feedback and back again to set forth on new requests ...
The issue of old "yes" posts is one I'll take the heat for, it being one of my requests.
In the meantime, you can still click on the "Taz posts only" link and then quickly go through your messages changing all the "no" indicators to "noted".
I just went through the last 6 months of my posts and did this. As you can appreciate, my volume of posting makes this a rather cumbersome task, and unfortunately there are still many old threads that carry a "yes" for one or two messages.
Perhaps it just needs a few tweaks - say a link from the "yes" to an index of just the unreplied posts on that thread, with an option to mark all as "noted" and perhaps a link to mark all posts older than 3, 6, 9, 12 (bullets) months automatically as "noted"?
It would also be helpful if all unreplied messages on archived threads were automatically converted - but this would necessitate a distinction between thread closed permanently (archived) from those closed for off-topic behavior.
One of my problems is that I have a couple of people (Straggler, AlphaOmegaKid, JohnFulton, etc) who make multiple replies to my posts, so now I need to go back and mark all the multiples as "noted", and this has given me a couple of ideas for further tweaks (and you thought you had some free time ...):
(1) Multiple post reply: have a bullet for each reply one of your posts that you can pick to include in the "this is a reply to" (and with each one listed in the "Text of message you're replying to:" box).
(2) Have the system note when a second reply is made, by advising the person that they have already replied and can edit the previous reply, particularly if it's status is still "no" answer.
(3) Also have a note whether a message has been edited since your reply has been made.
(4) Similar to replies to yourself, with the reply automatically marked as "noted" ...
I also find searching for closed threads to be difficult, as the search engine only seems to look at open threads, and google is still not converted. I wonder if other search engines don't use indexing and could be used - I have some I can test.
Or do people want the complete list of page links?
I liked the complete list to track the history of a sub-thread, particularly back to the initial subtopic. What if you had something like the "Taz posts only" for subtitles? This could show up on the subtitle line as "posts for this subtitle only" or something similar.
I'm getting used to the new system, so once we are fully implemented I can see the dust settling. What's that old saying about adversity making you stronger?
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And when I look at the coding for the first one it is:
What puzzles me is that I have a "punch list" of things I can copy and paste, and it is a txt file - it should only be in ascii text when pasted (unless this machine using (shudder) vista (shudder) is causing the problem). Here is the paste again to see if it does it here:
and a couple more to see if it happens there too:
The glitch did not appear when I first posted it, but it was there when I came back to see a response.
Summary Time Feature - to improve the quality of summary posts.
Just another thought for additional feature. One of the problems is getting people to make constructive summary posts, rather than just blathering on and on.
It occurred to me that an admin could activate a "summary time feature" that (a) only allows posts from previous participants on the thread and (b) only allows one summary post per person.
When activated, and a person hits a reply button, they would be notified that (a) this is their last post on the thread and (b) that it should be a summary of their position.
This might impose a little more thought on what one wants to say, and it keeps some abusers of this time from making several posts while the thread is open for other summaries.
Examples are easy: Message 548 an attack on the thread author while ignoring the topic (although it has been edited 4 times ...) Message 555 a second post by the same person that still fails to summarize a position related to the topic, but extends the ad hominem attacks.