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Major Code Upgrade
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Author:  josh knauer [ Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:07 am ]
Post subject:  Major Code Upgrade

Ok... I've pushed the new code to production, which is a fancy way of saying we've done a major upgrade of the EnviroLink Forum which is VERY different in look/feel to the old one. Many features that you used to have are either better or have been removed. Hopefully many of the problems people have had in the past are going to be fixed.

I will be changing some of the window dressing of the site (ie: adding EnviroLink's logo to the upper left, etc.) and perhaps making some adjustments to features.

Here's what I need from you, the user: please let me know if you are seeing problems or things that you don't think you should be seeing. It would be great to hear about features you like, too.

In short, everything should be MUCH, MUCH faster than it was. Hopefully there's not too much that is broken. ;-)

-josh

Author:  josh knauer [ Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

Ok, I will start:

The Search Tool is not returning any results.

Author:  josh knauer [ Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

The search tool is now working... I'm really surprised to not be hearing more reaction from people.

Author:  Wayne Stollings [ Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

From my perspective, it is similar to another board so after the initial shock it really was more familier than a 'cold' change. The moderator controls were not as familiar but it did not take that long to figure them out. What about the spell check, will it return or is it too far down the list to tell now?

Author:  Wayne Stollings [ Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

There are a few comments in the "test" thread in the open forum. Also I just hit a bump that required me to re-log when I went to post this after the last post. It may be on my end but wanted to bring it up in case anyone else encounters it.

Author:  Grace [ Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

I believe the post counter machine is suffering from the transfer/upgrade. My post count is somewhere around 700,800 I believe. There's 1 too many digits there. Also, when will you install the extra 20 or so new emoticons you promised? Oh, wait, that was Wayne.

Thanks Josh!

Author:  josh knauer [ Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

Grace wrote:
I believe the post counter machine is suffering from the transfer/upgrade. My post count is somewhere around 700,800 I believe. There's 1 too many digits there. Also, when will you install the extra 20 or so new emoticons you promised? Oh, wait, that was Wayne.

Thanks Josh!


More smilies are on their way (slowly but surely). We're also having problems right now with our database, but that is server wide and the problem should pass soon as new configurations take effect.

-josh

Author:  Fosgate [ Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

Aww crap. Can we get the old forum back...as in vintage '96? [-o<

Author:  josh knauer [ Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

Fosgate wrote:
Aww crap. Can we get the old forum back...as in vintage '96? [-o<

You are so old school!

Author:  Grace [ Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

Actually, for once I agree with Fosgate. This format is very light with minimal definition. Posts in a thread seems to run into each other and look confusing and busy. I don't like this format at all. It's not just a matter of getting used to. I also don't like the feature where you're reading a thread (not logged in yet) and then decide to post, you need to exit the thread and log in, then find your way back to where you were. In the old format you had the option of logging in after hitting reply or quote to a post. That feautre is gone. This sucks.

Author:  jhawk [ Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:09 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

Grace wrote:
Actually, for once I agree with Fosgate. This format is very light with minimal definition. Posts in a thread seems to run into each other and look confusing and busy. I don't like this format at all. It's not just a matter of getting used to. I also don't like the feature where you're reading a thread (not logged in yet) and then decide to post, you need to exit the thread and log in, then find your way back to where you were. In the old format you had the option of logging in after hitting reply or quote to a post. That feautre is gone. This sucks.



I agree entirely with Grace.
Also , IMO too much space is used up for the Avatars etc.
Sorry !

:( :( :(

Author:  josh knauer [ Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

If it's any consolation, this is the default design that comes with the software. I will be looking into different design/layout options and experimenting with them. I agree with a lot of what has been said, so know that we'll find a way to get it looking pretty (or at least usable) again.

-josh

Author:  jhawk [ Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

josh knauer wrote:
If it's any consolation, this is the default design that comes with the software. I will be looking into different design/layout options and experimenting with them. I agree with a lot of what has been said, so know that we'll find a way to get it looking pretty (or at least usable) again.

-josh


Thanks Josh. I felt so mean in my comments, especially after all your hard word.
:(

Author:  Grace [ Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

Me too. I'm sure he has better things to do with his time too.

(also I erred in one of my complaints - you CAN post to someone while in a post w/o exiting and loggin in).

Author:  Origam [ Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Major Code Upgrade

What a bunch of whiny babies. :P

Actually.. I kind of like the format, reminds me somewhat of other boards I use. My only beef is when I go into a forum the who the post is by runs into that little paper looking icon thing and it's hard to read.

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