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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-10-2006, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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How the threads in the forums are highlighted. The forums that I'm used to have the threads that have been posted to since the user was last on board highlighted when you first log on. They are always of course the ones at the top of a page or may take up a few complete pages but it makes it easy to tell at a glance what I've missed since I've been gone. There are always a lot that I don't care about reading anyway but it simplifies keeping up. When I log on to the ChronicleForums I can glance through several forums with hundreds of posts since I was last on, comment on a few, and answer any questions directed specifically to me in just a few minutes.

It seems like the highlights here now indicate which ones I haven't read since they have been posted to. This way does not seem to be quite as efficient to me. I don't always necessarily want to go back and read everything that keeps getting added to threads that I've posted to and some I just don't think it's worth the time to read. If one of these, that to start with that I don't read, continues on and there are lots of posts and views I can reconsider my reasoning and read the thread. To me this is one of the great advantages to forums. Efficient time management.

This is not exactly a complaint but the reasons I'm getting that people don't want to switch to a forum format is that they don't know how to use it and it's too complicated.
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I agree Tom. I was actually trying to fix this last night. I just cant figure it out.
So I was searching on a forum about a forum....today I think Ill post the question.

Its driving me crazy also. On my photog forum, I can click new posts and it will show me all the latest posts not just the ones I have participated in. This is what you are referring to, correct?

Im hoping as more people contribute, people will come over and get the hang of it. Its quite easy once you figure out the basics.

Thanks for making suggestions, it helps so much!
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I should have this resolved shortly Tom.
I want to make sure we are on the same page. You want the threads to post/be highlighted, in the order they were made not dependent on if you read or posted in them.

Im also buying a program where I can make a short movie showing people how to navigate in the forum. It might help newcomers.

Im also having a more professional logo done.

This default skin-style may change but that wont affect anything.
Keep the tips coming!!!!
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quote: "On my photog forum, I can click new posts and it will show me all the latest posts not just the ones I have participated in. This is what you are referring to, correct?"

Really, the way the Chronicle and others do it is that threads that have been posted to since I last visited are highlighted. There's nothing to click on when you get there. You open a forum and any thread that's new or has new discussion on it since I was last on is highlighted and since last replied to gets moved to the top they are all together starting at the top of the page. It has nothing to do with whether I read or posted to them. That way when the user logs on you don't have to look at all the other stuff because it was there the last time you were on and there is no new discussion on it although you can of course go back and read anything. The highlighting that way just makes keeping up more efficient.

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Sorry, I put this in the wrong forum. Growing pains...........

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Its Ok! i can move it.

Tom, try this, up top in the link bar, there is one that says Quick Links.
Click that then go to "Todays Posts"
See if that set up is what you are referring to. If that is how you like it, I have to figure out how to make the rest work that way.
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No. To me the "quick links" is just something else to have to do. I just click on the forums I do and hit the pages that I frequent. I can scan down quickly. On the ChronicleForums there would be pages on a list of posts in one day-then I would have to find those posts in the different forums-I think it would just take longer. But it's not just because of a way that I like or am used to. The "unread" part may not be an issue now that things are just getting started but hopefully this will replace all the lists. When there are lots of new threads everyday or threads that keep getting posted to, I have to pick which ones I want to read. It's not an issue now, but most of the Havanese folks are just learning how to use a Forums and if anything is changed later there will be complaints.

What I was talking about has nothing to do with whether the user has read a thread or not. The way the other forums I participate on work is that when you first log on, the first page shown on any Forum has all the threads that have either been started or posted to since I was last on highlighted. Since the latest posted to thread gets moved to the top all these threads are lined up down from the top highlighted. It saves time because you know if you were caught up the last time you were on you don't need to go past these. There will be a lot of threads that I don't read to start with unless there are lots of replies or views as indicated on the right side of the page.
Maybe it's just that the latest posted to thread doesn't get moved to the top automatically. I really haven't tried to figure it out but it just looks confusing to me like this. Until we get into multiple pages it really doesn't matter. On the ChronicleForums there are over 20,000 members so it's not practical to read every post.

I'm pushing this to catch on for a number of reasons. It can be a great reference source. Some people are just thinking of it as something else to keep up with but if the lists are abandoned this will be much more efficient. I can open a forums and catch up in just a few minutes.

Pam has been gone for a couple of days and I counted 236 email messages from lists. There will be more tomorrow and this will just result in much time wasted for her.

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Im with you.

Im trying to figure it out. Im going to have to enlist someone to fix it for me.
And I agree, its not a big deal now, but I want it right from the get-go.

The other forum Im on is like what you just described and it is a lot easier.
Im not sure what the deal is here.
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I just checked the first page on this forum again and there are threads that haven't been posted to since the 4th highlighted. I'm thinking that it's because I haven't read these threads since someone posted to them. It might be something else but I can't figure out what it is. As the number of threads increase it will not be as important to see which ones the user hasn't read.
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Yes it highlights the ones you have not read, and it lists them in order from the top based on the last post. Im going to work on it somemore tomorrow.
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