The message board platform AOL Beta used has recently closed. The platform itself was outdated, experienced a variety of problems that inhibited the user experience and, ultimately, was unsustainable.
AOL Answers is here to help provide a solution for the discontinuation of the message board platform and, ideally, help focus community-based user-to-user support as well as respond to questions associated to new releases directly and deliberately.
While the previous format of traditional threaded discussion will be missed I'm sure, we hope this format will be given an opportunity to be explored and shine, as this platform does have a number of features that message boards did not.
This format sucks and you have my permission to stick it where the sun does not shine at that may include any of you doofs who came up with this crap! JMHO if you even know what that means!
This is NO substitute for the message boards. You people at AOL are idiots. Go ahead and terminate my account for saying so - I already asked that it be deleted. There is no longer any reason to visit AOL or patronize any of their advertisers.
AOL Answers is not a good substitute for the message boards. AOL Answers has a lot of little problems of its own. Frequently I can't find a question with search that I had just seen minutes before. And often I see the same question posted twice.
Thanks BetaJay. I know you aren't the "bad guy". At least we have somewhat of an area to discuss Beta stuff. AOL Answers is not ideal. It does take some getting used to.
If people used the "My Activity" section on the AOL Answers page they would find it easier to follow a certain thread/subject.
Where is this 'My Activity' area you refer to? I don't find it on the Help Main page anywhere. I'd dearly 'love' to find something that would make this area even remotely helpful.
My Activity is 5th from the left on the menu bar, or aolanswers.com/activity .
Another problem I have is the spell checker usually pops up with "no error" when I type the space in a response after the first word. But it's a dialog box, so it blocks typing.
Another problem is that AOL Answers displays an entire category such as Sports. Even if you use Explore to click on a sub-category like MLB or rugby, you get all the Sports entries.
Another gripe: you can't mark a question Read. Instead, for three months I keep seeing a question about Dr. Murray.