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Old 20 May 2004, 05:22   #1
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A couple of tweaks to the forums

OK, as you've probably noticed I have made a couple of minor changes:

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I've turned off the preview text that popped up when you put your mouse on the thread title. It didn't really serve any useful purpose (geeks' feature -- it's cool, but IMO useless!) and was getting annoying

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I've split these into separate columns as seen on previous versions. This is something else that people have complained about as the new way mades the list of threads more difficult to read

Let me know what you think. Better or worse?

Anything else bugging you about the way the forums work? Then let me know!

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Old 20 May 2004, 06:16   #2
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PM'ing from a Reply

John,

I don't know if it's my memory, but I thought that you used to be able to PM someone (i.e. a contributer/poster) direct from the discussion thread. I don't think that you can do that anymore - but apart from that, I think it's great!!

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John,

I don't know if it's my memory, but I thought that you used to be able to PM someone (i.e. a contributer/poster) direct from the discussion thread. I don't think that you can do that anymore - but apart from that, I think it's great!!

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You still can. If you click on the posters name you get a drop down menu with the PM button on it.
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I've turned off the preview text that popped up when you put your mouse on the thread title. It didn't really serve any useful purpose (geeks' feature -- it's cool, but useless!) and was getting annoying
Actually I liked the thread preview, allowed fast review of new threads without opening them particularly as so many people don't make the contents clear in the title. i.e "A question."
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Old 20 May 2004, 07:03   #5
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Actually I liked the thread preview
I had a feeling that this might happen!

It is something that people seem to like or hate. I've had PMs and emails from both sides, but there were stronger views against it.

Let's see if anyone else has any strong views and I can change it back if there is a big demand. I could also set it to show less text so that it is less intrusive for those that don't want it . . .

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Sorry! I'm going to have to agree with Rich L - I thought it was good for the same reasons - but I can live without it.

Is there anyway you can setup profiles that can be selected from the control panel. Then users could choose. I know some forum software has this capability, not sure about Vbulletin though.
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Yep, I'm agreeing too. The thread preview was dead handy!!

Otherwise, Keep up the good work JK!!
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I've turned off the preview text that popped up when you put your mouse on the thread title. It didn't really serve any useful purpose (geeks' feature -- it's cool, but IMO useless!) and was getting annoying
Not bothered either way about that thread preview thingy.


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I've split these into separate columns as seen on previous versions. This is something else that people have complained about as the new way mades the list of threads more difficult to read
Loads better now - I don't get "lost" as much!
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Sorry, I managed to edit your post instead of replying to it!

Anyway I've fixed the problem now . . .

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Ahh...

QUOTE:\ You still can. If you click on the posters name you get a drop down menu with the PM button on it. \:QUOTE


Sorry JK!!

Thanx DJL!!

I was right clicking, I should've tried the left one.

Therefore - it's all great!!



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Sorry, I managed to edit your post instead of replying to it!

Anyway I've fixed the problem now . . .

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The added power has gone to your head John.

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The added power has gone to your head John.
Oh that happened ages ago!

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John, any chance you can allow attachments to be be sent by the RIBnet e-mail links (or am I missing something again )
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Do you mean using the Private Message system? If so, there isn't currently an option to include attachments, but it's on the list of possible features for the next release of the software.

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Do you mean using the Private Message system? If so, there isn't currently an option to include attachments, but it's on the list of possible features for the next release of the software.
No, I meant sending an e-mail via Ribnet. In the old system, the forum member's e-mail address was shown which would then start my normal e-mail client. In the new system, no address shown (which is good) but no provision for attachements that I could see.
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Ah, OK! Unfortunately there isn't an option for that either.

I chose to use the "secure" email feature as I think it's a better way of doing things -- it keeps people's privacy and means that the address is kept away from spammers. It's a system-wide option though so has to be all or nothing.

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Tread thingy was useful cos it sometimes takes a while to open a thread to see what it is about. I'm hoping to get broadband soon and that might cure the slowness. Otherwise it was useful as a quick preview.
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That was quick John...they have just come back on!!
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OK, since there seem to be more for than against I've turned it back on again.

I've set it to show less text than before so that the pop up is smaller. Is it still enough to be useful?

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OK, since there seem to be more for than against I've turned it back on again.

I've set it to show less text than before so that the pop up is smaller. Is it still enough to be useful?

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a bit more text I think and also if it could stay on for longer than the 3 or seconds it currently is. I have to jiggle my pointer and I'm not very good at that you see
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