Daniel Haynes

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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
Editor, gardenersworld.com

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
Editor, gardenersworld.com

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:37

Shrinking Violet - Ha! I do try to make myself a jargon-free zone, but clearly I'm more prone to it than I like to think!


Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:30

Hello KT53. Yes, that all makes sense. The team is looking into exactly how this would work - my view is that it should only cover the last post created. Whether this would be time limited would be something we'd need to discuss further.


Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:26

Thanks, Shrinking Violet.

Yes, there was much discussion of the issue of colour scheme today. While I would like to have addressed it this week, I do feel that colour is something we have to take real care over and not rush into. It could be that a new scheme, quickly implemented, could be unpopular and annoy users further.

The team did actually work within industry-standard accessibility guidelines on the current design. One of the chief considerations is the tonal contrast between text and background.

Accessibility for all is absolutely a priority for us, so any changes we make will involve consultation with you, the audience, and in particular those users who find the forum difficult to use after the forthcoming changes.

We think that appropriate care and consultation is the best way to get this right, particularly given how unpopular the lack of beta testing on the release last week turned out to be.


Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:14

Much appreciated, Shrinking Violet. Do you think we've identified the right priorities for those changes to be made this week?

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:04

Many thanks, Hazel and Joyce21!

Discussions started by Daniel Haynes

Pinch and zoom on mobile devices

Pinch and zoom now re-enabled for tablet and smartphone 
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Progress update

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Forum changes now live

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Update on improvements to forum

An outline of the fixes we're working to add to the site this week 
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Happy Christmas

Season's greetings from everyone at GW 
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Update on technical issues

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Video projects and other project categories

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Saying it with flowers 
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