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Have supporters *topics* rather than supporters *forums*

That way all the Google (for example) posts are in the same spot

     
2:50 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Right now:

Supporters Forum
* How are your online sales?
* A question about NoFollow
* Increasing conversions on checkout page?

Ecommerce forum
- Product reviews
- Return policies


Suggested:

Ecommerce forum
* How are your online sales?
* Increasing conversinos on checkout page?
- Product reviews
- Return policies


Basically, I'm suggesting that we do away with the Supporters area, and have all posts go into the appropriate category. When a Supporter makes a post, a checkbox can signal whether that thread should be "Supporters only". Everyone can see the titles of all threads in any forum, but only Supporters can actually open and view the ones tagged as Supporters Only.

This way, Supporters don't have to check multiple different forums to find posts about the same subject areas, and non-Supporters can see what they're missing (and might be more likely to become Supporters as a result).
3:07 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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without having put much thought into it yet this sounds like a good idea.
it works on the home page! =8)

exposing supporters-only content to a wider audience would encourage more members to subscribe.
3:21 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Makes sense to me. As I am not a supporter I don't see what is there so don't know if I am missing something that is worth paying for.
3:29 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Great Suggestion, i do agree with you
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It's bad if you haven't visited for a while (or don't get a chance to regularly). The serendipity of having everything in one Supporter forum right now is great, in that you get to see threads you never knew existed (because they're all munged in there together) and more often than not the quality of the info/discussion is far higher than "outside" in the public forums.

For that reason, I'd vote (if there were to be a vote) for the status quo. Either that, or if the forum software would allow for the tweak, have a "pseudo-forum" that "gathers" all the Supporter threads, but have the threads themselves farmed out in the individual forums as discussed above...
3:50 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, Edwin. This doesn't have to be an either/or thing. There could certainly be a link that gathers all the Supporters threads into one place for people who want to see them that way.

One-size-fits-all is always a hard sell. Usually better to give the user the choice of how s/he wants to do it. This is a good example of something that could be done both ways, on demand.
4:18 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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So while writing a post in, say, the XML forum, would I be given - if i am a supporter - the option of flagging it as a "supporters only" post? That would implicitly urge me to tuck things into supporters if it has extraordinary value, and I'd be constantly aware that I'm segregating my participation into "public" and "leet" levels of exposure.

interesting idea. I like it.

detail: would subject lines be shown to non-supporters? Or might they be hidden entirely?
4:22 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Does not make good user experience if half the threads in a forum are not accessible to a non-supporter. However, if the new design can incorporate a tabbed structure where you click on GOOGLE and you have two tabs (one for supporter and another for non-supporter). That will be helpful in both keeping topics more organized as well as keeping user experience optimal.
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So while writing a post in, say, the XML forum, would I be given - if i am a supporter - the option of flagging it as a "supporters only" post?


Exactly!

detail: would subject lines be shown to non-supporters? Or might they be hidden entirely?


I think it's better if they show, so non-supporters can see what they're missing. But anand84 doesn't seem to like that idea, I think because it seems like taunting. Anyway, this is a detail that can be decided later. As a Supporter, I'd just like all the posts to be in the proper categories, whether they're intended only for the eyes of Supporters or not.
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However, if the new design can incorporate a tabbed structure where you click on GOOGLE and you have two tabs (one for supporter and another for non-supporter). That will be helpful in both keeping topics more organized as well as keeping user experience optimal.


I like that idea, the only problem I have now is wading through all the long threads that have "my site dropped" "my site improved" stuff that have no meat in the post.

...keeping user experience optimal

Keeping the paid users experience "more" optimal, great idea!
8:07 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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This could be worked out nicely, as mentioned above. I like the idea, although the general threads are hard to wade through as it is.
6:25 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Great idea. I am sure many people would finally subscribe for paid area.