Skip to comments.A question about Sidebars and Keywords: How do you use FR?
Posted on 09/17/2012 7:57:41 AM PDT by ken5050
First of all, before anyone gets upset, this thread is not a complaint, not a critique. FR works fine for me. I'm a happy camper. But I am curious as to how others navigate around the site, and what, if any tweaks might be worth considering; and maybe provide some food for thought for the folks in charge.
I can't recall the last time I looked at the Sidebars, and I have yet to click on a KEYWORD, nor any of the HOME/ABOUT words at the top of the homepage.
So first of all, I'm curious how others approach it..maybe I'm missing something that would let me enjoy FR more.
One last thought. What led me to ponder this was early this morning, scrolling down through a thread, towards the end, I came across an extended comment that was absolutely stunning...brilliant in its observations..
I replied to the poster, and then thought it a shame that more Freepers wouldn't be able to read it. I could BTTT, with a comment that it's a must read, or ping a few FRiends to the thread..telling them to read post #xxx, or ask someone who runs a ping list to ping that list to that particular reply..
That's about the options available now. And then I thought..wouldn't it be neat if there was a sidebar where we could tag really good comments?
I guess it could be abused easily..but the mods can delete the bad ones by checking it often, or the ABUSE button would get lots of hits..
As I said at the beginning, I'm not complaining in any way, shape, or form..but am curious as to how others use FR..
Why thank you (blushing). But I don't recall receiving a response from you. :)
I was just joking.
<< Why thank you (blushing). But I don't recall receiving a response from you. :) >>
ETL, I think he was referring to my post. :-))
There's only a few really important keywords:
I have a bunch of topics and keywords in my side bar:
These topics: Breaking news, front page news, extended news, editorial, New Mexico news.
Keywords: Palin, Romney, Ryan, globalwarming, climatechange
For any of these the way to get them in the side bar is to click on the topic or keyword and scroll down to the bottom. Click on “Add to my Page” and a screen “My Page Layout” comes up.
You can choose to put the topic or keyword in any location or order (”weight”) you want. You can also control the color and size (number of threads) you want to show. For example for myself, Breaking News has 10 thread titles shown, Front page 15, and New Mexico 5. When done, click “Modify” and your new arrangement shows up. It’s a brilliant way to keep track of the topics you want to follow. But it relies on the thread poster or subsequent readers to put in relevant topics or keywords. Otherwise a reader would have to use the “search” function to locate an article.
Actually, FR is hands down the best forum design around. The only thing I would wish for is in-house hosting, but that’s a separate thing.
It may not be the easiest to admin, but for the users none of the commercial stuff comes close.
That arrangement tends to focus on whatever are hot topics of discussion at the moment.
Why wouldn't you look at sidebars such as "Breaking News" or "Front Page"? In any case, you can select and organize the sidebars you want. See "Configure Sidebar" at the bottom of the sidebar section.
I like the category subscription model, especially the sidebars.
I just have the All Articles link as my home page (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/*/index). If I have pings or mail, they will show up in red at the top and I will check them. If not, I just scroll through and look for something interesting. I can read the first 4 lines of 50 articles in a short time (and scroll to another 50 if I chose to.)
If I want to search for something specific I will check the keywords at the top, but usually end up chosing my own search terms.
I glance at the sidebar listings but usually see the articles listed by my usual method.
I rarely go to speciic forums.
I use the list at top to get to Banglist. I never look at the sidebar listings. I’d like to see a single banner ad at the top to support FR. Limit the advertising for firearm companies such as Ruger.
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