dae2dae wrote:do you have to resubscribe to threads?
No, that carried over.
Mechanic4hire3 wrote:Cant see who posted last in a thread. Also the quick click buttons on my left are no longer there. Like the gold ,silver buy section...
The sidebar did not disappear. If you are on a phone (or maybe a very small tablet) it will jump to the bottom instead of the side. That way you get the full width of the screen for reading posts / viewing pictures / typing messages. Previously you had to pinch and zoom and scroll around to see everything. The responsive format is intended to make the important content easy to access no matter what your screen size, and de-clutter smaller screens.
It is true that small screens will not show who posted last in a thread. In testing that was not a frequently used feature. One thing it did hide on small screens that we knew was important was the PM button, so we added a fixed PM button in the upper right corner of posts. As we get more feedback we can make more adjustments. Keep in mind that we are working with a software package here. We didn't design it, but we can customize it (to an extent).
The color scheme can definitely be tweaked. Many of the cosmetics can. Our priorities were:
#1. Get the site updated to the current branch of the forum software. This is important for security reasons and because the old version was no longer being updated. As server-side things like PHP and SQL continue to be updated but the forum software is not, things tend to break.
#2. Replicate as many features of the former site as we could. The feedback system was the biggest hurdle. There are big architectural differences between 3.0 and 3.1, so none of the modifications/customizations from 3.0 carry over to 3.1. This was a problem, as the author of the feedback system had abandoned development and had no plans to make a new version for 3.1. BS has over 60,000 feedback entries and Realcent over 17,000. It took a few months of communicating with the author in Italy, testing and feedback, and donations from Realcent and Bullionstacker to get a feedback system built for 3.1. The sidebar is also a custom feature, as is moving the profiles to the left of posts when the default position is on the right. We really did work to make the new site as familiar as we could. It is a different template/style system and responsive, so it's just not going to look exactly the same as the previous site.
#3. Minimize downtime. Bullionstacker was only down for 1.5 hours to make all this happen. We built a test site and worked with it for months to get things figured out, had users test it, took notes, prepared files, diagnosed problems, and did everything we could to make the transition quickly and ensure data integrity. I am quite pleased with how the transition went, and we'll work to address the complaints