Browsing The Gauge

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by steamhead, Jun 22, 2008.


How do you browse The Gauge..??

  1. Read only the most recent posts

    17 vote(s)
  2. Read the recent posts and go to my favorite sub-forums

    23 vote(s)
  3. Generally go directly to my favorite sub-forums

    17 vote(s)
  1. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    How do you browse The Gauge..?? I've noticed that I generally stick to the recent posts and rarely go to a specific sub-forum. I've missed a few good threads since new posts can disappear from the recent posts listing in a matter of hours...and not find their way back....
  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    since the inception of the "front page" with recent posts listing, I find myself checking the recent posts 2-3 times per day. This has been great for me, because I wind up reading posts from forums that I would not normally frequent otherwise, and have learned many new wonderful things. :)

  3. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Sometimes I don't log in, so I just look at the new posts on the welcome screen. If I login, I go to the new post button next to search.

  4. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Loren...when you exit The you log out..??
    I can't remember the last time I had to log in....
  5. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

    I just start at the Gauge forum and work my way through the ones marked with new threads. I usually stay logged in and with a tab in Firefox always open to the main forum (
  6. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    The Gauge

    In the "Good old days" :rolleyes: I only used "new posts" to start off unless I was looking for something. Ever since "Z-day", that brings up a host of unwanted (by me), non-mrr posts to sort through. We have brought this up before and I'm not sure why Peter does not fix this unless it presents a real difficulty, or he just thinks we need to be exposed to "alternative lifestyles". :twisted: Just not into gobots and rc and ....

    We even have a large number of railroad sub-forums relative to the volume of traffic, in my opinion. It's all fine, but personally, I think they don't enhance the forum. I'm sure everyone has "favorites", but I generally go through the ones that I don't necessarily relate to, for ideas and to see the modelling.

    My ideal forum map?

    1. HO includes HOn(whanever) and OO
    2. Smaller N,Z
    3. Larger S,O, Large
    4. 1:1
    5. DCC or Electrical
    all with no smaller Subforums

    ...maybe (maybe) Tech
    ...maybe (really maybe) Layout Planning
    (although those are scale-related more often than not,
    and Electrical covers a lot of Tech, anyway)

    Done griping!! (Like the man said: "Relax, it's just an opnion":mrgreen::mrgreen:) I keep coming back, anyway.:wave:
  7. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    I go first to General and then work my way through the major sections, browsing for posts of interest. I usually finish up back at General checking for last minute posts, responses, or to see if I'm in trouble for anything. :cool:

    Although I have specific scale-driven interests, interesting ideas and fantastic layouts are where I find them, no matter in what section or post. We have a lot of highly creative folks here doing terrific work, so while I might find less of interest on any given day, I am never bored or discouraged.

    Just my two cents worth, after taxes, surcharges, service fees, depreciation and a small donation to move all politicians to the Antarctic.
  8. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Steamhead, I do log out. I know we are automatically logged out after a half hour of inactivity, but it stems from the old days of bbs's when you logged out to make room for somebody else.
    Cidchase, if you go to user cp, then edit options, then exclude forums from getting new post, you can block the forums you don't want to see.

  9. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Loren...I never log out..Nor am I booted off after 1/2 hour of inactivity...Sometimes it stays "lurking" in the background while I do other stuff for hours at a time....:mrgreen:.
    (I don't close it 'cuzz I'm on dial-up, and re-booting it takes a little while...)
  10. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Logging out is probably the wrong term. More like no activity. My bad.

  11. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I'm a moderator...Browsing the Gauge is my job.
  12. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    I know of worse jobs than yours.....:mrgreen:

    I'm sure we're all thankful for it..!! :thumb:
  13. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Most of the time I check "new posts since last login". Sometimes I look for specific items. I logout if I remember. Every few months I have to go and mark a bunch of posts "read" that I have nothing to contribute to or no interest.
  14. jesso

    jesso Member

    My home page is The Recent Comments page, so I check it WAY to often:mrgreen:. Plus since the recent comments page comes up when you type in that is the way I remember to get in.
  15. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    My settings must be different, because any unread posts disappear from my "New Posts" after one week. That, coupled with de-selecting non-railroad forums and the fact that I read any thread that might be of even marginal interest, means that i don't have a big buildup of unread threads.
  16. Packers#1

    Packers#1 Ultimate Packers Fan

    I'll usually look at the recent posts, then go to the sub-boards.
  17. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    reading new posts

    This thread brings up a question in this inquiring (mind) of mine. I can understand those that go direct to their sub forum. But, if you read all the new posts, wouldn't that cover all you would get to read without going then to a sub forum? Am I missing something here, more than just my mind? Of course I check in 8-10 times a day ( and post probably every couple weeks).

    I don't know what's going on, but I gotta put something here to muddy the waters just a bit:rolleyes::confused:

  18. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

    I have no clue for others, but the clutter of transformers, etc and the odd time arrangement rather than forum makes it a bit like tearing up a copy of MR and reading the bits spread out on a table. Going through the forums one at a time gives me more context and I don't wind up seeing all the stuff that's new that I don't care about. All the entries on Battelships, star cruisers and tanks are like a bunch of ad pages, so it may not be faster, but it's more enjoyable to click through the forums based on the icons that tell me whether or not there's something to read in them.
  19. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hey Nomad,
    Thanks for that procedure, guess I never got down that far, it sure works!:thumb::thumb:
  20. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    I look at everything I can. :D

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