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  • I'm going to make many of the same comments I made to the "upgrade" to the print edition. This website went from looking very professional with easy to read colors and an organized visual structure to looking like someone's teenaged son created a gossip website with the most obnoxious color schemes possible an no thought to visual composition. I agree with the posters above who said the new format hurts my eyes. It's disorganized and fussy and unprofessional. Whomever is now in charge of this stuff needs to be reassigned because both new formats are epic fails.

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    • I found it, but it isn't as easy to use. Maybe it's my browser, but I don't like it.

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      • Originally posted by Moderator 1 View Post
        We realize it's easy to miss posts made in different threads, etc. so I wanted to reiterate some of the items that we're working on:
        • fixing the regular search and "find posts by" search (this is an area we may improve overall later, but right now we need to fix what's there)
        • getting the red out
        • darkening the line above sigs and reducing space below
        • fixing smaller font of discussion forum text on homepage
        • thumbnail photos for Premium members
        • fixing email notifications of PMs and subscribed threads
        • fixing temperamental post reply button at bottom of screen
        • various little formatting issues around the site
        • thumbs down is a trial, which we'll evaluate later (overall wording can also be changed)
        • incorrect thread view numbers



        We're looking into more, but just wanted to reiterate some of the top issues for folks coming onto this thread later. Some of these issues were fixed on the beta site, but the fixes didn't carry over to the live one, and others only became apparent under normal use once we switched 'er on.

        Evenstar, findeight, etc. thanks so much for the info about un-clicking the compatibility view icon for Internet Explorer v. 9 users who'd been using compatibility view to read the old site. I've added that to the general announcement so folks can hopefully find that info more easily.

        Going to check in the with development crew for a status report.
        Thanks ~
        Mod 1
        Thank yewwww!

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        • it is just so disorienting now that instead of reading or participating I just skim it and go away...it is almost impossible to understand it now.
          sorry
          tamara
          Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
          I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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          • I'm not sure when this started, but mine is now stretching out across the whole screen - I have to scroll sideways to read the entirety of a post. Does not seem to matter what browser, I've had the issue with both Firefox and Chrome.
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            • Originally posted by Tamara in TN View Post
              it is just so disorienting now that instead of reading or participating I just skim it and go away...it is almost impossible to understand it now.
              sorry
              tamara
              I felt that way at first too, but I stuck with it because it's my only entertainment in a boring office. When you hit "Today's Post" and the titles are cut off, that is really difficult. At first I went forum by forum.

              I'm still not used to it, but it is getting better. There is, honestly, something oddly repelling about something... maybe it's the red.
              ::With age comes wisdom. Apparently "wisdom" weighs about 40 pounds.::

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              • Originally posted by Tamara in TN View Post
                it is just so disorienting now that instead of reading or participating I just skim it and go away...it is almost impossible to understand it now.
                sorry
                tamara
                Agreed. Not sure what it is, either, but I'm not spending nearly as much time here as I did pre-update.

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                • Exactly!

                  Originally posted by NCRider View Post
                  I'm going to make many of the same comments I made to the "upgrade" to the print edition. This website went from looking very professional with easy to read colors and an organized visual structure to looking like someone's teenaged son created a gossip website with the most obnoxious color schemes possible an no thought to visual composition. I agree with the posters above who said the new format hurts my eyes. It's disorganized and fussy and unprofessional. Whomever is now in charge of this stuff needs to be reassigned because both new formats are epic fails.

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                  • It's overwhelming ~ I agree with Tamara in Tn ```` but the quote would not work !

                    It's just overwhelming !

                    I can simply not make myself log in !

                    It's too "IN YOUR FACE" !

                    I appreciate that the 'team' is trying to upgrade and fix the glitches but this forum is now 'uncomfortable" ~ whether reading or posting ~

                    AO has become AP
                    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                    • I see the red is gone - YAY. Any idea when the search function will be back up?

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                      • I'm sorry if this has been mentioned but I'm don't have the time at the moment to go through eleven pages and wanted to comment before I forgot!

                        I'm having major trouble posting on my mobile device. The text box is hard to navigate and if I go back to edit something I've written, it's nearly impossible to get my courser over the correct word. Just now I had to copy all that i had written and paste it into another program to edit and finish typing.

                        I'd love a mobile site or app! I never had problems typing on my phone before the upgrade, but so far it's been a pain every time

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                        • Thank you for getting rid of the red! But....can you unbold it? Just having the thread title bolded is plenty to show which thread's haven't been read yet. I don't think we need to bold the author, views, etc too. Thanks!

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                          • Originally posted by bits619 View Post
                            I'd love a mobile site or app! I never had problems typing on my phone before the upgrade, but so far it's been a pain every time
                            I agree. An app might be nice now that so many people use the phone for the BB.

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                            • Do Not Like This AT ALL bring back what we had and really the did you appreacite this post loose it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                              • Like that the color issue was fixed, as was the shortened thread titles. That was fast. thanks

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                                  Originally posted by Belair View Post
                                  Thank you for getting rid of the red! But....can you unbold it? Just having the thread title bolded is plenty to show which thread's haven't been read yet. I don't think we need to bold the author, views, etc too. Thanks!
                                  This is what I was thinking too. Love that the red is gone. I also love that the read threads are totally different looking than the not read threads but....
                                  Is it possible to make the not read threads not all bold. The date and views (which still reads zero) and all that stuff does not really need to be bold too. Just the title is plenty.

                                  Thank you for all the hard to work to address the issues we are having. Having to upgrade and then getting flack for it has to be very frustrating for everyone.

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                                  • Originally posted by vineyridge View Post
                                    I get quick navigation and I get a drop down menu, but I really appreciated the old style which gave the forum and the go button, so you could bounce directly to the index page of the forum. I don't seem to have anything like the Go button on this COTH avatar. I suppose that one could quick navigate to the forum and then click, but Go was so much quicker.
                                    I'm with you, vineyridge. It seemed like a really minor complaint that I didn't bring up earlier, but after 3 days I'm realizing how much I miss the GO button. Please, please bring it back!

                                    No red today!
                                    Holy crap, how does Darwin keep missing you? ~Lauruffian

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                                    • Is it just me or is there way more spam? Almost every single day there will be a half dozen spam posts at the top of the forum. I have reported three sets of them myself, and I've seen at least two other sets reported by other people.

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                                      • I think there's a spam blast in every forum this morning. I just reported three set of like 6 spam posts.

                                        I don't remember it being this bad.

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                                        • thank you for excluding the OT and menagerie :>
                                          thank you for making the post titles better to read
                                          thank you for taking the red away
                                          all in all getting much better :>
                                          tamara
                                          Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                                          I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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