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.
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.
I'm using the default colour scheme, Kris, and I can barely read the names on my list - I have to try to pick the right person by their mini-picture. Is that a changeable setting?
I cannot even see names next to the pictures--and they are microscopic. Otherwise, it would help.
I am looking into fixing the PM find a friend option.
I'll look ino that " ) bug
"I'd rather ditch the tree format entirely and ask people to quote what, specifically, they are replying to."
Yes, and the quote should be a hyperlink to that original comment, so the thread of discussion can be "backtraced" easily.
Also it would be nice if when Comment A garners a reply in Comment B (such that Comment B contains a quote from Comment A), then Comment A would contain a hyperlinked note that can zip you straight to its replies.
In other words, comments should be chain-linked both forwards and backwards with hyperlinks. I have a 4chan extension that does exactly this, and once you have it you can't live without it.
International News page affecting atheists/humanist/free-thinkers.
Successful/in-successful political actions. Up and coming actions /legal judgements.
A listing of local/national/international debates and scedules.
Entertainment listings for atheist/humanist theamed movies and plays.
Cutting edge science affecting ideas and theories about the world and history.
Cult and theist rallies.
Atheists in the News.
That's a great idea! I can look into making that happen.
Responding in blogs is clumsy by comparison with the forums. The forums give you a way of responding to each post. In the blogs you have to do it with something like "@BlunderBus." I even question the need for blogs.
Blogs will be getting a overhaul in the near future :]
Here is what is planned.
Forum Improvements coming soon
Add the ability to move discussions between the main forum and group forums; between one group forum to another group forum; and possibly between one group forum to the main forum are being planned.
I'll look into what we can do about minus signs.
New Commenting Options
Provide the ability to allow non-members to join in the conversation by using third-party commenting services (e.g., Facebook comments). Still testing this out as we obviously don't won't trolls of doom raiding TA.
The blog functionality on Think Atheist is ready for a re-do. We have a lot of work planned to make the blog more powerful and much more visually appealing. I'll have more details for you guys in the near future.
Well, I hate to be this guy but there was a post the other day that kind of -I guess -shocked me. It was through some sort of ladies forum where apparently it was ok to "talk about anything". I'm much harder to offend than what it was about however that is not why I'm a TA member. Maybe if these things can be categorized a little better that would be great.
The discussion topic just sat in the right hand side of my screen. It was a little hard to focus. If we could close out certain "Big discussion" topics then that would be great too.