Hans wrote: The SuSanA forum doesn’t have a WYSIWYG editor as the forum has no power and free developers for the open source project to develop or license and maintain a safe editor. So the forum sticks to a Bulletin Board Code editor fit for posting on a message board as the Forum has access options to write/edit for everybody.
My response: Chris' suggestion of “ticking” is similar to the idea of hashtagging on Twitter, which can be useful for quick searches on a certain topic. On Twitter (with the IT-capabilities and system functioning for such a mechanism), “hashtagging” allows you to search or click on a certain combination of words, ex. #sustainablesanitation, and search results are pulled up from those entries that "hashtag" that combination.
I suggest we add more options for quick feedback than just liking a post or adding or subtracting karma points. These could include:
• Please give more support for the ideas expressed.
• I would like to put this into practice myself.
• This would be an excellent thesis topic.
• This is a great option for the billions who have no toilet.
• This is excellent for elegant applications.
• This is very environmentally sustainable.
• This seems to have an excessive environmental impact.
If we do this, members could then search for these items. Also, some of our thousands of members may prefer to only see posts that others have ticked with one or more of these items … or to receive all the posts ordered according to these items (with a delay of several days to allow standard members to tick these). This may be especially important now that the Forum has grown so much and the list of posts is sometimes very long. This would make it easier for the “silent majority” of members to give feedback, even if just ticking these items … and some privilege, such as searching, could hinge on ticking.
We decided against that because we didn't want to overload the page with even more text. The icons should be quite self-explanatory and there is also the hover text. So together, one quickly gets used to them. [edit on 22 May 2014: this modification has been made in the meantime as others wanted to have it, too!]
I like the icons and the structure, but would prefer to have the titles of the icons written on top of the icons or somehow integrated into them.
Good suggestion, this has now been incorporated, see above when you hover over the Forum Logo icon; clicking there takes you directly to "Recent Topics".
Furthermore I would like to link the big SuSanA forum icon on the left with the recent topics and also write the title there. I am usually most interested in the recent topics.
That is already there - maybe you overlooked it? You have to put the mouse pointer there to see the options or simply click on the white on black text.
A link back to the SuSanA homepage would also be useful - maybe under the top left item of the black bar "Sustainable Sanitation Alliance".
Yea, I understand that. But again, it was taking up too much (vertical) space which meant the user had to start scrolling before being able to read anything. We figured that you know what you look like. Your name still appears next to the Logout button at the top right e.g. "Welcome, muench", so that you know that you are logged in.
I also miss my profil picture as it quickly showed me that I am logged in and gives a homy feeling.