A Guide to Diablo: IncGamers site changes – Here’s what we’ve done


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.

change view

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.

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Trophies

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.

Threads

Thread StarterThread Starter -Points: 15 -You have started 5 Threads
Topic RaiserTopic Raiser – Points: 45 -You have started 20 Threads
Town CryerTown Cryer – Points: 90 -You have started 50 Threads
ConfabulatorConfabulator – Points: 91 -You have started 80 Threads

Setting the Agenda Setting the Agenda – Points: 120 -You have started 120 Threads

Likes

Primary Source Primary Source – Points: 1 – Somebody out there liked one of your posts.
I Got What You LikeI Got What You Like – Points: 2 – You have received 20 likes for your posts
Marked for GreatnessMarked for Greatness – Points: 3-You have received 50 Likes for your posts
The Talk of TristramThe Talk of Tristram – Points: 3 – You have received 80 Likes for your posts
We're All EarsWe’re All Ears – Points: 5 – You have received 120 Likes for your posts
Winning Friends and Influencing PeopleWinning Friends and Influencing People – Points: 8 – You have received 200 Likes for your posts
Hanging on Your Every WordHanging on Your Every Word – Points: 10- You have received 300 Likes for your posts
Bringing Down the HouseBringing Down the House – Points: 11 – You have received 400 Likes for your posts
The Main AttractionThe Main Attraction – Points: 12 – You have received 500 Likes for your posts
The Peoples' ChoiceThe Peoples’ Choice –  Points: 13 – You have received 600 Likes for your posts

Thread Magnatism (For threads started after 1st January 2014)

The Write StuffThe Write Stuff – Points: 5 – A thread you created has received 5,000 Views
Crowd Pleaser Crowd Pleaser – Points: 10 – A thread you created has received 10,000 Views
Damn Good ReadDamn Good Read – Points: 15 – A thread you created has received 15,000 Views
Spell Binding Spell Binding – Points: 20 – A thread you created has received 20,000 Views
Unstoppable ForceUnstoppable Force – Points: 25 – A thread you created has received 25,000 Views
Enduring WisdomEnduring Wisdom – Points: 30 – A thread you created has received 30,000 Views
Required ReadingRequired Reading – Points: 35 – A thread you created has received 35,000 Views
Thread of MagnitudeThread of Magnitude – Points: 40 – A thread you created has received 40,000 views

Posts

Made Your MarkMade Your Mark – Points: 1 – You have made your first post.

No Holding BackNo Holding Back – Points: 4 – You have made 20 Posts.

Finding Your GrooveFinding Your Groove – Points: 6 – You have made 50 Posts

Burning BrightBurning Bright – Points: 7 – You have made 80 Posts

Posting Up a StormPosting Up a Storm – Points: 8 – You have made 120 Posts

Talking the TalkTalking the Talk – Points: 16 – You have made 200 Posts
Stay A While and ListenStay A While and Listen – Points: 20 -You have made 300 Posts
The Art of ConversationThe Art of Conversation – Points: 21 – You have made 400 Posts
Knocking it Out The ParkKnocking it Out The Park – Points: 22 – You have made 500 Posts

Front Page Success

In Print In Print – Points: 10 – One of your guides or threads was a main feature in the News!
Words of WisdomWords of Wisdom – Points: 20 – Three of your guides or threads were main features in the News!
Font of KnowledgeFont of Knowledge – Points: 30 – Ten of your guides or threads were main features in the News!
Guiding LightGuiding Light – Points: 40 – Seven of your guides or threads were main features in the News!
The Guardians' PathThe Guardians’ Path – Points: 50 – Fifteen of your guides or threads were main features in the News!

Battletagged

BattleTaggedBattleTagged – Points: 1 – You have entered your Battletag into your Personal Details here.

Hail Nephalem

Hail Nephalem Hail Nephalem– Points: 2 -You have introduced yourself in the Introduction thread in the Community Forum here.

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  1. why can’t our logins be tied to our facebook account

    then everytime we post here it also posts on our facebook page and all our friend’s facebook pages

    ha ha, just kidding

  2. I actually have a suggestion: when using the “old format” on the main page, there is a “Read More & Comment >>” button, but this button is exactly the same even if there is nothing more to read. I would love it if it just said “Comment >>” if there is actually not anything more to read. Now I click the button only to feel disappointed that there is nothing else to see. Thanks and keep up the good job, Rushster;-)!

  3. Why does it stop at 500messages? There are more than a few in the thousands if not 10s of thousands so why not give us more. 😉

  4. I had not noticed the display change buttons at the top. I think now I have to have something flash up before my eyes with a fog horn playing for me to notice it, I surf in autopilot half the time 🙂

  5. I had some account access trouble with the forum switch, big thanks to Elly for some quick help fixing things. I dig the new forum setup!

  6. Any chance the new “quote” system will be undone again? So annoying to see all those posts end up on the bottom. So counterproductive.

  7. Good work! I like it.

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