Daniel Haynes


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Forum changes now live

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 20:37

Don't worry about me, Shrinking Violet. And you'd have to be very old to be old enough to be my mum...

Forum changes now live

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 20:31

Ouch! 

Forum changes now live

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 20:24

Hello everyone. Thanks for the continued responses. It's really encouraging (and something of a relief) to see that there's so much positive feedback. And no more death threats, which is nice.

As previously mentioned, we didn't expect to achieve a fully finished design that pleased everybody within one week, but it feels like we're in a much better position than we were a week ago.

We'll start picking up on some of the detailed feedback you've given tomorrow, so if you've reported glitches / concerns / problems rest assured they'll all be looked at and recorded in Nora's Mammoth Spreadsheet

 

Daniel Haynes
Editor, gardenersworld.com

Forum changes now live

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 18:46

Dave Morgan and WonkyWomble - thanks for that, it's good to know you're pleased with the progress.

Forum changes now live

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 18:44

Thanks for feedback so far, folks.


Redwing - if the new Edit function isn't work perfectly for everyone we'll start working through feedback tomorrow, so let's follow up then if you're still finding it glitchy.


Right, I'm off now for a Tube journey . I'll check in later on to see how things are going...


Thanks for bearing with us, everyone.


Daniel Haynes
Editor, gardenersworld.com

Forum changes now live

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 17:51

Hello everyone,

As promised, we’ve made all the changes we could this week to improve your experience of the new forum design. Here’s an outline of the changes:

Spacing / scrolling
We’ve reduced the vertical ‘stacking’ on the thread listing page, so more thread titles are visible, with less scrolling. In total on listing pages we’ve reduced scrolling by 40 per cent.

Typography
We’ve replaced most instances of the Jubilat font, which many users reported as difficult to read

Navigation
We’ve reduced the vertical space taken up by the pagination links and added those links to the top of the page as well

Colour scheme
We’re consulting further on colour (see below) but we have made some inititial changes that we hope improve your experience. The page background is now a soft green and we’ve tweaked the white background so it’s now a subtle off-white, which reduces some of the glare.

And some particularly good news…

We have a new Edit function! We initially thought it wouldn’t be possible to achieve that this week, but Marcin on the tech team has worked extremely hard to rebuild the tool from scratch in super-quick time.

So, that’s everything we committed to doing this week, plus a bit more. The other main issues reported will be looked at as soon as possible:

Pinch and zoom on mobile
Notifications - this is quite a complex one. Nora is gathering as much detail from you as possible on this, as experiences of this erratic service seem to vary widely
First unread post link - this will be looked into. I’m not in a position to make any promises about this yet

The other big issue is…

Colour scheme / legibility / accessibility

Accessibility for all is a key priority. So, we’re having different design options mocked up,  which we’ll share directly to those users who have told us that visual impairments mean they’re particularly struggling with the designs - pansyface, Kitty2, Malcolm Brown2 and BLT. After the weekend, we’ll collate your responses, which we’ll consider very carefully during any subsequent design changes that are made.

(At this stage we’re seeking direct feedback from users with visual impairments, as opposed to those who have expressed views on the colour/weight of the typeface, which we’ve already recorded.)

We sincerely hope that this first set of changes helps with your experience of the forum. Do please let us have your constructive feedback. Let us know what you like, what you don’t and, of course, if anything isn’t working as it should.

Graham, Marcin, Akin, Stefanos, Vicki and Sophie on the technical team have all worked extremely hard to make these changes as quickly as they possibly could, so many thanks to them.

Polite request: we’re doing all we can to improve the design. As I posted elsewhere yesterday, robust criticism (“I hate the colour”) is fine - gratuitously abusive language isn’t, so please keep your feedback civil.


Thank you.

Daniel Haynes
Editor, gardenersworld.com




Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 13:08

Thanks Kitty!


We'll be in touch a bit later today (sorry that you hadn't from us directly yet - we have a lot on today! ), then we'll send through design options as soon as they're ready.


Re: jargon, rest assured you won't need to be technically minded to give us your feedback!



Daniel

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 12:22

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 11:38

Hello everyone,

Regarding the issue of legibility / colour scheme / glare, we want to arrive at a design that meets accessibility guidelines and allows everybody to use the forum comfortably.

With that in mind, the design team will be producing mock ups of different design options and sending them directly to pansyface, kitty 2 and other forum users who have told us they have visual impairments, for their feedback over the weekend on which works best for them. That feedback will then be taken fully into account when we make any further changes.

We need to follow a proper, considered design process for this, which is why we're not rushing into any other changes this week than those we're already making.

Daniel Haynes
Editor, gardenersworld.com

What has happened to forum site.

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 09:15

Hello Hostafan1 - I'm sorry you're having trouble. Nora will be in touch directly to offer some tips on reducing the image file sizes before you upload.

 

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