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Fantasy Faction => Fantasy Book & Author Discussion => Topic started by: Rakbeater on June 21, 2015, 02:09:42 PM

Title: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Rakbeater on June 21, 2015, 02:09:42 PM
I'm involved in politics:  I pay attention.  Sports, books, and Writing are my escape from the real world and politics.  This site has always been a great place for me to go and escape.  Sports isn't always a politics free zone anymore and unfortunately, on Father's Day , I head to one of my favorite websites to read the latest articles and I'm reading about divisive politics.  My "safe" places are disappearing, and it is very sad for me. 
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on June 21, 2015, 02:41:38 PM
I'm involved in politics:  I pay attention.  Sports, books, and Writing are my escape from the real world and politics.  This site has always been a great place for me to go and escape.  Sports isn't always a politics free zone anymore and unfortunately, on Father's Day , I head to one of my favorite websites to read the latest articles and I'm reading about divisive politics.  My "safe" places are disappearing, and it is very sad for me.
Truly, I shed a tear that this website isn't specifically catering to you and your tastes.

Seriously though, if you don't like reading articles about divisive politics, don't read those articles. It's that simple. There are plenty others with little-to-no politics in them for you to enjoy.
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Nighteyes on June 21, 2015, 02:50:40 PM
Is this the Hugo Schmugo debate?  I got the gist from that article that the writer was arguing Literary Awards were kinda meaningless, so the politicking was all rather daft.  I disagree, I think awards have a lot of merit, and sad that people have undermined the awards with politicking but the writer didn't condemn anyone, so not really sure why the offense.
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Doctor_Chill on June 21, 2015, 03:22:28 PM
The most current article is nowhere near as inflammatory as the "Breakfast of Bullshit" one that actually gave me pause. I almost commented, said I was sad something like this actually got through, but after reading it again I didn't really care. Wasn't going to stir the pot anymore and give people more ammunition against the (dwindling) right-wing population in SFF. (See, we can be reasonable!  :P)

As RA said, though in a kind of tactless way, if you don't want politics in your cereal, don't eat the cereal. There's plenty of other bowls to try on this site.
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Francis Knight on June 21, 2015, 06:56:16 PM
The politics is a bit of a bugger true

It's even more of a bugger for those of us it directly affects

But where you get people. you get politics. (politics comes from the Greek, meaning , relating to or for the people)

Fiction has politics, fantasy has politics in it, so does SF (arguably more) James Bond books are escapist fun..and involve politics.

There IS no escape

While I get that you do not necessarily want it when you are reading, it is unavoidable when numbers of people get together.

Get five people to talk about Game of Thrones, politics.

So, yeah I know what you mean. But this is a site relatively free of them, though as said, no one can totally avoid hem. Easily sorted if you can't stomach any more by not reading threads you don't want to?. So, I dunnow, do that? Read the threads/articles that interest you instead?

Because it wasn't diplomatic upthread, but this place is for everyone. To discuss what they want to. Not just for you
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Rostum on June 21, 2015, 08:46:08 PM
Hi Rakbeater

I note you have only 4 posts, Three others and this one to note your displeasure with the way things are going.
I have been around only a short while myself, less time than you by a long way so I guess you lurk a lot.
Is it the Forum or the website that is being spoilt for you?

 Perhaps you could participate and shape it in a small way into what you wish to see here.
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: CameronJohnston on June 22, 2015, 09:29:03 AM
Basically what Francis said - as much as I dislike the whole Hugo's thing, it is kind of a big thing at the moment.

Honestly, that article was positively tame. If you object to that then do not read other sites that carry news and articles, and for the love of everything you hold dear, don't read the comments!

I do get what you mean though. I too am fed up with all the politics and spewing of muck and harsh words and such, but at least here that is easily avoided and you can get on with people enthusing about the great things they have read and watched.
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Rakbeater on June 28, 2015, 04:47:24 AM
Hi Rakbeater

I note you have only 4 posts, Three others and this one to note your displeasure with the way things are going.
I have been around only a short while myself, less time than you by a long way so I guess you lurk a lot.
Is it the Forum or the website that is being spoilt for you?

 Perhaps you could participate and shape it in a small way into what you wish to see here.

I just lurk....I use tapatalk on my phone for the forums but I really enjoy stopping by to read the articles, and if I knew certain articles were political I would have avoided them, but I just didn't expect it. I assumed the conflict over the awards was something other than politics.  I guess I should have known better.  I'm not here everyday, I just stop in to read the latest articles and enjoy myself.  I suppose I went a little overboard with the whole "the site is ruined" bit, but I just hate the BS that there are only 2 sides, everyone fits into 1 or the other, and the other side (of yours) are all a bunch of evil, terrible, (fill in your sterotype) people.  I guess I have been naively assuming on a subconscious level that on a site like this, where we all have common ground in our love of fantasy, that we could focus on that instead of getting tangled in the weeds of divisive politics.  Obviously I'm back, because I miss my fantasy faction action, so the site isn't really ruined for me.
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Francis Knight on June 28, 2015, 11:37:10 AM
  I guess I have been naively assuming on a subconscious level that on a site like this, where we all have common ground in our love of fantasy, that we could focus on that instead of getting tangled in the weeds of divisive politics.  Obviously I'm back, because I miss my fantasy faction action, so the site isn't really ruined for me.

Not naive, no. We're all here to discuss fantasy because we love it (well, I am anyway!). But sometimes those discussions will include what is happening in the community also. This particular one (Puppies and Hugos) has been rumbling on a while though, and frankly I'm often not in the mood for it! So I do sympathise. I've found it reasonably easy to avoid then. And the political stuff is mostly in the articles when it does appear, not the threads, so maybe read the forum more?
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: G_R_Matthews on June 28, 2015, 12:03:18 PM
The forum is a good place to lurk, contribute and get recommendations... politics in the articles? Only that Hugo one that I can recall. Most articles are reviews, cover reveals, software, interviews and/or anything else the writers are interested in (and hope the readers will be too!!).

I like the fact that between the articles and forums there is a wide spectrum of interests to pick from.
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Rostum on June 28, 2015, 03:39:39 PM
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just lurk....I use tapatalk on my phone for the forums but I really enjoy stopping by to read the articles, and if I knew certain articles were political I would have avoided them, but I just didn't expect it. I assumed the conflict over the awards was something other than politics.  I guess I should have known better.  I'm not here everyday, I just stop in to read the latest articles and enjoy myself.  I suppose I went a little overboard with the whole "the site is ruined" bit, but I just hate the BS that there are only 2 sides, everyone fits into 1 or the other, and the other side (of yours) are all a bunch of evil, terrible, (fill in your sterotype) people.  I guess I have been naively assuming on a subconscious level that on a site like this, where we all have common ground in our love of fantasy, that we could focus on that instead of getting tangled in the weeds of divisive politics.  Obviously I'm back, because I miss my fantasy faction action, so the site isn't really ruined for me.

Well you got everyones attention. I think you are correct there is a lot of common ground, more than most forums. However a forum is a means of arguing a point of view so people will. Lots of Authors have taken issue with hijacking the means by which they are recognized and that is topical and relevent until the whole sorry mess is over until next year.

There is always some drama surrounding the Hugo's, not usually on this scale. Having Jonathan Ross as a compare was shouted down one year due to the imaginations of certain writers as to how he would behave and what he would say. They may have been correct, but we will never know.
Avoid any post mentioning Hugo or puppy at the moment and that will be the majority of it.

Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Overlord on July 13, 2015, 08:47:19 PM
We play around with ideas from time to time. If you don't try something you don't know whether your readers will enjoy it or not. I quite enjoyed both articles and thought a lot of people would too. They were lighthearted and no one who was innocent was made fun of. In 5 years we've probably published 5 'political' articles out of 2000. It's not something we ask for or commission, but if someone sends one in and we like it and we think our readership will like it too then we'll publish it.

All that said: many awards do piss me. I think an award should be won by the person most deserving of that award and the organisers should be clear about what they are awarding too... I hate that awards in this country and the US have become pats on the back to friends or have attracted 'gangs' to come together to rig them. I especially hate it when they publicise themselves as an award for the very best of Fantasy or Science Fiction, etc. I hate it because when a book cover gets 'winner of the x award' plastered across it and an uneducated reader deciding to dip their toes into one of our genres picks it up thinking 'we', the SFF fans, have chosen it as a top book to represent our genre they aren't really picking up the kinds of books we would be encouraging them to read if we would stood next to them.

Anyway, what can you do.
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: m3mnoch on July 13, 2015, 09:16:39 PM
I use tapatalk on my phone for the forums

wait, what?!?  there's a mobile-friendly experience for the forums?  please do share!
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: JMack on July 14, 2015, 12:22:58 AM
I use tapatalk on my phone for the forums

wait, what?!?  there's a mobile-friendly experience for the forums?  please do share!
I think i'ts only for Brits?
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: m3mnoch on July 14, 2015, 12:35:49 AM
I use tapatalk on my phone for the forums

wait, what?!?  there's a mobile-friendly experience for the forums?  please do share!
I think i'ts only for Brits?

nope!  it's pretty sweet.  just download "taptalk".

you have to get rid of the forums it comes installed with, and search for "fantasy faction" to add it manually, tho.  but, once you do that, the ui is fairly nice.  it's a bit irritating that they inject ads.  i'm still waffly on whether or not i'm morally okay with someone making money off ff content.  however, they do add incremental value.  so, there's that.  /shrug

also, i installed it and my friend was like "oh, is that the awful software that every forum i use keeps telling me to install?  bah!  i hate that!"  i personally hadn't run across it yet, but that doesn't really say much.  i haven't used forums in, like, 10 years.  pre simple machines, back when everything was phpbb.

bottom line?  after a few hours with it, i like the interface WAY better than trying to use the forums through a mobile web browser.
Title: This website is being ruined.
Post by: JMack on July 14, 2015, 01:00:26 AM
just found and installed... i guess we'll see if i like!


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Title: This website is being ruined.
Post by: xiagan on July 14, 2015, 05:32:37 PM
I use Tapatalk a lot and its quite nice if you don't want to vote in a poll or ignore the fast response button which isn't working. ;)

Jmack, this is the answer to a question you asked me long ago. Not saying more. :-X;)
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Raptori on July 14, 2015, 05:54:09 PM
Would be far better if the site had a responsive theme. Grumblegrumble.  >:(
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: JMack on July 14, 2015, 06:06:50 PM
Would be far better if the site had a responsive theme. Grumblegrumble.  >:(
Umm. Er.... What?
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Raptori on July 14, 2015, 06:26:48 PM
Would be far better if the site had a responsive theme. Grumblegrumble.  >:(
Umm. Er.... What?
It's possible to make a site that shifts its layout and changes the way it looks to suit different browser sizes. That way it looks and works perfectly on desktop, tablet, mobile, etc. It's what I make for a living.  :P

A couple of nice examples (screenshots of desktop, tablet, and phone layouts to show how they compare):

(http://designmodo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/41.jpg)
(http://designmodo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/29.jpg)
(http://designmodo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/19.jpg)
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: JMack on July 14, 2015, 06:32:17 PM
You're hired. (For free, of course!)  ;) ;D

Cool looking screen shots, though.
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Raptori on July 14, 2015, 07:07:17 PM
You're hired. (For free, of course!)  ;) ;D

Cool looking screen shots, though.
Haha I'd actually love to, send Overlord a PM ages ago offering to do it, but never heard anything back.  :P
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: m3mnoch on July 14, 2015, 07:31:28 PM
You're hired. (For free, of course!)  ;) ;D

Cool looking screen shots, though.
Haha I'd actually love to, send Overlord a PM ages ago offering to do it, but never heard anything back.  :P

that's a terrifying amount of work.  personally, i'd just use something like this: http://smf-media.com

tho, there's still all of the crazy, custom (i'm assuming) stuff the guys (and gals!) have set up, like inventory, money, likes, etc.
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: Raptori on July 14, 2015, 07:58:25 PM
You're hired. (For free, of course!)  ;) ;D

Cool looking screen shots, though.
Haha I'd actually love to, send Overlord a PM ages ago offering to do it, but never heard anything back.  :P

that's a terrifying amount of work.  personally, i'd just use something like this: http://smf-media.com (http://smf-media.com)

tho, there's still all of the crazy, custom (i'm assuming) stuff the guys (and gals!) have set up, like inventory, money, likes, etc.
It's not really that big a deal, I've spent years doing it manually from the ground up so I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve. Since I doubt they'd be happy to give me ftp access I was just thinking of what could be done by altering the css alone. I could make the main site responsive with a couple of hours of work maximum, and the forum would probably not take much longer.

Obviously there would be some things that could be improved much more by editing templates (making the entire row for each thread a clickable link instead of just the title text for example), or switching to a theme like the one you linked to and then customising that.  :)
Title: This website is being ruined.
Post by: xiagan on July 14, 2015, 08:10:18 PM
Sounds amazing. I love how the topic of this topic has changed. :D
Title: Re: This website is being ruined.
Post by: m3mnoch on July 14, 2015, 08:26:23 PM
Sounds amazing. I love how the topic of this topic has changed. :D

not really!  just the context:  "This website is being ruined."

duh!  by not having a mobile version!