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Wendell
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I did a thing.

Per the results of our poll and reported in The Cut Sheet, I have converted all forums from the Threaded format to the Simplified format. All forums are now Simplified. Even the "Ask A Surveyor" forum came along for the ride.

Forum format  Which do you prefer — threaded or simplified  – Announcements.. 2021 10 14 at 8.55.17 PM

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the poll. I appreciate your insight and thoughts about it. I know it was a tough decision for some, because there are pros and cons for both formats.

Even now and moving forward, however, I would still like to hear your thoughts as you use the forums. Not just with this particular issue, but with any issue. I'm trying my best to shape this community in a way that we all can enjoy, while also considering the behind-the-scenes aspects of it. It's certainly a balance and you all help me to find it.

Cheers! 🍻 

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Topic starter Posted : October 17, 2021 9:11 am
Bill93
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Works for me, so long as people quote enough of a previous post that we know what they are responding to.

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Posted : October 17, 2021 9:46 am
Wendell
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@bill93 

Yes, thank you, Bill, it may be a good idea for me to clarify how that works.

Using the "reply" button will simply add the mention of the member you are replying to (this post is a good example of that).

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Topic starter Posted : October 17, 2021 9:53 am

Wendell
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Posted by: @bill93

Works for me, so long as people quote enough of a previous post that we know what they are responding to.

This is an example of using the "quote" button. It includes a mention of the member I'm quoting and shows their full post.

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Topic starter Posted : October 17, 2021 9:55 am
Wendell
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Posted by: @bill93

quote enough of a previous post

This is an example of highlighting a specific portion of a member's post, then clicking on the quote button that appears directly below it. It mentions the member I'm replying to and quotes only the text I highlighted. I think a lot of people don't realize they have this option. 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : October 17, 2021 9:56 am
FL/GA
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Posted by: @wendell

This is an example of highlighting a specific portion of a member's post, then clicking on the quote button that appears directly below it.

Works for me!

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Posted : October 17, 2021 10:27 am
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half bubble
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Would be nice to have a link, when a post is quoted, to jump to that post.

 

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Posted : October 17, 2021 10:59 am
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cf.67
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Posted by: @wendell

 

Even now and moving forward, however, I would still like to hear your thoughts as you use the forums. Not just with this particular issue, but with any issue. I'm trying my best to shape this community in a way that we all can enjoy, while also considering the behind-the-scenes aspects of it. It's certainly a balance and you all help me to find it.

Cheers! 🍻 

 

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Posted : October 17, 2021 11:43 am
cf.67
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I'm interested what your thoughts are on how old threads can be resurrected?

Some forums it seems don't allow threads past a certain age, or having passed a certain period of inactivity, to be responded to.

I've noticed lately quite a few really old threads being re-lit.

Sometimes something worthwhile comes of it, other times, not so much.

Sometimes the people involved have long since disappeared anyway.

Just curious what the policy is.

(I also appear to have done something wrong, as what I was quoting and my text appear as 2 different posts 😯 )

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Posted : October 17, 2021 11:54 am
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Posted by: @bill93

quote enough of a previous post

Good call, Bill.

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Posted : October 17, 2021 1:17 pm
Wendell
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Posted by: @half-bubble

Would be nice to have a link, when a post is quoted, to jump to that post.

That's a neato idea...

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Topic starter Posted : October 17, 2021 4:39 pm
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Wendell
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Posted by: @cf-67

I'm interested what your thoughts are on how old threads can be resurrected?

Just curious what the policy is.

There is no official policy. We let most forum topics live on in perpetuity. The only exceptions are: 1.) those where conversations have gotten out of hand but I didn't want to remove the "meat" of the thread; 2.) sold or expired items in the Marketplace (when I'm made aware of same); and 3.) they are in-house announcements that don't require additional discussion.

There's no default expiration date on any topic. If you find an old topic that you'd like to revive or continue to discuss, you can certainly post a reply there and bring it back to the top.

Back in the rpls.com hey days, I remember that a lot of people would start new threads about old topics but they would add "TTT" to the end of the topic title. I think that was mainly because that forum didn't bring topics with new replies back to the top... they would just keep scrolling down the screen, so people would just create a new topic with "TTT" to get it back onto the first page. This is purely from memory, so I could be wrong about the specifics. Regardless, there was a reason that users felt the need to create new topics based on old topics and bring them back into the fold, and it just worked.

You do have me wondering now though, if we should be expiring topics a specified amount of time after the last reply. So if a topic goes stale for, say, 30 days, it gets automatically locked. If someone wanted to bring up that topic again, they could simply grab the URL and then create a new topic and reference the old topic.

I'm going to let this one simmer a bit, as I'm intrigued about the idea. Not sold on it at this point, just intrigued. It might be a nice way to bring an old topic current without bringing all the baggage along with it, but the referenced URL would allow those interested to dig into it. On the other hand, having the historical aspect of a specific topic in a single thread has its merits as well.

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Topic starter Posted : October 17, 2021 4:52 pm
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Wendell
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Posted by: @cf-67

(I also appear to have done something wrong, as what I was quoting and my text appear as 2 different posts 😯 )

Apparently you quoted, then clicked "Add Reply", then created an entirely new reply with your response (that's just a guess on my part). When quoting, you can just select the text you want to quote, click the quote button directly below the selected text, then just start typing your response.

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Topic starter Posted : October 17, 2021 4:56 pm
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