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TWG/Forum Improvements
« on: May 16, 2004, 04:18:03 AM »
If you think something about the site or the forum should be changed, feel free to post it here.
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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2004, 12:48:28 PM »
Here's something else I will be doing, that I think will solve a couple back and forth problems we've had.
I'm going to make a SINGLE sticky thread at the top of a few of the sections, listing the most commonly resurrected threads:
ie, in Everything Else, it will link to whatever the current "quotes" thread is, the "Cool Stuff" thread, and the "News from the web." maybe a couple others.
Rants, I will link to the "stupid titles" thread
in Music, "cool lyrics" "What are you listening to" and "What's playin'"

To be honest, I think those are the only three sections that have more than one regularly recurring thread. This will make the threads easy to find, even if they run off the first page, without making tons of stickys to wade through to find other content. Let me know if there are other threads you feel should be linked to.

I will probably lock these "navigation" threads so that they don't get cluttered, and just unlock to edit them when it becomes necessary.

Give me some response to this.

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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2004, 05:32:06 PM »
I am going to add something in the FAQ, probably under the 'There's so much stuff here!  What should I read?' question explaining all of the popular threads.  What you say definitely has merit, though I worry about letting our 'stickies' get out of hand.
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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2004, 06:32:55 PM »
THat's why I'm saying just one thread for each forum. I dont' think people will go read the FAQ to dig through many thread topics. However, if they zero in on a section they like, they'll wonder what to do.

It would also be a reference, for people like Gemm this weekend, who wondered where that news thread was.  *shrug* if no one wants it, I won't do it.

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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2004, 08:01:48 PM »
I think that is an extremely good idea. In fact, I was just the other day thinking about how to sticky the important topics without having a page full of stickys.
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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2004, 08:11:46 PM »
I don't see why we need it. They never slip past the first page.
If you're ever in an argument and Entropy winds up looking staid and temperate in comparison, it might be time to cut your losses and start a new thread about something else :)

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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2004, 08:37:49 PM »
but they DO slip past the front page. that's why it came up.

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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2004, 09:50:10 PM »
Yes, oh unquestionable ruler.

Though god knows why you can't abide looking around for 1 minute to find the thread. Sticky topics just clutter the place up to my mind.
If you're ever in an argument and Entropy winds up looking staid and temperate in comparison, it might be time to cut your losses and start a new thread about something else :)

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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2004, 09:57:51 PM »
It's your job to whine. If I didn't do things you hated, you'd have to stick with slapping down n00bs.

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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2004, 10:02:52 PM »
*nod*
If you're ever in an argument and Entropy winds up looking staid and temperate in comparison, it might be time to cut your losses and start a new thread about something else :)

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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2004, 12:16:58 AM »
Sorry, SE--I meant to get back to this earlier.

I think your suggestion is a good one, as I said--I was just pointing out a potential problem.

As I think about it, the 'Your Guide to X' threads might be good as an extension to the FAQ.  Meaning, if they gave a bit of an explanation about the threads they link to, they could be of great use to newcomers.  Then, I could include them word-for-word as the 'popular threads' section of the FAQ.

Then, at the bottom of the 'Your Guide' threads, we could say "Check out the Forum FAQ for more information on interesting threads."  That would encourage people, maybe, to go read the FAQ.

Just a thought.
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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2004, 12:20:23 AM »
I have another suggestion.  What if we officially capped threads at a certain number of pages.  (Say, Ten?)  Then everyone could know when a thread is getting too long.  For those of us who like to keep track of how long threads get (for coolness) they'd be able to count how many pages their pet thread has gotten by multiplying the numeral after the title by ten.  For people who have dial-up, they won't have to wait forever while a thread loads for them to post.
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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2004, 04:58:05 AM »
well I thinkn that's a good idea for some threads, but what about ones like word sense, we'd need a new every couple of days, and that would clutter things up...just a thought
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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2004, 05:04:17 AM »
I must point out here, that the current word sense has achieved a length in three months the time the old threads took a year to gain.
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Re: TWG/Forum Improvements
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2004, 07:41:35 AM »
yeah, I'll go back through and add a link to the FAQ. RIght now I did give descriptions of the threads, so that should be good.

I think the length should be more like 20. It's just text. Text doesn't take long to load. Even on dialup. And that should only be on "frequently posted" threads, others it's nicer to have them all in one place.