DLP Improvement

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  1. Make the Trash Bin Public

    Now that Almost Recommended is a subforum with entry requirements rather than a thread, there's a gap in the market of fic discussion.

    Much of DLP reads guilty pleasures that aren't good enough to make it into the library and often fail to make it even into Almost Recommended. The problem this creates is that much of the forum may be reading a fic but unable to discuss it because the thread for that fic has gone into the Trash Bin.

    I propose that we make it so that fics can continue to be discussed even after moved to Trash.

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    • WBA Achievements

      A quick and fairly easy to implement system that adds a small, out if the way icon to posts that indicate the wba wordcount a user has achieved. Milestones to be decided but 20k, 50k, 100k and over are possible.

      Intended to stimulate wba posting.

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      • Option to show only posts from the OP in a thread

        To make it easier to read and re-read large WBA threads, rather than sorting through potentially hundreds of replies to find old chapters. This would be particularly useful if the thread isn't bookmarked properly.

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        • Notifications in Group Threads

          Make it so people can be mentioned or quoted in a group thread and be somehow notified of it. Alternatively, it could be made so the group owner can somehow draw the attention of all group members. That way owners don't have to PM everyone to let them know that there's something in the group for them to look at.

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          • Disable thread star-ratings in WBA section

            This reflects the fact WBA =/= For Review. WBA is for feedback on first drafts, it doesn't make sense to be rating fics there like a review section. People leaving ratings without any feedback in WBA can be actively harmful.

            9 votes
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            • GFY Support

              Ability to embed GFYs. They load so much faster than GIFs.

              2 votes
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              • Alerts System

                A new icon on the main dashboard (where User CP et al is). It would have a number beside it to let you know how many alerts. Users could customize it to their own preferences.

                Alert on thread updates, post likes, when somebody quotes you etc.

                I know we have the subscribe feature, but nobody wants a dozen emails each day.

                7 votes
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                • Upload Documents to WbA

                  Currently it can be a real challenge to get a story from a text document into a forum post with correct formatting.

                  Is it at all feasible to implement the ability to upload a file onto the forum and have formatting converted correctly automatically? This would be a huge improvement on the many tedious workarounds people currently go through. See this thread: https://forums.darklordpotter.net/showthread.php?t=28446

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                  • Show all library threads on "Library List"

                    Currently at least "Stages of Hope" are not appearing ( https://forums.darklordpotter.net/showthread.php?t=22471 ) - (note story is in recycle bin, but it is hidden both with enable and disable option "recycling bin off")

                    3 votes
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                    • Add the default text color to the color bank

                      Default font-ing a chapter and going through the whole thing to add back in all of the italics and bolds and such is a minor annoyance, but it is an annoyance.

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                        planned  ·  0 comments  ·  Admin →
                      • Option for thread subscription only for updates from the thread starter, especially for WBA threads.

                        Or maybe a flag for the thread starter to set, to alert subscribers of a new chapter.

                        17 votes
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                        • Musical Subforum.

                          A subforum in Real Life Discussion that only has music threads inside it, along with music based TV shows, such as X-Factor or American Idol.

                          6 votes
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                          • Change the "Rate Thread" button to "Rate Fic" in the Library subforum. It'd slightly ease confusion for noobs grasping how DLP works.

                            When I was a noob, I wondered what the point of rating threads on DLP was. It seemed to be almost an e-peen thing that was added on so that OPs could feel good about themselves if they'd made a good thread. It wasn't until later that I realised their significance here. I wouldn't be surprised if some noobs temporarily assumed that the correct method of rating a fic was to write a "x/5 vote" in their posts without realising that they should use the Rate Thread tool instead.

                            Can we change the "Rate Thread" button to "Rate Fic" in…

                            7 votes
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                              planned  ·  1 comment  ·  Admin →
                            • Flagging

                              The ability to flag a post to alert the poster that they need to check their spelling, format, or that maybe they need to catorgorise the story they posted.

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                              • Disable pictures

                                The ability to disable all pictures in posts, sigs and avatars for the iPhone style layout. Or just in general.

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                                • Library Improvements II

                                  Expanding on what Merril suggested regarding the Library and the UI, a different way to post things in For Review.

                                  When you create a new thread to post a story, there's not only the normal text field, but a form, which includes fields like Category, Rating, Summary, Pairing, etc., which you *must* fill out to post the thread. What you have entered then automatically becomes the header you currently have to write yourself. The text field is only there for your opinion and the maybe the rating.

                                  With this submit mask, all threads will have a minimum standard, even if…

                                  20 votes
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                                    This is definitely on my TODO list, removing the barrier to posting stories and standardizing / updating the metadata format.

                                    I’d also like to change up the view to pull in more updated information from the DLP API now that it’s available. Again, working on it.

                                  • Thread icon indicates new chapters

                                    Change the colour/image of the picture next to the thread for around a week if there's a new post tagged as a chapter on a wbA thread. That way you can tell, at a glance, whether the author has updated as opposed to the thread being bumped by a commenter.

                                    18 votes
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                                      planned  ·  0 comments  ·  Admin →
                                    • Quick links extension.

                                      Oz suggested

                                      Allow users to add to their 'Quick Links' dropdown, such as adding a link to WbA, For Review, Edit Signature etc

                                      9 votes
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                                      • Reduce the time to 5 days for "Old Thread Warning" message in the "Reply to Thread" to appear.

                                        Currently the "Old Thread Warning" functionality kicks in for threads with no activity for 30 days. Reducing that time will surely result in reducing irrelevant posts, or threads bumping, from people posting with the only reason to say how much they wish this story to be updated.
                                        If anyone has anything worth adding to the discussion, then they can afford the extra click to agree to reviving an old thread.

                                        In addition, the warning itself could be worded a bit more harshly, so those who are thick enough to necro with retarded posts even after reading it, should not be…

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                                        • Picture Intensive Threads

                                          Be able to mark threads as picture-intensive threads. These threads, when opened, only load images in unread posts. You have to click a button to load the pictures already posted.

                                          Purpose is to prevent the annoying "thread scrolls away from you as you try to look at pics" effect.

                                          38 votes
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