So for the past month or so, Iíve been working on a new style for the forums. I figured the anniversary would be the perfect time to unveil it along with some other new tidbits of Forum funtime.
Before I get into that, this cblog is going to be changing itís material a bit. Since Iím not much of a writer and didnít write blogs all that frequently. I figured a good use of this space would be as a Dev blog for the forums. Something to keep everyone informed about anything thatís going on that maybe doesnít come to the forums all the time or has never checked them out in the first place.
Along with that, I will also put things up here like particular threads that seem to be really taking off discussion wise, new users that have really made an impact and just other neat stuff that comes up in the forums that I think people would enjoy. The podcast hosts have been doing an incredible job talking up their forums on their respective shows, so Iím going to follow that lead and cover the rest of the forums. Donít worry, itís not going to be on a daily or even weekly basis, so donít worry about me pushing the exceptional blogs down.
So first off, here are some teaser images of the new forums skin that I whipped up. Itís leaner, more user friendly and a lot more dtoider. None of the forums, threads or sections are changing, this is mostly cosmetic so everything should be in the same place, just more dtoidy lookin. Since I pretty much taught myself CSS to whip this up, all the bugs should come to me in this thread http://www.destructoid.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10984.
Itís workin pretty well as is, but Iím sure I missed something. Of course, suggestions, comments and anything else should go in that thread too.
As a heads up, this forum skin will become the new default. However, since I know peoples tastes vary I will leave up the ability to choose your own skin and the Greentoid and UltraGreentoid skins will remain selectable.
In addition to that, Iím going to start up a kind of achievements/badge system for the forums. I figures this works very well in the forums already as there is a type of badge system already in place (your rank).
Iíve got the first two badges all ready to go and here is a preview of them here:
Anyone who is active in the forums on Monday the 16th from midnight to midnight will get this badge celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Destructoid. Kind of a ďI was here for thatĒ type of badge. I have a way to search for it, so sending me PMís claiming you were active when you were not, isnít going to help.
Starting on the 16th, anyone who has gotten a cblog promoted to the front page will receive this badge. This is from the 16th forward to give everyone a fair starting point. You get the badge once, so multiple blogs will not give you more. This wonít count for editors since wellÖI would just give them all the badge and they have enough as is. While I understand this isnít fair to those that have been front paged in the past, think of it as an additional motivation to write another exceptional cblog. It also ensures that anyone who gets the badge is currently active on the site (at least recently in relation to the 16th).
So far those are the only two I have ready to go. Again, Ideas, suggestions and comments about future badges are always welcome and appreciated. I also want to calm any concern that these badges (or any I implement in the future) will somehow instill favoritism or special privileges to those that get them. They do not. Everything that applies to everyone else still applies to people with badges.
So thatís a heads up for all of you so you donít freak out when you see the forums change on the 16th!
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