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this is what would've greeted you :D
That's incredible! Such good timing.
will be too impressed :S
I'm sure sean/matt will come on at some stage and we will all be admonished!
see, the new design IS good.
I only wish I could've been availble to contribute....
it would also have been the first time most of the media looked at the site, and potential advertisers as we did a big mailout this morning to encourage people to come look at DiS, so thank you one and all for utterly embarrassing yourselves and potentially really damaging our business.
(and can understand why you're annoyed about the timing of this particular experiment) surely the idea of linking to the newest threads on the front page is always going to carry the risk of embarrassment or offence. What if a future advertiser looks at the site when the newest thread is something like "Stop and search more black people" or "Only white women are attractive"? Or any other examples you care to think of. Isn't that just as potentially damaging?
The fact is, if you make the messageboards the public face of the site to new users/advertisers, you have to realise there's ALWAYS going to be some threads that will put people off. Whether with titles insulting Rupert Murdoch, American Apparel or Mick Hucknall.
The only way to get round this is by having moderators trained up to remove any and all thread titles that might be insensitive to your commerical aims and/or ban users who are repeat offenders. And if you do that, you'll lose many of the current 'messageboard community' such as it is. Whether or not that is a bad thing for the site is for you to decide. Alternatively, you could remove the thread titles from the front page, which would make everyone happy.
It's nigh on impossible to stay on the line between implacable indie credentials and running a profit-making business.
Good luck to you though!
as it's a way of bringing them to the forefront of the site, as much as the editorial content, right from when someone goes to the homepage. You just have to weigh up the risks, given that the community operates fairly autonomously, albeit under moderators' eyes.
An alternative might be to have "Most voted" as the default setting, rather than "Newest". While that wouldn't preclude embarrassingly-titled threads from appearing on the front page, it might make it less likely to happen.
cuntwhoreshit thread to keep it top.
but it'd take some kind of concerted disruptive effort, and I think people would soon get bored and vote for threads they actually liked.
but i dare not doubt the dedication of the dis populace for a bit of smut & giggles.
it took about a year of browsing the site before i realised there's a forum section to waste my time on.
there was no way any newcomers to the site could've missed it today.
if I hadn't got a username and started posting, I'd probably be running this company by now.
I am slightly surprised the front page doesn't just list music forum posts. Whilst this doesn't give a full sense of the community, it does expose people to the community they are more likely to want to be a part of on first visit (generally people don't visit a music website for the lols, they visit for the music and come back for the lols). Plus, the social board moves so much faster than the music board most of the time that it dominates the front page.
Of course, doing this wouldn't deal with the issue at hand (it's not exactly hard to abuse the music board in a similar fashion), but I've never really been one to stick to the point.
is a really good idea. Given that music is supposedly what this website's about anyway.
and surely it's a good thing if everyone is light hearted and showing how DiS really is most of the time?
I haven't laughed that hard in ages.
On a plus point, advertisers are always looking for ways to reach the cool kids, surely they realise why this was a big fat attempt to get round the censors!!!
I can't read any of those without laughing.
The first thing I thought of this morning was colonol_k's masterful use of swearwords.
nope, thought not.
I vote for cockploughs