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One thing I REALLY dislike about ALL new message board software

Forums General Melanoma Community One thing I REALLY dislike about ALL new message board software

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    Jerry from Cape Cod
    Participant

    is the way that new replys bring the post to the top.  It wasnt' a feature of older board software like the evolution of the MPIP.  It's hard to follow older posts and put them in perspective. It's human nature to think if something is at the top it's a new discussion.  It's great if your on a forum discussing Camping, pets or just about anything else, but in my opinion it really s*cks with a cancer board. 

    is the way that new replys bring the post to the top.  It wasnt' a feature of older board software like the evolution of the MPIP.  It's hard to follow older posts and put them in perspective. It's human nature to think if something is at the top it's a new discussion.  It's great if your on a forum discussing Camping, pets or just about anything else, but in my opinion it really s*cks with a cancer board. 

    Tonight was the worst.  I returned from a meeting, turned on the computer, navigated to MPIP and the first post on the main forum was a thread started in July by a member who has recently entered hospice.  Maybe I'm just too sensitive recently.  But I think I'm about to give up the battle over this community.  It's now the MRF Bulletin Board…. Long live the MPIP.

    It's not that I try to forget about folks because I ride a bike with names of Warriors and Angels every day abd I add more on a regular basis.  I give thought to them many times a day.  I guess I've just got to pull back and find another place to spend more time.

    Jerry from Cape Cod

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      Jocelyn
      Participant

      I just saw the same post on the main board. There was a similar issue when an old thread was brought up a few weeks ago. Our first response is to think the person who originally started the thread is posting, and it is someone we would be glad to hear from. But then we remember that someone just dug the thead out of a previous page, and this brought it to the top. It's unsettling and a painful feature of this board, and others like it.

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      Jocelyn
      Participant

      I just saw the same post on the main board. There was a similar issue when an old thread was brought up a few weeks ago. Our first response is to think the person who originally started the thread is posting, and it is someone we would be glad to hear from. But then we remember that someone just dug the thead out of a previous page, and this brought it to the top. It's unsettling and a painful feature of this board, and others like it.

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      BethA in VA
      Participant

      Thanks for pointing this out.  It got me on this tonight…as I was happy to see a post from Sharon and thought it was current…didn't look at the date.  Now I feel really stupid! 

      I agree…stop changing the order of the posts!  Its too hard to follow what happens.  Beth

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      BethA in VA
      Participant

      Thanks for pointing this out.  It got me on this tonight…as I was happy to see a post from Sharon and thought it was current…didn't look at the date.  Now I feel really stupid! 

      I agree…stop changing the order of the posts!  Its too hard to follow what happens.  Beth

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      King
      Participant

      Jerry,

       

      I, too, was stunned to see the post from Sharon at the top discussing treatment options.  Many of us have brain fog and don't always look for the small details like the date of the original post.

       

      Stay Strong

      King

      Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

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      King
      Participant

      Jerry,

       

      I, too, was stunned to see the post from Sharon at the top discussing treatment options.  Many of us have brain fog and don't always look for the small details like the date of the original post.

       

      Stay Strong

      King

      Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

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        LizzM
        Participant

        I agree about this, too. And also not being able to know which responses are new ones when you open a post. Aggravating!!

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        LizzM
        Participant

        I agree about this, too. And also not being able to know which responses are new ones when you open a post. Aggravating!!

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      bcl
      Participant

      Jerry, please stay – you are right about so many things, maybe they will listen.

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      bcl
      Participant

      Jerry, please stay – you are right about so many things, maybe they will listen.

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      dian in spokane
      Participant

      Jerry, I hope you won't leave us.

      I know that this new format is very frustrating for many people, but what makes the MPIP special is NOT the format, it's the people. If folks like you leave, then there is no saving the spirit of these boards

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        Jerry from Cape Cod
        Participant

        dian & Linda,

        I'm sure that like alot of the others I'll participate from time to time. Just not with the same feeling of belonging to a group the way I was embraced by the people of MPIP.  It's the MRF now and it's what they wanted.  Just doesn't feel as comfortable. Too corporate, antiseptic.

        There are lots of other places I can explore.  I participate in a number of other forums for other interests and I've developed a few myself. 

        I really do love all the friends I've made here for what they have shared and the help they have given me and others.  I just see it fading.

        I'm not one to pull punches and I try to call them the way that I see them and feel.  I try to temper my remarks because I can get very passionate.  My lance is a bit battered… it's time to look for other battles.  Corporate has made it's mind up…. it's there ball and their game… but it "sure is pretty."

        Jerry from Cape Cod

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        TinaR
        Participant

        Guess we should have taken you up on your offer to create a new Darkside board last summer. That loss also contributed to the deterioration of the other boards, an unexpected consequence for those looking to alter the community.

        Hope you continue to visit when you can. It's hard to keep up with everyone in this format, but I've always looked for your messages and will try to continue that practice on my own infrequent visits to the board.

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        TinaR
        Participant

        Guess we should have taken you up on your offer to create a new Darkside board last summer. That loss also contributed to the deterioration of the other boards, an unexpected consequence for those looking to alter the community.

        Hope you continue to visit when you can. It's hard to keep up with everyone in this format, but I've always looked for your messages and will try to continue that practice on my own infrequent visits to the board.

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        Jerry from Cape Cod
        Participant

        dian & Linda,

        I'm sure that like alot of the others I'll participate from time to time. Just not with the same feeling of belonging to a group the way I was embraced by the people of MPIP.  It's the MRF now and it's what they wanted.  Just doesn't feel as comfortable. Too corporate, antiseptic.

        There are lots of other places I can explore.  I participate in a number of other forums for other interests and I've developed a few myself. 

        I really do love all the friends I've made here for what they have shared and the help they have given me and others.  I just see it fading.

        I'm not one to pull punches and I try to call them the way that I see them and feel.  I try to temper my remarks because I can get very passionate.  My lance is a bit battered… it's time to look for other battles.  Corporate has made it's mind up…. it's there ball and their game… but it "sure is pretty."

        Jerry from Cape Cod

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      dian in spokane
      Participant

      Jerry, I hope you won't leave us.

      I know that this new format is very frustrating for many people, but what makes the MPIP special is NOT the format, it's the people. If folks like you leave, then there is no saving the spirit of these boards

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      Tim–MRF
      Guest

      Jerry;

      The idea behind having the post go back to the top when a new reply is written makes some sense. 
      Active topics stay front and center, and trying to follow a thread is easier if it hasn't fallen off the front page.

      Having said that, I find some of the same frustration.  I want to know which posts I have read and which I haven't, and sometimes the chronology gets messed up by this feature.  I am going to talk it over again with a couple of people here.  I actually find the new format very easy to use, and pretty intuitive.  But this one feature can add to the confusion, and not showing what you have already read is a problem.

      Tim–MRF

       

       

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        dian in spokane
        Participant

        Just a matter of time before we see a post at the top of the main board from someone who has died…that's a relatively stressful thing for stage IV patients.

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        Tim–MRF
        Guest

        That is exactly my concern.  II have done some inquiry and think we have three options:

        –leave the threading as it is, which is the way most current bulletin boards do it

         

        –change it so that only new posts go to the top, which is the original format of MPIP

         

        –allow participants to choose which way to view threads.

         

        Looking in to all three and what would be involved in making the change.

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        KyCyn
        Participant

        I would vote for the second one, 'allow participants to choose which way to view threads.'

         

        I really liked that feature on the old bb, the choice of chosing threads 'by date' or by, um, I don't remember what the other choice was, I just remember there were two choices :)

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        KyCyn
        Participant

        I would vote for the second one, 'allow participants to choose which way to view threads.'

         

        I really liked that feature on the old bb, the choice of chosing threads 'by date' or by, um, I don't remember what the other choice was, I just remember there were two choices :)

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        Tim–MRF
        Guest

        That is exactly my concern.  II have done some inquiry and think we have three options:

        –leave the threading as it is, which is the way most current bulletin boards do it

         

        –change it so that only new posts go to the top, which is the original format of MPIP

         

        –allow participants to choose which way to view threads.

         

        Looking in to all three and what would be involved in making the change.

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        dian in spokane
        Participant

        Just a matter of time before we see a post at the top of the main board from someone who has died…that's a relatively stressful thing for stage IV patients.

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      Tim–MRF
      Guest

      Jerry;

      The idea behind having the post go back to the top when a new reply is written makes some sense. 
      Active topics stay front and center, and trying to follow a thread is easier if it hasn't fallen off the front page.

      Having said that, I find some of the same frustration.  I want to know which posts I have read and which I haven't, and sometimes the chronology gets messed up by this feature.  I am going to talk it over again with a couple of people here.  I actually find the new format very easy to use, and pretty intuitive.  But this one feature can add to the confusion, and not showing what you have already read is a problem.

      Tim–MRF

       

       

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      Rocco
      Participant
      Clinical Trial ParticipantNED

      Yup, right there with you Jerry!  I like to see the new posts at the top, not the posts that had the most recent reply.   It's way too time consuming to read through the current view of posts to figure out if a post is new, or old but with a new comment or reply to it.  Let's face it, on this bulletin board, time sequencing matters a great deal given the topic we discuss versus other bulletin boards that perhaps handle more 'fluffy' topics.

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      Rocco
      Participant
      Clinical Trial ParticipantNED

      Yup, right there with you Jerry!  I like to see the new posts at the top, not the posts that had the most recent reply.   It's way too time consuming to read through the current view of posts to figure out if a post is new, or old but with a new comment or reply to it.  Let's face it, on this bulletin board, time sequencing matters a great deal given the topic we discuss versus other bulletin boards that perhaps handle more 'fluffy' topics.

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      jackiewin
      Participant

      I finally was able to log in on the little notebook my sn-in-law gave me to use.

      I can add my gripes.  Why is it that new responses to a posting go to the bottom of the heap?  One has to scroll down to read the new replies.  They should be at the top so one doesn't have to go through all the replies previously read.

      Just my two cents worth.

       

      Jackie W

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      jackiewin
      Participant

      I finally was able to log in on the little notebook my sn-in-law gave me to use.

      I can add my gripes.  Why is it that new responses to a posting go to the bottom of the heap?  One has to scroll down to read the new replies.  They should be at the top so one doesn't have to go through all the replies previously read.

      Just my two cents worth.

       

      Jackie W

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