isn't really needed to begin with.

But of course, maybe neither of this would be a problem. If people would appreciate being able to make polls, I'm not against reconsidering.
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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by eldin raigmore » 17 May 2019 21:10

Aszev wrote:
14 May 2019 18:40
The board does have a poll feature, it's just never been enabled. My rationale behind this has been that a) polls are easily abused or turned into something annoying (like if you end up having lots of polls with dumb/simplistic/loaded questions), and b) polls don't really give any depth unless the people also reply in posts, in which case the poll isn't really needed to begin with.

But of course, maybe neither of this would be a problem. If people would appreciate being able to make polls, I'm not against reconsidering.
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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by masako » 25 May 2019 18:53

shimobaatar wrote:
04 May 2019 16:22
I'm going to miss the "special" ranks, not only because they've been an easy way to identify who wrote a post at a glance (especially for those of us who just can't figure out how to get a profile picture/avatar that's the right size), but because I thought it was a fun system that gave board members some interesting goals, if they wanted them. However, I can't deny the logic behind getting rid of them, so even though it'll take some getting used to, visually, I agree with and support this decision, for whatever that's worth. Hopefully a way can be found to get the system working again so they can be brought back some day, though.
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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by Omzinesý » 07 Jun 2019 15:00

Im not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I started my current project in my Scrap Thread and Id like some moderator to move it to its own thread. It starts from the post Mon 29 Apr 2019, 12:18 (at some time zone I havent checked).

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by sangi39 » 07 Jun 2019 16:56

Omzinesý wrote:
07 Jun 2019 15:00
Im not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I started my current project in my Scrap Thread and Id like some moderator to move it to its own thread. It starts from the post Mon 29 Apr 2019, 12:18 (at some time zone I havent checked).
Done [:)] I haven't changed the title or anything (I think you can do that by editing the title of the first post?), but it's this thread
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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by Omzinesý » 08 Jun 2019 10:33

sangi39 wrote:
07 Jun 2019 16:56
Omzinesý wrote:
07 Jun 2019 15:00
Im not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I started my current project in my Scrap Thread and Id like some moderator to move it to its own thread. It starts from the post Mon 29 Apr 2019, 12:18 (at some time zone I havent checked).
Done [:)] I haven't changed the title or anything (I think you can do that by editing the title of the first post?), but it's this thread
Thank you!

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by sangi39 » 26 Jul 2019 21:24

Several users (four so far) have reported PMs from a user called LolitaVek777, containing "XEvil can break ANY Captcha!..." and the like, which is obviously spam. The user has been banned, and I expect more users will make more reports, but just so people are aware, this instance has been dealt with. Just need to keep on top of any other users doing similar things.
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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by eldin raigmore » 27 Jul 2019 07:03

You may want to ban any user with the substring *loli* in their screenname. They’re probably trying to rope in pedophiles.

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by Khemehekis » 01 Aug 2019 06:56

eldin raigmore wrote:
27 Jul 2019 07:03
You may want to ban any user with the substring *loli* in their screenname. They’re probably trying to rope in pedophiles.
Unless the screenname is something like LOLingMyHeadOff182.
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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by eldin raigmore » 01 Aug 2019 13:46

Khemehekis wrote:
01 Aug 2019 06:56
eldin raigmore wrote:
27 Jul 2019 07:03
You may want to ban any user with the substring *loli* in their screenname. They’re probably trying to rope in pedophiles.
Unless the screenname is something like LOLingMyHeadOff182.
You’re right.
Maybe *lolita* then.

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Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Post by LinguistCat » 01 Aug 2019 15:35

eldin raigmore wrote:
01 Aug 2019 13:46
Khemehekis wrote:
01 Aug 2019 06:56
eldin raigmore wrote:
27 Jul 2019 07:03
You may want to ban any user with the substring *loli* in their screenname. They’re probably trying to rope in pedophiles.
Unless the screenname is something like LOLingMyHeadOff182.
You’re right.
Maybe *lolita* then.
Gothic Lolita is also a thing and often gets shortened to Lolita (and has nothing to do with pedophiles/"lolicons"). But I don't know any legitimate reasons lolicon would be used, and for the other strings it could just be a "Lets keep an eye on it" deal.

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