Need Your Input: Forum Feature Wish List

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  1. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi all... I am considering a forum upgrade and would like some input regarding forum features.

    I can't make any promises, but I do want to hear what everyone is thinking before I spend a bunch of time on features no one will use. ;)

    Tell me what you like/don't like about the current setup and anything new you would like to see.

    * There WILL be a mobile version.

    New Feature Possibilities:

    * The ability to "like" a post.
    * Photo galleries
    * Downloads (file sharing)
    * Chat room
    * Groups
     
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  3. kcjo13

    kcjo13 Phenom

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    Wow! I think all of the features you have listed would be fantastic!
     
  4. bison

    bison Habitué

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    Hooray for mobile version!

    The one thing that I've found to be an issue is words that we are able to search. I totally understand that short or very common words would bring up too many results, but sometimes that excludes useful words (the example that comes to mind for me is "sub.") In some places this can be bypassed by using quotation marks, but it's not the case on here. Quotation marks don't seem to do anything. I don't even know if this is something that can be customized, but just a thought!
     
  5. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    Thank you both for the feedback!

    bison - I will keep that in mind. If the built-in forum search doesn't work well, I can set up a google search to supplement. I used to have that and probably need to bring it back. The only downside of google is that it doesn't have the most recent posts.
     
  6. mmswm

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    Yes
     
  7. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I like the clean look of this forum. Some other forums I've been to look very cluttered, with huge, overwhelming signatures full of pictures and quotes and glittery stuff and who knows what else. I like the limitations here, because I think they make the forum content a lot easier to read and follow.

    I'd like to have a sub-forum for Organization Tips.

    I'd like to be able to block specific sub-forums. Like, I don't care about any Testing posts, so I don't really care to see posts in any of those Single/Multi Subject Test forums. It's not a big deal to ignore it, but the feature to automatically block those would be nice. Or even to select the forums I'd like to appear in the All Posts.

    The option to customize colors would be nice. I'd go for green or purple if I could. :)

    I'd like the option of attaching a file to a post. I'm specifically thinking about worksheets and handouts that I've made that I'd like to share with others.

    I'd love some more emoticons.

    I'm very excited about a mobile app for my iPhone.

    I think that the Search function should be revamped. I always seem to have a hard time finding what I'm looking for using Search in the blue bar towards the top. I do like that Search feature much better than the older Google Search option, but I think it could still use some work.

    Thank you for everything you do!
     
  8. bison

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    I agree that I like how clean this forum is. Not too much junk or flashy things to blind me. It's functional. :]

    Attachments are a great idea, as long as we're able to see the file name and extension before downloading.
     
  9. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Maybe a preview feature, like Edmodo has? It'll let you see the document in full size before you download it, so you know you're not getting porn or something.
     
  10. MrsC

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    I really like all of the suggestions so far, particularly the ability to attach/share files. I do agree with others about maintaining the "clean" look. There are other forums that I drop in on (almost never stay long) where it is hard to find the content of posts because of all of the other "stuff" going on.
     
  11. kcjo13

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    Yes, yes, yes to the clean look. I cannot stand to even browse other forums because of the cluttered look it takes on. I like how each poster has a simple Join Date, Posts, and maybe some other information. Small signatures, and easy to read.

    I also agree with Caesar on being able to filter posts.
     
  12. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    Keep the suggestions coming! :)
     
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    I'll second the ability to attach files/share files (in some way) and more emoticons!
     
  14. waterfall

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    I definitely agree with the "clean" look. I also find other forums really "messy" and annoying to navigate. I would enjoy a like button though!
     
  15. TamiJ

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    I love all of the feature ideas.

    I wonder if we could have the ability to do a status update, like on FB? Not terribly important, but maybe fun. Just an idea.
     
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    I agree that keeping the clean look is important.
     
  17. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    The platform I am looking at has that option.
     
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    I'm not sure if I'm just not able to do this because of my limited posts, but I think it'd be nice to be able to post actual pictures on threads. Room decoration ideas, models, extra curricular things, whatever. As we all know, some of us are visual learners;)
     
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    Yes. Especially downloads and a chat room. And I want to echo how much I love the clean look of this forum.
     
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    I don't like 'like'.
     
  21. catnfiddle

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    Since I know there are others out there, a subforum for online / virtual teachers would be good. The situations we face can be unique sometimes, and having a specific subforum to notate those posts would help. Also, that would be a specific place for the curious to post questions or find where they're already answered.
     
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    I don't mind being able to post pictures, but I think it should stick in certain threads. As in, I don't want to be visually assaulted with pictures every time I open a thread. Speaks to the "clean" look.
     
  23. mmswm

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    I think the fact that it's a little tricky to post pictures does this quite effectively. :)
     
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    Plus, it takes so long to load threads that have pictures. I actually would vote no to pictures.
     
  25. waterfall

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    I would vote no pictures as well. You can always post a link to it if people are interested.
     
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    I like the idea of a photo gallery, though, if it would be easier to add pictures of classrooms, etc. without having to individually enter them into a post. I agree with having them all in one place, though!

    A file-sharing option would be absolutely wonderful!
     
  27. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    Regarding pictures... I am looking at a photo gallery option. I think a lot of users have wanted to share pictures of their classrooms but have to resort to uploading them elsewhere and then link to them one by one or just link to the other site. The photo gallery would make it easy to post pictures and comment on pictures without leaving the site AND without cluttering the threads.
     
  28. Aliceacc

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    I've said this before, but I hate the idea of a "like" button.

    I can't see how it contributes to a discussion.
     
  29. bandnerdtx

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    Yeah for the mobile version!!! I primarly use my iPhone, and that will make life so much easier!

    I'd like to second the request to keep it clean and neat. I love the layout of this forum. Photo galleries are cool, but be aware that you WILL get people who register quickly and post pornographic things. It happens on my community band's site all the time and we don't get nearly the amount of traffic this site does! Maybe consider putting a post minimum requirement on the photo gallery. That way people new to the site can't post a picture.

    And I love the "like" button. There are lots of people who just want to communicate that way because they really don't have anything to say that hasn't already been said in 4 other posts. Trust me, the people who want to comment wont suddenly stop with a "like" option. They want their voices heard! Lol.
     
  30. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    I hear you, bandnerd. Managing the amount of spam and bad people that try to exploit this forum is a big job. Over the years I've been able to automate a lot of it so that's definitely a concern. In fact, that's the main reason the forum hasn't been upgraded in a while. The new version for vBulletin was lacking a lot of the custom anti-spam features we are relying on. The new vBulletin is more developed and there are some alternatives that we can consider as well and I *think* we should be safe to upgrade now. :)
     
  31. TamiJ

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    How nice! I am excited. :)
     
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    I love being able to just see what's new from all thread on one list.
    Love the photo gallery idea
     
  33. Aliceacc

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    Has something changed today? In the past 2 minutes I've had 2 pop-up ads come up; it's been a year or two since that was an issue for me here.
     
  34. mmswm

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    I was wondering the same thing. All of a sudden I was logged out when I came to the site. I can't remember the last time I actually had to log in from my home computer.
     
  35. Aliceacc

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    Yeah, I had forgotten that. I had to log on today too.
     
  36. Amanda

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    Nope, nothing has changed.
     
  37. Zabeth

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    I see a like button (or maybe an agree button, such as on Ravelry) as something akin to nodding one's head during the course of a conversation. One can take part in the conversation, just in a nonverbal kind of way.
     
  38. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    Anyone else want to share your thoughts? If there is a silent majority I'm totally going to miss the mark!
     
  39. Aliceacc

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    No, Amanda, but thanks for asking.

    I'm happy with the forum the way it is.
     
  40. Amanda

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    I will keep bumping this to hear from more of you ...
     
  41. Upsadaisy

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    I love the site as it is, but would love a photo gallery, too. Also, more advanced search methods would be very helpful. I don't care either way about a like button.
     

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