Poll Survey - Trip report, pics, updates & conditions (aka 'Stoke') threads.

I **USUALLY** take the following path to navigate to the Trip Report, Pics & Conditions thread

  • (Desktop) Ski Homepage > Link direct to stoke thread in the Perisher box under Australian Resorts

    Votes: 2 1.5%
  • (Desktop) Ski Homepage > Forum homepage > Perisher category > stoke thread

    Votes: 13 9.6%
  • (Desktop) Ski Homepage > Active Topics/Newest Posts > stoke thread

    Votes: 28 20.7%
  • (Desktop) Forum Homepage (bookmarked) > Active Topics/Newest Posts > stoke thread

    Votes: 15 11.1%
  • (Desktop) Active Topics/Newest Posts (bookmarked) > stoke thread

    Votes: 15 11.1%
  • (Desktop/Mobile) Via 'red flag' notifications or 'watched' threads when I'm logged in.

    Votes: 8 5.9%
  • (Mobile) Ski Mobile Hompage > link direct to stoke thread

    Votes: 3 2.2%
  • (Mobile) Ski mobile homepage > Active Topics > stoke thread

    Votes: 29 21.5%
  • (Mobile) Stoke thread is bookmarked/always open

    Votes: 7 5.2%
  • (Desktop/Mobile) Some crazy-ass pathway I'm not even sure of (detail below pls)

    Votes: 15 11.1%

  • Total voters
    135
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Richard

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Along with the Observation and Prediction threads, the Trip Reports, Pics, Updates & Conditions threads (aka 'Stoke' threads) for the five major resorts are consistently among the most popular threads in the forums during winter.

I'm trying to get a fix on how people find these threads and navigate to them. Specifically I'm trying to get a handle on how the regulars find these threads. Google analytics provides a little insight - but it does not discern between regular members and non-members.

Take the time to read the different paths and choose the pathway you usually take.
 

BlueHue

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I assume you mean the trip report thread for each resort and I assume in the first few options with Perisher, replace Perisher with resort of choice? Based on that I have cast my vote.
 

KylePee

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When the year's new threads are created, I either mark as a 'Watch Thread' or I have participated. From there I go to 'watched threads'. I think this is often first found when last year's threads get a post to the new year's threads.
Don't think any of your vote options cover 'watched' - unless you are counting as bookmarked

My typical forum behaviour:
1. View unread watched threads
2. If time, view active topics
 
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Ubiquitous Steve

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I think Team Bears blunder through most of the internet stuff.....but we look for alerts firstly and click on them is they are relevant to us.....
As the winter starts ...we dive into different Resorts(Baw Baw.Lake Mt.Mt Buller etc......as a second approach ..
 

Richard

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When the year's new threads are created, I either mark as a 'Watch Thread' or I have participated. From there I go to 'watched threads'. I think this is often first found when last year's threads get a post to the new year's threads.
Don't think any of your vote options cover 'watched' - unless you are counting as bookmarked

My typical forum behaviour:
1. View unread watched threads
2. If time, view active topics

ta. Didn't think of 'watched' but lets call watched threads the same as notifications - survey edited - you can vote now.
 

Ramshead

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Usually via my notifications. The ones that say "someone replied to a thread" rather than they liked your post, because my posts are generally unlikeable

Oh! Just saw an option for that. Ticked. Carry on.
 
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Piste Again

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None of the above. I have the forums bookmarked (opening when Firefox starts). I scroll down to Thredbo and then look in the forum for the conditions thread.
 
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CarveMan

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It's more like this for me:

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currawong

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This one on desktop, laptop or phone.
(Desktop) Active Topics/Newest Posts (bookmarked) > stoke thread
active topics is bookmarked on desktop, laptop, tablet & phone. NFI which I use most. depends on the day. I voted desktop but could just as easily have voted mobile.

I get notifications for new FC threads, but by definition that's normally non stoke threads
 
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Richard

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As I suspected, Active Topics is primary pathway, whether first or second click, with a myriad of other pathways of which none stand out.

Active topics is an interesting mechanic as it serves as both navigation to popular knowns and as serendipitous discovery.

Just reaffirms that the important element is the Active Topics button on desktop and mobile homepages.
 

Jacko4650

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Homepage > Active Topics > Perisher (or other) trip reports.
Desktop 90/10 Mobile pre-season, 10/90 during season.
 
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Ozgirl

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Ski.com is always a tab open on phone or desktop.

I hit refresh or similar, check notifications, active topics, suspect I see it there for the first time, for perisher.

If I am curious about another resort, or heading to another resort I would go via the resort forum.
 
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Lady Penelope

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Sometimes I get to trip reports for overseas resorts by clicking on the country (eg ‘Canada’) and seeing what’s there. They don’t always show up in ‘active topics’ if there has been no activity for a while.
 
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J_busworth

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As I suspected, Active Topics is primary pathway, whether first or second click, with a myriad of other pathways of which none stand out.

Active topics is an interesting mechanic as it serves as both navigation to popular knowns and as serendipitous discovery.

Just reaffirms that the important element is the Active Topics button on desktop and mobile homepages.

I have never been in the Active Topics menu until just then in nearly 2 years on the site. WOW, there is soooo much there and so many threads I wouldn't have even considered looking for. Thanks for opening my eyes!
 
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nezumi

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I just clicked on the 'active topics' link for the first time ever. Too much stuff in there for me.

As someone who mainly stays in the Snow section of the forum and rarely ventures into the Conversation subject area, I know exactly what you mean!
 
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Richard

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I just clicked on the 'active topics' link for the first time ever. Too much stuff in there for me.

I have never been in the Active Topics menu until just then in nearly 2 years on the site. WOW, there is soooo much there and so many threads I wouldn't have even considered looking for. Thanks for opening my eyes!

<vadar>Join me on the Dark Side and together we'll rule the galaxy..</vader>

Once you start to use Active Topics you'll never go back to the old way.

Warning: You will be subject to DJOTD.

(The upside of which is you will harden the fu*c up and likely get that promotion at work because you can better make difficult life choices.)
 

Richard

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trip reports for overseas

Yes, International trip reports are a different animal to the Australian 'stoke' threads, both in how they are discovered and the type of content they hold.

This survey was about the stoke threads as they are very active right now. @Normo 's regular postings this last few years has generated a huuuuge following and have turned the Perisher stoke thread into the best snow report in Australia, bar none.
 

Normo

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Yes, International trip reports are a different animal to the Australian 'stoke' threads, both in how they are discovered and the type of content they hold.

This survey was about the stoke threads as they are very active right now. @Normo 's regular postings this last few years has generated a huuuuge following and have turned the Perisher stoke thread into the best snow report in Australia, bar none.

Happy to Share! :D
 

D-eye

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Yes, International trip reports are a different animal to the Australian 'stoke' threads, both in how they are discovered and the type of content they hold.

This survey was about the stoke threads as they are very active right now. @Normo 's regular postings this last few years has generated a huuuuge following and have turned the Perisher stoke thread into the best snow report in Australia, bar none.

I'm surprised you didn't mention the survey in that thread :D
 

Donzah

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<vadar>Join me on the Dark Side and together we'll rule the galaxy..</vader>

Once you start to use Active Topics you'll never go back to the old way.

Warning: You will be subject to DJOTD.

(The upside of which is you will harden the fu*c up and likely get that promotion at work because you can better make difficult life choices.)
I know we can ignore people..However i'd like to ignore whole threads
The AFL one for instance
 
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