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!
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

13 Dec 2013 10:27
sciphiyem wrote: 2nd the no notification of any sort for PM. Needs something.

Check your user profile, there is an option to switch on immediate email on receipt of new PM. Looks like the daily digest setting (default) is not working, so no dailys going out at the mo, will have this fixed soon.
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

13 Dec 2013 10:32
Doesnt bother me but i still cant do absolutely anything but post on ie or chrome on windows 8.
Also, so annoying clicking carls bargains links, then clicking x to shut the page and them it shits fuk as well cos its not a new window like before.
hejus
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884 posts since 30/6/12

13 Dec 2013 10:43
no option for me ben

Trystero
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1619 posts since 1/8/07

posted 13 Dec 2013 11:12, edited 13 Dec 2013 11:12
don't like how much empty space there is on the right hand side of the page now - looks really bad on a large monitor

much preferred the old layout with the active threads box on the left hand side and the main forum block centralised

also preferred it when the 'who's online' list was included under active threads – made it easier to see who was around and PM people

not a fan of the new banner images or avatar placeholders either if I'm honest, or the new colour(less) scheme – all a bit bland and characterless compared to the old site imo
JacktheHat
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1655 posts since 26/2/10

13 Dec 2013 11:33
hejus wrote: no option for me ben

No option for me either. Cant change any profile settings other than avatar and password.
deuce
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13663 posts since 21/1/08

13 Dec 2013 12:19
search aint working, cant find the jewelry thread
cruk
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54 posts since 6/3/11

posted 13 Dec 2013 12:36, edited 13 Dec 2013 12:36
phikz wrote: Reduce the space between threads.

Agree with this, atm it feels like there's a lot of wasted space. Making it more compact will have all threads on one page without scrolling down.

The top function bar (Latest, Categories, Watch list, Start Thread) confused me at first as they look like tags. Maybe have them aligned to the right like the Preview/Post buttons. Left should be reserved for navigation.
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

13 Dec 2013 13:02
Can we please have timmo as a default avatar for people who havent got one. That would be class amd make up for not being able to delete or quote or edit.
m15try
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1218 posts since 18/8/09

13 Dec 2013 13:18
Can we get the "X new posts" back when looking through the forums?
diederik
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3186 posts since 16/8/11

13 Dec 2013 13:25
Noble Locks wrote: Can we please have timmo as a default avatar for people who havent got one. That would be class amd make up for not being able to delete or quote or edit.
+1 - should be the top priority new feature
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

13 Dec 2013 13:53
Noble Locks wrote: Doesnt bother me but i still cant do absolutely anything but post on ie or chrome on windows 8.
How do you mean, you can't do anything but post? Is other stuff not working for you that is for others?
Also, so annoying clicking carls bargains links, then clicking x to shut the page and them it shits fuk as well cos its not a new window like before.
Just right click the link, choose new tab/window. We will restore this to automatic soon.
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

posted 13 Dec 2013 14:11, edited 13 Dec 2013 14:11
If i try to quote i get a new white screen that says 'false' in the top corner. Same with the flag sign. And there is no delete or move threads options for me anywhere whatsoever. I cant do anything but post ben mate.

Oooh i can edit now ben
india
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5661 posts since 31/10/05

posted 13 Dec 2013 15:59, edited 13 Dec 2013 15:59
drinking thread not working?

says "trying to fix it" so i might have posted 2 or 3 times in it by accident…(as its showing i've posted).
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

13 Dec 2013 16:19
india wrote: drinking thread not working?

says "trying to fix it" so i might have posted 2 or 3 times in it by accident…(as its showing i've posted).

We've been having a few probs with the embeds. Should be OK now.
DuffMan
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14271 posts since 21/2/07

13 Dec 2013 16:30
Think it's a bit weird that even when you're a logged in GJ the homepage says

'Register for free to take part, or upgrade to an elite membership for extra deals and features.'
DuffMan
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14271 posts since 21/2/07

13 Dec 2013 16:32
Also the photos page doesn't work, does that mean the Jimmy galleries are gone? Cry
Brad
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5019 posts since 20/6/01

13 Dec 2013 16:52
DuffMan wrote: Think it's a bit weird that even when you're a logged in GJ the homepage says

'Register for free to take part, or upgrade to an elite membership for extra deals and features.'

On the to-do list.

DuffMan wrote: Also the photos page doesn't work, does that mean the Jimmy galleries are gone? Cry

Got them somewhere - will find an appropriate place to stick them.
Copper
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2590 posts since 29/11/11

13 Dec 2013 16:54
Keep getting signed out
Gizmo
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4254 posts since 20/10/09

13 Dec 2013 20:18
not had any issues this end. really liking the new look. good job b&b.

anvais
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438 posts since 15/12/12

13 Dec 2013 21:51
I like it too, but I have to agree with the unnecessary space between threads. Them being more compact like before would be nice.