Forum Improvement Suggestions

This topic contains 99 replies, has 30 voices, and was last updated by  playzwtrux 1 month, 2 weeks ago.

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  • #23040

    NVGator
    Participant

    Who’s responsible for this forum and making changes to better this place. I have a feeling it’s going to explode, come football season, and would think the chinks might want to be worked out.

    There’s been a lot of questions asked about features or enhancements without any answers. I’m sure these are being buried in the current hot topics with the Writers, so I thought this would be a good place to post them.

    Is there an Admin who can make changes or is this place what it is?

    I’ll start:
    Where’s the button to take you to your “last read post” in a thread?
    How do you put other Posters on Ignore?
    Have you considered a box that can be used for chatting back and forth like Instant Messaging?

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  • #23042

    playzwtrux
    Participant

    this forum seems very basic, i think I’ll grind to a halt on a hi traffic days such as game day without major improvements.

    If it were more like that Gatorchatter site is might last, but i don’t think it will in it’s current state.

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  • #23044

    ProudPoppa
    Participant

    Forum does not seem to work very well with voice recognition

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  • #23051

    Al Bundy
    Participant

    As long as we have an ignore list so I can put all the wimmens on ignore, I’m good.

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  • #23052

    playzwtrux
    Participant

    Why did I get banned

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  • #23056

    NVGator
    Participant

    Is there a way I can change the time to PST?
    Are there any Forum Rules and Guidelines?

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  • #23057

    Arnold Feliciano
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the suggestions, fellas. We have a punch list of things to work on.

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  • #23059

    DocZaius
    Participant

    Forum does not seem to work very well with voice recognition

    That explains the confusion about a certain player.

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  • #23064

    Graham Hall
    Moderator

    Thanks for the suggestions, everybody! We definitely want the forum to be up to the quality you expect, but I think it goes without saying that it’s not perfect yet and won’t be overnight. But we are here to listen to your suggestions and comments, so don’t think you aren’t being heard. As for what I’ve read so far…

    Forum guidelines and rules
    While these aren’t published on the site, we will monitor the site constantly to eliminate any vitriol, personal attacks or malicious content on the site. We want this to be a place for people to discuss Florida athletics without worrying about being doxed or attacked online. While we would like to limit the posts in the forum to Florida athletics, we are here to answer your questions and create discussions, meaning any questions about the paper, the program or players are fair game, and we’ll do what we can to answer to the best of our ability.

    Where’s the button to take you to your “last read post” in a thread?
    Unfortunately we don’t have this feature yet, but I’ll ask if it’s able to be incorporated. This is a fluid forum and we’ll be making a few changes soon so we appreciate the patience along the way

    How do you put other Posters on Ignore?
    It doesn’t seem this option exists either, but we’ll be doing our best to moderate the content and remove any posters who don’t stick to the guidelines. If you simply don’t like the content of another person, there isn’t a way to “block” them yet.

    Have you considered a box that can be used for chatting back and forth like Instant Messaging?
    Right now, this feature exists by clicking on a user’s name, going to their profile and selecting “Private Message”. It’s on it’s own page though and to my knowledge won’t be a pop-up box.

    Hope this helps

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  • #23068

    playzwtrux
    Participant

    i guess I’m not still banned

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  • #23069

    playzwtrux
    Participant

    guys, i gotta say. i hope the bugs get worked out quick, it’s rough going from where I’m sitting.

    I do like that all you writer dudes are here answering questions.

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  • #23081

    The Hamster
    Participant

    Test. OK, quick question…I edited one of my posts earlier and had the access denied thing pop up. Answered the math question and was then able to edit. Now every time I post I get the same message and have to answer math again. I’m a little concerned the questions will become more challenging for my hamster brain. Is this a glitch? Should I log out and back in?

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  • #23084

    Graham Hall
    Moderator

    The math question security feature is designed to prevent spam accounts and robots and should be fixed for users soon. If you enter your email in that box, it should send a notification to administrators where you can be granted full access. We are working on getting this fixed and apologize for the frequent prompts. We’ve sent a notification for the tech team and are waiting to hear back when I know what fix is in motion.

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  • #23085

    The Hamster
    Participant

    OK, whew…I was a little worried. I mean seriously, I run around in a wheel all day expecting to get somewhere. If the math was going to get harder I was in trouble. Thanks for the info, I’ll try that.

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  • #23086

    Graham Hall
    Moderator

    No problem, thanks for sticking with us through the issues!

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  • #23089

    The Hamster
    Participant

    The wheel is back in motion! I’m able to post normally again. Thanks for the info.

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    • #23117

      Swamp Donkey
      Participant

      I have always blamed you, Hampster the hamster.

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  • #23101

    Al Bundy
    Participant

    Click on the time stamp of the last person who posted in the thread to go directly to the last post. You’re welcome. Y’all must be a bunch of women if you can’t figure that out.

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  • #23111

    ATXGator
    Participant

    Just some feedback…

    I get that you are rolling out a minimum product and hoping to improve, but what is the value to us (the users) vs. other forums. Is it that your writers are on here? If that is the case then I expect them to be very responsive and to provide a level of information that is deeper than what I can get from reading an article or twitter post.

    I also would not expect a writer on the forum to constantly be telling me to go do their twitter poll.. is the purpose of this to market your twitter feed or to serve us (the fans)?

    There are basic features (quote, like, dislike, ignore) that are missing to even compete with the functionality of other forum sites available to discuss Gator sports.

    I’ll monitor for a short period of time, but I think most of us will not spend a lot of time here if you don’t improve quickly.

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    • #23161

      Graham Hall
      Moderator

      Well first, let me say that none of are “marketing” our Twitter accounts and content. We are simply trying to give fans a way to engage more with Gator news, and to give you an opportunity to get to know the staff a little better at Gatorsports. We’re always looking for new ways to improve, and I will pass along the quote, like and dislike feature ideas to see if they’re a possibility.

      Click the greyed-out buttons underneath the title of the forum to go you back to the beginning of the forum

      And @mtn2top, unfortunately nothing carried over from the previous message board

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      • #23163

        DocZaius
        Participant

        ^^ You all could have migrated all the good stuff from the previous board if you wanted to. But instead you did the easiest, one-click-install, laziest way out.

        Just shows you don’t respect the few users you had left.

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        • #23187

          Arnold Feliciano
          Keymaster

          DocZ, I can assure you GateHouse Media Group put one of the top web designers in the biz on Gatorsports.com. To keep it a free site, some things had to be done the way they were. It’s still a work in progress.
          We have a lot of respect for our readers and it shows with our commitment to producing top content. Stick around, we’ll keep working to improve.

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      • #23255

        agrigator
        Participant

        Hah. Look at all the love jabber get here. You guys realize he’s a smelly hippie don’t you?

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  • #23119

    stephenPE
    Participant

    This place is fine for now. Another place to waste time but there are worse things than arguing about who will be our QB or who is the best gator player of all time.

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  • #23121

    Jabberdave
    Participant

    Mod me and I’ll keep these bloodbags in line.

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  • #23125

    The Hamster
    Participant

    Jabberdave. Interesting name and interesting avatar.

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  • #23134

    NVGator
    Participant

    I thought Jabberdave died with the previous forum years ago?

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  • #23141

    ProudPoppa
    Participant

    You should not allow rivals to post on the board

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    • #23156

      Jabberdave
      Participant

      Jabber is eternal.

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      • #23670

        vulcan_alex
        Participant

        I have no problem with rivals who are respectful, those that are not we now have an ignore feature to deal with them. There are rules and they should be enforced but not so strictly as some competitors.

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  • #23142

    The Hamster
    Participant

    Rivals keep the wheels turning.

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  • #23151

    mtn2top
    Participant

    Any chance our past post count and/or status carries over from the old system?

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  • #23152

    mtn2top
    Participant

    What happened to the “like” button?

    Need an easier way to reach a forum-based view of all threads.

    Thanks for the effort to make improvements.

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  • #23160

    Swamp Donkey
    Participant

    Jabber, why don’t you visit us anymore?

    You know we love you, right?

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  • #23165

    Black Mamba
    Participant

    How about some emoji’s? those are always cool…

    maybe an insert tool for gifs & videos too

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    • #23180

      vulcan_alex
      Participant

      They did not even have me as a member.

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      • #23196

        ATXGator
        Participant

        Same for me Vulcan… had to re-register and everything… I’d like your earlier post or quote it, but those basic features are not avail

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  • #23179

    vulcan_alex
    Participant

    The new board is just great. I have been posting here for decades and yet you could not even get my email transferred, not to mention allowing the previous cookies to work. So I just started over same name and email, but of course decades of history lost. Probably won’t be posting much since I don’t approve of incompetence much.

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  • #23186

    Swamp Donkey
    Participant

    SIMPLE!!!

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  • #23189

    gator_tom
    Participant

    Thanks!!

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  • #23190

    Pied Piper
    Participant

    Arnold…. no offense… but that is something Will Muschamp would have said.

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  • #23192

    DocZaius
    Participant

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  • #23199

    Pied Piper
    Participant

    Since there are so few posts being made, it would nice if you can set it up so we all get an email or text to alert the users a new post was made.

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  • #23201

    Pied Piper
    Participant

    Another suggestion: assign a dumper or pumper label to every poster. Dumpers get a 1 week ban after a loss.

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  • #23209

    UFever
    Participant

    Greetings and salutations.

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  • #23212

    gatorsid
    Participant

    I am getting the round table back together.

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  • #23214

    Ron Jeremy
    Participant

    I remember that name, gatorsid. He’s the guy that got a restraining order against him for stalking that 12 year old boy at popwarner games. Always wondered what happened to you. Good to see they let you back on computers now.

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  • #23215

    gatorsid
    Participant

    Hitman is the greatest football player ever. He is black and an athlete.

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  • #23223

    UFever
    Participant

    Am I the only one that got tagged with buttplugs? Serious question here.

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    • #23671

      vulcan_alex
      Participant

      Greatest ever??? How about say Barry Sanders for example. Some of his NFL moves were unbelievable. I could go on but you won’t get the point.

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  • #23225

    Pied Piper
    Participant

    I dont think so. I dont have any tags. I think the field autopopulates based on your browser history.

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  • #23226

    TheMexican
    Participant

    Amigo UFever,

    I have been tagged by buttplugs as well, but only when I post here. Seems like a fun thing for a Mexican fiesta.

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  • #23227

    UFever
    Participant

    null

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  • #23228

    Pied Piper
    Participant

    I bet Dooley started with that tag.

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  • #23230

    The Hamster
    Participant

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  • #23231

    TheMexican
    Participant

    Amigos. It is time to party!

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  • #23234

    Black Mamba
    Participant

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  • #23252

    Red Hatter
    Participant

    GET RID OF LIBERALS BEST BOARD EVER K?

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  • #23265

    Pied Piper
    Participant

    Is there any way to put a weather radar on the page? It would be nice to see if it was raining.

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  • #23281

    The Hamster
    Participant

    Jabberdave is a hippie???

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  • #23283

    stephenPE
    Participant

    The trolls will eventually tire of the game and return to the cool place. I appreciate the effort. The old GSMB was a great source of entertainment. Maybe the glory will return ………….

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  • #23284

    Pied Piper
    Participant

    The glory left when The Sun slammed the door in our faces and told us all to **** off.

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    • #23305

      stephenPE
      Participant

      The glory left when The Sun slammed the door in our faces and told us all to **** off.

      Sorta like Urban Meyer? I know so many felt jilted by him………… you know the type that had GFs do the same to them.

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      • #23313

        vulcan_alex
        Participant

        Welcome back Sid, if that is really you. Please forget the round table, but give us some of that alternative point of view from long ago. Now as to your questions I think we Gators are all Green, so I want those who meet our needs and requirements and want to be Gators. I heard the Marines call their associates with darker skin “dark green” I think we might use the same idea for Gators.

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  • #23285

    johngator2
    Participant

    You tell ’em, John.

    Thanks,

    brad

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  • #23286

    The Hamster
    Participant

    Did they leave a glory hole open? I need to escape this wheel!

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  • #23290

    johngator2
    Participant

    Will you be wishing me a happy birthday and create a thread so that all of my friends will wish me a happy birthday. That would be cool.

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  • #23293

    The Hamster
    Participant

    Johngator2…we will address these threads in the lizard lounge.

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  • #23302

    gatorsid
    Participant

    Coach, you are welcome to join the round table. If you are interested you must answer this question. Do you wish UF had more black athletes?

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  • #23317

    stephenPE
    Participant

    VA, this is a troll with Sid’s name. Many have come to prove how bad this forum is. I think Ox Soros is paying them. Either way the novelty will wear off soon enough and we will find out if it flies in here.

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  • #23318

    Jabberdave
    Participant

    This sombrero is too big for the bathroom.

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  • #23324

    JHCRANE-14
    Participant

    Nice to see this forum getting updated 🙂

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  • #23332

    gatorsid
    Participant

    Vulcan you are welcome to join the new round table as well.

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  • #23336

    Jabberdave
    Participant

    Sid, I’ll get EvilGator back over here to manage you.

    Now hold my sombrero.

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  • #23338

    The Hamster
    Participant

    Who’s providing sombreros? Do they have Hamster size?

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  • #23345

    Hitman88
    Participant

    Sid’s roundtable was GARBAGE just like my so called football career that ended in pop warner on the girls field where I just couldn’t hang with those tough girls.

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  • #23346

    Hitman88
    Participant

    I feel ashamed to be labeled a black athlete. There was NOTHING athletic about me. I would rather stay home and watch white athletes like Tim Tebow and Tom Brady.

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  • #23356

    Hitman88
    Participant

    These boards have a LONG way to go to improve and compete with the likes of GATORCHATTER who has an absolute STRANGLE hold on the Gator Message Board market. Kudos on attempting to make a comeback but the traffic is not there yet to get back to where you used to be at.

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  • #23360

    stephenPE
    Participant

    Gator Chatter is far and away the standard right now. But I always heard competition was good for business. Keeps em on their toes and fends of complacency……….
    And I guess trolling is good for the board cause it equals clicks from cliques………

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  • #23361

    JHCRANE-14
    Participant

    You need a good troll or two…as long as their not to vulgar.

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    • #23417

      vulcan_alex
      Participant

      Swamp Gas has a lot of activity, but it also has arrogant folks who ban people for basically nothing. They are probably number one in my view.

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  • #23371

    mtn2top
    Participant

    It’s great to have the Sun’s sportswriters participating on here now. That will make a big difference as time goes forward.

    The imposters are a joke compared to the former GS posters you are imitating.

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    • #23373

      Arnold Feliciano
      Keymaster

      Mtn2top: Thanks. That’s the plan, keeping the Sun staff involved. We have a meeting set up this week with the GateHouse web guru who built this site to iron out the kinks, make improvements and see if he can make most of the posters’ suggestions happen.
      As for trolls and others who get out of line by not following the posted guidelines, I’m told I can use the block/delete key at will to keep this a fun, informative forum.

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  • #23372

    Swamp Donkey
    Participant

    You miss Sid do you, Mtn?

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  • #23386

    Gator2222
    Participant

    The Sun staff is going to stay involved?

    Does that mean we can look forward to Pat posting in list form information about his family, his house and the many, many minor inconveniences he has to endure while occasionally mentioning sports?

    Makes me want to go dig my iPod out of the closet. If only there was someone to tell me what music to play.

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  • #23396

    Arnold Feliciano
    Keymaster

    Gator2222: What you mention is a small piece in his Back Nine column. When I’m at Gator fan functions and folks find out I work with Pat, they tell me how much they enjoy his columns, and yes, find his music choices interesting. They even give me song suggestions to pass to him. As in everything in life, you can’t please everyone.
    Pat provides a lot of solid information about the UF program, a reason he is sought out by the SEC Network, ESPN and other national media outlets for his Gators insight.

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  • #23399

    playzwtrux
    Participant

    @Arnold

    maybe in this meeting with the web guru you could ask them to provide a preview of the thread when you “hover” over the thread title.

    It’s a great feature.

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    • #23418

      vulcan_alex
      Participant

      You work with him so perhaps you have a massive bias. Just saying!!!

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      • #23429

        Arnold Feliciano
        Keymaster

        Vulcan, I just wrote the facts about Pat and the things that happen on a weekly basis. Now, about his wardrobe …

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  • #23402

    Pied Piper
    Participant

    A customizable scrolling stock ticker would also be a big help.

    Thanks for listening.

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  • #23430

    TheMexican
    Participant

    If Dooley needs some south of the border attire, he needs to contact me.

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  • #23446

    AlexDaGator
    Participant

    It’s probably because he shares a last name with that hated ‘Dawg Vince.

    You know, kinda like that ESPN Robert Lee thing.

    Anybody named Dooley is going to trigger those salty old 0-10-1 Gator fans.

    Maybe Pat could be reassigned to Georgia (the Dooley name is pretty much mud in Knoxville too) and we could hire somebody with a good Gator name like Wuerffel or Tebow?

    Alex.

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  • #23526

    vulcan_alex
    Participant

    How about an ignore feature, like and dislike buttons, and a political board for a few ideas.

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    • #23561

      Arnold Feliciano
      Keymaster

      Vulcan, Looks like the web guy has installed the like, dislike button. He will work on the ignore one. The political board may be for another day.
      Thanks.

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  • #23529

    stephenPE
    Participant

    Anybody named Dooley is going to trigger those salty old 0-10-1 Gator fans.

    I resemble that remark. Im ok with Pat. IT was that (#*$&#& David Steele (uga grad) I never warmed up to.

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  • #23562

    pinesgator
    Participant

    Let’s never have a political forum. Having seen what’s on other boards, there’s no proactive discussion, just highly polarized people re affirming each other.

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  • #23772

    Homer J
    Participant

    What the heck happened here? I lost 5,000 plus posts.

    How do we return to the main page?

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    • #23773

      Jabberdave
      Participant

      You will not return. We have assumed control. We have assumed control.

      We have assumed control.

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  • #23777

    playzwtrux
    Participant

    Can you start a thread from mobile?
    Or am I just missing it?

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