Doing a spot of research for the forums. Not relative to your preference as a person running a site or whatever, but do you think the current style of forums (what you're using now) is best for CoasterBuzz? Or something more like the features in the phpBB/vBulletin? Something somewhere in between?
The new forums are done (with user interfaces at both ends of the above spectrum), but before I undertake the laborious task of integrating them here, which do you prefer?
I personally find less is more so long as it facilitates communication.
No Avatars! Like this style, but new colors would make it fresh. Also, I don't know if anybody else has had this problem, but when on the CB message board my enter buttons, Tab, ect. do not work. That's why all my replies are always crunched together. Can anyone help?
I actually prefer Invision Boards, only because they are a little easier to use, and they have more options, plus I am just more familiar with them. And I would actually like to have avitars. allthough they looks ugly on the site, they give every member a look of their own, whereas now, everyone just sorta blends togehter. But the ones running now aren;'t bad wither.
The private message functionality is already in there. A variation of it is running on CampusFish already. You'll also be able to access your most recent posts from one place.
I'm glad most people see it my way. I hate of all the crap myself. Regardless of whether or not I use something like avatars, I already have a switch set up so you can turn off all of the vanity nonsense, i.e., signatures and avatars. Sigs will be here, of course, but you'll have the option to turn them off.
My forums will be better than all of the other packages out there in terms of performance and flexibility for developers. Yeah, that's a big claim, but the architecture is such that you can really build whatever user interface you want in a fairly simple manner with the base libraries, provided of course that you're a .Net developer. What you'll likely get here is the "classic" interface, while customers will also be able to use one that's like the "featured" boards. I'll have a simple one too, mostly for demonstration purposes (likely four pages and less than a hundred lines of code).
Not that any of that is something you care about I'm sure, just thought I'd share. Looks like we'll continue to keep it clean and simple then.
Simple clean text is far superior to all that other nonsense. I avoid sites like (for example) mouseinfo because all the avatars, sixty-seven flavors of smilies, and multi-colored signatures get in the way of reading content.
Heck, I still use xterms, latex, and gnu emacs, and like typing at terminal windows rather than all that pointy-and-clicky nonsense. Thankfully, cygwin allows me to use all my ancient academician tools on a useful operating system. ;)
vi > emacs. *ducks* j/k. I agree with those who say they prefer a less cluttered forum. I don't believe that avatars and the like bring all that much to the table as far as discussion goes, but I have actually gotten quite a few requests for these things over at KB.
I've seen a few discussion boards (http://forums.gentoo.org/ specifically) use these features without having them become a nuisance, but I've also seen some that care more about cheesy little graphics than actual content. In CoasterBuzz's case, I say keep it like it is. :)
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I actually would like to see small avatars too. I find that I end up reconizing a poster just by the avatar. Private messaging and a member list would be nice too. Also, it would be nice to see an improved search function.
EDIT One other thing, it would be nice to have hyperlinks a different color then the rest of the text. I like mine set without an underline, so it becomes difficult to find hyperlinks in some posts. Most every other site uses a different color for hyperlinks.
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