Good idea.. do you see it as a little exclamation mark or 'new' icon next to each thread? Or maybe more as a profile setting thing? So it is only activated when you select the forum user layout? I have seen this on other sites, and the only thing I don't like about it is that when I haven't been there very often, almost everything says it's new! What about a filter at the top of each forum, that allows you to 'only show threads updated since my last login'? That could work quite nicely.
Not sure. Think i was envisioning it as a seperate page altogether (to avoid the problem of all the "new" symbols if you haven't been on for a while.
Maybe at the top of the page on the other side to the button saying Forum search you could have a button saying new since last log in or whatever where it would list all the relevant posts - either on a date/time basis or in a forum basis.
If it's a seperate page, it then doesn't interfere with the basic forum and for people who rarely login or don't want to see everything/most of what is written, then they don't need to bother with it.
A filter on each forum would do the same job very well, and is possibly a better approach, and stops you getting overwhelmed with one long thing page saying something like "posts since your last visit - 672" if you haven't been on for a few weeks...
Sorry, forgot to add - something else i thought of last night. If you asked to be notified about a reply to a thread (but not with regard to message's), is it possible to include the new post in the email as well as a link???
Again, it's selfish, but it's very much an on the road issue - if i'm in an internet cafe in Bulgaria for instance and only have 20mins spare, I don't want to have to go through a ream of emails saying "X has replied to your topic X", but i then have to use more time on a really slow connection to discover what the reply actually was...
This is particularly relevant if you are looking for tings that can't wait - i.e. looking for advice/accom tips etc for your current trip. I'm guessing i'm suggesting something similar to the ThornTree approach on this.
I was in said internet cafe in remote Bulgaria last week when the same happened (for a different forum) - it was something i needed to get hold of that day but I was only sent a link as notification. It took me an extra 40 odd mins just for the damned thing to load from the link, which was time I didn't really have spare and could have been used for drinking instead!!
Thanks for that suggestion -- it's been implemented as you may have already noticed! I'm pretty fond of this myself actually and have been wondering for a while whether to do something like that. The next step will be to do the same for messages in the message center and possibly even diary entries. There really is no need for us to force the users back to the site just to read a message; visits are high enough as is and if anything it just increases server load unnecessarily.
Really like the development of including the messages/threads in the e-mail advising you of a new message/reply . . .not sure what the outcome was of the suggestion keeping the original post at the top of the page and then showing the most recent first . . . would be great if this could be considered, perhaps vistors could sort threads as they prefer?
Just a thought what about on the info page for each registered user something which allows us to record forthcoming trips/plans as well as diary/travels already achieved?
I agree with Becky. Having a "Sort by ... Asc/Desc" option would be helpful.
I don't know if anybody already mentioned this, I dind't read to all the posts... A link to a homepage in a user's profile would also be nice, and east to implement is suppose
Yes, i agree with Tingo. Was something i was going to say myself but hadn't got around to it. Doesn't need to be anything fancy (or even a live link), just a space in the profile for people to add their website if they have one/want to.
One other random thing - Is it possible for you make d.o.b an optional field (or maybe just the year as a required). Long story, but i refuse to give my actually dob out except where really neccessary, so at the moment i'm lying through my teeth!
Rich, on the dob thing - we have made this a requirement so that we can use it for password retrieval if necessary. If someone were to forget their password, they can put in their date of birth and email address - both things hidden from the public, so it confirms to us that they are who they say they are. The passwords are one-way encrypted, so we can't actually retrieve the original one they provided, but provide a replacement instead. The dob is never shown to the public - it is only used to calculate an age. I have no problem with people putting false dob's in, but it may be harder for them to replace a password if they were to forget
Peter (RE #29), Ah! ok, thanks. Good to know.