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PostSubject: Custom user titles.   Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:38 pm

Every forum needs 'em.

Pros:

  • Encourages self-expression & creativity
  • Good way to get in-jokes out of your system without flooding threads
  • Not everyone likes default titles, even higher-echelon ones
  • Discourages post-whoring for better default titles because... well, see cons


Cons:

  • Kind of obsoletes the default titles.
  • ...That's pretty much it lol

Of course the cons are from the user's perspective; depending on the forum host, sometimes the function is awkward to code. But if they are implemented, probably wise to make the post req. to have one exceedingly low. Something that can be achieved with a few days' worth of invested, yet reasonable posting. I've actually been on a lot of forums where you earn the privilege with your first post. In my experience, forums with an absurd requirement to have one tend to encourage cliques, and people will spam to get them, same as ordinary titles.


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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:52 pm

I've been on forums with and without em'. I like them, but post-count types are good as well.

That's my extremely middling two cents.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:58 pm

I don't know, I like that titles are earned, not given. It's not like anyone has resorted to spamming yet or anything.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:11 pm

I think I might be able to put them in, but the method I'm seeing looks to have it in addition to the current rank titles, instead of replacing them outright. Would that work?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:12 pm

acid wrote:
I think I might be able to put them in, but the method I'm seeing looks to have it in addition to the current rank titles, instead of replacing them outright. Would that work?

Yeah no that's the ideal, and usually how it's done. If the person doesn't specify their own title, then whatever default title is appropriate for them is displayed. Sorry, could've made that clearer haha.

Or did you mean both would display at once? If so that's... interesting. Maybe it could be test-run.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:15 pm

I saw one forum that awarded custom titles as prizes for winning contests, but that was three or four years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:34 pm

Asssprite wrote:
I saw one forum that awarded custom titles as prizes for winning contests, but that was three or four years ago.

Oh, that would be neat. I vote for that.

(Because this forum is a democracy.)
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:36 pm

Ars Nova wrote:

Yeah no that's the ideal, and usually how it's done. If the person doesn't specify their own title, then whatever default title is appropriate for them is displayed. Sorry, could've made that clearer haha.

Or did you mean both would display at once? If so that's... interesting. Maybe it could be test-run.

Both would end up displaying, yeah. Not sure how nice it'd look, but never hurts to try. I'll wait and see what W!tch thinks before trying anything.

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I saw one forum that awarded custom titles as prizes for winning contests, but that was three or four years ago.

A reward thing would work pretty well with Forumotion's setup, actually. O:
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:27 am

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Both would end up displaying, yeah. Not sure how nice it'd look, but never hurts to try. I'll wait and see what W!tch thinks before trying anything.

Yeah... Maybe you could have custom titles above the avatar, and default ones below? Idk, just throwin' stuff out there.

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A reward thing would work pretty well with Forumotion's setup, actually. O:

Ehh... Not sure about titles as awards. Imo profile functions should be something for the whole forum to enjoy. Awards are great, but I think things like badges would be better for that. (Which I have also seen done a lot actually.)
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:52 am

Above and below is a pretty good system, I'd say.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:43 am

Honestly, I just like games and contests. Incidentally, what do you mean by badges? I hope they aren't the sort that appear near your avatar and take up a bunch of space, I always found those kind of annoying. Also good for rewards: coloured titles, but those are more a mod thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:51 am

Asssprite wrote:
Incidentally, what do you mean by badges? I hope they aren't the sort that appear near your avatar and take up a bunch of space, I always found those kind of annoying.

Haha, yup, that's what I meant. They have their detractors. But at this point we're digressing, so. Another time, another thread.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:49 am

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Yeah... Maybe you could have custom titles above the avatar, and default ones below? Idk, just throwin' stuff out there.

It would be in the reverse order if I could. Would that still be alright?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:13 am

Personally I don't think the order significantly matters.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:54 am

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It would be in the reverse order if I could. Would that still be alright?

Fine by me. Yeah the order is nbd.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:16 pm

Sorry for the wait, surprise visit to my grandparents over the weekend. Title options can be found where you edit your profile. Wish I could get rid of the "Title:" that inevitably comes with it, but there's not much I can do about it for now. Thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:28 pm

acid wrote:
Sorry for the wait, surprise visit to my grandparents over the weekend. Title options can be found where you edit your profile. Wish I could get rid of the "Title:" that inevitably comes with it, but there's not much I can do about it for now. Thoughts?

Thank you, acid! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:30 pm

Thank you acid! I do declare!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:36 pm

Truly this is a marvelous day
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PostSubject: Re: Custom user titles.   Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:07 pm

The "Title" header is kind of unfortunate. Nevertheless, I am satisfied. ASOBI WA OWARI DA
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