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Suggestions for forum improvement
Posted by schmidty on Saturday, January 4, 2014 12:42 PM

I really like the people and content of this forum.  But some of the forum functions could use some work.

1. Search; it would be highly useful if you could search within sub-forums only (i.e. just posts in "Aircraft" or "Airbrushing").  Also, the ability to search only topics and not replies, and the ability to search within a certain time frame.  Basically an "Advanced search".  The search here gives you so many "hits" for every search that you still have to dig through many posts to try and find what you are looking for.  It should not be a surprise to anyone if new users create new posts asking questions that have already been answered.

2. Email notifications; I would be great if we had the ability to limit the email notifications to "Daily Log" or "Once when new content is posted".  I am subscribed to a few threads, and my email inbox gets filled very quickly with a notification for every new post.

My suggestions are common features on other forums.  I'm a member of many forums and I think every one of them has all the features I suggest above.  I don't think my requests are unreasonable nor unheard of.

Again, all-in-all I like this place.  The people, content and even the "look" of the forum are all great.  It would just be nice if it was a little more "feature rich".

--Mike

On the Bench: 1:72 Academy P-51B

On Deck: 1:72 Hobby Craft DHC-3 (U-1A) & 1:72 Academy Ju 87G-1

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, January 6, 2014 8:56 AM

Hear are my gripes on the present forum.  The "mark as read" function doesn't seem to work.  When I read a message, or use that function, the messages keep showing up even though I am invoking the UNREAD option.  Sometimes a whole bunch of messages from a month or six weeks ago suddenly turn up in various forums.

There is no way to lock in the UNREAD option. In some groups I have to click it every day.  I would suggest that most folks want the unread option normally. I think it should default to unread, and new folks can invoke the option to view all messages once when they first go to a new forum.

In forums that have a lot of traffic the "mark as read" function should be close to the top.  Once shouldn't have to scroll down past a lot of empty screen to get to it.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by gunner_chris on Monday, January 6, 2014 9:53 AM

One thing if I may is some way to distinguish that I've participated in a thread.

On another forum I'm on it adds a green arrow to the threads I've replied to, this way when I read through "recent posts" I know which ones I may have responded to.  Otherwise I would look under Recent Posts then Your Discussions, which is extra unnecessary work.  Helpful especially when threads get brought back up for discussion.

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Posted by schmidty on Monday, January 6, 2014 11:22 AM

DittoDitto

Also good points.  The "architecture" of this forum leaves a lot to be desired.  

I wonder how many potentially valuable members either don't post, or don't even join because this forum doesn't live up to what we've come to expect a modern internet forum to be...?

I don't want to seem overly critical.  This definitely isn't the worst forum I've ever been on.  But it isn't the best, either.  Just like my modeling skills, there is room for improvement!

Again; I'm only referring to the under-the-hood stuff.  The members and information on here are GREAT!

--Mike

On the Bench: 1:72 Academy P-51B

On Deck: 1:72 Hobby Craft DHC-3 (U-1A) & 1:72 Academy Ju 87G-1

G-J
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Posted by G-J on Monday, January 6, 2014 6:52 PM

gunner_chris

[snip]

On another forum I'm on it adds a green arrow to the threads I've replied to, this way when I read through "recent posts" I know which ones I may have responded to.  Otherwise I would look under Recent Posts then Your Discussions, which is extra unnecessary work.  Helpful especially when threads get brought back up for discussion.

This.

I love this feature on other forums. This would make for a nice enhancement.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 9:24 AM

schmidty

DittoDitto

Also good points.  The "architecture" of this forum leaves a lot to be desired.  

I wonder how many potentially valuable members either don't post, or don't even join because this forum doesn't live up to what we've come to expect a modern internet forum to be...?

I don't want to seem overly critical.  This definitely isn't the worst forum I've ever been on.  But it isn't the best, either.  Just like my modeling skills, there is room for improvement!

Again; I'm only referring to the under-the-hood stuff.  The members and information on here are GREAT!

The big thing I like about this forum is the diversity. I build several genres of models, and here is a one site go-to for all of them.  Plus, there is an excellent set of forums in the tools, techniques and references area for threads common to all scale modeling.  Some friends I know have recommended other sites, but the forums are all single genre, and mechanics are different at each site.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Jerseyville, ON
Posted by elass0wyp0 on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 5:31 PM

Don Stauffer

Hear are my gripes on the present forum.  The "mark as read" function doesn't seem to work.  When I read a message, or use that function, the messages keep showing up even though I am invoking the UNREAD option.  Sometimes a whole bunch of messages from a month or six weeks ago suddenly turn up in various forums.

There is no way to lock in the UNREAD option. In some groups I have to click it every day.  I would suggest that most folks want the unread option normally. I think it should default to unread, and new folks can invoke the option to view all messages once when they first go to a new forum.

In forums that have a lot of traffic the "mark as read" function should be close to the top.  Once shouldn't have to scroll down past a lot of empty screen to get to it.

Seconded.  I'd love to see that work properly. 

Gordy

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  • From: Tucson, AZ
Posted by Archangel Shooter on Friday, January 10, 2014 9:46 PM

How about having a live chat room? Sometimes it seems like that what I go to my mail box and find 30 plus emails.  

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 On the bench: So many hanger queens.

 

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, January 10, 2014 11:38 PM

Oh yeah - we definitely gotta have chat!

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  • From: Ontario, Canada
Posted by gunner_chris on Sunday, January 12, 2014 9:50 AM

One of the big issues unfortunately is the forum ownership.  And that's not meant as a slight against FSM.

The other forums with more flexibility to make changes are closely monitored but several admins, and have access to implement upgrades/changes as they need.  Many are based on the vBulletin system which has spoiled us.  Some of the simplistic options such as merging multiple threads when 2 posters start the same topic or moving a thread if someone posts in the wrong area.  The other forum I regularly frequent has 2 admins and they are online at least once a day.  It's a huge commitment but I tell you things run smooth.

If I recall with other suggestions in the past everything is run by Kalmbach who's tech dudes I don't think we are their priority.I know Tim and Aaron pop in but more so to ensure we behave ourselves :)

I've always disliked the mobile version but it was a fire and forget implementation that the site won't remember your setting.  Part of that is because any thread with large number of relies such as the group builds you have to "load more replies" to get to the end where the most recent post was.

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