Oct 27, 2002, 6:47 PM
Post #2 of 4
Good comments BILL. Thank-you for your considered thoughts. To take your questions one at a time:
1. When I went back into the thread and added a new post and went back to forum view, the color was still white instead of changing to yellow indicating the new post I had just added.
The colour didn't change as it was your post, and therefore already read by you.
2. The phrase 'below somewhere' is exactly the problem I am referring to. Exactly which post 'below somewhere' is the new post?
Fair enough question.
If you open up the thread, somewhere in the threads there will be an all-yellow icon. That will be the "New" posting. It's parents (the postings to which this is a sub posting) will have the grey with yellow behind icon.
Personally, I have my display settings such that the responses are all shown as threads, not expanded like in "Flat View". This way I can quickly tell which are new as there will be a big, red, "NEW" right beside it/them.
3. An undo feature might be helpful here. Or possibly a 'Mark All Unread' command so that one can start over.
Hmmm, interesting. I will see what is possible.
4. How about maintaining the forums in both the new and old formats simultaneously for a time until the wrinkles are worked out.
In hindsight, could have done this. But it is too late now! The old one is gone as the postings were all imported into this format.
I think that some folk may feel overwhelmed by all the possibilities to play in this new setup. The thing to remember is that the bells and whistles do not really add to the information on the fora. There are tools to make finding info more easily, of making things more interesting to look at, or to allow you to keep up with specific topics, but those are all ancillary to the real purpose.
Sharing, seeking, learning and so on. And these activities can be done quite simply if you ignore the bells and whistles!