Overrun By The Masses

#5

I could set up a forum on the JENI website. I’ve tried it before, but it never quite meshed with the Joomla theme. If it weren’t integrated into the site, that wouldn’t be an issue.

I really wanted to get an IPB license, but they’re stupid expensive, especially once you tack on some of the bells and whistles that I wanted. It’s still the plan for once I find a real job (short term consulting contracts really, really suck), but it’s definitely not in the cards in the near term.

#6

Maybe make a new forum section for original active forum members, until we either decide that we don’t need it anymore or decide to keep it.

#7

Discourse’s “flat” design makes that mostly pointless, except to hide the “old culture” away. Those posts would just get lost in the shuffle.

Taking things off site would have a similar effect, and would really work to limit the number of people who are willing to engage in those discussions. You just have to look at the IRC channel to see that in action.

The change in tone here will be as unavoidable as it is inevitable.

#8

Kickstarter Where?! Takes Wallet out of back pocket

#9

There is no :hug: smiley, so: :family:

I guess our role here will be that of military police when the masses come.

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#10

Someone was faster, see:

As to the masses: we’ll survive. Somehow. For some of us there will at least be the lounge which isn’t immediately available to newcomers, but currently it is just used for changing the title of a thread. :stuck_out_tongue:

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#11

Discourse doesn’t need to be flat. There is a category filter for a reason. I also think fracturing the community isn’t a good thing.
Lets just continue like we used to and see what the newcomers say. Point them to existing threads, etc.

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#12

You can already see recent topics by categories:

https://forums.inovaestudios.com/categories

#13

Anyone know of any Discourse forum with +1k active users, would be nice to see what that is like?

#14

Sadly not.


We can alleviate some of the “trauma” by pinning certain threads. E.G. a basic “Suggestions” thread in the suggestions category, for the basic small suggestions that are inevitably going to appear in floods when the forums take off. Not that everybody will only post in there, but it might be worth trying out.

There is a “Lounge” subcategory available for certain members, although it’s barely used do to the pretty free reigns the low member count has allowed us. :wink: Maybe we could move certain “Ye Olde Threads” threads there or something, E.G. The Old Contributions Topic.

If worse comes to worse though, this forum has the best search I’ve ever seen.

On another note, we could really use a dark theme.


I didn’t know you had a website besides the CL! URL? :wink:

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#15

No doubt will we be overrun, but the question is how diluted our forum culture will get.

Clearly the old guard should mandate a mobilization of the anti shitposting squad in order to encourage more interesting discussions, enforce high quality posting through callouts, and generally prevent forum slide. We should begin pre-writing posts for our stockpile of quality writings and then deploy them as needed.

You know, this forum has a “stop tracking” feature which i’ve used for those forum spam threads (three words etc) so it doesnt show a new posts bubble, i’ve also found the setting of the control panel that makes the forum behave properly and keep track of new posts in all threads, and what threads are unread, without explicitly defining each thread. but it would be nicer if i could hide certain threads entirely somehow. Discourse would have to add support for that though, won’t they.

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#16

I asked on the discrouse meta forums, and got a fast answer on which was one of the more populated discourse forums.

Haven’t looked into it very deep yet. Worth checking out.

#17

Why don’t our stickies stay on the top of the latest page? I have bookmarked their forum, gonna see how it functions…

#18

This only works when appling category filters.

#19

Or even better, a wiki! It would be much easier to refer too and helps keeping track of information provided by the devs (Ofcourse with the notice that any provided information is subject to change).

#20

That dark theme… so nice… my eyes even stopped bleeding.

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#21

It works on their forum front page without applying category filters.

#22

Yeah mattk, I think we are going to have to be the anti-shit-posting-league.

Well, we are “The Old Guard” protecting the old ways.

#23

I must admit, the disapperance of the old forums was a hard pill to swallow. Veritable books worth of discussion, hours (hundreds) of typing, swept away. I’ve been a fairly inactive lurker since then, checking back every month or so for signs of the KS. When I see a name I recognize from the old days, I may send a PM or two just to check-in and say Hi.

If ITQFE ever comes into being, I will seek out ye giants of olde.

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#24

You shouldn’t be afraid that we will be swept away or that things will degrade or anything when new faces start showing up. I was a frequent poster over at (the now defunct) Blizzforums.com a couple of years before starcraft 2 was announced. In those years it was a quiet slumbering forum with little but good content made by a small but tight group. That changed of course when starcraft 2 was announced and the forums were invaded by loads of strange new users.

And while there came some “noobs” or “bad posters” or whatever you like to call them, there were also many really great posters among the newcomers. Some who had lurked around the forums for a while but others completely random. The best part was the action and enthusiasm they brought. Sure some old topics were revised were the same old tried and failed ideas were discussed again, but on the whole they brought lots of new interesting takes and perspectives on the ideas and lots of them went on to become respected and liked posters. Many gained loads more knowledge then us old ones.