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Title: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 01, 2012, 12:42:38 pm
Hello everyone,

I've always been happy with having you all give feedback me about the forum.  As you can imagine it's very hard to keep a full time job, family life and the forum all getting my time (thank goodness for the rest of the NGF Team for doing a grand job).   If you can give your views or possible improvements for the forum then I'd be very grateful - positive or negative.  If it's too bad then Private Message me!   :smiley-laughing:

One major improvement (well, not for everyone!) will be a redesign of the Classifieds.  This will make it more user friendly - as it's just not quite right.

Thanks all,
Chris.

 :NGaugersRule:

Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 01, 2012, 01:01:57 pm
Great idea, Tank :thumbsup:
In the main I think folks should concentrate on what they like about the forum and what they don't. Maybe this will help us 'slim' things down a little so we can have a tidy up.
This is a perfect opportunity for those members who, for whatever reason, have not been posting much/at all to tell us why and what has changed for the better/worse since you registered. We want you back and enjoying the forum :)
If there is something you would really like to see on the forum please let us know but remember we don't have a bottomless pit of money (I've spent it all on Liz Hurley's Christmas present and a certain hitman for Shane :-X :-[)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Chinahand on December 01, 2012, 01:50:12 pm
In general I think everything is very well organised and presented but I do have a 'niggle' about the 'Alerts'. I don't know if it's me or the system but even though I have openbed and read all of my alert messages the RED alerts number just won't go away and just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 01, 2012, 01:54:50 pm
Hi Trevor,
If you click on 'see further alerts' it lists your alerts and then cancels the number in the red triangle :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Chinahand on December 01, 2012, 01:58:33 pm
I can't seem to find the 'See Further Alerts' tag.

Scratch that. I've found it. Dooooh  :dunce:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: scotsoft on December 01, 2012, 02:09:12 pm
I can't seem to find the 'See Further Alerts' tag.

It is on the right at the top of the window that opens when you click on the red triangle
It is not "See Further Alerts" it is "See More Alerts"

cheers John.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 01, 2012, 02:14:51 pm
 :oopssign: :sorrysign:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: port perran on December 01, 2012, 07:01:16 pm
I, for one, think this forum is excellent.
I'm not a user of Facebook or Twitter and indeed don't subscribe to any other forums.
This one is always interesting and friendly - that's what keeps it running.
I used to subscribe to a forum representing my profession but that died a couple of years ago because people fell out, were obnoxious and were generally full of their own self importance. That type of thing doesn't happen on here so well done.
Everyone on here seems happy to help everyone else.
Keep up the good work I say.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: lionwing on December 01, 2012, 07:15:35 pm
As a newcomer to the hobby the forum has been a fantastic help.

No question is to much trouble and answers are all well informed,

There is light hearted banter, which is great, and if Carlsberg did foums...well!

Technically the forum has all bases covered for my needs.  Plenty of smilies, detailed profiles format options.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Lawrence on December 01, 2012, 07:25:00 pm
There were some comments on the FB N gauge page about too much information and folks finding it difficult to find what they wanted.  To my mind that is what the search function is for  :doh: There are possibly a few sections that could be tightened up a bit, but the fact that the forum embraces all aspects of our chosen scale and attracts members from all the world speaks volumes.

We need total honesty from everyone who responds to this, you, the membership, are what makes the forum and it live or dies on your input, so have your say and don't be shy  ;)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 01, 2012, 07:27:20 pm

We need total honesty from everyone who responds to this, you, the membership, are what makes the forum and it live or dies on your input, so have your say and don't be shy  ;)
Absolutely
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: davieb on December 01, 2012, 07:44:03 pm
hi all  :wave:

i must say i have tried others but  :NGaugeForum: is the only one i use for my N gauge fix  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:

regarding Lawrances post above about the use of the "search" function

would it be possible to make it stand out a bit more, just like the "home" does  :hmmm:
as i feel it is easily missed in that long line of "words" at the top of the page

as sometimes i have to look twice to find it and i know where it is  :dunce:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 01, 2012, 07:54:25 pm
would it be possible to make it stand out a bit more, just like the "home" does  :hmmm:
as i feel it is easily missed in that long line of "words" at the top of the page

as sometimes i have to look twice to find it and i know where it is  :dunce:

dave  :thumbsup:

Thanks Dave.  I'll look into a solution to make it stand out.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: weave on December 01, 2012, 08:05:46 pm
Hi all,

Think it's the best. Friendly, whatever standard you are. Help from the 'elders' (hobby wise) without thinking your a twit with an a. (Maybe you do, but don't show it! :D.)

Is great to be a member here. I don't go to any other sites as don't feel I need to. Thanks for all the help and putting up with my stupid questions.

Cheers Weave
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: port perran on December 01, 2012, 08:17:59 pm
From time to time, I've thought about competitions (maybe just for fun).
What about a photographic competition - lots of scope. Perhaps "atmospheric" shots of our own layouts ?
We could all vote for winners.
Just an idea....!
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: longbridge on December 01, 2012, 08:35:56 pm
I am a member of one other small British model railway forum other than this.

As a long time member and ex Mod I think this is by far the friendliest and most interesting forum on the www.

By nature I am a person that thinks a stock take of things every now and again is a good idea, I have never been a hoarder and dispose of things I don't need anymore.

I have spoken about this in the past and think it may be a good idea to check what forums sections are not being used regularly and maybe condense them into one section or delete them.

The amount of sections has grown very large and can sometimes be quite daunting to navigate, some sub sections could be condensed, eg  "N Gauge Loco's and Rolling Stock Reviews"  currently this is divided into 18 separate sections but would be a lot easier to navigate if it were divided into "British", "American" and "Continental".

There are other sections that are rarely used or broke into lots of sections that if condensed could make the forum easier for members to find their way around.

Just my two bobs worth.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: polo2k on December 02, 2012, 01:46:20 am
Just accesing the forum for the first time on my phone (x10) . The first page to load was terrible, luckily I saw the "view full version" link

To reduce some of.the same questions coming up over and.again (and to avoid an entrance exam!) What about a guides section that we can all contribute to so that there is a definitive 'single location' for the info without all the same.topics coming back again and again.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 02, 2012, 09:57:05 am
Well where do I start??

I have met (online at the very least) some extremely talanted, knowledgable, welcoming and genuine people on this forum. Being on the other side of the planet has been no barrier at all, people have been prepared to send items half way across the world, share their knowledge - even go on errands making videos for me without asking in the name of research! I have never experienced such generosity before!

In all blatent honesty, I wouldnt waste half the time I do on this forum if it wasn't worth my while doing so. Truley.

The forum is a very positive place, very little negativity happens here, there is little to no politics, people are free to just relax and be themselves. I have yet to see that on another forum either over in the UK or over here. The Staff do a fantastic job keeping things in order and I feel they are to be congratulated for their efforts.

To me, yes some things could always be improved, but I have nothing specific that concerns me. I don't use the whole forum (not for any particular reason, I just check certain sections regularly), but the areas and tasks I use work fine for me and are administered well.

I would be interested to hear other people's opinions though!

My Thoughts.

Andrew
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 02, 2012, 10:30:50 am

To me, yes some things could always be improved, but I have nothing specific that concerns me.

Andrew

Thanks for the kind words, Andrew. If you think something could be improved that is exactly the feedback we are seeking. Feel free to elaborate please :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Illori on December 02, 2012, 05:42:20 pm
would it be possible to make it stand out a bit more, just like the "home" does  :hmmm:
as i feel it is easily missed in that long line of "words" at the top of the page

as sometimes i have to look twice to find it and i know where it is  :dunce:

dave  :thumbsup:

Thanks Dave.  I'll look into a solution to make it stand out.

the color of the search button has been changed slightly.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Donkey on December 02, 2012, 05:48:37 pm
Thanks Illori that stands out nice now  :thumbsup:

Marty
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on December 02, 2012, 06:11:45 pm
I echo Andrew's sentiments entirely.

Brilliant forum, managed with diplomacy and genuine interest in the members getting the maximum enjoyment from the hobby. All involved are to be congratulated on a well constructed site.  :claphappy:

I find my way around the site easily. The only bit I get muddled with is posting new images to my album and thatís probably because sometimes I forget to switch the brain cell on first!  :dunce:

Dave G
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: scotsoft on December 02, 2012, 06:59:31 pm
From time to time, I've thought about competitions (maybe just for fun).
What about a photographic competition - lots of scope. Perhaps "atmospheric" shots of our own layouts ?
We could all vote for winners.
Just an idea....!

Keep an eye out over the next few days  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 02, 2012, 08:23:01 pm
would it be possible to make it stand out a bit more, just like the "home" does  :hmmm:
as i feel it is easily missed in that long line of "words" at the top of the page

as sometimes i have to look twice to find it and i know where it is  :dunce:

dave  :thumbsup:

Thanks Dave.  I'll look into a solution to make it stand out.

the color of the search button has been changed slightly.

Out of interest, is it possible with this site to have the search bar perminantly displayed (or open a popup thingy on the page you are on- might need Javascript or similar) rather than having to click a link to a seperate page to search anything? Ive found this feature to be quite common elsewhere...
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 02, 2012, 08:30:16 pm
We did have a search bar on the top of the forum at the beginning, but Illori found it difficult to place that and the advertisements together if I remember correctly.  I must admit, it would be useful to have it back.  I'll ask.

Thanks Oldrailbug, I'll look into your idea and condense the boards.

Polo2k -  I'd be happy for volunteers to create guides for everyone. :thumbsup:

Many thanks for the other kind messages of support about the forum.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Illori on December 02, 2012, 09:03:17 pm
We did have a search bar on the top of the forum at the beginning, but Illori found it difficult to place that and the advertisements together if I remember correctly.  I must admit, it would be useful to have it back.  I'll ask.

Thanks Oldrailbug, I'll look into your idea and condense the boards.

Polo2k -  I'd be happy for volunteers to create guides for everyone. :thumbsup:

Many thanks for the other kind messages of support about the forum.

as far as i recall you were the one that asked for its removal, i can look into adding it back though.

[edit] it is back and i added the feature to search the whole forum/board/thread etc drop down.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: OwL on December 02, 2012, 09:08:59 pm
Having been a moderator in the past of this Forum, I understand only too well what work goes into the day to day running of the site. No easy task I can tell you.

I think you have the balance of things right in general. I know we have the annual Christmas raffle, however it would be nice to see some extra prize winning competitions throughout the year. I know you are working on making the classifieds easier to use, so work in progress here.

The only thing I would change on this Forum is those two dodgy Flash so and so Global moderators you have (Lawrence and Newport Nobby) :P :P :P

Only joking :laugh: :laugh: :smiley-laughing:, keep up the good work everybody. :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Lawrence on December 02, 2012, 09:10:27 pm
You need to recheck the Staff list Dave  ;)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 02, 2012, 09:12:24 pm
 :moony: :nerner:

Seriously though, as far as other competitions go we are looking at running some early in the New Year so be prepared y'all ;)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: longbridge on December 02, 2012, 09:36:39 pm
:moony: :nerner:

Seriously though, as far as other competitions go we are looking at running some early in the New Year so be prepared y'all ;)

Crikey Mike whats with the " y'all" what part of the Confederate South do you come from ???  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 02, 2012, 09:38:39 pm
Sorry, Dave.
I've just been entertaining the neighbours with some Lynyrd Skynyrd and got carried away :headbang:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 02, 2012, 09:59:50 pm
Out of interest, is it possible with this site to have the search bar perminantly displayed....

Illori has now put it back on the site.  We are going to make the 'Search' button black again, but in bold font so that can be found easily too.  Any objections?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: davieb on December 02, 2012, 10:36:48 pm
Out of interest, is it possible with this site to have the search bar perminantly displayed....

Illori has now put it back on the site.  We are going to make the 'Search' button black again, but in bold font so that can be found easily too.  Any objections?

sounds good to me  :thumbsup:

 :beers:

dave
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Steve.T on December 03, 2012, 09:08:41 am
I can only really agree with what has been said so far, in that this is a great forum and by far the friendliest I have ever been on. Whilst I been on some other great non railway related forums I would say on all of them you have to put up with some bitching and rudeness from time to time. Just seems to be what happens when you get a large number of people together with differing opinions. It shouldn't be like that as the idea is to have people with different ideas but to talk about them openly and embrace the differences.
Anyway this forum does all that and more.

If I were to have a slight niggle it is just in the way pictures are uploaded and what you have to do to add pictures to posts. Hopefully now I have mastered the way it is done but do find that it is a much more long winded way of doing it that on many other forums.

Steve
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 03, 2012, 09:25:21 am
Thanks very much Steve.

Yes the software for the pictures is a good idea, but just isn't quite right.  When funds permit I'll look into changing it to integrate better.


:thankyousign:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on December 03, 2012, 09:25:41 am
Sorry, Dave.
I've just been entertaining the neighbours with some Lynyrd Skynyrd and got carried away :headbang:

Just watched them do  'Last of a Dyin Breed' on their site. Brilliant stuff!  :D

Dave G
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: davidjhope on December 03, 2012, 05:51:31 pm
Hi Tank,
What do you think about having a link under our profile for info, pictures etc of our own layouts?
David
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 03, 2012, 06:15:24 pm
Hi Tank,
What do you think about having a link under our profile for info, pictures etc of our own layouts?
David

Sounds good to me.  What you can do at the moment is set up 'Ultimate Profile' which is an advanced version of the normal profile.  You can put in your own pictures or text. 

Click my profile icon on the left to have a look at mine and think if it can be adapted to what you're thinking.  If not, let me know.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: davidjhope on December 03, 2012, 06:42:24 pm
Hi Tank,
What do you think about having a link under our profile for info, pictures etc of our own layouts?
David

Sounds good to me.  What you can do at the moment is set up 'Ultimate Profile' which is an advanced version of the normal profile.  You can put in your own pictures or text. 

Click my profile icon on the left to have a look at mine and think if it can be adapted to what you're thinking.  If not, let me know.
That looks perfect. I've never seen peoples 'Ultimate Profiles' before.
Can you create your own headings to inclued 'My Layout'?
How do you create your own 'Ultimate Profile'?
Thanks
David
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 03, 2012, 06:49:52 pm
I need to write a tutorial about it, as I stupidly never explained it fully to people.  Click this link for the basics on setting it up.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=3012.msg36989#msg36989 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=3012.msg36989#msg36989)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Caz on December 03, 2012, 07:00:40 pm
I need to write a tutorial about it, as I stupidly never explained it fully to people.  Click this link for the basics on setting it up.

Errrrm, what link.   :-X
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 03, 2012, 07:10:43 pm
Doh! :doh:  Thanks! 
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: davidjhope on December 03, 2012, 07:11:56 pm
Thanks Tank
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kiwi1941 on December 03, 2012, 07:42:45 pm
If you can give your views or possible improvements for the forum then I'd be very grateful

I wonder if it might be possible to offer the option of listing messages in reverse order i.e. most recent first, when reloading a previously read thread? This would be a great help to those of us condemned to rural dial-up, like me but not from choice, especially when there are lots of pictures posted in a thread.

HTH, Brian
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Illori on December 03, 2012, 07:47:48 pm
you can set that option in your profile under look and layout  "Show most recent posts at the top."

that would apply to all threads not just ones you have read in the past.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: scotsoft on December 03, 2012, 07:52:58 pm
If you can give your views or possible improvements for the forum then I'd be very grateful

I wonder if it might be possible to offer the option of listing messages in reverse order i.e. most recent first, when reloading a previously read thread? This would be a great help to those of us condemned to rural dial-up, like me but not from choice, especially when there are lots of pictures posted in a thread.

HTH, Brian

You can do this as this is how I view the posts.

If you go into your profile.
Then "Modify Profile"
Then "Look and Layout"
Put a tick in the last check box on the left
Your messages will now show the most recent first.

The only drawback to this is when someone refers to "the post above" as now in your case it will be the post below  ;)

Any problems let me know and I will help you out.

cheers John.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: davidjhope on December 03, 2012, 09:02:58 pm
I need to write a tutorial about it, as I stupidly never explained it fully to people.  Click this link for the basics on setting it up.

[url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=3012.msg36989#msg36989[/url] ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=3012.msg36989#msg36989[/url])

Is it possile to upload more than one photo into the profile pictures?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: scotsoft on December 03, 2012, 09:08:51 pm
I need to write a tutorial about it, as I stupidly never explained it fully to people.  Click this link for the basics on setting it up.

[url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=3012.msg36989#msg36989[/url] ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=3012.msg36989#msg36989[/url])

Is it possile to upload more than one photo into the profile pictures?


You can David, if you have a look at Tanks profile you will see he has many pictures uploaded.
Or have I grasped the wrong end of the stick?

cheers John.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Caz on December 03, 2012, 09:20:16 pm
One thing that I think needs looking at is the mobile site side of the forum. 

When I use it, there is a a notice "Go to main site" blazoned across the top of the page which can be so easily caught accidentally and immediately takes you to the full site.  The problem is getting back again, you have scroll way down the bottom of the page on the main site to find some minuscule text saying "mobile" and using a mobile it's not only difficult to find and use but also to accurately select it to put you back into mobile mode.

Grump over.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: OwL on December 03, 2012, 09:28:31 pm
Not trying to sound like a mardy bum or anything but can we highlight the Search button in a different colour/size in its new location at the top right of screen, took me ages to find as it is less obvious in its new position.  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: scotsoft on December 03, 2012, 09:31:12 pm
Not trying to sound like a mardy bum or anything but can we highlight the Search button in a different colour/size in its new location at the top right of screen, took me ages to find as it is less obvious in its new position.  :thankyousign:

Now you have found it there is no need to change it, is there  ;)

PM on its way  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: OwL on December 03, 2012, 09:32:18 pm
Not trying to sound like a mardy bum or anything but can we highlight the Search button in a different colour/size in its new location at the top right of screen, took me ages to find as it is less obvious in its new position.  :thankyousign:

Now you have found it there is no need to change it, is there  ;)

PM on its way  :thumbsup:

 :D :D :D-That was quick! :thankyousign: :wave:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Illori on December 03, 2012, 09:52:04 pm
One thing that I think needs looking at is the mobile site side of the forum. 

When I use it, there is a a notice "Go to main site" blazoned across the top of the page which can be so easily caught accidentally and immediately takes you to the full site.  The problem is getting back again, you have scroll way down the bottom of the page on the main site to find some minuscule text saying "mobile" and using a mobile it's not only difficult to find and use but also to accurately select it to put you back into mobile mode.

Grump over.

would it just be easier to remove the link on the mobile site at the top that goes back to the full site? the link is at the bottom of the mobile theme anyway.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 03, 2012, 09:52:35 pm
One thing that I think needs looking at is the mobile site side of the forum. 

When I use it, there is a a notice "Go to main site" blazoned across the top of the page which can be so easily caught accidentally and immediately takes you to the full site.  The problem is getting back again, you have scroll way down the bottom of the page on the main site to find some minuscule text saying "mobile" and using a mobile it's not only difficult to find and use but also to accurately select it to put you back into mobile mode.

Grump over.

Thanks Caz.  I agree about the 'mobile' button and will look into it.  Also the 'Go to main site'. 
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Illori on December 03, 2012, 10:08:14 pm
Not trying to sound like a mardy bum or anything but can we highlight the Search button in a different colour/size in its new location at the top right of screen, took me ages to find as it is less obvious in its new position.  :thankyousign:

the old search link still exists as well, you do not need to use the search feature at the top of the page unless you want to.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: davidjhope on December 03, 2012, 10:44:25 pm
I need to write a tutorial about it, as I stupidly never explained it fully to people.  Click this link for the basics on setting it up.

[url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=3012.msg36989#msg36989[/url] ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=3012.msg36989#msg36989[/url])

Is it possile to upload more than one photo into the profile pictures?

Hi John,
I can upload them individualy but it's fairly time consuming and I was wondering if it's possible to do a mass upload?
If not I will just do a few at a time.
David

You can David, if you have a look at Tanks profile you will see he has many pictures uploaded.
Or have I grasped the wrong end of the stick?

cheers John.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: scotsoft on December 03, 2012, 11:04:48 pm
Hi John,
I can upload them individualy but it's fairly time consuming and I was wondering if it's possible to do a mass upload?
If not I will just do a few at a time.
David

I am in the dark here as I have never tried to upload a number of pictures to my profile page.
I know there is a mass upload function in the albums section.
Perhaps one of the other mods will be able to tell you more.

John.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Oldman on December 03, 2012, 11:25:38 pm
On the mobile forum would be possible to put the button for unread posts at the top because you have to scrool down to the bottom for all those functions.
Btw I am using a fairly basic phone with wap only.
Another useful button on the mobile site would be a mark all as read .
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kiwi1941 on December 04, 2012, 12:06:50 am
You can do this as this is how I view the posts. cheers John.

Thanks John, I hadn't realised that. Brian
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Illori on December 04, 2012, 12:54:29 am
On the mobile forum would be possible to put the button for unread posts at the top because you have to scrool down to the bottom for all those functions.
Btw I am using a fairly basic phone with wap only.
Another useful button on the mobile site would be a mark all as read .

you mean on the mobile theme or the wap mode? i am not sure we can add more features to the wap mode but will add it to the list.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Oldman on December 04, 2012, 10:09:11 am
you mean on the mobile theme or the wap mode? i am not sure we can add more features to the wap mode but will add it to the list.

Sorry I did not realise  they were different.
I assume I am using wap mode  on the phone.
The other idea if you cannot add more features would be just move the Options to the top of the list so it comes between the Header " N Gauge Forum and "General Catergory.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Illori on December 04, 2012, 10:21:32 am
what options? are you using the blue mobile theme or is wap in the url you are using?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Oldman on December 04, 2012, 10:41:43 am
Hi URL includes wap2
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Illori on December 04, 2012, 10:58:54 am
then i will not modify it, sorry. it is a pain to attempt so i will not.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Oldman on December 04, 2012, 11:13:44 am
No problem- if you dont ask you dont know
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 06, 2012, 09:23:15 am
I do have one other suggestion.

When someone sends you a PM, you get an email. In that email is a link to reply to that PM. However there isn't a link to just simply view the message without having to read it as a quote in your response. Can this link be added?

Ta :)

Andrew
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 06, 2012, 07:02:52 pm
I do have one other suggestion.

When someone sends you a PM, you get an email. In that email is a link to reply to that PM. However there isn't a link to just simply view the message without having to read it as a quote in your response. Can this link be added?

Ta :)

Andrew

I know what you mean. I don't use the email link myself anymore because of this.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Illori on December 06, 2012, 07:20:27 pm
I know what you mean. I don't use the email link myself anymore because of this.

see if it is any better now ;)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 06, 2012, 07:28:02 pm
I know what you mean. I don't use the email link myself anymore because of this.

see if it is any better now ;)
The email has two links in it. The first is to reply. The second link is to view and needs a bit of text above it to say 'View this message' and the link works - thanks

I wonder if the reply to link is not necessary as you won't know if you want to reply to the message until you have viewed it. Just my view though - what do others think?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Illori on December 06, 2012, 07:34:18 pm
the second link should have the text "Read this Personal Message here:" before the link... which apparently i did not upload the file so it was missing. it should show now.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 06, 2012, 08:02:48 pm
Happy to check this out on the next PM received
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 06, 2012, 08:07:37 pm
Happy to check this out on the next PM received
:pmsign:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 06, 2012, 08:21:16 pm
Thanks Jane/Illori - all is in working order :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bigric on December 06, 2012, 09:37:30 pm
Have ploughed through all this (I even understood SOME of the tech stuff....but not much !) and I thought I'd put my ten pennyworth in !! I've been an n gauge modeller for 12 years now - more than some , but less than many more - and grappled with dcc for 10 years , and I just wish that the Forum had been available in my early years . I read recently in a mag article on the Dapol company that n gauge accounts for only 10% of our hobby's business , but it feels more than that....doesn't it ???
                   If you look at how busy the firms are which produce n gauge items , and at how many new ones are surfacing all the time , it feels like we've reached a critical mass now - our wallets are constantly under threat , now more than ever !!
                   In my opinion , Tank & the rest of the team do a really great job on the Forum ( Thinks:One day soon , I'll find out how ALL the bits on the Forum work .) Take a bow!! Best wishes , Ric
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 07, 2012, 06:48:44 am
Thanks Jane/Illori - all is in working order :thumbsup:

Thank you all  :NGF:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: B1 61126 on December 10, 2012, 08:47:13 pm
Hi was just thinking there doesent seem to be a work bench thread it might be a good idea to start one as i would like to have a thread showing what im currently working on or could you tell me which thread to use instead
yours
B1 61126
Geoff
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 10, 2012, 08:54:47 pm
Hi Geoff - there seems to be a liking for folks to post in the Kit/Scratch Building/Repaints under the subject of OMWB (on my work bench)

Hope this helps
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Lawrence on December 10, 2012, 10:17:25 pm
Perhaps On My Workbench would be a better title for that section then Mick, had never though of it that way until Geoff mentioned it
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on December 11, 2012, 07:09:27 am
Perhaps On My Workbench would be a better title for that section then Mick, had never though of it that way until Geoff mentioned it

That's an idea but it could possibly become huge quite quickly. Would it be possible to have sub sections such as Buildings, Rolling stock, Locos. or something similar?

Dave G
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 11, 2012, 12:54:50 pm
Short term problem this lunchtime with the forum while replying to a post.
404 error message at 12.39 - internal error or misconfiguration :(
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Lawrence on December 11, 2012, 08:23:42 pm
Perhaps On My Workbench would be a better title for that section then Mick, had never though of it that way until Geoff mentioned it

That's an idea but it could possibly become huge quite quickly. Would it be possible to have sub sections such as Buildings, Rolling stock, Locos. or something similar?

Dave G

Like your thinking Dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: longbridge on December 11, 2012, 08:55:29 pm
Some brilliant ideas about more sections and subsections needed on the forum, the way things are going we may need Satellite Navigation to find our way round it.

With over 100 sections and subsections and a much larger membership its becoming impossible to keep up with what is going on with the forum, I know I miss some very interesting discussion's that are stashed away in some far off subsection.

I may be a lone voice on this subject but IMO the sections should be condensed not expanded, there is an old saying "Sometimes Less is More", think about it.

Just my 2 bobs worth again.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 11, 2012, 09:07:34 pm
Thank you for your suggestions about the forum layout - which we are giving serious consideration to. The forum has grown considerably (gosh - didn't realise we had over 100 sections and subsections) and we will need to keep the right balance between the ease of finding stuff and the number of boards/sub-boards.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: longbridge on December 12, 2012, 04:39:42 am
Forgive me for I have sinned   :sorrysign: I just took a peek at a couple of other model railway forums and my head is still spinning and so are my flamin eyeballs, this forum is a soda to navigate compared to the two I just looked at  :claphappy:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on December 12, 2012, 07:33:37 am
quote author=Pengy link=topic=9669.msg103157#msg103157 date=1355260054]
Thank you for your suggestions about the forum layout - which we are giving serious consideration to. The forum has grown considerably (gosh - didn't realise we had over 100 sections and subsections) and we will need to keep the right balance between the ease of finding stuff and the number of boards/sub-boards.
[/quote]

Endorse ORB's comments.

The email advice on topics being followed is brilliant. I always pop down to the most recent posts as a quick way to see what else is going on.

I know there's been recent work to place the search button in an easier to find place but maybe - sorry if this sounds like overkill/too much work -
a Go To Section option, that is using the current Main sections,(Click to go to) at the top of the page. The subsections could possibly stay as they are but it may help folk zoom into what they'd like to read or reply to.

Dave G
               


Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 12, 2012, 08:59:10 am


I know there's been recent work to place the search button in an easier to find place but maybe - sorry if this sounds like overkill/too much work -
a Go To Section option, that is using the current Main sections,(Click to go to) at the top of the page. The subsections could possibly stay as they are but it may help folk zoom into what they'd like to read or reply to.

Dave G
Just so I understand, do you mean that you'd like . . .

A drop-down on the top if each page that has the main sections listed and if you selected one of the options in the drop box it would take you to another section.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on December 12, 2012, 09:11:37 am
That's certainly one way.

The idea was perhaps a less 'busy' first screen and the user could choose to drill down from as you say, a drop down.

Does that make any sense?

I have no idea how much time and effort it work take so apologies if it's a daft idea.

Dave G
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 12, 2012, 09:22:05 am
That's certainly one way.

The idea was perhaps a less 'busy' first screen and the user could choose to drill down from as you say, a drop down.

Does that make any sense?

I have no idea how much time and effort it work take so apologies if it's a daft idea.

Dave G
No idea is a daft idea. So do you mean having the main sections on the front screen with drop downs on each of the main sections. For example, there would be 'Your layout and models' with a drop-down to the rest of that section. Sorry if I'm being a pain, but I need to understand exactly.

Unless something is immediately do-able, we are gathering the suggestions and then will make a decision on what is possible/not possible with our resources.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on December 12, 2012, 12:07:51 pm
That's it!  :thumbsup:

Not suggesting at all that it's a brilliant idea or that it should be done asap. Just a thought to reduce the amount of inital scrolling down to find whatever.

Thanks for listening. Somebody else says that, don't they?  :D

Dave G


Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: longbridge on December 12, 2012, 08:26:42 pm
I also agree with that, for over a year now I have been scrolling down to the bottom of the page and reading/replying to threads, only when I have finished that do I look at some of the other sections, its lazy I guess but for me its the best way to navigate the forum.

Maybe a drop down menu or something at the top of the page with the "Latest Posts" listed in order would make the job easy and like Daveg said save all that scrolling, I check the forum half a dozen times a day so scrolling is like running a marathon  :D
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 12, 2012, 08:39:30 pm
I have to say that as part of the Moderating Team I always use the 'Unread posts since last visit' facility, then use the Home/End/Page Down/Page Up buttons to scoot around.
As we have to read everything regardless of interest (gotta keep an eye on everything >:D) I also find it helpful to have 2 tabs open for the forum
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Steve.T on December 13, 2012, 09:54:54 am
Can you remove the "Bargain Basement" section then the family may get a holiday next year with all the money I will save  :).

Or perhaps not  :no:

Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 13, 2012, 10:01:21 am
 :laugh:
Can you remove the "Bargain Basement" section then the family may get a holiday next year with all the money I will save  :).

Or perhaps not  :no:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 13, 2012, 10:09:45 am
I'm wondering if the "Recent Posts" section down the bottom of the home screen could be made "Clickable" with an expanded list. One thing that keeps bugging me is, someone replies to a post I am watching that I really wanna read when Im at work on a break (means on the mobile but I use the full site page), however it means when I get home, theres sod all in the "Unread since last visit" as having logged in on the mobile wiped it, and I can't see what everyone has been writing!  :(
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: longbridge on December 13, 2012, 11:19:16 am
There are model railway forums that have the list of latest posts at the top of the page not the bottom, personally I think having it at the top of the page is far more convenient.

Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: MikeDunn on December 13, 2012, 05:18:51 pm
Apols if I mis-understand your point - but if there were multiple ones surely you'd then have to read up the screen from the last one you read to the current last post  :confused2:

Sounds a lot worse to me ...
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: longbridge on December 13, 2012, 07:27:27 pm
Its actually quite simple, shove this up to the top of the page and fit a scroll bar at the side of it so more threads can be seen, it would certainly save having to scroll past 43 sections to get to it.

(http://i45.tinypic.com/2vb9e91.jpg)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Lawrence on December 13, 2012, 07:37:52 pm
Its actually quite simple, shove this up to the top of the page and fit a scroll bar at the side of it so more threads can be seen, it would certainly save having to scroll past 43 sections to get to it.

([url]http://i45.tinypic.com/2vb9e91.jpg[/url])


Dave you can just hit the END key on your keyboard and it will take you to the bottom of the page, then hit HOME to return to the top  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 13, 2012, 07:57:43 pm
Its actually quite simple, shove this up to the top of the page and fit a scroll bar at the side of it so more threads can be seen, it would certainly save having to scroll past 43 sections to get to it.

([url]http://i45.tinypic.com/2vb9e91.jpg[/url])


Dave you can just hit the END key on your keyboard and it will take you to the bottom of the page, then hit HOME to return to the top  :thumbsup:


My point being however that there is a limit of how many posts this will display, and a late shift at work in New Zealand whilst you Poms get up and have your morning Latte's wil actually see more topics written on than there are lines to show individual posts! If it could have the option of being scrolly and more lines - it means I would be able to look at select topics I am watching whilst at work without losing track of what else is going on when I get home and have more time!

Just a thought
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: longbridge on December 13, 2012, 08:16:32 pm
Its actually quite simple, shove this up to the top of the page and fit a scroll bar at the side of it so more threads can be seen, it would certainly save having to scroll past 43 sections to get to it.


Dave you can just hit the END key on your keyboard and it will take you to the bottom of the page, then hit HOME to return to the top  :thumbsup:


Well i'll be blowed Lawrence after 20 years messing around with computers I find out something simple like END takes you to the bottom of a page  :doh: :doh: :doh:

I guess I am just a Mouse addict, thanks for that mate it will make things a lot easier  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2012, 08:16:57 pm
Do you not use the 'Show unread posts since last visit', as that shows all the posts and then you can choose what to look at from there ???


ORB - please see reply #90, and then have a play
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 13, 2012, 08:23:25 pm
Do you not use the 'Show unread posts since last visit', as that shows all the posts and then you can choose what to look at from there ???


ORB - please see reply #90, and then have a play

I do. My problem is though that if I log on with the mobile - often a good several hours before I get home, often I am on because someone replied to a thread I am watching, and I don't have a lot of time to trawl through the rest of it. When I get home however, there is sod all on the unread list - certainly nowhere near what has been written since I went to work, as logging on on the mobile wipes this purely because I visited!  :(
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2012, 08:28:49 pm
Do you not use the 'Show unread posts since last visit', as that shows all the posts and then you can choose what to look at from there ???


ORB - please see reply #90, and then have a play

I do. My problem is though that if I log on with the mobile - often a good several hours before I get home, often I am on because someone replied to a thread I am watching, and I don't have a lot of time to trawl through the rest of it. When I get home however, there is sod all on the unread list - certainly nowhere near what has been written since I went to work, as logging on on the mobile wipes this purely because I visited!  :(

Strange that :worried: If I bail out halfway through reading the unread posts, those I haven't read are still there when I log back in :confused1:
Does anyone know if this is peculiar to mobiles because, being a luddite, I only use a mobile for texting and making calls :dighole:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Caz on December 13, 2012, 08:35:42 pm
I often use my mobile for catching up quite often and all the posts I haven't read are still there when I get home and use the laptop indoors.  If I remember correctly there are various options if using the mobile, one of which is "mark all posts as read", maybe this option is inadvertently ticked when you click done etc. 
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 13, 2012, 08:42:10 pm
I often use my mobile for catching up quite often and all the posts I haven't read are still there when I get home and use the laptop indoors.  If I remember correctly there are various options if using the mobile, one of which is "mark all posts as read", maybe this option is inadvertently ticked when you click done etc.
I've just checked this on my mobile and it works for me too.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 13, 2012, 08:59:21 pm
I think you are all looking at something else possibly? Are we all talking about the "Show Unread Posts Since Last Visit"?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2012, 09:03:37 pm
That's what I was referring to, yes.
If I have to log out with some still to read, they are there when I log back in
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 13, 2012, 09:04:50 pm
Hmmmm, not for me? Bit of a PITA...
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 13, 2012, 09:05:00 pm
I think you are all looking at something else possibly? Are we all talking about the "Show Unread Posts Since Last Visit"?
What I did was to log off then log on on the Mobile site. I went to 'show unread posts' - there were about five of them. I opened up one of the unread posts before logging off. Then I logged back in on my lap-top, selected 'Show unread posts' and the same number came up (minus the one that I had just read)

Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 13, 2012, 09:06:57 pm
Does it still work with several hours between them?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2012, 09:09:49 pm
It does for me. I can be on at lunchtime then leave some to read anything up to 7-8 hours later.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 13, 2012, 09:13:30 pm
Does it still work with several hours between them?
I'll be logging off in a mo on the mobile so will check tomorrow when I'm having my Latte :laugh:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 13, 2012, 09:15:56 pm
Why are you lot so bleeding Special! Must be those damn Latte's with a 12 hour differential! (Must affect the quality being 12 hours late!)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on December 13, 2012, 09:21:02 pm
Could it be that the phone is being held upside down? :D

Dave G
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 13, 2012, 09:21:37 pm
Why are you lot so bleeding Special! Must be those damn Latte's with a 12 hour differential! (Must affect the quality being 12 hours late!)
Depends what else you put in the Latte  :nerner: Have to check this out though, in case there is a technical issue.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 13, 2012, 09:24:19 pm
Could it be that the phone is being held upside down? :D

Dave G

I am in New Zealand, Land of the Long Flat White, that's out National Coffee (but I drink a Cappacinno - that is irrelevant!)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 14, 2012, 05:07:01 am
I think I've had the same 'unread posts' issue as Kaiwhara :worried: as I know what time I logged out and when I logged back in, all the unread posts were from a time after that. I might have overlooked something though.

Will test during the day - if anyone else has same issue then please let us know
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 14, 2012, 07:19:13 am
I think I've had the same 'unread posts' issue as Kaiwhara :worried: as I know what time I logged out and when I logged back in, all the unread posts were from a time after that. I might have overlooked something though.

Will test during the day - if anyone else has same issue then please let us know

Sounds similar to me. If I log in on the mobile followed shortly by the Laptop or Vice Versa within a short time window they all still show. Once we start talking Hours though, different story.

How was the Latte?  :P
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Caz on December 14, 2012, 07:59:21 am
Did a test this morning using my Samsung Android mobile (Gingerbread 2.6) and Windows XP laptop (sp3).

Using the mobile I clicked on the little star to give access to the "read all unread" etc menu, selected "unread posts", left the first couple and the last couple in the list but read all the others.  I then exited my mobile browser.

10 minutes later, fired up laptop, checked unread posts and those that I had read weren't there but the ones I'd purposely left were still waiting for me.  So it all seems to work as it should on my systems.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 14, 2012, 08:13:33 am
Did a test this morning using my Samsung Android mobile (Gingerbread 2.6) and Windows XP laptop (sp3).

Using the mobile I clicked on the little star to give access to the "read all unread" etc menu, selected "unread posts", left the first couple and the last couple in the list but read all the others.  I then exited my mobile browser.

10 minutes later, fired up laptop, checked unread posts and those that I had read weren't there but the ones I'd purposely left were still waiting for me.  So it all seems to work as it should on my systems.

So what happens when you leave it for an hour?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Jack on December 14, 2012, 08:53:52 am
I've come across a small niggle since the server upgrade.

On the Media button at the top I get various numbers highlighted in bold depending on which forum page I may be on. Before the upgrade it worked fine, as members added to their albums so the number changed until I'd cleared the viewed photos in the Unseen folder.

I currently have 2258 "unseen" photos to view but when I open the Media/Unseen the folder is empty.  :confused1:

I know I can ignore it but that kinda defeats the object of the Media button.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 14, 2012, 09:03:08 am
Thanks Jack.  Yes, that's on our to do list. :thumbsup:  We're not sure why changing servers would have altered it.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 15, 2012, 06:58:43 am
Did a test this morning using my Samsung Android mobile (Gingerbread 2.6) and Windows XP laptop (sp3).

Using the mobile I clicked on the little star to give access to the "read all unread" etc menu, selected "unread posts", left the first couple and the last couple in the list but read all the others.  I then exited my mobile browser.

10 minutes later, fired up laptop, checked unread posts and those that I had read weren't there but the ones I'd purposely left were still waiting for me.  So it all seems to work as it should on my systems.

So what happens when you leave it for an hour?
I tested this over an 18 hour period and about 10 unread items had dropped off the bottom on the unread items list. I had written down the first and last item in the list when I first logged on and when I logged on today they were not there. :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 15, 2012, 09:49:47 am
Show unread posts since last visit -  This literally means to show the new post since the last time you visited the forum.  So, if you go away for a period of time then the forum will treat the next visit as new, and only show the new set of unread posts.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on December 15, 2012, 10:01:47 am
Show unread posts since last visit -  This literally means to show the new post since the last time you visited the forum.  So, if you go away for a period of time then the forum will treat the next visit as new, and only show the new set of unread posts.
:thankyousign:

. . . . but not the set of unread posts that you had not read if you had logged in in the meantime (if that makes sense). So, if you are reading all unread posts, the moral is never to leave an unread post unread before you log out (otherwise you might not know that the post existed when you next log in).
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 15, 2012, 10:03:40 am
Do you mean the 'Unread Posts' that are shown to the right of every board?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 15, 2012, 11:05:29 am
Show unread posts since last visit -  This literally means to show the new post since the last time you visited the forum.  So, if you go away for a period of time then the forum will treat the next visit as new, and only show the new set of unread posts.

I understand all that Tank, what I am trying to propose, and I'm not sure if I am explaining what I mean very clearly, is to have some way to log in with my mobile - which is usually to look at only 1 specific topic at that moment in time while on a break at work, and when I get home and log on, I can then spend time to catch up with what has been written that day. This is currently very hard to do if I log in with the mobile at some stage during the day as in the process of doing so - it wipes the unread list. It is making me reluctant to catch up with the forum except when I am at home, as it makes it very hard to find the posts for the day by any other means!
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 15, 2012, 11:07:38 am
Hi was just thinking there doesent seem to be a work bench thread it might be a good idea to start one as i would like to have a thread showing what im currently working on or could you tell me which thread to use instead
yours
B1 61126
Geoff

I've now changed the title of 'Kit/Scratch Building/Repaints' to 'On My Workbench'.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I'll create sub-boards for buildings etc soon.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 15, 2012, 11:10:09 am
I understand all that Tank, what I am trying to propose, and I'm not sure if I am explaining what I mean very clearly, is to have some way to log in with my mobile - which is usually to look at only 1 specific topic at that moment in time while on a break at work, and when I get home and log on, I can then spend time to catch up with what has been written that day. This is currently very hard to do if I log in with the mobile at some stage during the day as in the process of doing so - it wipes the unread list. It is making me reluctant to catch up with the forum except when I am at home, as it makes it very hard to find the posts for the day by any other means!

Sorry mate, my reply wasn't a direct reply to your post.....  Sure, I can see the problem here.  All I can suggest for now is that when you come home that you click the 'Unread Posts' button which is found at the side of each Board heading.  Or, is this not working for you either? ???
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 15, 2012, 11:15:44 am
Sorry mate, my reply wasn't a direct reply to your post.....  Sure, I can see the problem here.  All I can suggest for now is that when you come home that you click the 'Unread Posts' button which is found at the side of each Board heading.  Or, is this not working for you either? ???

I can't say I have tried that. I can see that it would, but its possibly a bit of a pain in the arse way to do it, as it would mean trawling through the whole lot looking for a post if I am after a specific thread but I have no idea where it is. That's why I tend to use the Unread since last visit as it shows everything recent without having to go fishing - I am after something similar additional to this that could show for arguements sake everything for the last 24 hours, or an expanded list like the "Recent Posts" lot at the bottom of the home page.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on December 15, 2012, 11:21:45 am
Sure, I can see what you mean.  Basically an 'Unread Posts' button which would show ALL posts that weren't marked as read.  This would mean some big recoding of the forum.  I'll put it on my to-do list, as it makes good sense, and can hopefully be done by mid January.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: kaiwhara on December 15, 2012, 11:24:31 am
Sure, I can see what you mean.  Basically an 'Unread Posts' button which would show ALL posts that weren't marked as read.  This would mean some big recoding of the forum.  I'll put it on my to-do list, as it makes good sense, and can hopefully be done by mid January.

If it's going to be a big job don't worry about it, as it's a minor annoyance - it isn't stopping me using the forum, just at work...
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bealman on January 29, 2013, 08:53:08 pm
Just tried clicking on the Photographic Competition and there's nothing there. Perhaps I'm too early?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Caz on January 29, 2013, 08:54:31 pm
Just tried clicking on the Photographic Competition and there's nothing there. Perhaps I'm too early?

No one's entered anything yet, you could be the first  :D
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bealman on January 29, 2013, 08:59:17 pm
It says 'click here for details' so I did, but there's nothing there - only 'error has occurred'
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: mk1gtstu on January 29, 2013, 09:02:37 pm
It says 'click here for details' so I did, but there's nothing there - only 'error has occurred'
same here.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on January 29, 2013, 09:06:57 pm
Sorry.  Is it working now?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bealman on January 29, 2013, 09:47:08 pm
Yep. Thank you!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Brooksy on January 30, 2013, 09:02:34 am
Also about the photo competition. I clicked on the links to look at the gallery and there were four photos but when I clicked on them for a slide show the text at the bottom of the photo window describing the photo and the camera, etc. was (on my browser at least) a very light shade of grey and I didn't realise there was even text there at first. Can you change it so the text is black, or is it a problem my end?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on January 30, 2013, 09:45:12 am
It is a light shade of grey when I look at it too
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on January 30, 2013, 10:07:44 am
Sadly it's incorporated into the software like that, so the coding will need to be changed.  Hopefully this will be done in the next couple of days.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: mk1gtstu on January 30, 2013, 12:07:40 pm
Sorry.  Is it working now?
Yes, working now! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: scotsoft on January 31, 2013, 04:27:26 pm
The text on the photographs is now clearly visible instead of the very light grey, an excellent improvement.

Thank you - John.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bealman on January 31, 2013, 08:35:03 pm
Whoa! Major improvement! When I first joined, it took me quite a while to work out how to post pictures, and a major reason was I did not see the 'details' text under the photos at first. Great work. I guess it's just a little thing, but a huge improvement, for sure. Thank you!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Belated on March 27, 2013, 04:35:30 pm
Can I enquire what happened to this thread - there seems to be othing posted for the last two months?  In fact, a number of threads seem to have suddenly died unexpectedly, with no posts for some time.  Is it a case of the thread is full up and it can't take any more or have these subjects just died for lack of interest?

John
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on March 27, 2013, 05:13:02 pm
We are always interested in feedback about the forum and all of the suggestions are considered with many being actionned.  So the thread is most definitely open :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Belated on March 27, 2013, 11:57:32 pm
Ok, Thanks Tank.

My own tupennce halfpenny-worth, and worth exactly half what you paid for it.

I get a message (email) saying there has been a new posting on a thread I'm watching - but not just one email but (I think) one for each post and I don't know which is the latest.  I'd find it just as good to get one email per thread only until I go and look at the message(s).  Which ties into my second thought.

I understand what was being said about mesages disappearing even if not read.  Sounds to me like it needs a switch to show the message has been read - then it can disappear off the list.  I don't know how this is switched or whether it can be deliberate.  Up to you guys who programme it.

John
 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bealman on March 28, 2013, 12:14:44 am
Know where you're coming from, there, John - I spend a lot of time deleting emails which are duplicated regularly. However, on the other hand, me being me, I think that if I only got one per thread, I'd probably forget to keep checking that thread. At least the constant emails arriving remind me to take a look.

It's a hard one.... be interesting to hear what the team think.

George
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on March 28, 2013, 07:46:12 am
You should only get one email per thread to show that someone has replied.  It will only send you more if you've looked at that thread and then someone replies again.

This can be changed in your Profile, by looking for Notifications on the left panel.  It's customisable for each user. :thumbsup:

Ok, Thanks Tank.

I didn't reply, it was Pengi! ;)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Belated on March 28, 2013, 09:48:15 am
OOOps, Sorry.   ??? :-[ :sorrysign:

I don't know my Pengi from my Tank.

 :no: :D
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Belated on March 28, 2013, 10:06:22 am
I changed the Notification on my profile, thanks for that.  :) Whilst I was there I looked to edit a couple of other things on the profile but I need a password but it won't let me bcause I don't have a password!   :-\  Slight impasse there.  How do I retrieve  password I've never set. please?

John
Sorry to be such a dunce.
 :-[
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on March 28, 2013, 10:08:40 am
OOOps, Sorry.   ??? :-[ :sorrysign:

I don't know my Pengi from my Tank.

 :no: :D


(http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k540/PendythePendolino/Pengi2_zps1570c2a4.png)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bealman on March 28, 2013, 10:22:04 am
Thanks for that point of information, Tank. Actually. I like getting the emails.... makes me feel wanted! This is a great forum and a credit to you and your team. I live a long, long away from my home country but am a railway modeller from way back. This forum keeps me in touch!
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on March 28, 2013, 10:27:51 am
I changed the Notification on my profile, thanks for that.  :) Whilst I was there I looked to edit a couple of other things on the profile but I need a password but it won't let me bcause I don't have a password!   :-\  Slight impasse there.  How do I retrieve  password I've never set. please?

John
Sorry to be such a dunce.
 :-[

That'll be the password for your account that you log in with.  Let me know if you still have a problem. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Belated on March 28, 2013, 07:41:05 pm
Thanks - it worked! :bounce:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Jeff McGhie on May 25, 2013, 10:07:38 pm
Been getting a server busy message when clicking on the unread topic link around 22:00 that last few nights. not an issue but thought I'd flag it up incase it hadn't been logged elsewhere.

Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on May 26, 2013, 01:51:38 pm
Thanks for letting us know, Jeff.
I got it a couple of times yesterday but went to "Show unread posts since last visit" and all was fine
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on May 27, 2013, 03:20:46 pm
Having the same problem today and there just aren't many folks logged in ???
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: scotsoft on May 27, 2013, 03:29:35 pm
I have not encountered any problems like that  :confused2:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on May 27, 2013, 04:24:36 pm
Me neither but must confess haven't been online much - away house hunting.

Dave G
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on May 27, 2013, 04:34:25 pm
Thanks for letting us know, Jeff.
I got it a couple of times yesterday but went to "Show unread posts since last visit" and all was fine

I've had the error a couple of times now since the "Show all unread posts" facility was introduced
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on May 27, 2013, 08:06:49 pm
just got the error now.

The server's resources are temporarily under too high a demand to find all the topics you have not read.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: davieb on May 27, 2013, 08:10:45 pm
just got the error now.

The server's resources are temporarily under too high a demand to find all the topics you have not read.

Same here  :doh:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on May 27, 2013, 08:17:31 pm
Thanks all.  The 'server load' is quite high at the moment.  I've told the powers that be, so hopefully we can find the problem.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on May 27, 2013, 10:55:24 pm
Bit of progress:-  The company who run the server have told me that a member with a certain IP Address is opening a lot of connections to the server.  I'm sure this is not malicious, as the member has made a good number of knowledgeable posts.  This however seems to be the reason for the slowness at times.  The host has had to ban them for now, but I hope to resolve this soon!
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Sprintex on May 28, 2013, 05:00:30 am
Blimey! :worried:

You wouldn't think one person could cause that would you? Are they opening every thread in a new tab/window or summat?


Paul
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on May 28, 2013, 11:26:35 am
It sounds like malicious software without the user knowing.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on May 28, 2013, 06:12:13 pm
Just got this message

The server's resources are temporarily under too high a demand to find all the topics you have not read.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Sprintex on May 28, 2013, 08:19:31 pm
Getting it here too  :computerangry:


Paul
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bealman on May 28, 2013, 10:57:35 pm
Working alright here at the moment - might be something to do with time of day?

Chris - just read your PM.... to be honest I'm not sure what I mean either. I think I was referring to Paul's post about opening every thread in a new tab or window.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on May 29, 2013, 07:06:23 am
Not experienced any problems but maybe I'm usually here at 'off peak' times.

Dave G
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Sprintex on May 29, 2013, 08:08:22 am
New one today:-

An Error Has Occurred!
Due to high stress on the server, the search function has been automatically and temporarily disabled. Please try again in a short while.


Paul
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on May 29, 2013, 09:07:10 am
I've just got same message whilst searching. I'm able to view all posts without any error message though

EDIT: - spoke to soon - am now getting the unread posts error
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Chinahand on May 29, 2013, 09:13:14 am
I have has this problem a couple of times over the past few days but it seems fine at the moment.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: davieb on July 23, 2013, 09:56:50 pm
Hi all  :wave:

Has anyone else out there had problems with getting onto the forum or the forum running very slow  :hmmm:

Seems to be OK now from about 21.45

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Geoff on July 23, 2013, 09:59:29 pm
Hi all  :wave:

Has anyone else out there had problems with getting onto the forum or the forum running very slow  :hmmm:

Seems to be OK now from about 21.45

dave  :thumbsup:

Yep I have had the same problem but its been for about 1 hour for me.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: scotsoft on July 23, 2013, 10:00:06 pm
I can't say I have noticed any problems Davie, but I have just logged back on with no problem.

cheers John.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: mereman on July 23, 2013, 10:00:29 pm
Hi all  :wave:

Has anyone else out there had problems with getting onto the forum or the forum running very slow  :hmmm:

Seems to be OK now from about 21.45

dave  :thumbsup:

Was the same for me. Seems alright again now
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: davieb on July 23, 2013, 10:04:33 pm
Glad to see it wasn't just me  ::)

I got home late from work due to a late shipment of fish  :doh:
So I only tried from 21.00 with no joy then it started to work from 21.45

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Oldman on July 23, 2013, 10:06:01 pm
Could not log on for around 1 hour and sent message to e-mail address for contact.
Tried logging on afterwards and have found it working again.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Sprintex on July 23, 2013, 10:15:24 pm
Problems here too, forum went very slow then offline completely with 'Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage'  :worried:


Paul
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Leo1961 on July 23, 2013, 10:33:37 pm
The clue is that there were no new posts between 19:52 and 21:56   :worried:

So does Tank get two hours refund for the server being unavailable?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on July 24, 2013, 07:02:53 am
Problems here too, forum went very slow then offline completely with 'Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage'  :worried:


Paul

Same for me last evening; time  about 20:45 - 21:30 ish.

Better this morning but still a little slow to load.

Dave G
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: RichardBattersby on July 24, 2013, 07:23:41 am
Same here! Thought it was just me to start with.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: daveg on July 24, 2013, 07:26:34 am
A momentary 'can't display page' came up as I was posting a reply a few moments ago.

Tried a Preview and then Post, which then went through OK .

Dave G
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Cimmerian on July 24, 2013, 07:37:25 am
Glad it wasn't just me last night. Didn't stop it being it a pain, though. Glad it's back up today (work gets kind of dull otherwise. ;))
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on July 24, 2013, 09:39:34 am
I shall find out what happened.  Thanks for the messages. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Papyrus on October 11, 2013, 12:51:18 pm
Hello!

It may be a bit presumptuous of me suggesting an improvement when I've only been a member 5 minutes, but fresh pair of eyes and all that...

There are excellent topics for loco reviews, coach reviews, building reviews etc, but I'm surprised there isn't one for kit reviews. I'm considering buying the Langley Drewry shunter kit from the NGS and I was trying to find out what chassis was recommended, but I haven't found any info so far. There are references to kits in the On My Workbench topic, but nothing gives any info on chassis required, or how difficult a kit is to build, possible modifications, or how accurate it is, which could perhaps be usefully gathered together in one place. It would also be useful if someone could review the different tender drives available and which kits they will fit.

This is the only hole that needs plugging as far as I can see. This is a great forum - well managed, with excellent contributions. Long may you continue!

Kind regards,

Chris
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on October 11, 2013, 12:58:17 pm
Hi Chris, and thanks for the positive comments about the forum :thumbsup:
I have asked the Admin team what they think about a board or sub board and will get back to you with our thoughts.
Cheers
NPN :wave:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bealman on October 12, 2013, 04:51:59 am
Hi, Chris, and another thank you from me for your great comments.

I can help you out with that Langley Drewry shunter... when I saw the above post, it reminded me that I purchased the  exact same kit 20 years ago, and had totally forgotten about it! Anyway I dug it out of the deep recesses under my layout, and yep, there it is, a bag of bits still in the box!

Anyway, it says on the box:

"Adapted to fit the Minitrix 0-6-0 2043 chassis"

Hope this is of assistance!

George  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bealman on October 12, 2013, 05:02:07 am
Further to that, I just opened it up and it consists of white metal parts and an etched brass fret of body sides, coupling rods, etc.

The instructions are very detailed (5 printed pages), but it does state that it is not an ideal kit for complete beginners. Soldering is the preferred method of construction, although it states that epoxy can be used instead.

The chassis requires extensive modifications - the motor has to be removed and the chassis has to cop a lot of cutting about.

It certainly does not appear to be for the faint-hearted - which is probably why I've left it sitting in the box for 20 years!  :laugh3:

George
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: KTM on November 04, 2013, 04:45:07 pm
Well to throw in my five pennyworth - as a newbie I come to NGF with no history or pre-conceptions. There are some really lousy railway forums online - either badly organised or dominated by a toffee-nosed clique. NGF seems really different with a great ethos and people being decent towards each other. The basics of NGF really work for me and I feel at home here already. My feedback would be don't change too much. It's brilliant just as it is. OK all forums can benefit from good new ideas and a freshen up ...the photo comp for example with affordable prizes from the merchandise range.

Well done to all the people who drove NGF forward and created a lovely little niche online for us 2mm addicts.

Thank you all.

 :NGaugeForum: :wave: :claphappy: :thumbsup: :beers: :NGaugeForum:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: dodger112958 on November 04, 2013, 05:17:50 pm
 :NGaugersRule:

Well to throw in my five pennyworth - as a newbie I come to NGF with no history or pre-conceptions. There are some really lousy railway forums online - either badly organised or dominated by a toffee-nosed clique. NGF seems really different with a great ethos and people being decent towards each other. The basics of NGF really work for me and I feel at home here already. My feedback would be don't change too much. It's brilliant just as it is. OK all forums can benefit from good new ideas and a freshen up ...the photo comp for example with affordable prizes from the merchandise range.

Well done to all the people who drove NGF forward and created a lovely little niche online for us 2mm addicts.

Thank you all.

 :NGaugeForum: :wave: :claphappy: :thumbsup: :beers: :NGaugeForum:

Have to agree. I have nosed around in other forums and they do seem to be dominated by a few people. I looked at this forum for a number of weeks and liked what I saw, more importantly everyone is helpful and friendly. It was the pages of this forum that convinced me to buy my first ever set and join this forum. I don't regret either.
Ian
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on November 04, 2013, 05:46:09 pm
Thank you for the very kind words.  It's still fantastic to read that members value the forum and that the hard work from all of us has paid off.   :thumbsup: :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: NeMo on November 04, 2013, 06:03:01 pm
By gosh yes! This is a really nice forum. It's non-judgemental almost always, and most people seem to go out of their way to say nice things. Playing with toy trains is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me -- I think my wife could find me several more productive ways to busy myself around the house -- but reading this forum and sharing experiences really helps me feel more positive about my hobby. For that, I thank you all.

Cheers, NeMo

Thank you for the very kind words.  It's still fantastic to read that members value the forum and that the hard work from all of us has paid off.   :thumbsup: :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on November 04, 2013, 06:22:45 pm
Many thanks NeMo. :)

There are still a couple of members who are in 'training', but generally everyone is friendly!   ;) :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: mereman on November 04, 2013, 07:22:58 pm
I've found NGF so friendly and helpful. Most posts are not "don't be a fool you must do it this way" more "You may want to try it this way". They say the same thing but I know which is most helpful.*

Together with a light hand on the moderation it makes it a pleasure to log on.

*For those in doubt the second option :smiley-laughing:

I want to add my thanks to Tank and the mod crew. Thanks guys and girls.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on November 04, 2013, 08:12:46 pm


There are still a couple of members who are in 'training', but generally everyone is friendly!   ;) :smiley-laughing:

Sorry Boss - I'll get the hang of it soon :-[ :D
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Croxy on November 11, 2014, 08:52:20 pm
Out of all of the forums I've been involved with this is by far the most enjoyable....not just in content but also in the people on the forums......I've said it before but I'll say it again.....great job here everyone!

 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on November 12, 2014, 01:33:46 pm
Many thanks for the kind comment.  Always great to read something positive. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: steve836 on November 13, 2014, 03:33:59 pm
I really enjoy the forum, everyone is friendly and helpful. The only problem I have is that SWMBO keeps whingeing "your on that **** forum again" Can any one recommend a quick fix--- a legal one that is! :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: scotsoft on November 13, 2014, 04:11:05 pm
I really enjoy the forum, everyone is friendly and helpful. The only problem I have is that SWMBO keeps whingeing "your on that **** forum again" Can any one recommend a quick fix--- a legal one that is! :smiley-laughing:

Encourage SWMBO to find a hobby  >:D

cheers John.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tdm on November 13, 2014, 04:33:41 pm
I am a member of 4 Forums as follows (in alphabetical order)

1. LibreOffice Forum (I use LibreOffice as a "free" alternative to MS Office)
2. NGF
3. SOC Forum (For Stag Owners Worldwide)
4. Tenerife Forum (For all things relating to life in Tenerife)

The 1st one I use rarely, only when I have a problem or need information.
The NGF I only joined relatively recently and now use it daily.
The 3rd one I use maybe 2 or 3 times a week.
The 4th one only now and again, usually when I need some new information.

The Stag Forum I have been a member of for many years and it used to be very friendly and quite humorous, but about 12 months ago the posting of jokes and "funnies" was  banned from the Forum, and it has now lost it's sparkle and become too serious. 

THE NGF I think have got things just right, and I have found it to be both informative and friendly, and I don't think I have upset too many people with my posts, although I have had the odd "negative" comment.

The only thing I would say is - is it necessary to have to always scroll down more than half a page of advertising etc., before you get to the nitty gritty (ie. Posts). I would like to see a re-design of the opening page to make it quicker & easier to see the latest posts. The advertising and selected photos could go at the bottom.

Just my opinon
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Railwaygun on January 12, 2015, 11:47:36 pm
the change to a new server has made the site faster and more reliable.

the review function for replies was always slow but now pops up quickly.

COngratulations ( and you can uncross your fingers and toes now)

Nick R
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bob Tidbury on January 13, 2015, 08:51:22 am
Just to keep Tank busy he said he would fix the problem of the adverts covering part of the calendar .

SORRY TANK  I know you are working hard only joking .

Bob
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Graham Walters on October 23, 2015, 11:14:12 am
Can we have a like system ?

Thanks is ok, but at times I need to "like" something, and a "thanks" doesn't sound right
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Sprintex on October 23, 2015, 12:02:33 pm
Been there before ;)

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16649.15 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16649.15)

Opinions ranged from "why copy other places like Facebook?" to "do we NEED more buttons?" among the less savoury suggestions. How exactly is "Like" any different from "Thank You", as in "thank you for posting something I like"? ???


Paul
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Bealman on October 23, 2015, 12:21:01 pm
Sorry to post straight after Sprintex,  but it is not a case of mods ganging up here, just coincidence  that I clocked onto the forum and found this.  :thumbsup:

Sprintex has a very valid point. If someone clicks "Thank you" then it means that the post was indeed "liked."

We often get queries as to how to do this and how to do that, and have even had complaints that things are too complicated.

Another click button makes things more complex, and as Sprintex says, surely if you click thank you, it means you like it.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: weave on October 23, 2015, 12:35:33 pm
Like it  :claphappy:

Could have run 100 meters in the time taken but hay ho.

Cheers Linford  :beers:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tdm on October 23, 2015, 01:42:23 pm
Things have changed just a little since I made post #202 earlier on this Thread.

The NGF is now the Forum I use (and like) more than any other, and the one that I click on each day I am at home.

I still stand by the comment I made in the last paragraph of post #202 though, but that withstanding I don't think much, if anything else needs to be changed, and it remains as friendly as ever, and I can't remember the last time a Moderator pulled me up for going "off topic".

One of these days I will get to meet up with another NGF member for the first time, if not in the U.K., then if any of you take a holiday in Tenerife please contact me if you would like to meet up for a pint and a chat, and I might even show you my layout (regardless of what state of change it is in!).

Regards

Terry
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Graham Walters on October 23, 2015, 01:58:05 pm
Been there before ;)

[url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16649.15[/url] ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16649.15[/url])

Opinions ranged from "why copy other places like Facebook?" to "do we NEED more buttons?" among the less savoury suggestions. How exactly is "Like" any different from "Thank You", as in "thank you for posting something I like"? ???


Paul


Your interpretation of "Thanks" is in due resepct wrong.

Thank you is used to appreciation for something or for a service, eg:

"I like your train",    the reply would be "Thanks"

You wouldn't say :

"I thanks your train"   reply "What the... ??? ???"

However if you were to give someone information by posting a link

The reply could be either "Thanks" or "Like"

If somone were to post a picture of a scratchbuilt building you wouldn't ( or shouldn't) say "thanks" but you would say that you "like" it.

Now on to Facebook, I'm not sure how old you are, but I can assure you that forums were around long before whassis name dreamed up Facebook, only then we called them a BBS, a bullettin board system, and we were using terms like "likes" long before he was old enough to sit in front of a keyboard.

On to the other point.

If people find buttons confusing it is because the GUI is wrong, either the wrong wording or wrong icon has been chosen for the given command.
I find the icons you use for images and attachments confusing, so I choose to enter the BBCode myself, ( theres a way back; BBCode ? as in Bulletin Board Code). I can appreciate that not every one knows BBcode, and that is why we now have a GUI, or Icons to click on.

Now gimme the button or the teddy bear gets it !  :bounce:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on October 23, 2015, 05:51:34 pm
I quite agree that they are two different things, and it's probably something that I'll look into in the future.  However, I do think that folk use the 'Thank You' as a 'Like'.

I also enter the BBCode, but I also just click the icons - usually depending on how easy it is to enter the code.  I don't see what's confusing about the icons? ???  They are what they are, click and it's there.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Graham Walters on October 23, 2015, 06:02:33 pm
I quite agree that they are two different things, and it's probably something that I'll look into in the future.  However, I do think that folk use the 'Thank You' as a 'Like'.

I also enter the BBCode, but I also just click the icons - usually depending on how easy it is to enter the code.  I don't see what's confusing about the icons? ???  They are what they are, click and it's there.

You have got to be kidding me Chris !

Both the Image Icon and the attachment Icon show pictures.

When you hover over the attachement Icon it says "Insert Picture"
When you hover over the image icon it says "Insert image"

Now pardon me for being pedantic, but what is the difference between a picture and an image ?

Ans .... Nothing

Now those two buttons are confusing.

The accepted Icon for an attachment is a paper clip, it's sort of universal in word processing or e-mail land.

On forums the generally accepted Icon is a film strip to denote "media" and the hover prompt is normally  "insert" or "upload" a media file.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tank on October 23, 2015, 06:27:36 pm
The attachment feature that you usually get with forums has always been disabled on this forum.  We prefer to use the 'Media' function as it stores all types of media in folders, so members can store their uploads in an organised manner, which you don't get with attachments, and why we don't use a paperclip.

As for the wordings, it was written by myself, and I didn't think much of the fact that I used two different words.  As you say though, they mean the same thing, so it can't be confusing, can it?  Maybe odd that I decided to use two words, but not confusing.

On forums the generally accepted Icon is a film strip to denote "media" and the hover prompt is normally  "insert" or "upload" a media file.

Good for them......!  ;) 
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Caz on October 23, 2015, 07:36:49 pm
The "Thank you" button works fine for me, if I like something I always say thank you, just seems natural and much more polite than a boring like.   :P
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Newportnobby on October 23, 2015, 09:27:27 pm
Unless I respond to a post with a reply, I use the 'Thank You' smiley to denote just that - 'Thank You' for your post. Ergo, 'like' doesn't really come into it for me.
Surely the 'thumbs up/down' could be used for 'liking/disliking' something?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: JasonBz on October 23, 2015, 09:35:21 pm
I use the Thank You icon as a Like (as well as as a thank you!) but it would be better if it was at the foot of the relevant post ;)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: R Marshall on October 23, 2015, 09:37:02 pm
I don't know whether this is relevant to the current theme on this topic, but I'd like to say that there are two things that make it really user friendly for me:

- It's N Gauge only, so it's all relevant, potentially;

- the site is laid out in a way that makes it easy to find what you're looking for.

All credit to the designer.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: N-Gauge-US on October 23, 2015, 10:01:12 pm
As a US based N Gauger, this site is my go to for everything n gauge and rail related. I can't tell you how happy it makes me or how much I enjoy just browsing through the posts. Everyone is wonderfully helpful and the layout is lovely. The ONLY thing I would want that I don't think is presently available is an app for the forum. I browse on my iPhone a great deal but don't like posting from the mobile format. I use the forum enough that I would love an app for it to streamline things like postings be reposting  pictures and the like. I right now use my laptop for SCARM and the forum and little else! Thanks again to everyone who has made this forum so great, especially Tank and the rest of the team!  :NGF:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on October 24, 2015, 05:59:00 pm
If a 'like' button could be added to the wish list then that would be great :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: MikeDunn on October 24, 2015, 10:10:09 pm
Why do people feel they have to make everything into a Farcebook clone  ???
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: MalcolmInN on October 24, 2015, 10:30:29 pm
I did not think anyone here was proposing a Facebook LikeIt system, that is a much more, umm,, intimate thing, almost as bad   involved as a marriage vow !

No, here I would like a "Like It" button, to signify a much less serious undertaking, a simple ack. that I liked something that someone said nothing more.
I usually want to do it when something has amused me but is not worth a post with a thumbs-up icon that only serves to clutter up a thread, especially as that 'something' is often off topic anyway, a witticism often.

I would, again usually, only use a "Thank You" for something that I thought especially helpful to the topic.

Ok, thats my -/3d worth for now :)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Graham Walters on October 24, 2015, 11:53:56 pm
Why do people feel they have to make everything into a Farcebook clone  ???


If you had read my post, you would know that forums were using a like system well before Facebook was thought of.

If anything, all Wassisname did was take all the good bits about BBS and Forums and turned it into one great big www.Talkaboutthingsyoudoeveryday.com (http://www.Talkaboutthingsyoudoeveryday.com), but that wasn't a catchy title, so he called it Facebook instead.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: MalcolmInN on October 25, 2015, 12:08:29 am
 :) :) :) :)
Consider your "LikeIt" button well pressed several times,
hope it dont itch too much


If you had read my post, [url=http://www.Talkaboutthingsyoudoeveryday.com]www.Talkaboutthingsyoudoeveryday.com[/url] ([url]http://www.Talkaboutthingsyoudoeveryday.com[/url])[/url], but that wasn't a catchy title, so he called it Facebook instead.

Ummm, I dont think that domain is yet extant, praps you should buy it,
and use it to advise TalkTalk peeps not to talk about their ancestry (maiden mums or aunts) and fav. names for cats on facebook et.al. thus aiding and abetting miscreants

did I really say maiden mums ?
that must have been VirginMedia ?

Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on October 25, 2015, 11:08:55 am
Why do people feel they have to make everything into a Farcebook clone  ???

Please explain the relevance of your comments  :thankyousign: and what is Farcebook ???
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Graham Walters on October 25, 2015, 11:32:34 am
WARNING  "Totally Off Topic" but relevant.

One of my colleagues we shall call "Duncan" ( real name), was convinced after some time to join Facebook and to take part in the banal and boring that goes on. It took some convincing, because like a lot of us he wasn't "into that sort of thing"

However he joined, he didn't type much, didn't like much, so it took more convincingto get him to post stuff, he had loads of friends and we had to convince him again to join in. I must state at this point that Duncan is a bit of an oddball, he see's life totally different to the rest of us.

His first offering was  ( and I've cleaned this up for a family forum)

Went to bathroom.

Very disappointed today, must be constipated, could muster anything.

Been to the bathroom again, sat there for 20mins, still nothing

Plus

Went to Asda, then proceeded to list everything he bought

Went to Cinema, then proceeded to relate the whole plot and the story, with spoilers !

this went on and on, until eventually we had all had a go at him.

His retort was, "you asked me to join"
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Tdm on October 25, 2015, 12:17:58 pm
With regards the numerous comments about Facebook - I personally dont use it and don't intend ever doing so - but my wife does, and it does have a certain relevance when you live abroad.

For example we have 5 grandchildren in the U.K. who we don't see as much of as we used to, and instead used to "Skype" with them which was never very reliable.

However as both my wife and the granchildren have I-pads we now use Facetime to see and talk to them, and the picture is far clearer, and the sound better than Skype, and is also far more reliable we have found.

My wife also uses Facebook to keep in touch with other relatives, so it does have it's uses.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on October 25, 2015, 12:28:10 pm
I can also never understand why some Facebook users need to tell everyone what they are doing.

Anyway, lets get back on topic - this discussion was never about Facebook, it was about a 'Like' button ;)

Tank has said he will look into it for the future so we will need to wait and see.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Mustermark on October 25, 2015, 01:19:54 pm
I honestly don't see the point in a like function when we already have the thank you. Sounds like unneceesary work. Surley the two serve much the same function... To register your appreciation of a post.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Caz on October 25, 2015, 04:14:49 pm
Totally agree Mark, thank you works fine in my book, likes are just throw away half hearted things on Facebook, a Thank You is so much better.   :)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Malc on October 25, 2015, 04:20:59 pm
When you "like" something in FB it reposts the thing you like to all your friends. Surely we don't want to go down that route?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on October 25, 2015, 04:43:28 pm
Please do not keep comparing us to Facebook, we are a forum - which is totally different :)

All that is being asked for is an additional button to 'like' a post - not a fully fledged 'friends' system.

I would like the opportunity to 'like' or 'favourite' a post that is about, for example, someone's model railway whilst also being able to 'thank' someone for a useful hint or tip. I certainly would never be half-hearted about liking a post on this forum.

Strong opinions both ways on this.

Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Sprintex on October 25, 2015, 05:43:49 pm
I would like the opportunity to 'like' or 'favourite' a post that is about, for example, someone's model railway whilst also being able to 'thank' someone for a useful hint or tip.

Still sounds like the same thing to me  ???


Paul
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: MikeDunn on October 25, 2015, 06:03:16 pm
I'm sadly surprised that we seem to have this "discussion" every 6 months ...

We already have a "friends" icon / tag type facility, we've been given the "@" tag, and now people are clamouring (again) for a "like" button ... instead of using the "thanks" button.

I'm with Sprintex - we have something that is used in this fashion, so why duplicate it ?  What's next ?  Adding in hash-tags ?   :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: port perran on October 25, 2015, 06:05:03 pm
I'm just bewildered by all of this !
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Agrippa on October 25, 2015, 06:35:53 pm
I'm just bewildered by all of this !

You, me and about a trillion other people......
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: port perran on October 25, 2015, 06:57:50 pm
I'm just bewildered by all of this !

You, me and about a trillion other people......
I'm glad it's not just me.
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Graham Walters on October 25, 2015, 07:05:02 pm
I'm just bewildered by all of this !

You, me and about a trillion other people......


I've told you a billion times not to exaggerate
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Pengi on October 25, 2015, 07:18:55 pm
I would like the opportunity to 'like' or 'favourite' a post that is about, for example, someone's model railway whilst also being able to 'thank' someone for a useful hint or tip.

Still sounds like the same thing to me  ???


Paul
:sorrysign: may sound like that to you but not to me - so we will beg to differ. Bit like Sciroccos and Sierras  :)  :laugh:



 
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: dannyboy on October 28, 2015, 03:45:15 am
I like saying "thank you"...................................
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: R Marshall on October 28, 2015, 03:50:48 pm
"Broadsword to Dannyboy"......

Sorry, couldn't help myself - great film though!
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: maridunian on November 03, 2015, 02:00:51 pm
This really is a great site - Thankyou admins!

On the subject of Thank Yous (a feature I LIKE), can they be added to the Response menu on the Mobile site please?

Thank you!

Mike
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: Sprintex on November 03, 2015, 08:19:37 pm
On the subject of Thank Yous (a feature I like), can they be added to the Response menu on the Mobile site please?

That would be very handy actually :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: LNER1949 on October 26, 2018, 11:48:33 am
This might be in the wrong page, Iím having trouble in trying to move a photo image from the Gallery to topic page, any help would be helpful please ?
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: dannyboy on October 26, 2018, 12:05:05 pm
If I remember correctly, click on the picture in the gallery. Towards the bottom of the page, you will see 'BB Code'. Copy that link and paste into your post. If I have got that wrong - sorry!

Just experimented - doing the above puts the actual photo' into the post.  :thumbsup:
@LNER1949 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=628)
Title: Re: Feedback about the forum
Post by: LNER1949 on October 26, 2018, 02:51:44 pm
Thanks will give it a go !