Open letter to Michael - Easy fix to aggravating problem on Daily PaulSubmitted by MDKidd on Tue, 01/15/2008 - 12:56
As many posters are aware, the traffic on this site continues to increase. Because of this, forum topics frequently last less than a minute on the front page if no one responds to them. This is insane. Many of us post topics after researching info for hours, then spend maybe another 30 minutes writing about the topic. To see this work disappear into the 2nd page abyss after a few monents is very disheartening. We are then forced to either bump our own topic endlessly, which is annoying and time consuming, or else let it die a useless death.
Don't get me wrong - this isn't about the pride of having your topic on the front page, it's about keeping a coherent and consistent message going out to Ron Paul supporters. One day the front page is dominated with NH recount posts, then that's forgotten and the next day the dominant message is media bias, then the next day it's about vote fraud, then it's about contributing to FreeAtLast, then the message shifts to supporting the grassroots, then it's the blimp, then it's commercial ads. It's one big incoherent mess! There's got to be a better way.
There is. And it's pathetically simple. Simply add more forum topics to the front page. Right now 13 topics are allowed on the front page. That's a ridiculously low number for a site this busy. Most forums have 30 or 40 topics per page. There is no reason we can't do that here. There is always a ton of empty space down the right side. The front page could easily have at least 40 or even 50 topics. Slide down the "recent blog posts" and the "latest articles" and insert 30 or so more forum topics. I would also think about deleting the "recent comment" section - I'm not really sure of it's value.
Anyway, by doing this, important topics would never leave the front page, and our message and our efforts would become more consistent, instead of this constant jumping from one crisis to the next.
Later on, you could entertain ideas about separating the forum into sections for different sub-topics, but for now, I think my suggestion could be simply done, could be done immediately, and would solve a whole lot of problems.
Just my $0.02
Oh, and I'm sure I'm gonna be bumping this a number of times.