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Is anyone still here...?
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Is anyone still here...? Published by: Viking on 15 Nov 2011 view comments(12)

Is anyone still here...?

I have to say that since this forum was migrated, I have not been here as much.  I was unhappy about the new format and functionality, but I tried to think positively and hope that it would improve.  But I feared that if it was left like this, there would be a mass exodus.  I used to lurk all day long and contribute once in a while.  But I find this new forum much less usable for a number of reasons, and I'm suspecting I'm not the only one since I don't see much activity anymore...  I think it's too bad.  But I don't know how many might be lurking since we can't see anymore who else is on.

But I do see that now there are one or two new topics a day (at most) whereas there were many prior to the forum migration.  The discussions were quite active and lots of topics, and now it seems dead.

So my question:  is anyone still around?

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Posted by: martymill
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Posted: 6 years 10 days 14 hours 23 minutes ago

Hi Viking,

 

I agree with you.  I've slacked off this forum since it's changed.  I thought it was more user friendly before.  I guess I just need to get used to the new format.

 

Marty

Posted by: neilrh
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Jackson, MI
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Posted: 6 years 10 days 13 hours 50 minutes ago

I'm lurking most days that I'm working - though I've been out lately due to some nasty bug that's been going around our office here. You're right about new topics, very sparse, and typically answered before I notice them - and the conversations don't perpetuate or spark new ideas as much as they did at the old place.

I do wonder if our old resident lurker (MdnghtPgmr) is still out there lurking though?

Posted by: Paulster
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Sweden and The Netherlands
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Posted: 6 years 10 days 4 hours 46 minutes ago

Funny, I was thinking the same thing only a few days ago. Same feeling that a number of folks and with them many questions seem to have diminished, as have the funny observations. Maybe partly due to the paying thing that was introduced with the new forum?

 

'In the old days' (am I getting old here?), folks would look in, see if there was some news and if not leave a salutation for the rest of us to remind us of their existence. Things like 'Have you seen this site?', 'Happy Hanukkah', 'Have a nice weekend' etc. Not that the forum was there to facilitate this 'outrageous' behavior but it sure make the place come to life.

 

The new functionality is ok I guess, though I do miss the old list of threads that gave a better overview including the last change date that the old place offered. Also, on the old forum you would be able to select a specific topic to browse for, CL, RPG, etc. I find myself google stuff before looking here. Sorry to hammer it in: new isn't always better...

 

Regards,

Paulster

Posted by: JOHND1
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Milford, Ma
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Posted: 6 years 9 days 21 hours 24 minutes ago

Yea I find it kind of non-user friendly, I have not been on it as much as the old forum.  I do miss seeing who is on.

 

John D

Posted by: dzarder
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Port Washington, WI
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Posted: 6 years 9 days 20 hours 9 minutes ago
Edited: Wed, 16 Nov, 2011 at 09:14:30 (2201 days ago)

I agree that the new format makes the forum clunky to use.  I think that a few small changes could make a lot of difference for the good.  For starters, the width should be increased for the list of forum topics.  On my monitor, that list is only about 3 inches wide.  Without drilling down into each individual topic, I cannot see: (1) when it was posted, (2) who posted it, (3) when it was last updated, etc.  Why not use the available screen real-estate like the old forum did?

Posted by: bobcozzi
Site Admin ****
Chicagoland
Comment on: Is anyone still here...?
Posted: 6 years 8 days 11 hours 53 minutes ago
Edited: Thu, 17 Nov, 2011 at 18:50:59 (2200 days ago)

I've made several of the requested changes to the Forum List on the home page.

Eventually I plan on adding a page just for Discussions that would be "full size" rather than a window/list on the home page, and then leaving the homepage list for just "commented today" items. But for now, let me know if the changes I have already made, help.

Oh, and you don't have to be a paid member to Read or Post in the Forum, however, you do have to be a member (free or paid) and signed in to post.

Thanks for the feedback!

Posted by: bobcozzi
Site Admin ****
Chicagoland
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Posted: 6 years 7 days 17 hours 15 minutes ago

Okay, I've added the "Who's here" box to the home page.

Let me know if you think it sucks or should be included elsewhere on the site.

Posted by: dzarder
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Port Washington, WI
Comment on: Is anyone still here...?
Posted: 6 years 7 days 15 hours 17 minutes ago

Bob - yes, I think these recent changes help a lot.  Thanks!

Posted by: Viking
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CA
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Posted: 6 years 7 days 13 hours 35 minutes ago

Yup, better already - thanks.

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Posted: 6 years 4 days 20 hours 19 minutes ago

Another suggestion: You should have the option to sort articles by date of last comment. (Isn't that how the old forum worked?) That way, we can see what the active threads are.

Posted by: JOHND1
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Milford, Ma
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Posted: 6 years 4 days 19 hours 32 minutes ago

Yea I also like the changes, I realy like the "who's here Box"  thanks !

Posted by: bobcozzi
Site Admin ****
Chicagoland
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Posted: 6 years 4 days 19 hours 28 minutes ago

Hans, I didn't understand what you were asking for until I just now went back and scrolled through the Discussion Thread box. Currently its sorted by most recently created date, and the comments since last visit are in red. What you're asking for is to sort that box by most recent comments.  The only problem with that, is it pushes the new Discussion Threads that do NOT have any comments, responses yet, to the bottom. But let me look at it.

Thank you.