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Please also make the forum more user friendly, some times the forum is upside down if more than one page has to be selected, with the reply shown first rather than a reply to a question, something the providers may not know that threads go off topic and posters can have a argument about something else making it hard to follow if the reply is before the question.
All these troubles, we are beginning to realize that the providers don't really care about the wiring and regulations forum members. The excellent fuse talk forums we used to have and lost, swallow pride and copy their format or see below an easy to read forum should be (and still have room for advertisements).
Disgruntled IET Member
For me, I can no longer use the forum the way I used to, which was to middle click on each topic I liked the idea of, to get a new tab... then go through the tabs in order. The new one is so riddled with scripting that attempting to hover over the link causes the topic to 'explode' down from the link and cover the link itself!
Obviously designed by the same people who design the NICEIC's site!
I'm sure there is a rule (xxxxx's Law or whatever) amongst forum admins that people ALWAYS complain about a change and claim that the last one was better. But I use several forums, for a variety of different subjects, and can honestly say that this is by far the most user unfriendly of them.
. . . see below an easy to read forum should be (and still have room for advertisements).
Disgruntled IET Member
Thanks, JCM, for this link to another forum, which I have studied with interest. In style it is fairly similar to the IET one (as far as I can see as a visitor) but one very useful extra detail is date stamping. On the IET one at present there is no way to tell whether a topic is a hot one or whether the last post was so long ago that it is long forgotten by most and not worth a response.
Another forum I often visit has an overall appearance that is, at first glance, dated and prosaic. It does however have the following features:
- The topics list shows the date of the last post on each topic, and by whom.
- The topics list indicates "hot topics", i.e. those where there has been a lot of recent discussion.
- The topics list indicates any topics to which I have already contributed.
- Within each topic, each post is date stamped. There may sometimes be a reason to revisit a topic that was last posted several weeks ago but usually we will want to spend out time more appropriately on the recent ones.
- Within a topic the posts are chronological, latest last, so it is easy to read the narrative from top to bottom. I recognise that some - only some - members may prefer latest first but for goodness sake give us the choice on settings rather that foist it on us every time.
- The forum has a means to send a private message to a contributor. The only way I can see to do this on the IET forum is to post something in that person's profile. I am not sure how private that this. Other members can access that profile. I don't want to nose into other members' profiles to see if there are any private messages visible to others.
There you go .... diplomatic answer.
Which it won't, the feedback I mean, it really is utter crap and we all know the IET have been sold a pup,and now it has been 'improved' to something vastly worse.. Tragically already you can see use falling off.