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#41 Lee Adler

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 01:16 PM

I'll switch it to the most recent topic first. Few votes on this and the majority wants it the old way. Doesn't matter to me either way.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 01:17 PM

Some of the better boards allow the user to choose to sort by Last Post Date or the Thread Start Date. See here for an example http://forums.slickd...display.php?f=9

In this forum, it doesn't seem you allow sorting on the columns. Can that be configurable? And can you add additional columns of info? There is plenty of space horizontally to add more info, esp. if we can sort by it.

Overall I like the new board, but it really wastes vertical space, which is in short supply if you are like me and using widescreen LCD. The old board could show more rows of posts per vertical inch. In this new board, it is using two lines per row; It is allowing a silly second subject line.

For example:

Poll: Making the most of this board
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Also, the date and topic starter is stacked.

Today, 07:01 PM
Last post by: Kudzu


Can we flatten this info out into multiple columns?

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 01:23 PM

I think alot of people are voting for sorting by topic start date just because that's how it worked on the old board. But most other boards I visit sort by most recent post. But the best boards let the user to decide.

I prefer the default to be sort by last post because then it is easier to keep conversation going on hot topics.

Topic starters probably don't like it as much because now their new post can be buried not just new topics but also old topics bumped to the top. However, I think that's mostly a good thing because topics with no replies were probably of lesser interest to majority, so the get sifted to the bottom quicker.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 03:56 PM

THINK before you vote for a continuation of the DUMB display order. Voting for the alternative -- with threads containing most recent posts -- does NOT mean that a new thread doesn't go to the top ... it means that if the new thread has no meaningful content, and thus provokes no replies, it will more quickly scroll down. IT ALSO MEANS THAT THE BEST NEW CONTENT WILL REMAIN ACCESSIBLE FOR LONGER.

I am really excited that Lee has been able to implement this change for the board (along with other things, such as better ability to manage my mail box). The "old" system was more than old, it was destructive to intelligent discourse.

PLEASE think carefully, or delay your vote if you need more time to reflect, before voting for the continuation of the old, dumb system ... just because it had the comfort of an old, bad habit.

It would be a tremendous shame if this major improvement to the board lost the popular vote merely because of carelessness or reactionary desire to keep the old display order.

Thanks, Everyone ... and thank you Lee.
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Posted 20 February 2009 - 04:00 PM

That was persuasive!

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 04:02 PM

I've put in a request to InvisionPower for a mod to allow users to choose the order of the topics in the topic list.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:35 PM

Lee: I am trying to figure out what to do with my pm "inbox". The system reports that it is 806% full :-) ....and I've already deleted dozens of messages.

Is there any way to generate ONE long log of all the inbox messages? If I could do that and capture it to my home PC I would be happy to delete all the messages. However, I don't want to delete them all otherwise. At the very least I want to be able to read every message before making that decision but in many cases -- probably more than "100% full" of the cases -- the contents of those messages are too valuable for me to simply delete.

This is probably a wide spread concern, at least for those of us who have been VERY active here for 6+ years. Those messages, in many cases, are the only links I have to people, events, facts, and prior posts I considered important. I learned -- and unlearned -- a LOT here.

Any suggestions would be appreciated...and would help us help you with "spring housekeeping"; right now I am feeling stuck.
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#48 Lee Adler

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:42 PM

In My Controls-

Under Inbox.

Click Archive Messages

You can archive up to 50 messages at a time.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 09:22 PM

Have you all checked out your Personal Portals. Just click on your name on the board or in the Members List. Add whatever information you want. Other users can check out your posts, rate you, leave comments, etc. Kind of like the Facebook of Bears Chat.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 09:38 PM

I just updated my personal portal. Kind of fun!

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:17 AM

There is no way to "view all posts" in the thread but to click on them one by one?

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:47 AM

Under Options in the upper right corner of the thread, select Standard or Linear view and all posts in the thread are displayed on one page. This is the default view of the board. I'm curious as to how your view got set to Outline instead. Maybe left over from an earlier cookie when the default view was Outline.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:54 AM

Thanks Lee. Eliniated old cookies and now it displays in the default format. :lol:

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:57 AM

Good to know that!

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 11:07 AM

I am going to pin this in Important Posts for a couple of days.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 11:12 AM

If you are experiencing issues logging in to the new board, note that logins are now case sensitive. Be sure to enter your user name and password exactly as you registered them on the original board. If you don't remember, there's a function on the login screen that will send you an email to remind you.

Other reasons for login problems might be a cookie conflict. You will need to go to your cookie folder and delete all cookies for forums.wallstreetexaminer.com. Then try logging in manually. It should work.

If all else fails you can re-register and then contact me and I will merge the two registrations if possible.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 03:35 PM

Yup. There it is. Scroll ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

There you will see a drop down menu Order:Topic Started and so on.

Then another drop down for post order. Then for what type of posts.

It's all right there. Choose your favorite display and take it away!

I like most recent post on top, so that's how I will set mine.

All that angst for nothing!!! B) B) :lol:

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 08:42 AM

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 04:43 PM

Hey Lee,
I was thinking if you made the forum's default time zone the same as the US stock market's time zone (EST), it would be easier for the majority of visitors and those not logged in to comprehend.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 05:37 PM

Guess what. I didn't know that I could control that, but there it is in the Admin control panel!

Thanks for the suggestion. If you are not logged in you should now see NY Time.




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