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In order to encourage calculator and constructive discussions on the forums, the Randomness section goes offline shortly after it reaches at least 10% of the entire board post count or 13% with the introduction section included. Afterward it remains offline for the next two weeks after it went back under 10% alone and 13% with the intro section included. The intro section remains unnafected.

So if this forum section suddently vanishes every now and then, you now know why. :P

This is to prevent episodes like what happened on the old Invisionfree board, where during some periods of the year, about 90% of the entire board activity was in randomness at the expense of real discussion and projects.
« Last Edit: November 23, 2010, 03:14:54 pm by DJ Omnimaga »
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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 03:14:22 pm »
lolwut. That's just weird. D:

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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 03:16:00 pm »
Yeah this is to prevent Randomness from having like 50% of the entire board activity, like what happened on the old Invisionfree forums. Otherwise it sucks because then Omnimaga is seen as a spam site. :/

Btw right now it's at 9.61% and 12.62% with intro included.

Oh and this is also to prevent having members with like 999 posts in Randomness and 1 outside it. :P
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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 03:18:24 pm »
It makes sense, though.  If people are focusing too much on what doesn't get much done, what good does that do for the forum in the end?

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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 03:21:21 pm »
Yeah this is my concern. Last Summer this went close from happening. One day about 50% of the active topics in the New Posts section were in Randomness. Today if this happens it makes the new posts section hard to browse. X.x

On the old board I closed the Randomness section for an entire Summer once to encourage relevant discussion. X.x
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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2010, 03:48:36 pm »
Why is this in randomness? Also, the two week thing makes it kinda unbelievable. Break out the colored text! :D

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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2010, 03:55:57 pm »
Awesome!  I like this idea. :D

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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2010, 04:04:12 pm »
Oh it is in randomness but it's still serious. I pinned it too. That said, if people don't take it seriously I can easily include it elsewhere, though. :P
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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2010, 04:11:16 pm »
Okay then, can we increase the percentages for each thing semi-dynamically.  E.g., if we have like 20 new users because of KOS release, or something, can we immediately increase the percentage.

Also, instead of two weeks, how about 3 days being offline. Just some ideas.  Overall, I think the bets way to prevent randomness from taking over is to prevent new users from being in randomness.  Like 10 posts or so to use it.

It should be interesting to see, though, because many randomness conversations will essentially "die", because no one remembers them when they come back.

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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2010, 04:13:18 pm »
Well I said 2 weeks because I may be busy and forget to check if the percentage went down.

Also I may increase the percentage if EzPortal team ever release a mod that lets me filter new posts by category (I would allow the option to show all posts, show calc posts, show projects, etc.)
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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2010, 10:15:00 am »
cool!  I was thinking though, if we did reach 10%, (we're pretty close) shouldn't this be moved in to the News Section or something?  because as Randomness wouldn't be viewable, people will wonder what happened.


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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2010, 03:02:58 pm »
I might put it in the random discussion section or feedback/suggestion.
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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2010, 05:14:46 pm »
EDIT:  if it closes, I bet I'll be the highscore holder of The Necropost Game as soon as it come back.  >:D
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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2010, 05:50:19 pm »
that depends, DJ, can CoTs access the randomness section when its gone?  :D

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Re: Explanation of why the Randomness section can vanish from time to time
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2010, 06:26:47 pm »
Admins :P

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