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Title: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: bonjour on August 09, 2010, 03:05:37 PM
We are always looking for ways to improve the forum ans website.
The forum is SMF based.  At this point in time it has very few modifications applied.
What would you like to see and why?  If possible, not necessary, direct us to an SMF package or modification that we could apply.
We want this to be the best environment for you that we can apply.

Thanks.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: beerocd on August 09, 2010, 03:46:53 PM
How about topic ratings, ignore user, ignore topic, subscriptions to topics...
I was looking at the simple machines (http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/) website at their addons. Not sure that they are universally adaptable.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: theDarkSide on August 09, 2010, 03:52:34 PM
Another forum, which I won't mention ( cough brewingnetwork, cough ) has links to see "New Posts" since your last visit, and "New Beer-Related Post" ( basically filtering out the off topic stuff ).

I'm not sure the "Unread" link by our login name does the same thing.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: bonjour on August 09, 2010, 04:16:16 PM
Yes, the "unread" link does the same think.  and I think some members of the GC have a BN awareness ;)
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: ryantj on August 09, 2010, 05:16:28 PM
** update ** The unread feature seems to do the same thing!!!

I use the Brewing Network forum a lot and I like the ability to quickly scan the recent beer related posts regardless of what category they are in. Your "recently" feature shows way to much of the post, I just want titles. Much like the TT table of content did. You may be able to find a mod on the SMF site. They have tons of them. like this one. http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=2469

I would be glad to take time and find SMF mods and talk with your tech person as I am a web developer also.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on August 09, 2010, 05:30:49 PM
** update ** The unread feature seems to do the same thing!!!

I use the Brewing Network forum a lot and I like the ability to quickly scan the recent beer related posts regardless of what category they are in. Your "recently" feature shows way to much of the post, I just want titles. Much like the TT table of content did. You may be able to find a mod on the SMF site. They have tons of them. like this one. http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=2469

I would be glad to take time and find SMF mods and talk with your tech person as I am a web developer also.

Thanks for the offer!  We've already identified a number of SMF mods that we're interested in and the AHA tech staff is evaluating them.  An added layer of complexity is the co. the AHA hired to set up the website.  We'll pass your suggestion along to them.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: brushvalleybrewer on August 09, 2010, 07:05:15 PM
A mobile theme would be nice. I'm not always on my desktop machine when I need a brewing info fix.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on August 09, 2010, 07:24:58 PM
High on the list of priorities, I assure you.  Fred and Drew are looking at mobile solutions.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: bluesman on August 09, 2010, 07:26:50 PM
A mobile theme would be nice. I'm not always on my desktop machine when I need a brewing info fix.

+1

An iphone app would be splendid!   ;)
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: theDarkSide on August 09, 2010, 07:29:25 PM
A mobile theme would be nice. I'm not always on my desktop machine when I need a brewing info fix.

+1

An iphone app would be splendid!   ;)

Nah...do a Droid app first  ;)
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: ajk on August 09, 2010, 10:20:20 PM
The RSS feed would be more useful if it contained the full text of each post.  I don't know anything about SMF, but it looks like Maximum post length (http://docs.simplemachines.org/index.php?topic=96.0) is the appropriate setting.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: brushvalleybrewer on August 09, 2010, 11:57:09 PM
I’ve seen some forums where there are multiple feeds to choose from. For instance, if you could somehow satisfy the earlier request for unread “beer related” topics, if we could just get an RSS feed for "beer related” topics, too, that would be great.

Also, in the multiple feeds department, I much prefer the TastyBrew.com feed where you just see new topics. The signal-to-noise ratio is much lower.

Also…  ;) …the “every single post” feed --- the one you get now --- should (as suggested earlier) be full text. You’re not getting ad impressions, so it would be good to be able to read a thread without leaving my RSS reader.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: ajk on August 10, 2010, 12:14:49 AM
I’ve seen some forums where there are multiple feeds to choose from. For instance, if you could somehow satisfy the earlier request for unread “beer related” topics, if we could just get an RSS feed for "beer related” topics, too, that would be great.

There seem to be RSS feeds for each board; they're just not advertised.  Appending
;type=rss;action=.xml
to the end of the URL of whichever board I'm interested in gives me a board-specific feed.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: euge on August 10, 2010, 05:38:35 AM
I think being able to attach .pdf files or the like would be helpful for recipes etc... Also how about embedding video? :) Another irritation is not being able to simply insert the hyperlinks under a shorter name.

For example: http://www.unwiredview.com/2010/03/31/new-samsung-galaxy-s-i9000-preview-the-phone-will-apparently-cost-e600/
 (http://www.unwiredview.com/2010/03/31/new-samsung-galaxy-s-i9000-preview-the-phone-will-apparently-cost-e600/)
Otherwise I consider this site pretty refined, not too spartan not too cluttered, loads fast and easy to read and navigate.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: dbeechum on August 10, 2010, 06:02:27 AM
Euge - actually on the url thing.. it's a bb code specification so you can link them differently


Euge's Link (http://www.unwiredview.com/2010/03/31/new-samsung-galaxy-s-i9000-preview-the-phone-will-apparently-cost-e600/)

All you have to do is on the url tag is put the link like this
Code: [Select]
[url=http://www.unwiredview.com/2010/03/31/new-samsung-galaxy-s-i9000-preview-the-phone-will-apparently-cost-e600/] Your text [/url]

phpBB assists you in that, but really that's all you need to do.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: euge on August 10, 2010, 06:50:45 AM
Euge - actually on the url thing.. it's a bb code specification so you can link them differently


Euge's Link (http://www.unwiredview.com/2010/03/31/new-samsung-galaxy-s-i9000-preview-the-phone-will-apparently-cost-e600/)

All you have to do is on the url tag is put the link like this
Code: [Select]
[url=http://www.unwiredview.com/2010/03/31/new-samsung-galaxy-s-i9000-preview-the-phone-will-apparently-cost-e600/] Your text [/url]

phpBB assists you in that, but really that's all you need to do.
Oh! Thanks!  You mean like this?  Samsung Galaxy S  ;D (http://www.unwiredview.com/2010/03/31/new-samsung-galaxy-s-i9000-preview-the-phone-will-apparently-cost-e600/) Guess I need to brush up... :D


Mod Note: Fixed the quoting
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Dan on August 11, 2010, 06:04:46 PM
1. OAuth or OpenID authentication so I don't need to remember yet another username/password (stackoverflow.com is a good example of this).

2. Display the number of replies waiting for my attention, similar to unread emails, in the upper left (So it would say Unread (130) / Replies (5) ). Then I know something has happened without the need for me to click on the link.

3. A more web 2.0 version of moderation - allow all logged in users to rank individual comments with an up rating or a down rating. Then instead of  just using the number of posts when assigning levels to users, the quality of the particular posts should be taken into account. If you want to gain levels, you not only need to comment frequently but also have something useful to day.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on August 11, 2010, 06:42:28 PM
3. A more web 2.0 version of moderation - allow all logged in users to rank individual comments with an up rating or a down rating. Then instead of  just using the number of posts when assigning levels to users, the quality of the particular posts should be taken into account. If you want to gain levels, you not only need to comment frequently but also have something useful to day.

I've gotta say that I'm not much of a fan of this idea.  I've seen it practically destroy the Brews&Views board by people using it vindictively.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Dan on August 11, 2010, 08:22:12 PM
3. A more web 2.0 version of moderation - allow all logged in users to rank individual comments with an up rating or a down rating. Then instead of  just using the number of posts when assigning levels to users, the quality of the particular posts should be taken into account. If you want to gain levels, you not only need to comment frequently but also have something useful to day.

I've gotta say that I'm not much of a fan of this idea.  I've seen it practically destroy the Brews&Views board by people using it vindictively.

There are many ways to curb the trolls while still implementing something similar:
  1. "super" moderators and flag accounts that shouldn't be allowed to participate in the up/down voting
  2. a user has to spend their own rep points or ranking points to down vote someone
  3. a single user can only vote n times is a given 24 hour period to prevent run away posting
  4. a user needs to be active for some period of time before getting the ability to vote on topics

You could also make this be the golden feature for paid AHA members. Those of us willing to part with some cash to run a message board or the AHA operations are less likely to abuse the voting privileges. You'd gain a lot of moderators with some limited power, stiff through the noise faster and those with high ranks would truly be contributing to the community.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on August 11, 2010, 09:42:57 PM
Good ideas, Dan, and thanks!  We're in the process of discussing a lot of changes and we'll toss yours into the hat!
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Me on August 11, 2010, 10:29:38 PM
Is there such thing as a search feature within forums? Eventually topics will begin to accumulate in the depths of the forum, is it possible to look up if a topic was covered earlier?
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: dbeechum on August 11, 2010, 11:01:56 PM
There is a search function in the main menu bar next to HELP.

With the advanced features you can restrict yourself to individual forum areas.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: beerocd on August 12, 2010, 12:22:38 AM
How about starting up a cable channel? While I brew I can leave the channel on in the background and listen to Denny reading the questions and answers while I brew. Seriously though, mobile platform.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: The Professor on August 12, 2010, 01:42:17 AM
3. A more web 2.0 version of moderation - allow all logged in users to rank individual comments with an up rating or a down rating. Then instead of  just using the number of posts when assigning levels to users, the quality of the particular posts should be taken into account. If you want to gain levels, you not only need to comment frequently but also have something useful to day.

I've gotta say that I'm not much of a fan of this idea.  I've seen it practically destroy the Brews&Views board by people using it vindictively.

I agree...
besides, what is this strange internet obsession with "ranking" everything?
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Dan on August 12, 2010, 05:45:45 AM
3. A more web 2.0 version of moderation - allow all logged in users to rank individual comments with an up rating or a down rating. Then instead of  just using the number of posts when assigning levels to users, the quality of the particular posts should be taken into account. If you want to gain levels, you not only need to comment frequently but also have something useful to day.

I've gotta say that I'm not much of a fan of this idea.  I've seen it practically destroy the Brews&Views board by people using it vindictively.

I agree...
besides, what is this strange internet obsession with "ranking" everything?

It's not really a strange obsession as much as it provides a very easy way to compute the relevance of a piece of data. This is particularly useful when dealing with natural language data (e.g. detecting email or forum posts as spam, deciding how important a link is, etc.) because often the algorithms often require scanning the data multiple times and building complex parse trees. It's easier to let humans read the data and toggle a flag or numeric count and then use standard algebraic operators to determine if something has met a threshold criteria. The simplicity and general applicability of this approach on a number of data sets is what makes it so powerful.

In case you'd like to read more about how simple human intervention makes computation easier:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReCAPTCHA
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: weithman5 on August 12, 2010, 11:30:41 AM
I would prefer that the home page show the last dozen TOPICS posted too, rather than the last posts.  I rarely get to scroll through the unread and this way i would miss fewer topics.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: beerocd on August 12, 2010, 01:23:37 PM
Every now and then - clicking unread to refresh the list of topics... it will wipe out everything as if I had clicked the mark all read button. Probably happens to me every second or third day.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: steven12 on September 05, 2010, 01:39:18 PM
I am having a lot of trouble using this forum.I don't use a computer every day.The help section was no help it must of been set up by a computer guy.. I received more help on how to use this from someone's advice on one of the last  Aha tech talks. The help section needs to be improved. Definitions of terms used in help section. Also this is very complicated for some one who just gets e mails. There seem to be alot of different things this site can do that's why it seems complicated. The help section should explain from 1 to 20 what this site can do and how to do it. All I want it to do is group all messages in a daily date they come in, so on sat or sun i can go thru by day the whole week. It seems like every time i go to a certain board it says no unread topics since my last visit. I have not been on it for a week I hit mark messages as read and there is all kinds of messages that came in during the week. No where do i see read new messages which i think would be better than mark messages.I am spending to much time trying to use this forum instead of brewing. By the way what's a child's board?
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Hokerer on September 05, 2010, 04:14:05 PM
It seems like every time i go to a certain board it says no unread topics since my last visit. I have not been on it for a week I hit mark messages as read and there is all kinds of messages that came in during the week. No where do i see read new messages which i think would be better than mark messages.I am spending to much time trying to use this forum instead of brewing. By the way what's a child's board?

Are you sure you're logged in when you're trying this.  Look in the upper right of your window...  does is say "Welcome back steven12" or does it say "Welcome Guest"?  If it says guest, then you're not logged in and the system has no way of knowing what posts are new since the last time you looked.  If you are logged in, look right beneath your name and you should see the work "Unread".  Click on that and it'll show you all the unread posts since the last time you visited.

ps. A "child board" is just a sub-board that part of a larger board.  For instance, there's a major board call "Events" and it has a child board called "Homebrew Competitions".  Think of the child board as a subset of the parent board.

pps. When you login, you can check the box that says to keep you logged in and that way you don't have to login every time you visit.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: svejk on September 05, 2010, 06:45:32 PM
No where do i see read new messages which i think would be better than mark messages.

Think of the "Unread" link at the top of the page as "Read New Messages" and the "Mark All Messages As Read" link to mean "Make all of these messages disappear from my 'new message' area".

I wonder if it would be less confusing for new users if the word "Unread" was changed to "Read New Messages"?
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: evandy on October 31, 2010, 01:45:49 PM
Increase the number of posts in the default RSS feed, or publish a feed with more posts in the official FAQ (e.g.: www.homebrewersassociation.org%2Fforum%2Findex.php%3Faction%3D.xml%3Bsa%3Drecent%3Blimit%3D255%3Btype%3Drss2)

Google reader, and other feed readers, only check for updates periodically.  If the default is for 5 posts, a lot get lost!

Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: malzig on November 20, 2010, 02:44:27 PM
..links to see "New Posts" since your last visit, and "New Beer-Related Post" ( basically filtering out the off topic stuff ).
I would like to be able to restrict "unread" to the beer forums.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: gordonstrong on November 22, 2010, 06:11:22 PM
Make it more legible on an iphone.  The icons are absolutely tiny at that resolution; it's hard to hit the 'new' and 'unread' buttons, which are my primary navigation tools.  A mobile-friendly version would be best.  Too much resizing on each message.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on November 22, 2010, 06:12:54 PM
Make it more legible on an iphone.  The icons are absolutely tiny at that resolution; it's hard to hit the 'new' and 'unread' buttons, which are my primary navigation tools.  A mobile-friendly version would be best.  Too much resizing on each message.

We're working on it!
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Kaiser on November 22, 2010, 09:04:24 PM
I'd like to see the "Replies" list being replaced with a list of the topics I participated in. The topics with the most recent replies would be on top and when I have not read them yet they would be marked. This way I can also quickly find those topics which I already read and in which I participated.

Just like the equivalent link works in the NB forum.

Kai
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: kgs on November 27, 2010, 04:20:13 PM
Just now realizing my last post should have gone here, but whatev. One more thing: if there's any ability to tweak search on this BB, adding some weight to the titles might help bump the headlines posts lower so that they don't overwhelm searching across all boards (which is what most people will do before they refine a search... IF they ever refine a search). If you can adjust the weight of entire topics, which would be very cool, lowering the weight of the section with the headline posts would be great.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on November 27, 2010, 04:54:09 PM
A lot of the great ideas suggested may not be possible with this software, although there may be some plugins that could be added to accommodate some of the requests.  But we'll look into everything.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: bluesman on November 27, 2010, 05:36:00 PM
Make it more legible on an iphone.  The icons are absolutely tiny at that resolution; it's hard to hit the 'new' and 'unread' buttons, which are my primary navigation tools.  A mobile-friendly version would be best.  Too much resizing on each message.

We're working on it!

This^^^^^is going to be awesome.

An iphone app would make usage alot more convenient for me.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: oscarvan on January 26, 2011, 03:25:07 AM
I scanned this thread, but not every syllable, so please forgive me if someone has pointed this out.

If a forum is marked with "new posts" as in the brown envelope vs the grey envelope, and you then go in and read one post, the envelope turns grey, even though there are still unread posts. This is contrary to most forums I visit. As long as there are unread posts the forum should be brown, indicating such. I know, nitpicky.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Pi on March 02, 2011, 01:37:19 PM
How about a category for RIMS or other brewing systems?
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on March 02, 2011, 04:20:37 PM
How about a category for RIMS or other brewing systems?

Is there some reason the "Equipment" section wouldn't work for that?
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: kgs on April 02, 2011, 02:31:45 PM
I scanned this thread, but not every syllable, so please forgive me if someone has pointed this out.

If a forum is marked with "new posts" as in the brown envelope vs the grey envelope, and you then go in and read one post, the envelope turns grey, even though there are still unread posts. This is contrary to most forums I visit. As long as there are unread posts the forum should be brown, indicating such. I know, nitpicky.

I agree. (The forum is great... but since you asked...)
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: maxieboy on April 02, 2011, 03:21:24 PM
I scanned this thread, but not every syllable, so please forgive me if someone has pointed this out.

If a forum is marked with "new posts" as in the brown envelope vs the grey envelope, and you then go in and read one post, the envelope turns grey, even though there are still unread posts. This is contrary to most forums I visit. As long as there are unread posts the forum should be brown, indicating such. I know, nitpicky.

I agree. (The forum is great... but since you asked...)

True, but do you read or want to click on EVERY thread in a section? I know I don't. I just work around it.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: kgs on May 03, 2011, 09:29:26 PM
How about renaming Equipment to Equipment and Software? Questions about brewing software come up regularly enough to warrant the term "software" somewhere as a main topic (or at least a child board).
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: bonjour on May 03, 2011, 10:12:13 PM
How about renaming Equipment to Equipment and Software? Questions about brewing software come up regularly enough to warrant the term "software" somewhere as a main topic (or at least a child board).
Sounds good to me
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: jamminbrew on May 03, 2011, 10:50:48 PM
How about when there are numerous replies to one posting, that it only shows once on the main page, instead of every reply, taking up space for just one topic...
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: pfooti on May 04, 2011, 05:23:08 AM
Here's one that's a bit complicated.

When I visit the site, I usually hit the "view unread posts" link. Kudos for being the only homebrew forum that has a "mark all posts read" on the unread-list search page, by the way. TBN and NB don't have that, and HBT's is hidden.

On the unread-list search page, however, if there's more than one page of actual new posts, there's a subtle bug that will make you miss posts. If you click a link on page one and then go to page two of the list, the post that WAS at the top of page two bumps to the bottom of page one (were you to go back to page one, it would be there). That's because the "unread posts" list is regenerated when you hit the "go to page 2" link, and that list has one less element in it (the one you clicked on).

In order to work around this, I just start at the last page and move to the first, instead of starting on page 1.

I'd appreciate it if this didn't happen. There are a number of ways to fix it. You can make it a lot less apparent by making the unread-posts page return more than just 10 or so posts per page; 50 per page would mean I hardly ever had to page around. You can make the unread-posts page return in reverse chronological order, so the oldest new posts are on p1. Or you can change the manner in which the unread-posts page is generated to mean "posts made since my last visit" instead of "posts I haven't explicitly marked read yet", or just find a clever way to maintain the search results list while I page around in them without having to regenerate the list each time. Dunno if caching that search instead of re-running it each time saves on database load or not.

Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Jimmy K on August 17, 2011, 12:56:18 PM
The 'Latest Posts" list that is on the main AHA website - I'd like that integrated into the forum's main page. See all the new activity at once instead of having to click dozens of links.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: euge on August 18, 2011, 01:45:50 AM
Bookmark "Unread" (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?action=unread) or "Replies" (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?action=unreadreplies) or even "Recently" (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?action=recent) links in your right hand corner of the screen.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: 1vertical on January 24, 2012, 03:40:10 PM
How about putting this post up as a handy dandy sticky please
or a ready available link to access the chat

http://tinychat.com/roffenburger  (http://tinychat.com/roffenburger)
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Joe Sr. on January 24, 2012, 04:17:05 PM
The 'Latest Posts" list that is on the main AHA website - I'd like that integrated into the forum's main page. See all the new activity at once instead of having to click dozens of links.

I've got a RSS feed hooked up so that I can see all the latest activity without even visiting.

It does not sort by category, but that's OK.

There was a thread on this ages ago, which is where I got the RSS link.

Very handy.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: storm_ipa on January 26, 2012, 02:29:13 AM
a search function!!!! as well as the ability to subscribe to your own thread(see PC World's threads). On the PC World forums I can subscribe to my, or anyone's thread, and I have the ability to determine how often I recieve emails on replies to the thread. Those 2 are the biggest additions I see that are needed.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: storm_ipa on January 26, 2012, 02:59:47 AM
how about a simply forum app for the android/ios operating systems? Nothing special, just simple read, view, search, post ability. with the abundance of smartphones we should take advantage of these phones to allow the forum/homebrew community to flourish. That would be huge!
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Hokerer on January 26, 2012, 03:09:33 AM
a search function!!!!

Um, see the bar directly below the AHA banner at the top of every page?  That bar starts with "HOME" then "HELP" and then, guess what, "SEARCH".  See if that gives you what you're looking for.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: storm_ipa on January 26, 2012, 03:26:35 AM
I didn't see the search at the top of the page, but there is no need to be a douche about it.....
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: tschmidlin on January 26, 2012, 06:04:20 AM
the ability to subscribe to your own thread(see PC World's threads). On the PC World forums I can subscribe to my, or anyone's thread, and I have the ability to determine how often I recieve emails on replies to the thread.
Go to your profile (click your name) and select "notifications and email" on the left side.  There are settings in there to subscribe to your own threads and automatically subscribe to other peoples threads.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Hokerer on January 26, 2012, 04:41:04 PM
I didn't see the search at the top of the page, but there is no need to be a douche about it.....

Sorry, really didn't mean to come across as a douche.  Guess I needed some smileys in there or something.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: storm_ipa on January 28, 2012, 03:13:33 PM
No prob. I hate learning a new forum's navigation. I'd still love a smartphone app tho.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: steven12 on September 13, 2013, 11:45:51 AM
I am always having trouble with login.I get locked out trying to log in on multiple tries.they should not have this feature.I just found out that my password for login on the asso. is different then the forum.why would your password be different.This makes no sense.If these issues can not be changed I would like to be logged in all the time .Is this possible.The forum has been very difficult to use and of no value.Will they ever bring back Brew Talk Email,i never had problems with this and it came to me,I miss it.  Steve Dohm
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: AmandaK on September 13, 2013, 12:47:18 PM
Every now and then - clicking unread to refresh the list of topics... it will wipe out everything as if I had clicked the mark all read button. Probably happens to me every second or third day.

Yep. This happens to me all the time. Probably everyday, but I'm on a lot due to my job being really boring. I'll just use Tapatalk on mobile to see the most recent stuff when that happens.

Would be nice to have that fixed though.


I am always having trouble with login.I get locked out trying to log in on multiple tries.they should not have this feature.I just found out that my password for login on the asso. is different then the forum.why would your password be different.This makes no sense.If these issues can not be changed I would like to be logged in all the time .Is this possible.

I also have this issue. The AHA login doesn't stay logged in, I have to re-login if I head to the BA store, then I have to re-login if I go to the forum. I finally set up my forum to be automatic login, but when I go back to the AHA website to read eZymurgy or something, I have to re-login. It's quite annoying.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Jimmy K on September 13, 2013, 12:54:44 PM
I am always having trouble with login.I get locked out trying to log in on multiple tries.they should not have this feature.I just found out that my password for login on the asso. is different then the forum.why would your password be different.This makes no sense.If these issues can not be changed I would like to be logged in all the time .Is this possible.The forum has been very difficult to use and of no value.Will they ever bring back Brew Talk Email,i never had problems with this and it came to me,I miss it.  Steve Dohm
There are separate passwords for the AHA site and the forum, which is weird. But I entered the same username and password for both - problem solved. If you click the 'login' button at the top, the page it brings you to has an option to stay logged in indefinately.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: jeffy on September 13, 2013, 01:34:03 PM
The most frequently used buttons for me are "unread" and "new" and they are so close to other clickable items that I find myself opening unwanted links when using a touch screen.  I wish they could separate these buttons or enlarge them or something.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on September 13, 2013, 03:32:29 PM
I am always having trouble with login.I get locked out trying to log in on multiple tries.they should not have this feature.I just found out that my password for login on the asso. is different then the forum.why would your password be different.This makes no sense.If these issues can not be changed I would like to be logged in all the time .Is this possible.The forum has been very difficult to use and of no value.Will they ever bring back Brew Talk Email,i never had problems with this and it came to me,I miss it.  Steve Dohm

I have no problem logging in to the forum and I find it much more useful than Tech Talk ever was.  But so many people missed Tech Talk, we brought it back as BrewTechTalk.   I'll get the signup info and post it here for you, but let me warn you...so few people use it that months go by without a post.  Don't expect it to be nearly as active nor informative as this forum.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Joe Sr. on September 13, 2013, 04:06:38 PM
I have no problem logging in to the forum and I find it much more useful than Tech Talk ever was.  But so many people missed Tech Talk, we brought it back as BrewTechTalk.   I'll get the signup info and post it here for you, but let me warn you...so few people use it that months go by without a post.  Don't expect it to be nearly as active nor informative as this forum.

I've set all my devices to keep me logged in at all times, so logging in is never an issue for me.

I don't know if the forum is more useful than Tech Talk, but it's certainly more active than Tech Talk was albeit more wide-ranging (BBQ, etc.)  I haven't see an BTT e-mail in ages.  Nothing there but fond memories.  I miss input from some of the members who used to respond on TT, but there's great people here, too.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on September 13, 2013, 04:29:08 PM
I have no problem logging in to the forum and I find it much more useful than Tech Talk ever was.  But so many people missed Tech Talk, we brought it back as BrewTechTalk.   I'll get the signup info and post it here for you, but let me warn you...so few people use it that months go by without a post.  Don't expect it to be nearly as active nor informative as this forum.
I've set all my devices to keep me logged in at all times, so logging in is never an issue for me.

I don't know if the forum is more useful than Tech Talk, but it's certainly more active than Tech Talk was albeit more wide-ranging (BBQ, etc.)  I haven't see an BTT e-mail in ages.  Nothing there but fond memories.  I miss input from some of the members who used to respond on TT, but there's great people here, too.


I checked and the last BBT went out on Nov. 12 last year!
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Joe Sr. on September 13, 2013, 04:32:11 PM
I checked and the last BBT went out on Nov. 12 last year!

Like I said, fond memories...  but there's people we never hear from anymore.  Diki Short, David Houseman, and many others, I'm sure.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on September 13, 2013, 05:00:51 PM
I checked and the last BBT went out on Nov. 12 last year!

Like I said, fond memories...  but there's people we never hear from anymore.  Diki Short, David Houseman, and many others, I'm sure.

As much as I respect all those people, personally I find too much of the advice on BTT stuck in the past (kinda like the whole BTT concept!).  The give and take on the forum presents much more information that is much more up to date IMO.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Joe Sr. on September 13, 2013, 06:03:04 PM
I checked and the last BBT went out on Nov. 12 last year!

Like I said, fond memories...  but there's people we never hear from anymore.  Diki Short, David Houseman, and many others, I'm sure.

As much as I respect all those people, personally I find too much of the advice on BTT stuck in the past (kinda like the whole BTT concept!).  The give and take on the forum presents much more information that is much more up to date IMO.

It may be a good example of a self selecting group comprised of people adverse to change.

I will keep my fond memories and continue to participate here.

FWIW, I also have fond memories of my first car although my current car is much much nicer.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on September 16, 2013, 05:29:56 PM
If anyone wants to sign up for BrewTechTalk, here's the link...

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/brewtechtalk-2-0
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Slowbrew on September 16, 2013, 07:39:40 PM
If anyone wants to sign up for BrewTechTalk, here's the link...

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/brewtechtalk-2-0

Brings back memories of the fight over shutting down TechTalk.  8^)  Was that only last year?  Wow!  Seems longer ago than that.

No suggestions for improvement.  I've finally learned where everything is again.

Paul
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on September 16, 2013, 08:41:44 PM
If anyone wants to sign up for BrewTechTalk, here's the link...

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/brewtechtalk-2-0

Brings back memories of the fight over shutting down TechTalk.  8^)  Was that only last year?  Wow!  Seems longer ago than that.

No suggestions for improvement.  I've finally learned where everything is again.

Paul

I think it was longer than a year, but I'm not certain.  I find it interesting that after all the squall over shutting down TechTalk, the new one goes months without anyone posting.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Joe Sr. on September 16, 2013, 08:44:52 PM
I think it was longer than a year, but I'm not certain.  I find it interesting that after all the squall over shutting down TechTalk, the new one goes months without anyone posting.

I think it was 2010.  Time compresses when you get older.  Or so I'm told.

There is no there there any longer.  HBD is pretty much the same way.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Slowbrew on September 16, 2013, 09:20:04 PM
I think it was longer than a year, but I'm not certain.  I find it interesting that after all the squall over shutting down TechTalk, the new one goes months without anyone posting.

I think it was 2010.  Time compresses when you get older.  Or so I'm told.

There is no there there any longer.  HBD is pretty much the same way.

You're right!  I did some searching looks like it was Fall of 2010 when the brew-ha-ha was going on. 

You're right about time too.  Feels like last week that my oldest was born.  Now I have 2 in college, one in high school, one in middle school and my retirement seems closer than my college graduation.  8^(

I think "Get off my lawn!!" is required here. 

 ;D

Paul
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: HoosierBrew on September 16, 2013, 10:18:33 PM
I think it was longer than a year, but I'm not certain.  I find it interesting that after all the squall over shutting down TechTalk, the new one goes months without anyone posting.

I think it was 2010.  Time compresses when you get older.  Or so I'm told.

There is no there there any longer.  HBD is pretty much the same way.

You're right!  I did some searching looks like it was Fall of 2010 when the brew-ha-ha was going on. 

You're right about time too.  Feels like last week that my oldest was born.  Now I have 2 in college, one in high school, one in middle school and my retirement seems closer than my college graduation.  8^(

I think "Get off my lawn!!" is required here. 

 ;D

Paul
Hate to say it but I resemble that !  I can't believe I'm close to 30 years out of high school. Crazy !
+1 to keeping off my lawn :).
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 16, 2013, 10:34:57 PM
If anyone wants to sign up for BrewTechTalk, here's the link...

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/brewtechtalk-2-0

Brings back memories of the fight over shutting down TechTalk.  8^)  Was that only last year?  Wow!  Seems longer ago than that.

No suggestions for improvement.  I've finally learned where everything is again.

Paul

I think it was longer than a year, but I'm not certain.  I find it interesting that after all the squall over shutting down TechTalk, the new one goes months without anyone posting.

Glad you said that!

I thought the HBD would perk up, but it did not.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on September 17, 2013, 03:31:56 PM
Glad you said that!

I thought the HBD would perk up, but it did not.

Yeah, I think the people who were/are interested in those formats aren't interested enough to actually post!
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: hubie on September 25, 2013, 09:43:21 PM
Glad you said that!

I thought the HBD would perk up, but it did not.

Yeah, I think the people who were/are interested in those formats aren't interested enough to actually post!

When you make a big change like that, you pick up new people, but at some point you drive others away.  I would guess that a good number of people on Tech Talk moved over to the forum and found they liked it (or at least, didn't hate it), while another group said "the hell with this" and went elsewhere.  It's easy to throw around the Luddite label or talk of the march of progress, but sometimes one person's shiny new thing is another person's annoyance. 

Perhaps sometime in the not-so-distant-future there will be cries of how we need to retire the AHA Forum and move everything to Facebook because everybody uses Facebook now, it has all these new features the Forum doesn't, and that other brewing forum moved to Facebook and we have to too if we want to keep up, etc., etc.  When that happens, maybe you pick up new people, and you'll probably lose other people for good.  (Then the Next Big Thing after Facebook comes along (it will undoubtedly have to do with Big Data and clouds and new paradigms and stuff)  and then we all have to move with it....)
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: jeffy on September 25, 2013, 11:11:40 PM
Glad you said that!

I thought the HBD would perk up, but it did not.

Yeah, I think the people who were/are interested in those formats aren't interested enough to actually post!

When you make a big change like that, you pick up new people, but at some point you drive others away.  I would guess that a good number of people on Tech Talk moved over to the forum and found they liked it (or at least, didn't hate it), while another group said "the hell with this" and went elsewhere.  It's easy to throw around the Luddite label or talk of the march of progress, but sometimes one person's shiny new thing is another person's annoyance. 

Perhaps sometime in the not-so-distant-future there will be cries of how we need to retire the AHA Forum and move everything to Facebook because everybody uses Facebook now, it has all these new features the Forum doesn't, and that other brewing forum moved to Facebook and we have to too if we want to keep up, etc., etc.  When that happens, maybe you pick up new people, and you'll probably lose other people for good.  (Then the Next Big Thing after Facebook comes along (it will undoubtedly have to do with Big Data and clouds and new paradigms and stuff)  and then we all have to move with it....)
Nice observations, Hubie.
I think that a majority of the posters on HBD were very experienced and knowledgable folks and the reason you don't see much activity there is that they have nothing to reply/comment on.  The new folks who would be the ones asking questions have not found that site or are using other venues.
A lot of the older, experienced brewers who don't want to try to keep up with constant posts as on this or other forums are still there, waiting, at HBD.org.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Joe Sr. on September 26, 2013, 12:26:53 AM
What is this Facebook of which you speak?
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: klickitat jim on September 26, 2013, 01:19:46 AM
Eventually we will all know everything that everyone is thinking and then our eyes, mouths and brains will be obsolete.

And

Facebook schmacebook. Yuk
Same with the twiddling thing
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: lornemagill on September 26, 2013, 02:16:34 AM
maybe all of this already exists and I don't know how to access it.  I would like to create my own forum follow page.  for example there are post I would like to continuously follow for new posts and would like to see comments on some posts I have made/created.  I know some of this is already available just not instantly accessible when I log in.
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: Jimmy K on September 26, 2013, 03:22:59 PM
When you make a big change like that, you pick up new people, but at some point you drive others away.  I would guess that a good number of people on Tech Talk moved over to the forum and found they liked it (or at least, didn't hate it), while another group said "the hell with this" and went elsewhere.
And TechTalk was shut down for months, which killed the momentum. Now it's back but it has fewer members I'm sure and AHA doesn't exactly promote it. Might have survived if there was a more seamless transition (gratuitous buzzword).
Title: Re: What changes would make this forum more useful or easier for you?
Post by: denny on September 26, 2013, 03:27:58 PM
maybe all of this already exists and I don't know how to access it.  I would like to create my own forum follow page.  for example there are post I would like to continuously follow for new posts and would like to see comments on some posts I have made/created.  I know some of this is already available just not instantly accessible when I log in.

That's a good point and AFAIK there's no way to do it now.  Maybe in a future software upgrade.  I'll put it on the wish list.