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posted at 2011-11-26 07:44 by milpat

a) I would prefer to receive forum messages by fics messages instead than by emails, is it true that the only way would be to have my email reset (or set to "off") ?

b) can captains have their email set to off? :-/


posted at 2011-11-26 17:40 by wmahan

As I explained to pat, there is currently no way for captains to avoid getting emails, because they are required to set an email address. There is already a "message" teamleague variable for the purpose of getting FICS messages instead of emails, but the game forum does not honor it.

I am thinking of proposing some modifications to the game forum, including:
1. Making the game forum honor the "message" variable and send messages instead of emails when appropriate.
2. Putting more recent posts at the bottom.
3. Hiding the "set time" option until someone has posted in the game forum. This would cut down on the newbie mistake of setting the time before both players have agreed.
4. Maybe having a little calendar widget to make setting the time more convenient. It could disallow setting times in the past or more than 2 weeks in the future.
5. Maybe highlighting posts by TDs so that they stand out from posts by players.

I think if anything it would be a good idea to encourage more players to set an email address, so that TL admins and captains can stay in touch with players more easily. Making the game forum honor the "message" variable would be a good start, I think.

posted at 2011-11-28 08:16 by tseltzer

I personally would be in favor of all 5 of those modifications, especially #4.

Every time I propose or schedule, I need to bring up another calendar application to check the date of particular days of the week, so it would allow me to stay within the context of the TL Web site.

posted at 2011-12-02 12:15 by wmahan

I made a demo of my proposed changes at Some of the changes will take some work, and any changes are contingent on fernbap's approval, so please consider it a rough draft.

I would be interested in hearing any comments. Does the calendar work OK?

posted at 2011-12-05 12:40 by pchesso

looks clear and beautiful! only thing, i would keep the most recent post on top. so if message forwarding failed, for whatever reason, you can still quickly log in and check if a new post has appeared, with no endless scrolling down.

posted at 2011-12-05 20:43 by joshuar

Agreed, I actually like the system of new posts on top. Unless the forum will automatically scroll to the last read post, I would prefer new posts on the top, not bottom. The rest sound great.

posted at 2011-12-08 07:48 by tseltzer

Calendar looks great to me, wmahan!

posted at 2011-12-08 08:14 by wmahan

Thank you for the feedback, pchesso, JoshuaR, and tseltzer.

Regarding the ordering of posts, personally I would like an option of putting newer posts at the bottom, since as a captain/TD, starting at the bottom and reading up--which is currently necessary to get up to speed--feels unnatural. Also, the current placement of the box to type a message seems illogical; it is below the first message, but when you post, your text is added *above* the first message.

Some possibilities:
1. Leave things the way they are now.
2. Have an option to put newer posts at either the bottom or top. This could be a preference saved for each user, though it doesn't have to be.
3. Put newer posts at the bottom, but jump to the bottom message automatically when the forum is opened. (Or instead, have a link at the top to jump to the bottom message.)

posted at 2011-12-14 22:20 by joshuar

If 3. is possible using this software, then yes that would be preferred and is most similar to all other forum systems. But if it can't jump to an unread, then I still like the idea of new posts showing up at the top where they are more noticeable.

posted at 2011-12-15 09:40 by samuraigoroh

I would like the option to have a notification (like receiving a mail) for the Captains (and Deputy Captains) when new messages comes from any of the 4 boards. There are times when you are not aware of things like TD notifications after the negotiations has set & so on...

5. Maybe highlighting posts by TDs so that they stand out from posts by players.
That can already be done if you use html tags:

I don't know how many of them can be used, but I've used bold & italics, mostly when I'm posting on a teammate's topic...

samurai goroh

posted at 2012-01-25 22:19 by wmahan

My changes to the game forum have been put on hold for now, because there was not enough support from TL users. So if anyone else has opinions, please feel free to speak up.

I think inserting bold and italics into game forum posts is not ideal, because posts are sent as emails. Since not everyone uses HTML mail, the formatting may not be rendered correctly.