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@Ranger Turtle Dove said:
Okay that does make good sense but my problem with the e-mail notification is a little beyond that now that I am taking some time to digest it. One of the nice things about a forum verses e-mail is that one can go on and respond to several topics…in some cases addressing one person…such as in the forum response I am writing presently. When doing so there is more of a freedom of expression than e-mail in the sense that you aren’t ‘bugging everyone’ on a forum like one would do with allcom. Not to mention on allcom I HAD the option to e-mail someone without hitting ‘reply all’ and instead hitting ‘reply to sender’. This new set up limits the appeal of the forum in the sense that I feel less likely to participate (as I have often felt on allcom) because now no matter what topic I respond to…it goes out to everyone. Seems to me like the whole thing brings with it more problems than solutions. Allow me to demonstrate.
Help me understand what your stating. You want to write a response in a forum that’s for all Rangers, yet you don’t want your message seen by all Rangers? You can’t have it both ways.
There currently isn’t a way for an individual to select which emails get sent to the mailing list, and one of the desires of being on the mailing list is that you receive all conversations. The onus of responsibility is placed upon the receiver on how they manage that. It’s hard for us to judge on what individuals may want, whether it’s gear reviews, Outpost questions, or the history of dot codes. That’s upon them; let them figure it out what they want to read.
I hope that this doesn’t limit you on what you’d like to provide into the forum. At least I hope it doesn’t censor your thoughts and you are still able to retain your freedom of expression.
@Ranger Turtle Dove said:
Nooooooo! Please tell me we can turn this e-mail connection off! My inbox was so nice and clean and now it is flooded. I thought one of the best parts of the forum was NOT getting a flooded inbox…
If you don’t want to receive the messages from the discussion forum, you just need to unsubscribe from the Allcom mailing list – https://lists.burningman.com/mailman/listinfo/rangers-allcom-list
As you’ve no doubt noticed, the discussion forum confabulations are pouring into the Allcom mailing list (durn kids better watch what they say on that new fangled medium!).
In several conversations with individuals – in addition to a number of recent discussions on Allcom – a unique solution of porting the content of the discussion forum into the mailing list was opined. The general thought is that Allcom would become a one-way mailing list, similar to the Announce list. This sounds like a great way to retain Allcom (with its constituency) and introduce the forum into it.
If you just want to read the messages, you don’t need to sign up for a forum account. You’ll receive the email messages as before. Really, there’s very little change and you still get all the messages.
If you’d like to respond to any of the messages, you’ll need to join the conversation on the forum. If you don’t already have an account, you may sign up for one at – http://rangers.burningman.com/wp-login.php?action=register
I’ve been pretty quick on approving your accounts once I receive the requests, but understand that there is a bit of delay as I occassionally sleep. So if it seems like you’re not seeing the whole forum, give me some time to flip the magic switches.
I’m still aiming to make the switch on March 1st and it seems like this is quite doable. Until that date reaches us, we have some time to suss out any issues. I really do appreciate the feedback and constructive critism that you’ve provided. As always, if you have suggestions that will improve upon what’s created, send ‘em my way.
@Silent Wolf said:
The “New Posts”(or what ever it’s called ) page is great, just need a link to it from every page, like from a top menu. I can live on that kind of page (do on some of the forums)
The active topics link can be found in the sidebar listed as View Active Topics.
There is now a page that lists all active topics. This allows your to visually scan every new topic, no matter which forum in may be in. The little visual unread flags are coupled with this new feature. You’ll need to be logged in (hey, if you’re reading this, you’re logged in) to see the page.
Anyway to set a default to “subscribe” to any post we comment to? See there is a little check box, but didn’t for my first couple of posts/replies and it was hard to find which ones had follow-ups.
Is there a “see all posts you have participated in that have updates” section/place?
Hey, that’s two questions!
“Notify me of follow-up replies via email,” could be global default for everyone, but I’m not certain everyone would like a lot of emails. Doable, certainly. I’m curious if others would be okay with that.
You can still go back into topics that you’ve created, replied to, or even topics that you’re interested and select the Subscribe link. You should get notifications that way.
You can also check to see what topics you’ve engaged in under your user account. Select your name under your avatar to see the full list.
With the recent topics/ recent reply modules to the right of this, would it be possible to make these clickable links?
I think what you’re saying is that if the titles “Recent Topics” and “Recent Replies” could be linked to a page with more extensive results?
@Silent Wolf said:
Are we going to be able to monitor & manage through “Tapatalk”?
I’m mobile a lot and do things from a small handheld, found that Tapatalk is way better for me, if I want to stay connected to a forum
Tapatalk is something I’m looking into integrating with the site. I haven’t had a chance to use it with other forums (end user), as I’m a cheap bastard who can’t seem to pay $1.98 for it.
What makes it awesome for you? What features do you like about it?
Also, it wouldn’t let me post using Firefox. Chrome seems to be working fine.
What version of Firefox are you using?
I signed up for the daily digest update of recent topics. Over the course of six minutes I received 46 copies of the same message. There might be room for a little tweaking there.
Yeah, that’s not ready for primetime use. I’ve contacted the author of the plugin to fix it up.
I’ve added a new feature allowing you to add a signature below your topics and replies. You may find this additional tool under your user profile.
I’ve since found the “about” section of “Edit my profile”, which works as I would expect for a bio space for each member. Though even with 1,000 active rangers – how many are likely to visit the forums regularly and – 100? 200? (I personally like the forums a lot better than Allcom, but I don’t know what active vs lurker vs not-on-forums ratio to expect.)
I’ve pondered the same thing and what it turns out to be is that 1% of people create content, 9% edit or modify that content, and 90% view the content without contributing. It is known either as the 1% Rule or the 90–9–1 principle. More information about this may be found on Wikipedia.
Many of the forums I’m on (mostly bbedit) have a “recent topics” or “active topics” list, sorted by date of most recent post. I don’t seem to see that here?
I also like “participated topics” – where I see a list of threads in which I’ve participated.
(Otherwise, thanks Flint, great work!)
Ask and you shall receive. Recent Topics and Replies are now in the sidebar.
City/Default World Location listing under user’s icon in posts.
“Participant” doesn’t really tell us much. Have the location something the user can set in the Edit Profile section.
Thanks for your work, Flint.
I like those ideas and will put them on the hunny-do list. “Participant” is used by the system to identify what role and capabilities the user has. I’m not terribly fond of being labeled a “Key Master”, but there you are.