Board Improvements & Suggestions

Discussion in 'Website Issues' started by stuneville, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    Fora established, population now started.
     
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    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Let there be light, eh?
     
  4. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    It wasn't supposed to sound so... divine.

    :bish:
     
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    Nemo Abominable Snowman

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    Paint it black.
     
  6. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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  7. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

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    If XenForo provides the ability to implement it ...

    I'd appreciate having a link to Recent Posts on the face of the forum / thread webpages (e.g., in the header). Without any immediately available link, one has to trigger a 'New Posts' search just to get a Recent Posts link to appear.

    FTMB is the only forum site I regularly visit that doesn't universally / uniformly offer links for accessing both:

    - Most recent updates as yet unread (i.e., New Posts); and
    - Most recent updates overall (i.e., Recent Posts).
     
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  8. stuneville

    stuneville Amministratore principale Staff Member

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    I shall investigate.
     
  9. stuneville

    stuneville Amministratore principale Staff Member

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    ..and no it doesn't. Certainly there's nothing in the admin panel that would allow me to do that (it may be in one of the huge, code-y tracts which I'm not going near after what happened last time.)

    I will however add it to the wish list I periodically send the hosting people which they ignore entirely.
     
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  10. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

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    Thanks for looking into it, Stu.
     
  11. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    I've done the first sweep of the HUMAN CONDITION and moved around eleven pages of threads to MEDICAL FORTEANA.

    On my way through I noticed a lot of candidates for FORTEAN CRIME and a number of odd FORTEAN FOOD stories that has slipped through the net.

    I'd really appreciate some help assigning these. If anybody has the time to comb GENERAL FORTEANA & The HUMAN CONDITION (sub-forum) for FORTEAN CRIME threads, I'd be really grateful. Just post a list on the reorganisation thread.
     
  12. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

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    Yith:

    I'm willing to volunteer for this 'sweep' effort, but I have a question about where you would prefer I start digging ...

    Would you prefer I dig into the General Forteana sub-forum since you haven't already rummaged through it? Would it make more sense for you to do the follow-up sweep in Human Condition since you've already seen things within it that recommend themselves for migration?
     
  13. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    Good idea and thank you.
     
  14. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    Thanks to EnolaGaia, we've now finished all of the changes and the various new sub-fora (see above) are now up and running with a Guidance Note stickied at the top of each.

    The only thing that remains a work in progress is FORTEAN NATIONS, which I shall return to when I get the time.
     
  15. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    We now have an additional SUPERSTITION sub-forum in URBAN LEGENDS & FOLKLORE.

    Once again, thanks go to EnolaGaia for doing the hard work of sifting.
     
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  16. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

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    There's a topical structure issue that's been percolating in the back of my mind for some time ...

    We have a section for Earth Mysteries, within which there's a sub-section concerning 'The Land' (i.e., terrestrial oddities and anomalies).

    A lot of Fortean stories / incidents occur not on land but on the water (especially the high seas). Marine / nautical / etc. Forteana doesn't have a slot in the current FTMB structure, so postings concerning weirdness on the water get strewn most anywhere.

    Does it concern a lost ancient city? Earth Mysteries. Does it concern a lost ship? Wherever someone decided it might fit.

    I think I've finally convinced myself we could do well to establish a section for water / sea related items analogous to Earth Mysteries.

    Having a section dedicated to waterborne / marine / nautical Forteana should facilitate locating such items without having to perform sometimes elaborate searches.

    NOTE: I'm not talking about subsuming or moving items obviously destined for other topically defined sections like Cryptozoology (e.g., sea monsters) or Ufology (e.g., USO's construed as submarine versions of UFO's).
     
  17. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    Busy, but have consumed this--will get back to you after digestion.
     
  18. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    Just a general announcement to remind everybody that:

    Stuneville:
    http://forum.forteantimes.com/index.php?members/stuneville.1649/

    EnolaGaia:
    http://forum.forteantimes.com/index.php?members/enolagaia.6020/

    and I:
    http://forum.forteantimes.com/index.php?members/yithian.3000/

    Are always happy to listen to feedback, be it positive or negative, by PM. We can't promise to agree with you, and technical shortcomings are often beyond our control, but we will always hear you out with respect.

    We can only judge the reception of our decisions and proposals from the information supplied by the membership. Supplying such information will lead to better decisions in the future; we don't want unhappy campers if we can possibly help it.

    Any such correspondence is and always has been received in confidence.
     
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  19. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    Many of you will have noticed that EnolaGaia is currently engaged in the task of re-animating old threads that have been fatally compromised by the loss of the intitial source material, be it text, link or image.

    In many cases it has been possible to restore the missing content from archived pages, but if you come across such a thread, one that is difficult to comprehend because of loss of material, please post it on the reorganisation thread in Website Issues for one of the moderators to investigate. With a few minutes of detective work, we're often able to get them back into commission.

    Thanks.
     
  20. Rerenny

    Rerenny Justified & Ancient

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    I just want to say a huge thank you to EnolaGaia for tracking down so many IHTM stories from the WayBackMachine. I had previously tracked down one story from there, so I know how much of a faff it is. Epic piece of work EnolaGaia, massively appreciated.
     
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    Cochise Justified & Ancient

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    Suggestion: There are several threads in IHTM pointing at various IHTM-alikes - would it make sense to merge them in to one 'sticky'? Making it clear the BEST stories are on here, of course!
     
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  22. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    Probably, but could you possibly post links?
     
  23. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

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    I'm not sure I understand ... Are you referring to IHTM threads that cite other IHTM threads, ones that cite other non-IHTM threads, or ... ???

    Alternatively ... What exactly would such a merged sticky thread contain? A 'best of IHTM' collection?

    Are you recommending copying certain IHTM stories to this merged thread, or literally merging them? There's an administrative policy against merging IHTM items.

    Another thing to consider is that the IHTM items in the IHTM section represent the ones posted in that area rather than the only IHTM stories to be found. A large number - perhaps the majority - of first-person reports aren't posted in the IHTM section at all.
     
  24. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    I think he means threads that contain links to (and recommend) websites other than FTMB that also feature material very much like our IHTM Forum.

    That's why I requested links--to check.
     

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