Not sure I like the blog format

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David Torre
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I've been observing AA with the new blog format, and I have to say I don't like it as much as a normal forum. I encourage people to blog if they feel they need to, but to me, the livelihood of any site is the forum. So how about we post here!

Bill Loguidice
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Quoting and threading are a

Quoting and threading are a tad bit easier with forums, but we appreciate the comments about the blogging. On the upside this is all infinitely easier for us to work with behind the scenes and it will really start to pay off once we get to cranking out new articles again. Thanks again for the comments.

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number6
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My 2 pennies

I am more comfortable using a forum interface myself, but I think the blog concept works well for AA. I think the AA editors bring up some interesting topics in their blogs so I will continue to visit the new AA. Keep up the good work!

forcefield58
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"Reply To"

When you "Reply To" someone's post it isn't apparent that you're actually replying to a post. I just tried it under the World of Warcraft Forum discussion and no reference to Number6's post was noted in mine.

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forcefield58
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Forum and Blogs

I like the way the Forum is setup with being able to see both Forum entries and Blog entries. The more I navigate around, primarily accessing everything from the Forums, the better it feels. Not sure if you made this change and I'm just now noticing it or what (Blogs within the Forums).

Agree with Buck about the ability to instantly post a comment instead of previewing it first...in my case I guess I'm just lazy.

Keep up the great work on the site.

Cheers

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Matt Barton
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Comment order

By default, the new comments are pushed to the top. However, there is a menu bar on the comments that lets you change it to whatever you want ("COMMENT VIEWING OPTIONS"). We've noticed that a few people must be accidentally changing the setting and getting confused. I suppose we could add a warning next to it.

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Buck Feris (not verified)
Okay one more knit pick...

Apparently when a new post is made, the order of the blogs does not change. Suppose I have some new info on an old blog entry and want to post it? No one will ever see it because it will still be buried with old entries.

So it goes from bottom to top, old blog entries stay old, you always have to preview--okay, maybe I'm not so sure now. But what the hell? I'll give anything a try for a little while.

Buck Feris (not verified)
It really is pretty much a forum

It is just a forum in a different style. The hard thing to get used to is the terminology. Instead of threads you have comments and so forth. It is interesting though, could one simply modify the code to include the interesting things about a blog into a forum. Or, modify the blog to feel more like a forum.

At any rate I like the fact that the first entry gets framed in a certain way as the topic. Taglines are cool. I will definitely try it for a bit.

One knit pick...I wish we could go straight to post without having to preview. Slows things up for quick thoughts. Also, going bottom to top is not very intuitive.

Matt Barton
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Forums and Blogs

I can appreciate what David is saying here. There is something more cozy about a good forum, particularly the old phpbb forums we enjoyed so much at the old retrogaming radio site. There is definitely that feeling with a forum that's somewhat like driving up to some quiet coffee shop and chatting there with your friends. We all liked the old forums, but I can remember how dead the AA forums were at first (maybe three of us were posting on it). From what I hear, the old e107 forums had become basically an admin/moderator forum before we made the switch to neo.

At any rate, this blog setup has a more public, on-display feel to it. There are many people subscribing to the feed. While that's great (I like to be read!), I'd much prefer it if those people were also on the site posting comments the way they would respond to a forum. This isn't an "us and them" approach here.

I think the new setup has much to offer, it's just a matter of changing habits and trying to do more with the comment section. Forcefield and a few others have really jumped on and are providing some great perspective on the blogs. Why don't you try to offer more comments and see what you think? A blog is only as good as the people willing to read and offer their own insights into the issues.

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Bill Loguidice
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I see little difference

I see little difference between blogging and commenting, and a forum, myself. I must say, being a skeptic originally, I'm converted to the way this is going and believe in it 100% now. I'd be curious what you specifically don't like about the minor change in format, David? It seems like our efforts are no longer "wasted" with a throwaway as it were on a forum. The tagging alone is brilliant and makes searching and Googling effortless, which is something you don't get through the forum paradigm.

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