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2003: 8567 posts per month2004: 115152005: 211132006: 371132007: 399232008: 413172009: 474972010: 388042011: 28434 (in comparison, Omnimaga averaged at 9600 posts that year, which is 33% of SMF's activity)2012: 185662013: 158122014: 104572015: 63342016: 4666 (in comparison, CW averages at 2122 so far this year)
I don't think forums are dying that much. I'm on gbatemp and a lot of threads get created and get to 5 pages in one day. Some other threads can get to 70 pages in one day, such as "Wii U hacked free pirating for everyone on all firmware versions", then you can popcorn watch people hopping on the hype train and people saying this is dumb
So yeah, given how Lexaloffle and other new softwares work, I think we would definitively be able to mimic this just with SMF custom templates or pages. Basically, to mimic a tagged topic sorting system, what we would need to do is make the Recent post list so we can filter topics by category, but more importantly, make it so that it's not capped anymore. We would need a custom recent post list that lists all forum topics from the start to the end, with the main category tags at the top.In other words, that section of the site would be centered around the recent posts list. But it would be better IMHO if we allowed members to choose if they want the classic board index or the tagged recent posts list to show up by default. Most new forum softwares supports that, but the recent posts list is shown by default. I think this would be a great way to improve the site in long terms without being forced to switch to another software. It would require heavy coding, though.@Streetwalrus was supposed to edit the recent posts list to filter topics by categories of my choice, but it was gonna be JS-based. The idea above would probably need to save user's settings to not be annoying, but his solution could work as a temporary measure. I think tags would need to be on two lines: The parent tags (categories) above, which filters multiple categories at once, and the secondary tags (sub-forums) below, selectable individisually. So yeah, in conclusion we would keep the classic SMF board index, but give users the option to switch to the bulletin board v3.0 style layout if they want, or vice-versa.
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