caaront

New forums will hurt the activity at Avsim.

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It was very enjoyable to click on Avsim in the address bar, arrive at the front page, click on forums, then on all forums (refresh) and see all the most recent active topics, and to see the topics we were involved with, without having to go through an hour or more of searching to find the different threads among hundreds of sub forums.

 

Please bring it back, folks won't have time to keep track of their posts anymore.

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I have to say  I agree. I enjoyed the old forum interface - it was gentle on the eyes. This place is just tooooo darn white.

Also, if a user has put more than their Country and Gender in their profile, the spaces between posts are enormous. You used to be able to scan the whole forum with a couple of spins of the mouse wheel.

 

I'm familiar with this forum format on other sites and I really don't like it.

 

p.s; No need for anyone to come back with "If you don't like it you no where you can go," etc, etc. I'm just giving an opinion.

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Where is the date of the last post? You can sort by most recent but how recent.

Also can be reduce the height of the pretty top banner photo? On a iPad it fills the screen and stops you reading the more important posts. 

Finally I agree that everything is too big (fonts, white space, posts). Can we tone it down?

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6 hours ago, caaront said:

It was very enjoyable to click on Avsim in the address bar, arrive at the front page, click on forums, then on all forums (refresh) and see all the most recent active topics, and to see the topics we were involved with, without having to go through an hour or more of searching to find the different threads among hundreds of sub forums.

I'd say that this is probably true...it's become harder and requires more work to get what you need.  It's also cleaner but at the same time, sterile and harder to navigate.  I imagine that some of this can be fixed by altering the CSS.  But there are quick navigation mechanisms...buttons, arrows, anchors...that are entirely gone, replaced with the need to click multiple times to get the same functionality.  I left Orbx forums when they changed.  Not saying I'll do that here but it's harder and, maybe, we'll see some changes and benefits as time goes on.  As of right now, I feel a little uneasy with how it is.

EDIT:  The more I'm using the site and reading the tips other people are giving, the easier I'm finding it to get around.  Yeah, there are some things not working yet or need to be added.  We just need to give it time and feedback.

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We have now sadly have the same forum software as Orbx. I haven't yet got to like it, nor got used to it. But like many things in life I'll have to lump it. What is it that this format is doing better than the 1998 format?

Hey ho.

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It's not the format so much Ron as it is the core of the forum software that required updating to the latest version. The old version was getting flakey and unreliable, and support was fixing to expire for it... :(

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36 minutes ago, Ron Attwood said:

What is it that this format is doing better than the 1998 format?

I should imagine it's sort of similar to why we aren't all still running Windows 98, i.e. lack of support, lack of compatibility with modern hardware, therefore security issues etc.

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3 hours ago, Ron Attwood said:

We have now sadly have the same forum software as Orbx. I haven't yet got to like it, nor got used to it. But like many things in life I'll have to lump it. What is it that this format is doing better than the 1998 format?

Hey ho.

I actually like the new format except for one feature. The mobile version is mush. That's why ORBX uses Tapatalk. AVSim should really go back to making Tapatalk available.

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Why is the top banner so big. It covers almost half the screen. Is there a way  to remove the banner in preferences? First impression, meh, might get use to it.

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9 hours ago, Keven Menard said:

I think it's a move in the right direction.

We can't stay in 1998 forever...

 

You're such a progressive my friend!  ;)

Hope you're well brother!

 

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I'm grateful that everyone is working hard to provide us with this wonderful service. I agree though that it takes some getting used to. The mobile version is non-functional on my mobile though, can't access any pahe at all.

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That will be fixed once the site is updated.  The IPS browser is used by many websites and not just for flight simulation.

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We should all be patient - sometimes new stuff is alien to us without some kind of tutorial. I know "my content" will be in here somewhere so I can see the new posts etc. :)

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Functionality has not changed that much in my opinion, and in the last day a lot of tweaks have been made! Kudos to all working on this!

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Since the update AVSIM has been painfully slow. Like back to the dial up days of loading a picture. AVSIM has always been slower than most sites I visit but this is really slow. I also miss the most recent topics posted and responded to. I imagine once we get use to the change it will be fine but the site being slow will definitely have me visiting less.

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It does seem to be getting sprightlier as the day wears on. :D

 

 

Disclaimer: The selection of any particular emoticon does not necessarily reflect the feeling of the poster. :tw_dizzy: See?

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7 hours ago, Irishcurse said:

Since the update AVSIM has been painfully slow. Like back to the dial up days of loading a picture. AVSIM has always been slower than most sites I visit but this is really slow. I also miss the most recent topics posted and responded to. I imagine once we get use to the change it will be fine but the site being slow will definitely have me visiting less.

Richie, a lot of back-end crunching is going on as the software continues to re-index the tens of thousands of posts and images. Several days and it's still only around 30% complete...

...or so I understand. ;P

Gah! I sure hope we'll eventually get the venerable emojies back! I miss several of 'em a lot!

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On 24.2.2017 at 11:56 PM, jabloomf1230 said:

I actually like the new format except for one feature. The mobile version is mush. That's why ORBX uses Tapatalk. AVSim should really go back to making Tapatalk available.

Agreed, I am depending on mobile and still miss Tapatalk on Avsim.

Allthough, Avsim on mobile theme is better now than it was yesterday, so I guess there's still work in progress. 

Thanks to all who are involved in the work behind the scenes!

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When it comes to the designing aspect, it's a one man show.  I'm learning a lot about it, though.  My next feat is figuring how to make the big image only show up on the front page, and the logo on the other pages.  It has opened up the screen drastically so far.

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Keep up the good work Chase, I know what it's like to have to do this. Not sure why you guys didn't build and test the new site first, but I'm sure there was a good reason.

Growing pains.  Eventually we'll get used to it, and things will go back to normal.

 

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14 hours ago, DaveCT2003 said:

Keep up the good work Chase, I know what it's like to have to do this. Not sure why you guys didn't build and test the new site first, but I'm sure there was a good reason.

It was posted elsewhere, but "they" did in fact do extensive testing on the forum software. Unfortunately, most of the settings didn't migrate across to the live software... :blush:

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Actually, I like the new design and also the new "unread content" page. The only problem I have is that I can't get the filters on the "unread content" page to work. Under "ownership" it is possible to filter the threads Imhave participated in. But if I tick that filter, nothing happens. Is this a known problem or is it a problem on my end?

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