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Started by : Antony Allen on 08/10/14

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Photo View Member Profile Roland BurtonView Member Profile Member since November 2008 Posted 6 years ago
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Yep, agree with Phil. Definite improvement.

 
Photo View Member Profile phil NewmanView Member Profile Member since December 2010 Posted 6 years ago
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Brilliant,love the new layout on the forum pages,much easier to navigate :)

 
Photo John at GRGView Member Profile Member since February 2006 Posted 6 years ago
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As you will probably have seen if you are reading this, we've now implemented a redesign of the forum home page and also the forum topics list to try to take on board all the suggestions made below.  Thank you again for putting these forward.  We'd love to see more use of the forum, so I hope the changes we've made have helped, but please let us know if you've got any more suggestions for us!

 
Photo John at GRGView Member Profile Member since February 2006 Posted 6 years ago
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Thanks for all the extra information everyone.  We'll see what can do to implement these ideas.

 
Photo View Member Profile Roland BurtonView Member Profile Member since November 2008 Posted 6 years ago
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The example of forum layout that JayDee has given is spot on. Categories listed vertically, with most recent showing, scroll down to view more. Then topics within each category listed vertically, newest  reply at the top. If you're able to show number of views and replies, that's great supplementary info.

Thanks guys!

 
 
 
Photo Antony AllenView Member Profile Member since February 2011 Posted 6 years ago
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Well this is looking far better already great personalisation with the avatars and I found out this topic was being discussed further by the emails I had, so I came on to read.  Hopefully the forum will get even more use.  Thanks

 
Photo View Member Profile JayDeeView Member Profile Member since September 2010 Posted 6 years ago
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Oooh avatars!  Looking better already :D

I'm used to using Woltlab, proboards and vBulletin boards so their layouts are examples of what I (personally) find easy to navigate around.

They tend to display a fixed vertical style index page showing the individual boards or forums with a description, you click through to your chosen section which again displays in a vertical style board with the title of each thread, most recently posted to at the top and showing last post, number of posts and views and sometimes a hover over box can open showing content without having to click. There is usually an clickable link to take you to the most recent post or you can read the thread in order from the first post on page one to the end of the thread. There is often a quick post box at the end of the thread so that you can type your reply while still looking at the last few posts.

This is a nice example of a clean looking, simple to use and well frequented forum. FRA Forum  (opens in same window)

Nice big avatars and usernames (this was the size I meant, rather than character count) help users to recognise each other at a glance which makes for a much friendlier kind of place, as do a small selection of simple smilies.

And auto spellcheck .. for people like me with sausage fingers :D

 
Photo John at GRGView Member Profile Member since February 2006 Posted 6 years ago
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Burtie - Thanks for your suggestions.  Can I ask about the vertical layout point?  We do already have an option to display the most recently posted to topics in a vertical list as opposed to horizontal (click the "List View" button on the forum home page) - if we did something like this for the forum home page would this be OK or are you looking for something different?  If anyone has an example of a forum home page with a layout that work well it would be great if you could share an example with us.

We'll have a think about the other point about making the latest news more prominent.  I agree, it isn't that noticeable at present.

 
Photo View Member Profile Andy at GRGView Member Profile Member since March 2006 Posted 6 years ago
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Nothing like a wine fuelled rant! Anyway working nicely so far as i got an e;mail notification there ws a new post by Burtie :-)

 
Photo View Member Profile Roland BurtonView Member Profile Member since November 2008 Posted 6 years ago
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John - I'd definitely agree with JayDee that a vertical rather than horizontal layout would be better for the main forum page.

In terms of going into the threads - I'd personally keep it as is - showing newest post at the top. But I wouldn't mind either way.

I'd also go a step further with the notifications. It's great to be able to "add to favourites" and follow threads but I'd go as far as to make it a default - if you've commented on a post, you automatically receive an alert to let you know when there is a further comment. Not everyone will note the "add to favourites". But a great start!

One other thing - why not make the "latest news" more prominent? Use it sparingly of course - but when there's an update, why not make it really eye-catching, can't-miss stuff? It feels a bit shy, tucked away - it could be a much bigger banner.

Hope this is coming across as helpful, rather than a ranting wine-fuelled stream of consciousness.... :-)

 
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