Improving The CB Forums (in Contests)

QBOddBird May 4 2009 3:59 AM EDT

This is a contest, sponsored by NightStrike, to make the CB community a better one. I'm going to be watching the forums, and when you make a qualified post, you'll be rewarded.

What qualifies your post?

1) Helpful. Being helpful pays off! This is an optional qualifier.
2) Literate. If you have a good vocabulary, use it! Posts so wordy as to be unreadable will not be rewarded, but well-written, literate posts will be.
3) Tactful. Even if you are literate and helpful, if you say it in a way that pisses people off, you're not getting a reward. Show some tact in the forums, and consider the reaction your post will bring.
4) Enjoyable. Is your post funny? Is it entertaining? That's great, and we appreciate it! This is an optional qualifier.

More than anything, though, I'll simply be choosing posts on a case-by-case basis, with these as a basic guideline. So just go out there, make great posts, and wait for the cash to flow in. It's that simple!

{WW]Nayab [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 4 2009 4:26 AM EDT

Sounds interesting and particularly kind of you

three4thsforsaken May 4 2009 4:56 AM EDT

We should have a referal contest while we're at it!

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] May 4 2009 5:07 AM EDT

I like this contest. Have fun being a forum debater and get payed for it at the same time. This will certainly encourage more posting but at the same time cleaner and more civilized at the same time.

LittleLauren May 4 2009 5:54 AM EDT

Finally, a purpose for English class.

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- May 4 2009 6:07 AM EDT

"Now boys and girls, today we are going to learn about nouns, conjunctions, and how proper use of these things can greatly benefit your networth in the near future."

{WW]Nayab [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 4 2009 6:16 AM EDT

We will also be learning counting, addition, multiplication and how to create a good strat.
Please enjoy and make sure that you pay attention and stay out of my way :)

BootyGod May 4 2009 6:40 AM EDT

This is actually an interesting contest.

Sort of like the QB thing, which I love, but without the "popularity contest" aspect of it, as some called it.

Nice one here, NS. And you too, OB, for being plain Odd and Awesome (Next name, perhaps?)

AdminShade May 4 2009 8:24 AM EDT

Ehm children... the base requirement is improving the CB forums, not to boast your knowledge of the English language.

In other words, please stop saying ooh and ahh about how great the contest is and start making suggestions for improvements! :)

AdminShade May 4 2009 8:25 AM EDT

Addition / Change:

I'd like to see WTB and WTS split up perhaps.

Wizard'sFirstRule May 4 2009 8:46 AM EDT

first we have fines for bad posts, and now anti-fines for "good" posts? when does it end?

Demigod May 4 2009 8:55 AM EDT

To help get the ball rolling, here are three changes that I support:

1. Rolling bonus - The current N*B setup creates a model of disposable characters. The rolling bonus would allow users to catch up to "the herd" without easily surpassing.

2. Restructuring the Black Market - The current Black Market functions only with the BMVG. Without unified voters, it's useless. I would like to have individual votes never expire, and possibly increase the required number of votes per item to keep the economy stable.

3. Tutorial - It's broken. It will likely take a lot of coding time, but it needs to be recreated. I also like the ideas of giving new players the option of turning it off as well as stretching it out to keep new players focused for their first week (possibly with benchmark opponents at 50k mpr, 100k mpr, etc).

Demigod May 4 2009 8:56 AM EDT

And in hindsight, I realize that it has little to do with the forums, but that's my soapbox. :)

Cube May 4 2009 12:02 PM EDT

As ugly as I think it is, I think bbcode should be supported because I've seen quite a few posts where people accidentally use it.

If you don't know what it is, bbcode is used on a lot of other forums. It looks like this kind of



I think the quote feature would be great at keeping the forums clean and less confusing. Bbcode is a bit more accessible to people than html, so I think it's worth doing since more people will use it.

Cube May 4 2009 12:05 PM EDT

I don't know if this contest was meant to support making good content posts or to get suggestions for improving the forum.. For a post that promises to reward good posts, it isn't very clear. =P

AdminTal Destra May 4 2009 12:06 PM EDT

no please no, no bracket bracket code

Cube May 4 2009 12:19 PM EDT

As I said I think it's ugly too, but some people like using it, and isn't it better to try to be accessible to more people?

I'd rather see what someone intended to post, than the code itself.

TheCakeIsTheTruth May 4 2009 12:42 PM EDT

I agree add BBCode, if you don't like it then don't use it. Simple.

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 4 2009 12:44 PM EDT

Perhaps BBCode, but I'd rather that the objects on the "Known Issues" page get fixed first. :)

QBOddBird May 4 2009 12:45 PM EDT

Btw, you don't have to make your posts in this thread; this is a contest that covers all of CB forums.

AdminNightStrike May 4 2009 2:33 PM EDT

For the record, this contest isn't about posting suggestions to improve the forum. It's about making quality posts that will by their nature improve the forum.

Lefty May 4 2009 3:41 PM EDT

What exactly are we rewarded with?

I don't post much on the forums, as I mostly just read what others have to say and try to learn about the game through their posts. It seems like a good idea however, to try and get people to be more civil.

QBOddBird May 6 2009 5:56 PM EDT

QBOddFish (Rogue) Warfish Tamerlane (Reuben) $10000 5:55 PM EDT

The 1st prize given out so far goes to Warfish Tamerlane, for his 2:54 post in "RoE vs DM data"

Hakai [Aye Phelta Thi] May 6 2009 11:32 PM EDT

Whatever. I am going to own this contest. Except I never post. ;p

Colonel Custard [The Knighthood] May 7 2009 12:06 AM EDT

Aw, score!

AdminNightStrike May 9 2009 7:40 PM EDT

Kudos, Warfish! Glad to see people are trying :)

[P]Mitt May 9 2009 8:01 PM EDT

I like the contest :)

I'd say that I have a shot, but recently I've been seeing that my posts kill threads, so that's probably not going to happen :)

BootyGod May 13 2009 6:38 PM EDT

See, Shade!

My post about how awesome this thread is was totally legitimate.

QBOddBird May 13 2009 10:00 PM EDT

I haven't handed out any prizes because I have been (and still currently am) typing from a hotel. When I get home, I'll take the time to go through forums and find worthy posts. Just wanted to make sure nobody thought the contest wasn't is and will be, I'm just currently on a bit of a break. :)

QBOddBird May 21 2009 12:49 PM EDT

QBOddBird (Rogue) dudemus (Kwai Chang) $20000 12:47 PM EDT
QBOddBird (Rogue) Tyriel (Defenders of Athens) $20000 12:47 PM EDT

For the random Ranger love thread - spontaneous kindness toward a fellow community member

For the multiple retrains in an effort to test all recent JKF junction changes, and helpfulness in such threads

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] May 21 2009 3:03 PM EDT

thank ya! ; )

th00p May 26 2009 5:33 PM EDT

My presence here improves the CB forums.

Tyriel [123456789] May 26 2009 6:34 PM EDT

Haha, just noticed this. Thanks, OB! =)

And I agree with th00p. Fuzzy Wumpkins deserves money.

Tyriel (Defenders of Athens) th00p (Mr. T) $1337 6:34 PM EDT

QBOddBird May 30 2009 3:35 PM EDT

For promptly providing helpful / tested posts to a question posed by another player:

QBOddBird (Safety Deposit Box) Raveshaw (Darth Maul) $20000 -- thanks! 3:34 PM EDT
QBOddBird (Safety Deposit Box) QBJohnnyWas (God) $20000 -- thanks! 3:33 PM EDT
QBOddBird (Safety Deposit Box) Artemis (Ares the Great) $20000 -- thanks! 3:33 PM EDT


QBOddBird May 30 2009 5:04 PM EDT

QBOddBird (Safety Deposit Box) {Jiraiya}-Fame.Vr
(The Legend of Jiraiya) $20000 -- thanks! 5:04 PM EDT

Demigod May 30 2009 6:00 PM EDT

Here's the corrected first link:

PearsonTritonRaveshaw May 31 2009 12:24 AM EDT

Wait... I helped?

PearsonTritonRaveshaw May 31 2009 12:26 AM EDT

D'oh! I didn't see the link.
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