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Discussion in 'Site Discussion' started by Archian, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. Archian

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    Ask the Hive Staff!

    On top of the FAQ for general board-related information, we will keep this thread to answer any questions you have about e.g. site policies, site rules, and site management. The idea is for this to be a living document. Questions that we feel may provide help for the public will be grouped together, en masse, and listed in this post.

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    Thread Rules
    • Please make sure the question hasn't already been answered in this thread or by the FAQ.
      • Open the hidden tag in this post and read through the questions, or use Ctrl + F to search for words related to your question. If it's there, it will most likely give a match.
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    • Don't ask about individual cases.
      • That is not to say you can't ask about stuff that affects you personally. "Why was I given an infraction for double posting?" and "When will my reosurce be approved?" are not okay, but can easily be switched out for "Can you explain the double posting policy?" and "Can you explain the resource approval process?" respectively.
      • Questions about individual cases can be answered in Staff/Admin Contact.
    • Answers by the staff are the only official answers.
      • Users may obviously chip in with answers. And most of the time, they will be correct. Just know that any answer not from a staff source is liable to be false.
    • Disagreements with our answers should go in a separate thread or in Staff/Admin Contact.
      • We're not keeping this thread to debate the site. We have the entire Site Discussion forum for just that.

    Play nice and keep to the guidelines and you're in the clear. Posts may be deleted if they don't comply with what's been laid out above. This is to keep the thread helpful and not to harm you personally. If you're in the bush, we will let you know one way or the other. What will we do exactly? Hey, maybe that's a question you should ask in the thread!

    Questions away.
     
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  2. Heinvers

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    Is the site still alive?
    How healthy do you perceive the current resource sections and what's your current agenda for it besides the reviewer system?
    As in solutions given in the long run(attracting more activity there, whatnot).
     
  3. fladdermasken

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    Besides changing it to repositiories and having a whole different system to play with when we migrate to Hive 2.0? Nothing conclusive. We still see a lot of traffic and the reviewer system is a good way to get on top of that. There are many pending maps and models, but we've seen and dealt with worse situations.

    For attracting activity we promoted StoPCampinGn00b to Site Ambassador and he's running our Twitter and the likes. We're also working on some stuff that will probably be announced in the near future about the upcoming patch. Other than that, attracting activity is always a bit of a gamble this late in the game, and it seems to follow its own whims more than anything we do, even if what we do contributes to it.
     
  4. Roland

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    Will you accept Posts with Shit-posting & Cringe-y outside the Something Else Section?
     
  5. Archian

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    The Community Program is the official title of a new effort initiated by the Hive administration team.
    The primary focus of this program is to promote Hive across multiple online communities and social media.

    More specifically, the points listed below are the primary focus of this program:

    • Set up new affiliates.
    • Promote user created content on social media.
    • Promote and organize content on Hive and social media.
    • Promote community activities.
    • Build relationships with other communities.
    • Manage our Twitter and facebook account, keep it active
    • Verify Hive's Twitter & facebook page
    • Get Hive recognized as an official Blizzard fansite.
    • Set up Battle.net tournaments.

    StoPCampinGn00b was made part of our community program. A program that I oversee. His primary task is to manage the new Multiplayer, Clans and Arrangements board, establish contact and set up new relationships with other Warcraft 3 communties. And when he finds time, help me keep our Twitter account active.

    We recently got permission from doomhammer99 to take over his facebook page dedicated to Hive. We will soon make an announcement regarding this and much more.
     
  6. Shar Dundred

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    Any special plan to accomplish that?
     
  7. fladdermasken

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    THOSE WERE THE DAYS.

    But no, not likely. Something Else is a measure to keep the other localities of the site cleaner. The idea is that people like to spam (note: not spam as in unsolicited chains of adverts and the likes). It's an online community's equivalent of shooting the breeze with your friends without having a set topic to discuss. It can even help build stronger ties in the community. But it's harmful when it's derailing topics where it's not wanted, so the ideal solution is to have a designated spam forum.

    In the end it's all context, though. If your post derails the thread, it will most likely be deleted. If it's tasteless/harmful/out of context, it will most likely be deleted. And so on and so forth.

    But at least when Ash and I are overseeing the community-side of the site, we're not going to go out of our way to mass purge banter and jokes because they're not entirely on topic. Shit-posting is part of any community; it's just a question of which level of shit we're talking about.
     
  8. Roland

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    Thank you for your Explanation. +Reputation
     
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    How do magnets work?
     
  10. StoPCampinGn00b

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    Duh. It's because they are atraxted to each other, just like when one is attracted to make posts like these because of there being no rule against posting such a post.

    :ogre_hurrhurr:

    Well, a special plan isn't exactly needed. We (Hive staff) are already in contact with blizzard's "WC3 patch 1.27 team" which makes our goal easier since we know blizzard is willing to work with the Hive.

    As for making it convincing for blizzard to follow through with our request, I believe we have everything we need. There's no other WC3 modding site, in English at least, anywhere close to the activity and the amount of amassed quality tools and resources that Hive has. This means Blizzard won't have to worry about picking a side. Our site rules also tidily mesh well with Blizzard's interests and legalities - mostly notably copyright and resource rules.

    Yes, we're exited about this possibility.
     
  11. Roland

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    How do you guys hangout in the Mod's Lobby are you staff(s) allowed to post weird shit-posting (Porn, Gore or Cringe-y) Stuff in the Mod's Lobby?
     
  12. Ralle

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    It's casual definitely. A moderator is permitted to say his opinion about a user without getting fuss over it, but they aren't permitted to post weird shit. Think about it this way. If a moderator is keeping cool with a user, he may want to vent about it in ML.

    The ML is a shoulder.
     
  13. Roland

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    Do you have a track record & Every personal information from your staff team? & is VGatsomi has access to the SF? (Staff Forums)
    How do users give a specific amount of rep? Like JesusHispter gives me 4 Rep while San Gives me 5 and Ralle gives me 50 (Just an example)
     
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  14. IcemanBo

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    When a user decides to spread rep, the amount will be decided automatically depending on how much rep the said user currently has. Details are explained here.

    When a moderator/admin decides to give or to deduct rep, a new window will pop up, where we can specify the amount. More details are explained here.
     
  15. Flux

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    Do mods/admins see some 'extra' information about a user that regular users can't. (E.g. how many infractions a user got). If yes, what are those.

    If a user get banned, will his IP address be blocked for registering a new account?

    If two or more device belong to different people but within the same LAN, will the IP checker be able to distinguish them?
     
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    What does staff see from a user what user's can't

    I will only answer your first one, because I might not know everything what Ralle knows about IPs.

    • We can see a user's "User Notes" on one's profile.
      It's not something where we log behaviour, but insetad it has only low value for us.
      We actually only use it to track name changes for one's account.
      E.g., if I change my name, I might get a note there: "Formerly knows as IcemanBo."
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    • Infractions is something that we can see, yes. That is basicly all the idea with infractions.
      We keep track of listed mis-behaviour of a user, and also linked with the appropriated punishment/warnings on our side.
      If there are further problems with the user or complains from his side, we can precisly see who and why has acted back then.
      So it makes things easier for us, and strengthens the fairness/adequacy for a user's treatment, in case of an issue.
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    • Of course we also can see when a user gets reported in forum or in chat. Or one of his posts.
      This is obviously needed so we can deal with the reported matter.
     
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    Yes, we can restrict devices assigned with specific IP addresses from accessing the site. But a normal ban from infractions won't restrict your connection, only your permission to post, access the chat, etc. If you try to create a new account and the site picks up that you are trying to register from an IP that already has an account connected with it, it won't allow you to complete the registration.

    Unfortunately, no. There are less than 4.2 billion available IPv4 IP addresses, i.e. less than the total amount of hooked up devices in the world. Meaning some devices will have to share. When the IP tool gets a match between two or more accounts, we will contact them to get the full story. If two or more accounts share an IP, there can be no boosting involved, i.e. the accounts aren't allowed to rep each other, vote for each other's entries in contests, upvote each other's resources, etc. If we find out the accounts have been boosting each other, we will be forced to treat it like a multi-account.
     
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    Yeah, I know there are not enough IPv4 but I was thinking it maybe it can distinguish via port numbers (like how NAT overload works).
     
  19. fladdermasken

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    It can't. But either way, we have no way of telling whether that would be two separate people in the same household or one person on two devices.

    i.e. our measure is effectively the same as it would be if we could distinguish via port numbers. :)
     
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    imagine now that either whole part of the city, or even the whole city is connected to the same LAN, which it literally is, so that plan does not work so well anymore. On the positive note, I really doubt there is anyone else from this city on this forum