Jason K. Chapman
Jun 25, 2004, 9:38 AM
Post #3 of 33
Looks like this is all there's going to be, independent threaded messages, a lot of clicking, and no connections between posts.For those who liked the old Speakeasy's layout, it will take some getting used to. And if there had been an option, we definitely would have chosen an easier transition. Unfortunately, there wasn't. By the same token, there are also many people who never participated in the Speakeasy because they had difficulty with the old system's structure. It's sort of a "big endian" vs. "little endian" thing. We chose this particular program because it allows for both flat and threaded formats.
Connections between posts is actually one of the advantages of the Gossamer-Threads system. Replying to a post makes that connection, keeping a particular chain of discussion together by relating the reply directly to the original post without intervening posts that may not be related. Of course, there's nothing that says you can't keep a wide-ranging discussion contained within a single thread/topic, either. In that way, and viewed in "flat mode," it would be little different from the old Motet layout.
a lot of cutesy smiley faces
Those are an option, as well as the avatars and markup in posts. If the community decides that it doesn't want them, we can always turn them off.
I really resent being called a beginner here, too
Sorry about that. The little ranking thing is based on post count, and some of the post counts either didn't make the transition or got confused because of changing user names or numbers. As to the actual titles, as soon as I can come up with a better list, I'll use it.
Please keep in mind that we recognize that any online community develops a culture all its own, and the last thing we want to do is try to change, override, or quash that culture. Instead, we want to provide a place that will both accommodate it and allow it to flourish. The new system is infintely customizable. If neccessary, and given time, we can rewrite it to do whatever is required by the Speakeasy community. That's why the suggestion box is here.
We ask that you give it some time. When a favorite old pair of comfortable shoes finally wears out, the new ones are never as good--at first. But eventually you get used to them, and they get broken in. The Speakeasy was never about one piece of software or another, it's always been about the community. We're just trying to provide the best place we can for the community to gather.
(This post was edited by jason on Jun 25, 2004, 9:47 AM)