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Post #1 Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:42 pm 
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Well, it looks like there are a few details to iron out, but we now have the basic functionality we had for go tools at GoDiscussions.com. But inspired by Joaz's request about forum diagrams, maybe we can think of new and better tools that GD didn't have. Let's start a "Forum Wishlist" here. If you have a cool idea for a forum tool, post it here!

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Post #2 Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:57 pm 
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First, a Malkovich/ongoing games forum.

Second, an option to hide any forums desired from the 'View unread/new posts' buttons. That way, people who don't particularly care about Malkogames or computer go, for instance, can hide them.

Third, perhaps a rules discussion forum.

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Post #3 Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:00 pm 
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I posted some wishes in another thread. I may be volunteering myself to implement some of them.

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Post #4 Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:29 pm 
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fwiffo wrote:
I posted some wishes in another thread. I may be volunteering myself to implement some of them.



I'm sorry, fwiffo. I didn't realize that you had already made a topic about this.

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Post #5 Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:37 pm 
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2 requests:

A mark all read button.

A mark this thread not interesting button (thread will not show up in view unread posts again)
or if this is too hard, a mark thread read button

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Post #6 Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:17 pm 
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mdobbins wrote:
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A mark this thread not interesting button (thread will not show up in view unread posts again)


That would be useful.

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Post #7 Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:13 pm 
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I currently have a widget that can display recent posts from here, the other site..., SL, and GAworks rss feed. Should we keep that or move to hard coding like the old sites homepage had?

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Post #8 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:42 am 
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Could the forum title banner perhaps be remade with another font at some point? Papyrus is generally considered one of the most taste-handicapped fonts in the universe and doesn't give a very good first visual impression of the site.

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Post #9 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:03 am 
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I have something that sounds trivial but is actually very important for (my?) pleasant experience on the forum - for some reason, the post texts are shown in extremely tiny hard-to-read font. Other features like captions etc. are normal-sized, so just zooming in is very clumsy solution. Could someone please fix up the stylesheet?

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Post #10 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:36 am 
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Can you post a screenshot? It looks fine to me...

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Post #11 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:37 am 
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Could the forum title banner perhaps be remade with another font at some point? Papyrus is generally considered one of the most taste-handicapped fonts in the universe and doesn't give a very good first visual impression of the site.


+1. Besides, the font colour does not contrast well against the background. The combined effect is somewhat creepy to me.

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Post #12 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:38 am 
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here it goes


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Post #13 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:42 am 
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Gresil wrote:
Could the forum title banner perhaps be remade with another font at some point? Papyrus is generally considered one of the most taste-handicapped fonts in the universe and doesn't give a very good first visual impression of the site.

This! If no one does anything by the weekend, I'll try to whip something up.

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Post #14 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:04 am 
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Pasky: Most mainstream browsers today have a config option to define a minimum font size. I couldn't survive around the intertubes without it.

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Post #15 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:13 am 
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Gresil wrote:
Pasky: Most mainstream browsers today have a config option to define a minimum font size. I couldn't survive around the intertubes without it.

sure, but I agree with pasky, the default shouldn't be so small.

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Post #16 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:06 am 
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Weird, the screenshot more or less matches my screen, and I don't think the font is small at all.

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Post #17 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:08 am 
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It depends on your native resolution. I will be looking to the issue.

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Post #18 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:09 am 
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mdobbins wrote:
2 requests:

A mark all read button.

A mark this thread not interesting button (thread will not show up in view unread posts again)
or if this is too hard, a mark thread read button

+1

I made a thread about this before I realized it was already in this one.

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Post #19 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:12 pm 
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I think we should add emoticons for strings like "B1", "W3", etc, to images of the corresponding stone. I just think it's much cooler to see something like:

Image makes life for Black.

And it's very easy to do, so low-hanging fruit :)

Edit: Okay, maybe the icons we'd use would be smaller to match the default font size, but you get my idea.
Edit 2: Aw, crap, this was already suggested in another thread too. Okay, new rule, I'm not posting more until I read everything on LifeIn19x19 so far...

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Post #20 Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:05 pm 
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Alright, this would be hard, so, feel free to tell me to go shove it. But this occurred to me a while back when we were talking about the possible impact of google wave on go, and I think it's possible it could be pulled off,

(And I think it would be incredibly useful for the malkovich games)

The idea is this, create an object stored server-side that stores the current state of a game. Limit its access to the person who created it, and any other members that that player adds. (You could also have levels of access, "Open to all for kibitzing, W moves are open to player X, B moves are open to player Y)

The object can then be called from its location by malkovich threads, in order to be commented, displayed, or updated.

Since the server is already storing sgf files, this seems perfectly reasonable. It's mostly setting up member access rights.

EDIT: It also makes it incredibly easy to have a viewing area, where, any time the page is refreshed, it will load the most recent objects

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