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Asked: Jul 19 '11 at 08:14

Seen: 857 times

Last updated: Apr 10 '12 at 13:20

One of the unforeseen advantages of being forced to move Inward Quest onto our own private hosting using "open source" software is that we now have the ability to set up multiple Q&A forums, of which IQ Meta is one.

From time to time on IQ, some people express a wish for an anonymous social forum related to IQ.

To this end, it would now be possible to set up an IQ Social forum using this same software. Because this software allows anonymity, you would be able to converse "off-topic" with other IQ members without disclosing any details about yourself (if you do not wish to).

IQ Social would effectively be unmoderated for members to use as they wish to, unlike IQ Meta which is still closely tied to the operations of Inward Quest.

What do you think of this idea? Is this something that you would personally use?

asked Jul 19 '11 at 08:14

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Simon Templeton ♦♦

closed Apr 10 '12 at 13:20

If you do decide to implement IQ Social Forum, I would be most obliged to use it.

(Aug 03 '11 at 02:00) Vee

The question has been closed for the following reason "Other - Not going to be implemented" by Simon Templeton Apr 10 '12 at 13:20

I think this is a good idea, I have seen others asking about it, Jai posted some question similar a while back herself. I don't know about the anonymous part since I logged in as myself again like on Inward Quest.

I like knowing I am talking with my IQ friends I have no need for anonymity as I see yet anyway.


answered Jul 19 '11 at 10:51

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Wade Casaldi

I agree, and have always felt that a "vocal" forum would be nice.

Am Loving IQ Meta, Simon! Love, Jai


answered Jul 19 '11 at 11:54

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Would it be "anything goes?" How would you prevent abuse?

Sure, I would use it. There have been a couple of occasions where people wanted extended conversation.

StackExchange 2.0 has a Chat facility; they call it "the Third Place," which is essentially what you are describing. Does OSQA have a similar chat facility?


answered Jul 20 '11 at 00:13

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edited Jul 20 '11 at 00:14

I envisage it would be run entirely by a subset of members from the Inward Quest community who will decide by themselves who should be the moderators of it. It would be completely "hands off" from the current moderators of IQ. I have not come across any chat facility within OSQA.

(Jul 20 '11 at 03:17) Simon Templeton ♦♦

Something odd happening here. I got 15, Karma for your upvote, not 10. Also, voting is not anonymous anymore; don't know if that's important to you or not. Loving the ability to edit comments.

(Jul 20 '11 at 14:06) Vesuvius

I think Bootstrap mode is giving out the extra points. The reputation points are configurable anyway with this software and can be altered as necessary. One of the biggest changes I've found is what you have noted, that the voting is not anonymous any more. Not sure how that will change the dynamics of Inward Quest. We'll find out soon.

(Jul 20 '11 at 14:31) Simon Templeton ♦♦

I didn't get a notification of your comment. I'm hoping there's some sort of envelope or inbox somewhere, but I haven't found it yet.

(Jul 20 '11 at 14:39) Vesuvius

No, there doesn't appear to be one. This software seems more reliant on email and RSS feeds for notifications.

(Jul 20 '11 at 15:37) Simon Templeton ♦♦

Ah, yes. I did get an email notification. Well, I guess that's not the end of the world. Although I suppose you're getting pummelled with emails.

(Jul 20 '11 at 16:26) Vesuvius

@Simon Templeton I was searching for info on 'tags' and found this post. If voting is not anonymous, how can we tell who has voted on our questions/answers?

(Apr 10 '12 at 07:52) Dollar Bill
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Although I would seldom use it, it is nice to give users that option of the social forum. I would hope it would indeed be moderated though, in order to keep things respectful and to prevent abuse, people placing inappropriate advertisements, prevent personal attacks and so many of the problems that seem to plague other ones.


answered Jul 20 '11 at 15:08

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Yes, by "unmoderated", I mean that the IQ moderators would not be involved. It would be up to that community to police itself using the features within this software

(Jul 20 '11 at 15:40) Simon Templeton ♦♦

It seems like a welcoming idea, and it is an excellent way of developing personal and lasting friendship between the members. But on the contrary, it would be a good idea to try it out first and get feedback to see how the members feels about it, in that way you will know whether or not it is working out for us.


answered Aug 03 '11 at 01:49

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The overall question of a social forum seems to have merit and acceptance. Are there any steps being taken to institute this? I would like to have a forum like this also.


answered Apr 10 '12 at 07:54

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Dollar Bill

The existing IQ chat box provides an opportunity for social interaction and is barely used. I don't see that a dedicated social site would be used either.

(Apr 10 '12 at 13:19) Simon Templeton ♦♦

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