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Sorry to create this here but wanted to offer this thought.
Can you set up a thread for each article and auto link the posts to the forum and vice-versa?
I think the benefit of the forum is being missed when people chat in the article posts, if that was put onto this forum as well then we can use this forum to check on chats, using the forum tools for post updates (i.e. subscribe to this topic)
I don't think a home page article and a forum are needed. I think it is a case of either or. I think the forum isn't needed.
I like the new home page with a longer list of articles shown.
It has been the way of this site that once an article disappears of the home page it is forgotten about. This longer list may in time reverse that pattern. I would suggest that when a comment is made in an old article that article be brought to the top of the list with the info 'new comment'.
As you know the guardianh as a page called 'the knowledge' I would ask you to think about a similar page for your site Something like 'Readers questions about Arsenal' Any one can write in asking say 'how many times have Arsenal won the FA Cup?' and invite readers to answer the question.
I offer a more serious one for a start up. How many managers did Arsene Wenger play against in the Premier league?
Another subject that might encourage a response Is to ask for fans favourite Arsenal game and explain why it is their favourite game.
Best wishes Snowden.
I have created a new forum section called forum suggestions and moved this topic to that section.
Auto posting is more difficult than it looks because the forum is on a different domain to JustArsenal and therefore has a different database and the forum software we are using can only do auto posting utilising the same database.
@Snowden on the main site whenever a comment is posted it is now listed in the middle column under latest comments, the last ten comments are listed.
It is correct that an article does move down as new articles are posted and once it drops off the first page it can be "lost" however in the menu at the top of JustArsenal we now have category listings, Arsenal Rumours, Match Previews, Match Reports and Arsenal Videos so that should help a little but agreed older articles can get lost in the clouds that is why we believe a forum is a good place for all manner of subjects including articles because they are so much easier to navigate and locate, topics are literally listed for you.
I just need to get the forum more active to reflect this.
I do appreciate that attempting to expand JustArsenal is no easy task. As always at start up there are unexpected problems. I also appreciate your work to make JustArsenal a better site for us plebs to use.
I don't know the starting date of JustArsenal but I do know that for non computer plebs like me it is a very easy website to use,
An article about Arsenal is published and anyone can comment on the article or reply to a comment. Easypeasey as some say.
I appreciate that you have extended to 10 the number of articles on the front. it is a good piece of work. thank you.
What I am asking for that when you have time you program the page so that the latest article with a comment is at the top.
Something like this:
Article no 5 on the list
Article 'Is the stadium already too old for Arsenal? '
It was published on Monday and it is now Wednesday by JA standards it is old but a new comment is made.
This new comment pushes the piece back to the top where it as a better chance of being sighted
I am not a comp programmer so may be what I am suggesting is not possible but that is my idea. I think it will provoke more readers and possibly more comments.
The stadium is a bumsite experience. The internet is an 'eye sight' experience'. Therefore I believe the 'KISS' maxim should be the priority of the webpage.
I like your revamp of the home page.
@snowden Keep It Simple Stupid(KISS) XD nice to see others know it lol.
I'm a programmer and I'd say there are three key areas to programming; Maths, problem solving and translation.
You see a problem, find a 'real world' answer for it/logical bridge, work the maths out for that real world answer and then translate it into the specific language being used.
So if something can or can't be done, the key part of this is finding the real world solution, once we can get an answer then it isn't as hard to then program.
For what you said, I'd look at doing a list of arrays and ordering that list on the criteria you said, then use that list to order the posts. This would need a function to update the list of arrays for the display. A bit like a high score on a game, name and score stored together and reordered depending on criteria.
Cheers Martin for the feedback.
In regards to different storage locations, as someone who makes programs and not webpages (although I have tinkered), for me it feels like just fetching data and storing that data as a var until it is time to print the info to the new platform(site).
What I am kinda picturing is a JS piece, I'll call it CommentMaker2000, that is given the comment on submission. Once the user has submitted the comment, CommentMaker2000 will then store the comment as a string along with the article name (to use as a location i.e JustArsenalForum.ArticleA or JustArsenalSite.ArticleA) and check each comment in location to ensure no duplicates (ensure this =/= that). Once the criteria has been met (no duplicates, any other desired area) then it submits the string to be stored.
I know it is a bit more of a work around. It may be hassle, is it something which could be done with JustArsenal?