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Forum Upgrade
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:41 »
We're planning on uploading an upgrade to the forum tonight and will be offline for a bit - maybe an hour, maybe longer depends how things go.

It's been a really long haul - we originally planned on it being finished by February!! The main points are that it is mobile friendly and uploading pictures should be a lot easier.

The search system now works properly and quickly - the quick search box is still there but for a more advanced search follow the search link in the menu.

It's been extensively tested on the development server and hopefully you won't have any problems.
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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2017, 15:18 »
Fingers and toes crossed for you! 
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2017, 14:15 »
Certainly has a lot more features thanks John. Anyway it's done for February - 2018. You're ahead of schedule looking at it like that.  ;)

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2017, 14:42 »
Not liking the light green text against the yellow zebra stripes for list of posts.
Its not easy to read. Would like the text black.
What's with the occasional one in pink? That's just very hard to read.

Just done an edit, know I found out how.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2017, 15:18 by lettice »

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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2017, 14:48 »
Also.
Seeing a reply button, but not the ability to quote a post.
Or come to that edit a post.

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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2017, 15:16 »
Also.
Seeing a reply button, but not the ability to quote a post.
Or come to that edit a post.
Click on the action button on the right-hand side, quote and edit are in there.
Quote
What's with the occasional one in pink? That's just very hard to read
That shows that it is a 'sticky' topic.
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2017, 15:22 »
Also.
Seeing a reply button, but not the ability to quote a post.
Or come to that edit a post.
Click on the action button on the right-hand side, quote and edit are in there.
Quote
What's with the occasional one in pink? That's just very hard to read
That shows that it is a 'sticky' topic.

Ok, thanks, did not see that action button shoved over there.
Think those action would fit better next to reply just as text.

Oh those sticky things (always hated those, just get in the way), never noticed them in the list of threads before, well the unread type ones. Looks odd interspersed like that and that ghastly pink colour that I cannot read the text on anyway.

One other thing, the quote text is tiny, should be same text size as a normal post.
I have good eyesight, but struggle to read it being that small.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2017, 15:27 by lettice »

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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2017, 17:10 »
Thanks very much for your input, Lettice

We'll see what we can do

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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2017, 10:13 »
Another thing to consider - in a thread when the details of the poster come up on the LHS, their location is no longer included.  It might not matter for some things, but when discussing the weather (big thing today) or what to grow etc etc it is really useful to know if the poster is in Inverness or Ipswich.

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2017, 11:20 »
Thanks Madcat  - I believe the display of profile location is at the top of John's tweak-list.  ;)
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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2017, 11:46 »
Thanks Madcat  - I believe the display of profile location is at the top of John's tweak-list.  ;)
Yep - it is. It's funny, we spent ages going through stuff on the test server, getting things to function properly but missed a few obvious things like location.

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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2017, 15:54 »
Always the case with new systems.  I also have the scars ....   :dry:  Sod's Law will get you somehow....

But you done good.  Don't forget that when sorting out the annoying wrinkles.  99.9% is running lovely.  And it would embarrass the rest of us if you were to show off as perfeck.   ::)

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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2017, 19:37 »
I too am finding the colours a bit pale to read clearly plus the text seems considerably smaller. But all the rest so far so good 😊
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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2017, 10:38 »
We've now finished the last round of tweaks and fixes -

  • Sticky Topics: The background colour has been lightened to improve readability
  • Social Links Bar: No longer obscures footer options for Android users
  • Poultry Areas: The poultry header has been reinstated
  • Location: Reinstated on member box
  • Quotations: Text size increased slightly
Notes

When these forums started there were no smartphones or tablets to speak of. Now 40% of our visitors are using a mobile device and personal computer users are predicted to be in the minority soon. The  last version of the forum catered for mobile users with a very basic version that was difficult to use and didn't even have the same colours.

Now the forums should give a similar visual experience across different platforms - smartphones, tablets, desktop computers and be usable on all those platforms. This does, I'm afraid, involve some compromises.

For example, the striping effect on topic lists makes them far easier to differentiate and navigate for mobile users and many desktop users will find it helpful.

Text size is (on a desktop) actually the same and slightly bolder giving better visual contrast. If you're finding things appear smaller you can change this easily. In Firefox go to view >> zoom >> zoom in (or Ctrl+1) in Google Chrome open the tools (the icon with 3 vertical dots to the right of the address bar) and go to zoom. In Microsoft Internet Explorer look for the gear wheel icon to access zoom tools.

Future Changes


There will be no more alterations to the software unless something is broken, of course.

We will be making some alterations to topic boards soon to simplify things a little.

That's all folks!

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« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2017, 11:25 »

That's all folks!

That's quite a lot and all good  :D  :D  :D


 

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