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Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 13:42:45


ChrisCMU 
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We had a decent discussion going on this in a thread, but I can't find it...because this forum is in drastic need for an overhaul (IMO). So, with that in mind, I think we need a single thread to discuss ideas about what to do/not to do on these forums...IF Fizzer ever decides to change them.

As I mentioned, I have lots of ideas and would be willing to help. I'd just like to know where his vision is at on this topic before expending a lot of energy on it.

Edited 3/24/2015 14:02:29
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 13:48:12


ChrisCMU 
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Here are my ideas (updating this now). I am not going to say switch to a particular software (vBulletin, etc) as Fizzer may want to keep his site software neutral. Instead, I will post functionality ideas...

1) Better searching. Pretty much all you can do is search for a thread by title really. On most forums you can click a person's name and search for all their posts. Poor search mechanics means I could not find these comments referenced above in previous threads. It also leads to all the duplicate threads we have going, and tons of clutter.

2) More mod tools. Merge threads (combines posts). Lock threads. Sticky threads.

3) A 'trash' forum only visible to mods/admins where questionable content can be moved to allow admins to review. Content can also be left here for later reference on a poster but will not be seen by all players.

4) A 'board room' forum for mods/admins to discuss things. Again, only visible to mods/admins.

5) Posters can report posts.

Edited 3/24/2015 13:59:51
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 14:01:30


ChrisCMU 
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If Fizzer wants to keep this in house, we could do something like this (there are many tutorials out there, though not sure how hard adding mod tools are):

http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-phpmysql-powered-forum-from-scratch--net-10188

Or maybe he already has the bare bones built and just needs some help adding mod tools to his existing framework?

Edited 3/24/2015 14:06:28
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 14:04:27


ps 
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i would rather see updates in other things. current forums do their job just fine imho.
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 14:07:47


Ska2D2 
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tl;dr? More mod stuff.
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 14:07:50


ChrisCMU 
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PS - I agree some other things take priority. But perhaps some of these forum things we can help with? My point is while many people say who cares, it is just forums and does not effect the game...the crap being posted on here may eventually take down the whole site as people push the limits of what is 'allowed'

Edited 3/24/2015 14:08:27
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 14:18:03


ps 
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it's been relatively quiet of trolls lately actually. i remember forums being much worse some 6 months ago or so. moderators and thread locking already exists afaik though.

Edited 3/24/2015 14:18:21
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 16:51:12


Pooncrew 
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I think the forums are fine
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 19:00:37


Master Turtle 
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PS and Pooncrew, I disagree. Fizzers own posts can not stay at the top, the clan league is half way to the bottom, and all the good off topic threads are getting dropped. The only people that are actually content with this are the trolls and there are so many its hard to change anythig!
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 20:03:46


ChrisCMU 
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it's been relatively quiet of trolls lately actually. i remember forums being much worse some 6 months ago or so. moderators and thread locking already exists afaik though.


As Turtle said, I disagree that they have been quiet. Apparently you have missed all the blatant racial and other slurs on here in the last couple weeks as well.

As far as your 2nd point about mods. I'm not sure those functions exist (they may, but he has not been public about it). I am sure Fizzer (and probably Mercer) can lock threads, delete, etc. I highly doubt anyone else can. I do know these can be done:

1) promote threads
2) move threads
3) alt checking

Outside that, I have no idea if anyone not on the warlight staff can do anything else. And of those 3 abilities, I know of a few people that have some of those abilities but not all. But, I am guessing nobody beyong Fizzer/Mercer has the power to do any real moderating because they would do stuff (say edit a post) and right now the board is not set up to denote who changed something. He's too smart to give that control without transparency or he'd get accused of everything.

Apparently Krzychu has access to the seasonal ladder data too. I guess these boards seem to have puppets behind the scenes where we have no idea who can do what. it would be nice to have designated mods with tools so everyone knows why things are done.

Edited 3/24/2015 20:05:33
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 20:25:08


Beren • apex 
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@ChrisCMU, there are links to where you can get the ladder data here:

https://www.warlight.net/wiki/Ladder_Ranks_and_Ratings
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 21:52:51


Poseidó̱nas
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I have seen a few posts deleted and Colonel obviously got a warning for swearing at bane, Bane also told me he has had something like that happen to him 6 times
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 23:29:48


Thomas 633
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sticky threads are a good idea
but SOME PEOPLE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU STUPID CLAN LEAGUE
(also and the question is is going fine still stop complaining, and anyway any thread is better than myhand)
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 23:30:54


Thomas 633
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*realises he is in clan league 7*

I am just sick of you thinking your threads are sooo much more important than mine just because mine don't directly relate to warlight, you think that makes me a dick and you absolutely amazing
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 23:31:53


Thomas 633
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I got a warning for death threats, Fizzer can suspend too.
Fucking around with threads is like soviet russia
it started so nobly
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 23:42:18


Lawlz
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Thomas, quit whining. You literally do nothing to contribute to the forums. You spam giant pictures and bitch. Chris is an important member of the community who has helped make it a good place and he has every right to call out your threads for being trash, because they are.
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/24/2015 23:58:24


Master Turtle 
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AND ANY THREAD THAT DOESNT PERTAIN TO WARLIGHT BELONGS IN THE FLIPPIN OFF TOPIC THREAD!

I could care less how MUCH you post..... just put your posts in the right spot and dont make put the same thing in multiple spots..... Its like me and the people who want better forums are just OCD....
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 00:02:32


Thomas 633
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I actually do try and do that at least
but a lot of dumb stuff ends up in general I will give you that

Lawlz, I contribute to this forum more than you ever do
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 00:34:30


Lawlz
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Ooooo, you contribute more than a retired troll. *claps*
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 00:43:07


Thomas 633
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precisely

so stop complaining about me
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 00:50:49


Lawlz
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>my point
>your head
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 00:56:48


King C******* V 
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Nazi = Lawlz
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 01:06:18


Major General Smedley Butler
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Lawlz could you explain why they call you a Nazi?
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 01:13:26


King C******* V 
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Because his profile picture was a Swastika for awhile and made many stupid political points.

Which in turn he said was a "troll", but in my opinion its not a good one and not a good topic to do trolling with.

This is all ironic now because he tries to make himself look good.

Edited 3/25/2015 01:14:31
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Major General Smedley Butler
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So Lawlz just really messed up with a bad joke?
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 01:20:33


Lawlz
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Pretty much, clit just latched onto that so he could be relevant. No one else really cares because it's not the first time national socialism has been brought up.
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 01:26:31


Major General Smedley Butler
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I thought that a transsexual Nazi was a stretch......
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 01:27:39


Thomas 633
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her old account was the nationalist socialist
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Жұқтыру
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his

its

their
Forum overhaul suggestions: 3/25/2015 01:46:10


Major General Smedley Butler
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X ... I'm OK with all of the Soviet era propaganda, and you supporting myhand's north Korean propaganda but this is a bit far. Calling someone a "it" is pretty dehumanizing.
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