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Which of the following would be our best approach in your opinion?

Move the entire forums over to another platform
Leave DDF functionality & platform as is, but refresh the design
Leave DDF as is besides for product deals etc
Leave DDF functionality & platform as is

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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #90 on: July 08, 2020, 01:11:22 AM »
From a newcomers perspective

Like all good old timers no one likes change, yet there's always that new generation coming leading the way and taking the jump. For some, caught up with their habits, change seems daunting, but I believe it's unavoidable, so minds will get it done sooner!

I see it as follows: theirs 2 main happenings on the forum. Deals and discussions / advice / debates and shmoozing.

For the deals aspect (which for many users is thier main presence), a reimagined sight is definitely necessary going forward. In an age where phones are becoming the only device a person owns, to instant notifications and blazing internet speeds, getting that deal, -and clearly marked as a deal- is essential and every second counts. I would say that's a priority and should be dealt with first, with two key points.
1. When posting a deal it should be highlighted in the thread and have separate notification options. (That allows for a deal and discussion type of thread to take place in harmony example) 2. The process like DDMS, should be done gradually and smartly.

Then there's the discussions / advice / debates and shmoozing, the importance of the longtime members along with the less of a necessity for notification speed, would leave this category with strongest need for time and user-familiarity. Meaning wait till users get comfortable with the design and layout, before even starting to migrate. For this I would say, focus more on the way it was and less on better organization, leading the user to get lost (at least in the beginning).

In short: a combination of "redoing the entire site" and "make a new deal only site", in a manner that gives encouragement to join, while keeping all users happy:)

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An idea to encourage reading new threads, have a random / popular thread of the day.
In the beginning, understanding the whole Amazon / Walmart deals threads was quite the learning curve, understanding how a first timer approaches the forum can go a long way to growth in users and usage!
« Last Edit: July 08, 2020, 02:07:52 AM by Yo ssi »

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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #91 on: July 08, 2020, 01:21:13 AM »
My two cents regarding orginaztion.

1) Please keep the threads in chronological order. Anything else would just be a mess.

2) More accurate search box with a cleaner layout.
Maybe someone can implement a Google API which would sort base on relevance and date. This can be determined by how many times it the lost was viewed, how many times the thread was viewed, frequency and lengths of posts in the thread, etc. (Nope, still not replacing @TimT L

2a) options to search Just thread titles or all posts.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2020, 01:49:41 AM by Mikes@Micro »
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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #92 on: July 08, 2020, 01:31:52 AM »
Please keep the threads in chronological order. Anything else would just be a mess.
That should definitely be user customizable, sort it by date, likes, rating, views, amount of replies, last post, thread starter etc.

Being able to group by reoccurring threads would be a great feature as well
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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #93 on: July 08, 2020, 02:15:32 AM »
Some features we can borrow from Twitter:

An option to block a member, and you will no longer see posts from them. (Just kidding on this one... @CountValentine  :P )

A verified account status. It would have to be given by a mod, perhaps after DOs, and those accounts are considered trustworthy on the forums.

Both terrible ideas, but it makes me grateful that DDF is not twitter...


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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #94 on: July 08, 2020, 02:35:58 AM »
Some features we can borrow from Twitter:

An option to block a member, and you will no longer see posts from them. (Just kidding on this one... @CountValentine  :P )

A verified account status. It would have to be given by a mod, perhaps after DOs, and those accounts are considered trustworthy on the forums.

Both terrible ideas, but it makes me grateful that DDF is not twitter...




Try this for ignoring members.


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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #95 on: July 08, 2020, 03:26:06 AM »
Try this for ignoring members.


ETA:

We are moving quickly.

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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #96 on: July 08, 2020, 03:33:45 AM »
We are moving quickly.
Itís always been there. All he had to do was ask (or explore).
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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #97 on: July 08, 2020, 08:25:01 AM »
This looks most promising.

@Dan, should we start a gofundme campaign to get this?
wysiwyg editors may make it more difficult to migrate content in the future (unless everything is standard bbcode)
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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #98 on: July 08, 2020, 08:32:22 AM »
Can we get some more votes for Leave DDF as is besides for product deals etc please? I don't want to get my Russian friends involved in the poll numbers.
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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #99 on: July 08, 2020, 08:36:22 AM »
Can we get some more votes for Leave DDF as is besides for product deals etc please? I don't want to get my Russian friends involved in the poll numbers.

I can help you out if you allow some 3BM voting. Not a bad feature: a backdoor to allow for some leaning on the poll scales.
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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #100 on: July 08, 2020, 09:22:47 AM »
Can we get some more votes for Leave DDF as is besides for product deals etc please? I don't want to get my Russian friends involved in the poll numbers.
Do you really think it makes sense to split it up like that?

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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #101 on: July 08, 2020, 09:32:24 AM »
Do you really think it makes sense to split it up like that?
Yes.  My preferred split would be Deals - CC/Airlines Discussions - JS/GD. And that I can choose to only see 1 or 2 of them.
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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #102 on: July 08, 2020, 09:36:58 AM »
Do you really think it makes sense to split it up like that?
Which of these do you think is better for the general public?





Most amazon deals posted in the forums get few views almost no replies and are only visible to those actually going to the forum and looking for them.

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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #103 on: July 08, 2020, 09:38:07 AM »
If you anyways are changing the whole layout can we please add a responsive theme for the time being. I've posted it before in site suggestions (that theme was sunrise)
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=321.msg2247950#msg2247950

Personally all I think it needs is the like mod to be manually installed.
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Re: New DDF Forums
« Reply #104 on: July 08, 2020, 09:42:57 AM »
Do you really think it makes sense to split it up like that?
+1 I'm not sure if this is what you meant but I feel like if we take out any section of the forums the forums would die.
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