January 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm #59442
I’m having a hard time getting arround in the new forum and have a few questions for the Forum Administrators.
1. What exactly is an Active Topic? There are topics listed where the last posting was in 2006.
2. How do I mark new posts as read so they don;t clutter up the New and Updated Topics listing?January 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm #63807
Hi Karl! Yes, the forum does need some more tweaks. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide some of them, once things slow down a bit in other areas of the website.
The active topics list is a way to view ALL posts in all forum areas, newest update to oldest. Some people like to browse in a specific forum area, others like to see what’s happening across the whole forum. Active topics is for the latter person.
If you visit any forum area that contains posts (and not just other forum areas), like Motorcycle Talk – General Topics, you’ll see at the bottom a dropdown called Forum Tools. Select Mark All Topics Read there and it will turn them all off. It would be helpful if there were a way to do this across the entire forum, just like the Active Topics area above is for seeing the whole forum. It might also be nice to put the Forum Tools dropdown at the top of the page where people are more likely to see it.January 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm #63808
” It would be helpful if there were a way to do this across the entire forum, just like the Active Topics area above is for seeing the whole forum. It might also be nice to put the Forum Tools dropdown at the top of the page where people are more likely to see it.”
I agree with your suggested changes. They will make the forum much easier to use. By the way, which forum software are you using on the site? I believe the old site used vBulletin.January 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm #63809
The entire site is built on Drupal 7, which is an open source content management system (CMS). Although there’s no debating that vBulletin is a superior forum, by building the whole site on a CMS, we have advantages like a single sign on for all functionality and the ability to share information from different areas of the site across the whole site.
For example, if you visit your account page, you can see, in one place, information about your club membership and your forum profile. And you don’t have to present your credentials again if you visit the club’s online store, the site already knows who you are.
Another reason for building the site on a CMS is to make it easier for the volunteers running the club to keep information up to date all over the site.January 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm #63810
Thanks for the update.January 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm #63811
I have one additional question. I followed your directions and selected “Mark all topics read” in each forum showing new posts, such that when I select View Forums, none have the new post symbol. How then do I clear the New & Updated Posts listing?
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