Additional forums?

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Additional forums?

Postby sophiedegrouchy » Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:39 am

If any of these suggestions are silly/impossible/too much effort, please ignore them.

1) A forum for discussing other works by Hugo and his contemporaries, history that is only tangentally to the Brick (The Enlightenment! Various revolutions! Napoleon!), and similar things. With the upsurge in nerdiness we're seeing, I think it would be well-used, and potential topics would fit there better than in General, which is where I think they're currently showing up.

2) A locked Barricade Day forum. I very much doubt that we have any creepers lurking on the board, but I think I for one would be more comfortable discussing definite plans in a more private place. If I were making it, I'd make it open to all Abaissé members interested in following how things develop, as I know that I for one would like to live vicariously through the posts if my plans fall through. Plus, a separate forum would allow us to make individual threads for things like hotels, restaurants, museums, pilgrimages, tours, etc.

3) I seem to remember that similar board in which I participated a while ago had a chatroom feature. A slightly less formal setting for communication could be fun if we could easily get it. This is the most far-out suggestion, so again, please ignore it if it's no good.

Thanks for the consideration!

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Postby MmeJavert » Sat Oct 31, 2009 3:12 pm

1) By all means. Abaissé is going to be heavily reorganised as it is. A few of the boards will remain the same; a lot will be renamed and/or regrouped; a couple might not be returning. Among other things there is definitely a separate forum for "Nerdy Fan(girl) Research" but now that you mention it I'm not sure the threads like, say, "Quatre-vingt Treize" will belong in there. So perhaps another fanboard will have to do. :D



2) Um, this one I might not do, merely because we have both a livejournal community whose posts can/will be locked to members only once I've gotten around to it, and because Marianne claims to be working on a website for us to plan things with. I don't want to make too many public plans, but the livejournal community can easily be locked so that only the people who are members of the community can read the posts -- and therefore comment upon the plans that are made. The Barricade Day planning hasn't been very concerted just yet and that is starting to make me antsy, as here comes November and I haven't bought my theatre tickets yet. Although I need to stop rambling on that before I get off on the wrong tangent...!



3) Do not know that's possible with phpBB. As far as I understand it, I've been on other forums with a chatroom where some of them were just separate services linked to the board, and not necessarily built into the software. Until I can reliably confirm the ability to install a chatroom on phpBB AND verify that it can be so configured as to allow only Abaissé members to post on it, I'm... not going to do it. It's not going to be part of the planning for the move/upgrade, at least.

We could always set up a specialised IRC channel or AIM chat room should anyone be so inclined, however. :D
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Postby sophiedegrouchy » Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:17 pm

*salutes*

Yes, ma'am! Duly noted. Thank you, ma'am. :)

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Re: Additional forums?

Postby Ulkis » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:45 am

I was wondering if we could/would anyone else want another general discussion area that was only visible to the registered users on the board? At first I was going to suggest making the whole general discussion private but I figured people would want a lot of that stuff to stay public.

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Re: Additional forums?

Postby MmeJavert » Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:01 am

To be fair, Ulkis, I have been thinking about adding/modifying/revamping some of the boards, but do you have any specific thoughts in mind or reasons for wanting a locked-down board? Personally, I don't like the idea of having two general discussion boards, and if there's one, it's going to be public. So some idea of what you're thinking -- and whether anyone else has specific thoughts -- would be well appreciated.
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Re: Additional forums?

Postby Ulkis » Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:00 am

Oh, I was thinking about topics like the Rant thread and vanity thread or the 'tell us about yourselves thread' (I don't mean the Introductions section), places where members talk about details about themselves/put pictures of themselves, to put under a lock. I was going to suggest making it all members-only originally but I have a feeling the general discussions section probably brings a lot of people out of lurkdom. And my suggestion could get kind of confusing too. I just wanted to see if anyone else had any thoughts.

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Re: Additional forums?

Postby MmeJavert » Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:36 am

Ah, okay, that makes a lot of sense. I don't really like the idea of locking the General Discussion thread, though, because it would seem really weird to do so without locking most of the rest of the forums, and then that would defeat the point of having a mostly-public board. Does that make sense? There is a lot of personal stuff on this forum, true, but from my standpoint very little of it is so sensitive that it would betray any of our members' locations, homes, real names, etc. Of course anyone can always remove stuff later that they are no longer comfortable putting out publicly here, and so on.

I have been considering the idea of a Fan Meetup board, though, considering the popularity of the idea to meet up at various points of the US for the LM tour, and details of who we are/where we're meeting up is probably not something we'd all want to put on the internet at large. That of course would be locked to members-only.
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Re: Additional forums?

Postby Roses for Ophelia » Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:49 am

MmeJavert wrote:I have been considering the idea of a Fan Meetup board, though, considering the popularity of the idea to meet up at various points of the US for the LM tour, and details of who we are/where we're meeting up is probably not something we'd all want to put on the internet at large. That of course would be locked to members-only.


I think that'd be a great idea. I'm paranoid enough as it is!
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Re: Additional forums?

Postby hazellwood » Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:01 am

Would it be possible to to create a subforum in General Discussion and move the more personal topics there, and lock that? I personally am okay with what I post being public, but I understand wanting that to be private. I don't uderstand much about forum stuff, though, so this may be a bad suggestion. :?

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Re: Additional forums?

Postby MmeJavert » Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:08 am

That is in fact a possibility! I'll definitely keep it in mind.
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Re: Additional forums?

Postby LesMisPhangirl » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:53 am

I have a suggestion! It probably wouldn't need an entire forum section dedicated to it { one thread placed in the right forum would do } but as a total newbie to this forum { this is my third post I think } may I suggest a "Is there a thread for?' thread for this board? Another forum I'm involved in { Phantomoftheopera.com } has one and it has been such a help to me { and to plenty of other members on that forum as well I'm sure } when I'm looking for a specific place to post my question/topic and I don't know whether there's already a thread for what I want to post or if I should start an entirely new thread { search boxes are only so helpful sometimes } or even if I know I'll need to start a whole new thread but I'm not 100% sure which forum I should post the thread in.
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Re: Additional forums?

Postby MmeJavert » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:12 pm

I would suggest using the search box using keywords for what kind of thread you want to post. Yes, the search is out of whack sometimes -- I have copied/pasted thread titles into it and gotten no results. Try searching for your keywords in thread titles AND body of post. If you still don't find threads covering what you'd like to ask/discuss, create your thread. If a mod determines it is in the wrong place, we will move it for you.
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Re: Additional forums?

Postby LesMisPhangirl » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:51 pm

Ok thanks! On the POTO board people tend to get annoyed if you make a repeat thread or post it in the wrong section so that's why I was suggesting making a thread for whenever the search box isn't being helpful.
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