Posted: 07/05/2016 at 11:36
That was a nice objective report Sanjy.
I do think we need to be patient and give the team time to try to sort this out.
Yes there are a lot of "if it wasn't broke....." comments around at the moment but the old forum (although it looked better (IMO) ) was not perfect. People were often complaining that things didn't work properly.
A lot of people struggled to upload photos and the tree icon was less than intuitive as the place to start loading a pic.
A lot of people never got the hang of doing quotes.
Inserting a hyper-link could be a bit hit and miss
And lots and lots of people complained that they couldn't upload photos from a phone.
Those issues have been addressed with the new forum - but unfortunately they have decided (maybe needed) to completely change the set up.
My biggest gripe is with the way the whole thing looks (agree with all Sanjy's points on this) and difficulties with navigation.
I am, however, optimistic that these issues will be addressed.
We do not have to pay for this forum so it needs to earn it's keep with adverts and (probably) subsidy from magazine subscriptions. For this reason I can live with some adverts so long as they are not too intrusive. An advert that I do not consciously read will still leave a subliminal message and I have clicked on a few advert links before now so they do pay their way. I do, however, think that they should be limited to 'relevant' advertising - home and garden - outerwear and tools etc
I think the biggest mistake the tech team have made here is insufficient Beta testing which means we are struggling to overcome a lot of glitches. I do think that some of these - particularly regarding layout and navigation could have been addressed before release. Problems with different devices / operating systems / web browsers were only ever likely to surface after general release.