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Old 05-25-2007, 04:15 PM   #61
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I've spent the last few days trying to figure out how to post - was told in an email to change my preferences under User Cp on the upper toolbar - can any of you see that?? Finally clicked the remember me box and am allowed to post now - so far, first impression is bad.

Now just imagine this happening with the medical device software you are attached to...happens all the time - the salesperson says "ahh, anyone can do this, the interface is so uesr-friendly, intuitive, yada, yada, yada." In the meantime, the RT can't adjust your ventilator....

Sigh - back to fiddling with the new interface.
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Old 05-25-2007, 04:24 PM   #62
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Yes, I see that toolbar. Look underneath the large "Early REtirement Forums" at the top, and the third line of text below that is a blue toolbar with Forums, Links, and then User CP (reading from the left).

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Old 05-25-2007, 06:36 PM   #63
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One minor complaint about the new software. I don't like the banner in the upper left the screen; the one that says in big 20pt font "Early Retirement Forums". This is mostly because when I surf at work, it doesn't look good if someone happens to walk by and see that! Can I turn that off somehow?

On the old software, the only thing I had to worry about is CFB going to his old avatar or Outtahere's avatar!
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:00 PM   #64
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Hmmm - Even if I did like it/got used to the new forum and all that - I would never admit it.

heh heh heh - what with a curmudgeon certificate and being a lefthanded, INTJ, ex en-ga-neer - which has no bearing at all on the subject of the thread. .
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:02 PM   #65
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One minor complaint about the new software. I don't like the banner in the upper left the screen; the one that says in big 20pt font "Early Retirement Forums". This is mostly because when I surf at work, it doesn't look good if someone happens to walk by and see that! Can I turn that off somehow?
If you run Firefox with the Adblock plug-in, you can kill that graphic ... or any others that you'd prefer not to see.

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Old 05-26-2007, 08:58 AM   #66
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Trying the quick reply.

I had no problems logging in after first requesting and receiving a new p/w. My login "sticks" for now (finger crossed). Avatar is gone (least of my worries).

There is a HUMONGOUS amount of wasted space. I have a 21" screen and with the header info I can only see two (2) posts (one line comment each) with the window maximized. A lot of scrolling for little gain. I read fast and can't seem to scroll fast enough. Even a two word reply takes up 2-3" of vertical screen real estate. What I liked about the old forum was that it was nice and tight. Here I feel like I'm trying to capture the last three Cheerios floating around in the milk. I have come here very little to read since the change, since it's not as pleasant to do so.

Aside from the giant names/profiles, signatures in particular are annoying. There should be a maximum size they occupy AND they should be kept in a smaller distinctive TINY font. It's very tiresome when they run in to message text using the same size and font as the message. Right now between the name and profile at the right (too large) and the excess of poorly-handled white space.. the actual "meat of the matter" - the posts - seem to occupy 2-50% of the screen. The window for replies is similarly stingy (and not just Quick Replies).

I wish one of the moderators could organize space for comments on the new site into category threads in the Forum Admin section, like: signatures; space; replies; searching; avatars; logins; ads and so forth. Seems like the new mgmt. is willing to work on some of these issues, but I wish there were a more structured way for us INTJs to communicate our assessments.
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One plausible bit of help for those with oversized text and undersized screens...most browsers have the ability to resize text for a particular site.

In firefox its 'view/text size'...i'm sure its something similar in internet exploder
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Old 05-26-2007, 10:42 AM   #68
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One plausible bit of help for those with oversized text and undersized screens...most browsers have the ability to resize text for a particular site.

In firefox its 'view/text size'...i'm sure its something similar in internet exploder
Or if you have a mouse with a 'scroll' wheel, hold down the 'Ctrl' key on the keyboard and turn the 'scroll' wheel. That will decrease/increase text size. Works on most websites.
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ctrl-minus and ctrl-plus also work!
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Old 05-27-2007, 05:16 AM   #70
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I know how to do that.. it doesn't (much) change the ratio of post text vs. everything else.

I understand that more wasted space = more pages = more page views = in theory more ad $. I'll be curious to see if it actually plays out that way because personally my equation is: more annoying to read = less visits = less page views.
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Maybe its that Mac you have thats causing all these problems
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I know how to do that.. it doesn't (much) change the ratio of post text vs. everything else.

I understand that more wasted space = more pages = more page views = in theory more ad $. I'll be curious to see if it actually plays out that way because personally my equation is: more annoying to read = less visits = less page views.
I increased the number of posts per page

UserCP -> Edit Options -> Thread Display Options (third box) - Number of Posts per Page (you can also shut off sigs and avatars.)
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Old 05-27-2007, 07:34 PM   #73
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Not sure of this feature was on the old software but the links to old discussions on the subjects is great .Cudos to you Andy !
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Old 05-27-2007, 10:49 PM   #74
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What's going on? I go on vacation and now I don't recognize the forum. This will take some getting used to. Seems like a lot of my favourite features are missing.

I will embrace change, I will embrace change, I will embrace change........

This is sounding far too much like W*ork!
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:43 PM   #75
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You missed the major bitch-a-thon last week. My main complaint was the wasted space taken up by intrusive ads, but I switched to Firefox and solved that problem (and I really like FireFox now).

There are a number of things that take two clicks now instead of one. I'd complain about those, but most people don't realize how much better one click is than two ("Oh, poor baby, did you have to click the mouse twice. Did dat hurt your wittle finger?")

But there are a few improvements (nicer interface for putting in links and images), so I've settled down now. I go through this process with most upgrades.
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and I really like FireFox now).

Wait until you find Greasemonkey, if you can do any javascript programming...or at least can manage some script twiddling.

You can customize the display of any element, type of elements, or any particular page any way you like...
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748
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But there are a few improvements . . .
I especially like the new spelling and grammar checker. I can type anything into the post and TromboneAl comes along later and corrects me.
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How do I turn off the subscription thing? I keep getting emails from threads, and I go to the unsubscribe link, then can't figure out how to actually unsubscribe!
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:16 AM   #79
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Never mind. I figured it out. Thanks.
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Where is the profile tag line?

Not the signature. Doesn't seem to be editable anymore.
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