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1. Posted by Paddy (Budding Member 13 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Firstly, congrats on a great site, it's making my first travelling experience a more relaxing prospect...

I think the site looks great, but I have one small gripe..

In the forums (this may be personal preference) but it seems more intuitive to have the most recent postings in each thread at the very top, or on the first page. Just lets people get to the latest stuff first.

Other than that, good luck with the site and I hope the money starts rolling in soon.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6866 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hey Paddy,

Thanks for your comments! Especially the compliments are highly appreciated ;) Interesting idea about putting the latest comment first.. The setup I have used is fairly standard for forums, so I feel that if it were to be opposite to the prevailing method on the web it may actually confuse people.. What I may do though, ( because I too hate having to jump through pages to get to the end) is make a link to the 'last post'. This would be right there when you first see the thread. Do you think this would help make things easier??


3. Posted by sole (Full Member 208 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Peter,

well, I've actually been thinking that your way of doing it is great, this way you can always see the initial post and will know what the whole thread is about. Another great thing is that when you reply you get the most recent post at the top, that works very, very well for me. But as Paddy says our preferences are probably very different. ;)

Your suggestion of adding a link for the last post is a very good idea in my opinion.


4. Posted by Paddy (Budding Member 13 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Great idea about the latest posting link.

The compliments are well deserved, it says a lot about a site when the only suggestions you have are as pedantic as mine!

[ Edit: sp :) ]

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I want to join in this discussion as well!!! Hehehehe....

Actually Paddy, I had been thinking the same as you... especially when you look at a thread like the 'introduce yourself' thread where it now covers three pages of posts. But, as Pete mentions, other sites (not in the least Lonely Planet) also has this method so it is fairly standard practice. Having said that, I always like going against the grain but think that your suggestion Pete is definitely a winner. And, as Sole mentions, I like that when you are answering, you always see the latest one first.....

Cheers from Norway!


6. Posted by Paddy (Budding Member 13 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

This issue was something that came up when I built my companies Intranet. I put the latest postings at the top....

However, I'm talking about people sharing business related information where they need the freshest info first. Also the whole theory behind intranets is different....

another thing I noticed as I posted the last comment... I mispelled "compliments" and thought i'd stopped it submitting in time, but realised I'd then posted 2 of the same - which one of you guys obviously deleted, thanks - maybe if you gave us the option to delete/edit our own replies after they'd been posted, it could save you some hassle? I realise you have the whole preview thing, but lets be honest most people are click happy like me and never look properly...

Perhaps that's a reflection on me more than the site ;)

But anyway, like I said, great site.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Paddy,

Well, we actually are going to give more people admin 'powers'. Although I doubt spelling updates are the admins biggest worry I think we will offer it to those most avid posters....interested? I was also thinking of some cool titles.... any suggestions??? Maybe after famous travellers, Marco Polo, James Cook, etc. etc. Ah well, back to doing some work now...



8. Posted by Peter (Admin 6866 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Ok, the forum has been changed to now include a 'last post' link when the thread has any replies. It doesn't show up if there is only one post in the thread. Let me know if you find any problems with this methodology - it seems to work pretty well for me so far