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Mexconnect upgrade - opinions sought!




DavidMcL


Mar 23, 2013, 11:36 AM

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Just curious - as always - and what advice do you folks have for Mexconnect to bring it to a more professional level?
Serious question as we are going through a major database conversion.

David
David McL
WebJefe

(This post was edited by tonyburton on Mar 23, 2013, 3:31 PM)



sparks


Mar 23, 2013, 2:58 PM

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>>>> more professional level

Oh oh .... sounds like trouble. The whole site or just the message board. I like going to the first unread message automatically, don't change that

Sparks Mexico Blog - Sparks Costalegre



chicois8

Mar 23, 2013, 3:11 PM

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I do not fix things unless they are broken........
Ocanahua, Jalisco
San Mateo, California



jackak10

Mar 23, 2013, 3:23 PM

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I can't add color to the text when I use Chrome, and the reply box is funny when I use Firefox. I haven't tried IE, that's the disaster option for me.

Also, maybe don't have the "send e-mail notification on reply" box already checked. I forget to uncheck it and have to wade through emails.



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 23, 2013, 3:24 PM

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There will be some changes to both the site and the forums.

The changes are being made in order to improve functionality behind the scenes, but they offer an opportunity to consider incorporating some of the things people have asked for (such as "reply" function on forums working correctly, and the ability to add comments and/or "like" buttons to articles).

One of our major concerns is that most people reading MexConnect never realize just how large the site is and that the site has thousands of articles about all aspects of Mexico. As the site has grown, some of these articles have become harder to find easily. {All suggestions considered!}



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 23, 2013, 3:28 PM

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"maybe don't have the "send e-mail notification on reply" box already checked. I forget to uncheck it and have to wade through emails."
You can change this setting (forum wide) by going to :
Forums > Edit Profile > User Profile

We know the reply function does not work correctly and hope to fix that in the next upgrade.

I'll have to check into your comment about Chrome since that's the first time it's been reported.

Your input is sincerely appreciated'; keep it coming!



sparks


Mar 23, 2013, 3:49 PM

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A little easier to post a link in either editor

If it's page views that are down ... maybe it's a change in peoples Internet habits (moving too fast). You sure have a lot of info on each section of the bar menu so it's all there if people take the time.

Current events may draw more attention than busing around Mexico but I don't care for that approach.

My site traffic is down over the last year. Maybe less Mexico interest?

Sparks Mexico Blog - Sparks Costalegre



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 23, 2013, 4:16 PM

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No problem with page traffic; (fortunately) that continues to grow.
Rather, it's a desire to ensure that all our authors' hard work (and our senior editor's hard work) gets viewed by as many people as possible and that we reach the widest possible audience!

Making links easier is one of our priorities for the forums; thanks for the reminder!


(This post was edited by tonyburton on Mar 23, 2013, 4:17 PM)



nomore

Mar 23, 2013, 4:23 PM

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Break out the "Living, Working, Retiring" folder into 3 sub-folders; old-timers , new-timers, yet to arrive. The interests of the person not yet here are very different from the person who has been here for many years. If there were a place where people who JUST did something reported their experiences it would be of great value to the person about to experience the same thing - without wading though years of postings and out of date info.

My 2 cents.



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 23, 2013, 4:32 PM

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Thanks; great suggestion about splitting Living section.
Aren't the forums the best place for the "I just did this" information (or am I missing something)?



sparks


Mar 23, 2013, 4:47 PM

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Maybe tie the board and site together with a forum that links interesting or new articles with a small blurb from each. A small preview of each post would be nice rather than opening each one. Could be a closed forum or open to discussion

Sparks Mexico Blog - Sparks Costalegre



morgaine7


Mar 23, 2013, 5:01 PM

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Please make it so that we can reply to a thread-in-general rather than to a specific "someone" who has posted previously! Having to reply to "someone", even if one's post is general to the topic, is one reason why we get so many unwanted notification emails.

Kate



Anonimo

Mar 24, 2013, 7:49 AM

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How about a Report Abuse button, so there's an easy way to report spam and other violations of TOS?



Saludos,
Anonimo



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 24, 2013, 8:15 AM

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Good idea, though some days it might get very tired of being pressed....



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 24, 2013, 8:21 AM

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I'll add that to our wish list, but because of the way threads are compiled and indexed, if you want to reply to the general idea, I'm pretty sure the only option in these circumstances will remain writing a response to the very first post in the thread.

This may be a good time to remind everyone that it helps if you at least change the topic title when replying (if you are in fact changing the direction of the thread). Changing the topic title gives moderators more clues when they look to see if they can split lengthy threads.



robt65

Mar 24, 2013, 8:46 AM

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Good Day Tony,

chuck 4430 brings out a good point. Is it not also appropriate to divide the "three" into a section for "Living" another for "Working" and the last for "Retiring". They are all really good sections, but I’ll bet they are really loaded as well. Since I am far from a computer whiz,
I do not know how these things work, but I can only imagine how much information each of these three categories must get over a short period of time. Would “Home, Garden and Construction in Mexico”, not also fall under this same kind of thing? Possibly three separate headings here?
Regards,
Robt65



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 24, 2013, 9:20 AM

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Seems like I misunderstood the original suggestion ~ which I thought was referring to the site, rather than just the forums!

As you know, we do periodically review the forum divisions/titles, but any changes in that regard are highly unlikely to be included in our anticipated upgrade. (Changes to forums tend to involve shifting posts around and are very labour intensive).

Once we have the upgrade in place, that's something we will take another look at.



joaquinx


Mar 24, 2013, 10:53 AM

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New users would have to give an email address that would be verified before posting.
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My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.



robt65

Mar 24, 2013, 10:55 AM

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Thanks for the explanations Tony . . . . as I said mostly this is all Greek to me. I am sure that while many have other MexConnect interests as a first, I use the Forums mostly. I must say though, the articles I have read on MexConnect are of very high quality and certainly informative.

Thanks Again,

Regards,
Robt65



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 24, 2013, 11:11 AM

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Actually, all posters have had to have a verified email address since day 1.
[Our upgrade will have added behind-the-scenes flexibility to combat those, including spammers, who abuse the system!]



Itztlacoliuhqui


Mar 24, 2013, 3:00 PM

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A few suggestions, in no particular order:

  • I don't know what platform you use for the forums, but in my day job as a blogger, our company's platform has a script written into it that allows you to cut-and-paste from Microsoft Word into the composition window, thereby preserving the formatting made (hyperlinks, changes to text, special characters like bullets, etc.). Something like that would help folks who use word processing software regularly to post more easily and with greater reliability.
  • If you can afford even a basic analytics package, you could help folks who use the forums heavily to find content already published in one of Mexconnect's many fine feature articles by setting up a box on the page (perhaps a 2-column content display) that would pick up key words made in the person's post and thereby suggest feature articles that correlate to the key words. For example, if the poster wrote a comment asking other forum readers if they knew what kind of cuisine could be found in Xalapa, they might get back a link and a short 2-sentence preview to this culinary tour of Xalapa article by Karen Hursh Graber.
  • As I'm not on Mexconnect much these days, this might be fixed already, in which case, never mind. But if you haven't, fixing the quote function on the Forum posting window would be a big improvement.
  • Definitely provide a way for users to rank up or down both feature articles and forum posts. You could even go to more of a community moderation model, like some of the bigger blogs do. This would work by giving posters with more history and more up rankings on their comments some kind of "trusted user" status. Then set a rule whereby if a really obnoxious or spammy post gets 5 or 10 thumbs down, the comment is hidden from general view.
  • You might also provide a more customized user experience on the main site (outside of the forums) by allowing viewers to set a profile based on their interests (which part of Mexico they live in or visit most often, whether they care more about cuisine or history or culture) and then redisplay the content so that their interests are more prominently displayed and content of lesser interest requires more search or navigation.

I realize a lot of these may be harder or more expensive to execute. Whatever you can do, I'm sure Mexconnect readers will appreciate the enhancements. Thanks for all the hard work. This remains a richly informative site.



Sculptari

Mar 24, 2013, 3:10 PM

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I would like a sticky or a function on how to post youtube links on this site. I heard that every time he corrects one of my clumsy links, he grows another white hair!
no longer active on Mexconnect



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 24, 2013, 3:43 PM

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Sincere thanks for taking the time to describe these informative suggestions which provide lots of food for thought. We do hope to improve the integration between forums and main site since currently they can not easily "talk" to one another. I like the idea of some content getting a few thumbs down and never being seen again...!

Keep the ideas coming!



Rolly


Mar 24, 2013, 3:44 PM

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Getting links to activate upon typing or coping the link is a problem with the default editor.
It is a known bug with Firefox. Maybe Chrome too?
IE seems to work most of the time.

Rolly Pirate



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 24, 2013, 3:59 PM

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Try: http://www.mexconnect.com/...orum_view_collapsed;
and let me know what happens



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 24, 2013, 4:02 PM

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You will be pleased to hear that these issues should certainly be resolved when we upgrade our forum software.


(This post was edited by tonyburton on Mar 24, 2013, 4:02 PM)



bronco

Mar 24, 2013, 6:45 PM

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i agree w/post #11 & #12. as for the "thumbs down" feature: i cannot find the comment which suggested this. "like" & "no like", "thumbs up" or "down" is a bad idea. if someone dosnt like another member, they & their pals can "thumbs down" them like crazy. we dont need another "youtube" kind of thing, or oportunities for hostility. in general i like your site the way it is. please dont make big changes, continue to keep it simple. btw, you have a very attactive "home page"- i think this is the best site for mexico.

(This post was edited by bronco on Mar 24, 2013, 6:58 PM)



tashby


Mar 24, 2013, 6:46 PM

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Within the forums....

A better search function would be great.

Being able to manipulate the text more easily in a post you're creating would be nice. (Italiics, bold, underline, etc.) I find the functionality on this site cumbersome compared to other forums.

I realize you said it's unlikely you'll change/add forums, but if anything a "Moving to Mexico" forum makes a lot of sense.



chinagringo


Mar 24, 2013, 6:59 PM

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You should be pleased to know the definition of a camel:
"It is a horse designed by a committeee!"

With the number of self proclaimed experts on this forum - I wish you good luck!

Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM




DavidMcL


Mar 24, 2013, 7:28 PM

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From chaos springs inspiration. From confusion, clarity.
David McL
WebJefe



Nancy in Pátzcuaro

Mar 24, 2013, 9:31 PM

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I don't post often, and I never do links or photos, but I do read the forum almost every day. I've gotten some good info from this group, for which I thank you all.

Please don't change the appearance, which I find very readable and easy on the eyes. I'm ambivalent about the "thumbs up" issue, but I think a "thumbs down" button would lighten the workload of the moderators who have to screen posts for bad behavior or spam.

However, I would like an improvement in the "search" function, though in fairness I don't know of any search functions that really work well. Those of you with the appropriate backgrounds will have more insight into this. It should be easy to find things.

I also agree with the idea of breaking apart the large subject areas into 2 or 3 more specific subjects. "Living, Working, Retiring" covers a lot of ground. The danger, of course, is that the site becomes too cumbersome, with too many topics that sit idle for days or weeks

By and large I think this forum functions quite well, thanks to the generosity and collective knowlege of the members, and the diligence of the moderators.

Thanks for the opportunity to provide feedback. I'm looking forward to what you do with the site. I think it's one of the most interesting sites about México on the Internet.

N.



Maesonna

Mar 25, 2013, 8:33 AM

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Maybe this will be resolved anyway when you upgrade the forum software… On the subforum index pages, I would like to be able to see the time (time of day) of the newest post if it was made on the current day. Currently it just shows the date of the newest post, even if that day is today. And/or a mark to distinguish the threads that contain unread posts.

As for pointing forum users towards the rest of the website, how about a new subforum where people can discuss articles on the site that they feel like drawing to the attention of fellow forumites? Do people think that would be useful, would generate good, thoughtful discussions?



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 25, 2013, 8:41 AM

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I'm pretty sure that the forum upgrade will add time of day to "latest posts".
We do already have a "mark" to indicate threads that contain unread posts - yellow marks on the left of forum lists indicate this.
Thanks for your suggestion about a forum dedicated to discussion of articles, which might be an interesting alternative to adding the ability to comment directly on articles.



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 25, 2013, 8:46 AM

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Thanks, Nancy, for taking the time to suggest these considered suggestions.
Can you explain a little more please about the improvements you would like to see to the Forum Search function?

This seems like a good opportunity to remind readers that if for any reason that doesn't find what you're looking for via the Forum Search function, it is also possible to use Sr. Google, adding mexconnect forum to your search string. That should find any posts older than a day or two and show them in your Google search results.



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 25, 2013, 8:50 AM

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Thanks!
Easier manipulation of text is definitely a priority and is part of the upgrade. (It's worth remembering that when our existing forum software was first created by Gossamer Threads, our great software developers based in Vancouver, BC, in the mid 1990s, it was definitely one of the best in the world! ~ however, time takes its toll, and things have moved on, so it's time to catch up again).

Can you expand, please, on what a "better search function" (for the forums) would include?



jackak10

Mar 25, 2013, 8:58 AM

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In Reply To
I'm pretty sure that the forum upgrade will add time of day to "latest posts".
We do already have a "mark" to indicate threads that contain unread posts - yellow marks on the left of forum lists indicate this.

When the yellow mark is behind the "hot topic" flames they are hard for my old eyes to see. I wind up putting the cursor (arrow, whatever) on top and reading to see if there are new posts. A more visible mark would be welcome, to me anyway.



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 25, 2013, 9:11 AM

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Agreed! Yellow was not the best choice.



Rolly


Mar 25, 2013, 10:08 AM

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I would like to have a two-step search function. That is the ability to search again within the previous search results.

Rolly Pirate



bronco

Mar 25, 2013, 11:39 AM

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only the mods should moderate, not us. how would you lke if i thumbed down your posts as i may not like your opinions? then 10 of my friends do the same? this is a privatly owned forum, let them decide what gets deleted, or who is banned. they have good judgement.



jackak10

Mar 25, 2013, 11:45 AM

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only the mods should moderate, not us. how would you lke if i thumbed down your posts as i may not like your opinions? then 10 of my friends do the same? this is a privatly owned forum, let them decide what gets deleted, or who is banned. they have good judgement.

I would view thumbs up/down as merely a way to express an opinion without making another post. Not to try to reach some automatic delete level.



La Isla


Mar 25, 2013, 12:19 PM

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I would view thumbs up/down as merely a way to express an opinion without making another post. Not to try to reach some automatic delete level.


I agree with you jackak. Sometimes I just want to agree with a post (as I do with yours) but don't want to (or don't have time to) make a new post.



johanson


Mar 25, 2013, 1:23 PM

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I have been hesitant to post anything here, because I like things the way they are. And based upon your previous history, whatever further changes you make will be fine as well. KEEP UP the GREAT WORK.



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 25, 2013, 1:55 PM

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Oh, where is that "LIKE!!" button when you need it?



smokesilver

Mar 25, 2013, 7:25 PM

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I agree with Pete.



bronco

Mar 25, 2013, 8:21 PM

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david, i see you already changed something. this change confuses the comments & replies, there is little continunity. when someone replies to a post the original content of that post no longer exists. so we lose the entire dialoque. we have to scroll back up, to find the info the comment is about.



tonyburton / Moderator


Mar 25, 2013, 8:28 PM

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Nothing has been changed, or will be changed for several months. Possibly you changed a setting in how you are viewing the site?



jackak10

Mar 26, 2013, 7:12 AM

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david, i see you already changed something. this change confuses the comments & replies, there is little continunity. when someone replies to a post the original content of that post no longer exists. so we lose the entire dialoque. we have to scroll back up, to find the info the comment is about.

Use the "quote" instead of "reply" to get the copy of the post you are responding to to appear in your post.
BTW, I'm writing this using Chrome because Firefox displays it much differently and is hard to use. A little.



bronco

Mar 26, 2013, 8:45 AM

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 thanks, instead of "reply", press "quote"? will try. other than that i dont know what a firefox etc is.



RickS


Mar 26, 2013, 7:58 PM

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"...what a firefox etc is."

Firefox and Chrome are Internet Browsers. Similar (but not) to Internet Explorer (IE) which is probably what you use to view websites such as Mexconnect.



bronco

Apr 2, 2013, 3:00 PM

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none of those names sound familar. btw, i had to ask someone what a "browser" was. when i say i have no skills, i am not exaggerating. anyway this site works well for me, i hope they keep it simple!



MexDog

Apr 2, 2013, 3:14 PM

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Hola David,
I have mentioned a couple of times in my emails that a tab for camping in Mexico would be very helpful. You have tabs for accommodations and driving routes, but no camping forum. There are so many Canadians and Americans who chose to come down with their RV's and really want to know distances, points of interests and safe places to pull in at night. A tab for discussion would make it possible for those who have been traveling back and forth for years to tutor those of us who are newbies. This is a growing population of folks and other than Church's website, there are not many places to get good, honest help.
Thanks in advance,
Holly



playaboy

Apr 2, 2013, 3:19 PM

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I would like to see a cleaned up members directory. It is huge with a lot of users that never logged in or have not logged in in years.



Sculptari

Apr 2, 2013, 5:03 PM

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Well with Google's announcement of the "nose" app yesterday, April 1st, it would seem possible for Mexconnect to dispense hot buttered popcorn, at least of the digital variety (very slimming I hear)!
no longer active on Mexconnect



jackak10

Apr 10, 2013, 12:24 PM

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Is there a way to post to a thread without having to refer to a previous post? Like I'm doing right now. Maybe I just missed it.



La Isla


Apr 10, 2013, 12:47 PM

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In Reply To
Is there a way to post to a thread without having to refer to a previous post? Like I'm doing right now. Maybe I just missed it.


If there isn´t, such a feature would be most welcome.



Rolly


Apr 10, 2013, 1:16 PM

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It's easy. Just delete the previous poster's name as I have done for this post.

Rolly Pirate



La Isla


Apr 10, 2013, 1:43 PM

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Thanks for the tip, Rolly. Why didn't I think of that?



johanson


Apr 10, 2013, 4:00 PM

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So easy to do, La Isla, yet I forgot how to do it as well. :) [But I won't admit it, if anyone asks :) ]

Yes I know this is not a PM



jackak10

Apr 11, 2013, 2:38 PM

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I've noticed from time to time as I look at "new posts" -- for some reason I scroll back up a little at posts I've already read and I find that a post that was only a few lines long 30 minutes ago is now many paragraphs. Sure enough, down at the bottom of the post is "edited by...."

I don't know how you could possible handle this, but it's hard to follow the jist of a thread reading only the latest posts when the posts above it have changed, maybe changed so much the meaning is now different.



DavidMcL


Apr 11, 2013, 7:02 PM

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The poster of each posting has only 60 minutes to edit the post before it is locked.
David McL
WebJefe



YucaLandia


Apr 11, 2013, 8:49 PM

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There are many good features on Mexconnect.

The 60 minute window is a very useful feature, that allows the author to add references, correct typos, and fix clumsily worded items. Many of us do not write perfect first drafts. The quality of the information on Mexconnect is improved by having a editing window of reasonable time.

The search engine for Forums only works well if one enters the poster's screen name, and has a snippet of the original text to enter in the search field. If the site's search engine cannot be improved, is there a way to allow Google to store the Mexconnect forum posts? Other forum websites' content can be Google searched by entering the website name, followed by the topic or key word of interest: e.g. Google "Mexconnect INM rules for Residente Permanente"

Overall Mexconnect works well.

Keep up the good work.
steve
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Read-on MacDuff
E-visit at http://yucalandia.com



bronco

Apr 11, 2013, 9:37 PM

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yes an hour is reasonable time. (there is another board which has no time limit. in fairness to the other readers, i only exceed that time for grammer, spelling, some re-wording for clarity).



jackak10

Apr 12, 2013, 7:37 AM

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Re: [YucaLandia] Re: Thumbs-down Feature to Censure some posters

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I thought the thumbs up/down feature was only for registering approval or disapproval without making another post, not for deleting posts. This was covered way way up in this thread.



jackak10

Apr 12, 2013, 4:34 PM

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Re: [bronco] Re: Thumbs-down Feature to Censure some posters

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steve, dont project "what kind of content" will provoke a thumbs down. there are as many folks who glorify mexico (they found god), as folks who tear it down. maybe there should only be only a thumbs up? if someone wants to recommend a comment, thats more of a positive approach. again some thumbs down comments can be thought provoking, & well worth the read. why would tony say, "some content will never be seen again"? steve have you misinterpreted this? has tony explained this? maybe he should.

I believe he said, "I like the idea of some content getting a few thumbs down and never being seen again...!" not "some content will never be seen again". There's a difference. He is merely saying he likes an idea. I like lots of ideas, but I'll never do them.



jackak10

Apr 13, 2013, 6:48 AM

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Re: [bronco] Re: Thumbs-down Feature to Censure some posters

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why would some content NEVER be seen AGAIN? tony should clarify. both his sentence & yours mean the same.

Here's my post:

"I believe he said, "I like the idea of some content getting a few thumbs down and never being seen again...!" not "some content will never be seen again". There's a difference. He is merely saying he likes an idea. I like lots of ideas, but I'll never do them. "

OK, here's why they don't mean the same:

He says, "I like the idea". He does NOT say, "XX number of thumbs down means automatic deletion". I say "I like the idea". That means I, or you, or anyone will not have to register disapproval with a post with some long rambling post going on and on about why the original poster is wrong. Seems like a thread with those kind of responses would get deleted before a thread with XX number of thumbs down would.

Just my thinking, you can ramble on about it, or you could just thumbs down.



bronco

Apr 13, 2013, 9:34 AM

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Re: [jackak10] Re: Thumbs-down Feature to Censure some posters

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"liking" the idea means he MAY consider it. tony should tell us what is going on in his mind.



tonyburton / Moderator


Apr 13, 2013, 4:04 PM

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Re: [bronco] Re: Thumbs-down Feature to Censure some posters

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I am thinking that very few of the recent posters on this thread apparently share my sense of humo(u)r.
There is content on MexConnect, including on this thread, that needs to be, and shortly will be, permanently deleted.
Such deletions will continue to be at the discretion of moderators, not at the whim of the readers.

Update: several posts in this thread have now been deleted; apologies if I accidentally chopped anything that you felt was an essential comment on possible improvements to MexConnect!


(This post was edited by tonyburton on Apr 14, 2013, 1:15 AM)



bronco

Apr 13, 2013, 5:29 PM

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Re: [tonyburton] Re: Thumbs-down Feature to Censure some posters

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excellent & thankyou. (most if us did not get the joke, we must be a very serious group).



Ric Hoffman


Apr 17, 2013, 7:38 PM

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Change the subject (just an example)

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OK, who just posted what? I am still using Netscape!


(This post was edited by Ric Hoffman on Apr 17, 2013, 7:41 PM)



bronco

Apr 21, 2013, 7:45 PM

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Re: [bronco] Re: Each posting has only 60 minutes to edit the post before it is locked.

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 mexconnect rule is that we have ONE HOUR to edit the posts. i see it is posted that there is a 240 minute window of time to edit and also delete. (under the forum, have a look). is this new? or a misprint. 240 mintutes is 4 hours! please clarify. (four hours is reasonable to delete).



DavidMcL


Apr 21, 2013, 11:34 PM

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Re: [bronco] Re: Each posting has only 60 minutes to edit the post before it is locked.

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You are correct. I was wrong about the 60 minutes. 240 it is.

David
David McL
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at7mbe


Apr 22, 2013, 2:23 PM

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Suggestion: A copy URL button

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Sometimes I want to send a link to a thread to someone who is not a member of MexConnect. If I copy the link from my browser's URL line, I get a mess like this (for this thread for example):

http://www.mexconnect.com/cgi-bin/forums/gforum.cgi?post=188231;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread

I know enough to edit that down to

http://www.mexconnect.com/cgi-bin/forums/gforum.cgi?post=188231

before sending, but others may not. So a Copy URL or perhaps a Send Thread button that linked to an e-mail program would make it easier to share threads with others who don't regularly stop by here.

-- Mark



jackak10

Apr 22, 2013, 2:43 PM

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Re: [at7mbe] Suggestion: A copy URL button

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Sometimes I want to send a link to a thread to someone who is not a member of MexConnect. If I copy the link from my browser's URL line, I get a mess like this (for this thread for example):

http://www.mexconnect.com/cgi-bin/forums/gforum.cgi?post=188231;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread

I know enough to edit that down to

http://www.mexconnect.com/cgi-bin/forums/gforum.cgi?post=188231

before sending, but others may not. So a Copy URL or perhaps a Send Thread button that linked to an e-mail program would make it easier to share threads with others who don't regularly stop by here.

-- Mark

Using the "shortcut" link under your picture gets you there.



Anonimo

Apr 22, 2013, 2:55 PM

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Re: [jackak10] Suggestion: A copy URL button

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Great tip, jakak10. I'd wondered what that shortcut link was for.

Or, alternatively, one can use a service like TinyUrl.org



Saludos,
Anonimo



at7mbe


Apr 22, 2013, 3:36 PM

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Re: [Anonimo] Suggestion: A copy URL button

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OK, I missed the shortcut link too. That will work, although a Forward button would still be nice if it didn't clutter up the screen.

BTW, since you mentioned tinyurl.com, which I make heavy use of, I got this yesterday from a very tech-savvy friend:

I have switched FROM t i n y u r l . com and TO goo.gl : Many email forwarding services no longer pass anything with that domain name. Even the single word t i n y u r l will cause an email message to be deleted w/o any diagnostic bounce msg. E.g., [names two mutual friends] both use ACM.org to forward their email: It took a while to figure out why _many_ of my messages to them never arrived! Oh: This is never documented by the email forwarding service, either, on their websites: Not nice!
The reason is that spammers can use tinyurl to mask nasty sites that you might not click on if you saw the link in advance. There are downsides to goo.gl too, in that Google makes your link public, search indexes it, and keeps click analytics. I'm not convinced I'm going to switch.

But this is getting far from my original suggestion, and so it's time to wrap up this post.

-- Mark E.



tonyburton / Moderator


Apr 22, 2013, 5:45 PM

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Re: [at7mbe] Suggestion: A copy URL button

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Thanks for these latest suggestions, which would be useful.
Keep the ideas coming!