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Vanity | October 10, 2003 | RightFighter

Posted on 10/10/2003 7:35:55 AM PDT by RightFighter

I was just wondering if any of you have any suggestions for how to make Free Republic easier to use and a better place in general. This is NOT a criticism of Jim Robinson and I am most appreciative of all his hard work. This site is great and I enjoy coming here to learn about and discuss the conservative issues of the day. This is just my desire to see this site become more "viewer-friendly" than it is in its present iteration. I've had thoughts over the years about this and these are the ones that I keep coming back to:

1. Different background colors for alternating posts within a thread, for readability

2. Ability to set up chat rooms for certain events, rather than using the "Live Thread" concept. The entire idea of a "Live Thread" is somewhat of an oxymoron and EXTREMELY difficult to follow.

3. Smilies and other icons available when posting messages

4. Keeping track of numbers of posts by each user. Many forum sites do this, and some even give titles to users who reach certain posting milestones.

5. The ability to mark a thread for later reading, rather than having to "bump" the thread


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1 posted on 10/10/2003 7:35:55 AM PDT by RightFighter
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To: RightFighter
Fewer vanities!
2 posted on 10/10/2003 7:37:49 AM PDT by per loin
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To: RightFighter
Regarding 5- Wouldn't this work? Bookmark
3 posted on 10/10/2003 7:38:09 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: RightFighter; razorbak
Trouble maker! :o)
4 posted on 10/10/2003 7:38:46 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RightFighter
I've been arguing that we need a separate category for "Environmentalism"...but nobody seems to agree.

Also the search feature needs to have an option to search the body of articles and responses...not just the title.

--Boris

5 posted on 10/10/2003 7:39:04 AM PDT by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: All

 

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6 posted on 10/10/2003 7:39:12 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: RightFighter
5. The ability to mark a thread for later reading, rather than having to "bump" the thread

Ever notice that little "Bookmark" link?

7 posted on 10/10/2003 7:39:17 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: RightFighter
Change sucks! Ned Lud rules!
8 posted on 10/10/2003 7:39:31 AM PDT by Sir Gawain (Thanks Whizzinator...It worked like a charm!)
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To: RightFighter
Do we have to be logged in to give advice?
9 posted on 10/10/2003 7:39:37 AM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: RightFighter
Number 5, the ability to subscribe to a thread. Definitely at the top of the wishlist.
10 posted on 10/10/2003 7:40:25 AM PDT by js1138
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To: RightFighter
RE: 2. I love the live threads! They are amazing to go back and read after the fact. If it is changed, the text of the chats should be stored and posted to preserve them.
11 posted on 10/10/2003 7:40:59 AM PDT by max_rpf
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To: RightFighter
Well for what it's worth I don't like any of your suggestions with the exception of live chat, which we have already and nobody uses.

LIVE CHAT

12 posted on 10/10/2003 7:41:13 AM PDT by AAABEST (http://www.floridasoundoff.com)
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To: RightFighter
Regarding 4- Keeping track of numbers of posts by each user. Many forum sites do this, and some even give titles to users who reach certain posting milestones.

The member profile 'In Forum' shows the post for each user... for example: RightFighter

13 posted on 10/10/2003 7:41:23 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: RightFighter
I've got a suggestion - I've started using Mozilla Firebird, and have multiple tabs open - I'd like the option to have a thread open in a new tab instead of a new window.
14 posted on 10/10/2003 7:41:42 AM PDT by msgt (Press any key to continue...Press any other key to quit.)
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To: RightFighter
How about a spell checker?
15 posted on 10/10/2003 7:41:55 AM PDT by John123 (The Governator is gonna do some butt kicking in Sacramento. Coming soon to a theater nearby you.)
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To: AAABEST
I must admit I agree with you AAA.



IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT.
16 posted on 10/10/2003 7:42:24 AM PDT by EggsAckley (..........................all my pings are belong to ......YOU.....................)
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To: RightFighter
Keep images down to a reasonable size.

17 posted on 10/10/2003 7:42:53 AM PDT by Consort
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To: js1138
Isn't that a ping list?
18 posted on 10/10/2003 7:42:55 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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To: RightFighter; Jim Robinson
Nude Fridays!

Also, maybe it's time to remove the "Anthrax Scare" category from Hot Topics.

19 posted on 10/10/2003 7:43:54 AM PDT by TheBigB ("If my country calls, I will answer. Unless I'm screening."--Homer J. Simpson)
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To: Admin Moderator
Please add 'Live Thread' to the title.

Oh, and move it to Breaking News.
20 posted on 10/10/2003 7:44:24 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: RightFighter
Smilies don't interest me, colors don't interest me....all these can be done by indiv's if they wish.

I don't care how many posts someone has and your own favorites links can take you back to any thread you want to go back to.

Someone has suggested an "ignore" button so you can ignore those you don't like. I figure I can ignore someone all on my own.

I am, however, interested in an "edit" button. Some things really do "look worse in black and white," and I'd like to go back to change them a bit.

21 posted on 10/10/2003 7:44:24 AM PDT by xzins
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To: RightFighter
Regarding 3- Smilies and other icons available when posting messages

You can post a picture like so:


22 posted on 10/10/2003 7:44:24 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: boris
Also the search feature needs to have an option to search the body of articles and responses...not just the title

I agree about the search feature. I don't know how many times I have done a search for an article before I post it by the title and found out it was already posted by some other Freeper but they changed the title around or created their own.

23 posted on 10/10/2003 7:44:26 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: RightFighter
>how to make Free Republic easier to use and a better place in general

Jim needs to offer
one-on-one freeping classes
with teachers like this...

24 posted on 10/10/2003 7:44:28 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: AAABEST
Bump.
25 posted on 10/10/2003 7:44:45 AM PDT by First_Salute
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To: Consort
I know, some of us are reading this at work! Nice pics though..
26 posted on 10/10/2003 7:44:47 AM PDT by max_rpf
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To: RightFighter
Some porn videos would help...Or some video games such as throw pie in Hitlerys face, or 'To tell the truth' and play against liberals.
27 posted on 10/10/2003 7:44:50 AM PDT by metalboy (Liberals-Nuke `em from orbit. It`s the only way to be sure.)
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To: RightFighter
As to #4: I"ve found at sites that list the number of posts, you'll often see people writing inane posts just to get their numbers up.

And please, no smilees (blech!) You can always post a picture if you absolutely need to let others know how you're feeling without writing it.

I pretty much like it the way it is.I say keep it.

28 posted on 10/10/2003 7:45:20 AM PDT by PaulJ
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To: RightFighter
good god, please no emoticons.
29 posted on 10/10/2003 7:46:34 AM PDT by rattrap (The Washington Redskins are 3-2, stop with the false starting already)
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To: TheBigB
No way. 'Anthrax Scare' is the goofiest topic category, its an icon. I add it to all my threads...
30 posted on 10/10/2003 7:47:13 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: PaulJ
I pretty much like it the way it is. I say keep it.

Ditto. This is by far the finest forum on the internet I have seen. It's fine as is.

31 posted on 10/10/2003 7:47:18 AM PDT by Skooz (All Hail the Mighty Kansas City Chiefs)
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To: John123
Agree. A spell-checker would be useful for us spelling-challenged.
32 posted on 10/10/2003 7:47:47 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: RightFighter
2. Ability to set up chat rooms for certain events, rather than using the "Live Thread" concept. The entire idea of a "Live Thread" is somewhat of an oxymoron and EXTREMELY difficult to follow.

What is see as the value of "live threads" is this: They are a permanent (archivable history) record of immediate commentaries and thoughts on the subject of the thread. Chatrooms flows, unless logged, are temporary.
33 posted on 10/10/2003 7:47:56 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: new cruelty
I don't want to add my bookmark list to my public profile. I just want to be able to come back later and read some articles that I saw earlier in the day that interested me. I don't really want everyone else to see what articles I'm interested in.
34 posted on 10/10/2003 7:48:03 AM PDT by RightFighter
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To: RightFighter
I do have one suggestion.

Auto-refresh on the recent Threads/Messages page.


That and more cheese threads.
35 posted on 10/10/2003 7:48:04 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Woo friggin' hoo!)
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To: RightFighter
Here's a serious suggestion.

It's always bother me that you get 'New Posts to You' after you posted something yourself. I'm disappointed when I click on the link and find only what I just said myself.
36 posted on 10/10/2003 7:48:07 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: areafiftyone
I've always wanted to be able to search for an article by using the writer's name, which isn't always in the title.
37 posted on 10/10/2003 7:48:15 AM PDT by EllaMinnow (Life is too important to be taken seriously.)
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To: RightFighter
Ok. One suggestion. Maybe a Sports Forum. That would be cool.
38 posted on 10/10/2003 7:48:32 AM PDT by Skooz (All Hail the Mighty Kansas City Chiefs)
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To: RightFighter
3. Smilies and other icons available when posting messages

No smilies! Please!

39 posted on 10/10/2003 7:48:32 AM PDT by mhking (When it rains it pours: I'm looking for a job again -- any offers or help: mhking@bellsouth.net)
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To: RightFighter
My 2Cents fwiw

1. Not a bad idea but not vital
2. Get's done often. Someone opens a chat room and puts up a link bingo folks who like that sort of chat are THERE! I like the threads because I can play catch up and it doesn't go away once I close the window.
3.Appears pleanty of folks have figured out how to do them here. I find the ones with motion distracting.
4. I believe the number of posts is available somewhere. I've just never been interested enough to look. Bet JohnRob or Jim or any of the Admin Mods can direct you.
5. There is a bookmark feature. See just below the main body of the article. Click on bookmark and it's bookmarked onto your bookmark page.


40 posted on 10/10/2003 7:49:08 AM PDT by amom
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To: RightFighter
Spel Chekk.
41 posted on 10/10/2003 7:49:13 AM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: Skooz
How 'bout them Chiefs !
42 posted on 10/10/2003 7:49:29 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: new cruelty

43 posted on 10/10/2003 7:49:39 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: RightFighter
Changing the "Search" feature so that the default is "Search by Post Time". This change alone will avoid many of the duplicate threads!
44 posted on 10/10/2003 7:50:06 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office. (Recall Davis))
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To: RightFighter
Regarding 2- Ability to set up chat rooms for certain events, rather than using the "Live Thread" concept. The entire idea of a "Live Thread" is somewhat of an oxymoron and EXTREMELY difficult to follow.

Live Threads are just as easy to follow as going into a chat room and trying to read all the posts coming in at the same time. One advantage of a thread is that the post is documented. And as noted in post 12 there already is a FR chat room.

45 posted on 10/10/2003 7:50:36 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: RightFighter
We still need an ability to block posts by specific kookburgers.
The only problem with that idea is that I'd never see my own posts. ;>)
47 posted on 10/10/2003 7:51:04 AM PDT by ASA Vet ("Those who know don't talk, those who talk, don't know.")
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To: TomGuy
But why do we need a permanent archive of random thoughts about a Yankees game? That would be much better suited to a chat room.
48 posted on 10/10/2003 7:51:04 AM PDT by RightFighter
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To: 4ConservativeJustices
your suggestion belongs here
49 posted on 10/10/2003 7:51:04 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: mhking
No smilies! Please!

I agree. I dislike those cheesy forums that use emoticons and the number of posts by the user's name, along with their posting status (Senior Member, Rookie, Junior Senior Wannabe, etc).

They are lame.

50 posted on 10/10/2003 7:51:13 AM PDT by Skooz (All Hail the Mighty Kansas City Chiefs)
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