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post #76 of 96
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Originally Posted by montecristo#4 View Post


Are you referring to the 15% drop in traffic over the last 7 days?

Also page views down 33%, page views/user down 25%, bounce % up 17%,... frown.gif
post #77 of 96
^ likely because the site was just down for over 24 hours
post #78 of 96
I'm sure I have absolutely no pull, or substantial impact in the day-to-day operations of Styleforum - but would at least like to weigh in.

Rather than create a new thread echoing a chrous, I figure I'd drop my 2 cents here, just hoping it doesn't go unheard.

When I heard about the new layout/ aesthetic coming to the forum I wasn't particularly excited but decided to remain optimistic. Also, I made a conscious decision to evaluate it patiently and objectively.

After about a week or so, I can wholeheartedly say the revamp is terrible. The screen is messy, the new features are largely unnecessary, visually it's an eye sore, it's slow and the search function is absolutely terrible.

I viewed StyleForum almost as an encyclopedia, with a large archive on content that could be perused at any time. I would, in turn, search the forum often, and found myself more interested in re-reading old threads than keeping up with new posts on a daily basis. The search function went from easy to use and highly accurate (think Google) to one that almost seems like a random crap shoot. Not only the accuracy, but the results themselves are in poor form - as I can't seem to narrow it down to a specific post within a thread (while retaining a threadview). On a 600 or more post thread this can be quite tedious and frankly, a waste of time. That's IF I even get the results I'm looking for - most of the time now it's not even close.

I NEVER had this issue before, search results were always concise, fast and easy to sift through. You've essentially taken away the efficiency, accuracy and visual appeal while adding zero redeeming qualities.

As much as I appreciate the effort and time of this site's owners and administrators - I simply won't continue using it if remains in this current mess. I could certainly see some tweaks and spam protection, but in a nutshell - the new layout took a great thing and ruined it.

Can you please, for the love of god, add some kind of "Classic" option that at least remotely resembles the old forum. If not, traffic will continue to surge downward and longtime users will frequent new digs. The internet gives us a bevy of options - I'd hate to replace StyleForum but am leaning in that direction.
post #79 of 96
I support a "pay to remove ads" option.
post #80 of 96
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I support a "pay to remove ads" option.

Lol, use adblock and remove them free
post #81 of 96
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Originally Posted by Stylin247 View Post


Lol, use adblock and remove them free

This. Sorry Mods.
post #82 of 96
To be honest, it doesn't look as bad once you get to the bottom posts which are not as peppered with ads. The posts then begin to fill up the whole width of the page, and are more readable. Still, the ample white space makes it hard to browse.
post #83 of 96
the new classified system sucks too. one post at a time? this whole forum is slowly becoming a nightmare. I used to actually like it here vs superfuture, but because of all this change this is beginning to suck.
post #84 of 96
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Originally Posted by montecristo#4 View Post


I'm running at 1680x1050 right now and I can see 2.5 posts.

I am not bullshitting.
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Originally Posted by Mr.Pinchy View Post

To be honest, it doesn't look as bad once you get to the bottom posts which are not as peppered with ads. The posts then begin to fill up the whole width of the page, and are more readable. Still, the ample white space makes it hard to browse.

My screen is 1920x1200. If I want to use the full width of the screen, I see 2 posts on one screen. I can see more if I zoom out but that defeat the purpose of having a big screen.
post #85 of 96
i just read this thread and my eyes are killing me. i liked the duller blue background of the old forum.
post #86 of 96
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Originally Posted by Stylin247 View Post



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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I support a "pay to remove ads" option.



Lol, use adblock and remove them free


I used the no script add-on for mozilla and it screwed up my search capabilities on the classifieds...when i would scroll to an article type it wouldnt do anything.

 

 

post #87 of 96
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Originally Posted by JG000 View Post

I'm sure I have absolutely no pull, or substantial impact in the day-to-day operations of Styleforum - but would at least like to weigh in.

Rather than create a new thread echoing a chrous, I figure I'd drop my 2 cents here, just hoping it doesn't go unheard.

When I heard about the new layout/ aesthetic coming to the forum I wasn't particularly excited but decided to remain optimistic. Also, I made a conscious decision to evaluate it patiently and objectively.

After about a week or so, I can wholeheartedly say the revamp is terrible. The screen is messy, the new features are largely unnecessary, visually it's an eye sore, it's slow and the search function is absolutely terrible.

I viewed StyleForum almost as an encyclopedia, with a large archive on content that could be perused at any time. I would, in turn, search the forum often, and found myself more interested in re-reading old threads than keeping up with new posts on a daily basis. The search function went from easy to use and highly accurate (think Google) to one that almost seems like a random crap shoot. Not only the accuracy, but the results themselves are in poor form - as I can't seem to narrow it down to a specific post within a thread (while retaining a threadview). On a 600 or more post thread this can be quite tedious and frankly, a waste of time. That's IF I even get the results I'm looking for - most of the time now it's not even close.

I NEVER had this issue before, search results were always concise, fast and easy to sift through. You've essentially taken away the efficiency, accuracy and visual appeal while adding zero redeeming qualities.

As much as I appreciate the effort and time of this site's owners and administrators - I simply won't continue using it if remains in this current mess. I could certainly see some tweaks and spam protection, but in a nutshell - the new layout took a great thing and ruined it.

Can you please, for the love of god, add some kind of "Classic" option that at least remotely resembles the old forum. If not, traffic will continue to surge downward and longtime users will frequent new digs. The internet gives us a bevy of options - I'd hate to replace StyleForum but am leaning in that direction.

 

This.

 

 


 

 

 

post #88 of 96
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by eztantz View Post




I used the no script add-on for mozilla and it screwed up my search capabilities on the classifieds...when i would scroll to an article type it wouldnt do anything.

 

 


use adblock+
post #89 of 96
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Originally Posted by Stylin247 View Post

use adblock+
YOu can, but I would recommend against this. J and I tried a lot of different configurations, and adblock made everything slower on Firefox. I would advise against anyone using noscript unless you are pretty familiar with it, as you will screw up a lot of things, and not just on this site. While it's definitely not a permanent solution, and we are working hard on this, the site seems to work lightning fast on Chrome, even on j's crappy old computer.
post #90 of 96
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

YOu can, but I would recommend against this. J and I tried a lot of different configurations, and adblock made everything slower on Firefox. I would advise against anyone using noscript unless you are pretty familiar with it, as you will screw up a lot of things, and not just on this site. While it's definitely not a permanent solution, and we are working hard on this, the site seems to work lightning fast on Chrome, even on j's crappy old computer.

To clarify a little, I'm not positive that Adblock will screw up your browsing at all, but it did seem to be slowing down my browser while it would be waiting for a script to load that would be blocked, and I am guessing that locked it up.

If Adblock works for you, please, by all means, use it. If someone wants to create some sort of Adblock filter or whatever (I'm not a power user of it obviously) that speeds up the forum for people, I will happily post it for people to use. Our goal is to have you happily use the forum to discuss clothes and stuff, not to force you to look at ads or wait for scripts that screw up your experience and piss you off.
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