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Ghosthande
Prodigal Sock

Ghosthande
United States  

 visit Ghosthande's website: Breeders Beware
  4/12/2012

Although I'm no moderator here, I can imagine a report function would be useful. I've had a difficult time in the past reporting problems on forums that don't have such a thing, especially when the posts aren't numbered... It's definitely helped to have such a feature on Ctopia. ;)


 
Rascii
Caves Dweller

Rascii
United States  
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  4/12/2012

Duly noted. :D

- Rascii
 
Amaikokonut

Amaikokonut
United States  

 visit Amaikokonut's website: Naturing :: Nurturing
  4/12/2012

Dunno if this has been mentioned yet or how much of a pain it would be, but I would adore a "view unread posts" function where I could just get a list of all the posts I haven't read read without having to go into each individual forum to do it.

Also, I realize this would be a bit of work, but seeing as this is pretty much the biggest community hub left for the games, I think it would be very beneficial to have a series of FAQ/Help pages for the community/games, since we seem to get the exact same questions over, and over, and over, AND OVER again "Why doesn't the warp work/Why don't I get an activation email/Where do I get the breed packs" etc, etc. Kind of to the same effect of the sticky in the Help board, just more organized and detailed and possibly searchable. Maybe even allow users to submit their own answers/guides/help write-ups. It might just be nice to have all that information in one place in plain sight outside of just the forums.


[Naturing :: Nurturing]
 
Rascii
Caves Dweller

Rascii
United States  
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  4/12/2012

To be honest, I think something that is becoming an issue is that I don't really play Creatures much anymore. Therefore I no longer have questions about the warp, use the downloads pages, etc. I think this is creating a disconnect between what the community needs and what Creatures Caves is providing.

Therefore I think it might be beneficial for us to select people to be "supervisors" of different sections of the website. For example, someone who is really into COBs/Agents could supervise that area of the website and give me very specific feedback regarding the issues with COBs pages. Otherwise I think we may continue to encounter issues whereby features are missing that people really want.

However, I do plan on being very involved in Creatures 4 so hopefully this will help curb some of these problems.


- Rascii
 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


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  4/13/2012

Make it easier to quote people without bunches of copypasting? :)

Also, some of the images in the images section, the thumbnails don't work, but the whole images are fine.


My TCR Norns
 
Horstj

Horstj
Germany  


  4/13/2012

I'd like to have a spoiler-box, where I just see a button reading "spoiler" and when I clik it it expandes to show what ever is inside. Wold be usefull to post long scripts, much listed information (like a list of all ones agents and breeds sorted by category) and obviously spoilers.
 
Papriko
Peppery One

Papriko
Germany  


  4/13/2012

People are often too generous with those spoiler boxes. They don't only hide spoilers, but almost everything. Then you have to open like 6 spoiler boxes in order to understand a single post.

Lets play plants! Photosynthesis... Photosynthesis... Photosynthesis...
 
Jessica

Jessica
United States  

 visit Jessica's website: Discover Albia
  4/13/2012

I would be happy to volunteer to help out with anything, Rascii! I've seen a few ideas about having written content and having individuals in charge of certain sections. I'm no expert in everything, but I'm willing to write up anything that could be useful! I think these sections would be most useful for newer players, or those looking for specific answers. We still get a few new or returning players from time to time, which amazes me. But it's impossible to put down Creatures!

Good luck with all of the revamp stuff! I look forward to seeing the new design and the new features!


Discover Albia

 
RisenAngel
Sanely Insane

RisenAngel
United States  
Manager


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  4/14/2012

Okay, this isn't really something to improve the forum, but perhaps the old C1toDS Grendel Page could be restored?

~ The Realm ~
Risen Angel's Creatures Blog


 
lisha777

lisha777
Australia  


  4/16/2012

Yay! I cant wait!

‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.’ – Gandalf the Grey
 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


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  4/20/2012

Maybe make it easier for CreatureLink to be accessed from the main CC.com?

My TCR Norns
 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


 visit Malkin's website: Malkin's page at CWiki
  4/24/2012

Can we please get rid of the contacts page, or make it so that it can't be seen unless you're a logged-in member of Creatures Caves?

Also, I think the character limit on thread titles is still wonky. I was able to type in "Anger & loneliness in ettins" as a title when I made a thread recently before it chucked a hissy and wouldn't let me type more in, and the thread title came out as "Anger & loneliness in etti" instead. :(


My TCR Norns
 
Rascii
Caves Dweller

Rascii
United States  
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  5/3/2012

Malkin: What is CreatureLink?

I was planning on deleting the contacts page, as well as numerous other pages, in the revamp.

Minimalism will be the mantra of the upcoming design.

Which specific countries would you like to see, DisasterMaster?


- Rascii
 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


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  5/4/2012

CreatureLink is Jessica's mini site, which is hosted on Creatures Caves. :)

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mfb

mfb
United States  

 visit mfb's website: Shee Tea Shop
  5/4/2012

I'm surprised no one has mentioned RSS yet, it would be great on the news page if nothing else.

Shee Tea Shop
 
humancontroller

humancontroller
United States  


  5/6/2012

Could this be implemented?
 
Jagotka

Jagotka
United States  

 visit Jagotka's website: Creatures Madness
  5/6/2012

How about an "active thread" link?

Creatures tumblr

Blog:Methods of Creatures Madness


 
Rascii
Caves Dweller

Rascii
United States  
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  5/6/2012

Ah, I guess I should be aware of websites that I host. Hehehe. I knew Discover Albia of course but I hadn't seen CreatureLink yet.

mfb: RSS would be neat. I'll look into it. :)

What do you mean by "active thread" link, Jagotka?


- Rascii
 
Jagotka

Jagotka
United States  

 visit Jagotka's website: Creatures Madness
  5/7/2012

Like a link that would display all currently active topics; to expand upon the 3 newest threads on the main page. :P

Creatures tumblr

Blog:Methods of Creatures Madness


 
Rascii
Caves Dweller

Rascii
United States  
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  5/8/2012

Since topics are listed according to latest reply, the main page of each forum displays all of the currently active topics already.

- Rascii
 
mfb

mfb
United States  

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  5/8/2012

I think what Jagotka might mean is something like that but across the entire forum. PHPBB has a feature that shows you all threads that have been active since the last time you visited, which I've found very useful in the past.

Shee Tea Shop
 
Laura
Tea Queen

Laura
United Kingdom  
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  5/9/2012

The Aquatilis page needs to be updated with this new link. Ylukyun is now hosting it. :)
 
Rascii
Caves Dweller

Rascii
United States  
Administrator


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  5/11/2012

Maybe I should just switch the forums to phpBB. ><

- Rascii
 
Ghosthande
Prodigal Sock

Ghosthande
United States  

 visit Ghosthande's website: Breeders Beware
  5/11/2012

Noo D:
I like it better than phpBB. As long as it's functional that's what matters, not whether it has all the exact same features. CCaves has charm. ;)

I don't think we need an "active threads" list anyways--we can already see that there are active threads very easily because of the stars next to the forums/threads. Just going to the forum index page will tell you exactly where there are active threads.

The only thing I think is really needed along that vein, would be a "mark as read" button... instead of having to click each thread in a forum to make it register as visited.



 
Laura
Tea Queen

Laura
United Kingdom  
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  5/11/2012

Aw, yeah, don't do that Rascii. I'm with Ghosthande: charm is what makes these forums special and one of a kind. They have character. :) By all means take suggestions onboard, but it's your site still, you don't have to implement everything!

A "mark as read" option would be useful.

 
ylukyun
Patient Pirate

ylukyun

Manager



  5/11/2012

phpBB is a horrific spam magnet anyway.
 
Amaikokonut

Amaikokonut
United States  

 visit Amaikokonut's website: Naturing :: Nurturing
  5/11/2012

^ seconded.

You save yourself more headache than you may know by not running CCaves off of any number pre-packaged community software. which are not only targets for spam, but often hacking too (especially if you let updates lapse)

(But if you wrote all this from scratch, I'm sure you're aware of that already, hah.)


[Naturing :: Nurturing]
 
Jagotka

Jagotka
United States  

 visit Jagotka's website: Creatures Madness
  5/12/2012

I suck at links and images in posts. I'd love to have an option to preview a post before submitting :)

Creatures tumblr

Blog:Methods of Creatures Madness


 
Rascii
Caves Dweller

Rascii
United States  
Administrator


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  5/12/2012

Okay, I'll stick to my custom scripts. And there are only about six weeks left of school, so once summer starts I'll have much more free time to implement all of these wonderful ideas. :D

- Rascii
 
Geek2Nurse

Geek2Nurse
United States  

 visit Geek2Nurse's website: Adventures in Nornia
  5/13/2012

Wow, this is all from scratch? :o I'm impressed -- great job!!!

(I'm saying that as someone who, in the far distant past, developed a threaded message forum app from scratch, and has the scars to prove it!)


---
Optimist: the glass is half full.
Pessimist: the glass is half empty.
Engineer: the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

 
mfb

mfb
United States  

 visit mfb's website: Shee Tea Shop
  5/13/2012

A little bit more info since I really want RSS on CC.com as it's the main way I keep up with the CC:

PHP RSS libraries are pretty easy to drop in; I couldn't tell you of one off-hand but google could. RSS is simple enough you could write your own if you really wanted to.

What I'd most like to see feeds on is the news page, each individual forum, and the forum as a whole. (latests posts + latest topics? as a similar example, most WordPress installs have multiple feeds like that, a feed for the blog posts and a feed for blog comments.) RSS on the features like Ask Laura and CAOS chaos would also be a great plus. It would be trivial to have additional feeds per-thread for even more granularity too :)

The RSS feed for posts in a forum / in all forums would essentially fulfill the request for an 'active topics' view, since it would show the topics that had been posted in most recently.

--

no kidding about the custom software. Many recalled nightmares dealing with the spam on ready-made BB kits.

OT: I really like Ylukyun's new icon :D


Shee Tea Shop
 
Karias
Sixty Third

Karias
United States  


  5/18/2012

So, I'm not gonna add to the "want" list but I'm a bit curious, you planning on changing the design much?

And yes, please, if you have time - Avoid phBB!!


-Karias; a bit fruity and gone bananas in the wrong climate! :D
 
Geek2Nurse

Geek2Nurse
United States  

 visit Geek2Nurse's website: Adventures in Nornia
  5/22/2012

Feature request:

Edited posts reset the "unread" flag, so we can avoid double-posting while insuring that added info doesn't get missed by people involved in the thread.


---
Optimist: the glass is half full.
Pessimist: the glass is half empty.
Engineer: the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


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  5/22/2012

I agree with Geek2Nurse - editing the final post in the topic should have the function of bumping the topic and making the blue star turn white again so that people know that there's new stuff to be read. :)

My TCR Norns
 
Liam

Liam
Australia  

 visit Liam's website: Spellhold Studios
  5/22/2012

I'd actually argue against that change; most post edits are inconsequential (spelling errors, logic errors etc) and it won't be obvious to the user WHAT has been changed and in which post.

- Liam / K'aeloree

Spellhold Studios, a Baldur's Gate II, Neverwinter Nights and Oblivion Modding Community

 

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