Vanishing posts ?

Discussion in 'Network Information, Suggestions and Feedback' started by sapper, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Being in a rush, I' sure someone has already mentioned it. I click on portal to start with for an update. If all the threads on that page are in bold I use new posts.

    It normally takes being absent for around 36 hours to fill the portal page with bold (unvisted since the last post threads) threads.
     
  2. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Brian,
    I really don't think that is the case at all... check out the views that your threads get, rather than how many comments they provoke.

    For instance I write up citations and articles that I find in Times archives. Hardly anyone comments on these, but there are quite a few who would look at the thread... my attitude is that they are out in the ether and if even one person finds them interesting, that's good enough. The threads don't vanish, they are permanently here!

    Don't think for one minute that your posts are not of interest! I send rep points when words fail otherwise (and going by the little green squares you have received plenty), and quite a few members would be like me and perhaps believe that to comment is to interrupt your flow.


    Brian, I would suspect that the vast majority of people read your posts and don't reply. I know that is usually the case with me. It is difficult to comment on things that happened to you personally, but they are well worth reading.

    Being in a rush, I' sure someone has already mentioned it. I click on portal to start with for an update. If all the threads on that page are in bold I use new posts.

    It normally takes being absent for around 36 hours to fill the portal page with bold (unvisted since the last post threads) threads.

    It takes less than 36 hours now. I was "fussing" at Adam the other day because I now have to move on to New Posts everyday after running down the Portal (which he loves administering:lol:) because the forum has grown so much.
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Jeff...........It's been a while since I've been away from the forum for that long so I've not noticed :D
     
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    The 'Portal' or front page used to be the best way of keeping up with posts.
    The place got busier, so I made the portal list longer, about as long as it can get without looking silly.
    Recently the place has got even busier, so resorting to 'Quick Links' > 'Today's posts', or 'New Posts' is more and more necessary. The problem being that new posts is a bit clunky (Does seem to have improved with the new upgrade though).

    I think Jeff's got a point with a fair few of you old bloke's threads, the one's that contain war memories, as I too tend to read them , think 'nice', and then often not want to mess up the thread with my own comments.

    What I can say is that we're soon (ish :unsure:) going to get a whole smoother looking way of managing things, one that hopefully means I can kill the portal altogether (I really dislike the portal... it's a plug-in and integration can be tricky). What will hopefully come with the new system is the ability for Mods to 'promote' threads to articles on the front page... seems likely to me that real war stories will have a high priority for such promotion ;).

    On more general use of the forum; I'd really recommend having a click around things like Quick Links and the UserCP (User Options in there for a start) as there's multiple ways of viewing things and generally keeping up with what's what.
     
  5. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    one that hopefully means I can kill the portal altogether

    I think 'the portal' is the vital heart of this site and one of the superior features that separates it from so many other lesser forums. It's the live part where you can monitor the latest input rather than searching through 'dead' lists of posts.
    Tom.
     
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    You wait until you see what we got coming!
    We're really excited about it.
     
  7. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    You wait until you see what we got coming!
    We're really excited about it.

    O.K. I'll give you the 'benefit of the doubt' and will wait with 'baited breath'!!
    But I can't help thinking 'if it aint broke....'
    Tom.
     
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    What we'll hopefully end up with is something not unlike the portal, only not causing integration headaches behind the scenes, and with a few more useful bells and whistles.

    I'm certainly interested in things being as easy & user-friendly as possible (quite partial to the odd browse here myself :unsure:), and we'll do our damnedest to keep it so ;).
     
  9. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    O.K. I'll give you the 'benefit of the doubt' and will wait with 'baited breath'!!
    But I can't help thinking 'if it aint broke....'
    Tom.
    Tom, believe me, Owen aint joking. Its worth waiting for :lol:
     
  10. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    Tom, believe me, Owen aint joking. Its worth waiting for :lol:

    Why haven't we heard of this before??
    Anyway, I believe you guys have all our interests at heart and will wait with excited anticipation.
    Maybe it's time to make an announcement rather than for members to stumble on this thread?
    Kind regards,
    Tom.
     
  11. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I hardly ever use the portal, so no great loss to me... today's posts and User CP more than sufficient.

    All sounds very intriguing... good luck with it.
     
  12. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Nobody's heard of it as we're only just digesting ourselves what looks like an advantageous tweak to what the forum can do, without cramping any of what it already does.

    It'll take some time, and will probably announce itself eventually. Then the thrashing into shape can begin, but as none of us have actually used the software yet, we'll just have to wait and see ;).
     
  13. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    Tom, believe me, Owen aint joking. Its worth waiting for :lol:

    Nobody's heard of it as we're only just digesting ourselves what looks like an advantageous tweak to what the forum can do, without cramping any of what it already does.

    It'll take some time, and will probably announce itself eventually. Then the thrashing into shape can begin, but as none of us have actually used the software yet, we'll just have to wait and see ;).

    I would say this is currently the best and easiest accessed (not to mention 'best run') military forum on the net. If you can make it better - I am in awe.
    Tom.
     
  14. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Why haven't we heard of this before??
    ...
    Maybe it's time to make an announcement rather than for members to stumble on this thread?
    Kind regards,
    Tom.

    Tom - there isn't much to announce as yet. As we have no definite date as yet, and are not 100% sure of what the new software will do, then there is little point in saying much except... it will happen.
     
  15. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    Can anyone tell me why a new posting vanishes so quickly? I spend some time writing with my famous "one digit at a time" method only to see what I posted vanish quickly....... It does seem a lot of work for a very brief showing.
    A Happy New Year to All :)
    Sapper

    Sorry if this post has been hi-jacked but the latest news does seem intriguing!
    In answer to your original post - I read with great respect all of the posts of the Vets but usually feel I don't have anything of 'worth' to add. However I now realise that even a 'Well said, Sapper or Ron or Dr D' will serve to keep the the post 'live' where it can be appreciated by a wider audience.
    With kind regards,
    Tom
     
  16. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    Just keeping this thread alive!
    Tom.
     
  17. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Talk about vanishing posts ?

    What about vanishing pictures ?

    One of my hang-overs from having to cope for myself in Army days is that I still have a "belt & braces" attitude to life and, in particular, anything that I have ever written on the computer. In other words I usually try to double up on anything that I value and would not like to lose.

    This morning I was looking back to my first posting on this forum which dealt with my first experience of handling a German magnetic mine. http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/weapons-technology-equipment/6997-bizarre-booby-traps-beetroot.html

    I expected to see some pictures of the offending piece of German weaponry but soon realised that they had disappeared into oblivion as the kind supplier of the image, PlantPilot, appeared to have lost his connection with photo-bucket (or have I got it all wrong?). The link to Geocities is also no longer viable. Fortunately I have a copy pic of the nasty piece. :)

    I wonder how many more pics have suffered a similar fate ?.
     
  18. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Nobody's heard of it as we're only just digesting ourselves what looks like an advantageous tweak to what the forum can do, without cramping any of what it already does.

    It'll take some time, and will probably announce itself eventually. Then the thrashing into shape can begin, but as none of us have actually used the software yet, we'll just have to wait and see ;).

    A good feature to add would be the forum to be able to make it rain candy.

    :icon-mrgreenbandit:
     
  19. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Talk about vanishing posts ?

    What about vanishing pictures ?

    One of my hang-overs from having to cope for myself in Army days is that I still have a "belt & braces" attitude to life and, in particular, anything that I have ever written on the computer. In other words I usually try to double up on anything that I value and would not like to lose.

    This morning I was looking back to my first posting on this forum which dealt with my first experience of handling a German magnetic mine. http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/weapons-technology-equipment/6997-bizarre-booby-traps-beetroot.html

    I expected to see some pictures of the offending piece of German weaponry but soon realised that they had disappeared into oblivion as the kind supplier of the image, PlantPilot, appeared to have lost his connection with photo-bucket (or have I got it all wrong?). The link to Geocities is also no longer viable. Fortunately I have a copy pic of the nasty piece. :)

    I wonder how many more pics have suffered a similar fate ?.

    Ron,

    When I search through past threads I often find the same problem and put it down to the site changes which may have broken the link.

    Not being so technically minded, but I am sure that our IT experts will know the answer from the top of their head.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  20. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Tom

    If I've learnt nothing else in this life it is that nothing lasts for ever.

    The most that one can expect is that one is given a fair run for one's money and, let's face it, we are getting the use of this forum and the pleasure of each other's company at literally no cost to ourselves.

    For this I am exceedingly grateful, and if I have neglected in the past to thank the powers that be for the use of this super forum, then I am certainly thanking them now.

    Regards

    Ron

    In the meantime I shall continue to make back-ups :)
     

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