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Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Sumo Jo on January 18, 2006, 03:12:48 PM
http://forum.qbasicnews.com/viewtopic.php?t=11299

Basically some users have raised the idea to merge the qb and fb subforums into one group of subforums.  This would reduce the number of forums people have to look through and make sure more people see a post and don't just get tired of looking through every forum.  I agree with these thoughts, but I'm going to let the general forum population decide.

Also, the point was raised as to how we would distinguish between Fb and Qb posts.  A post icon mod was brought up and some seem to like it while others don't.  You can see examples of this mod at www.fbtk.net (I just put it in, so it's not all forums, but I filled the spam and general forums with them).  Again I am letting the users vote on this.

The vote will last for about a week, depending on whether votes are still coming or they seem to be done.  When the voting is over, the results will be what happens to this forum.  You may also respond with ideas on this subject here or in the other thread.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: MystikShadows on January 18, 2006, 04:54:41 PM
I like the idea of merging them together....and icons are purrty...lol.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: red_Marvin on January 18, 2006, 04:56:48 PM
What exactly do you mean with "mergeall" forums?

There would still be separate Newbie help/Programming help
subforums?


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: MystikShadows on January 18, 2006, 04:59:27 PM
The way I read yt it would be something like:

QB an FB section:

QB/FB News

QB/FB Help

etc etc...


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Sumo Jo on January 18, 2006, 05:26:12 PM
Exactly as MystikShadows described it.  You'd have a general forum that would be both for QB and FB, a projects, etc.  It's not just going to be one big forum for it all.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: red_Marvin on January 18, 2006, 06:07:42 PM
Better safe than sorry ^^. My vote is cast,


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: SSC on January 18, 2006, 07:02:24 PM
I like the forum as it is, merging wouldnt be bad but I deffinatly dont like the post icons idea.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Kevin_theprogrammer on January 18, 2006, 07:39:28 PM
Maybe if PhpBB allowed subforums....


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: marzecTM on January 18, 2006, 07:47:51 PM
what's wrong with the "view post since last visit" search? it works pretty well for me


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Deleter on January 18, 2006, 07:50:19 PM
as long as there is a way to identify a qbasic post BEFORE clicking it, I don't care. Otherwise I will answer all coding questions with freebasic since I don't even have qb to test it with. :P


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: NecrosIhsan on January 18, 2006, 08:23:27 PM
I like the idea of merging the forums and of the post icons. However, good luck on getting some people to use the post icons...don't forget that some people just don't know how to read. :roll:


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Z!re on January 18, 2006, 09:23:59 PM
I think this post is important, so i'll just use the IMPORTANT! icon for it.

Post content:
"HELP ME PLIZ!!!1"


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Sumo Jo on January 18, 2006, 10:59:50 PM
Quote from: "Kevin_theprogrammer"
Maybe if PhpBB allowed subforums....


We're looking to have less forums to read through rather than more forums/subforums.

Quote from: "marzecTM"
what's wrong with the "view post since last visit" search? it works pretty well for me


This site would still have all the forums to choose from.  Why have so many when so few of them (especially the qb sections) get posts regularly.  This would make the site appear less intimidating and easier to get through along with making forums not look so dead.

Quote from: "NecrosIhsan"
I like the idea of merging the forums and of the post icons. However, good luck on getting some people to use the post icons...don't forget that some people just don't know how to read. :roll:


I can make a default icon that says "I am a moron" for people that don't choose an icon.  Maybe if people were to not read the "I am a moron" posts, others would get the idea that you have to actually do something right if you want a response.  Or moderators could change it.

Quote from: "Z!re"
I think this post is important, so i'll just use the IMPORTANT! icon for it.

Post content:
"HELP ME PLIZ!!!1"


As I mentioned before, we can block users from using certain icons.  Right now the only icons I can see using are QB, FB and some only the admins would be able to use.  Things like "READ ME" and "ANNOUNCEMENT" on FBTK are only able to be used by Admin.  The same would apply here.  If people wanted more icons, we could then expand them to be able to be used everywhere, but never would things as vague as "Important" be an icon.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Dr_Davenstein on January 19, 2006, 01:17:47 AM
I like the ideas too.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: na_th_an on January 19, 2006, 04:44:58 AM
Niceness :)


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Kylemc on January 19, 2006, 12:28:30 PM
Go for it  :bounce:


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: pr0gger on January 19, 2006, 12:34:25 PM
I vote yes.  Might take a minute to get used to the post icons, though.

--j_k


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: na_th_an on January 20, 2006, 05:56:54 AM
I consider a key point to add a "default" post icon which reads "DONT READ THIS POST" or something like that, so people are pseudo-obligued to use a proper post icon.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: matt2jones on January 20, 2006, 06:21:30 AM
Mah...  I hate post icons...  Maybe a restricted QB, FB or Generic Basic little marker would be okay...

I do think it'd be best to merge the two forums.  FB isn't *new* anymore, so it doesn't really make sense to quarrantine it as visciously.

matt


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Anonymous on January 20, 2006, 07:53:55 PM
Quote from: "Sumo Jo"
I can make a default icon that says "I am a moron" for people that don't choose an icon.  Maybe if people were to not read the "I am a moron" posts, others would get the idea that you have to actually do something right if you want a response.


at first i thought this was straight genius, but i came to think that maybe its a lil too harsh to do to new people, maybe just have it say like 'undefined' or something...

but really, no matter what youre gonna have the kids like 'how do i make it say something' and someones gonna have to explain it, and this will happen many times, so... lol.

i think the base idea of merging and adding the icons, and a lame default icon is a very good idea, and will pomote neatness and clarity, something all programmers should appreciate.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Sumo Jo on January 22, 2006, 02:49:55 AM
Just letting everyone know I'm closing this thread in 2 days.  That means Monday (Jan 23) this post will be closed and voting will be completed.  After that there will be a thread that announces what changes (if any) will be made and we will move on from there.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: NecrosIhsan on January 23, 2006, 09:58:55 AM
The default icon should be an acronym: IDRD. I Didn't Read Directions.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Anonymous on January 23, 2006, 10:01:46 AM
or even just the full "I didn't read the directions."

thats the kind of appropriate taste i was thinking about, you nailed it dude, gratz.


Title: Merging of QB and FB forums and post icons vote
Post by: Sumo Jo on January 23, 2006, 02:59:07 PM
Thread closed.  Icons will be added and forums will be merged.  Go to this thread to talk about the new icons: http://forum.qbasicnews.com/viewtopic.php?t=11349