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Forum Stuff / Re: Comings and Goings (hail and farewell)
« Last post by Bagheera on 05 Feb 2017, 00:44 »
Hi! I'm Randy! Well, I'm not, but I'm here. Greetings! I'll be fascinated to see how people from these three forums interact, particularly under Paul's direction. Hopefully everyone plays nice! Take it easy folks! Happy surfing!
Forum Stuff / Rules
« Last post by pwhodges on 05 Feb 2017, 00:23 »
Well, obviously there will be rules.  I just haven't written them yet; but I will.

Meanwhile, just remember that most forum rules are a local expansion of "don't be a fool", and you shouldn't go far wrong.
  • Be civil - people are more likely to be nice to you if you are nice to them.
  • Be moderate - try to make your points briefly, and don't try to have several discussion in one sequence of posts.
  • Keep legal - whether it's hate speech or illegal media links, don't put them on my server.
Forum Stuff / Report Forum Software issues and requests
« Last post by pwhodges on 05 Feb 2017, 00:21 »
If you think something is wrong with how the forum works, or you would like to see if a change can be made, post in this thread.
Forum Stuff / Comings and Goings (hail and farewell)
« Last post by pwhodges on 05 Feb 2017, 00:19 »
If you wish to say hullo when you arrive, or bid farewell when you leave, do it in this thread.
Forum Stuff / Technical Notes
« Last post by pwhodges on 05 Feb 2017, 00:16 »
This forum runs the forum software SMF 2.0 (from Simple Machine Forums).  This is the other most widely used system just a bit behind phpBB v3.1 which is used at the EvaGeeks forum.

I have chosen a default theme which is somewhat similar in style to the EvaGeeks forum, but I won't change it to become any closer than it now is.  There are other themes I have made available for my own amusement, but for now this theme is the one which I will ensure works properly before considering the others (for instance, the text in a spoiler is unreadable in the Contrast theme - I can fix that, but you'll have to wait until I feel like it).  I am happy to receive reports of issues in any theme though, in the thread created for the purpose.

Here are notes on a number of differences; there are doubtless others, but experimentation will resolve most issues without harm.
  • You can edit the text of a post in place - just click the icon to the bottom right of the post.
  • If you edit your post, it is marked as edited if more than five minutes has passed since you originally posted it; at EGF edits are only shown when there's another post following.
  • I have not set the forum software to remove nested quotes because sometimes that's necessary to retain sense; but be sensible and do not abuse this fact.
  • Title text in spoiler tags does not have quotes round it (quotes are required in the EGF spoiler tags)
  • Tweets can be embedded; this happens automatically, without tags
  • Videos from YouTube and Vimeo are automatically embedded (and some others); if you prefer just a link, either I can change the setting so embedding requires the [youtube] tag, or you enclose the url in [url] tags
  • The handling of newlines around quotes and some other things is different - so formatted text from one forum would have different spacing if copied to the other.
  • Font sizes are somewhat restricted to avoid excessive stupidity.  Font sizes can be in pixels, or a percentage change (the phpBB method).
  • There are far less smilies; but in serious discussions how many do you really need?
  • I think the editor can be switched to a wysiwyg mode; but when I tried it (years ago) I didn't like it that way.  YMMV.
Forum Stuff / Why this forum exists
« Last post by pwhodges on 05 Feb 2017, 00:01 »
Quite simply, this forum exists as a replacement for the Serious Discussion subforum in the EvaGeeks forum.  The staff at that forum are not happy to continue moderating the kind of discussion which is natural there, so they are planning to close that subforum - this forum is intended to make a direct replacement available without users needing to commit to all the gubbins of a larger-scale site which they might have no other interest in.

Moderation will be performed by me alone.  I have long experience of doing this (at Questionable Content), and believe I can cope with the things which the EvaGeeks staff - for reasons which are quite understandable - find it hard to manage.  You may find me more tolerant than you expect; but note that I have strict limits as well, and after due warning I will be as severe as I deem necessary.

Other sites that people might consider are the forums at Questionable Content and at RPGnet.  Links have been provided in the forum list here for those people who wish to investigate.  And of course there is also a link to EvaGeeks to make flipping back there a little bit easier.
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