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Ideas for the AG3 forums

Posted Oct 5, '10 at 3:25pm

Avorne

Avorne

3,224 posts

Correct me if I'm wrong but with the advent of AG3 will come the advent of the forums being 'revamped' so to speak. So, based on other ideas i've seen and a proportion of my own, I've come up with some suggestions/ideas for what I'll call F3 ('cos I'm a nerd like that):

-Different color scheme choices E.G red, blue, black and gold (not really a big deal but it just increases that 'personalized' feel of the forums and helps satisfy the desires of some people who complain about the current color-scheme being an eye-sore. NOTE: I refer to the color-scheme as the white background AND the actual colors of links, text, etc.)
-greater interaction between the users profile and what appears underneath their name when they post on the forum. Currently it's just your post count and rank but I see room for expansion to include age, gender, etc if that person wanted to.
-Increased coverage of BBcodes - we do certainly have the basics such as bold, italics, link, image and quote BUT things such as spoiler (great in threads about certain movies, books, etc), post (for post linking - useful in situations where a specific post has relevant information to a topic of discussion but may be too long to quote without taking up loads of space) and list (obviously good for listing things) are not covered at the minute and would be advantageous to the community as a whole.

I welcome feedback on my suggestions and any ideas to better them. I'd also welcome some new ideas to add to mine to prevent this thread from growing stale too quickly.

 

Posted Oct 5, '10 at 3:33pm

knight_34

knight_34

11,455 posts

Let me add that we direly need better character rendering support!

 

Posted Oct 5, '10 at 4:08pm

cormyn

cormyn

2,863 posts

Knight

As we've covered in the past week or so, yes, the forums will be rebuilt (as an engine), but we're undecided if we'll build something ourselves, or integrate a third-party forum engine.

Different color scheme choices

Probably won't be a high priority.

greater interaction between the users profile

How would showing the user's age/gender/etc in the forums be beneficial? We could see about having a pop-up block when you hover over a user's armatar with some of that info, maybe.

Increased coverage of BBcodes

I think our current AG2 forum BBcode interaction was hand-coded by the guy who made the forum engine, which could explain its limited usability. Since I don't know how we're going to be revamping the forums yet, I can't really comment as to how much BBcode support there will be.

better character rendering support

could you explain a little more?

 

Posted Oct 5, '10 at 4:14pm

Avorne

Avorne

3,224 posts

Certain characters get displayed very oddly on the forums - a number of 'accented' letters for example like: ä ç ë ø ł ŵ ū

 

Posted Oct 5, '10 at 4:25pm

cormyn

cormyn

2,863 posts

Knight

Ah, so UTF-8 support then? I believe everything in AG3 will be UTF-8 capable, but we'll probably restrict usernames to be low-ASCII alphanumerics.

 

Posted Oct 5, '10 at 4:29pm

Avorne

Avorne

3,224 posts

Fair enough. That's one potential problem sorted then.

 

Posted Oct 5, '10 at 5:12pm

knight_34

knight_34

11,455 posts

Ah, so UTF-8 support then? I believe everything in AG3 will be UTF-8 capable, but we'll probably restrict usernames to be low-ASCII alphanumerics.

I've been calling for UTF-8 support for a long time now.. That should do.. Thanks. I believe alphanumerics are enough for usernames.. Will you be reintroducing the allowance of underscores?

could you explain a little more?

UTF-8 support.

 

Posted Oct 5, '10 at 5:13pm

Freakenstein

Freakenstein

8,150 posts

Moderator

Smartquote-able, maybe? Took me a while to realize that the entire block and accents were just one quote, which took some getting used to. It makes copied sources challenging to read.

When I mean smart quote-able, I mean the realistic quotes from Word.

 

Posted Oct 6, '10 at 5:58pm

wajor59

wajor59

904 posts

Will AG3 allow users to doodle with the correct pixel count in the arts forums? I would like to draw illustrations for stories and poetry. I'll wait until version 3 comes out if this feature is considered.

 

Posted Oct 6, '10 at 6:04pm

Holden012

Holden012

1,964 posts

Will users get to change their timezone ... So they don't get confused?

 
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