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DaFace
04-20-2008, 08:53 AM
The Prefix Icon system is pretty much in place at this point, so I wanted everyone to have a good feel for what the heck they are and what they do. So, here's a little FAQ about them. If you have other questions, feel free to ask, and I'll add them to the list.

What the heck are prefix icons?
When starting a new thread, there will be a drop-down menu next to the Title box that will let you pick a prefix for your thread. This is basically just a way to categorize your thread so that others who are interested in that kind of topic can find it easily. So, when you start a thread, pick the prefix that you think fits your topic the best. If you can't find one you think fits, there's always the "Misc" topic under "General Topics."

Once you've picked a prefix for your thread, it will show up as an icon to the left of your thread in the Lounge (or text in At Work mode) so that people can see what your thread is about easily.

So what's the point?
The beauty of prefixes is that you can start to view threads in different ways using them. Each icon is clickable, so if you click on an icon, it will show you all of the other threads that have the same icon. For example, if you're a Royals fan, you could click on the icon and see all the Royals threads in one place. Another example is that, if you're interested in finding tickets to a game, you could click on the tickets icon to see all of those threads instead.

Alternately, there is a pulldown menu at the bottom of the Lounge under "Display Options" where you can choose from the entire list of prefixes. That may be more useful if you're interested in topics that only come up every once in a while.

Can I choose prefixes that I DON'T want to see?
Unfortunately, not currently, but I'm working on it. Hopefully there will be a way in the future to essentially ignore threads on topics that you don't care about. For example, if you don't care to hear about KU, you could "ignore" the KU prefix and simply never see those threads. That's all in the works, but we're not there just yet.

These icons/categories suck. Can you fix that?
It's all a work in progress. We've gone through a few iterations already, but if you have ideas on how to improve the system with different categories or different icons, feel free to suggest them in this thread.

What are the current categories?
Unfortunately, we've got a setting that limits how many icons you can link in one post, so the answer to this question can be found in the next three posts.

Other stuff
Depending on how things go, we may eventually make it mandatory to pick a category for your thread so that we can make sure everything is getting categorized properly. For now, though, it's optional and we'll be adding them on our end from time to time. Hopefully you'll find it useful, though, and will be using them from here on!

DaFace
04-20-2008, 08:54 AM
Part I:

Local Teams
-Chiefs http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/smilies/chieflogo.gif
-Royals http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/smilies/royals.gif
-KU http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/kansaslogo.gif
-KSU http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/kansasstlogo.gif
-MU http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/missourilogo.gif

General Sports
-Football http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/football.gif
-NFL Draft http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/draft.gif
-Tickets http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/tickets.gif
-Other Sports http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/sports.gif

DaFace
04-20-2008, 08:54 AM
Part II:

General Topics
-ChiefsPlanet http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/cp.gif
-News http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/news.gif
-Birthday http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/birthday.gif
-Life http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/life_icon.gif
-Prayer Request http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/prayer.gif
-Misc http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/question.gif

DaFace
04-20-2008, 08:54 AM
Part III:


Media
-Movies and TV http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/tv.gif
-Music http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/icon-music.gif
-Books http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/book.gif
-Video Games http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/NES.gif
-Other Games http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/games.gif
-Computers http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/computer.gif
-Electronics http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/electronics.gif
-Photography http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/photos.gif

Everything Else
-Food and Drinkhttp://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/grill.gif
-Home and Auto http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/homeauto.gif
-Money http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/money.gif
-Science http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/science.gif
-Funny Stuff http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/laughter2.gif
-Poop http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/poop-icon.gif

Direckshun
04-20-2008, 08:55 AM
-Poop http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/poop-icon.gif
Nicely done.

Guru
04-20-2008, 09:02 AM
Nicely done.

Thank you. I found that one.

Direckshun
04-20-2008, 10:14 AM
All told though, I don't know if this is an automatic thing or anything, but I have never put tags before my threads and I don't know if I ever will.

The tags feature is freaking awesome, though.

DaFace
04-20-2008, 10:16 AM
All told though, I don't know if this is an automatic thing or anything, but I have never put tags before my threads and I don't know if I ever will.

The tags feature is freaking awesome, though.

Are you talking about the tags at the bottom of a thread, or the prefixes I talked about here? If it's the latter, I've been running through and putting them on myself here and there. We've got a nifty little mod tool that makes it pretty quick and easy.

Count Zarth
04-20-2008, 10:24 AM
I have never put tags before my threads and I don't know if I ever will.
.

Why not? It takes a couple seconds and helps out the board.

Direckshun
04-20-2008, 10:48 AM
Are you talking about the tags at the bottom of a thread, or the prefixes I talked about here? If it's the latter, I've been running through and putting them on myself here and there. We've got a nifty little mod tool that makes it pretty quick and easy.
Er, yeah. The prefixes.

Direckshun
04-20-2008, 10:49 AM
Why not? It takes a couple seconds and helps out the board.
It's just never on my mind, ever.

DaFace
04-20-2008, 10:53 AM
Er, yeah. The prefixes.

It's kind of confusing, I know. They're only called prefixes because most boards use them as text before the thread title rather than as icons in a different column. But the software calls them prefixes, and I don't feel like digging out the 50 different places where they're called that to rename them.

It's just never on my mind, ever.

It will be if I make it mandatory. :evil:

Count Zarth
04-20-2008, 10:58 AM
It's just never on my mind, ever.




It will be if I make it mandatory. :evil:

AND YOU WILL BEG FOR DEATH BEFORE THE END, DIRECKSHUN!!!

Direckshun
04-20-2008, 10:59 AM
DaFace is playing hardball.

DaFace
04-20-2008, 11:03 AM
DaFace is playing hardball.

Na, that's been the plan for a while. Once people get used to them, we may make them mandatory. We'll see how things go though.

DaFace
04-20-2008, 12:58 PM
Add "Photography" to the Media section:

-Photography http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/images/icons/photos.gif

morphius
04-20-2008, 01:02 PM
It might be an idea to add this to the BB's FAQ, and put a link to it around the prefix in the newthread template.

DaFace
04-20-2008, 01:07 PM
It might be an idea to add this to the BB's FAQ, and put a link to it around the prefix in the newthread template.

Makes sense to me. Feel free to edit as appropriate - I just threw it together real quick.

xbarretx
04-20-2008, 06:44 PM
so "this" explains where all the icons came from LMAO :hail:

morphius
04-21-2008, 07:11 AM
Should we change household to home/auto?

morphius
04-21-2008, 07:28 AM
We could also combine food and drink.

DaFace
04-21-2008, 07:52 AM
Both changes are fine with me.

morphius
04-21-2008, 07:57 AM
Both changes are fine with me.
I'm just trying to think of ways to keep the list as short as possible.

DaFace
04-21-2008, 09:11 AM
I'm just trying to think of ways to keep the list as short as possible.

Definitely. I was also considering eliminating "announcement" and "question," since those are both types of posts rather than categories of posts. Any announcement could be put into a more relevant category, as could any question (at least in my opinion).

DaFace
04-21-2008, 09:48 AM
Definitely. I was also considering eliminating "announcement" and "question," since those are both types of posts rather than categories of posts. Any announcement could be put into a more relevant category, as could any question (at least in my opinion).

FYI to all:

Announcement and Question are now gone. The icon for question is now being used for the Misc category.

SNR
04-21-2008, 11:26 AM
What if you're an MU fan and hate KU so you put KU threads on ignore, but the thread starter of an MU/KU game is a KU fan and he sets the KU prefix as the icon? You'll miss it.

I know, I know, I'm just being a dick right now :evil:

DaFace
04-21-2008, 11:28 AM
What if you're an MU fan and hate KU so you put KU threads on ignore, but the thread starter of an MU/KU game is a KU fan and he sets the KU prefix as the icon? You'll miss it.

I know, I know, I'm just being a dick right now :evil:

Hmm...good point. In that extremely rare circumstance, I'd say we'll just put it into "General Sports" or "Football" (depending on what type of game it is of course).

Adept Havelock
04-21-2008, 11:55 AM
DaFace, nice job. :clap:

DaFace is playing hardball.

DaFace has time to work for Rain Man, create Icons, and run a political talk show?

I'm impressed. He's quite the renaissance man.

DaFace
04-21-2008, 12:28 PM
DaFace, nice job. :clap:



DaFace has time to work for Rain Man, create Icons, and run a political talk show?

I'm impressed. He's quite the renaissance man.

Luckily, it's easy to work on icons while watching hockey on TV, which I've been doing a lot of lately.

irishjayhawk
04-21-2008, 01:45 PM
This might be making the list longer for the sake of making it longer but why not just do a GameThread prefix. So, then it fixes the whole Beaker/Tigger thing on ignoring.

BucEyedPea
04-22-2008, 12:22 PM
Should we change household to home/auto?

How 'bout Home, Garden, and Auto.

morphius
04-23-2008, 01:55 PM
How 'bout Home, Garden, and Auto.
IMO think Garden would automatically fall into the home piece. But I've been accused of being a stupid head more than once.

DaFace
04-23-2008, 01:57 PM
FYI, prefixes are now mandatory in the Lounge.

Count Zarth
04-23-2008, 02:03 PM
FYI, prefixes are now mandatory in the Lounge.

http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/8928/60422526pu3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Logical
04-23-2008, 06:06 PM
Not an Icon question but I am using this thread to get a moderator to look at the problem.

Why am I prohibited from creating Tags? Say my usergroup is not authorized.

DaFace
04-23-2008, 06:55 PM
Not an Icon question but I am using this thread to get a moderator to look at the problem.

Why am I prohibited from creating Tags? Say my usergroup is not authorized.

As in, the tags at the bottom of a thread? That's odd. Lemme look into it.

EDIT: I think I got it. Let me know if not.

DaFace
04-23-2008, 07:37 PM
They're now mandatory in the Media Center and in D.C. All three areas have a "Misc" category that can be used as a "catch all," since various other topics are bound to come up here and there.

Logical
04-23-2008, 08:36 PM
As in, the tags at the bottom of a thread? That's odd. Lemme look into it.

EDIT: I think I got it. Let me know if not.

Fixed it, thanks