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From the forum designers' perspective

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 19:30

Don't get in a tizz isn't the end of the world.  People who "threaten" to leave the forum rarely is usually because they are upset or offended by various posts and quite often, having time to reconsider, realise they don't want to lose the forum and what it means to them.  Just letting off steam which most of us can understand and sympathise with.

I rather think this is different make something slower and less user friendly means that the whole forum becomes less useful to some and therefore not worth the time and effort involved.  It is not encouraging to find that 50% of users are simply dismissed out of hand - probably the 50% who spend money on gardening/horticulture.

Did you have a nice day at the Zoo BTW ? 

From the forum designers' perspective

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 17:58

Not just a new design's the inability to drop in and out quickly and see what interests you.

Slow, cumbersome and the waste of space are my main complaints.  Not everyone has either the time or the inclination to scroll forever and a day.

Awful new format for forum

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 17:48

Just seen Obelixx's post and have to say I agree.  As one who doesn't even own a mobile phone,I am amongst the 50% who use a Laptop to access all internet including this site.  Had the GW research shown that, say, 90% of forum users accessed via a mobile device ( and also used it whilst gardening - now that IS multi tasking ), I'd have to admit that some updating was necessary and desirable by the majority and should be followed through.  Democracy and all that.

However, to simply ignore 50% of users seems to be verging on a dictatorship.  Bit strong I know but why ignore those who are probably the big spenders on all things horticultural just to be " on trend" ?

Once desktops and laptops are no longer sold, then it is time to move on but last time I looked, you could still buy them.

Sorry ......rant's been very hot and sunny here ........overheated brain I think 

Ants in my raised bed

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 17:19

Thanks Obelixx......perhaps I didn't put enough on.......either that or my particular Ants rather like cloves

Ants in my raised bed

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 17:10

How long do you estimate before the Clove oil has any noticeable effect ?  Days or weeks ?

Awful new format for forum

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 17:03

Steve / David K............which forums do you recommend ?  I use a lap top only and this format has become far too clumsy and time consuming for me.  


Posted: 05/05/2016 at 13:39

In case anyone can find this thread and would like to know my latest grouch...........

Why are tinned veg now referred to as "canned" ?

Why would a manufacturer be pulled up for not giving a warning on a tin of fish that this product contained fish?  I believe it was something like Herring or Sprat which should give the average consumer a bit of a clue.  Something to do with allergy warnings I think

Last one...........this new format is terrible !! 


Your new-look forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 19:04

Nora...........thank you for your reply but I cannot for the life of me see how the site has become "more responsive ".  It is not only slower but more cumbersome to use than previously.  

I accept that change can be good but IMHO, your research has proved a tad faulty if this is the result

Your new-look forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 17:45

Nora.........I'd like to ask if this new design was simply to make things easier for people who use a mobile phone to access the site ?

If that is the case, it seems rather mean for those of us who still use an archaic method - ie a laptop. It is virtually impossible to log on and have a quick flip through to see what is going on.  The endless scrolling up and down is a complete time waster - especially at this time of year.  

I want to come in from the garden and spend 5 minutes throughout the day checking out what is new/what may be of interest to me, etc. With this new format, it is too long winded to do that. Not exactly "gardener friendly " IMO and rather defeats the object of a Garden Forum

Call for a parliamentary debate on gardening and horticulture

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 17:19

Mike............I think you have the wrong end of the stick.  If members don't get involved, there is no debate is there ? Just someone ( shepps in this particular case ) making a statement.  Any thread will come to a quick end  if others don't respond. 

I didn't notice anything abusive or insulting until you chose to use the term "muck spreader".  If you thought the debate looked promising, why did you not join in and make your point ?  The OP's style of suggesting that gardeners should try and make their voice heard may not be to everyone's liking but to suggest it is muck spreading is simply ridiculous - and rather offensive to a new poster

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