Just a heads up... I've modified the New Thread thing for the Game Compatibility forum so that game title and ID, pSX version, and comments are absolutely required... Formatting for reports will hopefully be more standardized now (by default anyway, though it's simple enough to change after generating the report). It doesn't watch for stupid input, but if someone intentionally gives stupid answers, they deserve a big shiny boot up the arse >
Let's see how this pans out. Suggestions are welcome, naturally
Post by Melanogaster on Apr 21, 2007 21:01:48 GMT -5
I have a question. When reporting games that have different behaviors on different versions, how should we proceed? For example, let's say the game Apple, SLUS_00000, have been tested through versions 1.0 to 1.11, but from v1.0 to v1.5, it doesn't work. Should we put "v1.0 to v1.11" on the "Version(s):" field and then specify whatever happens amongst the tested versions on the comments...?
The generator is just a way for you to generate the base report. When you click the "Create Compatibility Report" button, a post is formatted automatically for you, but the final submission is still left up to you, the user. You are free to change the report stuff before submission, so if things behave differently under different versions, just modify the report
If you don't like this, you can always press the "Regular Message Form" button (though my hope is that people actually make use of the new "feature" for consistency's and completeness's sake).
Never use the game id outside of game disc and case!
Sometimes a wrong game can be on a wrong game disc. For a example Strider and Strider 2 are mix up because the Capcom didn't put those on the right discs. I always will explore the games discs to make sure the id is correct.
Last Edit: Apr 22, 2007 0:13:51 GMT -5 by kinghanco
Besides which, even if production processes have put, say, a later version CD in an old stock case, it's very unlikely that CD and case will be different video standards or areas. So the case number should always be relevant, even if not 100% accurate.
Edit: very glad to see you've made this modification, Ultima. A suggestion (if you haven't already done it like that anyway): when someone tries to start a new thread without filling in the relevant info, why not direct them to the 'Things to Remember when Posting Reports' post?
Last Edit: Apr 22, 2007 10:25:11 GMT -5 by patrickp
It doesn't force "one report per thread," but it does encourage it. I've always been of the opinion that one thread per game works better, as it makes it easier to discuss a particular game and to make updates to that one particular game. All of the staff here felt the same way, which is why we ditched the mega Game Compatibility thread from many months ago -- it was too unmanageable to deal with.
patrickp: With that suggest, I guess that means the subtext for the "Comment(s)" section isn't sufficient? I was considering placing a bigger version of the text right above the textarea, but decided that it would look... ugly ;P I'll see how it works out for now before modifying
FWIW, I'm starting to wonder whether I should do a total Game Compatibility forum cleanout and start from a clean slate (keeping all current threads in a separate archive)... That's another project for another day, though, so no need to fret for now
Hm? I'm not deleting any old reports, as they're still useful. smegforbrain's list isn't going anywhere, as it's still easier to look through the list than to read through the forums. IMHO, it's annoyingly difficult to search through the forums, with ten different threads about Legend of Dragoon or whatever else. By cleaning it out, it makes it easier for me to say "look in this thread," thus keeping all discussions about game compatibility in a single thread.
That's an idea: would it be possible, if the entry indicates the game is one for which there is an existing thread, to direct the poster to that thread? Obviously, this would only work with threads already created with the Compatibility Report Generator, and maybe you wouldn't want to prevent people starting a separate thread if it's a completely unrelated issue, but it might be an idea to flash up a message saying "Do you want to check this/these thread(s) before starting this thread?
That way, there could be no excuse for duplicate posting.
Re. my earlier post: if someone attempts to start a thread without providing the required information and without using the 'Regular Message Form' button, it's pretty likely they _haven't_ read the subtext for the 'Comments' box.
Showing search results directly on the page might be possible if I use an iframe (I think), but I'd prefer not to do that... perhaps making it pop up a new window when you press a "Check" button would do just fine...
Edit: It seems like ProBoards caches searches, and if any search matches a previous search exactly, it returns nothing in the search results the second time around (even if it matched results the first time around).