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!
danielwills
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220 posts since 28/9/12

15 Dec 2013 18:35
How do you send private pm's thanks.
blackham
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1861 posts since 17/7/13

15 Dec 2013 18:44
danielwills wrote: How do you send private pm's thanks.

couldn't find a way off of a user profile. But if you know their username, go into your inbox, click compose, write their username, select it, then write the message and should send it to them.
Ruben
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10775 posts since 2/7/03

15 Dec 2013 20:09
Yeah Mob's right - that's what I meant. Necessary for all threads imo, but 100% essential for Classifieds.

I want to be able to avoid or check threads based on who the author is.

Also posts in a thread since last visit in important because I don't want to waste my time clicking in to see that one person has posted a Laughing out loud or a '^^this' or whatever. I like to prioritise the threads that have seen the most action.
Brad
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5025 posts since 20/6/01

15 Dec 2013 20:23
Ruben wrote: Yeah Mob's right - that's what I meant. Necessary for all threads imo, but 100% essential for Classifieds.

I want to be able to avoid or check threads based on who the author is.

Also posts in a thread since last visit in important because I don't want to waste my time clicking in to see that one person has posted a Laughing out loud or a '^^this' or whatever. I like to prioritise the threads that have seen the most action.

OK, gotcha now - yep both added to 'issues' list Smiling
Burt
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6204 posts since 3/1/10

15 Dec 2013 20:31
Ruben wrote: I want to be able to avoid or check threads based on who the author is.
Name and shame.
paint.ldn
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709 posts since 20/11/11

16 Dec 2013 13:31
Nothing showing up in the top right corner of the original post to edit my classified listing?
EVERS
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8580 posts since 2/7/06

16 Dec 2013 14:26
when I try to quote another post, a new window comes up with the word "false"
deuce
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14089 posts since 21/1/08

16 Dec 2013 15:12
yeah, you've got an 'EVERS' filter on your profile, so whenever you try to spout off your opinion, it reminds you 'false'
snaye
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11032 posts since 24/10/02

16 Dec 2013 15:57
Laughing out loud
rural
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17839 posts since 26/9/06

16 Dec 2013 16:07
Jords Laughing out loud
EVERS
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8580 posts since 2/7/06

16 Dec 2013 16:40
wearing as thin as your hairline jdnnikes and about as amusing as. Roll Eyes
Ruben
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10775 posts since 2/7/03

16 Dec 2013 16:48
Jordan and EVERS Laughing out loud
Ruben
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10775 posts since 2/7/03

posted 16 Dec 2013 16:53, edited 16 Dec 2013 16:53
Links in new tabs Cool
MoB
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37251 posts since 31/8/04

posted 16 Dec 2013 17:32, edited 16 Dec 2013 17:32
how come i'm still getting 100,000,000 notifications from this thread when i've stopped watching it?!?

Edit: Just realised it subscribes you to every post you post in. Can you not change this so it's not automatic?
Ruben
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10775 posts since 2/7/03

16 Dec 2013 18:23
Edit profile - never / never??

Just updated mine but I wasn't getting emails anyway.
Ruben
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10775 posts since 2/7/03

16 Dec 2013 18:25
.. actually that's for watched threads and pm's. and I am not watching any myself, don't see the point.
Ruben
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10775 posts since 2/7/03

16 Dec 2013 19:30
spitfiredealer wrote: Is the new site compatible with tapa talk?

Didn't notice a reply to this, is it something you have looked at Bradders? I am no expert but it seems like a great way of viewing forums on blowers - it just simplifies the entire layout and optimises for your phone, also get instant notification for pm's.
Brad
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5025 posts since 20/6/01

16 Dec 2013 19:39
Will take a look - their presets don't include our backend software so we'd have to develop our own Tapatalk plugin.
Jake Unkutt
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2891 posts since 2/3/04

17 Dec 2013 00:56
Sorry if already been covered.
But have we lost stickies now?
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

17 Dec 2013 09:12
You can now PM someone from their profile page.
Links open in new windows.

Going to look in to issues with blank pages on Windows when editing/quoting etc next.