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phaolo: - useful\funny features like advanced polls and spoiler tags (also fix some broken formatting)
I was just about to ask for spoiler tags! Rock on!

Being able to encase spoilers and have the text 'blacked out' or something would be excellent.

Example:
[Spoilers]The butler did it![/Spoilers]

Poll type threads could also potentially by fun, I'm all for it. ^_^
I'd like to see a few sub-forums; one for giveaways, one for general gaming topics, one for completely off-topic things (books, music, tv, "look at this Kickstarter", etc.). It would just be nice to not be looking at a "wall of everything".

And I'd vote for getting rid of the rep system. I like what some sites do, which is use various titles to indicate where one is in the "hierarchy", and maybe get one star for each year of being here or something along those lines. I don't see anything good about down-repping, but I think the arguments for and against are kind of moot when one can get at least a point a day just by logging in and posting something. So I'd say that should go too. :-)
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JudasIscariot: If it's this one

"What's the current system of preventing spam report abuse?"

Then my reply is: You can only downrep someone once and the same goes for the spam report function AFAIK :)
OK, I'm confused now. My question was the result of your exchange with Coelocanth regarding the ability to still report spam. You brought up the issue of possible abuse and measures to prevent it. If the report spam function remains as it is now, why would you be worried about potential abuse?
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tinyE: Unless you are a certain someone who is fond of putting "fuck" in his thread titles. Don't get me wrong I love the guy but he seems to do that a lot.
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OldFatGuy: Grrrrrr, I feel like using that word right now.

GRRRRRR. 7 to nothing in the 7th... damn cards.
I'm watching that game. Been a die hard Cards fan for 38 years, had season tickets for 10. I think the score is just fine. :D
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OldFatGuy: Grrrrrr, I feel like using that word right now.

GRRRRRR. 7 to nothing in the 7th... damn cards.
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tinyE: I'm watching that game. Been a die hard Cards fan for 38 years, had season tickets for 10. I think the score is just fine. :D
Yeah, I figured you were watching it too. 8-0 now. So I can say it now. Fuck.
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JudasIscariot: If it's this one

"What's the current system of preventing spam report abuse?"

Then my reply is: You can only downrep someone once and the same goes for the spam report function AFAIK :)
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HypersomniacLive: OK, I'm confused now. My question was the result of your exchange with Coelocanth regarding the ability to still report spam. You brought up the issue of possible abuse and measures to prevent it. If the report spam function remains as it is now, why would you be worried about potential abuse?
I don't know what the spam report function will be like once the site overhaul is done :) That and it's kinda late and I am trying to process all the info I got here so I can respond to posts so it's not a completely one-sided discussion :)
Post edited April 17, 2014 by JudasIscariot
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SpellSword: I was just about to ask for spoiler tags! Rock on!

Being able to encase spoilers and have the text 'blacked out' or something would be excellent.

Example:
[Spoilers]The butler did it![/Spoilers]

Poll type threads could also potentially by fun, I'm all for it. ^_^
If you use Barefoot_Monkey's script, you can use spoiler tags already. Here's the relevant thread and here's where you can grab the script.

It also comes with a number of other useful features, like quick reply - which would also be nice to have as a native function of the forum.





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JudasIscariot: I don't know what the spam report function will be like once the site overhaul is done :) That and it's kinda late and I am trying to process all the info I got here so I can respond to posts so it's not a completely one-sided discussion :)
Maybe we should all go to bed already, at least us in the European time zones ;-)
Post edited April 17, 2014 by HypersomniacLive
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DieRuhe: It would just be nice to not be looking at a "wall of everything".
Indeed! Whatever the solution, it currently is a bit of a mess. (imo.) >_>

At the moment I use the "This is my favourite topic" button in the upper right of each thread I'm reading/posting in just to prevent having to sift through that every time. >_<

However I think there is at least one advantage, by keeping all the traffic centralized it does keep the forum kind of lively. Whatever is done I hope that sense of activity isn't lost. ^_^
GOG forums need:

Standard forum discussion functionality. The user scripts provide a good list to get started on. I definitely include:
Ignore users
Track threads
Better navigation
Longer posts list
Central page to track threads the user started
Edit thread titles

Tying ignore and rep / bragging rights together was a bad idea. But we do need a way to not see posts we don't want to see. This is standard forum functionality, as well as standard RL social functionality. It's something that GOG needs to have.

We don't need faux social network fluff. We don't need or want user profiles, 'GOG friends', etc. GOG's forum benefits by not having those around. The drama is significantly lower.


Game-specific forums should get overhauled to be more useful. My suggestion: a 'General Game Specific' page to display recent threads in the game-specific forums. The threads actually reside in the game-specific forums. The General page simply provides a central place to see the most recent threads so questions could actually get answered.

Search functionality needs to work. Even if it's just a Google Custom Search. GOG search is fundamentally broken. It simply does not work. And in 2014, having a search that returns results that *don't even include the search term* is genuinely appalling.

WIshlist:
If we could also get an 'ignore threads' functionality, that would be great. There are umpteen bazillion threads on politics around here, and they mostly wind up saying the same thing. Some days, I just don't want to get politics in my gaming. Subforums would largely address this, but have the downside of splitting up the forum. I don't want to see that happen.
Post edited April 17, 2014 by HGiles
I'd love a "go to first unread post" feature. Either the colored icon next to each thread title could serve that purpose, or when you hover in line with a thread title on the forum a button appears between the thread title and post count.

Regarding splitting the forums, at most I think creating an "off-topic" forum might be helpful, but I think splitting things too much could be more of a hindrance.

This is a post I made some months ago about doing something like "topic tags", in case people didn't want to split the main forum up.
I have an idea but am not sure how much work it would require. If GOG or forum members didn't want to separate the general discussion into subforums, what about creating topic tags?

General Discussion would remain the primary forum. When you create a topic, you would check a box marking the topic with one of the following tags: gaming, giveaway, or off-topic. You also wouldn't be able to press the "post my message" button when creating a new thread unless you mark a tag. This way every topic is appropriately marked under its respective sub-category.

On the forum page threads could have a different color for each tag (right now we have blue for announcements, yellow for questions, orange for sticky/FAQ). They could add a few more colors for the suggested tags (green for gaming, purple for giveaway, white for off-topic, for example).

In addition to this, the real suggestion I have is that on top of the forum page where you browse threads, people can check which topics they want to view. For example, if you don't want to read off-topic posts, you deselect that box and your general discussion page just shows gaming and giveaway topics. Or, you could save the URLs to each different list of threads if you want to browse them separately (instead of switching around between tags constantly). Something like:

http://www.gog.com/forum/general ........(shows all threads OR the combination you've selected per your settings at the top of the page)
http://www.gog.com/forum/general#gaming .........(shows gaming threads only)
http://www.gog.com/forum/general#giveaways ..........(shows giveaway threads only)
http://www.gog.com/forum/general#offtopic ..........(shows off-topic threads only)

If the current forum infrastructure allows such a configuration, this could be a compromise between giving people an option to filter topics without actually splitting the forum up. I don't know how feasible or possible this is, though. It's just an idea so please don't hold my feet to the fire.
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HGiles: Game-specific forums overhaul. They're not very useful as-is. My suggestion: a 'General Game Specific' page to display recent threads in the game-specific forums. The threads actually reside in the game-specific forums. The General page simply provides a central place to see the most recent threads so questions could actually get answered. It would only have to go back a week or so.
This sounds very functional, I'd like to see it implemented.

Much better than just using sub-forums and it keeps the activity centralized. (imo.) ^_^
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mondo84: I'd love a "go to first unread post" feature. Either the colored icon next to each thread title could serve that purpose, or when you hover in line with a thread title on the forum a button appears between the thread title and post count.

Regarding splitting the forums, at most I think creating an "off-topic" forum might be helpful, but I think splitting things too much could be more of a hindrance.

This is a post I made some months ago about doing something like "topic tags", in case people didn't want to split the main forum up.

I have an idea but am not sure how much work it would require. If GOG or forum members didn't want to separate the general discussion into subforums, what about creating topic tags?

General Discussion would remain the primary forum. When you create a topic, you would check a box marking the topic with one of the following tags: gaming, giveaway, or off-topic. You also wouldn't be able to press the "post my message" button when creating a new thread unless you mark a tag. This way every topic is appropriately marked under its respective sub-category.

On the forum page threads could have a different color for each tag (right now we have blue for announcements, yellow for questions, orange for sticky/FAQ). They could add a few more colors for the suggested tags (green for gaming, purple for giveaway, white for off-topic, for example).

In addition to this, the real suggestion I have is that on top of the forum page where you browse threads, people can check which topics they want to view. For example, if you don't want to read off-topic posts, you deselect that box and your general discussion page just shows gaming and giveaway topics. Or, you could save the URLs to each different list of threads if you want to browse them separately (instead of switching around between tags constantly). Something like:

http://www.gog.com/forum/general ........(shows all threads OR the combination you've selected per your settings at the top of the page)
http://www.gog.com/forum/general#gaming .........(shows gaming threads only)
http://www.gog.com/forum/general#giveaways ..........(shows giveaway threads only)
http://www.gog.com/forum/general#offtopic ..........(shows off-topic threads only)

If the current forum infrastructure allows such a configuration, this could be a compromise between giving people an option to filter topics without actually splitting the forum up. I don't know how feasible or possible this is, though. It's just an idea so please don't hold my feet to the fire.
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mondo84:
I fully support this idea. Tags are awesome! Easier for developers and for users. No need to code up specific pages, make a template and use tags to search. If the search functionality works, that is.
Post edited April 17, 2014 by HGiles
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HGiles: GOG forums need:

Standard forum discussion functionality. The user scripts provide a good list to get started on. I definitely include:
Ignore users
Track threads
Useable subforums and navigation
Longer posts list
Central page to track threads the user started
Edit thread titles

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I'm not sure I understand what you mean/ refer to by the ones I highlighted, could you please elaborate?
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HGiles: Game-specific forums overhaul. They're not very useful as-is. My suggestion: a 'General Game Specific' page to display recent threads in the game-specific forums. The threads actually reside in the game-specific forums. The General page simply provides a central place to see the most recent threads so questions could actually get answered. It would only have to go back a week or so.
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SpellSword: This sounds very functional, I'd like to see it implemented.

Much better than just using sub-forums and it keeps the activity centralized. (imo.) ^_^
Thanks!
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HGiles: GOG forums need:

Standard forum discussion functionality. The user scripts provide a good list to get started on. I definitely include:
Ignore users
Track threads
Useable subforums and navigation
Longer posts list
Central page to track threads the user started
Edit thread titles

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HypersomniacLive: I'm not sure I understand what you mean/ refer to by the ones I highlighted, could you please elaborate?
Track Threads = Way to mark threads to return to. Some forums let you 'subscribe' and send a PM when the thread is updated, others just give you a Favorite Threads page. There's all kinds of ways to do it. Generally used for info you're going to refer to, or for discussions you're actively participating it. More controllable and expansive than the 'You Got Quoted' reply notifications.

Longer post lists = I meant to say 'Longer recent posts lists'. GOG only tracks a very few posts back. I often find myself wanting to return to a discussion and not being sure which one, especially if the forum is active and the thread got a bit off topic. It's not like this would be very hard, either. Just up the count.
Post edited April 17, 2014 by HGiles
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HGiles: Track threads
I think you can already (kind of) do this via the 'This is my favourite topic' button located in the upper right of each thread or are you suggesting something different?

It does get a bit messy though using the existing 'This is my favourite topic' feature for several threads at once. (imo)
Post edited April 17, 2014 by SpellSword