Added: Debates forum (in Changelog)

AdminShade May 4 2009 12:07 PM EDT

NightStrike or Jonathan seems to have added Debates forum part.

When trying to put active this in my supporter preferences I got this alas:

Server Error
The requested URL cannot be accessed due to a system error on this server.

AdminShade May 4 2009 12:09 PM EDT

in other words: we can't put it in our recent forum topics list yet.

QBOddBird May 4 2009 12:09 PM EDT

I was able to add it to my supporter preferences last night without a problem...but I think at the time someone else also got a server error when trying to do so.

AdminTal Destra May 4 2009 12:11 PM EDT

I just added it without a problem, you sure its not on your end?

Cube May 4 2009 12:12 PM EDT

Any chance you could add a word/character limit to that forum? Some people have a habit of making posts that are way too long.

Daz May 4 2009 12:14 PM EDT

I was able to add it. Is this limited to on-topic debates or can it have OT debates as well? (ie. religion (ban religion from debates XD) )

Cube May 4 2009 12:14 PM EDT

Oh, also I too added it to my supporter preferences without a problem. I can't test to see if this worked though because the only post would have been pushed off the recent posts page.

QBOddBird May 4 2009 12:14 PM EDT

I had thought about that, but

1) I don't really want to limit people; maybe just "try to be concise?"
2) I don't want to mod for word count on posts. >.>

QBOddBird May 4 2009 12:15 PM EDT

Cube - the forum should be unlocked for everyone to make threads now, so if you can come up with a good discussion topic (read: steal one of our current ones from this forum) then you'll be able to tell :P

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] May 4 2009 12:17 PM EDT

is the debate forum for religious and political type discussions as some of us had desired or is this to debate game issues?

Cube May 4 2009 12:23 PM EDT

Yep, Recent forums is working.

As for the word count, I guess I was hoping for something automatic. A character limit/line limit is probably the easiest. I know we can tell someone to be concise, but sometimes people don't realize it. It starts getting ridiculous especially when people start copy pasting into the forum.

QBOddBird May 4 2009 12:23 PM EDT

All of the above, dudemus!

Cube May 4 2009 12:26 PM EDT

Oh, and if someone could add it to the sidebar's drop down list when you highlight Forums, that'd be swell.

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 4 2009 12:26 PM EDT

Ah, well, this certainly is an interesting addition. But don't we have an Off-topic area for these very things? I'd rather have a diary section than a debate section. And this coming from the guy who debates with everyone every thirty seconds.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 4 2009 12:52 PM EDT

The reason for the specific forum section is that rules can be created and enforced without hearing the "it's OT, why can't I do what I want" every ten seconds.

It also seems to mean that OB has some power over posts...

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 4 2009 12:58 PM EDT

Yeah, it would seem that way, Nov.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] May 4 2009 1:01 PM EDT

i will have to see how it turns out. my idea had been for a so-called pointless debate forum that would enable those not wanting to see the oft repeated politicial and religious debates to just hide that forum entirely.

since what we have incorporates game issues as well, it makes it harder for me to decide whether or not to hide it. i will have to think on this one!

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] May 4 2009 1:02 PM EDT

Wow, this should spawn some very interesting threads to read.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] May 4 2009 1:04 PM EDT

by pointless i was not being derogatory, i am at a different place in life than most on here and have heard the debates for around thirty years now. if nothing has changed my mind yet, then i doubt it will especially since i haven't heard many new arguments in a couple of decades.

with that in mind, the debate is just pointless to me at this time in my life.

QBRanger May 4 2009 1:24 PM EDT

I get the new forum, but when I move my mouse over Forums on the left frame, Debate fails to show up.

Kefeck [FARM ME] May 4 2009 1:30 PM EDT

Yep ranger's correct even with a refresh.

AdminNightStrike May 4 2009 2:37 PM EDT

It doesn't appear because I never added it to the pop out. I'm still undecided as to whether or not I will at this point in time. I'm going to wait and see how the forum itself plays out before messing with the sidebar.

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 4 2009 8:39 PM EDT

Looks like you added it now...?

AdminShade May 5 2009 6:04 AM EDT


yet my checkbox isn't ticked and I can't get it ticked...

AdminNightStrike May 7 2009 7:37 PM EDT

Admins can now check the forum box thingie.
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