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post Feb 7 2010, 10:58 AM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Feb 6 2010, 04:35 PM) *
I always use the "View new topics" button up there, that way I check all the new stuff, and I couldn't live without it. I click on it like a million times every day laugh.gif


+1 on that Fran! And I dont think the forums are messy comparing to other forums on the internet. With that vaste amount of information, its hard to keep a forum "clean" without some heavy moderation - and I rather prefer a more "free" and livelier discussion forum, rather than one that doesnt live.... As Fran also says here, a really hard work is going on with the WIKI, and the most common questions shall of course find it's place there instead. I do agree anyway, that the forums may have a little steep "learning curve", but once You get into the system, its really no problem to find information - or just throw out the question again, since all people are most likely to help! biggrin.gif

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post Feb 7 2010, 11:46 AM
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This is a great discussion - and I agree with what's been said. We have tried the sticky thread model but we removed it, the main reasons were the ones mentioned here.

It goes down to what Fran is saying - if you see the forum as a knowledge base then you might want to start structuring it up with sticky threads etc. However we have already got our knowledge base - and personally I love seeing new topics and lots of activity on our boards. I think a lot of new threads (even if they aren't unique) makes GMC a better place.


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post Feb 7 2010, 12:45 PM
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Personally, I like the Forums as they are. This is mainly because the 'Search' function works well and when someone posts a repeat question without having used it one of the Members will post a link to the earlier thread. On top of this, as already mentioned, if the question is worded differently from an earlier Post then it usually elicits some different responses which may also be useful to the earlier Poster too!
I do think that having a pinned FAQ/Link to the Wiki could be a very useful addition and I don't mind helping Fran to do this if needed. Unfortunately, I think the amount of repetition would only be reduced if the Poster actually uses the Search facilities and, as we can't physically make that happen this will always be a part of these forums. smile.gif smile.gif
I also like to be a part of this Community where there are so many people willing to help and offer advice. I wish this sort of thing had been available 25+ years ago when I was struggling to teach myself!!!! biggrin.gif


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post Feb 7 2010, 03:34 PM
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Alright. Just popped into my mind. biggrin.gif
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post Feb 7 2010, 04:59 PM
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The forum IMO is not that scattered, the info is available, we all keep important bookmarks that we like and we can always reference to a topic, but for GMC it is very important to answer the questions asked when they show up, it's one of the important features of GMC - people get the answer to exactly what they asked and in short notice. The combination of pinned topics, immediate answering, wiki, and topic referencing is what gives strength to this forum.


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post Feb 7 2010, 06:03 PM
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QUOTE (Kristian Hyvarinen @ Feb 7 2010, 09:34 AM) *
Alright. Just popped into my mind. biggrin.gif


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post Feb 12 2010, 01:26 PM
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Thank you Andrew - and everyone who has been there to answer my suggestions! smile.gif As a matter of fact, I myself have always been in more controlled forums, which of course has influenced on my view of a good forum. I still disagree with many of the opinions given here, but I also understand the point of view of those disagreeing with me.

So let's go from this basis and endeavour to make this place even better with the current ways. smile.gif
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post Feb 12 2010, 04:59 PM
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Not a while ago it was pretty much impossible to search on the forum. So the only choice to have an answer was to ask the question. Now, the search function works much better.

It's good to talk about that subject so perhaps people will use the search function a bit more before asking a question. That's some common sense and logic as you don't need to lose your time asking a question if its answer is already available.

And if people who answer know the answer is somewhere in the place, they just copy the link and it will help keep the place tidy.

But applying very strict rules will definitely kill the forum.

About the Display New Posts button, I personally don't have enough time in my life to read the 500 / day new post on the forum so I don't use that button. I don't even mark the post as read and only read what seems to be interesting... smile.gif


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post Feb 12 2010, 05:36 PM
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QUOTE (Keilnoth @ Feb 12 2010, 09:59 AM) *
About the Display New Posts button, I personally don't have enough time in my life to read the 500 / day new post on the forum so I don't use that button. I don't even mark the post as read and only read what seems to be interesting... smile.gif


It's been fourteen to sixteen hours since I last hit "view new posts" and I had 19 unread posts. That's a long way from 500.

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post Feb 15 2010, 12:58 PM
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QUOTE (Keilnoth @ Feb 12 2010, 04:59 PM) *
About the Display New Posts button, I personally don't have enough time in my life to read the 500 / day new post on the forum so I don't use that button. I don't even mark the post as read and only read what seems to be interesting... smile.gif

Actually I think the other way around, because if you click the view new posts often, then the most interesting topics will be there more often (since more people is posting on them).

So basically I use it all the time. To be fair, most of the time i skip GMC main page and I go for the "view new posts" tongue.gif

Then, I agree with everyone about keeping the forum more as it is and using the wiki as knowledge base. GMC is probably the only internet forum I ever liked for real.

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post Feb 15 2010, 02:24 PM
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QUOTE (jafomatic @ Feb 12 2010, 05:36 PM) *
It's been fourteen to sixteen hours since I last hit "view new posts" and I had 19 unread posts. That's a long way from 500.

Totally agree about everything else tho smile.gif


Ok, I was wrong... Not sure why I had that bad experience with the View New Posts button but after your posts I tried it once again and I feel much better with that functionality. Think I will use it as well from now on... smile.gif

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post Feb 15 2010, 02:43 PM
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QUOTE (Keilnoth @ Feb 15 2010, 02:24 PM) *
Ok, I was wrong... Not sure why I had that bad experience with the View New Posts button but after your posts I tried it once again and I feel much better with that functionality. Think I will use it as well from now on... smile.gif

Thanks for your enlightenment !



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post Feb 19 2010, 02:56 PM
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QUOTE (JamesT @ Feb 6 2010, 05:23 PM) *
And IMHO, I prefer less formality in discussion forums with fewer "rules" and less "structure". To me, it just provides a more relaxing atmosphere knowing that if you post something that's kind of cliche or frequently talked about, it's ok, and nobody is going to come after you for it.

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