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Remove off topic threads from new threads

Discussion in 'Forum Discussion' started by KarmaCallama, Oct 9, 2019 at 7:11 PM.

  1. Off topic threads clog up the list of new threads. They should be removed from showing up on the new threads and only be accessed from the off topic section. This should improve the quality of the fourms and ensure that more important threads get proper attention.
     
    Posted Oct 9, 2019 at 7:11 PM
    Abreaction, leo_thya and SpitefulNick like this.
  2. Hey!

    I understand what you are trying to say about having the more important threads possibly being covered up by those in the Off Topic section but I don't think that it should be removed. That section is there to start some outer community type conversations so everyone can get to know each other a little bit more. These sections do tend to be more popular because of the vast amounts of topics that end up being discussed there. Remember, the new topics and responses on threads also appear on the very right when you're on the forum main screen. Once you post your thread, if you don't see your name and thread on the New Posts board on the right, you will be on the main screen to the right of the thread section you posted in with your name and thread title.

    I don't know if this gave you more insight and we do promise that the important threads do get the proper attention they deserve.
     
    Posted Oct 9, 2019 at 7:42 PM
  3. I partially agree with this suggestion. Most of the time, off-topic threads do not contain discussions that are beneficial towards the server, just like Forum Games. Therefore, I believe that off-topic threads are an outlier when compared to other posts in the New Posts section. It also takes up several columns on the side which can result in potentially useful threads being buried as a result of posts that have nothing to do with the server.

    On the other hand, threads in this section promote discussion, just not relevant to Mineplex (hence the name). Other sections that are not designed to establish discussions are hidden, such as Help and Forum Games. I don't really have a huge issue regarding off-topic posts showing up on the side, but this may be because I often check various sections on the forums for new posts anyway. I'm gearing towards this suggestion, but it would be nice to hear others' opinions as well.
     
    Posted Oct 9, 2019 at 7:44 PM
  4. Right, but it's not a social media site, it's the Mineplex Forums. We should be promoting server oriented discussion, not the 10th "what phone do you have" thread. Bringing together the community and making friends is great and all, but that's really not what this is for. I like to think of the forums as a suggestion box; a place to give higher ups your ideas on how to improve the server. You don't put random statements or irrelevant questions in a suggestion box (at least if you're taking it seriously). Off-topic threads can be fun and engaging, but they should be kept out of the limelight, as they detract from meaningful discussion. As someone who has made a few threads on games that actually matter to me, it's very disheartening to see how little response you get as soon as your thread drops out of latest posts. It essentially kills your thread. And Off-topic threads push a looooooot of threads out of latest posts.

    Off-topic threads are fun, and in itself, I see no problem with them, but when they drown out actual Mineplex threads they become an issue. They should be kept their own sub-section, and out of latest posts.
     
    Posted Oct 9, 2019 at 7:55 PM
    glitcch, Dallarth, leo_thya and 4 others like this.
  5. That's very understandable and I didn't think about it in that aspect which is great for you to bring up. After mentioning this, I understand more about where other attributes of this situation come to play in terms of having their threads ignored and whatnot. As much as people do love the more social aspect of the forums, it's not the main priority of the Mineplex forums.
     
    Posted Oct 9, 2019 at 8:06 PM
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  6. From my experiences, people really do enjoy the off topic section. Removing off topic posts from the new tab neglects that section, but I have seen posts suggesting similar changes to the forums and I see where they are coming from. The important posts do not get the attention they deserve and drown in the pool of off topics which can be frustrating to the OP who sacrificed quite some time to put their threads together. I think the best solution would be to make a separate tab for off topic posts because they come fairly often. This does not neglect users who are active in the off topic section and satisfies those who are looking for meaningful Mineplex threads.

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    Posted Oct 9, 2019 at 8:39 PM,
    Last edited Oct 9, 2019 at 10:34 PM
  7. Hello!

    I see a lot of different opinions above about this idea and I understand both sides. But, I think it should stay how it is. The off topic section does have post that aren’t related to Mineplex and I can see why there is no point to put it in the recent threads place but it should stay. The off topic section has great threads asking people questions that are sometimes common or unique and just telling people something. The forums (in my opinion) is a place to discuss an idea about Mineplex or just to give a feeling about something, wanting to hear others opinions on things. There is no reason to remove the off topic section from there because it is a good place for a forums page. Anyways, that is my opinion.
     
    Posted Oct 9, 2019 at 10:25 PM
  8. On one hand, I do want the Off Topic subforum to stay there (just not when it makes for 50% of the latest posts), but I think that the most important part of the forums is the Idea Discussion section, which has a lot of threads and is often under threat of being pushed out.

    With that said, I have a few variations of an idea in mind. The first one would be to move idea threads out of the Latest Posts section completely, and create a new box for them (just like the Hot Threads on the old Enjin forums). The second is to keep them in Latest Posts, but also have them in the mentioned box. Thirdly, all idea threads with the "in discussion" mark could be spotlighted in this place to narrow down the number of threads shown there. And finally, if creating this box is not a viable option, I would agree with leaving out the Off Topic threads, seeing as they will still offer some discussion, just not as much.

    The point of my suggestion was not to devaluate threads from other sections such as Server & Forum discussion, it's just that there are somewhat less threads there and usually aren't that important.
     
    Posted Oct 10, 2019 at 4:44 AM
  9. I'd be totally okay with getting rid of Off Topic threads appearing in the New Posts section. A lot of our players are here to talk about the server and different components of it and aren't interested in random topics. I've always felt that the Off Topic section is interesting but not necessarily relevant to the server. In my opinion, the forums should be a platform that discusses the server rather than just random topics so having threads show up in New Posts from Off Topic kind of dissuades players from focusing on the forums intent of discussing the server and its features. If you are still interested in random topics, you can just go there, but I agree that New Posts should focus on discussion of Mineplex.
     
    Posted Oct 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM
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  10. It doesn't really make any sense to me why off topic is now shown in the new post section, as the threads have rarely actually held content that provokes a real conversation that can be continued in comparison to server and forums discussion.

    I see the novelty in the section and it often contains fun, albeit shallow threads that generally do not compare to the rest of the content in new posts.

    At the end of the day, while the change of such is probably pretty easy, it's not very important and isn't incredibly impactful.
     
    Posted Oct 13, 2019 at 8:50 PM
  11. No way, I practically live on /off-topic/ post wise
     
    Posted Oct 13, 2019 at 9:56 PM

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