Constructive ideas on improving the forum - Page 22
I think I have thrown this idea out in the past when we were on vbulletin. Slickdeals.net uses it (on vbulletin) so I knew it was possible. The wiki posts only exist if someone chooses to start one (they don't exist automatically so there aren't a bunch of empty wiki posts)
On their site, it is really pretty useful--lets say you have a PSA thread. Somebody posts a deal in the thread "RL is having 40% off with this code"
A bunch of people post later and they add useful information like "Free shipping with this code" "omg works on darlton's!!" "these sizes are still in stock" etc.
The only way for a new reader to find that would be to read the whole thread--but the wiki post lets anyone take that info and compile it into a wiki post right after the OP where you can have a list of promo codes, list of the best items.
Then when the deal dies and the promos expire, you can edit it to say **DEAD** so you don't get those 3 month old threads that keep getting people excited until they make it to page 20 and realize that the deal is long gone.
Also works kind of nice to build a sort of after-the-fact thread index. e.g. in the Shoe Care thread you could link to the posts that describe the best method to get a mirror shine or take care of shell.
This. Slickdeals is the model that I was going off of. Love their wiki's.
I don't know if that's even in your parameters. FYI - this reason, and this reason alone, was why I was lobbying for vBulletin for the upgrade.
IMO, the "Latest Discussions" drop down box on the main page should really be for "subscriptions". How many people really care what the latest discussions are? That's why you browse though the forum, but I would think almost everyone cares about the threads they have subscriptions to and would be great to have that right on the top of the main page.
The new layout in general is great, but think switching out the mentioned above would be a great change.
I admit when I am wrong. After a few days with the new new new layout I like it better. I guess these guys do know what they are doing. Thanks as always for providing a great forum!
It's not possible right now, but we will work on that. Part of the issue was to protect the members from spammers, but we may be able to work something out. You can find anyone on the admin panel, of course.
VBulletin was an option that we dismissed. We just can't get the type of customization and support we'd have need. Plugins are great, for small forums, generally. On a very large forum, like Styleforum, inefficiencies in queries from plugins, which have little QA/QC and support, can propagate exponentially. These were the issues that we faced before.
We face a different challenge, which is structuring of priorities.
so often there are massive thread that are 80% BS text and it takes forever to go through each page trying to find the actual images of suits. The rubinacci, napoli, and a&s expats thread would be perfect candidates.