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    Forum Suggestions

    I've got a few issues with the way the forums are set up and know I cannot be alone in this. Trion opted to use vBulletin, which is chock full of options to help foster a great community experience, but these are not being utilized. In no particular order:
    • no forum suggestions area... it's off-topic from game discussion, but when fostering a currently forum-only community...?
    • logged out every few minutes if only reading through posts or writing longer posts. <-- huge!
    • re-logging in usually takes you to the top-level forums directory rather than the page you were on.
    • custom avatars not allowed while posting random pix and videos within posts are. <-- rational?
    I know there are more than this, but having relogged in several times in the past hour while catching up, thought I should put this out ASAP. I may add to this post as I remember or experience more. I also realize that properly setting up a community forum for a commercial product requires some forethought, but using this forum really makes me feel untrusted and less than second class.

    Any have other problems with the forum set-up?


    p.s. I just tried to use 'preview post' after writing this very short post that took me all of a few minutes to write... was already logged out. Thank goodness I was prepared for the required copy/paste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voldrax View Post
    I've got a few issues with the way the forums are set up and know I cannot be alone in this. Trion opted to use vBulletin, which is chock full of options to help foster a great community experience, but these are not being utilized. In no particular order:
    • no forum suggestions area... it's off-topic from game discussion, but when fostering a currently forum-only community...?
    • logged out every few minutes if only reading through posts or writing longer posts. <-- huge!
    • re-logging in usually takes you to the top-level forums directory rather than the page you were on.
    • custom avatars not allowed while posting random pix and videos within posts are. <-- rational?
    I know there are more than this, but having relogged in several times in the past hour while catching up, thought I should put this out ASAP. I may add to this post as I remember or experience more. I also realize that properly setting up a community forum for a commercial product requires some forethought, but using this forum really makes me feel untrusted and less than second class.

    Any have other problems with the forum set-up?


    p.s. I just tried to use 'preview post' after writing this very short post that took me all of a few minutes to write... was already logged out. Thank goodness I was prepared for the required copy/paste.
    We've actually decided against a Suggestions subforum as the game has yet enter public testing in our region. Once we're underway, we can reevaluate this decision.

    There have been a few threads about forum avatars and we're producing pre-made ArcheAge images before activating that feature. As for the quick logout timer, that's something we're working to address.

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    Working to address? I've run forums for years and know how much 'work' is involved in changing a setting. lol! I laugh to hide the tears...
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    Lightbulb We Need a ShoutBox

    We need a Shoutbox just because at some point in the game ,News will drop, important events will happen and people will go on forums o be updated quickly and seeing 20 different threads about it is just wasting time and space.

    something like on the forums.archeagegame.com/ page on either left or right side,
    shouldn't be at the top and might not know it's there if on bottom, left or right for convenience and visibility.
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    Some things I'd like to see:
    • User-submitted avatars (since we can also submit a personal picture within our profile).
    • Post Style UCP module.
    • Login redirection to your previous page.
    • CSS profile overrides, in the distant future.

    Of course, these are just my personal suggestions and may not be reflected by anybody else.

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    ALSO, to change the automatic logout time, go to:

    Admin CP --> vBulletin Options --> Cookies and HTTP Header Options --> Time-Out for Cookie

    Enter a new, longer session timeout.
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    Please enable Strikethrough on the forums for text editing...

    If your version of vBulletin doesn't already have it...

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    You need a custom BB code.

    AdminCP > Custom BB Codes > Add New BB Code

    Fill in the fields as follows:

    Title: Strike
    Tag: strike
    Replacement: <strike>{param}</strike>
    Example: [strike]strikeout text[/strike]
    Description: The [strike] tag allows you to display crossed-out text
    Use Option: No

    You can create a button image if you like for the new posting windows, I haven't bothered though.

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    Please Add Collapsible Box function to the board:

    Collapsible Box
    Will put your content in an expandable/collapsable container with the caption at the top of the container.
    Usage [expand=Option]value[/expand]
    Example Usage [expand=caption]content[/expand]
    Example Output
    caption:

    Or put in the SPOILER tag.
    Spoiler:


    This helps us have an expandable section, so as to make posts easier to read and organize when they contain a lot of information.

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    I agree with the avatar suggestion. Custom avatars makes for a much better community than pre-selected ones.

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    I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and say I would also like custom, user created, avatars to be an option. Even if they have to go through approval, for a little while. It would be just my luck if all you had were manly avatars and nothing cute or girly or enchanting.

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