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!
gawkrodger
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7499 posts since 4/11/08

11 Dec 2013 17:50
diederik wrote: Also (external) links are not opening in new tab/window

testing
gawkrodger
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7499 posts since 4/11/08

11 Dec 2013 17:52
I like it, though as already mentioned by everyone the click on someones username to pm then could really do with being sorted.

Also, the search doesn't seem to work for me. Just put in four thread titles (well, parts of) and it's not brining anything up. Also, any plans for an advanced search option?
jimmoleum
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1304 posts since 15/5/12

11 Dec 2013 18:05
If I click on a link someone has posted, it doesn't open in another window, just jumps off this site.
DY
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9618 posts since 9/6/11

11 Dec 2013 18:07
fantastic work brad and ben.
Best
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9780 posts since 21/10/05

11 Dec 2013 18:07
PHiL wrote: Looks pretty good/clean, may have kept it full width/responsive though, quite a small area here. Lots of wasted space on a 27" Imac Eye-wink.

This
Commander_Venus
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8620 posts since 16/7/06

11 Dec 2013 18:11
Definitely better. Moderating new users, watch list showing threads you've posted in and GJ section all fantastic ideas.
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

11 Dec 2013 18:13
how does it moderate new users?
CovOne
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8652 posts since 17/8/04

11 Dec 2013 18:13
Working well on my phone, can't get the site to load though on my laptop. Using FF have cleared cache etc. Just get the site off line message.
CovOne
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8652 posts since 17/8/04

11 Dec 2013 18:24
Ignore that got it working
oldgregg
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6274 posts since 13/4/02

11 Dec 2013 18:26
Preview button missing when creating a new topic, no way to delete posts, would also be nice to add some space between text styling tools/emoticons and text input field or align to the right as on a ipad/iphone the default "mark/everything.," completely hides them when marking specific paragraphs of text/the emoticon dropdown hides the input.
Commander_Venus
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8620 posts since 16/7/06

posted 11 Dec 2013 18:28, edited 11 Dec 2013 18:28
krisricey
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1943 posts since 24/3/12

posted 11 Dec 2013 18:29, edited 11 Dec 2013 18:29
Good shout on moving the text tools to the right CJD! Lol CV 'very GJ section' Laughing out loud
CovOne
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8652 posts since 17/8/04

11 Dec 2013 18:30
You don't like Doge do you CV?

Anyway of marking all threads as read?
Commander_Venus
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8620 posts since 16/7/06

11 Dec 2013 18:31
CovOne wrote: You don't like Doge do you CV?

I like doge.
CovOne
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8652 posts since 17/8/04

11 Dec 2013 18:35
Are you a stoner? Genuinely don't know anyone other then a Mongol weed head who loves it.
oldgregg
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6274 posts since 13/4/02

11 Dec 2013 18:36
Total post count seems to be off, pretty sure I don't have 5k+ posts.
Brad
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5019 posts since 20/6/01

11 Dec 2013 18:43
gawkrodger wrote: I like it, though as already mentioned by everyone the click on someones username to pm then could really do with being sorted.

Also, the search doesn't seem to work for me. Just put in four thread titles (well, parts of) and it's not brining anything up. Also, any plans for an advanced search option?

Yes, PM-ing via members' profiles is on the to-do list.

Search is same old Google search for now and won't work until Google have re-indexed new site. Down the line a proper search will be sorted (see Ben's OP).
bill
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4906 posts since 5/8/09

11 Dec 2013 18:44
Looks good. Threads views needs page numbers under each thread titles though and I reckon you could do more with the text formatting, unread threads are bold, user names and thread titles should be bold as well imo.
Dee
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11233 posts since 22/11/07

posted 11 Dec 2013 18:52, edited 11 Dec 2013 18:52
Massive improvement imo

layout and colours are perfect, simple and easy to read imo

banner images are so shite though Puzzled gets some c/u visvim fabric or something as bit more int in there

those boots are so bad

MasterBlaster
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884 posts since 7/4/12

11 Dec 2013 18:55
True that, dodgy boots. Huge improvement overall tho!