Sign in to follow this  
Ron Attwood

Disabling various forums?

Recommended Posts

Back in the 'Good ole days' you could select which forums to see, or more importantly, not to see. Is there such an option on the new shiny forum? I'm not interested in hearing about how marvelous X-Plane 11 is or the trials and tribulations of ChasePlane users. (I could go on...)

If there is such an option I've not yet found it.

Cheers, Ron. With the greatest respect to XP11 and Plane Chasers. :cool:

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

I agree. The front page of the forums is getting  terribly unwieldy to navigate, so I just scan the unread posts feed. But I have no interest  in some of the forums, so it would be nice to be able to permanently  hide any posts from them as was possible  with the old forum software. There must be a way of doing so with the new forum software.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We do not have the capability of members to hide individual forums but you can hide the main categories and all of the forums in that category will be hidden.

Just go to the main forum page and, on the right side of the main forum category title (such as New Member Forums, AVSIM Fixed Based Operations), click on the arrow and the forums in that category will not appear.  You don't want to see the Commercial Forums?  Click on the arrow on the right and they are gone.  If you want to see what is going on in that category, you simply click on the arrow on the right side of the category title and the forums will appear.  With Cookies turned on (and you must have cookies turned on for AVSIM), the forums will not appear when you return.

EDIT:  If you hide all of the categories, it might even make loading AVSIM during your next visit even faster!

Hope this helps.

Best regards,

Jim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Jim. More of an axe than a scalpel but a step in the right direction. Will there be a refinement of this any time soon? To banish the whole of the Commercial section is a bit 'baby+bathwater, throwing out of'. :dry:

P.S. Would you ask Chock to put a bog standard smiley into the collection please? These shades are getting to be embarrassing! :cool:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can go at it another way.  Go into the forums you typically want to read and click the "Follow" button.  Then, at the top of the Unread Content page you can filter on the "Following"->"Content I follow".  A bit of tedium but it's a good way to get only the interesting stuff.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ron,

If this is not the solution you seeked (and evidently it wasn't), and, as others say (Jay for one), that we were able to disable individual forums in the previous version, then I can safely state this ability did not come with the upgraded version and doubt it was a default setting in the previous version too.  There may be a payware add-on that allows this but I cannot find one.  I do not recall ever seeing this option allowed for members to only view forums they have an interest in.

I conducted several Google searches for this capability and could find no capability for members to select the forums they want to view.  As an Admin, I can hide forums from member views.  To me it does not sound like a very good option to hide forums you do not want to see.  It would be time consuming to go to the forum and untick the box so you can see the forum again and read some of the topics.

Perhaps Chase will have some input or knowledge of this capability but I have gone through every possible setting and cannot find this capability other than what I told you in my last post.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Ron Attwood said:

[...] or the trials and tribulations of ChasePlane users.

:laugh: Really sorry about that mate!

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Gregg_Seipp said:

You can go at it another way.  Go into the forums you typically want to read and click the "Follow" button.  Then, at the top of the Unread Content page you can filter on the "Following"->"Content I follow".  A bit of tedium but it's a good way to get only the interesting stuff.

Yep. That's what I finally did. Here's a screenshot:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ahb8w5igaric7cz/avsim content.jpg?dl=0

First, I went to the "Unread" stream, then under Content Types I changed the content to Forums and clicked on the little gear setup icon. I marked all the forums that I wanted to read. Then I clicked Apply Changes and saved the stream. The new stream was nowhere to be seen (!), so what I did then was copy the URL for the page to a new bookmark in my browser. Mine looks like this, but I wouldn't click on the link because it may be tied to my AVSim account:

https://www.avsim.com/discover/unread/?&stream_classes[IPS\forums\Topic]=1&stream_containers[IPS\forums\Topic]=120,514,513,262,121,436,657,764,438,335,336,337,439,440,757,731,590,348,327,326,328,329,796,136,351,432,520,772,713,171,471,229,561,467,133,780,152,255,122,123,124,204,126

We need Elaine Dixon to write a tutorial on how to do this. :smile:

Oh and BTW  the smile emoji can be entered by typing the word "smile" in the emoji popup box. It's just not one of the few emojis shown in the default graphic.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Gregg and Jay for the help!

Best regards,

Jim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wheyhey! That's very nearly the same thing as in the old forum. Just needed to dig a bit deeper. Well done Jay!

Now let's see if the smiley works...

:smile: Tada!

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The smileys are not pretty. That's definitely on my to do. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, Ron Attwood said:

Wheyhey! That's very nearly the same thing as in the old forum. Just needed to dig a bit deeper. Well done Jay!

Now let's see if the smiley works...

:smile: Tada!

I went to the Invision website and read the manual about the software.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Valiant effort Jay but can I have my coconut back? I still see PMDG, ChasePlane and XPlane posts. None of the forums I disabled are still disabled. :sad:  Not that it matters that much in the broad scheme of things. Thanks for trying.

Got a smiley out of it though. :smile:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The problem is that the stream is not persistent and one has to always start by clicking on the bookmark in one's browser so that the activity stream is only confined to those number forums. You realize that this only works for the modified unread activity stream, right? Once you click the Unread link, you are back to the default unread stream. So to avoid that, one has to always read a topic and then use the back button to get back to the URL of the modified stream.

Why the forum software doesn't save the personalized stream is a question for Chase. It could be an artifact of which browser is used.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Stream? Stream? What the heck is Stream? What happened to forums? You read something-you answered-you got banned! Simples. :unsure:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
46 minutes ago, jabloomf1230 said:

You realize that this only works for the modified unread activity stream, right? Once you click the Unread link, you are back to the default unread stream. So to avoid that, one has to always read a topic and then use the back button to get back to the URL of the modified stream.

I read that twice more and I could only laugh. I think it was hysteria. :biggrin:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree, the forum software has some pretty odd terminology associated with how it works. I'm amazed we haven't all drowned in our own activity streams. However, that aside,the above post means that once you have all your favorite forums set up, the only way to save those options is as a bookmark in your Internet browser. It isn't supposed to work that way, but that's what's happening with the forum software at the moment.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm fairly certain, fighting the fug of advancing years, that the Orbx forum has a 'Select your forums' function and that's the same software. I do recall cursing and muttering when they converted but it was sorted...eventually. The trouble is I can no longer remember where the buttons are. :rolleyes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, jabloomf1230 said:

It isn't supposed to work that way, but that's what's happening with the forum software at the moment.

How is it supposed to work?  Have you seen it done better at FTX which uses the same upgraded forum software?  Websites come in basic form as anyone who purchases a website may not like to pay for all of the features that might come with a deluxe version.  Those were the good old days.  Now, there are some highly skilled and creative individuals who would like to also get into the marketplace and develop add-ons for IPS.  So, what you are seeing is the default and what came with the upgrade (I don't even see it on the FTX website things we have already added).  Tom bought a ton of add-ons over the years to make it easier for everyone (and we now think some of these add-ons might have affected the performance of the website).  None of those add-ons made it with the upgrade and we were told we had to purchase them all over again as they are not compatible with the new site.  As you know, Tom tried unsuccessfully to upgrade this site several times.  Once, he and I met with some "techie's" in the Reston VA Tech World to see if they could do the upgrades and optimize the site for us and they gave us an offer that was in the thousands and Tom told them we were not interested.  As I recall, Tom tried one more time to upgrade and it was not successful so he asked Chase (at Chase's recommendation) to advertise within AVSIM for someone with technical expertise and no one volunteered.  Soon after Tom passed away unexpectedly but appointed me, Chase, and Chuck on the Board of Director's to run the website.  We are trying as much as we can to get the site upgraded, stable, and to find all of the add-ons previously installed.  I am the only retired and non-working member on the Board.  Chase, Chuck, and our tech all have other jobs and they work on the site when they can and that might mean a couple of hours once a week.  We'll get there eventually....

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not complaining  about the software. I've said that I like the new look when it first came online. I think that the reason that a new activity stream won't save is that option must be disabled. I was just trying  to help out another  user. I figured out how to look at specific  forums so that meets my needs

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this