Watercooler

THAT SUCKS!!!

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THAT SUCKS!!!

Jaqui
I'm not here for a few months, less than 50 posts since I got back,
and I'm almost halfway up the top 100?

what's with the members here?
they all afraid to post or something?
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    seanferd

    But the social media presence is astonishing, I tells ya.

    Yeah, we're all a-skeert. :0 My stress level is through the roof right now.

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    lol

    Jaqui

    to bad the social media stuff isn't relevant for me.

    killed facebook and linkedin
    never had twitter and got my domain blacklisted by twitter on purpose

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    seanferd

    Ding **** the witch is dead! The witch is dead. The ****ing witch is deaaaaaad.

    Did its brains splatter satisfactorily on the sidewalk?

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    lol

    Jaqui

    nope,
    cause I killed it by drowning.
    put concrete galoshes on it and tossed it into the ocean.

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    seanferd

    You win 100 internets every day for the rest of your life. And a tickertape parade in the city of your choice.

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    Deadly Ernest

    does that cut down on the downloads and related crap.

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    AnsuGisalas

    Otherwise known as lurking...

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Just ****ed off at being unable to find or follow anything now.

    It's easier to ignore the Trolls and Twits who want to treat TR as a Open Ended Help Forum for their personal needs.

    Sometimes their silly responses are even related to Computer Technology.

    Actually not so long ago one of the prolific Spammers was high up on the Top 100 List so they accept anyone on that list Jaqui.

    Col :0

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    Jaqui

    broken search is completely gone.
    there is no way to search for content any more.

    no way to BROWSE the blogs.
    no way to filter posts on content.

    a design to make the site unusable.

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    jck

    I love how Off-Topic is now called "Water Cooler", and has only a small link to direct you to it as well as no "hottest" or "newest" tab like the regular forum.

    It's almost like we're the "red-headed stepchild" now on here.

    Nice to see you back BTW, jaqui. Hope things are good for you.

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    jfuller05

    <i>It's almost like we're the "red-headed stepchild" now on here.</i>

    I think the off-topic discussions kept folks coming back to TR after they viewed the technology articles/questions. Now, the off-topic discussions are shoved in a corner?

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    jck

    I remember one corp I used to work at, "water cooler chit-chat" was a managerial term for people who stopped and talked a lot about non-business things.

    "We need to keep down the water cooler chit-chat" was something mentioned in meetings. It didn't matter if you'd had no breaks or lunch, you were expected to keep it to the minimum "in the halls" (meaning not at your cube/office).

    I know this (Jason...if you're reading, make a point of this):

    I came here because of the off-topic. I found some of the stuff Bill, Mark, , Toni, et. al., to be useful. But, the tech folks I found here that I could socialize with in the old format was fine. You didn't need to make a huge interface change to make it look like a social networking site to make TechRepublic more social. And, segregating your off-topic (probably your most active single area) really was a bad move.

    "The Powers That Be" may want TechRepublic to be more tech-oriented, but alienating your most active group of users by basically exiling them into their own dungeon is no way to keep them...and definitely is no way to attract people who are looking for a site they feel comfortable using.

    After all, how many of the TechRepublic event attendees were not active off-topic posters?

    Time to rethink the gameplan here.

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    robo_dev

    On the old system it was nice to be able to see that the poster is:

    From Freakbakistan, therefore not speaking English real well.

    Listed as a 'student', asking some complex routing
    question (Homework...helloooo).

    Listed as CIO, so obviously knows nothing about IT.

    Listed as 'retired' so we would cut them some slack.

    But now we cannot tell who is the lazy student and who is the retired grandmother.....

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    jck

    is harder to navigate, find things, and less readable?

    So much for advancing...

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    But as we continue to go forwards we learn as we go. Though TechRepublic could make it easier, but then we would not learn if it was too easy. But we can always hope.

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    CharlieSpencer

    It's now too clunky to locate the new content in a discussion. There's no 'NEW' tag any more. I've come to realize that is my biggest complaint. Combine that with the discussion levels not being indented as far from the left as they were and the lack of the old 'dotted line' tree branches, and following a discussion isn't worth it after the first fifty or so posts.

    As I noted earlier, it's eliminated the '7 level' problem; no one goes that deep anymore. I'm only here two or three days a week now, and I'm still routinely in the top 10.

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    Jaqui

    comes from the "discussions' being a blogging engine set to allow discussions on posts.
    a poor substitute for an actual forum script.

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    CharlieSpencer

    I don't care why it's this way, just that it doesn't seem to me to be as easy to determine which comments go under those they are responding to .

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    CharlieSpencer

    Deleted.

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    Maybe they might change a few things back to the way they used to be. I did like the old Webpage they had also even the limit of the 7th level did not cause too much pain.

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    .Martin.

    three posts and I'm up to 87.

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    Jaqui

    really scary that active involvement is so low.

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    CG IT

    The vast majority of questions in Q&A are help desk questions so my participation is almost zero. Not a help desk end user technician, Microsoft Office help desk technician, or any form of technician helping end users.

    Even if there's some question about servers, mail servers, or the lot, I can tell their not legitimate.. anyone that's worked even a little, with servers, mail servers at all could answer them.

    The days of "jack of all trade" IT people is over... specialists abound and they go to the specialists web sites.

    I was never a big discussion poster, but I do agree, was far easier following a discussion when you could see the tree and find new posts.

    While I like the front page, I think relevent content to IT Pros is missing. Click on VoIP and what do you get? not a lot of useful information, either for the novice, intermediate or advanced IT person. .Click on virtualization..what do you get? same thing.

    just my 2 cents

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    seanferd

    But the social media presence is astonishing, I tells ya.

    Yeah, we're all a-skeert. :0 My stress level is through the roof right now.

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    lol

    Jaqui

    to bad the social media stuff isn't relevant for me.

    killed facebook and linkedin
    never had twitter and got my domain blacklisted by twitter on purpose

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    seanferd

    Ding **** the witch is dead! The witch is dead. The ****ing witch is deaaaaaad.

    Did its brains splatter satisfactorily on the sidewalk?

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    lol

    Jaqui

    nope,
    cause I killed it by drowning.
    put concrete galoshes on it and tossed it into the ocean.

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    seanferd

    You win 100 internets every day for the rest of your life. And a tickertape parade in the city of your choice.

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    Deadly Ernest

    does that cut down on the downloads and related crap.

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    AnsuGisalas

    Otherwise known as lurking...

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Just ****ed off at being unable to find or follow anything now.

    It's easier to ignore the Trolls and Twits who want to treat TR as a Open Ended Help Forum for their personal needs.

    Sometimes their silly responses are even related to Computer Technology.

    Actually not so long ago one of the prolific Spammers was high up on the Top 100 List so they accept anyone on that list Jaqui.

    Col :0

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    Jaqui

    broken search is completely gone.
    there is no way to search for content any more.

    no way to BROWSE the blogs.
    no way to filter posts on content.

    a design to make the site unusable.

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    1 Votes
    jck

    I love how Off-Topic is now called "Water Cooler", and has only a small link to direct you to it as well as no "hottest" or "newest" tab like the regular forum.

    It's almost like we're the "red-headed stepchild" now on here.

    Nice to see you back BTW, jaqui. Hope things are good for you.

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    jfuller05

    <i>It's almost like we're the "red-headed stepchild" now on here.</i>

    I think the off-topic discussions kept folks coming back to TR after they viewed the technology articles/questions. Now, the off-topic discussions are shoved in a corner?

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    jck

    I remember one corp I used to work at, "water cooler chit-chat" was a managerial term for people who stopped and talked a lot about non-business things.

    "We need to keep down the water cooler chit-chat" was something mentioned in meetings. It didn't matter if you'd had no breaks or lunch, you were expected to keep it to the minimum "in the halls" (meaning not at your cube/office).

    I know this (Jason...if you're reading, make a point of this):

    I came here because of the off-topic. I found some of the stuff Bill, Mark, , Toni, et. al., to be useful. But, the tech folks I found here that I could socialize with in the old format was fine. You didn't need to make a huge interface change to make it look like a social networking site to make TechRepublic more social. And, segregating your off-topic (probably your most active single area) really was a bad move.

    "The Powers That Be" may want TechRepublic to be more tech-oriented, but alienating your most active group of users by basically exiling them into their own dungeon is no way to keep them...and definitely is no way to attract people who are looking for a site they feel comfortable using.

    After all, how many of the TechRepublic event attendees were not active off-topic posters?

    Time to rethink the gameplan here.

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    robo_dev

    On the old system it was nice to be able to see that the poster is:

    From Freakbakistan, therefore not speaking English real well.

    Listed as a 'student', asking some complex routing
    question (Homework...helloooo).

    Listed as CIO, so obviously knows nothing about IT.

    Listed as 'retired' so we would cut them some slack.

    But now we cannot tell who is the lazy student and who is the retired grandmother.....

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    jck

    is harder to navigate, find things, and less readable?

    So much for advancing...

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    1 Votes

    But as we continue to go forwards we learn as we go. Though TechRepublic could make it easier, but then we would not learn if it was too easy. But we can always hope.

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    2 Votes
    CharlieSpencer

    It's now too clunky to locate the new content in a discussion. There's no 'NEW' tag any more. I've come to realize that is my biggest complaint. Combine that with the discussion levels not being indented as far from the left as they were and the lack of the old 'dotted line' tree branches, and following a discussion isn't worth it after the first fifty or so posts.

    As I noted earlier, it's eliminated the '7 level' problem; no one goes that deep anymore. I'm only here two or three days a week now, and I'm still routinely in the top 10.

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    Jaqui

    comes from the "discussions' being a blogging engine set to allow discussions on posts.
    a poor substitute for an actual forum script.

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    1 Votes
    CharlieSpencer

    I don't care why it's this way, just that it doesn't seem to me to be as easy to determine which comments go under those they are responding to .

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    CharlieSpencer

    Deleted.

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    2 Votes

    Maybe they might change a few things back to the way they used to be. I did like the old Webpage they had also even the limit of the 7th level did not cause too much pain.

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    .Martin.

    three posts and I'm up to 87.

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    Jaqui

    really scary that active involvement is so low.

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    CG IT

    The vast majority of questions in Q&A are help desk questions so my participation is almost zero. Not a help desk end user technician, Microsoft Office help desk technician, or any form of technician helping end users.

    Even if there's some question about servers, mail servers, or the lot, I can tell their not legitimate.. anyone that's worked even a little, with servers, mail servers at all could answer them.

    The days of "jack of all trade" IT people is over... specialists abound and they go to the specialists web sites.

    I was never a big discussion poster, but I do agree, was far easier following a discussion when you could see the tree and find new posts.

    While I like the front page, I think relevent content to IT Pros is missing. Click on VoIP and what do you get? not a lot of useful information, either for the novice, intermediate or advanced IT person. .Click on virtualization..what do you get? same thing.

    just my 2 cents