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    Lounge Enhancement?

    As I was stuck on the train to London yesterday pondering the meaning of life, the universe and all that melarchy I remembered a post (can't remember which group it was in) where someone was asking for the search engine to be improved, one of the mods (this isn't a knock) pointed out that the people who run the site simply wouldn't have time (fair enough, it's not the day job after all), but it got me to thinking of the times I've spent looking for info which is probably on the page after the one when I stopped looking...

    And a thought came to me that it might be easier for the forums to have a "Gems section" where Mods could mark posts or threads of merit as being useful. Just a thought like...

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    Re: Lounge Enhancement?

    This one is such a good idea that it has already been done, just search for "Star posts"

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    Re: Lounge Enhancement?

    Cheers Stu
    I admit, I hadn't noticed that.
    But it's still not quite what I had in mind...
    I was thinking along the lines of the forums pages, where you get to browse without quite knowing what you're looking for, being a bit scatter brained it's how I get the most out of the site ;-)

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    Re: Lounge Enhancement?

    Go on, give it a try, search this Lounge Matters forum for Star posts and see if any of them is interesting. You don't need to specify any text if you want to see all the star posts.

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    Re: Lounge Enhancement?

    Ahhh, yes I see your point...

    Was going to continue my argument because even with only star posts selected (no forums) I only saw 6 entries and the next and previous buttons were greyed out. Luckily I thought I ought to try just one more before I posted again and up they popped, the marvels of technology ;-)

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    Re: Lounge Enhancement?

    Stuart,
    Checked in on StarPost as suggested. Interesting.
    Who & what determines that a post gets "STAR" rating? Is there some annual election by the board or does a certain number of reads make it a star?
    Just curious.

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    Re: Lounge Enhancement?

    The option to enable a 'Star Post' for a particular thread or post is often excercised by the moderator of a particular board, after consulting with other moderators, or of their own accord. On occassion, a user will request the 'Starring' of a particular post. In cases such as these, the moderator will make a determination with regards to the worthiness of a 'Star' to the post.

    Star posts are roughly defined as those which are of particular use to the given board, clearly defines and resolves a commonly recurring problem, or is of other beneficial use to all users of the board. It is always a good idea to search a board for all star posts prior to posting a question, especially if you feel it might be a common problem already answered. Conversely, if you are seeking to learn more about a product covered within a particular board, you may search for all star posts, and gain a basic understanding of tips or issues commonly associated with it.

    Hope this helps!
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    Re: Lounge Enhancement?

    Further to Kel's comments....

    There was a recent change to the Lounge that shows the most recent Star Post at the top of the forum listings. That, coupled with a conscientious effort by the WMVPs to note them and Mods to put those stars there in the first place, should increase their utility. Of course, if there's a suggestion on increasing said usefulness, please don't be shy!
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    Re: Lounge Enhancement?

    Never let it be said that I was ever shy about saying anything. No, I was just curious as to how the ranking was achieved. Both Kel & WyllyWylly explained things very well. Thanks,

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    Re: Lounge Enhancement?

    Might it be useful to show how many Starposts a Lounger has made within their Profile as well as their total number of posts? It would give others an indication of that Loungers 'Starpost' status and how useful their solutions have been in the past. Just a thought.
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