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Bruceadmin

22-09-03, 09:10 PM (BST)
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"Postings Board Upgrade"
 
  
We are upgrading the postings board this Friday afternoon - 26th September.

Postings won't be available for 2-3 hours and when it returns it will look somewhat different - the new software has new capabilities and a somewhat different layout.

We don't want to loose service and so Postings will reopen for business as soon as possible. However there are lots of tweaks and configuration options and over the weekend we (Trog and myself) will probably be in evidence adjusting a thing or two. By Monday it should all be done and ready to upset everybody as we all get our brain around new feature and changed hot links! At least we don't do it often.

Note this is just a change of the software - we don't plan to change the forums themselves yet - changes there will follow before too long though.

Sorry for the hassle, but its been over 3 years since we last upgraded and we have left it as long as we could.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Postings Board Upgrade alison 23-09-03 1
     RE: Postings Board Upgrade Anjuli_Bai 26-09-03 2
         RE: Postings Board Upgrade trogadmin 26-09-03 3
             RE: Postings Board Upgrade Ann Welsh 26-09-03 4
                 RE: Postings Board Upgrade Anjuli_Bai 26-09-03 5
                     RE: Postings Board Upgrade Helen 26-09-03 6
                         RE: Postings Board Upgrade Bruce Madmin 26-09-03 7
                         RE: Postings Board Upgrade Bruce Madmin 26-09-03 8
                             RE: Postings Board Upgrade Viviane 26-09-03 9
                                 RE: Postings Board Upgrade Anjuli_Bai 27-09-03 12
                                     RE: Postings Board Upgrade Viviane 27-09-03 13
                                     RE: Postings Board Upgrade Viviane 27-09-03 14
  RE: Postings Board Upgrade alison 27-09-03 15
     RE: Postings Board Upgrade Viviane 27-09-03 16
         RE: Postings Board Upgrade Anjuli_Bai 27-09-03 17
             RE: Postings Board Upgrade Viviane 27-09-03 18
  New messages not showing? alison 29-09-03 19
     RE: New messages not showing? Bruceadmin 29-09-03 20
         RE: New messages not showing? Viviane 29-09-03 21
             Hyperlinks Brendan McCarthymoderator 29-09-03 22
                 RE: mini-poll trogadmin 29-09-03 23
             RE: New messages not showing? Bruceadmin 29-09-03 24
                 RE: New messages not showing? Viviane 30-09-03 25
                     RE: New messages not showing? Helen 30-09-03 26
         RE: New messages not showing? alison 30-09-03 27
             RE: New messages not showing? alison 30-09-03 28
                 RE: New messages not showing? Bruceadmin 30-09-03 29
                     RE: New messages not showing? alison 01-10-03 30
                         Editing Posting trog01 01-10-03 31
                             RE: Font Size Anjuli_Bai 08-10-03 32
                                 RE: Font Size Madoldbat 08-10-03 33

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alison

23-09-03, 12:59 PM (BST)
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1. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
In response to message #0
 
   Hope it all goes smoothly, Bruce. I'm looking forward to the promised new features (but then you knew that).


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Anjuli_Bai

26-09-03, 03:07 PM (BST)
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2. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
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   I love it...it looks great.


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trogadmin

26-09-03, 04:12 PM (BST)
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3. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
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   Well the board has been upgraded and we're back up. The missing mini-poll and the read latest search will be reinstated asap, together with anything else that has gone west.

Post your bouquets and brickbats here! I'm pleased that we've had one bouquet so far...


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Ann Welsh

26-09-03, 05:03 PM (BST)
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4. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
In response to message #3
 
   Ooh this is a bit different but, not daunted, will give it a go .


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Anjuli_Bai

26-09-03, 05:30 PM (BST)
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5. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
In response to message #4
 
   ....uh....er....um....earlier today I was able to find and click "Mark All" when I had finished reading new posts.....

but....now....I can't seem to find the "Mark All" icon. Has it gone south/east/west/north? or have I gone south/east/west/north?

or maybe you folks are still busy (I am sure you are!) fixing things up?

or is it just a jeté away in another place?


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Helen

26-09-03, 08:02 PM (BST)
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6. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
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   Mark All didn't seem to work when I did it - at least when I next tried I didn't get a nice simple list of posts I hadn't read, as I used to. It could easily be that I'm doing something wrong - I'm not very bright at this stuff.

I think the new look is fine, but I'm not sure about being able to see who's online - it seems a bit Big-Brotherish, as if someone is trying to see how much time people waste! (Guilty conscience speaking!) Not that Ballet.co is a waste of time, of course.


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Bruce Madmin

26-09-03, 08:14 PM (BST)
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7. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
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The plan is to do mods through the weekend - do forgive but I think its probably best if people hold off questions until Monday, when the board will hopefully be more the way we want. However to be going on with note that Read messages and Mark all are here - just changed names/postions I think - but more on Monday.

The great thing though is that people have been able to post!


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Bruce Madmin

26-09-03, 09:01 PM (BST)
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8. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
In response to message #6
 
  
>I think the new look is fine, but I'm not sure about being
>able to see who's online - it seems a bit Big-Brotherish, as
>if someone is trying to see how much time people waste!

Agree - its been clobbered already, though we need to tidy it away better yet.


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Viviane

26-09-03, 09:32 PM (BST)
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9. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
In response to message #8
 
   I LOVE THE NEW LOOK !
Was the whole day busy, busy...and had completely forgotten about it, what a nice surprise !


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Anjuli_Bai

27-09-03, 02:44 PM (BST)
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12. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
In response to message #9
 
   I think I figured out the disappearance of the "Mark All" - somehow my "Preferences" got changed to "no." When I changed it back to "yes" it appeared again and seems to work.

Bravo/Brava to all who have worked so hard for this new look!


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Viviane

27-09-03, 03:18 PM (BST)
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13. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
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   Anjuli_Bai, I absolutely agree with you ! Wah, it feels like having
a new toy Well done boys !


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Viviane

27-09-03, 03:22 PM (BST)
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14. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
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   Sorry, must post again because Edit-function gives an "Internal error"-message.

I wonder where everybody is hanging out now ? I had expected loads of reactions !?


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alison

27-09-03, 04:31 PM (BST)
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15. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
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   Oops, I went off shopping yesterday lunchtime and didn't get back in time to log on, so I'd completely forgotten this was happening! Looks good at a first glance, and PM-ing everyone may be so much easier than emailing them (if I do that it automatically links to my work account, which isn't helpful). Will we get notification of PMs to our email accounts, when we log on here, or what (or if you've covered that elsewhere already, just point me to the URL ). Only a couple of comments so far: the font size on the overview of topics in each individual forum is really a bit small (esp. since I'm in a library and the fixed screen is a good couple of feet from my eyes!), and there's an awful lot of wasted space on the right of the screen, but apart from that I'll leave you to get on with the tweaking ...

Nice work, everyone!


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Viviane

27-09-03, 05:28 PM (BST)
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16. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
In response to message #15
 
   Alison, go to "User menu" and then to "edit preferences".


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Anjuli_Bai

27-09-03, 06:27 PM (BST)
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17. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
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   I just looked at my profile....and it said I was "male" - uh oh - so I checked some other things and changed that. So, it might behoove (or is that behoof?) one to check one's profile.


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Viviane

27-09-03, 08:30 PM (BST)
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18. "RE: Postings Board Upgrade"
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   Anjuli_Bai, everything has disappeared in my profile ! Glad I'm belonging to the "Normal" group though and I love the 'scratch pad' !


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alison

29-09-03, 01:28 PM (BST)
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19. "New messages not showing?"
In response to message #0
 
   Okay, I've been and edited my preferences to allow the "Mark" feature, refreshed the Conferences page, but am still not getting any differentiation between forums with new messages and those without. All the envelope icons or whatever they are look the same to me. Am I missing something?

IE 5.something or other, NT4 (I think)


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Bruceadmin

29-09-03, 04:00 PM (BST)
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20. "RE: New messages not showing?"
In response to message #19
 
   >Okay, I've been and edited my preferences to allow the
>"Mark" feature, refreshed the Conferences page, but am still
>not getting any differentiation between forums with new
>messages and those without. All the envelope icons or
>whatever they are look the same to me. Am I missing
>something?
>
>IE 5.something or other, NT4 (I think)

Have you been through the instructions line by line and double cheecking everything:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/Feedback/308.html

I'm sure this is much more likely to be a fingers problem - sorry!

To be honest I don't bother with looking at envelope icons - I hit the Read New link (or my bookmarked page) and it just throws up the threads that have moved. I don't look at dates either which I know soem avidly read to see whats changed - all redundent by using Mark and Read.

As a favour would appreciate if others can say if the instructions work - it could be a horrid fingers problem on my part for example...


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Viviane

29-09-03, 05:25 PM (BST)
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21. "RE: New messages not showing?"
In response to message #20
 
   Works fine overhere...after I had used the "Mark all" ofcourse.
But....I still can't edit my posts !?


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

29-09-03, 09:07 PM (BST)
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22. "Hyperlinks"
In response to message #21
 
   Across the top of each forum there are hyperlinks from the words
'Discussion', 'Topic', 'Author' 'Last Updated Date/Author' 'Replies'

Hitting one of them by accident - as I did tonight - means that your computer goes mad - and starts resetting all sorts of options. So, beware.


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trogadmin

29-09-03, 09:16 PM (BST)
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23. "RE: mini-poll"
In response to message #22
 
   In case you haven't noticed; it's back. If there is any grief with it
then please let me know.


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Bruceadmin

29-09-03, 11:20 PM (BST)
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24. "RE: New messages not showing?"
In response to message #21
 
   >Works fine overhere...after I had used the "Mark all"
>ofcourse.
>But....I still can't edit my posts !?

I'm not aware of a problem with editing posts, though we only allow posts to be edited for about 2.5 hours.


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Viviane

30-09-03, 07:52 AM (BST)
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25. "RE: New messages not showing?"
In response to message #24
 
   Yes Bruce, I know about the 2,5 hours. So far I tried with every recent post I made, immediately afterwards...and I always get "Server error".


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Helen

30-09-03, 08:36 AM (BST)
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26. "RE: New messages not showing?"
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   Viviane, I've just had the same problem.


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alison

30-09-03, 12:55 PM (BST)
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27. "RE: New messages not showing?"
In response to message #20
 
   Well, I think I've been through it again line for line and done everything - including clicking on Update - and certainly my settings were already set for accepting marking, but still nothing. Could it be my outdated software? (Rumour has it I will shortly be moving on to Windows2000/IE 6, which might make a difference).


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alison

30-09-03, 01:06 PM (BST)
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28. "RE: New messages not showing?"
In response to message #27
 
   Mea culpa! I *had* set everything properly, just hadn't marked anything and discovered that marked forums turned grey. I was still assuming that the paleish orange was, as before, the "no additions" version and that forums with new posts would come up a brighter colour (well, can you blame me - I can't remember the last time I spotted new posts in every forum!).

(However, I did try editing my previous post, but got the Internal Server Error message that I think other people have got!).


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Bruceadmin

30-09-03, 04:57 PM (BST)
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29. "RE: New messages not showing?"
In response to message #28
 
   >Mea culpa! I *had* set everything properly, just hadn't
>marked anything and discovered that marked forums turned
>grey. I was still assuming that the paleish orange was, as
>before, the "no additions" version and that forums with new
>posts would come up a brighter colour (well, can you blame
>me - I can't remember the last time I spotted new posts in
>every forum!).

I think you will find the instructions said not a thing about looking at colours or whatever!! In a way they (colours of icons) become irrelevant because the whole idea of Read and Mark is to reliably list out the changed threads.


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alison

01-10-03, 12:43 PM (BST)
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30. "RE: New messages not showing?"
In response to message #29
 
   Yes, of course. But doesn't that need to assume that I'd actually managed to get up to date with all the forums on my last visit, or have I got the wrong end of the stick? I *never* manage to get up to date with What's Happening any more.

Oh, and something I've been meaning to ask for ages: would it be terribly difficult, on the Login page, to have the cursor already in the "Name" or whatever it is box so that we didn't have to click into it?


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trog01

01-10-03, 03:00 PM (BST)
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31. "Editing Posting"
In response to message #30
 
   LAST EDITED ON 01-10-03 AT 03:02 PM (GMT)
 
Can we edit? Yes we can!

Folks! You can now edit your postings, provided you do so with 2 hours of posting then. Very useful for corrrecting spelling mistakes!

And here I am editing my posting. I suppose I should take the three r's out of correcting above but I didn't bother!


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Anjuli_Bai

08-10-03, 00:14 AM (BST)
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32. "RE: Font Size"
In response to message #31
 
   Thank you for the larger font!

This is especially helpful in reading long reviews.

Bless you!


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Madoldbat

08-10-03, 07:51 AM (BST)
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33. "RE: Font Size"
In response to message #32
 
   I'm afraid I don't agree, as I feel a little as though I'm being shouted at. Also, I miss the beginning of the thread's text that used to appear under the title - invaluable for identifying exactly which thread you are looking for when faced with similarly titled options.

One last thing - some forums and threads come up within fairly narrow boundaries (which is good as you can see everything at a glance), whilst others appear with a much wider text box, which means you have to keep extending the window sideways to view all the information. Why is this?


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