1. Post counts I turned off post counts on a temporary basis to see if the quality of posts around here would increase. It's become very apparent that the overall quality of the discussion in these forums has decreased significantly since their re-inception. I wanted to see why.
On a related note, if you all are so convinced that post counts don't matter, then, well, why do they need to be attached to all your posts? They're still viewable on your profile. How does it decrease the content? If, as you say, content and intelligent discussion is why you come to the AI forums... It's just a test to see what happens. It's not the end of the world. It's a message board.
How does the removal of post counts from the thread pages have anything to do with so-called "prudification" of AI? I really don't see the link. Enlighten me, Matsu.
On the same notion, IÂm basically open to suggestion. Want image signatures? Tell me. Want avatars (if theyÂre allowed for in the normal UBB 6.1 code)? Tell me. I make changes for you guys. Want post counts back? Want member ratings? Tell me. I have been following the MacNN folksÂ direction on this kind of stuff for too long, and, frankly, the forum should be shaped by the users, not by the administration
2. Silicon Alley Redux was a hidden forum that was a reincarnation (hence the Redux in the name) of a secret forum at the old AI. It, frankly, served no purpose except as a place for a token few (i.e. less than 25) members to spam aimlessly. Not to single anyone out, but many members had half of their post counts or more coming from worthless posts (e.g. a smilie or a single word) in Silicon Alley Redux.
Frankly, the elitism was stupid. There's no reason for a select few to get more privileged treatment or have access to secret forums than others here.
There was nothing in that forum that could not have been discussed in General Discussion or AppleOutsider. There exists a word association thread in AO. Spam your brains out in there. Start new games- there was a story thread a while back, but that seems to have fallen out of favor.
What follows is my personal opinions on the subject of AI in general. I may be jeopardizing my position as administrator here by saying this stuff, but someone has to do it, as the topic says. This is a problem that is deep-seeded and I say all of this only because I love AI and want it to become a better place.
3. The front page is not my department, or that of the moderators. That's MacNN. Write to the MacNN people if you want content on the front page.
I'll tell the truth here, I have nothing to hide. I had originally helped (at the rebirth of AI) with the few articles that we wrote and posted. Therefore, I know a little about the process of writing articles for the front page. Frankly, Adobe has a knife next to MacNN's neck, after that whole lawsuit thing years back. Also, there were a lot of times where an article would be in the process of being written (or being okayed by the MacNN hierarchy- don't get me started on that) and we'd watch stuff on the same software or tip or whatever go up simultaneously at ThinkSecret, MOSR, and The Register. Yeah, we got the G5 emails that The Reg got. However, we tried to check some facts (i.e. confirm that the person who said they were writing it as a Moto Employee was, in fact, a Moto Employee) so we wouldn't get laughed off the face of the web for posting fake stuff (much as SpyMac is going through right now.) There is a thread in Future Hardware right now discussing the efforts of various posters to send false information to MOSR and ThinkSecret. I know people who faked screenshots of PS6 and sent them to ThinkSecret. What's to stop people from doing the same to us, if we didn't check facts?
I don't know the status of the front page. Ask the guys that do. Last I heard, they were considering making it a forums-only site, due to the lack of attention being paid to the front page. Want to save the AI front page? I'm sure if a bunch of interested volunteers started a coalition to save AI- to do research, write articles, etcetera, IÂm almost positive that Monish/Gorgonzola/Nick/etcetera could be convinced to allow the posting of this stuff. I would be all for allowing forum members to post well-written stuff on the front page (much like ArsTechnica does from time to time)- but I donÂt have the passwords for the publisher system. My hands are a bit tied. However, if I have the support of the forums behind me, I am sure such access could be got.
There's a lot of indifference at MacNN towards AI. I have to ask for approval for just about anything that I want to do for/with the forums. Frankly, about all I can do is look up people's passwords and do stuff within the parameters of the normal UBB 6.1 control panel. I can't install hacks. I can't add more status levels. I've been told to keep the boards as 'stock' as I can, for ease of installing upgrades- thus fewer hacks would have to be applied when an upgrade was. Now that an upgrade's available, I can't get the MacNN guys to install it. I understand they're busy or whatever, but it doesn't seem right that people here that do care and do have the time to work on AI aren't allowed to.
So... it's in your hands guys...
Edit: I was just told that Nick and Monish have been discussing the AI issue and are debating what to do about the front page/etc... but want your input.
One possible plan is the elimination of an official 'front page' as it were, but adding a tabbed interface Ã* la MacNN to the top of the forums page (which would become the new default page) and allowing navigation to the chat and new 'Articles' page -- where user submissions would go -- .... but they want your input.
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