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Ned
10-03-2008, 10:35 AM
Hi just a small point, but on your joining form, it won't let you leave the "Type of Reader" box empty. Nor will it let you blank it out after joining.

Since I'd expect many new members to be, like me, non-owners but on the lookout for advice, you might benefit from allowing a blank box here.

Yes, I know you can lie about it, as I did, or even put None as I discovered, but not everyone is as bold as I am. :rofl:

Over
10-03-2008, 10:57 AM
I think anyone can figure out what to put in that field, so that's not really a problem. :)

Ned
10-03-2008, 11:52 AM
I think anyone can figure out what to put in that field, so that's not really a problem. :)
No, but it would be nicer if you didn't have to.:)
(And Bob on the Welcome forum told me to post it here:p)

pilotbob
10-03-2008, 11:53 AM
(And Bob on the Welcome forum told me to post it here:p)

Suggested.

BOb

(As someone said I guess you could type "none" there. But, I also agree it shouldn't be a required field.)

Ned
10-03-2008, 12:03 PM
Suggested.
BOb

Sorry Bob, nothing intended, just loose wording on my part. :)

bbusybookworm
10-03-2008, 12:20 PM
I know that it can be a bit of a pain, but have to say that making it required has the benefit that when someone is replying to a post they can see which device(s) you have, which can often put a question or statement in context.

I've found that It's especially useful, when communicating with new members, as it allows the long time members to quicky zero in and offer encouragement and advice.

I'll actually like the Location to be required as well, as often answers to queries are very much dependent on location.

Perhaps a small note besides the fields suggesting putting none / searching when a new member registers :chinscratch:

NatCh
10-03-2008, 01:01 PM
You need to own a reader to joinTechnically, you need device to join. :wink:

Before the advent and rampant popularity of dedicated e-ink readers, MobileRead had a somewhat broader focus. It included phones, PDAs, even laptops and such because those were the devices available for mobile reading. We still pay some attention to other mobile devices, but the focus has mostly shifted.

That being said, I tend to agree that at least a note that the "device" field could be filled in with something like "none yet" would be a good move.

And yeah, this is definitely the place to offer such suggestions. Our Forum Architect, Alex, does make it a point to read posts here, and is pretty good about acting on them. However, he also has quite a back-log in his in-box so it can sometimes take him a while to get to things. :shrug:

khourianya
10-03-2008, 02:25 PM
Instead of a blank textbox, perhaps having a list of devides to select from with "Still deciding" as an option and an "other" textbox that could be filled in would be more appropriate....

just a couple of cents from my direction :)

Patricia
10-03-2008, 06:08 PM
People have made some ineresting points here.
I think that it's a good idea to ask what devices member have, because we do get posts from new members asking, 'How do I do X?' And the answer may very, depending on their device. Members don't always think to mention which device they possess.
A drop-down menu, including 'just looking' sounds very promising at first. Then you start looking at all the new Hanlin clones, the older pda's etc, and realise that it would be a very long menu indeed.
So, it's not as easy to fix as one might hope. But it's certainly worth thinking whether an improvement is possible.

NatCh
10-03-2008, 06:12 PM
I think the idea of a help note ("you can enter 'none' or 'still looking,' etc.") is probably the most practical one. :shrug:

Patricia
10-03-2008, 06:12 PM
I think that you may be right there, Natch.

Alexander Turcic
10-03-2008, 06:39 PM
I think the idea of a help note ("you can enter 'none' or 'still looking,' etc.") is probably the most practical one. :shrug:

I agree, this could be helpful.

The problem with a drop-down is that some people would like to enter more than one device.

Alexander Turcic
10-03-2008, 06:43 PM
Title: E-Book Device
Description: Your (prospective) e-book device (feel free to enter 'none' if you haven't decided yet)

How does this sound?

NatCh
10-03-2008, 06:52 PM
Sounds just dandy to me, Alex! :yes:

JSWolf
10-11-2008, 01:50 PM
Can we make the location manitory too? Answers can also depend on where the person lives.

desertgrandma
10-11-2008, 02:15 PM
Can we make the location manitory too? Answers can also depend on where the person lives.

and if they don't want to get too personal, perhaps just the continent? :D

Dave Berk
10-12-2008, 12:02 PM
and if they don't want to get too personal, perhaps just the continent? :D
what about our extraterrestrial members? :D

bbusybookworm
10-12-2008, 01:13 PM
what about our extraterrestrial members? :D

Perhaps which planet they are from ;)

Or maybe which part of the galaxy they are from :grin2:

Translated for us Earthlings/ Terrens of course

(Eg. Stars End :thumbsup: )

desertgrandma
10-12-2008, 01:14 PM
what about our extraterrestrial members? :D

I'd settle for the galaxy also.......:)

RWood
10-12-2008, 01:33 PM
Can we make the location manitory too? Answers can also depend on where the person lives.
I'm with Jon on this. Many times I have gone through the song-and-dance of if you live here then this, if you live there that, if you are over there then this other. Knowing where a person lives helps a lot. For example, the laws on fair use vary greatly from country to country. Someone asks about problems with the Sony store and three posts later we find that they live and have a credit card from a place that Sony does not support the Reader. The same with copyright questions or where to buy. Even when someone says that they live in Athens, Moscow, or Paris you still have to ask which one. (Athens, GA or Athens, Greece - Moscow, TX or Moscow, Russia - Paris, TX; Paris, TN; Paris, VA, or Paris, France - and I know I have left a few out.)