QueenTiye, on 10 August 2011 - 03:14 PM, said:
A potential glitch with allowing folks to post in this manner is that we may find ourselves posting under multiple identities - something Ex Isle has actively discouraged in the past. But with restrictions on voting and use of the private messaging system, it doesn't have to be a huge problem. I don't much want to get into moderating posts for approval though.
On many sites, you can register by using your Facebook (etc.) account. I wouldn't consider this an option here at all, but hey, some sites let Guests post. Whatever works for them.
I do think that we cost ourselves some participation by not allowing drive-by readers to join a conversation (and become engaged) too many people won't bother to return if there is *any* delay, including delays on their own end (not everyone is online every day, or surfs the we every day, or even checks each of their emails every day -- much less their spam folders)
I have done this several times: registered at a site that either manually validates or sends out emails once a day, forgotten all about it; stumbled across the site months/weeks later and tried/failed to [unintentionally] re-register. Finally, I search my spamfolder for the site name, and complete the registration (which sometimes expires, leaving me stuck)
I have a system for sites where I have serious expectation of being a regular participant (though "regular" for me means bursts of activity separated by weeks/months), but usually I just want to try them out or respond on something specific
You raise a good issue about people unwittingly using their "other" identities to post. I'll consider ways to avoid this. I'll have "login to your Ex Isle account" on the window that offers them to post via TwitterID, FB ID, whatever) and I am strongly inclined to limit the number of posts an outside account can make -- 5 seems about right. After that, they'd prompted to register before they can post further, and I think they'd be inclined to.
And disagreed with removing password protection for Spoiler Clubhouse. Is there some technical reason you suggest it?
Unless they use the password, Spoiler Clubhouse posts won't show up in searches, including "Active Posts" and "Last 24 Hours". Not all *established members* notice the password on the index page, so I don't feel a visitor can be expected to know they'd need to.
If general spoilerphobia were as rampant as it was many years ago, I'd be more protective, but policies vary greatly between sites, and I thing the forum title (Spoiler Clubhouse) is warning enough. EI members (and Guests, who may be unlogged-in Members) wouldn't be affected -- only people who log in via an outside identity (which EIers shouldn't do anyway)
As mentioned above - logging in via Facebook (or Twitter, or whatever) means you're logged in with THAT identity, instead of your Ex Isle identity. I'm not clear that there's a way to have our existing Ex Isle accounts added to a Facebook or other network identity. Since I'm QueenTiye on Twitter as well as Ex Isle, I wouldn't mind logging in using Twitter. But I am almost certain my post count would show up as 1 for @QueenTiye...
I wish that were true for all social sites (or even the end of the matter)
When I last logged into Facebook on a pristine computer/IP/Identity (it was an "organization" identity for a group), it takes a LONG time to complete, and the volume of cross-site traffic was remarkable. Most people aren't set up to monitor the packets going in/out of their computer, and would never know (much less consent as FB claims the user is doing)
Basically, if you have an Fb acct, you've already consented, and they WON'T erase all the data they've already gathered or cross-correlated about you. Even if you delete your FB account, the data collection will snowball over time by other means. That was always the plan.
What I would PREFER, rather than logging in, is having the option to simultaneously post. I.e., if I post a new thread, I would like to broadcast it via twitter, or have the option to update my FB status with my new post - automatically. I'd like it to be an option that every Ex Isler could have, and I would certainly use it.
I think we can do that.
At the very least we should be able to put it as an option in the V3.2 post page.
Editing to add - we discussed a while back having a levels system like we used to have at SSBBS, but pertaining to lots of different genre shows. It might be fun to have staff come up with a list, have the membership tweak/approve it, and then apply it with automatic updates to Twitter every time someone who has automatic posting levels up! :)
Yeah, I've long thought that we aren't having as much fun with the rank/post level features as our technical capabilities permit, but with the number of shows going on/off the air, I couldn't think of anything really worthwhile to do. I should probably look int that again.