"ville" said:Tagging threads would solve the search problem. Let's say you want to make a thread for people to post screenshots from Driftmoon. Tag it "driftmoon screenshots images", or something like that. If someone wants to see threads about Driftmoon, just add "driftmoon" to the filter and only posts about Driftmoon appear (Rather, any post with "driftmoon" as a tag), effectively converting the old subforum paradigm into a single dynamically-populated list. Granted, the idea is more suitable to image boards, and that's exactly where I got it from (I AM SUBTLE LOLOLOL), but it may be adapted to work with textual conversation threads.
Oh yes, another thing that's been bugging me for years is subforums. The ones belonging to my old games are completely unused, and people visiting the forum the first time never see where the discussion really is. So inspired by this, I've been thinking of having no subforums, just all the threads on one topic list. There are so few threads at the moment that I hardly ever have to go through the first ten to read them all, so I don't think it would matter. But it would need a good search tool if anyone wanted to find out something that happened ages ago. Any thoughts on that? It's a pretty radical change, I wonder if it could work and get more people to comment...
"Grim Reaper" said:What about storing quotes as just the post ID in the first place? It would REALLY clean up post editing and make it easier not to go mad trying to quote several posts in one response. (Seriously, just quote this one and try to figure out what's what.) I'll admit I have no idea how to handle deletes or edits, but it's something to consider.
"Narvius" said:Indeed. Would also be nice to have the quote-button-generated quotes automatically include one.
I thought of another thing: Linking to individual posts in topics. It's not hard to implement, yet enormously useful.
"ville" said:I've got a 1600x1200 screen on my desktop computer, and I'll have to agree with Grim that it leaves a lot of empty space. Then again, I've been posting from my (new) laptop lately, and it has a 1440x900 screen and looks acceptable. What about dynamically expanding the forum content so that the side graphics don't use more than, say, 200 pixels on either side, while still being at least 1000px wide? I've noticed that a lot of new, mainstream computers have unusual widescreen resolutions (Maybe not unusual, but just widescreen), so it may be worth the trouble.
The default forum theme is now actually about 1000 pixels wide, I changed it a while back when I got a bigger monitor! I will probably tie the width to the webpage width for now, but I'll try to make the text area as wide as possible.
Edit: I think I actually LIKE the new Instant Kingdom theme, now that I've been using it for a little while. I can't seem to make my mind up about whether it's better off fixed- or full-width. Y'know what, forget the whole thing. You make the forum and we'll use it. X(