The BS thread for everything but football.

Ron Womack

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This is a special thread to discuss all your personal interests without screwing up UT football threads that us dull people subscribe for . Feel free to talk restaurants, alcohol, porn, cars, music, movies or even how big your dog is. Enjoy
 

T-Horn

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Do you think Texas will flip any big recruits?
 

BurtReynolds

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Is the McRib still on the menu at McDonalds? I cant get enough of it. Its one of my favorite foods to eat when I visit Austin.
 
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T-Horn

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I think Swoopes is going to make a good QB, when it's all said and done. Thoughts?
 

SAhornfan

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Ron,
There's a whole other board for useless ****. That's exactly where this belongs. Perhaps you could post this there and we could leave breadcrumbs for others to follow.
 

PEHorn84

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Yo, T-Horn, I'm real happy for Swoopes, Ima let him finish, but Case had one of the best seasons of all time! One of the best seasons of all time!
 

Paul_Kemp

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Ron,
There's a whole other board for useless ****. That's exactly where this belongs. Perhaps you could post this there and we could leave breadcrumbs for others to follow.
It's really a usability issue. Asking people to navigate to multiple boards to post topical threads is an antiquated philosophy, and I hope to see the death of it everywhere as soon as possible. Additionally, so is the OB's model of everything goes with no ability to filter the topics.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but IT is completely independent and maintained by Momentum (which I know nothing about, but they look modern enough). This puts you guys in the unique position of being able to be cutting edge. Shaggy could as well, but they aren't selling the same thing. Conversely, OB's can't because they are handcuffed by Yahoo (same goes for 247).

As it stands, you have fifteen different forums. Fifteen! How can you possibly expect to generate good discussion from a single user base in all of them?

If it were up to me:
  • Create two forums: Premium and Free, each with a finite set of tags that users could apply to their topics. Have someone moderate this in addition to self-policing of the user base.
For example, you could work with your predefined forums as a launching point: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Inside the Humidor, Inside Scoop, Politics and Current Events, Entertainment, Food and Spirits, Travel, and General.
  • All threads would be visible by default with the tag cloud positioned on the right side of the page for quick and painless filtering. SA could change his default to Football and never see another OT post. He could also add the Baseball tag and see both Football and Baseball posts only. You get the idea.
  • Implement endless scrolling and increase the number of posts visible per page. Fewer clicks, better filtering, and more freedom leads to a happier user base and more powerful way to create and consume information.
  • Create an individual post rating system. Upvotes ala Reddit, Likes ala Facebook. Many will claim its silly, but it's another great filtering method and removes sh*tposts like "THIS!" and "+1000". It also incentivizes quality posts.
If money is an issue, you have an outstanding CS department at Texas, and I'm positive a ton of them would kill for an opportunity to get something like this in their portfolio.
 

Ron Womack

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Ron,
There's a whole other board for useless ****. That's exactly where this belongs. Perhaps you could post this there and we could leave breadcrumbs for others to follow.
I think you can put yours where it belongs. If everyone stuck to what belongs there would be no reason for this thread. Savvy?