chance of bowl: 13.6%
I asked about this a few days ago and the general response was "yes please" and after a few people signed up exclusively to post dumb stuff I've made the change: it takes 20 points to post a diary. Should cut down on register-to-whinge instances and cut down on new posters just throwing up diaries before learning the ropes.
So you might notice a change or two to the MGoBoard tab.
1) Renamed "popular" to "recent" because that's a more appropriate name for the tab: recent shows the most recently-responded to posts.
2) For Tomfans, there's a new "Tom" tab that only has threads Tom VanHaaren has posted in.
1. The site blew up yesterday for a few hours; I made a change that didn't close a div and then got in a car and drove to Chicago. Bad timing. Should be fixed now.
2. That damn reckless driving PSA keeps taking over people's browsers, and every time I think it's finally gone away permanently and re-enable the leaderboard it comes back. I'm beginning to really hate that woman. I'm working on a fix and the leaderboard won't re-appear until that woman is dead-dead-dead.
3. Anyone having periodic apture popups should no longer find that to be a problem.
A reader emailed me this, and it makes sense:
The headlines [on MGoBoard]are a bit under-informing. I guess under-informing might not be the right phrase. More angst-inducing. Each time there is a [insert player/recruit/coach's name] post there's a few seconds of oh-great-what-happened-now uncertainty.
Could you institute some sort of Generally Accepted Blogboard Practices (GABP)? A way to categorize each post with a simple but clear symbol. Like off topic posts are currently prefaced with OT. Whether its user inserted or a dropdown box on the posting page. Perhaps something close to the following:
! = good news
? = question
~ = rumor/unconfirmed
- = negative news
k = The Knowledge might as well have posted this. Don't take it seriously.
A technical solution seems like overkill, but I'd support more informative thread titles since there's nothing I hate more than that moment of terror when someone posts a thread title like "Tate Forcier"; first and foremost I'd make the thread title more informative, like "Tate Forcier is awesome" or "Tate Forcier decommits, everyone commit suicide now." If you don't want to do that, you could use the symbology proposed. Because what does a community need more than weird jargon? Nothin'.