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Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:42
WonkyWomble says:

OK here goes nothing!

Yup there my picture!

Only kidding. Followed all Nora's suggestions and still no picture upload!  what's strong with me!?

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Oh, crikey. Nora will be in touch shortly!

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:38

Good morning everyone,

KT53 - thanks for sharing that. Yes, browser controls can be very useful, on desktop at least. I’m hopeful we can reintroduce ‘pinch and zoom’ controls for tablet, though.

Palaisglide - I’m very glad that you’re finding things easier on the laptop, but it really should also work for you on iPad, so we must sort that.

Dave Morgan - yes, cautious optimism is pretty much where we are this week, but the proof is in the pudding. Let’s see how everybody feels later in the week - the next set of changes should make a significant difference.

WonkyWomble - that’s a shame. Do keep us posted re: Nora’s other suggestions…

Hostafan1 - yes, agreed. I hope it can be reinstated (I can’t give you an immediate answer on that, unfortunately…)

Dovefromabove / Fairygirl - alas, yes, the notifications feature isn’t working properly, even if the box is ticked. It’s never worked consistently I’m sorry to say. I regularly nag / whine / bleat about it to the tech team, so they know what a pain it is. Watch this space.

Verdun - “I’m beginning to like the new format” - you should be careful sharing such controversial and incendiary opinions…

plant pauper “I am a bit concerned though that as the rest of us brush up on our coping mechanisms and have our buttons reinstated we'll forget about those who can no longer use the site due to genuinely "serious" issues.”

I can promise you that we absolutely won’t forget about this - once the scrolling / spacing / font issues are fixed we’ll consult properly on colour scheme / brightness etc. (I’ll post some more on this subject a little later.)

Busy-Lizzie - all noted, thanks. The pinch and zoom feature is on the list for the next batch of improvements. Re: your suggestion, do you remember where you saw the ‘number of pages you haven’t read yet’ was? If you could give us a link, I can pass it on the tech team to ask if it’s feasible to implement here. That sounds like it might fit in the ‘far more complex to implement than it might seem’ category, but we won’t know if we don’t ask!

plant pauper - travelling expenses and spa treatment: I’m not sure the three shillings per year that we have to run the website on would stretch to that…

aym280 - all noted!

Topbird - Yes, it’s good that smilies, quotes etc are more stable than previously. Will find out today if ‘pinch and zoom’ on mobile will cover text as well as images.

Thanks everyone,

Daniel Haynes

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 21:36

Thanks, Posy. 

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 21:12

Ah, good stuff! Let us know if it doesn't work... 

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 21:09

plant pauper - anything is worth a try to get things sorted, I say.

WonkyWomble - I think Nora has some suggestions on this score, yes - she'll pick up with you on this tomorrow.

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 21:00

Well, we might not be able to sort it out. 


Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 20:55

Yes, certainly - Nora will follow up on this tomorrow, Shrinking Violet

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 20:20

Hello everyone,

Lots of good feedback here, for which many thanks.

In brief:

Fairygirl - it’s grand that you can upload images. I love it when we can resolve issues for you ourselves and they don’t have to be passed on to the techies - I wish that was the case a bit more often!

Verdun - preference for the same edit tool noted, thank you

Top bird - good question re: pinch and zoom - we’ll check this

Chicky - Yes, maybe one day we’ll look back and laugh (I think that will be at least seven years in the future in our case, though) 

plant pauper - “Boys are stupid”. Some of them are, certainly.

sanjy67 - my understanding, following the discussion we had today, was that hovering is only possible on desktop, not on tablet or smartphone (do please correct me if I’m wrong). So, we’re focussing in the first instances on changes that we can deliver for all users. I do hear you (and all other users who have raised the issue), though - so it’s not fallen off the radar!

philippa smith2 - if you’re finding the forum difficult and/or annoying to use then it’s probably we who are “behind the times” rather than you! 

Fishy65 - Many thanks. I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll have a much better omelette in time for the weekend…

KT53 - point taken and I can only apologise that you’re struggling with the brightness. We’d really rather not revert to the previous scheme, but I will promise that we’ll look at any making any necessary revisions sooner rather than later, if there’s a consensus on the need for change once this next batch of fixes goes live.

Yviestevie - This will be looked into, yes - can’t make any promises at this stage, but please be assured it’s on the list for consideration.

fidget bones - Yes, 5Mb sounds right. I’m very surprised to hear you were able to load images larger than that previously - I thought there was always a limit. Nora will follow up on this for you tomorrow.

Thanks again,

Daniel Haynes

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 18:07

Fairygirl - thanks for this. Re: amending posts / having second thoughts etc it's worth adding that we (site admins) can also remove individual posts on request, if a poster regrets something they've published.

The idea of a 'Preview' function was discussed today - I'm afraid the response to this was that it would take too much resource at present, so it's not something we can add in the forseeable future. I'm hopeful we can manage a basic 'Edit' function before very long, though.


Your new-look forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:55

Hello everyone,

In case anyone misses it, I've started a thread on the next round of forum fixes here:

Daniel Haynes

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