Can we go back to the old way of discussion posts? (in General)

QBRanger September 18 2009 2:52 PM EDT

Yes, another request by yours truly.

Please refrain from stupid comments about what I do or do not "complain" about this time.



I was tring to find Shade's post on evasion and dexterity. Specifically all the calculations he has done on the efficiency of their training.

I knew he started the thread. But to search through all the threads he posted on, not knowing the title of the thread, was quite time consuming. I did eventually find it, however, but after a lengthy search of each page of data one has to get through.

Compared to the old way discussion posts were seen on a users overview, where they were segregated by Posts Created and Posts Replied.

Can we please, no pretty please, with a cherry and whipped cream on top go back to the old way?

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] September 18 2009 2:54 PM EDT

Actually I would say a mix of the new and old would be best. Keep the format it is in now more or less and just separate threads created from threads posted in.

kevlar September 18 2009 2:59 PM EDT

It took me an hour a few days ago looking for an old post. Search yielded too big of a cluster to try and sift through. I knew I posted in the person's thread, so I just went through all my discussion posts. That was less than ideal.

Zenai [Ministry of Pain] September 18 2009 3:27 PM EDT

How about:

1)Click on Discussion Posts - This pops up the Personal Forums (Same as the Regular except for the user.)

2)Click on Personal Forms List option: e.g. General

3) Clicking on General Pops up Created and Commented/Posted.

Overall I think this will make searches quick and painless ;)

TheHatchetman September 18 2009 3:31 PM EDT

I too miss the days when all ya had to do to find an old thread was remember a word or two from the title, and someone that posted in it, go to their page, and Ctrl+F. And while you most certainly weren't the only one, you are the biggest reason for the switch to the current system ;) At least, that's assuming that the switch in layout was spawned by the immense lag created when trying to view the threads/responses of someone with over 3k posts

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- September 18 2009 3:49 PM EDT

I like the old way better.

AdminShade September 18 2009 3:53 PM EDT

Indeed, I have also been finding it difficult digging up old threads and posts, either created by or responded by some player.

Created and replied upon threads have to be distinguishable.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] September 18 2009 4:05 PM EDT

i definitely support this as well as a google search for the forums. we have it in the wiki and it could only improve over the search we now have.

BootyGod September 18 2009 4:19 PM EDT

It's true. The new system is terrible when it comes to looking foor old posts.

A few solutions:

1) Go back to the old way. This isn't something I typically like doing, but I liked the old system and from my perspective, while the change was interesting, it was a very "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." sort of idea.

2) Improve the dang search function. It's utterly useless for finding old threads. I can type in the EXACT name of the post and get nothing.

I mean.... That's honestly all I got.

Or you could just use google. Google rocks for finding old posts.

AdminNightStrike September 18 2009 4:25 PM EDT

It's easy to incorporate google as your search engine in your site :)

QBRanger September 18 2009 4:30 PM EDT

That would be great if someone can do that.

However, if I forget the exacat words a google search may not help. But when I see the actual thread, by search under Threads Created, I know it is what I want.

AdminNightStrike September 18 2009 4:53 PM EDT

Google is more powerful a search engine than I or Jon could ever hope to write. Paying for it costs $100 a year, so I did a free version. It's there now (try to find it.)

This will search titles and bodies in typical google fashion. Remember how well google handles quotes (ie, search for "this phrase" in quotes, and it'll help a lot.)

kevlar September 18 2009 4:55 PM EDT

When you say it's there now, try it... what do you mean?

bartjan September 18 2009 5:03 PM EDT

Will Google help Ranger's quest?

In other words, what syntax to use on Google, does it understand something like "thread created by: Shade"??

AdminNightStrike September 18 2009 5:04 PM EDT

I think with a few well chosen keywords, google could provide better results than currently, even if it's not perfect.

QBRanger September 18 2009 5:05 PM EDT

No Bart,

It did not help.

Unless you know the exact words of a persons prior post, the new search feature is kind of useless.

However, this does appear very helpful when you just know the terms you want to search for, and do not want to find a specific post but just any posts on the subject.

It is a very nice addition, however, can we still get the old way of things?

AdminNightStrike September 18 2009 5:20 PM EDT

Think of better keywords :)

I'll look into separating threads created from threads replied in, but it won't be instant.

kevlar September 18 2009 5:41 PM EDT

Can you make the key words typed in show up bold in another color wherever they are listed when the search puts up the results? Or is that too intense

(like how google does with bolded black...but make it green or something else that stands out)
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