Posted by Orinoco, 2011-10-03 15:30 BST
Noted on the quoting. As I say you already have the <q> tag at your disposal, I'll make it look pretty at some point. Would having a copy of the message you are replying to on the same screen (like Small Talk at present) help? I'm not convinced that it will help because the size of posts is generally going to be much larger here in Big Talk (I also have your message in another tab & I flip between the two. I could potentially replicate that behaviour within the page, but I am not a fan of replicating browser functionality).
On 'replacing' rec.juggling
Maybe I need to set my timer for 48 hours+. What do I mean... I have no delusions that it is possible to start a new forum that will cause the entire IJDb membership to delete their accounts & switch just like that. I want to replace rec.juggling for myself on a personal level. At present if I want to talk to jugglers I have to use rec.juggling or Facebook, & I don't particularly like using either. Rec.juggling at the moment seems to be overwhelmingly: [Video], some youtube link, multiple one liner "great video" variant responses. This doesn't interest me. If I want videos I'll go to Youtube/JTV. Facebook is designed to meet the average needs of 800 million people, which means the needs of the 100,000 or so jugglers that I care about are being diluted by the needs of 799.9 million others.
I am not on a crusade to convert rec.jugglers. Using rec.juggling is not a sin & rec.jugglers do not need to be taught the error of their ways. I just want to attract interesting jugglers with something to say. I don't care where they come from. To do this (when the site is Ready™) I will be approaching lots of interesting people personally, I will try to pique their interest with one or two thought provoking questions & ask that they contribute a Big Post. I will not be standing up in rec.juggling & shouting, "Come & use my forum!" As I said in my original Big Post I am well aware how many discussion forums have failed, I would even go as far as to say I'm more aware than most people. Which is why I won't be repeating their mistakes.
I agree on the 'view activity since last visit' option, however this may be trickier than I thought. Originally I wanted to capture the last visit datetime when a user logs out. Turns out only 3 of us bother to do so...
I have tried to sign up to Ravelry a few times now, each time I click sign up it goes back to the sign up page with no indication as to why.
Prompts will indeed be opt in.
I'm not sure I understand your concern about rec.juggling filling a gap. Surely that is a good thing? If rec.juggling provides you with value that's good isn't it? Personally I get little value out of rec.juggling now, & haven't done for years, but despite that you'll notice rec.juggling is an auto linked keyword here. I do this to provide a service because I know it is important to a lot of people. I also provide links to JTV, Juggling Live & the Ministry of Manipulation, all of which could also be viewed as 'competition' to a new website that wants to be a hub in the community, why? Because they are all important sites that fill a niche. The Bene Gesserit have an axiom: "Always support strength. Never support weakness."