Comments on second redesign attempt

Discussion in ' Site Help' started by john_shriver, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. OK, this time it is usable.
    Being able to watch forums is an improvement over nothing of that sort the first time around.

    But it still needs work.

    Simple things. Like making the selection of how to sort threads in a forum be sticky. I prefer sorting by start date, not latest comment.

    I miss the Unified view of forums. I understand it was a huge load on the underlying database, but it sure let me see what was going on in the forums I follow quickly.

    Just trying to edit this post I discovered an issue. You can't remove a line break from a post you're creating. I tried to make the lines starting OK and Being into one line, and could not deleting in either direction. (Safari/MacOS.)
  2. Oh, yuck, There is no way to put paragraph breaks in a post at all, as demonstrated by my initial post above.

    Also, you have to type on top of "Type your reply" in the text entry box. Annoying, but not priority 1.
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  3. Oh, I got paragraph breaks in the second post, but not in the initial post. Maybe trying to delete the line break removed all the paragraph breaks. Flaky JavaScript, I presume.
  4. Agreed that it's better, though I wish that was saying more.

    Glenn et al.: Please test the mobile view on chrome on Android. That is, the default browser on the most common cellphone OS in the world. Because the layout is currently badly broken (including "write your reply" still being visible behind the text as I write this).

    Other observations: we're not getting correct screen names, I don't know why we have a massive personal photo/avatar (usually blank) for the contributor above every post, and the second page of any thread doesn't seem to appear (not that I'd asked for a paged view). It's hard to tell how many navigation issues are from the chrome browser layout, though (e.g. there seems to be a top left menu that's hidden under a button). I'll try to list more when I've tried more browsers.

    Before the last failed roll out, I suggested that we be given a warning before any new update so we could all test it before it went live. I guess that didn't happen for... reasons? I know people are trying, but I'm not surprised there are teething issues if there wasn't a site-wide request to test it.
  5. Have we lost the unified forum view again? I hardly ever used anything else. How annoying. And what's this about showing usernames rather than real names on our posts?
  6. The accounts seem to have taken user names but real names didn't carry over. Putting in my screen name as my real name had no effect, though.
  7. Huh. When I wrote my first post on this thread, the line breaks worked. Now I've returned to this thread, they've disappeared. Weird.
  8. Why was there another effort accomplished to "fix" something that was not "broken"?
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  9. Apparently (from before the previous attempt) there was significant feedback asking for improvements, especially to attract new members. I suspect it's always going to be painful for those like me who were happy with the old design.

    But I'm quite weird - I have a Firefox open with about 2400 tabs loaded, with JavaScript off so it didn't die. I usually have about 30-50 photonet forum threads open. I'm expecting this to stop working, but fingers crossed...
  10. Ok, after playing around with the site I see good things and some not so good things.
    The larger viewing image is great but the gallery cover images really are not so nice as it cuts your image off.
    Hopefully, this can be fixed? I will have to use the new look more to get used to it. Right now it is still pretty alien to me.
  11. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Why do you keep trying to change something that works so well and is so easy to use? Looks now like every other photography forum on line and requires studying to figure out how to use it. Really dumb.
  12. Can you tell me where I can find messages from other members, thanks
  13. Apparently, your id should be near the top of the page, and you can click on it to get messages. Except that it's not currently working in (at least) Android/Chrome.
  14. This new site totally forgot my user name, sign in with hotmail or google, I become a different
    I prefer the old site. Change for the worst !!!!
  15. It seems the photo engine is better and with the larger pictures they seem clearer and the blacks pop in B/W and the colors ring true. It seems with the old version, colors and b/w images would lose contrast, pop and sharpness. The "write your reply" is a little glitchy when you are posting but I'm sure you'll get to that. I have some trouble navigating within my own image collections, it doesn't seem to naturally want to take you out to the beginning so you can see the whole collection. That happens when you click the arrows on an image to take it to the next image. You have to back out as many steps as it took to get you there. would be much handier if you could get out to the whole collection level with one click from any image in the collection. but so far its much better than the first attempt. Thanks for the efforts. I think the new look is better and shows the images better.
  16. Still not good, but better than first attempt.
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  17. Still no Unified View! Staggering.
  18. Does going to the top-level forums and clicking on "new posts" give you what you need?
  19. Much better than the first rehash. Thanks for everyone's efforts.

    I too thought the unified forum view had disappeared until i dug a bit deeper and found that it was "New Posts". Does that suggest that a user guide or FAQ is needed to help people find their way around before becoming disillusioned?

    I still think there's too much wasted space in the home page, I prefer to see at least a good percentage of what is available without scrolling downwards.
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  20. +1 This is a total regression in regards to simplicity. It seems as of late, websites love to solve problems that don't exist. It now takes three times as long to access what only took one click before. It's like using mobile device solutions for a desktop operation..........doesn't work!!! I guess I need to take a break from this website for a few weeks or at least until they can make it usable. Later my friends!!!
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