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Lets make a list of the problems with the new forum to maybe be used as a checklist for FFG to fix these issues and make our experience as good as or better than the previous forum was.

#1. Speed! - The new forum is SLOWWWWW. Very slow. It takes me an hour to load and read the 10-20 new posts/updates each morning. Never mind how slow the post and new topic page is! Just trying to read them is painful.

#2. EDIT! - There is no way to edit your posts! Why is this not a function? This is more important than you would think at first.

#3. Updates - This one is 2 fold. 1... why are the mouse over tips text for the FF logos on the left of each topic not in english? and 2...whats with topics that are updated not always having the blue logo? I constantly see posts that were near the bottom while I am reading other posts, move to the top of the list but not change the logo to the blue "new" post. Clearly it has been updated.

#4. Avatars - Everyones favorite. Why can't we use our own custom Avatars? This one isnt that big a deal, and if FFG decides they only want us to use the ones they provide then fine, but it just seems a bit silly. maybe its for space and speed considerations, but we can refer to #1 on that!

#5 Copy/Paste from Word and the like - Huh? What would make this not work?

...Please add your own below so we can maybe get some explainations, timeframes of fixes, intent on fixes, etc...

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Gripe: Not being able to see the post you are replying too.

I have had no problem Copying and Pasting from Word and the like, you just have to use Keyboard Shortcuts (Ctrl V) instead of Right-Click Menus.

It will probably speed up when FFG Staff finish the creation, conversion, and streamlining of the new website over the next month or two.

The Edit Button is right above the message itself, on the left side of the "Published (insert date and time)" message.  It is Dark Grey.

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It might be best to post this over in the FFG forum.  The people that mod these forums probably have very little to do with how the site is run.

And as can be imagined, these same gripes have tons of threads so there is no shortage of reminding them.  They already announced they have coded as much speed as possible and are waiting for more hardware to offset the balance of the issues.

Not sure of a status on yur other complaints.

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dkw said:

Gripe: Not being able to see the post you are replying too.

If you click on the "Quote" button instead of the "Reply" button, you'll get to see the post you're replying to....  Alternatively, when you are writing a reply, you can scroll down, under the text window where you're writing, to see the previous posts.

Or did you meant something else?

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dkw said:

The Edit Button is right above the message itself, on the left side of the "Published (insert date and time)" message.  It is Dark Grey.

 

 

Yeah, but it is only there for 5 minutes. After that you have no options but to write a whole new post, or cut & paste what you've already written and clog up the board with the same thing repeated but appended/fixed.

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I also had to change my "handle" because I could not segue into this forum from the older forum seamlessly, even though the instruction screen indicated I could.

I tried repeatedly to enter this forum using my member info from the previous forum.  Finally I had to entirely re-register.  Either that or be shut out of the discussions.

To add to the frustration, I kept being told I had a password, and wasn't giving the right one, even though it was/is my old forum password.

I tried to use the "remind password" feature, where I'm sent to my email what the forum THINKS my password is.  This brilliant feature doesn't work-- I tried five times.

Advice to the moderators -- debug these things first, before you implement them.  Thank you.

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Glasgow Scotland said:

I also had to change my "handle" because I could not segue into this forum from the older forum seamlessly, even though the instruction screen indicated I could.

There was no segue that I know of.  I just set up a new account as if I was joining any new site.  I was able to keep my "old" screename and password.  I am sure you could have as well if you just set it up that way.

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Sadly there doesn't seem to be an PM.   And personally, whoever thought this forum software was BETTER than the old one should be fired.

Contrast issues - slow issues, one can't edit their posts after 5 minutes..the list goes on.    Seems like someone just wanted to make use of this software no matter what and got it implemented.    And all the issues they had early on - obviously no one bother to really test this software and compare it to the old one.

But then I guess if the trend holds true, we'll be on another forum in like 1 year - so I guess there is hope that this one will be a distant memory!

Cab

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Bravo McWilley said:

#1. Speed! - The new forum is SLOWWWWW. Very slow. It takes me an hour to load and read the 10-20 new posts/updates each morning. Never mind how slow the post and new topic page is! Just trying to read them is painful.
This is one problem, they'll never be able to fix unless they trash the whole forum and webserver software.

I cannot fathom who thought it was a good idea to use 'this' for a professional web site with such a high number of users. I'm not sure if there's anything worth fixing. I'm looking forward to the next forum instead.

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Even the old forum software is much better than this one.   Don't know why they decided to have to use this one.   This one is very antiqued and there definitely seems to be the issue of not being able to fix little problems like contrast and dates.

Cab

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I'm not sure if you folks are aware that this is actually the THIRD FFG forum.

About two years ago the initial forum was folded up, and the second -- now ending -- was initiated.   The second apparently used the same software as the first.

This much irritated people who had accumulated more than 500 postings, at which time they got the title of FFG God.  When the second forum came on line, most people had to re-register and began counting their messaging from zero again.

One poor guy celebrated his "D" (500th) posting during the waning days of the old forum.  I wonder if he kept his elevated status, or whether he starts from zero again.

I really have no idea.   Don't even know if that individual came over to this forum.

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Glasgow Scotland said:

One poor guy celebrated his "D" (500th) posting during the waning days of the old forum.  I wonder if he kept his elevated status, or whether he starts from zero again.

 

I really have no idea.   Don't even know if that individual came over to this forum.

I think that was new.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_comunidad_perfil.asp

Did I mention that I hate this forum? How in hell can I post a url with a proper description? What I'd really love to do is this:

tamsyn

And why is there no way to preview my post before posting?

And why am I kicked out of the board after posting?

enfadado.gif

 

Anyway, I'm pretty sure SHE had to start from zero again.

 

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jhaelen said:

Glasgow Scotland said:

One poor guy celebrated his "D" (500th) posting during the waning days of the old forum.  I wonder if he kept his elevated status, or whether he starts from zero again.

 

I really have no idea.   Don't even know if that individual came over to this forum.

I think that was new.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_comunidad_perfil.asp

Did I mention that I hate this forum? How in hell can I post a url with a proper description? What I'd really love to do is this:

tamsyn

And why is there no way to preview my post before posting?

And why am I kicked out of the board after posting?

enfadado.gif

 

Anyway, I'm pretty sure SHE had to start from zero again.

 

 

Poor Tamsyn, first she loses her five hundred posts, then she gets an involuntary sex change.

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Yeah, the color isn't the best. Plain black-on-white works wonders. Black-on-brownish-yellow is also pretty good.

And the server IS way too slow. I came here to write that it took me a whole minute to get from the Board Games overview page to the Arkham Horror sub-forum, but now I have to say that it took a ful TWO minutes to load this thread!

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hmmmm, it does seem a little faster - however, I still think there is too much graphic nonsense, and considering a lot of us are wireless these days, there should be the least amount to load possible. with lag times like this there is no way I am posting as much as I used to.

I miss my quick reply window. And the minimum posting words thing is annoying too.

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 New Gripe: Usually, on my Mac, I can right click on misspelled words (they automatically get a red underline whenever I type).  But, when I right click in this box, it brings up a cut/copy/paste options (which I can already do with command+X/C/V).  Thusly, a nice feature is supplanted with a less useful one against my will.  If I really want to spell the word right, I have to cut and paste it into another window, or use the Dictionary.  

New Gripe: When I hit "Enter," my slider on the right resets to the top.  This is odd.

New Gripe: The friend finder didn't seem to show me "People in Colorado with Blue Moon," but just people in Colorado (ok, not really a Forum gripe, but it's in the package).

Theme Breaking Anti-Gripe Praise: I like the new layout esthetically.  

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Well still can't believe that FFG wanted to use this forum software over the old one.   The contract issues alone should have made a person stop and think that maybe it wasn't good from that aspect.

And not having the ability to delete a post..what is up with that ?  That seems like we are going backwards - since you can't even PM a person either unlike the old board.

I could go on and on....but this software just bites!

Cab

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Yeah, in my opinion, readability is very bad. Such kind of forums do not need to be artistic, but functional. Even if at first sight, it seems nice, it is far from being pratical:

  • colours are not friendly for reading. The light grey over dark grey is a very poor choice, especially for the quotes
  • the spacing between each post is way too large. There is too much scrolling involved, and it makes very hard to follow a thread.

No really FFG should reconsider their forum design. And what I see is that it is a lot less popular than it was for the transition 1st-2nd forum version.

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jhaelen said:

And why is there no way to preview my post before posting?

There is a way for you to preview your post.  Click on the first button on the button bar when you are writing your message (the one with the magnifying glass.) :)

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