How would you change MSO?

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by Shizzy, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Stuart

    Stuart Administrator Administrar

    Messages:
    1,351
    Likes Received:
    944
    Trophy Points:
    143
    I must admit I was concerned about that also. A very good point. However, in my case, this limited some of the new users from sharing their offers status anonymously (by PM-ing rustyedges, Ruth and/or myself).

    If and when can bots post on threads/again access to conversations?

    That sounds feasible, although, I don't know if it's a possibility. Are you thinking something like "25 posts to gain access to profile status" - similar to the hatbox?

    [offtopic]
    Sherlock is a changed man after the award. So serious...
    [/offtopic]
     
  2. Stuart

    Stuart Administrator Administrar

    Messages:
    1,351
    Likes Received:
    944
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Do you guys regularly get asked questions via PM? That has never happened to me, I don't think.

    I think we should make it something like ten posts for the profile status. Also, why are people using that so much lately?
     
  3. Sherlock

    Sherlock Breaker of order Formerly Sherlock

    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    415
    Trophy Points:
    63
    It's about time :) Dont worry, I will still be silly from time to time. Hard to leave old habits aside ;)

    There is an easy fix for this. Just like how we've got anonymous survey for those with offers, we could implement similar surveys for other users to complete. It's even better because that way, the users stay anonymous from everyone.

    There are situations sometimes where a bot can easily get 2 posts and no moderators are online. 5 posts though not significant is still a better option.

    From my past experiences in other boards, I know this feature is possible, particularly in vBulletin and XenForo is very much compatible with vBulletin. It seems @Mana would be able to work on this one.
     
  4. Mana

    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

    Messages:
    4,521
    Likes Received:
    1,311
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Occupation:
    Resident Medical Officer
    There is already a post requirement to be able to send a private message (as not to get spammed but also so people post their first question on the forums). However, it seems that people are instead just posting their specific questions on the profile of a moderator or on someone who is in the course they are asking questions about.

    Speak for yourself - when the offers came out this week I was answering questions via PM pretty much non-stop for hours.
     
  5. Mana

    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

    Messages:
    4,521
    Likes Received:
    1,311
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Occupation:
    Resident Medical Officer
    I'm able to make it so that new users cannot see other users' profiles until a certain number of posts, yes. I am a bit worried that this might make some other functionality difficult (for example, a user having trouble messaging a moderator or admin with a request to change the real life name they put on their account can no longer PM and no longer post on the wall... heh...)
     
  6. Sherlock

    Sherlock Breaker of order Formerly Sherlock

    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    415
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Hmm yea that would be a problem haha. I don't know if that's a solution anymore...

    I think the best way to tackle this issue would be not to answer their questions on profile and instead link them to a forum or thread where they can ask the same question. It's a little harsh but that might be the best solution we have.
     
  7. Mana

    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

    Messages:
    4,521
    Likes Received:
    1,311
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Occupation:
    Resident Medical Officer
    While it's quite a low-tech solution, I think it's currently the best one. Regulars, especially staff members, should direct users asking questions to ask them on the relevant threads.
     
  8. Stuart

    Stuart Administrator Administrar

    Messages:
    1,351
    Likes Received:
    944
    Trophy Points:
    143
    That is a very good suggestion. I will have to try it out like what Ben did. Thank you!

    You would need to stop doing that! (Haha.)

    Isn't that what the Miscellaneous folder is for?
     
  9. Mana

    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

    Messages:
    4,521
    Likes Received:
    1,311
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Occupation:
    Resident Medical Officer
    Someone with their real life name wanting a name change is not someone who is wanting to post that name in a thread, even in the Misc subforum.
     
  10. Stuart

    Stuart Administrator Administrar

    Messages:
    1,351
    Likes Received:
    944
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Isn't the profile wall public? If so, PM will only be the good way. Also, are we able to make a note about possibly thinking about what name(s) to use when signing up?
     
  11. Mana

    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

    Messages:
    4,521
    Likes Received:
    1,311
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Occupation:
    Resident Medical Officer
    Let me see if I can change that in the sign-up template.

    Edit: Done. On the signup page it now reads:

    "This is the name that will be shown with your messages. You may use any name you wish. We strongly encourage you not to use personally identifying information as your username (such as using your surname or using a less common first name) as once this is set, it cannot be changed."
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2017
    LBoG and Stuart like this.
  12. Benjamin

    Benjamin Admin (JCU MBBS) Administrar

    Messages:
    1,661
    Likes Received:
    469
    Trophy Points:
    83
    The way I have always dealt with this for the multitude of JCU questions that get PM'd to me rather than asked in a thread is to post the questions and the answer in my own thread. This way the person doesn't necessarily have to ask it directly on a thread/create their own thead/can ask things prvivately, but everyone can still see the answer.
     
  13. Mana

    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

    Messages:
    4,521
    Likes Received:
    1,311
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Occupation:
    Resident Medical Officer
    I've ended up copying and pasting answers as well, but I've also gotten a bit lazy because of the multitude of new threads now, heh.
     
  14. LBoG

    LBoG BMedSci/MD-JMP II UoN

    Messages:
    203
    Likes Received:
    171
    Trophy Points:
    43
    "Unless @Mana is feeling lazy and you chose a name more than four letters long."

    :p
     
    LMG!, Ruth and Mana like this.
  15. Sherlock

    Sherlock Breaker of order Formerly Sherlock

    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    415
    Trophy Points:
    63
    I've been thinking about making use of the trophy points feature on MSO of late to reward members for their contribution on MSO if possible.

    We could make trophy points a system which rewards users who have contributed with quality posts on MSO such as articles and guides.

    Would it be possible to make a new usergroup with a title something like 'Valued Contributor' with a different user colour?

    For example, for every article or valuable post, the OP can be awarded 200 trophy points or something like that and there should be threshold of points before one can be upgraded to a new usergroup called 'Valued Contributor'. Lets say 2000 for example. I think this would be a huge encouragement for users to contribute with valuable posts to the board as well as a way to reward them.



    We could also make a secondary points system for things such as competitions/contests/games where if a user wins, they get awarded certain amount of trophy points. However, these trophy points DO NOT count towards 'Valued Contributor' but rather a GOLD STAR. The host of the competitions/contests/games should be responsible for looking after the trophy points collated by each user. (Since we now have a option to make tabs, this should be easier to keep track of). When the user reaches certain amount of trophy points, lets say 500, they get awarded the GOLD STAR.

    Whilst the trophy points from winning competitions/contests/games cannot to be used for 'Valued Contributor', someone who has won points through writing a valuable post can use their trophy points for a GOLD STAR. If they decide to use their trophy points for GOLD STAR, then their trophy points decrease.


    Any feedback to improve this system is highly appreciated!!

    @Ben @Mana
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2017
  16. Mana

    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

    Messages:
    4,521
    Likes Received:
    1,311
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Occupation:
    Resident Medical Officer

    Happy to implement a system provided that it does not rely heavily on the administrators manually adding or removing things. Automated points, yes - we could make an additional usergroup with a banner that says valued contributor if we just make it so that people who get say 500 likes automatically get that banner. Non-automated points - not really a very efficient use of our time.
     
  17. Benjamin

    Benjamin Admin (JCU MBBS) Administrar

    Messages:
    1,661
    Likes Received:
    469
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Not 100% sure how the trophy system works but might be able to implement it with another plug-in that gives people the ability to do more than just 'like' a post - i.e. allow people to mark it as 'informative' or whatever and then apply banners based on number of posts with ___ rating. Saw something that fits this description a little while ago and thought about adding it - will have a look over the next couple days after I wind down from night shifts.
     

Share This Page