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Idea: a forum that adapts to the user.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Digital Doctor, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Possible ? To what extent ?
    Desirable ?

    How could Notices play a role in adapting a generic forum experience into a customized user experience ?

    How might a forum look if it catered to newcomers ? How might it morph to be optimized for Power Users ?

    Could Style modifications alone adapt the forum enough ?

    For unused forum features such as ...
    Recent Activity: http://xenforo.com/community/recent-activity/
    Watch a thread.
    Upload an Avatar.

    If time went on and a user never used the "Watch a Thread" ever. Would a gentle reminder about the feature be helpful ? To what percentage ?

    Any ideas how or why a forum should Adapt to the User ?
    Brandon Sheley and Marcus like this.
  2. Rigel Kentaurus

    Rigel Kentaurus Well-Known Member

    There is one really simple thing that I always think should be done

    I use the home screen a lot just to check what the "latest thread" is, when I do, I see the "Latest thread in the forum"

    That is a feature that absolutely has not evolved in time, it should be a little more smart, it could be the "Latest unread thread in the forum".

    Right now, as it stands, if I am in the homepage and I see latest thread: XX, I have two options, I can either say:
    1) Oh, I have already read that thread, or
    2) Oh, new stuff* click, just to find out it's the old thread

    If it, instead, changed to show me the next thread that I have not read, the homepage would be an aggregator of new stuff, for me.
  3. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    Or show unread topics that are similar to topics you've read before.. :)
  4. Sim

    Sim Well-Known Member

    There was an addon written for vB a while back (largely superceded by improvements in the core notices system in vB 3.6 I think it was), which focussed on encouraging users to engage with the community more.

    It included default features such as a greeting to guests explaining the forum, a message to people who had not yet activated their account with instructions on how to do so, a message to newly registered users who had not yet posted, encouraging them to introduce themselves, and so on - it was targeted based on their activity.

    No doubt similar functionality could be extended based on attributes of the user - all in the name of increasing engagement.

    I think the occasional message introducing or explaining an often forgotten (or not obvious) feature would be useful too.
  5. Daniel Thomann

    Daniel Thomann Active Member

    What about a CMS - Like Userdashboard? With widgets to turn on and off... Widgets like: New unread threads in most visited forum... or someting like that...
  6. Xarcell

    Xarcell Well-Known Member

    I think the best way would be a software that uses only 3rd party login like social sites such as facebook, twitter, yahoo, etc. But at the same time, it would run incredibly slow...
  7. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    These ideas should be basic for all communities.
  8. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

  9. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    I think the admin email needs a few tweaks but I'm about to post on that on its own thread.
    Sending individualised encouragement and instruction is important but right now I have to do an awful lot of copy/ pasting.

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