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I'll come back when things are working properly

By gbhall
Apr 15, 2012
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  1. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,527   +313

    Signatures have been modified to be less distracting.

    On post editing, it's been set to unlimited for all members except newcomers.

    I'm reading your feedback as it comes. There are things that are easier to implement than others, but we are tackling as much as we can to ease the transition and improve our new platform. Thanks for your support.
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,935   +1,469

    I have noticed that after reading the article (I think its referred to as the article feed) when commenting, carriage returns are ignored and not even a space is placed between the period and the start of the next line.
  3. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 808   +51

    Glad to be of service, Julio :)
    Any help the staff needs on our part, let us know. I'm on a personal level working on a change-log, but it's hard to keep up given the pace at which you guys are working. Kudos to you guys! *applause*
    Cheers! :)
  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,339   +49

    No change to editting at this time. A re-edit within moments of an edit is not editable, and you need to force some extra action by choosing 'more options' before eventually (couple of seconds later) a second editor box with different capabilities appears. A bit like a double-buffer if you like - the edit first made is still buffered and not written to data, so you cannot edit it.......or appears like that (a bit difficult to explain accurately)
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Do you think there is any chance of a screenshot Gbhall?

    From my perspective (and it should be the same for you on your own posts as it is for me on mine), I'm able to edit immediately, and save and open to edit again several times in a row without an issue. Every time I hit edit on my own posts, a popup appears with the text from the post I'm editing. It seems instant and I can literally re-edit immediately upon saving the previous changes.
  6. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,575   +47

    Editing is unlimited and fine for me. I get the popup just like Leeky ^^
  7. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,339   +49

    This screen shot unfortunately the edit window hides a message on my post that says gbhall, 17 minutes ago. The window cannot be moved, cannot be edited, but the buttons work. Clip0001.jpg
  8. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Thanks for that Gbhall. :)

    I have to say that is very odd, though I do really appreciate you working with us to find a solution. To me it seems weird that your essentially able to see and do everything except change the text contained within the popup box. Hopefully the above information, as well as your screenshot will be assistance to the developers in tracing the problem though.

    I'm wondering if maybe (and I could be totally wrong here) its a permission issue affecting your specific user rank, which is why your experiencing it.
  9. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 808   +51

    I can edit my post multiple times in a row without any issue. I can even edit posts from back in January, so any 'permitted editing time' issue appears to be resolved for now. Only that I have to wait 10 seconds between posts, or it gifts me an error. Working perfectly fine otherwise, pop-up and all.
    Though as I've already told Matthew, I can't edit a title of a thread created by me. Anyone else noticed that? Other than Leeky, of course. :p. Mods won't notice it like regular users would.
  10. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,339   +49

    I'm a little puzzled here - the screenshot below is how the drop-down 'profile' window always looks to me. Is the window partly-obscured or not?
    Clip0002.jpg

    Then I try to edit this post within seconds, and cannot. So I take the 'more options' tab, and after 2-3 seconds up comes this....
    Clip0003.jpg
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,522   +298

    I don't think non mods/staff were ever able to edit the thread title on the old board...?
     
  12. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,527   +313

    @gbhall, what browser are you using? Please don't tell me IE 6 or 7 :)
  13. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,527   +313

    I believe someone was asking before where to find the threads you've opened vs. all your activity or posts.
    In the profile page, you can go to the Information tab and then follow the link "Find all threads by username"

    I think this is quite similar to what vBulletin had.

    We'll continue to work on improvements across the site and the new forums this week, so keep your suggestions coming.
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,522   +298

    News articles are still only a sentence or so, you have to click through to read the full article. That kind of sucks for me because I rarely visit the main page. I do all my TS news reading through the forums. That may be too big of a request though.

    So, for a lighter request. On those same news articles, clicking to read the full article opens in that window. Wish it would open in a new tab.
  15. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,527   +313

    As we had discussed earlier, the first request is really hard to do (and to do right). Let alone dedicating efforts to format a post in both templates, and then if we need to update a post... phew. On the other hand, your second request (open in new window) is super easy, so I'll get that done today.
  16. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,575   +47

    In vBulletin (the old forum,) finding your threads was in a button on the profile page. It was "Users Threads" and a button for "Users Posts" if i remember correctly. On here though - the new forum, It's quite a labored way to get to them using the advanced search function.

    One good way (if it was possible) would be to have your owned threads appear in the "My Posts" section. If that section could be tabbed or something between posts and threads, or could have the threads somehow separate from the posts in another way, that would be great. The "My Posts" button could be renamed "My Posts/Threads" if that was implemented also.
  17. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,339   +49

    Not IE7, I mostly use Avant browser. I have a feeling that might re-use some IE internals though. I tried the front page under IE8, and there is no overlaying of any part of the profile drop-down box. Nor is there any overlay in Firefox. So your guess is probably right - it looks like a browser problem concerning the 'on-topness' of images on the home page.

    Just to complicate matters more, the other thing I have supplied info about - that for some relative period of time a post is not editable after a previous edit, well I confess that after careful testing the problem is confined to Avant browser.

    So you probably wont be able to track it down. It manifests in an odd way. Certain sequences of interaction like post - edit - edit result in the second edit being non-interacting. But a sequence post - edit - home - edit then the second edit works. In general, moving from post to edit and back only works properly once. Going anywhere else after an edit seems to reset the edit capability. And 'anywhere else' can even be the previous page of the same post !! Does that help?

    Edit : nope, wrong again - the non-editable problem is still there in IE8
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,522   +298

    I just spoke (txt chat) with Per about this, I don't know exactly how to describe it, so I have not created a new thread. Just posting here.

    When I view the main forum page, I see a red dot over some forums, which I assume means there are posts there I haven't read. That is cool. Problem is, I see a red dot in a forum that I have the last post in. If I have the last post in that forum, I should have seen all the posts there, so there shouldn't be anything 'new'.

    Example: [​IMG]
    Now I click there and this happens:
    [​IMG]

    Edit - Also, in posting this, there seems to be an issue with adding an image. I clicked the insert image button and posted the url, it didn't do anything, but I figured maybe it did, I just can't see it. So I continued. Once I submitted the post, the IMG thing showed up but no image, so it did paste, but something isn't right.

    Re-placing the urls of my original complaint here for direct clickability (I hope).
    http://imgur.com/SzDeC
    http://imgur.com/P3rAg
  19. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,059   +84 Staff Member

    SNGX: I'm pretty sure you have to manually view each thread with new posts for the red dot to go away, or again, you can use Mark Forums Read up top.
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,522   +298

    Ugh. Ok.

    Maybe this is just something I'll have to get used to. It did not occur in vb though.

    Edit: (adding more thoughts)
    I understand new thing offers advantages over the old. and that there are sacrifices to be made, but they should be for the better good. this case I don't see any benefit in me needing to read every post in that subforum to mark it as read.
    my alternative, is to mark everything as read. that obviously can't be a good alternative right?
    I mark 10+ forums as read just because I want to remove a red dot saying I didn't read stuff in a forum I've already been to
  21. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,059   +84 Staff Member

    Yeah, I remember. Pretty sure if you just visited a category and then navigated away the threads would be marked read. The new way is less convenient in one sense, but then again, I don't usually have time to read everything in one clip so it's nice that the board remembers where I left off. Anyhow, hope that helps.
  22. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I agree as well. One major complaint I had with vBulletin was the fact that visiting the forum to search for links to various articles I might be publishing would effectively clear my new posts list on the forum. So once I was finished and ready to look at new content on the forum I'd literally only have a couple of new threads to view.

    The way this new software works is excellent. I no longer have that issue, and can check at any point what new threads there are, or that might need moderating as and when I'm able to do so.

    I find the best way to resolve the issue is to look at everything you want to read, and then when your done, if there is still new threads to view, just mark the forum as read, then it brings you back to square one for next time. That's how I've been using it anyway. :)
  23. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    Matthew, Leeky; Yea this behaviour is probably normal.
    Actually now that I think about it manu vB 4 forums behave this way too, and just as you say Leeky it is very nice.
    Another forum I frequent have vB 3.8 and there I have the same issue as Leeky, unless I actually read all the threads that are unread on one go they are all marked as read.
    Which can be a real PITA when you just want to look something up in one thread but not necessarily have the time to read all other unread threads.
    Or if you are just writing a long reply to one of the threads and then the forum decides that the time has been exceeded and marks all forums read...
  24. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 808   +51

    Has it been made that intuitive? Feels like I'm missing a pun, but either way, that gave me a new module for my AI. Thanks Per! :D
  25. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,522   +298

    I respectfully disagree with damn near everything you said :). For one, you are a super minority here in being a news poster, obviously most of us are not.

    From my perspective, I see bold threads as stuff I haven't seen, and I get excited to see that. But in the old boards if there was something that wasn't of interest to me, it was unbolded the next time I came here. Now it isn't, it is constantly sticking its bold face in my face. I don't like that. Now, to clear that, as it has been pointed out, I have to mark all forums read. That is not good for me though, because I didn't read all forums!, I still want to be able to see what threads I haven't seen.


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