Could we have a 'forum hierarchy' added to the bottom of every page?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by Will Cheyney, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. Will Cheyney macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    This is a useful feature I have seen on various other bulletin boards and something I have implemented into boards I have built.

    Currently, at the top of each thread there is a forum hierarchy (for example, in the case of this thread; Mac Forums > Mac Community > Site and Forum Feedback). This is very useful for navigating your way back through the boards forums.

    Would it be possible for the administrators to add the same thing to the bottom of each thread page. This is my reasoning:
    Every time you make a new post, you automatically 'jump' to the bottom of the thread now displaying your new post. I find it slightly awkward and cumbersome having to then scroll all the way back up to the top of the page in order to navigate backwards through the structure of the site. If the hierarchy was also shown at the bottom (perhaps even in the form of a drop down menu), then it would make 'hopping' from forum-to-forum a breeze!


    Please consider my request!
    Thanks

    EDIT:
    I've had another idea.
    What about replacing the 'Quick style changer' with a drop down menu listing all the forums on this board. That way you can jump between forums quickly and easily once you have made a post!

    Alternativly, you could just add the 'forum selection' drop down to the right hand size of the page and keep the style selection where it is.
     
  2. Johnny Rico macrumors 6502

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    #2
    That's a useful feature. I've seen it implemented in other forums which are a lot easier to navigate through than the macrumors forums. I second.
     
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    #3
    Not a bad request. This could be very useful sometimes. Alternatively maybe some kind of (Back to the) top (of the page) link either at the bottom or even at regular intervals down the page?

    I usually have the keyboard within reach and can use shift-space, pg up or home to get back on top, but for all the mousers out there it would be nice. ;)
     
  4. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Eeeesh... every day's a school day. :eek:

    A 'jump to' forum dropdown would be handy and I used to deplore the lack of it. Although since I started using the 'New Posts' search combined with tabs for each thread, I don't miss the 'jump to' quite so much.
     
  5. Lacero macrumors 604

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    After posting in a thread, I always 'New Posts' to get the latest and freshest serving of new posts.

    Place the New Posts link on your personal tool bar and you can always press Command+[number] to frequently access this most useful button.

    A forum hierarchy at the bottom would be a nice touch.
     
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe it could replace the << previous thread | next thread >> at the bottom... Has anybody used those...? Ever....?

    Fun, isn't it... ;)

    I also have a find-all-threads-I've-posted-in bookmark: like this. Very handy to see if someone's answered you... :)
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    #7

    All the time. No better way to randomly go between threads. :p

    Live life on the edge. Go to X-Tremes. Lose reality's firm grip. Delve into random threads.
     
  8. thomasp macrumors 6502a

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    I seem to remember asking for this before, and the short answer (from arn, I think) was: no.

    Simply because it used up too much server resources, because there are so many sub-forums.


    I believe (I may be wrong though) that there is an option in vB3 to limit which forums are displayed in the menu - I've seen this on another vB3.0.7 forum (yes,I know we're using vB3.5.1 here) and it worked quite well - not all subforums of subforums were listed - just the key ones.
     
  9. XIII macrumors 68040

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    Now I did not know that, thanks!

    To the OP - I agree. It would be very handy.
     
  10. amacgenius macrumors 68000

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    That's a good idea there, you should PM arn or mudbug and see if they can make it happen!
     
  11. Will Cheyney thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Will do! Thanks for the positive feedback guys :)
     
  12. Will Cheyney thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've had another idea.
    What about replacing the 'Quick style changer' with a drop down menu listing all the forums on this board. That way you can jump between forums quickly and easily once you have made a post!

    Alternativly, you could just add the 'forum selection' drop down to the right hand size of the page and keep the style selection where it is.
     
  13. Mord macrumors G4

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  14. Will Cheyney thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know that, but this would seriously speed things up!
     
  15. aafuss1 macrumors 68000

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    A good idea-and what thomasp said about limiting the number of forums displayed in the list would not be as harsh on server resources.
     
  16. eva01 macrumors 601

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    You can limit what forums are in the drop down however it still takes up a lot of resources, which is tough.
     
  17. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    Well on the bottom of every page there IS a link that takes you to the top of the page, titled "Top" in the right hand corner, the last link...
     
  18. Will Cheyney thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    True, but the ability to 'jump' between forums is very handy.
    Look at this screenshot from another forum I visit:

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    Just made a post? Read through a certain thread? Want to jump somewhere else? Easy!
     
  19. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Well, I rarely get that far down on a page... :)
     
  20. Will Cheyney thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Off-topic, but I like your little 'disclaimer' about your spelling :)
     
  21. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks, I think I needed that since Mac OS X' spell checker has spoiled me rotten... :D
     
  22. Will Cheyney thread starter macrumors 6502a

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