I've gone through this thread, and I confess to not having a full understanding of a salient issue to address. So let me touch on generalities, and in
a way that will likely come across as a bit of a bastard tool.
I know better than most, if not all of you.
(same goes for our long-term staffers and my partners)
Along with another partner, long ago....
In a Galaxy Far Far Far away????
Seriously, should ATS be worried?? That did read a little like you were brushing up your CV
To address the point of the thread....
How is it currently??
let's say there is a current event or an idea that has captured the imagination of our membership... so much so that the post count grows in the way
we have all seen it... supper fast.
Then take note that there are people that want to discuss other aspects of the same subject... they set up a separate thread... the discussions don't
really seem to have any direct relation... two entirely different threads... Then a third thread appears....
All the various discussions on multiple pages on the main thread repeat, due to people that haven't read all the pages... Then some discussion point
that could have resolved an argument on the main thread is discussed on an entirely different thread.
The result.... A complete unconnected mess of information...
The information is not logically ordered and thus we are not able to maximize our discussions to reach any end.
When a thread reaches a point where the staff feel it is becoming disordered, there should be an index page just for that one subject....
I'm not talking about it's own forum such as 911... I'm talking about a kind of index page for the various aspects of the discussion. So that it is
easy to find all the posts about a certain aspect of the subject or that some aspect has been resolved.
An example of how this could work... in the recent threads about the missing plane I raised a question about the phones still ringing after 3 days....
this was well received.... when in actual fact this had to my mind at least been somewhat resolved when someone mentioned in another thread that it
could be the carrier actually creating the ringing and not the phone... Yet there was a vast number of discussions on this very point.
If however there had been a kind of missing plane starter page where the posts regarding the phone ringing could have all been listed or connected
regardless of if they were on the main thread or other thread, the information could easily have been seen, and countless man hours no doubt saved.
Surely a more efficient way of ordering the discussions would cut down on server load too? And that should free up some budget for further
Just my thoughts...
I realize I am probably asking a lot...I have some understanding of what it takes to develop a website, So please don't take my comments as having a
go at the site [I'm not really asking for ATS data Warehousing... honest lol
]... I have nothing but the total respect of how you are able to keep
the site live with such obvious sustained load and no subscription fee. Clearly the site is balanced over several servers to obtain such stability.
I'm not sure I have been able to communicate my idea clearly enough... I often wonder at how ones mind can visualize so easily yet it's so difficult
to convey directly in words.
edit on 14-3-2014 by Korg Trinity because: Laurence... Let's Broaden Your Mind.