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FreeSangha Crier => Suggestion box => Topic started by: Wonky Badger on November 19, 2009, 06:38:42 am

Title: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on November 19, 2009, 06:38:42 am
If you have any ideas, let me know. Please feel free to open your own topics in the suggestion box.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on November 22, 2009, 04:07:13 pm
How do we prevent hackers from happening here?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: dharmagoat on November 22, 2009, 07:28:28 pm
Simple really... kind, fair, and open moderation. This is quite possible to achieve, but requires moderators that value these qualities above all else.

It is also important that moderators don't cross the line to become "Dharma police", enforcing a too-narrow interpretation of what constitutes "authentic Buddhism".  
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on November 22, 2009, 09:28:27 pm
We'll have to learn to live with the troublemakers. If they play by the rules, they can stay. Otherwise they're out. I haven't really checked what restrictions you can set for an individual user, except for deletion, but I will check it out.

I agree that moderation should be kind, fair and open. We need moderators that can moderate according to the rules we all agree on, without mixing personal opinions and beliefs into their moderations. And above all; openess! No secrecy and "white lies" like at e-sangha.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on November 23, 2009, 04:41:17 pm
Moderation, I agree, needs to be first and foremost right speech which means lots and lots of patience and tolerance especially towards views that are different.  I would incorporate the 8-fold path into the posting rules :)

Moderators who value the discussion and its participants would seem to me the most appropriate.  You don't have to have a degree to know how to be polite! :D

Maybe this is the wrong setting to ask this question, and if it is I apologize for it.  Are we regulating posting from members of known sects/cults, do we care or have any idea of how this moderation interacts with those groups that are known to be "seeking recruits?"  It's a bit of a hairy topic for sure, but one that needs to be addressed as to whether this board will regulate or not. By regulation I do NOT mean censorship.  Just something for a new board (with people not looking for trouble) to think about. 
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: dharmagoat on November 23, 2009, 06:14:59 pm
Are we regulating posting from members of known sects/cults, do we care or have any idea of how this moderation interacts with those groups that are known to be "seeking recruits?"  

Ogyen, I received a similar inquiry from another member earlier today.

How these groups are treated here is ultimately the decision of the administration (i.e. Wonky), but in the interim I am allowing open discussion of all controversial groups, teachers and teachings, provided that a reasonable degree of harmony is maintained among members. However, I expect that any kind of overt recruitment by any group will not be permitted, as this would be a misuse of this forum.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on November 24, 2009, 02:01:10 am
My hope is that all buddhists could unite here, showing mutual respect. This dream might be naive. I don't know.

Deciding on the forum rules should be a priority. The eightfold path would be a very good base for this. I guess we'd have to set up a rule against overt recruiting, since minors are allowed here and vulnerable persons might come here to seek refuge.

There is always the problem of where to draw the line. If a Theravada person tells a Mahayana person why he chose Theravada over Mahayana, that would probably be seen as OK, but if a person from one of these sects or cults would do the same, it would probably be seen as recruiting.

Would it be an idea to set up a board for "controversial" groups so that people are aware of their status, or would that be seen as offending? Or should we set up a subforum with information on why certain groups are viewed as sects/cults. I guess we'll have to try to find the middle way here.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on November 24, 2009, 11:24:50 am
My hope is that all buddhists could unite here, showing mutual respect. This dream might be naive. I don't know.

Deciding on the forum rules should be a priority. The eightfold path would be a very good base for this. I guess we'd have to set up a rule against overt recruiting, since minors are allowed here and vulnerable persons might come here to seek refuge.

There is always the problem of where to draw the line. If a Theravada person tells a Mahayana person why he chose Theravada over Mahayana, that would probably be seen as OK, but if a person from one of these sects or cults would do the same, it would probably be seen as recruiting.

Would it be an idea to set up a board for "controversial" groups so that people are aware of their status, or would that be seen as offending? Or should we set up a subforum with information on why certain groups are viewed as sects/cults. I guess we'll have to try to find the middle way here.

Wonky, I don't think it's a naive dream, I think it's simply a great ideal.  The reality is we are going to meet some difficult situations where we have to practice the best and most skillful judgment we have about how to handle particular scenarios.  

The idea of setting up a controversial board may not be a bad idea as it will openly allow controversial subjects to be discussed so that they don't bleed over into other forums.  At least if we as moderators can move posts to a subforum that is known to all to cover difficult and controversial matters, it's an "enter at your own risk" kind of scenario.  I'm an activist for speaking against cult-influence as I'm a cult-survivor myself, but regardless, I don't feel that people who are in cults need to be penalized for it.  If anything, a space where controversy is ok might deflect unnecessary conflict on other boards instead of outright banning someone because they expressed a controversial opinion...

The one thing I don't agree with is shutting people out because they might belong to a group that is harmful to its members.  People are just people, no matter what group they belong to, they are also suffering just like everyone else.  I motion for a space where everyone knows "Enter at your own risk" and is a safe space for these kinds of topics to be discussed.  I suspect we'd have lots of flames and quite often, but in a way, if it's contained, people who want to participate in difficult topics can as well.  It's not our place to police what people want to talk about, simply ensure that no harm is coming to our members because of our board and that if difficult topics emerge, we can put them in this "Enter at your own risk" controversial subforum.    Then again, I'm very liberal and don't particularly feel good about limiting members simply because they belong to a group that is a cult.  Even those members have good intentions, the problem is that their groups' policies are often aggressive.  In this sense, if we did something like this, we'd have a much more of a "wild west" compared to esangha that allows for these kinds of discussions, and those who don't want to participate, just don't go to that forum...?  I'd be willing to also help moderate a forum like that having extensive experience with cult-mentality.

We could even give it a name like "Danger Zone -Topics that normally get you banned"  ;D and describe in detail, this is a place where controversy is allowed, members of known cults might post here, then make a sticky post where we have guidelines for the posting and that the topics covered would not be allowed most places, etc etc, we take no responsibility for views expressed here...  the only way someone can get banned is by openly breaking forum rules (spam, personal attacks, etc).  But in this forum as long as discussions are kept civil, any view can be discussed.  People can choose to read or not, enter at your own discretion and be at least 13?  

Dunno, just brainstorming...What do you all think?  
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: WonderlandAlli on November 29, 2009, 08:56:05 pm
In trying to write about things involving Sanskrit or Tibetan (or Chinese rarely) I find it awkward to not be able to represent the graphic characters used in the languages and their representations.

 :-[

oh...wait... I was going to say it would be good to be able to insert graphics with the words in script but I just found an icon for "insert a picture".
I will try that to see if it works.
Sorry.
(I'll come back if it doesn't work.)

******************************
I tried insert of a GIF image of the Sanskrit Alphabet, and it didn't work.


Not sure which characters you need but consult http://charlie.balch.org/asp/ascii.asp it may help, you would hold down alt and type the code on the number pad (not the number bar).
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on November 30, 2009, 01:05:17 am
今日はみんなさん!

At least Japanese seems to be working, so Chinese should also work. I'm not familiar with how Tibetan and Sanskrit is displayed, but I will look into it.

EDIT:

I installed Tibetan script on my laptop just by adding it in the language bar (Vista). It seems to be working:

བ་སགལད་བདགལབ་སགལབ་ཆིོེ་བལདགབ་ལགདཀ་སད་ཀབགལསའཀ་ཆེིཀ་ོཆིེཀ་ (I just hammered on the keys as I wouldn't have the slightest idea about how to actually write something comprehensible in Tibetan).

I think Sanskrit is working as well:
तेकिरतोेसमतैािरैारिगदरिहीिरदकतिप्लेकत्सेकतिलस्ु्कत

Kalachakra, was there some specific solution you would need?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on November 30, 2009, 02:22:23 pm
the img link  in the post-reply view is in fact for JPGs already hosted online.  For example if you had all those pics hosted at photobucket.com, you could simply insert the img url and that's how that works as you've already figured out. :)
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 01, 2009, 01:26:32 am
Also, if you click "Additional Options..." there is a possibility to attach pictures uploaded from your computer, but there are some limitations by default. If there is a need, I can change the attachment settings a bit, but I can't change them too much as large/many attachments might affect loading time.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: David on December 01, 2009, 03:40:58 pm
Is it possible to have an "ignore" function, where if I find someone offensive, rather than create a fuss over it, I just hit "ignore" and no longer see anything they post?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on December 01, 2009, 04:39:25 pm
Now THAT would be a good feature... but I don't know of one in this system.  Wonky?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: thornbush on December 01, 2009, 05:39:32 pm
To the ever kind and patient Admin/Mod,

May I suggest something?

I noticed there's a 'Library Forum' somewhere near the bottom under 'Academy' with its various subs like :  "Beginner's Buddhism Library, General Buddhism Library, Mahayana Buddhism Library, Theravada Buddhism Library, Tibetan Buddhism Library"

Is it possible that all of the above be merged with their respective Forums and made into a permanent/sticky link where it is accessible and visible to all the moment they enter that Forum for resources and reference?
E.g In the Mahayana Buddhism Forum, the moment one goes in, one can see 'Mahayana Buddhism Library' immediately as a sticky/permanent immovable topic/thread for instant viewing and accessibility instead of having to enter another Forum just to get links on the same concern?

If not, then I will move my 'Links/Resources' threads in Theravada/Mahayana to the Library Forum then?

Am I making sense?  ;D Thank you for reading  8)   
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on December 01, 2009, 05:48:04 pm
Thornbush, that's a great idea!!  So basically we're making a sticky topic that links to those sub-forums moved into each sector they belong to, like beginning library with beginner's buddhism, general library in general buddhism etc?

If I understood your suggestion, thank you for making it!  I think it will streamline resources a lot for the user.   Wonky can make adjustments when he gets on (Europe-time) which will probably be very late tonight (early morning there).

Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: thornbush on December 01, 2009, 06:02:01 pm
Indeed Ogyen and thank you for response. I just recall that I have omitted in my earlier post to state that if that happens, your kind assistance is also appreciated to move the Links/Resources threads raised by myself in Theravada/Mahayana Forums to merge with the sticky link.

Many thanks again for your kind attention and action  :namaste:   
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 01, 2009, 10:12:49 pm
Is it possible to have an "ignore" function, where if I find someone offensive, rather than create a fuss over it, I just hit "ignore" and no longer see anything they post?
There is one solution that I'm looking at. Unfortunately I don't think it ads a ignore button in the topics, but it works in such a way that you add the offensive user to your PM ignore list in your profile settings and then also their posts are ignored, showing a "you are ignoring this user" message and an option to show the post. Would that be OK?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 01, 2009, 11:05:21 pm
Regarding the Library links, I'm looking into it. The package I tried to upload for that solution was listed as corrupt, so I have to check around if there is any workaround or we just have to wait for the author to release a new version.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: David on December 01, 2009, 11:18:35 pm
There is one solution that I'm looking at. Unfortunately I don't think it ads a ignore button in the topics, but it works in such a way that you add the offensive user to your PM ignore list in your profile settings and then also their posts are ignored, showing a "you are ignoring this user" message and an option to show the post. Would that be OK?

Works for me.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 02, 2009, 12:17:09 am
Ok, the package is loaded. Ignoring PMs now also ignores posts. Enjoy!  :D

NOTE TO ALL USERS:
Ignoring a Mod or Admin with this feature is not recommended as it might cause you to miss out on important information and in a worst-case scenario it might even get you banned (e.g that you are repetedly asked to refrain from some certain behavior, but miss the notifications because of the having the Mod/Admin on your ignore list).
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: thornbush on December 02, 2009, 12:27:03 am
Regarding the Library links, I'm looking into it. The package I tried to upload for that solution was listed as corrupt, so I have to check around if there is any workaround or we just have to wait for the author to release a new version.
Ok Wonky

Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: thornbush on December 02, 2009, 12:37:18 am
To the dear Wonky and Ogyen...

This question popped into my lunatic mind a while ago...

In case His Holiness the Dalai Lama or Ajahn Brahm wanna sign up here, as monastics, does FreeSangha have special rules for the Ordained Members like in some other Forums where they are to declare their basic Ordination credentials, photos and etc, for vetting by the Admin... so that we don't wind up with a HH Flying Spaghetti Monster XVI or Ajahn Wannabe and their Lasagna Dharma?

Am I making sense? Thank you for reading  ;D
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 02, 2009, 01:30:41 am
To the dear Wonky and Ogyen...

This question popped into my lunatic mind a while ago...

In case His Holiness the Dalai Lama or Ajahn Brahm wanna sign up here, as monastics, does FreeSangha have special rules for the Ordained Members like in some other Forums where they are to declare their basic Ordination credentials, photos and etc, for vetting by the Admin... so that we don't wind up with a HH Flying Spaghetti Monster XVI or Ajahn Wannabe and their Lasagna Dharma?

Am I making sense? Thank you for reading  ;D
Well... this is what I thought: We don't have time to investigate credentials actively and we don't have time to enforce credential verification in the same way it seemed to work at e-sangha, so I thought that we'd create a specific user group for those that voluntarily submit proof of their credentials. This user group would have some kind of visual feature, like a badge or different background color, showing that they have verified credentials. I have not yet gotten around to creating this user group.

Anyway, with a system like that, people could declare whatever credentials they want, but it would be visually obvious that those credentials were not verified unless they were. So if His Holiness the Dalai Lama or Ajahn Brahm were to sign up, it would be their choice if they want to roam the boards as plain Buddhists like the rest of us or if they want to flash their credentials. At least that would guarantee that we would not be seing any verified HH Flying Spaghetti Monster XVI or Ajahn Wannabe. Exactly what proof we would need to move someone over to the "verified cretentials" group I don't know yet, but if someone has ideas, please let us know!
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: maxh on December 03, 2009, 04:41:34 pm
I like the idea of Lasagna Dharma ;D

Also, I thought maybe we can put buttons on each post with 'I found this post helpful' or 'this contributes to the discussion' or something, to keep a certain level of quality. Then people can see if they are posting wild nonsense, and it will also be easier for moderators to spot it.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on December 03, 2009, 06:19:59 pm
I am having an appreciation moment of this forum's new group.  I really like all the great ideas you guys come up with!!

I want a Lasagna Dharma!  I'll be the bodhisattva of ravioli. 

I agree with what WB wrote about having a special user group for monastics if they so choose to sign up and have one on the board.  But if I were the HHDL I'd probably create a username like RavioliBodhisattva and mingle with all the peeps.  Too much pressure to be like, I'm the HHDL, and people go, nah, not likely.  And then it is!  And then everyone's awkward...  and afraid to post. 
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: thornbush on December 03, 2009, 06:47:41 pm
Dearest Admin/Mods/Fellow Forum Mates,

This is a wacky one... :D

There are some Forum sites that limit guests/lurkers viewing their site to only 1 or 2 Forums/sub-Forums and some are totally restricted for members only with the intention of encouraging guests/lurkers to sign up for full access...after all membership does have its privileges  ;D

So right now, we are kinda like no holds barred except:
1. for the Chat function and
2. the forum posting privilege

Am I making sense? Thanks for reading  :namaste:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 04, 2009, 05:17:44 am
Also, I thought maybe we can put buttons on each post with 'I found this post helpful' or 'this contributes to the discussion' or something, to keep a certain level of quality. Then people can see if they are posting wild nonsense, and it will also be easier for moderators to spot it.

I have found two options. One where you can leave a small "Thanks" at the bottom of the helpful post and one where you vote posts up/down, reddit style.
Any preferences?

Quote from: thornbush
Dearest Admin/Mods/Fellow Forum Mates,

This is a wacky one...  :D

There are some Forum sites that limit guests/lurkers viewing their site to only 1 or 2 Forums/sub-Forums and some are totally restricted for members only with the intention of encouraging guests/lurkers to sign up for full access...after all membership does have its privileges   ;D

So right now, we are kinda like no holds barred except:
1. for the Chat function and
2. the forum posting privilege

Am I making sense? Thanks for reading   :namaste:

While I am tempted to get more people to sign up, I'm not quite sure. Let's say that there potentially is a piece of information in here that could get a guest closer to enlightenment, and that this guest misses out on it because he doesn't feel like signing up. I'd like to give that guest a chance. And chances also are that a person that is reluctant to sign up, wouldn't be much of a contributor anyway. I don't want to fill up the member list with people that never login.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: purplelotus9 on December 04, 2009, 07:45:33 am
If you have any ideas, let me know. Please feel free to open your own topics in the suggestion box.

Well done Wonky I think Freesangha has the potential to be a really informative and friendly site.  However, I still can't seem to access chat? : -\

Best wishes

P
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 05, 2009, 12:33:37 am
Hm... Were there many users in the chat at the time? It seems to be working now. Might have been a problem with my host. If it happens again, I'll start digging around in logs and whatever I can find to see if there is a problem with the database or CPU resources.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on December 06, 2009, 01:08:16 am
I have found two options. One where you can leave a small "Thanks" at the bottom of the helpful post and one where you vote posts up/down, reddit style.
Any preferences?

I like the thanks at the bottom, it's discreet and positive and doesn't turn it into a voting 'contest' for some of our more competitive thinkers.   :namaste:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: maxh on December 06, 2009, 04:25:31 pm
I have found two options. One where you can leave a small "Thanks" at the bottom of the helpful post and one where you vote posts up/down, reddit style.
Any preferences

I say we first try the 'thanks' one, to keep it positive. With an up/down, people might 'down' a post only because they don't agree.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: thornbush on December 07, 2009, 07:07:11 am
It's me again.... ;D
Is it possible to combine all the different Sutra links into one thread, 'Sutra Studies', instead of pinning so many?
Link: http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?board=31.0

Many thanks  :namaste:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on December 07, 2009, 04:00:59 pm
It's me again.... ;D
Is it possible to combine all the different Sutra links into one thread, 'Sutra Studies', instead of pinning so many?
Link: [url]http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?board=31.0[/url]

Many thanks  :namaste:


I've merged all the sutras into one topic called Sutra Links.  Let me know if this works for you.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: thornbush on December 07, 2009, 05:45:04 pm
It's me again.... ;D
Is it possible to combine all the different Sutra links into one thread, 'Sutra Studies', instead of pinning so many?
Link: [url]http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?board=31.0[/url]

Many thanks  :namaste:


I've merged all the sutras into one topic called Sutra Links.  Let me know if this works for you.

Big thanks and appreciation  :namaste:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 07, 2009, 11:59:31 pm
That "thanks" add-on threw an error at install, so I will have to wait a while with it, to see if I have time to manually implement it. I wouldn't want to damage the site with a dodgy install script.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: thornbush on December 11, 2009, 01:30:41 am
Dear Wonky and Team,

3 Questions:

1. Any consensus in increasing the types of emoticons, in addition to what we already have?
2. Does this site have the format/ability to enable all to see who is viewing the thread at the bottom of the page?
3. When one deletes the account, what happens? Does all of that member's posts go together with him/her?

 :namaste:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 11, 2009, 01:41:28 am
Dear Wonky and Team,

3 Questions:

1. Any consensus in increasing the types of emoticons, in addition to what we already have?
2. Does this site have the format/ability to enable all to see who is viewing the thread at the bottom of the page?
3. When one deletes the account, what happens? Does all of that member's posts go together with him/her?

 :namaste:
1. I have tried to add them by request, but I've kind of forgotten about the last ones. I should make a note about that.
2. I have to look into that. For now, if you're interested in what people are up to, you can click the "X Guests, X Users" link in the Online Users section at the bottom of the main page. Some users have chosen to be hidden, though.
3. If you delete your own account, I think nothing happens to your posts, except that your user is marked as "Guest". If an admin deletes a user account, he/she can choose between only deleting the user, or also deleting the posts of that user or deleting the user together with all topics and posts that user has made.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Padawan on December 12, 2009, 10:18:13 pm
The sticky's @ E-Sangha at the top of each sub forum were a great help, especially for a beginner such as myself. Hopefully the more knowledgeable members can restart that to aid any newbies coming to the site with qyestions.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on December 16, 2009, 10:07:48 am
Is there a way to add a link for "View active topics?"
That would be different from the "Posts since your last visit."

Thanks  :namaste:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: retrofuturist on December 16, 2009, 04:12:18 pm
Greetings,

Is there a way to add a link for "View active topics?"
I agree... that would be nice, if possible.

Metta,
Retro. :)
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Monkey Mind on December 17, 2009, 12:00:54 am
So in other forums, when you are reading a thread that has multiple pages, clicking on the "next" button takes you to the next page in the thread. Here in Freesangha, clicking on the "next" button takes you to the next thread. I frequently click the thing, have a moment of confusion, and then remember "Oh, Freesangha works differently." Any way to fix that?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on December 17, 2009, 12:21:21 am
This one's bitten me too a couple times.... :pinch:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 17, 2009, 01:21:46 am
Is there a way to add a link for "View active topics?"
That would be different from the "Posts since your last visit."

Thanks  :namaste:
There is now a "RECENT TOPICS" up in that small menu where the chat also is. Is that the kind of feature you were looking for?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 17, 2009, 01:25:59 am
So in other forums, when you are reading a thread that has multiple pages, clicking on the "next" button takes you to the next page in the thread. Here in Freesangha, clicking on the "next" button takes you to the next thread. I frequently click the thing, have a moment of confusion, and then remember "Oh, Freesangha works differently." Any way to fix that?
There is now "Prev" and/ or "Next" for at the page numbers for long topics. Hope that helps!
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on December 17, 2009, 01:50:53 am
And maybe at the bottom add Topic to Previous and Next so it reads Previous Topic Next Topic or is that too much? :D
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 17, 2009, 02:17:41 am
I'll see what I can do. It might be possible. Although I find those  "« previous next »" on the right to be a pretty useless feature. Does anybody actually read all forum topics one by one from top downwards? Anyway clarifying that it is topics, not pages, would make things less frustrating.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Tex on December 22, 2009, 05:36:57 pm
One suggestion: On the left side where it shows our user name, post count, etc, it might be helpful to add the date we joined (if possible). 
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: pickledpitbull on December 28, 2009, 05:22:07 pm
Yes!  Open a "You said!/Did not!" section and have the moderators relocate all of the posts that are nothing but petty bickering.  You can call it "The Ego Zone"!
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 29, 2009, 04:09:49 am
One suggestion: On the left side where it shows our user name, post count, etc, it might be helpful to add the date we joined (if possible). 

Unfortunately I couldn't find an addon like that for this version of SMF. If we upgrade in the future it might be possible.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on December 29, 2009, 01:13:40 pm
Yes!  Open a "You said!/Did not!" section and have the moderators relocate all of the posts that are nothing but petty bickering.  You can call it "The Ego Zone"!

This is not an entirely shabby idea...  Can I put my ego there?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Joy Stone on January 08, 2010, 02:11:25 am
Suggestion for "making this forum more nice":

Please, please, please allow for the disabling of smilies/emoticons. 

I don't think I can participate much otherwise, and I'd like to.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on January 08, 2010, 05:52:16 am
Joy, I'll see if I can find a solution.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: DrJonno on January 08, 2010, 11:25:40 am
Hi there,

More secure or nice... I'd say just ensure you've got backups - because one day someone will do something to it.

Thank you for such a brilliant forum.

_/|\_ metta

Jon
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on January 08, 2010, 11:34:36 am
I think it would be nice if we could see who's online like at the bottom of the screen.  But that's just a little thing, no big deal  :)  Right now you have to scroll through all the members to see who's on, I think.

Best,
Laura
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on January 08, 2010, 12:47:13 pm
I think it would be nice if we could see who's online like at the bottom of the screen.  But that's just a little thing, no big deal  :)  Right now you have to scroll through all the members to see who's on, I think.

Best,
Laura

And I think you can only see who's online on the home page.   Let me dig around and see if there's an option for that... if I don't find one, Hakan will need to assist...

EDIT:  The only thing I found I could change for this is the online/offline status under the avatar.  I enabled it so we can see who is on and off while posting...
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on January 08, 2010, 01:27:00 pm
Nice addition!  Thank you muchly   :jinsyx:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Joy Stone on January 10, 2010, 12:43:02 am
Joy, I'll see if I can find a solution.


Thanks, Wonky Badger.  It's very much appreciated. 

Sometimes eyestrain from "visual clutter" can trigger migraines.  Mostly haven't had those beasts for about a decade, but I have to limit known triggers.  It's always nice when I can adjust a site so that it's easy on the eyes.  I do know how to hit the esc key to stop the moving gif images -- those things are awful for me while trying to read.

Say, you wouldn't happen to be related to that badger (http://bitterrootbadger.wordpress.com/) in Montana would you?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on January 10, 2010, 09:47:42 am
I think it would be nice if we could see who's online like at the bottom of the screen.  But that's just a little thing, no big deal  :)  Right now you have to scroll through all the members to see who's on, I think.

Best,
Laura

Wow, this was done by the next day.  Thanks!   :jinsyx:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: poto on January 10, 2010, 11:31:46 am
To add my :twocents:

In the spirit of openness and transparency, it would be nice to see all moderator actions logged. Whenever a post or thread is modified or deleted, those actions should be recorded for all to see in a public moderator sub-forum. Also, when a user is banned, the action should be logged and an appeals process established. A 'moderation actions' sub-forum should also allow users to openly debate the moderator's activities, rather than refusing to allow any public questioning of mods as some other forums have done.

I believe this level of transparency, while slightly more work for the moderation team, is more in keeping with Buddhist concepts of openness.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on January 10, 2010, 11:36:09 am
Hi poto, your idea is great.  We already have that policy in place; all mods are supposed to record the reason for action under the post for the sake of transparency.

But thank you!

Kindly,
Laura
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: poto on January 10, 2010, 11:46:44 am
Hi poto, your idea is great.  We already have that policy in place; all mods are supposed to record the reason for action under the post for the sake of transparency.

But thank you!

Kindly,
Laura

What about when posts/threads are deleted?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on January 10, 2010, 11:47:23 am
Has that happened???
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: poto on January 10, 2010, 11:56:51 am
Has that happened???

I dunno. I just found this forum a few days ago. I haven't seen any posts disappear yet, but I'm sure deletions are bound to happen sooner or later. I was just curious about policy, and suggesting what I have seen work well on other other forums to help foster an open atmosphere.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on January 10, 2010, 12:11:31 pm
Thanks poto, I haven't seen it happen yet though I've seen threads moved to "The Danger Zone," sometimes at the requests of members.  We'll talk about it, in case such drastic instances arise.

Kindly,
Laura
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on January 10, 2010, 02:57:42 pm
To add my :twocents:

In the spirit of openness and transparency, it would be nice to see all moderator actions logged. Whenever a post or thread is modified or deleted, those actions should be recorded for all to see in a public moderator sub-forum. Also, when a user is banned, the action should be logged and an appeals process established. A 'moderation actions' sub-forum should also allow users to openly debate the moderator's activities, rather than refusing to allow any public questioning of mods as some other forums have done.

I believe this level of transparency, while slightly more work for the moderation team, is more in keeping with Buddhist concepts of openness.

All moderators actions are logged.  In fact, all members actions are logged.  For the sake of not having too many hands in the kitchen these logs have not been made public since they are administrator functions and not moderator functions.  These logs not being made public as of now doesn't mean that they're hidden or that they're in any way off limits to members, just from a practical standpoint it hasn't yet been an issue.  Since the site has been starting out we have encouraged a great deal of transparency, and if people would feel better we can make a subforum in moderator's contact forum where there are daily logs of moderator activity.  This could be managed, but it requires a good deal of work on my or Wonky Badger's time as it is an administrative function and not a moderator's function in the system, and please understand we do this for free and have full-time jobs and families and life as well...  If the increase in current work load for maintenance of the site is minimal, then we will be happy to accomodate.  If it's too intensive to maintain daily, we could go on a request basis, that is if it's more than "slightly more work" please understand there are two of us admin'ing.  That is if someone feels they must know what the moderator activities have been, we (the admins) can provide these logs for their own peace of mind upon request.  Considering this may not be a daily frequency thing it might be easier to simply manage on a need-to-know basis.  That is when you feel you need to know you let us know and we give you the information you are asking.

Thoughts?  Please let us know.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: poto on January 10, 2010, 03:28:42 pm
All moderators actions are logged.  In fact, all members actions are logged.  For the sake of not having too many hands in the kitchen these logs have not been made public since they are administrator functions and not moderator functions.  These logs not being made public as of now doesn't mean that they're hidden or that they're in any way off limits to members, just from a practical standpoint it hasn't yet been an issue.  Since the site has been starting out we have encouraged a great deal of transparency, and if people would feel better we can make a subforum in moderator's contact forum where there are daily logs of moderator activity.  This could be managed, but it requires a good deal of work on my or Wonky Badger's time as it is an administrative function and not a moderator's function in the system, and please understand we do this for free and have full-time jobs and families and life as well...  If the increase in current work load for maintenance of the site is minimal, then we will be happy to accomodate.  If it's too intensive to maintain daily, we could go on a request basis, that is if it's more than "slightly more work" please understand there are two of us admin'ing.  That is if someone feels they must know what the moderator activities have been, we (the admins) can provide these logs for their own peace of mind upon request.  Considering this may not be a daily frequency thing it might be easier to simply manage on a need-to-know basis.  That is when you feel you need to know you let us know and we give you the information you are asking.

Thoughts?  Please let us know.

I haven't ever run a SMF forum, only vb and phpbb, so I'm not familiar with the admin backend. If it's too much trouble to dump the log files, then maybe requiring mods to post brief descriptions of their actions in the mod sub-forums would work. I understand that could be burdensome too. It was just a suggestion, based on things I have seen done on other forums.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Monkey Mind on January 10, 2010, 03:34:25 pm
I have no opinion about a log. I am wondering: what if moderators left a note in the thread if they modify, edit, or delete any post. So anyone reading the thread can see the actions of moderators within the context of the action.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on January 10, 2010, 03:36:05 pm
I have no opinion about a log. I am wondering: what if moderators left a note in the thread if they modify, edit, or delete any post. So anyone reading the thread can see the actions of moderators within the context of the action.

When you edit a post, there is a little field you can fill in in modify post view: Reason for edit:

I have already asked moderators (maybe a few weeks ago?) in the global moderator's board to please include their reason for modification whenever altering posts/threads not their own, if you visit the thread you can find it.  

Hope this helps/clarifies.

 :headbow:
Ogyen.

Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Sandy on January 10, 2010, 06:44:04 pm
logo idea what do u all think about it
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on January 13, 2010, 12:07:17 am
Joy, I'll see if I can find a solution.


Thanks, Wonky Badger.  It's very much appreciated. 

Sometimes eyestrain from "visual clutter" can trigger migraines.  Mostly haven't had those beasts for about a decade, but I have to limit known triggers.  It's always nice when I can adjust a site so that it's easy on the eyes.  I do know how to hit the esc key to stop the moving gif images -- those things are awful for me while trying to read.

Say, you wouldn't happen to be related to that badger ([url]http://bitterrootbadger.wordpress.com/[/url]) in Montana would you?

I couldn't find a solution right off, but I've asked at the SMF community if anyone would know of a good solution to this. I didn't know you could hit the esc key to stop them! I'll have to remember that one!

I checked that blog page, but the face didn't look familiar, although the picture was a bit blurry. It looks a bit like my great great uncle that emigrated and were never heard from again, so it might be one of his descendants.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on January 13, 2010, 06:05:29 am
I found a way to disable smileys! The nice people at the SMF forum helped me. Go to your profile. Under "Modify Profile" there is "Look and Layout Preferences". There set "Current Smiley Set" to "No Smileys" and press "Save". Done!
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on January 13, 2010, 11:04:34 am
I found a way to disable smileys! The nice people at the SMF forum helped me. Go to your profile. Under "Modify Profile" there is "Look and Layout Preferences". There set "Current Smiley Set" to "No Smileys" and press "Save". Done!

It's my turn to apologize, I thought this had been tried.  Now I feel like a goof... I should have said something, I knew how to disable smileys that way... just for some reason got confused that somehow said way was not working for the person.  We should add this note to tech forum.  WB, I'm copying your post and putting it in the database-thread for beginners in Tech.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on January 13, 2010, 12:45:43 pm
Well, I did have to tick some box somewhere in the Admin section for members to be allowed to to so, so I don't think it was possible before. So no need to apologize.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: AWMGolfer on January 13, 2010, 08:11:39 pm
Once you can upgrade to the new 2.0 version that will open up a whole world of cool little things you can do. The one thing I would suggest is a new theme with custom buttons, and logo once you get that figured out. Just a personal preference though but I never like default themes..lol.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Monkey Mind on January 13, 2010, 08:16:25 pm
Okay... So when I respond to a thread, there is a button to see a preview of the post. Well, the preview looks just like the "Post reply" text box, and does not show what the post will look like post- posting, so I don't really get the point.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: AWMGolfer on January 13, 2010, 08:23:45 pm
When you click preview it will show you how the post will look above the post box. It leaves the post box there just in case you still want to make changes.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Monkey Mind on January 13, 2010, 08:35:40 pm
Ah... Thank you! How I missed that, I don't know. How embarrassed am I? Anicca, Anicca, Anicca.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: t on February 21, 2010, 07:30:41 pm
I see a 'calendar' function on the main page and when clicked on, it is mainly birthdays and secular holidays but are not open for members to post any info into the present/future months.
Suggestion: Is it possible to:
1. allow members to post various Buddhist events/liturgical celebrations/teaching/Dharma schedules with details of the event according to various Trads and slotted into the present/future month(s)?
2. how about creating a bar on top or below, where people can click on the posted events reflecting member birthdays (those with age reflected), Buddhist events/celebrations for the present day for further info, akin to the defunct E-Sangha style?
E.g (in one bar, using the quote)
Quote
Birthdays for today: t (101) (and so forth...) 
Events/Celebrations for today: Losar Monlam, Commemoration of Sakra Indra Devanam (and so forth)
Maitri  :namaste:   
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Spiny Norman on February 22, 2010, 04:51:32 am
I agree that moderation should be kind, fair and open. We need moderators that can moderate according to the rules we all agree on, without mixing personal opinions and beliefs into their moderations. And above all; openess! No secrecy and "white lies" like at e-sangha.

I agree wholeheartedly.

Spiny
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Spiny Norman on February 23, 2010, 04:03:07 am
I'm new to Free Sangha, but I'm not sure I really get the point of the Danger Zone.  Is there a risk that by putting topics in there we are encouraging controversy and disagreement?  Just a thought. :)

Spiny
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Javamahasattva on February 23, 2010, 10:39:15 am
There's no such such thing as forbidden topics here... what we discourage is immature posters.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Monkey Mind on February 23, 2010, 11:05:30 am
Spiny, therein lies the dialectical balancing act. The Danger Zone was created because there were forbidden topics at other Buddhist on-line forums. Some people agreed that the topics should be forbidden, some people really wanted to discuss the forbidden topics, but most people were just confused and wondered "why so many forbidden topics"? We wanted to create an environment where people could work through this.

Having said this, what I perceive as polite conversation might be viewed as highly contentious by others. What seems like appropriate coffee talk to me might be very offensive to someone from a certain tradition. I lack the wisdom to successful navigate these issues, but for those who are willing, we have created the space.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Spiny Norman on February 24, 2010, 03:19:54 am
Spiny, therein lies the dialectical balancing act. The Danger Zone was created because there were forbidden topics at other Buddhist on-line forums. Some people agreed that the topics should be forbidden, some people really wanted to discuss the forbidden topics, but most people were just confused and wondered "why so many forbidden topics"? We wanted to create an environment where people could work through this.

Having said this, what I perceive as polite conversation might be viewed as highly contentious by others. What seems like appropriate coffee talk to me might be very offensive to someone from a certain tradition. I lack the wisdom to successful navigate these issues, but for those who are willing, we have created the space.

Thanks, I think I understand better now. 

Spiny
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: t on February 24, 2010, 03:38:01 am
Quote
I see a 'calendar' function on the main page and when clicked on, it is mainly birthdays and secular holidays but are not open for members to post any info into the present/future months.
Suggestion: Is it possible to:
1. allow members to post various Buddhist events/liturgical celebrations/teaching/Dharma schedules with details of the event according to various Trads and slotted into the present/future month(s)?
2. how about creating a bar on top or below, where people can click on the posted events reflecting member birthdays (those with age reflected), Buddhist events/celebrations for the present day for further info, akin to the defunct E-Sangha style?
E.g (in one bar, using the quote)
Quote
Birthdays for today: t (101) (and so forth...) 
Events/Celebrations for today: Losar Monlam, Commemoration of Sakra Indra Devanam (and so forth)
Maitri  :namaste:
Any comments from the Elders of FreeSangha?  :namaste:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Spiny Norman on February 24, 2010, 03:40:10 am
There's no such such thing as forbidden topics here...

That's good to know.

Spiny
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Javamahasattva on February 24, 2010, 09:45:52 am
Quote
I see a 'calendar' function on the main page and when clicked on, it is mainly birthdays and secular holidays but are not open for members to post any info into the present/future months.
Suggestion: Is it possible to:
1. allow members to post various Buddhist events/liturgical celebrations/teaching/Dharma schedules with details of the event according to various Trads and slotted into the present/future month(s)?
2. how about creating a bar on top or below, where people can click on the posted events reflecting member birthdays (those with age reflected), Buddhist events/celebrations for the present day for further info, akin to the defunct E-Sangha style?
E.g (in one bar, using the quote)
Quote
Birthdays for today: t (101) (and so forth...) 
Events/Celebrations for today: Losar Monlam, Commemoration of Sakra Indra Devanam (and so forth)
Maitri  :namaste:
Any comments from the Elders of FreeSangha?  :namaste:

We could probably create a thread specific to such material and manually update it, but there's very little we can do in regard to the over-all forum program, such as changing a menu bar.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on March 10, 2010, 01:29:35 am
Sorry that I'm a bit late here, but from what I can see, it's possible for members to add own events in the calendar. There is a link at the bottom "Post event". It might be possible to get today's events on the front page somehow. I have to look into that.

EDIT: I managed to find a tick box to enable a panel at the bottom of the main page, so that events show. I'm not completely sure how the feature works yet, so it might take some tuning to get it to work smoothly.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: t on March 10, 2010, 02:33:25 am
Thank you Wonky  :jinsyx: you're a gem  :anjali:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: t on March 10, 2010, 03:25:18 am
Greetings Wonky and Team,

There was a 'challenge' discovered when posting liturgical events and that is each time a calendar event is created, a thread pops up and shows up like any other postings and thus will create a long stream of single events posting in the main page of new postings. Is this place enabled with an ability to shut off its appearance from the new postings main? I tried looking for it but none was found.

Appreciate your kind assisntance in this matter  :hug:

Maitri  :namaste:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on March 10, 2010, 05:42:05 am
Now it's possible to post events that are not linked to posts. Just untick the box!
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: t on March 10, 2010, 06:14:32 am
 :jinsyx:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Yeshe on March 10, 2010, 06:29:34 am
Well done! :)
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: t on March 10, 2010, 08:02:23 am
To the Admin/Mods,

Having updated the 2010 calendar with liturgical events from the Chinese Mahayana, Thai Theravada & Jodo Shinshu for the year, there was a technical glitch for the month of July where the event for the 30th: 'Avalokitesvara's Enlightenment' appeared without the 't' so it became '...Enlightenmen' and tried a second time but became double posting instead. Seeking the help of the Admin/Mods to delete one duplicate away. Many thanks.   

Maitri  :namaste:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Wonky Badger on March 10, 2010, 08:57:34 am
There should be a red asterisk next to the events you are allowed to edit. If you click that, you'll get options for editing the event.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: t on March 10, 2010, 09:15:49 am
Noted with thanks and amended  :anjali:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Monkey Mind on March 10, 2010, 12:31:02 pm
T, I just thought those events were doubly important to you.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: t on March 10, 2010, 06:14:01 pm
Quote
T, I just thought those events were doubly important to you.  :cheesy:
Everyone is important to me...  :dharma:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: heybai on March 10, 2010, 10:33:56 pm
...Enlightenment' appeared without the 't' so it became '...Enlightenmen'


t --

-- one little letter away from nibbana...

Updates, please  Few of us are so close...
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Spiny Norman on March 20, 2010, 02:57:00 am
It would be good if there were more interesting / topical threads.  But somebody needs to start them. :wink1:

Spiny
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on March 20, 2010, 05:25:27 am
Thicker carpets.....  more restful music...
Fresh coffee instead of instant...

any chance?    :ishift:

with Metta
   
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Caz on March 20, 2010, 05:50:32 am
Thicker carpets.....  more restful music...
Fresh coffee instead of instant...

any chance?    :ishift:

with Metta
   

Well the forum is undergoing a slight make over soon enough i hope  :pray:
So we will have some nice curtains to.  :teehee:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on April 24, 2010, 11:31:17 am
I don't know if it's possible or even desirable, its just a thought.
What about the facility to look up the meaning of a Buddhist
related word, with links, etc. A search box type thing.
It would be most useful for newcomers to Buddhism.
Good idea or not?

with Metta
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Caz on April 24, 2010, 11:39:33 am
I don't know if it's possible or even desirable, its just a thought.
What about the facility to look up the meaning of a Buddhist
related word, with links, etc. A search box type thing.
It would be most useful for newcomers to Buddhism.
Good idea or not?

with Metta


Hey i like that idea !  :anjali:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on April 24, 2010, 03:51:34 pm
I think this is an AWESOME idea and a HUGE project of connecting key words to glossaries and definitions and links. 

If you would like to start it, or if a group of people are interested in this, we have lots of folks with lots of links to good sites and lots of knowledge.  I bet we could wrangle up a few people to contribute to the glossary project! 

We can compile the resources and build a search page maybe...?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on April 24, 2010, 04:00:27 pm
I'm afraid I wouldn't have a clue where to start!  :smack:
And ( I didn't like to mention) I am starting full time work on 4th of May so my time online will be limited, I suspect.
I hope I can still moderate, I will see after I've started, but I don't see why not. I will do what I can if someone can point the way.

with Metta
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: J. McKenna on April 24, 2010, 04:02:43 pm
Potential sources ..... LINKEE (http://www.alphadictionary.com/directory/Specialty_Dictionaries/Religion/Buddhism/)
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: humanitas on April 24, 2010, 04:14:08 pm
that's fantastic.  yes, like this!
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on April 24, 2010, 04:16:03 pm
Yes that looks fantastic.
Now howda we put them together?
And what about the site owners permission etc?

Metta
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on April 24, 2010, 05:01:00 pm
Potential sources ..... LINKEE ([url]http://www.alphadictionary.com/directory/Specialty_Dictionaries/Religion/Buddhism/[/url])


Great site, thanks!  It will keep me busy for a while  :)
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Spiny Norman on April 26, 2010, 01:32:37 am
Infinite portions of ice cream!
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: catmoon on June 15, 2010, 12:52:11 pm
Since the inflammatory thread is locked, it's would probably be just as well to nuke the whole thing. We had our fun, we got away with it, no reason to leave a ticking time bomb sitting around.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Monkey Mind on June 15, 2010, 07:04:59 pm
Aye. Your words have wisdom, but lack in specificity. Which thread, as I can think of a few?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: catmoon on June 15, 2010, 09:38:36 pm
Sry I was referring to the "Most Inflammatory Topic Possible" thread.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: mindyourmind on June 16, 2010, 09:19:15 am
Since the inflammatory thread is locked, it's would probably be just as well to nuke the whole thing. We had our fun, we got away with it, no reason to leave a ticking time bomb sitting around.

Can we remove everything but leave my dissenting post  :cheesy:
Think of the confusion among future generations.

Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: heybai on September 05, 2011, 06:29:53 am
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This is looking a little stale.  Can we change it?

 :namaste:
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: greenglen on May 27, 2013, 03:20:38 pm
Is there a way to read sub-forums in reverse order - most recent post first?
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: bloominRose on May 27, 2013, 04:14:32 pm
Infinite portions of ice cream!


i wholeheartedly agree with anything that indicates more ice cream! :D
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: bloominRose on May 27, 2013, 04:16:38 pm
i am curious about the most inflammatory thread...i cant say ive run across it yet, or maybe i just dont know i did. perhaps i shouldnt ask? lol :-P
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: nettles on May 28, 2013, 12:49:44 am
I Have no recollection of my sent post. I got cut off before and now I don't know if my messages have been sent. :brick:

I sent everyone a message that welcomed me on the introduction forum, so if you haven't recieved one, then thats why.
Title: Re: Is there anything we can do to make this forum more secure or nice?
Post by: Spiny Norman on May 28, 2013, 02:55:07 am
Is there a way to read sub-forums in reverse order - most recent post first?

That should be the default.  And have you tried using the "Recent Topics" button at the top?
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