I am running a forum game. The thread specifically states only players may post in the thread, but someone ignore that and posted anyway. Even worse, they made a statement about the future state of the game.
I would like to have a function where the thread starter can limit who is able to post on a thread. That will be very useful for forum games.
It’s impossible to guarantee that nobody has seen a post. Here are reasons:
Someone has to notice the post. That is very likely a player, especially when the organizer is playing.
The forum sends email notifications which include the text of the post.
The person who has to delete the post may also be a player.
I like having the games publicly readable, I think that adds to the community.
I’m not sure if that will work since the organizer still needs to read posts to approve them. And then, what if they are playing the game? I’m not in favor of a solution which prevents the organizer from playing in the game.
Yeah, of course. There are a lot shortcomings with my proposed workarounds.
It would be ideal to add this feature, but I think that would require modifying the forum source code, which is not maintained by OGS, and getting a successful pull request, or successfully requesting that the developers add this feature.
Maybe something is possible by creating groups, which are not really fully utilized here, but I’m not sure.
Turning threads into private fiefdoms ruled by their creators is a level of fascistic censorship quite out of keeping with OGS tradition and practice. Comparable problems sometimes plague go games too, where people have spammed the chat of a major tournament or relayed illegal information to one of the players.
The remedy for such cases and for the one you describe is this: the disruption is reported, the mods investigate, and, if warranted the violator is warned (or banned if a troll). If a repetition pf the disruptive behavior occurs, the violator is banned.
If somebody wants to influence a forum game, they can also post comments about an ongoing game in other threads. Even if we had the proposed feature.
To be clear, I don’t believe that Glunkolin had the intention to influence the gameplay. More likely they were interested in the position, and posted without realising that it might be seen as an unwanted outside influence. And this is basically what the proposed feature would help to prevent.
It is already possible to make private threads. The difference is that the public doesn’t even have view-rights on private threads. I guess if you don’t even see the thread, you won’t get angry for not being able to post in it.
There are also groups on OGS, where only members can write etc.
These may be different features, but the principle is the same; Limit the rights of users. Is either of these features fascist censorship to you?
I don’t believe that applies here. There was clearly no violation of the site rules.
Given the following thread, I don’t think this will get much traction at Discourse:
And actually the more I think about it, the more I think this request goes against the spirit of a forum generally, although I totally get where the request is coming from since we’ve “hacked” gameplay into the forums