i wonder why the new a2k no longer has a true overview of the major subjects
i know there are tags , but they don't seem to appear in any particular order .
when i do go to tags , there is just a hodgepodge of them . i usually don''t even bother to look at them .
If I go to the frontpage, and I look at the left of the screen where it says "popular tags", I see this list:
# human interest stories
# original writing
# science and math
# international news
# spirituality and religion
# philosophy and debate
# trivia and word games
# food and drink
How is this different from the forum listing on the old site? It's pretty much the same labels.
i understand that postings to old threads simply don't show up under "new posts" - so a new poster has no idea that a thread already exists .
On the front page everyone can choose what they want to see. Look at the blue bar at the top, just under "able2know - All Topics". It says "Topic age", and then you can choose Day, Week, Month, Year or All Time. If you click on Day, you will only see topics that were started today. If you click Week, you will only see topics that were started this week. If you click All Time, you will see all topics started ever.
At the right of the same blue bar, you see a drop-down menu. Set it to "New Posts", and you see the threads that were last posted to. Set it to "New Topics", and you see the threads that were last started. Etcetera.
People have a lot more freedom of choice now in how they want to experience the site. The flip side of that is that there's less of a common experience - as in, everyone sees and notices the same things and can talk about it together. It's kind of like the history of TV. In the old days, you had just two stations, and the next day at work everyone talked about the same show. Now, with the networks and satellite and digital and whatnot, you can watch just about anything you want -- but yeah, you dont have that cosiness of being in it all together anymore.
That said, I've gotten kinda impatient about people still complaining about basic stuff that, I'm sorry, takes about 5 mins to figure out. And I know not everyone is a tech whizz or anything, I wouldnt expect anyone to be, I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about the options in the blue bar that I mentioned above, for example. It's been months since they've been there, they take 5 or 10 mins to try out, and they've been explained in a dozen threads. So what's the deal with this kind of thing?
I can kinda empathise cause I dont like change much myself, in general. Certainly not in my personal life. But I mean, Able2know hadnt changed or modernised at all for, like, five years. Look at the CNN or the BBC or the, I dunno, Amazon or Walmart site, they look nothing like they did five years ago either, and they've got new features and functions and lay-outs all the time - and yet you all use sites like those, right? Is it because A2K is more like a personal home, and so change feels more invasive?