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Visibility of DE on forums

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Visibility of DE on forums

I've just noticed that when you open a thread on a travel forum the DEs on that forum are detailed at the top.

Interesting feature, but why is it not on the first page of the forum also? I think that it would be more appropriate to place it there.

Anyone else noticed this?

David

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1. Re: Visibility of DE on forums

OK I've shot myself in the foot here.

I now see that they are also listed on the opening page of the forum.

Just that I scroll down quickly, and do not pay any attention to the top part of the page, to get to the forum entries.

By the way I had mentioned this a while ago about the use of the space on the forum pages and the fact that you have to scroll down past all the guff at the top to get to the purpose of the forum page. Annoying and there you go I don't even read the stuff at the top now.

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2. Re: Visibility of DE on forums

David (& MandyM)

This innovation needs some attention on forums where the main forum is a COUNTRY and not a CAPITAL.

On the Maldives forum, for example, the DE details only appear on the MALE sub-forum - Male being the capital of the Maldives. Since this forum is very seldom used by name, very few posters are going to see this new DE innovation.

OD

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3. Re: Visibility of DE on forums

OD,

Maybe it's a roll-out thing as I noticed that it is not featured on the Tenerife Forum yet.

As it has only just been implemented maybe it takes a while to be available on all forums. I don't know the criteria for applying this, could be down to the number of posts on a destination forum.

David

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Hi David

It is implemented on PARTS of the Tenerife forum, but for some reason it just shows 4 DEs when in fact there are 9. Don't know why the others are missing, particularly those for the North of the island as theirs is specialist knowledge which if DEs have to be acknowledge at all then they should be included.

Like a large number of DEs I was against this as I think the whole idea is a bit OTT and will certainly give some ideas above their station, but again TA asked for recommendations and then ignored them the same as when a large number thought 'Expert' should be done away with and replaced with 'Enthusiast'. It just makes me cross when they ask for input and regardless of the feedback do what they intended doing all along.

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5. Re: Visibility of DE on forums

In order to see all the DEs you have to click on "See all x". I would have thought that if only the first 2 DEs are to be shown, democratically it should be in alphabetical order, logically by number of posts. My fellow longstanding DE is not shown yet a recent addition who has hardly contributed since becoming a DE is!

Personally I don't see the point of it.

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Hi Aquilas

I think the parts you are referring to are the main cities - not the islands. For example, Lanzarote doesn't show the DE but Arricife does.

So, unless a poster deliberately selects a city forum they won't see the DE details.

OD

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7. Re: Visibility of DE on forums

Good point OD, it's the same on my forum also.

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8. Re: Visibility of DE on forums

I think this feature has to go. Annoying, adds clutter to the page and does no justice at all to those non-DE regulars ( on any forum) who are far, far better than some DE's, with their advice.

If it *has* to stay, why are DE's not listed alphabetically and why are not *all* DE's shown? What criteria are you following when you list only 2 or 3 DE's with their avatars and post numbers ( don't even understand why the latter is mentioned - number does not equal quality) and shove the rest under "see more" ( or something like that.. I've forgotten, it's that memorable)? Quality of posts? Number of posts? Date of joining? Attractiveness of avatar? Sheesh. On at least one forum, the really good DE's have been 'hidden' while one of the worst DE's takes pride of place. Very misleading to a newcomer to TA or a forum.

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9. Re: Visibility of DE on forums

I think the first two DEs listed are the ones with the most recent posts. I haven't confirmed that yet, but at a fast once-over that is what I noticed in one forum.

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10. Re: Visibility of DE on forums

Not really - I checked.