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Discussion in 'XWeb site Help and Suggestions Forum' started by mkmini, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. mkmini

    mkmini True Classic

    Location:
    Latvia
    I often reread my own and others threads threads. Also for example Hussein’s, DrJeffs etc “workshop” threads. But sometimes am a bit too lazy to search particular threads. (Mostly am using forum from phone)

    I would like to have possibility to make threads in more structured order in workshop forum. Like folder with subfolders.
    Example
    •workshop forum
    • “mkmini’s x19”
    • 1.6 turbo
    • bodykit
    • spam :D
    • interior modifications
    • questions
    • ...

    Another example
    •workshop forum
    •suspension
    •Steve H.
    •Eastep’s installed coils
    •Dallara’s needed modifications with Cascu kit


    Is that even possible with not much effort?
    And would others also use that?
     
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  2. aarpcard

    aarpcard True Classic

    Location:
    NJ
    Some other automotive forums I'm a membor of have their sites structured similarly to that. Under the "workshop" board, there are separate boards for performance modifications, engine swaps, general mechanical questions, body work, interior work, boards dedicated to each engine that was offered with the car from the factory, etc.
    And you can also just submit threads under the general workshop board too if your topic doesn't fit any of the individualized boards.

    I can see the benefits of both layouts though. With the way xweb is currently structured, I find that I'm less likely to miss new posts since I only have to check a few boards.

    I wonder if the search function could be tweaked a bit. I don't find it super intuitive, but then again I don't use it often. Does the search function search for synonyms of the key words? I suspect it doesn't but I don't know for sure. . .
     
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  3. Pete Whitstone

    Pete Whitstone True Classic

    Location:
    McKinney, TX
    It's not necessary to check multiple boards for new posts, that's what the "New Posts" button is for. Bubbles all the new ones to the top regardless of which forum they appear in. You have to be logged in to use it, though.

    Pete
     
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  4. MarkF

    MarkF Administrator Moderator

    Location:
    Redmond/Chelan, WA
    The challenge with more subforums is that posts more often get miscategorized, or the appropriate forum becomes more subjective, and moderators have more work to move posts around.

    The standard search doesn't have the level of AI suggested but you can always use an external search provider. For example specifying this in Google will give you more detailed results: site:xwebforums.com interior modifications.
     
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  5. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    I agree that greater levels of breakdown would be beneficial. Also wish the search function was more helpful. Not being critical, just expressing my opinion.
     
  6. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    I should add that I'm not qualified to say much about this, as I really know nothing about how these things work or what's involved in changing anything. The forum has improved greatly over the years and it has grown greatly as well. But if future improvements are considered then these suggestions might be included.
     
  7. mkmini

    mkmini True Classic

    Location:
    Latvia
    Maybe then should try to sort things like Hussein did in - links in signature.
     
  8. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    I threw up the latest example of a "Best Of" type thread in my old "Best of Test Thread". Scroll to the bottom for the latest. I would need to dig back into the project to remember exactly where Karl and I were heading, but it seemed workable. Real life got in the way.
     
  9. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    Jim, I just saw your update on that (referenced) thread. I thought of it when reading this current discussion but wasn't sure if it was still in the works so did not bring it up. That might be a solution to what is requested here. Certainly a better way to find the info on a topic when in the middle of a project and need it compared to the current search engine. Not sure why but I don't have much luck with that. Even when I'm looking for a specific thread that I know exists, I guess I'm not knowledgeable enough on how the search works to be effective. However I've noticed you seem to do well with it so I'm sure it is me.
     
  10. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    I haven't played with the new search engine enough to become good at it. It does seem a little confusing when I look over the results it returns. Like I said though, I haven't tried to discern what it likes to be fed as a target. That makes a big difference. I usually just beat on it till I find what I was looking for.
     

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