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Off topic or General chat Thread
« on: February 07, 2010, 10:49:01 pm »

I think its about time that this forum just had a place where you can share some outside interests. We just need a Off topic section or general chat thread or sumthing along the lines of this. I think it will help the community get to know each other more as well as encouraging users to come to the forum more to just chill.  ;D Anyone else agree?
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2010, 10:50:48 pm »

Yes! that will be very nice.
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2010, 10:53:39 pm »

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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010, 12:19:51 am »

Hmmm, one no. Whats the harm of adding a off topic section?
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010, 12:20:16 am »

I don't think it's a good idea, off-topic sections would make this forum become a social forum instead of what it was made to be, about anim8or, and adding an off-topic would only attract more spambots, and I don't think steve wants to waste bandwidth on it either, but thats up to him.
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2010, 01:23:27 am »

I don't think it's a good idea, off-topic sections would make this forum become a social forum instead of what it was made to be, about anim8or, and adding an off-topic would only attract more spambots, and I don't think steve wants to waste bandwidth on it either, but thats up to him.

I supose you are right, but still an off-topic thread could also be a good thing
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010, 02:03:49 am »

This has been brought up in the past. Obviously it wasn't approved since we haven't installed a off-topic board since then. Indeed, concerns regarding bandwidth, spam, and generally more moderating work for both admin and moderators were reasons for disapproving this kind of request. Not to mention it'll clog the search results with unrelated matters when people try finding help on their own. Personally as a moderator, I have no interest in trying to settle personal matters between users, which is what will inevitably happen when different mindsets mingle with each other.

While it's encouraged to have as fun a time as possible in this community, this is one that revolves around Anim8or. If you want to chat with people, that's what Facebook, MySpace, Chat Rooms, and large community forums for general topics are for. Places like cg-nation.com or animanon.com probably have areas that allow you to shoot the breeze with others, among other related communities.

With that said, please keep your posts on-topic. If you find a post deleted without notice, it's probably not because of a bug in the system. There's a sticky in each board for a reason! Heck, it's the first thing mentioned.

I won't lock this topic, simply out of interest to see what your opinions are, but don't expect anything to be done about an off-topic board/thread/whatever.
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2010, 07:32:55 am »

Though I understand your views PTC and TRZ, I'm with Raxx on this one.  Let's keep it about Anim8or.  As mentioned there are plenty of other places where more general conversations are acceptable, re 3D or any other subject.  Just my opinion.
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2010, 11:00:31 am »

PTC and TRZ why not add a chill out forum to your own site and invite everyone over who would like to join ?
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2010, 06:11:58 pm »

I just feel the forum is slow and rigid, i just thought it would be a good way of making people feel more comfortable to post stuff and to encourage people to keep returning instead of signing up and never coming back.
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2010, 02:11:57 am »

Yea, it will help me alot if we had an off topic forum. Because I am able to ask for other helpful programs that have nothing to do with anim8or. All other forums have off topic threads. It won't clog the search if you have choices on which thread you want to search in. It won't attract spambots. They would come even though we don't even have a off topic.
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2010, 04:39:14 am »

Indeed, the activity has died down since the old days, which is why I encourage you guys to come up with good ideas on how to pick up the spirit around here (aside from having an off topic board). I'll be introducing something in the near future, but it's really up to the current members to keep things going. Once Steve has more time for us and releases new features in Anim8or, we'll have more opportunities to do new things.

In the meantime, doing what you're doing now is already helping out. Keep posting your work, improving, and helping others learn and improve. Have a go at the Anim8or Challenges and other competitions we have. Make some tutorials, scripts, or supplemental programs. Start and finish projects while keeping us updated. Etcetera.

As for the current topic at hand, TheRetroZombie, I'll tell you a few things...most new users won't filter their search results on their first try. Generally we want every board to hold the answers to a user's questions by keeping matters pertaining to Anim8or.

As for asking for programs that have nothing to do with Anim8or, you've got the internet at your disposal. You don't have to ask people, just ask Google. That's what it's there for, along with the hundreds and hundreds of web pages that list and categorize useful free or commercial software for different people's needs.

You sound as if you know for sure an off topic board won't attract spambots. While I certainly don't know the criteria a spammer would use to determine whether they should launch a spambot on a forum or not, here's something to think about: an off-topic board is a nest of spam by regular users and spammers alike.

Anything off topic can be considered as spam simply because it's determined as excess that isn't being controlled. If we had an off topic board, a spambot can more easily start its work without us catching it. The software spammers use is becoming more and more sophisticated; it might seem like a regular person posted something relevant to a post, but it's actually just a bot that picked key words out of the previous posts and spliced together something coherent on topic, if not about the matter at hand. An off-topic board just makes it easier for them to do their work. We actually have about a 1:1 ratio of spammers to users registering every day now, and who knows how many spambots that failed. I pointed this out to Steve so he's working on some anti-spam measures, but it doesn't mean we can just sit back and let the ones that slip through have an easier time.
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2010, 08:08:58 am »

yeah i reckon i might knock up a few tutorials over the next few weeks. Some new stuff for the beginner Anim8or's. Like you said its up to us to keep the forum going and adding lots of content and help.  :)
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2010, 11:10:09 pm »

and I shall make tutorials as well. I love making them :)
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Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2010, 11:22:27 am »

That will be great if you make a few tutorials. If ever you want, I can host any non-youtube tutorials on my an8.the-meadow.net webspace to make sure it doesn't disappear within the next few years.
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