#EdenUpdate - Forum Update - Suggestions Needed

Gary Gary
We were talking about the idea of updating the forum. My question to all of you...

What features, additions, and fun stuff would you like to see added to your forum profile, your posts, and the forum in general?
05/03/2011
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Kindred Kindred
1. Stickies so that important threads stay at the top. Examples would include weekly Rumble voting, Roundup, etc.

2. Somehow the ability to lock old threads that are no longer relevant. Specifically, I mean things such as old Rumbles. I don;t mean this for every poll, even the very old ones, I think there is still potentially some value. But occasionally things like a Rumble from a year ago, or EF should carry from a year ago pops up. There's really no need that I can think of for these types of threads to continue being open.

3. Is it possible to filter out the folders we see on the front forum page? For example, the current threads listed are from all folders. I would love to filter out the games because to be honest, there are too many and they clog up the page as bad as spam. I think they're fine for people who want to post in them, but I'd rather they not clog my listing up.

4. Minor, but the ability to click on the lightbulb and be automatically taken to the last post I read.
05/03/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
I like Kindred's suggestion of sticky posts.

I think having some main subcategories would help instead of having one page with so many threads on it. I like being able to see a lot of threads on one page, but having the threads presented in a more organized fashion could really help with navigation and the overall forum experience.

Perhaps we could implement some sort of personalized organization if we could select a category as a favorite category like we can do with favorite threads (which I use very often) and favorite contributors (which I seldom use). If I could go through the categories and select the ones I like to "watch" and avoid the ones I rarely participate in, there would be more targeted content and less sifting. Plus, the "All discussions" tab would still be available, so it's not like a contributor would be limited to their favorite topics.
05/03/2011
Ansley Ansley
I agree with Kindred's suggestion about the games. I would like to see them in a separate category all together, they tend to hide important discussions.



I would also like to see old and repetitive threads killed. If there are 20 threads with two comments, what's the point of keeping them around if they're more than 6 months old?



Actually, it would be super-sweet if there was an additional "page" added to the website that is set up like blogger or livejournal sites. Wishful thinking, I know.

And I would like to be able to edit titles of posts and content of posts even after someone has replied. That's just frustrating if you miss a mistake and then the majority of responses are harping on that mistake. (Rarely happens, but still.)
05/03/2011
Kindred Kindred
Sort of related to the forums, but a better search function? Right now it seems like you have to really be specific and know what you are looking for to find the right thread. Perhaps an advanced search function with key words, etc.?
05/03/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
1. Stickies so that important threads stay at the top. Examples would include weekly Rumble voting, Roundup, etc.



2. Somehow the ability to lock old threads that are no longer relevant. Specifically, I mean things such as old ... More
Your lightbulb doesnt work Kindred? Mine does

and I think you nailed it.
05/03/2011
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I second Kindred's suggestions...or is third? Fourth? Fifth?.....I n+1 Kindred's suggestions
05/03/2011
Andromeda Andromeda
Love Kindred's suggestions.

Sort of frivolous, but a like button type thing for posts. We have a function to flag for abuse, what about something similar to show appreciation?

Not exactly a huge priority, I know, but it would be fun.
05/03/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
I mentioned this to JR in his workshop, but the forum spot for "Favorite Contributors"

Okay, the way I've noticed that it works is you give a contributor a green heart. Then you can see the threads that they've posted in. You can even filter it to one contributor. HOWEVER, the last thread that they happened to post in is at the top, even if they were not the last poster. I'd like to see it that the last thread the contributor posted in is the thread that moves up top. If I wanted to follow the thread, I can mark the thread as favorite. To follow the contributor, their last post should be up top.

Does that make sense?
05/03/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
I mentioned this to JR in his workshop, but the forum spot for "Favorite Contributors"



Okay, the way I've noticed that it works is you give a contributor a green heart. Then you can see the threads that they've ... More
I'd like to see that feature as well.
05/03/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I'd like to see that feature as well.
At least someone else understood it. I feel like it's confusing!
05/03/2011
Antipova Antipova
I'm n+1'ing Kindred's suggestions as well, and one thing that might just be my preference, but I'd love to see the absolute date and time that a post was made, instead of it being very specific in the recent posts and so vague (1 year ago could mean 365 days ago or 715 days ago) in the old ones. Even just the absolute date, or even just the absolute month, could make the forums a little more enjoyable for me.

Thanks for asking us!
05/03/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
I'm n+1'ing Kindred's suggestions as well, and one thing that might just be my preference, but I'd love to see the absolute date and time that a post was made, instead of it being very specific in the recent posts and so vague (1 year ... More
The date and time can be seen if you hover your mouse pointer over the "18 minutes ago" (or similar).

The date/time appears as Eastern Daylight Time (USA) for me, which isn't that helpful to me (I'm not in that time zone). I like seeing that a thread was posted an hour/day/month ago so I don't have to add up the hours/days/months in my head. Maybe we could have both displayed somehow?
05/03/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by Rockin'
The date and time can be seen if you hover your mouse pointer over the "18 minutes ago" (or similar).



The date/time appears as Eastern Daylight Time (USA) for me, which isn't that helpful to me (I'm not in that time ... More
Oh! I never noticed that. Now that I know it's there when I want it, I guess there's no need to have both printed for full view all the time. (And I'm never really so curious about the exact hour, but sometimes it's nice to know how many months have passed between posts made "two years ago.") Thanks for letting me know it's been there all along!
05/03/2011
Annemarie Annemarie
I'd like to see a symbol (similar to the lightbulb+## that there is for new posts since you last looked at that thread) to indicate that someone's responded to something you said. For example, when ~Kris looks at the forums later, she will see a symbol (maybe a star? an arrow?) to show that someone (Antipova in this case) responded to her post.
05/04/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
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Originally posted by Annemarie
I'd like to see a symbol (similar to the lightbulb+## that there is for new posts since you last looked at that thread) to indicate that someone's responded to something you said. For example, when ~Kris looks at the forums later, she will ... More
Or, likewise, the ability to set alerts that distinguish between a reply to you versus just a new post on the thread in general.
05/04/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I've always been a fan of closing voting when a poll gets too old (3-6 months).

I'd kinda like to see comparative discussions gone too. With the formatting/linking options easier to use, I don't think they're that useful any more (I actually avoid most).

Note: I think the last year has seen the forums literally double in size. I know we were under 10k posts about a year ago.
05/04/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I've always been a fan of closing voting when a poll gets too old (3-6 months).



I'd kinda like to see comparative discussions gone too. With the formatting/linking options easier to use, I don't think they're that ... More
I wonder if either lowering the points value of starting a discussion or eliminating points would eliminate some of the repetitive posts. If there's no reward for posting yet another post on threesomes or dick sucking/cum swallowing or spanking, perhaps folks will look a little deeper for threads on the subjects.
05/04/2011
Bunnycups Bunnycups
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Originally posted by Kindred
1. Stickies so that important threads stay at the top. Examples would include weekly Rumble voting, Roundup, etc.



2. Somehow the ability to lock old threads that are no longer relevant. Specifically, I mean things such as old ... More
I really like all of Kindred's ideas. I think he answered for me.

Um, I don't really understand the feature BBW explained. But I'm sure it's one that would improve the forum. *confused*
05/04/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
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Originally posted by Bunnycups
I really like all of Kindred's ideas. I think he answered for me.



Um, I don't really understand the feature BBW explained. But I'm sure it's one that would improve the forum. *confused*
Okay... there's a tab in the forum for contributors that you've marked as "favorite"

In that tab, whoever you mark as favorite, all the threads that they've posted in show up. But instead of having the last thread that your marked contributor posted in, the one that's at the top is the last one posted in, in general. What I'm proposing is that the top of the list be where your favorite contributors posted, rather than the last one in general. Because if you want to just follow THAT thread, you can just follow that thread.

I know that a person you follow will show up on your wall; but people get buried so fast!

Anyway, here's a picture of the section of the forum, I hope it explains a bit better:



See where it says "Last Update?" That's not the contributor who is marked as favorite. That's the last time ANYONE posted.
05/04/2011
Bunnycups Bunnycups
Quote:
Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
Okay... there's a tab in the forum for contributors that you've marked as "favorite"



In that tab, whoever you mark as favorite, all the threads that they've posted in show up. But instead of having the last ... More
Thank you, I get it now! I'm more of a visual person so the picture helped. Now I don't know how I could have been confused, hehe.
You're right about this. Your proposal would make the "Favorite contributors" button much more useful.
05/04/2011
Gary Gary
Great suggestions! One in particular that I have on my wishlist (similar to one you mentioned), is an expiration date for polls. That way the rumbles could officially close at a specific time. Right now there is no way to close a poll.

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What about personal features? Are there any features you would like to see on your own profile. OR anything else? This is a brainstorm session so go ahead and suggest anything you want.
05/04/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Gary
Great suggestions! One in particular that I have on my wishlist (similar to one you mentioned), is an expiration date for polls. That way the rumbles could officially close at a specific time. Right now there is no way to close a poll. ... More
Right now, I think we can link to our own blogs and IM/email information, but I don't think there's a slot for twitter. I know a lot of people here use twitter, so maybe that would be helpful and easy to add?
05/04/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
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Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
Or, likewise, the ability to set alerts that distinguish between a reply to you versus just a new post on the thread in general.
Yes! This exactly!

I would also like the ability to set an alert on comparative discussions. I am perplexed as to why we can not set alerts on those specifically. I avoid posting comparative discussions because they can be hard to find or follow, so I don't even bother anymore. I would prefer to just do a poll and link the products within that.

I agree with others about the games. I wish they would not clog up the thread.

As far as the rest of Kindred's suggestions, I will jump on that bandwagon!

I am really annoyed by the soaring number of repetitive threads in the past few months as well as REALLY old (2years)post revival. I understand some of those posting them are new, but maybe there could be a terms box they have to agree to before making their first post or when setting up their acct and actually have to click into the conduct section to begin posting? Idk. That is a lot I know.

Thank you guys for asking us what would make the forums better for us.
05/04/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Antipova
Right now, I think we can link to our own blogs and IM/email information, but I don't think there's a slot for twitter. I know a lot of people here use twitter, so maybe that would be helpful and easy to add?
If you go to your account and scroll down, on the left in the settings box there's a section called "Social Networks". It's got just about everything, including Twitter. I know that if you go to my public profile, I have a link to my Twitter page
05/04/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
Great suggestions! One in particular that I have on my wishlist (similar to one you mentioned), is an expiration date for polls. That way the rumbles could officially close at a specific time. Right now there is no way to close a poll. ... More
If the poster could set the expiration on their poll that would be great! There have been times I have asked a question and I got my answer and months later people are still answering. I do not even bother looking at their responses because it is irrelevant to me.

I would like to have the option to delete our own responses in the forum (I have been half asleep and misread the question completely and would have liked to delete my response since it made no sense in regards to the poll). I would like to have control of what is posted on my wall or at least have the option to delete "following" or "new follower" posts. I don't understand the relevance.
05/04/2011
Liz2 Liz2
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Originally posted by Rockin'
I like Kindred's suggestion of sticky posts.I think having some main subcategories would help instead of having one page with so many threads on it. I like being able to see a lot of threads on one page, but having the threads presented in a more ... More
Kindred has some excellent suggestions and I would like to see sub-categories as Kris suggested, difficult to logically find where a topic might be.
05/04/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I would like to be able to go to the last post I read in comparative discussions.
05/05/2011
toxie m toxie m
I would like the option to delete threads I've made that ended up going nowhere. For example, I recently posted asking advice on a backorder I was wondering about, having no experience with how/when such things get shipped but then coincidentally I finally got a shipping email within an hour of posting. Useless thread!
I know if you make threads openly deletable by their OPs it could lead to point farming posting/deleting times, but could we at least have an option where you need to sort of apply to delete a useless old thread of yours? Like, the delete button would pop up a little window where you have to submit your reason and get approval, much like when applying for certain review toys.
05/05/2011
kelaaa33wish kelaaa33wish
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Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
I wonder if either lowering the points value of starting a discussion or eliminating points would eliminate some of the repetitive posts. If there's no reward for posting yet another post on threesomes or dick sucking/cum swallowing or spanking, ... More
Thats great for people that have been members for along time, but people like me that are new here we haven't seen all the "spam" or repetitive posts as you call them. I have posted in the forum a lot since I joined up. Reading this makes we feel as if I shouldn't say what I feel as it may clutter up someone's list. As for the games a different spot for them would be a good idea as they are fun to play for the people that join in.
05/05/2011
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