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  • Started 9 years ago by The Geek
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The Geek
Posts: 2059

I'm interested to hear what the readers would like to see as improvements to this forum.

I'm going to shortly enable avatars... what other features would you like to see?

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Zig
Posts: 140

Awsome thanks man..... :)

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supermansghost
Posts: 350

We should be able to more easily see the threads that we started, or threads where somebody has responded to us.

You can do it on the profile page, but that's not very convienient.

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

That seems like a good idea. Would it suffice to have links on the side for "My Threads" or something like that ?

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Zig
Posts: 140

Having a "My Threads" link would be good.Easy access.

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supermansghost
Posts: 350

That would work for me too

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taybay
Posts: 521

Icons for new and unread posts. Honestly I love phpbb forums, but that would be a big undertaking to install and maybe too bloated for this site.

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supermansghost
Posts: 350

That's a great idea... I'd like to see icons or some way to show which posts are new

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

I added a plugin that makes new posts bold... but it doesn't unbold right away, takes a few minutes. Not the end solution, but maybe a nice interim.

I originally started working on setting up a phpbb forum, but the problem is that it doesn't integrate with Wordpress very well, and also doesn't have RSS feeds. I really like the new phpbb3 topic theme, though.

I also want the forums here to be as simple as possible... we don't need overly complicated forums with all sorts of functions you'll never use. I'd rather just implement the features that are really useful, and then leave it at that.

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Zig
Posts: 140

Sounds good, we can look at new things as they come...No need to rush..

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

I think I've figured out the "my threads" thing now... gonna push up the change a little later.

You can also use the favorites function.

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The Geek
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I've added the "my threads" thing, except it's separated into two separate functions, one for topics you've started, and another for topics you've left a message on.

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Zig
Posts: 140

I find the "posts I've started" a big help, thanks

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

I've added the post count... I still have a lot of work to do on the theme, but it's improving!

I like bbPress... it's like a blank slate where I can add just the things I want.

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Zig
Posts: 140

I really like the views and post tracker thanks man..

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lesi2
Posts: 16

views tracker? where can you see that?

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Zig
Posts: 140

In your profile

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lesi2
Posts: 16

it shows me the last time I was online, but not how many views

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

Yeah, post views are being calculated on the back-end, but I'm still working on a good way to display them without killing performance.

bbPress is great, but some of the plugins are a bit ugly in their implementations.

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The Geek
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You might notice that I've added in a views count... it's not entirely accurate on most of the topics posted before yesterday, but at least it's a start... it should be accurate going forwards.

I'm debating on adding it to the list pages as well... not sure that it really has much value there, but it seems like every other forum does it.

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ansi92
Posts: 11

Looking good. I like the simple forum.

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

I changed the default posts per page down from 30 to 20 because it was getting a little ridiculous.

There are going to be some very big and substantial changes coming soon... shouldn't be a big deal because we don't have all that many users yet.

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taybay
Posts: 521

Celebration for first two-page thread. XD

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

We rule!

On a separate note, I just added a new version of the avatar plugin, so icons with transparent PNGs will work now.

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FMZ
Posts: 142

That's great! Congrats on your forum, it looks clean, inviting and has good layout.

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supermansghost
Posts: 350

I like the layout too. most forums are so cluttered and horrible to read.

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Scott
Posts: 5618

Yes, the layout is great. I don't think I've seen a BBPress forum before.

What happens in a few months when the topics multiple exponentially? I read where you changed the default posts per page to 20 from 30 but I'd like to see each forum topic's not limited. It's such a hassle to look at page 2, page 17 to check out older threads for answers or just reading). What is the limit for topic posts per thread anyway?

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

I think that 20 is a fairly decent default, but we can tweak it if we need to. I mostly wanted the front page to stop being so intolerably long.

bbPress is a very new forum... it's the forum for wordpress.org and does a fairly decent job there, considering the vast amount of posts they get... I think they have about 100k topics and around 500k replies.

The great thing is that because it starts as a blank slate, you can add the features you want through plugins, which is where it shines. The plugin architecture means you can completely customize without making a single core change. Not many other forums let you do that.

The bad thing is that there aren't nearly enough plugins yet, because it's so new.

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Scott
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Geek, maybe I'm confused. On this (the longest) thread, 20 posts per page before page 2, no worries.

On the Main page that lists the topics, is that limited to 20 as well? If so, that's too bad, it's much easier to search a topic without having to scroll pages.

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Scott
Posts: 5618

Oh I see now. In the 'Reader Contributions' forum, its 4 pages already.

My suggestion is moot, :o

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Scott
Posts: 5618

How about an 'Off Topic' thread ?

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The Geek
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thread, or forum.. or both?

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The Geek
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fyi, you can now use img tags in your posts... It doesn\'t thumbnail the image yet, so you need to make sure they are not more than about 800px wide or else it\'ll run off to the side.

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The Geek
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Moved the navigational stuff over to the right to be consistent with the rest of the site. I'm going to eventually figure out how to use the sidebar look from the main site on the forum, but haven't gotten to that yet since the bbPress default theme is such a pain to modify.

I really need to just redo the theme with proper positioning, but I don't really have the time for that.

I also added icons for the folders... I'm not going to overdo it with graphics, but I figured a few little things might help usability.

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The Geek
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The last poster name on the forum views (as in the front page) now link to the last post itself. Much simpler.

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HaribomachtKinderfroh
Posts: 6

Is there already a way to change your username? If not, could you make it possible?

I hadn't realized just how long mine was until after it was already submitted. I know that can mess up the look of the site for people and don't want to be the cause of that.

Thanks.

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Scott
Posts: 5618

We can change just about anything you entered to register, save for your username.
No worries though.

-Edit-If you're patient, the new forum theme will be arranged in such a way that usernames will not interfere.

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