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Yesterday I thought of a great way to implement the RPG into the forum in a way that the forum doesn't look messy and in a way it's easy to see for newcomers.

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NOTE: This is NOT a final lay-out, boards can be switched and replaced to make navigation easier.

Basically what I thought is this:

* Place all general boards which apply to both games under 1 section.

* Place the game-specific boards under another section, which has tabs for the classic games and the RPG, in different colors.

* Use a Java script to switch between tabs in a way which does not reload the whole page.

* The above points also apply to the 'Hold Beta Testing' section.

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07-15-2008 at 12:08 PM
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Mmm, I think we're really just going to want a section that's got nearly everything the DROD section has, but for the RPG. Maybe not two "Press Clippings" or "Contests" boards, but everything else.

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No, I don't think so. Take General. The discussions are mostly about all DROD games. It would also be extra complicated for either Mike or Erik to post an announcement. They have to post it 2 times, in both general boards, to ensure all people see it.

And the Illumination, why copy that? They're not gonna write 2 each month, I can tell you that.

The site, is really just about 'The site'. No clue whatsoever why you should duplicate it.

I stick with the screenshot. I carefully decided which boards need to be duplicated and which don't. Maybe we can also duplicate the 'Feature requests' board, but that's it in my opinion.

EDIT: Also, if you duplicate about all boards it'll be much more complicated, especially for newcomers, and we'll have lots of posts in wrong boards.

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07-15-2008 at 12:25 PM
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I like the concept very much, although it probably should be called DROD as opposed to Classic. And general should be split, illumination is for the big announcements, General is for game specific announcements.
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NiroZ wrote:
I like the concept very much, although it probably should be called DROD as opposed to Classic. And general should be split, illumination is for the big announcements, General is for game specific announcements.

Hmm yeah, I didn't look at it that way, I agree to a certain point, but I'm not sure yet.
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It says "All DROD-related topics welcome." This doesn't look to me like it should be limited just to the non-RPG DROD games. Besides, look at the topics on the general board, most of them really aren't related to the *game* itself.
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Why reinvent the wheel when there's already a perfectly working mechanism in place to show/hide part of the forums list?

(Try clicking on the - icons next to a board category name if you don't know what I mean...)

I for one will probably be interested in both DROD and DROD RPG topics, and only ever having one of those two categories visible means I'll have to click back and forth between them, when I could have them in a nice collapsible list that can be shortened with one click if needed.

Also, tabs in the middle of a list are just bad UI form IMHO. If anything, they need to go to the top of the list, but since there'll be DROD, DROD RPG and shared boards it'll just get messy anyway...

Just my 0.02 EYPO...

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Briareos wrote:
Why reinvent the wheel when there's already a perfectly working mechanism in place to show/hide part of the forums list?

(Try clicking on the - icons next to a board category name if you don't know what I mean...)

I for one will probably be interested in both DROD and DROD RPG topics, and only ever having one of those two categories visible means I'll have to click back and forth between them, when I could have them in a nice collapsible list that can be shortened with one click if needed.

Also, tabs in the middle of a list are just bad UI form IMHO. If anything, they need to go to the top of the list, but since there'll be DROD, DROD RPG and shared boards it'll just get messy anyway...

Just my 0.02 EYPO...

np: The Cinematic Orchestra - Man With The Movie Camera (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)

Hmm yeah, but I thought the list would get a bit long, even if you can collapse/decollapse. I've always been a sucker for tabs and stuff like that, and this lay-out seemed the most sufficient to me.
07-15-2008 at 05:13 PM
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Yeah, I'm just going to stick with the existing grouping mechanisms we have. There will be a Caravel (or General) category, DROD, and DROD RPG.

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07-16-2008 at 04:12 AM
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This looks like a really good idea, a way for newcomers not to be too dumfounded on where to go when they first visit the Caravel Forum.

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