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Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« on: January 18, 2016, 07:49:53 AM »
as you know, we have many members and still average around a minimum of 80 unique visitors a day but i was hoping that we could encourage more visitors.

in your opinion, what can we do to make the forum more attractive ?
or perhaps, what annoys you about this forum ?

or perhaps, has the demise of Opiophile and/or the advent of more communications & apps changed the landscape forever ?
« Last Edit: January 19, 2016, 09:53:18 PM by chipper »
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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2016, 08:38:30 AM »
I know I'm not super active so I don't expect my opinion to be worth as much as some other members here. But I don notice a lot of in-fighting and bickering among members that can really turn me off. I really don't have any suggestions on how to reduce that though.

And to a lesser extent, some members post with a writing style which is almost illegible to me. I'm no grammar nazi, and I'm confident I make a ton of spelling and grammatical mistakes myself. But sometimes I feel like Canterbury Tales is easier to read than some of the posts on here.

Alas, I have only complaints. Sorry I'm not more constructive.


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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2016, 08:50:46 AM »
I know I'm not super active so I don't expect my opinion to be worth as much as some other members here. But I don notice a lot of in-fighting and bickering among members that can really turn me off. I really don't have any suggestions on how to reduce that though.

And to a lesser extent, some members post with a writing style which is almost illegible to me. I'm no grammar nazi, and I'm confident I make a ton of spelling and grammatical mistakes myself. But sometimes I feel like Canterbury Tales is easier to read than some of the posts on here.

Alas, I have only complaints. Sorry I'm not more constructive.

that's perfectly ok ... in-fighting is both ugly and a buzz-kill, for real.

You are probably typical of the majority that drop in once in a while to see what's up and then get back to real life ... which is a damned good thing, mind you. Healthy, if you will ...

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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2016, 08:51:38 AM »
My only small gripe is you can't read posts the same way as opiophile's what's new feature. I guess the "all" link is supposed to be like that but it shows a little paragraph for each topic making it difficult to use. In All Unread, topics disappear after you read them. Anyway to fix that?

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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2016, 08:55:00 AM »
My only small gripe is you can't read posts the same way as opiophile's what's new feature. I guess the "all" link is supposed to be like that but it shows a little paragraph for each topic making it difficult to use. In All Unread, topics disappear after you read them. Anyway to fix that?

sorry, not that i know of but once read, i thought that was a handy feature.

for vB(Opio) "What's New" compatability, i use the d&u portal/home page - it shows you the latest posts and topics (Recent Posts/Topics) under the list of new members - use that once you've caught up with what you want with the "All Unread"
you can also choose from: New Posts, New Replies, All Unread etc.

in fact, you have more views than Ophile permitted ... maybe too many, eh ?

there's an exception in my "less is more" mantra, right there
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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2016, 11:40:27 AM »
The "new posts" option on the far left shows up like opiophile used to.  That's how I tend to browse.


I've been trying to add a bit more content the last few days.  Hoping that it might draw some discussion out of people.  My thought is that there has been so much conflict here lately.  We have dealt with questions about moderation, about race, about sex, and honestly they can be very alienating things.  I worried when it all started that it would drive people away, and I am worried now that it has.


I feel bad for the part that I played in arguing in front of everyone.  I'm sorry for that guys.  I felt like I was being tossed to the wolves and blamed for doing things on someone's behalf, and felt that people should know everything.  I just had trouble sitting there and not responding.  I hope that it doesn't reflect too badly on the staff and the forum here as a whole, because my failures are mine alone.


If people still have issues or problems I hope they will bring them up and talk about them. 

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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2016, 12:18:35 PM »
We need to make this place more like a TRAP HOUSE!

desperate girls willing to give blowjobs for 5 bucks or a hit on the pipe, the threat of police walking in at any second and shaking us all down,

STRIPPERS WOULD HELP!

JK! We could make a thread were its like, what you would say to your dealer if you could say anything to him (lol).

I'm going to make a promise to stop lurking so much. I've been in a bit of a depression since winter hit. Lame

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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2016, 12:50:18 PM »
I'd encourage more outreach to old Opiophile members. I know this has been done but continued efforts wouldn't hurt.

Maybe it's the old coot in me starting to show but I'd change the design and layout a bit to make it simpler, more streamlined so thateverything is clear, easily found and self evident. There seems to be a bit of duplication of functions which can confuse users. Why is there an MP3 palyer and "Premiumbeat?"

My suggestions aren't complaints. The qustion was asked about making things more "fun" and "exiting" and those things came to mind.

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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2016, 06:19:16 PM »
Post better material.

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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2016, 07:40:39 PM »
I'd encourage more outreach to old Opiophile members. I know this has been done but continued efforts wouldn't hurt.

Maybe it's the old coot in me starting to show but I'd change the design and layout a bit to make it simpler, more streamlined so thateverything is clear, easily found and self evident. There seems to be a bit of duplication of functions which can confuse users. Why is there an MP3 palyer and "Premiumbeat?"

My suggestions aren't complaints. The qustion was asked about making things more "fun" and "exiting" and those things came to mind.

I won't be changing the format as it's taken a year to get to this point but i admin that i got a bit carried away when I started.

what isn't obvious are all the mods to the system.

nick is right, we need more quality content ... I will keep adding more news items.

a complex forum may seem confusing at first however, there should be enough features and functions to express yourself well.

we also have good communications tools.

... and new members keep trickling in.

another Opiophile mailout may be another option.
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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2016, 08:40:33 PM »
The "new posts" option on the far left shows up like opiophile used to.  That's how I tend to browse.

@Z also go for New Replies - they are threads that you are already engaged with.
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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2016, 08:46:50 PM »
I need to start talking more...

I think the forum is shaping up great!

All I can suggest is to make a app maybe...
Or a more mobile friendly set up.

This is something NEW.
I don't compare it to the phile.

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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2016, 09:24:28 PM »
We need schwagg! Shirts, hats, stickers and the like. More then that, we need like a motto or mascot Oreo etching that sets us apart. I mean honestly, drugs and users......is missing something.

Open contest for designs for shirts, stickers, motto etc...

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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2016, 11:08:31 PM »
Post better material.

ay.

 since this board is a mix between an old community and its own community thats still growing,
a lot of the old heads probably feel like they are repeating themselves when they talk about the past: stories, things theyve been through, anything at all really. as long as theyve posted it in sometime in the past.

I thnk a lot of people feel like theyd be rehashing old things but maybe thats
more important than we realize, to bring up old subjects that we had fun with.

reading about what others have experienced was probably the major reason I was hooked to begin with.
and it was always either extremely interesting, very funny, gritty as hell, or a usually a combination of all 3.
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Re: Making the Forum More Exciting and Interesting
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2016, 02:39:16 AM »
If the format isn't going to be changed, maybe a change in color scheme? Cosmetic and something minor compared to massively streamlining things. Maybe some darker colors? Or different skins so members could choose? This could be the default.
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