Daniel Haynes

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Posted: 14/05/2016 at 11:55

Hello WonkyWomble, It's good to know you're happier with things. Rest assured we've not given up on trying to resolve the image issue for you! Nora will look into any other things we can try on Monday. 


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Posted: 14/05/2016 at 08:51

philippa smith2 - Nora wasn’t being evasive.  The answer at the moment is that we don’t yet know - we need to fix the outstanding design issues and look into notifications and the ‘first unread post’ function first. We’ve taken on board all of those comments from users who are missing the hover function - at present 'we haven't ruled it out' is all I can tell you. 

Lyn - we’re aware of the bug and it will be fixed as soon as possible

Bonsai-Marc - I think we’ve made a bit more than a slight improvement over the last week . Vertical space on the listing pages has been reduced by 40 per cent. Since last week we've arrived at a point where spacing is causing irritation for some users, rather than rage for most - we are looking at whether we can make further reductions.

Firecracker - Thanks for this - I’m glad you like the changes

SwissSue - thanks for the feedback and comments on Last Unread Post and hover function noted

love gardens and KT53 - noted, please see comments on this subject above

Tetley - restoration of pinch and zoom functionality for mobile devices will be looked at shortly, so please bear with us on this. On desktops it’s possible to right-click to open the image in a new tab

hogweed - we wouldn’t recommend using Internet Explorer to view the site - Microsoft no longer maintain it and it’s likely to deliver an inconsistent experience of many website, not just ours. I suggest trying another browser such as Chrome or Firefox and keeping it updated

Andy Leeds - the search facility on the site is something that needs some ‘attention’ generally (and that’s putting it diplomatically). We’re working on a substantial refresh of other areas of the site (which will appear in the not very distant future) but it’s something that will need to be addressed.

Lantana - sorry that you’re having trouble. The edit function works for five minutes after making the post. Are you attempting to use it within that time? If so, and you’re still having trouble please let Nora know and she’ll follow up with you on this on Monday, when she’s in the office. Likewise, on the difficulty with the replies.

Daniel Haynes
Editor, gardenersworld.com

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Posted: 13/05/2016 at 10:13

Hello plant pauper - the pinch and zoom function for pictures is something we’re coming to in the next batch of fixes, as outlined at the start of this thread.

Yes, it is a priority to make the forum mobile friendly. There are glitches in any new product launch - that always happens. That’s why we’re diligently collating all feedback and Nora is asking people for Support Details submissions, so we can replicate any particular problems people are experiencing and fix them. So, if people on tablets or phones are having trouble we absolutely are committed to resolving them.

We couldn’t make the forum mobile friendly by flipping a switch - it had to be completely rebuilt from scratch, so we can’t launch a project on that scale without teething problems. Yes, beta testing would have helped, but we are where we are and we couldn’t have made any greater effort over the last week to remedy that than we have.

I was clear that we wouldn’t have a perfect forum by the end of this week, but we have made progress. I’m afraid that if you complain to us that we've replaced features that disappeared there’s absolutely nothing we can do with that - we can only act on constructive, practical feedback.


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Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:42

Thanks, Dove!

LG the L - thanks and you obviously have impeccable taste.

Signing off for the evening now. Thanks again, everyone - we'll follow up on specific feedback tomorrow.

Daniel Haynes
Editor, gardenersworld.com

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Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:36

Yes, KEF, we considered ditching that when looking for ways to save vertical space on the listing pages,  but we felt that it was too useful to lose...

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Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:27

plant pauper - the problem we have here is that colour varies massively from device to device. Not even 'pure white' will display consistently between phones, tablets and laptops. It looks very green on some screens, much less so on others. What we were aiming for, rather than everybody's ideal definition of green, was a fairly muted shade that didn't glare or demand too much attention - it's supposed to provide a comfortable background. There's no way we'll achieve consensus on colour, unfortunately - tastes vary so wildly.


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Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:22

You're welcome, KEF!

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Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:21

Thanks obelixx. We'll certainly look further at spacing / design detail - I don't know yet what we can do and what we can't.

Re: Ad Blocker, that will create blank spaces, but I'll maintain a discreet silence on that score... 



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Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:18

It is green plant pauper - just a rather muted, 'grown up' shade of green. But colour is very subjective, isn't it - one person's 'muted green' is another person's 'mucky tea towel'...

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Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:13

Thank you Hazel, I'll glad you're happier with the progress so far.

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