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Making suggestions about the Forum

PostPosted: 02 Sep 2012, 08:20
by super_dipsy
I just thought I would mention something that might help site members get better luck with suggestions regarding the forum.

If you have a suggestion about the way the forum is structured, like where different forums and topics are, then raising them here means that site admins can implement them with the admin tool. It then is just a question whether the change is seen as a good thing. That's pretty easy.

If however you want to suggest some new idea or feature or functionality for the forum (we have quite a few of these), then you will get much better luck by searching the phpbb forum first (http://www.phpbb.com). The reason is that whereas the PlayDiplomacy code that handles all aspects of the game is all ours, and can be changed to do whatever we want, the code we use on this site for the Forum is the open source phpbb code. For non-techies, what this means is we are using something supplied by an internet community.

This codebase has many mods, additions, new features etc available in many different forms, so the reason it is worth searching phppbb.com is that the change you are interested in might have already been done. But if it hasn't, then it is not going to happen so there is no point raising a suggestion :) . In other words, we do not change the phpbb code for our own needs. Sometimes if there is a feature that is particullarly interesting we will update our base with one of the upgrades or mods available on phpbb.com ... for example we recently put up the Mod that allows you to have up to 500 lines on your message box display which has been a godsend for people who get loads of PMs - I was able to delete 3000 PMs in 12 clicks (mark all on page, delete all marked, six times).

By the way, if anyone is wondering WHY we do not change the phpbb code ourselves, it is because since phpbb is a supplied 'package' then when we upgrade to a new level we would then have to worry about reapplying any zaps to the code we have made, which makes it a nightmare and risks screwing up the forum for everyone. Best just to keep to 'official' phpbb releases and mods.

Up to now, when people suggest Forum changes, I have been googling phpbb to see if I can find anything that does what is being asked. And then I realized - why I am doing this? The raiser could just as easily do it - in fact, better to do it beause the raiser knows what they were after whereas I have to try to interpret from the sugggestion post what the raiser really wants.

So to reiterate. If you want to change the way the Forum works, include in your suggestions the reference to phpbb that tells us how to do it, and we can do it. Otherwise it is unikely anything will happen I am afraid...

I plan to sticky this post so that it remains as guidance.

Re: Making suggestions about the Forum

PostPosted: 02 Sep 2012, 09:08
by MichaelG
Can you change it so that the forum will automatically search for mods/enhancements that implement the suggestion? This will save time and effort for both you and the person making the suggestion.

I will now slap myself with a ruler for writing this.

Re: Making suggestions about the Forum

PostPosted: 02 Sep 2012, 19:49
by super_dipsy
:lol: love it! Nice one