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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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PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (Oct 4, 2012)

Where's the "My threads" link for each particular user. Is it gone?

PK

0 upvotes
sean lancaster
By sean lancaster (Oct 4, 2012)

I think you can just hit the M key when viewing a forum topic, for example. Try it.

EDIT: Doh, that just shows your forum activity. Ah well -- I like that better. ;~)

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JulesJ
By JulesJ (Oct 4, 2012)

I can only find it by clicking on the Forums link at the top right and it is now listed there. But this is misleading as it isn't a Forum is it?

0 upvotes
PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (Oct 4, 2012)

Thanks Jules!
It is, indeed, misleading but I couldn't care less as it is now in my "Bookmarks Toolbar" :)
Problem solved!
PK

0 upvotes
harry cannoli
By harry cannoli (Oct 10, 2012)

Uhhh, anyone notice that Andy and Richard have taken off for the hills. No replies from DPReview for a while. Hmm...

Maybe they've finally gotten some sleep..

0 upvotes
Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (Oct 4, 2012)

Still overflowing into the ads :^(

0 upvotes
Nightwings
By Nightwings (Oct 4, 2012)

Yup... same here

0 upvotes
Rick Knepper
By Rick Knepper (Oct 4, 2012)

The format of the reply frame is extremely problemtic. It appears that you are using a format that is reminiscent of a previous version and makes it difficult to place comments precisely. I liked the > delimiters. And it is also missing the preview frame. Not good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 upvote
BaldCol
By BaldCol (Oct 4, 2012)

It doesn't need a preview frame, it's WYSIWYG

1 upvote
Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (Oct 4, 2012)

Well it IS a big change. Time will tell but I suspect it will be tweaked as we go and be better in the end. The old code that ran this place had to be a pain in the butt to maintain!

I say thumbs up for now!

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3 upvotes
John King
By John King (Oct 4, 2012)

Gidday Greg

I agree.

Considering that we are into Day One, with the forums actually working from the moment the change over occurred, I reckon that in itself is a small miracle.

Having had to probe and plumb the depths of "antique" code on a number of occasions, I have considerable sympathy with the trials of the programmers here having to deal with proprietary code that is well over ten years old ... UGH!!

Better to re-program the site using modern, documented tools.

br, john

2 upvotes
John King
By John King (Oct 4, 2012)

Neither reply posts nor quote posts work at all with Opera.

Crashed twice ...

0 upvotes
PAUL TILL
By PAUL TILL (Oct 4, 2012)

I've got to say it.

In the 4 years I've been here at dpreview I don't ever remember a newbie complaining that the forum was awkward to navigate, in fact I don't recall ever hearing anyone say it needed overhauling.

Sometimes things just work and in my opinion there was absolutely nothing wrong with the old styles. We had a few glitches after your move across the ocean but other than that it was perfect.

It's like when a car manufacturer spends millions of £'s developing the handling on their car and the owner sticks a set of alloys on it with the wrong offset and wonders why it no longer handles as it should.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

9 upvotes
brumd
By brumd (Oct 4, 2012)

Well, I AM a newbie, and the reason I never complained about the forum was because it took only one glance to see this terribly old-fashioned 'threaded view' and decided to stay away from it..

The new version doesn't look too appealing either, but at least now I understand you can avoid totally out of time 'threaded view', so I might have a look in the near future.

2 upvotes
PAUL TILL
By PAUL TILL (Oct 4, 2012)

From day one (4 years ago) I've been viewing in flat view. You've always had the choice.

6 upvotes
Paul T.
By Paul T. (Oct 4, 2012)

I presume that the real reason for the re-write was to replace 7 year old code with one that would be easy to maintain and amend.

I've been in that position quite a few times and it's almost impossible to resist the temptation to completely revamp the application itself at the same time.

0 upvotes
mrxak
By mrxak (Oct 4, 2012)

*raises hand*

Hi, I'm a newbie, and the old forums were awful. It remains to be seen if the new ones are any better.

2 upvotes
Stephenbw
By Stephenbw (Oct 4, 2012)

I just don't get the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." mantra.

By that logic we'd all still be shooting film and have dial-up modems…

3 upvotes
PAUL TILL
By PAUL TILL (Oct 4, 2012)

Yes but I bet you wouldn't like it if all your books, magazines and newspapers moved to blue/yellow text on black paper.

0 upvotes
gl2k
By gl2k (Oct 4, 2012)

It's new and therefore it's better than the old one.
A new version is always better than the old version ... no matter what has changed. LOL

0 upvotes
ericN2
By ericN2 (Oct 4, 2012)

Is it possible please that when I type ANY reply or indeed make a NEW post to a new thread..do I ALWAYS have to continually keep UN-ticking that dratted box at the bottom of the post, to say or indicate that I do NOT want any note if a response comes in.

Why cannot I UNTICK the box and it then be treated as UNTICKED for every post I make thereafter..until I myself may decide otherwise..

Same with Notifications...my Profile ALREADY shows a tick/cross in EVERY box saying that I do NOT want notifications..yet my incoming mailbox STILL keeps getting what is a useless mail-note .. of which I have quite enough already, as do so many..with the blasted rubbish mails these days.

2 upvotes
NIK11
By NIK11 (Oct 4, 2012)

What was fundamentally wrong with the earlier format?

Seems to me it's change for change's sake, overkill. I'm not impressed.

Would prefer that DPRE's 'valuable' resource was spent on camera reviews rather than this distraction.

Nick

7 upvotes
GMart
By GMart (Oct 4, 2012)

Knowing IT systems it had to do with the current set-up either being at the end of life, the current software becoming unsupported or to bring efficiency (in storage terms) back to the system.

1 upvote
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Oct 4, 2012)

Dear DPreview.
I can not write on the new forum. After typing several words on the message field, some "sripts" are hanging, IE crashes. Even these words can be typed VEEERY slow.
I also can not cut quotation in several pieces to answer it part by part.
IE8, Win7

upd: Also "Del" button doesn't work, only "backspace"

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Oct 4, 2012)

I can also confirm a problem with Win7 IE8, for the time being I'd suggest using Chrome or Firefox

0 upvotes
Mariush
By Mariush (Oct 4, 2012)

Using both Win7 and Vista in combination with Chrome. No problems at all.

Am not really surprised that IE gives problems. Chrome is far superior and more reliable.

Comment edited 29 seconds after posting
1 upvote
unknown member
By (unknown member) (Oct 4, 2012)

Nice job, DPR

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2 upvotes
The A-Team
By The A-Team (Oct 4, 2012)

New look is good. Looking forward to the mobile forums!

0 upvotes
HSway
By HSway (Oct 4, 2012)

Looking nice &better. I am guessing it was mentioned before, just to support: the white background skin would be a welcome standard option.

Hynek

2 upvotes
Nightwings
By Nightwings (Oct 4, 2012)

There should be a simple and straight forward up or down vote on the new forums .... Yes or No ... and let that be the deciding factor as to the new 'features' are woth it or not.

The irony is .. and this is only my opinion .... I feel that maybe ... 5% of the old forums were broken and needed improvements ... but DPR did a 100% rennovation. To use an analogy ... DPR gutted the house to fix a leaky pipe in the basement.

6 upvotes
BaldCol
By BaldCol (Oct 4, 2012)

I suspect that the 10 year old 'house' was being held together with sticky tape and luck so trying to replace the leaky pipe would have resulting in the house falling down.
Sometimes you have to rebuild not tinker around the edges.

3 upvotes
Mike CH
By Mike CH (Oct 4, 2012)

BaldCol: Perhaps, but rewriting (rebuilding) does not imply redesigning the UI.

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Florida Nature Photographer

I"ve been reading through some of the comments and I have seen a few admin posts that say they may undo certain changes based on feedback. This is inherently unscientific since people who don't like something are much more likely to post than those that do.

Why not make more things user customizable options? Then you can please everyone.

2 upvotes
Nightwings
By Nightwings (Oct 4, 2012)

That would add an incredible amount of code.

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onlooker
By onlooker (Oct 4, 2012)

"That would add an incredible amount of code"

Not at all. Just allow users to edit and then source a subset of the site's CSS in each user's settings area. I know sites that do it. Users can customize living daylight out of the site, and yet it involves very little coding change.

1 upvote
ChrisEnnis
By ChrisEnnis (Oct 4, 2012)

I too dislike the new forums with a vengeance. The old format was fine, why change it? I'm going to spend very much less time here and the advertisers are going to have far less chance to sell me stuff.

10 upvotes
starwolfy
By starwolfy (Oct 4, 2012)

While in Blue mode...the writtings are not fadded when a post is marked as read.
In Yellow...it works fine and the darker yellow makes it easier to understand what was read and what was not.

3 upvotes
SergeyGreen
By SergeyGreen (Oct 4, 2012)

It looks ugly, it is unintuitive, and the rating system is an absolute nonsense. For the forums that are driven by conflict it is yet another addon of useless information. It is uninviting.

15 upvotes
Nightwings
By Nightwings (Oct 4, 2012)

Agreed. Each particular forum will be ruled by their respective pack of bullies.

2 upvotes
John King
By John King (Oct 4, 2012)

As one of the people who contributes mightily to such conflict, you ought to know.

What's the problem? Did someone give one of your positive, useful posts a Brown Thumb award?

3 upvotes
TheD70Kid
By TheD70Kid (Oct 4, 2012)

I wasn't aware the site was broken. Of course if it wasn't broken you wouldn't have "fixed" it. Right?

Seriously, love you, dpreview, just don't know why you had to change when you were oh so good before.

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6 upvotes
JohanP
By JohanP (Oct 4, 2012)

I think it's great! good work!

2 upvotes
Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Oct 4, 2012)

Agree with most of what have been said here, that the old style was more compact and easier to use, especially for those with smaller displays!

10 upvotes
Florida Nature Photographer

How do I separate a quote so that I can quote one sentence and respond to that then quote another sentence and respond to it in a way that is clear and easy to understand? I could do this easily with the old software.

How do I preview my post before submitting it so I can tell that my quotes aren't appear correctly?

How do I find answers to these types of questions without having to wait for a response to a post?

The old forum told you how long ago a post was submitted. The new forum tells you the time it would be submitted in GMT. This would be more useful if it converted GMT to my local time EDT. I see no place to tell the forum what my local time is. This is normal functionality for these forums.

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WilbaW
By WilbaW (Oct 4, 2012)

This morning on Firefox I was able to hit Enter to break a line in a quote, then Ctrl-Z, which left the lines broken but with the quotation restored.

This afternoon in IE I can't break a quote at all! So if I want to insert my own text I have to copy and paste the quote to create two separate pieces, then edit each piece so that they look like they were broken apart.

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Florida Nature Photographer

I have, now, figured out how to separate the quotes. And the separate preview pane is no longer needed. These are genuine improvements that I appreciate.

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BaldCol
By BaldCol (Oct 4, 2012)

Just noticed the Canon forums have changed names to the US camera names (Rebels) instead of 1000D, etc.

The Americans have finally completely taken over what used to be a UK site. Boo Hoo. :-)

2 upvotes
BaldCol
By BaldCol (Oct 4, 2012)

Generally liking the new changes. I am sure there will be some teething troubles but stick with it.

0 upvotes
aarif
By aarif (Oct 4, 2012)

it was much better before why on earth change something so good

14 upvotes
Starshot
By Starshot (Oct 4, 2012)

These new forums suck!!!

9 upvotes
10sj03
By 10sj03 (Oct 4, 2012)

Prefer the old design. Less scrolling and easier to read.

18 upvotes
Dave_H
By Dave_H (Oct 5, 2012)

Totally agree.
The "Home" page is superb but the "Forum" pages have been spoilt.

Regards

0 upvotes
D Cox
By D Cox (Oct 4, 2012)

The popup panels are quite annoying, and the popup EXIF data destroys the composition of any image you are looking at.

The larger size type is easier to read than the old. Blue on black is the worst possible colour combination for type, because of the low blue resolution of the eye.

Generally, it is all too jumpy and distracting, like a fairground.

I suggest you cut out all the features you are most proud of.

13 upvotes
Earthlight
By Earthlight (Oct 4, 2012)

It seems harder to navigate than the old design. There used to be My threads and back to forum links conveniently placed. Using a tablet computer now requires more "clicks" and scrolling than before.

What was particularly nice about My threads links was that they took you to "recent activity". It was much more useful.

I reverted back to yellow text and condensed view, but am missing the name of the topic starter. At the bottom of the forum pages I would like two links: back to forum and My threads.

Viewing original size pictures in threads seems very counter intuitive now. The old system was elegant and it just worked. Now I find myself tapping on the images, going back up to close the image window and it is quite a step backwards IMHO.

Appreciate the effort though. Must have been tons of work.

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9 upvotes
SteveJL
By SteveJL (Oct 4, 2012)

I'm finding the text on black VERY hard to read, both the turquoise-on-black in the forum main list, and also the white-on-black in the thread list. The white boxes that contain post text are also very bright on my eyes. I can turn down the brightness but this adversely affects other web-sites and also my photo-viewing settings. I would like some control over the elements on these pages but realize you guys code it all, so user-control is out of the question. I will likely spend less time too as my only method of control. I respect what you guys are trying to do, improvement-wise, and my problem is not resistance to change, but entirely a visual thing. I don't like web-sites that "assault" me. <sigh>

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12 upvotes
SteveJL
By SteveJL (Oct 4, 2012)

I tried the Yellow but it is not much better. I think the problem is how the black background is coded.

1 upvote
jr
By jr (Oct 4, 2012)

Too much wasted space now, repeated graphic symbols that really add no value... Old format was much better

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16 upvotes
Dave_H
By Dave_H (Oct 5, 2012)

Totally agree

0 upvotes
montygm
By montygm (Oct 4, 2012)

PS: Meant to ask you. When you have read all the way down to the end of the forum list and then click the next page to see following reviews...is there any way that DP came make the new page start from the TOP of the page rather than staying at the bottom and having user scrolling back up all over again?
Cheers.

6 upvotes
SteveJL
By SteveJL (Oct 4, 2012)

Getting same here in Firefox 15.0.1. But not on all Forums, definitely happening in THIS feedback thread. Major PITA when encountered.

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
1 upvote
emii
By emii (Oct 4, 2012)

Typical web-renovation: you can see _less_ topics on the screen, very trendy now.

3 upvotes
John King
By John King (Oct 4, 2012)

If you are going to use an embedded WYSIWYG editor, why not use a full featured one like TinyMCE.

I cannot get images in my footer block to display (have tried .JPG and .GIF formats), and the URL of my web site is not "active" unless I select it while editing my post/reply.

Previous comments about not splitting posts are right on the money.

No emoticons is bad news ... :( :(

br, john

2 upvotes
montygm
By montygm (Oct 4, 2012)

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.

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

we've already added the last thing

0 upvotes
xtoph
By xtoph (Oct 4, 2012)

not a smooth transition. mangled several of my posts.

when posting text, then inserting a photo from dpr gallery, then more text, everything before the photo is lost upon posting (this happened first on an ipad, don't know if it is specific to that. btw, the caption editing bar for inserted photos isn't selectable on an ipad.)

handling of previously posted quoted text is horrible. it keeps jumping around, particularly if i want to take a chunk of quote, break it up, and insert several short replies. as it is, you lose quote formatting on the remaining text. to make matters worse, there is no way to apply quote formatting to correct the error.

already mentioned below how dpr gallery photos display poorly as embeds (they look flat), and you lose the second-click 'original size' display, thus making many carefully lined up comparison threads useless.

i understand resistance to change, but sometimes the resistance happens for a reason. nothing about the new look seems better.

4 upvotes
rjx
By rjx (Oct 4, 2012)

"An error has occurred
You can only edit this post 2 times.
Please contact us if you have any questions."

I just received the above message when editing a post I made in the forum. The problem is, I had only edited it once. I tried to edit a 2nd time and that's when I received the above message. So I was only allowed to edit the post once.

1 upvote
rjx
By rjx (Oct 4, 2012)

No preview when typing a reply?

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

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

0 upvotes
Florida Nature Photographer

Not true. The so called WSIWYG does not show how the quotes will look. I learned this the hard way on my first post since the change.

2 upvotes
tiberiousgracchus
By tiberiousgracchus (Oct 4, 2012)

Will take some getting used to. Looks clean and fresh at first glance. But for some reason seams less 'inviting'..

2 upvotes
pieces
By pieces (Oct 4, 2012)

No emoticons at all now! Wordpress does not work. The only way to even vaguely show tone or intent in a forum is with these.

1 upvote
keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Oct 4, 2012)

i am disappointed in how horrible the new forums look.

The new layout sacrifices a lot of vertical space, and your archaic fixed width layout will not let me take advantage of my copious horizontal space.

Zoomed in to full screen I can only read one or two posts at a time. A real setback from the old design.

I like the current article comments section a lot better. It's still fixed width but each post takes up much less vertical space.

This is completely objective and not just this old timer not liking any change. The new system fits less comments on a single screen than the old system. And please please please bring back letting us set the flat view by defualt. It's a PITA having to set it for every thread.

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5 upvotes
Milan Baloun
By Milan Baloun (Oct 4, 2012)

Exactly, there is too much empty space at the sides. Is this because of mobile devices or why is the layout designed like that?

2 upvotes
The_Wicker_Man
By The_Wicker_Man (Oct 4, 2012)

Not nice ay all. I know some changes take some gettimg used to, but the new layout is much less readable

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

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.

5 upvotes
Mariush
By Mariush (Oct 4, 2012)

@Simon: this exactly the prof. attitude I love to read. I have hoovered over the forums for over an hour now (early morning here in Europe) and really LOVE these improvements. Convinced also that this is on-going and we will see (or not see as its under the skin) more refinements as the days will pass.

0 upvotes
Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Oct 4, 2012)

@ Mariush Oh, I thought your comment was ironic, as blaming the users is a very typical reaction. Alas, you DID like it. I don't.

2 upvotes
starwolfy
By starwolfy (Oct 4, 2012)

This remind me a great french website I use to read. They made a "re-design" to implement articles on home page in a cleaner way with more space and picture. At the end of the day it just made a huge loss of vertical space. After being tired of scrolling like a madman to find the interesting articles and step by step stoped reading this site.

Simon Joinson you can say people are haters...and in IT projects people tell to complain fast anytime their environment is changed...but you cannot deny that the loss of vertical space is huge and annoying...and that the color used are making our eyes to bleed...

6 upvotes
The_Wicker_Man
By The_Wicker_Man (Oct 4, 2012)

That is not true, Simon. Changes have been made in the past, which I have welcomed. And I do welcome some of the new functionality. But I do not like the new appearance - it is a simple fact that some fonts/colours/layouts are easier to read than others (a great deal of research goes into readability of road signs for instance). The simple truth is that I find the new format quite uncomfortable to read and I have no doubt that would be the same were I a regular or a complete newcomer. Why bother asking for feedback if all you're going to do with negative comments is blame them on resistance to change?

5 upvotes
Stephenbw
By Stephenbw (Oct 5, 2012)

Not true Simon; I generally like new designs and I actually love this one. Once the wrinkles have been ironed out I'm sure that I'll love it even more.
Thanks for all the hard work.

0 upvotes
Robert F. Tobler
By Robert F. Tobler (Oct 4, 2012)

Although it's nice to see if a thread was completely read or only half-read, I have one problem: the half-read icon is visually to close to the unread icon: due to the wihte rim, it is way more than half-bright, thus making it harder to distinguish from the unread icon. One fix would be to make the rim on the dark side somewhat greyish.

And I agree, that the original poster should be visible in the collapsed view as well.

Other than that, I find it OK, i.e. I am in the phase of getting used to it.

2 upvotes
Phill Downunder
By Phill Downunder (Oct 4, 2012)

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.

1 upvote
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Oct 4, 2012)

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

1 upvote
Mariush
By Mariush (Oct 4, 2012)

I really LOVE it. Possibility to switch between blue and yellow is great and very pleasing for my eyes. As always you have to get used to some functions and were to place the cursor to make best use of the "pup-ups" of messages while going through them, but at first view: DPR WELL done, a great improvement and another reason to visit the forums regularly!!

0 upvotes
thinkfat
By thinkfat (Oct 4, 2012)

Not bad. The white-on-black goes nicely with the rest of the site, but keep in mind that hard and heavy contrasts are not easy on the eye. Allowing to chose the "Yellow" color scheme helps a bit, but not much.

Functionally, what I don't like is the waste of vertical space in the thread view. It's waay to much scrolling. A collapsed view like in the topic view would be much appreciated.

The "image viewing mode" is disturbing. I could go with a fullscreen mode for viewing images, but the popup is just evil. Not sure it'll work well on a tablet. Also, on a tablet you will hit it accidentally a lot because it pops up when you tap. And who hasn't tapped when he wanted to swipe.

1 upvote
panos_m
By panos_m (Oct 4, 2012)

I will second your comment on too much waste of vertical space in forum thread view. The buttons "Start a new thread" and "Ask a question" and their bounding box are unnecessary big! :)

3 upvotes
pieces
By pieces (Oct 4, 2012)

The way the new forum is displaying photographs is very disappointing. I put up a set of photos in the following thread http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3273845 a few days ago. These photos are sharp but in the new thread they are flat, lacking detail and sharpness. This is very disappointing and certainly removes any motivation to show any photographs. I will certainly not be posting any under these circumstances.

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

I just took a look at the pics, they look nice on my 2008 macbook pro (at home). I'll take a look in the AM on a calibrated monitor and check in with our devs on whether there's any (non-browser related) issues with images displaying. What browser are you using?

2 upvotes
Milan Baloun
By Milan Baloun (Oct 4, 2012)

You are right, they look less sharp than in your gallery.
The same thing happens to me on Skydrive.

2 upvotes
pieces
By pieces (Oct 4, 2012)

You can view the images in their full resolution in the gallery, but this is adding extra steps, the image opens in another window, all a very cumbersome implementation and not user friendly at all

2 upvotes
xtoph
By xtoph (Oct 4, 2012)

it looks to me also like my dpr gallery photos are no longer displaying properly. lack contrast and sharpness compared to previously. oh, and the max size from the gallery is no longer available on embedded pics in the forum. this completely bolloxes many comparison files i've uploaded to my gallery--displaying them this way, at less than 100%, will make the accompanying text appear ridiculous.
terrible implementation.

2 upvotes
pieces
By pieces (Oct 4, 2012)

Using latest version of Firefox Scott

0 upvotes
Rosember
By Rosember (Oct 4, 2012)

Same here: images look soft and flat in the forum on my iMac (OS X 10.8.2, Safari 6.0.1 - both latest versions). :-(

0 upvotes
rev43
By rev43 (Oct 4, 2012)

I don't like it at all, I wear specs and I am finding it very hard on the eyes, if it stays in this format I can't see me coming here very often, I much prefer the old one, and no I won't get used to it it's rubbish.

5 upvotes
ScottieC
By ScottieC (Oct 4, 2012)

I'm not liking the design......

6 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Oct 4, 2012)

I can't read posts now...Too hard to see...

3 upvotes
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