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Stephen Rushmore Jr.
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2008/12/04 17:54:06 (permalink)

Test out the new discussion forum

At Roadfood.com we are constantly striving for continuous improvement of the site, and one sore spot for us has been the discussion forums. The forum software is like a trusty car that has over 150,000 miles on the odometer – it has treated you well over the years, but deep down inside you know it can fall apart with only a moment’s notice. After analyzing literally dozens of forum software packages over the past two years, we have finally settled on a solution.

Some of the notable features include: forum filters, daily & weekly digest for topic subscriptions, totally improved search engine (it works!), private messaging, integrated spell checker, WYSIWYG editor, RSS feeds, post rating, polls, searching within a topic, contact/friends book.
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    Ort. Carlton.
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 18:13:52 (permalink)
    Stephen,
    Looks great to me. When do I manage to get started posting my travels, travails, and silliness on the new, updated site?
    On The Edge Of My Chair With Wonderment, Ort. Carlton in Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Athens, Georgia.
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    wheregreggeats.com
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 18:15:23 (permalink)
    Thank you Stephen.
    At first glance I can see the progress.
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    zataar
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 18:23:00 (permalink)
    The new design is exactly like a couple of other sites I've participated in, so it's not a big change for me. I like it.
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    edwmax
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 19:03:36 (permalink)
    It looks good. Will you be able to keep a Home Page simular to the current one? I liked tracking the most active or resent topics before going to the forums listing.
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    ChiTownDiner
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 19:13:18 (permalink)
    Looks good...thanks for your efforts!
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    Twinwillow
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 19:38:16 (permalink)
    Looks good but, I prefer this format. Just because it's different and so much better than any other forum. And, I feel "at home" here. Like a warm pair of shearling slippers on a cold winter's night.
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 20:07:52 (permalink)
    I can see and appreciate the improvements. It is really streamlined to good effect for the most part. I do think the streamlined logo needs a lot of work though, but that is an easy fix.

    I like the stars being all the same color, but I think gold would be better than yellow as I think even the first poster to these forums deserves at least one gold star.
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    Davydd
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 20:18:51 (permalink)
    I think it will be a great improvement. Looking forward to the new forum. I noticed there was a cutoff date when you moved the messages over. Will the messages posted in those threads since that move be moved over as well?
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    joerogo
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 20:18:58 (permalink)
    What are "Reward Points", and what are they going to cost me?

    Looks good. What about "Insider" features?
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    ann peeples
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 20:55:21 (permalink)
    I like it well enough, but as in anything new, will take awhile to get used to it.I prefer our current forum outline...
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    UncleVic
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 21:32:18 (permalink)
    I'm old school going with if it's not broken why fix it.. Either way, checked it out and liked it! Though it took me a minute to remember what my password was to log in..
    But I do see it has a "status" of a member (online / offline). I remember there was problems here with a similar feature a few years back.
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    DougS
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 22:32:35 (permalink)
    Looks fine. A little more information regarding posters and not too glitzy.
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    Tony Bad
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 22:35:01 (permalink)
    Stephen has all the details, so maybe he'll provide a better answer, but it is my understanding that when the "official" transfer happens, all posts will be rolled over from old to new.

    Please keep in mind this new "playground" is basically a test, and anything in there will be over-written when the official roll over happens, so anything posted in the "playground" version will be lost when the official transfer occurs.
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    Tony Bad
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 22:37:57 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by joerogo

    What are "Reward Points", and what are they going to cost me?


    Reward points will be awarded depending on how well you perform on a quiz about life, lore, and food of Brooklyn, NY.

    Actually, I'm not sure what that is about.
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    californyguy
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/04 23:38:13 (permalink)
    LOOKS KIND OF CONFUSING- i LOGGED IN BUT DO NOT THINK THE MESSAGE( TEST) IB SOUPD WENT THROUGH...WIOLL THERE BE BACKROUND IN COLORS?
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 01:48:18 (permalink)
    First place I went was to Trip reports. 99% of the photos I saw were teeny tiny and I couldn't get them to display any larger. Don't have that problem on the old (current) forum. Can you tell me why, Stephen? I like BIG photos...
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    leethebard
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 01:53:20 (permalink)
    Lacks color and .I agree, looks confusing...and my print didn't look crisp....it now looks like so many other sites...I'll miss the u nique look of roadfood....I'll reserve comment further 'til I see the new homepage and how the site works....but the test page didn't excite!!!
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 02:46:19 (permalink)
    I still run my monitor at 800 X 600. The default is for another display size, so scrolling from left to right is a pain. I don't know if there is a setting that will let me change it. I have seen similar forums that automatically adjust the width for your display, unless there are pictures in the posts.
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 10:35:40 (permalink)
    wENT AND LOOKED AGAIN....i KNOW PROB ALOT OF THOUGHT AND PLANNING HAS GONE IN TO THE NEW ONE , BUT ANY CHANCE IT COULD JUST STAY THE SAME??

    HOW ABOUT A POLL ASKING MEMBERS WHICH THEY LIKE BETTER?
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    Greymo
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 10:53:28 (permalink)
    I do not care for it that much as it looks like too many other sites.. I really love the unique look that we have always had and wish that it could stay the same.
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 11:04:14 (permalink)
    People are naturally resistant to change. Get past it. This is huge progress. How is this "confusing" - the forums are laid out in pretty much the same way they are here? Could the color palette use some "freshening?" Well, maybe. I don't see how that would be a dealbreaker, though - and, I suspect that these new forums will be something of a work in progress for a short period.

    In my mind, the pluses far outweigh any minuses. These snitz forums are seriously old and outdated and really don't have a lot of the very basic features that you can find on some free forum software that is out there now. As Stephen mentioned - private messaging, spell checker, RSS feed digests, etc. are all great - and I am looking forward to something that I have long asked for - an ignore user feature. Who knows? Maybe a majority of people will have me on their list. I feel like Santa right now - I am making my list - and checking it twice.
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    Poverty Pete
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 11:17:04 (permalink)
    Steve, you think I'm in a snitz now, just WAIT until you put me on ignore!
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    Tony Bad
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 11:18:19 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Poverty Pete

    Steve, you think I'm in a snitz now, just WAIT until you put me on ignore!


    Won't bother me, my wife has had me on ignore for many years now.
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    The Travelin Man
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 11:18:23 (permalink)
    PP - You're the only one who's NOT going on ignore. This forum is going to be "All Poverty Pete, All The Time!"
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    mr chips
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 11:20:53 (permalink)
    Looking forward to the changes.
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 12:13:36 (permalink)
    I'm old, crabby, set in my ways and don't much like change...I'll get used to it like everyone else...
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    The Travelin Man
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 12:15:26 (permalink)
    That's the spirit!
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 12:17:35 (permalink)
    I like it, but pix are small, are you discouraging photos now or is this just a kink that will work out?
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    RE: Test out the new discussion forum 2008/12/05 12:22:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Pwingsx

    First place I went was to Trip reports. 99% of the photos I saw were teeny tiny and I couldn't get them to display any larger. Don't have that problem on the old (current) forum. Can you tell me why, Stephen? I like BIG photos...

    I agree that there were teeny tiny (impossible to see) photos. I went to King T's Northwest Indiana Trip Report in the new format and found most photos were 1/2" wide, but four were 4 1/2" wide and one was 9" wide. In the present format all of his pictures were either 4 1/2" or 9" wide and easy to see. I also can't understand why there was such inconsistency in translating the photo size to the new format. (Only one of 13 photos that were 9" remained that size, four of 16 photos that were 4 1/2" remained that size and everything else went to teeny tiny. In one case of two photos that were side-by-side, one was left the original size, the other was shrunk.)
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