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post #121 of 546
Suggestions:

1. Exclude the B&S archives from search by default. In fact, I'd say just eliminate those forums entirely at this point.

2. Exclude closed listings from search by default.

3. Add back the WTB forum - I used it occasionally and it was useful - especially if it was linked to the B&S so that when I posted something it would show me related threads in WTB and vice-versa.

4. Get rid of the insane amounts of whitespace.

5. I'd actually like B&S to automatically get rid of posts over two months or so. Sort of like craigslist - let the poster know they are expiring and give them a chance to edit/repost at that point.

6. Mining knowledge on a forum generally sucks - it'd be nice if reference threads were ported over to wikis.

7. Specific brand threads should be organized by season or year and old ones should be allowed to sink into the past.

8. Add a group buy/PSA/custom forum under B&S instead of having them scattered all over the place.
post #122 of 546
Also, get rid of the submenus on the Forum drop-down and just put them in-line and indented. It is annoying to track through submenus for so few a number of listings.
post #123 of 546
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

Add back the WTB forum - I used it occasionally and it was useful - especially if it was linked to the B&S so that when I posted something it would show me related threads in WTB and vice-versa.

Also, get rid of the submenus on the Forum drop-down and just put them in-line and indented. It is annoying to track through submenus for so few a number of listings.

Absolutely +1.
post #124 of 546
When doing a search I noticed that my keywords aren't highlighted as before. It would be helpful to highlight those keywords to make it 100 times easier to read through threads..

Also a different skin, and as someone had already mentioned. The white spaces

Thanks
post #125 of 546
TURN OFF THE DAMN POPUPS WHEN HOVERING OVER A THREAD LINK.

There, I got it out of my system. That bugs the hell out of me when I'm scrolling up and down and they are constantly popping. More substantively, I can't imagine it provides real benefit - the popup doesn't provide much (any?) more info than the title+prelim already does.

ps - nice to see my caps are retained. vB would "proper case" them - I found that out one other time when I wacky scream posted (a reply to Sissy Spacerock or something else? I don't remember...)
post #126 of 546
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

Suggestions:
1. Exclude the B&S archives from search by default. In fact, I'd say just eliminate those forums entirely at this point.
2. Exclude closed listings from search by default.
A lot of people use these for information, so we don't plan to do this. You can, however, search subforums separately.
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3. Add back the WTB forum - I used it occasionally and it was useful - especially if it was linked to the B&S so that when I posted something it would show me related threads in WTB and vice-versa.
You can subset to search only for WTB threads. You can actually interrupt subsetting so you can unclick multiple checkboxes in the "types of classifieds" you are looking for without penalty. I agree that showing you related WTB threads would be useful, but not sure whether we have that capacity right now (building it fresh would be a big project.)
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4. Get rid of the insane amounts of whitespace.
An ongoing project.
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5. I'd actually like B&S to automatically get rid of posts over two months or so. Sort of like craigslist - let the poster know they are expiring and give them a chance to edit/repost at that point.
For the same reason as number 1 and 2, we are not going to delete information from the database. I'm also not sure what usefulness this has in general. However, the 15 open listing limit does force users to be somewhat judicious with their postings
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6. Mining knowledge on a forum generally sucks - it'd be nice if reference threads were ported over to wikis.
We agree with this in principle, and would encourage users to submit wiki entries. It's not something that has been used before though, and we don't have the manpower to write the wikis ourselves, so this would need to be a user driven project. Is there someone who you think would be interested in compiling information for wikis? Styleforum has always been about user driven, bottom up initiatives. It's one of the strengths of the forum, but it also has its downsides. i.e., if noone is interested in a project, it generally isn't done, unfortunately. j and I are just 2 people, and our mod team is stretched as it is.
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7. Specific brand threads should be organized by season or year and old ones should be allowed to sink into the past.
Again, I agree, but this is another user driven initiative. We have a policy of not closing threads unless there is egregrious behavior in them.
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8. Add a group buy/PSA/custom forum under B&S instead of having them scattered all over the place.
This is not really the point of the B&S forum, which is to allow commerce between users. We allow specific threads in the specific subforums because we feel them useful to members.
post #127 of 546
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

When doing a search I noticed that my keywords aren't highlighted as before. It would be helpful to highlight those keywords to make it 100 times easier to read through threads..

Also a different skin, and as someone had already mentioned. The white spaces

Thanks

The platform doesn't actually allow for easy skinning, but we are working on decreasing unnecessary whitespace.
post #128 of 546
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

See Fok, that is what I'm talking about. Even at double the size, it still doesn't fill up all that damn blue space.

I like NOBD's ideas for decreasing the vertical spacing in the postbit. I'll bring that up.

Personally, I've never liked avatars (I didn't have one for 9+ years), so personally, I'd rather have small avatars, and use the extra space to increase information density even further. Maybe a compromise can be reached if NOBD's ideas can be implemented. I suppose that I could live with a 100x100 avatar (though, in my perfect world, they would be eliminated altogether - I find about 1 in 100 semi-interesting/amusing.)
post #129 of 546
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post



I like NOBD's ideas for decreasing the vertical spacing in the postbit. I'll bring that up.

Personally, I've never liked avatars (I didn't have one for 9+ years), so personally, I'd rather have small avatars, and use the extra space to increase information density even further. Maybe a compromise can be reached if NOBD's ideas can be implemented. I suppose that I could live with a 100x100 avatar (though, in my perfect world, they would be eliminated altogether - I find about 1 in 100 semi-interesting/amusing.)

While I agree there aren't many interesting avatars, there are unique ones that help (me) recognise posters by sight. It makes conversation flow more easy if the 'speaker' is known right off the bat. For this reason I don't like automatic avatar allotment.
 

 

post #130 of 546
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

A lot of people use these for information, so we don't plan to do this. You can, however, search subforums separately.

I'd still say to exclude the archives from search by default and let people search those subforums individually. The use case will usually be that someone is searching for something for sale, with a small subset researching past sales because they have a similar item or are just looking for historical initiative. Also, they should probably be deprecated on the main forum page to much smaller headings as subforums under the main sale forums.
post #131 of 546
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

This is not really the point of the B&S forum, which is to allow commerce between users. We allow specific threads in the specific subforums because we feel them useful to members.

They don't really have to be under the B&S forum - but it would be nice to have them grouped up, as often they get lost in the general chatter and are more related to commerce than anything else. May be worthwhile to just have a sticky at the top of each clothing forum that just references active threads.
post #132 of 546
It's probably been stated, but why can't we just land on the Forums page rather than the recent activity page?
post #133 of 546
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Originally Posted by 1969 View Post

It's probably been stated, but why can't we just land on the Forums page rather than the recent activity page?

We want readers to get a sense of what is going on throughout the forum. The recent activity page does that, and is dynamic in a way that the forum page is not. of course, you can get to the forum page from anywhere you can get to the landing page.
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Originally Posted by burningbright View Post

Also, what's the deal with youtube links not embedding all the time? Is that YouTube issue or an SF one?

This technically belongs in the technical questions thread, but does this still happen? I thought we'd slayed that dragon, but please tell me if there are still instances where it is happening
post #134 of 546
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post


Really the three things I mentioned are the only issues. The "please wait" box is the deal breaker, because once that comes on, your page is pretty much dunzo.

Since I am half dead from exhaustion, would you mind emailing me the 3 issues, and I'll bring them up directly in my next conversation with Ted? Thanks,

Fok.
post #135 of 546
Installing AdBlock for your browser makes this forum a lot more tolerable and MUCH faster.
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