Do you use the Forum Spy Regularly?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by arn, Oct 29, 2006.

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Do you use the Forum Spy (spy.macrumors.com)?

  1. Yes, frequently

    35.8%
  2. Yes, sometimes

    22.4%
  3. Rarely

    17.9%
  4. Never

    23.9%
  1. arn macrumors god

    arn

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    #1
  2. frankblundt macrumors 65816

    frankblundt

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    #2
    always! (like right now :) as you can probably tell from the speedy response)
     
  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

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    #3
    I use it all the time. When I first log on I manually check through the individual forums to see what's been happening since I last visited, but once I've caught up I switch straight onto Forum Spy.

    It's how I spotted this thread. ;)
     
  4. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

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  5. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    #5
    I'm still mainly a "new posts" kinda gal, but I'll venture over to forum spy every once in a while.
     
  6. psychofreak Retired

    psychofreak

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  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

    WildCowboy

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    #7
    Absolutely. I use Subscribed Threads and New Posts to catch up upon arrival and then move to Forum Spy.
     
  8. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

    gauchogolfer

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    #8
    I will respond to your unscientific poll, and note that I found the thread via Forum Spy :). It took me a little while to get used to it, but now I use it quite often. I still use the new posts link to find things that otherwise get buried with ForumSpy, but it's a good tool. Thumbs up.
     
  9. Applespider macrumors G4

    Applespider

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    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    #9
    New posts and then Command clicking seems faster than doing it through Forum Spy... so I've never used it once the initial novelty wore off
     
  10. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    #10
    Yes, sometimes

    Didn't like it at first, then came round to it and loved it, but lately I've stopped using it as I now tend to dip in and out of MR forums while doing other stuff and have had the 'Are you still there' message...

    'New Posts' is more helpful if you want an overview over the past 30mins or longer. Forum Spy is for living in the MR present, as it were.
     
  11. Lau Guest

    #11
    I used it a lot at the start, but have moved back to New Posts now as I missed having the little arrow to show I'd replied in a thread too much. Although I sometimes use it for a bit of late night banter back and forth. As it were.
     
  12. dcv macrumors G3

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    #12
    As with some of the others, I used it loads initially but more recently I seem to have reverted to the old 'New Posts' method.
     
  13. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    #13
    I almost never used it at first, but now it's become a staple.

    When coming back online, I quickly sort through my hotkeys (private forums, mod forum, recent posts, etc.), then settle into the spy.

    Spy doesn't bring me up to speed, but it keeps me there.
     
  14. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Bergen, Norway
    #14
    Rarely.

    I prefer my bookmark to New Posts and the bookmark I have to another search with all the threads I've posted in... :cool:

    I only use the Forum Spy when I'm bored... :eek:
     
  15. 4np macrumors 6502a

    4np

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    #15
    I use it all the time; It's a great tool to see the active topics. :)
     
  16. rdowns Suspended

    rdowns

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  17. vniow macrumors G4

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    #17

    I miss that too, I kind of got around it by setting my defaults to subscribing to the thread which I post in. It displays a little arrow next to the thread in Spy.

    If Spy had the little icons for a thread like New Posts and regular viewing does it would be perfect but it does the job for now.
     
  18. scott523 macrumors 6502a

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    Location:
    St Charles, MO
    #18
    Yep I use the Forum Spy often just to keep up to what are the latest discussions in the forum. Other than that, I stick to the MB/MBP section the most.
     
  19. topgun072003 macrumors 6502

    topgun072003

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    Los Angeles, CA
  20. Flowbee macrumors 68030

    Flowbee

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    Location:
    Alameda, CA
    #20
    The thing I don't like about forum spy is that clicking on a thread takes you to the last post. More often than not, I haven't already read the thread and would prefer to start at the first post. The 'new posts' listing lets me choose whether I want to start at the first page or the last page. Me like better.
     
  21. SMM macrumors 65816

    SMM

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    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    #21
    I like it and use it. It helps me find interesting subjects, and I am still too new to find them on my own. Or at least that is how I perceive it.
     
  22. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

    WildCowboy

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    #22
    Click on the [​IMG] next to the thread title in Forum Spy to go to the first post in the thread.
     
  23. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    Location:
    Indianapolis
    #23
    I live on Forum Spy. Did the little "You've posted in this thread" icon go away? It's REALLY helpful.
     
  24. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

    WildCowboy

    Staff Member

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    #24
    No, it's still there, but it only reflects threads you had posted in as of the time you loaded Forum Spy.
     
  25. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    Location:
    Indianapolis
    #25
    It still doesn't show up for me anymore. :(

    I've had it up and made a lot of posts with no result.
     

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