Welcome to the NEW Forum

SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M

Good morning everyone, it's been a long weekend and I'm still nowhere near finished!

However welcome to the new forum software, this is a MAJOR update and replaces everything the site ran on before.

For this reason, the initial iteration is not complete, there is a lot I don't like and I am continuing to work on fixing the issues. Please post questions or issues here and I will try to address all of them.

However, there are a lot of new features and you should have all your Private Messages! I will address all this in a future update but the highlights are:

  • New Editor (Ignore the grey font for the moment I've only just noticed that!)
    • I have just realised how to use it! If you want to format either highlight the text you want to change and a little popup appears with otpions. Or highlight a chunk and click the little mark in the left hand side. This then gives you full editing options such as lists.
  • You can embed Youtube etc. much easier
  • You can subscribe to lots of different things.
  • You can unsubscribe to lots of different things!
  • You can set your home page to either categories (forums) or the recent discussions view.
  • It's also mobile friendly at last!

Things I don't like:

  • Editor font colour.
  • Default avatars. - I will work on restoring your old ones, however, if you have the original please upload it again as this software uses bigger avatars by default so the old ones won't be as clear when used in their larger size. I am working on changing the default avatars to a more subdued set of images!
  • The main categories (forums) layout is very crowded and unclear.
  • Some of the code from the previous site doesn't currently work in posts.
  • The general design needs a lot of work.
  • There seem to be a lot of "edited November -1" showing up on posts - no idea?!!?!

Some Links

How to use the Rich Text Editor:

https://success.vanillaforums.com/kb/articles/13-rich-editor

Simon
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Comments

  • ChriscoopChriscoop Belize Posts: 10,435MI6 Agent

    I've not been on much recently but this is all looking rather modern and fresh, it also loads much quicker which is one of the reasons I've not been on as much. Top work Simon it's very much appreciated.

    It was either that.....or the priesthood
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,080Chief of Staff
    edited March 1

    Testing

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,080Chief of Staff

    Hmm, I can't see what I'm typing

  • emtiememtiem SurreyPosts: 4,151MI6 Agent
    edited March 1

    I'm sure it's one of the many things on your list(!) but just to mention that the security certificate isn't working for me at the moment: I'm getting a 'not secure' notice in Chrome.

    Top work though! This new software should be much easier to use.

  • emtiememtiem SurreyPosts: 4,151MI6 Agent

    Just as a tip to other users: the 'discussions' button at the top will show you all of the latest posts, but all threads marked as 'announcements' will stay at the top of the results list unless you go to the little cog on the right hand side of them and select 'dismiss'.

  • ChriscoopChriscoop Belize Posts: 10,435MI6 Agent
    It was either that.....or the priesthood
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,766MI6 Agent
    edited March 1

    There is a lot to like about New AJB, but I have a couple of questions/chritisisms.

    - when I type it's grey and that's inconvenient.

    -What's the difference between General JB Chat and General JB Discussion? Do we need to move the Chat if we discover we have different opinions?

    -It also seems redundant have both a Non-Bond Discussion and Off-topic.

  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 2,953Quartermasters


    As far as I can tell, 'General James Bond Discussion' and 'Non-Bond Discussion' are both categories, with several sub-forums underneath them. It is confusing though when you look at the home page because everything just appears as one list, unlike the old AJB's layout. Perhaps this will be refined as the new site takes shape.

  • emtiememtiem SurreyPosts: 4,151MI6 Agent

    If you click on 'Categories' at the top you can see all of the different areas of the forum. Click 'Discussions' to see the threads with the most recent discussions (although you will have to dismiss the threads marked 'announcement' if you do this as they will stick to the top of the list if you don't).

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,080Chief of Staff

    Indeed, but I seem to be typing in white on a white background.

  • SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M

    @Barbel I only noticed this issue this morning and ran out of time to fix it. I hope to remedy it this afternoon. I’m not sure even Specsavers do glasses strong enough to see this!

    Simon
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,616MI6 Agent
    edited March 1

    Good job on the upgrade, @SiCo! I see we're using Vanilla Forums software which is the same as they use over at MI6 Community. It's a good layout and I'm familiar with it as I'm a member over there too.

    I'm sure that any teething problems will swiftly be ironed out. Thanks for all the hard work you've put in behind the scenes to make it happen, @SiCo. It's very much appreciated!

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,030MI6 Agent

    You’ve redecorated! I don’t like it...

    Grey font is too light for my eyes to register, doesn’t seem to be any last post dates on the threads either to differentiate new posts?

    sure it will work out fine in time

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M

    Can you check now, as far as I can see the security is working fine. I have forced the site to run on the secure version (although I could not get it to load the unsecured version!). If not can you email me a screenshot of the little drop down (click the padlock next to the address bar) so I can try and find out what's going on.

    Simon
  • SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M

    That's a good tip I didn't know that! I am going to look at how announcements work on here as we do have a lot of them!

    Simon
  • SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M

    1) The grey is changing as soon as I can sort it, hopefully 5 mins, as I mentioned this was an oversight on my part and I ran out of time.

    2) The headings are something I need to look into, it appears that the way the forum imported into the new software it creates sub categories within categories. This in turn allows you to visit one narrowed down category view. However, it is very confusing on the main page and I will look into fixing this. Basically, these are not actual forums and they should be headings.

    3) Relates to the above, they are simply the old category titles

    Simon
  • SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M

    Thanks, and yes Vanilla seems like the best of some bad choices in the forum world! So far I'm impressed with the underlying software.

    Simon
  • SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M
    edited March 1

    Hopefully, I will have fixed the grey font by the time you get back! The dates is something I need to look into, I have noticed a few odd date issues.

    As for the redecorating, it was a necessity as the old software died! It is very much a work in progress.

    Simon
  • SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M

    Although I have just realised you can post in these groups so that is confusing!

    Simon
  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 2,298MI6 Agent

    thanks mysterious unseen SiCo for all you work to reinvent the forum, hopefully this new version will be more stable and quicker to load!


    if you're still able to tweak things, it'd be good to...

    ...see the date (and time) of the latest post in the threads listed in each subforum section,

    ...and have a link directly to the last page of a thread from the subforum section (instead of going to the first page and having to find the way to the last page from there ... if the first post is very long, one must scroll a long way)


    also, can we no longer preview posts before committing to Post Comment?

  • SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M

    Ok, the editor should now have black text on a white background. If you do not see this please hold down the CTRL key and refresh the page. This should force a reload of the styles.

    Simon
  • OrnithologistOrnithologist BerlinPosts: 487MI6 Agent

    I am not against change, but already missing the two mechanics I have used by far the most: Showing all new or "unread" posts since my last visit, and the ability to jump directly to the last "new" post / or at least the last page of a topic from the list of topics. 😥

    "I'm afraid I'm a complicated woman. "
    "- That is something to be afraid of."
  • SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M

    ...see the date (and time) of the latest post in the threads listed in each subforum section,

    @caractacus potts Yes I don't know what's going on here.

    ...and have a link directly to the last page of a thread from the subforum section (instead of going to the first page and having to find the way to the last page from there ... if the first post is very long, one must scroll a long way)

    @caractacus potts I thought this was the default, however in the short term you can append #latest to the end of the URL (which granted isn't any easier than going in and clicking to the last page!).

    also, can we no longer preview posts before committing to Post Comment?

    @caractacus potts Good question, I guess the thought is that with the new editor you don't need a separate preview. I will see if there are any plugins for it.

    Simon
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,766MI6 Agent

    I just posted in the "re-cast a classic Bond movie" thread and it shoes up in two topics. Is this ment to be that way?

    And where are the emojis? I'm secretly a teenage girl and I can't exist without them.

  • Westward_DriftWestward_Drift Posts: 2,490MI6 Agent
    edited March 1

    Will our past subscriptions and favorites be transferred over?

    Is there a time limit for editing a comment? That will have some implications for some threads like the Tom Ford projects.

  • emtiememtiem SurreyPosts: 4,151MI6 Agent

    @SiCo Sure, the 'not secure' warning has gone now, all looks good 😊

  • emtiememtiem SurreyPosts: 4,151MI6 Agent

    The edit button actually has a countdown of 15mins written next to it.

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 1,106MI6 Agent

    I've had a brief look around the new-look site. It hasn't changed much and I'm sure I'll get used to it fairly sharpish.

    Just want to say thanks to Si for ensuring AJB has retained everything and not archived or closed threads etc as some site forums do when they need to relaunch. I appreciate life and technology has to move on and I'll miss the old site for a while. This is probably about as similar as I expect we can get.

    It does certainly load faster and I'm okay with the navigation. Most of the points above are going to be dealt with I'm sure. Congrats, Si. A great job done well.

    Just gotta fix my avatar now - I didn't have it saved. 😪

  • Westward_DriftWestward_Drift Posts: 2,490MI6 Agent
    edited March 1

    My next question is regarding the search function. Will an advanced search function be installed? As it exists it doesn't allow us to narrow results by topics, forums, or users.

    I think advanced search is needed to prevent duplicate topics.

    Edited to add: I'd have added this to my previous post but I was past the 15 minute editing limit.

  • SiCoSiCo EnglandPosts: 1,349M
    edited March 1

    That's a good question I hadn't even considered those, I will take a look later and see what I can come up with.

    As for the time limit, I had always thought there was a limit on the last software too but obviously not. I will take a look. Is it really important? I guess the point is to stop people from deleting posts or changing the context of the conversation.

    Simon
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