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02 Apr 2012
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Hello Community!

 

As some of you may have already noticed, the forums have had a redesign at thread level.  There are several new features for you to try out...

 

Print Button

 

You now have the ability to click the 'Printer' button which will launch a printer friendly version of the forums, ideal for those trophy guides or technical support walkthroughs.

 

Community Team Highlighted

 

Posts from members of the community team are now surrounded by a blue border making them easier to distinguish.

 

Hover Over functionality on Avatars/ID

 

Hovering your mouse over a users avatar/ID on the forums will bring up an information box about that user with details about their last posts, post count, rank, signature and post count.

 

Facebook/Twitter social media buttons

 

You now have the option to share posts from the forums on either Facebook or Twitter by simply clicking the relevant button at the bottom of each post.

 

A New Solution section on the right-hand side

 

To better highlight technical solutions

 

 

Any feedback you have regarding the changes, pop it in this thread!

 

Many thanks,

 

Vissy.

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I realise a lot of meetings, planning and other stuff probably go into these changes but I'm rather amazed someone didn't say

 

'Nah, it'll look far too squashed up if we do that''

 

at any point during those stages.



that one guy with sense was probably on a quick toilet break.

 

"can we get a show of hands, anyone who objects to this new squished look we are going for? anybody? just one objection and we'll rethink the whole approach. nothing? ok, push the update button vissy"

 

*toilet flushing sounds*

 

"hey guys what did i miss?"

 

"nothing really"

 

"ah ok cool thats grand i thought i mi......OH GOOD GOD WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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fski wrote:

I realise a lot of meetings, planning and other stuff probably go into these changes but I'm rather amazed someone didn't say

 

'Nah, it'll look far too squashed up if we do that''

 

at any point during those stages.


 

It'll all make more sense further down the line, we have a roadmap in progress to bring new features to the forums, the 2 column design is something we had to incorporate early on to allow future updates.

 

Obviously I cannot divulge what these might be as things might change due to technical/logistical reasons.

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I'll get used to it I suppose vizzeh *shrugs*

 

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hey guys, why not trim a few pixels off the left and right side divs where theres nothing but blue (the yellow highlight) and add that space to the width of the forum posts themselves (the red bit).

 

this means we'll get more posting space yet the announcements new space wont be affected.

 

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Envisager wrote:

It'll all make more sense further down the line, we have a roadmap in progress to bring new features to the forums, the 2 column design is something we had to incorporate early on to allow future updates.

 

Obviously I cannot divulge what these might be as things might change due to technical/logistical reasons.



Reading between the lines here... The 'squashed look' is here to stay? 

 

Whilst I understand the aim of trying to be more appealing and useful to new users, who have perhaps stumbled upon the forums after Googling a problem - it is useless making it easy for new users if all the frequent contributers (who bring the new users here and answer their problems) are driven away. 

 

It probably is a great design for purpose of improving the experience of new users. They probably just read the original post, and then there is a lot more useful information just to the right for them to access. However, for frequent users, this small change at the top of the page, has extremely annoying impacts further down the page (where most of their time is spent).

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A few thoughts:

- I like the new Escape Plan banner: embedding videos doesn't quite look right at the top of the page.
- Post counts/rank/registration date coming back? It was nice being able to see them alongside posts.
- Possibly it'll look different with the new content to the side, but the size and position of the thread at the bottom of the page (i.e. when there's the blue gap) is kinda strange.
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Has any body got An IPAD with the Zoom to focus enabled in safari and got it to work.

I tryed a Android tablet before and its zoom to focus feature failed to work. 

Web kit browsers are supposed to come with this as standard on mobiles.

So they just crop the right side off and dont render it untill you scroll accross to read it.

Can't do that on PC. have to render the hole page.

This site seams now to be built for mobiles so they don't have to re zoom now . 

 

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I don't like it. But I'm sure I'll get used to it.
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Has everyone else noticed that the new message width is just ever so slightly too narrow for the standard signature size as evidenced by official PSN 'Portable ID's?

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Just a bug here only noticed it in the home GD board hover over a topic and the lil box will flash all the way down the screen

on google chrome btw
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Just a bug here only noticed it in the home GD board hover over a topic and the lil box will flash all the way down the screen

on google chrome btw

Had the same bug. Battlefield board. I'm also on Chrome. 

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I don't mind it. I'll like it better if/when the right side bar is given a bit more use.
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Just a bug here only noticed it in the home GD board hover over a topic and the lil box will flash all the way down the screen

on google chrome btw

 

This has been raised with the web team who are looking into a fix.

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The forum looks kinda nicer on my iPad now.
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The forum looks kinda nicer on my iPad now.

 

But what percentage of the time do you go on the forums with your iPad?

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Most people with iPads use them more than their laptops from past experience. It sucks when you try and send them screenshots on msn. I use it on iPod more than PC
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Strangesam wrote:

Dannehkins wrote:
The forum looks kinda nicer on my iPad now.

 

But what percentage of the time do you go on the forums with your iPad?


It was all I every used to read these forums. 100% of the time the when I "borrowed" the IPAD, Shame the stock levels got to low.

When I had My Ipod touch It was just so quick and easy to browse the forums and websites any were with wifi.   

Still miss Touch screen Keyboard as its was much more reactive than this physical Keyboard now.  

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GraphiteGB wrote:

Strangesam wrote:

Dannehkins wrote:
The forum looks kinda nicer on my iPad now.

 

But what percentage of the time do you go on the forums with your iPad?


It was all I every used to read these forums. 100% of the time the when I "borrowed" the IPAD, Shame the stock levels got to low.

When I had My Ipod touch It was just so quick and easy to browse the forums and websites any were with wifi.   

Still miss Touch screen Keyboard as its was much more reactive than this physical Keyboard now.  


 

WOW!

 

I never thought people used their iPad's that much to go on the forums :).

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POSSIBLE BUG

 

well i've just read every post in this thread - (phew!) & it appears nobody has the same issue as me.

 

i use the ps3 browser & since the forum format change, the L1 (backpage) button on my dualshock often has no effect. sometimes it works fine, sometimes it takes 5 or more presses to work.

i've done some troubleshooting (visiting other websites, gaming etc) & the controller is fine.

 

once it is working, it will continue to do so (repeatedly pressing L1 has the desired effect) however after navigating a page and/or altering the zoom, i'm back with the same issue.

 

not a big problem, just thought a moderator might like to know

 

 

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I like the old layout better. But I don't mind the new layout to be honest.
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gymno74 wrote:

POSSIBLE BUG

 

well i've just read every post in this thread - (phew!) & it appears nobody has the same issue as me.

 

i use the ps3 browser & since the forum format change, the L1 (backpage) button on my dualshock often has no effect. sometimes it works fine, sometimes it takes 5 or more presses to work.

i've done some troubleshooting (visiting other websites, gaming etc) & the controller is fine.

 

once it is working, it will continue to do so (repeatedly pressing L1 has the desired effect) however after navigating a page and/or altering the zoom, i'm back with the same issue.

 

not a big problem, just thought a moderator might like to know

 

 


That sounds like a bug with the PS3 browser, or that the PS3 is taking a while to reload the previous page rather than a bug. The pages on here are quite large and generally not the optimal format for the PS3 browser.

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