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a philosophical question


garbanzo a gogo

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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.

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Absolutely positively agree with this! I said this in the beginning.

I feel bad when I see someone post and 2 seconds later it's been demoted by someone else's post.

If we are on the topic of gear I got a new Fitbit Charge HR. It tells me I have a heart. Who knew?

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Whoa whoa whoa! I saw your gear review that's why I put mine too.

Gobble gobble.

4 minutes ago, garbanzo a gogo said:

I PUT A GEAR REVIEW AT THE BOTTOM!!!!!

 

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I agree.  I thought the categories would be cool but I don't think it's worked as well.  I try to post in less congested categories so people who write better don't get bumped but it doesn't always work well.

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I'm in agreement that the categories aren't so great.  Or at least a way to view the blogs, regardless of category in chronological order.  If there is a way to do that I would be on board.

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So, you do not want any categories at all?  Just one for Blogs?  We'd merge everything we have into one category?

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8 minutes ago, Cliff said:

So, you do not want any categories at all?  Just one for Blogs?  We'd merge everything we have into one category?

Yep. I don't think anyone would object. Most posts cover more than one category anyway.

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2 hours ago, ocrunnergirl said:

Whoa whoa whoa! I saw your gear review that's why I put mine too.

Gobble gobble.

 

I'm rarely in the right gear. I wish my automatic transmission worked better

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@ocrunnergirl If your gear makes a gobbling sound it might be broken. Probably a Miscellaneous post.

So, when I finish my "Ode to the Terrycloth Sweatband", I should put it in the forums? I mean, it's sort of gear. But it also prevents sweat getting into my eyes, so perhaps it's an injury prevention thing. You know what, I'm going for a run, just tell me what wall to throw my ramblings at and I'm good. Wait, ramblings? Oh boy...

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One of the reasons I haven't posted in the last few days is because I don't want to be the #1 contributor for the injuries category...foot is still keeping me from running, but it is finally feeling better. Maybe by this weekend I'll be out of elliptical purgatory? Or at least getting to run some? I did have an idea for a gear post, but I haven't written it.

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What's the front page? Wait, are you accessing this from an actual desktop computer? 

I like this format. But I'm almost always in the minority. 

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@Cliff, noting that this is a pretty small sampling of the Loop population, it seems that the categories aren't working for most. I normally figure out ways to make whatever is there work for me and I have a system to make sure I don't miss anything. But that's just me. There are still tags that people can search if they want a specific topic, so if getting rid of the categories is an easy fix, I vote yes.

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14 minutes ago, Dave said:

so if getting rid of the categories is an easy fix, I vote yes.

It will be very easy.  I might tag everything with the current category first, then move them all in to one category.

Please vote here. 

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I am not confident of an internet vote because of the possibility of Russian meddling. Plus I'm not sure this sort of discussion is appropriate till we have stopped mourning David Cassidy. Also I have serious doubts about squash.

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4 minutes ago, garbanzo a gogo said:

I am not confident of an internet vote because of the possibility of Russian meddling. Plus I'm not sure this sort of discussion is appropriate till we have stopped mourning David Cassidy. Also I have serious doubts about squash.

squash - the game or the food?

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I agree! I'd love to just have one big chronological mess of blogs. I'm not a fan of how frequently blogs get knocked off the front page in some categories, while other categories remain static for weeks. 

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2 hours ago, mattw said:

squash - the game or the food?

in a perfect world, squash would be played using an actual squash, which invariably would eventually get squashed during the game and rendered useless for Thanksgiving. I think the philosopher John Kennedy Toole said it best: "Being actively engaged in the system which I criticize will be an interesting irony in itself."  Or maybe I just need cheese dip.

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AND I think someone mentioned it in the voting poll, but I TOTALLY TOTALLY TOTALLY agree that the new home totally kicks butt and is a million times better than the old ratty duplex we used to live in. That we're talking about a tweak as opposed to the old days of "I JUST WROTE THE WORLD'S GREATEST BLOG AND PLUCK ATE IT AGAIN" is a testament to what a great job Cliff has done. Thanks a lot, Cliff. But seriously, no squash. Squash is evil.

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