#1. I have to wholeheartedly disagree with the chatbox option. As nice as it would be, it would nearly be impossible to moderate unless a strong filter is installed. Even with that in mind, it is still possible to get non-kid friendly FAST. (especially with experienced MMO players who know how to get around a filter).
#2. Not "status updates" as somebody suggested (this isn't facebook for god's sake) but maybe both an official member title as well as a custom one. For example I would love to put mine as "The Chemist" so people will remember to ask me chemistry questions instead of asking members to google things for you. A lot of forums have official and custom titles
#3. I agree wholeheartedly about what Banicks said about removing post count and/or having member titles that actually mean something.
#4. I enjoy the idea of having a thank you button. You could upvote/like/thank posts that are relevant to what you are saying instead of having to post 100 responses that are the exact same thing. It will cut down on posts to both read and moderate
#5. Stickies should be bolded and be placed in a separate frame (HTML speaking frame) and made very obvious to read. Possibly being very picky for FUTURE stickies to have appropriate, easy to read titles depending on the content.
#6. Moderators and sub-moderators. A lot of websites will have sub-moderators, in which they have more functions than regular members, but less power than true moderators or administrators. Basically like "elves" for Santa. Sub-moderators, like moderators must be well versed in the rules of the forum. I can't say on how much power to give them because I don't know what kind of things moderators are technically allowed to do.
#7. Bettafish.com-specific moderators. I know that our mods have to moderate over both TFK and BF, which can get to be a big problem really quickly. Many forums have designated moderators for sections of the website to keep tighter control since you would only be responsible for moderating a certain section.
#8. Live policing. I know some mods already do this, but I feel more need to be present I suppose. For example when a thread goes severely off topic, or a member turns a disease thread into a chat thread (or bumping for no reason) then I would prefer to see a mod step in and SAY SOMETHING. Not a private message, but just a clear message to say: "Please stay on topic" "Please don't bump unnecessarily". I know I mentioned this before and mods have told me that they don't want to single out a member because it is "embarrassing". Embarrassing? REALLY? Teachers call out members all the time in class, and you're going to be more worried about embarrassment? Then the internet is not for you.
#I don't remember. More consistency with appropriate punishment of members. I remember that I think I was banned for a few days when I first joined and started a thread because people thought I was a troll. Now however, I see certain members CONSISTENTLY causing problems and yet nothing is done about them, regardless of my efforts to police (report button). Being a little more strict on members would whip everybody into shape REAL FAST.
Right now the "discipline" policy appears to me as this:
- People who never swear but sometimes give bad info -- no ban
- People who let up the one curse but consistently give amazing info -- FLOOD THEIR INBOX WITH PMs TELLING THEM NEVER TO SWEAR AGAIN OR FACE THE WRATH OF THE BANHAMMER.
I personally find that this forum has a lot of "school yard" politics and policies. Granted yes, we have young teenagers in this forum, but I don't see why we have to accommodate to the lowest denominator. We should strive to ban people who give bad information, not people who OMGYOUSAIDABADWORD.
This forum is about EDUCATION and LEARNING. Not some sort of online daycare in which we slap the hands of evildoers then let hem go on about however they please.