Archives on Riotact (aka your wish list)

astrojax 27 February 2009 67

Can anything be done to have the ‘archives’ start with the latest story not already linked by being up in the main part of the board or titled under ‘recent posts’? It is frustrating (aww, poor me) to have to scroll to the bottom of the first page that comes up in the archives, then having to click again to get to the stories i couldn’t have already accessed.

I know this is a whinge, but where else can i whinge and have people resepct honour and love me as much as here?

[ED (Kramer) – As JB is away doing Corinbank this weekend, luckily you’ve scored me (and Jazz) as the weekend editor. To answer your question – yes, but not at the moment. We’re currently looking at a some upgrades to the site, not that there will be too much change from your POV, but I expect to improve things like this in the process.

So while you have the attention of the server & site admin, anthing else on anyone’s wish list?]


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Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 9:14 am 13 Mar 09

I would also support giving premium members some kind of either self-selected avatar icons (like most forums), or supporter icons like the fine folk of B3ta.

GB GB 8:45 am 13 Mar 09

My wish-list: change the page structure so discussions can persist more easily.

At the moment, the way riotact is presented favours those who have multiple (or continuous) opportunities to read and post during the working day. For those of us who mostly read and write after hours, its very hard to enter the discussion usefully.

Another artefact of the structure is that it is encourages rapid-fire reaction, rather than thoughtful discussion. Presumably, most people who write are supposed to be doing something else during the day (full-time parents etc excluded). And so many commenters have not even read previous entries.

BTW I have set up my own filter to ignore the ‘wtf’ and ‘+1’ one-liners, as well as those writers whose contribution is entirely trolling and baiting. It would be useful if this was an option in reading the site.

So, I would like
* less white space, more compact design
* smaller font size for headings
* better use of the top screen of the front page
* regularise the ad spaces, so less space is wasted on borders etc
* multicolumn format,
* compulsory leader paragraphs,
* many stories remain on the front screen at once,
* last few days’ stories easily visible,
* clean up the listing of recent comments so the first few real words are quoted ( not “[ ~quote comment=”187383″ ]”)
* use short user ids on screen.
* close very old threads which only serve trollers and baiters

Oh and do all this without too much script load on the reader’s browser – eg the BBC site is good, SMH bad.

Also it would be good to implement a control mechanism to ensure people’s brains are engaged before the ‘post’ button works, but I’m not sure if this can be implemented in software.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 8:28 am 06 Mar 09

You see no ignore function.

>get no ignore function

You get no ignore function. It will go well with your no right to be not offended.

>drink no tea

The flavour is almost, but not entirely, unlike tea. You feel warm and smug in your belief that you must be right because everybody around here seems to agree with you.

>e

There is an entry to the Total Perspective Vortex here. Certain that you are the centre of the universe, you feel quite safe.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 12:08 pm 05 Mar 09

“You have a hardware ignore feature already. Close your eyes and scroll.”

It’s not like that Dexi.

Theoretically, you can ignore them. But if you’re reading through a thread on something and you read the same poster making the same stupid remarks about ‘they should all be locked up and shot hangin’s too good for em they terk er jerbs’; by the time this has happened, the stupidity has already found its way into your brain.

dexi dexi 12:02 pm 05 Mar 09

“The-RiotACT is an online forum for News and Views in the Canberra (ACT) Region. It’s an open and interactive ACT online soapbox, a Riot. It is “right of reply”.”

How would an ignore feature fit with the blurb about what RA is.

Forum for news and views………..apart from the views I don’t want to see.
Open and interactive……………Closed to trolls.
The right of reply…………….the right to reply and have your reply posted and seen.

You have a hardware ignore feature already. Close your eyes and scroll.

I think any thing you do that contradicts an open forum will be bad. What you see is what you get. No hidden shenanigans.

imhotep imhotep 7:26 pm 04 Mar 09

Deckard said :

I thought that this [ignore function] would be good, but then everyone will just ignore each other and you’ll end up looking at blank pages :)”

Another blog I attend has the ignore function. It works quite well, and there is a certain satisfaction in seeing the ‘post ignored’ blank spaces.

You can sort of feel the trolls and idiots stomping their feet in frustration.

Deckard Deckard 7:16 pm 04 Mar 09

Jim Jones said :

The ultimate awesome would be having an ‘ignore’ function.

I thought that this would be good, but then everyone will just ignore each other and you’ll end up looking at blank pages 🙂

Gobbo Gobbo 6:22 pm 04 Mar 09

I am surprised that no-one has commented on this thread yet?

astrojax astrojax 6:01 pm 04 Mar 09

i’m ignoring that

willo willo 5:59 pm 04 Mar 09

passed!!!

Granny Granny 5:49 pm 04 Mar 09

Fourthed?

imhotep imhotep 5:45 pm 04 Mar 09

Jim Jones said :

“The ultimate awesome would be having an ‘ignore’ function.”

Thirded (sic)

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 4:59 pm 04 Mar 09

Seconded.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 4:30 pm 04 Mar 09

The ultimate awesome would be having an ‘ignore’ function.

willo willo 3:56 pm 04 Mar 09

peterh said :

editing posts would be a viable solution if there was a time limit set on the post. if make a comment and mis-spell it in some of the other forums, I have 10 min max to fix it. set it to a shorter time so that people can’t go back and edit their post in the thread, just fix spelling.

perhaps the edited posts could go into moderation to ensure the content/context of original post has not been altered and maybe should only be available to premium subscribers

poptop poptop 11:20 pm 02 Mar 09

I would like RiotACT to go completely offline; instead I want the content and commentary downloaded directly to my brain and instantaneous feedback of my reactions streamed to fellow Rioters.

Perhaps this should start as a premium service?

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 4:41 pm 02 Mar 09

That works adequately on other forums I infest.

peterh peterh 4:26 pm 02 Mar 09

editing posts would be a viable solution if there was a time limit set on the post. if make a comment and mis-spell it in some of the other forums, I have 10 min max to fix it. set it to a shorter time so that people can’t go back and edit their post in the thread, just fix spelling.

astrojax astrojax 4:14 pm 02 Mar 09

I would like to see RiotACT capitalise

what, RIOTACT? ; )

S4anta S4anta 5:57 am 02 Mar 09

I would like to see RiotACT capitalise on its popularity and begin to run a few ‘exclusives’, you know this cracker of a thing called journalism.

There is alot of pining about the lack of competition for the Canberra Times, i think RiotACT is well placed to poke a few bodies out there asking the questions out the front of the LA that Canberrans would like answered and that other outlets seem a bit afraid to ask.

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