bradl Posted May 4, 2016 Share Posted May 4, 2016 I initially wrote this post as reply to a status and realized there were several statuses addressing the same topic. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with having or expressing thoughts-of-the-moment in a status update. That's their purpose. However my urge to respond and engage in a larger discussion about the topic is symptomatic of a problem that has worried me for a couple years now — since statuses were introduced they have gradually been replacing forum posting in many instances where a forum topic would be appropriate. As an example, this subforum was itself created not just as a place to ask and answer questions about forum features and functions but to contain meta-discussion about the forum itself. I'm not sure what the answer is, but I hear you loud and clear. Statuses were more accessible and convenient to view on the front page sidebar. I am trying hard to figure out the best way forward. Since version 4 was released there are some technical drawbacks to the way statuses work when placed in a block on the front page. Some may yet be improved in a future release. At least in today's separate page format we don't have to bounce back and forth between each individual profile page just to add a comment to a status. There is a paid plugin that can help mimic the older version 3 format somewhat but I'm reluctant to dig an even deeper financial hole to purchase a plug-in that may facilitate the effect of reducing forum activity and growth If moved back to prominence on the front page I sometimes wonder if should tighten permissions so that only subscribers and the members+ group — folks who have posted many times and have presumably developed perspective on the status-vs-post distinction — could view or post status updates. That would stop the frustrating phenomenon of folks registering (yay!) and then posting statuses that should have been forum posts (sad trombone). I'm not particularly fond of the idea beyond its brutal efficiency, but it's a technical option. Forum posts are visible to guests and search engines and members and help the forum grow. Statuses are closed and internal, not searchable from outside, accessed by a limited subset of members, and don't add to the publicly accessible body of knowledge (and opinion, and photos, and humor, and compassion). For every person who finds us via search link to a past post, or shared link to a topic, no one finds us via status updates. All that said, I like the personal, easy, casual nature of statuses; they are a nice perquisite of membership. Arghh, this is a conundrum. How can we keep statuses as statuses and still prevent them from subverting the purpose of having a forum in the first place? Quote CAIRNTALK: Vote! | Questions? Need help? → Support Forum Please do not use PMs for tech supportCRCTC: Columbia River Cairn Terrier Club Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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