Artistic Scene

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Dan

STAFF
If you discover any bugs or if something seems to be off, please report it here with as many details as possible. I will then have a look at it and fix things one by one. When fixed, I will update your post and mark it as resolved.

Thanks for your help making this community a great place.

Posted 1 year ago
DawnPatrol

ARTIST
I just realized that you actually made a thread for this, so I'm going to post all my suggestions/complaints/bitching nags here :p

It would be awesome if there were a 'preview post' button when making posts or threads. For me personally, it helps a lot in catching errors and improperly formatted content (i.e - links and images).


Edit:

Links don't work and for some reason in this thread a space is being added into my links. When I go to edit the post, the spaces don't show.
artisticscene.com

Also, is it possible to post images in these posts? The typical [img] tags don't seem to work and the html image tags don't work. I would highly recommend including that feature.
Posted 1 year ago Last updated 1 year ago
Dan

STAFF
This is a custom forum and additional functionality will be added soon. Links will come in for pro members to prevent spam bots from flooding the forums. Becoming a pro member will be an easy task as it will just involve submitting a few quality items that stand out. I'm trying to keep things as clean as possible. The issue with images is that people will start posting their work into the forum instead posting them to the system, so that's one thing that probably won't happen to prevent issues.
Posted 1 year ago Last updated 1 year ago
DawnPatrol

ARTIST
Honestly I have to disagree with your views on links and images. On any forum users should be able to use both.

Links - I don't understand how disabling links will reduce the amount of bot spam. Bots will still spam with links that no one clicks anyway, the only difference is they won't be clickable. However, by making links not clickable you're just frustrating your users who want to post links to external resources and images.

Images - Also a necessity on a forum. If users can't post images, then they can't post pictures in off topic sections like memes, pictures of themselves, their animals, cars, their workspace, etc., all common topics in off-topic sections. They also can't post works in progress, many tutorials won't be able to be posted, they can't post their gear or screenshots of issues they may be having with the forum or design programs, etc..

There's so many uses for links and images that they need to be available to everyone.

Also, as far as the 'PRO' members go, if all you have to do is submit a few items then PRO members aren't really pro... everyone will be a pro member and the class will be a bit obsolete.

I think you're limiting the users' capabilities too much and as a web developer, you know that it doesn't take much for people to immediately close a site and never bother with it again. These small frustrating usability issues could potentially lose you a lot of new members, especially considering that most of your new members are frequent forum goers who are used to a certain standard of forum.

Just my two cents.
Posted 1 year ago
Dan

STAFF
Don't worry, it won't be just submitting a few items to become a PRO. The items need to be quality items and stand out of the masses. It's also not really something I decided on 100%. It's possible that we will just manually set posting permissions per user.

I work for a large (well known) search engine in the abuse dept. so I am extremely skilled if it comes to spam, search engine visibility and algorithms. The success of a site can depend on things like allowing site visitors to post links and images. Especially images within forums are an issue because it can easily trigger the duplicate content flags within search engines, but I am sure I will find an acceptable solution for this.

I am currently working hard to build something that "sticks", so with the launch of a new site, it is very important to make sure search engines "like" the site. Once a site is well known and active, search engines do no longer play a large role as the site supports itself, but at the beginning it would be a very bad idea to just allow anything, as this would flag a site negatively if it comes to making it visible.

There is also a psychological part when it comes to rewarding people. The human brain works in mysterious ways. People are more happy if they earn privileges with the time instead of getting them all at once. It can make sense to have various groups with various permissions to keep the general community mood high.

Don't worry too much about all this as it's all not 100% decided yet. I am very flexible and ideas can quickly change over night. What matters most to me right now is visibility, a healthy community mood and having fun.

Links have been enabled now and the spacing should be solved too.
Posted 1 year ago Last updated 1 year ago
DawnPatrol

ARTIST
If the links are working the images aren't THAT big of an issue. Thank you for addressing that.

I also agree that some kind of reward system for members is good, I actually read a portion of a book that addressed how the gratification of completing tasks and earning things in video games is what makes them highly addictive and this is a similar idea. Lots of times on forums I see elite or pro memberships that you can either pay for or earn, but it's basically just one level. As soon as you earn the pro membership, that's it, you've got all the special things. That works fine if you are trying to get people to pay money to the site, but if you're using the pro memberships as a way to keep people interested in the site, then I think it's a very cool idea to have lots of milestones they can reach to get new and different privileges.

You could effectively use those milestones to populate this entire site with content. Kind of like achievements in certain video games. Maybe there's rewards you get for posting 5, 25, 50, 100, 200, etc. pieces in the showcase. Or maybe you get awards when you hit 10, 50, 100, 500, etc in post count. And you could do more specific ones like awards for posting topics in the resource section. You could encourage content through your reward system reserving the right to decline rewards if the content isn't quality.

As far as the rewards go, they could be luxury features (i.e. - ability to change the cover photo or avatar in your profile, or maybe the ability to advertise your own website in your portfolio). It could also be things that are of absolutely no consequence such as a badge system. Lots of sites will change your title and/or give you icons next to your name for things you've accomplished on the site, how long you've been there, or how many posts you have. All these little visual rewards add up to the length of what is known as the e-penis :p People will work for those little icons despite the fact that they have no relevance whatsoever to anything other than your own ego lol.

Kinda seems like that's the direction you're looking to go with the specialized memberships and I think it would be an awesome way to handle it. You would definitely encourage activity and when your board is active more people are likely to join and stick around. I would be very interested to see a game-like reward system like that in action on a forum. Not many I've been to have really gone very far with it.

Another thing I've noticed is that the 'keep me logged in' button doesn't seem to be working for me. I have been logging on on both my phone and my computer, not sure if that affects it, but every time I visit the site on either device I have to log in regardless of whether or not I've previously checked that box.
Posted 1 year ago
Dan

STAFF
You got the point of what I am trying to do here. The PRO membership is basically a reward for submitting "interesting" and valuable items. It's just the first step though. I don't plan to base these things on specific amounts of submissions, cause then the site would be flooded with low-quality content. I always hated things like post counts or rank images because people start posting spam just to get their ranks.

To me it makes most sense to reward people for quality and not quantity. A community should be a place where people get along, where they can learn from each other while having fun. Based on that, I'll work on additional features that reward members who stand out, It's all about respect. It makes more sense to see a PRO user and knowing the user achieved something instead of seeing a badge about how many posts he/she made.

The only thing that won't happen is charging members for anything. Too many things cost money and Artistic Scene is meant to be a place designed by humans for humans where money should play no role. It's all about fun and sharing knowledge here.

Posted 1 year ago