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Message 1 of 12 (601646)
01-22-2011 4:14 PM


This is a thread of helpful information for participating at EvC Forum.

Here is an index of important topics:

Forum Guidelines - Be acquainted with and follow these, or suffer the consequences.

January, 2011, Posts of the Month - The place to flag messages that have exceptional value.

Report Discussion Problems Here 3.0 - Report problems, but not a moderation procedures discussion topic ('The Whine List', below, is the discussion topic).

General Discussion Of Moderation Procedures (aka 'The Whine List'). - Free For All forum whine cellar. Please, only quality on-topic whines.

Thread Reopen Requests 2 - Please include your reasons for the topic being reopened.

Topic Proposal Issues - Place to comment if you think the admins are not treating a Proposed New Topic properly.

Suspensions and Bannings Part III - The public record of such, messages only by admins.

dBoard 3.0 Beta Release Today - A good place to report debate board technical problems.


--Percy
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Message 2 of 12 (601652)
01-22-2011 5:04 PM
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01-22-2011 4:14 PM


Might I suggest making this 'sticky'? Other wise it will get lost.
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Message 3 of 12 (601664)
01-22-2011 6:47 PM
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01-22-2011 5:04 PM


or place it under Announcements so it shows up on all pages.
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Message 4 of 12 (601672)
01-22-2011 9:22 PM
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01-22-2011 5:04 PM


It is pinned, but only in the Suggestions and Questions forum where it actually resides. No threads show as pinned in All Topics because if just half the forums had a single pinned thread then that would be 19 pinned threads in All Topics.
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Message 5 of 12 (601758)
01-23-2011 10:22 PM
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01-22-2011 9:22 PM


Needs to be pinned on "All Topics" page
It is pinned, but only in the Suggestions and Questions forum where it actually resides. No threads show as pinned in All Topics because if just half the forums had a single pinned thread then that would be 19 pinned threads in All Topics.

I think any administrative information type topics (and probably any pin-worthy topics in general) need to be pinned on the "All Topics" page. That is the only index page I regularly look at. Such "All Topics" pinned should be kept to a few as possible, but I don't see the need to ever have that many pinned topics.

RAZD seems to be in alignment with my previous "topic" placement, of have this topic's message 1 as an announcement visible on all pages. Of course, it could be both an announcement and a pinned topic.

If the "EvC Forum Primer" is to be a topic, I would have put it in the "The Public Record" forum. One problem of having it in any forum, is that the little "edited by" messages are going to pile up as changes in message 1 happen (like, monthly as the POTM link is updated).

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Message 6 of 12 (601955)
01-25-2011 8:57 AM
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01-23-2011 10:22 PM


Re: Needs to be pinned on "All Topics" page
Those are good points about having pinned threads in All Topics, but I need a solution that works for all dBoard installations, not just this one. For example, a board could have 20 forums, and each forum could have its own pinned intro thread, and then the top half of the All Topics page would be all pinned threads. There may be ways to approach this, though, I'll try and see if I can think anything up. Let me know if you have some ideas.

The link to the POTM thread could instead be to the POTM forum, and the current month will usually be at the top. I'm going to automate the POTM system at some point, it's at the top of my major items list. Unfortunately the minor items list is very long.


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Message 7 of 12 (601958)
01-25-2011 9:22 AM
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Re: Needs to be pinned on "All Topics" page
You have a link for Forums and one for All Topics. Can you have one for Pinned Topics? Anything pinned is listed on that page and not bother the main topic list.
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Message 8 of 12 (601960)
01-25-2011 9:31 AM
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01-25-2011 9:22 AM


Re: Needs to be pinned on "All Topics" page
Yes, that can be done, and it wouldn't be hard to do, but that list of links near the top of each page is growing long, so if I do this I may change "Board Central" to "CP" (only administrators see this link). Adminnemooseus, does a link for "Pinned Topics" address how you were looking at this issue? Unpinned topics would follow the pinned ones.

Once I get dynamic drop-down menus implemented I can start consolidating links (e.g., Rules and FAQ links in a single drop down), but that won't be soon.


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Message 9 of 12 (602075)
01-26-2011 12:32 AM
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01-25-2011 8:57 AM


Re: Needs to be pinned on "All Topics" page
I think you would need two pin options, of which you could choose to pin in the specific forum index, the all topics index, or both.

While I certainly recognize you need the general purpose option of pinned topics, personally I don't see much if any need for pinned topics at evcforum.net. The function of pinned topics for admin supplied information can be done as well or better via the announcements options (although you could have an announcement linked to a topic and also have the topic pinned).

Adminnemooseus

Added by edit: For now, I'm going to reactivate the "Important Topics" announcement.

Edited by Adminnemooseus, : See above.


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Message 10 of 12 (611192)
04-06-2011 3:19 PM


Request
Request that I be unbanned and allowed to post?

In any case, Thanks.

Ray Martinez


    
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Message 11 of 12 (662331)
05-14-2012 8:51 PM


Flag post - suggestion
I saw some good posts that I wanted to reply to, but knew that I didn't have the proper time. It would have been fantastic if I could have flagged them for future reference.

I realize that I could've added a favorite to the browser or something like that; I'm talking about some sort of user function like a flag box in the software here... No biggie, I'll prolly remember anyways.

Just a hopefully helpful FYI, Percy.

ABE: I had cheered two of them, maybe some sort of "see the posts you've cheered" option could be easy and fit the bill

Edited by Catholic Scientist, : No reason given.


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Message 12 of 12 (662382)
05-15-2012 8:09 AM
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05-14-2012 8:51 PM


Re: Flag post - suggestion
Hi CS,

It's on the todo list - I often want the same thing.

If the message is a reply to you then the up-arrow and down-arrow links in your message list (http://www.evcforum.net/Threads.php?control=tml&mbrid=3311) point to the first and last unanswered message in each thread (AbE: it looks like you knew that already).

Edited by Admin, : AbE.


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