Down at the bottom of forum threads are suggested related discussions. Sadly, however these are determined, it manages to pull up threads that might be on the same topic but which are by now two, three, four or more years out of date. This is where automated tasking is serving information that often is no longer relevant or accurate given the changes to this site over it's lifetime.
Since freshness and relevancy is important for Google, it should be as well for users of this site.
Is there some way that instead of pulling up the oldest related discussions, the forum results could instead bring up the most recent and relevant other discussions? That S&M's like not only would it help people find the best current info but could cut down on some of the thread duplication when we have a site issue.
That would be a great feature. I have seen many a zombie thread get restarted, which is rather frustrating for current forum users too. Hubbers who think they are checking out new/current information, only to look when they click and see that the thread is 4 years old and in no way relevant.
If people are commenting on them, chances are they don't realize how old it is when they are reading/responding, so it could definitely lead to misinformation.
We have had a lot of zombie threads restarting, and that got me to looking around for the why. And then with the influx of summer newbies, it was clear they are looking at thread titles, and not the dates.
The pre-Panda and pre-Penguin threads on how to build Hubs and promote them are really not helping the new writers, and ultimately is don't see how that won't just blowback onto the rest of us eventually.
And just on the side, I adore how my iPad turned the word "seems" into "S&M's" which is my email shorthand for a friend's house in my first post.
by Lionrhod2 years ago
There are a lot of us who haven't been feeling safe on the forums. They've felt stalked, harassed and browbeaten.Sadly, some folks go with the letter of the law, but not the spirit of it in their posts.For an excellent...
by rebekahELLE4 years ago
Whenever I open the forums, I see countless threads by the same people, many of them unanswered or with only a couple of comments. I would love to see a limit on how many threads the same person can open...
by Tina7 years ago
I was just curious. I have not seen a lot of hubbers that have been here at Hubpages for over two years..perhaps they are too busy hubbing away!
by TheGlassSpider7 years ago
Since there's a place for suggestions...What about an option for starting a thread and inviting specific people to it? Public and Private threads, in other words. That way people could debate a topic without...
by mythbuster4 years ago
Hello all,I was just checking around in my activities to see where I spent too much time (reading in forum threads I am shocked that people write in) on HP or not enough time lately (minding my own business, I guess)....
by Dan Harmon3 years ago
Anyone else notice the "related discussion" links at the bottom of a forum page yet? Links to years old forum threads, the kind that when you try to post you are asked if you really have something to...
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