Hi all; some general updates on the forum! Iv recently reorganised the boards a little and added two new boards:
Changes to forum signups:
- Site Resources - This is a board for posting resources you make or provide that people can use on their sites!
- Games Gallery - This is a special gallery for posting interactive artworks such as games or adventure sites!
For the last week or two Iv been testing a new signup system - people are no longer instantly added to the forum when they sign up; instead, they must provide a short private bio and are then manually approved. While sometimes it feels a little like playing Papers Please, I think this system has been working well
So we will be keeping it - this has also allowed me to remove captchas for new members and remove most new member limits!New Moderation System:@shevek
has been helping me plan a new Moderation system that I've been slowly testing over the last week or so. @shevek
will also be acting as a moderator; although I hope to add a few more in the very near future! As some of you may have known we paused the moderation program last month, so this is the first step of reimagining it!Key changes:
* Staff ranks have been removed from profiles - you'll no longer see any Administrator label or Moderator label next to names - this is to make it less intimidating for people to interact with a staff member and help them feel less isolated.
* ALL moderation posts will now be clearly labelled like this: no moderation interactions will happen outside of moderation labels.
⚑ Moderators Note ⚑
Hello this is a moderation note! You should pay special attention to this note because its very important, also melon is hella cool and very pro
My aim is to have more moderators with a wider variation in their tasks, but with less heavy issues to deal with (Not that we have many
). Moderator roles will be more focused on topic management and community building. Moderators won't be able to delete topics or posts, and they wont be able to issue bans - but they will be able to hide or lock topics, move topics and pass off more serious issues to me to deal with.
The goal is basically to make moderation a constructive task, rather than a rule enforcement task - while also giving me some space to step back and give more people greater agency to guide the forum. It's still a very WIP concept and I don't think you'll notice any big changes, but I wanted to let everyone know the plan!
Also for the sake of transparency; moderators will be listed on the wiki so you can check that list if you are ever curious!Forum Theme Updates:
Some of you might remember Ice's excellent analysis of the forum design; I listed a few changes that I thought would be good here
; Im gonna be working on some of those over the next few weeks!
As always if you have any questions - you cant reply here because its an announcement thread, but feel free to make a topic in the forum discussion section