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The Forge, version 3

Started by Clinton R. Nixon, January 30, 2003, 12:08:06 AM

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Clinton R. Nixon


The 3rd version of The Forge will be going live Monday morning. I've spent the last few months analyzing different pieces of software to make our time here better and, well, ended up going with what we have for the most part.

First of all, a warning: Sunday, the Forge will be done part of the day. Apologies in advance.

The things that are changing:
- The look of the Forge. While the look is similar to the one we have now, there's a new color scheme that ties all pages together, and most differently, the forum will be the front page of the Forge. (If you've bookmarked the forums, that URL will change.)
- The URLs of articles and reviews. All of these will change. If you've linked to any of them, be aware of this. Also, the system by which they are presented will change.
- The ability to submit new articles and reviews. I've streamlined this, and laid out how the review and article submission process works, so everyone can feel free to submit their stuff.
- As for the forum:
- First, you can view all forums, or each category at a time.
- You'll also see exactly how many new posts have been made since your last visit, right there on the first page.
- Our statistics (which Valamir has been keeping for us so well right here) will be automated and visible to everyone.
- Dramatically, our post editing policy has changed. You now will only be able to edit your posts within 15 minutes of writing them. We believe in personal accountability here and have had a rash of old posts being deleted of their content by their authors. This is not acceptable.

We are continuing to look at new ways to improve the Forge, and some small changes may continue to happen after this new roll-out. Thanks to everyone for being a part of the Forge so far, and we look forward to the future.
Clinton R. Nixon
CRN Games

Clinton R. Nixon

Geez, I forgot the most exciting part of the revision:

We've got a new article on Simulationism, a new review of Godlike, and a new game, all by our ever-profilic Professor Edwards. That's a Monday morning to look forward to, I assure you.
Clinton R. Nixon
CRN Games

Paul Czege

Hey Clinton,

- Dramatically, our post editing policy has changed. You now will only be able to edit your posts within 15 minutes of writing them. We believe in personal accountability here and have had a rash of old posts being deleted of their content by their authors. This is not acceptable.

I'd like to ask for a slight alteration. Would it be possible to allow editing for however long might pass before someone posts in response, rather than just for fifteen minutes, and then not at all? I'm pretty careful about proofing what I post, but very often I'll find myself realizing I miswrote something an hour after I submitted a post. Is there harm in editing something, as long as no one has responded?

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If so, can we still have 15 minutes to fix typos, even if we've like crossposted with someone or someone's popped right on behind us?


Clinton R. Nixon


I respect your request: it's a good one. I'll admit my lack of proficiency in being able to do it, however: I've wanted to institute a "no edit after replies" policy before, and have yet to find how I could do it in this board's code.

I will keep looking, but for now, I'm going to up the edit time to 30 minutes.
Clinton R. Nixon
CRN Games


Quote from: Clinton R. NixonI will keep looking, but for now, I'm going to up the edit time to 30 minutes.
That sounds like a happy medium, as I'm sort of on the same end as Paul here. I edit a lot, because I'm very typo- and thinko-prone, and I've never edited something that was ancient.

Personally, I'd be happier with 24 hours, but I'm certainly not going to force my preferences on Clinton. :)
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M. J. Young

Yeah, another voice for a longer turn-around time on edits.

I suppose the critical question is, thirty minutes to decide to edit it, or thirty minutes to submit the changes? That is, if it takes me thirty-five minutes to pour over something (or even, if I hit the edit button and then run out of the room to deal with kids and don't get back for an hour), is it going to reject the edit because it's submitted too late, or accept it because I hit the edit button soon enough?

(I think the idea silly; but then, I don't know what the abuses have been.)

--M. J. Young

Jason Lee

I know this ain't a friggin' democracy, but I'd vote for a few hours as well.
I read slow and edit slow...sometimes I think slow too.
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Clinton R. Nixon

You know what? You guys have totally convinced me. Here's the real deal: we don't believe in people changing their words in order to twist the meaning of a conversation after the fact. Not a lot of people do that, but it happening once is enough times to be a problem.

Now, if someone does that after someone's replied to them, the forum system notes that they've edited the post, so we're aware of that. The real problem is it happening a day, a month, or a year later.

So, I'm upping the time to 6 hours. I figure that's plenty of time: if someone has an edit after that, they can make another post.
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CRN Games

Jason Lee

So, if the forum can track it can you place the 'Lasted Edit' time in the message header (below 'Posted:').  That'd make it obvious to the reader and may be enough to discourage that behavior.

PS:  Yippy!
- Cruciel



I totally support limiting the edit time, since I was one of those folks who looked back into some of the archives and found entire posts empty(all from the same individual...funny that), which was rather irritating, since I have no means of reconstructing the entire conversation.  


Jack Spencer Jr

To those who want a longer editing time (and this includes myself):

You can always Hit "preview" and make sure your post reads the way you want before you hit "submit" Or, better still, compose your posts in your word processor and spellcheck it.

Now to go follow my own advice...

M. J. Young

Yeah, Jack--I do that, actually, but still once in a while make a mistake. Generally that happens when I hit submit and discover I've cross-posted with someone whose comments impact mine--and although I know that the last post appears at the bottom of the preview screen, I usually don't scroll down that far to look.

So I don't often use the edit feature, but once in a while I do.

--M. J. Young

Clinton R. Nixon

The upgrade has happened, on schedule. I detect no problems yet, but let me know if anyone runs into any.

If you have problems logging in, delete your cookies for this site. It will help, I promise.
Clinton R. Nixon
CRN Games

Brian Leybourne

I hate to be negative, but I must say that the old color scheme was far easier on the eyes than the new one. Altering the color in my profile doesn't seem to change much either. Is there any chance of more variety/choice of color schemes?

Also (and I have asked for this before, but maybe the new version supports it, you don't know unless you ask), is there any way to filter the "new posts since last visit" to include/exclude certain forums?

Brian Leybourne

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