When a thread is in 10 pages - you can access all the pages from the links generated at the top of the page - 1 to 10. The links will appear as
Goto page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Next
So going from one page to any page is merely a single click operation.
But when a thread goes into say eighteen pages, the software truncates the page links - to
Goto page 1, 2, 3 ... 16, 17, 18 Next
So going from 18 to page 10 will involve ..... SIX clicks - which is maha-annoying.
its easier to navigate the page by manipulating the URL address. but who wants to do that anyway
Check some forums out there that allows page generation .. say
http://www.s188567700.online.de/forum/v ... &start=255 and http://www.s188567700.online.de/forum/v ... .php?t=587 (you will need an ACIG account to test drive them)
May I suggest adding a locked page 0.
This page must be "locked" in the sense that it will stay put while the discussion pages carry on.Something like a "sticky" for an individual thread.
On page 0,the person starting the starting the new thread must elaborate the scope of discussion that is unique to it and no other existing thread.
The thread admin/mod could list the best written posts that are most consistent with discussion or the posts that brought light to different aspects of the discussion.Such posts should marked/flagged by the admin/mod asap, so that when thread reaches page 9,the listing is done automatically.
For example's sake,suppose the very first page of the very first thread on the LCA should be made as page 0 for all future discussions.Then, moderator/admin would first outline the scope of LCA thread [what all is allowed to be discussed],and would fill the rest of the page with the posts/newlinks etc he/she considers the most relevant to the current re-booted discussion thread.