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Forum UI stuff - need opinions

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  • Started 6 years ago by The Geek
  • Latest reply from LifesSweetDrug
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thegeek
The Geek
Posts: 2059

@Smash

I've been trying to get the UI put together... I'm doing it all in my spare time so it could be this weekend or a few years away, depending on how much time I have =)

My goal is really just to improve the forum for both the current dedicated users as well as make it easier to get acclimated to for new users... it's a balancing act.

Posted 6 years ago
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Smashpmk712
Smashpmk712
Posts: 313

Cool thank you so much for all your hard work .... this site has been a life saver a few times for me.

Posted 6 years ago
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Anything I can do to help, I will (no demands for money or difficult coding please)

Posted 6 years ago
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Smashpmk712
Smashpmk712
Posts: 313

same here. But I warn you ... when it come to websites all i know is basic HTML. Oh yeah and all the DNS and networking stuff behind them.

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jd2066
jd2066
Posts: 3814

I just thought of a new idea for the forum home page.
It's not always obvious what forum a post is in when you see it on the forum home page.
My idea is to add the forum to the display of topics.
It could be something like "Forum X: Topic Title", "Topic title in forum X" or going with icon idea there could be an added icon denoting the forum with something like an OS Logo.

Also how are the other ideas like post icons on this thread coming along?
Are you working on them or decide against them?

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taybay
taybay
Posts: 521

I agree with jd, perhaps you could just add an extra column to denote which subforum the topic is part of.

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

I second jd and taybay. I made the mistake a few times posting a Vista solution to an XP problem. Fortunately jd always catches it.

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BobJam
BobJam
Posts: 1052

DEFINITELY a Rick Text Editor.

And email notification would be nice (you posted a reply to me on another thread that this was something you were considering when you got around to it . . . you also said that RSS feeds were already an option, but for those of us that have a primitive dial up, maybe the email notification option would be better).

A "preview" post feature would also be good. Right now you can sort of do that by submitting and then editing, but that is a workaround and it only "lasts" for as long as you can edit (which I think is 15 minutes after you post). Sometimes it takes a little longer if you want to modify the post substantially, and the 15 minute edit function sometimes "expires" (this happened to me once). A "preview" might prevent that from happening.

I said it before in another thread, but I'll say it again: My compliments on your maintenance of this forum, especially if it is, as it is, on your own time and dime.

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BobJam
BobJam
Posts: 1052

I found a workaround to the RSS feed for us archaic dial up users (those few of us who haven't stepped into the 21st Century and put our stubby pencils down). I put all the threads I'm interested in on my "Favorites" list. It's kind of tedious because the list grows (haven't trimmed it down yet, but that will help), but at least it gives me a way to go immediately to the thread I want to look at without searching for it.

Posted 5 years ago
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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

@The Geek,

Take a look at the huge list of Topics with NO-Replies. Need some method to keep them active for some (Reasonable) period of time.

A (Solved) topic is a +10; A try is a +5; A don't know is a 0 AND A No-Reply is a -25 to others looking at this forum including those providing the revenue stream.

Regards,
Rick P.

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SarahJames
SarahJames
Posts: 6581

Didn't read all of this - just hit the latest reply link when Lighthouse offered that:)
But I wonder what font is set for this forum? The screenshot at the beginning is quite different from how it looks for me (I have a tendency to delete fonts, as Lighthouse knows well, LOL).

Edit - might be Verdana? Figures ...

Posted 5 years ago
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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
Posts: 2815

wow seems like i got to this one a bit late but if there could be a solved button that the original poster could push to have it say solved on it might be helpful because i think the mods mainly do it now. and i think that it look really good so far

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LifesSweetDrug
LifesSweetDrug
Posts: 72

I think it could be useful to be able to chose how the columns on the forum page is listed.

So for example you could either chose to list it by number of views, posts or freshness etc. if you know what I mean.

It could just be me though!

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