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!
Nido
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403 posts since 11/4/11

12 Dec 2013 13:45
Like the new look.

Although I noticed on my iPhone Safari browser when I click a thread it occasionally opens that thread on one of the middle pages as opposed to the latest (taking me to page number 5 of this thread for example).
phikz
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3126 posts since 14/4/09

12 Dec 2013 13:45
That's what I initially thought, but it hasn't been working too well so far from what I can see, but I'll test it a little. I understand where you're coming from it's just easier on the eye for me to see pretty much the whole first page of threads on one page rather than having to scroll, not a major issue at all though, just preference.
Mark
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1008 posts since 24/5/08

12 Dec 2013 13:57
another suggestion - could elite threads be made distinguishable in the active box? say a different colour
sydneyking
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4583 posts since 26/9/09

posted 12 Dec 2013 14:12, edited 12 Dec 2013 14:12
site seems to work best on my iipad
sydneyking
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4583 posts since 26/9/09

12 Dec 2013 14:13
iiiiiiiiiiiiiii pad, i can't even see what im typiing on the works pc
diederik
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3191 posts since 16/8/11

12 Dec 2013 14:29
Also text field size for PMs (when entering text) should be bigger. Should be a minor change to implement Smiling
Bennelli
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3461 posts since 25/5/11

12 Dec 2013 14:50
Works fine on my phone using Opera Cool
paint.ldn
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709 posts since 20/11/11

12 Dec 2013 16:22
probably been said but:
- Outbound links not opening in a separate tab.
- When clicking on a classified, although in general for threads being dropped on the page where you last were is a good thing, for classifieds you don't want to be directed to page 3 with 4 pages of "bump" before the latest post. And the author's post with items and images should appear on each page of the classified.

Otherwise Cool really liking the site
CovOne
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8652 posts since 17/8/04

12 Dec 2013 16:50
The new post count is great though for when you log on and see 77 new posts on a thread and ou know fuk gold is happening.
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

12 Dec 2013 16:57
haven't read throughout so these may have been said. Prefer the this actual forum block on the right myself and the other bit on the left. Think the Active box should be above my little profile box as on a pc its not fully visible when at the top of a page.

Get the same thing in regard to opening a thread and it takes me not to the end but in the middle.
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

12 Dec 2013 16:58
yeah a number of new posts on a thread since you last looked is definelty a good thing to have which appears to have gone.
suck your mum
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2389 posts since 7/4/04

12 Dec 2013 17:42
phikz wrote: Show the page numbers underneath the thread without having to click onto the thread first.
Show how many new posts there are from the last time you visited the thread/have an option to

These are probably the two most important things IMO

Also, not a fan of the fixed width. Soooooo much wasted space. I know you're gonna say that it's optimised for tablets etc but I'm not a fan
Burt
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5600 posts since 3/1/10

posted 12 Dec 2013 18:44, edited 12 Dec 2013 18:44
Does a thread open randomly on a page (as mentioned a few posts ago) for a reason?

Like the PM'ing system.
No avatar should be just that, not a shitty Phil Oakey silhouette.
Resize pics is a great addition.
I miss the page numbers on the thread list which gave you more option when visiting a thread.
Don't really think the grey on grey works on the thread list where the text lists the replies, etc.
india
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5662 posts since 31/10/05

12 Dec 2013 18:54
you have the B I U tags like i mentioned previously (years ago) but you need one for images too.
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

12 Dec 2013 20:27
india wrote: you have the B I U tags like i mentioned previously (years ago) but you need one for images too.

Not any more. Just drop the link to the image in and it automatically formats it. Trying to get rid of the BBCode altogether and tbh if it wasn't for quotes I would have.
hejus
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884 posts since 30/6/12

posted 12 Dec 2013 20:37, edited 12 Dec 2013 20:37
agree with pretty much everything so far. The site looks good in general, although the wasted space is a little bit annoying.

-An option to preview post when creating a topic is missing, quite helpful checking if images work and are correct size

-Can't get email alerts after a pm anymore, was a nice feature in the past for me.

-A notification somewhere along the top of the page after getting a pm would be ace

-The message box when you start writing a pm is insanely small, room for 2 or 3 lines. nice that you can expand the box lower right but could be defualt a bigger size?

the popular tab also doesn't work for me. sorry if any of these have already been mentioned
DickieGreenleaf
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3122 posts since 13/1/09

12 Dec 2013 20:42
suppose ill have to get used to it, but fucking hate when sites change…
FrIEND
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13438 posts since 27/11/03

13 Dec 2013 06:49
Is there a way of seeing when a classified was posted so you don't have to bother looking at stuff that's just a forgotten about bump?
sciphiyem
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499 posts since 7/9/11

13 Dec 2013 09:14
2nd the no notification of any sort for PM. Needs something.
Double D
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3552 posts since 8/3/07

13 Dec 2013 10:25
Getting a 403 forbidden error when I try to log in at home (Firefox, though I'm on Firefox at work too) any idea?