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HLCPA (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2006
I am new here. How do you all find the quickest way to scan TA on a daily or so, basis? I know that on the Disc. Forum - Tax Questions page, any new entry will pop the thread to the top. But to see the post you have to click thru and scroll down. You also can't tell whether there was 1 new post or many, since your last log on.

I see hitting "recent changes" brings up 50 newest posts. Perhaps thats the best way to navigate. Any suggestions? Thanks Harlan

Sandysea (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2006
Welcome here Harlan!!

Most of us find our own unique way to navigate I am sure, but Tim can give the best suggestions as he is the moderator....:)

HLCPA (talk|edits) said:

18 December 2006
This morning I come on here, after 3 days of not being here. Looking at the list of threads is a bit overwhelming. Clicking thru to the interesting ones, will take time to find the new posts. Clicking on recent changes, has alot of stuff on it, other the "discussion". 2 places I use make seeing new posts easy to find and read. Yahoo groups lists posts chronologically. And tribe.net, a social networking site, highlights the posts that are new since my last logon.

I would still be interested in finding out how most people quickly scan and read the posts here. Thanks

Albundy (talk|edits) said:

18 December 2006
Go to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS at the top and you might find something helpful there. For example, I monitor the site only occasionally and find it useful to be notified by email whenever there is a change to a question I am interested in. After making a few preference changes, you only have to check the "Watch this discussion" box at thge bottom and you will be notified.

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

December 19, 2006

You're right - the TaxAlmanac Discussion Forums are a bit different. The idea behind TaxAlmanac is for tax professionals to come together to create a resource for their tax research needs. We started by importing the internal revenue code, treasury regulations, IRS FAQs, general tax topic articles, and other IRS materials. We envisioned that people would begin to use TaxAlmanac like users use Wikipedia, the world's largest encyclopedia - by starting and enhancing articles about tax-related topics. By doing this, we believe that the community could create a great resource for itself, one available free of charge. We understand that many tax preparers can't afford the large tax research packages, and that a free resource created by and for the community here might be very valuable for them.

We haven't seen the community do this yet however. Very few articles have been started, and very few existing articles have been updated or enhanced by the community. It may be that we're not getting this concept conveyed properly, it may be the idea of editing a website is still a bit new, it may be that the community isn't ready for that yet, it may be that we haven't made it easy enough to do yet. We're still learning. What has happened, however, is a very vibrant community helping each other here in the discussion forums. Early on we noticed that users were trying to communicate with each other on a couple of pages on the website. We saw this and launched these discussion forums to facilitate this, but with a larger goal of users becoming more familiar and comfortable with editing and navigating the wiki website. We did not want to create a mailing list - that would have been very easy to do, but it didn't help with our larger vision of what was possible for us to help create here.

What you have discovered is that the discussion forums are different, and that they're missing many of the features that you can find on other sites. We know this, and we're always looking for feedback about what is working and what is not working. We have a few ideas that we're working on to improve the forums, and I can assure you that we'll think about what you've told us. If you have any ideas on how we could convince more people of the long-term benefits of adding and editing tax-related content on TaxAlmanac outside of the discussion forums, I'd be very interested.

Thanks again,

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 09:22, 19 December 2006 (CST)

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