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Twinwillow
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2008/12/18 20:47:42 (permalink)

New forum format

I would like to go on record. I DON'T LIKE THE NEW FORMAT!!!!!!!!!

And, Why have I been demoted to "Double Chili Cheeseburger" from "Filet Mignon"?
And, why were almost 100 postings removed?

And, What was wrong with the old format. It was great! Why fix what wasn't broken?
post edited by Twinwillow - 2008/12/18 20:56:20
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1bbqboy
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 20:55:58 (permalink)
It is actually quite nice. Just sort of like moving into a new place. You have to figure out where the light switches are.
post edited by bill voss - 2008/12/18 20:57:15
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Michael Hoffman
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 21:07:04 (permalink)
I agree wholeheartedly with Twinwillow. The new format is horrible. Not the least of the problems is that it's too wide for my monitor screen. But beyond that, what I find really, really offputting is the fact that there's no way to know what is active without opening every damned section and topic.
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 21:09:18 (permalink)
Bad,bad, bad.
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 21:10:18 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

I agree wholeheartedly with Twinwillow. The new format is horrible. Not the least of the problems is that it's too wide for my monitor screen. But beyond that, what I find really, really offputting is the fact that there's no way to know what is active without opening every damned section and topic.


Mouse over "forum menu" at the top left of the page. It offers the option to see posts since last visit, and you can reset the time of that visit.
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 21:13:42 (permalink)
Twinwillow, there's an extensive thread on this same forum titled "Test out the new discussion forum".  You should find the answers to your questions there.



 
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 21:37:13 (permalink)
It is going to take some getting use too.
Got lots of cool features but some features are just strange.
The white background feels like a hospital site.


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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 21:46:04 (permalink)
I always like an adventure but so far, this one is getting under my skin. Hopefully it is like a new Porsche. I just have to look at it a little more and get to know it better, then I warm up to it. Only time with tell for me but so far, I am not a fan either!
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Jim Ross
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 21:52:03 (permalink)
This is definately a step backward,  I particularily miss the active topics feature,  this is a mishmash.
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Jim Ross
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 21:58:37 (permalink)
Is there any way to view them organized by forum through.   There is so much traffic here that I really only read a few of the forums regularly.   In the old format I could skim down the active page quikly and only go into the ones I wanted.  There is no order to this new format.
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 22:11:13 (permalink)
Once you figure all this out I think most will find this forum easier and more powerful to use and definitely faster to find new posts.

If you want to just read one area such as the Miscellaneous forums you can select Miscellaneous under Search, select how you want to search such as new posts since last visit and then click on Apply.

The threads that you haven't read yet will be bold. You can go to the last message same as before, or you can click on the thread title and start at the beginning or if there are new messages in the thread there will be a little icon at the end of the thread title that you can click on that will take you to the first unread (by you) message. Once you have read a thread the title is no longer bold and that little icon next to the title disappears.
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ann peeples
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 22:26:36 (permalink)
I am not at all enamored with this format. While I accept change readily,this change is way too much.Love the people that play with computers and find new ways of doing things, but as my father, who was the first person to bring the computer to UW-Milw. in the mid 70s said-we are dealng with people, not computers.And he made sure that all his students realized computers are developed by PEOPLE- so they are not in fallible.
post edited by annpeeples - 2008/12/18 22:27:49
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 22:26:50 (permalink)
There is another feature you might want to consider. Under User Control Panel there is a filter where you can select forums you do not want to see. You could thus limit posts to only the forums you care to read.
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 22:32:57 (permalink)
I think it would be better if the posts were organized by forum like they used to be.

Also, I don't see anyplace to automatically refresh.
 
Gotta love spell checker though!
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 22:35:18 (permalink)
I will be the first to admit that everything is not perfect, however, I think the new features far outweigh the limitations.

The old forum was vulnerable to hacks, and the original software developer is no longer supporting it.  That is a recipe for disaster so it was prudent for us to progress.

Change can be tough sometimes, but I imagine it will be behind us in a few weeks.
post edited by Stephen Rushmore Jr. - 2008/12/18 22:52:56
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 22:42:42 (permalink)
Stephen, it is great. Except for those missing posts. I was gonna retire ala carlton pierre at 3000 posts, but now it looks like I've got another year or two to put in :)
post edited by bill voss - 2008/12/18 23:09:13
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Stephen Rushmore Jr.
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 22:55:14 (permalink)
No posts are missing - the reason everyone's post count is lower is because our old forum software didn't keep track of it accurately.
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 23:25:58 (permalink)
bill voss

Stephen, it is great. Except for those missing posts. I was gonna retire ala carlton pierre at 3000 posts, but now it looks like I've got another year or two to put in :)

 
Bill,
 
I may have to come out of mothballs and correct this situation.  I'm withyou all the way!

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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 23:28:04 (permalink)
carlton pierre

bill voss

Stephen, it is great. Except for those missing posts. I was gonna retire ala carlton pierre at 3000 posts, but now it looks like I've got another year or two to put in :)


Bill,

I may have to come out of mothballs and correct this situation.  I'm withyou all the way!

 

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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 23:37:03 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

I agree wholeheartedly with Twinwillow. The new format is horrible. Not the least of the problems is that it's too wide for my monitor screen. But beyond that, what I find really, really offputting is the fact that there's no way to know what is active without opening every damned section and topic.


Thank you, Michael. For once, we agree on something!


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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 23:37:27 (permalink)
I'll admit I haven't taken the time to explore all the options now available,   but the thing I miss is the abillity to scan all the changed threads in all forums.   I don't have time to read every post,  but I could quickly scan the all the changed threads for ones I was interested in  that had activity.    I don't see that ability here.
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 23:55:44 (permalink)
I haven't had time to explore all the possibilities but I love it.  Thanks Stephen for all you hard work in making this transition.  The different arrangement of the forums is a bit off-putting but it's a huge improvement overall.
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/18 23:59:40 (permalink)
Stephen Rushmore Jr.

No posts are missing - the reason everyone's post count is lower is because our old forum software didn't keep track of it accurately.


  ROFL
post edited by dexmat - 2008/12/19 22:55:59
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/19 00:01:11 (permalink)
can't some color be put in? also I read there is aa spellcheck for posting...how do i find/use it?  
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/19 00:40:18 (permalink)
This format is TERRIBLE...harder to read,,,and I'm not a stupid person...I can get used to anything...it doesn't devalue my opinion that this is no where near as pleasing to the eye as the old format...don't see how this is a step forward, at all!!!
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/19 00:52:47 (permalink)
The quick jump feature certainly isn't working!!!!
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/19 01:02:27 (permalink)
Are you guys getting e-mail notification of threads??? I haven't since yesterday....this new format is a disaster!!!!
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/19 02:00:56 (permalink)
Some of you guys remind me of little children. I lost some posts...boo hoo hoo, I don't like this and I don't like that....wah wah wah.  You should be thankful the owner of this site provided you with an improved forum that will just take some time to get used to. The choice is yours, accept it and enjoy life or get out of Dodge and go whine somewhere else. Thank you for listening and have a safe and pleasant day.
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/19 02:05:34 (permalink)
Oh thanks for your wisdom...perhaps many here  are just posting an opinion or a concern...many of us have been posting for years and base our opinions on using the previous format a lot...We certainly are entitled to an opinion and I'm sure the moderators welcome fdeed back...we are not just whinning!!!!
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Re:New forum format 2008/12/19 02:11:15 (permalink)
leethebard

Oh thanks for your wisdom...perhaps many here  are just posting an opinion or a concern...many of us have been posting for years and base our opinions on using the previous format a lot...We certainly are entitled to an opinion and I'm sure the moderators welcome fdeed back...we are not just whinning!!!!


Lee buddy, the old format is done, finished, gone, kaput. Deal with it!
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