Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States SEATTLE, WA, United States
Works as a Editor, writer, photographer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2002
About me:

http://www.cff.org/

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On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: It's getting there, guys. Lots and lots of changes, fixes and improvements. Not quite there yet, but getting there.

Has Simon slept yet?

No

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2012 at 02:33 UTC
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alan_potter: Please give us a "next" button at the bottom of a post, so that we can move to the next post in the thread without scrolling back to the top of the page?

will do

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 15:33 UTC
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John King: "Maximum posts reached" message is being triggered at 149 posts, not 150.

e.g. here:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3277218

Check the increment variable loop structure, it is counting from 148 to 0, not from 149 to 0.

Either that, or the logic of the IF-THEN-ELSE or LOOP UNTIL or similar CONDITION statement is wrong.

[EDIT]
There also appears to be a problem with honouring posts that are commenced before the 150 post limit is reached (or 149, in this case ;) ).

This is not very acceptable, regardless of how much some trolls (selectively) suggest that it should be the rule.

If 5 people all start a reply when the post count is at (say) 146 posts, all five posts should be honoured. Otherwise it is a very unfair system. It also wastes the time of the last poster to click the POST button. This poster has had no warning until the post is refused.

I have just wasted 15 minutes typing a reply only to have that happen.
Not amused.
[end edit]

regards, john

or maybe we changed it intentionally? (we didn't)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 07:10 UTC
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Julian Vrieslander: Blue text on black is a HUGE MISTAKE, must be changed.

There are usability studies that back this up. Blue text on a black background impairs readability in several significant ways. Our brains have developed, through evolution, to sense blue as a background color (probably because the sky is blue). So blue text is perceived as receding behind a dark background. Also, for people with vision impairments (cataracts, corneal scars, detached vitreous, etc.) colors at the blue end of the the spectrum cause the most aberration and scattering. All of these factors combine to make blue on black a horrible choice for significant text content on a computer screen.

Ideally, there should be a user setting to display dark text on a light background, which works better than light on dark for many people.. If there are no user options, the web designers must change to something more readable than blue on black. This is a non-debatable issue.

btw we floated the idea of switching to black on white earlier this year and a poll showed an overwhelming majority of our users wanted to keep it as it is...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 04:14 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Julian Vrieslander: Blue text on black is a HUGE MISTAKE, must be changed.

There are usability studies that back this up. Blue text on a black background impairs readability in several significant ways. Our brains have developed, through evolution, to sense blue as a background color (probably because the sky is blue). So blue text is perceived as receding behind a dark background. Also, for people with vision impairments (cataracts, corneal scars, detached vitreous, etc.) colors at the blue end of the the spectrum cause the most aberration and scattering. All of these factors combine to make blue on black a horrible choice for significant text content on a computer screen.

Ideally, there should be a user setting to display dark text on a light background, which works better than light on dark for many people.. If there are no user options, the web designers must change to something more readable than blue on black. This is a non-debatable issue.

right now we offer an option to go back to yellow on black. A black on light option will follow, eventually. This site has had the same color scheme for 14 years...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 04:13 UTC
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Pat: I'm getting more accustomed to the new site -- now that I know what options to use BUT the increased contrast of the white text/black background still hurts my eyes (such as on this very page).

When the new design appeared, the default was the expanded view for forum posts and the color was blue with no change in title color for previously read posts. The type size of titles in the expanded view also was too large. By selecting the yellow color scheme, and the compact forum view, both these problems went away.

I do like the rating of posts very much as it should discourage trollish behavior. Won't eradicate it completely, but I think there will be less inflammatory posts.

I also like the new grid lines in the compact forum view as they more easily delineate one post from another.

So all in all, I think they did a good job. But please, can you reduce the contrast in certain sections? The dropout type treatment is now too stark.

we're working on it. and yes, i know i say that about everything :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 23:04 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Denis James Evans: Keep dxo's biases out of the camera reviews. If dxo has any influence in the camera reviews, I will never visit this site again. Dxo is a blight on the industry!

'It seems quite obvious from comments by Simon that DXO will be playing an ever increasing role at DPreview...unfortunately' - not true at all. We may use some of their raw data (emphatically not their scores) to add to areas we don't currently review (such as raw DR)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 21:37 UTC
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em_dee_aitch: Simon -

A few things I have noted (not sure if they are mentioned below, as I have made no attempt to read all comments):

1. In individual threads, post times are now just stated in GMT rather than the more relativistic and simple to read "5 hours ago" or "37 minutes ago," etc. Of course I have no objection to an absolute time stamp being included, BUT you really need to have the "hours/minutes ago" feature added back on.

2. This was an issue in the old system that has become WORSE in the new system: Your right hand column ad content frequently floats over both menus (such as the rollover/popup forum menu) and inline gallery content, such as when you expand a photo in a thread for larger viewing. Since these are static ads there is no way to dismiss them and it ruins viewing of the content.

3. OP's name is no longer mentioned in forum summary view, which is bad. This needs to be added back.

4. Previously viewed threads need to register as different color.

Thanks,
David

let me check on number 2 - this shouldn't happen

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 07:16 UTC
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montygm: Find the white writing on black very tiring on the eyes. It also seems to give the illusion of the text feathering into the black, doesn't seem as clear as previous version. Hope the boys at DP will give us option to change colour for those of us that prefer the old look.

Why did you have to remove the "new" label on new reviews?

Also a button to go "back to top" would be nice, instead of scrolling up. This would save some time.

Regards, Grace.

we've already added the last thing

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 07:13 UTC
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rjx: No preview when typing a reply?

we got rid of the extra preview window when we introduced a WYSIWYG editor - what you're tying is what will be published.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 07:13 UTC
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Phill Downunder: When I hover over the Forum tab, the right hand column is out of screen.
Can you make over to the left more please.

Cheers
Phill.

will fix (this is actually an old problem rearing its head again)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 06:39 UTC
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The_Wicker_Man: Not nice ay all. I know some changes take some gettimg used to, but the new layout is much less readable

we knew we'd need to adjust/iterate/refine once this update went public - and we will. But we also knew all the regulars would hate ANY change to the design after almost a decade. People always hate redesigns.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 06:38 UTC
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em_dee_aitch: Simon -

A few things I have noted (not sure if they are mentioned below, as I have made no attempt to read all comments):

1. In individual threads, post times are now just stated in GMT rather than the more relativistic and simple to read "5 hours ago" or "37 minutes ago," etc. Of course I have no objection to an absolute time stamp being included, BUT you really need to have the "hours/minutes ago" feature added back on.

2. This was an issue in the old system that has become WORSE in the new system: Your right hand column ad content frequently floats over both menus (such as the rollover/popup forum menu) and inline gallery content, such as when you expand a photo in a thread for larger viewing. Since these are static ads there is no way to dismiss them and it ruins viewing of the content.

3. OP's name is no longer mentioned in forum summary view, which is bad. This needs to be added back.

4. Previously viewed threads need to register as different color.

Thanks,
David

funnily enough we talked about this at length and i decided 'the topic is more important than who posted it' so decided that we could drop the username (rather than truncate the message title). I did this because on most forums i visit I don't know most posters from Adam. As an interim you can see who posted by hovering your mouse over the thread title, but yeah, if everyone wants the username back, we'll put it back.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 06:36 UTC
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jpr2: the feature that I miss the most from the old way of presenting is the dimming of already visited entries:
- the little bullet on the left which (sometimes as this doesn't work in a consistent way) gets greyed out is MUCH LESS visible;
- there were already suggestions voiced to give the user some leeway to do their customization which I do sencond very much;

you'll have a more obvious indication of visited entries tomorrow.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 06:04 UTC
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Hank3152: Why fix something that wasn't broke....? I prefer the old system since it was much easier to navigate. Can we even edit anymore?

it was easier to navigate because it was familiar, and this isn't (you will adapt). You have more editing flexibility than you did before the change.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 06:03 UTC
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Skip M: I hate the new system, it will probably keep me off of these forums. Which, in itself, is not a bad thing, I can use the time I used to be here and shouldn't have been to better ends, like growing my business.
One can't tell, easily, which entries have been read, which ones have new posts, the layout is slightly counter intuitive. I can't see anything to recommend the change.

we are working on fixes for your specific points right now.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 06:02 UTC
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CollBaxter: Maybe its there but I can't see it but you have to scroll backup up the page to navigate back to the forum , home etc. Maybe put it at the bottom as well. The thread view shows the short cut keys but no click able return to forum.

OK its suddenly there Now :)

just fixed

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 05:46 UTC
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John King: I have found the problem with the Poster's Profile and Forum Bookmarks links.

This is the correct link, e.g.:
http://www.dpreview.com/members/{member number}/forums/bookmarks

This is the link from the PP and Forums pages:
http://www.dpreview.com/members/{member number}/bookmarks

The intermediate link "/forums" is missing from the URL (actually, URI, unless I'm mistaken ... ).

One's bookmarks are available via one's Poster's Profile/Forums/ ... Showing: SELECT "Bookmarks".

br, john

bookmarks link is now fixed

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 05:10 UTC
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MightyMike: here are my complaints

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50002298

url links have never worked in comments. they should work in forums (and will soon if they don't)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 04:30 UTC
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tarnumf: Fire that designer and hire one with healthy eyes, so he or she won't use 100% contrast on text/background.

Old forum had better space vs. information ratio.

On my 30 inch display, the whole DPR site looks miserably squeezed into 1/3 of screen width.

And have I mentioned that 100% contrast is not easy on eyes? Ewww!

you know we didn't change the width yes?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 04:07 UTC
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