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Suggestion regarding the off-topic section

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:28 am
by Rainwater
I notice that Hap's Diner is largely ignored, even though off-topic sub-forums tend to be very popular on boards like this. Maybe moving it to the top of the page might bring it some attention and help shift a lot of the OT discussion from the Twin Peaks forum. Just a thought.

Re: Suggestion regarding the off-topic section

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:52 am
by Rainwater
Also, may I suggest some sort of enforcement for unique usernames?
There are already several little men from Another Place, there were two of MT Wentz online just now, several Woodsmen, not to mention plenty of owls, all the endless variations on Dale Cooper and so on. It might get pretty ridiculous, as the new series approaches and the user-base keeps growing rapidly.

Re: Suggestion regarding the off-topic section

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:03 pm
by dugpa
Rainwater wrote:I notice that Hap's Diner is largely ignored, even though off-topic sub-forums tend to be very popular on boards like this. Maybe moving it to the top of the page might bring it some attention and help shift a lot of the OT discussion from the Twin Peaks forum. Just a thought.


I did some shuffling of the forums to have the non Twin Peaks forums rolled up which as a result brings the Off Topic higher.

Perhaps that will help.

Re: Suggestion regarding the off-topic section

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:08 pm
by dugpa
Rainwater wrote:Also, may I suggest some sort of enforcement for unique usernames?
There are already several little men from Another Place, there were two of MT Wentz online just now, several Woodsmen, not to mention plenty of owls, all the endless variations on Dale Cooper and so on. It might get pretty ridiculous, as the new series approaches and the user-base keeps growing rapidly.


I would do this if there was an available plugin however I'm unable to find one.

Technically, the board already protects against unique names however the database sees dugpa and dugpa_ as two unique names.

The only way without writing an algorithm to validate similarity would be to manually call out each person that selects a name that is similar to an already existing name. Unfortunately manual is too time consuming and I barely have time to help people with login issues.

I do like the idea but unless I find time to write the algorithm, or someone creates a board username similarity plugin I don't see this happening any time soon.

Re: Suggestion regarding the off-topic section

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:27 pm
by Rainwater
Thanks for the reply. I didn't realize you handle all the user activation yourself, figured the mods were doing that as well.
Maybe put a little note on the registration page that encourages originality when picking a username?

Re: Suggestion regarding the off-topic section

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:02 pm
by dugpa
Good idea. Will see what I can do.