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Title: Forum Changes?
Post by: Jon898 on April 25, 2021, 07:58:58 PM
Just noticed a couple of things:

1.  Unread posts are now marked with a "new" in blue instead of red.

and

2.  The "send email invitation" link has disappeared or been replaced with "Send Key".

Were these intentional?  Incidentally, #1 doesn't bother me and #2 I like as it stops me inadvertently clicking on the staff list in the Home button drop-down when I go to log out.

Jon
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: dannyboy on April 25, 2021, 08:26:53 PM

1.  Unread posts are now marked with a "new" in blue instead of red.


I am not sure if the size has altered, but the new blue does not seem to stand out as much as the old red.  ???

Addit: And all the sub-boards are called 'Child boards'.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: Newportnobby on April 25, 2021, 08:29:38 PM
Seeing as I use the 'Show all unread posts', all posts then listed are new to me.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: port perran on April 25, 2021, 09:23:55 PM
Seeing as I use the 'Show all unread posts', all posts then listed are new to me.
Same here but at leat I now know that they are new  :doh: I think.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: njee20 on April 25, 2021, 10:19:57 PM
Same, which makes the blue more obvious. I find it marginally more visually appealing, although I preferred to old font (awaits to be told itís the same font!).
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: emjaybee on April 26, 2021, 08:22:48 AM
I don't mind the new 'New' tag, although it's irrelevant to me as I only click 'See All Unread Posts'.

But...

...I really DON'T like the 'Child'  boards. I suspect that someone's getting carried away and thinking in I.T. language.

If we were an I.T. forum, then great, but it it just looks stupid here.

Can we have it back to Sub-Boards please. It makes a lot more sense and is more appropriate for this forum.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: Fardap on April 26, 2021, 08:54:44 AM
Although renaming some to Childish boards may be appropriate  :D

I like the look of the new colour 'New' - as others though I look at unread so they are all new anyway.

It may be these are not changes made but changes brought about by a newer forum version so may not be options that someone has selected necessarily...
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: Jim Easterbrook on April 26, 2021, 08:59:12 AM
Am I the only one who clicks on "New" to jump to the first unread message in a thread? (And who finds the active area of the "New" link to be smaller than the apparent size of the button, so often clicks in the wrong place.)

I prefer the old colour, by the way.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: Fardap on April 26, 2021, 09:13:53 AM
 ;D I didn't know you could - I always click on the last post button far right
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: dannyboy on April 26, 2021, 09:35:11 AM
Am I the only one who clicks on "New" to jump to the first unread message in a thread?

No.

(And who finds the active area of the "New" link to be smaller than the apparent size of the button, so often clicks in the wrong place.)

Me.

I prefer the old colour, by the way.

Me too.
Or, to put it another way, I totally agree with Jim.  :)
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: REGP on April 26, 2021, 10:22:32 AM
Another change Iíve noted is it used to say Níporium and not Classified in the menu bar (waits for someone to say it changed back a long time ago).

Ray
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: Newportnobby on April 26, 2021, 10:30:02 AM
We've asked @Tank (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2) to investigate what has prompted these new changes, especially the 'Child Boards' which, IMHO, needs amending asap. I've no idea why the 'N'Porium' has changed as I thought that was quite a trick title for it ???
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: dannyboy on April 26, 2021, 10:57:37 AM
Had an idea about the 'Child Boards' - the sub board is an 'off spring' of the 'parent' board. Just a thought.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: emjaybee on April 26, 2021, 11:43:47 AM
I hadn't spotted the 'Classifieds' bit.

That's a shame, N'porium was very apt and clever I thought.

 :(
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: Fardap on April 26, 2021, 12:12:40 PM
Am I the only one who clicks on "New" to jump to the first unread message in a thread?

I do now though! What a thing now I don't go to last post and scroll up!!   :thankyousign:


Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: Yet_Another on April 26, 2021, 12:34:12 PM
Am I the only one who clicks on "New" to jump to the first unread message in a thread? (And who finds the active area of the "New" link to be smaller than the apparent size of the button, so often clicks in the wrong place.)

I prefer the old colour, by the way.
No, you're not, that's how I use the forum. I'm finding the new ďnewĒ harder to distinguish from the general forum style. The orange/red flag used to stand out quite clearly, and the blue doesn't.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: ntpntpntp on April 26, 2021, 12:48:51 PM
I've always used "Unread posts since last visit" followed by the New button on threads I want to catch up on.

I think I preferred the old orange/red New button, I don't find the blue version so easy to read but I know what it is so doesn't matter.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: chrism on April 26, 2021, 12:58:46 PM
I think I preferred the old orange/red New button, I don't find the blue version so easy to read but I know what it is so doesn't matter.

I preferred the orange button too - but I'm not bothered if the blue one is harder to read. Once I'd realised that it was the same thing as before I  just hit the button anyway.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: Tank on April 26, 2021, 02:47:41 PM
N'porium button fixed.  Finding out about the other bits.  I'm at work, so having to fit it in when I can....  As well as find out what's happened.  I have an idea.  Certainly the forum hasn't been compromised in any way, so have no fear.  :)
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: Tank on April 26, 2021, 02:51:09 PM
All fixed now.  Phew!    ;D  A setting was changed for the forum's Language.  It upsets some customised settings on the forum.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: emjaybee on April 26, 2021, 02:52:21 PM
Hussah!

I blame those pesky Commies.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: dannyboy on April 26, 2021, 02:59:51 PM
A setting was changed for the forum's Language.

Some members speak double Dutch anyway so they would have been okay.  ;)
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: emjaybee on April 26, 2021, 03:09:16 PM
A setting was changed for the forum's Language.

Some members speak double Dutch anyway so they would have been okay.  ;)

Well, that explains why I can't understand 'alf of 'em.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: east anglian on April 29, 2021, 09:55:51 AM
Cant    you   make   it   easyer   to   post   pics
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: Tank on April 29, 2021, 10:17:58 AM
I'm afraid not.  This is all that is available at present.  As I've said before, I'm waiting on a new major update to be approved by Simple Machines Forums, and then hopefully there will be a better gallery.  Though, it's not that hard to insert an image to a post.  Just go to write a post, click 'Add image to post and upload to gallery', choose 'Random Pictures', choose which picture, hit Add Picture.

If you want to add a photo to your own album, then that's a little trickier.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: GrahamB on April 29, 2021, 01:28:52 PM
Cant    you   make   it   easyer   to   post   pics
I was about to ask the same. I need at least one bottle of wine before I attempt to post pics in my albums and by then I've forgotten what I wanted to post.

Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: ntpntpntp on April 29, 2021, 01:56:59 PM
Cant    you   make   it   easyer   to   post   pics

Never ever had a problem.  It works perfectly fine using "Add image to post and upload to gallery" and either add a random photo or add to your own gallery.   

I agree it's a little different to the way other forums handle it and therefore newbies sometimes seem to fall foul of it until they're shown how.  Many seem to try to use "Attachments and other options" as that's what you do on most other forums, and end up adding PDFs of their photos.

I do sometimes add photos directly from my user gallery itself.   I'm always using the gallery to find stuff I've uploaded before, to include in new posts and replies and save uploading a duplicate.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: njee20 on April 29, 2021, 02:05:20 PM
Same as Nick, it tends to rotate photos I post from my phone, but otherwise it works pretty faultlessly.
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: east anglian on April 29, 2021, 04:33:05 PM
What    is   a   PDF
Title: Re: Forum Changes?
Post by: ntpntpntp on April 29, 2021, 04:48:34 PM
What    is   a   PDF
Portable Document Format - a file which can contain rich text, images, all sorts of stuff. Popular in the days when people used various different word processor applications with differing formats.  Originally intended as a read-only format I think.   Usually formatted into pages as they would be printed.  So like a Word Processor document but can be read on different software platforms using a PDF reader and without needing to own MS Word, Office or whatever. 

The "Attachments and other options" function on here seems to be limited to PDFs, I guess it's to allow someone to attach documents, instruction sheets and other useful stuff like that.   

Unfortunately when newbies first want to add photos they notice the Attachments option, discover it only works for PDF and convert their photos to PDF files in order to upload something.
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