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8 January 2013 at 11:53 #753
Wow, suggestions coming thick and fast today people. Great!
@scaryb I’ve increased the latest posts to 15. You can also click the Activity tab to see what’s been going on recently.
I’ll go through the list of possible forum topics tonight and draw up a plan.
As for SEO, I’m pretty good at it and advise companies on it, I just haven’t had time to do any yet but there are a few things to fix with this template that will make it more search engine friendly. However, if you search for “The Doctor Who Forum” with quotes around, it we are 7, 8 and 9 in Google, which is not bad for a brand new site. It just takes time.
@juniperfish there is a blog function and I was going to ask people if they wanted to write articles/blogs for it. That is not a problem at all. If you want to write something, do so and then I can make you an “Author” on the blog so that you can post it.
Re registered members, I did email them. One of them was Juniperfish, which is how she finally thankfully got here. I also added another 2 people who haven’t posted yet I don’t think. However, when I looked closely a lot of them seemed to be spambot sign-ups (which is why the confirmation process is required before you can post). But I’m keeping my eye on it and will continue to email people if they look genuine and haven’t confirmed after a few days.
Sorry if I haven’t dealt with everything here – will have a lot more time this evening.8 January 2013 at 07:30 #715
Hi all, regarding cross-posting, I’m loathe to shut down comments on a topic a la The Guardian and face your wrath :-). I was thinking that maybe this topic should be restricted to the events of The Snowmen and speculation about Clara, and theories about what’s going to happen next go elsewhere (although I realise it’s a fine line between those things).
What do people think of another thread about Series 7 part 2? There we can discuss the future of The Doctor in this series, the return of the Cybermen in Gaiman’s episode etc. Or is it starting to get messy and slightly complicated already? I’m happy to go with the flow for now. This is, after all, an evolving thing.7 January 2013 at 22:53 #681
@juniperfish Are we starting to the see the beginnings of a plot for “Fifty Shades of Blue”, or even “Fifty Years in Time”? 😀7 January 2013 at 22:47 #679
I just listened to it and, although I’ve never listened to any Eighth Doctor Big Finish stories I still thought it was good. Had no idea about any of the back story, but picked it all up as it went along. That’s the sign of a good script I guess. And it had real heart without being maudlin or schmaltzy.
It was interesting because it very much focused on Lucie, the companion, and the Doctor was a secondary character. They only get away with that one episode a year on TV, and for budgetary reasons only. But this really felt like an episode written for Lucie, out of a fondness for her, which I quickly developed (despite my never having met her before). And Aunt Pat was great too.
Shame there were a few references to the Eighth’s style of clothing, him looking “like a ponce”. Guess he’s still not got that short haircut and the leather jacket. Maybe he only dons that when he goes to war!
P.S. @phaseshift, have searched for a hack I’m happy with that will allow the posting of pictures. Think I may have it but will attempt it when the site is less busy.7 January 2013 at 16:45 #613
Topic updated to the actual title. I’m looking forward to it, although will miss the start so will have to listen once it’s on iPlayer.7 January 2013 at 13:05 #601
Hi all, ah yes, spoilers. What to do? I’m not a fan of plot points but I don’t mind knowing, for example, who is starring in an episode. However, if David Tennant or Tom Baker were confirmed I’d be annoyed to find that out as it points to a significant plot point. So there are always degrees.
One option is, of course, a spoilers thread. Another option would be a Spoilers group. I’ve not used the groups function, but I think that what went on in a private group would hopefully not show up in the activity stream for everyone else to see. I wouldn’t want to be a member though so I’ll have to think how that could maybe be set up if that is an option people might want to try.6 January 2013 at 18:57 #563
Just a quick post to admit that I just edited your post to change Juniperfish to @juniperfish, as she is now in the house! Hope you don’t mind.
As a fellow Scot, I loved Tony Curran in this (and almost everything else he’s in), and as much as I hate Curtis for his many abominations such as Love Actually, and almost everything else he’s done, who can’t fail to love a tale about Vincent, his unrecognised genius, and a final reel full of real appreciation. Shmaltzy, but for everyone who’s ever felt under appreciated (which is probably everyone at one time or another), a piece of beauty.6 January 2013 at 18:43 #559
Way hay, just so glad you made it!6 January 2013 at 10:56 #539
@blenkinsopthebrave, quick home page done, with links to all currently active topics. It’s beginning to look like a real website! 😀5 January 2013 at 23:39 #489
Thanks @phaseshift, I’ll email them tomorrow. And really, I’m only standing on the shoulders of giants. I use WordPress a lot so am very familiar with it, so that maybe helps, but I’ve never used the BuddyPress plugin before (except as a test install) as have never had to create a community. But it really is a plug-and-play community website. You just have to change a few settings to suit your preferences, edit the odd file, like adding the disclaimer in the footer, and Robert is, as they say, your Uncle.
This man, another Matt, along with the huge team that helps out, is the one who deserves all the kudos. Not really interested in profit, just producing the best software he can: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jjcolao/2012/09/05/the-internets-mother-tongue/. He’s still worth about $20 million – but that’s nowhere near Zuckerberg, and I would argue he’s done much, much more for a free and accessible web for all, without sucking the soul out of everyone who uses his product.
I think I may have had a couple too many wines :-/5 January 2013 at 22:16 #481
@phaseshift That reminds me, I was looking at the list of users today and we have 17 people who have signed up but not confirmed, one of whom is Juniperfish.
I had to help @stevethewhistle confirm his status on Friday as he hadn’t received an email to do so. Was wondering what people thought about me emailing people just to ask if they had problems in creating an account. I’d hate to lose members just because of early teething troubles with the site (which I hope are now over as I emailed the hosting company and asked them to increase our email limit – which they put in place to stop spamming sites).
So, should I send them all an email or wait until they contact me?
Haven’t watched the Cold Blood repeat, just got in, but will do so tomorrow.5 January 2013 at 16:47 #455
@scaryb Best this year, I got given this 50th Anniversary Calendar for Christmas. The artwork is great, it’s a fantastic reminder of much of old Who, and I’d recommend it to anyone on here (except there’s no space to write any important dates on it). But, then again, who’d want to write on it anyway?5 January 2013 at 15:37 #4395 January 2013 at 14:53 #431
@scaryb Your wish is my command: http://www.thedoctorwhoforum.com/forums/topic/50th-anniversary-special/5 January 2013 at 14:36 #423
Hi all, as you can see I’ve finally had some time to do some work on the site. I’ve added a header image, got rid of all the rounded corners (they’re like, so 2010!), darkened the text a bit, tightened it up as well, and changed the link colour to a more “Tardis” blue. I’ve removed Groups and Blog too as I didn’t see much point in them for now. If the site starts to really grow it might be worth putting them back.
I’ve also added a couple more widgets in the sidebar. The “Recent posts” one is especially useful because, if you click on the topic name it will take you straight to the last post in that topic with a single click.
I also found a hack that sorted out the avatar problem so they are not blurry anymore – check me out in all my glory :-D. Some avatars got automatically upgraded, but most of you will have to re-upload your avatar if you want to look sharp. Best to load an image that is at least 150px by 150px if possible, but a minimum 80px by 80px is okay.
I think it’s looking okay now and will probably leave it for a while and see how things develop. Now I just have to create an attractive Home page!4 January 2013 at 20:12 #353
This is just a test, and maybe something more to discuss, even though we’ve all seen it already. Just thought it would be nice to have it here.4 January 2013 at 20:00 #347
No offence taken at all @wolfweed. I was just voicing my to-do list out loud so that I’d force myself to do it this weekend, if it’s possible to fix. Should be though (hopefully).
My idea of a ‘Book Club’ was partly an idea to get more threads going, but mostly a great way to introduce people to the best episodes/stories. I’m a fan, but I’ve not got every DVD available. But if someone much more knowledgeable than me nominated a story that we could all discuss in a week’s time I’d probably get it and watch it.
For example, for my sins I don’t think I’ve ever seen The Talons of Weng-Chiang despite beginning with Pertwee and trying not to miss any episodes. My parents took me to Hong Kong for two years from 1975-1977. How could they?! It’s one I want to see but have a million things competing for my time.
Have just caught up with The Walking Dead, am now catching up with Boardwalk Empire, and Breaking Bad… well, it’s currently a pipe dream, so to speak :-D. However, a ‘Book Club’ discussion on The Talons of Weng-Chiang would probably give me the push I need to watch it, and I’d bet a few others on here would too.
Then again, the Eighth Doctor audio starts next week on Radio 4 Extra, and I have to admit I’ve not listened to many of the Big Finish stories either, so maybe that’s something to focus on next week. As I understand it there’s an episode on every day next week.3 January 2013 at 23:23 #317
@wolfweed Avatars are another thing I have to fix. For some reason it’s been coded to show a 50px avatar blown up to 80px, hence everyone looking a little blurry at the mo, although that could just be that the New Year has taken its toll. Hopefully by the end of the weekend you’ll look less like a mouldy weetabix seen through clingfilm, and more like just a mouldy weetabix.3 January 2013 at 19:37 #299
Thanks @janetteb and @phaseshift. I will try and find some time this weekend to make the site more welcoming, haven’t had much time to breathe since I set it up. Any suggestions for old Who threads would be much appreciated.
I’ve added topics for all the episodes in the latest series but no comments yet. However, that’s maybe to be expected. But you got me thinking that we could be like my Mum’s book group. Maybe all watch the same old Who story one week, then chat about it afterwards. I think that would be pretty cool.
I’m also quite happy to set up other forums for other programmes. That sounds like a great idea. It kinda doesn’t fit with the site name but who cares? In the future I can always port the whole site to some sort of SciFiForum.com URL anyway.
I’ve now made you, @phaseshift, a Mod, but for some reason that doesn’t come with Forum creation rights, just Topic creation rights. As I said on the other blog, hopefully I can fix that with a bit of hacking. Until I work that out, anyone can email me, address is currently on the Home page, or PM (personal message) me via my user page, to request a new forum.3 January 2013 at 19:12 #293
Hi @phaseshift. I’ve now “rebooted” you to Moderator status. You can now create new topics within Forums. Unfortunately it seems only I can create new forums but hopefully that shouldn’t be a problem. I will be looking into how I can change/add permissions to make this all a bit easier, but the board uses a new version of BBPress and there’s not too much documentation or tips on hacking it been produced so far. I’ll be having a go this weekend though.
All you need to do is hover over “The Doctor Who Forum” in the very top bar and click on Dashboard. You’ll then be able to access topics. By hovering over the topic link you can add a new one and choose which forum it should go in.
You can also now do some terrible things, like Trash a whole topic, delete member posts or mark them as spam etc. So I’m hoping you’re not as evil as your old avatar suggested! Although I’m one to talk. 🙂2 January 2013 at 19:53 #237
@phaseshift, thanks for the heads up re the new Eighth Doctor story/stories on Radio 4 Extra. I’ve set up a forum for discussion in advance here: http://www.thedoctorwhoforum.com/forums/topic/the-journey-home-for-christmas-7-january-2013/.
Which reminds me, I need to make some of you Moderators so that you can do that sort of thing yourself when I’m not around, and just to lighten my load in general. I’d rather the board ran itself. @phaseshift, you sound like you know bit about WordPress so I’d be happy to make you a moderator if you’re happy with that. Also, if anyone else wants the terrible responsibility, please let me know.2 January 2013 at 19:20 #217
Hey @scaryb, and everyone else, yes, there is an inbuilt edit function, thankfully. I’ve left it on the default, which gives you 5 minutes to edit after posting. I think that’s about right as it’s usually in the first few seconds after posting that you notice that typo you never did before, but stops you editing a post later on just because someone disagrees with something you said, or something.
I was thinking about the Doctor’s seeming loss of memory and, apologies if this is going over old ground, but if Clara is inhabiting the Tardis software then maybe she is wiping his memory somehow as he travels, much like she wiped the Daleks’ memory of him. Quite why, I’m not sure, but she’s very smart, may have seen all time and space, and maybe it’s better for him if he can’t answer “the question” when it is asked.1 January 2013 at 13:05 #133
Ugh, my head feels like a box of broken biscuits, but Happy New Year to everyone! We are now officially in the 50th Anniversary year. Looking forward to many exciting times here and on the screen. Glad to see so many more people signed up, even some of my fellow lurkers. Talking of which, @SallySparrow is right, the discussions here are just as much fun, if not more so, than the show itself, and long may they continue.
I’m really torn between theories. I love @blenkinsopthebrave‘s theory that Clara is the Doctor’s daughter. It is a great idea which I want to be true, it would pull everything right around to the beginnings of Who, and as Nathaniel Morgan said, could lead to an origins story for the 50th. That would be fantastic and has been continually hinted at in the Eleventh’s reign in episodes such as The Big Bang (telling the young Amy how he stole a blue box) and The Doctor’s Wife (Idris blabbing out all his secrets from his past). All of that could well be all foreshadowing of an origins story.
However, I find it hard to fit that to the facts. Clara seems to be some sort of entity that we haven’t met before – a time travelling, death defying being. So I’m leaning more towards the theories regarding her as some sort of computer program version of a person (like River’s final state – obviously something Moffat is keen on) that has become part of the Tardis via download and so can appear when the Doctor needs her. He was at his lowest in the Christmas episode and suddenly she turns up and he is instantly smitten (in a non-romantic way) and starts living again.
That’s my take so far, but I await all of your fantastic musing. Some of them will turn out to be bonkers, some of them will be incredibly prescient, and some of them will be better than anything Moffat finally comes up with. You are all clever, clever people and once again, I wish you a Happy New Year.31 December 2012 at 15:36 #67
Cheers all. Just got in from a rather long pre-New Year lunch so great to see who’s already signed up.
It’s still a work in progress, all websites are, but post-New Year I’ll get stuck into a nice design and improve the usability a bit by cleaning up the interface. Requests for features, suggestions for structure or look and feel, criticisms etc. are most welcome (although may not always be possible to do/change!)