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By ITI - December 20, 2012 - edited: December 20, 2012

ITI/Glen: Thanks for your feedback. When you say you don't want to see a "user reply/counter" do you mean a specifically user titles (Newbie, Regular, Expert) based on post counts? Or showing post counts at all? Right now we don't have any plans for user titles (I don't get them either). We want to keep the base release simple, but make the aggregate data available for developers to do whatever they want with, basically creating a really solid framework that can be built on. So in theory people could add it if they really like it. If we do something like that in the future I'd be curious to check out how stackoverflow.com, slashdot, and others do it, I think there's some much more modern approaches than just post counts for titles.

I guess what I'm really saying is "anything that rewards a member based on the number of post he/she makes should be discouraged".  Members posting to anything and everything just to reach that next milestone results in all those useless "replies to posts" that I was ranting about.  I'm sure you're right in that there is a more modern approach to classifying members.

Thanks for listening

Glen
http://www.CanadianDomainRegistry.ca
ITI Internetworking Technologies Inc.

By sidcam - December 20, 2012

First off, when posting the forum times out fairly quickly and doesn't remember the content of this field once you log back in.  REALLY ANNOYING to have to type a long post twice... ;-)

Second, here are several things I noticed about the Forum's reply emails...

1) All emails are coming from "dave@interactive..." which can be confusing to people who are both active on the forum and communicating off-line with Dave directly.  It also makes it difficult for people who use email rules to put incoming forum emails in a folder (because Dave's emails go there too).  You might want to include a display name in the emails that identify it as a Forum Reply as well as create a "forum-admin@" or "messages-noreply@" email address to send the messages.  It would probably make since to set a noreply email as a changable default before you release it.

2) Your email titles include user's email addresses.  Probably not good protocol since many users may not want their real emails exposed (for spam or security reasons).  User Names are probably more appropriate.

Example that caught my attention:

[itools CMS Forum] gkornbluth @ ----------.net replied: New Beta Forum - Help  us test!

3) It would be nice if you included the content field (or the first 100 or so characters of it) in the reply emails so users don't have to launch a browser just to read the reply.  Especially nice for mobile devices with slow connections.

4) Eventually you'll want to offer more options than just Turn Reply Emails On/Off.  It's pretty standard today to offer options for bundling reply posts (like 10 at a time), daily/weekly digest of replies, etc.  That way you're not inundating users with incoming emails on a very active topic.

Hope this helps

Sid

By gkornbluth - December 21, 2012 - edited: December 21, 2012

RE:Re: returning to the posting list or to my post after posting, what's your preference and why? in my post above.

I guess I just got used to the idea that I could say "oops" and go back to my post when I thought I might have missed something. Not necessarily important. Certainly the built in delay was not always worth the convenience, so I'll withdraw the idea.

I'm still a bit confused about searching.  I'm probably missing something simple, but I don't seem to be able to search for posts I've authored. I only seem to get the replies that I've posted.

The Google style search approach is a big advance, but I really liked the short cuts for the most popular types of searches as well.  

OK, confession time...

I don't really take advantage of Google style queries much, but I found this link that explained some of its intricacies.

http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=136861

While I'm into confessions, although I see the huge advantge to using it in the new forum, I've never been a big fan of implementing the WYSIWYG editor for my clients sites, and so I never have become really comforatble with using it.

This relatively current tutorial looks like it will help..

http://help.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=Admin_TinyMCE_WYSIWYG_HTML_Editor

BTW, I just discovered the edit history feature. Nice touch!

Best,

Jerry Kornbluth

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By sidcam - December 21, 2012

Jerry-

It does let you edit (and delete) posts after they've been submitted should you need to make a change.  Looks like there's no time limit on that (at this time) since my post from two weeks ago can still be edited.

I've been able to find all the posts I've authored over the years by going to a thread I've commented on, finding one of my posts, then clicking on my user name.  That page will also have an Edit Profile link at the top. Admittedly that's a lot of steps to find a profile.

With that said, I just clicked on your profile name and there's only 5 messages there (all from this month).  Then I did a search for you and found a second account with all the rest of your messages.  It's here:

http://www.interactivetools.com/forum/forum-search.php?k=user:gkornbluth

Also just realized your user name is your email address (which scratches an item off of my last email). 

Hope this helps, Sid

By gkornbluth - December 21, 2012 - edited: December 21, 2012

Hi Sid,

Thanks for setting that straight. Sorry, but ithe process is not too intuitive, especially compared to the old fashioned way. I still like the shortcuts for frequently used search criteria.

FYI: My username was not my email address until the new forum was launched. I'd much prefer it not to be and Dave said he's work on it.

Below are my comments about the new forum format after trying to post and edit a post that included some PHP code.

I use the latest FireFox browser, and  always create my posts over time in WordPerfect. Since the old forum was text based, that was never an issue and things ended up looking as planned.

OK, maybe it's just some things I'm doing wrong, but after fighting with posting and editing my last post, I'm extremely frustrated with the WYSIWYG editor.

1)  When I highlighted a piece of multi line code, and click on the "programming code" button in the editor, all of the code ended up on one line, without formatting or returns. If I then toggle the programming code off I end up with the same one line of now hard to read text, with all formatting gone.

I tried that copying the code from plain text too, with the same result. Don't know what this is about, but it's an issue that needs to be fixed.

Every time I needed to edit the post, after clicking on edit, something  was lost, a piece of code or a line of text, forcing me to paste the entire post anew just to make some minor edits.

Trouble is that the original errors are visible to the public until I'm able to work through the anomalies. PLEASE, PLEASE BRING BACK THE PREVIEW FUNCTION

2)  I've been spoiled by the spellcheck that was in the old forum (controlled by FireFox's spellchecker?) Now the default for spellcheck in the WYSIWYG is "Off" and even when it's turned on, it does not dynamically scan new material until it is toggled off then on again. It's easy to be careless and miss some embarrassing and unprofessional  typos. There's also no easy way to add a word to the dictionary, just ignore one or all occurrences.

3) In the old forum, after a search, the last item visited from the results was highlighted with a 1 px "focus" box around the title. That made it really easy to keep track of where you left off when looking for relevant information. It seems to be gone now. PLEASE BRING  "FOCUS". BACK

4)  Again, probably me, but I now get no email notifications of updates to threads that I've posted to, and don't know how to change that.

For me, all of this, and all of the other commnets that have been made, start begging the question of where the benefit and the drawback curves actually intersect.

I hope that this will all get sorted out in the end, and I'm sorry if this is becoming a rant, but it's hard enough programming and solving issues for my customers without having to fight with the Forum, which has become an enormously valuable resource for answers to our challenges.

While the old forum was far from perfect, it was never broken. Now it feels a bit tattered.

Best,

Jerry Kornbluth

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I just wanted to comment on the new forum.  I am impressed ...  especially with the addition of the code blocks.  It sure makes for a better reading experience!

Ron Conring
Conring Automation Services
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Hi Dave,

I see that I'm back to being gkornbluth again. Thanks for that.

Glad you're looking int the log in persistence issue.

My two cents on RSS feeds, if incorporated, they should be as flexible as possible. What works for one user, or in one situation,may not work for another. Not being able to hone in on the specific need for a situation will just add to the "noise" in our in-boxes and eventually be tossed aside.

As far as differentiating between saved searches and favorite posts I'm not sure how you view the difference but I'll take a shot.

When I'm researching a challenge, I find that I drag the links for relevant posts into a desktop folder so that I can review them and piece together an solution.

I guess that's "saved searches".in your view.

Is favorite posts a rating system? If so, I feel that it's not particularly helpful in this application.

What has made the forum so useful and Interactive Tools my choice for CMS, is the amazingly responsive, no nonsense, professional culture that you've offered us.

Not having to wade through the endless array of meaningless commiserations and re-quoted (bloated) posts that don't offer any real insights, which overwhelm many forums is a gift.

The forum should be, again, my view, a lean, mean, problem solving machine. I've got questions, it has answers.

Anything that muddies that up, favorites, votes, social media, best sites, should be kept as far from the main forum interface as possible.

To that end, search shortcuts and features, user assigned sub-categories for CMSB post topics, so that the growing number (currently over 26,000) of posts are not all lumped into one large bag, saved searches, recommendations based on search criteria, re-instituting the "focus" highlight on search result lists, and anything else you, or we can come up with that makes the forum leaner and meaner would work.

I'd also encourage a protecrted way to privately contact a user off line. (Like eBay and Amazon

And while I'm at it, I'd include more user oriented, how to documentation. This is key, since the forum is really a one size fits all solution. There are search experts, coding experts, and beginners all utilizing the same resource.

For example, I see that you were able to include links in your preceding post, but I don't have any idea how to do that.

Maybe some sort of monitored documentation wiki would be beneficial (although fraught with it's own issues).

BTW, any ideas on how to improve on the WYSIWYG spellcheck opinion (check spelling as you type, default to on, add words to dictionary, etc) ? I know that http://www.phpspellcheck.com/ incorporates these features and more, but may not be able to be integrated. I'm sure there are other solutions.

Best wishes to all for the holiday season and for the upcoming year.

Jerry Kornbluth

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Take advantage of a free 3 month trial subscription, only for CMSB users, at: http://www.thecmsbcookbook.com/trial.php

By gkornbluth - December 22, 2012 - edited: December 23, 2012

Hi All,

I thought that it would be helpful to document the idiosyncrasies I’m finding with the WSYIWYG editor and programming code boxes. (anyone else having these issues?)

In both Firefox, and IE9 if I first create a programing code box and then paste some code into it, the code is formatted as multi-line code.

If I paste code into my post, highlight that code, and then click on programming code button, the code loses all formatting and comes out as a single line. Removing the programming code box does not restore the multi-line format.

If I try to edit a post containing a programming code box after publishing it, much of the code in the box is deleted. I need to delete the resulting half empty and fragmented programming code boxes, create a new empty programming code box, and then re-paste my code into that.

It also appears that spellcheck intermittently doesn't work in edit mode.

Seems like either I’m doing something wrong, or something is awry.

BTW: Any thoughts on including a 'first page' and 'last page' option to the post list paging and internal post paging navigations in addition to 'next' and 'previous'. Maybe even a +n pages and - n pages option?  How about a custom sort for pages? (earliest first, latest first)

Jerry Kornbluth

The first CMS Builder reference book is now available on-line!
Take advantage of a free 3 month trial subscription, only for CMSB users, at: http://www.thecmsbcookbook.com/trial.php

An RSS feed would be awsome for me since I try to visit the forum daily, time permitting.  I am not usually researching a specific problem but rather scanning the latest posts for knowledge and inspiration.  Having the latest x posts on my home page along with news and weather would be a serious time saver.

Ron Conring
Conring Automation Services
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