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I can get you some traffic from my site (an unorthodox way)
Posted: Posted January 26th, 2012 by Xhin
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My site is quite large, and there are numerous people who have an interest in conworlding, even if they don't call it that. I've invited a couple of them here over the years, to no avail. Advertising this site there would probably also not lure anyone in. The problem is that the people there are adamant about the way their forum looks, which is completely different to, say, phpbb forums.

What I'd like to do is build a script on my site that poses as a forum/threads from there, but instead shows threads from here. Posting would connect to this part of the server and put threads/posts into this database rather than the one there. The posts here would show up as guest posts with a username, without directly allowing guests to post from here. There might be some syntax issues, but I can correct those as they arise.

I've already built something like this before (in fact, the other site was originally a custom-built way of accessing a simple machines forum).

Thoughts?

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I don't think that's a good idea.
It seems deceptive, which is not a good thing, and wouldn't be appreciated by real conworlders.
And I'm afraid it would expose us more to spammers.

Are you really Xhin, or has Xhin's identity been hijacked?

Posted January 26th, 2012 by chiarizio
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That is Xhin, and his site does have a very different look than here. I think that he means it would be a "cosmetic" widgit, but it would be nice to have some protections from spammers in place.

Posted January 26th, 2012 by bloodb4roses
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That is Xhin, and his site does have a very different look than here. I think that he means it would be a "cosmetic" widgit, but it would be nice to have some protections from spammers in place.



I think the natural protections of his own site would accomplish that- since they would have to be registered there.

I don't think it would be deceptive as long as there was some kind of (from conworlds) note on the thread.

That would be pretty cool :) I'd say go for it. Would be cool to get more replies, wherever from.

Do you think you could translate their basic user account info to here, too, when they post, so they wouldn't need to show up as just guests?
Maybe just auto-register a user name and move their avatar (the rest could be left empty; e.g. we don't need their e-mail or anything).

Posted January 27th, 2012 by Blake
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Sounds like a good idea to me.

Posted January 27th, 2012 by Avjunza
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If such "amendments" (or whatever the right term is) are made as to satisfy everyone else's qualms, and everyone else thinks it's a good idea, then I think it's at least worth a try and would withdraw my objections.

And sorry about not recognizing you, Xhin.

Posted January 28th, 2012 by chiarizio
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Registration isn't required there (maybe 20% of regular users, plus all moderators and staff members actually use it). The staff there can handle all the spam, which usually isn't an issue due to the sheer amount of forums there are. If it does get bad for whatever reason, I'd suggest that they be able to remove posts here from there. I have a deletion backup system in place there so accidents could be restored.

They wouldn't appear as "Guest", they would appear as whatever their username was. However it would have to use the guest system here since their accounts wouldn't transfer over (since they don't have any, other than a username/password combo, and I don't want to transfer THAT over because there's 10,000 of those).

If we do this, we need to gauge what it would take to generalize the forums here somewhat. I'm sure people there would love to read and comment on conworlds because they're fascinating and there's a lot of people interested in science/math/philosophy. The science forum itself would be a very easy sell. I propose that we dumb down some of the terminology since people there don't know what a "conworld" is and we don't want to come off as elitist.

I think if done right it would be far more effective than advertising this site, although if we go down that route we need to use the same principles to appeal to a wider audience.

Posted January 29th, 2012 by Xhin
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Sounds like it's worth a shot.

I don't want to dumb down/change the language here, but you could do an auto-replace on some words (like conworld -> fictional universe) for when they are displayed there, maybe? I don't think seeing that in quotes would be a problem (as long as the original isn't changed).

I think the best thing to do would be to put a delay on the posts, before they are transferred here. That way spam would be cleared up before they showed up here (so the administrators there wouldn't need to delete posts from here).

If a little spam got through, that would be alright, as long as it isn't a lot.

Posted January 29th, 2012 by Blake
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Xhin, what do the people on your site think of this idea?

Posted January 29th, 2012 by Quillwraith
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Does any of this still seem doable?
Does any of it still seem like a good idea?
To other members, I mean; I for one think it’s a good idea if it’s doable.

Posted December 30th, 2018 by chiarizio
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My other site is also fairly dead at the moment, I don't think they'd complain if I merged the two.

I also suggested it a while back, and they were on board with the idea.. so if you guys still are, neat!

Posted January 3rd, 2019 by Xhin
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