Membership comments

What do you think of it?

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11/07/2002 at 18:26
Comments on the process, its separate pages, its concept in general - all welcome :-)
17/07/2002 at 15:40
The layout and events page are brilliant. But why have so many articles that are locked out, except for RW subscribers. I know, no magazine = no web page, but this will only mean that surfers will go else where for info. A suggestion would be, maybe articles are locked but after 2/3 months become unlocked for the masses.

Regards
Stu.
Iron SwissBobby    pirate
17/07/2002 at 16:12
In general I like the layout of the pages. As a european subscriber I would like to see a European Region in the race guide
I might also be good if member of the web site could also update the race diary data as they do with the URWFRC website.

I agree with Stuard Gall the it is a little bit disappointing to have to have our subscribers number with us to browse some of the more
interesting pages. This would less of a problem if there were as system for recuperating this number. Can we please keep a seperate URWFRC forum and not have it mixed up with Events.
From my point of view this would be great.

17/07/2002 at 16:24
Hi Robert,

I'm not sure I totally understand what you are getting at, however if you have your subscriber number you only have to enter it once.

Once you've entered your number it knows who you are and you should never need to type it in again - it lasts as long as you keep updating your subscription to the print magazine. This is associated with your profile, if you have to type it in to see each article please can you get back to me as something is wrong.

(The Sub number is from the envelope your magazine arrives in - see the help picture linked off the point you enter you sub number into the site if in doubt.)

Jeremy
Iron SwissBobby    pirate
17/07/2002 at 16:34
Sorry Jeremy, Let me try to be more clear. I do not have my sub number now as I have not kept my last envelope. I will now have to wait till my next copy of RW arrives. While at this stage this is not annoying I think when the site goes live big time you could have quite a few disgrunttled members who would like to have known in advance.

I hope this now makes some sort of sense.

All the best

Robert
17/07/2002 at 16:45
Another problem is:

In the "New reply posted" email that is sent out after orginal post. The attached link to read the responses, does not work.
17/07/2002 at 16:45
Hi Robert,

thanks for your comments. If you phone our subscriptions department on 01858 438852, they'll find your number for you.

Sean
17/07/2002 at 16:48
I just wanna be known as Jon! Sorry for the whinge! everything else seems cool though! the only thing I'm not too sure about is the subscribers bit! I s'pose it would make more sense for me to subscribe, but I haven't done it yet.
17/07/2002 at 16:50
I nice additional feature would a log book. Or a link to the log book that appears on the US web page. : - )
Iron SwissBobby    pirate
17/07/2002 at 16:53
Another little point. I have always liked the annonymity (if that is how it is spelt) of the use of pseudonyms on the Forums before now. I will not be asfrequent a user ( if at all) if this does not continue.

Also as I have now posted 2 notes on this tread, I am now getting 2 email every time someone adds thier comments. I hope that you will have the good sense to programme the mail server on your web page servert to cut this down and not to send multiple emails to people, I think it is great to get an email when a thread has been updated but.....


Robert
17/07/2002 at 16:57
You can still keep your annonymity, just put in your pseudo as you first name, and a full stop as a surname and update your details.
17/07/2002 at 17:00
Guys, Stuart commented earlier on the amount of content that's subscriber-only.

I think it looks like that because we've uploaded quite a few of them recently, and the most recent uploads come onto the front pages.

You can find a lot more further in the site (eg using the search function) - in fact out of 587 articles only 54 are subscriber-only at the moment

Sean
17/07/2002 at 17:09
Yes indeed - you can keep anonymity as described above - so no need to post less frequently.

However we'll discuss a better solution over the coming weeks - thanks for this.

Jeremy
17/07/2002 at 17:15
Hi everyone. Looks like a good site, here are my comments - some detailed, some general:

1/ I find this forum layout really confusing and can't navigate very well. What's the difference between a thread and a topic?
2/ It took me a while to realise that I had to join the site before I could post
3/ When I joined and completed the customisation survey, the section on why I've decided not to run for charity was greyed out
4/ I didn't realise I had finished the survey - there was no thanks or anything
5/ I didn't understand the customisation options for my page or my forums - examples would help
6/ What does "e-mail enabled" mean?
7/ It took me ages to find out how to do a search of the site. Can I do a global search, or only by beginner, events etc?
8/ In the injury section, ITB comes under hip - wouldn't knee be better?
9/ Again, in the injury section, it would be useful to have some photos/drawings etc to identify injured bits. Every injury just has a knee at the moment.

Er, that's it.

Neil
17/07/2002 at 17:17
Previously in the forums, you could actually reply to a specific message, and these "subthreads" would be indicated by indenting the replies further. It makes long threads a lot easier to read. Any chance of having that as a feature?

I also agree that instead of having separate first name/surname fields, there should be one name field so that people can keep their nicknames. And it would be nice to keep the count of the number of posts that have been made as well.

Is it possible to get rid of the restriction of 10 messages on a page?

Such complaints aside - the new site looks very good and is also a lot faster.

venom
17/07/2002 at 17:18
Didn't know this at the time though! I'm looking at the format of the forum and I'm thinking "I think I'd prefer it if it was a little more like the normal forums" you know, when the las message was left, who left it... Blah blah blah!
Iron SwissBobby    pirate
17/07/2002 at 17:18
I am finding the navigation throught the forums very cumbersome compared to the system that we currently enjoy far too much. Have you been talking with our employers to get make the whole idea of the forums less appealing.


This also gives me a little techie problem as designer of the URWFRC website. We currently have alink on that site which brings the forum that you kindly gave us directly into the centre of the page. Will I be able to continue to do this or will I have to recode part of the site? I fell and would be intersted to know what other tester think about keeping the forums separate from the info bit of the site?

SB
17/07/2002 at 17:23
Since I posted my earlier message, I've had three emails saying that someone has replied. But I don't think any of the above are really replies to what I posted, just more comments. Am I going to get an email every time someone posts on this thread? That would be a pain. Also, none of the hyperlinks in the responses worked.

Neil
17/07/2002 at 17:24
Stu92 says:

"In the "New reply posted" email that is sent out after orginal post. The attached link to read the responses, does not work."

As mentioned on the intro editorial these emails won't work properly until the site is moved into it's permanent home on www.runnersworld.co.uk. Don't worry it won't be long.

Also Robert says: "Also as I have now posted 2 notes on this tread, I am now getting 2 email every time someone adds thier comments. I hope that you will have the good sense to programme the mail server on your web page servert to cut this down and not to send multiple emails to people, I think it is great to get an email when a thread has been updated but....."

The forum software will send an email out to you each time somebody responds to a thread. This is a very useful feature if you post an esoteric question on a special topic, perhaps at the bottom of one of the nutrition articles for example. You'll want to be informed when anybody responds to that as the volume of responses won't high and should be interesting. Indeed it may be a week or two before anyone responds to you on a specialist post.

If however, it's a post in the middle of a general banter conversation then the email notifications will be really annoying, as the conversations fly along almost real time.

We have therefore built a feature for regular users to be able to set their default preference for this feature to "I always want email notification" or "I don't want email notification in general". It's in with your My Pages have a look at your Member Pod up at the top left. If you are a regular user you will quickly want to default it to off. You then have the opportunity to switch it on for any particular thread if you do want to hear when it gets responses.

I hope that's clear. It should all become obvious with a day or two's use.

On another note - who's going to be first to get the face up?

Jeremy
17/07/2002 at 17:26
You'll also note that you can default to browse from the end of threads first on that same page. Again, advanced users will quickly find this useful to select as their default - it allows them not to have to trawl all the way through long threads in order to get to the cutting edge of a fast moving conversation.
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