Is there a need for all the categories? When I look at the joint, I want to see the latest posts. I never go on to look at specific categories. "hmmmmm. Wonder if anyone has posted about blah blah today?" I just look to see what's up.
I'm sure anyone who posts here regularly knows the pain of posting a glorious post, only to be knocked off by someone posting in the same category two minutes later. Yes, you can still see the headlines in the list, but it becomes much harder to find.
Is it possible to ditch the categories altogether and just go back to a chronological listing of everything like we had at the old joint? Then I could just scroll down and easily see everything.
Example: my dumb muskrat post on nov. 7 is still on the first screen (I CAN'T KILL IT OUT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T EDIT POSTS AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS DAMMIT!!!!!) while any post in rambling is lucky to last half a day. That seems silly. Having the newest posts on the first page might attract more occasional viewers, giving the rightful impression of how much new stuff there is. If you were a casual viewer, you wouldn't realize there might be 5 posts about 5k/10K race reports filed in the last 10 minutes, they're just kicked off by the newest one.
Seems like the topic thing is a fine idea for forums, but isn't really what the Loop is about. The Loop is people, and not pigeonholed topics. I can't imagine anyone using this place to say "hmmmm. wonder if anyone has posted about injuries today?" It's more "hmmmm. wonder what everyone is up to, regardless of topic?" There are generally a handful of posts each day. Listing them without category would allow them all to show up.
I don't even know if it's possible to do that. It would just make me happy. And isn't that what we're all on the planet for?
p.s. example the one i'm filing in, gear, hasn't been used since speet's initial trial post back in the mid-1980s. and yet that post has been on the front page since. Speaking of gear, I like the Garmin 235 a lot. I guess the HRM isn't great for sudden bursts of speed, but it gives a fairly accurate read and saves you the torture of the dreaded changing of that stupid battery in the chest strap.