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Title: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on August 20, 2009, 11:23:18 PM
Subject asks it all!
How can we improve the forum?
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: pandamonium on August 20, 2009, 11:34:53 PM
-insert inappropriate comment about naked pictures of Karyn-

I'm sure this doesn't help, but I thought I might as well get it out of the way.
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Karyn on August 20, 2009, 11:36:19 PM
-insert inappropriate comment about naked pictures of Karyn-

I'm sure this doesn't help, but I thought I might as well get it out of the way.

 ;D
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: craig on August 20, 2009, 11:44:37 PM
Subject says it all!
How can we improve the forum?

Change your avatar.

That oprahmoose is freakin' me out!
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Beleth on August 21, 2009, 12:15:25 AM
I'll change it come September.  :)

Oh, and the original is on this page: http://www.somethingawful.com/d/photoshop-phriday/celebrities-animals-appliances.php?page=5 (http://www.somethingawful.com/d/photoshop-phriday/celebrities-animals-appliances.php?page=5)
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: JamesTate on August 21, 2009, 12:20:46 AM
I demand more pay.
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: SQ the ΣΛ/IGMд on August 21, 2009, 08:47:53 AM
Just fix that damned cursor jumping when I quote someone!
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: pandamonium on August 21, 2009, 01:10:37 PM
Just fix that damned cursor jumping when I quote someone!

If only you'd mentioned this to ducky already! Now it'll never get done. ;) :-*
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: wastrel on August 21, 2009, 01:47:59 PM
At this point in time, I have no complaints.

I think think the current mod set up, with MotQ combined with permanent mods, is working well.

I like that feedback is being considered in the form of mods applied to the board (read: Spoiler Tag, Ignore User, Ignore board).

I have no issues with the dark theme, but I appreciate that a sincere effort to "fix" the light theme is in the works.

The community has changed significantly since I first joined, and unfortunately I do not feel quite as at home as I did when I first became a member.  Too many of the people I loved to converse with have left for one reason or another.  I still frequent the boards (obv) and post where I can, but the size of the board prohibits me from enjoying it to the extent I once did.

This is not an issue with the way the board is ran, just a consequence of churn mixed with the sheer size of the forum.

Anyway, as far as the board is ran I think it is ran well.  I like the progress that has been made.  It is too bad that I don't feel quite as happy here, but that has nothing to do with the features or themes involved.  It is simply a matter of the natural change the community is undergoing into something that doesn't interest me as much.

Also, I don't mean to sound like I'm hating on any current members.  There are still a ton of people here I enjoy reading.  Just the net change in the attitudes and personalities that is occurring.
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Skulker on August 21, 2009, 01:48:45 PM
Just fix that damned cursor jumping when I quote someone!
That's just god messing with you   ;D
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: stands2reason on August 21, 2009, 01:53:08 PM
The thing where the text box resize gets stuck is still annoying.
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Beleth on August 21, 2009, 05:05:52 PM
Okay, so we know about the cursor jumping and the text box resizing issues.  They are very difficult problems to solve, which is why they aren't solved yet.

Actual development is going on with the light theme.  We have some good feedback about what people would like to have improved in it.  No ETA at this point, however.

Wastrel, I know there have been a lot of community changes that have happened on the board since you joined, and it's harder to make new friends than it is to keep the ones you have.  We've put in as many technical solutions to that problem as we can, I think, and further solutions will have to come in the form of old-timers returning.  The board has moved from a living-room feel to a tavern feel, and I understand that that's not to everyone's taste.  I don't think there's any way of going back, though.


So... what else can be improved upon?  Board layout? New subforums?  Anything like that?
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: seaotter on August 21, 2009, 05:30:19 PM
Would it be possible to follow chosen members like we do on twitter?
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Beleth on August 21, 2009, 05:40:46 PM
You mean have something like the opposite of an "ignore" list, where certain people's posts are more accessible or noticeable?  I like that idea!  But unfortunately, I don't see a pre-written modification for it.
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: wastrel on August 21, 2009, 08:46:32 PM
Wastrel, I know there have been a lot of community changes that have happened on the board since you joined, and it's harder to make new friends than it is to keep the ones you have.  We've put in as many technical solutions to that problem as we can, I think, and further solutions will have to come in the form of old-timers returning.  The board has moved from a living-room feel to a tavern feel, and I understand that that's not to everyone's taste.  I don't think there's any way of going back, though.

Oh, absolutley.  It wasn't a complaint as much as an observation.

I'm the last person to expect things to adhere to my personal tastes.
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Sordid on August 21, 2009, 09:05:13 PM
I'll change it come September.  :)

Oh, and the original is on this page: http://www.somethingawful.com/d/photoshop-phriday/celebrities-animals-appliances.php?page=5 (http://www.somethingawful.com/d/photoshop-phriday/celebrities-animals-appliances.php?page=5)

Reminds me of that creepy deer-god-thing from Mononoke Hime.

Anyway, I'm not sure what cursor jumping you people are talking about, but I'm glad the resize thing is being worked on. Another problem I've noticed is that it's impossible to post a simple link to youtube, the forum will auto-embed the video no matter what you do. While that feature is extremely neat, you might want to turn that off if the url is inside a url tag.
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: stands2reason on August 21, 2009, 09:46:59 PM
Another problem I've noticed is that it's impossible to post a simple link to youtube, the forum will auto-embed the video no matter what you do. While that feature is extremely neat, you might want to turn that off if the url is inside a url tag.

You can quote the link to the video:

Quote
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI)

Or use noembed tags

[noembed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI [/noembed]
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Sordid on August 23, 2009, 02:31:21 PM
Oooh, that's cool, I didn't even know those tags existed. Okay, no problem, then. :)
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: pandamonium on August 23, 2009, 02:33:21 PM
Oooh, that's cool, I didn't even know those tags existed. Okay, no problem, then. :)

Yeah, I've found them useful when adding links to articles that contain video. *grumble grumble*
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Sordid on August 23, 2009, 03:35:36 PM
A button would be nice, though. ;)
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Beleth on August 23, 2009, 07:10:12 PM
A button would be nice, though. ;)

Yeah, it would... unfortunately, the modification doesn't include one.  :(
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: stands2reason on August 23, 2009, 09:01:41 PM
A button would be nice, though. ;)

Yeah, it would... unfortunately, the modification doesn't include one.  :(

You couldn't put a button for noembed tags?
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Sordid on August 23, 2009, 09:26:29 PM
Also! Sometimes it's necessary to put an extra line under a quote in order for the there to actually be one (otherwise the text is mashed up right against it), sometimes the forum does it automatically. I don't mind either way, but make it consistent.
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Beleth on August 24, 2009, 11:35:11 AM
A button would be nice, though. ;)

Yeah, it would... unfortunately, the modification doesn't include one.  :(

You couldn't put a button for noembed tags?
Sorry, I should be more clear.

The SMF-community-supplied modification that does the autoembedding, AEVA (http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=977), does not include in its features the addition of a button for the "noembed" tag.  And I don't have the resources to code and maintain such a modification to that package.
Title: Re: What changes to the Forum would you like to see?
Post by: Beleth on August 24, 2009, 11:46:36 AM
Also! Sometimes it's necessary to put an extra line under a quote in order for the there to actually be one (otherwise the text is mashed up right against it), sometimes the forum does it automatically. I don't mind either way, but make it consistent.

I've noticed, and gotten slightly annoyed by, that too.  I'll make sure Ducky knows of it.  Meanwhile, I use it as a reminder to use the Preview button on all of my posts!
Title: Re: Suggestions for Forum changes
Post by: Thespis on October 16, 2009, 01:43:58 PM
Editing due to my not knowing the things that had already been done because I hardly ever spend time in this forum.

My suggestion for the "Suggestions" forum is to get rid of the non-stickied threads so that people will stop posting in them. I think reminding them that in order to be seen they need to post elsewhere is fighting an uphill battle.

I think the non-stickied threads should either be moved into the "Questions for the Panel" subforum and made read-only, or moved to their own subforum and made read-only.

As it is, I don't foresee any change in posting even if new threads can't be created by regular users.
Title: Re: Suggestions for Forum changes
Post by: Beleth on October 16, 2009, 11:28:50 PM
I've been debating doing something along those lines ever since the change in August, Thespis, and the main reason I haven't yet is that it hadn't become an issue.  Until this week, of course.

What I'll probably do is just lock everything that isn't one of the Big Four.  Members are used to seeing those threads where they are, and moving them is a giant pain.
Title: Re: Suggestions for Forum changes
Post by: Thespis on October 19, 2009, 08:21:00 AM
What I'll probably do is just lock everything that isn't one of the Big Four.

That works too.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: jakesteele on December 11, 2009, 03:32:24 PM
This site should have a forum dedicated to psychology.  When debunking things skeptics will talk about cognitive biases and subjective interpretations, etc.  With skeptic sites it seems like all they do is pull down a list of cognitive biases from Wiki and apply them to others, but not to themselves.  To better understand another person's psychology you must first understand your own first.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: stands2reason on December 11, 2009, 05:12:17 PM
This site should have a forum dedicated to psychology.  When debunking things skeptics will talk about cognitive biases and subjective interpretations, etc.  With skeptic sites it seems like all they do is pull down a list of cognitive biases from Wiki and apply them to others, but not to themselves.  To better understand another person's psychology you must first understand your own first.

We already have a science & skepticism section. IMO, if you're going to break it up, it would make sense to have separate "general skepticism", "natural science", and "social/cognitive science" sections.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on December 11, 2009, 05:49:25 PM
This site should have a forum dedicated to psychology.

We create new forums on a purely reactive basis.  That is, when a subject starts getting talked in such volume that it detracts from other topics on a forum, we make a new forum to handle the popular subject.

If psychology becomes a popular subject, we'll create a new forum for it.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on December 11, 2009, 08:43:22 PM
This site should have a forum dedicated to psychology.

We create new forums on a purely reactive basis.  That is, when a subject starts getting talked in such volume that it detracts from other topics on a forum, we make a new forum to handle the popular subject.

If psychology becomes a popular subject, we'll create a new forum for it.

Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to post-whore about psychology ;D

Actually, I'd like to see more stuff on here about psychology, so hopefully mr steele delivers on his promises of psychology posting. Or I could, I dunno, do some reading or research or something like that.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: FunkyFredFrog on January 01, 2010, 05:52:26 PM
For Jay and the Website Team.


Could we have an option when doing a poll for a separate option - one that is calculated as OTHER but people can type a different option to the one's on show?

I'm trying to do a poll for what to call this decade - but there are bound to be some new suggestions that people wont make that I won't have thought of. At the moment I can make an option called OTHER but I don't know what their suggestion will be - or can they comment on their poll choice? I wouldn't think so from what I've seen.

Thanks Guys
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Karyn on January 01, 2010, 06:35:24 PM
For Jay and the Website Team.


Could we have an option when doing a poll for a separate option - one that is calculated as OTHER but people can type a different option to the one's on show?

I'm trying to do a poll for what to call this decade - but there are bound to be some new suggestions that people wont make that I won't have thought of. At the moment I can make an option called OTHER but I don't know what their suggestion will be - or can they comment on their poll choice? I wouldn't think so from what I've seen.

Thanks Guys

FYI the rouges don't have much to do with running the forums and the software involved with it.  If you want to make personal appeals to the person in charge of this type of change, make it to TheLostVertex.  His ego needs the stroking anyway   ::).  I'm not even sure this type of thing is possible.  Have you seen it available on other forums?  If so, link plsthx.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on January 01, 2010, 06:43:26 PM
Could we have an option when doing a poll for a separate option - one that is calculated as OTHER but people can type a different option to the one's on show?

I suggest making an option called "Other (specify below)", and then hope that people who choose that option do indeed specify below.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: FunkyFredFrog on January 02, 2010, 02:20:16 PM
Done that so I will see if our idea comes to any fruition Beleth
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: FunkyFredFrog on January 10, 2010, 07:52:36 AM
I maybe in a minority but I bet it's growing in that I use my mobile phone to login to the website. When I want to giro the end of a thread it's difficult to click on the last number. Could there be a larger button saying END that stands out so mobile users can click on it easily. Applies to touchscreens more I guess.
Thanks
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on January 10, 2010, 10:24:02 PM
i usually just zoom in - i dunno if you can do that on your phone, though.

how do you browser the forum: do you go through subforum by subforum or do you use the "show unread" links?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: FunkyFredFrog on January 12, 2010, 08:25:30 AM
I use an Iphone but I can click on the GO DOWN or GO UP buttons without zooming in and out so I was hoping for a similar thing for looking at the end of a thread.
Maybe I'm lazy but I stay in contact with the forums all over the place via Mobile Technology and it'd make the forums easier to use for me and others using this.

FFF
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: SQ the ΣΛ/IGMд on January 12, 2010, 08:38:28 AM
I use an Iphone but I can click on the GO DOWN or GO UP buttons without zooming in and out so I was hoping for a similar thing for looking at the end of a thread.
Maybe I'm lazy but I stay in contact with the forums all over the place via Mobile Technology and it'd make the forums easier to use for me and others using this.

FFF

 :D That's what you get when you use a 3" screen to browse the web.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: jaypee on January 12, 2010, 10:28:33 AM
This site should have a forum dedicated to psychology.

We create new forums on a purely reactive basis.  That is, when a subject starts getting talked in such volume that it detracts from other topics on a forum, we make a new forum to handle the popular subject.

If psychology becomes a popular subject, we'll create a new forum for it.

so how many more sports threads to I have to start in order for there to be a sports sub-forum? :)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on January 12, 2010, 11:16:58 AM
so how many more sports threads to I have to start in order for there to be a sports sub-forum? :)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v283/churchpunk83/moar.jpg)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: jaypee on January 12, 2010, 11:22:59 AM
^^ don't tempt me :)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on January 13, 2010, 01:55:58 AM
I use an Iphone but I can click on the GO DOWN or GO UP buttons without zooming in and out so I was hoping for a similar thing for looking at the end of a thread.
Maybe I'm lazy but I stay in contact with the forums all over the place via Mobile Technology and it'd make the forums easier to use for me and others using this.

FFF

ah, so you have essentially the same set-up as i do (i have a Touch).

but my original question stands: do you use the links or do you go through each subforum? i guess it doesn't completely matter, but if you go to the forum page where it lists all the threads in that forum, you can see the last person who posted in that thread all the way to the right. you'll see a little icon that looks like an arrow bursting forth from a piece of paper. if you click this icon, it'll take you to the last post in the thread.

:mysterysolved:
Title: More Options for Forum Skin (Yes, I tried to post this in suggestions...)
Post by: swan on January 16, 2010, 12:57:35 PM
[size="1"]Yes, I know this belongs in "suggestions," but I don't have the option to create new threads there. (I'm guessing people need a certain message count first, which I can't come up with because...)[/size]

While the current default layout of the forum is pretty cool, it's exceptionally difficult for me to use because I have protanomaly (a red-green "color blindness") which makes red look extremely dark. It's so bad that I can't even read the back of a Coke can where the black letters are on the "bright" red background. Basically, any red value less than 60 or 70 doesn't even register above a black background for my eyes, regardless of how much I try to configure monitors (and I've tried on several); the rest is just very dark and an extreme strain on my eyes.

And yes, I do use "select all" so that I can read the text, but it's inconvenient and still not very good... and people really shouldn't have to do that.

So trying to use browse the forum is just torture, not only for the listings but also the default color of the message text. Did the software come with any other skins? I know most forum software packages have a dark blue to light gray skin option. At the very least even a black & white version would let me be as active as I'd like.

(If there is an option in the control panel — and I've gone through "Look and Layout" and the others several times — then let me know where it's hiding.)

If you can't do it or it costs money then I understand and will continue to only listen. But it would be nice.
Title: Re: More Options for Forum Skin (Yes, I tried to post this in suggestions...)
Post by: Beleth on January 16, 2010, 01:14:13 PM
(If there is an option in the control panel — and I've gone through "Look and Layout" and the others several times — then let me know where it's hiding.)

If you can't do it or it costs money then I understand and will continue to only listen. But it would be nice.

It is kind of hiding... go to Profile -> Modify Profile -> Look and Layout -> Current Theme:

At the end of the "Current Theme:" line there's the word "change" in parentheses.  Click on it, and select "SGU Light".  That theme is black text on a light blue background, with very little red.

Please let me know if this helps.
Title: Re: More Options for Forum Skin (Yes, I tried to post this in suggestions...)
Post by: pandamonium on January 16, 2010, 01:42:41 PM
[size="1"]Yes, I know this belongs in "suggestions," but I don't have the option to create new threads there. (I'm guessing people need a certain message count first, which I can't come up with because...)[/size]

no, that subforum was compressed a while ago into this thread. :)

hope the light theme works for ya.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on January 16, 2010, 01:46:20 PM
You can also go into your browser settings and over ride the colors (and font and font size) for what is displayed in your browser.

FireFox

Tools>Options>Fonts and colors>advanced

Title: Re: More Options for Forum Skin (Yes, I tried to post this in suggestions...)
Post by: swan on January 16, 2010, 02:51:11 PM
(If there is an option in the control panel — and I've gone through "Look and Layout" and the others several times — then let me know where it's hiding.)

If you can't do it or it costs money then I understand and will continue to only listen. But it would be nice.


It is kind of hiding... go to Profile -> Modify Profile -> Look and Layout -> Current Theme:

At the end of the "Current Theme:" line there's the word "change" in parentheses.  Click on it, and select "SGU Light".  That theme is black text on a light blue background, with very little red.

Please let me know if this helps.


Thanks: that is much better. I thought I would have at least seen that, but then again... However, when I went to that page the preview for that was all black; now that I've changed the preview shows up like it should.


You can also go into your browser settings and over ride the colors (and font and font size) for what is displayed in your browser.

FireFox

Tools>Options>Fonts and colors>advanced

I know that's always an option, and I used to do that a long time ago; however, with CSS, etc. these days that would devastate the look of every other site I use. This was the only one I couldn't get a hold of.

But I definitely appreciate that you and the others replied to help. :)
Title: Re: Website Change suggestions
Post by: FunkyFredFrog on January 21, 2010, 12:59:51 PM
When I start typing a thread on my Mac I don't seem to have any problems.

I use an Intel Mac 2.4MHZ with Snow Leopard (OS 10.6 +) for this

Recently when I've been using windows based machines at other peoples houses or at work when I reach the bottom of the box to write my thread the side scroll bar goes up half way the page so I can't see what I'm typing.

The cursor still stays at the bottom and if I type again I quickly see that its typing but then it flicks back halfway up the page.

I'm just trying this out again as I type this thread. It doesn't happen if you just type out a message but if switch tabs then go back to writing the message it seems that it starts "flicking about again".
Its just doing it now as I'm writing this line. Its



It may be when you get a certain distance down the screen but its highly awkward. Have you had reports of this before as I'm having this happen 400 miles away from previous occurances on adifferent network on a different machine - but both with Windows software?

If any editing is weird its cos I have to type fast to see what I'm typing





Title: Re: Website Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on January 21, 2010, 03:09:21 PM
[Moved from "Website Change" to "Forum Change" because it's a forum issue.]

Recently when I've been using windows based machines at other peoples houses or at work when I reach the bottom of the box to write my thread the side scroll bar goes up half way the page so I can't see what I'm typing.

The cursor still stays at the bottom and if I type again I quickly see that its typing but then it flicks back halfway up the page.

Yeah... we know about this and it's a known bug with IE8.  There's nothing we can do about it on the forum.  The best workaround I can suggest is to use Firefox or some other, non-IE8, browser.  Sorry about that!
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on January 21, 2010, 05:36:00 PM
IE8 has bugs?!
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: stands2reason on January 22, 2010, 09:23:51 PM
:siren: Spoiler alert. Using IE may degrade your web browsing experience. :siren:
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: billhunter on March 19, 2010, 09:12:26 PM
The "skepticism and science talk"  category has been taken over by the climate debate. Since this topic is already discussed on far to many other web sites, could we quarantine the entire climate debate to its own forum category. For one that is not known for suffering fools, I find it troubling to see real skeptic discussions be drowned out by people with little understanding of the topics that they discuss.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on March 19, 2010, 10:08:58 PM
The "skepticism and science talk"  category has been taken over by the climate debate. Since this topic is already discussed on far to many other web sites, could we quarantine the entire climate debate to its own forum category. For one that is not known for suffering fools, I find it troubling to see real skeptic discussions be drowned out by people with little understanding of the topics that they discuss.

Hi billhunter, there's already a discussion ongoing in Ongoing Discussions. Feel free to join it; you can find the thread here. (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,26827.0.html) Thanks for the feedback. :)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on April 10, 2010, 12:06:52 AM
Is there any way to get the latest comment posted in the Global Warming sub-section to not appear as the latest comment in the Skepticism/Science Talk section?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on April 10, 2010, 12:54:53 AM
Is there any way to get the latest comment posted in the Global Warming sub-section to not appear as the latest comment in the Skepticism/Science Talk section?

The only way I know of to do that is to ignore the entire Global Warming board.
Profile -> Modify Profile -> Ignore Boards Options -> check the square next to Global Warming.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on April 10, 2010, 12:56:47 AM
Posting something in the Science forum will make that show up instead.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on April 10, 2010, 09:14:51 AM
Is there any way to get the latest comment posted in the Global Warming sub-section to not appear as the latest comment in the Skepticism/Science Talk section?

The only way I know of to do that is to ignore the entire Global Warming board.
Profile -> Modify Profile -> Ignore Boards Options -> check the square next to Global Warming.

Thanks a ton! Has that option been around long and I just missed it or is it new?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on April 10, 2010, 10:52:44 AM
Thanks a ton! Has that option been around long and I just missed it or is it new?

You're welcome! It's a modification we added some months back, so it's not extremely new... but it hasn't been there forever, either.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on April 10, 2010, 11:09:02 AM
Aaaaaand it doesn't work. Oh, well.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on April 10, 2010, 11:21:38 AM
Really?  That's dumb.  I'm sorry.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on April 10, 2010, 11:27:01 AM
I'll be alright.  :'(

Anyway, how about something like this for your next nerd project:
http://www.heavens-above.com/worldvisits.aspx?lat=41.34559&lng=-72.0506&loc=Chesters&alt=20&tz=EST (http://www.heavens-above.com/worldvisits.aspx?lat=41.34559&lng=-72.0506&loc=Chesters&alt=20&tz=EST)

It'll require people to enter their lat and long but it would be cool to see the distribution of skeptics.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on April 10, 2010, 11:34:05 AM
A project like that is why I am teaching myself R.  :)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on April 12, 2010, 09:19:45 AM
We absolutely must get this smiley!

(http://gregmaxey.mvps.org/images/old.gif)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: SQ the ΣΛ/IGMд on April 12, 2010, 09:36:51 AM
Is there a way to list the posts I have made in a particular thread?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on April 12, 2010, 06:47:09 PM
Is there a way to list the posts I have made in a particular thread?

Man oh man I wish there were.  It'd make Mafia games so much easier to keep track of.  But no, the search function in SMF is kind of useless that way.  I'm just as >:( about that as you are.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: TheLostVertex on April 12, 2010, 07:51:29 PM
A project like that is why I am teaching myself R.  :)

Oh ****

Now you got him on that shit again. Thre are so many better ways to do that.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: DK on April 13, 2010, 02:15:37 PM
I'll be alright.  :'(

Anyway, how about something like this for your next nerd project:
http://www.heavens-above.com/worldvisits.aspx?lat=41.34559&lng=-72.0506&loc=Chesters&alt=20&tz=EST (http://www.heavens-above.com/worldvisits.aspx?lat=41.34559&lng=-72.0506&loc=Chesters&alt=20&tz=EST)

It'll require people to enter their lat and long but it would be cool to see the distribution of skeptics.

SQ set this (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,15432.0.html) up ages ago and we got few folk pinned on the map. Might be worth zombie thread resurrection until Beleths pet project is up and running.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: mr_fuzzer on June 08, 2010, 03:51:07 PM
One suggestion, i want a search function on the forum. If it exists im sorry i brought it up. If someone else mentioned it im sorry aswell but thats when a search function comes in handy Hehe.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: jaypee on June 08, 2010, 03:56:56 PM
There is one. It's at the top of your page between "Help" and "Profile"
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: mr_fuzzer on June 08, 2010, 04:21:52 PM
There is one. It's at the top of your page between "Help" and "Profile"

Thanks a lot, i wasent looking hard enough. "Embarrassed beyond belief."
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: jaypee on June 08, 2010, 04:41:57 PM
Don't worry about it, I didn't notice it until I had been using the boards for a few months.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on June 11, 2010, 02:07:03 AM
wait, there's a search function? crap.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Halleyscomet on July 01, 2010, 12:38:42 PM
Customizable text to be displayed when you have a user on ignore.

I wish that instead of it saying, "You are ignoring this user.  Show me the post.", it instead said something like, "Probably just the usual stupidity.  But if you really want to see it..."

Holy crap that's a good idea...I'm going to run that one by the mod team.

What about customizable messages for each person you have on ignore? That way you can remember WHY you put someone on ignore in the first place! That seems to be something of an issue.

Customizable, per ban text would let me do things like specify something along the lines of "You don't mind this poster most of the time, but they tend to posts walls of text which makes the thread hard to read". People could ignore ME and see text along the lines of "If this is a flamewar, this post is probably another picture or video of his son, being used as a ham-fisted attempt at derailing the flamewar."
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on July 01, 2010, 12:57:57 PM
Customizable text to be displayed when you have a user on ignore.

I did a cursory search at simplemachines.org for a supported modification to do that, but I didn't see one.  I'll keep looking, but I would suggest to not hold your breath.  :(
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Jim S on July 01, 2010, 12:59:54 PM
But changing the default text for all ignored posts?  Yes? 
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on July 31, 2010, 11:16:34 PM
Can we get a map of where people are posting from?

I'd bet it would look interesting.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Karyn on July 31, 2010, 11:57:40 PM
Can we get a map of where people are posting from?

I'd bet it would look interesting.

We tried to do that once a very long time ago, but on a volunteer basis.   By long time ago, I mean 3 years ago.  The forums have changed membership quite a bit since then.  Have you seen something like this on other forums, or are you just curious?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 01, 2010, 12:02:22 AM
Well, I haven't seen this elsewhere that I can think of.

I am a bit curious to see how the people here are distributed, and think that we could actually gain some valuable information from it.

How did it turn out back then?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Karyn on August 01, 2010, 12:15:12 AM
Eh, only like 30 or so people posted to the map, mostly in the states.  I doubt there is a plug in for that, or we'd probably do it.  I like the idea, but I get the feeling it's not doable.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 01, 2010, 12:19:33 AM
You could try putting it right before the forum lists on the main page.

If you haven't applied, it could show a message that says that you haven't registered your location.

I'm sure most people would register just because it's there.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 01, 2010, 12:21:11 AM
Oh, to be clear, I don't mean that there would be a dot where you live. I mean that it would be color coded like an infrared image by state/county.

Something like that would preserve the level of privacy.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 01, 2010, 12:22:43 AM
Also, you wouldn't be able to see who is registered where, but only the fact that someone on the forum exists there.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on August 01, 2010, 12:27:13 AM
Heavens above has a cool map that shows frequency from where. It's very cool.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 02, 2010, 05:41:03 PM
I didn't see any map like that...
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on August 02, 2010, 06:14:53 PM
http://www.heavens-above.com/worldvisits.aspx?lat=33.405&lng=-86.811&loc=Hoover&alt=158&tz=CST (http://www.heavens-above.com/worldvisits.aspx?lat=33.405&lng=-86.811&loc=Hoover&alt=158&tz=CST)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Jim S on August 02, 2010, 08:51:09 PM
I didn't see any map like that...

It was a map hosted on another site, one designed to allow groups to do this very thing.  I forget who was manning it...I think I recall that skulker was promoting it a fair amount.  It might have been neutral milk pushing it?


ETA:
Nope, it was SQ:
http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,15432.msg370694.html#msg370694 (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,15432.msg370694.html#msg370694)

Doesn't seem to be functional.  (at least for me)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 03, 2010, 05:29:34 PM
It works for me, but it seems to take too much work.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: DK on August 04, 2010, 02:04:21 PM
I remember helping SQ set that map thing up. It worked for a while, but the site wasn't the best. We had a few problems authorising people and letting them set flags and stuff.

If anyone finds a better one, I'd be happy to help with the admin side of it.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on August 04, 2010, 06:24:00 PM
     I know an easy way to set up something like that.  It would be anonymous unless you tell somebody where you are.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 04, 2010, 08:06:54 PM
Go on.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on August 04, 2010, 10:35:52 PM
Check out the options here
http://www.revolvermaps.com/ (http://www.revolvermaps.com/)

Free and easy user maps.  Put one in a user only thread, and it will map anyone who visits, but not reveal any personal information.

Probably a drawback to it I haven't considered.  Hence my trepidation.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 04, 2010, 10:37:19 PM
Check out the options here
http://www.revolvermaps.com/ (http://www.revolvermaps.com/)

Free and easy user maps.  Put one in a user only thread, and it will map anyone who visits, but not reveal any personal information.

Probably a drawback to it I haven't considered.  Hence my trepidation.

Did I miss the drawback?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on August 04, 2010, 10:38:15 PM
Some people may not want their location mapped.  You would have to put a warning on the topic.  And they could never view it.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 04, 2010, 10:40:18 PM
Some people may not want their location mapped.  You would have to put a warning on the topic.  And they could never view it.

If it doesn't show who you are, the only problem is if you live in China.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on August 04, 2010, 10:45:27 PM
Probably.  But, say we have a member here who we know is in Korea.  When you see the dot, with the location of the ISP show up, you know exactly where she is posting from.

Some people might not want that much exactness about their IP number.  Available to all.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 04, 2010, 10:55:07 PM
Hmm. So, a topic named "This topic automatically maps your location" would suffice, correct?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on August 04, 2010, 11:01:12 PM
Probably.  It will also require some Admin powers to embed the widget.

Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 04, 2010, 11:03:37 PM
*Looks up at Beleth, who I come up to knee level on.*

*Tugs pant leg*

"Excoose me suwr. Cud yu help me instawl dis wijit?"
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on August 04, 2010, 11:09:48 PM
No, it needs to be discussed first.  Something like this may have unintended consequences. 

Patience is advised.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 04, 2010, 11:20:12 PM
I agree.

On a side note, I can't figure out how to post videos. Something obvious for that should be above the smileys.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on August 04, 2010, 11:23:20 PM
I answered you in the YLYL topic.

Other helpful things.

http://sguforums.com/index.php?action=help;page=post#bbcref (http://sguforums.com/index.php?action=help;page=post#bbcref)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on August 04, 2010, 11:29:55 PM
All this stuff still up to date?

http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,17051.msg440649.html#msg440649 (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,17051.msg440649.html#msg440649)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on August 05, 2010, 12:20:22 AM
More or less, yes.

There are actually a few SMF-blessed modifications that display the locations of people.  I'll talk to Vertex about it.  I think I want to upgrade to the latest version of the software first, though.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: stands2reason on August 05, 2010, 07:42:05 AM
Some people may not want their location mapped.  You would have to put a warning on the topic.  And they could never view it.

Well, too bad. If you aren't using a proxy, it's trivially easy to approximate your location based on IP in the vast majority of cases. If you don't trust the admins at the SGUF, I wonder how you feel about every advertiser and every bit of embedded cross-site content basically knowing where you live. Even if you are using a proxy, it's usually easy to trick your browser into revealing your real public IP address.

More or less, yes.

There are actually a few SMF-blessed modifications that display the locations of people.  I'll talk to Vertex about it.  I think I want to upgrade to the latest version of the software first, though.


This would be very cool.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on August 06, 2010, 04:02:00 AM
If you don't trust the admins at the SGUF,

 :angel:
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on September 10, 2010, 09:06:31 PM
Instead of an ignore function, can we get a "stupid flag"? Something like, "This person has made xx incredibly stupid comments. Click the link to see their comments you have flagged for being stupid."?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 09:30:18 PM
It would be abused.  You know this is true.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on September 10, 2010, 09:33:30 PM
The key part is "Click the link to see their comments you have flagged for being stupid." Only you would see it; no one else. Just like the ignore function only ignores members you have on ignore.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 09:34:45 PM
Ah, now that would be nice.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on September 11, 2010, 04:44:09 AM
You mean you want something that would only mark something as stupid after you've already read it?  That seems backwards to me!  ;)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Boßel on September 11, 2010, 03:17:47 PM
I have a suggestion about a minor nuisance. 

I don't know if this has been mentioned before. I apologize if it has. But is there a way to change the 20 second rule in-between searches? I know it's only 20 seconds, but when you're searching and nothing comes up, it's frustrating.

Again, it's only 20 seconds. So if not, then I'll live.

Nevermind. I found the thread in technical administration. Sorry!
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on September 11, 2010, 07:56:23 PM
You mean you want something that would only mark something as stupid after you've already read it?  That seems backwards to me!  ;)

I'm imagining something along the lines of reading comments, marking them as stupid (like on a scale of 1 to 10), and a running average appears next to all his posts.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on September 11, 2010, 08:34:58 PM
I'm imagining something along the lines of reading comments, marking them as stupid (like on a scale of 1 to 10), and a running average appears next to all his posts.

We had a system like that for a while.  In fact, it's built into basic SMF functionality.  It's called "karma," and our experiment with it was a huge non-success.  Basically, people had a race to the bottom, it started all sorts of cliques, and the result was a lot of ill will all around.

We're not going to do that again.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on September 11, 2010, 08:38:55 PM
So we are bringing back Karma? Coooll  ;)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on September 12, 2010, 02:27:16 AM
So we are bringing back Karma? Coooll  ;)

NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 12, 2010, 11:49:41 AM
Karma can be a real bitch
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Karyn on September 12, 2010, 01:23:56 PM
I suggest that all posts made in this thread automatically get rerouted to the bitching thread in explicit :D
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on September 12, 2010, 05:48:56 PM
I suggest that all posts made in this thread automatically get rerouted to the bitching thread in explicit :D

:D I like the way you think.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 12, 2010, 06:09:15 PM
Make it so!
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on November 01, 2010, 10:30:23 PM
I'd love to follow forum members twitter style.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on November 02, 2010, 02:46:15 AM
In regards to the suggestion of a shallow pool/newcomers forum, it has been tried before.  What happens is the n00bz don't want to venture out of it, this whole newcomers culture sort of forms, and oldtimers get pissed, because they can't rape and pillage as they wish there.

Plus, the level of moderation and rules is such it requires actual time and energy from anyone foolish enough to volunteer to Mod it, and the whole thing goes south quick.

Because in essence you are creating another forum.

However, there are other forums that have "safe" topics, in which any and all insults, criticizing or mocking is strictly forbidden, in the topic, so people can open up about sensitive matters without suffering a 4chan style surprise.

Again, these topics become wildly popular, because they are safe, and sometimes resemble an entire forum, in a single topic.

Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: eagle0877 on November 02, 2010, 09:36:01 AM
Would it be possible to get each forum topic in RSS Style so when I am on the go I can keep up to date? If not that would be my suggestion
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on November 02, 2010, 10:12:06 AM
Would it be possible to get each forum topic in RSS Style so when I am on the go I can keep up to date? If not that would be my suggestion
Have you tried the RSS option at the very bottom of the page?

Quote
XHTML RSS WAP2
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: eagle0877 on November 02, 2010, 11:44:47 AM
I did and it seems to be an rss feed for all new posts. I was looking for RSS feeds on a per forum basis (such as one for "General Discussions or Sketpic and Science section)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on November 02, 2010, 11:47:06 AM
Call me crazy but insulting each other is against the rules. My arguments are up for grabs, my beliefs are ripe for the picking. Test me challenge me, but insulting me is juvenile. (waits for examples of when he threw out insults) Thing is that I know it's wrong. That is part of the culture IMO.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on November 02, 2010, 11:53:52 AM
I did and it seems to be an rss feed for all new posts. I was looking for RSS feeds on a per forum basis (such as one for "General Discussions or Sketpic and Science section)
Hmmm I guess it doesn't cut as fine as you wanted then. Sorry.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on November 02, 2010, 11:55:02 AM
Call me crazy but insulting each other is against the rules. My arguments are up for grabs, my beliefs are ripe for the picking. Test me challenge me, but insulting me is juvenile. (waits for examples of when he threw out insults) Thing is that I know it's wrong. That is part of the culture IMO.
  ???
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on November 03, 2010, 02:18:23 AM
Would it be possible to get each forum topic in RSS Style so when I am on the go I can keep up to date? If not that would be my suggestion

I don't know about RSS feed, but you can change it so that you can get notified of interesting topics. It's somewhere in Profile I think. Let me check.

"Profile">"Modify Profile">"Notifications" - it's not RSS, it's email, though. Not exactly what you're looking for, I know, but the best I could think of at the moment.

fwiw, I'm using Firefox and there seems to be an RSS feed button in the address bar that would allow me to subscribe to this page. I'm going to experiment with that and see what happens. I'll let you know if anything interesting happens.

ok, nevermind, it just subscribes to the entire site.

but good news everyone, now I can keep an eye on y'all through google reader >:D
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: The Dog Delusion on November 08, 2010, 09:23:09 AM
Two suggestions:

1) This may have been suggested/implemented/removed before, but a kind of "thank you" button , where, for example, User A makes a post, User B thinks that post is groovy and clicks the "thank you" button, and then a small notice appears on the post showing who thanked it. Counters on user profiles for how many times they've thanked/been thanked are optional, but I think that just the marker on the post is enough. Basically, a way for users to send a virtual high-five to those that make posts worthy of such congratulatory actions.

2) Is there a way to make is so that users can "soft post" in a thread? I've been listening through the old podcasts, and I'm on #170 right now. Once in a while, I read the forum thread on an episode and feel like chiming in, but I feel like bumping the entire thread just so that I can make my punny joke is only gonna clutter the forum and piss off the regulars. Perhaps a way to post without bumping the thread would be nice, so that buried threads can remain buried until a worthy bump-post gets made.


I realize that both of these are rather minor technical updates for which the proper software hacks may not even exist, but I figured I'd throw my opinion out there so that others can weigh in on it, ignore it, or send letters full of white powder to my home.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: DK on November 08, 2010, 12:16:25 PM
Number one sounds awfully like the 'karma' thing we had a couple of years back and no, that won't be making a return anytime soon. If you're really interested in why, do a search.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on November 08, 2010, 12:22:54 PM
Yeah, Karma won't be making a return.  I know what Dog Delusion means by the "thank you" feature, though. VBulletin has it, and it is indeed kind of cool.

But not bumping a thread you post in?  Why would you post something that you know no one would ever read?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on November 08, 2010, 05:11:53 PM
Yeah, Karma won't be making a return.  I know what Dog Delusion means by the "thank you" feature, though. VBulletin has it, and it is indeed kind of cool.

But not bumping a thread you post in?  Why would you post something that you know no one would ever read?

I can see how this could allow trolls to take an extinct thread, and start saying things behind people's backs.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on November 08, 2010, 05:24:16 PM
Yeah, Karma won't be making a return.  I know what Dog Delusion means by the "thank you" feature, though. VBulletin has it, and it is indeed kind of cool.

But not bumping a thread you post in?  Why would you post something that you know no one would ever read?

I can see how this could allow trolls to take an extinct thread, and start saying things behind people's backs.

What do you mean exactly?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on November 08, 2010, 05:45:52 PM
Yeah, Karma won't be making a return.  I know what Dog Delusion means by the "thank you" feature, though. VBulletin has it, and it is indeed kind of cool.

But not bumping a thread you post in?  Why would you post something that you know no one would ever read?

I can see how this could allow trolls to take an extinct thread, and start saying things behind people's backs.

What do you mean exactly?

What part of what I said was unclear?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on November 08, 2010, 05:47:31 PM
I don't see what an 'extinct' thread has anything to do with trolls talking behind someone's back.

I have no clue what you mean by that. Can you explain?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on November 08, 2010, 05:52:32 PM
I don't see what an 'extinct' thread has anything to do with trolls talking behind someone's back.

I have no clue what you mean by that. Can you explain?

I mean, that trolls will look for old threads that aren't locked, and cause trouble in there, because not bumping the topic would mean that most people won't notice.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on November 08, 2010, 05:56:37 PM
I don't see what an 'extinct' thread has anything to do with trolls talking behind someone's back.

I have no clue what you mean by that. Can you explain?

I mean, that trolls will look for old threads that aren't locked, and cause trouble in there, because not bumping the topic would mean that most people won't notice.
Maybe.  I mean, if a thread is so old and just a few people start posting in it again and it doesn't bump, then I doubt anyone else will notice unless one of those who posted in the thread brings it to the limelight.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on November 08, 2010, 06:34:55 PM
I don't see what an 'extinct' thread has anything to do with trolls talking behind someone's back.

I have no clue what you mean by that. Can you explain?

I mean, that trolls will look for old threads that aren't locked, and cause trouble in there, because not bumping the topic would mean that most people won't notice.
Maybe.  I mean, if a thread is so old and just a few people start posting in it again and it doesn't bump, then I doubt anyone else will notice unless one of those who posted in the thread brings it to the limelight.

My point exactly.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: The Dog Delusion on November 08, 2010, 10:38:46 PM
But not bumping a thread you post in?  Why would you post something that you know no one would ever read?

I can see how this could allow trolls to take an extinct thread, and start saying things behind people's backs.

I guess I didn't think about that...I was thinking it might just be nice for newer members to be able to add to the conversations about old episodes without necessarily bumping 3-year-old threads. I suppose that it could be set up that it would still notify the previous posters that there's a new reply in the thread - I was just more concerned with not bumping a long-dead thread just to make a joke or something, but I guess I can also see the wisdom in saying that "if it's not worth bumping the thread, it's not worth posting."

As far as Karma/rep/thanks, I've seen similar systems, but I rather prefer the ones that don't have a "thumbs down" option, but just the option to mark/compliment the posts that are good. But yeah, it looks like such a system has already (more or less) been tried out and rejected.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: senectus on November 09, 2010, 07:44:38 AM
Please please PLEASE, reconfigure your forum, so that when you create an account it doesn't send your password to you in plain text.

It's very bad form, and very poor security.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on November 09, 2010, 11:48:22 AM
Please please PLEASE, reconfigure your forum, so that when you create an account it doesn't send your password to you in plain text.

It's very bad form, and very poor security.
Maybe you're right. We do a lot of Top Secret research here.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Halleyscomet on November 09, 2010, 11:50:53 AM
Please please PLEASE, reconfigure your forum, so that when you create an account it doesn't send your password to you in plain text.

It's very bad form, and very poor security.
Maybe you're right. We do a lot of Top Secret research here.

senectus has a point...

(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/password_reuse.png)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on November 09, 2010, 03:02:14 PM
Please please PLEASE, reconfigure your forum, so that when you create an account it doesn't send your password to you in plain text.

It's very bad form, and very poor security.

If I could, I would have done so a long, long time ago.   :(
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Halleyscomet on November 09, 2010, 03:21:52 PM
Please please PLEASE, reconfigure your forum, so that when you create an account it doesn't send your password to you in plain text.

It's very bad form, and very poor security.

If I could, I would have done so a long, long time ago.   :(

The alternative would be a reset link, which has its own list of issues.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Kessdawg on November 21, 2010, 04:23:05 PM
Can we please set the explicit threads to expire after a maximum amount of time?  I don't think the intention of the change to the timeout feature of the explicit forum was to allow threads to live for over two years (the boob thread was started September 2008).
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on November 21, 2010, 05:45:04 PM
Can we please set the explicit threads to expire after a maximum amount of time?  I don't think the intention of the change to the timeout feature of the explicit forum was to allow threads to live for over two years (the boob thread was started September 2008).

They survive if people still post in them, so if people are still posting, I don't see why the thread should die.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on November 21, 2010, 08:41:05 PM
Cause I want out of the ass and boob thread! I was young and stupid. I'm sorry I didn't consider that they would follow me for ever.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on November 21, 2010, 08:53:53 PM
Concerning that cartoon.

I have two passwords I use.

One is only for my real/important accounts: email, online bank, etc. (with slight differences)

And one for websites like this.

Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: stands2reason on November 21, 2010, 08:56:04 PM
Cause I want out of the ass and boob thread! I was young and stupid. I'm sorry I didn't consider that they would follow me for ever.

It would be very useful if a user could blacklist a thread from appearing in unread topics and unread replies.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on November 21, 2010, 10:57:10 PM
Cause I want out of the ass and boob thread! I was young and stupid. I'm sorry I didn't consider that they would follow me for ever.

It would be very useful if a user could blacklist a thread from appearing in unread topics and unread replies.

Seconded.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on November 21, 2010, 11:11:16 PM
We've been discussing upgrading to SMF 2.0 RC4.  If that's a feature in RC4, awesome!  If it's not, and there's a supported modification for it, we'll install it.  But we're not going to work on it until after we upgrade to RC4.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on November 21, 2010, 11:13:58 PM
Any date on the upgrade?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on November 22, 2010, 12:48:57 AM
Not yet, sorry.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Bunsen on November 22, 2010, 12:51:25 AM
Not yet, sorry.

Jesus!  What am I not paying you for, again?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on November 22, 2010, 02:36:48 PM
Can we please set the explicit threads to expire after a maximum amount of time?  I don't think the intention of the change to the timeout feature of the explicit forum was to allow threads to live for over two years (the boob thread was started September 2008).

You're right; that wasn't the intent, but if a thread stays popular enough to go on for two years without ever having a period of five days of inactivity, I feel that that should be rewarded -- or at least not punished!

I'll tell you what, though: just like I did with some of the other popular long-running threads, once they hit a certain number of posts, I'll split them, lock the original, and move the original to Explicit Classic.  Looks like Boobs just passed 5K posts.  I'll split it there.  How's that?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Kessdawg on November 22, 2010, 02:58:28 PM
Can we please set the explicit threads to expire after a maximum amount of time?  I don't think the intention of the change to the timeout feature of the explicit forum was to allow threads to live for over two years (the boob thread was started September 2008).

You're right; that wasn't the intent, but if a thread stays popular enough to go on for two years without ever having a period of five days of inactivity, I feel that that should be rewarded -- or at least not punished!

I'll tell you what, though: just like I did with some of the other popular long-running threads, once they hit a certain number of posts, I'll split them, lock the original, and move the original to Explicit Classic.  Looks like Boobs just passed 5K posts.  I'll split it there.  How's that?

Sounds good.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: jaypee on November 22, 2010, 03:14:44 PM
Can we please set the explicit threads to expire after a maximum amount of time?  I don't think the intention of the change to the timeout feature of the explicit forum was to allow threads to live for over two years (the boob thread was started September 2008).

You're right; that wasn't the intent, but if a thread stays popular enough to go on for two years without ever having a period of five days of inactivity, I feel that that should be rewarded -- or at least not punished!

I'll tell you what, though: just like I did with some of the other popular long-running threads, once they hit a certain number of posts, I'll split them, lock the original, and move the original to Explicit Classic.  Looks like Boobs just passed 5K posts.  I'll split it there.  How's that?

When you split the ass thread can you please make some joke about how the thread has a crack in it?
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on November 22, 2010, 04:21:49 PM
Woo hooo !!!
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: stands2reason on November 22, 2010, 06:24:56 PM
Can we please set the explicit threads to expire after a maximum amount of time?  I don't think the intention of the change to the timeout feature of the explicit forum was to allow threads to live for over two years (the boob thread was started September 2008).

You're right; that wasn't the intent, but if a thread stays popular enough to go on for two years without ever having a period of five days of inactivity, I feel that that should be rewarded -- or at least not punished!

I'll tell you what, though: just like I did with some of the other popular long-running threads, once they hit a certain number of posts, I'll split them, lock the original, and move the original to Explicit Classic.  Looks like Boobs just passed 5K posts.  I'll split it there.  How's that?

When you split the ass thread can you please make some joke about how the thread has a crack in it?

Actually, that would be something else:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_fissure (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_fissure)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: logikal on November 25, 2010, 10:55:11 AM
search engine (or am I missing it?)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on November 25, 2010, 10:57:17 AM
search engine (or am I missing it?)

You're missing it.  :) It's the third item in the menu bar beneath the header graphic.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: logikal on November 26, 2010, 10:07:06 AM
OMG, I feel very small  :'(

ty for pointing it out  ;D
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on November 26, 2010, 10:52:53 AM
You're not the only one who has missed it, so don't feel too small! :laugh:
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: stands2reason on November 26, 2010, 07:32:13 PM
I think the forum  needs to be made haiku compliant:

(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/not_enough_work.png)
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: stands2reason on December 03, 2010, 02:42:19 PM
OK, seriously.

A number showing how many new posts there are in a thread under the unread  / new replies view would be useful.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: StevesWeb on December 03, 2010, 02:57:18 PM
You're not the only one who has missed it, so don't feel too small! :laugh:

It is common for a search form with a text entry field to appear by default on a site that supports search.  In the case of SMF, though, most themes do not include a search form, but rather one must go to a secondary page to begin a search.  It might prove to be trivial to add a search form in the header or footer area, if that was desired.

I suspect most folks who do not realize SMF supports search would notice the search capability if a form appeared by default.

Just sayin'.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: Unlimited on December 04, 2010, 07:36:48 PM
You need a smiley emote that is falling asleep with some zzz's over it's head.
Title: Re: Forum Change suggestions
Post by: I am Nintendo on December 05, 2010, 09:05:16 PM
(http://e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/sleepy.gif)
Title: Re: Website Change suggestions
Post by: Tatyana on January 09, 2011, 12:28:11 PM
Is it possible to get the 'new posts' search option again?

Title: Re: Re: Website Change suggestions
Post by: TheLostVertex on January 09, 2011, 09:56:42 PM
This thread is for the main skeptics guide website, not for the forums. please see

http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,22123.0.html (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,22123.0.html)
and
http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,32844.0.html (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,32844.0.html)

to discuss the forums. Thanks.
Title: Re: Re: Website Change suggestions
Post by: DaveTheReader on January 18, 2011, 02:23:14 PM
So, we have gone back to the horrible, hard-to-read color scheme, more or less?
Title: Re: Re: Website Change suggestions
Post by: Henning on January 19, 2011, 02:40:40 PM
So, we have gone back to the horrible, hard-to-read color scheme, more or less?

You could phrase that in the form of a suggestion, or you could, as always go...
 Profile > account settings > look and layout > current theme > change
... I assume you're not one of the 0.6% of users who has changed to "SGUcurd"?
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Kessdawg on January 23, 2011, 05:02:34 PM
I don't want to use any of those color schemes either.  I'd like to go back to the alternate lighter color scheme if possible :-D .
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Rayna on February 07, 2011, 10:37:47 PM
I like the new "read" and "unread" Icons, more obvious which ones are new and old now. The other ones were confusing.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on February 07, 2011, 11:25:40 PM
I think we should add a steak subforum.

Just throwing that out there.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on February 08, 2011, 02:46:17 PM
Vegetarian bias!  ;)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: DRmeg378 on February 16, 2011, 03:47:31 PM
I like the new "read" and "unread" Icons, more obvious which ones are new and old now. The other ones were confusing.

I like those as well. It's a little confusing, though, to have the Skepticism/Science forum and the General Discussion show as unread just because you haven't read their subforums. Would it be possible to change that? I don't usually read the global warming threads.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: DK on February 16, 2011, 04:02:43 PM
I like the new "read" and "unread" Icons, more obvious which ones are new and old now. The other ones were confusing.

I like those as well. It's a little confusing, though, to have the Skepticism/Science forum and the General Discussion show as unread just because you haven't read their subforums. Would it be possible to change that? I don't usually read the global warming threads.

Do what I do, and put the whole board on ignore. It's still there, but it doesn't show up in the 'unread posts' or effect the Icons.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: DRmeg378 on February 16, 2011, 04:17:00 PM
Wonderful. Thanks!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: no1nos on April 09, 2011, 01:10:45 PM
I just joined and I'm finding the organizational style of the forums fairly overwhelming. Take this post as an example, I wanted to post my suggestion of breaking the skepticism forum into sub-forums for different topic categories. I checked this forum to see if this suggestion has already been made and responded to, but there is just this one topic with 13 pages of posts to try and go through.

I know it would be a big change so I doubt anything would happen, but I have some specific interests (mainly free energy and astronomy) that I want to discuss with like minded individuals, but I don't want to be uncouth and repost a new topic on an article or story that has been previously discussed. I also find it hard to locate existing posts on topics I am interested in. Maybe there are better ways of filtering that I am just not aware of yet, but if not it would be cool to see topic based forums like:

Free Energy
Astronomy/Physics
Conspiracy Theories
Health/Medical
etc.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on April 09, 2011, 06:13:47 PM
Hi, no1nos, and welcome!

I'll admit that this is a pretty daunting thread to go through, but I don't mind if a question has been asked before.

In fact, I think that's a sentiment that's fairly common amongst the membership here.  We won't think bad things about you if you start a thread about something that we've already discussed.  Just make sure it's not on, say, the first page or two, and you'll be fine.

As a rule, the way a new subject-based forum gets created here is if the subject starts to overwhelm another forum here.  That's why there's a Global Warming subforum and not, say, a Sports forum.  If Astronomy or CT topics start crowding out other science/skepticism threads, we'll make a new forum for them.  Until then, go ahead and start threads on topics like those in Skepticism/ Science.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: no1nos on April 10, 2011, 10:10:51 AM
Hi, no1nos, and welcome!

I'll admit that this is a pretty daunting thread to go through, but I don't mind if a question has been asked before.

In fact, I think that's a sentiment that's fairly common amongst the membership here.  We won't think bad things about you if you start a thread about something that we've already discussed.  Just make sure it's not on, say, the first page or two, and you'll be fine.

As a rule, the way a new subject-based forum gets created here is if the subject starts to overwhelm another forum here.  That's why there's a Global Warming subforum and not, say, a Sports forum.  If Astronomy or CT topics start crowding out other science/skepticism threads, we'll make a new forum for them.  Until then, go ahead and start threads on topics like those in Skepticism/ Science.

Ok, thanks!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: le mig on April 13, 2011, 09:00:00 PM
I know this forum is only a few years old.. but we're already behind the times, people!

In addition to rather outdated ICQ, AIM, and MSN (or to replace them...), of course there could also be twitter and facebook! 

Quick-add links just to a one's facebook or twitter profile page should be simple enough to incorporate (add the profile input control & then icons link for posts)

I'm not going to go the next step and suggest adding twitter and facebook API-connects/posting functionality.. because that's quite a bit more complicated, but the simple links should be a piece of cake.

PM me if you need help.. I'm also familiar with the APIs if that's also desired.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on April 13, 2011, 10:34:35 PM
I know this forum is only a few years old.. but we're already behind the times, people!

In addition to rather outdated ICQ, AIM, and MSN (or to replace them...), of course there could also be twitter and facebook! 

Quick-add links just to a one's facebook or twitter profile page should be simple enough to incorporate (add the profile input control & then icons link for posts)

I'm not going to go the next step and suggest adding twitter and facebook API-connects/posting functionality.. because that's quite a bit more complicated, but the simple links should be a piece of cake.

PM me if you need help.. I'm also familiar with the APIs if that's also desired.
I'm assuming this would require work. You must not know us very well. ;)

Most people just put their Facebook/Twitter links in their sigs, but PM TheLostVertex (our tech admin) if you're serious about this. I'm sure he'd love to hear about it.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: wastrel on April 25, 2011, 08:26:28 PM
I'm assuming this would require work. You must not know us very well. ;)

Most people just put their Facebook/Twitter links in their sigs, but PM TheLostVertex (our tech admin) if you're serious about this. I'm sure he'd love to hear about it.

It actually isn't too difficult to add in SMF, there's a slot for it in the admin section.

I'm an idiot and was easily able to add it to ILS.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on August 10, 2011, 10:01:01 AM
Here's a daunting suggestion: how about adding meetup.com type functionality to the calendar? Someone can start a meetup group, others can subscribe to it, and reminders could be emailed or PMed to the members.

Maybe meetup groups can be added to the member map or a separate meetup map could be made. New members can be directed to the meetup/members map as part of the registration process.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: SQ the ΣΛ/IGMд on August 10, 2011, 12:26:24 PM
Here's a daunting suggestion: how about adding meetup.com type functionality to the calendar? Someone can start a meetup group, others can subscribe to it, and reminders could be emailed or PMed to the members.

Maybe meetup groups can be added to the member map or a separate meetup map could be made. New members can be directed to the meetup/members map as part of the registration process.

Love this idea ^
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: gs on August 10, 2011, 06:40:18 PM
a computer specific forum... for pc techies!  i think it would be really popular :)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Reeltarded on October 08, 2011, 01:42:55 PM
THE EMOTICONS ALL LOOK ANGRY OR DEPRESSIVE!

When I wink, it looks like a snarl. When I smile, I look as if I am digesting human flesh. We're skeptics, not murderous chainsawists.

;)

Jees.. I'll bring my own!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: craig on October 08, 2011, 02:18:26 PM
I think that it is time to close the Global Warming sub-forum.  Let all the new threads get posted in the general section and let the sunlight disinfect the topic.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on October 08, 2011, 02:19:58 PM
I think that it is time to close the Global Warming sub-forum.  Let all the new threads get posted in the general section and let the sunlight disinfect the topic.
Fine, it does't seem to slow the new threads in the ghetto, by the regular suspects.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on October 09, 2011, 11:52:25 PM
April 13? Really?  Wow I suck.

I know this forum is only a few years old.. but we're already behind the times, people!

In addition to rather outdated ICQ, AIM, and MSN (or to replace them...), of course there could also be twitter and facebook! 

You're right, but the step before that is to upgrade to SMF 2.0 Gold.  Which reminds me, it's time for my monthly nag to TLV about that.

If there are published mods to SMF to do those things, we can certainly install 'em.


Here's a daunting suggestion: how about adding meetup.com type functionality to the calendar? Someone can start a meetup group, others can subscribe to it, and reminders could be emailed or PMed to the members.

Maybe meetup groups can be added to the member map or a separate meetup map could be made. New members can be directed to the meetup/members map as part of the registration process.

Same answer.  :)


a computer specific forum... for pc techies!  i think it would be really popular :)

I make new subforums on a purely reactive basis.  If a topic is overrunning a ore general forum, I'll split off a subforum for it.  In other words, to get a computer-specific forum, start making lots of good computer-specific threads!


THE EMOTICONS ALL LOOK ANGRY OR DEPRESSIVE!

When I wink, it looks like a snarl. When I smile, I look as if I am digesting human flesh. We're skeptics, not murderous chainsawists.

;)

I know an excellent optometrist you can make an appointment with.


I think that it is time to close the Global Warming sub-forum.  Let all the new threads get posted in the general section and let the sunlight disinfect the topic.

I'll keep an eye on this.  I was under the impression that it was still quite active.  If it turns out that lots of new threads are made all the time, the a subforum is still the right place for them.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: craig on October 10, 2011, 08:39:27 AM
It is not the volume in the Global Warming sub-forumthat is a problem, it is the tone.  Because of its "members only" status it has become increasingly abusive in nature.  I just think that, in the absence of moeration, the best solution is to retun it to the general forums so that people will behave better.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Bunsen on October 10, 2011, 10:14:37 AM
It is not the volume in the Global Warming sub-forumthat is a problem, it is the tone.  Because of its "members only" status it has become increasingly abusive in nature.  I just think that, in the absence of moeration, the best solution is to retun it to the general forums so that people will behave better.

Who cares how abusive they consensually get with each other?  Keep 'em in the pit - they rub the lotion on their skin or they get the hose again.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: craig on October 10, 2011, 12:11:14 PM
I care about science more than that.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Bunsen on October 10, 2011, 12:16:25 PM
I care about science more than that.

There's no science left in the Ghetto - only rhetoric.  Why would you want that to spill back over into gen-pop?
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Belgarath on October 10, 2011, 03:29:50 PM
It is not the volume in the Global Warming sub-forumthat is a problem, it is the tone.  Because of its "members only" status it has become increasingly abusive in nature.  I just think that, in the absence of moeration, the best solution is to retun it to the general forums so that people will behave better.

Ugh, then it'll really be a mess.  I think it's moderated to some extent, but there's about 4 people who post to it and the rest of us ignore it.

Maybe I could set up a completely seperate board for it and we can just send the masochists there.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: craig on October 10, 2011, 08:40:23 PM
Sorry for my rather terse answer earlier.  I have time to put my thoughts down a little better now.

I care about this because the ghetto is rhetoric and trollery hiding under the banner of "Science and Skepticism".  I have seen several newer members with actual expertise in the subject venture in and attempt conversation only to be repelled by the resident trolls.  I would rather have those people stick around and contribute to the rest of the board instead.

I understand that it is more convenient to just write off the sub-forum as a place that can be easily avoided and therefore we don't have to address all the messiness.  The problem is that it doesn't carry the explicit tag.  There is nothing telling new members that it is as bad as it is.

My fantasy is that if all of that spilled back over into gen-pop everyone would see how pathetic it is and certain people would either stop playing or end up getting banned for their behavior.  I know that it is just a fantasy but I like to dream.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Morvis13 on November 28, 2011, 12:03:23 PM
I wish to officially request a child board under Forum Games for Mafia.
There is enough Mafia for its own forum and it will reduce the clutter for other games that are not mafia related.
Please consider this change for the betterment of personkind.

Thankyou.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on November 28, 2011, 12:10:44 PM
     Oh good lard yes.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Bunsen on November 28, 2011, 01:03:20 PM
Why was this not done months ago?

It seems so obvious now that you say it!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on November 28, 2011, 02:57:36 PM
Oh my yes.  Let me discuss it with the other mods.


ETA:  Done!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: DaveTheReader on December 21, 2011, 12:57:57 PM
Skeptics Guide to the Universe forum - 2011Dec21:
Can we start a section for cancer / politics, religion and sex issues?

This is the first time I have logged in for 7 months. I have had a life-changing event - I have cancer. Following Maslow's hierarchy, I am now looking at QOL issues.
I have been following discussions that are cancer related. A few days ago, I read a post where the woman was thankful for the help she got from her church. I replied that most of the people who helped me are atheists - that raised a storm.
So, after the storm seemed to have passed a bit, I posted a message that there is an 800 pound gorilla in the living room, which no one seems to want to talk about. It occurred to me that it would be nice to have somewhere for people with cancer to talk about the things that are important, aside from the cancer: politics, religion and sex (ooh, scary). I am still alive after 7 months, and now I want to look at the quality of life issues.
In the US, health-care is political, in the US, politics is religious, and sex, well, what can I say - there are sex issues that are specifically related to cancer.
I have privately found some atheists with cancer, who want to talk about these issues.
Perhaps it is easier to find a forum, which is mostly atheist, then filter that to atheists with cancer, rather than cancer people who are admittedly atheist.

Can we start a section for cancer / politics, religion and sex issues? Or health-care/cancer/politics/religion/sex. Or some combination thereof.


I continued to listen to SGU, even during the Stem Cell Transplant.
DaveN
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on December 21, 2011, 03:29:43 PM
First off, Dave, let me express both my sympathy for your condition and my joy that you are still with us.

The way new boards are started here is reactive - that is, they are made when enough threads come up in regard to one particular topic that they start to crowd out the more general discussion about other things.  If that happens with cancer issues, I'll make one for sure.  Otherwise, there's the Skepticism/Science board, where I believe cancer topics would not only fit, but be welcomed and openly discussed.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on December 21, 2011, 08:16:54 PM
First off, Dave, let me express both my sympathy for your condition and my joy that you are still with us.

The way new boards are started here is reactive - that is, they are made when enough threads come up in regard to one particular topic that they start to crowd out the more general discussion about other things.  If that happens with cancer issues, I'll make one for sure.  Otherwise, there's the Skepticism/Science board, where I believe cancer topics would not only fit, but be welcomed and openly discussed.
Alternatively, if you think that the discussion might be too private, you can start a thread in the Explicit section - not all of the threads there are about explicit topics; members tend to let loose a bit more in that section, imo. It's also hidden from random non-members, which is a nice bonus.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Drunken Idaho on December 22, 2011, 01:02:51 AM
Has anybody requested more nudity?

I'd like more nudity.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on December 22, 2011, 02:02:16 PM
There is no nudity on the forum, absolutely none, and when I say none, I mean there is a certain amount.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: craig on December 22, 2011, 02:04:48 PM
Has anybody requested more nudity?

I'd like more nudity.

I'd volunteer to go first but, at heart, I am a nice person.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Halleyscomet on December 22, 2011, 02:36:03 PM
Has anybody requested more nudity?

I'd like more nudity.

http://sguforums.com/index.php/board,25.0.html (http://sguforums.com/index.php/board,25.0.html)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on January 18, 2012, 02:58:21 AM
has it ever come up before (maybe it's just my isolated corner of the globe) why this forum, unlike any other, laaaaaaaaaaaags like a bitch some times?

is there anything I can do about this? is it anything to do with FireFox? I'm on broadband, I don't know what the issue is, or why I never see it happen anywhere else.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on January 18, 2012, 03:01:32 AM
I notice I cannot connect from 1 AM to about 1:10 AM Eastern time. Backing up the database mebbe.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on January 18, 2012, 03:18:04 AM
I notice I cannot connect from 1 AM to about 1:10 AM Eastern time. Backing up the database mebbe.

I do from time to time get those "server busy" white screen messages, but that's not (I'm pretty sure), what I'm talking about.

this is where it just freezes (near as I can tell) ...say, when posting.

but if I try a few times to load a main forum page, I can observe that the post has indeed gone through, though I'm still frozen on the 'send' page, so I'd assume it's business as usual.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Fulcrum on February 17, 2012, 09:00:12 PM
Sorry, I know it's been mentioned, but I have to echo the observation that the site isn't touch-friendly. So in order to keep from bitching without offering a solution:

The Prev/Next buttons are useless, at least to me. They'd be handier if they controlled the thread page instead of the thread.
I have to zoom in to hit the button on my phone and tablet so I don't go to the last page and screw up my Last Read marker. A Next Page/Previous Page button would be extremely useful. All forums have this problem, but the layout of this one is the least tablet-friendly.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Gerbig on February 17, 2012, 11:07:40 PM
#1) Should have an option to "unsubscribe" from threads you dont want to show up in your "new replies to your posts" area

#2)Notification from being quoted
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on February 18, 2012, 01:32:06 PM
#1) Should have an option to "unsubscribe" from threads you dont want to show up in your "new replies to your posts" area
This is a popular request down on the "Technical Administration" forum too. The short answer is that the forum software simply can't do that. The long answer is here: http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,39830.msg9147161.html#msg9147161 (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,39830.msg9147161.html#msg9147161)


Quote
#2)Notification from being quoted
I'm not sure what you mean by this. Could you elaborate?
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on February 18, 2012, 01:40:17 PM
Quote
#2)Notification from being quoted
I'm not sure what you mean by this. Could you elaborate?

If someone quotes you, you get a notification.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on February 18, 2012, 02:32:12 PM
Oh! Yeah that would be cool. I dint' see any SMF-supported modification for it, though.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on February 18, 2012, 06:32:21 PM
Quote
#2)Notification from being quoted
I'm not sure what you mean by this. Could you elaborate?

If someone quotes you, you get a notification.

Jesus! How bothersome. I suppose some who aren't accustomed to being quoted it might sound good, but....  ;)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Gerbig on February 18, 2012, 09:39:42 PM
Oh! Yeah that would be cool. I dint' see any SMF-supported modification for it, though.

four sixes =D
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: uolj on February 20, 2012, 01:46:36 PM
Sorry, I know it's been mentioned, but I have to echo the observation that the site isn't touch-friendly. So in order to keep from bitching without offering a solution:

The Prev/Next buttons are useless, at least to me. They'd be handier if they controlled the thread page instead of the thread.
I have to zoom in to hit the button on my phone and tablet so I don't go to the last page and screw up my Last Read marker. A Next Page/Previous Page button would be extremely useful. All forums have this problem, but the layout of this one is the least tablet-friendly.

Another possible solution is to use tapatalk. I have not used it, but apparently it makes forum reading easier on handheld devices. It's free to enable it for the forum, although I don't know what has to be done technically. Unfortunately it's $3 for the user. Still, if enabling it is easy some people might benefit.

Oh, one other drawback is that when you access the forum it prompts you to get the tapatalk app, which might be annoying to those who don't want it. I believe it only does it once but if you clear your cookies it will happen again.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: uolj on February 21, 2012, 06:01:33 PM
This isn't so much of a suggestion as it is an "I just noticed this, I like it, I suggest you keep it up." ...

I just noticed that under TheSkepticsGuide's twitter handle Beleth occasionally tweets about interesting threads in the forums. I don't know if that's a new thing, but I didn't notice it until recently. I like it. Keep it up, and thanks!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on February 21, 2012, 09:33:43 PM
Thanks!

I've done it maybe 8-10 times over the last couple years. I don't do it nearly as often as I should.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on February 21, 2012, 09:35:23 PM
How about a suggest a thread for beleth to tweet thread?
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on February 21, 2012, 09:50:56 PM
You can always PM me with suggestions.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on February 21, 2012, 10:03:58 PM
Creeper.  ;) Just thought it would remind us to remind you if we had a thread.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on February 22, 2012, 12:59:21 AM
Oh, you. :P
If you want to start a thread, that's cool. I'll sticky it and I might even (gasp!) subscribe to it.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: amysrevenge on March 07, 2012, 10:13:34 AM
Suggestion:  whenever the show mentions AGW/climate, make two Episode threads, one titled "Episode XXX" like normal, and one titled "Episode XXX: Climate discussion".
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on March 07, 2012, 04:55:34 PM
... and have the Episode XXX: Climate Discussion thread in the Global Warming forum.

I could get into that.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Eternally Learning on March 07, 2012, 05:45:15 PM
... and have the Episode XXX: Climate Discussion thread in the Global Warming forum.

I could get into that.

I only like this idea if it's abundantly clear that global warming discussions for the episode are held in another thread.  I think there are plenty of folks who don't really browse or post outside the episode threads and they may not know to look.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Gerbig on April 01, 2012, 01:21:22 AM
I actually like the blue backdrop, should be kept after tomorrow
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Caffiene on April 01, 2012, 01:24:03 AM
Background is kind of nice, but looks like a "default" theme where the creators kind of dont know how to customise...
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on April 01, 2012, 01:26:35 AM
THE TWITTERVERSE?? NO THIS CANNOT BE HAPPENING I FEEL AS THOUGH A GREAT JOKE IS BEING PLAYED UPON ME ON THIS DAY
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on April 01, 2012, 01:29:26 AM
quote Caffiene
nt know how to customise...
/quote

yea, the disconnects are a bit weird. but the scheme is nice, otherwise.

140 140 140 140
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on April 01, 2012, 01:30:54 AM
can we please uglify this forum more? 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on April 01, 2012, 01:44:08 AM
#occupybelethspooper
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on April 01, 2012, 02:18:53 AM
@gerbig: we hafta keep the default theme-so sayeth the Masters of the (SG)Universe. maybe if you send TLV something nice he wont delete it.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Gerbig on April 01, 2012, 02:21:55 AM
I think this calming blue background is keeping my posts light and pleasant =)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: AngleWyrm on April 29, 2012, 11:35:51 AM
I wish there was a button somewhere on these pages that would travel to the podcast pages.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Eternally Learning on April 29, 2012, 01:22:22 PM
I wish there was a button somewhere on these pages that would travel to the podcast pages.

yeah, I always wondered why that wasn't here.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Chew on April 29, 2012, 01:24:05 PM
Used to be the logo was a link to it.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on April 29, 2012, 03:18:57 PM
Yeah, I think that got broken in The Great Upgrade.
I'll talk to TLV about reinstating it.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Skeptitron on June 23, 2012, 04:10:36 AM
I haven't read this whole thread so this may have be brought up before but it would be great if the forums were more iPhone friendly. Could look into tapatalk integration.
Thanks,
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on June 23, 2012, 08:23:30 AM
I haven't read this whole thread so this may have be brought up before but it would be great if the forums were more iPhone friendly. Could look into tapatalk integration.
Thanks,

There's a Tapatalk plugin for SMF. I don't see why not. I'll talk to Vertex about it.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Moloch on July 09, 2012, 01:09:46 AM
I haven't read this whole thread so this may have be brought up before but it would be great if the forums were more iPhone friendly. Could look into tapatalk integration.
Thanks,

There's a Tapatalk plugin for SMF. I don't see why not. I'll talk to Vertex about it.

Just came here to suggest the same thing, a mobile friendly version. I already use Tapatalk, so that would be fantastic.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on July 09, 2012, 09:06:26 PM
Test
Test
Test
Test.

eta: See, when I quote you they disappear.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on July 09, 2012, 09:10:01 PM
Test
Test
Test
Test.

eta: See, when I quote you they disappear.
I think they're supposed to do that. But they should show up outside of quotes for you. Are you using the yellow one or the blue one?
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on July 09, 2012, 11:08:14 PM
Test
Test
Test
Test.

eta: See, when I quote you they disappear.
I think they're supposed to do that. But they should show up outside of quotes for you. Are you using the yellow one or the blue one?
There are different colors?!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: TheIrreverend on July 09, 2012, 11:14:19 PM
Whatever happened to Tapatalk integration?
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on July 09, 2012, 11:19:07 PM
There are different colors?!
Moderator Comment Yes
Global Moderator Comment there
Administrator Comment are!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on July 10, 2012, 02:16:38 AM
There are different colors?!
Moderator Comment Yesthereare!
Moderator Comment Mindblown.
curses!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on July 10, 2012, 08:07:55 AM
There are different colors?!
Yesthereare!
Mindblown.
curses!
Typical.  Management never trains the employees properly.  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on July 11, 2012, 07:16:54 AM
There are different colors?!
Yesthereare!
Mindblown.
curses!
Typical.  Management never trains the employees properly.  :laugh: :laugh:
It's not a training problem, I just can't do that, Dave.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on July 11, 2012, 01:47:14 PM
Open the pod bay doors panda.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beη on July 27, 2012, 09:08:44 PM
It would be pretty sweet if we could use LaTeX (http://www.latex-project.org/) for typing mathematical equations on the forums.  Maybe use something like LatexRender (http://www.mayer.dial.pipex.com/tex.htm) to implement it?  I have no idea how difficult it would be.  If it's at all difficult it may not be worth it since math doesn't come up all that much.  But if it's easy, it would be pretty fun to have  ;D
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on July 27, 2012, 09:17:03 PM
There are a couple LaTeX modifications for SMF. I don't see any reason why we couldn't install one.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Drunken Idaho on August 07, 2012, 09:33:00 PM
The flood protection is a good thing to have--but I wish could continue on to making your post after 30 sec rather than clicking back, then either copypasting or retyping your message.

It's not a huge inconvenience, but a more elegant solution would be nice. 
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: TheIrreverend on August 08, 2012, 01:02:10 AM
Whatever happened to Tapatalk integration?

Quoting due to being previously ignored for coloured mod boxes.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on August 08, 2012, 01:47:41 AM
Whatever happened to Tapatalk integration?

Quoting due to being previously ignored for coloured mod boxes.
:-[ Sorry 'bout that.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on August 08, 2012, 07:33:05 AM
We have decided to skip the Tapatalk modification because TheLostVertex can't properly test it without shelling out $5 for the client.

LaTeX and Facebook/Twitter integration are both happening in the upgrade tonight, though.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Caffiene on August 08, 2012, 09:17:38 AM
Facebook/Twitter integration

The fact that Ive got all facebook "like" buttons, iframes, etc adblocked isnt going to mess up the layout, is it?
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on August 08, 2012, 10:22:26 AM
Facebook/Twitter integration

The fact that Ive got all facebook "like" buttons, iframes, etc adblocked isnt going to mess up the layout, is it?

I don't believe so. The buttons all end up in a line at the bottom of the text in a post. It might make the layout jump around a little, but it won't mess it up.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on August 08, 2012, 08:25:45 PM
is the overextended quick reply box too difficult to resolve? (I know it's a problem that has been mentioned in the past)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on August 08, 2012, 10:14:28 PM
is the overextended quick reply box too difficult to resolve? (I know it's a problem that has been mentioned in the past)

We'll see. It appears to be a Firefox-only issue, in which case it will indeed be too difficult to resolve. We're just upgrading the forum, not patching Firefox.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: uolj on August 08, 2012, 11:04:35 PM
It appears to be a Firefox-only issue.

Nah, since I first noticed it, it has always happened for me (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,39526.0.html) in Firefox and Chrome on Win7 and XP and Safari (on an iPod). For example:

(http://i47.tinypic.com/2heg0pf.png)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Moloch on August 09, 2012, 12:31:29 AM
Love the new social media integration!

Disappointed about the skipping of Tapatalk though  :(
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Drunken Idaho on August 09, 2012, 12:36:19 AM
Is it possible to turn the social media thingy off?

Not to poopoo some hard work that I'm sure will be very appreciated by many--I'll just simply never use it.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Henning on August 09, 2012, 12:46:59 AM
Oh no! SGU has always been my escape from social media...  :D
But seriously, the jumping layout is disconcerting. I suppose I'll get used to it. But I'm never going to purposefully mouseover the message and want the social media junk to pop up... it will always be an accident for me. Thus, like EJR I hope for an option to turn it off.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Caffiene on August 09, 2012, 03:02:52 AM
+1. In addition to the jumping layout, I dont know if its just me because Ive got stuff blocked but Im getting the popup over the text.

eg:
(http://i.imgur.com/5ekL8.png)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on August 09, 2012, 04:32:34 AM
Is it possible to turn the social media thingy off?

Not to poopoo some hard work that I'm sure will be very appreciated by many--I'll just simply never use it.

like
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Trinoc on August 09, 2012, 07:14:54 AM
I'm already using Stylish in Firefox to modify the forum layout slightly, so can any CSS expert out there suggest something I can add to it to get rid of the jumping social media boxes?

If we have to have them I'd prefer something that is permanently on the bottom line along with "Report to moderator" etc., rather than something which jumps in and shifts the whole screen on a mouseover.

Edit: I think I've got it .. simply AdBlock widgets.js, plusone.js and jquery.min.js
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Caffiene on August 09, 2012, 07:40:13 AM
jQuery is a general purpose javascript library... Blocking it may lead to other unintended effects (especially if you dont domain restrict it... Dont know whether the forums here use it for anything else).

If you want to use Stylish it looks like you want to override the display on id=sharethis
Something like
Code: [Select]
#sharethis {
 display: none;
}
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on August 09, 2012, 08:15:00 AM
Edit: I think I've got it .. simply AdBlock widgets.js, plusone.js and jquery.min.js

doesn't work for me (FireFox).

EDIT: oh, wait, ... when I was refreshing the page after each variable nothing worked, but after posting this it has stopped coming up. (I had blocked lots of shit, but this time the page only has 6 blocked items (4 ".js" ones)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Caffiene on August 09, 2012, 08:20:32 AM
jQuery.min.js creates the base popup, btw. Blocking just that seems to work fine.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on August 09, 2012, 08:44:34 AM
The Sharing modification has a lot of administrative options that IMO are kind of fluff. One is the "hide" option that makes the screen jump around. I'm not sure if I like that or not, especially if the icons have to be downloaded anyway. We can change it so that it's always visible.

Also, it and the LaTeX modification we tried don't work well together. If it comes down to a choice between them, I think LaTeX will win.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on August 09, 2012, 08:47:23 AM
jQuery.min.js creates the base popup, btw. Blocking just that seems to work fine.

damnit, that's the first one I tried ... dunno why 'refresh page' didn't show that as working.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on August 09, 2012, 08:47:41 AM
Did you notice the additional contact options in your Profile? I've added my Twitter account to mine, which is why the Twitter logo is appearing under my avatar. FB and G+ are available now too.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Trinoc on August 09, 2012, 11:10:37 AM
jQuery is a general purpose javascript library... Blocking it may lead to other unintended effects (especially if you dont domain restrict it... Dont know whether the forums here use it for anything else).

If you want to use Stylish it looks like you want to override the display on id=sharethis
Something like
Code: [Select]
#sharethis {
 display: none;
}

Doesn't seem to work, sadly. But just blocking jquery.min.js on this domain seems to do it, unless it contains some other functions that I want to use.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Guillermo on August 09, 2012, 11:41:36 AM
Did you notice the additional contact options in your Profile? I've added my Twitter account to mine, which is why the Twitter logo is appearing under my avatar. FB and G+ are available now too.
Like.

I think that having the share stuff always visible is way better than popup. 
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on August 10, 2012, 01:36:49 PM
jQuery is a general purpose javascript library... Blocking it may lead to other unintended effects (especially if you dont domain restrict it... Dont know whether the forums here use it for anything else).

If you want to use Stylish it looks like you want to override the display on id=sharethis
Something like
Code: [Select]
#sharethis {
 display: none;
}
I've had jquery blocked for a while now* and it has not led to any issues on this site. In fact, I didn't start getting the NoScript popup at the bottom of my browser until we added ShareThis. So, I don't think it's a problem.

*Not actively blocked, I just don't have any specific reason to allow it.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on August 11, 2012, 07:35:37 PM
jQuery.min.js creates the base popup, btw. Blocking just that seems to work fine.
I don't know how the site is up, but I'm going to hazard a guess that you *really* don't want to block jQuery. Even if bloc,king it does no harm now, there's no guarantee that a future version of the board or new feature won't require it.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on August 11, 2012, 08:17:07 PM
jQuery.min.js creates the base popup, btw. Blocking just that seems to work fine.
I don't know how the site is up, but I'm going to hazard a guess that you *really* don't want to block jQuery. Even if bloc,king it does no harm now, there's no guarantee that a future version of the board or new feature won't require it.
If only there were a way to unblock something! :(
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Shadow Of A Doubt on August 11, 2012, 08:32:19 PM
jQuery.min.js creates the base popup, btw. Blocking just that seems to work fine.
I don't know how the site is up, but I'm going to hazard a guess that you *really* don't want to block jQuery. Even if bloc,king it does no harm now, there's no guarantee that a future version of the board or new feature won't require it.
If only there were a way to unblock something! :(

If only there was a way to write the opposite of what I mean whilst still conveying my actual point!  :(
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: TheIrreverend on August 11, 2012, 08:53:57 PM
I was going to gift TLV the Tapatalk app so he could test it, but it turns out you can't gift internationally.  Any Americans willing to sacrifice a cup of coffee for integration?
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on August 11, 2012, 11:00:56 PM
jQuery.min.js creates the base popup, btw. Blocking just that seems to work fine.
I don't know how the site is up, but I'm going to hazard a guess that you *really* don't want to block jQuery. Even if bloc,king it does no harm now, there's no guarantee that a future version of the board or new feature won't require it.
If only there were a way to unblock something! :(

If only there was a way to write the opposite of what I mean whilst still conveying my actual point!  :(
Let's not get crazy here.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: ktb973 on August 13, 2012, 01:35:56 AM
Do you think that we could have an animal/pet section?  No bestiality please.  My cat is cracking me up right now. 
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on August 13, 2012, 01:52:33 AM
Do you think that we could have an animal/pet section?  No bestiality please.  My cat is cracking me up right now. 

there are 'aww', 'lol', and 'anti-bitching' threads where it's perfectly appropriate to gush about your kitteh in the mean time :)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: arthwollipot on August 13, 2012, 01:58:29 AM
Did you notice the additional contact options in your Profile? I've added my Twitter account to mine, which is why the Twitter logo is appearing under my avatar. FB and G+ are available now too.

Oh, yay!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on August 13, 2012, 03:16:39 AM
Do you think that we could have an animal/pet section?  No bestiality please.  My cat is cracking me up right now.
In addition to the suggestion given by GodSlayer, feel free to start your own cat thread in General. We usually only create new sections when an existing section gets bogged down by multiple threads that have a common theme--Politics, Religion/Philosophy, and the Health sections all sprang from the General section nearly fully formed. I'm tempted to draw some sort of analogy to the evolution of species--with members being the natural selection force, and moderators being DNA, maybe. (I didn't say it was a good analogy.)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Caffiene on August 13, 2012, 05:52:15 AM
What you want is to go resurrect the old Caturday thread (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,3956.0.html).
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on August 20, 2012, 08:56:47 PM
That's actually a great idea. It might be hard to do in practice, but I'll give it a go.
I'm just quoting this part because I didn't know you could do mouse-over text in BBC (and didn't know how). So, thanks!

Yeah, I love that tag. ...

I think there should be a button for it in the editor. I mean, do we really need buttons for...
glow and shadow and marquee? ;)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on August 20, 2012, 11:11:55 PM
I can turn the glow, shadow, and marquee buttons off by disabling the corresponding BBcode tags, but I can't make an abbr tag button appear. I tried.  :(
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: uolj on August 20, 2012, 11:52:13 PM
I can turn the glow, shadow, and marquee buttons off by disabling the corresponding BBcode tags, but I can't make an abbr tag button appear. I tried.  :(

Thanks for trying. I wasn't actually serious about wanting the change, but I do love the [abbr][/abbr] tags. :)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on August 23, 2012, 10:09:28 PM
I can turn the glow, shadow, and marquee buttons off by disabling the corresponding BBcode tags, but I can't make an abbr tag button appear. I tried.  :(

Thanks for trying. I wasn't actually serious about wanting the change, but I do love the [abbr][/abbr] tags. :)
Yep.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Beleth on August 24, 2012, 02:21:49 PM
The ShareThis modification has been removed. No one asked for it to begin with, very few people liked it, and it was slowing down page load times for people. It was a shiny thing that caught my eye, and it turned out to have too little value.

Thanks, TLV!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: uolj on August 24, 2012, 02:30:55 PM
I can turn the glow, shadow, and marquee buttons off by disabling the corresponding BBcode tags, but I can't make an abbr tag button appear. I tried.  :(

Thanks for trying. I wasn't actually serious about wanting the change, but I do love the [abbr][/abbr] tags. :)
Yep.

Sweet. I'll have to [abbr=oooh, maybe I can do it now]try that[/abbr]. I had always assumed it required the whole post to go without bbc tags.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on August 24, 2012, 03:22:09 PM
I can turn the glow, shadow, and marquee buttons off by disabling the corresponding BBcode tags, but I can't make an abbr tag button appear. I tried.  :(

Thanks for trying. I wasn't actually serious about wanting the change, but I do love the [abbr][/abbr] tags. :)
Yep.

Sweet. I'll have to [abbr=oooh, maybe I can do it now]try that[/abbr]. I had always assumed it required the whole post to go without bbc tags.
Now if it would just put the "abbr' code tag in a , different color,  so that you know to mouse over it.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Belgarath on August 24, 2012, 03:25:54 PM
I've never seen a single post using that tag.

Also, bring back the thing you just took away!  (j/k)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: uolj on August 24, 2012, 03:29:14 PM
Now if it would just put the "abbr' code tag in a , different color,  so that you know to mouse over it.

I actually thought the dotted underline was a good solution. visible enough to notice most of the time but not so obvious as to distract from reading the sentence. I try not to put anything important in there so that people who don't notice the underline (or don't know to mouse over) don't miss anything.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on August 24, 2012, 03:29:28 PM
I've never seen a single post using that tag.

Also, bring back the thing you just took away!  (j/k)
You don't notice them because you have to hover over it for a second before it appears. Hover over "different color" in my previous post.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on August 24, 2012, 03:30:51 PM
Now if it would just put the "abbr' code tag in a , different color,  so that you know to mouse over it.

I actually thought the dotted underline was a good solution. visible enough to notice most of the time but not so obvious as to distract from reading the sentence. I try not to put anything important in there so that people who don't notice the underline (or don't know to mouse over) don't miss anything.
Is the dotted underline browser specific because I don't see any indication in IE.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: uolj on August 24, 2012, 03:42:16 PM
Now if it would just put the "abbr' code tag in a , different color,  so that you know to mouse over it.

I actually thought the dotted underline was a good solution. visible enough to notice most of the time but not so obvious as to distract from reading the sentence. I try not to put anything important in there so that people who don't notice the underline (or don't know to mouse over) don't miss anything.
Is the dotted underline browser specific because I don't see any indication in IE.

Oh, I guess so... it doesn't show up for me in IE or Chrome, but works in Firefox. I'll have to keep that in mind.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: pandamonium on August 24, 2012, 03:49:02 PM
Now if it would just put the "abbr' code tag in a , different color,  so that you know to mouse over it.

I actually thought the dotted underline was a good solution. visible enough to notice most of the time but not so obvious as to distract from reading the sentence. I try not to put anything important in there so that people who don't notice the underline (or don't know to mouse over) don't miss anything.
Is the dotted underline browser specific because I don't see any indication in IE.

Oh, I guess so... it doesn't show up for me in IE or Chrome, but works in Firefox. I'll have to keep that in mind.
Yeah, I just noticed that--the dotted underline shows up just fine on my laptop (Firefox), but doesn't show when I'm at work (Chrome). That's... stupid.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on August 24, 2012, 03:55:08 PM
Now if it would just put the "abbr' code tag in a , different color,  so that you know to mouse over it.

I actually thought the dotted underline was a good solution. visible enough to notice most of the time but not so obvious as to distract from reading the sentence. I try not to put anything important in there so that people who don't notice the underline (or don't know to mouse over) don't miss anything.
Is the dotted underline browser specific because I don't see any indication in IE.

Oh, I guess so... it doesn't show up for me in IE or Chrome, but works in Firefox. I'll have to keep that in mind.
Yeah, I just noticed that--the dotted underline shows up just fine on my laptop (Firefox), but doesn't show when I'm at work (Chrome). That's... stupid.
True but now it's a Forum Change Suggestion  ;D
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: benbradley on February 05, 2015, 11:46:27 PM
How about adding a link on this site (sguforums.com) that goes to http://theskepticsguide.org (http://theskepticsguide.org) ? That logo at the top left looks like a good thing to link to theskepticsguide.org, as it's not going anything right now. Someone might complain that it wouldn't go to the same place as the "Home" link on that black bar of control links, but I'll let someone else make a suggestion of how to make that more consistent.

I'm looking at that "hierarchy"
("Skeptics Guide to the Universe Forums»The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe»Suggestions»")
and I'm tempted to say something about it and where the links go, but whatever.

ONE link that goes 'back' to theskepticsguide.org would be good.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: TheIrreverend on February 06, 2015, 07:46:38 AM
How about adding a link on this site (sguforums.com) that goes to http://theskepticsguide.org (http://theskepticsguide.org) ? That logo at the top left looks like a good thing to link to theskepticsguide.org, as it's not going anything right now. Someone might complain that it wouldn't go to the same place as the "Home" link on that black bar of control links, but I'll let someone else make a suggestion of how to make that more consistent.

I'm looking at that "hierarchy"
("Skeptics Guide to the Universe Forums»The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe»Suggestions»")
and I'm tempted to say something about it and where the links go, but whatever.

ONE link that goes 'back' to theskepticsguide.org would be good.

On the main page (http://sguforums.com/index.php) the link "Be sure to visit The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe for podcast archives, show notes, SGU videos, more skeptical resources, membership information, and more." leads right where you want to go.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: God on March 11, 2015, 07:12:16 PM
Brilligtove, I've moved your question to the Tech Admin forum (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,43864.0.html).
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: brilligtove on November 10, 2015, 07:00:03 PM
We have the Personal (http://sguforums.com/index.php/board,25.0.html) board with Member-only access to posts that age and disappear in short order. Is there a board with member-only access to posts that do not age and disappear? I would like to post stuff about my ongoing cancer treatment, for example, but not have to worry about bumping it every couple of days to keep it alive.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: The Latinist on November 10, 2015, 08:35:06 PM
We have the Personal (http://sguforums.com/index.php/board,25.0.html) board with Member-only access to posts that age and disappear in short order. Is there a board with member-only access to posts that do not age and disappear? I would like to post stuff about my ongoing cancer treatment, for example, but not have to worry about bumping it every couple of days to keep it alive.

We don't, but it would be easy to implement if it's something people would use.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: brilligtove on November 10, 2015, 11:48:42 PM
Asking... (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,45524.msg9359610.html#msg9359610)

:)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: amysrevenge on November 12, 2015, 12:40:48 PM
It would be OT in there I suppose, but Politics is Members Only without deleting.  So technologically it is just what you want.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Gerbig on November 12, 2015, 12:44:54 PM
There should be an anonymous sub-forum (okay, I'm not sure if I actually want this or if I think it is just a cool idea)

Where you can make topics under an anonymous label.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: AQB24712 on November 12, 2015, 01:11:11 PM
There should be an anonymous sub-forum (okay, I'm not sure if I actually want this or if I think it is just a cool idea)

Where you can make topics under an anonymous label.

That could never go wrong.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Gerbig on November 12, 2015, 01:24:41 PM
Oh I know, it's a problem starter.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: brilligtove on November 12, 2015, 01:44:25 PM
It would be OT in there I suppose, but Politics is Members Only without deleting.  So technologically it is just what you want.

I want to blame my chemobrain for missing that one, but I have too much experience with not being able to see the thing right in front of me to believe it's a drug induced miss.

Thanks for noting this.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: brilligtove on November 12, 2015, 01:46:17 PM
There should be an anonymous sub-forum (okay, I'm not sure if I actually want this or if I think it is just a cool idea)

Where you can make topics under an anonymous label.

It's a different discussion, I think, and maybe worth having. I prefer the current model where we have attribution of ideas, but a place where they are ephemeral. We don't need to be Reddit.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: The Latinist on November 12, 2015, 02:17:55 PM
I'm happy to create a member's-only discussion subforum that doesn't expire if the mods decide they want one.  It would take seconds to do.  But whether to make such a subforum is a policy decision and beyond my pay grade.  I've passed the buck on to the mod team.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on November 12, 2015, 02:44:53 PM
I'm happy to create a member's-only discussion subforum that doesn't expire if the mods decide they want one.  It would take seconds to do.  But whether to make such a subforum is a policy decision and beyond my pay grade.  I've passed the buck on to the mod team.
Sounds reasonable. They have their secret mod cave we should have one of our own.  ;)
Title: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Belgarath on November 12, 2015, 03:16:42 PM
I'm happy to create a member's-only discussion subforum that doesn't expire if the mods decide they want one.  It would take seconds to do.  But whether to make such a subforum is a policy decision and beyond my pay grade.  I've passed the buck on to the mod team.
Sounds reasonable. They have their secret mod cave we should have one of our own.  ;)

Hmmmm.  I wonder if I could create a subforum that everyone BUT mods had access too.   Hmmmm
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on November 12, 2015, 04:23:14 PM
I'm happy to create a member's-only discussion subforum that doesn't expire if the mods decide they want one.  It would take seconds to do.  But whether to make such a subforum is a policy decision and beyond my pay grade.  I've passed the buck on to the mod team.
Sounds reasonable. They have their secret mod cave we should have one of our own.  ;)

Hmmmm.  I wonder if I could create a subforum that everyone BUT mods had access too.   Hmmmm
  :dance: :cheers:
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: AQB24712 on November 12, 2015, 08:12:15 PM
I'm happy to create a member's-only discussion subforum that doesn't expire if the mods decide they want one.  It would take seconds to do.  But whether to make such a subforum is a policy decision and beyond my pay grade.  I've passed the buck on to the mod team.
Sounds reasonable. They have their secret mod cave we should have one of our own.  ;)

Hmmmm.  I wonder if I could create a subforum that everyone BUT mods had access too.   Hmmmm
  :dance: :cheers:

 :o
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Drunken Idaho on November 23, 2015, 04:42:06 AM
There should be an anonymous sub-forum (okay, I'm not sure if I actually want this or if I think it is just a cool idea)

Where you can make topics under an anonymous label.

That could never go wrong.

Oh I super like this idea. Seems like a really fun shit show.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on November 23, 2015, 09:12:50 AM
There should be an anonymous sub-forum (okay, I'm not sure if I actually want this or if I think it is just a cool idea)

Where you can make topics under an anonymous label.

That could never go wrong.

Oh I super like this idea. Seems like a really fun shit show.

Sign me up! #horriblehorribleidea
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: amysrevenge on November 23, 2015, 10:49:24 AM
Just make it opt in, like the old Explicit, so we can all not opt in and it can wither away unused over time.  Then I'm all for it.  :P
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on November 23, 2015, 11:42:17 AM
I'm happy to create a member's-only discussion subforum that doesn't expire if the mods decide they want one.  It would take seconds to do.  But whether to make such a subforum is a policy decision and beyond my pay grade.  I've passed the buck on to the mod team.
Sounds reasonable. They have their secret mod cave we should have one of our own.  ;)

Hmmmm.  I wonder if I could create a subforum that everyone BUT mods had access too.   Hmmmm
Make it so #1.  ;D
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on November 23, 2015, 12:14:18 PM
Just make it opt in, like the old Explicit, so we can all not opt in and it can wither away unused over time.  Then I'm all for it.  :P

Didn't we get rid of explicit for a reason?
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: amysrevenge on November 23, 2015, 01:08:39 PM
Just make it opt in, like the old Explicit, so we can all not opt in and it can wither away unused over time.  Then I'm all for it.  :P

Didn't we get rid of explicit for a reason?

There were many reasons - one of which was disuse.  So my tongue in cheek approval for a proposed feature I'd never use was to set it up in a way in which it would never get used.  ha ha ha.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: seaotter on November 23, 2015, 01:37:18 PM
Just make it opt in, like the old Explicit, so we can all not opt in and it can wither away unused over time.  Then I'm all for it.  :P

Didn't we get rid of explicit for a reason?

There were many reasons - one of which was disuse.  So my tongue in cheek approval for a proposed feature I'd never use was to set it up in a way in which it would never get used.  ha ha ha.

Depending on the cheek this kinda talk belongs in explicit! ;)
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Dark Matter on March 14, 2016, 09:57:49 PM
Has anyone considered adding a Cara Santa Maria emoji ?

 :bob: :evan: :jay: :rebecca: :steve: :perry: :cara:
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Skulker on March 15, 2016, 07:39:29 AM
Has anyone considered adding a Cara Santa Maria emoji ?

 :bob: :evan: :jay: :rebecca: :steve: :perry: :cara:
Good point. We'll have to commission Henning for the project.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Redamare on March 30, 2016, 07:07:43 PM
When viewing my posts liked by others, I'd like to be able to list them by number of likes.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Henning on April 10, 2016, 02:39:50 PM
Has anyone considered adding a Cara Santa Maria emoji ?

 :bob: :evan: :jay: :rebecca: :steve: :perry: (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3537108/cara.gif)
Good point. We'll have to commission Henning for the project.

I think Im getting better at these.
Welcome to the Forums, Cara!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: PANTS! on February 04, 2017, 07:54:27 PM
Is there an add on or plug in for the forums that can handle tabular data better.  Normally I wouldn't be assed, but this is a board to promote sciency stuff.  We need our tables maaaaaan.

I like how ISF does it (not sure if you can see this post)

http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11702650&postcount=938

Here are three Mods from the SM site.  I have no idea how they look tho.  I can't see any of the screenshots.   >:(

http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=3642
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=204
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=40   -THIS ONE IS SORTABLE, AND ACCEPTS CSV DATA!

This one looks very promising:

http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=298647.0

This looks powerful, but clunky, like your mom   >:D :

http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=379283.0


Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Belgarath on February 04, 2017, 10:37:48 PM
Do any of them appear to be maintained?  Meaning, they've been updated sometime within the last 6 months?
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: brilligtove on February 05, 2017, 12:27:07 AM
OH GWAD I DOEN KAER! Bettter tables!
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: The Latinist on February 05, 2017, 08:57:02 AM
The only one that seems maintained is the last, which adds CSS-style style tags to some BBC code elements.  I'm not sure how many people are going to be able to use it.  Also, it doesn't seem to be compatible with the latest point release.

PANTS!: What are you trying to accomplish? If you could offer a couple of examples it might help us evaluate the issue.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: PANTS! on February 05, 2017, 10:39:44 AM
The only one that seems maintained is the last, which adds CSS-style style tags to some BBC code elements.  I'm not sure how many people are going to be able to use it.  Also, it doesn't seem to be compatible with the latest point release.

PANTS!: What are you trying to accomplish? If you could offer a couple of examples it might help us evaluate the issue.

CAVEAT: Sp far, this is just me talking here - but I think HighPockets has similar frustrations.  I can not say how he, or anyone else, would detail the exact issue however.  So y'all speak up!   :laugh:

There are two main problems I have with presenting tabular data right now.



I really want a better way to visually present the data, a better way to post / edit the data, and maybe the ability to sort the data - if possible.  I mean, ideally, an excel (or similar spreadsheet) plug in would be the bee knees but I know that's a huge ask.  But if we could show graphs based off data.....  OK That's probably another topic.

I like the way ISF present their tables.  If you can, go to the link I supplied, as the data is sortable, but if you can't here are some images. Notice the second is sorted by player.

(http://i.imgur.com/yabWcJb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/k6EkKeG.jpg)

As far as the editor goes - on the IDF it is not the best option, but it is pipe delimited within the table tag, cutting down significantly on the tag clutter, and making editing the post at least possible, albeit still difficult.

That said, I am not wedded to the ISF solution - at all.  I am wide open on this, so long as the solution moves us towards meeting the two criteria laid out above. 

Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: The Latinist on February 05, 2017, 02:06:38 PM
That looks interesting. Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be a similar plugin for SMF.  To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of SMF; but it has the benefit of being free whereas a VBulletin license runs about $300.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: arthwollipot on February 06, 2017, 02:18:13 AM
And changing forum architecture is not at all a trivial process.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: The Latinist on February 06, 2017, 11:35:57 AM
And changing forum architecture is not at all a trivial process.

Indeed.  This is why we all live in anticipation of SMF 2.1 (now in its second beta), which promises to deliver responsive design using CSS3, a much-improved WYSIWYG editor, search that works, PMs using AJAX, and much more.  Unfortunately, changes to the theming engine will break all of our themes and many add-ins.  It will not be a normal point upgrade.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: HighPockets on February 06, 2017, 02:00:37 PM
Yeah, everything Pants! said. Just a little more ability for formatting would go a long way. Now after doing the forumvision for a while now, I've managed to get the steps down to a reasonable number of cutting, pasting, converting, text editing, copying  and pasting again.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: The Latinist on February 06, 2017, 02:09:52 PM
I like the looks of Table from CSV; unfortunately, it has not been updated in 10 years and is not compatible with SMF 2.x.  The only one there that seems to be regularly maintained is BBCode with Style, which will not make tables simpler to construct but would give more flexibility in formatting them.
Title: Re: Forum (sguforums.com) Change suggestions
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on October 13, 2017, 07:03:49 AM
Time to catch up with the physics!

Skeptics' Guide to the Multiverse.