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post #31 of 286
J and LAGuy: you guys are awesome. Thanks for making SF a great community!
post #32 of 286
Thank you, guys!
post #33 of 286
people should be able to delete any posts in their B&S pages (Moderate their buy and sell pages)
post #34 of 286
Originally Posted by j View Post
Hey everyone,

You've heard us blab and promise on and on for a long time about the "new system", "that is something we are working on for the new system", blah blah blah. Well, I'm happy to announce that the time is near that we will actually be up and running on it. We have been working with our partners at Huddler for almost a year now to figure out what we, and you the users, want from a new system, and we are currently doing some of the final tweaking to the system before we convert the current database over to it. We are still tentative in case of late bugs, but it is seeming pretty solid to launch in July sometime.

About 75 members have been helping us try out the new system, find bugs and suggest improvements. I'd like to thank all of them for all their help, it is truly invaluable to the process. We will soon be inviting another ~100 members to the "sandbox" to help try out the updated version with the improved Buying and Selling system, one of the more advanced ones we've seen, and with improvements slated for the post-launch future.

There are a lot of new features that will enhance, modernize and improve the forum itself, and broaden the scope of what users can do on, and get from, the site.

1. The new Buying and Selling system that will be more attractive and easier to use, for buyers and for sellers. For example, you will be able to list and sort by categories, upload pictures directly from your home computer, view items in a variety of different ways (by newest listings, by most recent comments, etc...) The new system should largely take care of the bumping problem, though of course, we will need to monitor and tweak it for quite a while before we can settle into a totally steady system, and we may need to invent or modify rules as we see how people use the system.

2. Some new user groups, including some members who will have special spam flagging privileges, some who will be able to moderate their own threads in specific subforums - so that there can be some really focused threads without our having to sacrifice the overal freewheeling feel of the forum as a whole, something we think is one of the great strengths of this community.

3. Infrastructure to provide support for members who want to meet IRL (yeah, it does happen) including helping organizers get venues for events, arrange for sponsors to provide food and drinks, etc...

4. A product review system. We will start out with a product feed from a bunch of online retailers (currently those with the best organized feeds), but the system will also allow members to add products to the system so we can create a database of any SF-approved item anyone can think of (or rate down True Religions and KC shoes, if that's how you want to spend your time).

5. Tagging is back, much improved, and integrated through all parts of the forum/site to help find and organize the content you want more efficiently.

6. The PM system is much improved, with threaded conversations more like private forum threads, and larger mailboxes so you can spend less time dealing with your inbox space and more time conversing/gossiping/plotting.

7. Overall faster site - the Mantonian lag monster we have been dealing with seemingly forever will finally be vanquished by more efficient software running on much more powerful hardware.

8. Affiliate mini-site pages, where our affiliates can have a base of operations to maintain contact with customers and maintain a presence on the forum. Affiliate members have always been some of our best resources for product and industry information and this gives them a little more of a home on the forum, integrated with the discussion and reviews, etc.

8. More of what you love from SF, but better. That has been our objective for the entire year-plus we've been working on this.

We'd love to hear any input you have. The system will not be "finished" at launch - or ever, for that matter - just ready for public consumption. There will be room for improvement and some things are already planned and in process for the farther future, so please feel free to suggest any improvements you would like to see. We will answer questions here with the help of the new team members and the Sandbox Gang.

We hope you enjoy the next generation of Styleforum.

J & Fok

I hope it includes a feature for sorting by size something like the one at 'Fit is King'.
post #35 of 286
Great news! Excellent content plus new platform = Awesome....
post #36 of 286
Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post
J and LAGuy: you guys are awesome. Thanks for making SF a great community!

post #37 of 286
Originally Posted by mktitsworth View Post
Thanks for the intel. Looking forward to it.

post #38 of 286
Thanks Fella's
post #39 of 286
These are some seriously impressive goals, guys. I look forward to the "finished product" -- and whatever bugcrushing might ensue immediately upon release.

I trust you won't be nuking the existing archive of posts. There's a wealth of information there which is well indexed on Google et al... a huge traffic source for you... even if people starting new threads on old topics suggests the search function isn't being used to cruise archived posts as often as one might like.

post #40 of 286
Another thank you for doing all this, guys.
post #41 of 286
thanks, J! we really apprectiate it
post #42 of 286
Not to be a hater or anything, but my old addiction prior to style forums, head-fi ( switched over to huddler and it became totally crappy. My understanding is that huddler took over head-fi and now manages its sponsorships and gets a cut of that income. It also promises to do SEM/SEO and drive traffic up and profits up. I could be wrong and I don't know that that's the case here. They brought in a lot of low quality sponsors which weren't on board before and there was an influx of really terrible posters that before would have been moderated out, but huddler moderators/admins were significantly more lenient with who they'd get rid of and would fight moderating decisions by original moderators. People hate the lay out (I don't know if huddler is responsible for this or this was the collaborative elements from head-fi's end). They also hated the interface as it was clunky and non-intuitive. Check out and compare it to vbulletin though. The search functionality became worse as is still is to this day as far as I know. Also other things happened like old ip bans weren't translated. The html for old posts weren't converted properly so finding them became difficult. Also several other nice moderating widgets that were built for vbulletin were not available in huddler. Many moderators simply gave up and quit. Anyway, some and perhaps all of these problems have since been fixed. And some complaints may simply be resistance to change, but yeah I leave you with this I guess. Moderators/Admins feel free to delete my post if you think I'm spreading any misinformation.: This video:
post #43 of 286
You're welcome to complain in this thread as well, but we have had a large number of people on the test forum, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly good. We studied the forums that they had converted, and we were very careful to get what we wanted. Moderators will be chosen by us, and by us only (me and j), and they will moderate according to our rules, which will not change. The Huddler will have no hand in that whatsoever. We have full editorial control as well in a rock solid contract with the company. This will include veto powers over any ads. Actually, we were told that there have never been as many redlines in the contract as we put in and ultimately, got. This included a stipulation that the Huddler to build us a custom Buying&Selling platform. We were approached by a number of groups and individuals, and ultimately, went with the Huddler platform because we think that they will be the best fit for us. You may like the layout or dislike it, but as a relative luddite, (and j will testify that I can't do shit on the backend, nor do I use all the VB utilities) I find the PM system and the navigation a lot nicer on the Huddler platform. Ultimately, though, like j said, what we will be releasing shortly will not be a finished product, because we are not going to stop making improvements to the forum. We've put in years of work to make this place the way it is, and like we have said many times before, our goal is to keep this place the same, but make it better. Please feel free to PM either j or me with any concerns, or send email to us at Cheers, Fok.
post #44 of 286
Cool. I hope the new Thread Sheriff idea works out. I'd heard that it'd be about a month before the next rapture. It sort of feels like the month before Christmas: when do we get the new toys?
post #45 of 286
well this will be interesting. Looking forward to the new site.
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