Yup, that is a problem.pickmepickme wrote: ↑Most discussion forums I frequent (non-contest), show topics with new posts in a darker colour when you come back to the forum, so that when you arrive you can read through any new comments that people have made. When I wake up each day (and sometimes several times during the day), I come to RFD and see pages upon pages of threads that appear to have new comments because they are in a darker faced print, but when you actually go into those threads, to read the new comments, it is usually just thank you messages and the thread becomes bumped to the top because of those remarks.
Fortunately the majority of the contest posters follow the accepted posting format in this forum by posting exclusions in the thread title.eunoia wrote: ↑Didn't realize the thanks button wouldn't mark the thread as "read" from the forum view, I just thought the serial thankers were being pigheaded since it was added. I know I hate having to click inside threads to see QC exclusions, it's a real time waster. There may be a reason why marking threads by using the Thanks button or some other means can't be achieved, but RFD could simply be sacrificing our efficiency and forum usefulness to maximize website clicks and posts, however mindless.
You may have something about the RFD thing, hadn't considered that.
That's true. Other than the contest posts that I start, the contest posts containing codes or quiz answers, and contest posts that I've replied to for a specific reason (like an issue or a question), I avoid all the other threads once I've gotten the information I need from them.eunoia wrote: ↑It could be that eliminating the wall of thanks might actually stimulate some discussion and actual community within contest threads though. I don't think 99.9% of contest threads would contain only one post at all, it's just that nobody wants to scroll through pages of "Thanks." and "Good Luck!" to get to an actual message board discussion, so people don't bother commenting there unless they're just marking the thread.
If I could reasonably expect a newly replied-to thread to contain something other than a "thanks/good luck/entered" then I'd conclude that something was up with the contest - perhaps updated information, or a problem with the contest. It would also drastically cut down on the thread bumping, so that when a new reply gets posted it would be more obvious that some sort of discussion was actually taking place.
Of course, if I could reasonably expect that most replies were conversational or informational in nature, I'd subscribe to more RFD email notifications as well. One of the few contest threads I still subscribe to is the Motorola Speed Hour, because I eagerly await the daily notification (thanks again, Spamgirl!! ).
Well said, and Thankseunoia wrote: ↑I'm sure heartfelt and personal thanks are appreciated by some, but that doesn't absolve people who should know better thanking everything including reposts and spam ahead of the mods. How about thanking in a PM? I'll go on record as saying clicking the "Thanks" button is plenty enough for me, I know you love me already.