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How to make the forums a better and more useful place. (57 posts)

  1. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Matt is currently in Italy, I think, so we aren't likely to see many changes in the very near future! :)

  2. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think it's a good idea. I try to go back through the separate sections to see if things I might have some idea about haven't been answered, but paging and paging gets tiresome, and it's REALLY easy to get sidetracked!

  3. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Nothing like having a Moose come along and just smash your dreams to dust.

    What, is there no other developer who can do this?

    Since when is Matt the only one working around here?

    Tg

  4. marceladevivo
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I am brand new to blogs and coding, and am not very good at it. I would love to learn and do it myself. However, everythign I ready in teh installation files, even answers to my questions, seem to pre-suppose some knowledge/familiarity of wordpress. So every answer results in more questions. Even the tutorials are obscure to me. Is there a "wordpress for dummies" tutorial available somewhere? Everyone here is so kind to help, but I think I need to know more before I can even ask.

  5. The best we can offer is here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

  6. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Nothing like having a Moose come along and just smash your dreams to dust.
    What, is there no other developer who can do this?
    Since when is Matt the only one working around here?

    Dare to dream, TG. I'm with you all the way. The bbPress development is a very teeny-tiny group in comparison to WordPress development. In fact, I'm not aware if anyone other than Matt can check in code.

    That said, I know that Matt did indicate that bbPress would be getting more attention after 1.5 was released. There have been some enhancements, but some of them are not obvious to regular users, or some of them are not available to anyone except moderators.

    Keep the faith, bro. It will keep getting better and better!

  7. mkgago
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I mentioned this once before, but I think it would be great if searches of the forums returned more than five title/recent posts/relevant posts. It seems to me that that would go a long way towards cutting down on the number of redundant queries.

  8. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    mkgago, yes, that would be sterling. But you can obtain expanded results by using the "search in google" link on the "returned results" page. It works pretty well.

  9. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    One other point of information when you're asking for assistance (and this is more important than you can imagine really!): PLEASE post what theme you are using!

  10. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 9 years ago #

    mkgago - it would also be nice if the five "related posts" weren't the exact SAME posts returned by the title search.....

    Keeping the faith - Tg

  11. tlongren
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    One thing I think would help greatly: when you find a solution to your problem, post it!!!

    I've seen so many topics about a problem, and the person with the problem just says "OK, its fixed and working!", never detailing what they did to fix it. There's nothing more annoying to me than that. Maybe I'm just weird. :)

  12. Daisyhead
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I search every single time before posting, but am not always able to find what I'm looking for.

    Thank you those of you who take time out of your lives and your schedules to help the rest of us. =)

  13. LarryAyers
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hey, all, listen to Joni in a response about halfway up the page! She has the issue pegged, for sure.

    Let me chime in here with my thanks for all of the great help I've derived from this forum, yes, even from Podz, who seems to hate me!

    The Search box is your friend, remember!

  14. chuckblue
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yes, a way to find ones without answers would be great...

    A few of the times I have used search to look for an answer, the posts with the same problem I had, had no replies.

  15. djenyns
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for all of the wonderful help you all gave me. Some don't have emails that I can reply to and say that, so I thought I would post it here:

    My quirks that I can not seem to fix.
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic.php?id=31239
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic.php?id=31200

  16. djenyns
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'll 2nd that. I love learning from what others have to say.

  17. ilovetheweb
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Anyway the tag words can all be one size?

  18. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    The tags at the top (REMINDER I HATE THE PLACEMENT - CAN WE MOVE IT TO THE SIDEBAR?? please) are weight based, so the more posts tagged with "plugins" the bigger the word will be. I find it clutters the page, too, but this is a new toy. It has its use, it is just in a challenging place to have to look at in order to get past it to get to the meat and potatoes of the forum.

  19. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Useful things, though.

  20. ilovetheweb, the tags are displayed as a heatmap. IOW, more popular tags get a bigger font. However, I agree that they shouldn't belong at the top of the forums. But, in the end, it is Matt's decision.

  21. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm with Lorelle: that huge expanse of grey right sidebar on the main page just BEGS to have the heatmap fill it up!

  22. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Another thread moderated and one deleted.

    If YOU have received a reply and you do not understand or are confused, just post back and explain carefully where you get lost.

    If YOU are going to reply, take a breath, chill for a moment, then start typing. Yes that can be difficult to do but just as you may be frustrated by someone, their situation may be leading them to post in an annoying way.

    Either way, post clearly.

    And if you just want to lob in some destructive opinions because you feel like venting, don't. Your post WILL get deleted.We are here to post for, and get, support. Having a pop at someone who has at least tried to help someone out just shows what sort of person you actually are.

  23. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think we should have a link that goes to all strings we've recently posted to. I've posted a couple today, and in order for me to remember which strings they are I'd have to write them down just so I can go back and check on them.

    ~Jonathan

  24. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Jonathan - click on the 'member' link under your name :)

  25. thickgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I just wanted to jump in for a second to say this forum is wonderful. Everyone that helps us that no nothing appreciate you very much. Ive been on here asking questions for the past few days and have gotten some excellent help. Thank you. *koolaid smile*

  26. Christiaan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I prefer to show my thanks by answering other people's questions. I don't expect people to say thank you to me... just return the favour to someone else.

  27. Gillie2tat
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'd like to share another resource which has developed more or less since I started my WordPress blog and which might help other people who were as new to this as I was then.

    First of all I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to the team here - regardless of what the previous poster says, I know that thanks to Podz in particular I would never have got my blog working the way I wanted it to without his gracious and unstinting help.

    The Bella Online php and my sql editor has been setting up a site in which she is teaching PHP and it might be worth adding that to the help resources - the address is http://www.bellaonline.com/site/php.

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