is there a member directory?
Not really, and it usually generates huge significant PM spam. We want to implement member search and better social connections though, so that you can find people you know easily.
will you be adding photo albums?
Yes. I do not yet know when.
what is unanswered?
Currently topic types are not very well differentiated but the idea is to for questions to be for types of topics that need just one answer and then can be considered closed. Unanswered is a list of question topic types that have not yet selected an answer, but the feature is not very good in that we do not do enough to prompt users to select answers and we don't differentiate between the topic types well.
However we plan to expand on this core framework to do some interesting things with new topic types (an example would be we could make a "URL" or "Video" topic type that is customized towards sharing content like that).
so far what i miss most is the control panel page that showed me which threads i was in had replies so i could go there.
What about your "my posts" page? It lists all topics you have participated in ordered by latest reply.
having to depend on email notifications is a nightmare. looking at 'recent' posts could be way too much to wade through. likely i wont even remember the name of the thread i just posted in. it also showed whatever messages i had received, when and who sent them so i would know at a glance where to go first.
Could you check out the my posts page and elaborate on what is missing? For example, I know it could benefit from some read tracking. What other tricks do you want that kind of topic list to do?
is there some kind of alpha listing of any subsections of your forum? i see philosophy forum names thrown in all over here and there and other titles which are completely unrelated...
Because it's open-ended it is generally listed by most use and relevancy, but we are experimenting with some other ways to order and display them. An alphabetical display can work if we put relevancy thresholds (so it alphabetizes a popularity sort).
my tags, my topics, my posts are of no use to me. new posts, as i said, is rather useless because in a place with so many comments 'new' means within the last few minutes. nothing of interest to me may have been said in the last four pages of recent posts. a lot of things that work in a smaller environment are not going to work here. so i am still looking for the good things or the advantages of having a Bigger Thing.
Making topic grids that work for everyone is critical for us, so we'll nail this eventually. More feedback on where those grids are inadequate can help us nail it sooner.