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    Posted: 08 Mar 10 at 9:04am
Poll (except of course I can't set up a poll).

Out of interest do you think that

a) The forum software is seriously antediluvian. The lack
of "go to first unread post" option is, to say the least,
annoying. The search facility is atrocious. Formatting is
poor. Or is it just me? I'm not here much because the
forum's rubbish.

b) Everything's fine in the garden. It is just me.
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I think one of the problems with forum software is that it's very personal, we all have things we like and things we don't, as a result nothing would be perfect for everybody.

The major learing point for most people on this forum is that "active topics" button above, it is great to just see threads that have been used in your absence, and its also very handy to be able to change the time/date on it too, means you can easily find a thread even if it's not been posted on since your last visit but remember it from earlier.

The other point is turning off those email alerts, BlackBerry can get very full when you dont!!

 

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But if you compare Y&Y forums to the others out there,
the blinding lack of functionality here becomes hard to
accept.

SA is on IP Board. YBW are on vBulletin,
as is WoodenBoat. All these offer not only active topics,
but "go to first unread post" buttons - so you can see
which topics have been active since your last visit, and
then it's one click to where you last left each topic.

And searches can give results as posts, as well as just
topics.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Scooby_simon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Mar 10 at 9:47am

Cost is an issue.

 

I'd always suggest vB as it's the best by a long way; but it costs more....

 

We use vB for the F16 forum; simply because I use ot for other forums I manage and it's very easy to use; very simple to sert up; the upgrade path is simple and it does all the things we want.

 

 



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Originally posted by Presuming Ed

Poll (except of course I can't set
up a poll).

Out of interest do you think that

a) The forum software is seriously antediluvian. The lack
of "go to first unread post" option is, to say the least,
annoying. The search facility is atrocious. Formatting is
poor. Or is it just me? I'm not here much because the
forum's rubbish.

b) Everything's fine in the garden. It is just me.


I'm with you on a). Presume it's a cost issue, tho that
'other place' has recently upgraded their SW to their
benefit and the old SW was way better than this. Formatting with browsers like Chrome is dire and you
daren't put in a URL for fear it will be split and broken
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Post Options Post Options   Quote G.R.F. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Mar 10 at 10:40am
I'd say be a bit careful, changing, they changed the Boards Forum and it
hasn't gone down at all well.

Most folk are not that quick to pick up how to do stuff, and other than the
glitch that never got fixed on this forum when line breaking links &
images fail, this is still one of the more easy to use forums around.

Particularly given the technical skills of some of the age group it's aimed
at.

I notice they've just changed SA, which to me immediately looked knaff.

I agree there's a lot wrong with this, but there's also a lot right with it and
right now, in this climate, I wouldn't change it..

Just need a few more of the many out there just itching to post, to go
ahead and bite the bullet, it doesn't hurt even when they hate you..
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Oh,and this place is significantly un-Chrome friendly.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roy Race Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Mar 10 at 10:43am
I don't have a problem with the forum functionality, just the lack of interesting content.
I've never used a "go to first unread post" button in my life. I actually didn't know there was such a thing until just now, so I suspect like someone said above, it's quite personal how you use a forum.




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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roy Race Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Mar 10 at 11:00am
Originally posted by Roy Race

... just the lack of interesting content.


I take that back a little bit, as I had to look up "antediluvian" to see what it meant, so I've learnt a new word today. Cheers for that.

It's not one I'll be using again very much though, as I don't often feel the need to talk about a time before an event which didn't happen.
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Hi all

I should explain how I inadvertently locked us into an old (2004) version of the forum software...

In around 2005, when I was adding some features to the site, I customised the forum code a bit, which now has quite an effect on different areas of the site. If I'd thought cleverly about it then, I'd have made sure that the forum software was left alone and I'd made all my customisations distinct, but a combination of time constrants and lack of forethought by me meant that didn't happen...

We are now going to install a test version of the latest forum software so that we can integrate our customisations in a better way - this should mean we can continue to upgrade the software for it in the future!

Please bear with us while we do this. Our biggest constraining factor is time - we're a very small team (me and Mags) running what has become a very big site! I've set Mags on the case for this task... getting him to sort out a problem I created!

Cheers, Mark
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