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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) link

Love Gravel's ideas.

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

I mean if it helps, happy to unmod you.

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

Sheesh, just asking!

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

avatars

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

No avatars! Ever!

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

Yeah, I wasn't really thinking of avatars!

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

ignore lists

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

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

=) <3 xp

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

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

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

No avatars?

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

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

thanks :) xp

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

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

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

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

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

some sort of something to fix the webmailing reply issue

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

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

StanM, Saturday, 1 August 2009 21:12 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years 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 year 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 year 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 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I was visiting the thread https://www.ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?boardid=77&threadid=70606 which is filled with dead links to graphic images on defunct sites or dead pages and wondered if ilx could perform periodic scans for dead links and edit them to replace the link with the words {dead link}. Maybe time the scans to coincide with the down time between when the Aus/NZ crowd goes to bed and the western Europe/UK/Irish Republic crowd is rolling out of bed.

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Sunday, 4 July 2021 03:31 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Stet, would it be possible to change the FP system so that any FP lodged by Poster X against Poster Y automatically replaces any previous FP by Poster X against Poster Y? That way old FPs wouldn't have to be cleared out and a correct, current total could always be found. Not sure if that ever got suggested before.

Profiles in Liquid Courage (WmC), Monday, 30 August 2021 22:05 (one year ago) link

please please please

sleeve, Monday, 30 August 2021 22:07 (one year ago) link

Damn you guys are out for blood

treeship., Monday, 30 August 2021 22:07 (one year ago) link

Why always picking on Poster Y, Poster X is no saint!

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 30 August 2021 22:14 (one year ago) link

I think it's time we freshened up the ILX house style manual.

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Monday, 30 August 2021 22:23 (one year ago) link

Ban everyone. IP bans, hard to get around. Wait for several decades for the land to be repopulated by a new generation.

treeship., Monday, 30 August 2021 22:26 (one year ago) link

ILX will become wehole.tv

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Monday, 30 August 2021 22:57 (one year ago) link

People who use salt of the earth as a compliment never seem to consider what salt does to earth

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Monday, 30 August 2021 23:18 (one year ago) link

makes it slightly more edible

fc_TEFH28mo (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 30 August 2021 23:19 (one year ago) link

ip bans are insanely not hard to get around

mh, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:18 (one year ago) link

Ok supergenius if you say so

treeship., Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:26 (one year ago) link

and here you always struck me as a guy familiar with coffee shop wifi!

mh, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 01:58 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

It would be neat if after a poll ended there was a little asterisk or something next to the option that you voted for, in case you can't remember.

It would also be neat if you could change your vote before the poll ended - sometimes the conversation changes my mind!

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Friday, 17 September 2021 00:28 (one year ago) link

Yes, either that or a big obelisk.

I, the Jukebox Jury (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 September 2021 01:00 (one year ago) link

If that doesn't work we could try a medium-sized basilisk.

peace, man, Friday, 17 September 2021 10:57 (one year ago) link

Personally I am partial to Asterix le Gaulois.

Richard Marxist (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 17 September 2021 11:17 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Surely this has been suggested before, but a button that updates all your bookmarks to the current moment would be so wonderful. I have not really looked at ilx since September, and while I don't want to lose all my bookmarks, clicking through all of them just to scroll down and click bookmark on the last post is a serious chore.

Eyeball Kicks, Sunday, 19 December 2021 08:15 (eleven months ago) link

Haha straight after that I had the idea to go look if there WAS such a button already

Eyeball Kicks, Sunday, 19 December 2021 08:16 (eleven months ago) link

So thanks for that!!!

Eyeball Kicks, Sunday, 19 December 2021 08:17 (eleven months ago) link

Don't tell me it's been there for years...

Eyeball Kicks, Sunday, 19 December 2021 08:17 (eleven months ago) link

Holy shit thank you

maf you one two (maffew12), Sunday, 19 December 2021 13:57 (eleven months ago) link

it's been there for years.

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Monday, 20 December 2021 05:35 (eleven months ago) link

look here bub

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 20 December 2021 16:32 (eleven months ago) link

eight months pass...

it would be neat if the board descriptions that were quotes linked to the posts where the quotes came from

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Tuesday, 6 September 2022 03:46 (two months ago) link

be also nice if we could change ILE or ILX's, which are both years old

Mr Haaland's Opus (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 6 September 2022 03:59 (two months ago) link

But they are eternal

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 6 September 2022 04:17 (two months ago) link

I had never noticed the typo in ILE's before.

peace, man, Tuesday, 6 September 2022 10:49 (two months ago) link

yes, it was supposed to be “ILM”, because who needs all the rest of it really

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 6 September 2022 11:09 (two months ago) link

link to quotes? learn lore, noobs

mh, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 04:38 (two months ago) link

Is there a way to search for an exact phrase in ILX search? In Google you can do this by enclosing the search term in double-quotes, unfortunately in ILX search this doesn't work.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:23 (two months ago) link

yes it does

mark s, Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:26 (two months ago) link

If I search for posts containing the term “blue monday” (with quotes), and sort by newest first, then why is the first result a post that mentions Monday (the day of the week) and not the word “blue” at all? Also, if I go back and remove the quotes I get the exact same set of results, so the presence of quotes makes no difference.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:46 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/34afHFD.png ?

pplains, Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:50 (two months ago) link

^^^

mark s, Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:51 (two months ago) link

It works for me too. Huh.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:54 (two months ago) link

Hmmmm. There must be an extra step I’m missing.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:54 (two months ago) link

What I did:

Go to Search page

Under Text Search, terms: "blue monday"

Next line, click radio button for "Posts"

Under "Order Results By," click radio button for "Newest First"

Click "Search" button right under that.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:56 (two months ago) link

You need to pony up for ILX Premium.

the floor is guava (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:57 (two months ago) link

Doctor Casino: yep that’s exactly what I did to a T. Strange. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to deal with it. Thanks for your help anyway!

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 8 September 2022 16:13 (two months ago) link

If I search for posts containing the term “blue monday” (with quotes)

your browser (phone?) is helpfully converting your straight quotes (") to "smart quotes". suspect the search software wants straight ones.

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 8 September 2022 17:03 (two months ago) link

can test by copying this text into the search box rather than typing it yourself:

"blue monday"

on an iphone i think you can force a normal quote mark by holding down the key? these are the wages of ""“aesthetics”""

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 8 September 2022 17:18 (two months ago) link

OMG YOU ARE A GENIIOUS!!!!!!!

Fuck an iPhone and its lameass smart-quotes.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 8 September 2022 17:38 (two months ago) link

This works on zing search fyi

stet, Friday, 9 September 2022 13:36 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

I’d like a new borad called Bad Poll Prison where I can make bad polls without feeling like I’m clogging up a real borad

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 05:30 (three days ago) link

nothing is real, everything is polled


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