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Frank Perkins
(fperkins)

Locale: North East
Official don't change the subject on reply thread on 02/07/2008 15:22:11 MST Print View

Until BPL can fix the software, I plead with my fellow BPL'ers not to change the subject when replying to a thread. It makes it so much difficult to track conversations.

Reply here to agree.

Siegmund Beimfohr
(SigBeimfohr) - M
Official don't change the subject on reply thread / I agree on 02/07/2008 15:27:06 MST Print View

Amen!
It is VERY difficult to follow threads without the original subject. I suggest something temporary as I did above:

"Original Subject" / "Followup Post Modifier"

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: I DIS-agree on 02/07/2008 15:35:44 MST Print View

Eh, that only works when the original title makers use a descriptive AND short title... precise and concise...

Really the only issue is catching updates in the new posts since last visit or last 50 posts view.

If it's really that big of an issue to you, make liberal use of the 'watch this thread' button.

peter kvamme
(karacolor) - F

Locale: midwest
I also dis-agree on 02/07/2008 16:34:21 MST Print View

I dont know why having a difference subject would make any difference except browsing the "Last 50 posts" view. You could still search for the original subject or watch the thread...
If there is some reason that it is easier to track threads where the follow up posts have the same subject, let me know. I cant think of any reason.

Michael Skwarczek
(uberkatzen) - F

Locale: Sudamerica
second the DIS-agreement on 02/07/2008 16:41:26 MST Print View

The sub-forum index still clearly retains the original posting's Subject. It's only apparent that the subject description has changed if you're limited to the main forum index, which is only the most recent post, and the last 50.

I'll grant that it's not entirely necessary to have follow up posts with subject lines at all. But they're there and editable and I wouldn't consider this "broken" or try to impose a standard upon people's posting options.

-Michael

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Third the DIS-agreement on 02/07/2008 17:26:56 MST Print View

How do you keep track of tangents if you don't update the subject field? :)

Edited by ben2world on 02/07/2008 17:27:37 MST.

Frank Perkins
(fperkins)

Locale: North East
Re: Official don't change the subject on reply thread on 02/07/2008 17:50:39 MST Print View

Well, a typical message board would enforce that thread topics, stay on topic, by not being able to change the subject and having moderators keeping people on track.

Threads here start with "Best Quilt to buy" and end up with "Sources for Titanium".

Since I only browse the forums by "Last 50 Posts", I'm obviously for threads that stay on topic and maintain the subject.

Having said that, I still <3 my BPL friends for their great advice and guidance.

Michael Skwarczek
(uberkatzen) - F

Locale: Sudamerica
stop staring at my emoticons on 02/07/2008 18:24:28 MST Print View

"Having said that, I still <3 (BOOBS??) my BPL friends for their great advice and guidance."

HAHA! I get it.

Frank Perkins
(fperkins)

Locale: North East
Re: Re: Official don't change the subject on reply thread on 02/07/2008 18:26:59 MST Print View

That's a heart!

[Laughing at the irony of I'm the only one keeping the subject the same, like trying to plug a leaking dam]

Steve O
(HechoEnDetroit) - F

Locale: South Kak
Re^3: Official don't change the subject on reply thread on 02/07/2008 19:04:57 MST Print View

Yes hopefully they change it so that the original thread's title is displayed when using "last 50 posts"

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
Official don't change the subject on reply thread / it MUST change on 02/07/2008 19:20:02 MST Print View

The way the recent posts are listed, the subject MUST change to inform the reader of the specific subject of the post. Otherwise, you would be looking at a list of posts all saying "MB bags", without any way to know which posts were interesting.

Alternatively, BPL could list the posts in nested and indented threads as done on other sites.

Michael Skwarczek
(uberkatzen) - F

Locale: Sudamerica
indented threading on 02/07/2008 19:55:18 MST Print View

Indented threading would be a boon. I would recommend that as well. But I like being able to review a thread without opening each comment. That's a nice function of the current engine. If I'd have focused my skill set on web rather than desktop/server/network support, I'd volunteer the work to help overhaul the site engine.

-Michael

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
it MUST change on 02/08/2008 07:26:31 MST Print View

"Otherwise, you would be looking at a list of posts all saying "MB bags","

Exactly!

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Official don't change the subject on reply thread on 03/16/2008 16:55:23 MDT Print View

So, Admin, what is the status on forum threads?

Lack of threading seriously impairs functionality, and it is painfully obvious that many are incapable of leaving the Subject alone, either out of innocence, or arrogance.

Proposed solution and timeframe please?

Edited by greg23 on 03/16/2008 17:38:36 MDT.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Official don't change the subject on reply thread on 03/16/2008 17:36:48 MDT Print View

If you don't change the subject... at least remove the "Re:", you end up getting subject names like this on popular threads:

Re: Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re Re: Re MB Bags

But then again, if you don't stop to think abut the subject, then you end up getting something like this:

yeah!

I always copy the subject of the particular post I am replying to, leaving just one "Re:" and cutting away the rest. If I want to change the subject to something new I always make sure to include information from the original post subject.

Edited by butuki on 03/16/2008 18:19:47 MDT.

Mike Hinsley
(ArchNemesis)

Locale: England, UK
Re Official..... on 03/17/2008 03:53:04 MDT Print View

;-)

Could you not just go Old-skool and copy the subject line into the to-be-posted Subject textbox with no more than one Re: ?

If people have to be taught how to use the forum to make the Tech work then the tech may be a little broken...

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Official don't change the subject on reply thread on 03/17/2008 23:47:32 MDT Print View

> So, Admin, what is the status on forum threads?
Heaven forbid that we should try to tell all you guys what to do! We would offend at least HALF.

Cheers

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Official don't change the subject on reply thread on 03/18/2008 06:51:53 MDT Print View

So, Admin, what is the status on forum threads?

Lack of threading seriously impairs functionality, and it is painfully obvious that many are incapable of leaving the Subject alone, either out of innocence, or arrogance.

Proposed solution and timeframe please?

Ryan Hutchins
(ryan_hutchins) - F

Locale: Somewhere out there
"Official don't change the subject on reply thread" on 05/02/2008 16:00:28 MDT Print View

I concur!

Andrew Richardson
(arichardson6) - F

Locale: North East
Re: Official don't change the subject on reply thread on 05/02/2008 16:37:59 MDT Print View

I agree. :)