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Jon

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Board organization
« on: February 03, 2012, 01:37:43 AM »
Hello! I'm glad to have been invited to this forum. Just a suggestion, after perusing the forum for a while. There are a LOT of top-level topics, so many in fact that it's kind of hard to navigate... too much distribution of topics, imo. Merging many of the topics into less specific boards with topical threads might make them more appealing to visitors. There are so many, honestly I don't know where to post. Keep up the good work!

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Re: Board organization
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2012, 11:55:35 AM »
I always hated that about forums. Especially ones that are slow relatively. Only create subforums when the need arises.

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Re: Board organization
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2012, 11:14:59 PM »
Hello! I'm glad to have been invited to this forum. Just a suggestion, after perusing the forum for a while. There are a LOT of top-level topics, so many in fact that it's kind of hard to navigate... too much distribution of topics, imo. Merging many of the topics into less specific boards with topical threads might make them more appealing to visitors. There are so many, honestly I don't know where to post. Keep up the good work!

David set it up that way originally, and I've never felt the desire to reorganize it.

In any case, I generally use the "show unread posts" feature, so it doesn't matter where anyone puts a post. It pops up when it occurs to me to sign on.

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Re: Board organization
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 02:46:30 PM »
There seems to have been about... 5... posts in a year and a half. I tried your suggestion, John, by clicking the "show unread posts" and there were none. Hence, the structure of the forum comes up again. Excessive structure tends to reduce the number of useful discussions. If there are 100 board topics and 100 posts total on the forum, that's 1:1. It might be helpful to do away with most of the sub-boards. Just a suggestion. I seem to be the only one in the past year who has shown any interest here... Did I miss the memo? :)

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Re: Board organization
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2013, 02:48:25 PM »
(exaggerating of course)

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Re: Board organization
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2013, 02:52:52 PM »
Secondly, not allowing users to edit their posts AT ALL, is a serious detriment to useful discussions. I tend to type pretty fast to get an idea written down and then post it, occasionally needing to edit some typos or add an addendum. Users should be able to edit a post for at least a few minutes, maybe a half hour. This will cut down on trivial replies, and allow someone to edit a comment they regret writing. I have my technical support forum set to allow edits for 1440 minutes (24 hours). (I'm also using SMF).

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Re: Board organization
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2016, 11:02:32 PM »
I extended the time-span for editing posts.

Regarding organization, I simply added topics based around popular MT areas of discussions. It was mostly to prompt ideas for people regarding topics they could bring up.

And providing there are new posts, you can see any new posts clearly marked when you sign-in. Of course, the forum is uninhabited at the moment, so the feature is somewhat moot at the moment.