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MarkRSi

5,782 posts

178 months

Tuesday 22nd December 2015
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saaby93 said:
utgjon said:
AOK said:
- Need to ditch this 1998 looking forum set up for a swish custom-built platform.
I 100% disagree... Part of what makes this such a pleasant user experience is its simplicity!
+ yes
KISS
THIS

One of the best bits of the PH forums biggrinyes

2gins

2,195 posts

122 months

Thursday 21st January 2016
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jurbie said:
That was kind of the point I was making but to address the points made by AOK I would suggest PH should consider itself a sort of Radio 2 of car forums. PH shouldn't try to attract a younger demographic it should be the place where the younger demographic comes when it has grown up a bit and wants something a little more mellow.
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midenginedcoupe

5,388 posts

92 months

Wednesday 27th January 2016
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JD PH said:
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You may not be aware but we test out our major concepts to the "PH Board", a private forum of 200 volunteer members where we seek feedback and comments on early concepts. If you are keen to join in and give us your thoughts on see early concepts in the pre-design and functionality stages you can apply by sending me a PM, as we want to expand the size to a manageable 500 representing a broad church of PHers.

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Hi JD,

I tried to PM you to volunteer for the PH Board but PMs don't seem to be working (or at least I haven't received the promised copy of the PM to my email account).

Either way, count me in. I'd be glad to help where I can.

Astacus

2,930 posts

194 months

Friday 5th February 2016
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MarkRSi said:
THIS

One of the best bits of the PH forums biggrinyes
Absolutely agree with this sentiment. I cannot think of anything more likely to dissuade me from visiting PH than finding it full of the "younger audience"
also fkwittery like animated signatures

Astacus

2,930 posts

194 months

Friday 5th February 2016
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AOK said:
As things come to me, feel free to pay no attention:

- Need an App. [agree]

- Need to ditch this 1998 looking forum set up for a swish custom-built platform. [Nope Nope Nope Nope Nope]

- Need more editorial / interactivity pieces, comment of the week competition (as an example), ability to like [sounds useful, but for fks sake don't call it that] and follow [already possible] , micro communities, inbuilt DM facility [no ideas what this is]

- Classifieds are so mobile and tablet unfriendly, I avoid using them [good point]

- bring in new users by posting better content on the aforementioned media portals. Do you even have a youtube channel? If you do, why have I never come across it? If you don't, you should. [Likewise, a good idea]

- hashtags (here... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag) Arnt hash tags a Twitter Thing?

Good luck!

My main worry about introducing all the twittery facebooky things to PH is that it will make it too twittery and facebooky. Whilst those are great communities for the people who like them, I find PH (despite some areas) to be a welcome haven from the trite and radio oney aspects of life
Edited by Astacus on Saturday 6th February 10:01

JD PH

Original Poster:

2,663 posts

77 months

Saturday 6th February 2016
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Astacus said:
MarkRSi said:
THIS

One of the best bits of the PH forums biggrinyes
Absolutely agree with this sentiment. I cannot think of anything more likely to dissuade me from visiting PH than finding it full of the "younger audience"
also fkwittery like animated signatures
Don't worry - alienating our existing audience is absolutely not something that we want to do!

Astacus

2,930 posts

194 months

Saturday 6th February 2016
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phew

phazed

19,273 posts

164 months

Wednesday 24th February 2016
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Just "stumbled" upon this thread like you should do when aimlessly wasting a few minutes in-between work.

PH works well for me as I stay well away from facefish, tw atter and the like.

Talking about "like", I am restraining from asking what a "like button" is as I'm sure i don't need to know.

Like, (there it is again) most people, i use my brain to sift out what I want to read about relating to what I am doing at the time,....if I'm arsed.

So don't change just for changes sake and so called youngster pressure, change to improve and improvement only happens
s l o w l y.

Right, off to do some copies on my duplicating machine.................

AJLintern

3,865 posts

223 months

Wednesday 30th March 2016
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Please keep the PH forums clean looking with no rubbishy pic heavy signatures etc. A forum is about getting clear concise information, all that 'stuff' just gets in the way and makes things look messy. Also keep the censored around swear words - I think it gives more effect! smile
A better search function is needed though with more options.

James Drake

Original Poster:

2,663 posts

77 months

PH STAFF

Wednesday 30th March 2016
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phazed said:
Just "stumbled" upon this thread like you should do when aimlessly wasting a few minutes in-between work.

PH works well for me as I stay well away from facefish, tw atter and the like.

Talking about "like", I am restraining from asking what a "like button" is as I'm sure i don't need to know.

Like, (there it is again) most people, i use my brain to sift out what I want to read about relating to what I am doing at the time,....if I'm arsed.

So don't change just for changes sake and so called youngster pressure, change to improve and improvement only happens
s l o w l y.

Right, off to do some copies on my duplicating machine.................
Just a comment on the concept of a "like" button - whilst it is very far from being something we're saying that we're going to implement, at our recent board meeting it was discussed at length.

Putting aside for one moment it being a "trend", a like button does actually serve a very good purpose - it identifies a thread or post that is popular. Currently the only way to do this (aside from reading thousands of posts per day) is based on the number of replies a thread has (the more replies, the more time the threads gets bumped too).

The limitation of this is that some of the very best posts (such as build threads) simply don't get many replies as there isn't much to say. With a "like" button we can offer a filter so people can browse through the most popular threads based on people that have read them. Hand in hand with this, it means that we can reward contributors who get positive responses to their posts - again at the moment the only metric we have is the number of times a mamber has posted.

As I say, this isn't something we're saying we're going to do, but it is interesting to understand people's reticence to the concept is often based on them thinking it is a fad and not actually understanding the true reason for doing it.

Thanks

JD

Craikeybaby

9,292 posts

185 months

Wednesday 30th March 2016
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Is highlighting PH staff responses a new thing? If so I think it works well.

James Drake

Original Poster:

2,663 posts

77 months

Wednesday 30th March 2016
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Craikeybaby said:
Is highlighting PH staff responses a new thing? If so I think it works well.
Yes! Introduced last week - we're only using it when we're answering a question or wanting a post to stand out (in other words not all of my posts will look like that... which is why this reply looks normal!)

Glad you like it.

JD

Shaw Tarse

30,175 posts

163 months

Wednesday 30th March 2016
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James Drake said:
Yes! Introduced last week - we're only using it when we're answering a question or wanting a post to stand out (in other words not all of my posts will look like that... which is why this reply looks normal!)

Glad you like it.

JD
How about a traffic light system? silly
Green for HM promoted/approved stuff
Yellow for HM are aware
Red for HM are getting cross & will start issuing bans?

Voldemort

4,418 posts

238 months

Thursday 31st March 2016
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This is an example of a thread that should be promoted.
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...
I came across it by accident, and watched it. But I'd like the OP to know his writing interests me without necessarily commenting 'Wow!' or 'Bookmarked!' to clutter an otherwise fascinating thread.
I actually think you should get someone to pick the meat out of this thread for an article on the main page - a 55 metre railway model is pretty spectacular...

Voldemort

4,418 posts

238 months

Thursday 31st March 2016
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[side issue]
having made the above post I cannot see it when I'm looking at What's New. Has the PH Lab forum been hidden from the What's New view?
[/side issue]

Craikeybaby

9,292 posts

185 months

Thursday 31st March 2016
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Voldemort said:
This is an example of a thread that should be promoted.
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...
I came across it by accident, and watched it. But I'd like the OP to know his writing interests me without necessarily commenting 'Wow!' or 'Bookmarked!' to clutter an otherwise fascinating thread.
I actually think you should get someone to pick the meat out of this thread for an article on the main page - a 55 metre railway model is pretty spectacular...
You can click "watch", the thread will then appear in "My Stuff" without you needing to post wink

James Drake

Original Poster:

2,663 posts

77 months

Thursday 31st March 2016
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Voldemort said:
This is an example of a thread that should be promoted.
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...
I came across it by accident, and watched it. But I'd like the OP to know his writing interests me without necessarily commenting 'Wow!' or 'Bookmarked!' to clutter an otherwise fascinating thread.
I actually think you should get someone to pick the meat out of this thread for an article on the main page - a 55 metre railway model is pretty spectacular...
As mentioned, you can 'watch' a thread without commenting... but this doesn't indicate to anyone else it is a good thread. 1,000 members could watch this thread but not comment and the OP would think no one was interested and to the rest of the community it would be almost invisible.

As I say though, there is a lot to think about and it is not a decision that we'll come to lightly.

Thanks

JD

Craikeybaby

9,292 posts

185 months

Thursday 31st March 2016
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Rather that adding an extra "like" button, could you base the algorithm on how many members are interacting with a thread, either watching or participating?

Voldemort

4,418 posts

238 months

Thursday 31st March 2016
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Craikeybaby said:
Voldemort said:
This is an example of a thread that should be promoted.
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...
I came across it by accident, and watched it. But I'd like the OP to know his writing interests me without necessarily commenting 'Wow!' or 'Bookmarked!' to clutter an otherwise fascinating thread.
I actually think you should get someone to pick the meat out of this thread for an article on the main page - a 55 metre railway model is pretty spectacular...
You can click "watch", the thread will then appear in "My Stuff" without you needing to post wink
I know...

K50 DEL

8,229 posts

188 months

Friday 15th April 2016
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utgjon said:
AOK said:
- Need to ditch this 1998 looking forum set up for a swish custom-built platform.
I 100% disagree... Part of what makes this such a pleasant user experience is its simplicity!
Absolutely, it's the reason that this is the only car forum that I use, and indeed have used for well over 10 years.

The only thing that needs changing is the removal of whatever piece of advertising software it is that causes the "back" button in my browsers to not work properly.

I'd actually happily go to a subscription system to remove the ads completely.