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Re: Improving Sailnet

Delete OT/politics/religion (too much slop over into other fora)
Delete OT/politics/religion posts in other fora
Warn users that cause threads to drift for what appears to be their own amusement
Ban users that don't follow the rules
Decent search (Google is fine but there are alternatives)
Dump rep power and green boxes that don't seem to mean anything anymore and show cumulative likes
Fix the chat - the regular users get value but the current javascript implementation is badly broken
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Re: Improving Sailnet

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One suggestion - how about a "dislike" button.
You see those scales in the upper-right of each poster's post? Well it used to be you could vote up or down on posts. We had members here with negative rep. power, IIRC. The Powers That Be decided that was too controversial and did away with it. Now, if you can't say something nice about somebody, you can't say anything at all.

I'm pretty sure every forum I've ever been on that had the ability to case negative votes has eliminated the feature for he same reason(s) they did here.

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Suggestions for improvements:
  • Can you please, please, please find a way to let users turn off that annoying chat stuff at the bottom of the page?
  • Is there an add-on or plugin for vBulletin that gives users the ability to ignore threads? If site moderation is going to allow off-topic stuff in the non-off-topic forums, at least give members the ability to mark threads "I don't want to see this anymore."

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+ 2 on the chat. Yes, I know we can turn it off, but for some explicable reason, it seems to turn itself back on again time and time again. I've heard a lot of complaints about it, but no one that is jumping up and down about it being here.

Although better than a few months ago, the way the ads are served up still can cause delays. Particularly annoying is that now there are two ads (the first one shows as "Notices") in the header (area above the topic listings), and if one does not wait and presses "New Posts" at the wrong time (happens frequently), then one is connected to one of the ads. Note, I access Sailnet via the SailNet Community - Powered by vBulletin URL.
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I appreciate that the site is funded by advertising, but there are substantially more bugs with it here than any other site I've used. The worst offender is the program that hangs things up and won't let a page finish loading. Otherrs seem to have figured this one out.
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I commented on this issue before, and am just reinforcing Minnewaska's observations as my personal biggest issue with Sailnet.
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How about one of those maps that show members location? I've used them on the other forums I post on. Kinda fun demographic.
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Ban me, so that I get more work done and get away from the damned computer.

I have no self-control.
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Re: Improving Sailnet

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This is a great forum. Love the interaction and the topics. One suggestion - how about a "dislike" button. We can "like" someone's post, but perhaps there is a way to click onto a post that is unlikable as being too agressive or rude or incorrect or digressive.
As others have said, that used to be an option. IIRC there is still one person with a RED square/badge of honor if you will for that person. Altho some have rep'd him so he is green possibly.

Reality is, as some have said, ALL forums over the last decade or so I have been on some, they have changed. Some quickly with in months other take time, some go back per say. But one I can say, is ALL the forums were the most fun if you will when smaller. once they hit some 100K folks, even 20-30K posters, some of the banter tween some seems to go away, one does not know who everyone is etc. Then it seems to take some time to mature if you will, then they become fun for a time, more newbies show up, takes some time to train them per say, for the place to be fun again.........

Any way, I would add, get rid of the OT religion and politics, make it more of a phun topic what goes on, get rid of other R/P type topics elsewhere when they show up. These are probably two topics the can PO the most folks really fast, really quick! Next is some guys little bulldog trying to outcute a cavalier! never going to happen!

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Re: Improving Sailnet

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OT is a necessary evil. Every forum needs a trash bin. If you take away OT, then crazy people like that "person" who posts all of their religious OT junk, will post it in the sailing forums. Ditto with all of the politics.

The moderators will be overwhelemed with continuously deleting, and locking threads, and banning ID's. People will create sock puppets and keep coming back.

The forum structure is fine. The mods should just be a little more aggressive in pushing OT threads into OT where they belong. I like the Chefs a lot, but the farewell thread probably belonged there. I'm an active participant of the Zombie thread, but it belongs in OT.

Users- Police yourselves. If you hate OT chatter, then stay out of OT. Don't let thread titles get you worked up and lure you into the OT forum. Exercise some will power.
I disagree, I am involved in a few forums that have no off topic, or at least have a "no politics, no religion" policy.

I think the politics/Off topic should be by invitation only, meaning anyone who wants admission can get in, but have to agree to a no cry baby policy. Like they do over at Anything Sailing. But would make it easier to block it out via mobile apps.

I search from a web browser with the "no off topic/no politics" as I have found the politics here to be very mean spirited, disrespectful and rude. But it is hard to ignore them using the mobile app and Tapatalk.
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Re: Improving Sailnet

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This is a great forum. Love the interaction and the topics. One suggestion - how about a "dislike" button. We can "like" someone's post, but perhaps there is a way to click onto a post that is unlikable as being too agressive or rude or incorrect or digressive.
The heck with the scales and "dislike" scores...Use the "Report Post" Triangle in the upper right corner to attention of the mods and powers that be that can do something about the aggressive, rude, incorrect and digressive...

And curtail the "I'm not being rude...I'm being 'honest' B/S....

Your wife is Fat and your Dog is ugly....I'm not being rude..I'm just being honest...
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And curtail the "I'm not being rude...I'm being 'honest' B/S....

Your wife is Fat and your Dog is ugly....I'm not being rude..I'm just being honest...
You mean, like this post:
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