I think that would be really cool. Alot easier, too, while the petpages aren't working... but I'd still want to have a mall petpage
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And I agree, we would still mainly rely on Petpages, as I know our mall would never REQUIRE an off site account, which would just be bad form on Neo.
I think It'll be good for the users who go on here for support from there mall managers or whatever.
I think this would be a great way to lead them here as everything else I try to get them here has failed or they are here and not connected which really peeves me, it is not brain surgery ROTFL! Hugs Suz
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This sounds awesome!
As our Branch Management is actually moving to a 4th party for a private forum, I was wondering if this topic may be revisited. Specifically the mall leadership was looking for a private forum for Branch Managers to be able to communicate, especially stuff that can't go on NP, or for 'mass mailings' to the management, etc.
The ability for the mall leader to assign permissions as well (ala NP Guilds - who can see the forums, who can add people, remove people, etc), would be great, but may be too much back-end work, depending on the already in place forum code and permissions (i.e. Mod/God powers for only one Forum ala phpBB, etc).
our forums are very custom designed so that is quite possible. It's just becomes annoying to the neomallers mods since they would be able to see all the forums and it would get very annoying if say... all 50 malls had their own forums... But i suppose i could rewrite that part of it
With that being said, I am thinking of updating our private message system to become like facebook where it becomes "own chatroom" and only those "invited" can see it. The drawback to this is, when a mall member is dropped/leaves a mall, there needs to be an option to "hide" all the messages and this requires a rewrite of the core once again. Obviously this whole thing will be based on data the mall leaders have in the "malls" section of this site
Having your own forums also works good but only if there is enough interest and activity that all your members keep coming back. And this was the biggest obstacle when neomallers was created. We needed something that encouraged users to come back (since the portal was a downloadable app, there was no need for users to remain)
The solution to this was the counter system.
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The current TNT Filters issue is another instance where the forums would be very helpful.
Passing around plain text attachments with code in them, discussion of how best to fix the mall petpages, etc. Even if the forums are not used REGULARLY, TNT is making enough 'emergency' situations that an offsite base would be most useful. I feel bad for having stalled the other Branch Managers efforts to join another forum for this now that this emergency popped up so soon after they suggested it (and even had a site picked out, etc.)
Dmitri, as for the 50 something malls having pages, I think you should allow the active malls that have been around to be able to apply and have those privileges (i.e. Nursery, TML, Xmart, Armada...the ones that are known, active and desperately can use the private areas). There's so many malls that last less than a week so filter out accordingly as to which malls can have those private forums. Can you password protect the forums like IPB, for instance and if someone from the management leaves that mall, change that mall's forum's password? *unsure*
Well, there are a couple methods:
1) Using the mall membership thing to allow people to view the forum. Then if someone leaves the mall, then the mall owner just has to go 'boot!' and they're out of the forum as well.
2) A general 'permissions based' system, where the forum owner selects users to have certain privileges.
I'm not sure how the Mall Owner and Mall Membership thing work together, not having been one, but I know you can 'join a mall' without needing permission to do so, which would allow people to 'join the forum' without permission, so I would think THAT would need to change.
BUT, if that changes, it gives a 'single point of failure' on membership to the mall/forum. i.e. Mall Owner is away for a month on vacation? Nobody gets to join for the month. This is the same for #2 as well, so BOTH methods, if using a 'you need my permission' style would need to be able to give 'join/kick' privileges to other members (i.e. branch managers, or other 'trusted members')
And of course, every little step is that much more complicated to implement
Anything is possible on this site... since I'll be the one coding it. Currently, there is no "built in" password protection system. The forums on here are really bare-bone. It's up to the webmasters to add stuff as they see fit.
There is currently a panel that allows users to modify forum privledges but i think allowing that would give too much power and even give them access to the site's core admin which isnt so great.
However, like every parts of this site, i usually ended up creating a separate page that exclusively gives the "feature" i need to "give out"
In the meantime, feel free to use the malling sections of this site and hold your mall discussions. (in other words, create your own mall thread) I will definitely come up with a solution to this. However, it will take a while since I'm busy with school+work and i need to come up with a system that is easy to use/learn
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I know 'anything is possible', but at the same time, it's always a time/effort constraints.
I could be fixing all our mall pages now, but I have a report to write tonight as well
Thanks for even entertaining the ideas
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