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messageSuggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 22 July, 2006 17:13

Hi

Please feel free to suggest anything you would like to see on this forum. It would be great to grow this as a community site so all suggestions appreciated

thanks

Mark

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Adam 21 August, 2006 19:36

I think this is a great idea. I'm new to the area and interested in all sorts of stuff, so I hope we can get this forum up and running soon. I work from home (in Friern Road) and I'm a website editor. I'd like to find out more about all aspects of enjoying oneself in the area. Comedy, music, eating, drinking, sport, art, socialising, shopping...

Oh, and who can give me a decent haircut round here?

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 21 August, 2006 22:36

Thanks Adam, any help in promoting/contributing/helping with this site is greatly appreciated.

Haircut, my girlfriend cuts mine so I can't recommend a hairdressers locally but I've heard that Willis B on Lordship Lane is pretty good

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by East Dulwich Life 25 August, 2006 09:28

Yeah Mark, it's a great idea!

Just to let people know about the new East Dulwich blog I've set up. The idea is to give reviews of local bars/ restaurants and discuss local news and goings on. www.eastdulwichlife.blogspot.com

Adam - really good hairdresser is Lacey at Willis B on Lordship Lane.

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by East Dulwich Life 25 August, 2006 09:29

Forgot my suggestions! It would be good to have details of local events (live music, comedy etc.).

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 22 September, 2006 09:17

I'm still trying to find a suitable calendar that can 'plug in' to this forum so that people can enter their own events onto it. Progress is slow so if you see one that'll be suitable, please let me know

cheers

Mark

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by beatnic 22 September, 2006 09:51

Have you looked at upcoming.org from the good folks at Yahoo! or Google Calendar?

Both have a bunch of APIs that you can hook in to and display stuff on your site with.

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by beatnic 04 October, 2006 22:42

I'm beginning to wonder if the Chatter section is needed - given how much chatter there is everywhere else in the forum :-)

Mark, what do you reckon?

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messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 05 October, 2006 08:03

You read my mind Nic! I'm thinking of taking chatter off and replacing it with an events section (like has been mentioned before) but I'm still searching for a calendar that can plug into this Phorum without too much requirement for being a techie. In the meantime I might put the "5 latest posts" on the homepage to fill the space.

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by beatnic 05 October, 2006 23:28

Mark, 5 latest posts sounds good... as long as they're clickable :-)

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messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Quaywe 03 November, 2006 16:45

Mark, it would be good if we could post images to this forum as well where relevant (i.e. selling stuff).

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EDKiwi

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 03 November, 2006 17:19

Hi EDKiwi

I'm looking into adding the 'in body image facility' but it's a bit tricky. In the meantime you can add pictures that are elsewhere on the web by clicking on the http://www.eastdulwichforum.co.uk/forum/mods/editor_tools/icons/image.gif picture and entering its URL (you have to be registered to see this)

I'll try it below with a photo of East Dulwich, sorry, Sipadan:


http://www.eastdulwichforum.co.uk/forum/images/sipadan_oct_2006.jpg

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by tomM 23 November, 2006 11:06

I'm like a seperate 'classified/for' sale board, away from the 'recommendations/reviews' board.

The two are quite seperate, and it would be easier to quickly scan through things for sale.

thanks!

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Administrator 27 November, 2006 12:55

Good point Tom, we'll try and set it up this week. I think we're going to lose the What's on in East Dulwich section as it's not being used. We haven't the time or money to approach people to encourage them to post their event so we can certainly put a 'classified/for' sale board up in it's place and see how that goes

thanks

The Administrator

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Huguenot 27 November, 2006 14:27

When we link through a forum, can we link through to the most recent post rather than the first? It aids a quick ctach-up on the dialogue - and worked well when we did it on our Beijing forum (I'm back home now though!).

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Administrator 27 November, 2006 14:54

Its a consideration that we looked into and having researched this for a previous job we know that the majority of people are used to reading down and expect replies to a message below that messages. Having said that some do like to read the last/latest message first. A Top Tip to help, on the list of topics page e.g. here, under the heading Last Post it will typically say something like:

Today, 01:17PM
Last Post by Alex

Last post is actually a link to the last post,

I hope you find this a worthy compromise

yours

The Administrator

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Kate 08 December, 2006 21:24

Dear Mark

Great site! Can I ask - do you do this full-time or is it just a hobby? Also what gave you the idea to set it up and do you see this growing into a site where businesses can advertise?

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 09 December, 2006 11:51

Thank you Kate, I'm glad you like the site. It's just a hobby, I have a full-time Web Manager job that pays the bills, unfortunately this forum doesn't. The site came about from the fact that I'm a bit nosey and like to know what's going on, I like to whinge about things that aren't right, wanting to find out more about East Dulwich and the people that live here and, without trying to sound too sickly, I wanted to do something for the community. It's quite a busy site now and I have to do proper, mature things like weekly back-ups in case something goes terribly wrong and all the postings disappear. I also like tinkering with the site and I have to stop myself from adding unnecessary widgets and things that would just clutter it up. Simplicity works here.

Advertising, hmmm, there's a question. I am going to start allowing it for the right companies (see here on the help page) but also I want to keep the list of ten or so recommended businesses, local companies that don't pay to be listed but are just recognised as being genuinely good.

I hope that answers your question and thanks for using the forum.

Mark

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Joe likes dinner 31 December, 2006 11:47

Mark,

Having read the number of recommendations for ''that place on X street'' or ''near goose green'', I am thinking that a taggable Google map of East dulwich / surrounding area would be really useful, and i believe not so hard to set up.

This way we can have dedicated maps for each subject, eg, eating, drinking, shopping, DIY, sites of historical relevance, routes to walk-off dinner, where the tags link through to relevant posts from the forum.

If anyone wants to see what it looks like, just go to [maps.google.co.uk] and type in ''Bars SE22''.

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 31 December, 2006 12:17

Hi Joe

you're right, maps showing the local areas of interest would be useful, we've looked into various ways to improve this site and this is one of the main ones. We need to find a way to smoothly incorporate it into the forum, perhaps on the local info page have links to the various maps you listed above. It's not too hard to set up, we've got our Google API key and instructions but it takes time which we don't have especially as the day job's about to get really busy. If there's anyone out there who can help us please do let us know.

Thanks for the suggestion

Mark

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Huguenot 16 January, 2007 02:03

When I access the forum home page (not using the back button) it tends to prioritise a version of the page cached on my PC rather the collect an updated one from the server. However, when I access other sites (such as the BBC homepage) it'll take a fresh version as a priority - is this a setting for the site that it might be worth altering?

Incidentally, did you ever get any designs for the page headers?

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 16 January, 2007 08:10

I've added a 'no-cache' directive on the pages so that your browser should collect the latest version of each page each time you visit. Hopefully. Please let me know if works or not.

I did get one logo from a lovely lady called Kelly which was a typographic mark of 'edf' which I haven't implemented. Although it was impresive it'll be good to get a few other options...

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Quaywe 18 January, 2007 15:36

Mark, how about listing the posts in newest to oldest format (i.e. newest on top) so we don't have to scroll down to the bottom of the page past posts we've already read?

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EDKiwi

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 18 January, 2007 15:47

As mentioned above, its a consideration that we looked into and having researched this for a previous job I know that the majority of people are used to reading down a page and expect replies to a message below that message. Having said that some do like to read the last/latest message first so I've put on the list of topics page e.g. here, under the heading Last Post it will typically say something like:

Today, 03:06PM
http://www.eastdulwichforum.co.uk/forum/images/sml_msg_icon.jpg Last Post by mockney piers

Last post is actually a link to the last post,

I hope you find this a worthy compromise

Mark

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Huguenot 18 January, 2007 16:32

Mark, I reckon you were right to choose that, I prefer this layout now to the ones that worked the other way!

On another note I notice that our own Moriarty, the SE5 forum, allow users a photo by-line and score peeps by stars depending on their effectiveness at McDonalds. Is that quite fun?

We did this when I was over in Beijing and it caused no end of hilarity winking smiley

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 18 January, 2007 20:38

This is an elementary site my dear Huguenot. There's always the temptation of adding widgets to forums; avatars, users rankings, scoring people, number of posts etc. but I currently want to avoid these. I believe those options scare off people who don't use forums frequently or who aren't web savvy and I just want to keep it simple and quick and accessible for all. It's nice to know how many people are registered or who's online at that moment but add those to users' photos, their scores etc. they do make unnecessary database calls which slow a forum down. I do like SE5's simplicity too however, in fact I almost set this site up using the software they use (SMF) but it wasn't possible to turn many of its features off, I prefer Phorum which is 'simplistically raw' and I can add features onto it.

And I think it's working. Yesterday was the busiest day ever with 400 visits which ain't bad considering I was originally expecting about 100 users a week. I would like to start advertising on the site (which will of course be subtle) so if you know any local companies who would benefit from a presence on this site please let me know.

cheers

Mark

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Huguenot 19 January, 2007 14:30

Well I think those kind of scores are astounding - that must be 5% of the local population. Just imagine, next time you're in Somerfield half a dozen of the people around you are EDFers...

Oddly enough in a previous life I headed up sales for Yahoo! UK & Ireland. In these trying times I aim not to get out of bed for less than ten pounds a day, but I have been known to be susceptible to beer-related bribes. If you'd like to chat then mail me - we might be able to get a local business to cover part of your serving costs! smiling smiley

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by beatnic 22 January, 2007 14:23

Hi Mark, is there a way on people's profile pages to show their latest postings?

One reason is that sometimes I inadvertently click on the link to the person that wrote the last post rather than the "last post" link.

This way I could carry on going forwards if I make the same mistake.

If you see what I mean!

smiling smiley

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messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by Mark 22 January, 2007 14:46

ahh, I see, so instead of clicking on 'Last Post' you click on the person's name which takes you to that person's profile rather than the last post. Why not train yourself to click on the last post link correctly? winking smiley

I know what you mean, I do it myself. What I may do it remove the link to their profile on that page, then there won't be an profile link to click on (option one). This may be best because a) I doubt if many people want to see profiles directly from that page and b) it's a heck lot easier for me to do. Option two would be, as you suggested, have a link to view the person's last post (or even their last x posts) on their profile but that would be trickier but a nice feature. I'll look into option two but I shall implement option one soon and let me know if you like it

cheers

Mark

messageRe: Suggestions for this forum
Posted by beatnic 22 January, 2007 16:13

For a dodgy mouse user like me option one is perfect!

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