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Discussion in 'Forum rules and information' started by flynnibus, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    With the latest and greatest software update, we have a bunch of new functionality that will trickle in over time as we see the need and motivation :)

    Some of the new features we have started to implement now and would love to hear your feedback and suggestions.

    Thread Prefixes - these are titles that can be added in front of thread titles to make certain topics easier to identify. I only created a few to start with. Ideas on titles and styling welcome!

    Thread tags - additional tags that can be added to a thread when its started or afterwards to make it easier to find. As tags get more and more used, a cloud view will be shown that shows the most popular tags and link to threads that use them. Example, 'parking' or 'hospital', etc. Think of it as a weighted search thing.

    RSS Feeds - we've taken some local news sources and have them automatically posting into the forum. This way you can see breaking stories right here without leaving the Broadlands! :) We've also added an area for alerts from Loundoun County Government - the same you can get on your cell phone, email, etc. If you have suggestions on relevant news sources that should be added.. speak up! :)

    User Profile Changes - with the emphasis on social networking, your user profile page can become more customizable now with the idea being that your profile page becomes a hub of activity between individual members (much like a facebook page, myspace, etc). We've kept most of these features off for now, but you can browse around there and make your profile page more 'you' and see who comes to visit!

    Editing - we have more control over user editing posts again, so that will likely come back to being available rather then limiting it to 10minutes like it is currently.

    That's all I can think of right now.. but browse around and let us know what you think. This is a community site and our goal is to make it the best we can for the community.

    Thanks!
     
  2. shim

    shim shim

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    What's the deal with the Newzbot spam?
     
  3. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    I am SO glad you explained how to opt out of receiving the Local News feed from my "New Posts"- that's the only way I access threads! :) Neat feature- not for me- but i think many will find it useful!
     
  5. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    sorry, there was a huge build up when the bot first queried the sites.. I thought I deleted the build up, but missed the ones in the local news section. I just deleted all the threads so a more reasonable level can start up tomorrow. There normally will not be that many new posts

    Based on the volume of posts, we'll adapt it to a usable level.
     
  6. afgm

    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    The newsfeeds seem to be overwhelming. Hopefully, I was able to turn them off, but didn't get a confirmation from the system when I followed the steps.
     
  7. sharse

    sharse TeamDonzi rocks!!

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    Just wanted to thank you guys for the Newzbot. I really like that feature!
     
  8. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Thanks, we think it adds a lot of value for Broadlands residents. Glad you like it, and appreciate the input!
     
  9. Pirate

    Pirate Overland Park Denizen

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    I agree. I think the RSS feeds are a great feature.

    Thanks!
     
  10. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    Glad you all like it. If you have good ideas for local relevant - or things that would be topic focused.. let us know.

    I know the post count can be intimidating, but using the new posts and 'mark forums read' it is very managable. Unfortunately I don't think the feeds from the local newspapers are all that great in terms of their feed contents, but I'm too lazy to merge threads, etc all the time :)
     
  11. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    flynn...what do you think about adding FDA Alerts?
     
  12. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    If you have a specific source in mind, I'll be happy to investigate and review it.
     
  13. Sunny

    Sunny Chief Advisor

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    i am trying to post something as "lost" and it keeps coming up as "for sale".
    am i doing something wrong?
     

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