MacRumors Forum Reorganization (Aug 2015)

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by arn, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. arn macrumors god

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    I just went through and reorganized the forums a bit. Part of it was due to old non-relevant forums, another part was the design of the new site does not highlight sub-forums very well, so I flattened some of our hierarchy where I could.

    Changes:

    - Apple Watch broken out to its own sub section
    - iOS Apps and Mac Apps now in their respective sections. Makes far more sense than apps being separate
    - iPad apps merged into iOS apps. Most apps are universal, or close enough, that this makes more sense.
    - Removed some old forums (launch meetups, iPod touch accessories, app store legal stuff) - these were not being used very much.
    - Cleaned up iOS and Mac organization

    - Still not completely happy with the Special Interests forum. Will try to get those organized better.
    - May reconsider the need for Current events and an Apple Inc / Tech industry forum.
    - Need to update iconography on forums with generic folder icons

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  2. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Thanks, arn... appreciate all that you and your team does to keep this place going strong.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Much appreciated, even if I do most of my watching from the Spy without regard to Forum structure
     
  4. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Somewhat annoyed that Apple Watch is such an eyesore now. Could the sub-forums be arranged to match the iPhone and iPad, like they were before the update?
     
  5. arn thread starter macrumors god

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    What do you mean?

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  6. dmrowley macrumors 6502

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    The new layout is much better on the eyes, and I like that the Apple Watch group is more prominently displayed. The old drop down menu was clunky...
     
  7. redheeler macrumors 603

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    I mean something like this:
    Apple Watch forum.png
    Could it be done?
     
  8. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    I would recommend getting rid of PRSI. It's an eyesore and a waste of system resources.
     
  9. OllyW Moderator

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    You are not alone with that though but I think this is going to be the best solution we can offer.
     
  10. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    A special thanks for combining apps. Separating iPhone and iPad apps led to too many duplicate posts.
     
  11. arn thread starter macrumors god

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    Not easily. Would take some theme change s
     
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  13. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    @arn could you enable the manual verification of the new members? I know it can be a pain to have this on but I usually work nights and the amount of spam posts is very annoying.
     
  14. arn thread starter macrumors god

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    Maybe we can find a better solution. I guess I haven't seen the spam since I'm not on then. Turning on manual verification isn't a realistic solution, but maybe we need more moderator coverage or more automated way of removing spam that gets through.

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  15. OllyW Moderator

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    Is that UK night time?

    We used to be bombarded with spam on a morning but I haven't seen as much get through since we moved to XF.
     
  16. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Same here; the amount of spam I'm seeing in the forums and through reports has been cut down drastically with XF.
     
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    Gav2k macrumors G3

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    U.K. Night time

    I think the issue is the spam is getting smarter. So where it stood out like a sore thumb with a title like 'download movies free' now we get 'problem with MacBook?' You click and get a list of crap
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    I agree with my fellow moderators, I'm not seeing the volume of spam we used too under Vb

    From the reports that we get and the other tools afforded us, I'm not entirely sure we're seeing an increase in spam, or a changing of their habits.
     
  19. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    A change of habit could be standard practice for spammers now that we've switched platforms. It wouldn't surprise me.

    I hate spam, I keep an eye out for it, I quite enjoy reporting it every time I see it.
     
  20. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm not saying that didn't happen, but so far on the spam that we're cleaning up, I've not seen a major shift in tactics.
     
  21. Gwendolini macrumors 6502

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    Apple/Industry Discussion is gone now? I know it did not have that much traffic, but it was kinda "special". Hmm, I like the new look, I hated clicking twice to get to not shown sub categories.
     
  22. arn thread starter macrumors god

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    It just got moved: Apple, Inc and Tech Industry
     
  23. Gwendolini macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, didn't look up there. Months of accustomization take their toll.
     
  24. maflynn Moderator

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    Yeah, I thought the same exact thing - until I scrolled up :)
     
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    This button will probably get bullied soon by all other buttons on this site for being a fatty.. This 'Sign up' button really needs skinny jeans.

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