View Full Version : This forum software

09-01-2001, 02:03 PM
Donít want to complain, but if you are working to update, change or modify this forum software, why donít you just throw it away and get a decent package? I regularly read 3 or 4 different forums and this has to be the weakest forum software of the lot. Issues I have with this software:

It is slow. You have to download each thread and then each subsequent post. Better software downloads all responses to the thread at once and you donít have to constantly grind your connection to read the next response.

Threads are difficult to follow. When a thread gets deep, you cannot follow the responses very well. If a couple of people get into it, the thread tabs out to the right and other responses get drowned at the bottom of the page. The more responses that are made to a particular thread, the faster other threads get shoved off and into the abyss of the archive.

Threads are deleted by time not lack of interest. A good piece of forum software will bring the thread to the top if a response is posted. This allows current responses to be seen and responded to. A response to a thread about to fall off the earth is a waste of time. How many people actually go to the bottom of the page? Not me, itís no mans land. Good software allows you to keep active posts up to a year or more.

Threads fall off in pieces. When a large post that lasted for a few days drops off, the parent thread is gone before the ďre:topicĒ posts are deleted. Often they donít make sense. It is a horrible waste of space. Another reason to avoid the disjointed bottom of the page.

Little or no HTML or UBB support. This forum could be easily enhanced by some canned gremlins like maybe ÖÖ.. a deck of cards????, emoticons???

IMHO, this is a very weak software package. The Infopop software http://www.infopop.com/ is the best Iíve seen. Before you spend a lot of time sifting through the software options of the dark ages, look at some better stuff. The interest in this forum is strong. There is little reason to be using inferior software.

09-02-2001, 02:49 PM
Chip Breaker,

Your smart! I don't know what your talking about but it sure sounds informed. I have trouble with the evil advertiser Sprinks. They kidnap me every time I come to 2+2. I hope you can help this web site become user friendly.

SPM,...play long and prosper...

09-03-2001, 02:31 AM
I was just about to post the same thing. I have been spending the last month over at SharkyForums, because I want to learn how to build a computer. When you click on a thread over there you see all of the responses by simply scrolling down, instead of having to click on each individual one. Check out their site by reading a few threads and you'll see what I mean. It's a lot easier than reading stuff here--which is why I rarely read here anymore.

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