i thought...ergo i think...Everything should be in alphabetical order! i am a librarian/accountant kind of personality with metaphysical psychic/psychotic interludes.
Well the problem with that is that this is a huge place and there are too many to fit. By ordering by most use we centralize activity around the most relevant forums instead of the most aardvarky.
So we can do alphabetized, but only if we first limit by popularity and then alphabetize. For example, take the ones currently there and alphabetize them.
But the problem I have with this is that it's less clear that that is just a selection of the most used forums and that there are more, as there would be two separate sortings happening with only one of which clear to the end user.
Do you get the usability conundrum for me here? My thoughts have been to have that quick tag search there so that finding tags is faster that way than alphabetized but at it's core there is a bit of a conflict between their alphabetical order and relevance to the user (e.g. on the philforum the forums weren't alphabetized either, but had order based on priority).
if things are sorted newest to latest that is nice if it is stated as such-but why is there not an option to sort things? if i had a thousand tags i would need them alphabetized. but fortunately i figured out how to erase them and now it is manageable.
Which ones are you talking about? Yours or the ones global ones? I don't mind providing more sort options if enough people will use them (one principle of usability is not to put too many features that are used by too few or it will clutter the interface for all).
email subscriptions could be arranged from a time line, but are they? who knows...they arent alphabetized.
I think it's ordered by when you subscribed to the topic. But it's one of our quick and dirty pages without enough thought put into it and can certainly improve. What did you have in mind? Ordered by latest post? Alphabetized?
the most frustrating thing that is not alphabetized is the home page and forums and areas etc...i get to page two and forgot what was on page one and dont know how many more pages there might be and whether i am going backwards or forwards...i must be spatially handicapped. need signposts...
We are going to put a tag search there soon, which may alleviate some of this for you, as you can just search for anything you are specifically looking for even more quickly that way (the forums at the end of the alphabet might be hundreds of pages deep if we included them all).