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Poll: Should we use the portal as the CartoTalk home page

Should we use the portal as the CartoTalk home page

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I have been playing around with a portal layout to use as the home page for CartoTalk, but have not decided whether this would be useful or not.

So, I will leave it up to the majority. Check it out here, and then vote in the poll to let me know what you think.

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I have been playing around with a portal layout to use as the home page for CartoTalk, but have not decided whether this would be useful or not.

So, I will leave it up to the majority.  Check it out here, and then vote in the poll to let me know what you think.

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I think there is just too much going on with that portal. To me Cartotalk is fine the way it is. Easy to read, easy to navigate............. doesn't look too busy.......
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I don't suppose there would be a way for users to select which features they'd like to see on their portal page. You can collapse the items, but when the page is reloaded they pop back up again.
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I voted 'no', but not a strong 'no'. I agree it is too busy. I mostly don't spend any time really on the front page, I always head for the "view new posts" link.
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Nick, I think this page is an improvement. But I find the rss interface to be exactly what I need to find new posts. I like the RSS feed because it just lists everything without the graphics.

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In general I was looking for a way to give a broad overview of the site now that there is a fair amount of features and traffic. Also as we move forward with more resurces like the links and maybe a Wiki in the future I wondered if the Forum would/should still be the central location.

Clearly there is momentum against this idea. One thing I can do is look at adding the portal as a user selectable option for their CartoTalk landing page.

I don't suppose there would be a way for users to select which features they'd like to see on their portal page. You can collapse the items, but when the page is reloaded they pop back up again.

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Unfortunately no.

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Clearly there is momentum against this idea.  One thing I can do is look at adding the portal as a user selectable option for their CartoTalk landing page.


That would be the perfect solution.
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Although I voted no I really like the new approach. I am just TOO comfortable to the regular format.
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One feature I would find most useful is the "new posts since last visit". I try to get on every weekday, but may miss anywhere from several days to a couple weeks when I'm on vacation or traveling for business or otherwise unable to check. I know there's the dropdown list to see new topics for today or this week, etc., but then I have to figure out where I left off.

I agree that there are more things on that portal than I need regularly. Hans' suggestion for choosing which ones you want would've been the ideal option.
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One feature I would find most useful is the "new posts since last visit".

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The link in the tan bar on the main page below the logo: "View New Posts" shows you the same thing basically - all posts since your last visit.

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One feature I would find most useful is the "new posts since last visit".

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The link in the tan bar on the main page below the logo: "View New Posts" shows you the same thing basically - all posts since your last visit.

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D'oh! I missed that. I'll give it a try.
Thanks! :)
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I start each day by clicking on "view new posts," then clicking on "last post by" to hop to the end of the discussion and, therefore, the newest messages. This doesn't seem to work properly for multipage discussions. Has anyone figured out how to work this?
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The multipage discussion handling is a bit weird here indeed. In my experience, if you just go to the topic, it should drop you on the page with the latest post.
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I start each day by clicking on "view new posts," then clicking on "last post by" to hop to the end of the discussion and, therefore, the newest messages.  This doesn't seem to work properly for multipage discussions.  Has anyone figured out how to work this?

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Thta's my fault. I added the feature that allows individual users to select their sort order for postings (ascending or descending). The Last Post link is coded to take you to the last posting of the topic (in other words the newest which it thinks is at the end), but if you sort showing last post at the top, it takes you to the first posting not the last.

I think I just confused myself on that one. To make a already long story short, I can fix this code.

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thanks, I have noticed this too...
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