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Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system

By dpreview staff on Oct 3, 2012 at 21:29 GMT

We've just deployed the redesigned forum system - the biggest single change we've made since our forums were created, over 13 years ago. As discussed in an earlier news post, the new software will closely match the behavior of the existing system but with a range of additional features and with scope for further expansion in the future. We've sifted through the feedback from the preview announcement we made last week and have developed a list of requested features that we will start working on.

Existing feedback:

From our first round of feedback we have identified a series of features that we will be implementing in the coming weeks and months, including:

  • 'm.forums' mobile-device-friendly version of the forums
  • Alternative colorschemes / skins
  • 'Ignore thread' option
  • 'Mark as read' option for threads
  • Additional requested tweaks and improvements

But we've listened to all the feedback and will continue to add features and behavioral adjustments.

Clarification on user moderation:

We would also like to make a clarification about community moderation and the role of down-voting in the new forums. When we talk about community moderation, we are referring to a group of hand-picked moderators who have volunteered from within the forums communities and whose actions will be overseen, not simply entrusting moderation to up- and down-voting. We will also be working very carefully when setting thresholds for any systems based on voting so that they can't be easily rigged. These systems will not be introduced until we think they can be introduced in a way that truly benefits the community.

More features coming

In addition to the requested tweaks and feature additions that were requested in the first round of feedback, there are a series of features that the new system will allow us to add. These include:

  • User reviews
  • User articles / blog posts
  • User polls
  • Better filtering (time / date ranges ...)
  • Trending / hot stuff page
  • Better integration with product pages (ability to ask / see questions on product pages...)

More feedback wanted

However, we know that a change this big will inevitably have a few teething troubles and features that need to be fine-tuned, so we're looking for feedback on any bugs you spot or changes you think have to be made. Please send your feedback using this webform, where they will be monitored to help make the new forums as enjoyable as possible.

Comments

Total comments: 736
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cs hauser
By cs hauser (Oct 3, 2012)

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.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

"The webpages are still only 950-pixels wide. Seriously? It's 2012, and most people have screens that are 1920-pixels. "

Which I subdivide into two 960x1200 windows.

2 upvotes
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

By the way, the main forum section should auto-scale to the width of the window you are using.

0 upvotes
whyamihere
By whyamihere (Oct 3, 2012)

cs ahuser: Two words - mobile devices. Lest you forget, some people use their phone or tablet to view this site, and those devices still average at VGA to SVGA resolutions at best - retina Apple iOS devices aside.

I call it good, versatile site design that I see everywhere.

If you want the text to fill the horizontal span of your 1920 pixel-wide display, I'd invite you to press "Ctrl" and "+" until it fits. Either that, or recognize there are other resolutions in use beyond your desktop display.

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Tan68
By Tan68 (Oct 3, 2012)

i don't use my browser full screen, anyway. i don't really like reading across 12 or 14 inch lines. the current text columns could be a little wider (as far as i am concerned) but i would want them much wider. now, they are about the width of an e-book reader...

1 upvote
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 3, 2012)

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.

5 upvotes
cs hauser
By cs hauser (Oct 3, 2012)

I think the words/line on dpreview is fine the way it is. Unfortunately, the fonts are so small. By widening the webpage to at least 1280, dpr could use larger fonts without affecting the words/line ratio.

Also, I think 600-pixels wide is too small for a photography website. Larger image dimensions would be preferable in both the review articles and forum samples.

0 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Oct 3, 2012)

This is because magazines, books, everything is published for portrait viewing since it's how all written works have been... ever. It is very difficult to read something over very long lines such as on a wide screen from end to end. You also end up with less "content" since all you get is width. I use my 24" screen to have 2 browser windows open.

Look at iphone and ipad commercials and 99% of the time they show the device being used vertically. The only "wide screen" books I know of are photo books and children's books. And look at all major websites and they are designed basically how DPR is designed. Grow up and stop whining!

0 upvotes
Mark H
By Mark H (Oct 3, 2012)

At the moment it's possible to rate one's own messages, and also to 'LIKE' one's own comments.

This really needs to be disabled, or at least made a little less easy (there are obvious ways around).

1 upvote
whyamihere
By whyamihere (Oct 3, 2012)

If I had one comment - and I admit this might be a little difficult to work out - it would be: So where does the Canon EOS M go?

At first, I thought - just as someone had mentioned below about the Nikon DX and FX SLR's should just get separate forums - perhaps Canon should be parsed out into APS-C and Full-Frame cameras. Then I thought there might be too much to sift through if you bunched the Rebel and the semi-pro cameras together.

Maybe put it in with the Rebels?

Other than that, the work you put into the upgrade is much appreciated.

1 upvote
Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (Oct 4, 2012)

Where to put it will be a decision up to the editorial staff, but in v2 we're looking to help focus discussion around products via the product tags. It's a foundation we intend to build upon.

0 upvotes
PHOTOJOE55
By PHOTOJOE55 (Oct 3, 2012)

It took me this long to thoroughly misunderstand the old system, now I have to start all over again?

I Can't believe how many new and different cameras are available! in 40+ years in Photography, the market has never looked this crowded. Who can complain, there's got to be something available for just about anyone's idea of the perfect camera. Even better, soon the prices will drop, when they realize if they don't sell this stock, they're going to get stuck with it. I like it! ... Joe Prete

0 upvotes
moimoi
By moimoi (Oct 3, 2012)

Since my list of as$hole users (a.k.a ignore users) have grown more recently, I was wondering whether it would be possible not to display their posts. At the moment, those ignore user posts are tagged/displayed in a different color, but it would be much wiser to have an option which aims at blocking the way they show in the forum assuming those posts are from ignore users.

What do you think?

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8 upvotes
onlooker
By onlooker (Oct 3, 2012)

Can no longer see which message in a forum was read. :( The new CSS seems to enforce the same color for links read and unread.

17 upvotes
Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (Oct 4, 2012)

We'll look into that. You'd be surprised how hard to find a shade of blue that everyone likes. :)

1 upvote
onlooker
By onlooker (Oct 4, 2012)

Thanks. Strangely enough, it still works properly (different color for links read and unread) in the Yellow color mode, but not in Blue. I think grey for read link is good, just the way you have it in the Yellow mode.

0 upvotes
Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (Oct 4, 2012)

It's a lot easier to tell when yellow is 25% vs. when blue is. As you darken blue it tends to go from not noticeable to where did it go at all?! Grey text is currently being used for threads / posts by ignored users.

1 upvote
onlooker
By onlooker (Oct 4, 2012)

Thanks, Richard. Perhaps my suggestion about allowing users to have a subset of the CSS in their profile and edit it to their hearts' desire would solve the problem?

0 upvotes
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

The icon that shows an embedded image has two faults:

- It's on the wrong side (after subject instead of before). If the post is a few posts deep in the tree or if the subject is long, the icon is clipped after the ....

- It shows even if the embedded image is in the signature.

1 upvote
aja2
By aja2 (Oct 3, 2012)

The 'increased spacing' thing is weird. It was easier to read prior to the change. Any way to extend/scale the 'black' part? More than 1/3 of my screen is wasted with gray. (23"ACD)

also, can you link to a 'smilies' list? or put the graphics back in the text editor?

OH and can you please make the 'subscribe to email replies' on a thread default to OFF instead of ticked? I will subscribe if I want to - I don't want the choice made for me my mistake if i forget to UNtick. THanks.

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PAUL TILL
By PAUL TILL (Oct 3, 2012)

Please, put it back to how it was.

1 upvote
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 3, 2012)

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.

4 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Oct 3, 2012)

If it were up to most people, nothing would ever change! I find a lot of people need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

0 upvotes
PAUL TILL
By PAUL TILL (Oct 3, 2012)

I've got nothing against change, except when achieves nothing and looks worse as it does with the new layout.

2 upvotes
Bruce Bracken
By Bruce Bracken (Oct 3, 2012)

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.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 3, 2012)

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)

1 upvote
motobloat
By motobloat (Oct 3, 2012)

Huh, I would rather have just two forums. Nikon DX and Nikon FX. Done.

There are too many ghost town forums that never see much updating because they've been overly subdivided.

1 upvote
Bruce Bracken
By Bruce Bracken (Oct 3, 2012)

Gotcha - thanks for the reply. I think for some people, visually, it is easier to quickly spot the camera model that they are familiar with and jump into their forum, than trying to figure outt he "kind" of camera they have, and where they should look.

Thanks again for the comment.

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JPMontez
By JPMontez (Oct 3, 2012)

Why not Nikon DX, Nikon FX and Nikon Pro?

@DPReview: Why do you consider the Canon 60D a semi-pro model and the Nikon D7000 a consumer model?

0 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Oct 3, 2012)

Why not? Because that would confuse visitors more having aps-c and 35mm dSLRs in the same forum and what goes in the nikon fx then? Just the d600 or the d800 too? So many people would whine if the d800 went in there and then there'd be no point in a single forum for one cameras - oh wait they've already done that with the d300 forum called nikon pro dx!

0 upvotes
JPMontez
By JPMontez (Oct 3, 2012)

@RedFox88
Why would visitors be confused if the camera models are listed after the title of the forum? I don't see any problem in having DX and FX camera owners in the same PRO forum discussing professional issues. There are many professionals using "consumer" cameras as second bodies. And I don't see any problem in having enthusiasts and pros discussing FX camera issues in the same FX forum... And there are more Nikon FX cameras than just the D800 and the D600...

1 upvote
jwaif
By jwaif (Oct 3, 2012)

In threaded view the Featured news stores and Latest News sections along with pop-up ads are overlaying the column showing how old the post.

Update: Now it is working OK

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herbymel
By herbymel (Oct 3, 2012)

Dislike how top posters is no longer broken up by forum, but an overall DPreview posting...at least in the other method it was a good way to see who you could go to in need of information...in this way it's a good way to tell who gets into the most arguments on the Off Topic forum

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Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Oct 3, 2012)

Good point, we should be able to implement this.

1 upvote
davidgp
By davidgp (Oct 4, 2012)

Fully agree with this. I used top posters to better understand each sub-community. Now it's useless to me.

0 upvotes
onlooker
By onlooker (Oct 3, 2012)

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?

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5 upvotes
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 3, 2012)

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

2 upvotes
onlooker
By onlooker (Oct 3, 2012)

Thanks.

0 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Oct 3, 2012)

Cool.. Now we know who are the Mods in bad mood. =D

1 upvote
jquagga
By jquagga (Oct 3, 2012)

*tongue in cheek*

I see from looking at the CSS that our request for bigger fonts has been answered. Instead of 11px, we're at 12px! But hey, black text on white background is a step in the right direction.

I think the "Subscribe to Email Updates" checkmark should really default to off.

2 upvotes
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

"I think the "Subscribe to Email Updates" checkmark should really default to off."

It had better.

2 upvotes
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

When I place a link to one of my images hosted off-site, I post a link to the size I want displayed. Now, the default is to rescale my linked image instead of just showing it in-line directly. This is a bad choice, to say the least. This is one of the reasons I host off-site instead of using the galleries and now you've crippled that option as well.

15 upvotes
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

And what's with the big ugly vertical gray bars on each side of the posted image?

6 upvotes
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

Oh...by the way, clicking on an image to expand it expands the font size of the text in the post as well - that looks like a bug to me.

7 upvotes
Doug Pardee
By Doug Pardee (Oct 3, 2012)

Is the loss of "Related Articles" in the right-hand sidebar permanent?

1 upvote
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 3, 2012)

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

3 upvotes
onlooker
By onlooker (Oct 3, 2012)

Looks good. Perhaps one day when you guys make more changes you could add "Open Thread" which would be a combination of threaded and flat - in other words, all messages within the thread would open at once.

3 upvotes
Don10
By Don10 (Oct 3, 2012)

Looks pretty but not as functional as the old layout.

4 upvotes
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 3, 2012)

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

2 upvotes
ck3
By ck3 (Oct 3, 2012)

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

The ability to see who started a thread (in collapsed view at least), and threads by ignored users at the bottom of the page.

2 upvotes
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 3, 2012)

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

0 upvotes
G Cogger
By G Cogger (Oct 3, 2012)

One thing that's been lost is the ability to see which posts/threads are new since last time I visited. The old forum automatically kept track, but the option to 'mark all posts read' would be fine (perhaps even better). That omission makes it a serious downgrade IMHO :(

3 upvotes
ck3
By ck3 (Oct 3, 2012)

Thanks for the heads up re issue 1. Re issue 2: I don't think I'll want to use expanded view (far too much black space) :-(

1 upvote
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

"The answer to the other is, well, don't use collapsed view...."

Suggestion - put the thread author where the "votes" are and put votes in the roll-over.

2 upvotes
Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Oct 3, 2012)

I’ve already forgot what the old forums looked like, but these look great.

2 upvotes
dennismullen
By dennismullen (Oct 3, 2012)

Links are not enabled in messages.
What does it take?

0 upvotes
Doug Pardee
By Doug Pardee (Oct 3, 2012)

I successfully put one into a forum posting right after the new system went live. What are you doing that isn't working?

Oh, are you talking about image links? I did a web-page link.

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dennismullen
By dennismullen (Oct 3, 2012)

See link is not enabled.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50000131

0 upvotes
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

The new system has far too much vertical white (black) space between the post lines. Please compress some of this wasted space. It makes it harder to see the thread, the sub threads, and which posts connect to each other.

19 upvotes
don_van_vliet
By don_van_vliet (Oct 3, 2012)

+1000

7 upvotes
Joe Brush
By Joe Brush (Oct 3, 2012)

Can we have a "hide thread" option since the "Ignore cretin" button doesn't do it any more?

5 upvotes
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

Can we just make the "ignore cretin" button hide the threads they start like before?

5 upvotes
Pes Lhipchepiw
By Pes Lhipchepiw (Oct 3, 2012)

There's no bug report button, but you have one here relating to bottom-posting:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50000154

1 upvote
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Oct 3, 2012)

On behalf of all the trolls, me no likey new voting system.

3 upvotes
motobloat
By motobloat (Oct 3, 2012)

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...?

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 3, 2012)

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

1 upvote
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

I'm under 50 and would like flat view eliminated as an option.

5 upvotes
Vlad S
By Vlad S (Oct 3, 2012)

I like threaded view when I want to see responses from a specific user, without going through everybody else's. I think it's a good option to have.

1 upvote
PAUL TILL
By PAUL TILL (Oct 3, 2012)

Flat view is for photographers, threaded view is for the trolls.

9 upvotes
motobloat
By motobloat (Oct 3, 2012)

Really? 49? 48?

C'mon. It's 2012. Threaded view was great in 1994 for viewing newsgroups on a 9600 baud modem. But it's time to move on.

1 upvote
Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Oct 3, 2012)

I switch all forums that support it to threaded view. Otherwise, you just see thousands of posts and can't figure out who is talking to whom. You can't have sub-threads in flat view either - too confusing. And flat view only shows a small portion of the thread, whereas threaded shows the whole thread.

1 upvote
benjimouse
By benjimouse (Oct 3, 2012)

I have no problems with threaded being the default, but it's a backwards step to make it you have to click "flat view" every thread you read if that's your preference. Can't it be persisted for the session, or a user setting, or something?

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PC Wheeler
By PC Wheeler (Oct 3, 2012)

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

1 upvote
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 3, 2012)

yes

3 upvotes
Stakeouttoo
By Stakeouttoo (Oct 3, 2012)

looks like 'lots of fluff' that ruined a great layout... bring back the old!!!!!!!

5 upvotes
ck3
By ck3 (Oct 3, 2012)

Sorry for being negative but:

I wish you had used the redesign to address the "flat-view-user-replying-in-the-middle-of-a-thread-problem" by offering two choices under each post in flat view: "reply to thread" and "reply to this message".

Bummer there is no "ignore thread" function. Threads by ignored users aren't even pushed to the bottom of the page anymore.

Also: If a camera manufacturer did implement a function in their camera the way you implemented the "filter discussions without images"-function, you'd roast them alive in your reviews. I don't want to filter out threads without images, I want to filter out "my latest image" threads.

Why not implement a function that a user creating a thread can specify whether it's a technical thread or a picture post and then offer us to filter accordingly?

BTW: Did the feedback in the previous comments section result in any changes?

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Pes Lhipchepiw
By Pes Lhipchepiw (Oct 3, 2012)

Seconding the last question.

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Oct 3, 2012)

Have either of you read the news story?

Specifically the 'Existing Feedback' sub-section?

1 upvote
ck3
By ck3 (Oct 3, 2012)

"Have either of you read the news story?
Specifically the 'Existing Feedback' sub-section?"

Thanks for addressing the points raised ;-) (Yes, I noticed now the issue of ignoring threads will be worked on and that there is the catch-all item "Additional requested tweaks and improvements").

0 upvotes
Bob Tullis
By Bob Tullis (Oct 3, 2012)

When the behavior of embedded images (particularly DPR gallery images) is resolved (filed a report) I'll be better able to appreciate/assess everything else (which I'm looking forward to, in general - we needed a change in a big way, and I think this applies [g]).

0 upvotes
Vlad S
By Vlad S (Oct 3, 2012)

How does quoting work? How do I insert my comments in the middle of a quote so that it does not look like a quote itself?

1 upvote
Pes Lhipchepiw
By Pes Lhipchepiw (Oct 3, 2012)

What, so there ISN'T a way to see all posts in a structured way?

3 upvotes
PAUL TILL
By PAUL TILL (Oct 3, 2012)

Well it only took a couple of minutes to go wrong.

Tried posting in the Fuji forum and got a message saying: You can only post once per day in the for sale forum. :P

1 upvote
PC Wheeler
By PC Wheeler (Oct 3, 2012)

Maybe they just don't want you to run out of stuff :)

1 upvote
Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Oct 3, 2012)

Hi Paul, trying to reproduce this error. Will check back shortly.

0 upvotes
PAUL TILL
By PAUL TILL (Oct 3, 2012)

Thanks, I've sent you an e-mail showing the error.

By the way I can't even get into my thread since that error, all I get now is:

An error has occurred

An error has occurred in the application. The problem is not on your side. Please don't panic. The error has been logged and will be investigated soon. Alternatively, you may use the feedback form in case you would like to poke us or provide more details about what caused this error. We apologise for the inconvenience. You can continue using the following links:

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Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Oct 3, 2012)

SHould be fixed now.

0 upvotes
Nate21
By Nate21 (Oct 3, 2012)

Very well polished and very refreshing

1 upvote
MatijaK
By MatijaK (Oct 3, 2012)

I just tried quoting a post and had to delete everything because I couldn't make sense of anything there.

After I sent the post, I got moved back to threaded view - please don't. I hate that thing with a passion, it's entirely unusable.

Edit: and after I switched to flat view, I got dumped on the first page of a six-page thread. Uuuuughh...... :(

Edit: oh sweet jesus, the post looks horrible now. I seem to have written inside a quoted area. Edit: can't fix that, the post editor is borked.

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scotbot
By scotbot (Oct 3, 2012)

It's a shame that the expand images function has been lost - only one post can be expanded at a time and it's still small. That's a real shame on a PHOTOGRAPHY orientated forum.

It also seems to default back to the really annoying threaded view after replying to a post from flat view.

I appreciate the upgrade but it's ruined the photo-sharing functionality by keeping everything small.

3 upvotes
Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Oct 3, 2012)

You can still see the original full size, there's a link on the lower left side of the image. We'll also be adding additional viewing options for images.

1 upvote
scotbot
By scotbot (Oct 3, 2012)

Thanks, the old large size expanded images were great for viewing picture threads. Also great to see you're on the case with the mobile version!

0 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Oct 3, 2012)

I like it, easier on the eys and more up to date, plus the added functionality

1 upvote
Octane
By Octane (Oct 3, 2012)

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.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 3, 2012)

view mode>collapsed

1 upvote
olakiril2
By olakiril2 (Oct 3, 2012)

Looks good but:

- Please implement a collapsed view of the messages in each thread to make reading faster with less scrolling.

- Mobile version of the threads section would be great.

1 upvote
PG Thomas
By PG Thomas (Oct 3, 2012)

I entirely agree. it's no longer easy to pick up on a thread..... scroll scroll scroll....

4 upvotes
Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Oct 3, 2012)

Mobile version is on the way as noted above, thanks for the feedback~

1 upvote
325xia
By 325xia (Oct 4, 2012)

Why mess with a good thing? i do not like this new "Forum System"!!!

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agfa100
By agfa100 (Oct 4, 2012)

I agree with just about everyone else, this new format does not work, it was much easier to find things with the old site.... PLEASE BRING IT BACK.....

WBILL

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Stefan Klein
By Stefan Klein (Oct 7, 2012)

the new design is just plain ugly and hurts in my eyes. Very high contrast und ugly colors. It`s even worse than the old design, which is hard to believe.

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