What do you think?
Ever since the VI Relocation website changed its format, it seems to me that there's lots less participants.
I'm in FL but check in every now and then to put my 2 cents in.
I'm back and forth.
There's lots of issues that seem to go by the wayside or are ignored here where we used to have robust discussions.
What do you think?
I thought I was the only one who noticed this, Alana. This forum has gotten really boring over the past year and I dislike the new layout and format. There used to be many robust discussions on a variety of topics. Every morning, I come here thinking there might be something exciting to discuss or contribute to, but, usually its pretty boring. Zzzzzzzzzz.
Thanks Alana for bringing it up. We were just discussing this on Tuesday. So, since the conversation is started, I am going to tag onto it.
1. Can you provide a list of what you don't like about the new layout/format? And what you do like?
2. From the old or previous layout/format: what did you like?
1. Do you use Facebook as your main "Q&A" place?
2. Do you prefer the Facebook platform, over message boards? Why yes or no.
Thanks for your feedback.
I find the site cumbersome to use overall. Although the moderators have answered any of my questions promptly the complicated user friendly part doesn't improve my experience.
I am not on Facebook, and find that site far too public to express my opinion/help on relocation questions without incurring quite a few disparaging comments - while that negative commenting was sometimes evident on the old version of this forum it was discouraged in most cases by community involvement. facebook seems to foster reactive vituperative commenting - I currently read one public site as a non member and see some very rude threads every time.
Not being able to go directly to the 'last post' , is my biggest problem to reading the forum daily, it can be quickly found but frequently it is not the last post in a consecutive time frame and is confusing to me.
The current format is not likely to encourage new users and the previous very easily used site was a good resource for people considering a move to the USVI. I always recommended it before but do not find it helpful as much anymore.
I don't do facebook.
This new site main page for each forum doesn't show who made the last post, only the last post time. That's annoying.
Normally I am signed in all the time and I always have the web page open anytime the computer is on. So when the web site decides to log me out I don't notice and may look through what looks like unread posts. And then when I figure out I need to log in again and log in, it shows all the posts that I read while logged out as unread again. Annoying.
My pet peeve about the new format is that Rather than having a link to bring up the last post in a thread it’s should instead bring you to the last post “unread” post. As it is now, you have to go to the last post and scroll your way back to find any other unread post that may have been added since your last visit.
Like others said, getting logged off every so often is a bit of a pain.
It’s obvious the new format is not appealing to new people since the number of new threads has dwindled to a mere fraction of what it use to be.
YES! Scrolling to page 3 or 4 is a huge pain to see the most recent response. Seems easy for the admins to click on the sort button icon so the most recent appears at the top of page 1.
I only have to log in when responding. It seems to load okay.
Visually it's much cleaner.
I don't post often but have been on this site for 3 years prior to our move last Christmas.
FB is much more robust for quick info on vendors, outages, news, community info. This site is much better for in-depth analysis specifically related to the move. Since I moved here I am on the site much less because I researched it, seen it, heard it, done it. Would like to see more posts about navigating through life. Also, the posts about moving here are 10 years old or more. It would be nice to see more recent accounts.
Complaints and problems associated with VI life never change, only the "formats" they get expressed in have changed.
But as a new topic I'd like to suggest thoughts on the gentrification taking place in the St. Croix condo community: short-term rental of units becoming the new thing versus long-term rentals or permanent residency by the owners. Real estate agents are happy to encourage this, but more so, the greed, perhaps, of a new class of amateur entrepreneurs.
There is a button at the top to select only unread posts.
Soory, but on the top of my page I only see a box labeled "Last Post". There is a "down arrow" in that box which might indicate an ability to select a different option but it doesn't seem to work for me. When I click it the screen jumps to the last post.
Islander: I am also off island, but I do keep up here. I also follow on "What's Going on St Thomas" on Facebook. My feeling is that the people who are thinking of moving to the VI are much more phone oriented, not laptop oriented, if that makes any sense. I know this is drawing with a broad brush, but they seem to want answers quickly. They are frequently pointed here (by former VINow participants!) but I rarely see them post. I don't think Facebook is a good platform for the kind of research one should do before moving to the VI, but I moved there before VINow and Facebook. LOL.
Best wishes to you!