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Author Topic: 2009 Suggestion Drive: How Could We Improve The Cauldron?  (Read 11136 times)
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« Topic Start: January 17, 2009, 04:58:36 pm »

It's January, so it's time for our annual "suggestion drive" when we open a topic and request your suggestions for how TC (the forum, the web site, the MUX, forum rules, etc.) could be improved. We make no promises to implement suggestions, but the Hosts and staff do look at and consider them all.  (And have implemented a number of suggestions over the last eleven years).

Four items are completely off the table, however:

1) Changing forum software. (SMF has a low server load as well as some features the Hosts can't live without.)

2) Eliminating/weakening our quoting rules. (The Hosts will shut down the board first -- seriously, having quoting with the backlinks to the quoted message is that important.)

3) Eliminating the all the limitations on accounts that have not qualified for Full Membership.

4) Turning the board away from its "Discussion and Debate" orientation.

Suggestions regarding other areas will be considered. Suggestions that take a lot of staff time or that cost money will be considered, but will will be far less likely to be implemented (for obvious reasons).

Staff may not reply to suggestions, but they ARE read.  (And I read every one of them.)
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« Reply #1: January 17, 2009, 07:41:37 pm »

2) Eliminating/weakening our quoting rules. (The Hosts will shut down the board first -- seriously, having quoting with the backlinks to the quoted message is that important.)

I feel that changing the quoting rules would result in a lot of confusion.

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« Reply #2: January 17, 2009, 11:34:26 pm »



I think it might be a good idea to limit who can create a profile on TCN.  Say, only full members or at least those with X number of minimum posts.  It would lessen spam, trolls, ect.
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« Reply #3: January 18, 2009, 08:28:53 am »

I think it might be a good idea to limit who can create a profile on TCN.  Say, only full members or at least those with X number of minimum posts.  It would lessen spam, trolls, ect.

Unfortunately, there is no way to limit it (other than to require owner approval on all memberships) -- kickapps just does not provide any way to do so.
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« Reply #4: January 18, 2009, 09:31:30 am »

I think it might be a good idea to limit who can create a profile on TCN.  Say, only full members or at least those with X number of minimum posts.  It would lessen spam, trolls, ect.

As I see it the only way to really understand TCN is by being a member.  Logging in as a guest in not the same.
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« Reply #5: January 19, 2009, 10:43:36 pm »

we request your suggestions for how TC could be improved.

My dad always told me, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
It may not be perfect, but it seems to serve its purpose pretty well as is; so it might be well to leave it alone.
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« Reply #6: January 20, 2009, 10:10:29 am »

My dad always told me, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
It may not be perfect, but it seems to serve its purpose pretty well as is; so it might be well to leave it alone.

Some way to cancel a post before posting.
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« Reply #7: January 20, 2009, 10:17:38 am »

Some way to cancel a post before posting.

hit the back button on your browser.
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« Reply #8: January 20, 2009, 10:17:56 am »

Some way to cancel a post before posting.

There's no cancel button, but if you just navigate away from the post-composing screen, your post will automatically be cancelled.  (That is, hit the Back button on your browser or click a link to go elsewhere.)
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« Reply #9: January 21, 2009, 01:53:55 pm »



I think it would be cool to see what posts of yours have been ignored... not the person just the post Grin
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« Reply #10: January 21, 2009, 01:56:35 pm »

I think it would be cool to see what posts of yours have been ignored... not the person just the post Grin

I don't think individual posts can be put on ignore, so that would be pretty difficult.  I may be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure you can only ignore a board (i.e. folder) or a poster, not an individual post or thread.
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« Reply #11: January 21, 2009, 01:58:30 pm »

I don't think individual posts can be put on ignore, so that would be pretty difficult.  I may be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure you can only ignore a board (i.e. folder) or a poster, not an individual post or thread.
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« Reply #12: January 21, 2009, 05:01:48 pm »

I may be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure you can only ignore a board (i.e. folder) or a poster, not an individual post or thread.

That's correct, you can choose to ignore an entire board/folder or all the posts of a specific poster. The software does not have a way to ignore specific threads or specific posts.
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« Reply #13: January 21, 2009, 05:06:21 pm »

hit the back button on your browser.

Oh yes, that works perfectly. Especially when finishing a longer post and hitting that **** back-button by accident!  Grin
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« Reply #14: January 21, 2009, 07:31:58 pm »

Some way to cancel a post before posting.

They done canceled the cancel button a few years ago
Apparently, it caused more trouble than it was worth
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