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Vapros
06-01-2002, 11:20 AM
We've had some mighty long threads recently, and even a long thread about long threads. When the topic, as identified by the caption, is of interest to a reader, he/she would like to read the related posts. Frequently, this is a lengthy undertaking, made even longer by the one-on-one conversations that spring up along the way - many of which can't really qualify as comments on the original topic.

I have a couple of suggestions. One is to limit the number of posts carried on the current screen of this forum. Make it a time limit or a limit on the number of entries. Older posts could be relegated to another site, accessible upon demand.

The other idea is for individuals who want to enter into a dialogue with someone else to create a new heading for the purpose, rather than including it under the general title. This would be an appreciated courtesy extended to readers, who could skip those posts if they desire. There's nothing wrong with using this site for personal contacts, but we are getting a lot of those under unrelated headings.

How about some input on this?

heater451
06-01-2002, 12:22 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Vapros:</font><hr> The other idea is for individuals who want to enter into a dialogue with someone else to create a new heading for the purpose, rather than including it under the general title. This would be an appreciated courtesy extended to readers, who could skip those posts if they desire. There's nothing wrong with using this site for personal contacts, but we are getting a lot of those under unrelated headings.

How about some input on this? <hr></blockquote>
If it's just "chit-chat" dialogue, then members could make use of the Private Message feature. (In case someone doesn't know, a REGISTERED member's name appears as a hotlink to their profile, where a PM can be sent. NOTE: Some members may have this disabled by choice.)

As for branching, changing the Subject Line might be sufficient, although a 'grand departure' probably deserves it's own thread. A quote should probably be included, from the post being psuedo-replied to, just to help continuity. It might not be a bad idea, as some already do, to add "was-", "formerly-", or "from [Thread Title Here]".

One more option, a quick copy'n'paste of the former post or thread would work, again, for continuity's sake.

Harold Acosta
06-01-2002, 12:40 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Vapros:</font><hr> The other idea is for individuals who want to enter into a dialogue with someone else to create a new heading for the purpose, rather than including it under the general title. This would be an appreciated courtesy extended to readers, who could skip those posts if they desire. There's nothing wrong with using this site for personal contacts, but we are getting a lot of those under unrelated headings.

How about some input on this? <hr></blockquote>

You would have to create a new post since you are allowed to change the subject of the thread but it will still appear under the original post.

SPetty
06-01-2002, 07:15 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Vapros:</font><hr> I have a couple of suggestions. One is to limit the number of posts carried on the current screen of this forum. Make it a time limit or a limit on the number of entries. Older posts could be relegated to another site, accessible upon demand.<hr></blockquote>Hi Vapros,

If I understand what you're saying, these are two of those configurable items that you, as a registered user, can control. You can limit the number of posts per page, and you can limit the time that you want to see the posts. Look for the number of posts at "My Home" and the time is in a pulldown box on the front page.