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10/9/2012 5:29:43 AM
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Thread Summary Option

[ [b][u]Idea[/u][/b] ]: separate section below where you type the body of your thread for a thread summary; maximum of 140 characters (hey, it worked for Twitter); appears as you hover over a thread title; is viewable in smaller, grayer font above all OPs once you enter a thread*; it is optional, and thus not required to fill out before you make a thread; one *enter* counts as 100 characters since you shouldn't need it and it would reduce the annoyance of any possible spam people could create with it. *the text within the summary is subject to the same forum rules as any other bit of text you choose to imprint onto these electronic pages. Sorry about the lazy writing. I'm about to make this thread and go to bed so I'm not much for cleverly articulating my genius ideas.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] dazarobbo Just based on some predefined indexes. ie. given some text, take the characters between indexes 0 and 140 and use them as the summary text. If you look at the [url=http://www.google.com/search?q=bungie]search results[/url] for a search on Google, you can see they do the same thing (note how the ellipsis is used to show the summary is only a portion of the full text as well).[/quote]So does the author of the thread get to choose which 1-140 character excerpt is taken out? If it's somehow automated, how does the system know what to pull? What if the author goes off on a diatribe/metaphor about how BNet is about Clowns and the entire excerpt is about Clowns and therefore irrelevant to the rest of the piece? Undoubtedly something like that would be recognized as "unique" by whatever script (or whatever they're called when they're run by the sites administrator and not a user), and yet would be totally irrelevant to the overall post. Then, if you go the route of letting users pick, wouldn't they end up just writing their own summary and selecting that part of their post anyway, thus making it a convoluted version of what I'm suggesting?
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  • TL;RS Too long; read summary.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Great_Pretender The title is the summary of the thread.[/quote] That's how I look at it as well.
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  • Just based on some predefined indexes. ie. given some text, take the characters between indexes 0 and 140 and use them as the summary text. If you look at the [url=http://www.google.com/search?q=bungie]search results[/url] for a search on Google, you can see they do the same thing (note how the ellipsis is used to show the summary is only a portion of the full text as well).
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] dazarobbo What if a substring of the text were displayed when hovering over the title?[/quote]How does one, or, the system decide where that substring begins and ends? (I could very well be totally misunderstanding the word "substring". If so, my apologies.)
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  • What if a substring of the text were displayed when hovering over the title?
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  • Just kinda seems like a tl;dr for the lazy people.
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  • Like a "smart" TL;DR? I like it.
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  • It'd work similarly like the Article Summary (or whatever it's called) works in Groups, only you could easily view it by hovering over the thread title. Also, @TGP, for some threads the title might work, but for 1000-2000+ word threads, there's so many ideas in there that cramming it into the title looks messy.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x This site is not Facebook. This site is not Twitter. This site is not 4chan. This idea has been suggested a thousand times before. I like the forums the way they are right now. This idea will cause elitism. This feature would be abused. I prefer to judge posts on their content. This community used to be great. The dark background is better. Why don't you just use coup, OP?[/quote]Hilarious joke.
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  • Not a bad idea. But why create something within the website when you can continue the practice of inserting, "TL/DR" along with your summary?
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  • That sounds cool.
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  • IMHO I think that if you can't be bothered to the read the OP then you should not bother replying.. The same with 'TLDR'. Obviously you are not that interested, otherwise you would read the entire post.
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  • It's fine now - users can include a summary at the bottom of their post if they feel the need.
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  • Nah I really prefer not. It's good as it currently is.
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  • Implement a summarybot which scans every OP for uncommon keywords and makes a post following the OPs with its best guess as to what the summary might be. It's important that the guess is always hilariously inaccurate and has subtle sexy undertones. [Edited on 10.09.2012 3:11 AM PDT]
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  • I'm not sure I would like this appearing as you hover over the thread title. Too much e-clutter appearing everywhere. If the visuals were designed very carefully then it perhaps could work, but I suspect not.
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  • TL;DR Put it at the top of your thread for the lazies!
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  • The title is the summary of the thread. -TGP-
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x This site is not Facebook. This site is not Twitter. This site is not 4chan. This idea has been suggested a thousand times before. I like the forums the way they are right now. This idea will cause elitism. This feature would be abused. I prefer to judge posts on their content. This community used to be great. The dark background is better. Why don't you just use coup, OP?[/quote]I'm not sure whats funnier...Foman [i](who is increasing gaining my manly love, which admittedly may be unwanted, but isn't optional)[/i]. Or the fact anyone responded to him in a serious way...Even slightly. OT: I get the idea...But no. I can see it only being useful for REALLY long posts...Which if they are that long, are either not thought out, or are highly detailed. Which in either case makes a summary pointless. [Edited on 10.09.2012 12:17 AM PDT]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x No sir. And I'll thank you to kindly stay out of my face. This is a big deal and no I WON'T BACK DOWN.[/quote]Don't do it, Foman, just [url=http://www.transport01.com/images/zoolander.jpg]relax![/url]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Izak609 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x This site is not Facebook. This site is not Twitter. This site is not 4chan. This idea has been suggested a thousand times before. I like the forums the way they are right now. This idea will cause elitism. This feature would be abused. I prefer to judge posts on their content. This community used to be great. The dark background is better. Why don't you just use coup, OP?[/quote]The OP was just being satirical, Foman. It's all good nature. So just [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhmKxa_FMkU][b]calm down[/b][/url].[/quote]No sir. And I'll thank you to kindly stay out of my face. This is a big deal and no I WON'T BACK DOWN.[/quote] Avoids my post. I wonder why. No proof no argument.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x No sir. And I'll thank you to kindly stay out of my face. This is a big deal and no I WON'T BACK DOWN.[/quote]Will you STAND YOUR GROUND? Back on topic. I really don't see the point. You are already in the thread, why do you need a summary of it? It seems redundant to me. Just read the post. Besides, if that option is available, people will just read that instead of the post. [Edited on 10.08.2012 10:37 PM PDT]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Izak609 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x This site is not Facebook. This site is not Twitter. This site is not 4chan. This idea has been suggested a thousand times before. I like the forums the way they are right now. This idea will cause elitism. This feature would be abused. I prefer to judge posts on their content. This community used to be great. The dark background is better. Why don't you just use coup, OP?[/quote]The OP was just being satirical, Foman. It's all good nature. So just [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhmKxa_FMkU][b]calm down[/b][/url].[/quote]No sir. And I'll thank you to kindly stay out of my face. This is a big deal and no I WON'T BACK DOWN.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x This site is not Facebook. This site is not Twitter. This site is not 4chan. This idea has been suggested a thousand times before. I like the forums the way they are right now. This idea will cause elitism. This feature would be abused. I prefer to judge posts on their content. This community used to be great. The dark background is better. Why don't you just use coup, OP?[/quote]Yeah, you pretty much covered all of them.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x This site is not Facebook. This site is not Twitter. This site is not 4chan. This idea has been suggested a thousand times before. I like the forums the way they are right now. This idea will cause elitism. This feature would be abused. I prefer to judge posts on their content. This community used to be great. The dark background is better. Why don't you just use coup, OP?[/quote]The OP was just being satirical, Foman. It's all good nature. So just [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhmKxa_FMkU][b]calm down[/b][/url].
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