GardenWeb needs your feedback!

gwannouncementsOctober 17, 2012

Hi everyone,

As you may have noticed, we've been sprucing up the site a bit. Among other things, we've added new ways to upload photos and email notifications of post replies. We are still cleaning out cobwebs and weeding some areas of the site, but we are also working on some bigger projects like a better search engine (yay!) and a mobile app. We'd also like to get some feedback from you. What enhancements or additions would you like to see? What do you love? What do you hate? Think big and small!

We can't promise the moon, but please know that we will read and consider every one of your ideas and suggestions. We appreciate your loyalty and dedication to our site and we know how important your community is to you. Help us make it even better!

Please use this post to offer your feedback. But, as always, you are welcome to contact me directly by clicking on my profile page.

Best regards,

Tamara Amey

GardenWeb Community Manager

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Use a new forum engine. I've been at a loss for a long time as to why Gardenweb insists on using this incredibly outdated, poorly functional and incredibly ugly forum software. At first I thought it was because you wanted to keep a sparse, simple look and interface. But sparse, simple interfaces are what all forums have been trending towards in the last couple of years, and they still manage to have fantastic functionality. And many of them are even open source and free. I mean seriously, what is the deal there?

It's so much more pleasant to message at your competitors' websites that I've drifted increasingly towards them without even realizing it.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 5:15PM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

New forum engine and a mobile design would be great.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 1:44AM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

New forum engine and a mobile design would be great.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 1:46AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I think it would be a plus if admin had the ability (or used it if they already have it) to make threads nominated by members because they have endured and proven their popularity, into 'sticky threads' - threads that remain pinned to the top of the forum so they don't descend and eventually drop off the bottom of the forum's opening page, as the programming currently in place dictates.


    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 4:06AM
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I would second tapla's idea. As example, "Container Soils - Water Movement & Retention" has filled up with replies and been resurrected at least fifteen (15) times! Such a popular piece, so chock full of information, proving so helpful to so many members, deserves a permanent place at the top of the forum!

I've often wondered why GW insists upon using such an outdated engine, though I do enjoy the format. I like that it's not so busy with extra functions and ads. I like its simplicity.

Thanks, Tamara! Always a pleasure to speak to you!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 2:25PM
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Hi everyone!

You asked and we listened. Today we are very excited to be debuting our newest feature -- post editing! To use this feature, go back to the post you wish to correct and you'll find the link under the 'My Clippings' links on the right side of the page.

I want to give a special shout out to all the testers who tried to break the editing tool. ;) Your feedback was insightful and invaluable. Thank you!

You may have also noticed that we adjusted the login cookie awhile back so that you should not have to login repeatedly.

Stay tuned -- we have more cool things in the works!

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 10:41AM
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