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ADMIN: Moving Board to SMF: What Changes Would You Like to See
« on: January 27, 2016, 11:03:22 am »
We will soon be moving the board to SMF (see ADMIN: Change Message Board Software (back to SMF)? for why). Unlike previous times we have changed software, we will be taking the message board with us, not starting over with an empty board. However, we will still be making a fresh start, so if there are any changes you would like to see considered, this is the place to tell use about them. Note that what you would like to see may not be possible for various reasons, but we will not even know what you would like to see if you don't say something here.
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Re: ADMIN: Moving Board to SMF: What Changes Would You Like to See
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2016, 09:02:10 am »
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We will soon be moving the board to SMF.

One thing we have considered for a long time is consolidating some of our many separate boards into fewer boards with broader topics -- with more topic prefixes to help label and find stuff in the broader boards. Why do this? Many of our narrow subject boards are not use very much and having so many boards makes it harder for newer members to know where to post something. Beginner boards and SIG boards would not be consolidated, obviously. Opinions please?
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Re: ADMIN: Moving Board to SMF: What Changes Would You Like to See
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2016, 11:00:39 am »
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One thing we have considered for a long time is consolidating some of our many separate boards into fewer boards with broader topics -- with more topic prefixes to help label and find stuff in the broader boards. Why do this? Many of our narrow subject boards are not use very much and having so many boards makes it harder for newer members to know where to post something. Beginner boards and SIG boards would not be consolidated, obviously. Opinions please?

 
Seems reasonable to me. No sense in having a brazillion low-traffic areas.

One thing, however. From a UI standpoint, the prefix pulldowns (assuming they are pulldowns and not radio buttons) for each supercategory probably shouldn't have fewer than five prefixes or more than ten prefixes.

Too short and it doesn't register that the prefixes are, yanno, useable and too long and the brain has this nasty tendency to go LOL TL;DR.
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Re: ADMIN: Moving Board to SMF: What Changes Would You Like to See
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2016, 04:00:38 pm »
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We will soon be moving the board to SMF (see ADMIN: Change Message Board Software (back to SMF)? for why). Unlike previous times we have changed software, we will be taking the message board with us, not starting over with an empty board. However, we will still be making a fresh start, so if there are any changes you would like to see considered, this is the place to tell use about them. Note that what you would like to see may not be possible for various reasons, but we will not even know what you would like to see if you don't say something here.

 
I'm curious to see how this new site will deal with spammers. I understand that in the past year or so we've been bothered by a few spam accounts.

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Re: ADMIN: Moving Board to SMF: What Changes Would You Like to See
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2016, 04:06:51 pm »
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I'm curious to see how this new site will deal with spammers. I understand that in the past year or so we've been bothered by a few spam accounts.

 
We have always been bothered by spam accounts; we always will be bothered by spam accounts.  Nothing about the spam has really changed in the last year.
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Re: ADMIN: Moving Board to SMF: What Changes Would You Like to See
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2016, 04:12:19 pm »
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We have always been bothered by spam accounts; we always will be bothered by spam accounts.  Nothing about the spam has really changed in the last year.

 
Funny but I don't remember having any problems with spam accounts until about a year ago. Since then I've been watching the spam counter slowly tick suspiciously upwards. I was probably not paying much attention though.

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Re: ADMIN: Moving Board to SMF: What Changes Would You Like to See
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2016, 06:54:47 pm »
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One thing, however. From a UI standpoint, the prefix pulldowns (assuming they are pulldowns and not radio buttons) for each supercategory probably shouldn't have fewer than five prefixes or more than ten prefixes.

We will try to keep the number reasonable. However, some areas -- like Pagan Religions -- are going to have more than ten because there are more than ten different religions discussed often here. Reality has to trump UI sometimes. :(
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Re: ADMIN: Moving Board to SMF: What Changes Would You Like to See
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2016, 06:57:13 pm »
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I'm curious to see how this new site will deal with spammers. I understand that in the past year or so we've been bothered by a few spam accounts.

As Darkhawk said, spammers have always been a problem. Almost the exact same systems we use here to keep spammers from registering will be used on the SMF board. However, none can totally prevent spammers from getting through so long as we allow people to register who we do not personally know.
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Re: ADMIN: Moving Board to SMF: What Changes Would You Like to See
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2016, 06:58:15 pm »
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Funny but I don't remember having any problems with spam accounts until about a year ago. Since then I've been watching the spam counter slowly tick suspiciously upwards. I was probably not paying much attention though.

 
I suspect the thing you are noticing is that there is some sort of counter in the first place.
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