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Iso Decoder
Apr Gold Premier Club Member 2014

Iso Decoder

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Hello Jagex, while the forums have been around for quite a while and I enjoy seeing the improvements it has undergone such as giving us signatures, bbcode colours (been around since the beginning), spoilers, website links to other threads within Runescape forums and finally images I believe the forums can still make do with a couple more functions to make the system more enjoyable and convenient. Here are my suggestions:

1) Allow us to add pictures and gifs to the signatures.

2) Allow us to add soundtrack, music and short video clips to both the post or thread and our signature in the same way as how we upload pictures and gifs to a post. There are sites similar to imgur that are dedicated to music and video sharing.

3) Drop mails down the right hand side of the forum pages that only the player it is addressed to can see. The mails down the side notify a player when someone has interacted with a post he or she makes. The mail can be set according to an options setting on the right top corner as shown below:



From the settings, the player can turn mail on or off entirely.
The user can set the mail to notify him or her that someone has posted on a thread he or she makes.
The user can set the mail to notify him or her that someone has posted on a thread the player has posted on.
The user can set the mail to notify when someone replies by quoting his or her post(s).

Other than the first option, the rest of the options can be toggled on together or individually for variation. And of course, the mails provide a message to say who has interacted with the player according to the player's settings and provide a quote of the player it is referring to so that the user can go straight to the post in question provided the quoted post and/or thread is not hidden.

Mail can also allow private messages to be directed at a specific player on the forum without the need to add in game. No one can see it except sender, recipient, fmods and jmods.
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28-May-2017 03:39:04 - Last edited on 03-Jul-2017 08:14:36 by Iso Decoder

Olllivander

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I support number 1 and 3. Two I'm against parts of it as it'll just be messy and isn't needed on the forums. Embedding videos though should be fine and would help when linking guides and other content. Music and soundtracks are tricky due to licensing. If you mean linking them as a YouTube video, sure.

I'm still wondering though why they just don't use a commercial forum software and spend time up front customizing it for RuneScape rather than trying to reinvent the wheel if they ever do fix the forums.
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28-May-2017 04:10:51 - Last edited on 28-May-2017 07:45:16 by Olllivander

Hyles
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First off, I think all of these ideas are great. I have definitely seen #2 and #3 (or variations thereof) suggested in the past and both received very positive feedback. As for #1, as far as I know it has never been suggested before, but I really like the idea!

Given the current condition of the forums, I believe #1 would be the most easily accomplished for the Web Dev Mods, though I may be entirely wrong. The reason I say this is because this suggestion would not (I believe) be dependent on a full forum platform rework.

As for suggestions #2, I think this is definitely something that is being considered based on some of the JMod responses that I have seen. I know that they are looking into a way to embed YouTube videos now that links and videos can be shared on the forums, but they will likely wait until after the new forum rules trial period ends and adjustments are made.

When it comes to suggestion #3, the concept of a notifications system is probably the most requested idea I have seen in this forum section and always receives a large number of "support" posts. The problem is, as stated by both Mod Lyon and Mod Allstar, the current forum engine/platform is not capable of handling a notifications system in its current state. To add a notifications system they would have to rebuild the forums from the bottom up. Personally, I think that doing this would be an excellent use of dev time, but the Web Dev team is always insanely busy and has a to-do list the size of the U.S. Tax Code (maybe this is an exaggeration, but seriously, it is extremely long!). There have been recent mentions, however, that the team may finally be able to start working on a forum overhaul, so we can cross our fingers and hope!

With all of that said, I support all of these ideas, though I would change #2 to just having the capability of embedding YouTube videos in forum posts.
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28-May-2017 05:30:04

Iceberg
Sep Member 2008

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Iso Decoder said:
1) Allow us to add pictures and gifs to the signatures.

One of the problems with this is that signatures are somewhat compact; not just in character size but also in physical height. Unless you want tiny icon-sized images everything else would end up being cut off.

I do always support for having more innovative and a greater spread of forum features. :)
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28-May-2017 12:39:27

Iso Decoder
Apr Gold Premier Club Member 2014

Iso Decoder

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Thanks for the support and feedback guys!

I understand now that the signatures are too compact - perhaps Jagex should start looking at ways to increase signature post count, height and length to include pictures, video clips and music. Besides, my signature can only show half of my wings due to signature character limit :(

And yes, by music I meant youtube videos etc.
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29-May-2017 02:04:23

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On an off-site forums I moderate, we have banned having large images and GIF files in our siggies as they cause a lot of unnecessary scrolling, distract the eye from the post, and makes the forum look like spam-mail - especially when a player is posting multiple times in one thread whilst having a huge GIF in their signature.
No support from me on the first point
. Sorry :c

The other two points (2, and 3) I will support though
. Seeing as we can post images already, linking from youtube may be a nice idea :)

Notifications will be warmly welcomed by me too! Something that will help me in my forum browsing adventures greatly! :P
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29-May-2017 11:58:10

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