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#31
Let's drift away from prose; see what we knows
Honesty, Transparency
or Predictability
'Tis a question of three, who'll play with me?
Just a bit of fun
Won't hurt no one
Rock, Scissors, paper
A little caper
Harder than I thought, this
Might take a while
Hang on... am I confusing my style?


Back to the question.
Not claiming I know it 
Nor even I'm a poet
Just something to do




Honesty, Transparency, predictability
Those three, Transparency trumps honesty
Sans the former, honesty backed into a corner


Leaves two
Predictability and Transparency
Latter needs a who
I'm a little cynical, y'see



So
Only one left
Predictability

And I'm good at that.
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#32
(Jun 25, 2016 07:03 PM)Secular Sanity Wrote: BTW, CC, what were the Eagles referring to with "spirit"?  The spirit band, perhaps?  



Nah, I don't think so. 
Reckon its more like the "Spirit" of the late 60's. 

Hunter S Thompson, from "Fear and loathing in Las Vegas":

"And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”



I often think that generation almost won. But when on the point of victory, they just didn't know what to do next. Didn''t know what it was they were actually fighting for.
And when they were handed the keys to the kingdom, they didn't know which door those keys were supposed to unlock, or what to do when they gained entry to that room.
So they got drunk, stoned, and pretended it was nirvana.
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#33
(Jun 28, 2016 09:16 PM)Secular Sanity Wrote: I would scale back on the categories.  Change new posts to new threads. Make the link to the today’s posts more obvious and accessible to looky-loos.  Rethink the word "portal".  It’s not very inviting.


Like Geology-etc and Meteorology-etc could be combined under a broader category. But OTOH, the narrower categories might even be a good thing if the board was thronging with members. Perhaps they just seem excessive in number do to so few posting here. Plus, I have no idea what they're doing in terms of attracting lurkers / hidden traffic and search engine attention, as compared to a board with few sub-forums.

At this late stage I'm not sure combining some categories could be even done without losing the past two years. Or it being too complicated and time consuming. Depends, I guess, upon whatever re-adjustment capacities come with a MyBB forum. (Apparently a heckuva lot more possibilities are available than I once would have thought, given the range of modifications Stryder is introducing).
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#34
(Jul 1, 2016 12:27 AM)C C Wrote:
(Jun 28, 2016 09:16 PM)Secular Sanity Wrote: I would scale back on the categories.  Change new posts to new threads. Make the link to the today’s posts more obvious and accessible to looky-loos.  Rethink the word "portal".  It’s not very inviting.


Like Geology-etc and Meteorology-etc could be combined under a broader category. But OTOH, the narrower categories might even be a good thing if the board was thronging with members. Perhaps they just seem excessive in number do to so few posting here. Plus, I have no idea what they're doing in terms of attracting lurkers / hidden traffic and search engine attention, as compared to a board with few sub-forums.

At this late stage I'm not sure combining some categories could be even done without losing the past two years. Or it being too complicated and time consuming. Depends, I guess, upon whatever re-adjustment capacities come with a MyBB forum. (Apparently a heckuva lot more possibilities are available than I once would have thought, given the range of modifications Stryder is introducing).

I don't think I'll be shifting the categories just yet.  I'd consider though at some point in the future we are going to have some new software deployed (I can't give an ETA currently for that), when that happens, during it's implementation (as I'll likely run it parallel to the current forum while it's getting setup) We (since I'm going to be encouraging involvement from the members) will look at how the categories can be combined and if they should be combined.

Currently though I don't think you'll find it's the number of categories that cause concern, it's likely down to the technology gap in relationship to how technologies have changed and methods of communication (commentary in blogging, social media sites etc).  I'd guess the majority of people want a simplified interface with a limited number of buttons, with easy methods of signing in/communicating on a responsive design that will fit on whatever they choose to access the site with.  (The problem there is I don't have the high-end I-candy, the current level of coding skills or using the most recent versions of everything to get it done :/ )
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#35
(Jun 30, 2016 10:30 AM)Ben the Donkey Wrote: So
Only one left
Predictability

And I'm good at that.

Yes, you are, but how’s that working for you?
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#36
(Jul 1, 2016 08:11 AM)stryder Wrote: I'd guess the majority of people want a simplified interface with a limited number of buttons, with easy methods of signing in/communicating on a responsive design that will fit on whatever they choose to access the site with.  (The problem there is I don't have the high-end I-candy, the current level of coding skills or using the most recent versions of everything to get it done :/ )

You could include common misspellings in your search terms.

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#37
(Jul 3, 2016 02:15 PM)Secular Sanity Wrote:
(Jul 1, 2016 08:11 AM)stryder Wrote: I'd guess the majority of people want a simplified interface with a limited number of buttons, with easy methods of signing in/communicating on a responsive design that will fit on whatever they choose to access the site with.  (The problem there is I don't have the high-end I-candy, the current level of coding skills or using the most recent versions of everything to get it done :/ )

You could include common misspellings in your search terms.

scivilage
ecivillage
acivillage
dcivillage
wcivillage
sdivillage
svivillage
sxivillage

Unfortunately it would be seen by search engines as attempted hit inflation and would likely get the site demoted :/ 

Currently the plan is to fix up a responsive design so that the site will work with other devices (phones, ipads, toasters etc okay perhaps not toasters.)

When that's done it should be closer to a technology level that other people are acquainted with, however I'm going to try and not let that change what we are use to either (I'll make sure this current theme is still available to all should the change not be particular wanted)
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#38
While doing the redesigned theme, I came across an old screen capture of what could of been part of the forum during a preliminary phase before anyone joined. It's an out-take because I reasoned it would likely be seen as insensitive.


[Image: nearlyforum.jpg?dumbcaches]
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#39
(Jul 5, 2016 03:54 PM)stryder Wrote: While doing the redesigned theme, I came across an old screen capture of what could of been part of the forum during a preliminary phase before anyone joined.  It's an out-take because I reasoned it would likely be seen as insensitive.


[Image: nearlyforum.jpg?dumbcaches]

Attempting to look like you are actually doing something useful.

Hey, that's me.  That’s what I do, but that in and of itself is quite useful.  Big Grin
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