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The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:38 am

I thought I should make a thread where anyone can suggest improvements to this forum. This should help keeping it more well-organized.

I'll start. This is how I think that the categories and sub-forums of this forum should look:


Announcements
News & Announcements
Releases
*

Discussions
Project Discussion
Recruitment
Off-Topic



Red = category
Blue = sub-forum

* We should wait with making a section for the releases until we have released something, in order to minimize the amount of "WERE R UR SCASNLATIUNS?!?!1!?!" posts.

Also, if you think this is a good idea I think that Your first subject (http://teamspecialscans.forummotion.com/t1-your-first-subject) should be moved to News & Announcements and renamed to Forum Administration FAQ
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Dreamingflower on Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:13 am

Alright, I like the suggestion. That treat was posted automaticly. XD So we can blame the site, but I can fix that.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:34 am

Ok, looks good so far. ^^
Can you move all these threads to Project Discussion, except for "Your first subject", which should be moved to News & Announcements?
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Dreamingflower on Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:37 am

No prob. I do think I need to rewrite first subject, since it suddenly became a mess for no apparent reason after I only changed the name of the topic. XD
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:49 am

Yeah I saw that. Also, I think it is kinda rude that the forum autoposts a message in the Admin's name. They could rather autopost it as Forummotion than in the Admin's name.

EDIT:
Since that Forum Administration FAQ is only useful to Admins, perhaps you and Nora could copy it to a text document and delete the whole Forum Administration FAQ thread since it seems useless now that I think about it.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Dreamingflower on Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:17 am

XD that sounds like the best option. XD
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:25 am

If you are having problems with moving the threads you could try to delete the Project Discussion subforum, rename this subforum to Project Discussion and move it between News & Announcements and Recruiting (which you didn't add).

Also, you spelled the Announcements in News & Announcements wrong . ^^
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Dreamingflower on Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:35 pm

Manga Reader X wrote:If you are having problems with moving the threads you could try to delete the Project Discussion subforum, rename this subforum to Project Discussion and move it between News & Announcements and Recruiting (which you didn't add).

Also, you spelled the Announcements in News & Announcements wrong . ^^

Sorry my internet lost connection last night. Also I think we should name the forum the same as the category.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:00 am

The forum looks great now. ^^
I do have some more suggestions / thoughts:

I have started to really like this Pokéball Conversion theme, so can we keep it and just insert the logo into it when Nora is done with the logo?
By the way Nora, make sure that the forum banner has a transparent background. It should look better then.

I think we could give group members "emblems" like Dragon Guard Scanlations did. Could we have emblems in threads like Dragon Guard had here: z3.invisionfree.com/DG_Scanlations/index.php?showtopic=234
If so the emblems should be: Cleaner, Typesetter, Translator and Quality Checker. There is no need for a Proofreader emblem since quality checking covers proofreading and more.
If there is someone that is skilled at image editing who wants to make emblems in this style (i1.ifrm.com/11887/45/pip/Cleaner_copy.gif , i1.ifrm.com/11887/45/pip/Typesetter.gif & i1.ifrm.com/11887/45/pip/translator_copy.gif) you should wait until we know if Forummotion supports emblems and what pixel dimensions are supported.

Do we need any rules or shall we just assume that everyone who register here knows that if they act in a socially incorrect and irresponsible way there will be punishments? If you think we should have rules you can use these pages as inspiration, however if you choose to make a thread about the rules, make sure that you adapt it so that it fits this community and this forums' capabilites. For example, if I remember correctly the Serebii Forums rules are quite strict.
pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?p=6446812
bmgf.bulbagarden.net/f223/bulbagarden-forum-rules-140537/
serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?397567-Serebii-Forums-Rules


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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Dreamingflower on Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:38 am

Nice ideas. I really like those emblems.

I think the members are mature enough to know that they have to behave on this forum and on any other site. It's reasonable that they know, we learned it from our parents, in school, from clubs. Unless someone is too immature to be aware of the rules, we wouldn't need to put up a thread.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:42 am

I agree. I think that if someone behaves improperly an admin gets to decide what action is taken against that forum member. If it's a tough decision we could have multiple staff members decide.

Also, just to clarify, I wasn't talking about group members. I was talking about when the public starts joining our forums.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Duke R on Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:02 pm

I'd consider having a Rules page. We don't want a zack here and, with rules, the person can't say he/she wasn't warned of what we consider inappropriate here.

About having or not a Proofreader position, I believe the Quality Checkers cover that function. However, we may have good QC's who are not native English-speakers, and thus won't be accurate in the grammar correction.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:24 pm

I think we can still call them QCers, since they indeed still check the quality, even if it is just part of the total quality.

I don't want any irritating personalities here either, but the perk with having an own forum is that we decide everything. They should know the basics between right and wrong, otherwise we take whatever action we consider appropriate. Anything from a warning to an IP-ban. (Can we ban IPs with Forumotion by the way)?
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Dreamingflower on Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:53 pm

I don't think IP ban is possible, but we can ban the account of the misbehaving person.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:25 am

If emblems are implementable in Forummotion we should also make a Raw Provider or a Scanner emblem. I think Raw Provider sounds best.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Dreamingflower on Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:47 am

I think so too.

Okay I took another good look and I think we can have those emblems. I just need to make the rankings and use the emblems as Rank image. Just post them in the gallery when their done and I'll make the rankings.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:24 am

Nora, do you think that you could create emblems in the same kind of style that Dragon Guard Scanlations had: i1.ifrm.com/11887/45/pip/Cleaner_copy.gif , i1.ifrm.com/11887/45/pip/Typesetter.gif & i1.ifrm.com/11887/45/pip/translator_copy.gif
I don't think that I have the necessary editing skills to make it look good.

We need five different emblems: Cleaner, Typesetter, Translator, Raw Provider and Quality Checker
Try to make them fit with this forum skin. A universal solution is transparant background, but if you think it looks better in some other way go ahead and use that instead.
When you are done upload it here: jb2448.info/Fanart/Unrelated/Team-Special-Scans/


I do have a few suggestions to the symbols that each emblem could have:

Cleaner: A paintbrush

Typesetter: A black fountain pen

Translator: The Japanese sign(s) for translator in black <--- We need a translator's help here

Raw Provider: A grayscaled (I think that's what it's called when a colour image is made black and white) resized version of Pokémon Special vol. 1's Japanese cover: dogasu.bulbagarden.net/manga/pocket_monsters_special/volume01.png

Quality Checker: An eye, DGS style. Maybe completely blue like this one (ifrm.com/11887/45/pip/Cleaner_copy.gif), or white on the outside and black in the middle.


I think that they symbols shouldn't be too detailed if possible. Quite basic. I like Dragon Guard's emblem text, so I think we should try to mimic that style as close as possible.

I might try to make one or several of these after all, but I would have to know what dimensions the forum supports. It will probably look best if Nora does it though.


Last edited by Manga Reader X on Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:12 pm; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : Found a better Pokémon Special vol. 1 cover to grayscale and resize)
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Dreamingflower on Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:34 pm

I checked the japanese word for Translator on google translate 訳者 Yakusha. I'm not sure if this is really correct. I'll ask Kyla if I got it right tomorrow.

I like the symbol idea. As for the quality checker symbol, blue is a nice cooler, but black and white would be a great reference to the BW arc.

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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:42 pm

I thought it would be a more realistic eye than a blue eye, but the symbolic in a black and white eye and the BW arc is good too. Since most of the symbols will be mostly black (and sometimes white, it will fit better with a B/W eye).


The word translator in kanji is 翻訳者
However, there are two other less common terms for it as well.


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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sat May 04, 2013 10:37 pm

Dreamingflower, could you by any chance change the yellow colour that the typesetters have their name and the typesetter group name written in? It's extremely hard to see on this forum skin.
If you can't change it it's ok.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Dreamingflower on Sun May 05, 2013 12:37 am

I can make the color darker so everyone can see it more clearly.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sun May 05, 2013 12:56 am

Sounds good.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sun May 05, 2013 3:14 am

It looks much better now.

When you're on the main page and look at the page's title in the tab in your browser it says 'Free forum: Team Special Scans'. Could you change it to 'Team Special Scans Forums'?
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Dreamingflower on Sun May 05, 2013 3:19 am

Sure.
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Re: The Forum Improvement Thread

Post by Manga Reader X on Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:59 am

Could you get rid of the 'similar topics' section near the bottom of the forum?
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