How does one surf through the forums?

Geert

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I always start on the MR homepage, run through the different lastest threads (and post).
And always seem to switch back to the homepage, to see what has changed.
Once in a while I check the threads I posted on and see if anything changed.

But that back and forth switching takes up a lot of time.
Wondering how you guys, go through the forums.
(like: always starting on the forums home, and then work your way through, or ...)

See if I can adjust my surfin' style in order to crank up avarage posts/hour :D
 

eyelikeart

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I suppose I start off in the Discussion Forums...see who's posted last in which forums...

then I start off at General Discussion...then Mac Help/Questions...

then I go to the private section....see what's up there (if it's not already up anyway)...

then I see where everyone else is at the present moment...

then I do whatever moderating necessary (moving threads, etc)

not really a style or anything....I just sort of do it all...
 

Mr. Anderson

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I go to the home page, check for any new stories, the click on the Discussion Forum link. Once there I go to new posts and start in on reading anything interesting. After that I go to the other main forums, Articles, Software Rumors, General Discussion, etc. and see if anything has been missed.

I've noticed that the new posts time out after a while if I don't check the forums directly, I'll miss something some said last night to a post of mine that had been updated when I was asleep.

Then I check back every once in a while when I can.
 

Durandal7

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I start at MR homepage and head to recent threads. Then I hit the Misc. forums. I read over the rumours threads but I only post there in the weeks before a Macworld expo.
 

britboy

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I start off on the main page, check the latest headlines. If something looks interesting, i'll check it out. If not, i go straight to the mac help forums, see if there's something i can help with (more often than not, i can't!). Next stop, the general discussion forum. That's where i spend most of my time.

If there's not much going on, i go to the private forum and see who's been active, or the latest mug purchaser

(come on, help support macrumors!!!) [/shameless plug]
 

Beej

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Re: How does one surf through the forums?

Originally posted by Geert
I always start on the MR homepage, run through the different lastest threads (and post).
And always seem to switch back to the homepage, to see what has changed.
Once in a while I check the threads I posted on and see if anything changed.
I do exactly the same thing.

But that back and forth switching takes up a lot of time.
This is being discussed in the contributor's forum at the moment. I suggested a small window that shows the last few updated posts in every forum that automatically refreshes. No idea if anything will come of it, but it would make my browsing experience better.

Wow. My first ever split-quote. I might do another one in another 700 posts...
 

King Cobra

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Usually, I log on to the forums page and search through any interesting subjects from the bottom up. I seem to have the advantage on posts in certain areas, sometimes General Discussion, but since I set the iPod Breakout score, I have been on a roll.

I try to avoid old forums, because I feel that some may become !!!!!d off that an old topic is being resurrected. I usually let others do that, so that I can reply then.
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mac15

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I check the main page then I look through the general discussion cause its the best
 

BeerDrinker29

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Jan 23, 2002
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I never navigate through the forums using the discussions page. I simply visit the main page and glance at the side for recent topics. I miss quite a bit of threads, but the ones worth looking at usually stay on the main page long enough for me to glance at it.
 

mmmdreg

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I check my mail and click on links to the threads that have been updated to (that I've posted on) and go through each one..contributing stuff here and there...then I go clicking around through each of the forums and end up on the main page in the end...and if something interesting is there, I go to that thread and end up clicking through all the forums again...
 

Geert

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Originally posted by mmmdreg
I check my mail and click on links to the threads that have been updated to (that I've posted on) and go through each one..contributing stuff here and there...
I did that for a while as well, but then every 5 minutes you get new mails.
When I post a couple of times, I get like 80 mails an hour. that is too difficult to follow, because sometimes, you post, get a reply, you post a reply, etc..;, then I receive a mail saying that one of you guys replied, and I already replied 30 min. before.
 

chmorley

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Re: How does one surf through the forums?

Originally posted by Geert
I always start on the MR homepage, run through the different lastest threads (and post).
And always seem to switch back to the homepage, to see what has changed.
Once in a while I check the threads I posted on and see if anything changed.

But that back and forth switching takes up a lot of time.
I do the same thing, but I open discussions in a new tab (Command-click in Mozilla ('cause my prefs tell it to open a new tab behind current), Shift-Command-click in Chimera). I usually open 3-4 forums at a time and then just tab through them (and reply sometimes). The difference between closing a tab and hitting the "Back" button isn't huge, but it makes a difference. Opening a few at once also saves time.

Chris