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What's A Post Template?

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This may seem like a silly question to some but I'm serious. My forum experience is with phpBB, InvisionFree, and Invision Power Board. if these forum programs had 'Post Templates' I would have heard about them before now. As it is- I have never heard of them until today. So, could someone please explain to me what these things are and why people don't like them? I'm curious. If you could show me an example, that'd be great.

 

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They're things to make a post look "better" then it actually is. I'd give examples, but we're not allowed to post links I don't think and the only example I could give is a link to ones I had made for my own site.


 

 

 

 

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Like code that forces the indent of the first sentence in a paragraph- or something more complex?

 

As a writer, I get the desire for the aesthetics- but c'mon, this is a hobby, it's supposed to FUN. The more 'technical' you make things, the more complicated it becomes and that just kills the FUN.  Leave the formatting to the pros, IMO. and post away. 

 

On my site, I do the formatting, the editing, and such not because I'm a glutton for punishment. I do it for the experience. Editing is part of the writing process and I take every opportunity I can to work on my skills. My editor and beta readers appreciate it. The other reason I do it is to get the stories off the forum, lighten the load on the database etc. And it's actually fun for me.


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They can be very complex. Oftentimes they include places to put pictures of your characters, they might have hovers, or gifs, resize text, change colors, all sorts of stuff. They really just exist to make things pretty and because people are often in love with their character's faces. 

 

But just as often I've seen people use ones that have no pictures or backgrounds, that are really simple and just justify text and adjust the size, which is fab because it often makes it bigger and my old eyes appreciate it. Honestly if you go to any of the resource sites and scroll down to Thread Templates, you can get all kinds of examples. I used to be a huge fan of them, but not so much anymore.

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Attached is a screenshot of one in action

 

A lot of people don't like them because they:

- include effects that make them not mobile-reading friendly (like hover).

- reduce the font size.

- reduce the line height or font spacing.

- reduce the full line width (so instead of having say 800px for the post area, they have only 400 because all the graphic effects cut into it).

- remove use of capitals (forcing lowercase).

- increase difficulty in posting (especially from mobiles).

- increase time it takes to post (whether filling in the template or having to search one out to use).

- focus far too much on looking pretty.

 

 

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Post templates themselves have been around for well over ten years and simply increased in popularity. Many people use them but there are varying degrees on who does and does not like them and their reasons as to why (as @VirusZero pointed out).

 

We don't have a ton but we have Post templates listed here:

https://rpginitiative.com/search/?tags=Post Templates

 

Some really old ones that the example is here and still working:

 

 


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Thank you very much,. I got it now. no thanks, I grew out of picture books when I was 7.

 

As a writer I prefer to read the description in words. Show me in your words the rain drop hitting the pool the ripple it made. Don't show me an actual picture of the ripple.

 

This is just how I roll with my reading and writing.

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THAT I get. however, with some forum systems- like Invision, there are certain codes built in. IIRC indent is one of them.

phpBB doesn't but that's okay, it's not that important on the forum. My members simply add spacing between the paragraphs. I take care of the formatting when it's time to Archive- taking a story off the forum to place it on a static page within the sub-domain for the specific Venue.


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The one template I will use is a simple justified column of text, thats it. No borders, no backgrounds, no images, just text. I find that this template sometimes is easier to read in a post on mobile than the default layout of the site. This is what it looks like: 

 

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Simple, easy, and quick if you like uniformity. 

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Thanks for showing that- it does look nice- but what's the point of the picture when there's an avatar on the account?


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23 minutes ago, Archivist said:

Thanks for showing that- it does look nice- but what's the point of the picture when there's an avatar on the account?

 

That picture IS the avatar. You can tell just based on the fact that's a normal mini profile.

 

They even said there were no images in the template, just text.


 

 

 

 

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It is a seamless transition then because I can't tell where the break is between the avatar area and the actual post.

That's nice.


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