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NEW fan characters section - Categories!

Written by steet :


It's been a long while since I've been Characters Categoriesworking on that, but it's finally here!

Lately, there have been many issues surrounding the moderation of fan creations, and in particular the fan characters : too many characters to validate, long waits for validations,... But the biggest source of problems, is that each person has different opinions on what SHOULD or SHOULDN'T be accepted in this section. And this leads to conflicts between the members and the mods, and none would really know what rules to follow.

Well here is my solution. No more characters deactivated! Instead, each character has categories, that you must fill when you send one.

For example, one of them : "Is the character a 'Sparkledog'?" (on Balto Source)

What's the point? Well, now, you can add your own filters on what YOU don't want to see in that section. If you don't like Sparkledogs : at the bottom of the characters page, add a filter to remove them from appearing on ALL the site!
Also, categories make searches a lot of more fun. At the top of the characters page, you'll find the available categories that you can search, and you can combine. For example, it's now possible to find "Blue Female" characters, or "Detailed characters who appear in at least one fan creation"!
By the way, if you think there is a category missing, you can send me suggestions : it's now very easy for me to add new categories! (almost everything is automatized)

Because there are a LOT of characters already sent, and it would be too hard for the mods to do it alone, anyone can "fill the blanks" on any character page - so that, progressively, all characters will be fully "categorized". The help of everyone is welcome! Of course, the mods and the owner of the characters will always be able to make changes.

This comes with another big change. Now that the site has grown a lot bigger, this was becoming the best solution : characters will now be immediately validated! Which means : no more waiting days until it appears, and no more headaches from the mods to validate and study hundred of characters.

Of course I had to make a few changes to counter-balance this. When reporting a character, you will now be able to choose "wrong category" as the reason. Now, the mods job will be more based on reports, and instead of deciding if a character should be accepted or not, they just have to check if the chosen categories are correct or not.
To reflect that, the characters rules are now MUCH more lighter : only real offending characters should be deactivated (violence/blood or sexual), which is how it should have been from the start.

Of course, all this is just a part of a bigger plan...this system will be eventually extended to ALL the fan sections!

I'm hoping you like it!

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January 28, 2011
Usa Is not currently on the site
Lone Wolf- stay away
heh heh... add a button that says, "is your character stolen" and when you click yes, it immediately deletes. I would be amused to see how many people admit to stealing a character.

January 24, 2011
Usa Is not currently on the site
sure its a good idea but now no one is writing anything in the bio information.. plus there have already been a few stolen characters and they arent being removed

January 24, 2011
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Hm. I don't really care about the sparkledog 'dilemma'. In fact, I think it's not a problem at all. It's the people who are the extreme 'haters' who are making it a problem. Honestly, it doesn't really matter. It's a kids site. Let them have their creative moments. lol

January 20, 2011
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Big Bad Mod
I never expected Balto Source to fail that bad. You don't even have to make your character related to Balto world or even make a description to get it accepted!
That's sad...

January 20, 2011
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I think there shouldn't be any sparkle dogs here in the first place. ░x░

January 20, 2011
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i LOVE this idea! ;)

January 19, 2011
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Midnight Shades (PM to join)
I really like this idea, but like many people before me I think that there will be a lot of bad characters and I would also prefer Sparkle Dogs to not be allowed. As UK said, a lot of characters won't be deactivated for being all sparkley and non-realistic...In other words "fail". This is a great idea but what you should do is keep the "only realistic characters" rule.

But anyways, it's great to know that this change has been made, despite all the bad things there WILL be lots more good things about it and even better it will attract more people to the Animation Source Fansites. Good thinking Steet, I doubt anyone else would have thought to make this change before.

January 19, 2011
Global Moderator Usa Female Is not currently on the site
This band-aid isn't gonna even stick to the break. I have to admit, this will only complicate the moderations for this section. Not only will there be bad characters, but the sparkle thing will have a major explosion and not in a good way. There'll be tons of them and have ridiculous relations to the Balto universe, not to mention the other Source sites.

January 18, 2011
Uk Female Is not currently on the site
I preferred it the other way. Now, if there is something wrong with a character, a mod won't check any characters and so it will be allowed. And bad characters can very easily get on the site, now, too...

January 18, 2011
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Team Rocket
Typically when you have a problem, the solution does not involve making the problem 10 times worse.

There's an elephant in the room and it seems like the administration has chosen to completely ignore it.


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