How about a new look forum?

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:19
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As everyone knows this a great forum and an invalubale resource but would anybody think that having different sections to break it up a bit would work better?
You could have a 4X4 , caravan, location sections etc just to make things a bit easier to find.
The biggest problem I find is that it moves through so fast that not every post is getting the "airtime" and help the post it deserves.

Any thoughts, good or bad?

Woody
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:25

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:25
You're new here, are'nt you :)))

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:34

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:34
Gramps! Ya got to admit things are on the move as far as posts flying through here! Hahahaha.

Axle.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:42

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:42
Axle,

Yep. Some posts fly through at a great rate while the interesting ones hang around for a while. It's like natural selection :)))))

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:52

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:52
;)))))))))).

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Follow Up By: Member - SNAKE (RAOUL) QLD - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:54

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:54
Gramps, Good on you.The reason this site is so attractive and we pay to become part of and support it is because it is as it is.Have a look around,there is NO other like EXPLOROZ,lets keep unique.If you dont like it Woody nick off.Cheers Snake and Josie
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:09

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:09
. . . and the other reason people stay here is because of the warm repsonse they get - from MOST people here, who do know how to accept those with different ideas.
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Reply By: Member - kevin Y (SA) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:34

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:34
personally i think its great the way it is. i might only own a campervan type of motorhome but i like to read all parts of the forum.
The questions and answers forum is great, always a quick reply on all subjects
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:39

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:39
Woody

Woody WOODY Shame onya . have noticed the line of links above your post

Home / Forum / Trader / Shop / Topics / Places / etc

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Reply By: Member - Longtooth (SA) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:40

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:40
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or alternatively, fix it till it is. This site ain't broke!
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:21

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:21
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Just be thankful our ancestors didn't all think that way - we'd still be living in a cave, waiting for the next herd to wander by before we could eat.
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Reply By: woodyWA - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:50

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:50
I'm not saying it is broken, its just funny how the posts are all sorts of questions, jumbled up when it could be made easier to navigate with different sections like all the other types of forums out there like fishing and 4wd forums.
I love this forum and have picked up some handy info over the years that I have been logging on.....so no I'm not new, just quiet.

Woody
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:09

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:09
Woody,

This question/suggestion comes up a few times each year and has for quite a few years. Some of us find this layout easier than the categorised style of other forums.



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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:40

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:40
Hi Woody, As Gramps says, I also find this forum a lot easier to follow than any other that I have tried, I always come back to this one.

I for one don't want it changed.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Kerry W (QLD) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:54

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:54
Hi Woody,
You can follow the more popular threads by selecting "Response Time" rather than "Thread Id" on the Forum Display Options on the index page.

The Forum Search Option gives you ways to find things of interest to you.

thanks for your input,

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:12

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:12
Kerry - using "Response Time" makes it SO much easier to keep across current threads.

I'm really surpised that "Thread ID" is used as the default.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 18:55

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 18:55
Agree with Mike on that point.
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Reply By: woodyWA - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:41

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:41
Sorry it was only a mere suggestion, didnt mean to upset anyone out there. I think its great you like it as it is.

Is there a meaning behind your name Snake?

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Reply By: Member - SNAKE (RAOUL) QLD - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:49

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:49
Yes Woody
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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 03:53

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 03:53
Sometimes when you genuinely have a question you want answered then it does go through too fast at the expense of OT posts.

But really it shouldn't change. a lot of times the OT posts are the most interesting and fun.

To be honest i didn't think people felt so strongly about buying a particular brand of car fridge over another brand!
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Reply By: Smudger - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 06:52

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 06:52
The forum is great as it is, no need to chance a thing. I really enjoy the eclectic nature of the discussions and it often promps consideration of issue that I hadn't even thought of.

I would like the search facility to be a bit more specific though. Trying to find past threads on specific subjects can be difficult. If you enter the word INSURANCE, for instance, 122 pages come up and none of the first page has any mention of insuance. Perhaps that could answer WoodyWA's suggestion.
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Reply By: Member - Clive G (NZ) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 07:29

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 07:29
Woody.
Your criticisms would carry a lot more weight if you were a paid up member. I’ve managed to do it for a number of years from the other side of the world, (well almost). So I reckon you could to. This site is dependent on members subs for its very existence. Changes take time and money as you well know.
Anyway I think the site is great the way it is, as Gramps said, it’s natural selection.

Cheers. CliveG (NZ).
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 09:50

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 09:50
Gday Clive,
I certainly dont agree with Woodys sugestion but to say he has to be a member to throw any clout is a hit harsh coming from a KIWI!!!

LOL
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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 09:59

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 09:59
It wouldn't surprise me if Woody never becomes a paid up member now.

He (or she) asks a simple innocent question and he (or she) gets strips torn of him (or her).

Good-onya for asking Woody. It was a good question. It annoys me too how the important threads (the ones about 4wdriving and exploring the country) go off into never-land too quickly and the ever increasing number of VERY Off-Topic threads (the ones where friends use this site as a bulliten board / chat room) hang around for way too long.

Not directed at you personally Clive.

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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:05

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:05
Alan,

"he (or she) gets strips torn of him (or her)"

Did I miss something?

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:22

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:22
Al,

There was enough "heat" in the thread to actually make Woody apologise for his (or her) question. I did noticed your usual smiles :)) and also your followup post. I'm making a general comment not specifically singling out individual posters.

Al you've been around this site a long time, surely you can remember when there was less agro, and it was fun when the occassional knobhead made a stupid comment and we could take the mickey. Now there is agro and self-rightessness all around it seems.

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Follow Up By: Member - Clive G (NZ) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:35

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:35
Hi Hairy.
Yes it probably was a bit harsh but to me it’s a bit like not voting in an election then complaining about the government. This site takes a lot of David and Michelle’s time and money and we should all support it with our subs. I seem to remember you saying similar things as you joined last year, which was good move on your part. Anyway Hairy we need to keep having a laugh about it and not get too serious.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:45

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:45
Al,

I can agree some threads get quite heated but that's not unexpected given the varying personalities on this site. I honestly did'nt think there was any real heat in this thread at all. This particular subject ( + editting of posts ) has been done to death over the years.

As far as less agro on this site, we both remember when there was a lot less agro in everyday life. It may be that we're all a little overly sensitive at times.

I hope Woody does come back The more the merrier :)))

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:49

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:49
Cool Al,

Have a good Easter Monday!!! :)

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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 11:05

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 11:05
Gday Clive,
Sorry mate, nothing serious intended, must have had me caps lock on...
I was having a laugh....just cant let a chance go by to pull the pi$$ out of a Kiwi ....LOL
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 11:09

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 11:09
Sorry again..just incase your interpreter isnt there....
BaBaBaaaBaBa, BaaBaBaaa, BaBaBa, Ba, BaaBaBaaaBa

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 19:17

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 19:17
equinox.

It always seems to be the same guys that get on the bulletin board / chat room and turn the Threads into there own,,, (I think they have all responded to this one). LOL

poor old Woody can't even get a sentence in side ways...

For the Good and interesting post (threads) I use Thread Watch

Cheers

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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 08:31

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 08:31
I would like to see an additional button that allows you to EDIT your own posts rather than have to post another follow up.
Reason:- Forgot something you meant to include or spelling mistakes etc.
Quite happy with layout just thought this may be a help.
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 08:50

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 08:50
That won't happen.
There has been numerous posts about this one and David won't even humour us with the idea.
Lat year there was a post on a 4wd clubs forum that was cut and pasted onto this one and they continually changed it on their forum to cover their arses. very funny but it also makes this forum much better as posters have to stand by what they have posted.

Who cares for spelling mistakes??

If you left info out of your post do a follow up......... To easy.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:17

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:17
There's a very easy technology fix to that.

The latest edit always gets displayed (e.g. if you need to correct some misinformation or a typo) but you have auditability by letting anyone access an earlier version by just clicking on the list of earlier versions.

Forums which do allow complete editing do work, and there are no complaints posted about editability.
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 09:58

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 09:58
Gday,
Im with most others...When it works, leave it!
I (very rarely) have a read on 4x4 action (monthly) , every time someone comments on a post , it goes to the top of the list. All this seems to do is keep a lot of old crap going.
If no one comments on something your post, wait till it goes back a couple of pages and re post it. If no one comments again its probably not worth a comment or people just don't have any advice.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:38

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:38
Good point Woody,

We need to keep reviewing what we do otherwise we get in a rut.

I am happy the way it is though.

Do use other forums where it is broken up into topics, but as others say, it is interesting to read of other comments not related to what i do.

And I think the good thread search function makes up for the jumble. One of the best I have seen, so you can list posts on a topic if you want.
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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:43

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:43
Hey Woody spend more time looking and surfing the website then other things except for

#1 Wife
#2 Kids
#3 Work

all my spare time after fixing, cleaning working and wife and family is spent either on this ite or a couple of others!!!

cheers!

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:53

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:53
No.
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:45

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:45
Hi All

May be some members would like a Naughty Boy or Girls Corner,
if you get out of line, you have to stand in the corner for 24 hrs
you are aloud to read the posts but not make any comments,
the moderator put you in the sin bin.:):)


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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 19:08

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 19:08
Woody have you played with the Forum Display settings??
It will allow you to customize / personalize the way the Forum behaves and displays for you.
It can make it so much more user friendly and will allow you to display the last 100 posts on the front page which normally hang around for quite a few weeks and to set the Forum to display the most recently posted threads which will go back to the top.
The last feature is Thread Watch which will allow you to follow all posts to a thread you have selected to be watched.
have a look and play with the settings available, I think it will help you.

Cheers

Oh almost forgot the Search Function which will allow you to search back for years if need be.
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 19:41

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 19:41
I'll be interested to see what changes are made when this site is sold.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 10:55

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 10:55
Who said anything about it being sold? Unless you're suggesting an interest? Offers over $10M considered...

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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 10:59

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 10:59
ROTFLMAO
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 12:02

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 12:02
Michelle love the new member of the family.
I bet the kids are over the moon with Harry, lovely dog.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 11:48

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Lovely dog? Pah! He is driving me crazy - crapping all over the house and stealing clothes to chew on etc etc. Sleeps all bloody day and scratching at the door and wining at night! Oh its worse than a new born baby!!! A few weeks ago he started "eating" Baxter (pet rabbit) - he can easily chase and catch him, pins him down with his tiny feet and starts chomping on the back of his neck. Leah worked out we have 13 mouths to feed in our house with all our animals now (although she says he only counted the worm farm as ONE). I must be mad!!
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 12:20

Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 12:20
Thats the best laugh I have had for quite sometime.
Maybe encourage Harry to eat the worm farm and that will get rid of one set of pets :-)

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Enjoy it while you can as the kids grow so fast.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 12:23

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Go on then, have a laugh at my expense.... I'll remember YOU ;-)
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