Originally Posted by idfnl
Agreed. This just became another outlet for snark. Thumbs up should be no more than a way to eliminate all the +1 comments. If you have something to say, why not just reply? And we used the fora for years without the thumbs up, suddenly its a big deal?
This was pretty much our line of thinking. That, plus the fact that we could not actually delete or edit thread comments, cemented our decision. Of course, things can change, but I just don't see it happening in the immediate or short term.
Having worked in IT for the last 20 yrs, 4k a week is about right for web based work. The idea you can do it for a few hundred bucks is laughable. When you reach a critical mass of users, you need to invest in professionals. This is not 1998 where interns build your site. Users have experience on the web and expectations.
Thanks for validating this. The $4K/week number is not pulled from thin air. That's the price of a decent contractor. Right now, we have 1.4MM+ (going on 1.5MM unique visitors a month) with closing on 11MM pageviews. That's a lot of queries. It's actually considerably higher than forum software was ever designed to accomodate. Before our conversion, we were experiencing more and more system shutdowns, and were forced to take away more and more functionality. I'm not sure how many of you remember that.
One mod I would like to suggest is to have quoted comments for people you ignore also blocked out. In addition, when you click on 'my posts' and see the run down of your threads, if the last person that posted is on ignore, you still see the first x characters of their reply. I'd like to see that blocked as well.
A very good idea, and one we find reasonable and have considered many times, but the development resources are just not there to make this a top priority. Sometime in the future, however, we'd love to see this happen.