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Games => AI War Classic => Topic started by: Revenantus on August 26, 2009, 08:16:06 AM

Title: Post Counts Are Now Visible Again
Post by: Revenantus on August 26, 2009, 08:16:06 AM
In response to an issue raised on the AI War IRC Channel, post counts are now hidden on the posts themselves. You can still view your total number of posts on your profile page.

This is because some players were concerned that voicing their opinions might be inappropriate if their post count was relatively low.

Please note, all suggestions are considered equally, regardless of the forum member's seniority. Constructive criticism of the game is always appreciated.

Enjoy playing AI War!

Update: Post counts are now once again visible.
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: Bleek on August 26, 2009, 08:22:17 AM
I never understood that, so long as a forum post is constructive it shouldn't matter if you're fresh a a daisy or an old cobweb riddled relic.
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: Fiskbit on August 26, 2009, 08:26:47 AM
Agreed. I don't think it's been a problem on this community at all (people are typically pretty welcoming). I never was a fan of post counts on the side, though, because it seems to condone that sort of thing. The ranks are good enough, I think. :)
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: Echo35 on August 26, 2009, 01:28:23 PM
I never understood that, so long as a forum post is constructive it shouldn't matter if you're fresh a a daisy or an old cobweb riddled relic.

Ditto. Sometimes new user's opinions are even more valid than a veteran, simply because a veteran has been around a while and has certain preconceptions that a new poster won't.
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: Revenantus on August 26, 2009, 01:32:26 PM
I never understood that, so long as a forum post is constructive it shouldn't matter if you're fresh a a daisy or an old cobweb riddled relic.

Ditto. Sometimes new user's opinions are even more valid than a veteran, simply because a veteran has been around a while and has certain preconceptions that a new poster won't.

You're absolutely correct. The change hasn't been made because the forum has any sort of elitist attitude, in fact it has an extremely welcoming atmosphere, it was made in the hope that new members, who have no experience of what the community here is like, will feel slightly less intimidated.
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: Echo35 on August 26, 2009, 01:33:54 PM
I never understood that, so long as a forum post is constructive it shouldn't matter if you're fresh a a daisy or an old cobweb riddled relic.

Ditto. Sometimes new user's opinions are even more valid than a veteran, simply because a veteran has been around a while and has certain preconceptions that a new poster won't.

You're absolutely correct. The change hasn't been made because the forum has any sort of elitist attitude, in fact it has an extremely welcoming atmosphere, it was made in the hope that new members, who have no experience of what the community here is like, will feel slightly less intimidated.

Good point. The game itself is intimidating enough as is :P
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: Bleek on August 26, 2009, 01:40:31 PM
Good point. The game itself is intimidating enough as is :P

 :D :'(  :D
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: Admiral on August 26, 2009, 05:04:06 PM
I'm a complete privacy nut (as probably people who have seen my other posts have noticed, which implies my post count is at least 2 now)... But I've never been concerned about this or the other common forum protocol showing "Registered July 2009" or whatever in the avatar section.

I have never read anything negative into few posts (being a mostly lurker myself) nor a recent registration date. In fact, it's just the opposite: I think this information is more helpful in being able to welcome people to the forums and to help new forum members understand our (largely unwritten) forum protocols and help them with the game (as often, new posters are also new to the game).

So, -1 on this idea from me... But whatever R & X want.
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: Admiral on August 26, 2009, 05:06:10 PM
So, -1 on this idea from me... But whatever R & X want.

Never mind. I'm now +0 to +(some positive irrational number less than 1) for reasons I will withhold.
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: x4000 on August 27, 2009, 10:49:27 AM
This is something I would like to remain visible, at least for admins (if it is hidden for everyone else, then I guess that is fine), because it really helps me gauge how new a player is when I don't recognize their handle too well.  Is this a player who has been here longer but is just coming back?  Is this the first or second post of the player?  And so on.

I don't base my decisions on what to include or whatever on this at all, but I do shift my tone slightly with this sort of thing -- and if someone has not posted for a while and comes back, that tends to flag me to go see what it was we were last talking about just to remind myself.
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: tional on August 27, 2009, 01:27:26 PM
In response to an issue raised on the AI War IRC Channel, post counts are now hidden on the posts themselves. You can still view your total number of posts on your profile page.


Maybe it's me, and yeah, I'm a new poster, but I still see the counts on every post in this thread.  Rev has 598 posts for example, and I have 1 (now).
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: Fiskbit on August 27, 2009, 01:29:20 PM
It was set back. :) If it becomes an issue, we'll make it admin-only. Hopefully that won't become a problem in this community; I think we're all rather welcoming.
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: tional on August 27, 2009, 01:31:09 PM
It was set back. :) If it becomes an issue, we'll make it admin-only. Hopefully that won't become a problem in this community; I think we're all rather welcoming.

I would definitely agree, I haven't seen any developer forums with this level of interaction and encouragement.

Very impressed, both with the developers and with the game.  I'll be sticking around, and staying up way too late to take over just one more planet...

Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: x4000 on August 27, 2009, 02:17:39 PM
It was set back. :) If it becomes an issue, we'll make it admin-only. Hopefully that won't become a problem in this community; I think we're all rather welcoming.

I would definitely agree, I haven't seen any developer forums with this level of interaction and encouragement.

Very impressed, both with the developers and with the game.  I'll be sticking around, and staying up way too late to take over just one more planet...



Thanks, tional!  And welcome to the forums!
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Hidden In Topics
Post by: Admiral on August 27, 2009, 02:26:28 PM
Thanks, tional!  And welcome to the forums!

Sssh! No discriminating based upon single-digit post numbers. :)

You can only welcome people now if they have at least pi^e posts. Get with the program!
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Visible Again
Post by: x4000 on August 27, 2009, 02:28:19 PM
Hehe. :D
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Visible Again
Post by: Echo35 on August 27, 2009, 02:34:27 PM
Thanks, tional!  And welcome to the forums!

Sssh! No discriminating based upon single-digit post numbers. :)

You can only welcome people now if they have at least pi^e posts. Get with the program!

Well, seeing as its not possible to have 22.459 posts, I don't think we can welcome anyone :P
Title: Re: Post Counts Are Now Visible Again
Post by: Admiral on August 27, 2009, 02:37:14 PM
Well, just welcome them irrationally and approximately, of course. :)