So with all these staff changes also brings upon some forum-wide changes we will be implementing in the near future. We just thought it would be the best time to share these changes with you all as many of you have been vocal in your opinions and now we can tell you exactly what we have in store for OH.
The Bashing Thread
The major talking point of OH lately and the most important change.
First of all, yes, it will be coming back, however with a complete revamp.
The mods acknowledge that the old Bashing Thread had a lot of flaws and after reading your concerns we did agree with a lot of them and pushed hard to get these changes made. So here are the major differences taking place:
- The Bashing Thread will have its own section. You won't be able to create new topics to bash, it'll just contain The Bashing Thread.
- You will need 100 posts to be able to post in the thread.
- Reputation will be restricted in this section.
- If you have concerns about users posting "fake news" you can use the report button on that with some relevant info for the mods to look over and determine whether or not it needs to be removed.
- Quoting any user replies won't be allowed anymore.
- The Bashing Thread will get locked and completely remade every year.
- Some edits to the wording will be made as too many people were getting banned for the same reasons. Remember folks to not base your bash around OH users specifically or generally.
OP Rule Change
We have decided that the OP switching time will be reduced from two months to one month. In our opinions, that is still a considerable amount of time to be inactive and unable to edit the thread.
2nd Chance Accounts Changes
From now on, users who create 2nd chance accounts will automatically be given 5WP in place of the one month probation. A lot of users took advantage of that probation period before going on to reoffend with the same actions. Also, if a user gets banned due to breaching a severe rule at the mod's discretion, they cannot and will not be granted a second chance account.
New Rule For Account Switching
We are eliminating this completely. It has become a problem. Users won't be allowed to flit between as many accounts as they please anymore. Not everyone took advantage, granted, however there are a lot of users that did. Now, you make one account and you stick with it.
Member 411 Changes
There has been an increase in spamming anyway, however with the upcoming Bashing Thread changes, we are anticipating an even worse amount, so we have decided to act ahead and just disable active post counts in this section.
Special Characters/Emoji's In Display Names
Will not be allowed anymore. We will look into banning specific characters from our end, however, we will be adding something akin to the current User Location rule. So that if you come across a user breaking your notifications due to their display name, please report them and we will take care of it.
DP Size Changes
There will be an increase for everyone, hallelujah!
I can't give you a specific size right now, but there'll be a needed boost.
- A much-needed Music sub-section will be added to the Hollywood section.
- Individual Anime and Manga forums will be made.
- A Book sub-forum will also be added.
Will be getting changed so it hopefully won't affect a user's post anymore.
Is going to be removed from the Marketplace. So enjoy it while it's still here.
Adding New Rule 'No Illegal Links/Downloads'
sadface created a thread about this, and how it's forbidden to provide such links, however we do get asked about this quite often and so we will be adding it into the Rulebook.
If you have any other feedbacks or ideas you think will benefit OH and its community, please do share your thoughts HERE and we will read them and discuss with the team. Thanks to everyone that already does. Looking forward to reading your suggestions.
Any questions, just ask!
Also, to everyone that is celebrating a Holiday right now, hope you enjoy yourselves~