Ideas for ILX

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Does anyone have any ideas for things they'd like to see - I've kind of run out of ideas for now. I can't promise I'll do them: some things are easy, some are hard, some might be unrealistic (need to bear in mind performance and avoidance of poxy fules and so on); also, how much it interests me is the most important motivating factor... It'd be good to hear people's thoughts.

I will put the stats thing back at some point, but perhaps in a bit of a different form.

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:10 (eleven years ago) link

Oooo!

More poll forms would be fun. One that allowed you to rank the options from first to last, say, or just allowed you to tick multiple boxes, livejournal style.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:14 (eleven years ago) link

  • make a toggle option allowing mods to see either images or image links
  • let poll options allow more characters
  • get rid of suggest ban
  • pizza subs tuesdays

kid cruti (roxymuzak), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:26 (eleven years ago) link

The mod image thing is a security thing. If it weren't any sort of issue I would just turn them on.

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:28 (eleven years ago) link

Oh right, you've said that before. Perhaps I am ignorant, but I don't get why it's a security thing?

kid cruti (roxymuzak), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:31 (eleven years ago) link

Love Gravel's ideas.

Beanbag the Gardener (WmC), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:33 (eleven years ago) link

A preview screen. I've been tempted at times to just throw in a [//x] every once in awhile so at least the BBcode warning page will let me take a second glance.

http://tinyurl.com/bapppp (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:33 (eleven years ago) link

It's a long and complicated story, but the root of it is that when your browser tries to go and get a picture, it doesn't check that it's a picture and if it's a piece of script instead, will just happily execute it, which can be subverted to make existing mods do things they didn't know they were doing (e.g. grant someone else mod privileges or whatever).

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:34 (eleven years ago) link

a kudos/props/Suggest Unban button, with the 51 resulting in an automatic permaban being an aggregate of the two. last time I mention this, I promise.

N1ck (Upt0eleven), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:39 (eleven years ago) link

I see. What about for mods that don't have that many privileges in the first place, like me and other subboard mods? Sorry to go on about this, but 1p3 is 90% picture threads!

Also, I think ILX is great as is and I would just say: continue keeping it simple and plain.

kid cruti (roxymuzak), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:39 (eleven years ago) link

Roxy, yes there's less danger there, but you can still ban people, delete posts, delete threads, unban people etc.

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:41 (eleven years ago) link

I mean if it helps, happy to unmod you.

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:41 (eleven years ago) link

continue keeping it simple and plain

^^^ seconded - I love love love the way that ILX threads load up super quick, compared to other boards where you're sitting around waiting for two minutes.

grocery groin (snoball), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:41 (eleven years ago) link

Sheesh, just asking!

kid cruti (roxymuzak), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:42 (eleven years ago) link

avatars

galumphing lummox (bug), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:43 (eleven years ago) link

No avatars! Ever!

kid cruti (roxymuzak), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:44 (eleven years ago) link

Nick, that's OK: suggest ban is the best feature I've ever come up with - I think there are any number of ways you could subtly modify it and I have changed it recently it to drop older SBs from people, but I doubt we'll ever conclude on the 'right' way for it to work, and the people who don't like it, I doubt will ever be convinced, so would be good if this thread didn't become about that; I've little doubt it'll be discussed probably at length elsewhere.

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:44 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, I wasn't really thinking of avatars!

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:44 (eleven years ago) link

no avatars - please, I think that's the start of a slippery slope towards phpBB style bloat

grocery groin (snoball), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:45 (eleven years ago) link

i echo Roxy's simple and plain praise. love that.

i would also love to see a magenta screen with white font option

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:46 (eleven years ago) link

I love love love the way that ILX threads load up super quick

Yes I like this - someone described other message boards as having a kind of underwater feeling... That said, ILX isn't fast because it's minimal on the screen; it's because of the server software - could afford to put quite a lot more on the screen without it becoming slow. Not that this is necessarily a good idea.

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:46 (eleven years ago) link

Surm, appreciate CSS might not be your thing, but if it is, then you can make a stylesheet to look like that and I'll stick it up... There are some instructions (a little out of date, but basically OK) here: http://www.ilxor.com/ilxstyles.html

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:47 (eleven years ago) link

ignore lists

http://www.b3tards.com/u/c2d08cf4e23cfbd9a0c0/duck_hunt_dog.gif

galumphing lummox (bug), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:48 (eleven years ago) link

i've got no complaints except olive is still showing up blue on SNA colors!

blobfish russian (harbl), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:48 (eleven years ago) link

maybe i can get kenan to make me one... i'm using his gray one now and it's real nice

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:49 (eleven years ago) link

Oh bugger! That's easy enough to fix, Harbl.

Bug, yes I was thinking that would be something I should do.

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:49 (eleven years ago) link

ilx is the hottness of message boards. i do think surm's suggestion should be mandatory not optional, though. :)

N1ck (Upt0eleven), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:50 (eleven years ago) link

Harbl, fixed the colour thing - it'll be Olive when I next upload the software.

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:50 (eleven years ago) link

=) <3 xp

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:51 (eleven years ago) link

More poll forms would be fun. One that allowed you to rank the options from first to last, s

I like the sound of that.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:52 (eleven years ago) link

I love the "view previous page" option, by the way.

kid cruti (roxymuzak), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:52 (eleven years ago) link

No avatars?

http://i25.tinypic.com/4rqkvc.jpg

StanM, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:53 (eleven years ago) link

thanks :) xp

blobfish russian (harbl), Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:54 (eleven years ago) link

Some kind of two minute "Edit my last message" option in case of tpyos you only notice after you hit submit.

StanM, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:58 (eleven years ago) link

On the other hand, ILX is ILX because there are no Avatars or Edit after submit options. Read what you tpye before you submit and you won't post typos.

StanM, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:59 (eleven years ago) link

XML access to bookmarks that have new answers is top o my wishlist :)

stet, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:59 (eleven years ago) link

ILX threads can get so fast that it's more like chat than forum, so even 2mins can be way too long.

stet, Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:00 (eleven years ago) link

Could there be a count of the number of users online displayed at the top somewhere? Just a simple count of logged-in users (but not names, cos that would be crepey). Wouldn't be at all useful, just mildly intersting.

Joerg Hi Dere (NickB), Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:02 (eleven years ago) link

ILX threads can get so fast that it's more like chat than forum, so even 2mins can be way too long.

― stet, Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:00 (2 minutes ago) Bookmark

This is the reason I Love ILX over all others. It's both at the same time. And needs to stay that way.

Ned Trifle II, Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:04 (eleven years ago) link

"I have changed it recently it to drop older SBs from people"

this sounds like a really good idea! can i ask what the cutoff point is?

thomp, Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:05 (eleven years ago) link

I think the general feeling is: nothing drastic, please, only small functional adjustments. Right?

StanM, Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:06 (eleven years ago) link

People who haven't posted for six months should have all the bans they've suggested returned to them in a box.

Joerg Hi Dere (NickB), Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:06 (eleven years ago) link

I would like a way to see how many SB's you have. (Now, I have no idea how annoying I am.)

StanM, Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:07 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, I'm not a fan of SB in general, but it seems like it would do more good if a person saw that they were getting close to the mark.

kid cruti (roxymuzak), Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

some sort of something to fix the webmailing reply issue

http://tinyurl.com/npaahw (s1ocki), Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

Could there be a count of the number of users online displayed at the top somewhere? Just a simple count of logged-in users (but not names, cos that would be crepey). Wouldn't be at all useful, just mildly interesting.

Yeah that's a nice idea, maybe wouldn't be too difficult to do either.

Stan - I've never been convinced by people's anti-SB argument around the "for the lols" thing, because no-one can see it. This is why I didn't make it available, so that it couldn't be used in this way. That said, I've been considering maybe warning people when they get to 40 or something. This would only affect a few people. Also - I wouldn't worry about your own position re: SBs.

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:11 (eleven years ago) link

S1ocki, I don't know what the issue is. I was asked recently to remove 'reply to' from webmail, because people were being hassled off board.

Keith, Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:11 (eleven years ago) link

Ok, thanks, that makes sense (why SBs aren't public). xpost

StanM, Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:12 (eleven years ago) link

S1ocki, I don't know what the issue is. I was asked recently to remove 'reply to' from webmail, because people were being hassled off board.

― Keith, Saturday, August 1, 2009 5:11 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

there was ever a "reply to"?

every webmail i've gotten has been unreplyable. which is ok, but maybe there shoudl be some sort of reminder to put your own email address in the message? or even an optional field for your email addy?

http://tinyurl.com/npaahw (s1ocki), Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:14 (eleven years ago) link

More poll forms would be fun. One that allowed you to rank the options from first to last, say, or just allowed you to tick multiple boxes, livejournal style.

Would like this!

Also, if you decide to _not_ bring back lists of ILX-wide stats, I would still be interested in personal stats on on each person's profile page re: how many posts they've made, how many threads they've started, etc. Or at least a way for each user to see their own info.

master of karate and friendship for everyone (musically), Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:14 (eleven years ago) link

Put "Remove Bookmark From This Thread" at the top of the page so I don't need to load the whole monthly politics page.

wasdnuos (abanana), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 06:19 (three months ago) link

idea 4 u: never bookmark a politics thread

class project pat (m bison), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 12:20 (three months ago) link

Mods, help me stop punching myself in the face

chillin' like Emperor Maximilian (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 12:59 (three months ago) link

i would like to volunteer to help out with a new FAQ -- I enjoy welcoming newcomers and have a mind for inclusion that i would be happy to apply to the ilx concept. i also have a lot of time on my hands at the moment and would like some practice writing FAQs, which i believe there should be more of in the world.

webmail works but lots of you know how to reach me. m bison otm about never bookmarking politics thread!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 15:51 (three months ago) link

I would like to have the ability to 'follow' certain posters whose posts I especially enjoy so that I do not miss out when they post to theads I am otherwise disinclined to read.

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 9 March 2021 20:31 (three months ago) link

Nothing that makes ilx more like social media, please.

perhaps I myself was the object of my search (PBKR), Tuesday, 9 March 2021 20:39 (three months ago) link

emoji react buttons plz

class project pat (m bison), Tuesday, 9 March 2021 20:46 (three months ago) link

I want a button that takes $5 away from another ILXor. but after you click the button, for a random hour any time during the next week, someone can click the button on you and if you don't hit the "block" button, they get $10 from you.

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 9 March 2021 21:00 (three months ago) link

jigglepanda.gif

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Tuesday, 9 March 2021 21:25 (three months ago) link

how stet ends up in a lawsuit alleging over $45,000 of owed payments to various ilxors

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 9 March 2021 21:27 (three months ago) link

Deflatormouse, you can search the boards for posts or threads written by a given poster, sorted chronologically, if that helps.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 9 March 2021 21:27 (three months ago) link

Thx

Xpost to pbkr- i had that same thought but i think social media algorithms make you sift through a lot of stuff to find what you're looking for? Or at least they used to, i haven't touched social media in years. I find ilx to be the same way pretty much, so in that sense what i proposed would make it less like social media.

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 9 March 2021 23:30 (three months ago) link

Sorry, no likes, no follows, only otms.

perhaps I myself was the object of my search (PBKR), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 02:14 (three months ago) link

PBKR otm

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 05:55 (three months ago) link

That should be the ILX slogan.

peace, man, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 11:28 (three months ago) link

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 12:23 (three months ago) link

hey i got a message from stet about helping to edit the FAQ but i have a couple of questions -- so i will ask them here
* can i make comments on the doc?
* if not, how should i collect my comments?

sorry i don't know who to email specifically about this so i am putting it here.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 March 2021 19:46 (three months ago) link

(i think it's really cool you're offering to help withe the FAQ, LL! I am a mess right now but it makes me feel good that it's in good hands :))

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 17 March 2021 19:49 (three months ago) link

Sorry LL, I was meant to deal with this but I had loads of energy for it at first and then completely tapered off and now I can't even think about it for any longer than a second at a time. But while I was reworking it I just made comments as I went in brackets/italics, so feel free to do similar yourself on the doc.

emil.y, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 19:55 (three months ago) link

Hey LL - yes that doc is purely a working doc so fire in as you like, or use the gdocs comment feature if you prefer

stet, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 19:56 (three months ago) link

ok cool thanks! i will probably get to it sometime tomorrow. my two tasks for tomorrow are this and writing my first essay for public eyes in ages and i am excited about both. Feeling laid off and fired up lol

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 March 2021 20:05 (three months ago) link

hey stet fyi that dollar signs appear to break url tags: Spotify - anyone heard of it?

(if a mod happens to see this and want to tidy that link and delete my followup, please do - I really didn't want to embed that guy)

armoured van, Holden (sic), Saturday, 20 March 2021 10:11 (three months ago) link

got it, ta!

stet, Saturday, 20 March 2021 14:05 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

autoreplace script that turns all of xzanfar's posts into links that include the video title

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 30 April 2021 20:42 (one month ago) link

let me amend that: for all video links on ILM except xzanfar’s
I like the idea of having a poster whose legacy will consist of one big gaping black hole

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:02 (one month ago) link

we got a few of those already hey-yo

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 1 May 2021 16:39 (one month ago) link

fixing "View Previous Page" would be good but I think it's been broken for years so maybe not gonna happen

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 6 May 2021 12:59 (one month ago) link

what bit is broken? I know there's a case where it doesn't work, but can't remember what it is — if I click the one here it works OK

stet, Friday, 7 May 2021 20:35 (one month ago) link

has been working for me. used it yesterday.

sharpening the contraindications (Aimless), Friday, 7 May 2021 21:22 (one month ago) link

I usually use it on really long threads, where I want to read the messages immediately preceding the Show 1000000 messages, and you click the permalink link on the first message after Show X messages, then click View Previous Page, and it shows the previous messages.

This often doesn't work - the thread I was trying to do this on yesterday was the covid thread: Mostly Apolitical Thread for Discussing/Venting our Rational/Irrational COVID-19 Fears and Experiences in 2020

just tried it now and it's still not working - you just get the same messages as if you opened the thread from SNA

it does work on this thread though

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Friday, 7 May 2021 21:43 (one month ago) link

If it helps for debugging/diagnostics, on that covid thread as of now, the message immediately after the "Click here to load all messages" has this url on the "link" link:

Mostly Apolitical Thread for Discussing/Venting our Rational/Irrational COVID-19 Fears and Experiences in 2020

if I click that link, the View Previous Page URL is:

Mostly Apolitical Thread for Discussing/Venting our Rational/Irrational COVID-19 Fears and Experiences in 2020

clicking that just takes me to the thread as if I'd just opened it from ILE/SNA. Shows the first 50/last 50 message (or whatever the number is) with Click Here to load all messages in the middle

If I do the same thing on this thread, which works, the View Previous Page URL is:

Ideas for ILX

So it looks like your bug is the missing bookmarkedmessageid URL parameter.

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 8 May 2021 01:58 (one month ago) link

Thanks CP - I think that is now fixed — you should be able to View Previous Page continuously right the way back to the first post in a thread.

There's a chance that means on poll threads you'll get back to the start and still won't see the poll options, i'll need to confirm that but it seems like an edge case right now.

stet, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:39 (one month ago) link

Idea for ILX: In search results, show the number of posts in a thread and when it was last posted to. Would make it easier to revive the most active thread for people or topics with many threads.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 05:30 (one month ago) link

^^

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 06:45 (one month ago) link

number of posts, especially

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 06:45 (one month ago) link

Good idea, also "sort by recently posted to" isn't the same as "sort by most recently created" so would be good to have those as two different options.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 07:03 (one month ago) link

Yes!

DJI, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 16:22 (one month ago) link

stet, thanks for the work on Previous Page!

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 16:35 (one month ago) link

thanks to Colonel Poo for figuring it out! I've stumbled over it myself in the past and always failed to later figure out what caused it so it could be fixed. Been about for years!

That search thing is a great idea but also pretty hard to do, sorry

stet, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 17:21 (one month ago) link

i think each post should be tokenized and traded with cryptocurrency. we've all been posting without profit for too long, and this would allow us to establish clear provenance for our posts while innovating in the downstream-contract asset transfer sector. for example, a simple metadata layer could guarantee that i get a 10% cut from future sales of this post, no matter how many time this asset is traded.

it's either that or we all get paid $.000000004 per post view. problem with that is that it's not inherently profitable and innovative like crypto-ilx, so we'd have to secure outside funding if we're all going to get paid a living wage for posting (and we SHOULD be paid a living wage for posting). luckily i know these cryptodudes who recently got rich so

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 18:30 (one month ago) link

people like to complain about losing posters, less posting activity, etc, but if we were just paid a living wage i think those trends would immediately reverse

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 18:31 (one month ago) link

It should be the other way round. No payment for posts. Pay people to read.

cardio free europe (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 18:43 (one month ago) link

no, i want to get paid

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 18:44 (one month ago) link

paid for posting

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 18:44 (one month ago) link

i've heard it from more than one person now

more and more people are asking to be paid for posting (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 18:45 (one month ago) link

Crypto-ilx would result in an interesting ethical dilemma wherein ppl want to write long threads about the carbon footprint of ILX posts and debate the ethics of posting under the new system, but the debate itself uses vast amounts of energy.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 18:56 (one month ago) link

personally, every single post i make it fraught with ethical tension!

more and more people are asking to be paid for posting (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 19:09 (one month ago) link

but that's because i have to hustle to get by in this information economy

more and more people are asking to be paid for posting (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 19:09 (one month ago) link

would it be possible to extend the colors specified on "Customize Site New Answers" to the individual board pages as well?

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Wednesday, 26 May 2021 16:04 (three weeks ago) link


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