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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

Postby ThePowersThatBe » Tue Oct 25, 2016

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 This is important for security reasons and because the old version was no longer being updated.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 :thumbup:
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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

Postby Mechanic4hire3 » Tue Oct 25, 2016

Just wondering if it's because I'm on a Phone. But I do not see a person's feedback anywhere by their name or even in the block they have add posted?
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Mechanic4hire3 wrote:Just wondering if it's because I'm on a Phone. But I do not see a person's feedback anywhere by their name or even in the block they have add posted?

Yes, the smaller the screen, the more basic it gets. You can still click their name to see feedback. On medium and larger screens it looks like this:

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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

Postby Southpaw » Tue Oct 25, 2016

I noticed the dates on feedback changed. A feedback left on 10-22-16 now reads 22-10-16. Not a big deal just pointing out a change. Overall I really like the changes that have been made :thumbup:

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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

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Southpaw wrote:I noticed the dates on feedback changed. A feedback left on 10-22-16 now reads 22-10-16. Not a big deal just pointing out a change. Overall I really like the changes that have been made :thumbup:

Thanks, I will fix that.
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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

Postby deenz » Tue Oct 25, 2016

ThePowersThatBe wrote:
Southpaw wrote:I noticed the dates on feedback changed. A feedback left on 10-22-16 now reads 22-10-16. Not a big deal just pointing out a change. Overall I really like the changes that have been made :thumbup:

Thanks, I will fix that.

But it's the European format! Much less confusion with a 22-Oct-2016 format. ;)
It will take some getting used to, but I think the site looks great and can't wait to discover all of the extras (like the quick reply and quick links).
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Postby b4/Vj()z » Tue Oct 25, 2016

deenz wrote:But it's the European format!

We ain't in Yurp.
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Postby deenz » Tue Oct 25, 2016

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deenz wrote:But it's the European format!

We ain't in Yurp.
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We are required to date DD-MMM-YYYY for global regulatory reasons at work, so for the last 12+ years it's gotten to be a habit. :geek:
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Postby fredzoyt » Tue Oct 25, 2016

b4/Vj()z wrote:
deenz wrote:But it's the European format!

We ain't in Yurp.
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True, but if Hillary is elected we will feel like we're in Germany in 1936. :mrgreen:

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Postby pitw » Tue Oct 25, 2016

Hate change, hate emails and think I figured out how to kill all notifications. I won't post much for awhile as I ain't smart enough to figure out new. Won't be a supporter until I figure it out.

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Postby MrGaribaldi » Tue Oct 25, 2016

pitw wrote:Hate change, hate emails and think I figured out how to kill all notifications. I won't post much for awhile as I ain't smart enough to figure out new. Won't be a supporter until I figure it out.


In the upper right corner, click on the down arrow by your name.

Choose "User Control Panel"

Choose "Board Preferences"

Choose "Edit Notification Options"

Pick & Choose...

Click "Submit"

Miss something? Rinse and repeat.
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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

Postby bigjohn » Tue Oct 25, 2016

pitw wrote:Hate change, hate emails and think I figured out how to kill all notifications. I won't post much for awhile as I ain't smart enough to figure out new. Won't be a supporter until I figure it out.

Hope you change your mind. While a little different, the upgrade was required to keep the site functioning and to keep us secure and many months of work went into it. I am sure it also cost the owners some money, which they paid for users' benefit. I bet we will all get used to the slightly different format soon enough.
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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

Postby Verbane » Tue Oct 25, 2016

If I have email notification selected for a category, it won't save when I deselect the board notification box for the same category.
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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

Postby Mechanic4hire3 » Tue Oct 25, 2016

ThePowersThatBe wrote:
Mechanic4hire3 wrote:Just wondering if it's because I'm on a Phone. But I do not see a person's feedback anywhere by their name or even in the block they have add posted?

Yes, the smaller the screen, the more basic it gets. You can still click their name to see feedback. On medium and larger screens it looks like this:

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That's funny Powers That Be...
All I see on my screen is your name just like every one else's. It's just the name of the poster nothing else.
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Postby bigjohn » Tue Oct 25, 2016

M4H, try turning your screen to landscape. I have the same deal, FB doesn't show in portrait but does in landscape. This is by design to allow less clutter and more text on smaller screens
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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

Postby Mechanic4hire3 » Tue Oct 25, 2016

bigjohn wrote:M4H, try turning your screen to landscape. I have the same deal, FB doesn't show in portrait but does in landscape. This is by design to allow less clutter and more text on smaller screens

I guess I could Google it but I'll ask you first. Is that a BS setting of something in my phone's settings? Ty
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Postby bigjohn » Tue Oct 25, 2016

This has nothing to do with your phone setting. The larger the screen size the more options show up. The smaller the screen The fewer options show up, that's why you can't see some options and some buttons in the portrait mode as the screen is too narrow.
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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

Postby ThePowersThatBe » Tue Oct 25, 2016

Mechanic4hire3 wrote:
ThePowersThatBe wrote:
Mechanic4hire3 wrote:Just wondering if it's because I'm on a Phone. But I do not see a person's feedback anywhere by their name or even in the block they have add posted?

Yes, the smaller the screen, the more basic it gets. You can still click their name to see feedback. On medium and larger screens it looks like this:

profile.JPG

That's funny Powers That Be...
All I see on my screen is your name just like every one else's. It's just the name of the poster nothing else.
I'm on a Samsung galaxy 5
This is my screens shot
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I don't understand your post. I acknowledged that the feedback does not show up on a small screen, and said you can click on the user name to see it. Then you posted a screenshot of a phone screen in portrait and said it still doesn't show up. Correct, I just said it won't show up. My screenshot is "medium and larger screens."

Another member suggested you turn your phone sideways. If it's wide enough, more stuff will show up. That means physically turning your phone so you are looking at it in landscape instead of portrait. There's no setting to change (unless you have rotation locked on your phone), just turn it sideways. Depending on how big your phone is, the feedback might show up that way. I have a couple of phones to test things with but not all of the different phones, so I can't say exactly what it will look like on yours. We've already made customizations to make it look more like the old site and will continue to make adjustments based on this feedback, but some things will be different. The old site was running on a version of the forum software that was 4+ years old, which is a lifetime in web development.
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Re: Welcome to BS 3.1 - Questions/Comments Thread

Postby natsb88 » Tue Oct 25, 2016

Can't see feedback in the thread even with my Lumia sideways, but overall I find it much easier to navigate on my phone than the old site. No zooming or horizontal scrolling to deal with and the buttons and links are easier to click (without accidentally clicking the one next to it).

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