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suggestions for OCnet upgrades
« on: December 06, 2003, 11:45:59 AM »
Here are some things I'd like like to see changed to make OCnet a more wonderfuller cyber-place to be:

Have both old and new calendar feast and fast days listed on the calendar.
Ability to use larger avatars.
Ability to post music "snippets" - samples for others to enjoy.
Ability to attach small files (pics, music snippets etc) to instant messages.
Ability to select more than one choice on polling features.


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Re:suggestions for OCnet upgrades
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2003, 12:28:20 PM »
One thing we won't be doing is bigger avatars, sorry! I hate big avatars :(  But, the other suggestions all sound good!

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Re:suggestions for OCnet upgrades
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2003, 12:56:28 PM »
Yeah, Dustin, big avatars take up way too much real estate.

I would also like to see it MANDATORY that a poster either NOT be allowed to use titles in their names (because this conotates an authority which may not be there), or MUST define his/her affiliation/denomination/explanation if they do.

I think it could be a bit confusing for an Orthodox or a searcher to come to this board and see a screen name which contains a Title like....... hmmmmmm, oh I don't know --- Brother, Priest, etc. and not have it cleary defined that that title has not been conferred by the Church.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2003, 06:04:37 PM »
« Last Edit: December 06, 2003, 06:08:00 PM by Br. Max, OFC »
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2003, 06:09:19 PM »
I would suggest an IGNORE function to allow some people to be placed on ignore.  I'm sure it would make Tom very happy to have such a function.
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2003, 06:11:03 PM »
you will see that it was MY idea.

And an excellent idea it was!  :D

So what are you waiting for? Edit your profile and put that info UNDER your avatar!





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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2003, 07:53:54 PM »
the caption under my avitar belongs with the avitar. just like the caption under YOURS goes with your avitar.
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2003, 08:24:59 PM »
I would also like to see it MANDATORY that a poster either NOT be allowed to use titles in their names (because this conotates an authority which may not be there), or MUST define his/her affiliation/denomination/explanation if they do.

I think it could be a bit confusing for an Orthodox or a searcher to come to this board and see a screen name which contains a Title like....... hmmmmmm, oh I don't know --- Brother, Priest, etc. and not have it cleary defined that that title has not been conferred by the Church.


I agree.  Good idea.  BTW, I didn't mean HONKIN' BIG AVATARS, just a wee bit bigger.  Seems every time I try to upload one, I have to make it so small it's indiscernable.

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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2003, 04:53:18 PM »
the caption under my avitar belongs with the avitar. just like the caption under YOURS goes with your avitar.  

I just changed the caption under my avatar. Now the new one goes with my avater. See how easy that was?
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2003, 05:38:17 PM »
and mine still goes with MY avitar. :) Besides, I have advertised in my name what affiliation I am - OFC.  If you think I'm going to play the OT leper you are mistaken.
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2003, 05:54:32 PM »
Okay Max, then add a DISCLAIMER like I did.

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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2003, 06:02:30 PM »
Tom: gat a grip.  This is a message board not the UN or an ecumenical conference.  EVERYONE here voices their own opinions - many times their opinions line up with that of a given church, often they do not.  When the new feature is added where we can choose our religious alignment, I'll do just that.  Until then, people are free to question me on who and what I am and as many here will attest I will answer freely and truthfully.  I refuse to bow to the pressures of political correctness. :)

This discussion, for my part is over.  If you have any objections to me as a poster on this forum I suggest that you take it up with management because they ALONE have the right to pressure me in this manor and to date they have not chosen to do so.
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2003, 06:48:39 PM »
I'm really thinking we need an ignore function.  BADLY!!
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« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2003, 06:50:43 PM »
I didn't think we could change our names at present?

I must admit I find it hard addressing people by some of their sign on names
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2003, 07:11:51 PM »
IMO,

Get rid of free for all, how much does it take up in band width ? Most of the posting occurs there does'nt it ?

Do we need a BS thread, no no no :P

Lets talk Orthodoxy  :o

Down, down with free for all,  I say !!!

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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2003, 07:14:08 PM »
I'd rather pay to support the bandwidth than try to restrict content too much.
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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2003, 07:14:49 PM »
I'm really thinking we need an ignore function.  BADLY!!

Seconded - very very BADLY
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2003, 07:14:49 PM »
Yes. I think that everyone should have to pay to be a member.

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« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2003, 09:54:38 PM »
What would you guys think about having two levels of membership..the regular free level, and supporting member.  Maybe restrict avatars to supporting members, and let them have their own forum.  I haven't run any of these ideas by the other admins/mods yet, it's just my opinion as a user.
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« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2003, 10:34:56 PM »
WOW I haven't even SEEN this thread before!!!

Just FYI, there IS an ignore function.  If you "view" the profile of the person you wish to ignore, there should be a checkbox marked "MUTE USER." By clicking this, you will not be able to see their posts or PMs.

As far as content goes, I see no reason to restrict certain elements, such as avatars, to members who fork over cash.  That kind of defeats the point of the site, as we want this to be a free and fun discussion forum.   Of course, benefactors who wish to contribute are always welcome, and may contact anastasios or myself if they wish to do so.  We have had a gracious benefactor this past year, who had wished to remain nameless, but he was definitely an answer to some prayers.

As far as avatars go, anastasios wanted to keep them at a set limit, but I have fixed some avatar code that should allow users to post larger images.

I am a little behind with my work, so I wasn't able to release the new version of OC.net on time earlier this month, but I can almost guarantee that during January, you will see the next version of OC.net that I have worked diligently on, and all i can say is that there are PLENTY of new features and toys to play with.

Oh, and BTW if someone is interested in being a "date/feast maintainer" I am taking applications.  This would basically require you to gather various Old calendar and New calendar feasts, events and occasions, and post them on the calendar making sure we are up-to-date.  I am thinking of making this a "senior board" type level position. Of course, PM me if you're interested.

Anyway, keep the comments and suggestions coming!

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« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2003, 10:52:52 PM »

Just FYI, there IS an ignore function.  If you "view" the profile of the person you wish to ignore, there should be a checkbox marked "MUTE USER." By clicking this, you will not be able to see their posts or PMs.


Bobby, couldn't find the "mute user" checkbox you're referring to.  Please help.

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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2003, 10:54:27 PM »
Hmm, I'll have to check. I have it on my admin menu. If not this release, I know it's definitely in the next release, because I'm testing it out on my server. Give me a few.

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« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2003, 10:58:10 PM »
very groovy!

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« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2003, 10:58:59 PM »
My apologies, in this release of OC.net, the MUTE function isn't allowed for users. But I can assure you that the next release will have it, and that should be coming down the pike very soon. Early January

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« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2003, 11:22:46 PM »
funky!

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« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2003, 11:28:43 PM »
Why would anyone want an "ignore" or "mute user" function?

Who posts here who is so bad he or she needs to be totally ignored?

I usually don't read excessively lengthy posts, but I have never used an ignore function on anyone, even some of the rabid Fundamentalists I have encountered on other web sites.

If a member is sufficiently offensive, he or she will ultimately be taken to task by our admins and mods. They have been very good at that thus far.
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« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2003, 12:40:58 AM »
linus: I have only used it in unmoderated forums where people were being to crass and vulgar it was necessary.  Sometimes it's just worth being able to threaten to use it.  (There have been times when it has been profitable to say that some one is on ignore and see what they are saying when they don't think you can see.
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« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2003, 12:57:06 AM »
I can see it on an unmoderated web site, but not here.

If I don't want to see what someone has to say, I simply do not read what he or she writes.

There are one or two people here and there who are so long-winded, arrogant-sounding and pedantic that I avoid reading their posts. Honestly, I avoid them mostly because their posts are just too doggoned long! If I want to read a book, I'll read one by a competent author.
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« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2003, 01:00:54 AM »
linus: are you saying I'm long winded??
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« Reply #29 on: December 31, 2003, 01:05:43 AM »
linus: are you saying I'm long winded??

No way! Brevity is the soul of your wit, my friend.

I've always enjoyed your posts, even the long ones, back at CF when you were inveighing against the Neo-Judaizers.  ;D
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« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2003, 01:08:15 AM »
linus: wanna know a secret - I rarely read the really long posts myself.  I get so bored half the time I forget what they were talking about to start with before I get to the end!!
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« Reply #31 on: December 31, 2003, 01:14:56 AM »
linus: wanna know a secret - I rarely read the really long posts myself.  I get so bored half the time I forget what they were talking about to start with before I get to the end!!

10-4!

I used to write a lot of those long-winded posts myself, back when I thought I would save the world through my apologetic genius.

When the mods at Christianity.com started deleting posts that I had worked over an hour on - posts that were not sufficiently Evangelical Protestant for them - that cured me of the desire to write more than a few lines.
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« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2003, 01:21:45 AM »
linus: well I'm still convinced my  . . . . I mean even when I was similarly convinced, I kept it short and to the point, made for fewer misunderstandings.
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« Reply #33 on: December 31, 2003, 08:22:07 AM »
If an "ignore" button becomes a standard feature of OCnet, I would also like the following features:
- some way of tracking and indicating who is on your "ignore" list
- without naming individuals, some way of indicating to the person who is being "ignored" that SOMEONE is ignoring their posts.

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« Reply #34 on: December 31, 2003, 08:41:33 AM »
<blinking> <blinking>

Ah have worked that out - I think ??? - good thinking - yes it is as well to be able to check as to whether the Ignored person is being wilfully ignored or is actually on an ignore list

Hope that makes sense   :P
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« Reply #35 on: December 31, 2003, 09:03:07 AM »
I must admit that I don't find the concept of ignoring people very Christian, and I've never used a kill file in my 10 years or so on the net.

I would imagine that abuse would carry on as present only parties would be communicating through scraps of invective picked up in third party posts. It seems to me we would have people saying 'Tell so-and-so he's a such and such' instead of people saying 'You are a such and such'.

Not a massive step forward when what is required is greater self-control

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« Reply #36 on: December 31, 2003, 10:40:20 AM »
Hmmm - thought has just dawned

how about

a

SPELLCHECK

even though I suppose it would have to be American English :(
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« Reply #37 on: December 31, 2003, 11:12:37 AM »
Oh I know you could - but do you really think that Bobby would see that there was an English/British option for the few of us that are that way inclined ?

I suppose I can live in hope.
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« Reply #38 on: December 31, 2003, 11:18:53 AM »
Is there such a thing as American English? Isn't that an oxymoron?
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« Reply #39 on: December 31, 2003, 02:19:30 PM »
Is it possible for me to ignore myself?

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« Reply #40 on: December 31, 2003, 02:19:33 PM »
Arg maties, a pirate dictionary there be!

I'z be seein abouts addin dis dere dictionary for ye laddies whos spellingz isnts so greatz.

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« Reply #41 on: December 31, 2003, 03:24:47 PM »
Hmmm - thought has just dawned

how about

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SPELLCHECK

even though I suppose it would have to be American English :(

As if there is any other form of english??  ;D
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« Reply #42 on: December 31, 2003, 03:26:25 PM »
we needs ta send sumbudy to the Ingland and splain things to them.
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« Reply #43 on: December 31, 2003, 04:17:58 PM »
 :cwm41: :cwm41:
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« Reply #44 on: January 01, 2004, 04:56:53 AM »
How about we fix the Member Map so we don't have people in the middle of the ocean or in Africa when they should be in Ohio.
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