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I also like how they have team specific areas. We have a couple right now but I am not satisfied with how they are set up.
I'm a big fan of SBN in general, but I'd hate to see pics or gifs being posted to these threads. Not only would it slow things down, but it would invariably lead to bad jokes, smut, and a lower level of discourse in general.
1) Game chatter: their threads allow comments to refresh without having to re-load the page. So they have actual game chatters. That may not be worth implementing at BTF at this point, though.
I don't know that there's anything unique about the site that we could transfer here. I suppose it would be fun to be able to posts pics in comments, but it could also drag down some browsers. Maybe streamline comments so that you could reply directly under someone else's comment? This helps when people get into a back-and-forth and I just want to skip it, I can easily scroll past their conversation.
This current format is an absolute gem of user-friendly simplicity.
It makes threads completely disjointed and unreadable. Plus it's impossible to easily figure out what you have read, and what you haven't. You are going to to work through a 30 page thread to figure out if somebody has replied to any of the 15 tangents you care about? Really?
It's a horrendously awful idea, and if it gets implemented, I will make a post under every post AG#1F makes, saying "The original poster is worse than Hitler". Don't make me do it!
The Nolan Ryan/Vietnam thread is really interesting to me....except the digressions on grammar. I'd really like an easy way to bypass all that and just read the posts on Nolan Ryan, the Mets and/or Vietnam service, but its difficult to do so in this format. Its especially problematic in the epic threads or the NBA threads, particularly when I don't visit the site for days and want to catch up.
Sometimes I find them very interesting. Other times, not. [...] If a thread heads in a direction that I don't like, I stop reading it.
Say an article about Clay Bellinger being inducted into his high school hall of fame was turning into a discussion about the best restaurants in southern Nebraska, it'd be nice if a new discussion titled "Best restaurants in southern Nebraska" were listed.
I really don't understand this POV. Those digressions are what make the site interesting.
I agree as well. I like Football Outsiders' content but their layout is almost unreadable. I read a discussion once and once only because if I were to want to read what's new I'd also have to read over everything I had read before to see the latest individual responses.
Personally, I prefer no images, not even avatars.
Lazy loading essentially only loads the graphics as you view that part of the page.
Jose, again it's just something I am playing around with at this point. My experience is, it depends on how much is initially loaded onto the page and how soon the trigger is activated. With enough entries on the page, and a sufficient trigger in place, it's not noticeable unless you drag the side scroll really rapidly from the top to the bottom. The main benefit is you don't have to load additional pages, though.
The infinite scroll of Facebook is both good and bad. It's good that you don't have to load much on the page, and for that matter if you track it well you can have it load just whatever has changed since the last visit. The bad is that I'd think you'd need to reverse the flow of threads here, with most recent post appearing at the top of a page rather than the bottom, to make it work. If you're going no-thread, reversing the flow would make things much worse IMO. It's fine for a succession of Twitter-sized posts, but it doesn't work for reading, for example, #47 and this post. Scroll down within a post, scroll up to get to the next one, scroll down to read it, scroll up...
Editing is still wonky
Apparently, I'm not allowed to post comments.
How the hell am I reading this then?
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