navigating the new Forum

my first question (possible more to come)

how do you clear the PM counter?

I see if I open each old PM the counter sometimes counts down, but I would think there is a single click options somewhere

comment.   making a post also took some time, don't know if I could do it again

 

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Joe

I'm not aware of a "PM counter". 

Composing a post (Social Strata calls them topics) will become easier and faster with familiarity. It is no more difficult to learn to use the new software than it was to become familiar with the old software when you first became a member.

There are a lot more options and choices now, ways to search for new content etc. But you don't have to use them. You can choose to just use the basics, and my goal has been that the basics will mimic the previous forums as much as possible.

Did you use the big green button?

Hi George -

I think I may have the same problem as JFB.  I show that I have 1 new PM or Message in my inbox all the time.  My username (upper right) has a big red 1 in is, but I don't have any unread messages in my inbox. 

It's been going on since Monday.  A minor thing, but....

Rocky

 

I am also alerted of new "content" each time I log on. But when I view that new content by going to my "alerts" the big red dot with a number inside disappears.

I have reduced the number of alerts I am receiving by going to my "personal settings" and "notifications" and checking or unchecking the appropriate boxes.

That's all I know on the subject for now. I am on the same learning curve as the rest of you. Don't be afraid to explore.

my alert big red dot shows 28.   then when I expand its column, it has the same red dot at PMs.   I went through an opened all old PMs that I have available

I think I have lost older PMs as I can only see 20 from first of this year.

But my red dot stays at 28

the alert red dot does count down and goes away as I look at the new post it shows

If you go to the top Navigation bar, on the far right, where your member name is displayed, hover the cursor there. A drop-down menu appears, click on private messages. That opens up your private message page, and "should" clear the alert. If it doesn't let me know.

Administrators are not provided tools for manipulating the HOOP.LA software responsiveness to screen size.

However, my "unskilled" HTML is in the header of every page. I'll ask if it could possibly impact your concerns. If so I'll let you & everyone know.

Steve we appreciate the input you've provided, its helping us iron out the problems. Dave says he's not having anymore issues on his phone, which is an Android. So we need to attack this from a different direction.  Along that line, we would like a bit more input from you. We have 3 questions for now:

(1) Can you please tell us exactly which URL is the page that is giving you a problem?

(2) Which iphone are you using, including which IOS version (Safari?).

(3) Are all other pages fine for you?

Thanks

-G

I thought I'd try and having similar issue on an iPhone 6S (IOS 11.4.1) , the pantera.infopop.cc forums page loads but no access to the sidebar for topics, if I turn the phone in landscape it is there I can click 'All Topics' and when that loads portrait view is okay.

As Joules said iPhone 6s. IOS 12.0 I believe. All pages do not allow dragging and moving the page around in portrait mode and only scroll up and down. They do not show the recent topics in portrait mode. Only in landscape is recent topics exposed. 

Steve

 I am sure I am like many  of the members in that I often keep up to date on this and other sources of information by using my cell phone.  In fact, last week I was at SEMA and my cell phone was my only viewing choice. 

 I have been playing with this new layout for the last few days and find it far from being intuitive to this non-digital native. Usually I do quite well with my online experiences but this new look is  just not working for me. 

 I just now found this experience to be additionally frustrating when I find multiple features are now visible in landscape mode that I never could view in portrait mode?????

 I am thinking I will put this forum  on a back burner for a week or three in hopes that some of the concerns and suggestions made by the members can be implemented and perhaps allow a more user-friendly layout to be established.   

Best wishes, but other than the frustration of picture size limitations with the old forum, I had no complaints with the old lay out.

As is often said-

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Larry 

even on a laptop, running firefox, I have felt lost.

the top thing that maybe is the confussion for me is the author of a post is not in the message block.  The author's location also helps me remember who is who.

and the current visitors being little circles instead of words

Julian, Steve, and Chuck

Thanks for the additional input, it is of course the type of input we need it we're to resolve the issues. The goal of course is for the forums to work trouble free.

Joe I plan to work on the "look" of the posts, specifically the transparent background where the poster's name is located. I think it should be solid.

I like having the poster's location too, I haven't run across anyway to change that, I'll ask at the appropriate time. I don't want to distract Dave while he works on the iPhone "responsiveness" issue.

  

What do you think of this change in the art work (grey background)? I just figured-out how to do this this evening.

Please express your likes & dislikes, yeahs and nays, thumbs up or thumbs down.

If you like it in general, we can work from here.

There is currently some text that is DARK BLUE, they are links. I thought the color may help some folks find links, navigate, etc. Unfortunately this made the links in the header & footer blue as well. I'm hoping there is HTML code I can insert into the header & footer to make the links white again. But I'm waiting to see what the overall reception from you folks is like before I go further.

Julian, the pagination is now visible at the bottom of the pages.

aaa_Jag_Forum_LookI like your new color scheme better, and I like / appreciate the blue for the links. 

Personally, I would like:

1.  Less Line spacing in the posts.  One carriage return moves the next line down really far.  Note my numbering here.

2.  Smaller text

3.  Use the inch of margin on the left to put the username & info.  Expand the inch of margin on the right.

Less gap between posts.

4.  Something like this site (https://www.jaguarforum.com) IMHO maximizes space, and is pleasing on the eye...  You can't read it as well here, because the picture is compressed, (It's showing the entire width of my monitor in about 66% of the space here).

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It is not intuitive, I tried to eliminate getting an email every time someone posts to a thread I posted on and also need to uncheck the little 'follow' button to the lower left of the reply box!

joules posted:

It is not intuitive, I tried to eliminate getting an email every time someone posts to a thread I posted on and also need to uncheck the little 'follow' button to the lower left of the reply box!

Under personal settings are two boxes:

(1) Follow content when you create new content
(2) Follow content when you comment/reply.

Those are obviously global settings that shall be applied to everything you post. You are correct that the "posting" box also has a box you can check which gives you a choice to follow or "un-follow" a specific thread or post. That box is not "automatically" checked unless one or both of the global boxes have been checked.

In your case it seems it would be best for you to "uncheck" the global settings, allowing yourself to follow only those posts you decide to follow, which you can then select to follow on an individual basis.

The software of the new platform is neither easier nor more difficult to learn to use than the software of the old platform was. Its not even all that different, there's just many more features, and many more choices. And with those features and choices comes the necessity to learn to manage them, which is as simple as checking a box or two, or clicking a link.  Julian I have confidence you'll learn to use the new software quickly, just as you learned to use the old software, and once you do the exasperation you feel now will disappear.


Thanks George and yes it is me learning my way around, albeit I unchecked those boxes a some days ago and still get email notification of each post on a thread I have posted on.

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