General Discussion: Welcome to the new fuk, feedback here pls


ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

posted 11 Dec 2013 13:51, edited 11 Dec 2013 13:51
We've taken the opportunity to strip a lot of the cruft out and focus on the main things that people use on the site. Here's a summary of the changes:

Exclusive GJ forum, Classifieds restrictions

There are more controls over who can post where. Although anyone can read the Classifieds, posting is limited to GJs.

There is also a completely separate GJ category where only GJs can view or post. This is the place for anything you want hidden from lurkers.

The cost of a GJ for NEW subscribers will be £15 per year. Existing GJs can stay on the £10 plan provided their subscription doesn't lapse. Lifetime GJs will of course continue to have that access.

Moderation

To clamp down on the spam we have introduced a better moderation system. New users will have their first few posts held in a moderation queue, and need to have each explicitly approved by a mod before it will appear on the site.

Watch list

If you post in a thread, it will be automatically added to your Watch list. The Watch list gives you quick access to the threads you are most interested in, without having to dig around in the different categories to find them. You can manually add (and remove) individual threads from the list by clicking the Watch (or Stop Watching) button whilst viewing the thread.

By default, you will receive a daily digest email of threads you are watching that have been updated, you can switch this to immediate or no notifications at all.

Embeds

The new board is designed to make it easier than ever to embed stuff from elsewhere around the web, without having to mess around with BBCode. If you want to display an image in a post, just drop the link straight in to the page, no need to use \[img\] tags. If the image is hosted on a supported service, you can drop in a link to the page on which it appears, and it will all be nicely formatted with a link through to the original.

Same goes for YouTube, SoundCloud and Spotify - just drop the link to the video or whatever and the embeds will automatically be coded for you.

This means that you can no longer do a manual embed, so if you are trying to copy anything with HTML code and paste it in, it won't work. Just use the page URL instead.

Supported services include all the common image sharing platforms: Flickr, Imgur, Photobucket, SmugMug plus Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Spotify etc etc. We will publish (and continue to add to) a full list.

BBCode

Lets face it, BBCode is rubbish and we'd like to ditch it. However, we need it for quotes and stuff so for the time being it's going to stay. We have minimal editing controls for bold and italic on the post editor at the moment, but these may go.

Private messages

The private message system has changed to be less like an email system and more like mobile messaging. You have one single page of conversation with any given user, with your messages threaded on the page, newest ones at the top. Old messages are imported, but may look a bit weird, to begin with, if you have a lot of embedded quotes.

There are options for email notifications on PMs, by default they are set to daily digest.

Misc stuff

Animated GIFs for avatars don't work at the moment. Sorry.
The page layout will become a bit more mobile friendly once we've bedded it down.

Coming soon

There are a few things we need to sort - Search is the main one, and decent mobile views as well - but we wanted to get the site out there. With the site on a totally new platform, we should be able to add new features a lot quicker than in the past.

I know you won't be shy with your feedback, and we will do what we can to plug the functionality gaps as quickly as possible. Thanks to you all for your continued support of the site, hope you enjoy the new stuff!
smith
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10773 posts since 5/5/04

11 Dec 2013 14:42
First impressions: shit and hate it.
Dreep
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1207 posts since 29/7/08

11 Dec 2013 14:44
Don't really like the layout, need active threads n shit on the left.
Sneakysbest
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1907 posts since 28/1/12

11 Dec 2013 14:47
not a fan, maybe thats because no one likes something new. As dreep said active threads that where on the left on the last forum and the lack of them here are something that is really bugging me, as many active threads are in the same sub forum, it seems like it will be hard to follow two at the same time.
Best
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9768 posts since 21/10/05

11 Dec 2013 14:47
Well done FUK team - change is good Cool
YLAup
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5140 posts since 5/9/11

11 Dec 2013 14:48
The colour hurts my eyes
swede
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7957 posts since 21/3/09

11 Dec 2013 14:48
^ classic Laughing out loud
phikz
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3124 posts since 14/4/09

posted 11 Dec 2013 14:48, edited 11 Dec 2013 14:48
Active threads is on the right in a small box Dreep, minor change really although that box could do with being longer. I like it so far, doesn't seem too drastic cosmetically but the embed stuff, watch list, gj forum etc were all well needed.
smith
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10773 posts since 5/5/04

posted 11 Dec 2013 14:50, edited 11 Dec 2013 14:50
Dreep got it spot on. Active threads needs to go on the left and higher! On a small notebook and I gotta scroll down to see what's active.

Also FAR too much space between thread titles in a forum category. Need to scroll loads now whereas before there was so much more on the page (20 to 25 thread titles visible without scrolling down the page, now I see about 10).

Also I haven't selected an avatar but given one that looks like ineff pre-beast mode when he had long hair.

Whole site looks like a wordpress theme now. Missing the colour of the old fuk already
deuce
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13672 posts since 21/1/08

11 Dec 2013 14:50
once the initial moans are out the way, everyone will be loving it.
i do miss the active threads, as thats what i only ever used to use, never ever browsed the forums the normal way.

still cant figure out how to pm people though
Sebastian17
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2036 posts since 23/8/10

11 Dec 2013 14:51
Just go to inbox and there is a compose button near the top.
Brad
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5019 posts since 20/6/01

11 Dec 2013 14:51
The active threads listing on the right will be as it was before, it's a caching thing - if you log out you can see how it will look once it's all bedded in.
hate
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1571 posts since 4/1/12

11 Dec 2013 14:52
Agree with all of the above.
phikz
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3124 posts since 14/4/09

11 Dec 2013 14:55
Also, can't work out if clicking a thread definitely takes you directly to the last page/post you viewed before exiting the thread?
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

11 Dec 2013 14:56
Looks pretty good/clean, may have kept it full width/responsive though, quite a small area here. Lots of wasted space on a 27" Imac Eye-wink.

Cursor pointer missing on hover for preview and post buttons.
andymakesglasses
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20190 posts since 26/1/06

11 Dec 2013 15:03
It seems that there's a "hangover" regarding the last page issue. The first time you click a thread it's taking you to a page before the last one (several pages before in some cases) but if you go back and click again it takes you directly to the last page. I imagine this is due to caching and the issue will disappear once the new system has been used for a while.

Tech help is currently broken, is that intentional?

http://www.fuk.co.uk/threads/forums/tech-help/
andymakesglasses
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20190 posts since 26/1/06

11 Dec 2013 15:04
The Latest page is also broken.

http://www.fuk.co.uk/threads/latest/
unCouth
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6883 posts since 3/11/07

11 Dec 2013 15:09
No success PMing. Tried Deuce without any luck :s
YLAup
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5140 posts since 5/9/11

posted 11 Dec 2013 15:13, edited 11 Dec 2013 15:13
Also, unable to quote my own quote.

Colour should be changed to a subtle bone shade. Smiley box is weird. Other than that looks good.Smiling
panda_693
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706 posts since 23/8/10

11 Dec 2013 15:17
Also don't see the first post of a thread on every page anymore