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I understand the problem. As it currently is there's no way to give an option to merge a double-post before you reply, as it would sort of defeat the purpose of auto-merging them. If people who only care about post count had that option they would turn it off, leading to abuse.
I'm alright with the idea of reducing the 30-days, but to what? 15 days? 7 days? And even then this wouldn't remedy the issue you have 2beers. When we added the video tags to the forum after upgrading the vBulletin software to v4, it immediately became apparent that the tag would slow browsing down if too many videos were posted, but it seemed worth it to keep it. The spoiler-tag remedy helps, but it isn't convenient obviously. There really isn't any alternative though.
The auto-merge is set up for the busy manga forums, not necessarily for the MZ and less frantic places on the forum. But you can't disable it in one place and enable it in another, at least I know no way of doing so.
The last forum I moderated did not have an auto-merge feature and double posts become a major spam problem. Some people would make multiple posts in the same thread within a matter of minutes, rather than edit, in order to increase post count. This was actually our most frequent problem, it was not unusual for a thread to be bumped four times an hour by the same person. Setting the auto-merge to thirty days makes it harder to pad post count by spamming recently inactive threads. Double posts can be a major problem in smaller forums, by using an auto-merge we have taken away a potential problem and source of confrontation. We have also made it easier to post in a recently inactive thread without fear of breaching internet etiquette.
That is not the problem, we agree that auto merge is useful especially if it prevents spam. Just that the limit of 30 days is to big. I think reduce it to a few days is enough and it would solve our problem. You don't spam if you write a post per day in a thread, do you ?
Last edited by k-dom; February 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM.
Even if it is a double post there are notifications, if someone bumped it a thousand times there will be a notification if one is subscribed to the thread. I do not see the problem here, other sites have adapted the auto-merge from MH, as it was one of the earliest to have it. Nice to set the example.
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Alphabeta this is for you :-)
In our manga database (the pages such as this), we have a translation pin which gives the link toward the manga translation ; we have a subject pin, which gives a link toward the forum thread. Why not have an additional pin for review ?
Since our reviewers are making a great job, i think they deserve it and it can be an easy way to find them.
Kdom who prepare himself for a stupid automerge
1) automerge fulfills its purpose since double posts are really a pain and it actually acts as if there is a new post for everyone who is subscribed to a thread, for example me in this case, so I don't quite get the problem here.
2) as for the pin (?) you mean the tabs on top? then yes, it would theoretically be possible to add one for review sections. how the technical side looks though I'm not so sure since it would only apply to a minority of manga, no?
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Yes the tabs. I think you can link to the review forum for the few manga which have one and make a list similar to the translation section for the others.Quote:
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OK I will try a search, but since it does not work for me, I would have preferred an indication where to search since you seem to be aware of it.Quote:
I'm not sure whether it's feasible or not, I'm simply saying that I don't know if it's best for the forum. But it's a topic to discuss. Though I'm somewhat afraid that this is simply a matter of personal preference and not about what makes the site easier to use, but I digress.
Internal discussions was what I was referring to. The idea has been brought up.
But as soon as several days pass, the auto-merge losts its interest and even becames a nuisance.
- Only the date of the last post is shown which mean you lose the information for older ones (yes it's written but it's a pain in the ass to get the info compare to a standard post)
- You merge posts which have no relations with each other most of the time
- There is only one thank/like button for all the posts
- You have to search for the new section and reread the old posts
- You cannot change the post title
Yes I talk about that earlier in this thread. Now I use google to make search on mangahelpersQuote:
OK good to know, you can say that some members support the idea then :-)Quote: