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Title: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Rob Spence on January 14, 2011, 12:36:00 pm
First, when you create a topic or reply, put the focus in a typing space.
For example, when I created this topic, I started typing the title expecting the focus to be there (I am not a touch typist so was watching the keyboard). When I looked up, nothing ...

For a reply, put it after the quote if there is one.

After more than a week of using this new stuff and bitching to my girlfriend about that I cannot tell which topics have new content what with the pastel color scheme, she pointed out that there was a word, new, in the subject line  :-[
I was looking in the old place for a color change. Can you at least make it a contrasting color?

I see while I am typing that the list of emoticons are too small to make out and are out of focus - fuzzy.
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Guy C. on January 14, 2011, 01:53:14 pm
Thanks Rob-
I am taking all suggestions and prioritizing them as a master work list.
I'll respond directly with our findings.

-G
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Ned Ward on January 14, 2011, 08:28:39 pm
Thanks Guy. I'd also suggest that in the spirit of following our rules to the letter, you may want to change your alias to your full name...
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Tim Mitchell on January 15, 2011, 01:10:11 am
bitching to my girlfriend about that I cannot tell which topics have new content what with the pastel color scheme, she pointed out that there was a word, new, in the subject line  :-[
Yes, You can Click on the word NEW to start reading the topic where you left off last time you looked at it.
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Rob Spence on January 18, 2011, 04:14:28 pm
Any chance of making the "New" button a little bigger and a more distinctive color?
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 18, 2011, 04:20:35 pm
Any chance of making the "New" button a little bigger and a more distinctive color?

There are a couple of color issues that should be dealt with, like invisible links in the Curve skin, but I hope we are working on functional issues first.

Mac
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Weogo Reed on January 18, 2011, 07:23:06 pm
Hi Mac,

Right now I'm reading on my Thinkpad X41 Tablet, 1024 x768 resolution.
The forum area is about 2/3 of the screen, while the ads are about 1/3.
Any way the ads can be narrower?

Thanks and good health,  Weogo
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Cameron Stuckey on January 18, 2011, 08:08:36 pm
In the lower right hand corner there is a Logged icon that is for moderators to see the poster's IP address. Since this does nothing but take up space and clutter the posts for a non-moderators like myself, can it simply be remove?

EDIT: Hmm, I see that after posting I can see my own IP address. I have zero need for that information and clutter, can it be removed easily?
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 18, 2011, 09:20:03 pm
In the lower right hand corner there is a Logged icon that is for moderators to see the poster's IP address. Since this does nothing but take up space and clutter the posts for a non-moderators like myself, can it simply be remove?

EDIT: Hmm, I see that after posting I can see my own IP address. I have zero need for that information and clutter, can it be removed easily?

I am not positive, but I think that bottom line is reserved for forum notes, like the last edit time, so the IP address doesn't actually take up any space that would be otherwise usable.

It also does have a purpose for moderators as a link to Whois.

Mac
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: andychamp on January 19, 2011, 06:56:05 am
Two things I'd like changed:
- after posting, I'd rather be returned to the thread.
- when inserting a link in a post, there's no way of directly giving that link its own name without modifying the HTML code. (At least not with the WYSIWYG editor)
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Cameron Stuckey on January 19, 2011, 01:35:54 pm
Looking at my post when compared to yours(attached) an edit time isn't added to the same line as the Report to moderator or Logged line, but is added above that line in a separate line. In addition to that, my personal edit/modify icon has its own line as well. After all is said and done, 25% of my post space is information that is isn't pertinent to the actual post.

Can the skin/format/code be modified so that a useless link to non-moderators be removed and the useful links condensed?
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 19, 2011, 01:44:42 pm
Looking at my post when compared to yours(attached) an edit time isn't added to the same line as the Report to moderator or Logged line, but is added above that line in a separate line. In addition to that, my personal edit/modify icon has its own line as well. After all is said and done, 25% of my post space is information that is isn't pertinent to the actual post.

Can the skin/format/code be modified so that a useless link to non-moderators be removed and the useful links condensed?

So the line gets used by the "report to moderator" link anyway, and the IP address is going to stay because the mods use it. There are not separate layouts for regular members and moderators.

Mac
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Dan Johnson on January 20, 2011, 11:02:05 pm
I like how on the old forums every time I press the "back" button the page automatically refreshes to show me the current status of read or unread forums, threads, etc.  It would be nice, in my opinion, if the new forums were the same way as that really didn't impact my navigation speed since the pages loaded very quickly.
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: MagnetoSound on January 21, 2011, 03:40:49 am
I like how on the old forums every time I press the "back" button the page automatically refreshes to show me the current status of read or unread forums, threads, etc.  It would be nice, in my opinion, if the new forums were the same way as that really didn't impact my navigation speed since the pages loaded very quickly.

+1!

Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: MagnetoSound on January 21, 2011, 03:44:16 am
- after posting, I'd rather be returned to the thread.

You can change this yourself, go to MODIFY PROFILE > LOOK AND LAYOUT > Return to topics after posting by default.

Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: andychamp on January 21, 2011, 01:54:52 pm
You can change this yourself, go to MODIFY PROFILE > LOOK AND LAYOUT > Return to topics after posting by default.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Mike Pyle on January 26, 2011, 09:33:05 pm
The ads are too big, and so is the page indent.
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements - User location / Region
Post by: Jason Ellis on February 01, 2011, 07:00:21 pm
The new forums don't appear to have a user's region as an option and I know many people had false information there - but when reviewing items in the markplace it was nice to consider the items location before sending a PM.

I.E. User has four Danley TH115 for sale - and I was interested and could find the money, but not for shipping I could justify driving down to Atlanta from Nashville, but not San Francisco. Perhaps adding a suggestion to the Marketplace that a City or Zipcode would be helpful to the user browsing the ads.


Thanks!
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Tim Mitchell on February 02, 2011, 02:24:04 am
The Location works fine for me . . .
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: George Friedman-Jimenez on February 06, 2011, 08:07:32 am
+1 to what Mike Pyle said, the indent is too wide, please make it smaller. Let long names take 2 or 3 lines, that is better than using a quarter of the screen for indent that is blank for most of the long messages.
Also, please find a way to encourage (maybe require) people to display their location. That is very useful information, not just for the Marketplace, it can help networking/cross renting, etc in your own geographic area. If for some reason people want to put a false location, they can, but I think the vast majority would be honest.
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Rob Spence on February 10, 2011, 05:16:20 pm
It appears that not all users get their Location displayed. I don't see mine in my posts for example.
I looked through the settings and didn't find something to prevent it from showing. Did I miss it?
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Dan Johnson on February 10, 2011, 05:31:15 pm
It appears that not all users get their Location displayed. I don't see mine in my posts for example.
I looked through the settings and didn't find something to prevent it from showing. Did I miss it?
It seems that those who have their location showing in their posts have entered that info in the "Personal Text" field on their profile rather than in the "Location" field.
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Mike Christy on February 15, 2011, 12:20:51 pm
The ads still take up too much column area, since the ads are at the top of the column, why not simply place them across the top of the page, THEN we will have the whole page width for forum input.

Or better yet, randomly place one ad in each thread, the advertisers will get their views, and we will get our space back.

Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Tim McCulloch on February 15, 2011, 08:41:27 pm
The ads still take up too much column area, since the ads are at the top of the column, why not simply place them across the top of the page, THEN we will have the whole page width for forum input.

Or better yet, randomly place one ad in each thread, the advertisers will get their views, and we will get our space back.

Mike
What are these "ads" you speak of?  Firefox > AdBlock Plus > NoScript
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Mike Christy on February 15, 2011, 09:11:09 pm
Yup, that worked... NOT!
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Mac Kerr on February 16, 2011, 01:34:04 pm
The ads still take up too much column area, since the ads are at the top of the column, why not simply place them across the top of the page, THEN we will have the whole page width for forum input.

Or better yet, randomly place one ad in each thread, the advertisers will get their views, and we will get our space back.

Mike
What are these "ads" you speak of?  Firefox > AdBlock Plus > NoScript
Yup, that worked... NOT!

AdBlock keeps you from having to look at the ads, but the space is still set aside since there is also editorial content in the space. Instead of ads you see blank space. That may or may not be an improvement. I would rather see the ads, that may actually have information I am interested in, than wasted black space.

Mac
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Mike Christy on February 16, 2011, 08:45:10 pm
Hi Mac, Id still rather see content full width, the font is tiny as it is. if Im interested in a piece of gear, I will most likely know about it WELL I before the ad shows up here, Ill do the research.

There are mostly pros and semi-pros visiting this site, no? The M7CL ad right now for instance, come on... seriously. 

Ok, Ill pay not to have the ads show with my profile, how 'bout that? lol

Thanks for listening, and letting me vent,
Best,
Mike
Title: Re: Suggestions for improvements
Post by: Mac Kerr on February 16, 2011, 08:52:49 pm
Hi Mac, Id still rather see content full width, the font is tiny as it is. if Im interested in a piece of gear, I will most likely know about it WELL I before the ad shows up here, Ill do the research.

There are going to be ads, this is a commercial site. We are working on getting more screen real estate for content. The ads are scaling larger here than the same ads on the FUD forums, and the margins are still too wide. Soon there will be a series of changes that will address several of the issues we have been having.

We will continue to work on making the site better, it is user comments that inform the direction we take.

Mac