Vamp and I are working on a new project (which will effectively replace SICKind as well, though I'll be making an account transfer system and keeping this forum in archive mode), and the main portion of it is us writing our own forum system.
It's going to be based (albeit accidentally) on a forum system that already exists... just without the bloat. I can't for the life of me remember the name of the actual software, but an example of its usage is up at https://pinside.com/pinball/forum
The general idea is merging traditional forums with something more reddit-like (sort of). Threads are shown on a feed and categories/subforums work more like filters and tags. That means that instead of going to a different section, you just look at your feed. This helps get rid of the 'ghost town' feel of lesser used subforums, and just generally works a helluva lot better for small/intimate communities as well as communities that light to read and post in all areas of the site without having to click a hundred different sections to do so.
While doing this, I'd like to hear what you all get irritated with when it comes to traditional forum software. Some examples: is the lack of a WYSIWYG editor annoying? Does multiple clicks to get to emoticons get tedious? Is a more seamless (aka jquery) approach more/less irritating than the page changing every time? Are notifications good/bad/needimprovement/etc? Do you give a damn about various statistics of threads, users, etc? Are there any must-have kind of things that you find really useful in other softwares?
Those were just some examples, but let me know what tweaks you'd want on a spankin' new system, made from scratch. Ideally I want it to be the easiest, most bloat-free, fastest, and intuitive software we can make... hence why we're not using existing ones
Oh and side note: we WILL be using a chatbox on the new project as well... there are just a few little things I want to work out first, but feel free to say what you'd like to change about those kinds of features as well.
We'll also be doing custom bbcode and whatnot BUT it will use a totally unique system that I think you all will enjoy. But that's a secret for now Just know that the horrific shop system we have on this site will never see the light of day again
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