Post by stevemacdonald on Jun 23, 2009 15:53:54 GMT
First of all, let me say there are some beautiful shots of violinist Fiona Pears posted by her fans in here, and that's fine with me. Fiona has earned a place in the HWI forum and deserves all the exposure she gets.
However, I am starting to register a bit of impatience at the volume of pictures of Fiona now showing up, pictures that are following in the redundancy pattern that we allow for Hayley. I like Fiona and know she's touched more than a few of us with her amazing artistry, but that doesn't mean I need to see her in five versions of the same basic pose. I'm not here to sit through download time for that.
My suggestion is as follows: Since this is primarily a Hayley site please, please, please do not post multiple shots of other artists in the same way that we do for Hayley. One or two pics of someone as special as Fiona will do nicely per event. Capturing her every twitch, facial expression, change in posture, etc., will be tiresome.
I know perfectly well that suggestions like this don't go down easily, particularly if you're one of the people selflessly taking the photos and generously posting them. But there are many other people in here to consider.
You raise an issue which has been discussed here in exactly the same way with direct relevance to Hayley herself. Clearly there are differences of opinion and there is much diversity. Knowing the speed of the States broadband when I have been over there, I do not understand why you find it a hassle to skip what does not interest you. There is much here which does not interest me and there are times when I can only afford the time to skim and see if something catches my attention. Moreover, there are times when I do not log on as often as I would like. When flicking through on 'catch-up' several hundred posts long I see posts to which I would like to contribute but time denies me the opportunity, causing me to concentrate on the more important or broader concepts.
We have a balance here between general friendly chat and great detail on individual's experiences. All one does is to fast forward the browser. How then do things you are not interested in cause you such a problem?
I notice your original joining here follows the extensive period when Hayley Ian and Fiona were seen as a collective whole. Maybe this contributes an explanation as to why you do not see the relevance?
Last Edit: Jun 23, 2009 18:32:36 GMT by postscript
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I may be able to offer you an easy solution that will solve your problem without having to restrict the content of this forum in terms of quantity.
Instead of viewing the Last 50 posts (assuming that is what you are doing), click the main Search button beneath the banner. Leave every field as it is, but deselect the boards which don't interest you. Alternatively, deselect evrything (by removing the tick in the box which says 'Check All' and then replace the tick in the box beside any board which does interest you. Scroll down to the botton and type in the number of posts you wish to view, ie 50, and click the Search button beside it. That will return the last 50 posts but only those made to the boards you have selected. It will not return posts made elsewhere on the forum.
I have just searched the last 50 made to the Concert, Media and Miscellaneous board (all in one go) and it returned posts going back four days.
Admittedly the Search facility has not always been totally reliable but, provided you don't request a huge number of posts, it should work. The maximum is 1,000 but I would recommend searching for no more than 200 or preferably less. But my example suggests that a significantly lower number should suffice provided you only wish to view a small number of boards. You can always perform a second search for another set of boards if you wish.
For everyone's benefit or reassurance, I confirm there will be no restriction to the number of photographs posted to any part of this forum provided they fall within ProBoards and HWI normal rules.
Post by stevemacdonald on Jun 23, 2009 17:36:11 GMT
To suggest that I don't see a relevance where Fiona is concerned is to misread what I'm saying. Fiona is indeed relevent and I have seen her twice in person and know how hugely important she has been in shaping Hayley's live performances. But that is not what this is about.
I am here as a fan of Hayley and have come to respect the overload of pictures that detail her moment-to-moment presence onstage. I know that this is what fellow Hayley fans want to post, even if to me it seems a little excessive to show 10 pictures of her taken in the span of ten seconds. Again, this is for Hayley, and there's no doubt that's what we came here to see. I would not extend the same long-suffering to any other artists, unless I were visiting their fansites.
Also Peter, it is not as simple a matter -- as you imply -- to bypass the pics and posts I don't want to see. My connection speed is not reliable and it sometimes takes a good long while to load a photo-intensive "50 most recent posts" page. The last thing I want to see is Fiona over and over in slightly varying poses, no matter how relevant she may be. She's simply not in the same league as Hayley as far as I'm concerned and too much of her is annoying. Okay, I said it.... and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way.
Well, I for one enjoyed the pictures of Fiona. And she and Ian are VERY relevant to Hayley. They were an important part of Hayley's life, and have said that they might not even have met if it hadn't been for Hayley. I too am not sure I have ever seen Fiona perform, unless she was around in the Pure days, since I didn't see Hayley between November 2004 and April 2008. I similarly like to see photos of other people associated with Hayley, Sophie for instance, or Raven. So please, you photographers, keep them coming.
I've very grateful to see so many delightful photos.
The photographers are very kind to share them with us, notwithstanding the time and money spent to do so.
Do kindly follow Roger's suggestion and only look at the boards that interest you. Alternatively, you can set your profile to not show avatars or signatures which may increase the loading time for you.
While the forum is relatively quiet, you may find it easier to read new posts board by board, skipping the threads you don't want to read. You can then click on 'mark as read' at the bottom of the Home page.