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Do you like the new board or hate it?

What would you do if you had a choice?

  • Not sure

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Go back to phpBB (what we had before March 13)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    95
This is an honest assessment to see if the new changes in the bulletin board are working out for you all or not. We're talking strictly about the board software itself (Invision vs. phpBB), not any rule changes or administrative changes (like the addition of Chase Reports).

This includes whether it's been easy to adapt to the new software, whether the board seems slower, features lost or gained, and so forth.

Tim
 
I said "not sure"...

The only thing keeping me from fully liking it is the fact that the forums don't get highlighted when there is a new post... And the fact that the new posts don't just seem to "pop out" at you.
 
I said "not sure"...

The only thing keeping me from fully liking it is the fact that the forums don't get highlighted when there is a new post... And the fact that the new posts don't just seem to "pop out" at you.
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Agree, but I do like the time stamp feature (i.e. Last post "yesterday"). I don't like the font, especially for thread titles. They don't stand out from the rest of the page. Perhaps bold face for titles would improve this. There is also something about the particular shade of blue backround that my eyes hate... otherwise I'm finally getting used to the new style.
 
I said "not sure"...

The only thing keeping me from fully liking it is the fact that the forums don't get highlighted when there is a new post... And the fact that the new posts don't just seem to "pop out" at you.
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My thoughts exactly. Could not have said it better.
 
My thoughts exactly. Could not have said it better.
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I have to agree with Jason and Rdewey, I liked how the new posts on the old system showed up when you log in. But I do like the new set up overall, just take some time to get to know it.
 
Keep in mind that with invision there are so many add ons for features that may be requested by the community.
 
I really kind of like it. The best feature IMO is the LO-FI. It should allow me to browse the board quicker when I am in the field. I only have a 14.4 Kbps connection, so lo-fi should definately help. Other than that, it doesnt really matter either way.
 
I like the new board software. It is an improvement... only thing I would recommend that others have mentioned is to have read posts more distinguished from new posts. Maybe for new posts, put the subject in a bolder font? Just an idea. Other than that, I like the features. This fast reply thing is kinda neat, and if I get new PMs, they pop up. The colours are nice and easy on the eyes.
 
I'm not going to complain about it because it's an effort to improve the forums, which I applaud. However, I'm of the old mindset "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Being objective, I prefer the old style better, simply because the display pages were easier to negotiate. There's a lot of stuff going on with this new version, and I will add my name to the list of folks who said it's more difficult to spot new posts. However, it's still a change to try and better the forums, and I can't find a problem with that. I'll get used to it.
 
My only issue is that sometimes it doesn't "remember" me and I have to login again, but when I hit the homepage it clearly shows me which forums have new posts and which do not...
 
I haven't visited the board for a while but have returned to find all of these changes. Sorry to say but I voted to return to the old format. I'm finding the new system to be more complicated and feel that simplicity and "user friendliness" should take precedence over all the bells and whistles on the new board JMHO. For one thing, when replying to a post- I can't seem to do it without quoting the previous post. Seems redundant to keep repeating all the previous posts in the thread.
 
If I had to vote over again Id change my vote from 'not sure' to 'dont like it' cause twice this weekend ive run into rule restrictions via PM. Im really not liking these new rules. Too damn official and technical. My 'Elevated Storms' thread that was moved and renamed 'DISC: Texas' was merely just me commenting in a non-forecast or technicial manner on the current weather, something that would have been allowable in the previous weather room but now cause of some 48hr rule, it has to be moved to some reports forum when in no way is it a "chase report" and whats wrong with having a Discussion thread running multiple dates. Hello, weather systems can span multiple days. I think all these new rule restrictions for non chase report threads on current weather is just stupid. And if I keep running to these rules then I may have to reconsider my membership.
 
Chris, that has nothing to do with the the new board. We're talking about the software at hand, not the rules.

I'll go on to say that most of the non-technical/non-forecast type posts shouldn't even be on here. Honestly... look at your DISC thread. Is it worthwhile to others besides yourself? It's one thing if we're discussing events related to severe weather, but elevated convection with little impact on chasing doesn't have a place on this board in my opinion.

That said, I'll admit I'm more of a "conservative" when it comes to ST. I'm not really a fan of the non severe weather discussion on here other than the occasional thread. There are pleeeenty of other weather boards for gen. discussion of weather. No offense to anyone, I just like to see Stormtrack live to its name and focus on just the chasers.



Aaron
 
I like the 'quick edit' and reply functions. Overall I like the new board, don't have any complaints yet, but I'm easy to please... in a forum... LAYOUT, you sicko's.
 
I voted "Not sure"-- although I definitely do not dislike it. The other forum where I post frequently, Eastern US Wx, uses this package, so now I get confused between the two forums when I have both open on my desktop-- they look almost identical in every way. (But this is my problem. :))

From a usability perspective, I think this new package is better; it has better, more intuitive functionalities. From an aesthetic perspective, however, the previous package was perhaps more distinct-- this new one looks more generic.

This having been said, I think usability is more important than aesthetics for this forum-- which leads me to tentatively conclude that that change was probably an improvement.
 
Yeah, my "not sure" vote shouldn't be counted as a dislike. If it helps ST, then it's good to go.

BTW... I know this isn't the thread, but I happen to like the rule changes. Keeping everything related to chases and actual severe weather events nicely organized in the Map Room (or whatever it's called now, LOL) and Reports forum is a pretty good idea.
 
I kind of like it, but I have to use it for awhile to really see how it compares to the old version.

I voted neutral so far. I do like how the My Assistant feature pops up a window when you have a PM.

I wonder how the quality of the Search function compares and ability to search for your own posts, as well as new posts?
 
I don't see a feature for locating posts by id or by me. Without that feature it makes it very difficult to use and participate. If this is truly lacking then I'd have to change my vote to negative and get rid of it, cause the bells and whistles are cool but if it doesn't do basic functionality then no good.

Here's another forum that I belong to and they have a ton of features for finding posts by user.
Wilders Security Forum

If you can't find posts you are participating in and track responses what good is it? Perhaps I am missing some functionality because I don't understand how to use Invision?

EDIT: Ok just figured out that with the Search function you can type in the user name and leave the keywords field blank and it will pull up all of any users posts. So that may be sufficient. It's kind of nicer just to have a link though that does this automatically. With The forum on Wilders I can click on my name and it automatically takes me to my posts and my threads.
 
EDIT: Ok just figured out that with the Search function you can type in the user name and leave the keywords field blank and it will pull up all of any users posts. So that may be sufficient. It's kind of nicer just to have a link though that does this automatically. With The forum on Wilders I can click on my name and it automatically takes me to my posts and my threads.
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Bill,

If you are looking for all the posts by a particular member, you can do so quite easily... Go into their profile (by clicking on their member name or by searching for that member), then click "Profile Options" in the upper-right part of their profile, and choose "View member's threads" or "View member's posts". This will automatically search for all posts made by that member. If you want to link to a certain post within a thread, you'll see "Post ##" in the upper-right part of every post (where ## is a successive number), to the far right of the name (near the IP address). If you click on this, you'll get the web address that bring you right to that post. This can come in handy if you want to refer someone to a particular post within a thread (i.e. you want to refer someone to your chase report in a busy REPORTS thread -- they won't need to search for your report if you link directly to your post, not just to the thread).

EDIT: I'm still not 100% familar with this board yet, so the "Profile Options" may be a moderator-only option. However, I'm just not sure, so give it a try.
 
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