News/Announcements read-only

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by Sharky, Jan 4, 2008.


Should the News and Announcements forum be made read-only for regular members?

  1. Yes

    52 vote(s)
  2. No

    4 vote(s)
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  1. Sharky

    Sharky Great Scott! Community Support

    Would it be a good idea to make News & Announcements, Server Alerts etc forums so only mods and admins can post there? It's kinda difficult to keep track of what's going on with regards to issues like MySQL when there are so many posts going on about peoples troubles.
  2. Smith6612

    Smith6612 I ate all of the x10Pizza Community Support

    That'd be a nice idea, so I'd have to agree with that. It'd sure cut down on digging through threads to find things.
  3. adrenlinerush

    adrenlinerush New Member

    personally i think that major server changes should be e-mail notification... the forum is great for support as anybody can help and takes some load of the staff... and think its ok for server alerts with bugs... but changes I think should be sent out like a week in advance... or change the requirements to not just login but view server changed/updates and have them there atleast the span of required login ahead of time

    but then again its free so can't have it all...
  4. Smith6612

    Smith6612 I ate all of the x10Pizza Community Support

    I know that, but about the e-mail thing, that wouldn't be a bad idea anyways. The e-mails can always be sent out to our forum e-mail address and the website address, just to make sure that people will get it (in case if one mail provider blocks the message for some reason).
  5. Sharky

    Sharky Great Scott! Community Support

    That's ok for when it's known about in advance, but server alerts can't necessarily be sent in advance. Also, it's nice to have a central area where news items are.
  6. adrenlinerush

    adrenlinerush New Member

    well an update like mysql 4.1 to 5.x should be known in advance...
    a central place would be fine with no junk... just alerts/updates etc...
  7. moltes

    moltes New Member

    yes, and that's the idea of the first post. To have a forum with only informations, no member comments. For this there is the support forum.
    I agree with this idea :)
  8. dbzlotrfan

    dbzlotrfan New Member

    I think it's a nice idea, along with what (that hosts the various forums/sites/what-not) is up and not.
  9. Jesse

    Jesse Active Member

    It is a nice idea but where do people post when they have questions regarding the news/announcement?
  10. Smith6612

    Smith6612 I ate all of the x10Pizza Community Support

    The admin can keep the topic unlocked them, or make another topic for comments and such. That might work...
  11. Sharky

    Sharky Great Scott! Community Support

    Usually such questions are "It's not working, fix it please!" which can go in the relevant support sections.

    Questions about the news and announcements are not actually news or announcements...

    That's half the problem: It's hard to find updates on the N&A's because of all the other posts that are in the thread.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2008
  12. dbzlotrfan

    dbzlotrfan New Member

    Would it be possible to make the "forum" were thinking of as a read-only (to us), and have a sub forum that has a duplicate topic (all topics in the main forum get copied to the sub forum automatically(?)) that we can reply to?

    I don't know VB very well, it can do somethings IPB & others can't.
  13. Xemnas

    Xemnas New Member

    I think this is an excellent idea, since people would be able to see exactly what is happening, and not have to sift though dozens of posts to find out what is happening. I have added a poll to this thread.

    EDIT: Pinning this as well, if you guys like the idea I'll pass it on to the admins.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2008
  14. anoviceyup

    anoviceyup New Member

    I voted yes. This MySQL situation has highlighted the situation - it's difficult to scan through 30 odd pages of "me-too" posts just to find the latest announcement from Corey.
  15. Archkronos

    Archkronos New Member

    Yes and no. No in cases like MySQL help here, but yes when, for example it is said DO NOT POST HERE UNTIL WE SAY SO.
  16. Sharky

    Sharky Great Scott! Community Support

    Doesn't that secretly mean "Look, we know there's a problem, so don't post 101 messages saying that the problem exists please?" though?
  17. curt15

    curt15 New Member

    I would rather have a topic, saying whats going on from the people upstairs, easier to see whats going on that way, and have a separate topic for, "me too"
  18. nimd4

    nimd4 New Member

    So I was forced to vote *Yes* since apparently people were using the announcement threads for support?..:(
  19. Swiblet

    Swiblet New Member

    I voted yes ^_~ People don't seem to know what it means when there is a support thread and a news thread.

  20. BlueIce

    BlueIce New Member

    I support this suggestion.
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