Regular readers will have noticed quite a few changes on Diablo: IncGamers since the launch of Reaper of Souls which was the motivation for us to make some of the changes we had been thinking about for a while.
When RoS launched we pushed the first stage of front page layout changes live. We know everyone likes to read their content in different ways so the site was changed to a similar layout to the main IncGamers site. Of course not every one will love that format so in the past week we set to work on the second phase which was giving you the option to read the content in the old format if you so desired.
In case you hadn’t spotted it, there are a couple of buttons above the news that allow you to switch to your preferred format.
Probably the toughest job we had to undertake was the forums. We have used the same forum system for around a decade and there were millions of posts to port over. It was important to us to make sure that threads from the old forum were not lost, we’d have hell to pay from you guys if they went missing 🙂 Remember the great forum crash of 2003? That was not pretty.
So why the change? There were numerous reasons, the next version of the same forum was bloated with features that were useless to the community here. Spammers were also a consideration and the previous software was starting to struggle with the rise in spammers over the last couple of years. We needed a system that could pro- actively catch them and then make life easier for IncGamers moderators to deal with anything that managed to slip through.
The end results once we switched were good. The forums are now easier to use, faster and more robust. It’s taken some time to iron out issues with posts moved over from the old system but I would say we are 95% there with most things now. The forum is now easier to use and has more features to track new content additions.
One of the main issues we had during the change was with your logins. We have a custom login system that ties your forum account to the main site. When we moved forums that obviously broke down and had to be recreated. One of the issues we came up against was the inability for guests to post in the news and members who were logged in seeing a captcha. This was not acceptable so it took a few days for me to sort out but thankfully it now all works.
Regarding commenting on news, originally we had the news post into the community forum but as things move quite quickly here as far as content is concerned, we thought it best to create a separate forum for the news discussions. This reorganisation prevents any community forum discussion being lost in a pile of news. Your discussions are important after all.
Regarding accounts. Some of you have been registered here for over a decade and we have been helping members who have had login issues since the switch because they no longer have access to the email they originally registered with. If there are any of you still caught in that trap then we can sort it for you. Send an email here and we will deal with it.
With the new forums came new features, and something we’ve wanted to do for some time is highlight pro-active members and also award trophies for actions by the community. Elly sat down over a few days to come up with the points and reward system. You may have spotted the icons on threads but so you know how it works I have posted all of the trophies below for reference.
There are still a few things to do but the core updates are now in place. Your feedback on anything we do is much appreciated and a special thanks to the PALS who have helped make all the changes possible with their contributions.
Thread Starter -Points: 15 -You have started 5 Threads
Topic Raiser – Points: 45 -You have started 20 Threads
Town Cryer – Points: 90 -You have started 50 Threads
Confabulator – Points: 91 -You have started 80 Threads
Primary Source – Points: 1 – Somebody out there liked one of your posts.
I Got What You Like – Points: 2 – You have received 20 likes for your posts
Marked for Greatness – Points: 3-You have received 50 Likes for your posts
The Talk of Tristram – Points: 3 – You have received 80 Likes for your posts
We’re All Ears – Points: 5 – You have received 120 Likes for your posts
Winning Friends and Influencing People – Points: 8 – You have received 200 Likes for your posts
Hanging on Your Every Word – Points: 10- You have received 300 Likes for your posts
Bringing Down the House – Points: 11 – You have received 400 Likes for your posts
The Main Attraction – Points: 12 – You have received 500 Likes for your posts
The Peoples’ Choice – Points: 13 – You have received 600 Likes for your posts
Thread Magnatism (For threads started after 1st January 2014)
The Write Stuff – Points: 5 – A thread you created has received 5,000 Views
Crowd Pleaser – Points: 10 – A thread you created has received 10,000 Views
Damn Good Read – Points: 15 – A thread you created has received 15,000 Views
Spell Binding – Points: 20 – A thread you created has received 20,000 Views
Unstoppable Force – Points: 25 – A thread you created has received 25,000 Views
Enduring Wisdom – Points: 30 – A thread you created has received 30,000 Views
Required Reading – Points: 35 – A thread you created has received 35,000 Views
Thread of Magnitude – Points: 40 – A thread you created has received 40,000 views
No Holding Back – Points: 4 – You have made 20 Posts.
Finding Your Groove – Points: 6 – You have made 50 Posts
Posting Up a Storm – Points: 8 – You have made 120 Posts
Talking the Talk – Points: 16 – You have made 200 Posts
Stay A While and Listen – Points: 20 -You have made 300 Posts
The Art of Conversation – Points: 21 – You have made 400 Posts
Knocking it Out The Park – Points: 22 – You have made 500 Posts
Front Page Success
In Print – Points: 10 – One of your guides or threads was a main feature in the News!
Words of Wisdom – Points: 20 – Three of your guides or threads were main features in the News!
Font of Knowledge – Points: 30 – Ten of your guides or threads were main features in the News!
Guiding Light – Points: 40 – Seven of your guides or threads were main features in the News!
The Guardians’ Path – Points: 50 – Fifteen of your guides or threads were main features in the News!
BattleTagged – Points: 1 – You have entered your Battletag into your Personal Details here.
Hail Nephalem– Points: 2 -You have introduced yourself in the Introduction thread in the Community Forum here.