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post #271 of 546
Are you guys interested in a FAQ or "how-to" on the list of features included in this release? There seem to be a lot of people unfamiliar with things.
post #272 of 546
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Originally Posted by deadly7 View Post

Are you guys interested in a FAQ or "how-to" on the list of features included in this release? There seem to be a lot of people unfamiliar with things.

I've been thinking about that. I'll see what the developers can provide us. Obviously, the mod and admin tools are not of interest to most users, but I completely agree. There are lots of cool features on the forum, but no really consolidated place where you can learn about all of them.
post #273 of 546
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AH HA!

If you guys don't give me screen shots, etc... how the fuck am I supposed to get this fixed? C'mon guys, work with me. Things fall through the cracks.
post #274 of 546
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

You can go to your settings, and turn off the carousel, if you wish. That will bring stuff up above the fold.
We are using the featured section to highlight special "columns". Once the word press blog is in place, we will probably feature things, changing them frequently, as they crop up on the blog. The blog will have an automatic RSS feed into the appropriate forums, so that MC content will be integrated with, say, MC, while, at the same time, it is kept in a more easily navigated, and presented in a more attractive manner, should you decide to browse the blog itself. Lots of work, and some expense, but I hope that it will give high quality content like Jeffrey and Depos' "columns" a lot of exposure, while keeping the free rolling feel of the forum (i.e. the propensity for threaks) alive and well.
It's late. I hope that that made sense.
Cheers,
Fok.

Thanks, Fok. I want this to make sense. In what settings can I turn off the carousel? I can only find the settings where I make threads have more posts &/or change my shoe size. D.
post #275 of 546
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Thanks, Fok. I want this to make sense. In what settings can I turn off the carousel? I can only find the settings where I make threads have more posts &/or change my shoe size. D.

Hi,

Under "Account Details", it is under the category "Site preferences", which is above Forum preferences.

Tell me if you can't see that. I know that other users have done this, so it's not just an admin option. It will also speed up the site considerably. Combined with the performance enhancements you will see next week, you may actually end up with a better user experience in addition to seeing the recent activity more. Hope that helps.

Cheers,

Fok.
post #276 of 546
Thanks, Fok.

Now I found it. My Profile -> Edit Account Details --> etc. Still there's no new content above the fold, just a picture of I am guessing, Spoo, looking well-tailored, and my inbox which is not interesting. I have to scroll down to find threads.

It is easier to use subscriptions with this site, which I appreciate.

Another idea. On some sites now (Yahoo mail, I think maybe the Drudgereport, others for sure) I get ads from Lands' End, LL Bean, and Sierra Trading Post which feature some item that I have looked at recently -- and you know what I don't mind at all. For banking etc. I use Firefox and it does not save any information. For goofing off I use Chrome, and so I don't mind if Chrome accumulates cookies and flash cookies from those sites so that I see items I looked at, in ads. It would be cool if SF picked up such information, esp. from affiliates (the LE ads are for polos I buy for my kids), and displayed them.

I don't know if I get the Modern Tailor ad because I have posted in the Jantzen thread, but these days a $20 MTM grizzly-neck ad is not drawing me in. Why not have the ads be determined by subscriptions to threads, or to cookies collected when surfing affiliates. I would click through on LeatherSoul ads with pictures of new Alden offerings, etc., I would probably go look at something cool at Need Supply, etc., and since I've subscribed/contributed to the Alden thread, been to Need Supply's site recently, etc., you'd think it might be easy for the site to know that.

Dewey
post #277 of 546
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Thanks, Fok.
Now I found it. My Profile -> Edit Account Details --> etc. Still there's no new content above the fold, just a picture of I am guessing, Spoo, looking well-tailored, and my inbox which is not interesting. I have to scroll down to find threads.
It is easier to use subscriptions with this site, which I appreciate.
Another idea. On some sites now (Yahoo mail, I think maybe the Drudgereport, others for sure) I get ads from Lands' End, LL Bean, and Sierra Trading Post which feature some item that I have looked at recently -- and you know what I don't mind at all. For banking etc. I use Firefox and it does not save any information. For goofing off I use Chrome, and so I don't mind if Chrome accumulates cookies and flash cookies from those sites so that I see items I looked at, in ads. It would be cool if SF picked up such information, esp. from affiliates (the LE ads are for polos I buy for my kids), and displayed them.
I don't know if I get the Modern Tailor ad because I have posted in the Jantzen thread, but these days a $20 MTM grizzly-neck ad is not drawing me in. Why not have the ads be determined by subscriptions to threads, or to cookies collected when surfing affiliates. I would click through on LeatherSoul ads with pictures of new Alden offerings, etc., I would probably go look at something cool at Need Supply, etc., and since I've subscribed/contributed to the Alden thread, been to Need Supply's site recently, etc., you'd think it might be easy for the site to know that.
Dewey

All the ATF ads are house ads, because we don't necessarily like what we get from the ad networks. So, we have complete control over what goes there. The downside, of course, is that the ads are not as targeted as we'd like. The BTF ads are from ad networks, and you should same behaviour as you do on those other pro sites. Of course, sometimes you get crappy ads on Drudge, etc..., so that is the downside. We tried to use a balanced approach between manual control and automated targeting.

Cheers,

Fok.
post #278 of 546
Interesting stuff, Fok. Thanks for helping me out.
post #279 of 546
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

A lot of stuff, including that, will be addressed in the next release (scheduled for next Tuesday) I'm going to see if I can crib some notes for you guys.
Cheers,
Fok.

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"Add to reputation" is an unnecessary button when "Thumbs Up"ing a post. The majority of the time I've seen a post T'd up it's been commentless.
post #280 of 546
Can we finally get some common sense direction about which type of item goes in which subforum of FS? I'm looking for a Filson bag and they're littered across all three of them. Its frustrating.

Also, when you open a PM, it takes you to the original message. If you've been having a long conversation it takes forever to scroll to the bottom. Is there any way that clicking on the link could take you to the first unread message?
post #281 of 546
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Can we finally get some common sense direction about which type of item goes in which subforum of FS? I'm looking for a Filson bag and they're littered across all three of them. Its frustrating.
Also, when you open a PM, it takes you to the original message. If you've been having a long conversation it takes forever to scroll to the bottom. Is there any way that clicking on the link could take you to the first unread message?

We allow people to use their own judgement re. where things go. MC and SW&D are pretty arbitrary distinctions already, and we don't want to impose additional structure where we don't need to. FWIW, you can look at all Filson from the main B&S page, without subsetting.

Re. the PM, I'll take a look, though the threaded conversations is a big improvement on our old VB system, and we are putting a lot of smaller projects on hold in order to push out a few big changes, mobile, and performance enhancements

Cheers,

Fok.
post #282 of 546
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

We allow people to use their own judgement re. where things go. MC and SW&D are pretty arbitrary distinctions already, and we don't want to impose additional structure where we don't need to. FWIW, you can look at all Filson from the main B&S page, without subsetting.
Re. the PM, I'll take a look, though the threaded conversations is a big improvement on our old VB system, and we are putting a lot of smaller projects on hold in order to push out a few big changes, mobile, and performance enhancements
Cheers,
Fok.

I know we've had this discussion before Fok, but adding a bit more in the way of organization, doesn't turn you into the selling gestapo. If you just say - ok, all bags, luggage, briefcases, etc, will go in FS:Other from now on, what's the harm in that? Same thing with sunglasses, perfumes, etc, all of which I've seen spread across the other areas.

Yes, the threaded system is great, but if you consistently have to scroll down each message every time you get a new one, it does get somewhat annoying. A button like the "first unread" to the left of the posts, or to have it do that automatically when you click the PM message, would be time consuming and helpful.
post #283 of 546
Are these things hard to fix? I'm still waiting and these are really basic functional and useful things

- ability to turn off sig when replying (as needed)
- choosing font colors for the responses

also useful, maybe not as easy to do:
- putting 'new posts' on teh main header
- having the 'my posts' actually correspond with the same 'all posts' under the profile, instead of just a list of threads where others have replied (eg I've posted somewhere in the WAYW but because it keeps getting updated it's always at the top of 'my posts')
post #284 of 546

Just throwing this out there, I'm sure it's WAY WAY harder then it seems, but right click on misspelled words to select the correct word like gmail, microsoft office, etc

post #285 of 546
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Just throwing this out there, I'm sure it's WAY WAY harder then it seems, but right click on misspelled words to select the correct word like gmail, microsoft office, etc

Both Chrome and Firefox have that functionality built in
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