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|We might as well keep it all in one topic Naps.
First of all, the idea for uniform topics came from Blulight. Maybe our Moderators forum has the original discussion I will have to look. There were several reasons for this.
Do you guys remember the way we originally did this?
No one could start a new thread. You had to reply to a sticky post, and then someone would get around to eventually creating your post. That method took 2-3 days to get your post and people complained far less then.
1. Uniform Topics make for a better presentation.
2. Uniform Topics made the Calendar function easy to use. Believe it or not some people do use it and this is a feature other forms don't have.
3. Ensuring that Spam, Inappropriate posts, and lame "claim a date" threads weren't getting posted.
4. Forcing a price to be posted, so that people couldn't get away with charging whatever they want whenever they want.
1. No instant gratification or drunk topics, etc.
2. Some of the Mods can't figure out how to turn off thread validation once the topic is validated. I don't know how I can be any clearer on this.
3. If you edit the first post in the thread, thread validation is back on.
Some of the mods host events, so it appears they have an unfair advantage. Realisticly we are talking about a matter of less than 24 hours for a thread to be validated and while I see the point - this is just a whole lot of whining and excuses.
I would have been receptive to turning it off because I actually see the conflict of interest and how this is not good. Had it been presented this way, it would probably have been done. In the case of Brad who repeatedly talks about how no one reads this forum, how he doesn't need to post here, how he doesn't know why he posts here --- to turn around an whine about validation --- I started to think "I wonder what the people who pay for the form think". Then I realized just who these people were, and that only 1 out of the maybe 10 have voiced an opinion. The one person who contributes yearly hasn't come out against it.
I am thinking towards PHPBB3 in the next few months. With this upgrade, the current bugs will go away. We'll also loose the calendar and the look will change to something a little more sterile (unless someone finds something cool we can use). Discussing it is really kind of pointless.
If someone were to find a PhpBB3 look that were decent and help contribute some graphics work I would do the upgrade this month.