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!
YLAup
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5140 posts since 5/9/11

13 Dec 2013 23:10
Getting used to it on my phone fast.
bill
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4905 posts since 5/8/09

13 Dec 2013 23:56
Can you move the active threads/ads/profile stuff back over to the left?

Having the active threads on the right and so low down is not easy getting used to, I find that I'm not even using it because of where it is.
CovOne
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8652 posts since 17/8/04

14 Dec 2013 08:06
People using iPhones, when clicking on threads does it take you to the last post you read? Takes me to the top of the page on mine.
jplxx
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1188 posts since 3/11/09

14 Dec 2013 09:14
Threads still need to show the first post at the top without having to click show post.
Emails when getting pm's need to come back. Or is there a setting?
And pming someone should just be a link under their avater.
And active threads should be on the left again.
Think I just liked the old forum a lot more.
Burt
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5489 posts since 3/1/10

14 Dec 2013 10:06
Hadn't really noticed before but yeah, the space between threads could do with sorting and as has been mentioned before, there is a lot of wasted space to the right of the main thread.


Could the 'Active' list be longer to save hitting the 'latest' tab? Definitely preferred the longer 'Active' thread list that we had on the left margin on old FUK.

Still great stuff though, Brad Smiling
Dee
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11190 posts since 22/11/07

14 Dec 2013 10:22
active list was shorter, does it tail off with traffic to threads?
jplxx
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1188 posts since 3/11/09

14 Dec 2013 10:25
can't get search to work.
jplxx
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1188 posts since 3/11/09

14 Dec 2013 10:57
has there been less traffic on the website? seems like there is less posting.
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

14 Dec 2013 11:00
We have had some server problems overnight, so it was down for a few hours.
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

14 Dec 2013 11:10
Profile editing is back, immediate notifications should be working but we're still having probs with the daily digests (which are the default).
fudge.dredd
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678 posts since 15/12/12

posted 14 Dec 2013 11:27, edited 14 Dec 2013 11:27
Can't find the don't lurk password anywhere! And yes, I have a GJ

Plus Search function still not working for me..
diederik
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3188 posts since 16/8/11

posted 14 Dec 2013 11:40, edited 14 Dec 2013 11:40
DL pass is listed in the Elite forum - please note that Dontlurk will be phased out now that there is a GJ only forum

edit: Why are edit and quote icons so similar
diederik
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3188 posts since 16/8/11

posted 14 Dec 2013 11:40, edited 14 Dec 2013 11:40
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Malik
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820 posts since 27/5/10

14 Dec 2013 15:46
jplxx wrote: can't get search to work.
bawseshadz
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1424 posts since 21/9/11

14 Dec 2013 17:47
Probably has been mentioned but can we get links to open into a new tab like last time?
YLAup
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5140 posts since 5/9/11

14 Dec 2013 18:15
Noticed that the ads are partially cut off on my phone.
Mr.X.
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2848 posts since 23/6/13

14 Dec 2013 18:25
I didn't like the site on my phone but functionality is great on a 15" macbook pro.

The colours are so bland and vanilla that it leaves you empty.


Mr.X.
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2848 posts since 23/6/13

14 Dec 2013 18:29
Drop down emoticons menu is annoying. Evil
Mr.X.
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2848 posts since 23/6/13

posted 14 Dec 2013 18:30, edited 14 Dec 2013 18:30
A part from the colour, amount of space and a menu on the right NOTHING has changed.
Brad
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5019 posts since 20/6/01

14 Dec 2013 18:38
Mr X. wrote: A part from the colour, amount of space and a menu on the right NOTHING has changed.

Read the OP dimwit Eye-wink