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Old 1st Jan 2006, 12:46
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New format

A big surprise when I logged on this AM, thought I was on Hanger Talk.

I like the updated look, but miss the tool bar on the RNS (of recent posts).

Thanks guys for a great 2005, and lets hope 2006 is as much fun.

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Old 1st Jan 2006, 16:00
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Not happy at all with the new format, especially dislike the fact that the titles of selected threads come up in yellow on a grey background, perhaps not the best choice. Is it change for the sake of it or are there some benefits? We should be told.
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Old 1st Jan 2006, 16:01
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Yes, and if I can believe my cookie editor, our logons will be valid for a year if we tick the "remember me" box - much better than the previous 24 hours!

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Old 1st Jan 2006, 16:11
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Only 2 things I don't like:

1. The 'on line' icon doesn't seem to have an 'invisible' option any more.
2. The silly 'reputation' thing. We had something similar before and it was soon binned.

But Danny is obviously still tweaking and adjusting things.

Make that 3 things - I don't like 'time ago' instead of posting time either.

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Old 1st Jan 2006, 16:20
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Re: New format

As an engineer, my first thought is always

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

Still got a real WOW factor when I logged in though....

I agree that some changes are maybe made for changes sake, rather than for a reason, but then again, you can't please everyone all of the time ;-) For instance, I preferred the post time, rather than the xx minutes ago format, but then, I guess it is what you are used too...?

I think it is wonderful that the volunteers, lead by Danny, have taken the time to give up their Christmas to re-decorate the site and improve our viewing experience...

Well done guys (and gals)....

Kind regards and seasons greetings!

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Old 1st Jan 2006, 16:23
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Re: New format

Generally good changes, though personally I hate change

One thing I'm not keen on though is when viewing a thread, it's a lot less compact now, same with the forum summary screen.

I'll get used to it though. Interestingly, it's a lot more similar to other boards I go to

Like the appliance repair forum
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Old 1st Jan 2006, 22:14
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Re: New format

I like the new format using vBulletin forums BUT there is something wrong with the cookies as there is no way I can tell what I have read or not i.e. what is a new post or old one
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Old 1st Jan 2006, 22:56
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Re: New format

Um... isn't the title of threads containing unread messages emboldened? It is for me using IE6.

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Old 1st Jan 2006, 23:02
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Re: New format

Originally Posted by P.Pilcher
Um... isn't the title of threads containing unread messages emboldened? It is for me using IE6.

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-aaarrgh silly me, you are right - when I logged in for the first time using the new format everything must have been set as read as none were bolded but they are now since my last visit - thanks
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Old 1st Jan 2006, 23:14
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Re: New format

Chat and Email are now back online under the Quick Links at the top of the page.

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Old 2nd Jan 2006, 02:15
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Re: New format

Webmaster

Have a look at a thread with many pages such as the Caption Competition with 70+ pages. How about a wrap around of the page numbers rather than find them disappearing away out past the right wingtip on a right scroll.

And should my logon Username/Password be remembered by my computer or yours.? I've had to consistently complete a log in on each visit this year.

Took me a while to find "Today's Posts" but then there it was nestling in Quick Links.

A good start to 2006.
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Old 2nd Jan 2006, 02:56
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Re: New format

Thanks for that Milt.

All fixed.

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Old 2nd Jan 2006, 08:29
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Re: New format

I too like the old format but I'm sure given time I'll adjust.

Does anyone else have problems searching for keywords?

Everytime I try I have no results found. Even when searching for a word that I have just posted in another topic!

Just tried search under 'British Airways' which should return thousands of threads but again received '0 results found'!!!
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Old 2nd Jan 2006, 10:29
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Re: New format

You probably need to wait for the site to be indexed by the new version of the software - with 2M posts it might take a while (I'm guessing that the new version is taking advantage of the new MySQL search features which are being used by most prominent content management systems these days).

Or maybe they haven't switched the indexing on yet - the upgrade path from the old version to this one can be quite complex and time consuming, especially for a site of this size - you need to take things one step and a time 'cause it's all too easy to break it.

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Old 2nd Jan 2006, 17:02
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Re: New format

Originally Posted by Ridley
Thanks for that Milt.

All fixed.

Ridley
When I click on "Today's Posts" I get a message saying that no results were found!!
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Old 2nd Jan 2006, 20:08
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Re: New format

Anything to do with searching right now, is still having problems.
With a board our size, switching to FullText searching (which is what we needed to have installed years ago) is proving a lot more difficult, as we can't do it via the admin interface, because the timeout can not be set high enough or long enough to handle the query calls.

We have to do everything manually, and while we have done that and everything else vBulletin has said to do, (including rebuilding all indexes properly, without error or corruption) its still not activated. (several other large boards/friends of ours, are having the same problems. This isn't an isolated issue)

vBulletin are getting back to us on several alternatives.

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Old 2nd Jan 2006, 21:50
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Re: New format

Ridley & Co: I am still having a problem with the new system in that I have now received four e-mails advising me of replies to this thread despite the facility being disabled in my personal profile - and always has been.
Also, can you tell us what "rep power" in posters published profiles is.

Thanks

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Old 2nd Jan 2006, 21:56
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Re: New format

P.P, Any threads to which you posted before changing your setting to 'Do not subscribe' after the upgrade will have been added to your 'Subscribed Threads' list, under 'Quick Links', and will need to be removed manually as setting changes do no affect this list retrospectively.
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Old 2nd Jan 2006, 22:33
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Re: New format

Thanks - I think I've sorted it!

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Old 3rd Jan 2006, 18:26
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Re: New format

Any Firefox (1.5) users experiencing log-on difficulties?

When I attempt a log-on I see the "Thanks for ......." message then get transfered back to the original page but with only guest privileges. If I clear my PPRuNe cookies and repeat the exercise I can log-on with full privileges but if I browse to a new page I get dumped again. Mysterious and very annoying.

Is this merely a temporary function of the upgrade work in progress or do I need to start looking for a cure. I had to use Internet Exploder to post this message and I don't want to stay with it any longer than I have to.
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