XenForo Board Ideas and Suggestions

Discussion in 'Communications' started by Circular Logic, Oct 31, 2013.

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  1. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Incidentally, the compatibility view "fix" for IE11 issues is less than ideal -- it allows for the WYSIWYG posting to work properly and avoids the scrolling issue, but it causes layout problems, including obscuring of the menu bar up top by other layout elements.
  2. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    One suggestion I'd like to make is that can we change the main banner on the main forum page? Is that possible?
  3. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    Thanks Grimby. I checked and edit is back to normal for me.
  4. Bib Fartuna Jedi Grand Master

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    So, will there be another solution for the edit problem? One that then doesn't cause layout problems?
  5. The Hellhammer 7SA Forum Interrogator

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    An option for deleting statuses might be a good thing to add :p
  6. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    @The Hellhammer - we have the function turned off for regular users. However, if you PM one of the managers or admins with the request, which post(s) to delete, and a reason for deletion we can take care of it for you. .
  7. jcgoble3 Force Ghost

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    May I ask why the ability to delete your own status is turned off for regular users? I'm sure there's a reason for it being that way, but I'm not seeing it right now.
  8. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    Just general preemptive prevention of abuse - same reason we don't allow users to delete their posts, really.
  9. jcgoble3 Force Ghost

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  10. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

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    Is this place capable of having an arcade?
  11. Grimby Technical Consultant

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    It doesn't have any sort of gaming/arcade functionality built into it, no. Did you have something specific in mind?
  12. Circular Logic SWTV Interview Host

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    Maybe he's thinking of using a built-in arcade to exchange extraneous trophy points for prizes? I know a lot of folks here don't appear too excited about the idea of trophy points in general, so perhaps having an arcade can appease them? Or at least make it more "fun". :p

    As to ideas for prizes, I have no idea. Give up 5-10 points for temporary colors? Give up 20 points for the ability to choose your own title for a brief period of time? [face_dunno]:p

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    Last edited by Circular Logic, Dec 6, 2013
  13. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

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    I noticed long ago that some forums have little arcades attached to them so that the forum users can challenge each other at checkers, hexagon, chess, mahjong or even Mario. You can start tournaments or just play people individually to get to the top of the leader board. Seemed like something worth investigating as a fun thing to do.

    Plus what Circular Logic said. I don't give a crap about whatever these trophy points are that I randomly get. But maybe the arcade could be worked into that.
  14. Circular Logic SWTV Interview Host

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    As I'm a bit of a technophile, I've been looking through the official XenForo board's New Features sub-forum to check out the kind of updates we should be able to expect once the current board software is upgraded. Mods/admins, are you guys planning on upgrading the boards directly to XenForo 1.2? Out of curiosity, does this board currently run version 1.1.4 or somesuch?

    I've looked through some of the threads for updates that might interest normal users, and I've highlighted them below:

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/a-new-editor-and-much-much-more.50519/
    XF 1.2 has an interesting new Editor design. Of particular note are:
    I pointed out in this thread's OP that the current "Members" page can be improved and updated upon board move. Apparently, there is even greater reason to update this page:
    Highlighted emphasis mine.

    I've noticed that when viewing the boards on a smaller screen, i.e. a smartphone and perhaps a tablet, that scrolling through threads with a lot of quotes could be quite annoying. XF 1.2's new "Responsive Design" seems to address this issue: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/responsive-design.50888/

    On a similar note, apparently version 1.2 also allows compression of quoted posts to a certain height, so that should solve some scrolling issues with nested quotes (in fact, I'm not sure but it might be the case that you can only quote the last post instead of multi-quoting now) and long posts:
    Finally, I want to point out to the admins, especially @Grimby and @LAJ_FETT, that updating the boards to XF version 1.2 (or 1.1.5) should resolve the Firefox "Edit" issue completely.

    I realize that the MS is probably rather busy right now with the Senate issue and whatnot, but just out of curiosity, is there a timetable for the board software update to take effect?
    Last edited by Circular Logic, Dec 11, 2013
  15. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    We're currently on version 1.1.3. I know Grimby has plans to upgrade to the new release. However, I haven't seen a timetable. He'd probably be working with Grahame (Philip Wise's server person) to do this. I know Grimby has been busy with work-related issues lately so I doubt we'd see an upgrade until after the holidays at this point.
  16. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    This would be super useful. I can't be the only one typing a response to someone and then seeing 2 other people have responded in the interrim before I hit reply, either saying something remarkably similar or changing the subject so whatever I post looks like I'm being rude and ignoring them.
  17. Circular Logic SWTV Interview Host

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    Thanks for the info LAJ!

    Indeed. However, currently there is a way to avoid doing this, if you simply refresh the page just before posting (as that post helpfully mentioned). This is especially useful for threads where a lot of users are reading and posting in. If you fear losing what you've just written, simply copy the post before refreshing. In any case, even if you don't do that, that's what the "Edit" button is for... You can always edit in a response to someone else's post that just popped up after you hit "Post Reply".

    Speaking of which, I recently mentioned in the "Post technical questions" thread that one doesn't get a notification when someone edits in a reply to one's post in an earlier post. In all future XF versions, one won't get any alerts for edited-in quotes because, as Ramza mentioned, if every single edit (or even quote edit) resulted in a response, that could promote spamming of alerts against the user one is responding to; that could get annoying quickly.
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