I've got a beef with the way the forums are laid out. Please hear me out, I've been coming here for a couple of years now, so I'm not a newbie screaming THIS IS TEH SUXORS!
Anyway, I've just gotten M2000, which is a Pocket PC phone. This means I've moved over to the other side of Modaco. However, I'm finding the way that the Pocket PC side of thing has been "crowbarred" in is awkard and unwieldy. Currently, the forums are laid out as follows:
Help/ General Smartphone Pocket PC News/ General Smartphone Pocket PCand so on.
Now, none of the internal forums bear any relationship to those around it. It's purely a visual representation; the fact that the two OS specific sections in each area in are IN the same area means nothing. Except for one thing; you can get an intermediate screen showing you what forums have unread posts. Which is pointless when you don't care about all of the other forums in that section!
Here's something I think is a little better:
General/ News Help Smartphone/ Help Software News PocketPC/ ....and so on.
Now, here are the advantages to this approach:
- You can restrict searches of the site to a particular OS. Right now this is not possible, so if you have a Pocket PC query, you can either search the whole site and get a lot of irrelevant links about Smartphones (and vice-versa), or you can search each of the areas individually.
- You can go to a page that shows all of the forums that are relevant to you. On this page you can see the last posts, unread post counts etc.
Currently, keeping up with the PocketPC forums means I have to jump about all over the place, I'm sure others are finding the same thing. I remember the old days were all forums could be viewed on one screen, and it was fairly easy to keep up with everything that was going on.