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5 years ago

New Site Version 'Beta'

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: Features The Site
I think I've essentially finished the 'new version' of the site now... which isn't so much a 'new version' as a cosmetic makeover. Though I suppose the removal of certain features is enough to make it count as new, and... well, anyway!

I've not yet finished every detail, and some 'minor' parts of the site like the Games page(s) and aspect list pages are a complete mess because I haven't looked at them yet. I'll work on those soon.

For now, though, I think it's safe, so I'll provide the link here and make the full switch in a few days (at which point the link I provide here will probably no longer work, and the new version will be accessible from the basic address).

Please be gentle, though... I'm under a fair bit of stress at the moment and tried to work fast on this to get it out of the way, so I don't want some teenage psychopaths making my life difficult again.
This is a gift that I am giving you all for free, which took a lot of time and effort, so, uh, please remember that.

Anyway, you can access the new version here: ∞ Fig Hunter ∞

I personally feel a lot better being on this brighter version of the site... but I'm also scared about letting people in in case they break things, so, uh, please don't give me reasons to worry further...
5 years ago

Site Changes

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: Features FLIGSThe Site
I've already talked about this somewhat already, but I am saying again that I am working on remaking the site!

Mainly I'm just changing the CSS - that is, the stuff that affects how the site looks, but not necessarily how it works - so the database will be remaining as it is and the site will function much as it does now. Everything will be in a similar place, too, probably.

However, I do want to be clear about the changes that I am making, so then I can hear opinions about things I should also add or remove or change while I'm still in a stage of development where such mutability is possible.

The main change - which I may or may not have mentioned already; I can't remember - is that I'm trying to make the site less toxic to me and people I'd like to attract here by removing most of the 'judgement' features. The following features are all going to be changed:

- Blurbs are gone entirely.

- FLIGS is replaced by a simple 'appreciation' system; each post has a ♥ button next to it, which you can click to show that you 'appreciate' the comment in some way or another. This can range from feelings of delight, interest, admiration, or even just a way of saying "I took the time to read this" or "thank you". There's no corresponding 'downrating' thing yet, though I may add a 'mark as abusive' thing which will draw the attention of the moderators, who will be able to 'delete' comments. Maybe.
There won't be any kind of totals of these shown on userpages or anything, though the Community Hub will have the ten most appreciated recent posts in place of the 'most provocative posts' thing.
These ♥ things will also be available on userpages and blog posts and will work in the same way.

- Since FLIGS is gone, so are orbs.

- The affinity thing is gone too.

- Being able to mark people as Friends still exists.

- I may or may not remove medals; I have no particular desire to keep them, and most of them relate to FLIGS anyway.

I'm also considering splitting the forum into distinctly different sections. Currently, the whole atmosphere of the site seems very... 'Thinky', I suppose; there seems to be a lot of expectation to have 'Intelligent Discussions™', to see things objectively and to ramble seriously at length. I can imagine the cold conflict of such things being unappealing to more feely-oriented people, perhaps.

So I'm considering dividing the forum into the following sections, each of which would be coloured differently on the Community Hub, and the main Forum page would be divided into subpages for each one, like with most forums:

- Some kind of Thinky-oriented 'serious discussion' sort of forum... I'm not entirely sure what I'll call it. It will basically be for threads as they are now, with emphasis on detail and Intelligent Discussion and all that sort of stuff. All the current threads will likely be dumped in here when the split happens.

- Some kind of Feely-oriented forum which encourages emotional support and a generally more 'casual' atmosphere WITHOUT being completely inane. Hopefully it is possible to be both semi-detailed and supportive/emotional/non-serious at the same time! But we'll have to see... I don't know what I'd call this room either; I could name them abstractly, like the 'blue room' and 'red room', or with titles like 'Thinking' and 'Feeling'. Or something.
Anyone who responded to posts in this section in a rough, aggressive, problem-solving kind of way would be punished in some form. Probably. But I don't want to instil fear in posters there, so I'll have to strike a balance.

- A general Games discussion forum, for obvious reasons.

- Perhaps a 'Creative' forum, where people can link to their art, writing, music, or whatever else they've made in the hope that people will comment on it. There'd be no support for actually uploading these creations to the site, though, so people would have to upload them elsewhere and link to them.

- A Roleplaying or general 'forum games' forum. This is a big change, because I have firmly blocked any roleplaying threads before, because I felt they'd overwhelm the forum (and have done in the past). However, I realise that it's popular and many people enjoy it, and I do want people to be able to enjoy themselves here! Threads from this forum might not show up on the Community hub; I'm not sure.

So there you have it! I'm working on these things at the moment, and have currently got the general colour scheme and stuff sorted out. I'm writing this from the new site, actually, and... eugh, it feels so horrible and miserable to go back to the old, dark, dismal version! This one's much brighter, and I feel better just being here! Hopefully it'll have the same effect on some other people too, and it'll improve the overall atmosphere of the site!

I'm hoping to have most of it done within a few days, but I promise nothing!!
6 years ago

An Update to Blurbs

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: BlurbsFeatures The Site
I mentioned blurbs sarcastically in the post I wrote a few hours ago...

I've always found it interesting to know what people think of other people - gossip interests me - especially when I wonder if others think the same way about someone as I do...
Like if I find someone grating, it's reassuring and cathartic to know that I'm not the only one who feels that way.

I added the blurbs feature so then people could express their honest opinions about individuals anonymously, so you'd know if you'd upset people or made them happy. Or something.

The blurbs page can be a great way to learn about a person... but of course, the anonymity leads to some truly nasty blurbs that aren't even accurate, leading to people getting the wrong idea about the unfortunate victim by reading such things about them.

I've added a feature now where you can respond to blurbs that you get, in order to tell your side of the story. You can learn even more about someone from their replies than you can from the things that others say about them, and hopefully being able to respond rather than just sitting and taking the abuse will make some people feel better about the system.

So yes, please use this feature sensibly. I bet I'm going to go through my own blurbs page with a headache and many sighs, explaining the various reasons behind my many faults that people have oh-so-abrasively pointed out.