Posted 20 August 2003 - 05:28 PM
1) Everybody, I don't care much about "pretty"; I care about *communication*.
2) David, I had my own way of managing the home/office split. I would do a ctl-F search for the day's date. That would limit the number of "hits" I would have to check, and it was usually easy for me recognize the posts I'd already viewed from the other location. Not quite as useful in the new Forum.
3) I agree with Sandy and a few others that this linear "threading" sucks. Not being able to see the branching is almost enough to put me off participating in conversational exchanges. Some of you may be grateful for that, since the new format would make it difficult for you to identify and avoid specific exchanges (between myself and Göran, for example), and at the very least you would have to scroll past them.
4) I almost forgot this one, because it's a response to something that's now well off the page: Someone (I'm pretty sure it was Paul, but *where* did he say it?) praised the ease of following "topics". The trouble is that very few threads stick to a single topic, so here I have the option of hiding various unrelated things under the original topic or making several separate replies, each starting a new thread.
The trouble with the former is that I can't indicate multiplicity or shifts of topics by changing the "subject" line, and as others have mentioned, it can become impossible to determine what is being responded to.
One trouble with the latter is that there's even less possibility of identifying the message that prompted the split, since it will be buried without any pointer somewhere under a different topic. Another trouble is that suddenly we would have hundreds of different topics, and finding a particular one could become virtually impossible.
5) As haven't had time to explore all the possibilities here, but I wonder if there's a way for folks with slow connections to turn off the download of attachments on messages that include such.