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#1 Silent J

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:26 AM

Here are some of the latest changes to our system:

1) Reported posts now go to a special section in the moderator forum so that mods can respond quicker to reports. This will also allow clearer communication as to what actions (if any) were taken and by which moderator.

2) Auto welcome message for new members who register. Although the welcome message is still being written up, it will send a greeting to the new member and inform them of the various sections of the website and where to update their profile etc.

The current message says:

Hello <#MEMBERNAME#>,

Thank you for registering at <#BOARDNAME#>.
Please feel free to browse around and get to know others.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

<#BOARDNAME#>

And we'll be sure to post the new message here once it's been written up.

3) We've corrected the upload issue.
4) New batch of smiley's (around 40) have been made available.
5) Installed the SEO module which will (hopefully) give our site higher ranking when people search for the content we have.
6) Increased length of characters for sig length.
7) Increased size for member avatars.

We anticipate the following [possible] changes in the near future:

1) Additional pips and member titles
2) Additional avatars bank.
3) Move one block of Google ads from bottom of page to be positioned between first post and rest of posts on any given page.
4) Updated Board Guidelines.
5) New FAQ section.
6) Prune member database (anyone with less than x posts/inactive x time)
7) New Skin(s)
8) Other (TBA)



At this time I'd like to encourage everyone to take advantage of our new server and update their profile/image/avatars/signatures.

Thank You.
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#2 Elana

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:46 AM

thank you.

3) Move one block of Google ads from bottom of page to be positioned between first post and rest of posts on any given page.


is it really necessary?

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:22 PM

thank you.



is it really necessary?

The revenue we're making from ads at the bottom of the site are not yet covering the server expenses, so we anticipate that if they were in a more visible location, members are more likely to click.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:28 PM

The revenue we're making from ads at the bottom of the site are not yet covering the server expenses, so we anticipate that if they were in a more visible location, members are more likely to click.

Actually, members are more likely to be annoyed.



They are going to alienate people you want posting, because it makes this site look less orthodox than it is at the moment. Especially the ads for women and whatnot.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:26 PM

Could there be an option that for a certain amount of posts, you are awarded more storage space for attatchments and PMs? Not every member that occasionally lurks on the board needs the same storage space as a member who is constantly posting. I understand that things need to work by 'groups' but maybe people that have 1,000+ posts (just a random number) and have been active in the last month can actually move into a new group called 'frequent poster' or something which awards them more space in those two areas.

As for the unsightly google ads -- maybe we can have a set 'donate amount' every month that if the members can reach collectively, the google ads stay down below? We can even have a little thermometer thingy that shows how close we are to the needed amount which I'm imagining isn't even all that much.

This will encourage members who don't want to see the ads to donate a little here or there to keep the ads away.

Just suggestions, not sure if they are even implementable (is that a word?)
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:34 PM

Could there be an option that for a certain amount of posts, you are awarded more storage space for attatchments and PMs? Not every member that occasionally lurks on the board needs the same storage space as a member who is constantly posting. I understand that things need to work by 'groups' but maybe people that have 1,000+ posts (just a random number) and have been active in the last month can actually move into a new group called 'frequent poster' or something which awards them more space in those two areas.

As for the unsightly google ads -- maybe we can have a set 'donate amount' every month that if the members can reach collectively, the google ads stay down below? We can even have a little thermometer thingy that shows how close we are to the needed amount which I'm imagining isn't even all that much.

This will encourage members who don't want to see the ads to donate a little here or there to keep the ads away.

Just suggestions, not sure if they are even implementable (is that a word?)

:thumbsup:

I personally think those are both wonderful suggestions.

I was wondering, also, about cafepress, and if the site makes money off that.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:35 PM

Could there be an option that for a certain amount of posts, you are awarded more storage space for attatchments and PMs? Not every member that occasionally lurks on the board needs the same storage space as a member who is constantly posting. I understand that things need to work by 'groups' but maybe people that have 1,000+ posts (just a random number) and have been active in the last month can actually move into a new group called 'frequent poster' or something which awards them more space in those two areas.

As for the unsightly google ads -- maybe we can have a set 'donate amount' every month that if the members can reach collectively, the google ads stay down below? We can even have a little thermometer thingy that shows how close we are to the needed amount which I'm imagining isn't even all that much.

This will encourage members who don't want to see the ads to donate a little here or there to keep the ads away.

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#8 Silent J

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 02:13 PM

Could there be an option that for a certain amount of posts, you are awarded more storage space for attatchments and PMs? Not every member that occasionally lurks on the board needs the same storage space as a member who is constantly posting. I understand that things need to work by 'groups' but maybe people that have 1,000+ posts (just a random number) and have been active in the last month can actually move into a new group called 'frequent poster' or something which awards them more space in those two areas.

As for the unsightly google ads -- maybe we can have a set 'donate amount' every month that if the members can reach collectively, the google ads stay down below? We can even have a little thermometer thingy that shows how close we are to the needed amount which I'm imagining isn't even all that much.

This will encourage members who don't want to see the ads to donate a little here or there to keep the ads away.

Just suggestions, not sure if they are even implementable (is that a word?)

There is already 4MB available to members for upload space. This is plenty for any members needs. Also, the PM box amount set for members is 400. I hate to say this but thats a very fair amount of space. Clean up your inbox.

As for the Google Ads, we could offer an 'ad-free' membership to users who either donate (annually) or reach a certain amount of posts in a given time period. I'll consider it.

Xi, we don't sell an amount of H.com sweatshirts every month which can cover server costs. But, yes, the $1-2 dollars on every sale counts.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 02:20 PM

Xi, we don't sell an amount of H.com sweatshirts every month which can cover server costs. But, yes, the $1-2 dollars on every sale counts.

:( I was hoping that the outrageous prices on sweatshirts were going to good use.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 02:31 PM

Also, the PM box amount set for members is 400.

As for the Google Ads, we could offer an 'ad-free' membership to users who either donate (annually) or reach a certain amount of posts in a given time period. I'll consider it.


really? i thought it was 300.

i like it, although you don't have to do it "ad-free", just keep them on the bottom.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 02:34 PM

6) Prune member database (anyone with less than x posts/inactive x time)

I can see pruning long-term inactive members who have 0 posts, but otherwise I think no members should be pruned regardless of how long inactive. Plenty of members have returned after a long hiatus. Maybe send an email/PM to inactive members asking them if they'd like to stop by? Or maybe a "welcome back" message if a long inactive member returns.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 09:38 PM

We anticipate the following [possible] changes in the near future:
4) Updated Board Guidelines.
5) New FAQ section.

Can you please also write and publish a privacy policy. Thank you.
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#13 Silent J

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 10:54 PM

Can you please also write and publish a privacy policy. Thank you.

I don't see myself doing anything that would put me in a position of liability.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:00 PM

I don't see myself doing anything that would put me in a position of liability.

Huh. Fascinating.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:58 PM

There is already 4MB available to members for upload space. This is plenty for any members needs. Also, the PM box amount set for members is 400. I hate to say this but thats a very fair amount of space. Clean up your inbox.

As for the Google Ads, we could offer an 'ad-free' membership to users who either donate (annually) or reach a certain amount of posts in a given time period. I'll consider it.

Xi, we don't sell an amount of H.com sweatshirts every month which can cover server costs. But, yes, the $1-2 dollars on every sale counts.


Do you think a banner ad for "Meet Christian women in your neighbourhood" in the middle of a thread is appropriate enough for members to be encouraged to click on it?
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:03 PM

Do you think a banner ad for "Meet Christian women in your neighbourhood" in the middle of a thread is appropriate enough for members to be encouraged to click on it?

Do you remember the site it went to? I can filter it.
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:08 PM

3) Move one block of Google ads from bottom of page to be positioned between first post and rest of posts on any given page.

Doesn't sound good to me. The other ones were all for us to benefit? I don't even like scrolling the wasted space between bottom of post and next post.

They are going to alienate people you want posting, because it makes this site look less orthodox than it is at the moment. Especially the ads for women and whatnot.

Agreed. Especially if they're not yet hooked.

As for the unsightly google ads -- maybe we can have a set 'donate amount' every month that if the members can reach collectively, the google ads stay down below? We can even have a little thermometer thingy that shows how close we are to the needed amount which I'm imagining isn't even all that much.

Great idea!
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 08:18 PM

Do you remember the site it went to? I can filter it.

I posted a screenshot in a thread shmeal started about the first 12 OTD hours.
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 09:33 PM

I posted a screenshot in a thread shmeal started about the first 12 OTD hours.

I saw that (thank you), but I still don't have a link to filter.
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 12:10 AM

6) Prune member database (anyone with less than x posts/inactive x time)



....watch where you snip,
.......keep an eye when you clip.

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