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Ignore Board feature

Discussion in 'Site Support' started by Chuffy, 14 Apr 2008.

  1. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Is it possible to add an Ignore Board feature to the software? I wouldn't dare suggest scrapping Soapbox, nice though that would be, but it would be useful to be able to simply Ignore it.
     
  2. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    seconded
     
  3. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Thirded. Saying that, though, it almost is invisible to me, as so many of the regulars in there have been added to my ignore list!
     
  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    just don' go in it!
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    How about we get rid of it completely?

    Soapbox was conceived of on C+, in order to take up the controversial arguments that usually ended up in Campaign or Cakestop. The problem I had with that was that arguments in Cakestop were modulated by their surroundings. People tend to argue more politely in a cafe. Soapbox, there and even more so on here, was a complete bear pit and that atmosphere does permeate beyond it's boundaries.
     
  6. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    no, keep soapbox, it's somewhere for the rants to go and not pollute the rest of the board. And if I don't fancy looking at it, I just don't. No need to have an ignore feature in my mind...
     
  7. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Staff Member

    If I'm understanding this correctly, the ignore part of the request actually means hide?

    For example when you select new posts, it would hide the new posts from the forums you don't want to look at, and would also remove the ignored forums from search results, etc.

    Is that what you're after?

    If so, I'll have a look at the VB forums to see if there is a plugin/hack that can do it. :evil:

    Cheers,
    Shaun
     
  8. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I use the New Posts feature alot - and forget to look at which forum a topic has been posted, and occasionally reply before I realise which one it was in. It would be nice to use New Posts but select not to see soapbox and bunfight for example if possible of course.
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Er, I think so. I don't use the new posts thing myself, I just look at the main page, but anything that makes Soapbox less visible has to be a good thing. Cheers Shaun.

    Arch - Fairy snuff, but my point is that if discussion threads were in the Cafe then they wouldn't tend to get so ranty in the first place.
     
  10. jonesy

    jonesy Legendary Member

    What's prompted all this 'let's hate Soapbox' from people who can easily avoid it? It serves a different purpose from Cakestop- Cakestop is for casual chat, Soapbox for debate. Both have their places, but they are different places. That's not to say that I don't think it should remain unchanged however.

    What hasn't helped, IMHO, is that by making it 'unmoderated' and closed to non-members, it has been given a kind of sin-bin status, putting others off from venturing in, thereby reducing the self-moderating nature of the forum, and also reducing the passing trade of non-members who might previously have popped in if they'd seen something interesting. Also, the increasing use of swear words puts people off from browsing it at work, further restricting the number of participants. So my preference would be to bring it back to how it was on C+ : open to all, appropriate moderation, censoring of swear words.
     
  11. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    I started a debate about swear words a while ago.

    http://www.cyclechat.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=7563

    Most were against moderating them because drawing a line is such a difficult issue.

    Anyway, AM would be rendered speechless if there was a swear filter....................Actually, it is a good idea.
     
  12. jonesy

    jonesy Legendary Member

    It shouldn't be necessary, but unfortunately a small minority of members are abusing the freedom of the forum. I don't see why the tone has to be set by those with the lowest standards of behaviour. ;) As I said before, it simply puts off people who, for whatever reason, don't want to download long strings of expletives while browsing the forum.
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    I think you're mostly right mjones. The problem with having an unmoderated area, not publicly viewable, is that it's a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Build it and they will come, so to speak. I would have thought/hoped that you could have serious debate and casual chat within the same area, eg the Cafe. That's the way is used to be on C+ and it seemed to work, the serious threads were pretty much self-modding. Soapbox always had a reputation as a bit of a bear pit from the day of it's creation on C+ and it's got worse since. That's not intended as a knock at the way Shaun has set this place up, but maybe it's worth having a bit of a re-think. I don't think it adds anything of value beyond giving people who have little or no interest in anything else a venue to knock lumps out of each other (see the current Bunfight between Linford and Absinthe Minded for example...)
     
  14. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    people viewing at work that don't want their manager looking over their shoulder at swear words, all you need to do is just hold down control and use the mousewheel to zoom in and out, to make the font a bit smaller.
    When YOU walk past someone else's pc, how many words do you actually read on their screen? I'll be it's none. Especially those in small font. You have to actually peer over their shoulder to read stuff.
     
  15. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    The fact that the swear words are usually in "look at me" purple doesn't help either!