So how about we set up some ground rules then?
1) Each author gets 3 threads (Diary, Media, Discussion) and all of your projects get lumped under these three.
2) You update your diary posts under a single reply. For example, you create a topic named diary and under that post your first entry. Net next entry, you go back and modify your entry to include you new information and so on.
3) I have to maintain these posts and sticky the diaries, so let's try to have some order here
If these work for everyone, I'll open the board today. PLease add any suggestions you feel are missing.
Nice try; personally, though, despite being a "yes" vote above, I won't read it if you go ahead with that. Simply because - despite your cleverness - it's thoroughly the wrong tool for the job, and I can't imagine it being anything but unwieldy. I haven't got the energy to fight the UI to try and get the info I want to see
Nod to what's already been said about "features" of the board making Chris's clever scheme unwieldy in practice...
The board itself is already marvelously broken
in other ways, even small things (like the fact that every topic is now permanently "read" for me, or that email notification is random). These already show how just small problems make life significantly harder (I'd be ab
le to follow more topics if email notification worked, for instance, rather than me having to constantly check by hand).
...but despite such minor problems, as a forums board it works well enough to be OK. What you're suggesting IMHO will push it beyond breaking point w.r.t. usability.
FWVLIW, I still feel that things like this can only really be solved by sorting out the front page, rather than trying to do everything in the forums. IIRC a lot of people felt that they only really read the forums largely because the front page has nothing worth looking at; I appreciate that the page is currently shoe-horned into a template that is forced upon you, but over time (IMHO) it only gets more and more damaging not to be able to use it as you need to!
In a perfect world
, I'd love to see an almost direct copy of Flipcode's IOTD system linked from the front page, with a feed of the last 5 posts (or whatever) from the forums embedded in the front page, plus similar embedding for the Wiki and a REGULAR chunk of news about "the official view" - or what Sun is getting up to vis-a-vis java gaming. Oh, and articles too (although the pressure for that is slightly abated with the new moderators and the ability to create sticky topics where needed, e.g. to make a howto thread stick at the top of a forum).
Phew! Sorry, was only expecting that to be a short reply!