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post #16 of 48
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Originally Posted by tradernick View Post

I decided to stop sending you guys PMs about glitches, just because I thought you had enough larger scale issues on your hands. I did feel that the new B & S rules weren't going to work out perfectly but other than that, I always felt like the biggest problem with the new site is that things just aren't working properly, and that it's the execution of the new vision that's the problem more than the vision itself . Do you want us to hold off sending PMs about glitches or do you want us to send them in? I had thought that 90% of them would have been known to you but they are persistent.

We know about a lot of the problems, but not all of them. If there are little glitches, please hold off for the time being. Our top priorities right now are load speeds and fixing B&S, and that takes up a lot of time. We know all about the first. About the second, in addition to changes in the rules, etc... if there seem to be actual bugs in the system, or gross programming gaffes, please to report them. We probably know about them already, and are actively working on them, but maybe you've caught something new. Thanks.
post #17 of 48
I am only just now logging in to the new SF. I do not recognize anything.
There was something like 'my control panel' or 'my forums' button that would list all forums I subscribed to with new posts after my most recent visit.

Also, I had set a setting to show most recent posts on top. that setting is lost.

As others not, the new layout is spaced out and see fewer posts per computer screen (13" laptop).

The pageloading is still fast though.
post #18 of 48
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Originally Posted by wj2009 View Post

Move the info under the avatar to the side of it and use smaller font will help reduce empty space. Right now, a 2-liner post still takes up too much empty space.

yes, this is a very good idea.
post #19 of 48
Guys,

I'm sure you're already aware of this, but the "Category" dropdown box in the Men's Classified section no longer works after your recent fixes. The site in general is a lot easier to read following implementation of the changes on 22/7, so thanks for your efforts. Screenshot of the error below:

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post #20 of 48
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Originally Posted by LS7 View Post

Guys,
I'm sure you're already aware of this, but the "Category" dropdown box in the Men's Classified section no longer works after your recent fixes. The site in general is a lot easier to read following implementation of the changes on 22/7, so thanks for your efforts. Screenshot of the error below:

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Arghhhhhhhhhh:fu: I've sent in a report to get this fixed.

Cheers,

Fok.
post #21 of 48
Been away for a while. I'm mostly B&S. Kind of a shock. Adjusted in about 10 minutes. Much easier to get around. Love that can search categories and not have to plow through a bunch of stuff I am not interested in.
Problem is when I click on a listing within category, and then hit back button, it takes me out of category and back to general sales, so I have to start all over again.
Great job, Thanks, Looking forward to exploring all the other forum categories.
post #22 of 48
Sticky for PSA thread in SW&D doesn't point to the actual thread.
post #23 of 48
I'm getting (daily?) updates from Styleforum Subscriptions in my personal email. They all appear to be the same, and I can't see that they tell me anything. What are they? Can you stop them?
Edited by romafan - 7/28/11 at 12:53pm
post #24 of 48
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Originally Posted by romafan View Post

I'm getting (daily?) updates from Styleforum Subscriptions in my personal email. They all appear to be the same, and I can't see that they tell me anything. What are they? Can you stop them?

You can. Go to your user preferences and go to your subscriptions and change your options.

Cheers,

Fok.
post #25 of 48
I haven't really been following the discussions concerning the new system, so apologies in advance if my comments recapitulate what has already been said.

I understand and appreciate the fact that StyleForum is an affiliate-supported website, but all that click-through traffic comes here primarily for the StyleForum community of posters. Experienced, knowledgable posters- the ones who make the website "sticky" in the first place- contribute mostly for their own leisure, and are the ones most likely to have the amount of time they choose to spend with the forum influenced by those intangibiles of look-and-feel. (People who are in a panic becaue they don't know what to wear to their interview tomorrow will manage to find their way here even if the forum were designed with rainbow gradient horizontal rules, a starry-sky background pattern, and Geocities circa-1998 animated gifs of burning torches.)

With the right sidebar as it currently is, the website is visually fatiguing. It's like the visual equivalent of a CD with overbearing, aurally fatiguing compression; the listener might not be consciously aware that anything is wrong, and they may think the music is great, but for reasons they may not even be conscious of, they just find themselves reaching for the CD less and less.

It is difficult for me to focus on the text with all those multicolored graphics in the sidebar in my peripheral vision. By the time a user gets to a thread view page, they have already seen the sidebar on the forum view page and on the subforum view page, so why would they need to see it a third time, especially when it's crowding valuable screen real estate? (Unless the sidebar is appropriate, like in B&S.) It seems to me that most of the click-through traffic you'd get from those affiliate ads would be from lurkers or Junior Members anyway. More experienced members are already familiar with the affiliates and already know what their options are. If you don't remove the sidebar entirely in thread view, or move it back to the top, perhaps you can make it disableable under "Account Details" for Senior Members. What are the chances I'll use the affiliate links if I just want to make Kyle-has-one-nut joaks in DT, or call people socialist nazis in CE? (Hell, a 100 post count is required for CE, so if they haven't visted the affiliates already, they're probably not ever going to.)

The avatars are too small. Honestly, I felt the avatars were too small even at 120x120 px. The smaller the avatars, the more a forum feels like the product of some roll-your-own-ersatz-webforum site like Yuku or Yahoo groups. Avatars are a way for posters to express their personalities and interests, they're part of that one-of-a-kind community experience that a user can't find anywhere else. At their current size of 80x80 px, they can be almost twice as large and not require any additional horizontal space to be added to the leftmost column.

If people feel there is too much vertical space being taken up by the information in the leftmost column, the blank space between join-date and location can be eliminated, username and custom title can be reduced in font size, and the online/offline graphic can be reduced in size. (Additional look-and-feel complaint: username and title should be moved back on top of the avatar, and username should be bolded, as in the previous system. There's too much undifferentiated information crammed together in one place as it is.) Try to avoid using slightly-different sizes of the same typeface in close proximity, like those between the custom title, online/offline indication, and postcount/joindate/location. Additional vertical space can be relaimed by allowing the leftside information to overlap the red post-time row, as well as the flag/like/quote row.

There's too much leading in the text on both the forum view and thread view pages, and it appears too "light on the page". Subtracting a pixel or two from the leading would improve readability.

Also, I don't know if this has been mentioned, but there seems to be a bug where, whenever a post containing a linked video is quoted, non-quoted text is subsumed into the quote field.

Thanks for listening,
Taggy-Poo
Edited by tagutcow - 7/29/11 at 12:03am
post #26 of 48
^I am a senior member and I have bought through the links on the side. I figure SF/Huddler might get a cut when I buy through the MT link.
It does takes up a lot of room and has made the site very slow for me, but it is likely the only way Huddler makes money off SF. I am certain the mods would remove or alter it if they could. They have been asked quite a lot.

I don't understand the point of the "Reviews" section, nothing I would consider buying has ever come up. SF/Huddler would do better putting some more ads or just remove it and speed up the site.
post #27 of 48
I just noticed that the reviews are not random. It looks like the 5 most recent reviews are shown.
Maybe that could be tailored to the user. Maybe a MC reviews section?
post #28 of 48
Any chance the "Clear" button for posts and PMs could be made smaller?

Or the "Send" button for PMs made red like the reply "Submit" button?

I know it's stupid and I'm sure it might just be me; but I've written PMs and hit Clear instead of send....... baldy[1].gif
post #29 of 48
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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post

I just noticed that the reviews are not random. It looks like the 5 most recent reviews are shown.
Maybe that could be tailored to the user. Maybe a MC reviews section?

They are tailored. Unfortunately, MC vendors tend to be less tech savvy than SW&D vendors, so slower to get their products up to be reviewed (as opposed to Epaulet, who did about 200 products in a couple of days.) There are also very few MC style stores with good product feed. We are working on this, but we really do need cooperation as well. I will be emailing all of our MC affiliates today to ask them about putting their products into our feed (we don't have the manpower to do it all ourselves).
post #30 of 48
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

They are tailored. Unfortunately, MC vendors tend to be less tech savvy than SW&D vendors, so slower to get their products up to be reviewed (as opposed to Epaulet, who did about 200 products in a couple of days.) There are also very few MC style stores with good product feed. We are working on this, but we really do need cooperation as well. I will be emailing all of our MC affiliates today to ask them about putting their products into our feed (we don't have the manpower to do it all ourselves).

Why don't you make a thread asking for SF members to help expedite the process. I'm sure there are enough people here who would be willing to lend a hand to get these products into the system if you gave them some direction or teamed them up with an affiliate.

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