OK lets all list things we'd like to see changed in the forums.
I would like more reading space when you're reading a thread.The two columns on either side with the "Search Members And Posts", "My Profile" etc and the banner and "Hot Topics/Latest Comments" tabs could either be placed on the top or bottom of the page or be gone all together when you are reading a thread. When you are browsing the forums leave them there they dont take up space. This would make the posts easier to write and more relaxing to read.
An easier way to post photos in a topic. With the current system you can only upload 3 photos that are then displayed as sort of 'attachments' underneath your post. Why not have the pictures, in original resolution preferably, displayed IN the post? Among the text? And how about you just let me paste something without that annoying popup box everytime!
We need more options in our profile. Stuff like an option to auto-subscribe to threads i started and/or replied. And a way to see all my subscriptions too for that matter. How about more information visible next to out avatar on the forums. Like location, current cars, next car, mood(?), maybe age etc. A signature underneath each one's post? (Only visible in the forum topics, not in the article comment section.) And anything else that you may think that'd be useful. You can never have too many options! Visit some forums and steal some ideas damnit!
More involvement from the CAR/CAR Online staff on the forums. If readers see the staff participating more on the boards they would probably feel more comfortable contributing too. I'm not saying you should spend all day on the forums but a couple of topics started here a few insightful comments there would go a long way trust me. You cant expect people to use the board when you youselves dont use it, or as it appears visit at all.
How about you appoint one or more of the members as moderators? The current moderator (Tim) is pretty much absent from the board, im guessing he's already got enough stuff on his hands, so why not put someone who can spend more time here? (see "Thanks this week" thread on this forum for a suggestion..)
And that revamped "Hot Topics/Latest Comments" box on the top right here? Before in the Lates Comments tab it used to show the latest forum posts. Now it shows all the lates posts in both the forums and the articles. While a good idea that means that any timid forum post will be burried in a sea of article comments. How about putitng a small (f) or another mark of some sort next to the forum posts to tell them apart? That box thingie was how i saw when there was a new forum post! Now i either have to sift through all the forums one by one looking for new topics or remember the names of all the articles so i know which one ISNT an article so i can go to that forum thread and respond to the guy/gal who went to the trouble of posting a forum topic! Both ways are not that appealing if you ask me. Fix this somehow please!
OK that's all i can think of right now but i'll add things later if i figure anything else out. Batty, lokinen i await your own suggestions!
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