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Old 12-06-2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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Default Future of vBulletin Threading

vBulletin is the only php forum software with a thread tree display that appears in a scrollable window. This allows the user to utilize the thread tree while still keeping the messages visible below this display.

Without this window, long threads become so difficult to navigate the thread display becomes useless. The user is forced to pick a header from the tree, then hit page-down several times to see the message, than page up several times to pick the next message to view, then page down several times to see the message -- again and again and again.

vBulletin's support forum is using the beta version of their next release. It no longer has a scrollable window. The thead display gets longer, with the deeper parts hidden. As one unhides parts, other parts become hidden. And as it stands now, I think it is the worst tree display available.

It might be that this will be fixed in the next beta. But I would not hold my breath. And if you are a license holder who has an interest in the future of threading, now would be a good time to demand that they retain the scrollable window.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:52 AM   #2
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OMG. Awful!

Example of what Andrew's talking about: Look at the Product Suggestions section, the thread on Paid Subscriptions.

Don't spend too much time there ... I wore out the scrollwheels on two mice before I was more than a quarter of the way through the thread.

   
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:34 PM   #3
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Steve...links please...I can't find the threads you are talking about...

Thanks...

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Old 12-06-2009, 01:59 PM   #4
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Here ya go, ma'am:

http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...es&mode=hybrid

   
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:10 PM   #5
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Ta! '-}}

That was actually one of the threads I looked at but *duh* didn't think to change the view...'-}}

I never use thread/hybrid view so I have never paid much attention to the fact that currently you can scroll and it's incredibly useless without it...

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Old 12-07-2009, 09:16 AM   #6
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Without this window, long threads become so difficult to navigate the thread display becomes useless. The user is forced to pick a header from the tree, then hit page-down several times to see the message, than page up several times to pick the next message to view, then page down several times to see the message -- again and again and again.
I looked at that. Although it would be easy-enough for an individual site owner to fix using CSS (the tree is in a div with an ID), it should be set up that way out of the box.

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Folks-

Okay, so I posted a suggestion. http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...Threaded-modes Fell free to pipe up if you're so inclined.

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I put in my three cents.
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<sigh> I guess threadies are not militant.
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:36 AM   #10
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<sigh> I guess threadies are not militant.
Worse — we are a tiny minority on the modern web. Threading is casually ignored by most developers, web managers, and users — except for a small crowd of ex-CompuServe users.

   
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