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Discussion in 'Suggestion Box & Feedback' started by johnlgalt, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    On another forum where I was admin before and still have mod powers, a hide feature was implemented for both individual posts as well as full threads, allowing mods / admin to temporarily hide a post / thread for various reasons - profanity, verbal flame wars, etc. While I realize that instituting this here for such 'disciplinary actions' would be confusing at best for users, I do have a personal request to implement this feature in a very limited way:

    Sine Frisco has taken on the role of General Greenie Beanie (aka the top brass for us green guys) and the forums are being restructured to make them a lot more smooth, we're doing a lot of thread and post creation - and sometimes it gets harrowing to try to create a post without actually making it viewable until you're ready for them to see it. I'm specifically referring to the guide / sticky stuff, but this could really be applicable to just about any helpful post that is made by staff.

    Could such a feature be implemented for us to us so we can create these posts in peace and then open them up when they are near completion?

    Of course, wed have to make sure that we only used it on posts we are creating (or else it could be limited to staff and only available when creating a post, as it could be just as confusing if I were to go and hide a post made 2 weeks ago so I could edit it while a user is about to go looking for that post he read last night), but you get the general idea....

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  2. Granite1

    Granite1 Zercron Encrusted Tweezer

    I can see where this could help with say a root guide or a how to for themeing etc.

    Could you import a word document so it can be workd on outside of the forum?
    I haven't tried anything like that, so I'm not sure my thought process is even on the same field.. :eek:
  3. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    I know this feature is available to Frisco (at least for existing posts) and I assume it is available for mods.

    I agree it would be nice to have a feature like this. Currently when I am working a sticky I will either use my PM box for editing with the PM going to me if I accidently send it. Or I use the private chat with staff forum with a title saying I am working on a sticky in case I accidently post it so the rest of the staff knows I am not a complete idiot ;) then when I get done I just copy/paste all the BBCode to the proper forum.

    I've seen a few sites that allow you to preview BBCode but I would rather do it here since BBCode tags can be specific to sites IIRC.
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  4. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Yeah, we do have the ability to 'unapprove' threads/posts, which is basically what you're describing. I don't know if Phases would want to give guides that ability too though, since it would mean that threads unapproved for moderation would be visible to guides too.

    Yeahha's idea sounds like a good one though. You could even have a dedicated subsection of guide central for that purpose, I suppose.
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  5. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    I didn't think of using private chat, that's actually a great idea - I can make the post and get feedback all in the same round, and then transfer it to the required forum. That might make the hide requirement redundant....

    The PM to self is a great idea as well - I can send it to myself and pick back up where I left off....

  6. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    Thanks, Xyro - Yeah, unapprove sounds suspiciously like the hide / unhide technique used at the other forum, and specifically for that purpose as well.

    I like all three alternate ideas - I'll play around and figure out how to make use of them. I think Private chat or guide central would be the best place, esp. private chat.
  7. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter

    (this thread should probably be in private section as well:))

    another suggestion is to use the faq section which is hidden from plain view :)
  8. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
    Thread Starter

    Which may be why I cannot find it! :p
  9. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    PM sent with link, if the thread gets moved to the staff chat section I will post it here or a mod can if they are so inclined ;) just not sure if it is supposed to be public
  10. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    I should have worded that differently - why I could not find it - (plus never really knowing we had a FAQs section in the first place :D
  11. Phases


    Yeah I was going to say, use this private chat with staff section. :) Just put in the title (draft for later use) or something. Or, do it in Guide Central - that was half the purpose of that forum.
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  12. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    Lol - then time to use the Guide Forum as intended, eh? :D

    I already started one in private chat - next time I'll use the GF here at AF. Thanks!
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  13. dautley

    dautley Android Expert

    Gee, just when I think were all buds on here there ya'll go hiding stuff on all us regular folk! :D
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  14. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    lmfao - only temporarily - I hate to have a half finished guide posted up where a user starts working their way through it and all of a sudden is stuck with an unusable device b/c half the steps are missing, yanno?

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