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Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
2008/12/19 17:26:18
The new discussion forum is a work in progress:
  1. I just added a header to the page so Roadfood Insiders can access their photos
  2. The background has been changed to match the old forum
  3. The font size was increased by 2 points so it is more readable
More to come over the next 48 hours, including some added perks for Roadfood Insiders.

Stephen
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/19 18:02:26
Thank you, Steven. Now, If we could only get the "active forums" item back...

Happy Holidays, and Cheers, John 
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/19 18:10:41
John, the Active Topics formatting change is going to take quite a bit of coordination with the forum software company to make it work.  It is a big priority for me, but a few more things need to stabilize before we can tackle that project.
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/19 19:36:17
UPDATE - Subscription preferences have been successfully migrated.

UPDATE - White space has been significantly trimmed down on short posts.
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/19 19:50:59
As long as you're listening, Why am I having so much trouble with the site remembering my log in credentials?
I'm doing everything correctly but still have to log in manually each time I visit.


Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/19 19:56:38
Are you selecting the check box to remember your credentials?

If you still are having a problem, you might want to try removing ALL of your cookies associated with Roadfood.com and start from scratch.

BTW, the login screen on the Main part of Roadfood.com is completely different than the Forums.  Eventually they will be linked, but that is lower on the priority list.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/19 21:09:48
Stephen,

Will Avatars be turned on?  The link is dead when I try to add one.

jrp
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/19 21:14:02
JRP, I don't anticipate having Avatars on the Roadfood forums.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/19 21:59:04
How about signatures? 

These guys may be interested.





leethebard
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/19 22:17:13
Stephen, thanks for all your hard work...while I'm still not crazy about the new look...it's starting to look more like the old...and that's good....but those "stars" are so AMEMIC!!!!!
DougS
Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/19 22:39:51
Change is always depressing for people, some, more than others.
But, I am getting the hang of this new message board and it is going to be better than the old forum, "I Gaarunteee"

Six monthsfrom now if there was a change backward, you would the same cry of foul.
That is not to mean people should not speak out.  I am sure those suggestions are what helps Stephen Rushmore build a great forum. I say, keep up the good work Stephen.

By the way, when I clicked Spell Checker I never seen no yellow hilighting of spelling errors. "I Gaarunteee, there was one".

donw9876
Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/20 00:21:06
I posted the following in the "Insider" forum. This seems like the more appropriate place.

The main gripe I have is that the fonts are now largish compared to the old board software, and all of the tables and cells are very bloated. Basically, the old forum's displays sat comfortably in my laptop screen, and now the forum takes much more effort to scroll through. There's a ton of white space now where before the layout was nice and tight.

You see much less material at a glance. And you need a gigantic monitor resolution to easily use the forum. This makes the forum much less usable, in my very strong opinion.

Also, there may be a problem with fonts when posting. See "NYPizzaNut's" message at the end of this page about the Grecian restaurant:

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Where-to-eat-in-Dayton-Ohio-North-of-Middletown-m379488-p7.aspx

This large font, probably posted in error by the user, ruins the readability and is irritating in the middle of the thread. I realize that users can set the font they want to use, but it almost seems like a mistake caused by misunderstanding the font controls.

A friend of mine is a web developer and one of the things that he stresses continually is "tight" design - a minimum of unnecessary white space.

This stuff can probably be tweaked easily in the accompanying CSS style files. In fact, I  object much less to the larger fonts than I do the excessive blank space everywhere.
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/20 00:50:36
I guess the features of this forum can be "tweaked" in software. I found you can find other sites running this software package by entering the following string into a search engine:
ASPPlayground.NET Forum Commercial Version 3.2

If I get a chance this weekend, I will see if I can find some sites that have more of the features we liked from the old board.
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/20 07:41:53
Thank you, Stephen for increasing the font size.  I can now read what others have written.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/20 08:01:33
Stephen,

I am familiar with similar forum software and think this is a winner.  I have a couple nits on the "All Forums" view.

I think the column width for the Forum Description is too wide and dominates the view.  As a consequence, the column width for the Last Post is too narrow and does not allow a full view of the topic.  If the software allows it, it would also be extremely useful if the last 3 or 5 posts for each forum could be shown. 

Thanks for listening,

Jim
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/20 08:51:11
I'd suggest less new tabs ... seems everything I click opens a new tab.

Right now I have 11 RF tabs in my Firefox browser.


Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 08:23:49
Question:  How do you get the thumbnail photos to increase to a size I can see?  I have clicked on them but nothing happens unless I click "Back" and then click "Forward".  Am I missing something?

Also I really hate the verification feature when I sign in.  I hate this at every site that requires it.  The fact that it is deliberately distorted and hard to discern makes no sense to me.  It's more like a test of my ability to read a cryptic code than a verification of who I am.  The "J" looks like a "1" sometimes.  What's the point?
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 08:33:14
Sandy, the point of the code is it keeps spammers from loading up the site with stuff we do not want.  It does require a visual and it is not a test of your skills but it will definately challenge computer generated spams.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 08:35:37
Part 2:  I found that my profile gave my real last name without permission.  I don't think that's a good idea.  I deleted it but I think folks should be aware of that.

Also, I clicked back trying to get to the forum menu, and it took me back to the log in page with a different crptic code (angry-faced icon if I could find how to add it) but when I ignored it, it let me click forward and I was still signed in...confusing.
NebGuy
Double Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 11:52:50
After I figured out on the first day I had to go into the forums to login I have no complaints about this new software. I think it's a great improvement, just takes some time to get familiar with.
californyguy
Double Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 12:28:57
test
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 16:40:39
Thanks, Paul.  Now it makes sense, but sometimes it's difficult to discern.
 
Sandy
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 17:22:57
Sandy, you are welcome.
 
Paul E. Smith
knoxville, TN
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 18:36:43
I'm surprised there isn't anything to distinguish insiders from non-insiders.
Do you plan to add that to the posters username as on the old format?
roossy90
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 20:00:20
Stephen,
Is the "signature" going to be activated?
I tried, and every time, it never shows up.
I do like the new site so far, and it just takes time getting used to it, but I give it a thumbs up.
 

 
And thank you for all the hard work that you and the others have put into Roadfood.com.
post edited by roossy90 - 2008/12/21 20:03:06
roossy90
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 20:09:58
donw9876

I posted the following in the "Insider" forum. This seems like the more appropriate place.

The main gripe I have is that the fonts are now largish compared to the old board software, and all of the tables and cells are very bloated. Basically, the old forum's displays sat comfortably in my laptop screen, and now the forum takes much more effort to scroll through. There's a ton of white space now where before the layout was nice and tight.

You see much less material at a glance. And you need a gigantic monitor resolution to easily use the forum. This makes the forum much less usable, in my very strong opinion.

Also, there may be a problem with fonts when posting. See "NYPizzaNut's" message at the end of this page about the Grecian restaurant:

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Where-to-eat-in-Dayton-Ohio-North-of-Middletown-m379488-p7.aspx

This large font, probably posted in error by the user, ruins the readability and is irritating in the middle of the thread. I realize that users can set the font they want to use, but it almost seems like a mistake caused by misunderstanding the font controls.

A friend of mine is a web developer and one of the things that he stresses continually is "tight" design - a minimum of unnecessary white space.

This stuff can probably be tweaked easily in the accompanying CSS style files. In fact, I  object much less to the larger fonts than I do the excessive blank space everywhere.

 
I think the link you refer to was entered large by the poster, since we have the option to size  our letters and has nothing to do with the RF logistics.
 
(the large font above was just for example, and not meant to be sarcastic)

 
DougS
Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 20:17:24
I am finding more and more, that it is easy to maneuver within and to forums.
I do wish the background would change from the blinding white.

CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/21 22:30:46
Stephen

Thank You for adding the Upload photos link back to the page. 

I know you are "snowed" under right now with the upgrade, but WE DO appreciate EVERYTHING you are doing to make this site a better place.
marzsit
Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 04:47:50
sometimes i can log on, sometimes i can't.... ie reports a page error and the login button doesn't work. great upgrade.......:(
marzsit
Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 06:19:36
great... when i click the "reply to message" button, it takes me to the top page in the thread. 
 
 
 actually, i've found that the only way i can post anything is by using the quick reply box at the end of any thread.
 
 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 09:55:16
Did the font size shrink today?  I'm askeing everyone to please use a larger type.

Reading this is becoming a struggle for me.

Thank you, everyone!
Tumbleweed365
Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 10:31:25
 
I just probably haven't figured it out yet, but when I click on a thread on the 'Recent Conversations' page, it takes me to the Navigation Page,  where I have to hunt and search for the thread I'm looking for.
Is there some way I can get directly to my thread like on the old forum ?
Thanks,
Computer Twit     
Jimeats
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 11:16:35
Well ain't this special.
I go away for a few days and the place goes to ---- in a hand basket.
Took me forever to learn to ride a bike, I was 16 I think.
I'm still running Win 98 because I have a fear of change.
Oh well, life goes on and I shall adapt in time.
I like the fact the nosey section is back, I like to see whos reading what, now just to find it.
And I hope we will be able to see locked threads, I'm drawn to them like a moth to a light. Chow Jim  
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 12:16:58
The tool I use is Forum Menu > Posts since last visit. It seems to be the fastest way for me to navigate messages and for the most part it updates messages interactively every time you select it. Since you often finish reading a thread at the last message I would not mind seeing the Forum Menu pull down at the bottom of the thread to the left of the Jump to selection below the Quick Reply window if that is possible.

When you get to the Posts since last visit the best clues are the colored in page icons and I alway click on the page icon to the right of the message thread title that takes you to the first unread post in the thread. That icon disappears after you have read all the posts and go back to the Posts since last visit listing. I never click on the last post icon in the right column like you had to do to navigate down in a multi-page thread in the old forum.
Tumbleweed365
Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 13:24:33
Thanks, I think, I guess the old brain needs some adrenalin to figure out all this, but I'm getting there, just takes a while.
The new forum is neat and everyday I find a new way of doing things,,,,,,,slowly.      
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 18:20:16
Leethebard; Dearfolk,
   You said "Those 'stars' are so anemic!"
   I thought they were wrongly-colored Confederate flags. -- Don't need me one of 'em, folks... even if I AM a proud Southerner, I'm not one of those turn-the-clock-back kind of guys ('ceptin' onct a year when Daylight Savings Time runs out.)!
      Falling Back Into Figuring This New System Out, Ort. Carlton in Definitely Wintertime Athens, Georgia.
post edited by Ort. Carlton. - 2008/12/22 19:46:06
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 18:29:32
mar52; Dearfolk,
   Me, too... especially since I'm using the small-screen computer at the Athens Regional Library now, and can't blow the type up any bigger. Eventually I'll learn how to use those functions, but not now when just typing this is a low-grade ordeal.
      Sqintingly, Ort. Carlton in Amazing Athens.
P. S. I said "sqint" because hopefully many of "u" don't have to. Tee hee.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 18:31:25
Jimeats; Dearfolk,
   You think you're a Luddite? I asked Santa for a laptop Linotype machine for Christmas.
      Aluminously, Ort. Carlton in Heavy Athens, Georgia.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 19:12:55
I keep getting this error when trying to respond to theWhere to eat in  Dayton Ohio north of Middletown thread on the regional forum:



Server Error in '/Forums' Application.

There is no row at position 0.

Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.IndexOutOfRangeException: There is no row at position 0.

Source Error:

Line 168:            Dim BasicPostData As DataSet = DAL.RetrieveBasicPostingInformation(MemberInfo.memID, ReplyToMessageID, 0)
Line 169: Dim MemberRow As DataRow, MessageRow As DataRow
Line 170: MemberRow = BasicPostData.Tables(0).Rows(0) : MessageRow = BasicPostData.Tables(1).Rows(0)
Line 171:
Line 172: Dim FMsg As New ForumMessage

Source File: D:\Applications\Roadfood.com\Forums\tm.aspx.vb    Line: 170

Stack Trace:

[IndexOutOfRangeException: There is no row at position 0.]
System.Data.RBTree`1.GetNodeByIndex(Int32 userIndex) +3124207
System.Data.RBTree`1.get_Item(Int32 index) +16
System.Data.DataRowCollection.get_Item(Int32 index) +16
tm.sendPost1_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) in D:\Applications\Roadfood.com\Forums\tm.aspx.vb:170
System.Web.UI.WebControls.LinkButton.OnClick(EventArgs e) +101
System.Web.UI.WebControls.LinkButton.RaisePostBackEvent(String eventArgument) +100
System.Web.UI.Page.RaisePostBackEvent(IPostBackEventHandler sourceControl, String eventArgument) +29
System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint) +2981


Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:2.0.50727.3053; ASP.NET Version:2.0.50727.3053










~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


This has been going on all afternoon on just this one thread!??
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 19:46:14
I got the same message this morning when trying to post.  It cleared up after a few attempts over five or so minutes.
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 20:28:06
Looks like we're all going to have to put up with the new format's "growing pains".
UncleVic
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 20:31:40
If a '67 Camaro broke, I'd fix it.  And sure wouldn't replace it with a 2008 model.

NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 20:38:01
That error message keeps coming on that one thread!
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 20:45:01
 Is it still happening? I tried it with a few different browsers on a high speed and then on dial up and it worked fine on all. 

Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 20:46:43
UncleVic

If a '67 Camaro broke, I'd fix it.  And sure wouldn't replace it with a 2008 model.


How about if parts were no longer available and your family had grown too big for the camaro? 
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 20:58:30
That thread continues to give me the error message - this has been going on since about noon.
Theedge
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 21:04:31
!sdarwkcab tuo semoc gnihtyreve ylper i nehW
 
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 21:09:45
get an apple

NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 21:09:51
type backwards then
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 21:24:04
Thanks so much!
roossy90
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 22:05:21
Theedge

!sdarwkcab tuo semoc gnihtyreve ylper i nehW
 



!sdrawcab ssa si uoy

post edited by roossy90 - 2008/12/22 22:46:39
UncleVic
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 22:47:26
Tony Bad

UncleVic

If a '67 Camaro broke, I'd fix it.  And sure wouldn't replace it with a 2008 model.


How about if parts were no longer available and your family had grown too big for the camaro?

Yet to not find a part I need for that classic!  Might take a little snooping, but it's out there.  And if your family from '67 is still riding with ya, just hang it up.


1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 22:54:07
UncleVic

Tony Bad

UncleVic

If a '67 Camaro broke, I'd fix it.  And sure wouldn't replace it with a 2008 model.


How about if parts were no longer available and your family had grown too big for the camaro?

Yet to not find a part I need for that classic!  Might take a little snooping, but it's out there.  And if your family from '67 is still riding with ya, just hang it up.



roossy90
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 23:05:28
bill voss

UncleVic

Tony Bad

UncleVic

If a '67 Camaro broke, I'd fix it.  And sure wouldn't replace it with a 2008 model.


How about if parts were no longer available and your family had grown too big for the camaro?

Yet to not find a part I need for that classic!  Might take a little snooping, but it's out there.  And if your family from '67 is still riding with ya, just hang it up.


 
  
 

I cant see the pic Bill!....... one more bug........... arrrgh.......other than that, I dont mind the new site.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Never mind.. it just got bigger..
Must be the shrooms............................

post edited by roossy90 - 2008/12/22 23:07:10
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/22 23:14:25
UncleVic

If a '67 Camaro broke, I'd fix it.  And sure wouldn't replace it with a 2008 model.


 
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/23 06:53:35
I'm sorry if this has already been answered but why is it that sometimes the pictures are normal size and then sometimes very tiny. It sometimes happens in the same post( some normal, some tiny).  Just now I was reading one of Ellens Trip Reports and the pictures were fine. I went back in a few minutes later and they were tiny. Sometimes reloading the page fixes it, sometimes not.
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/23 21:49:16
Stephen, can you check into seeing if the new forum supports IE Explorer 5.1.4 for Mac?

ASPPlayground is blocked at my workplace, and my home mac I use i don't care to upgrade til late Q1 2009.

If not, you loose me as a contributor in every way shape or form unless I'm at a host machine.

BTW, I subscribe to 12 forums and am Admin and moderator to 2 of them and have not ever had the issues and lack of support that ASPPlayground sets up.

TIA

jjjrfoodie


1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/23 22:10:50
where are you typing your message from? What do you have, a G3 running 9.0?
PhineasWhoopee
Junior Burger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/23 22:26:53
jjjrfoodie

Stephen, can you check into seeing if the new forum supports IE Explorer 5.1.4 for Mac?

ASPPlayground is blocked at my workplace, and my home mac I use i don't care to upgrade til late Q1 2009.

If not, you loose me as a contributor in every way shape or form unless I'm at a host machine.

BTW, I subscribe to 12 forums and am Admin and moderator to 2 of them and have not ever had the issues and lack of support that ASPPlayground sets up.

TIA

jjjrfoodie


Why are you using an 7 or 8 year old browser? Asking web sites to configure themselves for such old software is like complaining to the highway department that there isn't room on the shoulder to ride your donkey. Why not firefox or safari? 
PhineasWhoopee
Junior Burger
Re:We Are Listening! 2008/12/23 22:28:06
UncleVic

Tony Bad

UncleVic

If a '67 Camaro broke, I'd fix it.  And sure wouldn't replace it with a 2008 model.


How about if parts were no longer available and your family had grown too big for the camaro?

Yet to not find a part I need for that classic!  Might take a little snooping, but it's out there.  And if your family from '67 is still riding with ya, just hang it up.


software is a lot different from cars! 
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