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Suggestions on how to improve the forums

posted by ryannumber1gamer on - last edited - Viewed by 55.6K users
I made this thread so people can discuss how the fourms can be improved so i'll start off.

I think the classics part of the thread should be back in the main menu of the fourms with all the rest of the forums topics because since they are in the classics hardly anyone ever replys anymore to them.
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  • can we have a "reveal discussion" button on the popup bar next to the "scroll to new comment" button? because it is annoying to have to scroll up a blank page to get to the reveal discussion button after using the feed to get to a discussion

  • Well I really don't like this new layout of the forums. It had a nice section for each game and General Chat at the top. Now TWAU forums and TWD forums take up almost the entire thing and General Chat is reduced to a tiny space at the very bottom. Why would TWD and TWAU forums need that much space?

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    fusedmass BANNED

    We desperately need an ignore feature. Lets say these is someone in this community who bugs us, alot. Borderline harassment. Mods don't do anything. I'd at least like the luxury of ignoring their posts. I'm sure the same can be said vice verse. It's a needed feature so we don't have to read their posts.

    Perhaps their posts can be hidden. It's simple. When you select to ignore someone, it hides their posts. Kinda like how spoilers does but against a certain person. Also while I'm at it, the thumbs down feature is not required. Replaced with a "LOL" feature. All the thumbs down, does is enforce negatively. Which may be the reason, facebook never added in it.

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    Blind Sniper Moderator

    I would like for "spoiler" Comments to display a number of how many messages are layered below, count both the number of "new" messages and the number of messages overall.

  • So how goes those improvements, web team?

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    TheDuck BANNED

    Spoiler crackdown in The Walking Dead section. Not sure if it is an issue in the forums for other games, but it is getting ridiculous over there. Spoilers in topic titles, when it would be simple to word it differently or put it in the actual section for spoilers-which could stand to be renamed,-and the spoiler tags are barely used. These people violate the rules, often on purpose, yet receive no punishment. Instead, people are simply told to not come here until they've beaten the game, which is ridiculous. Besides, spoilers posted in the General section are viewable even from the main part of the boards, ruining the series even for people who don't visit the section.

    Also, is it possible to change the format of this forum? I'm browsing through the older topics, but changing the page doesn't effect the site itself. Like, if I'm on page 30 and click on a topic and then click "Back" after reading it, the forums will be reset to the first page. This happens when you refresh in any way, and it's irritating, since it forces you to open these threads in new tabs or windows, and even then, I keep accidentally clicking the thread somehow.

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    TheDuck BANNED

    Sorry for the double post, but it would also be nice to be able to delete messages from my Feed. It's getting cluttered, and since it is the only way to know if someone has sent you a PM, they are often pushed down, resulting in them being overlooked. Also, it's annoying, since people have been responding to my posts or sending me PMs with spoilers and or insults. I can report these people, but can't get rid of these messages.

  • Another thing is that when you load a forum section, threads with new posts in them are bolded, but you don't get links to the new posts until the next time you load the page. That means you either have to go to the first page of one of these threads (but then you have to click "Scroll to next new comment" to see the first unread post) or just reload the page again, which seems a bit redundant.

  • They should make a feature for the forum that contains spoilers that you visit regularly doesn't require you to click the "this may contain spoilers" button.

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      TheDuck BANNED

      Your wording is really unclear. If you're talking about the actual spoiler sections, then you don't have to use that feature. The bigger issue is people spoiling things in topic titles on the main pages. I'm a little concerned that no staff members are responding to this topic.

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        Jennifer Moderator

        @TheDuck wrote:

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        The bigger issue is people spoiling things in topic titles on the main pages.

        That was like that even for season one of The Walking Dead in the old forums. Even with the spoiler forum, people would still post spoilers in thread titles in the main forum and those spoilers in the topics would show up on the main page of the forum. The moderators had to manually go in and change the topic title to prevent that, like we do now. That's the only way that it can be done, since it's not possible to get the forum to detect spoilers in thread titles. And it's not possible to get everyone to stop posting spoilers in the topic titles, because they still do so even when told by the moderators not to do so (like was done last season).

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          TheDuck BANNED

          That's why I keep saying-crack down on these people. If there is no penalty for blatantly disregarding the rules, what's their motivation to stop? I've learned from creating my topic about this issue that a lot of the offenders feel entitled and view themselves as above these rules. They show no remorse and even attacked me, some going out of their way to post spoilers in the thread and send them to me over PM. There are lots of reasons for people to come to the TWD section without having beaten the game-bugs, information, help, discuss an episode they just beat...and then there's the fact that even people who don't visit the section can still see the spoilers. THEY break the rules, yet blame the victims for "being stupid enough to visit the forums before beating the game". Staff has even gone out of their way to make it easy for them, by providing spoiler tags you can easily add to any post and even a spoiler section. It's not like anyone is asking the world of them-either mark spoilers properly and keep them out of topic titles or post in the spoiler section. It's not that hard.

          It's only going to get worse, as my topic proved. And with Season Two of the game coming out, I'm afraid to stay here. It will be even worse if my fears are realized and the Vita release is after the initial launch. I shouldn't have to leave this place and my topics and cut myself off from all information, just because some people can't follow the rules.

          So, yeah, this is largely on the mods. If they don't start banning or suspending people who ruin the game for others by being reckless with spoilers, then the offenders are just going to keep doing it and running around with entitled attitudes. Make a stickied post about said crack down to be fair, then make sure to follow through.

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            Jennifer Moderator

            @TheDuck wrote:

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            That's why I keep saying-crack down on these people. If there is no penalty for blatantly disregarding the rules, what's their motivation to stop?

            They generally do stop after you tell them to. I just meant that people post spoilers in the topic titles because they don't read the guidelines. There's not much we can do about that, since it would be wrong to give someone an infraction or a ban without first giving them the warning, and the warning usually does work (and the ones who didn't listen were given infractions and/or bans).

            By the way, I looked through the forum, and saw no real spoilers in the thread titles, so it doesn't seem to be a problem at the moment. What threads are you talking about that has you concerned about the issue? The only thing I see is minor spoilers (like guesses on who is the killer in TWAU or mentions of Kenny's fate being explored in TWD season two). The really big things, like posting about the death of a character, were taken care of during TWD season one, and don't seem to be here now (and, really, those are the only spoilers that we have to be actively seeking out, since the other ones aren't really spoilers at all, since the topic titles are all related to fan speculation).

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            They show no remorse and even attacked me, some going out of their way to post spoilers in the thread and send them to me over PM.

            That's definitely unacceptable. If that happens again, let one of the moderators know about it, and we'll stop them.

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              TheDuck BANNED

              They don't stop. Just look at the TWD section. Nearly every topic title has some kind of spoiler, and all it takes is one look for someone to be ruined, just visiting the main page. The mods aren't changing the titles, and usually, neither will people making said topics. I suggested what you should do-bolded sticky announcing you are cracking down on spoilers in topic titles and unmarked spoilers in topics. A warning first is fine, but people need to know this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

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                Jennifer Moderator

                @TheDuck wrote:

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                They don't stop. Just look at the TWD section. Nearly every topic title has some kind of spoiler, and all it takes is one look for someone to be ruined, just visiting the main page.

                Like I said, it's all just fan speculation in the titles in the TWD section. I don't see any spoilers in any of the thread titles at all. What topics are you referring to?

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                  TheDuck BANNED

                  A lot of them got pushed back due to the recent burst of "OMG Season 2" posts, but that doesn't change that they are there. And that more will eventually be posted. No matter what, such an announcement should be made, especially with the next season coming out. I don't want to have to leave this place and my topics and my only source of information. A lot of mods think they say "no spoilers" the day the game is released and expect it to happen, but it won't. These people need to be eased into it, and it's still happening now. Did you read my topic about the spoilers? It shows just how bad things have gotten pretty well.

  • I feel like the down voting feature for comments has added a certain hostility to this site that never existed before.

    • I feel like the down voting feature for comments has added a certain hostility to this site that never existed before.

      I think a more important reason is the fact that so many people have left for the TWD fan forum or the Double Fine forums that there are few people left here who has anything invested in the place or the people here.

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        TheDuck BANNED

        Aside from the huge spoiler issue, I'd imagine another reason is this layout. I wasn't here before these 'changes", but even I'm not liking it. The disappearance of polls make a lot of old topics pointless or make less sense. Not being able to customize your settings at all, such as regarding notifications and time zones, is a pain. Refreshing on any page but the first takes you back to the first. making browsing irritating. The threaded format has its uses, but also makes it difficult to find new replies. And then there's the feed, which would be a lot better if you delete stuff from it, especially since people make a lot of nasty comments sometimes. And whatever happened to a good, old-fashioned inbox? Getting PMs and knowing when they've been replied to is a pain.

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