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[Site] Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby koontz1973 on Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:46 am

Concise description:
Move most recent forum posts to the home page.
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On the home page, have a list of all the most recent forum postings for all to see, with the thread count & time of last post. Then if anyone has an idea, they can click the link to go straight into the thread. With a link to the full board index at the top or bottom.

Remove the twitter or facebook blocks as they say the same and we have all of the logos everywhere, this would give more then enough space.

In case I have not described it to well here is the link to bluray.com so you can see what I mean.
http://uk.blu-ray.com/

This will improve the following aspects of the site:
It will get more people actively involved with the site.
List of threads to be included. All others to be excluded from this for reasons like C&A reports are no ones business apart from ours. :shock:
  • SoC Training Grounds
  • Map Foundry
  • Suggestions
  • Strategy
  • GD
  • Callouts
  • Announcements
  • Tournaments
  • Q&A
  • Whose Forum Is It Anyway
It can only make the whole experience of coming into CC more enjoyable. People come to play a game but do not know how much more the site offers as when you log in you go straight to your games.
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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby rdsrds2120 on Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:13 am

I seen something else on another site that was neat. They had a separate tab for threads that you had either subscribed to or chose to 'follow'. It was pretty neat, kind of similar to this.

In any event, this isn't a bad idea per say, but I don't know where it would fit on the home screen.

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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby koontz1973 on Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:30 am

If you look under the maps we have 2 blocks of text for facebook and twitter. Both have the same posts in so it becomes redundant. Why not scrap one or shrink them to half size.

Anywhere n the home page near the top would be the most ideal as long as when we sign in we get directed there and not straight to our games unless we check a box to say go straight there.
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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby Metsfanmax on Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:49 pm

This is fine but if you put the off topic threads there it will drive people away.
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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby tkr4lf on Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:56 pm

Metsfanmax wrote:This is fine but if you put the off topic threads there it will drive people away.

lol That's probably true.

Interesting suggestion though. It could get more people involved with the forums.
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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby koontz1973 on Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:08 pm

tkr4lf wrote:
Metsfanmax wrote:This is fine but if you put the off topic threads there it will drive people away.

lol That's probably true.

Interesting suggestion though. It could get more people involved with the forums.

Considering this thread is now 11 hours old and it has only had 3 responses then it could only make it better.

As for off topic, do not put it in. Have all forums that are CC related only.

The ones to have in would be..
Announcements
Strategy
Questions & Answers
SoC Training Grounds
Map Foundry
Tournaments
Callouts
Mafia Games
Suggestions
Cheating & Abuse Reports
Bug Reports.
Some would get far more hits than others but I can only see this being for the benefit for the site. If one of the reasons people come is to play the games, people stay because of the others on the site.
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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby tkr4lf on Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:06 pm

koontz1973 wrote:
tkr4lf wrote:
Metsfanmax wrote:This is fine but if you put the off topic threads there it will drive people away.

lol That's probably true.

Interesting suggestion though. It could get more people involved with the forums.

Considering this thread is now 11 hours old and it has only had 3 responses then it could only make it better.

As for off topic, do not put it in. Have all forums that are CC related only.

The ones to have in would be..
Announcements
Strategy
Questions & Answers
SoC Training Grounds
Map Foundry
Tournaments
Callouts
Mafia Games
Suggestions
Cheating & Abuse Reports
Bug Reports.
Some would get far more hits than others but I can only see this being for the benefit for the site. If one of the reasons people come is to play the games, people stay because of the others on the site.

I think we could do without the Mafia Games, as that's not really CC related. Could also not link to the C&A or Bug Reports. Come to think of it, if we just linked to a few, well, that gets people into the forums, and then they see all the other subforums we've got here. Honestly I would think Strategy, Q&A, Callouts and maybe Suggestions would be good. Tournaments can already be found easily. Announcements are normally made on the main page anyway.
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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby AndyDufresne on Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:41 am

I think this would be a pretty fun feature to have. I'll have to do some investigating and see if there are any existing features/tools/widget sort of things out there that we could use.


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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby koontz1973 on Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:17 am

AndyDufresne wrote:I think this would be a pretty fun feature to have. I'll have to do some investigating and see if there are any existing features/tools/widget sort of things out there that we could use.


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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby AndyDufresne on Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:04 am

It doesn't look like any widget or tool currently exists, we'd have to build our own, using a tutorial like this one:
http://wiki.phpbb.com/Practical.Display ... rnal_pages


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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby QoH on Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:11 am

http://www.playdiplomacy.com/ has this feature on its homepage. Or at least it does when you log in I think... :?
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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby koontz1973 on Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:57 am

It does not have what I was thinking. If you look in the first post, I linked to http://uk.blu-ray.com/. It has the feature I was thinking of. But Diplomacyhttp://www.playdiplomacy.com/ has other features that would be great to have on the home page.

Top ten users and last 5 finished games. This will show who is around and allow newbies to see some finished games to see how it is played.

AndyDufresne, http://wiki.phpbb.com/Practical.Display%20...%20rnal_pages that seems quite straight forward to do. How about one of the tech guys looking at it and seeing if it can be done.
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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby koontz1973 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:57 am

I know this has been forgotten but I would like to raise it again as both the old and new community managers supported it to an extent. I know that problems can arise from this like where to place it on the home screen or what forums to include in it but things like that can be talked about and figured out along the way.
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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby chapcrap on Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:51 pm

MOVED out of Archives.
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Re: Move most recent forum posts to the home page.

Postby koontz1973 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:23 am

chapcrap wrote:MOVED out of Archives.

Thanks chapcrap. Just so everyone is on the same page, here is a quick mock up of what it could look like if the twitter was moved to below facebook.
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