I REALLY REALLY HATE to nit-pick, even more so because I'm fairly new here and the long term members may be biased towards me since I havn't established a confident level of friendship in anyone, but I'm definitely not new to other message boards. These are nice ideas for a forum, but are definitely not well suited for this environment.
| 1) tracking of total page views be added to the members stats |
Hacking such features into an already stable and functional message board isn't What do I have to say? I suggest you abolish the post count all together. I've been to other forums where they finally evolved and decided to remove post count all together. Everyone bitched and moaned for a couple weeks, finally everyone got use to it and the whoring stopped almost completely. Although I like it since I don't abuse it, in best interest of everyone else and the ones that do whore to have a larger ego, I move to remove it.the greatest idea unless it's a really necessary design element of the website. Especially since this forum's software has occasional updates, and any update done on the server will overwrite the changes to the code to allow such a feature. This is possible, but a pain in the ass. A profile modification such as "member's ride" was needed since the whole website deals around that fact, so it was added.
| 2) chat room posts only count as 1% (100 chat room posts to accumulate 1 measured post). |
Do you know how difficult it would be to create a program that aggregates AIM usernames and messages in the chat room, compares it with the database on the webserver, and update postcount accordingly? That would require some serious multilingual programming, a dedicated computer to monitor the chat room 24/7, and direct access to the forums database (which most co-location\remote hosting facilities WILL NOT ALLOW). Let alone disassembling AIMs networking protocol to allow this program to simply interface with the chat room.
| 3) When ever someone views a post topic, the topic be returned to the top of the list just like when someone posts to a topic |
Do you know how CHAOTIC it would be to surf any boards if this were true? The first page of topics will constantly randomize, including topics from the depths of hell long lost and forgotten. You may think that is a positive thing to bring up topics like these, but that's what the search function and posting "bump" in that thread is for.
| 4) Youíre topic rating system take into consideration the number of on going page views. |
As said in point one, more complex algebraic functions hacked into an already stable release code.
| 5) Each time you post, a ďrate thisĒ topic be available. |
A whole new thread? or just a 1-10 rating of threads? IMHO, I do not think this is needed here. It's similar to a real-time 1-10 rating of a human conversation. Nobody does such a thing in normal conversation, we also donít need it here.
| 6) Popularity and topic ratings be taken into account for member level ratings. |
Ah, Adding more complexity to the post-whoring problem. A popularity rating. Let's keep the forums as distant from a popularity contest as possible.
I hope you didn't take this as a flame, it sure does sound like it.
Sir, madam, I mean you no disrespect. I am not attacking your integrity or intelligence. I merely disagreed with your suggestions. I'm not saying they are bad, I just don't believe they would benefit the forums and the members as a whole.
Also, I move to have this thread locked before it becomes a massive flame war, feelings get hurt, and we loose members due to hard feelings. My comments, along with the pompous remarks made, etc etc... It doesnít look good. Unless we all can end this discussion like civilized adults, then I suggest we lock thread and simply move on.