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Re: Feedback and questions please...

My $0.02 worth... Make it easy to post a new thread. I always seem to have difficulty finding the button to click to do a new post. (Yeah... I'm old and not too bright!)
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Clean up the huge number of obsolete I.D.'s - it takes forever to track down a screen name.

If an I.D. hasn't logged on for a couple of years it's a pretty safe bet they are gone for good.
I would respectfully disagree with this. I have been absent from sites for 2 years or more and than returned. In fact I think I did it here. Just a view point from the other side.

Sometimes other interests take you away for a bit
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Re: Feedback and questions please...

I don't know how you would do this, but I would like to see a "bookshelf" containing fiction and nonfiction books about sailing in addition to the articles. A netflix type review, quality review (***s) and an ebook source after title and author would add to usefulness. Wading through the good reading thread is tedious and not very informative when looking for something new to read.
Often, as mentioned above, when asking a question in one of the sub forums, very few people see it and consequently even fewer answers are provided. I guess the way to solve this problem is to daily bump it so it gets into the new posts.
Donna turned me on to using google search with sailnet in the search criteria and that works, but it would be nice to be able to search within a topic and find other/older posts on the topic.
For a while I was reading the piracy reports, but that is just satisfying my purient interests. So I stopped. I rarely look at off topic because it is impolite.
Last, but not least, include a spell check in the quick reply panel that runs automatically, like on an iPad. Some posts are almost unintelligible because of spelling.
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.....Last, but not least, include a spell check in the quick reply panel that runs automatically, like on an iPad. Some posts are almost unintelligible because of spelling.
.. and some posts are unintelligible BECAUSE of an iPad's 'autocorrect' - which is not quite the same as spell check... (right, Mark??)
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As far as all the subfora, by using the 'new posts' feature I get recent posts from anywhere without having to 'search around'...
My problem is that there are 4 implementations of "New Posts", all different. The one that appears to be most used ("New Posts (no OT/politics)") disappears depending on where you are in the site.

Home shows new posts from a select set of forums.

New Posts shows everything. This one is highlight and has two buttons on the forum at all times for logged in users.

New Posts (2 variations of Off Topic/Political) show a subset that is larger than the homepage, but not everything.

Today's Posts is yet another view that is like New Posts, but with a time bound.

I'd argue that the homepage view (you get there by clicking "Home") should match "New Posts (no OT/Political)". The "New Posts" quick link should also take you there, or be configurable.

Cleaning this up would make the forum experience a lot better.

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Last, but not least, include a spell check in the quick reply panel that runs automatically, like on an iPad. Some posts are almost unintelligible because of spelling.
Not just spelling, but using incorrect words (then/than, to/too/two) and using the infernal crap that some call "texting" (more correctly a lack of text) in posts: IIRC..ROTDLFMFFAO...IMHO.... I don't know what that means usually, and it distracts from an otherwise intelligible post, and abbreviations for places instead of just telling us what places you are talking about (thinking of sailing from VBF to SNK), Oh... well, yes I've sailed to Seoul, North Korea.
I don't mind real typos and such... aw, I'll just shut TF up.
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I don't know how you would do this, but I would like to see a "bookshelf" containing fiction and nonfiction books about sailing in addition to the articles. A netflix type review, quality review (***s) and an ebook source after title and author would add to usefulness. Wading through the good reading thread is tedious and not very informative when looking for something new to read.
Often, as mentioned above, when asking a question in one of the sub forums, very few people see it and consequently even fewer answers are provided. I guess the way to solve this problem is to daily bump it so it gets into the new posts.
Donna turned me on to using google search with sailnet in the search criteria and that works, but it would be nice to be able to search within a topic and find other/older posts on the topic.
For a while I was reading the piracy reports, but that is just satisfying my purient interests. So I stopped. I rarely look at off topic because it is impolite.
Last, but not least, include a spell check in the quick reply panel that runs automatically, like on an iPad. Some posts are almost unintelligible because of spelling.
Most web browsers now have a built in spell check, at least Firefox and Chrome does for sure. I am not sure about any Apple products.

The search function is not good, but that seems to common among all forums, so not unique to Sailnet. I have never understood that.

I would love to see a more organized book review section. I think there was once someone trying to organize one into some sort of spreadsheet but that takes work keeping updated. Links to e-books or even Amazon links is a good source of income for the site. Perhaps a Wiki?

Seems a general Wiki would be good as well. A place to put knowledge base type articles that can be self moderated. Topics could be more like general how to like rig tuning, sailing techniques, anchoring and electronic installs things that are not specific to one model boat. The Wiki format allows it to built up without too much moderation and finding the information is easy. (IE I was interested in how to install refrigeration, but you do a search and there are tons of posts, but it is all broken up into parts of projects not many posts show the project from start to finish) A perfect first WIKI entry would be PorFin's amazing diesel rebuild thread with photos and what not. Product reviews could be included, and perhaps even the boat reviews could be ported over to make them more useable and encourage folks to add more. I am not even sure if you can add new boat reviews as they seem to all be quite old.

The other advantage of a Wiki is that you can reduce the number of stickies and helps solve a bit of the search issue.
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I agree on a navigation forum but, I would leave Seamanship, add subforums like, learn to sail and navigation to it and then move it under General forum

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Can we get rid of the fugly dude with a dog named fatty?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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sorry,could not resist!........

any way, sure there are a few things. sometimes fewer is better, other more...........
local sections, frankly, no issues even if not posted in much, same with the brands......

new member area, not sure what or how to say this should be or go......can see both ways, at least seperate, it is an easy way to say who you are etc. I'd probably leave it.....

its late here on the left coast, so will hit the sack. crickey, it is even tomorrow as I type this! work is in 5 some odd hrs......sheep dip! how is mid day tomorrow or today looking TD?

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Clean up the huge number of obsolete I.D.'s - it takes forever to track down a screen name.

If an I.D. hasn't logged on for a couple of years it's a pretty safe bet they are gone for good.
That is an ownership decision. I might screw that up trying.

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