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Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Phillip, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    In the near future we're going to be making some major upgrades in our forum as we'll be moving to a new software platform. Therefore, we wanted to see if there were any requests from you of forum updates that you would like to see.

    Basically, post here and let us know what your requests are. If there are features you've seen implemented on other forums that you would like us to consider feel free to post the details here.

    Please Note: We'll be announcing in advance when these upgrades will be occurring. The forum will experience some downtime during this process, so please follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts if you want to stay up-to-date with the upgrade process as it happens. We'll announce on Facebook and Twitter immediately when the forum is back on-line again.
  2. dmoss

    dmoss Member

    I would love to see fully-integrated and interactive user profiles...the kind where you can leave a message on someone's wall, and you can design the background for yourself, and show some individuality.

    Also, has the rep system ever been used here? :o
  3. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Member

    I would love to see two things:

    1) the ability to add pictures or thumbnails even to posts.

    b) while it may be highly unlikely, I would love to see a real-time chat-room type thingy. Where members can chat back and forth in a group setting about whatever comes to mind.
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    We tried the first one before, but it did NOT last long, because of concerns of bandwidth usage... but as large as this forum is, with countless members (a lot of which have 0 post counts), I don't see how a few little images here and there is going to eat up that much more bandwidth.

    Speaking of which, I think one thing that would help the forum, if you ever decide to take this into consideration Phil: if there are accounts that still retain a 0 post count after X-amount of time, don't you think it would be benefit to delete the account altogether? I see accounts with 0 post counts that say the member's last sign on was like way back in 2002, 2003, 2004, etc... if they haven't signed on since THEN, what are the odds they're going to even use their accounts at all? Just something to think about, I believe.

    My personal forum wishlist is this: an option for members to remove or "close" ads, banners, etc; again, I always felt they cluttered the forum and made it look rather unprofessional... I don't believe that will ever happen though.

    And I know we're not going to do customer member titles ever again, but that might be nice to see come back.

    Oh, and one thing that we DESPERATELY need around here, and we've been requesting it for years: GENDER OPTIONS IN OUR PROFILES. How many times have we been confused as to whether or not a member is male or female? Remember way back when people thought I was a girl because of the pink Snowths in my old avy? Lol.
  5. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Two suggestions...

    (1) Many people have their dream features to enhance the forum experience. But while they seem good and fun "on paper", in practice they may make the forum slower-running or harder to navigate or access particularly for those with older or slower systems. If such a feature mucks with the forum's useability, then it should be avoided as it goes beyond enhancement and crosses the line into obstacle.

    (2) I'd like to see some kind of button for a thread where a user can reccomend the thread in question be "Sticky"'d (or "un-sticky'd" as the case may be) This wouldn't actually *make* the thread sticky'd, but would alert the mods that the desire exists. The user can either just hit the button or add optional comments as to why they think a status change should be made. The decision as to what threads get sticky'd tend to be very random, solely at the whims of the mods and the judgements quite frankly aren't always sound. By extension, many sticky'd threads remain sticky'd long after they should be. Such a button allows the users at large to offer suggestions from the ground-floor instead of awaiting some higher-up to bestow the gift.

    Speaking of stickys, i think they should be generally avoided in the Buy sell or trade forum (unless the subject of the thread is more along the lines of rules or guidelines as opposed to a specific service) The reason being is that if someone's offering something and it's sticky'd, then it implies an "endorsement" from Muppet Central of that specific person over all others who may be offering the same. Bad protocol.

    One only has to click on that subforum to see examples of stuff in there that should not be sticky'd (and i must stress i have absolutely nothing against the people who originated the threads - i'm only using them as examples because they're actual current examples of threads that both should not have been sticky'd or done so as long as they have). There's Philip's Palisades figures for sale thread which (a) calls attention to a specific seller of Palisades figures over several others offering them and (b) is an offer that was initially made a VERY LONG TIME AGO. Let's face it, the only reason it was stickied was because it was the forum leader's thread and that's an abuse of the system in all raw honesty. Another major example is Kermiclown's "My Massive Video Collection". I love Kermiclown, i've had many great transactions with him, but there is no good reason why one out of several tape traders is highlighted and endorsed over others. It reeks of favoratism and again is just plain bad protocol.

    (The only exceptions i might make may be things that have some kind of time-sensitivity...where there's a deadline involved like a seller trying to gain money to pay for a specific bill that must be paid by a particular date or a buyer trying to find something for an upcoming birthday or anniversary....and then unstickied when no longer relevant to that deadline.)

    ...and i "second" Snowth's request for gender included on the profiles...they can be an optional choice for each person to have it displayed but that option should be there.
  6. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I think you may have answered your own question. Yes, there are "countless members" "as large as this forum is" (and expected to get a lot larger as "The Muppets" becomes Disney's pet project this year). "A few images here and there" can very quickly become a whole heckuva lot of images here and there by a large number of people.
  7. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Member

    After reading your post I thought I'd add to my own regarding an interactive chat-room.
    I'm not saying have it running at all time on the main page or anything like that because that would definitely slow down the site, even for people with newer systems.
    I was thinking just having the option to click on it and have it open up as a pop-up or additional window or something.
    Again, there are issues with bandwidth as a chat room would use up quite a bit of it.... :boo:
  8. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    I like this idea. It'd be a fun way to get to know members even better. :D
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Phillip,
    Go check the forums at www.bluesbrotherscentral.com and check out some things that Chris Rossi has done there. He has a chatroom set up. I don't think a chatroom would be a bad thing. Long ago several of us used to meet up in the Yahoo chats and do voice chats to hear each other's character voices and would sing to each other--those were the days! Fun, too! Miss doing that.

    On other points:
    Getting rid of ads: you guys may not realize it, but you help support MC website and forums when you click on an ad through the website and through the forums. If it were a paid website then I bet you probably could see those things gone. I don't mind them and have actually ended up buying stuff I needed in my collection by clicking on those--AND helped support MC along the way. But, that's only because it worked for me a few times and I may be biased because of that. :)

    Interactive profiles: I think it's a bad idea to be able to leave messages on someone's wall. Unless the "block" feature could stop that from happening because I know over the how-ever-many-years I've hung out here there have been stalkers and trolls and that is never a good thing.

    I enjoy Muppet Central Forums as they are now and can't think of too much needed otherwise.
  10. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    What about revisiting a hierarchy of new user titles? Titles that have Muppet-ish references at varying post total intervals added to what we already have.
    Junior Member: 0 posts,
    Member 30 posts,
    *Insert Muppet title: 50 posts,
    *Insert new Muppet title 100 posts, and so on.
    Senior Member: 1000 posts.

    And maybe set a feature so we could customize that title after a higher post total afterwards.

    Might not be implemented since that'd get us the problem of post fluffing again, but it's an idea that'd bring back some fun since we're with the whole MC Revival kick and all. If not, then that's okay. Hope this helps.
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Something else I would like to add to my forum wishlist.

    Please note, that I absolutely mean no disrespect to anyone here, but I think the moderating department could make room for a little bit of improvement.

    Not to start anything, obviously our mods here work hard, with full plates, and stuff up to their necks simply trying to make sure our posting environment here at MC is top notch, free of any trolls, spammers, trouble makers, etc... but... I don't know, and I'm not really sure how to describe it, but a lot of the moderating decisions within the past year or so have really left me sort of scratching my head...
  12. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    There are various moderating decisions that make no sense whatsowhoever and randomness tends to be the word of the day whenever a moderator does something but i do want to point out that i have noticed that the mods have made a noticable effort over the past months to tone it down. I applaud that; it's not unnonticed. The deleted/merged threads are way cut back down on compared to how they used to be.

    By the way - i back up Fozzie's statements about the ads. I will definately take ads on a site over seeing a site become a pay-site or disappear any time. They're easily ignored if they're not your cuppa tea and every now and then they may even alert you to something you may want to know about.

    Kind of similar to a button one can hit to alert mods of a request to sticky/unsticky a thread, perhaps another similar button can be used after the time to edit a post has expired and something really needs editing.
  13. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Yea i kind of feel the same way. I think that in a few months this forum is really going to grow, and with that growth we need a few more mods. or even something like a junior mod.
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Actually, I think that's an excellent idea as well...

    Phil and Cindy are obviously busy with life and raising a family, MuppetQuilter is never around, Kev's got a full plate himself, and Ed...

    I think someone like Prawnie would make an excellent "junior mod" around here: he's here everyday, he's always on top of Muppety news, he knows just about everyone here, he's the one who starts up all the special events like the annual awards and such, not to mention he's a fair and level-headed, and all-around great guy... he'd make a great addition to the moderating staff.
  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I think your right as well, and I think he would be great at it as well.
  16. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    We just wanted to let everyone know that all the comments so far have been helpful and you’ll see quite a few significant updates happening soon.

    Keep your forum suggestions coming…
  17. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well like i said i think a live call in radio show on Muppet Central radio would be awesome!
  18. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Mostly I would just like for some specific forum rules to be followed more to the letter, specifically...

    There are SO many instances of the Muppeteers being bashed, ridiculed, and treated poorly by the words of members here. It very much bothers me to see that carry on with no reprimanding or any sort.

    The same person/people who say the hurtful things about the Muppet performers and employees usually make posts that are rude and show absolutely no sign of respect... yet they are allowed to continue posting here unfettered. It's just a bit disheartening to see the rules so blatantly ignored like this and it's definitely something I'd like to see changed.
  19. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Integration and updates of classic MC elements should be crucial. MC was once the premiere resource for Muppet news yet has turned into an ad-driven forum with a sluggish reputation for reporting current events. The card section was abandoned and the forum has largely become a lawless place where guidelines aren't maintained. I'd kind of like to see such guidelines posted in a more prominent place with a direct link to them on every page.

    Is MC really interested in substantial improvements rather than artifice and promotion? It's time to either put-up or shut down in this frogboy's opinion. I'm hoping for the former. My passion to change things have fallen on deaf ears for many years on MC and I'd have liked to lend more of a hand to things and if time permits I will, but there are so many areas of MC being ignored in favor of tinkering with strange details that don't really matter to users.

    I'd also like to see some of the pointless restrictions lifted, like the heavy-handed ones concerning number of smilies and exclamation points included in each post. I hope we can add a few new smilies without messing with the ones already present too.

    Just my buck-o-five. :);)
  20. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    just take frogboys name away after everything he just said and put mine there because i feel the same way!

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