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Suggestion to Improve Topics
« on: 01/15/2021 01:13 pm »
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Re: Suggestion to Improve Topics
« Reply #1 on: 01/15/2021 01:39 pm »
That is a LOT of moderation overhead. Not to mention this is not supported behaviour in SMF (the software that runs the boards)

Other forum software has tools that do things like this (and other things that boost the signal:noise ratio), but NSF is not changing forum software any time soon.

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Re: Suggestion to Improve Topics
« Reply #2 on: 01/15/2021 02:00 pm »
SMF does have an Ignore Thread plugin. That would be a HUGE help!

There is so much activity that I can't possibly keep up. Considering most of it is noise, argument, and speculation, it has reduced how much time and energy I can spend on NASA space flight

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Re: Suggestion to Improve Topics
« Reply #3 on: 01/15/2021 03:15 pm »
That is a LOT of moderation overhead. Not to mention this is not supported behaviour in SMF (the software that runs the boards)

Other forum software has tools that do things like this (and other things that boost the signal:noise ratio), but NSF is not changing forum software any time soon.

A lot?
Yes really a lot! Every single post read by a moderator, who has to assess the content and then apply a tag. And posters will disagree with the category their posts get given.

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Re: Suggestion to Improve Topics
« Reply #4 on: 01/16/2021 03:34 am »
We are not going to have moderated cage matches.  Or complex tagging systems.
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Re: Suggestion to Improve Topics
« Reply #5 on: 01/16/2021 03:58 am »
The only thing I'd like, for historical spaceflight, is to have them organized by subject, such as Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, MOL, Saturn rocket family, Soviet 1960's missions, Salyut, Mir, spy missions and concepts, etc. This is a tremendous thread with tremendous resources but needs to be broken down to more navigable units.

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Re: Suggestion to Improve Topics
« Reply #6 on: 02/15/2021 05:05 pm »
 Mars seems to be getting more action than the rest of the solar system combined. Maybe giving Mars it's own section and moving missions from other countries there would make more sense that having a separate U.S. Mars section.
 Since there's so much international input to U.S. missions and so much outside input to other guys missions, they're sort of all international anyhow.
« Last Edit: 02/15/2021 05:13 pm by Nomadd »
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Re: Suggestion to Improve Topics
« Reply #7 on: 03/28/2021 05:45 pm »
Ignore Thread is a very useful tool to clean up choices.

Update Thread Warning as one clicks on reply would save some of us from cluttering excellent Update Threads.
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Re: Suggestion to Improve Topics
« Reply #8 on: 04/01/2021 06:01 pm »
Ignore Thread is a very useful tool to clean up choices.
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Where "Ignore" = "Hide", can't like enough.

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Re: Suggestion to Improve Topics
« Reply #9 on: 04/08/2021 10:07 am »
That is a LOT of moderation overhead. Not to mention this is not supported behaviour in SMF (the software that runs the boards)

Other forum software has tools that do things like this (and other things that boost the signal:noise ratio), but NSF is not changing forum software any time soon.

A lot?
Yes really a lot! Every single post read by a moderator, who has to assess the content and then apply a tag. And posters will disagree with the category their posts get given.

The person creating the post assigns the category tag, not a moderator. A moderator only needs to intercede when someone complains the tag is wrong. Maybe a lot at first, but there is no need to be perfect from the beginning, and people will soon figure it out, and then there will be less required moderator effort than before tags.

New posters will be schooled by the old. A moderator only needs to intercede when the original poster refuses to correct their tag. And maybe a poster can not change a tag, after a moderator sets it. This will encourage people to assign an appropriate tag.

Maybe give every post the comment tag by default when the post is created. Then the experienced posters will change to the correct tag, and the new bees will be comment posts until they figure it out.

The need to moderate flame wars will be greatly reduced; confine them to the comment tag, and let the posters roar, while the rest of us get to ignore it all. Without an audience, many will stop. As in, "You can flame if you want, but only outside of the normal conversation, where "no one" will see it."

Maybe a quoted tag is passed to the quoting post.
Is it possible to give people a default tag (so they don't have to remember to tag their posts). Maybe then only moderation of individuals default tags needs to happen eg if I claimed to be anything above #2  on that list.
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