more stickies?

    Aug 09 2010 | 10:20 am
    Just a thought everyone,
    Occasionally a thread surfaces, which results in regular posts over a protracted period, all focusing on a single core issue/idea - without disappearing up it's own backside in esoteric debate. Often they also refer to themes which recur, and are not picked up by 'new' posters.
    Should such threads be elevated to sticky status? Where do they live? How are they organised? I don't know, it's just a thought - and here are three examples of recurring threads:
    data smoothing
    HW I/O controller interfaces
    I realise others may have different ideas as to what constitutes an important thread, and that's what 'favourites' is for. Hmmm,

    • Aug 09 2010 | 3:23 pm
      Yes I think that would be a good idea, and private messaging and the ability to edit your own posts.
    • Aug 09 2010 | 5:54 pm
      thought it would be a good idea reading brendan's first paragraph, but then after seeing the 3 choices that brendan listed, it seems like a terrible idea. none of those posts are important, and the third "osc" one seems like someone asked a somewhat stupid question(the person was looking for a pre-built easy way out not realizing how easily you can do it with max/msp; it's a little too much of a noob question to be a sticky). but that's just me.
      i hate you can't edit your posts after awhile. can deal without private messaging, but seems like this new web-forum is more basic and stripped of useful things that the old forum had or at least compared to every other forum i visit. wouldn't want to push cycling too hard in this area while they struggle so hard to keep up in every other(m4l, jitter, 64-bit-audio, linux-support... so many more useful things could use improving).
    • Aug 09 2010 | 9:50 pm
      "I realise others may have different ideas as to what constitutes an important thread, and that's what 'favourites' is for".
    • Aug 09 2010 | 9:58 pm
      How about a separate area, more like a Wiki perhaps, with a handful of these topics? Not sure how the topics would be decided upon or which parts/patches of postings would make it on there, but we could see how it goes. I think stickies would get to be too much for these kinds of topics, they're better used for things like the Common Max Arcana, that was a good pick.
      There definitely are a dozen or so very common threads which could use their own "definitive" (as best we can) discussion and examples, like those mentioned above, or signal-accurate timing, file formatting/folder management, making Standalones, CPU efficiency with various objects/patching techniques, etc.
    • Aug 09 2010 | 10:26 pm
      ya, i was just trying to echo that statement... 'but that's just me'.
      (and please feel free: my friends just refer to me as 'noob')
      would be great to have categorical favoriting/listing or wiki(some combo of seejay's and brendan's ideas)
    • Aug 10 2010 | 8:06 am
      Yes, you're right seejayjames, a single sticky could rapidly get cumbersome. As for 'selection criteria', how about I review the activity over the last 6 months and identify which threads have received X replies from at least Y posters? Then the topics themselves could be less of an identifier. These threads might then be collated into a wiki elsewhere.
    • Aug 10 2010 | 11:05 am
      So, I conducted a quick 6-month review of the forums (All) using the following criteria:
      posts must >= 20
      people must >= posts/4
      thread age single prevaling theme
      most popular themes:
      a few Jitter topics, some MSP audio-specific stuff, some externals and a number of Apple-related apps.
      In keeping with the ethos of the original thread, I will post the exact results if this thread attracts [people >= posts/4].