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!
Dee
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11190 posts since 22/11/07

11 Dec 2013 21:16
my posts are now going for mods approval - Laughing out loud :
Dee
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11190 posts since 22/11/07

11 Dec 2013 21:17
how come clicking on links replaces the webpage rater than open a new tab? is that likely to change?

SXFuzz
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1739 posts since 22/5/07

posted 11 Dec 2013 21:19, edited 11 Dec 2013 21:19
Noble Locks wrote: Why do you want/like a rating system for posts. Bit nan kid innit?
That way, people can rate individual posts as 'Laughing out loud' rather than having hundreds of responses with just that one smiley.
SXFuzz
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1739 posts since 22/5/07

posted 11 Dec 2013 21:21, edited 11 Dec 2013 21:21
Dee wrote: tags in classifieds would be v cool
Great idea.
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

11 Dec 2013 21:22
Whats tags?
Brad
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5019 posts since 20/6/01

11 Dec 2013 21:23
Overzealous mod filter going on - looking into it.

PS. Yes to links opening in new tabs/windows.
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

11 Dec 2013 21:26
Brad wrote: Overzealous mod filter going on - looking into it.

PS. Yes to links opening in new tabs/windows.

Think I've fixed the mod filter. Broke it when I was fixing something else.

Personally, I've always felt that links in new tabs shouldn't be default, but I know others disagree.
Dee
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11190 posts since 22/11/07

posted 11 Dec 2013 21:32, edited 11 Dec 2013 21:32
int to know why - surely the benefit of a link is to open a new page rather than replace and if I had a commercial site wouldn't want to direct traffic away without retaining the user.

tags, ie. could tag classifieds with brands, styles etc and then search for wtaps and all classifieds tagged with that would come up in chrono order. It would make it very easy to find sizes, brands. Sufu used to do it but since their update their search is shite and lost the tags. Would be no need to list the tags like sufu did as it takes a huge amount of space up but the function alone would be pretty good.
baddie
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2140 posts since 21/7/09

11 Dec 2013 21:37
prefer the good ol' messaging system
andymakesglasses
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20186 posts since 26/1/06

11 Dec 2013 21:42
ben wrote: Think I've fixed the mod filter.

I think you've broken something else. I no longer have the Moderation bit under My profile and have no flag logo on any posts.
Dee
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11190 posts since 22/11/07

11 Dec 2013 21:48
search aint working either
Sebastian17
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2036 posts since 23/8/10

11 Dec 2013 21:55
Yea, it'd be good to get that sorted soon if possible, or else people will start making a new thread for everything.
Seventyfour
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8750 posts since 6/10/05

11 Dec 2013 21:55
andymakesglasses wrote:
ben wrote: Think I've fixed the mod filter.

I think you've broken something else. I no longer have the Moderation bit under My profile and have no flag logo on any posts.

Same for me. None of us seem to have the mod logo we've gone back to GJ

ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

11 Dec 2013 22:04
Ok, have you got your mod bits back now?
Gaz
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2540 posts since 20/10/05

11 Dec 2013 22:18
I've got mine back, plus the ability to quote
diederik
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3187 posts since 16/8/11

11 Dec 2013 22:20
Yep, all good again Smiling
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

11 Dec 2013 22:22
quoute still not working in FF.

Low priority, but don't like the new favicon..
Razorlight123
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4418 posts since 13/1/10

posted 11 Dec 2013 22:24, edited 11 Dec 2013 22:24
Don't like the default emo profile pic.
Brad
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5019 posts since 20/6/01

11 Dec 2013 22:32
PHiL wrote: Low priority, but don't like the new favicon..

I wasn't sure, but it's been growing on me ..

Razorlight123 wrote: Don't like the emo default profile pic.

Think it might encourage people to get an av Eye-wink

^^ Multiple quoting made easy: click the initial quote bubbles and when done click the next and it adds it to your reply Smiling
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

11 Dec 2013 22:38
Haha true, I think the old one was carried through from 2 designs ago? I am so used to seeing it on my tabs Smiling

Fix quote in FF high priority Eye-wink