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Steve Bullman

What additions would you like to see on Arbtalk

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The app basically strips the forum software down to barebones only displaying the important information, ie the posts and usernames....this is what makes the app quicker in poor quality reception areas

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Two suggestions:


How about a geographical filter for posts so you can opt to see what's going on near you. Especially pertinent for non UK members. Maybe a sub forum for different countries.


The general tone of the site is mutual co-operation and help and this could be assisted with a list of skill set sub forums. For example, welding, soldering, hydraulics, engine issues. The level of expertise I've seen on the site is exceptionally high.



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what about a HOW TO section where people can post instructions or ask How To do things like mainainance of different bits of machinery.

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I'd go along with this, an a little further. There are people who come on to Arbtalk and ask for advice or tree idents or clarifications of regulations etc. then get lots of useful responses and don't even bother to acknowledge the help they have received. If they even took the trouble to ask nicely one would feel more inclined to pitch in. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but it doesn't feel that old-fashioned when I am trying to explain to my 4 year old daughter that being polite makes people like you better and gets you things too and is just plain nice. I have got to the point on Arbtalk where (and I didn't realise it until this thread was started) I make a mental note of those who don't acknowledge assistance or comments or don't ask 'nicely', and I just don't pitch in on their threads any more.


So how about a 'thank' function for those who haven't got 10 seconds to acknowledge the help they have received? This 'like' culture that seems to be obligatory in every aspect of social media seems lazy and meaningless by comparison, and I would hate to see a point where no-one wants to contradict a poster's opinion because everyone already likes it. If you like it, it's not hard to say so, and why. The threads that do this are the more enjoyable threads. Do we want to see rapport reduced to counting the number of 'likes'?


well said, thank you

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