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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

Proper use of FLIGS

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: Features FLIGSModeratorsThe Site
The FLIGS 'reaction' system is meant to be subjective, and as such harder to 'abuse' since how you feel isn't 'right or wrong' as such.

However, it's become apparent that at least some members have already been misusing it in various ways...

One of these ways is to give pity reactions, or to 'balance' out negatives, resulting is a pile of positives that don't really seem fitting at all (like marking a poor post as +G, +I, +S, and +F, when dozens of other people have all reacted to it negatively, and things like support don't even apply to it).

Another was is to pile on the positives - or negatives - to show a singe view. For example, you may like ponies, and a post somewhere mentions the word 'ponies' without talking about them in any detail, so you give it a positive reaction in basically every category.
This is wrong, of course, because you're giving the reactions based on a single idea - 'I like ponies' - but actually saying 'I appreciate this, it made me happy, it is interesting, I agree with it, and it has been said very well'. Which is ridiculous, but I've seen it done.

The system has probably been used well for the most part, but I can see much more misuse of it when the unwashed masses come swarming in, with their inability to think or read and itchy trigger fingers. Yes.

We have moderators now.
If you are a moderator, you should try to do something about obvious misuse of the system.
Talk to the person directly, asking them nicely to explain the reactions that caught your attention.
If they cannot, or their explanation is insufficient, then ask them nicely to remove their reactions.
If they don't, or if they reply snottily, you should remind them that if they don't, they'll get an infraction. Maybe that'll make them act.
If they are still resistant, then you should give them an infraction for ratings abuse.

The things you should look for are pity reactions, 'balancing out' reactions, and piled-on reactions, using many letters to make a single point.

To you non-moderators, uh... use the system properly! Yes!
6 years ago

Orb Calculations

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: Features FLIGSThe Site
Currently, the orb by your name is determined by the average colour of the orbs on your posts from the last month.
That means that you can post one green-rated comment per month and keep a green orb, but can't stay green by posting only once ever. Also, the more you post, the lower your average is likely to be.

This 'formula' or whatever was always meant to be temporary; a placeholder until I came up with something better.

I suppose that now is the time to be seriously considering what to add on a permanent basis.

Do you have any suggestions for how these orbs could be worked out?