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Cricko

Zone Owner ⭐
Staff member
Joined
Oct 25, 2006
Messages
32,536
Location
Leigh-On-Sea
We are always looking for ways to improve the site. We have looked at vBulletin 5, it seriously is not for us...we even looked at changing to XenForo, which is a clean site started by the ex vB designer Kier Darby who in his early days of rapid growth used to help us mere mortals to build this site..

I always look for improvements to make your time spent on here more of a whole forum for all points of view over all aspects of life not just SUFC. We do have so many things on here that are never used by members, but maybe they are dead these days...the chat room for one on match days used to be one.

I know times are crap atm moment for our team...it isn't the first time but it ****es me off as much as you all.

But any new ideas are more than welcome.

And yes it is January....I am half way through sorting the Adam Barrett thingy before you ask.. :smiles:
 

Member

Striker
Joined
Jan 3, 2018
Messages
32,045
mentioned this before, but discourse.org is by the far the best messageboard platform i've found.
 

Member

Striker
Joined
Jan 3, 2018
Messages
32,045
I will have a look Jon, in a few words why is it better? I need to know the differences.
- works like a dream on mobile devices - saves where you were reading up to, views really nicely, automatically updates if you post or if anyone else does while you're reading.
- very easy to search the site
- notification system when your post is liked/quoted/replied to
- embeds/parses media easily - youtube/twitter/instagram/weblinks etc
- very clean and intuitive UI and feel

i guess the downside is that you may well just have to wipe the old site/data - not sure if it'll transfer across - that's what another board decided to do and actually it was the best think they did - they saw a massive sign up from new people because it wasn't so cliquey and inaccessible. not sure if you want to wipe the data but i guess you have a track record in that now. :whistling: I guess the bloated nature of the zone (huge database, complex website/shop etc) are what are keeping your costs high, maybe a clean and fresh re-start is worth the pain?
 

Member

Striker
Joined
Jan 3, 2018
Messages
32,045
you can try discourse here
https://www.discourse.org/

one other really cool thing is that you can just drag an image from the web into your post and it'll automatically add it. likewise, if you're on your phone and have a pic on your phone you can just uploaded it automatically and it'll post it.
 

Mad Cyril

Proud sponsor of Mark Molesley's white trainers⭐
Joined
Oct 29, 2003
Messages
18,723
Location
Flavour country
How about producing SZ blazer badge and tie sets so members can recognise one another?
 

Stuart W

A word to the wise is enough
Joined
Jul 6, 2009
Messages
1,422
Serious suggestion although may be somewhat contentious. To gauge people's views of a comment, how about providing the opportunity to "dislike" as well as "like" a comment?
 

Uncle Leo

This cook is an anti-semite
Joined
Nov 19, 2003
Messages
23,031
Location
NY Parks Dept
Serious suggestion although may be somewhat contentious. To gauge people's views of a comment, how about providing the opportunity to "dislike" as well as "like" a comment?

We've tried before and it just gets nasty - should be feasible given most of the people on here are adults but it really isn't.
 

onceknownasrab

President
Joined
Dec 31, 2008
Messages
4,153
Leave it as it is. It's user friendly, easy to navigate and does what it says on the tin. Also, running the risk of being on the receiving end, I think you could have 3-5 day cooling periods/temporary ban when members drag a squabble on. I did get a ban once, for a month I think, and it was damned frustrating. You could do it as yellow and red cards. If a mod spots a protracted and personal 'debate' then they award the parties a yellow. If it persists the red comes out and the brief ban ensues.
 

shrimper43

Schoolboy⭐
Joined
Aug 11, 2010
Messages
627
Location
Exile
This seems to be one of the best fans forums there is. A bit of abuse, squabbling, trolling and thread hijacking is inevitable... just one thing tho'.... could you ban the use of the terms 'would of' and 'could of' please ? Thanks... :stunned::nope:
 

Uncle Leo

This cook is an anti-semite
Joined
Nov 19, 2003
Messages
23,031
Location
NY Parks Dept
This seems to be one of the best fans forums there is. A bit of abuse, squabbling, trolling and thread hijacking is inevitable... just one thing tho'.... could you ban the use of the terms 'would of' and 'could of' please ? Thanks... :stunned::nope:

Lifetime ban from the internet if I had my way.
 

Gt Yarmouth Shrimper

President⭐
Joined
Aug 19, 2008
Messages
3,980
Ok 14 gallons of beer , 8 strippers an £500 in cash to whoever can name the date, time, hour, and seconds when PB gets the shove..

Or you could ask your fellow owners to respond to me when I offer, via PM, to make a contribution to the running of said site.
 
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