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KipMac
25-Oct-09, 11:57 AM
Can we please have a slight re-think on the format of the forum.
One of the cleverest and funniest postings we have ever had, which deserves a much wider audience has vanished into the Limbo Land known as Hover Inn.
I am of course referring to Phillips "Down fall of Hitler"

One minute it is there for all to see and then it's gone.
I surely cannot be the only one who has to search for a previous posting to find where it finished up.

Perhaps now that we have become used to the new Web site it is time to have a look at what works and what is rarely used.
As a former critic of some of the changes, I do recognise the many advantages and tools we know have, but I have a problem with the shuffling around of postings
I have seen too many brilliant posts brought to an untimely halt by disappearing to the back page.

Regards, Disgruntled Kip of near Tunbridge Wells

NB.To self: Don helmet and wait for flack

hector46
25-Oct-09, 12:31 PM
That wouldn't be the funny article taking the mick out of Sev's would it Kip?

Regards

Steve H

Nicholas Flint
25-Oct-09, 12:49 PM
Gosh, Kip Mac being edgy and controversial. I guess it had to happen eventually! As a newly rejoined member still keeping his head relatively below the parapet, I still feel the forum is astonishing and marvel when my phone alerts me to responses to my occaisional postings. I am however easily pleased (you have to be, once past "a certain age"). I too have noticed that things go missing during the night but thought, that was me!
Having just returned from the Severn Blast (moist it was) I feel Winter may be a good time to review such matters, bearing in mind I STILL feel it is a fabulous web site for all to use. However, even those sites can sometimes be "tweaked" to approximate perfection even closer. (A little like hovercraft) See other post ref Severn Cruise. Nicholas Flint

webadmin
25-Oct-09, 01:47 PM
Thanks for the comments Kip.

I think that there may be a misunderstanding on how the main site page works. The main page is just a snapshot of what is going on in all of the forums and other areas - it only shows brief information with shortcuts to the various areas. The example thread you mention hasn't actually disappeared or been moved anywhere at all. All that has happened is that it has "dropped off" the bottom of the list of recent forum posts (as displayed on the main site page) because it is older than the next six newer posts. It will reappear there if someone posts something new to that thread.

You can go straight to the forum display pages at http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/vbforum.php which shows all of the forums on this site (any new activity (that you haven't read) is shown by an orange arrow on the forum folder or by a flashing button next to a sub forum.

Keep the comments coming!

Cheers

KipMac
25-Oct-09, 02:04 PM
Yes John, but if no one replys it sinks further into oblivion.
Right now, where do you find Philips post if you are unaware of it's existence.
I do feel that some posts are worthy of much more attention than they sometimes get .
I suggest that we have to many forums to browse through.

I much preferred the 3 original forums,ie, General,Cruising and Racing.

Please remember that we all have varying degrees of computer skills and I would imagine most of us only use them as amateurs

He who knocks in nails with his phone.

Kip

webadmin
25-Oct-09, 02:49 PM
Right now, where do you find Philips post if you are unaware of it's existence. .... I suggest that we have to many forums to browse through.If you haven't read the post yet then it appears in "new posts" (top right in the welcome box). These are posts that you haven't read yet (everyone will see a different list when they click this) - you don't need to browse through any forums to read things that you haven't read yet because the web site automatically remembers what you have already read (handy for us folk with memory limitations :)) .
I do feel that some posts are worthy of much more attention than they sometimes get.I agree - the forums actually have a rating system available (see "rate thread" at the top of each thread you view) where you can "vote" for your favourite post. I could add a "top rated threads" section to the main page but, the problem is that almost no-one uses the rating option at the moment so nothing would appear there!
I much preferred the 3 original forums,ie, General,Cruising and Racing.The forums are just folders that make the posts appear to be organised, everything is actually stored in one big heap and is only "organised" when you look at it. It's well worthwhile learning how to use Google (or the search function (http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/search.php)on this site - this thread (http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/showpost.php?p=61614&postcount=4)has info on using it) - then you can find almost anything quickly and easily!
Please remember that we all have varying degrees of computer skills and I would imagine most of us only use them as amateursWhat makes you think I'm a professional :)

atters
26-Oct-09, 04:45 AM
My 2 cents... Could we maybe, while we are at it, place a copy of the "next thread - Previous thread" at the top of the thread as well. Now I read the last post then have to scroll down to go the the next one, and as you know, some threads get really long and one's finger can get to hurt from all that scrolling, not that I do not need the exercise..

webadmin
26-Oct-09, 06:27 AM
Atters,

I can't change the position of the next/previous thread but there are other ways to get what you want:

Go to your UserCP (top right) and, on the left under Settings & Options, click Edit Options. Look under Thread Display Options -> Number of Posts to Show Per Page and set it to whatever suits you (1 ,2, 3, etc). OR change the Thread Display Mode to Hybrid for a single-page display.

atters
26-Oct-09, 07:20 AM
OK, will try that, thanks.

Jon Pert
29-Oct-09, 05:11 PM
The Home Page is a bit like the BBC one http://www.bbc.co.uk/ showing the up-to-date info or top stories that are on different parts of the site.

If we had less forums then posts would disappear quicker as the user has less choices of forums to post to so posts in the same forum giving it many many many pages thus threads would drop off the bottom quicker. True you would know that it could only be in one of three forums but you would still have to trawl through page after page to find it! It is the way forums work I'm afraid (even the old one).

There is a plug in available for the site that enables each individual user to tailor the homepage to their liking by dragging the boxes around into the order they want them in (a bit like the BBC page and the iGoogle Homepage). It's the next step up from what we have at the moment where you can minimise and maximise the boxes but not move them around.

All comments are welcome and are going on a list so the site can be tweaked and improved for the membership.