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Future forum Structure Drafts
String wants a new board. But I suggest we'd better think about the Forum's structure rather fundamentally.

For a start, Draft 1

  • DnD Politics

  • DnD Entertainment

  • DnDigital Technology

  • Forum's Feedback

  • The Lounge

  • Word Games
or something
[/list]It's just to outline some possibilities - not a working scheme yet.

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Re: Future forum Structure Drafts
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Hey, not too bad a suggestion.

But instead of Word Games, I suggest

DnDiscourse

to cover everything from religion to philology and word games.

Edit:
On second thought, however, I seriously like the current way of having a DnD Central, where politics and religion is together, so people really DnD (verb!) everything wholesale.

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Edit:
On second thought, however, I seriously like the current way of having a DnD Central, where politics and religion is together, so people really DnD (verb!) everything wholesale.
I remember Frans has mentioned the possibility of implementing "subboards" or something like that.
This way "The Lounge" (being a legacy of MyOpera's) could be subdivided into "Word Games" and something else.

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MyOpera's legacy
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1. We're called "DnD" - out of the legacy; and our core came here from the D&D.
2. As some of us abided immensely in "browsers" and "Lounge" on MyOpera, so we also have the two other boards - as part of the legacy.
A question can be asked - SHOULD WE PRESERVE such a legacy? THE legacy?
(Then - sometime: for how long? - if ever...)

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Subboards are worse than a single level of boards, because they are harder to navigate.

The advantage of more boards is, as String said, that a Guest can, at a glance, see more topics represented here. This may indeed attract a couple of new members. But only single level of boards has this effect.

Another point: Not above 7 visible boards for Guest. Above 7 is too much info at one glance.

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The point of my concern is that most issues in human culture are intersecting, overlapping.
And ersi's right: we're holding all the serious discussion within one main board, my thought is that that's good because politics intersects with religion, human behaviour and society - with environmental issues -- mix that yourself and I bet you won't be wrong. Ever.

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Ersi, too many is too much, you're right.
But about 2 levels, I don't think it's infeasible to show visitors some stuff. I'm not a specialist, but I could guess there might be means to implement a certain special MODE of viewing the site - or something.
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It's just to outline some possibilities - not a working scheme yet.

Word games should stay in the lounge as there would never be enough of them to justify having their own separate board.
The start and end to every story is the same. But what comes in between you have yourself to blame.

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The advantage of more boards is, as String said, that a Guest can, at a glance, see more topics represented here. This may indeed attract a couple of new members. But only single level of boards has this effect.

While I don't think child boards are currently desirable, they would be visible from the main page. See the SMF support boards for how they are displayed. Just not with the full info like last post and description so they don't take up as much space.

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I'm against to more categories, broads or whatever than DnD Central and The Lounge.

Browsers & Technology is a sort of imposition by the computer maniacs that makes the forum. However I recognize that it can be useful for those that are not afraid of asking as so many seems to be.

There's nothing more that can't be discussed at the above categories.
A matter of attitude.

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Browsers & Technology is a sort of imposition by the computer maniacs that makes the forum.

It's also an amalgamation of the My Opera Software, Hardware, and Linux forums.

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While I don't think child boards are currently desirable, they would be visible from the main page. See the SMF support boards for how they are displayed. Just not with the full info like last post and description so they don't take up as much space.

I see. That looks nice.

However, there are two constraints. One is that when I first visited this site (DnD) with Opera the first time, I was shocked to see only two odd categories:
- General
- Forum-related

It took me a while to figure out that graphical browsers show (by default?) the front page as collapsed. You have to expand those odd things to get to the actual categories. This is the first constraint.

The second constraint is the amount of info thrown at Guest. It must be a moderate manageable amount for an average mind. That's why I mentioned max 7 categories.

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The second constraint is the amount of info thrown at Guest. It must be a moderate manageable amount for an average mind.
One thing you might not be aware of is that a Guest can now not view the Forum Related stuff which is now Members only.

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It took me a while to figure out that graphical browsers show (by default?) the front page as collapsed. You have to expand those odd things to get to the actual categories. This is the first constraint.

I'm pretty sure that shouldn't be the default. I checked in a browser I essentially never use (Qupzilla) as well as in clean profiles of browsers I do use and guests don't even have the option to choose whether or not to show a certain category.

Anyway, I removed the option to collapse the "General" category since it's really the only thing we have!

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It took me a while to figure out that graphical browsers show (by default?) the front page as collapsed. You have to expand those odd things to get to the actual categories. This is the first constraint.

I'm pretty sure that shouldn't be the default. I checked in a browser I essentially never use (Qupzilla) as well as in clean profiles of browsers I do use and guests don't even have the option to choose whether or not to show a certain category.

My chock must have occurred after having logged in then.


Anyway, I removed the option to collapse the "General" category since it's really the only thing we have!
Good :)

In Elinks nothing collapses anyway. When visiting Vivaldi.net, I see all the supposedly hidden nooks, such as text fields to reply after every single message in the forums, fully expanded. This site here is much nicer and easily manageable, as it should be.

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I have a name for the "Entertainment" and games, "DnD playground".