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Topic # 12550 23-Mar-2007 11:41
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Does anyone else think that there are too many (34?)  forum groups?  It makes it really hard to keep track of which threads I've been reading and which group they belonged in.  My current solution is to have a browser tab for each thread I find interesting, but correct me if I'm wrong but the thread link (on a forum pages) doesn't change colour for some reason once I've read it, so I can't see which threads I've read and which I haven't.  

I'd recommend the following: if it is necessary to keep the 34 groups, then can we have a button that we push on the thread web page, that says 'watch' or something, and below the list of all of the forums, there is a space for 'watched threads' that shows the ones that I've chosen previously?  That would make things really easy.

The threads list on the home page is really good, but it only shows about 12 hours of postings, any chance of putting it below the Promotions block and making it longer?  3x would be good, but that'll make the home page a lot longer.

Thanks, would be interested in replies from the geekzone moderators.

edit:
There is the 'watch' button that emails replies, but that makes things even more fiddly, by having to use another program to read the threads.


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  Reply # 64831 23-Mar-2007 12:37
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Have you tried using the RSS for each forum?



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  Reply # 64835 23-Mar-2007 13:26
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bradstewart: Have you tried using the RSS for each forum?


No, but it wouldn't really change things.  Using IE7's RSS reader, there is no text in the RSS feed, just headings.  Also, it is impossible (by my understanding) to tag threads so I can mark them to be read later on when there are more postings.

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  Reply # 64836 23-Mar-2007 13:30
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I wouldn't mind a longer threads list on the front page either, if it's possible. At work I usually just quickly flick up the Geekzone home page to see what's happening in the forums, so I find that list quite handy.

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Reply # 64858 23-Mar-2007 18:04
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The number of forums reflects the interests of the community at large... But what about some Windows Vista Gadget and Windows Live Gadgets to keep track of discussions?

I was talking to someone at Microsoft today and thought this could be interesting - having some Geekzone notifications on your desktop or home page?





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  Reply # 64859 23-Mar-2007 18:41
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I use the frontpages recent threads an excellent way of catching up on threads. Alternatively the 'watch thread' option is an interesting way of tracking progress made to existing threads.

On other forums packages, I like the use 'view all threads since my last visit' option which gives a list of new posts/threads. 




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Reply # 70793 15-May-2007 15:17
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cokemaster: I use the frontpages recent threads an excellent way of catching up on threads. Alternatively the 'watch thread' option is an interesting way of tracking progress made to existing threads.

On other forums packages, I like the use 'view all threads since my last visit' option which gives a list of new posts/threads. 


Did anyone notice we reduced the number of forums, merging some of them?





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Reply # 70795 15-May-2007 15:28
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freitasm: Did anyone notice we reduced the number of forums, merging some of them?

YES, because my RSS reader reported errors with some of the forums, which I then noticed were no longer available.

I think it's a good change Smile

Cheers Mauricio

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