-red/yellow background. If a user clicks the okay button next to the warning, the message is unhidden. I'd find a system like this pretty useful, since we currently have no way of telling if we don't want to see posts before we see them.
Edit: Also, perhaps the checkboxes should be unhidden by default so you don't need to click the 'more options' button.
Attempted to change board settings to "private" and allow Popple and me to be the only ones to visit it (And once we were through with our discussion, I planned on making it public again), but for some reason, after making it private, I can no longer go to the board management page (Getting an "Unable to complete request" error).
There could be more to see than Wanted/Owned/Played/Beaten games and Awards on the Profile tab. I'm just starting to visit the site more, and I remember Francis mentioning something several months ago about a 'room' feature for members, which could be decorated with user-created furniture and decorations and shit, if I read right. That sounds like a very good idea, and I wonder if Francis still plans to implement something like that, because I'd love to see more unique things available for each member's personal forum. I think it'll be helped a lot when things like Items and Shops come around again, if they do. Basically, more life to User Profiles.
Also side question, since I haven't been here in a while. Did Subscriptions get removed? I don't see that anymore. Maybe I'm missing it.
...is that it is too hard to navigate. BUT I PROPOSE A SOLUTION!
We can keep the format largely the same in terms of content delivery, but tweak it a bit. By that I mean making topics more noticeable and the general site more easy to navigate.
My proposition, Francis, is well within your coding capabilities, I would think, and it would not be too difficult to construct. Nor do I think it would eat up too many resources. Essentially, what should happen is that the site should be more graphically focused. Here's what I mean by that.
Imagine that the site was wiped clean. There are no topics, no members... nothing. The site would be represented as a blank field (Which you can choose different skins for the "floor"). Now, let's say someone joins. Say, Nastasia joins the site for the first time. A member profile will be made for her, and she'll have her own message board; pretty much like the current site. There will be a little flag going up on the right hand side of the screen notifying that there are new users; when you click the little notification graphic, Nastasia's name shows up. However, here's the thing: a little graphic will appear on the field. It will probably look like a little smiley face or something by default. Nastasia, however, could edit this; she could make it a little sprite representation of herself, for example. Or she could upload an image or something.
Anyway, when a user clicks on this little Nastasia graphic, her User Message Board pops up, in addition to little buttons that can allow you to navigate to different sections of her profile.
This will happen when every member joins; a default graphic will appear on the previously empty "field," that they will edit and make it their own graphics. When you click on the "Newest Users" thing on the right-hand side, the user list will pop up, and when you click on a name, you will be navigated to the User's graphic on the field.
The same thing will happen when a new message board is created; the creator of the board could edit the image and it will appear on the field. The thing is, though, is that users will be REQUIRED to choose one of five categories for the board when it is created: General, Off-Topic, Gaming, RP, or Groups.
Now that there's two kinds of graphics, when you click on the "Message Boards" thing on the right hand side of the screen, all of the User graphics will go away and all the Message Board graphics will come to the front of the screen; likewise, clicking "Users" will make all the Message Board graphics go away and display all the User graphics. And clicking on an individual User or Message Board in the list will navigate to that graphic (Think of the Mii Channel on the Wii, and how you can organize/manage/search Miis).
As for the message boards, instead of having the "ignore" feature, people already in the message board could, like in an online game match, vote to "kick" a user out of that message board. In the end, this would make things more easily manageable.
The Bitlands theme is nice and all, but some of us would like to see a bit more choice; you know, multiple skins. Francis, when (And if) you see this, note that this is related to that message I sent you about a new "style" for digibutter to correspond with upcoming major Nintendo videogames that are not only of interest to our community but to potential new members, as well.
For example, the default, non-registered member skin could be based on Paper Mario 3DS (To lure in any fans of the upcoming game), whereas when you register, you can get a choice between the default skin, the "classic" Bitlands theme, or some new ones; for example, you could create a Skyward Sword theme or a Super Mario Galaxy theme for us to use.
Also (And I already know you're going to shoot this one down), being able to create our own avatars is dandy and all, but we should also have the option of uploading an avatar image, like a more conventional social website. There's only so much we can do with the image creator; I know it fits in with the theme of the site and all, but as I suggested, it would be a very good idea for us to have more stylistic options, instead of just one.
In light of Francis' plans to split Digibutter into several different sites, I decided to create a 'hub' page that could be used on the nerr.biz index. Each link to a section of digibutter can be customised to make the link and it's background fit the theme of the site it links to.
We all remember Digibeta.nerr.biz, back when Nerr 1.5 was still under construction and not ready for general use. What I'm suggesting is to bring back Digibeta, but with a slightly different goal; user info (but not posts) would remain constant across both sites, with Francis adding any new/incomplete features and abilities onto Digibeta. This would give members a chance to play with the new features earlier than they usually would, as well as comment on them and offer cruicial feedback and advice before they are released onto the main site, hopefully ensuring that the features are all fun and useful from the word go.
Get the *crag* rid of GoNintendo. THAT shit is annoying, they report goddamn anything. AND they don't even write their own articles, they take stupid shit from stupid places. Keep Kotaku though because Kotaku is quality material.