"Hide Stickys" Option

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by Zwhaler, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. Zwhaler macrumors 603

    Zwhaler

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    I was browsing through the Community forum, and I noticed that there were 5 sticky topics. The computer I am using now has a very small XGA 12" screen, so I had to scroll down quite a bit before I got to see the regular topics. Then I came up with an idea. Do you know that little oval looking thing on the extreme right side of the screen that is used to hide/show sections in the forum? (Apple Hardware, News Discussion, etc) I think it would be a good idea if we had the option to hide and show the sticky topics for any forum.

    For example, I know about the weight loss challenge and the "welcome n00bs" sticky thread. If I want to post in them, I can, but when I don't want to, I can hide them so all I see are the regular threads in the forum. Thoughts?

    Edit: Perhaps you could make this option available only to people with 500+ posts, because the most of those stickys are made to inform newbs on how to behave :)
     
  2. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Some stickys we want to be seen but I don't see a problem with hiding some of the less urgent ones.
     
  3. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

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    Our forum software doesn't have a builtin feature to let users show/hide sticky threads that easily, so we try to limit the number of stickies in any one forum. We've turned down a number of requests for them, when somebody thought their favorite thread (ususually one they started) deserved to be sticky but we thought it wouldn't be of enough overall interest to the majority.

    I agree that we have more than sticky threads than is ideal in the Community Discussion forum at the moment, partly because of two active "Challenge" threads.

    We could unsticky the Official Mac Rumors "What's Your Job" Thread thread and put a link to it in the Welcome thread, suggesting that people post there. Then it wouldn't have to be sticky for people (at least new members) to find it. That would save one sticky thread.

    Since I don't expect the "Challenge" threads to be permanent, we should eventually be reducing the count by 2 anyway. So perhaps we are just at a temporary high point.
     
  4. iBlue macrumors Core

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    Q, an idea: What would you think of the fitness challenges (Nike + iPod and the Weight Loss Challenge) if they were made into a temporary sub-category of the community forum (with or without the ability to start new threads in there) ?

    Just a passing thought. :eek:
     
  5. skoker macrumors 68000

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    Why not have a "Community Forum Sticky List", where only one sticky thread handles the links to all of the previously-stickied-and-now-unstickied threads?
     
  6. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    I like that idea. I also like Doctor Q's idea with the 'whats your job' thread.

    Or how about unsticky-ing the monthly Challenge threads — only a handful of people participate in those threads and, in general, are of little interest to other readers. I'm part of the Nike+ challenges so I'm better served with just subscribing to that thread instead. I'd prefer if all the Challenge threads were unstickied. :)

    2 down.

    We could get rid of the '20 things you didn't know about me', and put that list in a wiki guide or something... a bit stalkerish if you ask me. :confused:

    3 down so far.

    That's about it.
     
  7. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

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    Please take a look at the Community Discussion forum now.

    We've consolidated a number of stickies into one Notable Community Threads thread.

    We hope this will let us continue to direct people to threads they'd like to know about, while avoiding sticky clutter.
     
  8. Zwhaler thread starter macrumors 603

    Zwhaler

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    I noticed it the second I opened up that forum, it looks much nicer and cleaner. Thanks
     

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