"Unsubscribe from Thread" Feature???

By on April 23, 2009 8:33:42 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Neilo

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Bara, i know you busy and all, but since you have been tweaking the forums of late i thought I'd throw out the suggestion of a "Unsubscribe from Thread" feature.

I know there are plenty of folks who after making a reply in a topic, then see that topic listed in their my replies long after their interest has faded on that topic.

This would be most helpful for in the OT forums where topics can digress from the OP quite easily, making further contributions non existent.  But i see a use for it across the board. I know i must not be the only one that has made an errant post here and there, and then still has to see that particular thread in "My Replies".

Thoughts? Is it doable? Furthermore, do others see the potential?

Cheers mate.

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April 23, 2009 10:02:41 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

I think that's definitely a solid idea. I'm sure the older members of SD have pages and pages of threads that they were automatically subscribeed to, just because they posted one or two times. Just because someone posts in a topic doesn't mean they will find it still relevant in the years to come. Like you said mate - threads can quickly digress, especially in OT, or there might be some thread where someone is asking a quick question about one issue or another, then someone just happens to come by, and knows the answer. They kindly respond, but I'm sure they don't care to see that thread in their "My Replies" tab till the end of time.

There's definitely potential there.

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April 24, 2009 1:46:15 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sounds good here too. Intriguing idea.

 

 

(redneckdude hopes he spelled it right)

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April 24, 2009 6:09:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,
Sounds good here too. Intriguing idea.

 

 

(redneckdude hopes he spelled it right)

Itrigueieubum!

 

Anyways, there is no "subscribe to thread", so obviously there can't be any "unsubscribe" either.

To retain the functionality of "my replies" and still make it possible to sort of unsubscribe, I propose the following:

Add a "Hide" button to every thread in the my replies listing. On top of the my replies page, just add a button "Show hidden", clicking on it would result in the current unfiltered reply list. Obviously the hide button would be "unhide" if the thread is currently hidden.

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April 24, 2009 7:03:10 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting mickeko,
Anyways, there is no "subscribe to thread", so obviously there can't be any "unsubscribe" either.

Well, not in name no. But posting a reply to any thread "subscribes" you to that thread.

I didn't think the need to spell it out.

But your solution would do the trick just fine. Anything that rid's the "My Replies" list of the unwanted trash that builds up from one or two replies in threads that turn into runaway trains will make me a happy person.

Works for me!

 

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April 24, 2009 7:28:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yeah....the customization of our home pages should have hide/show features....but as I understand it, the forums and personal pages (maybe I'm wrong about that) will be fixed later on.

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April 24, 2009 7:29:43 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hum, I like to go back through what I've posted sometimes to find something that either I've posted or someone else has posted so I'd hope that if your sugestion is adopted, its up to each person to select if he wants that or not.

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April 24, 2009 7:42:45 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

@^

Exactly. A tab in the My Replies page that hides checked replies is all that is needed. Another tab to unhide.

Couldn't be more simple really.

As for it's implementation, now that i don't know about. But Bara seems on his game lately.

 

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April 24, 2009 12:40:09 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Neilo,
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Exactly. A tab in the My Replies page that hides checked replies is all that is needed. Another tab to unhide.
 

Ew, I hope not. Tabs are good for separating things, but to use tabs to filter forum threads feels like unnecessary clutter.

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April 24, 2009 12:49:47 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Quoting mickeko,
...  Ew, I hope not. Tabs are good for separating things, but to use tabs to filter forum threads feels like unnecessary clutter.

I'm pretty sure Neilo's talking about a function in general and not the UI details of how it's implemented. If I'd made started a thread like the OP (which I've considered doing more than a few times), I would have called the function "Ignore This Thread."

Semantics and UI can differ, but the basic idea is a very good one, especially for those times when successive threadjackings take the chat a very long way from where it caught your interest. (And I say that as someone who both enjoys a good threadjacking and does the rude deed myself perhaps a bit too often.)

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April 24, 2009 8:32:40 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

There would be one tab, nest to the view drop down box, and checkboxex next to your replied threads. Check which boxes you wish to unsub from and click the tab. There is empty space there so how it is clutter i'm not sure.

"Ignore this thread"...LOL...i really would need an "unsubsribe" feature then, imagine the turn it would take.

No thoughts SD...Bara? You reading?

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April 25, 2009 6:52:18 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Neilo,
There would be one tab, nest to the view drop down box, and checkboxex next to your replied threads. Check which boxes you wish to unsub from and click the tab. There is empty space there so how it is clutter i'm not sure.

"Ignore this thread"...LOL...i really would need an "unsubsribe" feature then, imagine the turn it would take.

No thoughts SD...Bara? You reading?

So when you find a thread you want to remove from the list, you switch back to the tab with all threads in, and then you need to find that thread again, and checkbox it among all other checkboxed threads. seems unnecessarily complicated to me... I think a "hide" button is way more convenient. Just click on the hide button if you don't want to see it in the list, and if you change your mind (or want to see all the threads you've replied to for some reason) just click on a "show hidden" button/dropdown (where you also can choose to unhide threads)...

 

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April 25, 2009 6:56:33 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Perhaps i am confusing folks with the word "tab". Bad choice of words.

Perhaps "button" would be better to describe the idea as you said.

But your idea is what i was furthering in the reply you quoted me on.

 

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April 27, 2009 12:33:48 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

I'll see about implementing a hide system.  However, mickeko is right, you're technically not "subscribing" to anything.  It's simply a list of all topics you've replied to.   It may require a bit of work though.  I'll add it to my list of things, but it won't be marked as important or high priority.

Bara

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April 27, 2009 1:21:38 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Find me a community which remains strictly On-Topic in all threads of any Forums and i'll give you a very quiet place.

You're nullifying my freedom of expression (two way street, btw) by unsubscribing to a thread which we both participated to.

Now, comes the much more complex crowds (of trolls, of people having different or similar opinions, etc) -- that BUMP a buried post you've enjoyed once with a new valid perspective on the issue. How would you know?

Nevertheless, i find this suggestion intriguing since i've been in such situations myself... that is, in things such as the Anti_DRM stuff who went on to be locked. Stubborn, the whole arsenal was used by you certainly know who (me included, btw). Banning the extremists? Again, they'll come back with a vengeance and trap everyone in a web of lies so tight that *unsubscribing* will simply HIDE the bad manners from some but not everyone. Moderators do a good job here, i trust them.

My own grammar & other "personality" issues are strange & weird for some... cope with it and skip my posts and resist the urge of offering some replies -- then, these threads won't appear in your listings. Heck even i come across as being arrogant (as judged by observers, in fact) or sufficiently polite at times. It's a defect, it's a quality and it's who i am. It's my mood swings and the emotional state of any normal person that is revealed for a good reasons.

At least, we communicate. I listen more than i speak.

Liberty implies contradictions as the "PirateBay Sweden case" thread proved it many times over.

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April 27, 2009 1:37:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Zyxpsilon,
Again, they'll come back with a vengeance and trap everyone in a web of lies so tight that *unsubscribing* will simply HIDE the bad manners from some but not everyone. Moderators do a good job here, i trust them.

It's just a way to be able to hide threads from the replylist that a user has lost interest in. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech or moderating. They'll obviously still be available in the regular forum sections for *everyone* to see, even those who opt to not see that they are updated in the "my replies" list.

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April 27, 2009 2:12:53 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Quoting Zyxpsilon,
... You're nullifying my freedom of expression (two way street, btw) by unsubscribing to a thread which we both participated to. ...

That's just plain wrong. Freedom of speech is about what *governments* can do to shut you up (this is one area where we in the U.S. are still a bit more "free" than many other rich democracies). I'm just a citizen, so your freedom of speech ends at my ears (or eyes, in this case).

Seriously, being able to ignore people is like the Yin to free speech's Yang. How can you possibly imagine that anyone is obliged to listen just because you want to talk? I reserve that sort of submission for emergency situations where I really should listen to the nice folks in uniforms tell me what to do to keep my ass from getting burned or drowned or whatever.

And I say all that as someone who's obviously at least a bit fond of watching himself type.

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April 27, 2009 3:41:11 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

I stand corrected in my 'tricky' reasoning or implications that such a system would introduce... and yet, i know exactly why or how i decided to participate in whichever threads.

That also opens up a way for everyone to simply ignore "general" sections of a site for not being aware that a specific subject (a single thread, maybe) has evolved beyond what caused them leaving. In that case, trolls are winning and YOU lost for escaping a community duty which is to (somehow) fight back for your opinions.

How can you possibly imagine that anyone is obliged to listen just because you want to talk?

I'm not. But the open-minded must have a minimal critical sense and a subjective opinion against what is counter productive to community harmony.

Multiple *Impulse is Crap* attempts lately?

You type a reply proving it isn't... then, unsubscribe from it. Three days later, the OP logs back on and admits in public being wrong. What have you missed?

Maybe YOU don't care. Others do.

Anyone has certain areas of interest. Mine is Modding.

I can see a day when ALL but little fanatic_groupies will join together in their own private club if that system is implemented. This forum is public. That's the Internet. Like it or not, freedom of expression has a cost.

Low priority as per Bara's response -- Good. Since, i want GC2 updates and a library re-opened from SD staff. But if someone else prefer off-topic chit-chatting, i won't be there to encourage ignoring what they come here for. Who knows, maybe they play intellectual games with our & your own mini-world too.

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April 27, 2009 4:56:07 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Your only ignoring your own further participation in such a topic though. Had you never posted in said thread you could possibly not know of it's existence anyway.

I'm not going to get into this though.

Thanks for checking this out Bara. I understand your priorities mate.

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April 27, 2009 5:58:21 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

I'm not going to get into this though.

Me neither buddy!

As i do have 17 pages worth of "My Replies" with 95% of it already buried from personal lack of interest unless bumped by someone.

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April 28, 2009 1:37:58 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Example:    I would like to unsubscribe from this thread...lol!!!  

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April 28, 2009 1:47:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,
Example:    I would like to unsubscribe from this thread...lol!!!  

Agreed! It's gone beyond my personal interest in the subject.

 

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April 28, 2009 4:55:49 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

But again, the My Replies page is not meant to show your interests.  It's meant to be a history of your replies. 

I think what you're looking for is a Subscribed Threads page.  You'd click a button on any thread titled "Subscribe" and it would appear in it's own special page.  You can then unsubscribe at any time from that page.  I think this has been suggested before, I should already have it on my list.

Bara

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April 28, 2009 5:10:16 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Quoting GunslingerBara,
... I think what you're looking for is a Subscribed Threads page.  You'd click a button on any thread titled "Subscribe" and it would appear in it's own special page.  You can then unsubscribe at any time from that page.  I think this has been suggested before, I should already have it on my list. ...

I forget how long ago it was, but the forum used to have a Watch This Post command and a matching Stop Watching This post function. The site sent email when someone added a reply, but I'd be just as happy (maybe happier) to have a Watched Threads page along the lines you describe.

The old function was especially helpful to me back when I was learning lots of new things about GC2. I just wanted to read and didn't have anything helpful to add to the threads, so posting just seemed like a form of littering.

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April 28, 2009 5:11:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Again, I think we are meaning we would like a way to clear the histories of our replies, at least from our list. Before I changed names, I had 10 or 12 pages...most of which I had no interest in ever visiting again. It is understood that we are not "subscribed" to the replies pages. It would be cool to be able to clear them, or to be able to choose to remove selected ones, like clearing sent PMs in the PM section.

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April 28, 2009 5:16:59 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,
Again, I think we are meaning we would like a way to clear the histories of our replies, at least from our list. Before I changed names, I had 10 or 12 pages...most of which I had no interest in ever visiting again. It is understood that we are not "subscribed" to the replies pages. It would be cool to be able to clear them, or to be able to choose to remove selected ones, like clearing sent PMs in the PM section.

I disagree.  I think it'd be more worthwhile to make a separate "watched threads" or "subscribed threads" list than to clear the my replies page.  What if you wanted to "unclear" a cleared reply? How would that work exactly?  Would you have to reply again to see it in the list?  Being able to simply subscribe/unsubscribe from important topics is a better way of handling this, imo.

Bara

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