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 article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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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

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 05:10 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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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)

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 04:30 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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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?

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 04:07 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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WIMorrison: I like the layout, can it also be made iPad friendly like the old site by including hyperlinks on the screen for keyboard shortcuts? I don't have a keyboard to press F to return to the forum and this is very annoying at the bottom of a long series of posts as I have to scroll all the way back to the top :(

this particular fix is coming tomorrow

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 03:01 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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aja2: One more thing... anyway to disable the 'post preview'? So annoying...

we'll take a poll in a few days - if enough people hate it we'll kill it (I thought it would be helpful)

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 01:28 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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Dan Ortego: The explanation of Community Moderation is unclear to me. However, I do believe that the forum needs Moderators or if they do exist, they most certainly need to do more to keep out the trash.

As to the new forum layout, it seems fine by me.

we have recruited (but not yet 'activated') carefully screened and (soon to be) trained moderators from within the community. Not going to make a huge difference, but should improve our responsiveness to abuse and rule-breaking.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:53 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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Mark H: Complaint...

We seem to have lost the ability to filter-out threads with images?!!

Suggestion...

We really need to have a third starting category of thread, e.g...

1. 'New Discussion'

2. 'Ask a 'Question'

3. 'Share Photo(s)'

...and most importantly, we need the ability to 'filter in/out' what we are not interested in (which in my case, is - not interested in peoples threads full of holiday/family snaps and bird photos etc!!!)

3 is coming. Next release.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:52 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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Jim Cockfield: So far, I hate it.

My feedback.... leave a good thing alone, and let members here keep the old look and feel. I dunno... perhaps use a different theme for the old look and feel or something, so that we don't have to keep putting up with changes that just makes the forums look worse than they did before each round of enhancements.

BTW, I really don't like the removal of a My Threads link at the top of of the threads list with a Keyboard shortcut taking it's place. I'll often browse the web for hours at a time with a wireless mouse in my hand sitting in a recliner, without touching a keyboard. More keyboard use required = bad.

In any event, the Keyboard Shortcut for My Threads (a.k.a., Recent Activity) quit working not long after you switched over to the new look anyway..

Now, we can't get to My Threads at all. This just returns a page not found error now (the page you're sent to if you use the M shortcut key):

http://forums.dpreview.com/members/me/forums/RecentActivity

1. you don't have to 'keep putting up with changes' to the forums - we update them on average once every 7 years. We've also offered options to keep the index pages looking somewhat like they used to.
2. To see your threads just click on your name
3. there are some teething problems (errors) - we expected that, and are fixing them. We're also listening to all the feedback and will - i guarantee you - act on it as we iterate and refine the new system.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:51 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: Why does the thread depth top out at some arbitrary depth in threaded view? It didn't used to, but now, after 10 or so posts, they all look flat. Is that a bug or is it intentional?

it was a decision based on the fact that we wanted to get rid of half a screen full of the word 're'

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:48 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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cs hauser: The webpages are still only 950-pixels wide. Seriously? It's 2012, and most people have screens that are 1920-pixels wide. More than half the screen is being left blank.

And if that wasn't bad enough... about 350 of those 950 pixels are used as a navigation column. That means the active portion of the screen in forums & reviews is only 600 pixels wide. That's just ridiculous. It's like dpreview was designed for viewing with 800x600 VGA monitors from 1995.

I realize dpreview is trying to preserve space for potential advertisements... but come on! A 950-pixel wide screen is obnoxious. At least try to widen it to 1680 pixels or even 1280 pixels.

out of interest, do you find it easier to read text with far fewer line breaks? I ask because very few professionally designed sites run text across 1680 or even 1280 pixels since it's considered so hard to read (most authorities quote a maximum of 75 characters per line for optimal legibility - there are an average of 104 per line in our forums). Also, FYI 30% of our visitors are using screens 1280 pixels or lower.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:47 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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PAUL TILL: Please, put it back to how it was.

You'll get used to it once these little creases have been ironed out. In fact you'll grow to love it. I know you will Paul.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:24 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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Don10: Looks pretty but not as functional as the old layout.

the ignored users thing is a bug, being fixed. The answer to the other is, well, don't use collapsed view....

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:21 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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onlooker: 1. When editing text, it is not immediately obvious which text is quoted and which text is new. In the old version you could see it in both the editing and previous window. After posting, there is no clear indication either. Even when we prepend the quoted text with ">" marks, it does not offset it as before. That is a step back.

2. "Withdraw post" option doesn't work (at least in Firefox).

3. As jquagga noted, "Subscribe to email updates" is on by default. Not a good choice. On top of that, even if I check it off but then edit the post, it flips back to ON.

4. "You can only edit this post 2 times" - come on... Is there really an overwhelming logical reason for that restriction, or do you do it just because you can?

1, 2, 3. being fixed
4. yes - it stops abuse

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:19 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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Bruce Bracken: Your Forum navigation dropdown options are now very complicated for Nikon topics.

You are going to confuse a lot of people who may not know the difference between DX and FX, or may not know specifically which models are DX and FX, by removing the specific camera models and lumping everything into DX and FX umbrella forums.

And what does Pro vs Consumer mean? Many people aren't going to know which DX forums to search or post in because they won't know which category their camera fits into.

And did you really just combine ALL of the FX cameras into one forum? Threads are going to get lost in that mass!

Why do you break out DX into Pro and Consumer, but you don't do that for FX?

If I have an FX camera, but I have a question about its DX functionality, do I post in the FX forum, or the DX forum? And which DX forum, Pro or Consumer?

Sorry, I've always liked dpreview.com, but you just made the forum navigation experience much worse for a whole lot of people.

we changed the names in response to requests from the community. If they turn out to be more confusing than the old ones we'll change em back. It's not a big deal - we haven't changed any of the forums themselves (FX used to be D3,D4,D700,D800,D600 forum)

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:18 UTC
On article Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system (699 comments in total)
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Don10: Looks pretty but not as functional as the old layout.

we've tried hard to increase, not reduce functionality - please let us know what's been lost!

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:07 UTC
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Doug Pardee: Is the loss of "Related Articles" in the right-hand sidebar permanent?

no that's what's technically known as an 'oversight'

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:06 UTC
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motobloat: Now just make flat view the default and you'll be up to date with the rest of the internet.

Seriously, is there anyone who uses threaded view and is under 50 years old? If so, are you on dial up? Be honest.

It's high time the small, but extremely vocal, minority of threaded-viewers got with the times. If they have to be dragged kicking and screaming, so be it.

Edit: Oh yeah, and PLEASE write some CSS for the WYSIWYG box so that when I quote people, I know what I'm quoting and how many levels deep each quote is. Something like

blockquote { color: red; }
blockquote blockquote { color: green; }
blockquote blockquote blockquote { color: blue; }

would return the old forum colored quoting system. I'm sure you guys know how to do that of course. Right...?

this was a bug (the quoting in the reply box not showing up) - being fixed now.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 21:55 UTC
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PC Wheeler: I always read in Flat View, never threaded. But now I find that if I look at an image, do a reply, etc. it kicks me back to Threaded view. So I have to reselect Flat view.

Can this be fixed?

Phil

yes

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 21:50 UTC
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Octane: Looks great. But everything takes about twice as much screen space now without giving you twice the amount of information. Especially the old tight and compact list of threads was great, but now is a long 'padded' list. Not sure that's really an improvement.

view mode>collapsed

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 21:37 UTC
On article Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com (272 comments in total)
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Jogger: How about DXO sensor measurements as well.. e.g. instead of factory default jpgs for testing dynamic range.

We will be working with the new lab to add some sensor measurements to our camera reviews. Watch this space.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 16:32 UTC
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