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« Topic Start: January 11, 2008, 06:18:50 pm »

It's not only time for our Annual Donation Drive, it's time for our annual "suggestion drive" when we open a topic and request your suggestions for how TC (the forum, the web site, the MUX, forum rules, etc.) could be improved. We make no promises to implement suggestions, but the Hosts and staff do look at and consider them all.  (And have implemented a number of suggestions over the last ten years).

Four items are completely off the table, however:

1) Changing forum software.

2) Eliminating/weakening our quoting rules. (The Hosts will shut down the board first -- seriously, having quoting with the backlinks to the quoted message is that important.)

3) Eliminating the restrictions on accounts that have not qualified for Full Membership.

4) Turning the board away from its "Discussion and Debate" orientation.

Suggestions regarding other areas will be considered. Suggestions that take a lot of staff time or that cost money will be considered, but will will be far less likely to be implemented (for obvious reasons).

Staff may not reply to suggestions, but they ARE read.  (And I read every one of them.)
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« Reply #1: January 11, 2008, 06:45:59 pm »

It's not only time for our Annual Donation Drive, it's time for our annual "suggestion drive" when we open a topic and request your suggestions for how TC (the forum, the web site, the MUX, forum rules, etc.) could be improved. We make no promises to implement suggestions, but the Hosts and staff do look at and consider them all.  (And have implemented a number of suggestions over the last ten years).

I think it would be nice if there were some way to tag a post or topic. I don't know if that is possible though.  So many times I read something I like, or want to think about, then forget where it was posted and have a heck of a time finding the thing again - pitfall of having such a large and successful forum I guess.   Smiley
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« Reply #2: January 11, 2008, 06:58:43 pm »

I think it would be nice if there were some way to tag a post or topic. I don't know if that is possible though.  So many times I read something I like, or want to think about, then forget where it was posted and have a heck of a time finding the thing again - pitfall of having such a large and successful forum I guess.   Smiley

This might be doable.  There is a "Bookmark" mod for SMF that allows uses to bookmark threads and then see a list of their bookmarked threads. There was, however, some problem with it and this modded version of SMF that made it not wiork herethe last time I looked at it about six months ago. I'll see if anything has changed.
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« Reply #3: January 11, 2008, 07:11:40 pm »

I think it would be nice if there were some way to tag a post or topic.

I second that.  I'd love a way to "mark all topics as read" EXCEPT for selected ones that I know I'll want to go back to.
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« Reply #4: January 11, 2008, 07:26:59 pm »

I second that.  I'd love a way to "mark all topics as read" EXCEPT for selected ones that I know I'll want to go back to.

On a related note, I'd like a way to "mark all topics as read" that are older than a certain date, so I can get rid of threads that are more than two days old, f'ex, but keep the newer ones up to read.

I hope that made sense.
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« Reply #5: January 11, 2008, 07:46:09 pm »

I second that.  I'd love a way to "mark all topics as read" EXCEPT for selected ones that I know I'll want to go back to.

The bookmark just stores the threads.  If you mark all threads read, when you go to the bookmarked thread, you will it will go to the new messages in the thread posted after you marked all read.  No SMF Mod Writerone has come up with any way to just make some threads exceptions to the "Mark all read" operation.  I doubt it is doable without overloading the server. Sad
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« Reply #6: January 11, 2008, 08:29:43 pm »

The bookmark just stores the threads.  If you mark all threads read, when you go to the bookmarked thread, you will it will go to the new messages in the thread posted after you marked all read.  No SMF Mod Writerone has come up with any way to just make some threads exceptions to the "Mark all read" operation.  I doubt it is doable without overloading the server. Sad

Would it be possible to have "mark as read" umm... checkboxes? I'm not sure how to explain it, but some way there could be a 'mark the selected as read' option, then it would be possible to keep particular threads as unread.
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« Reply #7: January 11, 2008, 08:32:50 pm »

Would it be possible to have "mark as read" umm... checkboxes? I'm not sure how to explain it, but some way there could be a 'mark the selected as read' option, then it would be possible to keep particular threads as unread.

Or maybe it would be easier to mark a few threads (the ones you want to come back to later) as "unread", then get rid of all the others by marking them "read"?

Or something like that...

I think what I'm really trying to describe is something like GMail, where you can tag threads different ways to make it easier to ditch the ones you're done with, but keep visible the ones you still want to come back to.
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« Reply #8: January 11, 2008, 08:40:27 pm »

it's time for our annual "suggestion drive"

I think that if there is enough interest, maybe we could have a Native American religion/tradition/spirituality SIG?

There isn't much I would change, I love it here Smiley
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« Reply #9: January 11, 2008, 09:07:54 pm »

Would it be possible to have "mark as read" umm... checkboxes? I'm not sure how to explain it, but some way there could be a 'mark the selected as read' option, then it would be possible to keep particular threads as unread.

There is nothing like this that I've seen for SMF.
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« Reply #10: January 11, 2008, 09:18:34 pm »

The bookmark just stores the threads.  If you mark all threads read, when you go to the bookmarked thread, you will it will go to the new messages in the thread posted after you marked all read.  No SMF Mod Writerone has come up with any way to just make some threads exceptions to the "Mark all read" operation.  I doubt it is doable without overloading the server. Sad

Maybe you could put a little notepad on the profile pages so that maybe, as soon as you see a thread that you like, you can copy and paste the title on the notepad so you can remember to see it. Did that make sense? There's something similar on this rpg site I'm on, that's where I got the idea. Because, you know, if you just write down the thread names on a piece of paper, you'll just lose it.
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« Reply #11: January 11, 2008, 09:19:35 pm »

Or maybe it would be easier to mark a few threads (the ones you want to come back to later) as "unread", then get rid of all the others by marking them "read"

But then, how do you differentiate between the ones you've read and liked and the ones that you actually haven't read?
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« Reply #12: January 11, 2008, 09:23:49 pm »

But then, how do you differentiate between the ones you've read and liked and the ones that you actually haven't read?

Ummmm.  I don't know.  That wasn't the problem I was thinking about.

It's probably not do-able on this software, but GMail has a way to "star" threads -- like flagging messages in Microsoft Outlook.  Starring would be really helpful for finding those important, want-to-go-back-to-them threads.

But what I was looking for was a way to get rid of a bumch of threads I'm not going to read -- f'ex, everything before a certain date because I got behind in my reading -- while keeping all the newer threads that I think I can catch up on.

I don't think I'm making sense.  I'm sorry.
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« Reply #13: January 11, 2008, 09:56:12 pm »

Ummmm.  I don't know.  That wasn't the problem I was thinking about.

It's probably not do-able on this software, but GMail has a way to "star" threads -- like flagging messages in Microsoft Outlook.  Starring would be really helpful for finding those important, want-to-go-back-to-them threads.

But what I was looking for was a way to get rid of a bumch of threads I'm not going to read -- f'ex, everything before a certain date because I got behind in my reading -- while keeping all the newer threads that I think I can catch up on.

I don't think I'm making sense.  I'm sorry.

no, it makes sense to me. Also, threads that have switched course, and you are no longer interested in. My mommy board, on world crossing, has that feature, most helpful.
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« Reply #14: January 13, 2008, 09:38:13 am »

This might be doable.  There is a "Bookmark" mod for SMF that allows uses to bookmark threads and then see a list of their bookmarked threads. There was, however, some problem with it and this modded version of SMF that made it not wiork herethe last time I looked at it about six months ago. I'll see if anything has changed.

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