Polls, filters, and "in-thread" search options would GREATLY add to functionality and create a more user friendly thread.
The original poster (OP) should be able to create custom polls that would appear at the very top of the thread before the original post. With this
option, much information from member input can be condensed into a simple graphic with percentages.
I know this would be very popular, as it would allow great insight into many topics and the thoughts of members.
I would suggest that, if there is the possibility of misuse/ abuse to purposefully change the results, there should be a visible option to show "Poll
by Public (including members), "poll by members", and "Poll by members who have contributed (i.e. posted) (to the thread)"
Perhaps, moderators could even insert polls to help condense information.
Currently, all posts in a thread are sorted by time-stamp.
The option of sorting the posts in a thread, by use of filters, could be of great use.
The ability to sort posts in a thread by: number of stars (or lack of), most replies to a post (be it the OP's post or other member), reverse order
(of time-stamped posts), and number of posts on a page would be a powerful tool. These are just some examples of the top of my head.
I don't know about other members but I would also like to be able to filter out posts that have been removed (yet remain and detail why the post was
Multiple filtering would result in the ability to easily review what is important to the member who is viewing the information.
In regards to "Most replies"; posts that start an avalanche effect within a thread can be tracked by showing the initial post followed by each reply
to that post which are ordered by time-stamp. Once the bottom is reached then the next post with the second most replies would follow ... and so on in
These are just some of the ideas for filters that I can think of, at the moment.
An in-thread search option would be an incredibly valuable tool.
Sometimes a thread can become so large that going page be page to find something in particular can be a tiresome task. Do you really want to search
for something page-by-page when there are over 100+ pages? An in-thread search option would also be incredibly more easy, compared to the global site
There have been times that members saw something in a thread and needed to reference it, only to go back sometime later and have to wade through many
pages (or even more if the thread is still active). Some threads can easily reach an almost ridiculous number of pages and posts with no way to sort
or search. All of this work just to find something quite specific. Sure, it's great if you remember the specific page number or bookmarked it .... but
what if you can only recall who posted it or the exact keyword/s (or phrases) of what you are trying to find? Good Luck!
Thanks, to everyone who took the time to read this, and I truly hope these ideas will be implemented.
All comments and criticisms are welcome and, of course, all idea's are welcome. The more the better.
I hope that the owners and moderators take notice of this thread and weigh-in here to discuss all possibilities in regard to script changes.
*Side note: I think, it would be a good idea, to keep the stars of posts of banned members. Just because a member has been banned does not make their
rated posts irrelevant.
**Side note: I think having a "page views" graphic would be cool to.
- AeonStorm -
edit on 7-10-2012 by AeonStorm because: extra side note