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Olaf -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:15:54 PM)

Maybe you could combine Favourite Films and Lists & Top 10s? There's a lot of overlap with those two.




James2183 -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:20:15 PM)

What if instead of having Golden Oldies and World Cinema down the page we had it as a sub forum under Movie Musings at the top? 




punchdrunk -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:32:24 PM)

Plot: Expose the contents of Area 51!!! we demand it!

...actually don't, I don't think our brains could handle the truth.[:D]

My request is that Personal Blogs are removed, Off Topic is there if people want to spout random stuff and it's easier for people to access and comment on.  

Verdict:

Empire Forum is a Taut thriller with occational humour, managed by firm but fair Mods and brief mild nudity (with no exposed parts). Just don't take your gran to see it.   

****




homersimpson_esq -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:45:54 PM)

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ORIGINAL: richCie


the empire book club was good for a awhile but there just werent enough people involved.



Aye. [:(] plus I kinda stopped putting up suggestions for new books...

With regards to the changing usernames thing, why not instigate an ebay-style system? For a period of a week/two weeks/whatever, the subtitle would be "Formerly homersimpson_esq", or whatever the previous username was. Since only mods can change the subtitle it would be an easily done thing, should name changes become possible. It would stop the trolls from doing it - especially if name changes had to be done via a mod, like the subtitle changes do now. Plus by having a thread for it, it would make the requests public which would further reduce the likelihood of abuse. Then after the week/fortnight/etc, the person who requested a username change could put a request for a regular subtitle, or it could be automated to change after that time period, just like it changes automatically after x posts for those who don't elect to have a personal subtitle. Course, I have no idea how easy these automated things would be, but I don't see huge swathes of people wanting to change their usernames - just those few who, as rgirvan44 said (not an easily abbreviated username, hence the desire for change I suspect!) signed up with relatively little thought for a distinctive name.

I think the idea of having the Golden Oldies and Foreign Film sections as subforums of Movie Musings makes sense. As does limiting Review threads to forum members.

Knowledge Base is a general forum, and would be more appropriate as an Off Topic sub forum.

Bookworms, Joypad, Audiophile and Grandstand, could be grouped together as Other Entertainment, or some other catchier name and might get more traffic that way. Not grouped as one forum mind, else the dreaded page 2 would be reached too fast, but as one forum grouping akin to "On Another Note", etc.

Special Forums are pretty much redundant, except for reading nicholsonmhead's book reviews...

I think reducing the number of forums seen on the main page is significant. At present we have 32 forum lines, and that's quite daunting. By removing the Special Forums, putting DVD Club as a subforum of DVD Discussion and Soundtrack as a subforum of Audiophile, by putting GOlden Oldies and World Cinema as subforums of Movie Musings, it would reduce it to 24 by my calculations. It could possibly be reduced further still, but I'm not sure how at the moment.

I'll give these and other things some more thought and probably post again.




punchdrunk -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:49:51 PM)

Why isn't 'Movie musings' above 'Hall of Fame'? in top billing it would be much easier for newbies.




Felix -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:50:31 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Stewie_Griffin

I don't know if this is the kind of thing that Sharkboy was asking from us, and I'll probably get my bollocks cut off for saying this, but how about bringing in some new Moderators? I mean some of you have been doing this for years, and to be honest, It's a little sad. Time to give others a shot at this, don't you think?

Oh yeah, and bringing back Birthday Notifications would be sweet.


Aww, does someone else want a go on the swing? [:D]




homersimpson_esq -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:52:44 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Felix


quote:

ORIGINAL: Stewie_Griffin

I don't know if this is the kind of thing that Sharkboy was asking from us, and I'll probably get my bollocks cut off for saying this, but how about bringing in some new Moderators? I mean some of you have been doing this for years, and to be honest, It's a little sad. Time to give others a shot at this, don't you think?

Oh yeah, and bringing back Birthday Notifications would be sweet.


Aww, does someone else want a go on the swing? [:D]


You've got a swing? [:-]

Bet you don't have a roundabout.




James2183 -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:53:09 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: homersimpson_esq
but I don't see huge swathes of people wanting to change their usernames - just those few who, as rgirvan44 said (not an easily abbreviated username, hence the desire for change I suspect!) signed up with relatively little thought for a distinctive name.


I don't know. The rate some of you guys go through changes of avatars and titles I wouldn't be surprised if some tried changing every other week! [:D]





Felix -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:54:14 PM)

Some people would change their names every day, just to piss us off. Never underestimate the level of arsehole in this place.




punchdrunk -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:55:59 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Felix
quote:

ORIGINAL: Stewie_Griffin

I don't know if this is the kind of thing that Sharkboy was asking from us, and I'll probably get my bollocks cut off for saying this, but how about bringing in some new Moderators? I mean some of you have been doing this for years, and to be honest, It's a little sad. Time to give others a shot at this, don't you think?

Oh yeah, and bringing back Birthday Notifications would be sweet.


Aww, does someone else want a go on the swing? [:D]


They would retire the mods, but Empire can't afford all the Gold watches they are due for their years of faithful service.[:D]




richCie -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:57:20 PM)

i'm still against the changing of names.

but reducing the forums on the front page is a good idea.

so to recap: invisiotext
remove special forums
reduce off topic to include "other entertainment"
squeeze world cinema and golden oldies into sub forum.

and knowledge base really does need a move...




homersimpson_esq -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:57:47 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Felix

Some people would change their names every day, just to piss us off. Never underestimate the level of arsehole in this place.


This is true. There's a solution that was best put during the 80s. If you're asked too many times to change a username...

[image]http://yhym.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/just-say-no.jpg[/image]

[:D]




Olaf -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 9:58:02 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Felix


quote:

ORIGINAL: Stewie_Griffin

I don't know if this is the kind of thing that Sharkboy was asking from us, and I'll probably get my bollocks cut off for saying this, but how about bringing in some new Moderators? I mean some of you have been doing this for years, and to be honest, It's a little sad. Time to give others a shot at this, don't you think?

Oh yeah, and bringing back Birthday Notifications would be sweet.


Aww, does someone else want a go on the swing? [:D]


It's a valid point, some of the mods have been mods for around half a decade.




punchdrunk -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 10:03:54 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Olaf
quote:

ORIGINAL: Felix
quote:

ORIGINAL: Stewie_Griffin

I don't know if this is the kind of thing that Sharkboy was asking from us, and I'll probably get my bollocks cut off for saying this, but how about bringing in some new Moderators? I mean some of you have been doing this for years, and to be honest, It's a little sad. Time to give others a shot at this, don't you think?

Oh yeah, and bringing back Birthday Notifications would be sweet.


Aww, does someone else want a go on the swing? [:D]


It's a valid point, some of the mods have been mods for around half a decade.


I don't see the point of his point, So what if the mods have been mods for a long time, I'm not going to modd this place, are you? The ones that have stuck with it for a long time are experienced with keeping a smooth running of the forum and keeping it from becoming IMDB-alike. If you do want to be a Mod I'm sure they will consider new applicants. If they stay in the haunted house for two nights.[sm=augen14.gif]




Felix -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 10:05:27 PM)

Its much much worse than that. You have to do stuff with Clowny that would make jonson blush.

And he cant blush, the blood in his body turned to dust about 350 years ago.




DJ Satan -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 10:08:29 PM)

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ORIGINAL: James2183

quote:

ORIGINAL: DJ Satan
I find the post count quite useful to spot newbie members so we can be more helpful with them. (Also a few of the swap areas suggest a minimum post guideline for participation to help rule out passing users).


Sadly there have been cases where post counts have come to act as status on the forum. What if instead of having the post count under their names when they post on the forum their post count could be seen upon clicking their profile? That way there is still a post count for people to see and be aware of, but not so in your face?

That's a fair compromise. (But I would personally prefer them to stay as they are.)




Olaf -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 10:12:12 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: punchdrunk

quote:

ORIGINAL: Olaf
quote:

ORIGINAL: Felix
quote:

ORIGINAL: Stewie_Griffin

I don't know if this is the kind of thing that Sharkboy was asking from us, and I'll probably get my bollocks cut off for saying this, but how about bringing in some new Moderators? I mean some of you have been doing this for years, and to be honest, It's a little sad. Time to give others a shot at this, don't you think?

Oh yeah, and bringing back Birthday Notifications would be sweet.


Aww, does someone else want a go on the swing? [:D]


It's a valid point, some of the mods have been mods for around half a decade.


I don't see the point of his point, So what if the mods have been mods for a long time, I'm not going to modd this place, are you?


That's a bit of a generalisation.
What's wrong with a bit of change anyway? I'm not saying "do away with all mods!", but I'm sure some of the mods wouldn't mind not having to read everyone's posts (can't say for certain obviously, that require more feedback from mods), and I can't see the problem with a few new mods to freshen things up a bit.




DJ Satan -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 10:14:01 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: homersimpson_esq

Knowledge Base is a general forum, and would be more appropriate as an Off Topic sub forum.

Seconded.
quote:


Bookworms, Joypad, Audiophile and Grandstand, could be grouped together as Other Entertainment, or some other catchier name and might get more traffic that way. Not grouped as one forum mind, else the dreaded page 2 would be reached too fast, but as one forum grouping akin to "On Another Note", etc.

I disagree with that. Most of the time now I only browse the "On Another Note" index and it's nice to see news, off topic, tv, joypad, books, music and sport updates all on one page.




DJ Satan -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 10:15:50 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: James2183

quote:

ORIGINAL: homersimpson_esq
but I don't see huge swathes of people wanting to change their usernames - just those few who, as rgirvan44 said (not an easily abbreviated username, hence the desire for change I suspect!) signed up with relatively little thought for a distinctive name.


I don't know. The rate some of you guys go through changes of avatars and titles I wouldn't be surprised if some tried changing every other week! [:D]


I'd make it available for special reasons (see rgiven) but if it's a clear, unique, name without an obviously good reason I would just say no.




DJ Satan -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 10:18:52 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Olaf


quote:

ORIGINAL: Felix


quote:

ORIGINAL: Stewie_Griffin

I don't know if this is the kind of thing that Sharkboy was asking from us, and I'll probably get my bollocks cut off for saying this, but how about bringing in some new Moderators? I mean some of you have been doing this for years, and to be honest, It's a little sad. Time to give others a shot at this, don't you think?

Oh yeah, and bringing back Birthday Notifications would be sweet.


Aww, does someone else want a go on the swing? [:D]


It's a valid point, some of the mods have been mods for around half a decade.

That's because they do a good job. As mentioned elsewhere - if it's not broke don't fix it.

Besides, there is a slow turnover of mods already. I know several ex mods and I think I noticed another one lose their green recently* so I'm expecting someone to get promoted any day now.

*Unless it happened ages ago and I'm just really slow at noticing. [:D]




Rgirvan44 -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 10:33:03 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: DJ Satan

quote:

ORIGINAL: James2183

quote:

ORIGINAL: homersimpson_esq
but I don't see huge swathes of people wanting to change their usernames - just those few who, as rgirvan44 said (not an easily abbreviated username, hence the desire for change I suspect!) signed up with relatively little thought for a distinctive name.


I don't know. The rate some of you guys go through changes of avatars and titles I wouldn't be surprised if some tried changing every other week! [:D]


I'd make it available for special reasons (see rgiven) but if it's a clear, unique, name without an obviously good reason I would just say no.



Yeah, maybe an appeals process. i.e "Hi, I;m Rgirvan44. My name sucks. May I have....instead"

But I would guess the mods wouldn't want to deal with all of the requests. [:D]




Felix -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 11:13:13 PM)

I agree, a facility for us to change names would be good, but as you say, only if the person has put their real name or a really sucky one. [;)]

DJ, no mods left lately, they just forgot to change the colour of Gothy and GGR's names when they left, so they were changed to black recently.






Larry of Arabia -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 11:35:04 PM)

I take it if changing names is being discussed then the ability to change our own titles wouldn't be out of the question? I remember someone asking about it a while ago and they were told the software didn't allow it, but I guess that could be changed if there was something that could possibly be done about names. Even mods can't change those at the moment, after all.




Rhubarb -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 11:41:02 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: James2183

What if instead of having Golden Oldies and World Cinema down the page we had it as a sub forum under Movie Musings at the top? 


Yeah I think that could work, it makes sense (and would get more people talking about old and world cinema which I think is A Good Thing) and could be done in Off Topic as well. It all just looks a bit overwhelming when you first sign up, it took me quite a while to throw myself into it and find my feet.

The thing about having all the forums is that it gives Empire its personality - which is that its very vast, and really quite cliquey. I'm sure there are forum members who have as many posts as me who I really rarely see. That seems quite nice when your a part of a couple of the cliques, but when you're new I think it can be a bit disheartning. For a long time I felt a bit of a ghost on the forums, and people have posted in Off Topic saying they felt the same.




Stewie_Griffin -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 11:51:47 PM)

What, just when I've started to fit in around here?

By the way, it's not christmas anymore. ahem.




Rgirvan44 -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (15/1/2009 11:54:15 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Rhubarb


quote:

ORIGINAL: James2183

What if instead of having Golden Oldies and World Cinema down the page we had it as a sub forum under Movie Musings at the top? 


Yeah I think that could work, it makes sense (and would get more people talking about old and world cinema which I think is A Good Thing) and could be done in Off Topic as well. It all just looks a bit overwhelming when you first sign up, it took me quite a while to throw myself into it and find my feet.

The thing about having all the forums is that it gives Empire its personality - which is that its very vast, and really quite cliquey. I'm sure there are forum members who have as many posts as me who I really rarely see. That seems quite nice when your a part of a couple of the cliques, but when you're new I think it can be a bit disheartning. For a long time I felt a bit of a ghost on the forums, and people have posted in Off Topic saying they felt the same.


But I suppose that is always going to exist to an extent. I was the same when I started on the forum and it takes a while to build up a voice. Those who get attention quickly tend to slightly trollish and burn out. I have posted maybe twice in the Fun and Games section and wouldn't be surpirsed if there are some long term members I havent seen often.

Maybe making Fun and Games a subforum of Off-Topic would help tidy things up. Not sure. I would guess a lot of people have stronger views on it than me.




Stewie_Griffin -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (16/1/2009 12:00:21 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Olaf
What's wrong with a bit of change anyway? I'm not saying "do away with all mods!"


I am.




James2183 -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (16/1/2009 12:08:13 AM)

I like you too, Stewie [:D]




Stewie_Griffin -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (16/1/2009 12:10:22 AM)

I bet it hurt to say that, even in jest. [:D]




Spider -> RE: Review of the EMPIRE Forums - your thoughts welcome! (16/1/2009 1:09:06 AM)

In my experience with Forums I've always found the best way to deal with Post Counts is to leave them displayed, but set it so posts in Off Topic forums don't count. It might not work on here, which is a much bigger forum than a lot of other places, but it does mean that the people who are interested in post counts can't just go into Fun and Games and post shit all day long. To be honest I don't really see the point in the post count anyway. Having a large post count means people can see you've posted a lot and perhaps are seen as a more established member of the forum, but surely posting a lot means your name will get recognised anyway due to the frequency of seeing it. Did that make sense?!




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