basil i have np with you but that ladys post didnt hurt anything all u had to do was ask mods to move it
and ive posted in wrong places allso and i dont get my feelings hurt but that lady does im sorry if i offended you
I am very sorry that my contributions to this forum are upsetting certain individuals. It seems that they have not grasped why I have suggested changes and tried to get everyone to conform to certain ways of posting.
My initial suggestions were due to two factors.
Firstly, at that time it was taking 5 minutes to access the forum, and because all the alerts, updates and news items were strewn over two or three pages (again taking a long time to access) it seemed sensible to place them all in their own threads.
Secondly, and in general, the site is so badly designed that we had to work round its shortcomings so as to make it a little more user friendly.
Having suggested and had the changes accepted by the moderators, the casual approach of a few individual required that the system needed a little tweaking.
In other forums the messages are laid out in full, in a linear way, so you know that the last post is at the bottom. Some have the updates in single thread monthly chunks. (They only change the thread each year, while we have to change each day or so due to the site design) This means, for them, there is a coherent timeline, everything is easy to follow and duplications are rare. In our forum, especially as we tend to comment and ask questions about updates, the thing is chaotically branched ( I did suggest that we had one thread for updates and one for update discussions, but perhaps that was asking too much) and we have to look for the time of posting to decide which message to read and how it relates in a time frame to other relevant messages.
If somebody only accesses the forum once a day, and is in a completely different time zone, it is hard to work out how long ago the last message was posted. If people are posting outside the single day thread it complicates matters further as there are two parallel threads on the go, which is not only confusing, but makes duplication more likely. It seems to me that the individuals who are complaining are only seeing the thing from their own perspectives and missing the wider picture.
As I have said, the only sensible method is to use the forum timeline, which is especially important for the changeover from day to day. If you post before 12 midnight, forum time, it goes in today?s thread, after 12 midnight, forum time, and it goes in the next days thread.
Except for the night-owls, and because most members are in the USA, there should be no problem as most of you will be in bed at the changeover.
Although I was trained in science, I am a published poet and visual artist, with a very individualistic personality. I am, therefore, all for a bit of anarchy, and revolt against silly ideas and the imposition of pointless rules and regulations. However, I readily accept and follow sensible rules that clarify situations and make things easier for EVERYONE.
If anyone believe my efforts have been a waste of time, and are of no help, please ignore my suggestions. I do not intend to bully, I am merely trying to make a badly designed site a little more user friendly.