Originally Posted by Bigmuz7
Apart from free avatars , optional layouts, more smileys
doh... I already used that one... longer to edit a post without it saying you did so .. also some peeps (not many granted) like having more than 30 posts per page, and I still say we need a big 'return to top of thread' button if you aint got a scroll mouse, even though theres a teensy wee one if you go hunting for it ,... and a Welcome thread .. Howzat ?
OK, that's a fair list to start with.
Avatars have been done to death, but if anyone other than you or Andy wants to chip in with an opinion that's fine.
Optional layouts are a possibility, but would involve a fair amount of ongoing time and effort. It's not something that I plan to do in the short term, but it's a possibility.
There are third-party smiley sites for people who really feel deprived, but including more smileys would be OK - subject to them not being totally crap! Any in particular that you would like?
How long would you like to have to edit a post? At the moment you have an hour to make any changes, with a couple of minutes grace before it adds "Last Edited by..."
In your options
you can now set the number of posts to show on a page to 20, 30, 50 or 100. The default is still 10 - maybe that should be increased now that most people are on fastish connections?
There is already a "Top" link in the bottom right hand corner of the page, but I agree it's not very prominent. With 100 posts per page it's going to be a lot of scrolling! Do you often actually need to go back to the top of a page though?
The idea of a welcome thread was discussed a while back and didn't gain a lot of support. It's still something that's on the "maybe" list.
Is there not also a function where you can incorporate several posts from several people without having to copy and paste lots from different users, when you want to make a single reply to different individuals from within your single reply post ?
There is, but I haven't implemented it because I am not convinced that it would actually be an improvement. It's not something that is needed very often, but would mean adding an additional button to every post - one more little bit of creeping clutter on the screen. It is more complicated than a simple quote (and enough people manage to screw that up as it is), and I suspect that it would greatly increase the amount of quoted text.
Given that it's something that would be used in a small minority of posts, plus it is no big deal to post two separate replies if necessary, and that the more clueful can already do multiple quotes, I just feel that the disadvantages outweigh the benefits.