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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #480 on: March 12, 2016, 05:37:48 PM »
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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #481 on: May 30, 2016, 01:49:54 AM »
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Don't want to complain given that I do little to contribute (I do donate $$ when needed every time), but I've noticed the overall site organization has been a little sloppy and it's hard to find stuff.

For instance, there are very few films in the "This Year in Film" category, and many films that have come out this year are not there even though some have threads elsewhere.

On the other hand, Fantastic Beasts does show up there instead of being in "The Grapevine".

That's just an example but I have noticed other small things here and there. Too many categories but hard to really navigate.

We need to do a little housekeeping. Maybe some fresh, hungry admin/interns can help?

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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #482 on: May 30, 2016, 03:11:51 AM »
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Alright. I moved Fantastic Beasts to Grapevine. I moved High Rise, Slack Bay, and The Ones Below to This Year. I don't see any other obvious ones at first glance.

I've been insanely busy this month with real life stuff, which should be cooling down soon. But if you (or anyone) ever notice specific things that we've missed that you want changed/fixed/updated, feel free to PM me.

As far as having too many categories, we've already pruned a bunch semi-recently, so that might not be in the cards soon. At a certain point, combining forums makes existing threads harder to find. Other things could be changed, though. Would moving The Director's Chair below Non-Film Discussion make for easier navigation?
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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #483 on: May 30, 2016, 10:55:20 AM »
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Thanks bud. That's why I said you obviously need some help. Are Mac and mod off duty for good?

If I was getting picky I would merge News and Theory and In Front of the Camera as both are essentially the same idea (maybe call it News and Rumors) that's not a specific movie that is being made.

I would put 2015 into The Vault already and just have every film that's not from this year in the same place. That way you have Older Films, Current Films, Upcoming Films, done.

The joke of Ratner is not even funny anymore because he doesn't seem to even be a Director anymore, so maybe we can update The Directors Chair - I don't even know of Lynch and Kubrick generate enough conversation these days to keep them as separate threads, but obviously both of them deserve it so won't mess with that :)

Club 82 and Xix & Xax should also be the same. Can't really tell the difference.

My $0.02 but I do think less is more.

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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #484 on: May 30, 2016, 04:32:42 PM »
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Point taken... If anyone is interested in being a moderator, definitely let us know and we'll consider it. Tasks/powers would include moving threads, making helpful edits when you see fit (like spoilers or broken urls), and possibly editing the news.

Club 82 is the esoteric forum. More info here. Basically it's the forum exclusive to regulars. There are quite a few threads there that we'd rather keep somewhat private (like the dream thread).

Absorbing "In Front of the Camera" into "News and Theory" is a good idea, I think. Any other opinions on that?

I don't like combining 2015 and The Vault, though. When we're doing awards and making year-end lists, it's valuable to have last year's movies still there for a while. I suppose you could make an argument for absorbing last year into the vault around summer, but that would feel weird. (Also, shuffling/changing those forums at the end of the year is actually relatively painless.)
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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #485 on: May 30, 2016, 07:37:33 PM »
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I moved some more threads around, lots of stuff in The Grapevine lingering from 2015 or earlier that never got a wider release than the festival circuit, and probably never will.

One thing that gets confusing is that movies will premiere at a major festival but be held off for a general release for almost a year, or have a non-US theatrical run earlier than a domestic (US) release - i.e. Slack Bay is out in France but the US release is TBD. Which dates are we going by?

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« Reply #486 on: May 30, 2016, 08:18:27 PM »
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We should go by US theatrical (i.e. not festival) or VOD release.

But I think there should be an exception if enough of us are seeing it, like what happened with The Lobster.
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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #487 on: July 08, 2016, 01:24:03 PM »
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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #488 on: July 15, 2016, 03:06:51 PM »
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We're back up! Hooray! The website was down since this morning. Thanks for your patience.

On the plus side: Godaddy tech support is actually great if you manage to find a phone number. And I learned a thing or two, so that's good.

FYI, if the site is ever down for an extended period of time, go to the imdb forum for Magnolia, and I'll post an update there (which we've done in the past). Or email me at xixaxfilmforum@gmail.com, and you'll get a response.
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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #489 on: August 04, 2016, 01:12:44 PM »
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EDIT: Had to revert this avatar change because of a margin resizing issue. Will hopefully get it worked out. Avatar max is currently 250 width & 275 height.

We increased the allowable avatar width from 250 to 275.

Also increased the width of attachment thumbnails.

We may go even bigger in the future. People seem to have wider/larger monitors these days. But let us know if this causes any problems.
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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #490 on: September 27, 2016, 03:18:08 PM »
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We've changed the colors of "staff" ranks, because the default colors are not great. It may be further adjusted, but I think this is an improvement! Now you won't see an ocean of red in the shoutbox.


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Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Reply #491 on: February 23, 2017, 10:51:06 PM »
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FYI, hosting renews March 2nd. We should do some kind of fund drive in a year, but let's skip it for now. Donate if you're moved to, but don't feel bad if you're not. (It kinda feels like there are more urgent causes at the moment.)
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