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1 Forum Tips & Ideas on Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:01 pm

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Hey SimLink, I like your new forum! I noticed it is forumotion hosted, which I am very experienced with. I just have a few tips & ideas; one has been mentioned before, too.

1. HTML is disabled. Mad Please enable this. It is much easier for many people to post in HTML rather than BBCode. <li> tags for example.

2. I see that you are using the member ranks to show site status (admin, mod, etc.). This is perfectly fine, but I am a fan of rating systems base on posts. Similar to Simtropolis. I can probably find a tutorial on how to add extra items next to the post. For example: Username then Member title, then member rank/group a linebreak or two down.

3. Chat (Mentioned before). The chat on forumotion is basic, but very efficient. No need for separate registration for chatting. You can disable the chat in the forum page and just have a link in the nav bar to "Website/chatbox."

4. This one is just for eye candy. A portal/homepage for the site might be nice some time in the future. Cool

So those are just my 2 cents. If you have questions or need a little more explanation just ask.

2 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:23 am

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Welcome to Simopsis jack! Smile

For your suggestions:
1. No problem, I will enable it when I am on later today.
2. Member ranks are coming soon, but if you can find a tutorial that would be great!
3. Chat will be enabled also later today, or tomorrow, but will sit on the index. The nav bar is made of pics, so I will have to play with those.
4. I will take that into consideration... Cool

Thanks for your suggestions!


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3 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:10 pm

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Excellent! I just have one last request. Could you enable the quick-reply box for easier posting. (I'm lazy) Razz

I'll go try to find that tutorial right now. If I cant, I'll have to explain it in words.

4 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:15 pm

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No problem... that is something I could use too. Razz I will add that to the list of things to do when I do the update in ~20 minutes.


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5 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:29 pm

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Thanks. I better post this fast before the update! I found a tutorial might help, it is for adding awards under a username, but the award images in the tutorial can be replaced with a picture and text that says member, admin, mod etc.
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[Can't post links; please change -_- ]

I'll get a picture example of what I mean.

6 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:30 pm

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No fear... I can wait a few minutes. I found a tutorial on forumotion support that should work. Link posting is one of the things changing under the update... Smile


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7 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:17 pm

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I see what you've done although it's not exactly what I had in mind. I really take advantage of forumtion. I show you a picture of what I mean.

That's a picture from one of my old forumotion forums. The avatar first, then the member title, the rank picture, and then the rank text. You can do this in the admin CP>Users>Profiles>Add.

Here's the link I was trying to post earlier:
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8 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:22 am

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I will work on that. It will likely happen with the first major upgrade coming up. I am looking at changing theme, so the graphics will match that.


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9 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:55 pm

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A theme change will be interesting! Smile I really like the colors of this site.

10 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:09 pm

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One of the themes I am looking at has green accents, but is mostly light and dark grey. Green is also more olive green than the current shades. Which theme I change the forum to depends. Still looking at it. Smile


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11 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Mon May 07, 2012 6:37 pm

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I see what you've done with the rank image and that is a good try, too. Laughing By the picture I posted, I meant to show you how (at the bottom of the pic) there is a separate line of text showing the group; ascociated with a picture. Both have nothing to do with ranks in the admin CP. But it is creative how you added images like that.

It is just my opinion, though. Keep up the good work.

12 Re: Forum Tips & Ideas on Mon May 07, 2012 6:42 pm

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I used that tutorial for the addition of the "WEBMASTER" icon in my profile. Couldn't get the text on the next line, though. Keeps coming up beside it. Also tried adding photo for groups, no such luck. Will look into that a bit further... that is what I really wanted to do.

Glad you like the rank images. Dresses up your profile on posted messages a bit. Smile


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