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Maniac (V) Lord Mad Scientist
Sovereign of all the lands Ozone and just beyond that little green line over there...

From: Stockholm, Sweden
Insane since: Mar 1994

IP logged posted posted 11-19-2001 11:05 Edit Quote

OK; I've trimmed us back down to just 15 forum areas, in three sections. The "Distributed" forum missed the cut, alas, though the moderators of that forum retain their "Psychotic" status, these things are hard to recover from, heh. The "PS Pong" forum has been moved up to Maximum Security where something as dangerous as that probably belongs!

Ideally, this is the most number of forums we'll ever have, if things get to the point where we just *need* to have another 5 or 10, then I'll look into splitting the Asylum up into different "campuses", each with it's own "front door" yet sharing the same member list. I'd rather avoid this situation for as long as possible, I'm sure it would involve fragmenting our community even further, which would be not a good thing.

What would be nice is if we could each choose some settings and display only those forums we'd like to be seeing, this way we could all live in the same place while still having a manageable interface situation to deal with, hmm. The coding involved on this (and all the other hacks necessary) add up to something major, but sometime this coming year I know I'll have to be doing something (possibly necessitating moving to yet another host that has cheap, big MySQL databases available.)

AH well, just rambling, thinking about the future and such. I wish I had all the time in the world and the money to live on, I'd make this place my full-time job, it deserves it. Till then, we'll just have to muddle along as best we can, cool? Thanks for listening!

Your pal, -doc-

Lunatic (VI) Mad Scientist

From: the Psychiatric Ward
Insane since: Sep 2000

IP logged posted posted 11-19-2001 20:00 Edit Quote

Nice work Doc!

I do have a question though... I was archiving the Ozone thread, and came across some hardware related questions. I was wondering what you thought of having a hardware archive? Or should that just go into Misc? The popup list is getting kinda long with all the archives ya already have...


Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: The northeast portion of the 30th star
Insane since: Mar 2001

IP logged posted posted 11-19-2001 23:38 Edit Quote

Distributed Ward.. An understandable deletion. Wasn't real lively down there. The team lives on just the same.. right?

Just checked.. it's still there.

For the record, I have no issues with the forum lists as they are. I only open the doors that appeal to me at the moment but do like seeing the full list when I come here. This pong thing is gonna be insanely popular.. good thing it's hosted in an asylum eh?

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 127 Halcyon Road, Marenia, Atlantis
Insane since: Aug 2000

IP logged posted posted 11-20-2001 06:07 Edit Quote

I dunno, Doc...

It seem to me that the original way was better. To me, no matter how cool this place is, no matter how much we babble on about Toemuncher, Ozones.CON and IE vs.NN- this place will always be primarily about Web Design. If we're to betray that and to proclaim the purpose of this Asylum to be nothing more than Socioligy, then we might as well turn this place into an elaborate chatroom. Keep purpose in mind, designers- 'cause content is King.

That having been said, allow me to lay forth my suggestion for our Asylum.

I was gonna type out the current structure of the front door, but you can go see it yourself. I was also gonna type a long list of where I thing the forums should go, but I'll spare you. Just these suggestions: The 4 'Design' Forums (OZONE, DHTML/Javascript, Photoshop & SSS) should go up top; they're the 'meat-n-potatos' and should be first access- The general 'desktop creation studio' stuff (3d, animation and stuff like that) should go next- and then should go all the internal 'Asylum' stuff (Site Revs, Mad Sci, Sigs & Pong, etc...) should go in the last category. and the Browser section is just taking up space...

Just my 2 cents left over from a pack of smokes... ooo, I think I'll go have one...">
"You don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps." --Anonymous
ICQ: 67751342

Maniac (V) Inmate

From: under the bed
Insane since: Feb 2000

IP logged posted posted 11-20-2001 14:21 Edit Quote

Or, we could all just be happy with what we got

And realize that there's only 15 options from the frontpage, and we all know where they lead to, and we know which ones we're interestd in seeing, so it really doesn't matter too much where on the page they are located.

3¢ and counting...

Lunatic (VI) Mad Scientist

From: Massachusetts, USA
Insane since: Mar 2000

IP logged posted posted 11-20-2001 22:51 Edit Quote

Hmm, I sorta like petskull's idea

Neurotic (0) Inmate
Newly admitted Neurotic (0) Inmate
Newly admitted
IP logged posted posted 11-21-2001 12:01 Edit Quote

I'm with DL.

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 127 Halcyon Road, Marenia, Atlantis
Insane since: Aug 2000

IP logged posted posted 11-21-2001 16:40 Edit Quote

why not rearange the front door, but still keep that little 'Hop To:' box? Hidden forums, like the man said.">
"You don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps." --Anonymous
ICQ: 67751342

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: TipToToe
Insane since: Aug 2000

IP logged posted posted 11-21-2001 17:56 Edit Quote

DL's the man.
Fwiw I always enter thru 'Todays active topics'. There could be 100 forums here and I wouldnt know.

Weadz (5¢)

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