Been lurking for years, like a good photographer sometimes does.
nathanhw: Also was hoping for a proper RSS feed of the forums. I'm using Flipboard, for example, to see what all the recent topics are in a particular forum I am following.... but all Flipboard can do is create a tile for each Topic title.... and show me nothing of a summary (like the first post, that would be great), and when I click through I just get the desktop version of the site, rather than a basic text version or a mobile version, which is almost unreadable.
I don't mind the idea of "forcing" readers to click through after seeing the first post in a thread, so that we have to go to the site -- which helps with ad revenue etc. But it would be a great and convenient teaser if the top level posts were RSS friendlier, so that we would be able to quickly find what topics we want to click through to.
Oh and I guess I should say that the method of RSS for now actually is worse than I describe, because since each topic contains sub topics (threads), the RSS method throws the parent topic to top of the list, not the thread.
Two ways to solve it:
1) Dedicated RSS option, instead of a hack like what we need to use now, just to skim.
2) Don't differentiate in the forum software between a thread and a topic. They are one and the same, and if a new thread is needed, it should be a new topic.
nathanhw: Did a quick search and didn't find any mention of improvements for mobile access. The existing mobile formatting of the main site contents for mobile works well enough.
As we all know, there is no mobile formatting option available for the forums and that's a real drag.
Ideally, one would be able to use an existing standards-based api-compliant reader on mobile devices, something like Tapatalk.
Barring that, just an HTML version that is mobile friendly (adjustable fonts, single column, adjustable colors) would be GREAT.
As the site owners, you can tell how much traffic is from mobile devices from your log files. I'm sure I'm not the only person that spents 90% of my time reading and responding using an ipad, or even iphone, instead of a laptop or desktop.
Woops, found the mentions of mobile via skinning. Not ideal but hey, it's still WAY better than the current mobile experience.
Still not clear why you guys are doing all this custom development work instead of using one of the time tested, open source, off the shelf solutions -- and focusing on content, moderation, etc. I mean, I come here for the content and expertise, not to have a unique conferencing software experience. Seems like with an org with limited budget/resources/time, focusing on something other than software development might be worth considering?
On the other hand, if it's a personal passion, like making one's own ice cream instead of buying it in a shop, I guess that's your prerogative. And whether it makes sense to me or not is not really your problem! :-)
motobloat: Still with the threaded view??? It's 2012, no one is on a 1440 baud modem anymore. We can load the whole thread at once you know. Yeesh...
Now you just need to clean up and consolidate all the gear forums so there aren't so many ghost towns. Maybe just bucket them by brand and sensor size.
Otherwise, some good improvements. As someone who has done a lot of ground-up, wysiwyj, wordpress, joomla, and drupal development, I am dimly aware of what it takes to update legacy code.... nice work.
Here's the thing -- each topic should be it's own thread. Easy to follow, chronological, clear where one left off, easy to see what is being responded to by looking back in history if the poster didn't do the polite thing and quote. And it keeps topics fresh.
That's why >90% of the forums on the internet use a new topic for a new thread.
So it's a flat view, and a threaded view -- all at once.
Jonathan Robson: Will there be better support for viewing on a mobile device?
Not in this release but that is part of the plan from what the team has posted.
Javier Daz: Any plans to make the new forums compatible with tapatalk?Anyway they look very promising. Waiting to use them.Good luck.
Disappointing to hear, but if there is another mobile solution, I guess that's almost as good. But why re-invent the wheel?
u007: Please just use vbulletin or something standard.
Not a bad idea at all. That would let the site owners focus on content instead of infrastructure, and let us all benefit from a standard interface and back end system, which works well and is familiar to anyone who has been using multiple community sites during the past decade.
tinternaut: The changes look great for the desktop site. However, I see there are others here, like me, who are hungry for something a little more mobile centric. Obviously, this is a bit harder for DPR (Tapatalk and Forum Runner are out of the question) but the sooner we get a mobile view, the better.
"working on it" :-)
Glad to hear it! If I rank ordered what I hoped to see in the features list of the new site, this was number one. I'll be eagerly awaiting it. Even just opening up to the Tapatalk API would be excellent.
Royi Avital: For me this is the most important thing in my opinion:"The record of which posts you've read will now be stored on our servers, not in your browser, so the read status of threads will be correct whatever device you log-in on.".
Thank You for that!
Could you please make the previous platform open source?It is amazing system many will be happy to have.
Agreed, this is an awesome improvement, since I access the forums from 4 different places and often give up because I can't get to where I left off, previously.
LensHood: I really really wonder why you sticked to the threated view of a discussion. It is my single most complaint about this wonderful resource. Just show everything in a flat view. Show ALL messages in a thread simultaneously. It is extremely inconvenient to have these multiple threats. And really, ever noticed that no other forum on the planet does this anymore?
Yep, there is a reason VBulletin style has won out over time. Back in the 90s, it wasn't clear what was going to be the most useful style for forums. A dozen+ years later, after lots of trial and error, we know. And it's not the layout dpreview has used nor is proposing to use.
Also was hoping for a proper RSS feed of the forums. I'm using Flipboard, for example, to see what all the recent topics are in a particular forum I am following.... but all Flipboard can do is create a tile for each Topic title.... and show me nothing of a summary (like the first post, that would be great), and when I click through I just get the desktop version of the site, rather than a basic text version or a mobile version, which is almost unreadable.
Did a quick search and didn't find any mention of improvements for mobile access. The existing mobile formatting of the main site contents for mobile works well enough.
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