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A quick Poll

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Poll: What should non-mebers have access to?

everything
11 34.4%
forum only
2 6.3%
stories only
14 43.8%
nothing
5 15.6%
Total number of voters: 32 ( kobarsos, Engineered-Sorcery, Caylane, kshoo, Monty ) See more
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24 Aug 2016 01:37 #49799 by fats
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Hi all,

Based on a number of comments in the "where is everybody???" threads it got me wondering.Should the site be content only available for logged in members??

So I'm posting a poll to see what members think, the poll will be open to non-members as well. Please vote and met me know, I'll keep the poll open for 2 weeks.

Thanks

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24 Aug 2016 11:50 #49813 by fats
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I've sorted out the problem with the poll so it should work.

let me know if it still doesn't

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24 Aug 2016 12:33 #49815 by OneWhoLurks
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Hm. I meant to vote 'stories only', but clicked 'forum only' by mistake. Oh well. :whistle:

Also, hi everybody! I think this is the first time I've posted on this account...

- OneWhoLurks, formerly CavemanNinjaJoe

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24 Aug 2016 12:35 - 24 Aug 2016 12:40 #49816 by Dru1076
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I went with stories only. If I'm logged in while reading the forums, I would drop a lot more thank you's and probably not lurk so much. The stories I think should be available to as many people as possible who might be looking for this kind of material.

"Stupid Reality!" - Homer J. Simpson
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24 Aug 2016 16:21 #49819 by AlbertC
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My point of view is that the stories shall be open to everyone, specially as a tool to attract people. But the forum has to be conditioned to login in the website, like plenty of websites does around the world

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24 Aug 2016 16:58 - 24 Aug 2016 16:59 #49822 by shadar
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I've always felt that Everyone should be able to read Everything on sites like this, but you have to become a member to comment.

I see no good reason to narrow our stories and discussions further. Our audience is small enough already.

If people really enjoy what they read, they'll likely become members. If not, we at least gave them full exposure and a chance to join.

But maybe we could have a restricted corner for material that an author may wish to copyright some day, but wants to share with the membership ahead of time.

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24 Aug 2016 21:20 #49825 by erikphandel
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Does forum only mean anons can only read forum posts or that they can post as anons? Because I feel like they should be allowed to read posts, but not reply as anon

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24 Aug 2016 22:53 #49827 by AuGoose
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I'm unclear what we gain by having barriers to entry.

Do counters showing logged in people somehow contribute more to the site than counter's showing guests?

Having to sign in to post makes sense, as it reduces bot-spam.

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25 Aug 2016 01:19 #49834 by fats
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at the moment visitors have access to the whole site, which means that they can view the forums, read the stories (and when I upload the image galleries view them)

what I'm asking is should visitors be able to view the forum without logging in or should they need to log in. you need to login to view any attachments on the forum, that will not change.

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25 Aug 2016 02:49 #49835 by AuGoose
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Sure. I'm just trying to understand what's gained by locking the door. Does a shift in the metrics from guests to registered users offset the people you lose by their not being able to put a toe in the water (lurk) before they commit to making an account? If there's tangible advantage, then we probably need to seize it, I just don't know what it might be.

I do a fair bit of pre-library sharing of incomplete tales and related chit chat via forum thread. Are notebook threads like that something you'd see as premium content encouraging people to sign up and become a more definite part of the community? If the forums were locked to those without an account would people wandering into the site for the first time have any idea what they were missing? If the forums were locked is there some way we can still tell new folks, "dude, you want into this party, and it's easy..."?

My recollection is I read the library from time to time for a year or so as a no-account lurker. It was something I happened to read in the forum that prompted me to make an account. If I'd been barred from the forums back then, I don't know if I'd have become a contributor at all. Probably a few less loose feathers to sweep up, but still, I'd hate to lose other potential contributors that way.

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25 Aug 2016 04:08 #49837 by ace191
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I like it how it is. If you want to post or see the "new" tags, you need to sign in. Other sites try to entice you to do that by giving you better search functions which I think works.

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26 Aug 2016 21:19 #49863 by Monty
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I voted 'Everything'. When I first found the site, I was way too quiet to post, never mind write a story! so I just read the forums and stories. I think I had access to everything back then; so I think it would encourage new joiners to become more involved.

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