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Future of this site part II

Discussion in 'SSA Announcements' started by LHCGreg, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. chiisana Noobtacular

    To follow up on this, the current idea is that current wiki will be converted to a read-only wiki, and a more integrated wiki will try to fill the current wiki's place over time. We are not sure if we will try to make it a clone of the current wiki, or an easier to manage item database, or a mixture of both. But we hope having a more integrated wiki would help bring in more active editing/contributions.

    I'm not sure if I follow. We are not using a free host, and we do read and write engrish :)
  2. chiisana Noobtacular

    I'm sorry guys, this was pitched horribly...
    I wanted to find out about the question of registration rate, and I guess I didn't communicate clearly to Darkstar. My bad.

    We are interested to find out if alternative registration methods allowing people to register more quickly would help us get more users. We believe that having more users register (easier and more quickly) can in turn drive up the post counts.

    The confusion must have came because the new forum software we are looking to use, currently only have Facebook Connect built in. Once the initial transfer is complete, we can most certainly look into developing more (Google accounts, Yahoo accounts, AIM, etc.) after the initial stage.

    Do you guys agree that something like this will help us get more people to participate more actively?
  3. Fynl Lunchbox Hero

    I think that if someone is too lazy to actually register, but needs a FB Connect to motivate them to do so, will probably not be interested enough to be active. The only benefit I can see is that it'll raise the number of users.
  4. David New Member

    Protip: change the blues in the banner/navbar to something less purple and less saturated. Change the yellow forum headers to something more yellow and less orange.

    30 second photoshop: http://i54.tinypic.com/24vr28l.png

    Looks better already. Now either change the terrible font in the banner or get an entirely new one.

    It's still not going to look great, but there's not much you can do about that unless you do more than just change a few colors of Xenforo's default skin.
  5. LHCGreg Code monkey like Fritos

    I wholeheartedly disagree. Anything that makes it easier for new members to register is a good thing. Forums are not just made up of the superstar posters. They just aren't enough to sustain a community by themselves, as evidenced by what SSA has become. You need the less-active members as well. Registering for every freakin thing on the web is a pain. Making that process easier is a good thing.

    If this thing is positive-only, applied to the post and not the poster, similar to Facebook likes, I think it'd be worth trying out.

    I don't think we need to start yet ANOTHER DFO wiki from scratch. Either keep the current wiki or ditch it completely. If you are concerned about wiki spam, you can disable normal wiki registration and only manually register people interested in contributing.
  6. The main reason I'm not changing much of the skin right now is because there are usually significant changes to the skin every update, due to the software just getting out of beta. These changes break the skin, so I'm waiting until the software is more stable in terms of design.
  7. Fynl Lunchbox Hero

    I guess it's a matter of degree then. When Vindictus was in CB, someone was giving out free codes. All of those people that made accounts just to get the codes never came back or posted again. That's the degree I was talking about.
  8. David New Member

    Custom skins often require some changes after upgrades, especially major ones, in any forum software. XenForo just went gold a couple of months ago, so there shouldn't be any major updates for a while. Obviously you may have to make some minor changes now and then, but that's your job as the designer.
  9. Which I understand, but if you read some of my previous posts, you would see that its still very much a work in progress.
  10. chiisana Noobtacular

    That's my impression, too. I have also worked out Twitter authentication... expect both to be available on launch. In the next week or so, I'll also work on a "social network free" alternative style for those that wish to have nothing to do with them. Will probably be the best of both worlds.

    It is positive-only (no dislike button like the rubber stamp I have). But there are some bragging rights values as the system keeps track of running totals of likes you've received. If the general consensus is we don't like it, we can definitely disable it all together, or limit it to only the staff (so it is actually some form of reinforcement on good standards we observe).

    The idea is not so much to have yet another DFO wiki, but to slowly port information from the old one to a more integrated one so that we can have more active contributions. I'm not sure if the idea will fly, but I feel that maintaining a separate MediaWiki installation (software updates, etc.), might be a little bit too much work for me, hence the read-only mode... I suspect we can play with the idea for a bit and scrap it if it doesn't take off :)

    I agree there are the standard hit-and-run kind of issues. And we can work around that by moving these kind of topics to separate forums where it require certain post count and or even registration date period before people can request for them. If that is the only concern against simpler registration process, I don't foresee serious or hard to address problems then :)

    Thanks for your feedback and 30 seconds worth of photoshop. The adjustments demonstrated are very valuable to the improvement of the style, and we will most certainly take that into consideration. Please bear in mind that the style is an early work in progress, and so there is still much to desire for. However, we expect things to evolve progressively over time. Unlike other network sites, we do not have a disposable style that we can just magically reapply and perform minor changes for each of the new sites, so we have to start simple first ;)
  11. saccharin That one crazy witch

    For the forum, I'd suggest a "Like this post" or "Thanks for this post" similar to Hongfire or something.

    "The following users give thanks for this post" xxxx, yyyy etc etc

    Easier registration would prompt more members. I don't really agree with the idea of a read-only wiki though; that defeats the entire purpose of a wiki

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