As you all know, occasionally we add new features and tweak existing ones to keep MTS2 one of the best free Sims 2 sites on the planet.
Today I have implemented the following changes, some of which apply to uploaders and others apply to downloaders.
We have taken the decision to remove the ability for people to rate download threads. Why? Simply put, 90+% of all the threads that had ratings where rated a 4 or a 5, and very very few actually had average figures below that.
While we realise that some custom content creators might like to see 5 stars on thier downloads, we have to look at the site as a whole, and I believe that for the downloaders, seeing basically every download thread rated as 4 or 5 stars says nothing of the actual quality or time put into the project. We here at MTS2 think that the number of downloads and the number of thanks an item gets should be more important than what is effectively an arbitary - and, proven over time to be meaningless - value.
We appreciate some might be upset by the loss of the rating system, however, the site is growing all the time and this is something that has to happen to maintain a good quality level.
The scorecard for creators has also been updated to remove the rating column.
Download Thanks Posts
Another issue which has been growing is one of "Thanks posts". This is where, essentially, a download posts "Thanks this is great!" (or some variation thereof), and actual feedback or problems are lost within the massive amount of "Thanks" posts. No matter how great an item, we believe that it should be easy for the custom content creators to recieve actual, valid, feedback regarding any problems.
To help with this, we have changed the view of the Quick Reply screen at the bottom of download threads. You now see 3 buttons instead of 2. The first is the "Thanks" button which posts your comment as a "Thanks" post and also adds 1 Thanks to the thread. The second acts like a normal reply and is marked as a "Feedback" button. The last is the usual reply screen.
All people who comment in the download section are encouraged to use the "Thanks" style replies if all you have to say is Thanks. Remember, too, that you don't have to comment - you can use the Thanks button independantly of any Thanks posts. Anybody found to be posting "Thanks" type posts as feedback will have the post changed and a possible warning issued if it continues.
To facilitate easy scanning of threads that have both Feedback and Thanks posts we have altered the display of Thanks posts so that they are a more minimal view and with only the basic information neccesary to identify the poser.
I have also added some information at the top of thread comments to give you a quick overview of how many Thanks / Feedback posts there are, and also an option to turn off Thanks posts if you haven't specified them in your profile.
If you, as a creator or downloader, want to turn off Thanks type posts in your profile so that they don't display by default, you can do so in the User Options panel. Checking the "Don't show Thanks posts" will disable these type of posts site-wide but you can still elect to show them individually if need be.
The creator scorecard has been changed slightly - it now shows the featured trophy before threads that have that flag, and also removes the Rating column. I've also added some stats about the featured items too.
Hopefully you'll all like the changes - and like I said, we realise that some of them might not be to everybodies tastes, but I hope you'll all continue to support MTS2 now and for the future. Feedback and comments on the changes are appreciated.
Kind regards from all here at MTS2.
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I love what you've done about "thank you's", too. It will make it so much easier to browse for problems.
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And the whole "thanks post" idea is great. 3 cheers for the person who thought it up!
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Hurray for the great moderators of MTS2.
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Oh, and: Thanks! *g*
It is sufficient for me to know that some other players like what I share with them
But I dont say that i dont appreciate the kind comments !
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Yeah, some people do act like this is preschool.
Anyhow, nice idea and thanks for your hard work.
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As for the thank post option, am I dreaming? I want this option for a long time, yet socialising is good too but I guess pm and journal can do the jobs... :D
By the way, is it good for users (both the thread starters and the post-makers) to be capable of converting some old posts into thank posts? Surely, the act is voluntary.
In this suggestion, the threead starters can have an option button to turn a particular old thank post of the thread into a new categorised thank post. Post-makers can have an option to turn their old thank posts into the new categorised thank posts.
Despite a potential of an abuse to hide some unwanted posts by a thread-starter, people can still see the posts when they open the hidden thank posts or preset to view the thank posts to see if a thread starter does so. And, this sort of cases is reportable.
I just did a little test on one of the threads I've made. I clicked the "post thanks" after inputting a line in the message box... Still, it counted as a feedback or report. What could I have done wrongly?
Thanks for your reading and patience...
I've found nengi65 can do it well if I'm not mistaking that in this thread .
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I bet some people will freak out now "Oh no i can't downrate just for the kick of it!"
I wonder what they'll do now LOL
Thanks for these changes!!Mainly it will be very useful browsing the replies for feedback and the thanks post being individual is really a great idea.
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