Ack, well then I wrote this topic poorly. And I can see my opening paragraph sucked. These things can't all be gems. My apologies.
A few things.
First off, you need not go nuts writing tags for topics you're creating. If you prefer, you can go into a tag (just click on it), say english
and if you click Start a Discussion
, you get to this screen: http://able2know.org/post/discuss/english/
And at the bottom, in the tag section, the word english
is already filled in. Like that? Then it's enough; just post and you're done. And if you want to find the topic again, click on the english
tag under My tags
(in your profile; also can be found from the My Topics
As for older topics, I would not go nuts spending hours tagging. What I usually do is, I see something, or I think of a topic that I like but haven't seen, find it using Search
and then tag it. I don't go out of my way to tag everything under the sun. I've got lots and lots of topics that are untagged. Heck, I've voted down a boatload of my own topics.
As for topics sliding off the first page quickly, you can sort to New Posts
, Most Replies
or Most Viewed
. Chances are that will keep the first page from changing too much too quickly. Keep in mind that a hopping forum, regardless of how it's laid out, is going to get a lot of responses and newer topics will continue to supplant older ones on the first page.
I know that right now it is not easy to find things. The search could be better (it will be), for one thing. But some of this is going to improve with good old tagging. The idea is -- if you like the topic, and want to find it again, tag it. Don't like the topic? Then don't bother. No one is making you tag if you don't want to do it. I am merely suggesting that a lot of the issues with not just finding things but also in seeing what you might not be perfectly interested in, could be improved with tagging.
I hope this helps and I am sorry for the earlier lack of coherence. What I really need right now is some rest.