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Link with list of unanswered topics 7 53.85%
Update allowed file attachments to include docx, xlsx; zipx 3 23.08%
Automatically mark posts as CLOSED after 30 days inactivity 4 30.77%
Add option to save subscribed threads (CSV / TXT / XML) 3 23.08%
Add warning before navigating to another page when writing a thread 6 46.15%
Add list of moderators to the site 6 46.15%
Add code button to the quick reply pane 6 46.15%
Make advanced post editor the default 6 46.15%
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:33 PM   #31
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Re: Site suggestions poll

To be honest, the only one of those suggestions that looked like it had any value to me (as a retired person and therefore a less-frequent user) was to update allowed attachments to include the updated Office file types that include the extra "x" in them. And Jon reports that he did that.

I'm definitely not in favor of involuntary thread closure or marking unless there is the chance of adding a third category called "idle" that would automatically be shown on threads for which no posts had occurred in over a year (or some other convenient number). Obviously this would ONLY be visible when you got a list of posts by doing a topic search, since the first page listing of posts by category is defaulted to "newest first" - meaning all of the most recent posts. But that is so low a priority to me that I wouldn't spend any skull sweat over it.

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Old 07-19-2017, 10:34 PM   #32
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Re: Site suggestions poll

Jon made 2 changes yesterday:

1. Added docx, xlsx and zipx to the list of allowed file attachments

2. Added 'Unanswered topics' to the Quick Links dropdown.
This is limited to the last month which seems sensible to me

I believe he is still working on some of the other suggestions that many people would like to see
e.g. adding a list of moderators to Quick Links
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Old 07-20-2017, 05:31 AM   #33
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Re: Site suggestions poll

Ok, this is what I have changed:

1. Added Unanswered Posts under Quick Links, showing posts with zero replies inside the last month.

2. Can now upload docx, xlsx and zipx.

3. Added Code button to Quick Reply.

4. Fixed Security Token error when using "Mark Forums Read" under Quick Links. It now works properly.

Regarding the other suggesions:

a. Why do you want a list of Moderators?

b) I do not want to close threads. This will deter people from adding to them or perhaps even reading them, in my view.

c) I do not want [Solved] on posts. When I've been to sites where I've been harassed to say if my thread is solved or not, I found it added friction to my user experience. I want this site as friction free as possible.

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Old 07-20-2017, 05:47 AM   #34
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Re: Site suggestions poll

Hi Jon

First of all, many thanks for changes 1-4

As regards the other items, remember that I devised the list by trawling through requests made by other users in site suggestions. Several of these were items that personally I'm not bothered by. For example, closing threads or marking them as solved.

In fact recently I tried responding to a closed thread on Experts Exchange to say the accepted solution didn't work. I got nowhere. They wouldn't reopen it and didn't want me to post a new thread linking to the old one. Their reasoning appeared to be that it would make the site look less good to question an accepted solution!

Lots of people have asked for a list of moderators so its easier to contact one or more in tomes of need. I really wanted that info when I lost my email notifications for over a month. Uncle Gizmo gave a link in an earlier post in this thread but I have to find his post to remember it. Also it contains a list of paying site supporters which it may not be appropriate to publicise.

Saving subscribed threads as a file is one of my suggestions. As it can already be done for PMs, I assume it wouldn't be difficult to do for subscribed threads.
It would make it easier for me to find those threads at some point in the future
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Old 07-20-2017, 06:36 AM   #35
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I have hidden the paying site supporters from the Show Groups link now. Good suggestion.

I cannot spare any more time on further suggestions. These things take much longer than you think.
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Ok, this is what I have changed:

3. Added Code button to Quick Reply.
Yayyy

I don't know why this wasn't always there, it should encourage the use of the tags.
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Thanks again Jon.
I'm now a paying supporter in gratitude.

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Aha!

To view a list of moderators, click the Forum button, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the View Forum Leaders link

Not sure if its always been there or if Jon just added it.
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@ridders, congrats on becoming a GOLD Supporter

Looks like someone liked the code button idea.

I didn't add the forum leaders link. I've done so many mods before that I forget what is there and what isn't.
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I have to say, the 'Unanswered Posts' link is a godsend!
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You're welcome, but you can thank Colin (Ridders) for putting up the poll and getting this moving. I hope you find some of it useful.
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Thanks Colin and everyone who added suggestions!
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Many thanks again Colin (and Jon of course).
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How about a new member who is forced to post nonsensical posts in order to raise their post counts. Lena01 seems to be doing it right now.

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