Forum is in a current change mode ...

Sean.

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This is interesting to watch ...

Side bar with adds ... no sidebar with adds ... interesting
 
JimmyB

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Sean, as this the question and answer area, I think you are supposed to put this as a question we can answer :)
 
Greg Elmassian

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Yeah, we were mildly chastised for this by a moderator... weren't we?

(a question :p )

seriously, here is a legit question:

why are these features appearing with no warning, or better yet: "hey guys, this new software version lets us have up and down voting of posts, what do you think?"

Greg
 
Sean.

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Hmmmm
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Hmmm .. I was think you would post all the different things going on.. so the moderator would see things they might not see...
 
Sean.

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Greg
What have you noticed ?
Just tell use what you have seen recently .. that is different .
No more no less .
 
Greg Elmassian

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Oh, well the rise and fall of the emojis is interesting... the ones that were added that I felt were "controversial" have disappeared again, the "bad spelling", and other ones that would most likely be deemed negative are gone... that is good in my opinion.

The up and down vote I am better understanding, I finally saw a vote go to 2, so I see that it is a cumulative number, it's just me mostly that is voting on this thread. I did try the "sort by vote" and that works.

Greg
 
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Agree with Greg about the emojis. I am also better understanding the "vote" feature. The sort works for me as well. If you click on the number it shows you who voted so it is not anonymous as I first thought. I can see it might be useful but only if everyone understands it and uses it sensibly, which is a big ask on any open forum.
 
Rhinochugger

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I'll try and say this politely ........................:think::think::think:

Given that the forum is run for free by Paul and Lisa out of the goodness of their hearts and their interest in garden railways, then I'm not too fussed about changes to the forum format as it doesn't fundamentally alter the things we say and do.

OK, we sometimes have to pick up a slightly different way of doing a particular thing, but that's no great shakes.

It seems a bit tough on the Administrator when every time he gives it an upgrade, we whinge :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
 
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I'll try and say this politely ........................:think::think::think:

Given that the forum is run for free by Paul and Lisa out of the goodness of their hearts and their interest in garden railways, then I'm not too fussed about changes to the forum format as it doesn't fundamentally alter the things we say and do.

OK, we sometimes have to pick up a slightly different way of doing a particular thing, but that's no great shakes.

It seems a bit tough on the Administrator when every time he gives it an upgrade, we whinge :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
I agree with the general sentiment and do appreciate the administrators work. I also understand that upgrades are required to stay up to date for security and other reasons, and that these upgrades may also contain user interface changes that the admins may not have time to fully evaluate or even have a choice in deploying.

I do not agree that admitting to being confused by changes or some new feature is whinging, nor is asking politely if the cause of confusion can be removed. I appreciate none of this matters in the scheme of things, and the forum keeps on working, and main value is the content from all contributors, but there shouldn't be any harm in providing feedback or offence taken by it. But I'll shut up now.

Was that polite enough? :) :) :)
 
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Surely, I can't be the only one who gives a toss about the changes?

As long as the Forum works, I really couldn't give a s**t about cosmetic changes, poncy voting OR anything that even faintly ressembles social media claptrap!

I'm only really interested in the content of the topic, not this one or the one on the other nonsense subject, AND, I can manage to scroll up and down to ignore the crap and individuals!

Really folks have you got nothing else better to do with your time!

If half the effort spent on whining and wittering on irrelevences, was spent on content of topics that individuals could learn from, this Forum would be the better for it!
 
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Rhinochugger

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I agree with the general sentiment and do appreciate the administrators work. I also understand that upgrades are required to stay up to date for security and other reasons, and that these upgrades may also contain user interface changes that the admins may not have time to fully evaluate or even have a choice in deploying.

I do not agree that admitting to being confused by changes or some new feature is whinging, nor is asking politely if the cause of confusion can be removed. I appreciate none of this matters in the scheme of things, and the forum keeps on working, and main value is the content from all contributors, but there shouldn't be any harm in providing feedback or offence taken by it. But I'll shut up now.

Was that polite enough? :) :):)
That's probably the most polite and frank exchange of views that we've had in a long time - thanks Dave :clap::clap::clap::clap:
 
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I pay $15 a year... it is not run for free... (I fully expect it is not profitable, but it is not free for me)
Now that raises a slightly different question, because I assume, Greg, that you're paying to avoid some of the Ad-ware - so where does that £15 go?

:think::think::think::think:

  • The webmaster?
  • Mr Google and his chums?
  • The advertisers who are blocked?

I dunno :emo::emo:
 
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The money I sent went to the webmaster, to offset lost income from advertisers... this is how I understand it from the "account upgrades" page from the menu under "my account"...

I'm fine with $15 yearly, and even double that, this forum is worth it.

Greg
 
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The money I sent went to the webmaster, to offset lost income from advertisers... this is how I understand it from the "account upgrades" page from the menu under "my account"...

I'm fine with $15 yearly, and even double that, this forum is worth it.

Greg
I've just done the same as I am one of the whinging minority(?).
 
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I don't know what I've done but the forum is now pretty much back to as it was before the upgrade for me. On the forums page here is a sidebar but it's less intrusive than it was, and the posts pages are fine and the only change seems to be the up and down arrows.
 
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Now that raises a slightly different question, because I assume, Greg, that you're paying to avoid some of the Ad-ware - so where does that £15 go?

:think::think::think::think:

  • The webmaster?
  • Mr Google and his chums?
  • The advertisers who are blocked?
I dunno :emo::emo:
It goes towards the cost of all the software licences for this site.

Paul
 
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