New Forum Feature - Following A Topic

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Ok folks we've added some new navigation options and a new feature to the forum. The new navigation options you'll see in a menu at the top of the main list of topics.

The new feature we've added is the ability to follow a topic. If there are certain topics you'd like to keep an eye on you can follow them. Simply click the red button that says "Follow This Topic" which you'll find at the end of any topic page (it's at the bottom of this page). Topics you follow will then show up when you choose "Topics I'm Following" from the new menu.

This is a private feature. Nobody will know which topics you are following. This is simply a way to quickly find the topics you are most interested in.

Following a topic is different from Subscribing to a topic which is a feature we've had for quite some time. Subscribing to a topic means you will receive email notifications anytime someone responds to a topic. This can be done by clicking the blue button that says "Notify Me Of New Comments" which is found next to the "Submit" button when you're submitting a comment. You can only receive email notifications on topics you've commented on.

So let me know if the new menu and the new following feature is working ok for everyone and let me know what we can do to improve on it.

Thanks!

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BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Just wanted to let everyone know I changed the wording on one of the features. The "following" feature is now called "favorites" which in hindsight seems the obvious choice. Not sure why I didn't think of that in the first place. The functionality is the same though. If there are topics you'd like to keep an eye on or find quickly you can simply click the red button at the end of any topic that says "Add To Favorites". That topic will show up under the menu that says "My Favorite Topics".

I want to emphasize that this is a private feature. Nobody will know which topics are your favorites. It's not a voting mechanism of any sort. It's only purpose is to help you quickly find the topics that are most important to you.

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Robert McD.'s Comment
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Hi Brett!

I don't know if this is new or if I've just been oblivious to it all this time confused.gif , but I've notice those little books next to keywords all around the forum. It's a nice touch, having a quick explanation for keywords that pop-up time and again. Thumbs up!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Just wanted to let everyone know I changed the wording on one of the features. The "following" feature is now called "favorites" which in hindsight seems the obvious choice. Not sure why I didn't think of that in the first place. The functionality is the same though. If there are topics you'd like to keep an eye on or find quickly you can simply click the red button at the end of any topic that says "Add To Favorites". That topic will show up under the menu that says "My Favorite Topics".

I want to emphasize that this is a private feature. Nobody will know which topics are your favorites. It's not a voting mechanism of any sort. It's only purpose is to help you quickly find the topics that are most important to you.

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Love it!!! This is an awesome new feature and I really like how it was implemented. Very Nice :)

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Just wanted to let everyone know I changed the wording on one of the features. The "following" feature is now called "favorites" which in hindsight seems the obvious choice. Not sure why I didn't think of that in the first place. The functionality is the same though. If there are topics you'd like to keep an eye on or find quickly you can simply click the red button at the end of any topic that says "Add To Favorites". That topic will show up under the menu that says "My Favorite Topics".

I want to emphasize that this is a private feature. Nobody will know which topics are your favorites. It's not a voting mechanism of any sort. It's only purpose is to help you quickly find the topics that are most important to you.

smile.gif

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Love it!!! This is an awesome new feature and I really like how it was implemented. Very Nice :)

Actually I noticed on thing I if I may make a suggestion... I'd like to see an option in the drop down for "Topics I've Replied To". I know for some folks the list could be quite long, so you could limit it to say Topics I've Replied to in the past 90 days or something like that. I presume the forum is based on a database like MySQL or something similar, so this would be a pretty straightforward query similar to the one you are using for the "Topics I Started" option. Just to re-iterate, I really like the direction this site is going in and am looking forward to see what you have in the pipeline for us next!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Meper's Comment
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Thanks Brett! I like the new feature you've added. Makes navigating much easier!

Meper

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thanks Brett! I like the new feature you've added. Makes navigating much easier!

Meper

Thanks Meper!

I've notice those little books next to keywords all around the forum. It's a nice touch, having a quick explanation for keywords that pop-up time and again. Thumbs up!

Yeah that's our new glossary. We've just added that over the past couple of weeks. We have it in our forum, our blog articles, and our High Road Training Program so far. You don't realize how many acronyms there are in trucking until you start building a glossary!

WIA

CDL

FMCSA

....like a thousand of em.

I'd like to see an option in the drop down for "Topics I've Replied To". I presume the forum is based on a database like MySQL or something similar, so this would be a pretty straightforward query similar to the one you are using for the "Topics I Started" option

It is indeed on MySQL and I can add that in pretty easily. I'll be looking at that over the weekend and I'll see if I can squeeze that in there.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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I'd like to see an option in the drop down for "Topics I've Replied To". I presume the forum is based on a database like MySQL or something similar, so this would be a pretty straightforward query similar to the one you are using for the "Topics I Started" option

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It is indeed on MySQL and I can add that in pretty easily. I'll be looking at that over the weekend and I'll see if I can squeeze that in there.

That's Cool.... Thank You! thank-you-2.gifsmile.gif

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Cool up-grades! Now maybe, 1 day, an "Edit" button ;)

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Cool up-grades! Now maybe, 1 day, an "Edit" button ;)

Never gonna be an edit button I'm afraid. The "Preview" button next to the "Submit" button lets you see your comment before you submit it to make sure it's correct. So you can edit your comments all you like before submitting them. That's as close as we're gonna get. It's difficult moderating the forum to make sure everyone gets the correct answers and spammers don't run amok. But if people are able to come back through and edit their comments I'd have to monitor that too. Not only that, but it would completely throw off some of the conversations by making edits after the fact. So you'd have to put a time limit on it or something anyhow. So the "Preview" feature works just as well.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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