Redesign the Bulletin Boards
The reason why so few companies are discussed here is because the site design is the least user friendly of the BB's.
Hi, we’re of course open to making changes here but it would be helpful to have some specific suggestions – what, in particular, would you like to see changed to improve the BB site design? Comments below would be welcome.
I agree with slartybartfast
I would like all comments on a thread to have mandatory stock codes as particularly with multi stock threads (eg Paul Scott's morning notes), a search for a stock discussion becomes somewhat laborious.
I think that to some extent marben100 is correct, in that dislike is driven by lack of familiarity. However, I voted is support of the 'Redisign the Bulletin Boards' request. So I'll try to explain.
I like the Stockopedia site generally, and would like to make more use of the BB but find it confusing and messy, with too many options, many of which seem to fit easily with the way I'd like it to operate. Some of this will of course be my lack of understanding, but it that affects me, it may affect others.
I can't find how to create and control a list of favourites in the way I'd like. When I click on favourites from the 'Discuss' menu, I get a whole lot of threads in which I've little interest. The favourites help says I can follow authors and companies, but the companies bit doesn't seem to work properly. I'd like to be able to select companies to follow on the BB, but is seems to be tied into contents of portfolios or watchlists, which just doesn't work of me. Perhaps when a new company is added to a portfolio, it could be added to a BB favourite list, but we need the ability to delete. I think we should be able to control the individual companies, authors and threads in the Favourites list.
Currently it's just horrible, and doesn't scan at all well. Mixing pictures and text of all sizes and shapes makes it very difficult to read. Some text is even too small for me to see clearly without a magnifying glass! I think what's needed is a really clean and dense text display, with threads greying out when all comments are read. Columns should be more like those on ADVFN (much as I hate to say it). I can look at my favourites on there, and see what's new within 5 seconds, despite it holding 100+ threads. I'd like to see the thread title, original poster, creation date, most recent poster and the time of their post. All the blue and red thumbs, poster icons, numbers viewing, etc are a bit of a waste of space IMO.
Generally the formatting of posts is much better than on other sites. The fact I have difficulty is therefore probably just a learning thing, since I haven't done it very much.
I disagree. I find the BB design, with anchoring to companies, powerful formatting features and good search considerably better than that of ADVFN or TMF.
If there is anything other users don't like BE SPECIFIC on what changes you'd like to see. Often dislike is simply driven by unfamiliarity. It's worth spending the time to understand the design ethos behind S'pedia, IMO.
However, I do feel S'pedia management have taken their eyes off the BB ball, whilst developing the Pro version and effort is needed to bring "buzz" back to the BBs.