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Old 10 June 2011, 20:52   #1
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Really dont like it after a week of trying.....

After a few days of trying I just dont like the 'new' set up on RIBNET. It seems to have become overly 'gimmicky' and lost a lot of the 'simple' usability that I loved it for. I just cant be doing with the way stuff is harder to find now.

I have met and know a lot of great people through it but just dont like at all the changes. Yes it looks great but I'm finding it bloody hard to use.

So I'm going to stop using it. I used to not log in and read stuff , but am finding the new screen format to fussy to do that.

So farewell, I am sure that I'll still see the people I know from here and they have my number and I have theirs. I'm still a great boating/RIB fan , but just not on here any more.

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Old 11 June 2011, 02:35   #2
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Peter, keep trying and let the forum sort itself out.
I asked about the google ads and was updated "We will not be showing the ads in any of your posts or any of the other supporting members. The same policy will apply to our trade members as well."

We all have had great use of a terrific forum and change is something we all hate but given a little more time with feedback being sent to the forum administrators, the gremlins and set up I think will change to a workable system. Good luck Ian
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Old 11 June 2011, 02:38   #3
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So Peter here is one for change, we used to be able to click on click links and see if a friend or colleague was on line, but today I found when I hit the link I go to another set up,

Forum Admin- is there something wrong or what have you done?
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So Peter here is one for change, we used to be able to click on click links and see if a friend or colleague was on line, but today I found when I hit the link I go to another set up,

Forum Admin- is there something wrong or what have you done?
Sorry, not quite sure what you mean? Do you mean that you can't click on a members name to see if they are online?

Saying that, I'm finding everything painfully slow this morning and pages are refusing to load.
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If you see this it will be a result. After getting a message from Ian m and me sending him a blank screen. I doubt it. I willing to give the site the time it needs to sort itself out I only wish it was more reliable. Well here goes

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After a few days of trying I just dont like the 'new' set up on RIBNET. It seems to have become overly 'gimmicky' and lost a lot of the 'simple' usability that I loved it for. I just cant be doing with the way stuff is harder to find now.

I have met and know a lot of great people through it but just dont like at all the changes. Yes it looks great but I'm finding it bloody hard to use.
I'm sorry you're struggling with it - not that you'll be reading this anyway!

There are obviously a few things that need to be sorted out, but we have people working on it and I hope it won't take too long.

Apart from that though, I'm surprised that you find the new design so difficult to get on with. There are very few fundamental changes, and mostly it works the same as it ever has. On the off chance that you are reading this, let me know if there's anything specific that you'd like to change back. I can't promise anything, but we're happy to take a look.
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If you see this it will be a result. After getting a message from Ian m and me sending him a blank screen. I doubt it. I willing to give the site the time it needs to sort itself out I only wish it was more reliable. Well here goes

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Biff, are you just getting problems with the phone app, or is it the same when you log in using a proper computer?
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Old 11 June 2011, 04:59   #8
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I don't like the new forum layout either. I hardly visit the site at all now things have changed.
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I'd be interested to know if there's anything specific that you don't like. I haven't had a lot of involvement in the makeover, but it's very close to what I've had in mind for RIBnet for a long time.

I think the updated design is smart, and not overcomplicated. On a reasonably large screen the right sidebar doesn't get in the way and we may even grow to like it. I'm neutral about it - I have it turned on, but on a smaller screen I might choose to turn it off (bottom of this page).

If you don't like the community forums section at the top of the page you can shrink that down to almost nothing by clicking the white arrow to the right of the title bar.

I've always resisted multi quotes and the quick reply box, but people don't seem to have gone completely mad with the quotes and I'm actually typing this using the quick reply box now!

Overall it seems like a pretty light makeover to me, and the changes are almost entirely positive. Given that this is what we have now, and we won't just be putting it back the way it was, what would you change?
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Sorry, what did I predict a week ago?

Can we please have Ribnet lite sometime, the site is slow and unnecessarily gimicky. Like I said before it has simply become another "standard" forum like all the others under the SK network. Which is fine but it means Ribnet has lost some of what made it special. I warned you that people would start to leave, and there you go that's the first one.

Possibly a consultation with the masses would have provided a good basis for knowing what to change and what not to. There are a number of new things which I think are really good: eg. the rotating album pictures. There are unfortunately a number of other things which are significant regressions: eg. the amount of time now spent scrolling, avatars for members, multiquote, community forums at the top, not being able to clearly see what topics I have posted on, the addition of "contact" and "buddy" lists which for so long have been the preserve of forums with far less technical and important content as Ribnet.

RIBs and RIBbing is not a mainstream topic. Heck, boating is not something the masses are able to indulge in. Why therefore turn the forum into something that looks designed for the masses?

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PS. the smilies arn't working, clicking them simply sends me to the top of the page.
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