How Do You Deal With A Huge Forum Like This?

Buadhai

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This forum can be great because there are plenty of smart, knowledgable people around willing to take the time to educate and inform the rest of us.

Trouble is, every time I log in I find that there are ± 457 new posts since my last visit. I know there are some gems in there, but I don't know how to find them other than wading through.

How do you deal with the sheer volume of posts on this forum?
 
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SandboxGeneral

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It may seem overwhelming at first, but look at the main forum page and find a product or topic you're interested in and go in there first. Look over the threads posted in it and find some you want to read and participate in. Then subscribe to the threads or forums you like most so that when you come back later you can get only those updates from those threads/forums.

Check the Watched Threads link: https://forums.macrumors.com/watched/threads
Check the Watched Forums link: https://forums.macrumors.com/watched/forums

You will need to subscribe to some of those to get info populated into them.

After a while, branch out and add more that interests you by browsing the main forum page or looking at the New Posts page: https://forums.macrumors.com/find-new/posts
 
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Breezygirl

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This forum can be great because there are plenty of smart, knowledgable people around willing to take the time to educate and inform the rest of us.

Trouble is, every time I log in I find that there are ± 457 new posts since my last visit. I know there are some gems in there, but I don't know how to find them other than wading through.

How do you deal with the sheer volume of posts on this forum?
I unsubscribe from any subforums on here that don’t interest me.
 
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keysofanxiety

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This forum can be great because there are plenty of smart, knowledgable people around willing to take the time to educate and inform the rest of us.

Trouble is, every time I log in I find that there are ± 457 new posts since my last visit. I know there are some gems in there, but I don't know how to find them other than wading through.
I wouldn’t worry too much. 456 of those posts are probably in PRSI, which is a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
 

SandboxGeneral

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I wouldn’t worry too much. 456 of those posts are probably in PRSI, which is a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
I used to think the same thing. But after spending a few years as a mod here, I ended up changing my mind on that. I believe the iPhone forum is far more of a "wretched hive of scum of villaniny".

I don't participate much in PRSI, but I do read through some of the threads in there and for the most part, it's fairly civil and a I get a lot of chuckles from it. The iPhone forum on the other hand, to me, is just a bunch of arguing over which phone is the best and why another phone or person is the worst because of X. I have the iPhone forum on ignore, but not PRSI.

Just my opinion, of course. :)
 

I7guy

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I used to think the same thing. But after spending a few years as a mod here, I ended up changing my mind on that. I believe the iPhone forum is far more of a "wretched hive of scum of villaniny".

I don't participate much in PRSI, but I do read through some of the threads in there and for the most part, it's fairly civil and a I get a lot of chuckles from it. The iPhone forum on the other hand, to me, is just a bunch of arguing over which phone is the best and why another phone or person is the worst because of X. I have the iPhone forum on ignore, but not PRSI.

Just my opinion, of course. :)
In that vein, the alternatives forum can sometimes be that ”wretched hive of scum of villaniny" as well.
 

chown33

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I used to think the same thing. But after spending a few years as a mod here, I ended up changing my mind on that. I believe the iPhone forum is far more of a "wretched hive of scum of villaniny".
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In that vein, the alternatives forum can sometimes be that ”wretched hive of scum of villaniny" as well.
Great. Now they're all going to get into a contest to see who can be more wretched and villainous.
 

Scepticalscribe

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I used to think the same thing. But after spending a few years as a mod here, I ended up changing my mind on that. I believe the iPhone forum is far more of a "wretched hive of scum of villaniny".

I don't participate much in PRSI, but I do read through some of the threads in there and for the most part, it's fairly civil and a I get a lot of chuckles from it. The iPhone forum on the other hand, to me, is just a bunch of arguing over which phone is the best and why another phone or person is the worst because of X. I have the iPhone forum on ignore, but not PRSI.

Just my opinion, of course. :)
Actually, I agree with you about the iPhone forum being more of "a wretched hive of scum and villainy" than PRSI, which - granted - does not always resemble a Socratic philosophical debating school.

To the OP: As others have sagely suggested, look to the subject matters - threads and sub-forums - that interest you, and you should find forums where what you find to be of interest is discussed.
 

Weaselboy

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https://forums.macrumors.com/account/ignored-forums

Another thing that might help is go to this link and check mark any forums you are not interested in. Then when you click "New Posts" up top it will only show the forum sections you are interested in (the unchecked ones).

I do this and it usually thins it down to around 200 new posts each day when I click New Posts.
 
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gigatoaster

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Ah thanks. Yes I meant in “new post”. Would it be possible to implement it or is it too much work?

This site is very amazing, must not be easy to maintain and you guys are doing a great job at it. Well done!
 
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willmtaylor

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This forum can be great because there are plenty of smart, knowledgable people around willing to take the time to educate and inform the rest of us.

Trouble is, every time I log in I find that there are ± 457 new posts since my last visit. I know there are some gems in there, but I don't know how to find them other than wading through.

How do you deal with the sheer volume of posts on this forum?
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