Neko-Chan joined on May 13th, 2010, since that has made 81 posts that are still accessible today, 8 of which are threads. Helping shape the community, Neko-Chan has given 171 upvotes, and was last online on Jul 23rd, 2017.
It's summer again and while still extraordinarily busy, I will make an effort to push the next few threads of the series. So keep an eye out for the next installment (literally).
Note: I have edited upcoming course so we actually do more programming and less ranting.
Yes. I've actually had access for awhile. I've made hotfixes when brought to my attention, mostly data things. If you know of something broken, tell me because I probably don't know. That said I've found some interesting things. I might make a Thread with some of my findings later if allowed (I'd have to make the data presentable and anonymous).
Given the current state of the site, it would be easier and cleaner to rewrite the entire site using a modern framework and best practices. I'd like to remind everyone this is a 7 year old website and webdesign paradigms change every 4 months. While dramatic, it's better to buy a new boat than to bail out a sunk one.
So, I did that. We have an entire website built in Laravel that encompasses all of the features and more. We are currently working on the front end and data migrations. I can't give an estimate when it will be done because I am not the one redesigning the UX.
We'll make a thread with more information when it becomes relevant.
tl;dr Yes. Rumors are true. There is a new site in active development.
Dresden Files. Long Series.
IGN - Railalis
Aw I feel famous.
Lord help us all.
Being a web designer who has worked on forumesque projects before, I'll approach this thread from a more pragmatic perspective.
First off, I really like tags.
On this website I personally use them however I agree with my constituents above: tags are not implemented well on this website. I see this as a problem of three parts:
- They aren't searchable
- They aren't very well indexed
- They aren't moderated
It goes without saying that if you search for a tag term, it should show up. Why this doesn't happen in our search is ridiculous. To my knowledge the website uses a google based search that routinely indexes pages and their content for the search engine to parse though. Knowing that, it makes sense why tags aren't included in results for our current implementation. Doesn't make it any less stupid though. Imo, should be fixed.
The only way to use tags is to either know them, create them, or by chance use one when trying to create one. One could view all of the tags the website has by going to the tag index page however that page isn't very well designed or informative. It acts like a list forum boards with no consistency rather than a way to discover tags. When creating a thread, the tags should show up, either by checking for terms in your actual content, or by showing a list of similar tags according to any new tag you are trying to create. To fix this requires some serious ux consideration and maybe even some structural changes (For instance posts and threads are the same data structure as can be seen with the child posts feature).
Does the staff have any control over who makes tags? How do the good ones rise to the top? Do we have a tag for porn? Oh apparently we do. Obviously to help curb the propagation of tags, we should have some way to moderate them so that bad tags don't keep reappearing. Certain tags should be locked so they can be used exclusively by the staff or project leaders. I could go on but I think I've made my point.
If we fixed these three issues, I think more of the community would be on board with tags and not want to regress a forum board system (Ha puns).
What he said ^