I've read several threads about the likes / dislikes of the new / old forums. I'm not sure if it is the color, the layout, the newness as opposed to the familiarity of the old or what. Can we discuss / post specific ideas on both sides of the topic and at least give the administrators / web designers some ideas of where we are coming from? Lets help them help us and post specific details / ideas / likes / dislikes and quit "shotgunning" the subject.
The whole look and feel is different. It is hard to state exactly what was bettter about the old layout, but I can give three examples of what I would like to see changed:
On the Chat Forum main page, the "created" and "last reply" columns do not have blank lines seperating them like the old style had. This makes it harder to read.
With the old software after you typed your comments you could either post or preview them. Now you have to preview, then post which is an extra step.
With the old layout you could see who wrote each entry. Now you can see who wrote comments to the main entry of a thread but you have to go back to the main forum page to see who started the thread.
Just my $.02 worth.
I don't like how the comments come up in these boxes with the first line of the comment as subject. I also think there needs to several spaces between the "submitted by" and the first line of the comment. Sometimes it seems to close. JMO
I am never sure if the 'New Comment is to the orginal question or the comment above.
Also what's with this 'New Comment' I have not seen any reference to 'Old Comment' So why not just say 'Comment' then there is no chance of mixing comment with a new thread.
Also what's with this 'reply', reply to whom?
I agree with the original statement, we cannot ever go back so let's make this site the best. Like the old one was.
Thanks, good thoughts, ideas, correct complaints and politely stated. I hope others post their thoughts and those responsible read the posts / threads and comments.
Keep 'em coming - -
I've not been subscribed for long but am having difficulty trying to follow threads of thoughts.
My experience on computers is minimal, which makes it even harder. When one is a Senior, it's like going back to first grade. Thanks, will be watching when I can for any tips.
That might even be a topic of discussion? It's like being a new kid on the block.
Hi HC, yes I'm brand new on the block as well. This is my first reply. Looks like we'll be learning together.
The old forum's singular column for the threads was somewhat of the reason I came here after checking out the site.
The lack of signatures photo's and smileys take up less space and make my pages load faster,,,,usually, but they are missed as well, maybe at least some of the items could be added back in a limited amount?
The old forums multiple page layout was better for longer threads, in some ways, if there were a way to make separate pages with the last few posts from the previous page on the new page till the were enough of the posts on the new page to tell what the conversation was presently about would be helpful.
I'm glad the TOFA finally turned yellow again a while back, though I'm not insecure enough in my manhood to be afraid of lavender, I hated the way the almanac site looked with it all over!
Larry, I think you hit the nail on the head as far as reasons.
As far as fixes go, I would settle for a search feature that gives me my last topics in excess of the current 3-count ... because this ol' gal is startin' to get C-R-S!!
(And I can admire a man who is not afraid of lavendar!!)