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THAT's WHAT IS MISSING NOW!  You can't see who started a topic! Oh gosh!  I miss that feature.  That's why I feel out of sorts here!

 

Maybe we should all have our own personal symbols when typing the topic so we'll know who started the topic....like this:

"☻Monkeydog Fever takes over Tripawds"

 

A black smiley face for Monkeybutt-bunny Vampire Pirate posts!!!

 

Here's a cached version of the old forums if anyone else wants a walk down memory lane.

 

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She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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16 March 2012 - 9:55 pm
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Now that you mention it... I miss that too!

It was nice to know who started the topic. I also miss the little icon that let you know that you had commented. I have such a bad memory now, it was handy to see at a glance the ones that I had/hadn't commented on. Is there a way to tell if you already commented or not and I'm just missing it?

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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17 March 2012 - 7:53 am
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good points made by both of you!!  if i know who started the string, it helps to get an idea if there's a related topic or if this is a recurring 'whatever' or such...and i know i've said it in another topic, but the buttons on the right of the topic don't clear for me when i've read a topic...even if i say mark all as read, they don't always go away...but then, no tools either, so..i better just be glad i can still type.....

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I'll try to address these since I've been working my way through the new layout too.

RE: Seeing Who Started a Topic

From both the Forum View and the Topic View, you can see who started a topic. The only place you can't see the first post author is from the "unread" and "recently updated topics" list atop the Main Forums page. 

RE: Which Posts I've Commented/Read

Abby, you can see which topics you've read and/or commented on by holding down the "New/Recently Updated Posts" pull down menu to the top right of your Forums.

Maybe we should all have our own personal symbols when typing the topic so we'll know who started the topic….like this:

"☻

Please refrain from doing this. Not all browsers support these symbols and they can also break the RSS feeds.

I know these changes have taken some getting used to, but they had to be made for the greater good. For example:

  • Have you experienced an "unable to connect" error message lately?
  • Have any of your posts disappeared after you replied?

Please tell us if you have experienced these former issues in a new topic, because we haven't had them since the change. The Forums now run smoother and better than ever and our site has not crashed once.

We do want to hear your feedback so we can pass it along to the Simple Press Forums folks, but please keep in mind that a lot of these changes and your suggestions are beyond our control. The developers must make them, not us. 

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How rude of me...I also want to add that we really appreciate your patience during the learning curve, I know that change doesn't come easy. THANK YOU.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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18 March 2012 - 1:37 pm
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Please refrain from doing this. Not all browsers support these symbols and they can also break the RSS feeds.

Gotcha! 

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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18 March 2012 - 3:18 pm
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I am not on here near as much as I should be... but I agree with GeLena on her comment, who posted? ALSO, where are the little red flags we used to have... what happened?

 

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the monkeydogs only THINK they have invaded the tripawd state

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P.S - how do you "watch" a topic?

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Cooper said
...where are the little red flags we used to have... what happened?

The notification flags you refer to are still visible within the Quicklinks menu above which will show you your personal most recent 20 New/Recently Updated Topics. The  "# topics with unread posts" icon will also expand a list of your most recent topics with unread posts.

what happened?

We have recently undergone a major upgrade to these forums to address server performance issues, which is our top concern. Complete details can be found in the forums upgrade announcement.

how do you "watch" a topic?

To further reduce the number of database queries each time a page loads here, user Watches are no longer available. Topic Subscriptions were used much more frequently so we have kept that functionality. We considered keeping Watches and asked for feedback a few weeks prior to the upgrade. Since we received none, Watches went away. We may consider reinstating them if enough members request it, but so far you are the first to notice. 

Hope this answers your questions. Good to hear from you and thanks for the feedback!

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27 March 2012 - 12:32 am
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I just snooped the net to see what the feedback was on the new Simple Press 5.0 upgrade - it seems to be very necessary rewrite but it seems they removed features that some aren't happy about and of course, added some. 

So, if they, by chance are asking for feedback - can you let them know that not seeing who started a post from the front page is a major inconvenience to the end user?  The reason:  you are constantly clicking back in to the topic because if most are like me, I can't remember everyone's title and so I click in and out constantly wondering if I read it and/or posted to it.   Not to offend anyone but with topic titles like, "I have a question" and "quick question" - those phrases run together in my mind and I can't keep track of who wrote it.  Before when I could see the poster, it rang a bell and I knew what the post was.

Also, not seeing how many posts have been made on a topic from the front page isn't an inconvenience but it sure is short changing the original poster who may have updated with additional information.  I don't know about anyone else, but if I saw that many more posts were made, then I knew to click back in and read since something may have been updated.  Now, I have no idea and I just move on since I already posted.  The new gizmo telling you how many new posts there have been to a topic doesn't seem to be consistant after logging in and out.  I don't even look at it anymore.  

I don't want to be person to always complain about stuff but i don't think the developers thought about the end-user and concentrated on it being feature-rich and the tech specs to make it run better.   Nothing new since developers tend to do this. 

The features missing that I just mentioned made the forums a social site  because we know each other by user names and can identify each other at a glance.  Without identification of each other it's a 4-1-1 only site and we can only indentify a topic by its title. And if the title is of no interest (like a tripawd party not in your area) or vague - users aren't going to click and out to read it because they flat out don't have the time to devote. 

An information only forum is good which I know that's what this is mostly but that's not what made the site enjoyable. 

Just my thoughts.

 

  

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She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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27 March 2012 - 9:20 am
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I hate to be a complainer too, but I have the same issues. It was nice to see at a glance who started the post and how many posts there were. That's a lotta info in one quick glance that makes the site more user friendly.

If there's an opportunity to provide feedback to the developers, I think those are some things that should be pointed out to them.

Also, i don't know if this is a bug in the programming or what, but the indication as to which posts are new almost never works correctly for me. For instance, just now I had not been on the site since last night but it only showed 2 topics with new posts. There were actually more like 7. I always have to take a look myself now and try to remember which I've seen and which I haven't, because that feature isn't working right for me. Am I the only one having this problem?

Hopefully the developers are realizing this still needs some tweaks??

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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27 March 2012 - 10:13 am
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Thank you for the continued feedback. Please know that we are in close communication with the plugin developers on a practically daily basis, and do pass along all concerns. In fact, a certain user by the name of Jim has been one of the top 5 posters in the Simple:Press support forum for the past few years...

As Jerry stated before, performance was the top priority during the latest upgrade. And reducing database queries has been most efficient in improving page load times and functionality. We're not making excuses, just pointing out the reason certain data is no longer available. We will see what it might take to get it back, and what impact it may have on site overhead, and then consider implementing it.

Regarding "which posts are new" never working correctly, please provide some more detail so we can try to replicate the issue. Are you speaking of the list of recent topics with unread posts on the Forums home page? Do you mean the "New/Recently Updated Topics" in the QuickLinks menu at the top? Or are you referring to your personal list of topics with unread posts that pops up from the icon below the QuickLinks menu?

As you can see we provide various ways to alert members of topics with unread posts. But the count only pertains to topics, not the number of individual posts. So while there may only be 2 topics highlighted, there could clearly be 7 unread posts.

Yet other option for keeping up to date on forum activity is to subscribe to all forums vis RSS. Every user has a unique feedkey which will ensure their RSS reader is populated with topics specific to them.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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UPDATE: Just a little clarification about topics with unread posts from the powers that be...

The 'new posts' list is calculated on each page load, technically its unread posts since your last visit…  after a period of inactivity, you will time out and the last visit time gets updated…  so the post may not be new since that last time visit…

we have looked at multiple ways of trying to make it a true unread type thing but all just grind the system to a halt because you have to store and load a lot of db information…

Hope this helps. We'll report back as we look into this further.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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Thanks Jim!  I'm sure you are working on it and passing on our complaints as users!   Plus, you are an end-user too!  So, hold their feet to the fire!   

I have to admit, I thought it rather sucked that you have to pay to see the Simple Press forum!  With a major upgrade, the service should be be free temporarily. (but that's just my opinion) Admittedly, I have a bit of an angst against developers that roll out products that don't function properly.  It's been my personal war for many years as a website owner.  So, I might be more sensitive.way-confused

BTW-

Something that doesn't take a programmer to see that doesn't work - is the user post count at the bottom of the template.  It's not dynamic anymore.  We all have more posts than what is being shown at the bottom of the page. It's not a major deal.  But it doesn't work.

 

   

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She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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if you're making a list of 'dont like's'...i don't like that now we don't have our locations shown with our avatar photos.  used to be, it said ET gayle was from Knoxville, TN, no more...it's nice to see, especially if folks are from the UK or australia, or whatever, where they are living. 

i agree with ge'lena and jackie that it's too challenging to figure out what's been read or not read; who initiated a topic; etc...if it's not user friendly, then the users, don't.  hope they can make some changes...  thanks for your ear (and the toolset stopped working, but whatever).

 

charon

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends

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