Friend / Foe feature request.

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Friend / Foe feature request.

Postby 33cl33 » Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:01 am

The board has been fabulously drama-free, lately, and historically (considering the nature of much of the web). So this isn't an idea based on any particular thing happening here. Just something I noticed on other boards.

phpBB has a friend / foe feature that can be installed - basically allows you to create a list of users you want to keep track of, or ones you want to ignore. If it's not too big of a pain to enable / install - might be useful for certain cases.

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Re: Friend / Foe feature request.

Postby Robotman » Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:44 am

This feature has been mentioned for use here before, and I just can't see it helping with a community as small as we are. On a busy day, we only have a dozen or so new posts, and some days there are none. We simply don't need an automated tool to pare down the amount of new posts the average user has available to read.

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Re: Friend / Foe feature request.

Postby Kishin » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:00 am

I have to agree with Rman on this one. Besides which we do have drama flareups now and again. Friends and Foes options just seems like a tool to create divides in a community that already has some shaky ground. As we've seen no two people like all of exactly the same things, and some members can be very vocal about it.
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Re: Friend / Foe feature request.

Postby KingJeremy » Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:08 pm

I know this isn't a democracy but I'll throw in my two cents. I think the addendum "might be useful for certain cases" is the part I agree with. I don't dislike anyone in particular that posts here. Kishin is right, we all have different things we like. However, there are some who don't add anything to a discussion and only post the same thing over and over and over, changing the words to fit the original posters topic but it always comes down to the same thing. It's a minor annoyance at best, admittedly. It would still be convenient to not have to see it EVERY SINGLE TIME they post. Who knows, maybe there are others who feel that way about my posts.

Anyway, like I said, I know it's a small thing but I don't think 33cl33 was off base for bringing it up. Had I known about it, I'd have probably mentioned it myself.

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Re: Friend / Foe feature request.

Postby 33cl33 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:32 am

Valid points all around... Last thing I want is to create any tension where it isn't already.

If it's complicated to implement, no worries. But I can think of more than a few scenarios where having that sort of filter might actually lead to more engagement.

The drought of posts here might, I feel at least in part, have something to do with some of the conflicting natures of our collective reasons for coming to the site.

Not a big deal. Just something I'd been thinking about, figured I'd toss it out there.

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Re: Friend / Foe feature request.

Postby Robotman » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:16 am

From an individual member's perspective, this might seem like a convenient and useful feature. But from the perspective of the community as a whole, all a tool like this does is divide us. It won't be installed.

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Re: Friend / Foe feature request.

Postby 33cl33 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:30 am

Noted. Happy New Year!

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Re: Friend / Foe feature request.

Postby Kishin » Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:27 pm

We still love you 33cl33. :)
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