Good to see you guys and thanks for your comments. Drinks are on me😊
In that case I'll take five of your finest foaming flagons of ale, stout yeoman of the bar! 🍺
With pleasure SM. With pleasure.
another factor is the changeover to the new Vanilla forum software in March. I personally think the new software is great and the site has never looked better but I know it takes time for people to get used to something new. Some members have possibly been put off by getting used to the new forum features.
I've seen people say exactly this, they're frustrated because they cant find the emojis, or edit quotes.
I dont really understand, because "the other place" uses the same template and remains popular. Yet they didn't do all the slick customisations sico did: we have the more complex search tool, we can see the page numbers for each thread before opening the thread, and threads are organised into categories by default. Plus we have the more tasteful colour scheme.
The new format took some getting used to and to be honest, I still am to a certain extent. But it is a better format than the other places IMHO.
Regarding the emojis, I'm not sure why the icon isn't shown in bold black like the other options. Just a very minor point but would make it easier to see than the pale grey it currently is.
I think a few other things could be highlighted as well, just to make things slightly easier on the eye, such as, our names could be a font bigger and in bold. (Still bugs me slightly that some members don't post their own avatar picture for quick recognition and forum community spirit).
The most recent date/time in the main page thread for when a thread was last commented on/updated could be in bold, perhaps in white, as easier to scan quickly what/where the latest action is on the forum;
Would be useful if the most recently updated/commented on thread in each section were placed at the top of each page. For example below, the Playmobil Aston Martin DB5 thread was last commented on, July 19. There are other threads above it that haven't been commented on since 2019, 2020. So you have to scroll down the page within each section to find the latest chat. I know you can click directly on the date in the previous page to go straight to the latest thread commented on, but if you haven't visited for a few days, you literally have to scroll down each section to see what has been added, rather than just the first few threads that have been updated since your last visit (hope that makes sense??)
Apologies if these have been queried before. As I say, these are minor points and I appreciate are probably not possible to include or others may not agree. They're also certainly not criticisms at all, the effort that SiCo has put in and continues to put in is so appreciated.
Shall I post this in the site comment and suggestions section, or is it enough being here?
I owe you all another round for reading through my ramblings!🍻
@The Red Kind
looking at your last screenshot, those top threads are all Announcements, which have been "stickied". The post from July 19th (presumably the real most recent) is the first one to appear that's not labelled an Announcement. Seems to be an unusual number of sticky Announcements in that particular subforum. I don't know if there's anything @SiCo could do about that except unsticky a few.
I think if we have questions or suggestions about the new Forum software they should probably go in this Welcome to the NEW Forum thread, @SiCo is most likely to find them there.
the other explanation is: its summer, most of us are doubledosed, and civilization is reopening: especially in the UK where many regulars live.
After some reservations, I'm really enjoying the new AJB. It is still far and away the most easily accessible and user friendly fan site I've been a member of. The community is great too.
I think it's quiet because everybody is fed up waiting for NTTD. [I just had to remind myself the initials for the damn film.... see?]
If you click on the cog ⚙️ symbol to the right you get an option to ‘dismiss’ these announcements and they then ‘fall’ back down the page as in date order 😁
emojis are simple enough to use - I think 👀 - you should be able to access them via your keyboard as usual…you certainly can with Apple tec 🍸
I really miss the James Bond emoji .....
Look who I found on the bar .... 🤣
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