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Thoughts on forum changes

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Here's a PM exchange I've had with Zzyzx that I want to share. I think many on the forum might also be interested...
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Zzyzx wrote: Have you received indication that members and moderators dislike the new format? I am trying to withhold judgment, but am leaning negative after a week of use. It is not a matter of resistance to change (which typically troubles me very little).
No, nobody has complained to me yet, but I can understand the sentiment. I've spent years customizing the former forum to what I wanted and now I have to start all over. I don't think anyone is more frustrated and disappointed than me that we're losing a lot of the former functionality.

The problem is the forum software and the OS is obsolete. It's been running on the same software for over 16 years, which in itself is pretty amazing. But, now I'm not able to run the latest software. I was using an older version of PHP and the latest version of PHP doesn't support the old forum.

There's pretty much no choice but to upgrade. By the end of the year, the old OS (CentOS 6) won't be supported anyways. Over the next several years, I'll be modifying the forum, but it will take patience as I do this. And just when I get it to how I would like it, I'll probably have to start all over again.

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brunumb wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:53 pm That said, if it has to be there, is there some way to highlight the OP to differentiate it from the regular posts?
Done. OP is now highlighted.

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WOW! You are amazing. Thank you. :ok:
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Just another thought otseng.
It occurred to me that the buttons at the top right of a post (like, quote etc.) would be more convenient if they were located at the end of a post, bottom right. It seems more logical to me that if you wanted to "like" a post or reply or whatever, you would do that when you reached the end and it would be easier to do without having to scroll back up to the start.
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brunumb wrote: Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:36 pm Just another thought otseng.
It occurred to me that the buttons at the top right of a post (like, quote etc.) would be more convenient if they were located at the end of a post, bottom right. It seems more logical to me that if you wanted to "like" a post or reply or whatever, you would do that when you reached the end and it would be easier to do without having to scroll back up to the start.
Cheers :D
Makes sense. Since this will affect everyone, what do others think of this idea?

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Makes sense. Since this will affect everyone, what do others think of this idea?
Sounds good if it is easy to implement, especially for longer posts as brunumb points out.
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otseng wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:25 am Makes sense. Since this will affect everyone, what do others think of this idea?
Fine with me, although I've never found it a bother to go to the top of a post.



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brunumb wrote: Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:36 pm Just another thought otseng.
It occurred to me that the buttons at the top right of a post (like, quote etc.) would be more convenient if they were located at the end of a post, bottom right. It seems more logical to me that if you wanted to "like" a post or reply or whatever, you would do that when you reached the end and it would be easier to do without having to scroll back up to the start.
Cheers :D
Done. Now I'll have to get used to the new location...

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Wow. Does that mean people were approving of the idea. I hope it doesn't muck things up.
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otseng wrote: Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:24 am
brunumb wrote: Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:36 pm Just another thought otseng.
It occurred to me that the buttons at the top right of a post (like, quote etc.) would be more convenient if they were located at the end of a post, bottom right. It seems more logical to me that if you wanted to "like" a post or reply or whatever, you would do that when you reached the end and it would be easier to do without having to scroll back up to the start.
Cheers :D
Done. Now I'll have to get used to the new location...
I'm not seeing any change otseng. :?
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brunumb wrote: Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:08 pm I'm not seeing any change otseng. :?
Can you do a Ctrl-Reload on the browser to reload the CSS file?

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