Been awhile without any updates on my end and it's time to update everyone on the state of everything that's happening around these parts.
As you noticed we dumped the UBB boards that had been our reliable pony for years. We have a lot of reasons for looking around for alternatives but the gist is that vBulletin is stronger message board software than ubb.threads and comes with better support.
We're able to put more things in to the forums to make it an overall better experience for you guys. One of the goals was to increase the ease of posting by way of a WYSIWYG editor, so that the quality in posts goes up and so far we've noticed an increase. Other features we've added so far which you may or may not be aware of is:
• spoiler tags w00t!
• Imbedded video support
• WYSIWYG editor
• Greater text control
• Changing colour, size, font, font style etc. is easier now
• Increased user profile options (Gamer tags, LinkedIn, etc). If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see in this regard, let us know!
• Increased user security
• thread tagging (more on this at another time)
• image wrapping (more on this at another time)
On top of ease of posting for you guys, it has stronger page formatting for us so that we can write posts of a more professional caliber. Part of us switching was how easy it would be to edit text, include word wrapping, ease of previewing, and so on. If all things go as planned one of our 'major updates' we have coming will really utilize this update and we're pretty stoked about it.
Okay, but what about the crappy new look!?
Haha, we know how the majority of you feel about the new theme. You guys did a good job on letting me know how much you love it. ;) This is a temporary theme update - it's not the 'new' style we're going with now that we're on vBulletin - that's actually being made by professionals. That, and our logo/identity. If you want to sumbit a theme for consideration, you know where to find us.
Basically, the short story is we wanted to change the software to vBulletin on Polycount's 10th birthday and we wanted to keep that a secret, so we told no one. We couldn’t send out cakes to every one. Now that it’s out there, we've asked for help from our members who do this sort of things professionally and they're busy working away on Polycount one sexy beast.
One of the abilities of vBulletin is “user infractions” and we're going to start utilizing that feature. The reason being, we want to see some actual respect between members from time to time so that discussions can be had without it resorting to name calling, trolling, or cats. (Well, maybe cats are fine ).
We're an opinionated bunch here which I flippin' love, but when it turns to the shit storms we often create it gets a little embarrassing, don't you agree? We’d like to bring the level of discussion here a little above where it’s been. If that’s too much for you, please delete the link to the forums from your browser as we’re no longer going to get along.
Without getting technical, the way infractions works is simple: Get a slap on the wrist 3 times in 5 days, and you're on a 5 day temporary ban. The first infraction will get you a warning if the moderator or admin issuing it believes it to be useful at the time.
While banned, you can still browse the forums but you'll have lost your posting privileges. If you can't control yourself from there on out, we'll have to discuss the repercussions.
Here's a few things that may get you a slap:
• Name calling
• Obnoxious thread derailment
• Reporting a thread without just cause
• General douche-baggery
If you see someone doing any of the above, you're welcome to report the thread and one of the moderators will handle that post accordingly.
On the note of moderators, we're looking to fill out our moderator team with 2 new members. Myself, MoP, hawken, adamBrome, and bearkub are already watching over the boards but some can dedicate more time than others.
Ultimately, we'd like to have our moderators spread amongst as many hemispheres as possible. So, we'd like it if those who take this role be from Europe, Asia, or Australia. But with that said, anyone is welcome to put their name in the hat as we'll take anyone we figure best for the job.
The general role of moderator is to help maintain the site by enforcing our rules. We'll go in to more details once you're on the team.
A few of you have already PM'd Adam about this which is great, but I'd like to ask you to do it again if you are still interested. Additionally, if you were a moderator in the past but have been somewhat inactive and would like to continue please let us know.
adamBrome? Administrator? Uh oh...
Also on a note that a lot of people are probably wondering about, Mr. Brome has indeed been tinkering on the inner working of polycount. He came to Kub and me last year with an idea and a plan on reinvigorating the site and making it better than we could have imagined. We were a little skeptical, but we gave him a little rope and he’s been doing a great job ever since. A lot of the momentum that we have is the direct result of his involvement. He definitely should be given a large community hug for the love and effort he’s been putting into the site for the community. He has been working with me every week to review plans and ideas on where we are going. He does his damnest to implement it all after we’ve signed off on it. Don’t be too worried, everything is still as it always was. We’re still the same old space station of green and black love. Our deepest concern is keeping this community active and vibrant. We’re the oldest game art community out here and we’d like to continue making sure its here for you.