BasilMarket Reset Early Early Info

Greetings Basilers! I hope you're having a great summer!

tl;dr: big basil "reset" coming soon-ish. Responsive!

In the interest of keeping you all informed, I'd like to give an extended heads up about a relatively big site reset that's coming. There's no ETA as of yet, so you can expect another update or two before it goes live.

BasilMarket will be 10 years old very soon. That's not just the community, but the "engine" that powers and enables the community too. Over the years we have tried a lot of ideas and features, some have stuck, some haven't and some are no longer in use. As a result, the site needs a serious clean up. Actually, it needs to be stripped back to the foundation and rebuilt.

My goals are to make something which is fun, functional, efficient and secure. Ten years is a long time to acquire an overwhelming array of menu options, site features and complexity that makes the site less fun, less functional, less efficient and insecure.

Basil from your phone? Yes!

**Work in progress
I've actually been hustling on this for a good while now on our sister site [url=][/url]. If you want to see how BM will function with the reset, have a look there (on desktop AND mobile). But please keep in mind - the theme has not been decided, nor have all of the features that will stick around.

**What is a BasilMarket?
BM used to be about the auctions. But imho, the site has an incredible community and insanely impressive art / screens / videos being shared. I am constantly blown away by the level of artwork that people share, and similarly impressed by the level of community. None of the important stuff is going away - MS data, forums, screens, videos, stories. But I will be trimming cruft and moving things to wiki's so you can all help with updating (for example).

This is all just a preview with some early info. Stay tuned for more as we get closer to the reset day.

It's been great to have you all on board for the last 10 years, I look forward to the next 10!

July 29, 2015

43 Comments • Newest first


@mrbasil will the basilmarket have it's own app or naw?

Reply August 7, 2015

I like basil just the way it is.

Reply August 7, 2015

You at first had me scared that all the old images/videos/posts were getting deleted since I look through them all the time, but I'm insanely glad it's not.
Basil would've been ruined XD

Reply August 6, 2015

Yay mobile Basil!

Reply August 4, 2015

Wow. Almost 10 years old... I first played Maple in Oct '06. Crazy. That's almost 9 years ago.

I've been gone from Basil for a while, mostly because my forum of choice has become r/nba and because of med school apps, but it's awesome to see that the Basil and Maple communities are still alive. Even if I don't play Maple anymore, it was still a huge part of my life from 7th-8th grade, and I have some awesome memories from playing.

Thanks for everything Mr. Basil!

Reply August 3, 2015

Will I no longer be banned for everything I write

Reply August 2, 2015

Excited for mobile view

Reply August 2, 2015

[quote=akon1659]eh who cares. Always trying to change things when they're not broken.[/quote]

Except that they are. Basil Market is a mess not unlike Generation I Pokemon games. Its engine is outdated and there are lots of glitches and redundant data.

Reply August 1, 2015 - edited

I am not looking forward to this.

Reply August 1, 2015 - edited

Looking forward to any new changes that you make, Basilmarket has always been a neat site.

Reply July 31, 2015 - edited

@mrbasil does this mean that the content is being reset as well, or is it just the structure of the site?

Reply July 31, 2015 - edited

eh who cares. Always trying to change things when they're not broken.

Reply July 31, 2015 - edited

OK whew all I ask is old screens/forum/etc not be deleted because its always a shame when we lose the good stuff.

Reply July 31, 2015 - edited

Does this mean Basilmarket will finally cooperate with Google? I've noticed that, due to Basilmarket's non-standard website format, Google can not properly list pages date-wise. That is, you'll try to get pages from the past year, and Google will list pages with dates within the year. However, the actual posts they go to are years old. I assumed this was because Google doesn't know where the page date information is, so dates are relative to the last time the page was modified - which can include small changes to any part of the page, even if it doesn't relate to the actual post.

[b]Edit:[/b] Going to try to summarize the above: When the pages change in any small way, Google updates the page's stored date, believing there has been new activity on the page. This means that pages from years ago can be listed as recently modified pages for any small reason. At least, this is what I believe is the reason Google can not search Basilmarket correctly for new posts.

Would the new layout of Basilmarket be optimized for search engine's to properly index pages in such ways? There are accepted methods of page formatting which should help.

Reply July 31, 2015 - edited

Will people be able to put their character under thunder breaker?
Also, Mihile's skills are missing.

Reply July 30, 2015 - edited

Note: I think that removing the report button after suspensions is counter productive if you can look into that.

Reply July 30, 2015 - edited

The think I'm mostly looking for is updated up to date database and toturials guides

Reply July 30, 2015 - edited

Custom characters please!
please please please.

Reply July 30, 2015 - edited

Niiiiiice. I'm definitely looking forward to the site revamp. I'm an old '05 Basil potato here so it's always nice seeing how the site chooses to progress.

I do miss the auction community, though. It was good whilst it lasted.

Reply July 30, 2015 - edited

@mrbasil oh I'm just messing with you. I know there will always be a little bit of everything. If anything, I think you showing your face around more could help this site be even better than it is currently. of course, you're probably busy with other projects and such.. maybe a faster way to get through the ticket system / a response system so we know things are actually being looked into?

Reply July 30, 2015 - edited

@bobr: Which is why I'm telling you:
[b]1.) I am not trolling[/b]
[b]2.) I do not believe I have higher authority than anyone else nor believe I have a license to troll.[/b] I find no enjoyment in that, I take my conversations elsewhere in PM if I have to. I also don't like arguing either. If you would like to go through most my posts, I will accept corrections when I am proven incorrect and thank the person for doing so. Sarcasm =/= Trolling. Other than that, I find my posts relevant and on topic.

Sidenote: I respect authority but I also stand for my beliefs and that strong belief is, [b]"No Basiler left behind."[/b] Everyone knows if you need assistance, I will be there to help. [Again re-interating, this is not a free pass/license for me to troll. I help because I want to not because I do it to look good in front of you. tyvm]

Regardless, I seem to always get the same response. So I'm going to cut this short and end the "argument" here. I do not wish for this to go for a few pages to result in another suspension.
[b]Thank you @BobR for what you do for this site and all the users on it.[/b] No sarcasm intended.

P.S. Thank all the other mods for me too. If you wish for feedback on the site or other aspects of change, still feel free to message me. Also, @mrbasil, I just checked out the newer rule-set. I'm liking it a lot more over our old set which were very vague since over time the community changed and the targeted audience as well. Well done.


Reply July 30, 2015 - edited

[quote=bobr]The problem is, being helpful sometimes does NOT give you, or anyone, a free license to troll whenever you want.
Just because you've shown you can be helpful doesn't mean you can start off-topic arguments in the middle of someone else's thread and continue it for several pages of back and forth off-topic arguing over several days like your last suspension was. Just like it said on one of the suspensions.[/quote]

Aside from what you say to @wall. There are times I feel like I am suspended for something that I say is true. I believe I am free to voice my opinion as well as state things that actual factual. Some times I feel like I am suspended out of spite and disagreement.

[url=]here[/url], I was the first comment of this thread: [url=]here[/url].
[b]Note:[/b] You mentioned fair treatment. I don't mind my suspension as much as me getting suspended for this and other people getting away with "trolling" threads night and day. If you have anything to say about that, I would like to hear it. I'll gladly take my suspension if it's well-deserved, but if we're talking about fair treatment suspension regarding "actual" trolling attempts should [b]also[/b] be deleted/removed and the other user should be suspended as well. However, I see multiple threads from same user through out the day.

This is extremely helpful. Also the way I phrased and voiced it should lead people to stray away from committing the act. Mods my not agree with what I said and that is completely okay but I don't believe I deserved a suspension. Another thing is that what I said had no limiting factors/censorship, I merely stated my thoughts with some factual statements and submitted them. There was no trolling what-so-ever involved. I was completely serious.

On other note, being suspended with vague comments does not help me progress as a person. A simple pm with a warning or discussing it with me personally would be more productive.

As of now, I simply lurked and post only when I feel necessary because I do not wish to trigger another suspension.

[b]Note: Just because I help people does not mean I get free passes. Who doesn't know this? Equal treatment for everyone.[/b] If you haven't seen from my posts, I'm all about equal treatment in-game and out of game and even here on the forums. I'm a BasilMarket veteran, I know how it works around here but I still feel treated as a clueless child.
Aside from this, I've been looking forward to a BasilMarket revamp for some time now. If you wish for assistance, feel free to contact me. I have submitted some suggestion notes prior but if you wish to see them again or hear more, shoot me a PM. I will not turn down you down for my assistance[as I am for the bettering of this site] but I would like to say that the suspension system we have currently isn't working out and I submitted something about this prior.

Sorry for the rant; I guess I have grown bitter on certain "things" on this site but that won't effect me from helping other players/people out.

Reply July 30, 2015 - edited

Well anyhow, the site is running great !

Reply July 30, 2015 - edited

@wall You can just press the "Set all quotes to read" on the quotes page. It's on the blue bar.

Reply July 30, 2015 - edited

[quote=wall]Only problem with this is you (the site) still punish users for helping [i]too much[/i]. @Traitor and myself always help people out, and yet we always seem to be getting suspended (or deleted in my case). I'm not sure I understand the logic behind suspending users who help others, and clarify their points for others who are not able or not willing to comprehend the initial comment.[/quote]

The problem is, being helpful sometimes does NOT give you, or anyone, a free license to troll whenever you want.
Just because you've shown you can be helpful doesn't mean you can start off-topic arguments in the middle of someone else's thread and continue it for several pages of back and forth off-topic arguing over several days like your last suspension was. Just like it said on one of the suspensions.

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

@superswift12: thank you, but I don't think that that's something I'll be working on.
@marilanna: the main content will stay (forums, etc that I listed in my OP), it's mainly the functionality / look that will be getting a refresh.

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

By "reset," do you mean that a lot of old threads will get cleaned up and deleted? Or just that Basil is getting a brand new look?

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

Hi, I was wondering if you could add a feature where we could unlike a post that we accidently liked ...

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

@charlieaq: they will be [url=]simplified[/url]

@janny1993: no, that's the big one (so far). I'll let you know if that changes.

@lecarde: I agree! This will definitely be done.

@xylyls: if you look any group of 100, 1000 or 10k people you will always get some bad apples. The interesting thing is that some people start out as trolls, stick around and become helpful and revered members. But this community nor any other will ever have 100% compatibility with your (nor my) concept of greatness. We all come here for different reasons, so it's to be expected that we all walk away with different impressions. Despite all the bumps, imho, the good has always significantly outweighed the bad. If you disagree, I'd love to hear your constructive feedback on how you think we can improve things?

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

" But imho, the site has an incredible community"

Mr.Basil, what website are you referring to?

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

@mrbasil Please move the character skill pages to a wiki so that the community can update them. Its pretty annoying to find old skill lists when I am trying to pick a new job to make

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

I hope you keep the guides the way they are (or changed with more options)

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

Try not to pull a youtube with bad layout change. I believe in you though.

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

Curious to see what this is all about for sure.

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

I don't like change.

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

hyped for this!

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

Anything else we need to be aware of?

Like changing our login info to email, etc, etc...

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

look forward to it!

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited

I love you Mr B <3

Reply July 29, 2015 - edited