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Old 2012-12-11, 14:53   Link #1
Ruby Princess
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A few suggestions

These are things that I believe would make AnimeSuki better.

1. A good addition to AnimeSuki would be private posts. These are different from Visitor Messages or Private Messages; I mean making posts on a forum thread that only you, or a handful you select, can see.

2. Instant modship for anyone who reaches 1,000 reputation points. If you can gain the adoration of AnimeSuki's populace, then you deserve to be able to serve them as well.

3. Images that can bind themselves to the user's framework.

4. Polls that are more interactive and have special new features. Let's take a 'Favorite Character' poll, for instance, where you can choose up to five favorites. If you select only one or two characters, you get one reputation point because you showed restraint and thus your vote means more. If you select three or more characters you don't get any reputation. Just to use one example.
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Old 2012-12-11, 15:25   Link #2
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Thank you very much for your suggestions, but I'm just not sure if some of these are possible, let alone beneficial (which is always debatable).


1. I think the best way to have that sort of Private Post is through a Social Group (where you can restrict who is given membership). Having posts within a public thread that some people can see and others can't seems rather problematic. (When someone who sees it responds, will that post be visible or not...?) I think Social Groups are a better solution for semi-private conversations.

2. Having lots of reputation points doesn't mean you're truly adored, plus there's no guarantee that you'd have the qualities to make a good moderator. Having any sort of real "power" be associated with rep will just mean that people will take it that much more seriously and will try to find all sorts of ways to abuse the system. I've pointed out before that rep is often not given for objectively good reasons in the first place. I think this would definitely end poorly.

3. I have to admit that I'm not exactly sure what you mean by images that can "bind themselves to the user's framework". Do you mean, like, being able to customize the user's profile pages with images? Not too sure about this. There are limits to what vBulletin allows you to do.

4. Right now we're more or less constrained by the poll functionality of vBulletin (the third-party software we use). Having this sort of advanced logic that integrates with rep would not be very easy for us to program, and I'm honestly not too sure if you want to mix polls and reputation (which is user-to-user).


Keep in mind that we don't write the Forum software, and there are no paid staff on this site who could work on programming or whatever else. (Anything that does get done is in the staff's spare time.) So while it might be neat to have all sorts of advanced functionality, I'm not sure that it's very realistic given the resources at our disposal.
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Old 2012-12-14, 21:10   Link #3
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Thank you very much for your suggestions, but I'm just not sure if some of these are possible, let alone beneficial (which is always debatable).


1. I think the best way to have that sort of Private Post is through a Social Group (where you can restrict who is given membership). Having posts within a public thread that some people can see and others can't seems rather problematic. (When someone who sees it responds, will that post be visible or not...?) I think Social Groups are a better solution for semi-private conversations.
On that note it could be interesting to have private subforums for the really, really big groups.
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Keep in mind that we don't write the Forum software, and there are no paid staff on this site who could work on programming or whatever else. (Anything that does get done is in the staff's spare time.) So while it might be neat to have all sorts of advanced functionality, I'm not sure that it's very realistic given the resources at our disposal.
I'm surprised that there's no unpaid programming staff. I'm sure you could find some individuals who would willingly improve the site or people who already have experience with vbBoard and are willing to help the site.

One thing that's bothered me since I came to Asuki is how there are a lot of general anime subforums that could just as easily fit into general discussion, but aren't present. I've seen a lot of non-anime threads in the anime music discussion subforum simply because there's not a regular one. Is this something that existed once but didn't work out well enough or?
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Old 2012-12-14, 21:33   Link #4
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I'm surprised that there's no unpaid programming staff. I'm sure you could find some individuals who would willingly improve the site or people who already have experience with vbBoard and are willing to help the site.
Well, there are some "unpaid programming staff" as it were, but there are three problems:

1. Most of us do this sort of work in our full-time jobs, so doing more programming in our spare time isn't always what we want to do.

2. Right now, we're in a bit of a messy situation because we're stuck on an old version of vBulletin. We want to upgrade eventually, but we have a lot of customizations that would need to be re-programmed from scratch. So again, referring to point 1, it's been a bit hard to find the motivation to get through that giant pile of (rather tedious) work.

3. Because of point 2, knowing that we do want to migrate eventually to a new version and whatever changes we do now may have to be re-done, it's hard to find the desire to program improvements/customizations to the current vBulletin either because it may all have to be re-done again later.

So, as you can see, we're basically at a stalemate right now, and given that the forum is basically working okay at the moment, it's been hard to break out of it. Maybe that will change at some point in the new year (once vBulletin 5 comes out, perhaps?).

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One thing that's bothered me since I came to Asuki is how there are a lot of general anime subforums that could just as easily fit into general discussion, but aren't present. I've seen a lot of non-anime threads in the anime music discussion subforum simply because there's not a regular one. Is this something that existed once but didn't work out well enough or?
I think this is because we have traditionally tried to keep our focus more on being an anime site first, with everything else coming second. While we do allow non-anime related threads in the anime music/games sections, it isn't really our intention that we start attracting an audience specifically to talk about mainstream music or gaming (etc.). So although the organization is a bit wonky, it did serve a purpose. That doesn't mean that there aren't other options, of course... but I think that's why it is the way it is now.


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On that note it could be interesting to have private subforums for the really, really big groups.
Incidentally, I can also say that we have had conversations about the weaknesses/limitations of social groups and other possible options... but it's a difficult situation that doesn't really have an easy fix in vBulletin right now (without doing even more customization), or without causing a whole lot of other complications in terms of governance. So for now we're still at the status quo on this.
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Old 2012-12-14, 21:54   Link #5
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I think this is because we have traditionally tried to keep our focus more on being an anime site first, with everything else coming second.
I find that focus a major attraction of AS. There are countless other places to talk about non-anime popular culture.
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Old 2012-12-18, 06:19   Link #6
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None of the reputation-boosting stuff, please. The rep system is being retired, no need to bring it back again.
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