DLP Improvement

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  1. Better UI for Forum Threads

    Merrill suggested,

    Assuming it's feasible, one way of going about what I'm thinking about is coding that forum to behave differently.

    Rough sketch of what I'd like to see:
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y21/Helvius/exampleofsomething.png

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    Alternate Universe

    Either make the initial poster capable of picking two or three tags, in addition to the story's rating, or perhaps experiment with allowing the DLP membership as a whole being able to adjust the story. Each poster (who actually reviews) is able to select one or two tags that have a very easily understood symbol associated with it. After 5 or so reviews, the…

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      planned  ·  1 comment  ·  Admin →
    • Breakdown of Votes

      Rubicon suggested,

      An idea that came to me while reading through some library threads:

      Show a breakdown of the votes by rating, rather than just an average. Something like this:

      http://i.imgur.com/1XnVj.png

      So you could see at a glance, for instance, whether a 3-star story got all 3-star reviews, or an even split of 1-star and 5-star reviews, etc.

      136 votes
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        planned  ·  0 comments  ·  Admin →
      • How about...

        I want a new theme for DLP, something more modern. I want full PC integration. Raven didn't build Patronus Charm because it wanted it to sit and look pretty. He wanted it used. Maybe do something more with that FFFN filter that Moatra built. A link on the main DLP header, something directing traffic to it, since its now hosted on DLP's server.

        These things I think will generate more traffic.

        86 votes
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        • An option to ignore a thread, like you can individual people.

          Militis, Custer, Gizmore, KrzaQ, Portus, Purple, Rubicon, Silens Cursor, TheSoundOfSilence, Xantam, and Zennith all suggest.

          59 votes
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          • Fix ninja posting

            https://forums.darklordpotter.net/showpost.php?p=488956&postcount=210

            Basically, if someone replied in the time between you seeing the last post and replying to it, don't submit your post but show you the new reply.

            48 votes
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            • Ellisande fix

              https://forums.darklordpotter.net/showpost.php?p=475344&postcount=142

              Warn users when they make annoying and cringeworthy spelling and grammar errors. Could of/should of should be trivial to catch since they are never correct.

              38 votes
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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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                • Extending the "mark as read button" to individual threads

                  I think Ellisande was the one who originally suggested this. Instead of marking the whole forum as read, one could use the lightning bolt that's already next to each thread.

                  Also, perhaps a brief primer/sticky/addendum to the welcome PM? that explains all the awesome stuff in the UI, including New Posts.

                  24 votes
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                  • Favourite Threads Listing

                    Basically allowing people to track whichever threads they add to the list, and giving them a page in which they are all listed regardless of section. Not just useful for seeing updates in those threads but also being able to go back and re-read them without having to do a search (or even remembering that it's there)

                    Sortable by date, reply count, views, ect.

                    23 votes
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                    • Post Formatting for Easier Reading

                      We need the ability to manipulate the formatting of forum posts FFN style. The ability to change the text color, background color, text size, spacing, text type, paragraph width ,etc.

                      This would make reading the stories posted within the forum a lot easier to read, as currently the white on green, no spacing, etc is terrible.

                      23 votes
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                      • Recommended Posts / Hot Threads

                        Based off of machine-learning and other heuristic methods, have a page devoted to "currently hot threads" that have just taken off ala Reddit. Also, as thumbs-up are popular, show other posts you might like based off what others have thumbs-up'd/

                        21 votes
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                        • Library Posting Format

                          What I'd like to see is a warning at the bottom of all new threads created in the for review section requiring it to be marked each time.

                          Posts older than 30 days have the warning already: http://i.imgur.com/D4ncI.jpg

                          What I want to see is: http://i.imgur.com/kpXKP.jpg

                          20 votes
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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 →
                              • 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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                                • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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 →
                                      • 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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                                        • 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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