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#1 Lazdude
Member since 2004 • 1520 Posts
I've been playing Ragnarok Online for many years now, but on private servers not official. The gameplay is alot more fun this way and you can chose which exp/drop rates you want.
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#2 Lazdude
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I apologize for being inactive recently, but unfortunately this will only continue to decline due to personal reasons. As this is unfair to you, I now tender my resignation as leader of the Union Leader Council. I realise many of my old friends are planning to leave GameSpot, so that leaves few candidates to take on my position and I cannot hold another election because that would take too long.

Therefore I have decided that Donkeljohn is the most viable successor. Not only is he a staff member, he has many plans for the site and is your best hope of improving unions, so I trust he will be a great asset to the community. Of course what he does with this union is up to him, and I only ask that he continues with the structure we have put in place so far. I may post in the future, but can't guarantee to stick around.

It has been an honor, though in a short time to serve as leader, and I thank you for that opportunity. Good luck!
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#3 Lazdude
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You could set your profile so only your friends can see it.
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#4 Lazdude
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We get so many topics here with people mistaking us for Ask the Mods, complaining about their moderations and such. I think we should make a sticky with the title of this thread, telling people that as a warning.
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#5 Lazdude
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Of course it does, union boards support the same features as GameSpot forums.
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#6 Lazdude
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There, finished editing. Oh and I'm not saying they should add all of these features right now, I'm thinking long term for when they next update the forums.
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#7 Lazdude
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Updated with new features. Thanks for your feedback Michael.
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#8 Lazdude
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Please support my idea if you agree with it. The original thread is located in GameSpot's Site Enhancements & Feedback forum.

Original thread: Click here.


Many of us want Unions Version 2, and the only thing more important than that is an improvement to our boards, so I propose a Forums Version 2. Now, you might say they are fine as they are, but I have found some vBulletin community sites in the past that have even better features that we could implement here, and I would like to share some examples with you from a Star Trek fan site.

Below you will see some screenshots with different sections of the forums circled and numbered. Cross reference that with a list of features underneath and then read the description to learn about each one.

NOTE: Please click the links below the thumbnails for a bigger picture.


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  1. Board status: Lets you know if there are any new posts.
  2. Board name: Description of the board's contents, number of people active.
  3. Last post: Tells you which topic was last posted in, by whom and when.
  4. Statistics: Number of threads and posts in board.
  5. Quick links: Takes you to important topics easily.


Ok first of all, an indicator to tell you if any topics in a board are new is great if you are a power user, and the number of people browsing a board is interesting. Next, showing the author and date of the last post is alot better than just the name of the topic.

Clicking on this link will also take you to where you last left off, or else where the last post is. Dividing statistics into threads and posts makes more sense than just messages. How many times have you wanted to jump quickly to a helpful thread like a guide or faq, but was frustrated that it took so long?


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  1. Date posted: Day and time the post was submitted.
  2. Avatar: Your personal image.
  3. Name, Title, Rank: Your screen name, your own title and your forum rank.
  4. Joined, Posts, Rep, Awards: The date you joined, how many posts you have made, your reputation count and awards you have earned.
  5. Post number, Give rep, Report abuse: The order of post in the topic, button to donate extra rep to person, button to mark post for moderation.


Starting with your details, your screen name could be accompanied with a title that you can change at any time to whatever you like, like a tagline. Your rank or level is displayed below with a graphic that is determined by your post count, and lets people identify quickly how experienced you are. On the side is your stats like join date and post count, but whats unique here is your reputation, which does not have a negative option, only a positive one.

Also displayed are any awards you have won in the past, these are given out because of special contributions to the community. Finally at the top you can see a number assigned to each post, something moderators find helpful, coupled with a report abuse button that makes it easier for people to flag violations. Next to that is the give rep button that is used for a beneficial post, adding further to that person's meter.


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  1. Reply: Post a normal message with all options available.
  2. Quick reply: Post a quick message with basic options.
  3. Users active: Shows who is browsing the topic.

So the first option is nothing new, but the second one is a feature already used on GameSpot, but only available in news articles. The idea of this is to post short and to the point replies immediately, using dynamic HTML, so you do not have to reload the page. And last of all, an indicator showing which users are reading the forum can be a fun addition.


So what do you think? Would you like to see any of these features implemented or others re-organized in this way? I appreciate any feedback you might have.
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#9 Lazdude
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Many of us want Unions Version 2, and the only thing more important than that is an improvement to our boards, so I propose a Forums Version 2. Now, you might say they are fine as they are, but I have found some vBulletin community sites in the past that have even better features that we could implement here, and I would like to share some examples with you from a Star Trek fan site.

Below you will see some screenshots with different sections of the forums circled and numbered. Cross reference that with a list of features underneath and then read the description to learn about each one.

NOTE: Please click the links below the thumbnails for a bigger picture.


Click here to enlarge.

  1. Board status: Lets you know if there are any new posts.
  2. Board name: Description of the board's contents, number of people active.
  3. Last post: Tells you which topic was last posted in, by whom and when.
  4. Statistics: Number of threads and posts in board.
  5. Quick links: Takes you to important topics easily.


Ok first of all, an indicator to tell you if any topics in a board are new is great if you are a power user, and the number of people browsing a board is interesting. Next, showing the author and date of the last post is alot better than just the name of the topic.

Clicking on this link will also take you to where you last left off, or else where the last post is. Dividing statistics into threads and posts makes more sense than just messages. How many times have you wanted to jump quickly to a helpful thread like a guide or faq, but was frustrated that it took so long?


Click here to enlarge.

  1. Date posted: Day and time the post was submitted.
  2. Avatar: Your personal image.
  3. Name, Title, Rank: Your screen name, your own title and your forum rank.
  4. Joined, Posts, Rep, Awards: The date you joined, how many posts you have made, your reputation count and awards you have earned.
  5. Post number, Give rep, Report abuse: The order of post in the topic, button to donate extra rep to person, button to mark post for moderation.


Starting with your details, your screen name could be accompanied with a title that you can change at any time to whatever you like, like a tagline. Your rank or level is displayed below with a graphic that is determined by your post count, and lets people identify quickly how experienced you are. On the side is your stats like join date and post count, but whats unique here is your reputation, which does not have a negative option, only a positive one.

Also displayed are any awards you have won in the past, these are given out because of special contributions to the community. Finally at the top you can see a number assigned to each post, something moderators find helpful, coupled with a report abuse button that makes it easier for people to flag violations. Next to that is the give rep button that is used for a beneficial post, adding further to that person's meter.


Click here to enlarge.

  1. Reply: Post a normal message with all options available.
  2. Quick reply: Post a quick message with basic options.
  3. Users active: Shows who is browsing the topic.

So the first option is nothing new, but the second one is a feature already used on GameSpot, but only available in news articles. The idea of this is to post short and to the point replies immediately, using dynamic HTML, so you do not have to reload the page. And last of all, an indicator showing which users are reading the forum can be a fun addition.


So what do you think? Would you like to see any of these features implemented or others re-organized in this way? I appreciate any feedback you might have.
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#10 Lazdude
Member since 2004 • 1520 Posts
Hey blizzvalve can you create a new forum topic for me, called "General Discussion & Off-Topic" - where members can talk about anything they like. Thanks.