It's a guild-wide message-board. That means it is a forum, like you know from web-based discussion-sites. The difference is that this is a 100% in-game WoW addon. Mod by ybe.
It's a guild-wide message-board. That means it is a forum, like you know from web-based discussion-sites. The difference is that this is a 100% in-game WoW addon. It does not need a web-server, or a server-character that is always logged in, or external software, or anything special.
It is no secret that it's often difficult to get guildies to log in to the web-site to check messages. It's usually only the "hardcore" people that bother on a regular basis. This addon will help you. It requires no technical skills at all, beyond the ability to use a simple forum. Just install and play.
NOTE: This is a beta- version. Please read the text on "version" at the end.
You need to:
- install the addon
- be a member of a guild
- To open MessageBoard, press the minimap icon.
- Hover the mouse over the minimap icon for positioning-help.
- Supports announcements, sticky topics and normal topics.
- Users can set an avatar.
- Administrators can be assigned by officer's note.
- The text-editor supports inserting item-links by dropping an item at the cursor.
- The database size is regulated by automatic pruning, by means of message-count.
It is easy to forget that you are not using a regular forum, but it's all within the limits of the WoW game. This means that when you log in, you must allow MessageBoard 2 to 3 minutes to update data. The time will vary dependent on several factors. But the more messages, the slower it updates. To not bore you with technicalities, suffice to say that it is because you are not using a real web-server and slow systems must get a chance too. The addons talk to eachother, so the more people in the guild that have the addon, the better.
An admin is needed to set MessageBoard options, like message-limit for database pruning (auto-removal of old posts) and to set the main-page Administrator Message. The admin can also edit and delete any post. An admin is assigned by typing "#MB:A" (without quotes) in the officer's note in the WoW guild-roster. He or she will also need access to read the officer's note (in the WoW guild-roster rank settings) for the addon to be able to read it. Write-permission is not needed.
The current version is a beta- version (beta "minus"). This means that there will most likely be some bugs, and the set of features may change in a later version.
I wouldn't normally publish an addon at this stage in the developement, but this is a special project with a special kind of use that requires lots of people using it on different configurations. So please send me a message on the site you downloaded the addon from to tell if there are any issues.