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iolite
 
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Hello all,

This is a brand new board to share possible and future features with the Community, and to enlist the help of the Community to complete discussions on some features. To find out how this board should be used be sure to read the SFQ Board - Information & Guidelines thread which explains how and when to add to discussions in certain threads on this board.

We appreciate that some of you may not wish to contribute to discussions but instead have a query or concern. You may even have spotted an error or wish for elaboration. For all those things you should use this Sticky. ACC Modmins will endeavour to reply as soon as we can.

Here are some examples of why we've created this Sticky, and what you could use it for.

• You may be reluctant to post on the threads marked as Rejected because your idea may or may not be relevant. Post here and we can advise you whether to post on that thread or whether to create a new thread on Site Suggestions or Site Support.

• You may find an error on a thread and since some threads shouldn't be posted on, and others are solely for discussion, you can inform us of errors here. We will then amend the thread concerned.

• You may not quite understand the Board Guidelines or a particular outline on a SFQ thread. Post here to tell us because if it is confusing to you it may also be confusing to others. We will do our best to make amendments so that the information is clear for all.


If you'd like to speak to the Modmins in private, please contact the following people who look after this board:
ACWWFreakazoid
Amrasje
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iolite
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Nintendude64

We hope you enjoy using and reading this board.


-Amrasje (8/31/2017 2:44:06 PM)
Fixing a link!
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So is this where the suggestions from the site suggestion board go after they've been approved/considered for users to discuss further?
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Welcome to the new board!

missamazing2008 - That depends on what type of suggestion was made on the Site Suggestions board. If for example the suggestion related to something that involved a policy change or rule change, then it wouldn't end up on the SFQ board.

The SFQ board holds sister threads for the Features Dashboard. That dashboard is where an idea ends up if it needs a Dev to code it.

As for discussions, yes, the Community is welcome to discuss some of the ideas posted on the SFQ board. Since this is so new, we've placed a limitation on which threads the Community should post in. Please read about the Light Bulbs in the Admin-Locked Sticky at the top of the SFQ board. It clearly explains which threads can be posted in, and which shouldn't be.

You will find however that there are currently no yellow light bulb threads on the SFQ board. This is because we are still adding the green ones, and will likely not get to the yellow ones until later this week.

Hope that helps.
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is there a way to filter by idea type on this board (e.g. display only certain lightbulb colors)? it would make it easier to sort through which ideas are in which stages, and transitively, which ones are okay to post in. additionally, because of my slight colorblindness, the green and yellow icons look extremely similar and a being able to filter results would help me discern the stage of development. otherwise i suppose i can use a browser extension to modify the icons if there is no option to filter.

very happy to see this board! can't wait to see all the future updates and discussions.
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Bobzco - There's no way to filter by idea type yet, though it's something we've already thought of and are hoping to implement in the future.
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Hi Bobzco - As Brian said there is no way to filter ideas by stages, and as he also pointed out, we are hoping to implement a feature soon which will help sort through some threads. That feature is here. Now, that may not initially look like it may help, but recently Jader and I were speaking about this board and whether it would be better to have all the threads move within their sections. So, if anyone posted on a green light bulb thread for a feature that was on the Dev Work List, that thread would only move to the top of the rest of the green light bulb threads that were on the Dev Work List, and not jump over the green light bulbs threads marked as Accepted, or jump over the Yellow light bulb threads that show Discussion items (not that there are any yellow light bulb threads added to the board yet).

Since ACC has such old code, and new features risk creating a bug elsewhere. the SFQ board was created using code for features that already exist and are already compatible with the site. Further, whenever it is decided to upgrade an existing feature we have to weigh up the time versus the benefit. Jader and I were discussing the update to the SFQ board two weeks before it had been released to the Community and we decided to leave it as it was initially and see whether it was something the Community would enjoy and use first, before we look at upgrades which would happen after the Bell Shop is released.

One of the upgrades that would work, and is related to the feature I linked to above, is for the lightbulbs to be removed from their current position and placed in their own column. That way, when the Sorting Threads feature is implemented site-wide, on the SFQ board everyone can click on the flag column to order the features by development or discussion stage. I appreciate that extra coding may be required for the light bulb column but at least part of the feature will already exist by then. Further, we may want to add a voting system to this board or it could be that the board is scrapped completely in favour of a Features Dashboard type board for the Community where the features would already appear in their appropriate tabs and would allow Community voting.

So, for all of those reasons the SFQ board was released in its current format but we don't intend to leave it this way.
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As an interim solution, might I suggest changing the shape of the icons as well as the colour? For example, the green lightbulb might become a check-mark, the purple one an ellipsis, and so forth. That way, the statuses would be easily visible to colour-blind people too.
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Sure! if you create a thread on the FD we can then create a sister thread on the SFQ, and let all colour-blind people give us their opinions as to what does or doesn't work for them.
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AnnetteSR
 
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"Threads marked by purple lightbulbs are already in development, or have been coded and are in one of three stages of testing. There is no more discussion at this stage, because there has to be a cut off point in order for a Dev to code the feature. Once the feature is released any person is welcome to suggest amendments as a new suggestion on the Site Suggestions board. Please do NOT post on threads with purple lightbulbs because it is almost always too late to add to the idea significantly. "
Fair enough - for an item in development. But what about the guides? The Snowpeople guide contains some mistakes and omissions and I would find it very logical to post those in the thread itself. However, that is currently forbidden. So what do I do now? Post them in this thread, the Q&A?
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"Fair enough - for an item in development. But what about the guides? The Snowpeople guide contains some mistakes and omissions and I would find it very logical to post those in the thread itself. However, that is currently forbidden. So what do I do now? Post them in this thread, the Q&A? "
I'm not a part of the staff so I don't know what they talked about behind the scenes, but I would guess that they are okay with posts like that.  The reason they don't want people posting is because even if someone comes up with an amazing way of pulling off the idea, that doesn't help if it's too late to change it.  Considering that it isn't too late to change that, it should be okay.  Then again, I would wait for a staff member to respond.

The information corrections sticky would also work.

EDIT: Actually, that was wrong.  See this:

"• You may find an error on a thread and since some threads shouldn't be posted on, and others are solely for discussion, you can inform us of errors here. We will then amend the thread concerned. "
From that, is sounds like they want you to post the errors here and then they will go back and edit them.
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Hi AnnetteSR - Yes, as yankees24cano said you can post corrections here on the Q&A thread, or you can send a PT to me or the other Modmins.

We've made the board rules according to what we think would be the best way to keep the feature development flowing. So board rules may change, or light bulb colours may change (I'm already thinking that the Dev Work List items should possibly be orange), or we may amend the titles of certain threads because we want to draw attention to them - even if those threads are purple light bulbs.

This is all new to us as much as it is for the Community so we can help each other out by collaborating not just on the features but also in developing a workable SFQ board.

-iolite (6/15/2015 5:47:21 PM)
Amending typo.
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I am so confused....what is this particular thread discussing? The development of new site ideas? Like the Site Suggestions Board? Also, what is the SFQ board? what does SFQ stand for?
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SFQ is Site Features Queue. This board is for discussing features that are in development; it allows members to give their input on features that are currently being developed while at the same time informing members of the features that are going to be implemented.
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When's the bell shop opening?
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I've been on this site for years. And every time I go on hiatus, I come back like "The bell shop is probably up now!!" But no.
Is the bell shop ever going to be a thing?
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Please see this recent announcement regarding the status of the Bell Shop.
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Noo I feel so sad that there are plans to change the site layout in the 2.0 thing. this site has been the same for ages Im gonna miss it...

if thats gonna take place can you like make a link saying 'switch to old version' I really am gonna miss this site layout and how it looks
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"Noo I feel so sad that there are plans to change the site layout in the 2.0 thing. this site has been the same for ages Im gonna miss it...

if thats gonna take place can you like make a link saying 'switch to old version' I really am gonna miss this site layout and how it looks"
Rtankeol - A change does not need to be drastic, just more intuitive for navigation. There are certain standards set by Jader which have worked well over the years and need not change at all. For example, the way posts are presented. Every post uses the same font, has particular information in the same spots, has access to a particular avatars, etc. These things need not necessarily change because it gives ACC a clean and orderly look. I highly doubt we would want to replace this with something more chaotic.

Plus, remember that you can have your say on the layout and style once those threads appear on this board.
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I see symbols not bulbs, what does it mean?
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The new icons have replaced the various colored bulbs in an effort to cater to those that struggle with color blindness. The new icons and what they denote, are as follows:

Yellow Speech Bubble - Feature is in Discussion or Voting
Blue Plus Sign - Feature is Accepted
Blue Arrow Pointing Right - Feature has been moved to the Dev Work List
Orange Hammer - Feature is In Development or In Feature Testing
Orange Spanner - Features is In Dev Testing or In Release Testing
Green Tick - Feature has been deployed and is Live
Red Cross - Feature has been Rejected
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We replaced the bulbs with different symbols to make them more easily differentiable to colour-blind people.

Yellow "thinking" bubble - This idea is being discussed or This idea is being voted on or Status is being withheld
Blue addition sign - This idea has been accepted for development
Blue arrow - This idea is on the Dev Work List
Orange hammer - This idea is under development or This idea is in the first stage of testing
Orange spanner/wrench - This idea is in the second stage of testing or This idea is in the third stage of testing
Green tick - This idea is live
Red cross - This idea has been rejected

EDIT: You wait two hours for an answer and then two come along at the same time...
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