Message board formats.
Originally posted by BulldozerGirl
The problem with this forum is that the posts are squashed at the side of the screen.
This is where I started off as an online message board contributor:
It is a pretty radical approach to a message board design, and serves that online community of computer specialists surprisingly well indeed. Notice how you can cut in anywhere in the thread. Meaning you can have a number of parallel discussions on the same thread. The only way you know what is a new post, is by the red 'new' sign at the start of a new post.
Any threads you have looked at turn from blue to purple in the main message board list. The messages just move off the screen as each day goes by. You have to keep the links yourself somewhere, like in an email or somewhere, if you wish to re-visit an older thread from a month ago say.
This means the message board constantly gets flushed periodically rather like a toilet. Allowing discussion about new computer products, new articles, topics etc to take precedence all the time. I mean, I could keep adding some stupid comment to a thread of my own making every day for months to keep it at the top of this message board.
While this feature can be an advantage for some old threads like 'The spike' where some new piece of information breaks about it. I can see how it would 'piss off' regular posters a bit too, with guys like myself camping on the discussions I just wish to stay active.