Who reads past the first page of posts?

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 18:48
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Gday,

Just curious...who here reads past the first page on the forum?

If ive been away and havent viewed for a while...i never read past the first page.
Alternatively...once a topic goes off the first page i stop posting on it.

Am I just lazy...or do others do the same?

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Rev
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Reply By: gramps - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 18:54

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 18:54
If I've been away, I'll scan the next 2 or 3 pages otherwise only if there was a topic that previously interested me.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:00

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:00
Rev,
I have the page set to view as Response Time Order.
That way when someone replies to a post regardless of how old it will come to the top of the page.
A popular post that has a lot of responses will be on the first page if not at the top.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: revhead307 - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:05

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:05
Thanks Wayne,

That would be useful, how do i change it, or is that a members only setup?

Cheers
Rev
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:27

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:27
At the top of the page a blue box with Forum Search Options. on the bottom of the box there is Sort Options. In red it will have " All Active Treads Sorted by Post ID", in blue it will have" Switch to Response Time Order". If you click on the latter it will change to the order that a response or thread was last posted.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: revhead307 - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:30

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:30
Beauty!

Thanks,
Rev
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Reply By: Vivid Adventures - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:11

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:11
I'm another one that uses the Response Time Order.

But why is the default font size for the forum so HUGE?

All the text down the left column and in the tabs on top is much smaller.

Perhaps the average reading age of the folks on here is higher than I thought or is largely made up of folks who did naughty things when they were kids that made them go blind?

Ciao for now
Andrew.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - David - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:38

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:38
Andrew,

Sounds like you have your browser font select set to something other than normal. If Internet Explorer go View - Font Size and make sure it is set to Normal.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - David - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:39

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:39
Oops View - Text size not font size.
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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 20:05

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 20:05
Well I prefer to use Opera, but be that as it may, even in IE6, the only text changed by the View-Text Size change is in the buttons and headings, not the text of the posts.

Seems you have it fixed ...

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:25

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:25
I stopped using Opera because of the font size thing, it always looks either small or large, and I got sick of fiddling with it
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:44

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:44
Sooner or later most of us eventually discover that these well known browsers are just slow oversized memory hogs created by a committee.
For the ultimate experience migrate to Maxthon.
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Reply By: the real chopper - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:22

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:22
Nope, sometimes i don't even make it to the end of the page.

(I'm not real keen on this format, but that's my problem)
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - David - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:48

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:48
OK, but then using the same logic you would not open up 5-10 categories to read the first page of results in each category either I guess?

There is no easy answer when this forum receives around 50 new threads and around 500-1000 answers and followups per day. How do you keep up to speed, some will and some won't. I do not think the format has much to do with it.

There has been some feedback about adding an additional category to threads that would allow you to open the site in an optional category mode however I have not looked into this as I think I can acheive the same result with search. In any case if you do not read past the first page then categories may not help as you would have to open up to 10 pages looking at between 20-80% of each page anyway.

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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:56

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 19:56
I'm a frequent user of www.dpreview.com's forums (many more forum features like viewing your own threads, viewing others posts etc.).

The categories work, because it tells you how many new posts there are, who is the most recent poster, etc. I have an interest in quite a number of the categories and I can see them at one view.

It is a much more rapidly moving site than this, and it works well.

I recommend you take a look - as much as I appreciate all your hard work programming this site, I can't help thinking that if the same energy were layered on top of a configurable package that you'd have an even better site!

Ciao for now
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Follow Up By: scottp - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 20:01

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 20:01
David,

I think that the current format is great.

Keep up the good work
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 21:14

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 21:14
Current format is good I reckon. I occasionally look in on Overlander and 4WD Monthly forums, both of which have categories. I prefer this format ( or perhaps it is the quality of the posts and the characters I prefer).
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:28

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:28
Here we go again, categories dont work for me cause I never know where to look and end up only looking in one, much prefer it all in the one so I can scan down and look at whats been forummed
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Reply By: Member - Ray - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 20:30

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 20:30
I read every page,thats because I log on at least once every day when I am at home. (Off to Shark Bay in May for a couple of weeks and then the Gympie muster in July, on to the gold coast for a few weeks and to wherever the road goes till we are ready to head home)
I just have to get this new laptop sorted out with wireless internet.Anyone got ideas for the best way to do it ?
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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:45

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:45
any old Wireless ADSL router/modem and an ISP with an ADSL service (assuming you can get ADSL).

Then you need a wireless modem for your laptop, and you're away.

Unless and until you live near enough to a free wireless hot spot (rarely than rocking horse bleep these days), that's your best way.

Ciao for now
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Reply By: roofscooter2 - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 20:37

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 20:37
hi ray ithink the only way is telstra way but i'm not a techi so icould be wrong,bob
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Reply By: Member-Neil & Margie-Cairns - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:03

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:03
Evening all ,
I find this format good , i log on most every night , scan through and read what i'm interested in untill i get to what i read last time i was here , then just look for any that i was interested in from there on , can use thread watch to make it eaiser to find if you want , i have looked at other forums , this one seems better to me ,, keep up the good work David ..

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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:35

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 22:35
Bluddy hell you're right, there are more pages
Thanks for that
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Reply By: Vivid Adventures - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 23:02

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 23:02
This subject seems to generate a lot of, shall we say, firm opinions.

But if you don't know what you're missing ...

you don't know what you're missing.

If you've used the features of some of the more functional forums around you'll know that most of the things people perceive that they lose going to categories, can be got back quickly and easily with high functionality forums.

The FAQ could be more readily accessed by newbies without annoying the natives, questions more than 1 day old answered for people who needed those answers from folks who didn't see them on that day, subjects of no interest to users would not get in the way of their access to information and their contribution to the forum.

My 2c worth for now
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 01:04

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 01:04
I wait until nightshift at work then i read pretty much the whole darn lot then start on the archives..............................
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 08:26

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 08:26
I must be an ExplorOz junkie.

If I have been away a few days I enter the date in the search field that I want to begin from, then start at the bottom (last page) and work forwards.

I don't necessarily open and read every Post, only the ones whose heading attracts my interest.

I guess we all have different ways of doing things.

Now, for the "sales pitch".
If you are a member, you can mark individual posts with a Post Watch so that it is readily available to call up at any time.

So, fork out your $50 Rev:-)
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Follow Up By: revhead307 - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 10:39

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 10:39
I just might Sand Man lol,

Im hankering for one of those wheel covers too.

Im frequent other forums (perth4x4.net, patrol4x4.com, 4wdmonthly.com) and they all have categorised areas. are all interesting for a short time.

However I like exploroz format as you get a broad variation of post topics that you may not usually find in a category you dont bother looking under.

I did like finding out about the time response however. I dont usually post unless i have something to say...but i read the forum daily.

Again David keep up the good work.

Rev
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 17:23

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 17:23
Have to say I like this format. So much "conversation" each day that I just look at the current page, checking out those topics that look interesting.

Search is fine when I want some info.

Great site
Max
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Reply By: bombsquad - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 22:03

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 22:03
Depends if I'm on work time or my own time....
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 22:29

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 22:29
Well Rev the thread has just hit page 2 with 400 views, 12 replys & 15 follow ups. Start adding from now ;-) I doubt you will get much interest from here on in. To be honost by the time a thread gets to page 2 any sensible answer has already been made & you would be unlikely to get any meaningfull followup to a discussion anyway.
Cheers Craig
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Reply By: Member - Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:32

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:32
Rev,

I hope by posting tonight I answer your question. I have been away for a few days and have just found your post, it was on page 5 but the night is only young so I'll see a few more pages yet.

Cheers Trevor.
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