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Thoughts on New Forum Layout?

Discussion in 'Announcements and Such' started by KeyFin, Nov 19, 2016.

Do You Prefer the New Forum Over the Old One?

  1. Heck yea, this new forum is awesome!

    16 vote(s)
    64.0%
  2. Heck no, the old forum was way better!

    9 vote(s)
    36.0%
  1. KeyFin

    KeyFin Well-Known Member

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    I know it's hard to be overly optimistic about anything brand spanking new when we've all used the previous forum, but I was curious what everyone's first impressions were. Personally, I felt the old forum was a lot better but it looks like the tech team is still activating features and such to get us back up to speed.
     
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  2. Boik14

    Boik14 Admin Club Member Retired Administrator

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    There's a lot of layers to this that people need to know that even I didn't know til 3PMI mentioned it to us. Part of the reason for the change was that the old forum software which was a decade old. In tech years that's like a century. That's relevant for forum features, security, and the amount if people we can have on at once. I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago and trust me, no likes change less then me, but we gotta do what we gotta to keep the board functional. Some of the plug-ins that were missing will be working soon if they aren't already.
     
  3. SICK

    SICK Lounge Moderator

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    I voted heck yeah cause there was no middle of the road option. Its pretty, but seems a bit "animated" if I can figure a word to use. It will grow on me im sure. Nice work everyone.
     
  4. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I'm a bit irritated, not gonna lie. I kept using my quick link from the frequently visited sites list in firefox, and I've been getting a 404 not found error all weekend. Come to find out, that's because that link doesn't work anymore and the forum has been back here all along!

    :lol: Stupid me I guess! haha

    As for the new layout, will take a while to get used to from a visual standpoint, but it looks good! Nice job guys.
     
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  5. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Now does uh... anyone know what happened to my sig pic? lol
     
  6. Rick 1966

    Rick 1966 Professional Hipshooter

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    Honestly, it looks horrible just aesthetically. Looks cheap and garish.
     
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  7. Muck

    Muck Throwback Uniform Crusader Retired Administrator

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    I can honestly say without bias, I love the new look. Especially on mobile. My first reaction was "wow, awesome".

    I know 3pmi is also working on new theme choices that will hopefully give everyone an option they like.

    Looks aside, you guys have no idea how much of a leap forward the site just received from the change in forum software. The difference is night and day in every aspect (speed, support, security, features, development and more). This is a bright, bright day for the site.
     
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  8. Stringer Bell

    Stringer Bell Post Hard, Post Often Club Member

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    Looks great!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
  9. Ronnie Bass

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    Digging it
     
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  10. 3Pmi

    3Pmi IT Specialist Staff Member Administrator

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    Signatures are a bit of a mess for some folks at the moment, admittedly. It's near the top of the list of things to fix. The old forum software allowed a tag called [sigpic] that the new does not. Just need to search for all of those instances and replace them with a normal image link.
     
  11. 3Pmi

    3Pmi IT Specialist Staff Member Administrator

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    That wasn't you. I missed a redirect for the lowest level path folks likely had bookmarked, which is directly to the forum.php of the old site. That was pointed out to me a bit ago and is fixed now. If anyone else notices any broken links, please let me know.
     
  12. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    That's the one I was using. lol It's no big deal, I was only poking fun at the fact I thought this place was dead, when all along everyone was here lol
     
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  13. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Is that something I can do on my own? I see where I can change my avatar, but not signature anywhere?
     
  14. 3Pmi

    3Pmi IT Specialist Staff Member Administrator

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    If you click on your avatar/username up in the top right (in the navigation bar) you should have all of your options and things you can configure. Signature should be 2nd one down on the left.

    Can also go here: https://thephins.com/account/signature
     
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  15. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    When I do that, signature is not there in the list. When I click on the link, I get an error about not having the permissions to view that page, or perform that action.
     
  16. 3Pmi

    3Pmi IT Specialist Staff Member Administrator

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    Ahh... missed a radio button. Try now.
     
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  17. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    It's there now! Problem solved! Thanks!
     
  18. Aqua4Ever04

    Aqua4Ever04 Write Travis Write Club Member

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    When I try to access the club level, it only shows threads I've started. Is that a problem just I'm having or is that site wide?

    EDIT:

    Count me in the crowd that hates the upgrade. It tells me the club level is private now and when I click on subscribe it brings me to an error.
     
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  19. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Theres some issues going on right now.

    I just posted something in the Club... it cut off part of the post.

    Tried to edit it... says its posted, but it just... does nothing.

    Deleted it. Tried to re-post the whole thing (had it copied and pasted). I put it into the box... hit post reply. It just sits there... does nothing.

    I just posted, and edited this with no problem though.

    Trav... I suggest being patient... they probably have to just change your permissions. There were a few minor issues, they'll get it fixed up im sure
     
  20. Muck

    Muck Throwback Uniform Crusader Retired Administrator

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    "Have I ever let us down? How far have you come because of me? I will bring us through this. As always, I will carry you, kicking and screaming. And in the end, you will thank me."

    [​IMG]
     
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  21. Jt0323

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    I am a graphic design stickler. IMO this is the best looking Miami Dolphin fan site out there.
     
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  22. Ohiophinphan

    Ohiophinphan Chaplain Staff Member Luxury Box

    I liked it from the gitgo but as I use it, I find it easier to navigate and more intuitive, less work. Way to go
     
  23. jdallen1222

    jdallen1222 He can smell your fear

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    I'm not liking it, but maybe I should reserve judgement until the entire new process has been implemented. Seems to be a work in progress and stuff appears to be missing. Time stamps are an issue at the moment it seems.
     
  24. Aqua4Ever04

    Aqua4Ever04 Write Travis Write Club Member

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    All good now. Sorry, guys! You can't take away this forum after the 5th game of a 5 game winning streak and expect me to be okay with it! :lol:
     
  25. Samphin

    Samphin Κακό σκυλί ψόφο δεν έχει

    I like the new design. I think it probably looks much better on mobile platforms, as well.

    Are there plans, with the new software, to expand the offerings of content here? Or will it remain a dedicated message board? Just curious.
     
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  26. jdallen1222

    jdallen1222 He can smell your fear

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    I heard there was gonna be a gladiator ring installed, will replace the POFO.
     
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  27. MikeHoncho

    MikeHoncho -=| Censored |=- Club Member

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    A+
     
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  28. mor911

    mor911 pooping

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    i think i liked the old way better. I probably just need to get used to it.
     
  29. jdallen1222

    jdallen1222 He can smell your fear

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    I feel that way too, but I'm liking it the more I use it. Its growing on me.
     
  30. Jt0323

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    Everything here seems so much faster and smoother!
     
  31. Onehondo

    Onehondo Senior Member Club Member

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    Disappointed because I really liked the old format but I will get used to it.
     
  32. Aqua4Ever04

    Aqua4Ever04 Write Travis Write Club Member

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    Yeah after a few days I'm a much bigger fan of the old look. It was cleaner, easier to read.
     
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  33. cuchulainn

    cuchulainn Táin Bó Cúailnge Club Member

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    Agreed... forums are template based. Not a fan of this default template and the limited functionality of this new forum.

    Old one was easier to read and to interact with. Made much better use of screen space and was much more intuitive. vBulletin is an Internet standard. No idea what this software is but it's not impressive. The admin should have been able to upgrade the infrastructure and the software without something this drastically different or invasive and provided a test case before implementing would have been nice. Feels like a Wordpress or Drupal site.

    Looking forward to improvements asap.
     
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  34. jdallen1222

    jdallen1222 He can smell your fear

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    I think this new one, while more improvement are needed, is more functional. The notifications work(stopped working on the old one), and thread subscriptions work(also stopped working on the old one). But I prefer the layout of the old version.
     
  35. 3Pmi

    3Pmi IT Specialist Staff Member Administrator

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    There are lots of things we can do now that we couldn't before, but we don't have anything set in stone at this point.

    Priority one is to work out all the issues from the migration, then work on some more themes. After that, we'll look at adding new features.
     
  36. 3Pmi

    3Pmi IT Specialist Staff Member Administrator

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    I'll just leave this here for any vbulletin fans:
    https://www.avforums.com/threads/vbulletin-is-dying-no-vbulletin-is-dead.1793735/
     
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  37. OkiePhin

    OkiePhin Well-Known Member

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    Dont like it but I'm a creature of habit. I dont care about flashy things or all the options. I mean it's just a message board. Im sure Ill get used to it in time. I have yet to check it out on my mobile. Still gettingThis site can’t be reached in chrome and just figured out I had to use firefox to get here tonight. I thought the site was down this whole time so I'm a bit annoyed.
     
  38. Boik14

    Boik14 Admin Club Member Retired Administrator

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    Try clearing the cache on chrome.
     

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