This is our third REAL TALK thread and we want to hear from YOU in total transparency. Please don’t misunderstand this for a platform to bring negativity in because we all know that can snowball fast.
But we want to hear from our member base what we as a staff team can do to make you feel more included, more in the loop, more engaged on the site. How staff can be more helpful to you or easier to approach. What we as a SITE can work on to make things feel more like home, more fun, more safe.
If you have suggestions, we’d love them! If you have questions, we’re here to answer them as best we can, as normal people and as staff. And if you have concerns, this is certainly the place to floor them. Just please be mindful of tone because we want this to be a safe place to voice yourself, not an environment that fosters underhanded negativity.
That said, please feel free to PM any of the staff team with any concerns that you feel might not be best suited here. We want to hear everything, so if it’s better left private, you have that option as well.
We love you all and we love Horizon, so we just want to make sure today, tomorrow, five years from now, that we’re doing our best to make this a place you look forward to logging into.
As some people feel that things were not addressed from the last thread, I’d like to bring to light all of the issues brought up, if they were fixed, if they weren’t, why they weren’t, etc.
So without further ado,
Things brought up in the last Real Talk thread:
*drum roll please* Fix the fight system — While we can’t promise it’s a total fix, we’ve finally posted up fight rules, which we hope will make things easier and more clear for everyone. This is a WIP, so please let us know if things aren’t working for you, if they are, etc. We apologize for how long this took, but the fight system is such a core piece of the site that we wanted to make sure we were both adhering to Horizon’s standards of simplicity while also doing this right by you all.
Wiki on fight injuries — It’s up, baby!
Clarify liquid time/OOC planning — You got it!
Assumptions during 3-day skips — Done!
Inactive wolves who aren’t marked inactive clarification — Clarified!
Condensing the map territories — We’re working on some interesting stuff!
More Skype parties — We’re back in action to one Skype party a season.
More events in-game — We’ll be having an in-game event every subseason now. Some might be region-specific, but we’ll be alternating, we promise!
More staff discussion in OOC forums — We heard you, and we’ll be working on this!
Add Discord link to dropdown — Tis done!
PLANS TO FIX
Clear up color/pattern/manipulation rules — We are working on this!
Adoptable forum — As much as we love this idea, right now we can’t create OOC forums without every post showing up in your threadlog. Definitely looking into this!
NOT FIXING FOR NOW
Change plot news rules — We encourage you to post these up as soon as your thread is finished. EDIT: We have added a link at the end of SP submissions to encourage and remind you all to post to the plot news!
Change cbox rules about thread talk - Not changing.
Fix email system — Not possible, unfortunately. Totally a Chels thing.
Cbox is quieter — We encourage you to chat. Get to know members, staff, and just be goofy. Don’t stress if you only have a few minutes. Let’s get this back up to being fun.
Game nights/movie nights — You guys rule the roost on this one!
Way that members can help advertise — We will so brainstorm on this, and we’d love your input. Anyone can advertise, so if you know a place to drop our name, go for it.
WHAT DOES “CHELS ONLY” MEAN?
A lot of you have asked what this means. If a member can can get the “powers” that Chels has. Unfortunately it’s more complicated than that. Currently Kelly, Fao, and Lea have “Super Admin” powers, which is as high up the ranking system you can go within ExpressionEngine, the CMS that Horizon runs on. However, this only gives us limited access to things. For example, because we don’t have access to her AWS server, the background images in all of the new forums are essentially hacked in on various pages using a handful of coding languages. The same thing goes with the pack gradients. We have access to some of the database, but even one of my professional coding friends feels uncomfortable running things without access to backups. Which means every time we hack something new in, there was a risk it might have broken the entire site (and for serious good). So don’t think we’re brushing you off when we say something is a Chels only thing. It actually probably is. We do our best, but her AWS hosts more than just Horizon, so we can’t exactly ask for ownership of it. We’ll eventually hack through all the things we want, but it’s a process.
Jun 22, 2018 04:54 PM
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