Just had an idea - but I'm not software/forum savvy so I'm not sure how hard it would be to implement.
While I go for a browse through the member galleries clicking through thread titles etc - I was thinking wouldn't it be great if instead of (or addition to) this approach - there could be a randomly generated page of thumbnails - similar to the Random CC link. Instead of displaying the standard format of thread titles though - there could be a page of thumbnails. (Similar to what comes up in the Galleries section, for example). Once you clicked on the thumbnail you could be taken to the normal thread view for that thread.
My reason for this idea is twofold:
-First it would provide some anonymity : you wouldn't know who's photo you were looking at until you clicked on it / hovered your mouse over the thumbnail, thus eliminating the temptation to only view threads started by your 'mates" or members who's photos yu generally enjoy viewing/commenting on.
-By this approach - viewers atention needs to be attracted by the actual photo in the first instance - rather than a thread title or the identity of the thread starter. One would assume then, that this approach may lead to a better distribution of CC with most weight placed on the merits of the image itself.
Obviously the thumbnails would have to be of a decent enough size to grab attention, while still being able to fit a decent amount onto one page to allow rapid viewing.
Again not sure if this is even feasable to do - and I suggest as a supplement to the exisiting format rather than a substitute.
I think this is something all photo related forums could benefit from.
I just thought - this is a photo forum - and it is much easier to quickly pick out something that grabs your attention that you are more likely to comment or leave CC on.
Obviously the titled thread view still has its advantages: such as if the viewer is looking for something topic specific that can not be readily identified by a quick look at a thumbnail image.
I'd like to hear other people's thoughts on this idea? Am I crazy? Do we need a Kiwi poll on this?