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July 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm in reply to: Hey, what would it take to switch from the forum back to Allcom? #3696
@Easy E said:
Bumblebee, you raised a really good use case I hadn’t thought of, which is replying to an individual. Has anyone found a way to do that with the forums?
With private communications (we don’t have private messaging on the site currently), you may find the person’s email you’d like to respond to off the forums by selecting their name/avatar. It’ll bring you to their account page that includes their email address (plus any other optional social network they may have included.
The push to allcom is working great for me, but is it really necessary to have follow-up posts tagged with “Reply To:” in the Subject line? It’s messing with my filters and threading.
Presumably it was so danged seamless that you didn’t notice and a big kudos to @JC for improving upon the notification plugin. Received emails should thread much better (if your mailing client has such features).
I’m seeing a location indicated under our avatar/info on the right side, but not finding where in my profile I can put a location.
If you’d like to change or add your location (including all of your favorite social networks and other gee-gaws), select your profile (fancy speak for click on your name), and select the Edit link. Add as much of the information as you’d like other Rangers to see or as little. The general public can’t see the information, so you’re good there.
City/Default World Location listing under user’s icon in posts.
“Participant” doesn’t really tell us much. Have the location something the user can set in the Edit Profile section.
I’ve built out the user profiles a bit more. For those interested, you can add your facebookings, twitterlings, interweb site, and location. Or not. It’s up to you how much (or little) information you want to display.
If you go under your profile, you’ll see the contact information that you may display. Select the Edit link to update your user profile.
There is an option to show emails, but I don’t want to show that willy nilly without hearing whether or not that’s something you’d like publicly displayed. Ideally only users logged in will see that, but that’s currently not how it’s set up. I’m working on it.
With the transition from the Allcom mailing list to the new discussion forum, a dialogue of maintaining the mailing list as a read-only medium (like the Announce list) became a novel solution. This provides those who want to still be in the loop in regards to Ranger conversations and who may not visit the forum on a consistent basis.
Most people on community forums, lists, and other social mediums are lurkers; they view the content, but do not contribute to it. Only about ten percent of people engage in conversation, and even less so with greater frequency as described the 1% Rule – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1%25_rule_(Internet_culture)
This weekend we’ll be making the switch over to this new operation. If you visit the discussion forum on a regular basis and you feel that receiving the email updates on new topics and replies a bit overwhelming, the recommendation is to unsubscribe from Allcom. You may do this by adjusting your account at – https://lists.burningman.com/mailman/listinfo/rangers-allcom-list
Note that because this is a shiny new toy and everyone wants to play with it, it’s why we’re getting far more traffic than usual. Once things settle down I expect it to be less verbose.
So we’re going to try an experiment. I’ve added a way for folks who want to create attachments to their posts. These images will be saved on the system, so you don’t need to have a third-party host. However, they will not be displayed inline (nicely placed where you’d like them in your message) and will show at the bottom as an attachment.
If you want your images conveniently placed where you want them, follow the directions listed above. Otherwise they’ll be loving placed at the bottom of your message.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.
I’m hesitant to do so for the size reasons, but maybe we can try it as a trial basis to see how it works out.
If you kids promise not to get to crazy with your LOL-khaki photos and videos of Easy E & Tool doing karaoke at the 10-7, maybe we can do this.
This is what works for me. Grab an image hosting service (I use Flickr, but you can use SmugMug, TinyPic, Photobucket, your own site, etc.). Many of them are free with some limitations.
[If you know a bit about HTML, this will come as a basic lesson.] You’ll need to find the address to your image. When creating a post that contains the image you want, place that address in the following HTML tag between the quotes < img src="">
…like this < img src="http://www.example.com/image.gif">
(because the system will take HTML tags and make them into “real” tags, remove the space after the first bracket.)
That’s it; pretty simple.
Now why aren’t we hosting all (and I do mean ALL) images on the server? Because people are notorious for not trimming down the sizes of their photos. This is a huge drain on the drive space, of which there is a vague limit on.
Low Priority: On all the phpbb forums that I’ve used, clicking the “unread” icon takes you to new posts since your last visit. Is it possible to implement such a feature here?
Currently, clicking the icon takes me to the very last post, regardless of whether I’ve read the intervening three pages of comments.
I’m surprised it isn’t doing what you expected, and I’m certain that it can be. I’ll put it on the honey-do list.
Right, but can I subscribe to specific forums, rather than having to check the site for threads and then subscribe to each individual thread? If not, it’s made my participation in Ranger discussions much harder. If so, please advise how.
It’s something I’m working on and isn’t an immediate feature.
So, I’m trying hard to understand this, but failing. To be clear (because I am a Bear of Little Brain), is there a way to keep getting updates on items I want to be updated on, but not get an email every time anyone posts anything anywhere? If so, what is it?
PS: For the record, for the non-technically-minded, this whole forum thing seems a lot less useful than Allcom. It will certainly reduce/eliminate my participation in most discussions (which may, in fact, be no big loss after all- was that the point?).
How were you approaching the influx of email on Allcom before?
Alternately you can choose to subscribe to topics on the forum that interest you and filter out Allcom (or simply unsubscribe from the mailing list.)