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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 18:36

Cheers Panda! 

Must be nearly summer - I can hear a cuckoo 

Naked Gardening Day

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 18:34

Still warm enough here for a little naked watering 

New Forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 18:29

I'm certainly not ready to jump ship - too many friends on here - both virtual and real life. I also think the tech guys deserve a chance to put things right.

As somebody who has previously helped with setting up a website and integral forum on a voluntary basis I would definitely not volunteer to administer one again. We had quite a few issues with the hosting package (regular loss of service) and to get anything like a decent hosting package cost a few pennies. It was an annual fee - not a one-off - can't remember how much or with whom - it wasn't a fortune but it wasn't free either.

It was also a big commitment as users expected the service to be running 24/7 which means the web masters / administrators had to be available whenever there was a problem. Fortunately we were able to pass the responsibility over to someone else.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 17:22

 LOL Fidget - I will be plating peas tonight - along with new pots, chicken and local asparagus - yum. Quite fancy Hosta's laksa though..... I could make it to Devon in 5 hrs with a tail wind...

You're right though Fidget - we definitely need the Edit button back - though it might be fun if people post some rude things unintentionally in the meantime (I'm about 6 and still titter at the word 'knickers')

Hot and heavy work done today. Time for a cuppa, then shower. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 15:33

Goal or fence Pat? 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 14:08

Hope you find something nice Panda  Bit hot for trying on dresses - you might need to find somewhere to sit down with something long and cool (in a glass - not a dress  )

BL - meant to say earlier - hope all goes well with the garden tomorrow.

32C in the potting shed earlier (doors and windows open) - phew. Have shifted 2 half bins (large) of compost and consolidated 2 dumpy bags of leaves & grass cuttings. Am cream crackered. Time for lunch and a drink - have a bit of a headache - probably a bit dehydrated 

Pile of shredding to do - would that be a bit anti social on such a lovely day?

Your new-look forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 13:57

Nora & the team, web test & feedback

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.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 10:08


On my computer (mac not a PC) a left-click in the address bar highlights the whole address.

A left-click just to the right of the page number puts the cursor there & I can  then delete the existing number and replace it with the number required. Press return to go to the page. 

If that doesn't work I can suggest a more long winded way... 

Page numbers at the top of the screen has been requested. I often read a long thread backwards (don't ask!) & it's driving me potty having to scroll to the bottom of the page when I want to go back to the previous page.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 09:39

(Sigh) - wish we had an Edit button... (Sigh) 

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