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04/05/2012 at 09:51

Thanks, Sean, for making that clear... x

04/05/2012 at 10:00

To be fair to Fishpoo and RW, they did ask for people's input ages ago and lots of us made comments, suggestions (and moans).

04/05/2012 at 10:19

Wilks is right - the changes have been known about for some time so I don't see why people are bleating about it now - it's not exactly the end of the world is it??  From memory, this is about the 4th major layout change since I joined - when this place was mainly fields  - and people have always ranted about the changes at the time. Guess what happens?? Nothing - people adapt like they do when many things change.

And each change has mainly been for the better with new features added.  I quite like what they've done this time - be even better when they fix some of the minor issues.  

Pishfool - good job mate - just ignore the naysayers.....

04/05/2012 at 10:32
Hey no worries I guess I am the issue as I only use certain threads so never saw the new format thread etc. I only saw it today because my bookmarks didn't work when I was setting up the daily thread. That said "And for now as an alternative to forum bookmarks, have you tried the new 'followed threads' page? In some ways it's handier in that it's easier to see which threads have been replied to recently:" You don't really have a choice as the bookmarks don't work.
04/05/2012 at 10:38
slowerthanilook wrote (see)

Jeez Dave, you miserablist bastard. What happened to "cheerful"? And you're right, Freemers, that your bum looks big on this version, although i never saw it on the last, so it may just be that you're a little pear-shaped?

OK, so that made me laugh And without realising it you probably also made Cheerful Dave chuckle too... 

04/05/2012 at 12:02

HATE THE NEW FORMAT !

Hate it , hate it , hate it .

What more can I say ?

oh yeah

Hate it , hate it , hate it !

04/05/2012 at 13:34

I don't think it looks that different so can't understand the passionate hatred some of you feel.  We'll all get used to it.

Sean - thanks for the update.

A couple of new bugs I've found;

1. Clicking the go to last post arrow from the list of threads doesn't seem to be working.  You get taken to the last page (sometimes, see below) but not the last post as previously.

2. The main thread I use, Crap at Relationships in Clubhouse, clicking on the last post arrow takes me to page 1000, not the last page and certainy not the last post.

I'm using FireFox 11 on a Windows 7 machine.  I've not noticed any problems on iPhone.  Oh, and can you sort out the place holder sizing for our avatars please.  No one likes looking squished.  Thanks

04/05/2012 at 14:41

[updated at 4.25pm]

Hello all

thanks as ever for the  feedback. Here's a quick update - please don't be backward about coming forward if I've left anything off

Fixed, signed off

  • 'Last post' setting is now obeyed  when clicking from 'my bookmarks' and 'my forum' pages, and from notification emails
  • Speed – should be back to normal now; we fixed a key 'content expiration' setting on the server (obviously )
  • Your 'my forum'  settings should be exactly the same as before. Please advise if you think this is not the case, but these should not have been altered at all.
  • pagination at the bottom of 'latest posts' etc is fixed, but it's broken on threads pages within forum folders - see below
  • Line breaks now work in posts from mobiles
  • Edit-message now works from mobiles
  • Squashed avatars unsquashed. May still need some tidying, as a bit messy now
  • 'latest post' button from threads pages now goes direct to the post, not just the top of the last page in the thread
  • Removed the visible page scrolling when the page refreshes after making a post – just goes to the post
  • fixed pagination links at the bottom of  threads pages within forum folders

To address

  • 'bookmark this' button is missing from forum messages pages
  • address greyness?
  • address member stats box - possibly re-stitching old 'hide other people's stats' setting
  • posts possibly not submitting from older iphone OSs
  • 'go to last post' green arrow on 'crap at relationships' thread (clubhouse) is stuck on p1000. Oddly goes beyond 1000 on other long threads
  • cursor question in some scenarios?
Edited: 04/05/2012 at 16:31
04/05/2012 at 15:02

Don't like when you hover over person's avatar a big block box opens up and obscures the post

04/05/2012 at 15:37

I agree with muskeeter on that one - it's an annoyance. and when it comes up  I don't see the point of listing how many posts, photos etc - that's quite intrusive and somewhat private info imho

why not just have a message/ignore button on it ??

04/05/2012 at 16:08

Don't hover over rhe avatar then. That information was previously shown at the top of each post.

04/05/2012 at 16:23

When typing, the cursor disappears if you try and move it to edit whilst writing. Moving text is difficult also due to the disappearing cursor.

04/05/2012 at 16:38

Thanks for the balance of posts, much appreciated.

I've updated the 'done' list a few posts above this one. Hopefully we're in a good shape to leave it for the weekend now...

Sarah, I'll drop you a line to find out more.

Terence, FB: I agree the box could be more elegant, and we could possibly make it switch-offable on your settings page. We'll have a mull. I've always quite liked the stats links, not so much from a 'high numbers = kudos' perspective, but because you can click though and see the reviews etc that the person has done.

04/05/2012 at 16:38

How do you message someone? I see a little message tab at the bottom of the black box but it disappears when I try to click on it.

04/05/2012 at 16:56

TE - easier said than done sometimes.  I don't disagree btw - but it's like some of the hyperlinks in webpages that pop up an info box if you happen to move over them - it can be bloody annoying!

Sean - why not put the stats info into someones profile so if people are curious about a person, they can dig around in their profile. and give users the chance to opt out (as there is with forum post count) if they don't want certain things seen.   many fora have options that you can opt in and out of which are more extensive than RW's

04/05/2012 at 17:07

This change reminded me of this cartoon http://blog.thingsdesigner.com/uploads/id/tree_swing_development_requirements.jpg

Hope everybody gets what they want soon!

04/05/2012 at 17:42

Hmmmm .......

Tried the new Followed Threads funntion.  By default it emails when a post is made.  If I remove the notifcation, becasue it's annoying, the thread is removed from the Followed Threads list.  Is this how it's supposed to work? 

04/05/2012 at 17:49

better   then the old verson   even on google chrome we can get the smileys

04/05/2012 at 18:16

And the Crapster thread problem has fixed itself now that it's on page 1002.  Obviously a bug in there though with a 1000 page count.  Not something that'll crop up too often.

Cheerful Dave    pirate
04/05/2012 at 18:16
Sean Fishpool wrote (see)

To be fair, we did invite you all to come and try the new format back on March (in fact this thread was started then, and has been pinned to the top of the General folder since then - you can see on the first page of the thread)

Feedback was - surprisingly - good, and we addressed what seemed like the key issues before the rollout.

And yet there's a long list of things that have had to be fixed, with plenty more to come.  Like quoting: to get this text below the quote above, I had to insert some returns to create blank lines before inserting the quote at the top.  Inserting the quote straight away meant any text I was typing went straight into the quoted bit.

It's not the changes I object to, I'm sure there are very good reasons for it, but launching anything else that was so fundamentaly broken would result in a product recall.  Here, it seems to be down to the users to find the faults for you.  Have you not heard of quality control?

 

 

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