I don’t even consider “sites” that only work on mobile apps to be “the internet”
#61
Let's talk about like/dislike, star ratings, and other such bullshit.

I'm not inclined to implement it period unless it can be done in a fun and clever way. (Read on for more about that.)

If I were to do a voting system, there would have to be a dislike/downvote option (not just like/upvote as on Faecesbook), and the number of dislikes would have to be displayed alongside the number of likes. Fuck "muh endorphine rush." The only point I can see of having it in the first place is to honestly gauge audience reception.

Star ratings (number of stars out of 5) are somewhat less harsh, as someone giving something fewer stars doesn't necessarily mean they're poo-pooing it outright.

A fun system I saw on one custom board involves earning coins for posting. The coins can be spent to fling poo at someone's post if it's bad, give the poster a beer if it's good, or whatever. That would probably be the way I'd go if I were going to do any of it.
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#62
The main reason I don't like voting systems is people seldom bother to say why they liked or disliked something. In most cases, you don't even know who voted.
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#63
I dislike voting/rating systems...

They are irrelevant and useless to a discussion system.

If you like/dislike something, use your words and say so.
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#64
(12-27-2018, 04:19 PM)Trix Wrote: I dislike voting/rating systems...

They are irrelevant and useless to a discussion system.

If you like/dislike something, use your words and say so.
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#65
What I really, really really dislike about voting systems on some sites is how a gang of chickenshit SJWs can make your post invisible or get it deleted.
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#66
Letting a ratings system speak for you doesn't encourage intellectual growth, or provide it to anyone else.
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#67
About photos...

I built an elaborate photo system with galleries, resizing and cropping, EXIF/IPTC data extraction, and the whole 9 yards for my company's CMS some 6 years ago. I gotta be honest, I'm over it now.

I. Just. Can't.

Not again.

So we're gonna take a page from the red boards and greatly simplify the software design here. Most red boards had a general photo dump where you upload a photo and get a bbcode tag to paste into your post.

Users will be able to post photos on their blogs, but not on the forum or other public areas. There will be no galleries per se.

Uploaded photos will expire and be deleted from the dump after a period to be determined by the sysop.

Glad that's settled. Banana

As for other types of files, each user will have a file library on their profile. Because file sharing is a crucial aspect of old school BBSing, am I right? I have in mind to do ANSI art viewers, textfile readers, .DIZ info extraction, and other such nerdy as fuck retro stuff eventually.
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#68
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(12-27-2018, 08:50 PM)Guest Wrote: Users will be able to post photos on their blogs, but not on the forum or other public areas.

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#69
I'll probably do YouTube URL parsing on the blogs too. No tags, just paste in the URL and it'll display the video.

I'm not gonna do that for every video site under the sun. If some other video site becomes the top dog at some point, I'll change it.
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#70
I'm not incredibly fond of the YouTube links being automatically embedded...

There are times when I don't want to embed a video, on purpose.

If there was no way to get around it becoming embedded, I'd be very annoyed.

I like the effort of using tags to make embeds work...

It makes people less dumb (a tiny, tiny bit less) about the way code and all that kinda shit supports the internet.

I feel like all this ease of use has just totally dumbed people down, made them lazy, and given them no reason to consider how all this shit actually works.

Just my personal opinion.
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#71
I also despise the automatic embedding of things in general.

For example on Wordpress, when you link to certain sites, it automatically embeds the article into the page, along with any picture displayed in the article...

I absolutely hate it because it doesn't matter if it's just embedded on the page and hosted on another site, if it's displayed on your site, it can be a problem regardless.

If I have to explain that in this day and age of copyright violations over shitsplatters and farts... then fuck everyone.

The only workaround is to set it to HTML editor and embed the link a href= style and circumvent the autoembed.
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#72
(12-27-2018, 09:37 PM)Trix Wrote: I feel like all this ease of use has just totally dumbed people down, made them lazy, and given them no reason to consider how all this shit actually works.

Well, those fuckers are in for a real treat then, because they're gonna have to learn how to write a .DIZ description file and zip it together with their file uploads if they want it to work.
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#73
(12-27-2018, 09:44 PM)Guest Wrote: they're gonna have to learn how to write a .DIZ description file and zip it together with their file uploads if they want it to work.

That doesn't sound like something you can do on a mobile device...

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#74
Laugh

Not unless you have a text editor and WinZip on your mobile device.
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#75
(((Victory cackle)))
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#76
The full name is FILE_ID.DIZ

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FILE_ID.DIZ

For example, say you wanted to upload an article titled "How to Make a Serial-to-TCP Adapter for Vintage Computers" as a textfile with the filename "dd_01_01.asc". (It's customary to use a DOS 8.3 filename since that was the usual character limit for filenames back in the day).

First you'd type the article into a text file, with a carriage return at or before the 80th column on each line so it'll fit an 80-column text display, and save it as "dd_01_01.asc".

Then you'd open a second text file and type the description like so:

FILE_INFO.DIZ Wrote:dd_01_01.asc
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How to Make a Serial-to-TCP Adapter for Vintage Computers
Phun Philes Volume 1, Issue 5
April 1, 2018

and save it as "FILE_INFO.DIZ".

Then you'd zip the two text files together as "dd_01_01.zip".

When you upload it, the BBS extracts the .DIZ info and displays that as the description in the files list.
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#77
(12-27-2018, 09:40 PM)Trix Wrote: I also despise the automatic embedding of things in general.

Yeah, I'm totally not gonna do the whole "import a whole webpage" thing with links. Faecesbook does that to misappropriate content from other sites. I'm going to include an .htaccess file to block Faecesbook and Twatter from importing content.

I think automatically converting a URL to a regular hyper link has been pretty standard on message boards for years, so I'm going to do that for convenience. People can still use the url bbcode tag if they want to do fake link trolls.

One concession I will make to social media is @mentions and #hashtags. The @mention will obviously link to that user's profile.

There are several useful things we could do with #hashtags. The tag could link to search results for that word. Or it  could be like an AOL keyword that links to a specific page containing authoritative info about that subject.

The point being, social media has introduced some features that helped evolve the Web, and we shouldn't throw out the baby with the bath water for the sake of being retro.
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#78
About chat and notifications...

As I mentioned earlier, notifications will be displayed in the chat.

If you're online, private notifications and messages will go to both the chat and your inbox. (Only you will be able to see them in chat.) Otherwise they will only go to your inbox. You'll also be able to send private messages from chat. The chat will generally support most IRC/WinMX commands.

Public notifications will be sent to the chatroom only. If a public event happens when you're offline, you won't be notified.

Public event types:

* Arrive / Depart (someone logs in or out)
* Post (someone posts in the forum or to their blog)
* Message (obviously, chat messages will be public and appear in chat)
* Upload (someone uploads a file)

Private events:

* Message (you receive a private message)
* Invite, Decline, Accept (someone invites you somewhere, or accepts or declines an invitation you sent them)
* Comment (someone comments on your profile, blog post, or a file you uploaded)
* Mention (someone mentions you in chat while you're online, or in a forum or blog post or a comment)
* Reply, Quote (someone replies to a thread you started or quotes your forum post)
* View (someone views your profile)
* Download (someone downloads a file from your personal library)

As no e-mail address is required to register, the system will not send notifications via e-mail. Having an inbox full of forum notifications is fucking annoying anyway. I hate having to change a setting I didn't ask for in the first place.
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#79
(12-29-2018, 04:09 AM)Guest Wrote: Public event types:

* Arrive / Depart (someone logs in or out)
* Post (someone posts in the forum or to their blog)
* Message (obviously, chat messages will be public and appear in chat)
* Upload (someone uploads a file)

On a busy site, that's going to flood the chat to an unacceptable degree.

If it can be easily and apparently disabled, then it's fine...

But that's not a setting you're gonna wanna require people to look around too hard for.

Noobs will just be scared off by the chaotic appearance as soon as they step in.
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#80
I also totally hate the idea of notifying whenever people log in or log out...

Always hated that feature in any chat.

There should just be a Who's Online page and you could get notifications optionally in the chat whenever those people are online/offline.

There are going to be a lot of people you don't even care about on the site, and likely even people you totally fucking hate...

If you have to see every time they come online or go offline...

Fuck that.
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