Let's have a brainstorm about ways ThinkAtheist could be improved!

Big or small, any thoughts are welcome! TA is a great site/community and I'd love to help it strive to maximize its potential. Who knows, maybe one of our ideas will get implemented by a Mod.

Anyway I'll start off with this:

The comments section in Discussions should operate more like Reddit comments, in which comments form a tree-structure, and entire branches of that tree can be minimized with a simple "[-]" button. This would make it so you can see a wider variety of responses more quickly, and follow the comment-threads that interest you. As it is, there is a tree-structure, but branches cannot be minimized, so people often reply to a reply to a comment, rather than replying directly to the appropriate comment. 

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If the people who administrate the site aren't the people who control the site, then who makes the decisions for the layout and design of the website?

I think Nelson means to say that TA uses some sort of pre-built software to run, and that pre-built software cannot be changed by TA admins, since either they don't have the rights to do so, or they are not computer programmers.

Fully understandable, and tbh I actually expected this. But what the hell, let's brainstorm anyway! At the very least it can affect decisions if TA ever needs to update its software.

I see. I just assumed things were more flexible than that.

GM, much as with the law, the editorial policies of this site are clearly stated - also, much as with the law, the enforcement of those policies seem to depend on who is doing the enforcing.

I have no idea how many moderators there are, but they appear to differ significantly in effectiveness. Of three I'm aware of, one appears fair, one does little if any moderating, while the third appears to believe in applying tourniquets to hangnails. As Kurt Vonnegut was fond of saying, "And so it goes."

a separate "nsfw" section would fix this problem. Btw, I consider both of those topics nsfw.

@Sagacious - I know that in the case of my own site, I was offered a wide variety of choices of templates, I made mine, then replaced the graphics that were on the original template with my own graphics, but although I made many, many changes to the looks of the template, I had no means of actually altering the format. I believe that's what Nelson, in his own inimitable fashion, is trying to say.

This might be off of everyone else's radar, but how I found TA and how I see a lot of the posts is via my Android phone. When replying it brings you to a site named disqus, which no one here uses as far as I can tell. 

Replying via the phone is somewhat difficult, but I won't put that on you. 

Otherwise, I am thrilled with the content and appreciative that it exists. Thanks.

Hi Melvinotis, check out the mobile version of TA just add a /m after the .com so www.thinkatheist.com/m

At the bottom of a multi-page thread, there is the option to go forward and back through the pages.  Only cosmetic, but can that option also be put at the top of each page.

Also, do I see a change in the number of Big Discussions shown on the right side bar?  I could have sworn there were only 5 before, but I like 8 a lot.  More is good.

I'll look into that Strega. 

also an option to list more comments per page might be nice... so you don't have to click next-page 16 times to get through a whole discussion

The problem with the tree format in Discussions is that once it gets more than three or four pages long it's *extremely* diffucult to be sure you've seen all new comments since the last time you looked at it.  It would be nice if there were a way to only show comments newer than your previous visit to the thread, or alternatively, to visit them in turn if the tree is expanded (as, apparently, it will be).  (Actually because of this issue, I'd rather ditch the tree format entirely and ask people to quote what, specifically, they are replying to.)

Another thing is, when you go to your friends page, you have to click on your friend's avatar (which loads their page) THEN click on a button to send them a PM (mail message); I'd like to see the mail command directly on the friends page.

OK and one thing I think is a bona fide bug.  If you type " ) in chat (but without the space) you get a double quote followed by a wink emoticon   I don't think that " ) is intended to be a shortcut for that emoticon; if it were then both the double quote and the parenthesis would be replaced by the emoticon.  If it is intended, then it's redundant because you can get the wink with ; ), again without the space.


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