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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:19 pm 
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It might make more sense to make the topmost groupings into links that go to a list of subforums, similar to how they've done it over at Starship Combat News. That will be a bit easier to navigate than the flat structure we have now.


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I dislike having to click through a lot of levels, watching the page reload each time, just to see what's new. I'm much happier with the flatter structure, which allows me to just scroll down the page.

You can get a view like you describe just by clicking one of the top-level forums (Player Support, f'r instance). This collapse all the sub-forum listings. Click a top-level forum to expand the list of its sub-forums.

It's pretty much just like you describe, but it's much, much faster, because it does it client-side (JavaScript and CSS) instead of server-side.

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You can get a view like you describe just by clicking one of the top-level forums (Player Support, f'r instance). This collapse all the sub-forum listings. Click a top-level forum to expand the list of its sub-forums.


To bad you can't have that as the default view (or at least I can't see a preference to set it that way). I don't mind the client-side cascading, and agree that it's pretty slick and fast, I'd just like to not see a big honkin' page full of forums when I hit the main index each time.

Perhaps you can bookmark a "collapsed" view, I'll try that.


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I'll ask Chaim about that option, Tom.


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No go - the phpbb creators don't like it.

See: http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.ph ... 94#1150694


Chaim says there's a 3rd party mod we could install if necessary.

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And hopefully, with the admin out of the way, we can avoid future postings from the captain. :)

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No go - the phpbb creators don't like it.

See: http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.ph ... 94#1150694


Chaim says there's a 3rd party mod we could install if necessary.

Odd.

No matter though, I played around a bit and discovered that you can click on any "superforum" to get the collapsed view and then bookmark the page. Then when you revisit the bookmark the rest of the forum is still collapsed with your selection expanded.

That works for me.


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