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  • Aptera forum improvements

     Paul Kirchner updated 4 weeks ago 16 Members · 23 Posts
  • Riley …

    Member
    September 24, 2022 at 4:38 am

    I would like to thank the hard working people moderating the forum, it is much appreciated.

    I’ve noticed that we no longer get spam posts and Very similar threads are being merged.

  • Len Nowak

    Moderator
    September 24, 2022 at 4:57 am

    You are kind…like the audience we have of knowledgeable Aptera followers and new ones too …anxious to learn together… Delta coming, which will “ cross the Ts and dot the Is”…

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by  Len Nowak.
    • Ray Holan

      Moderator
      September 24, 2022 at 6:01 am

      Len, a personal thanks to you for your consistent enthusiasm and your regular postings urging us forward.

    • Dennis Swaney

      Member
      September 24, 2022 at 11:16 am

      Len, can something be done about the ” X” updated “Y” minutes ago” at the top of each thread? It seems that if someone posts, but then deletes their post, the update slug stays until the next time someone posts. Since the post is gone, anyone clicking on the slug is just taken to the beginning of the thread.

  • John Wiley

    Member
    September 24, 2022 at 6:13 am

    And thanks to Riley for bringing this up. I was just thinking about this yesterday, but was too lazy to post it. We used to often stumble into spam and extreme political perspectives. It has all pretty much disappeared. Thank you Len and Ray and to others who are helping out with this. Much appreciated.

  • Joe Lyddon

    Member
    September 24, 2022 at 11:52 am

    It would be very nice to see THE LINK to said “Reply” that John Doe made so we could see Main Subject posts in full context containing his Reply.

    Right now, we know the Subject Name and General area (“Discussions”), and the reply.

    We cannot easily find Where the Reply was made so we can see it in full context.

    Just add a Link to actual Reply… Would sure make it better.

    Thank You!

  • John Hermann

    Member
    September 24, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    Click the xx hours, xx minutes ago link.

    What gets screwy is when that reply is not on the latest page of the thread, in which case you have to replace the page number in the URL until you hit the right page.

    • Kevin Bradbury

      Member
      September 24, 2022 at 4:41 pm

      @John Hermann – Thank you!🤩 I never looked at the URL after clicking the link and it not taking me to the post. I would sigh and manually go to each page and scroll search for the name to find the post. Now I hate this forum’s operation just a little bit less than I did. But only a little bit less.😉

      • John Hermann

        Member
        September 24, 2022 at 5:16 pm

        The forum software is definitely lacking. Hoping for a better user experience from the UI.

  • Colen Thomas

    Member
    September 25, 2022 at 5:02 am

    Same goes for me. Most of the time when I click on the link I get a 404 error.

    • OZ (It’s OZ, Just OZ)

      Member
      September 25, 2022 at 5:26 am

      404 links are usually due to another website glitch. If you enter a link in your comment (It may also be any pasted item), a lot of the time the software will echo it for some reason and post it twice as a run on sentence, or link. If you get a 404 on a link look at the entry and you can copy 1/2 of it, and enter that into your address bar usually to make it work.

      • Dennis Swaney

        Member
        September 25, 2022 at 8:09 am

        Of course it would help if posters would LOOK at their post after it is posted, and then edit any doubled link to a single link!

        • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  Dennis Swaney.
  • Paul Schultz

    Member
    October 29, 2022 at 5:20 am

    I have evolved an avoidance behavior on this forum. If any forum thread with a new post has hundreds of replies it is simply a hassle to open and scroll to the last window. I only open these types of threads if I feel the topic might have some new insights. If I feel the topic has been played out, I pass. Lately, I have been doing this more often. Are others doing the same? It does potentially lead to either limiting the exchange of ideas and/or missing a new and insightful idea. I wish Aptera would invest in a better forum platform. With their growing popularity as a company this issue is only going to get worse.

  • Alain Chuzel

    Member
    October 29, 2022 at 6:25 am

    I more than agree. I also feel the apparent “moderation” is hypocritically heavy handed. Just within the last couple of hours my comments pushing back on climate science deniers are gone yet the denier’s nonsense still viewable. Heck, this comment will likely get “moderated out”.

  • Russell Fauver

    Member
    October 29, 2022 at 6:44 am

    True. Sometimes it’s a pain to sift through trying to find the most recent posts. But still, it was awful nice of aptera to build this thing for us. It’s a nice place to come and hear people’s thoughts on the vehicle without having to sign up on one of those other ‘social media’ sites. And personally, I’m glad they aren’t wasting a bunch of time and talent on refining this forum software, I want them to stay laser-focused on getting their vehicle finished and out on the road.

    • Paul Schultz

      Member
      October 29, 2022 at 6:59 am

      I agree. Aptera would be foolish to use internal resources to try to improve the forum software when for a few hundred dollars they could get vBulletin which would be a much more robust solution that has already been refined over many years and millions of users. That is one example. There are many other very cost-effective options as well.

      • Dennis Swaney

        Member
        October 29, 2022 at 8:41 am

        Careful, Paul, I’ve been chastised severely on this forum for similar suggestions to use either vBulletin or phpBB. Supposedly, this website and forum are run by a outside contractor, so maybe that is who has a thin skin.

  • Thomas Bushaw

    Member
    October 29, 2022 at 7:36 am

    One trick that helps (maybe you’re already aware of it) is that the top of the thread shows who last posted and when, for example “Chris Anthony updated 3 hours 25 minutes ago…” The “3 hours 25 minutes ago” is a link that takes you to that (most recent) reply. For me it doesn’t always work (for some reason), but usually it does. Of course, that gets you to the MOST recent reply which may or may not be close to other recent replies.

    If Aptera were to migrate the forum over to a more robust platform (they may be limited to what the platform they’ve chosen for their whole website offers), it would be important to migrate the existing content over to that new platform, which may not be trivial. Nothing’s impossible (except lighting a match on a wet bar of soap), but I suspect they have bigger fish to fry right now. Even finding and populating an exisiting commercial alternative would suck away some resources for a while.

    • Dennis Swaney

      Member
      October 29, 2022 at 8:45 am

      That link only works when the post is either in a thread with a low number of posts or if the post is at the very end of the thread that has a high post count. Also, if the post is deleted, the link still remains until a NEWER post is made.

  • Kevin Bradbury

    Member
    October 29, 2022 at 10:39 am

    One user here, and unfortunately, I don’t remember who to give props to told of a helpful trick when the link doesn’t take you to the latest post. Change the page number in the URL, and if the post is on that page, it will lead you to it. Another method is to click on the forum member’s name and go to their profile. Click on the “Timeline” tab and you will see their posts in reverse order, newest on top. Click the post in the timeline and it will take you to it in the discussion.

    I know, not convenient, but it’s quicker than scanning each page in the thread till you find the one.

    • Robert Adams

      Member
      October 31, 2022 at 6:41 am

      It would also help if there were instructions available about how to post on a thread, insert pics etc

      • Dennis Swaney

        Member
        October 31, 2022 at 8:37 am

        To post a picture, click on the camera icon in the lower left in the compose window and follow the instructions.

  • Paul Kirchner

    Member
    November 9, 2022 at 7:38 am

    I’d like to see a new top banner photo.

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