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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby Jeckyll_n_Snyde » 28 Feb 2009, 5:25pm

gaz wrote:Don't know what I'm going to do with the Friends and Foes list though.

Gaz where is this LIST..... i've had a quick mooch about but so far cant find it, i cant wait to add to it :twisted:

Edit....now found it in User Control Panel and already added to Foe list....muhahahahah
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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby robgul » 28 Feb 2009, 5:36pm

Please, please can we have the date format in UK/European format - ie 28 February 2009 NOT February 28 2009 - and while you're at it change the time to 24 hour clock not the US am/pm presentation.

Other than that - it seems better

Rob

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby Mick F » 28 Feb 2009, 5:44pm

Hi Rob,

Go into your "User Control Panel" and click on "Board Preferences" You can set the date/time to anything you want.

I have 28 February 2009 17:44

I set this by having:

d D M, Y H:i

in the Date Format box.
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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby pete75 » 28 Feb 2009, 6:24pm

robgul wrote:Please, please can we have the date format in UK/European format - ie 28 February 2009 NOT February 28 2009 - and while you're at it change the time to 24 hour clock not the US am/pm presentation.

Other than that - it seems better

Rob


I think you'll find am pm is the standard British format. The Yanks got it from us :D

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby patricktaylor » 28 Feb 2009, 6:26pm

admin wrote:... Once we've had a little time to get used to the new look we can fine-tune it, and/or create new themes for people to choose. If anyone would like to offer new themes, just let me know!

Anthony

Anthony, you've done a great job with the database. Big thanks for that :D

I think it is worth a little time getting used to something different, but as far as styles are concerned my own preference is for something light and neutrally coloured with a fixed width (so that people with very wide monitors don't have to read long lines). For example this theme/style from phpBB's own list of examples. No doubt others will have a different view.

The other comment I would offer is that the maximum allowed image size on the previous forums was quite small - the height especially - and people wanting to post larger often linked elsewhere, such as flickr (or whatever it's called) and photobucket etc. The problem with that comes when the source image is no longer available later on, spoiling the post. But I appreciate server space may be an issue.

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby Anura » 28 Feb 2009, 6:47pm

Does look different. Yes, it looks wide. Is there any way of having a 'watching' list like on ebay? I often forget what I've been interested in. (it's her age you know)

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby rualexander » 28 Feb 2009, 7:44pm

the maximum allowed image size on the previous forums was quite small - the height especially - and people wanting to post larger often linked elsewhere, such as flickr (or whatever it's called) and photobucket etc.


Remember image size and file size are two different things, the maximum file size now seems to be 256kb which is fine for web viewing, although I think the old forum had it at 500kb? I'm not sure how the forum software decides how large to display a photo in a post as if you look at this thread there are different sized pictures. Image size is something you can alter in photo editing software and can refer to physical dimensions, pixel dimensions and/or pixels per inch.
If you click on my sheep photo on the thread referred to you will get a bigger version, same with the kayak photo further down by someone else, but for some reason not on the other photos on the thread, not sure why that is?

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby rualexander » 28 Feb 2009, 7:59pm

Why does the link I put in the above reply open in the same window whereas other links open a new browser window?

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby patricktaylor » 28 Feb 2009, 8:12pm

Thanks. I hadn't seen the "new way to upload photos" thread.

BTW, Mick's does the same on the other thread - opens in the same window. Perhaps it's the new version? (Internal links only)

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby garygkn » 28 Feb 2009, 8:38pm

patricktaylor wrote:
admin wrote:... Once we've had a little time to get used to the new look we can fine-tune it, and/or create new themes for people to choose. If anyone would like to offer new themes, just let me know!

Anthony

Anthony, you've done a great job with the database. Big thanks for that :D

I think it is worth a little time getting used to something different, but as far as styles are concerned my own preference is for something light and neutrally coloured with a fixed width (so that people with very wide monitors don't have to read long lines). For example this theme/style from phpBB's own list of examples. No doubt others will have a different view.

The other comment I would offer is that the maximum allowed image size on the previous forums was quite small - the height especially - and people wanting to post larger often linked elsewhere, such as flickr (or whatever it's called) and photobucket etc. The problem with that comes when the source image is no longer available later on, spoiling the post. But I appreciate server space may be an issue.




The link on the above shows a big improvement. Narrower and distinct borders do make a positive impact. It helps the reader to locate posts and shorter line lengths are preferable as they are easier to read. If this is an easy mod I would vote for it!

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby admin » 1 Mar 2009, 9:34am

For those who'd like to suggest alternative styles, please see I don't like the new look!.

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby admin » 1 Mar 2009, 9:35am

rualexander wrote:Why does the link I put in the above reply open in the same window whereas other links open a new browser window?


Links to other pages in the forum open in the same window. Links to external sites open in a new window/tab.

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby admin » 1 Mar 2009, 10:04am

Anura wrote:Is there any way of having a 'watching' list like on ebay? I often forget what I've been interested in. (it's her age you know)


Yes, click on the "Subscribe topic" link at the bottom of the page to have emails sent to you when people post replies.

Click on the "Bookmark topic" link at the bottom of the page to add the topic to your list of bookmarks in your User Control Panel (under "Manage Bookmarks").

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby robgul » 1 Mar 2009, 5:51pm

Most forum software has an option (at admin level) to set the viewing so that hovering the mouse over the thread shows the first sentence or two of text ... is that possible? - it just makes it easier to decide whether to open/read a thread where (perhaps) the title may be unclear ....

(You'll find that the fora for C+, the Comic and yacf have this feature ... as do those that I run for our club and a couple of business related sites)

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Re: New version of the Forum

Postby brianleach » 4 Mar 2009, 7:10am

Is it my internet connection or is the load and navigation time of the new look website far far longer?

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