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!
diederik
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3190 posts since 16/8/11

11 Dec 2013 15:39
Yep - quote does not work with Firefox but works fine in Chrome
Dreep
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1232 posts since 29/7/08

11 Dec 2013 15:40
Gaz wrote: Same as Noble, can't quote either.
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Rirawin
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9236 posts since 17/7/05

posted 11 Dec 2013 15:40, edited 11 Dec 2013 15:40
Yup good work!

EDIT: Just noticed that my inbox is now showing private messages between people, that I had thought I had deleted, from 7 years ago…
diederik
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3190 posts since 16/8/11

11 Dec 2013 15:41
Also (for moderators) moderation does not work in Firefox, works in Chrome
Kieran
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516 posts since 26/2/13

11 Dec 2013 15:41
I like it good work fellas
m15try
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1218 posts since 18/8/09

11 Dec 2013 15:41
Seems pretty decent.

Few observations:

1. In classified threads, you know need to go to the first page to see photos of the items, whereas before the first post was 'stickied' in each thread
2. Old forum used to show who started the threads (who was selling in classifieds), the new one just shows who the latest post was by
ienosis
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53 posts since 21/7/11

11 Dec 2013 15:45
I will miss seeing when threads were started without having to click into them.
It's particularly useful for the classifieds.

Personally I prefer less space around and between each thread link.
I also don't really like the fuk logo but it's all imo.
selkiefolk
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421 posts since 27/3/13

11 Dec 2013 15:45
What goes on your 'watch list' - is it any thread that you have commented in or can you set threads to watch a la ebay?
unCouth
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6883 posts since 3/11/07

11 Dec 2013 15:48
Is there a GJ only area?
diederik
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3190 posts since 16/8/11

11 Dec 2013 15:48
Yes - Elite thingie
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

11 Dec 2013 15:48
quote not working?
pops
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4032 posts since 2/9/09

11 Dec 2013 15:51
Well done & thanks brad. Still navigating round but like it so far
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

11 Dec 2013 15:51
selkiefolk wrote: What goes on your 'watch list' - is it any thread that you have commented in or can you set threads to watch a la ebay?

Click on the 'start watching' button at the top to watch any thread. Ones you post in are added automatically.
Byte
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2919 posts since 16/6/10

11 Dec 2013 15:52
I feel there needs to be a larger difference in colour on previously visited links. Old forum went from redish to purple when you had already clicked links. Also maybe an icon for when a thread has new posts instead of NEW next to the thread title ? Like everything else so far.
spitfiredealer
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2060 posts since 12/6/10

11 Dec 2013 15:57

trailofdavid wrote: Think threads themselves look better, but I miss the latest threads on the left. Like a lot of people, that's the only way I used to browse.

Still, good work
trailofdavid wrote: Just clicked on to the WAYWT thread and it took me about 10 pages back from the latest post
selkiefolk
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421 posts since 27/3/13

11 Dec 2013 16:04
Click on the 'start watching' button at the top to watch any thread. Ones you post in are added automatically.


Cheers fella.


pops

Well done & thanks brad. …like it so far

Agreed.
spitfiredealer
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2060 posts since 12/6/10

11 Dec 2013 16:04
Is the new site compatible with tapa talk?
kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

11 Dec 2013 16:06
diederik wrote: Also (for moderators) moderation does not work in Firefox, works in Chrome

So I can abuse you if I use firefox? Eye-wink

I like the new forum. Think it's a good start.

I think we need less space between links and more detail (date started, last post etc.). Most people are vets so we don't need an Early Learning Centre version.

It would be useful to load the last page I viewed for each of my watched threads. That way I could always start where I left off.
freedom
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792 posts since 25/4/12

11 Dec 2013 16:06
will take a whole lot of getting used to but this has brought fuk right back up to date, good modern finish imo. thanks to all that made it happen
Master
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2837 posts since 1/10/03

11 Dec 2013 16:07
Things people had mentioned already..

-Deffo need first post of a thread back as stickie on all pages in that thread
-Active list needs to be longer, not bothered which side as im sure people will get used to that
-Date of original post, and the ability to sort order of threads, number of new posts since you last visit


Really like…

-watch list, great to keep up with your fav/interested threads

Would suggest….

-able to click a thread and takes you back the last page you read and pick up where you left it?

overall, quite like it