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PostHighlighting our best content
by Karl_ » Wed May 29, 2019 11:34 pm

We had a project, GRview, developed by Errkal and currently administered by Pedz, which has sadly slowed down recently.

Errkal wrote:.
Pedz wrote:.

(Thank you both.)

We're currently discussing the future of the forum, and it seems likely we will either (a) install the Board Announcements and Mass Notifications extensions, or (b) migrate to different forum software that has similar features. Long story short, we would be able to post a brief "News flash" on the index page, and/or set up a notification to be sent to every user.

We could use this to:
  • Announce forum games and events
  • Point out particularly funny threads or posts
  • Highlight new GRview entries
Users in good standing: Would anyone like to help use these tools to curate topical, fun mini-announcements?

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A separate but related issue is a lack of new content on GRview and our social media accounts. I think this is because when someone puts effort into writing something for the forum, they tend to just make a thread or a comment. We recognised this when we had "GRbot" set up to tweet threads, which was a good idea and a nice implementation, though perhaps in retrospect might have been a bit wide in its domain (tweeting out more or less every new thread).

I think "Forum highlight!" could be a viable section on GRview, wherein short "meta" posts are written, saying "This user made a really funny thread, check it out!". It's somewhere between exclusive long-form content, and the news feed GRbot provided. It requires an intermediate amount of effort.

Any thoughts on this? I think we need a good old fashioned brainstorming session to figure out an achievable way to make good use of this platform, which I emphasise is a really nice tool that just needs a bit of direction and perhaps a kick to start it off again.

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PostRe: Highlighting our best content
by OrangeRKN » Thu May 30, 2019 9:54 am

Karl_ wrote:Would anyone like to help use these tools to curate topical, fun mini-announcements?


Yes here

Karl_ wrote:A separate but related issue is a lack of new content on GRview and our social media accounts. I think this is because when someone puts effort into writing something for the forum, they tend to just make a thread or a comment. We recognised this when we had "GRbot" set up to tweet threads, which was a good idea and a nice implementation, though perhaps in retrospect might have been a bit wide in its domain (tweeting out more or less every new thread).

I think "Forum highlight!" could be a viable section on GRview, wherein short "meta" posts are written, saying "This user made a really funny thread, check it out!". It's somewhere between exclusive long-form content, and the news feed GRbot provided. It requires an intermediate amount of effort.

Any thoughts on this? I think we need a good old fashioned brainstorming session to figure out an achievable way to make good use of this platform, which I emphasise is a really nice tool that just needs a bit of direction and perhaps a kick to start it off again.


GRview's issues (in my opinion) are two-fold: lack of visibility, and lack of content.

As primarily a forum, every member is potentially a Content Creator. People already create threads that could be GRview worthy. What if we could closer integrate the forum and GRview?

Imagine a world where someone posts a thread and gives it the "GRview" label/tag, and that automatically cross-posts it to GRview (restyled, cross-linked, and whatever else). On GRview, the article then gets an automatic comments section which is simply the thread replies from the forum.

ONM used to have something similar in that the comments on web articles would actually be threads in the forum, and were just restyled to look like comments on the article.

We would also increase GRview visibility by having threads on the forum that are clearly marked as GRview content.

As a user I don't want to remember to manually go to a separate page to see if there are any interesting new articles on GRview. I want new content to be visible from my standard forum interaction, which is the board and subforum index pages.

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PostRe: Highlighting our best content
by Errkal » Thu May 30, 2019 8:07 pm

This was always my end game aim.

I wanted a new post to spawn a thread, and any comments on the post to be posts to that thread and vice verse, it meant that your content works harder an pd increases surface area as it were by allowing multiple ways to consume the same content. Use choice and all that.

There are a number of plugins to do this as well as one that would federate Wordpress and PHPbb for authentication.


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