First let me say thanks so much for venturing into a new forum for us. I know we’ve badgered you about it for quite some time, but I also know how much work setting up a forum for around 50 users or so can be, and yours is much more than that I’m sure so kudos on your patience and perseverance!
I do have some suggestions to help make it much easier and better to manage.
I don’t see a way to mark all posts in a category read/unread anywhere. This is something that is invaluable in being able to tell what you’ve already read and in this case everything in the entire forum right now is “unread” to me which I should be able to alter. Typically there’s a dropdown or selection at the top of the forum for this (sometimes at the bottom) … but that brings me to the next suggestion.
If there’s a way to paginate the categories/threads it would be extremely helpful. In some areas we couldn’t get to the bottom of the page if we sat for an hour constantly hitting the slide bar down because it is showing “all” posts. This would also make the forums load more quickly etc. Usually there’s a setting in the user’s preferences that allows us to set how many posts we want to see on a page, but I’d be happy if that could just be a set number to say 25 or 50 or something reasonable in case there should ever be anything at the bottom of the page that is useful to us (footer stuff ya know lol).
Full dates on posts would be helpful as well so we can see what order the posts are in once they have passed a specific date. I bring this up because there is a recent post (or at least the thread says so in the Latest section) for the thread embedding youtube video help needed. but there are no replies or posts since March of 2016. I do not know by looking at this thread if the first post is at the top or the bottom because all are the same Mar '16 date and no times … Which brings me to my next suggestion.
NOTE: I just saw now that the “Edit” image shows if a post is edited and when moused over the date of that post so I see now that the edit is what is tagged in the post above. Still isn’t very clear and I had to do some poking around before I noticed that icon changed color.
- Is there a setting for us that can be turned on so we can sort the threads/posts by date/time? I typically love to set my forums so that the most recent posts go to the top instead of the bottom. Keep it simple with those 100 post threads lol (j/k) but sometimes long threads can be a pain to have to scroll all the way to the bottom (another point made for pagination of the categories and threads).
That’s all I have for now that has come to my attention pretty quickly. I’m sure I’ll post more later LOL
Thanks again for doing this for us!