A ‘sticky’ problem. What’s the answer?

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A ‘sticky’ problem. What’s the answer?

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I have been in discussion with the administrator of a phpBB forum I belong to about ‘stickies’. We were talking about the maximum that should be listed under any one forum. He has made the very valid point that having too many stickies is problematic. He goes on to point out that if someone is looking on a small screen device, they may not see anything other than the stickies and may therefore assume that they have no new unviewed posts to look at. He thinks that two stickies should be considered the maximum. Would others agree?

This must be a problem that all forums face from time to time so is there a solution that will keep everyone happy?

Before starting this topic I did do a search and found this: viewtopic.php?t=1393425 However the comments were posted in 2009, some 10 years ago. Since that time have there been any developments on the problem?

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I don't think that there is global answer as each board varies as to its requirements.

The simple answer is to put a time limit on the sticky when it is created
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Crusoeman wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:40 pm
He thinks that two stickies should be considered the maximum. Would others agree?
I hardly ever use a small screen so I'm not be able to comment on it giving the impression that there are no new posts.
However, users usually see the forumlist first so they should know whether there are new posts (or topics). If they bypass the index and move to viewforum and then also don't look past the stickies (or announcements) then AFAIAC it's their oss.
Having said that, overdoing it with stickies is not a good idea. I usually have a max of 1 or 2 announcements and 3 or 4 stickies of which 2 are probably just temporary.

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Re: A ‘sticky’ problem. What’s the answer?

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On my forum the only stickies are upcoming meets, I have a global for rules but thats it.

Other announcements like site news etc are posted in an announcement forum.

I don't think I've ever seen a forum with more than 4 stickies, however... I think there is an extension that seperates stickies like the way announcements are seperated.

Another idea is what I did in my Clean-Boardz style - the topic row background is a different colour for stickies, this can be done to any style by simply adding 3 lines of code to the CSS.
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Dan Stylez wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:06 pm
Another idea is what I did in my Clean-Boardz style - the topic row background is a different colour for stickies, this can be done to any style by simply adding 3 lines of code to the CSS.
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hmm, how come I never thought of that?
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warmweer wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:13 pm
Dan Stylez wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:06 pm
Another idea is what I did in my Clean-Boardz style - the topic row background is a different colour for stickies, this can be done to any style by simply adding 3 lines of code to the CSS.
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hmm, how come I never thought of that?

Prosilver sort of helped me with the idea :D colours.css - line 303: /* you can add a background for stickies and announcements*/

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I used pale colours but they can be whatever suits the style being used, you could even just change the font colour instead or both :D
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Dan Stylez wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:24 pm
I used pale colours but they can be whatever suits the style being used, you could even just change the font colour instead or both :D
Yeah, I've been trying out some colours and will probably add that to alex75 's Red title for new topic and new reply extension (saves me the trouble of re-editing when updating).
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You can even separate stickies from topics: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... hierarchy/
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3Di wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:42 pm
You can even separate stickies from topics: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... hierarchy/
I know.
It's been on my list of extensions to evaluate (and to try to learn from).
The list increases in size every day :?
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The ext has no settings, install and go... mission accomplished.
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3Di wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:02 pm
The ext has no settings, install and go... mission accomplished.
OK, OK, I'll do it tomorrow, hopefully (after I update a board with modifications). Jeezes, reminds me of my mother telling me to go clean my room (and I've learned never to mess with mama) :P ;)
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