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Old 09-14-2009, 09:07 AM   #1
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New Look for E-R.org

As I mentioned earlier E-R.org I have been working on a new look for our site. As you can see the switch has been made, hopefully you all like it. I'd suggest using the new look for a couple days to see if you like it. If you don't you can switch back to the old style in two clicks. Just go to the bottom left corner of the page and select Early Retirement v1.0 (see attachment).

Please post your feedback, broken links, or other issues to this thread so I can address them and get all the bugs worked out. Thanks for your patience during this transition.
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404 error not found for "Meet Our Team" link at bottom of page
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Clicking on a thread in the Portal takes you to the top of the thread instead of where you left off reading the last time.
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"Member List" link at the bottom of the page is broken.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:53 AM   #5
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Having the list of threads centrally rather than left aligned is my reason for going back to the old version.

Instead of running your eye down a list, now you have extra work to do just to locate the start of each thread title.

Edit: I see this misalignment issue is everywhere, even fragments of paragraphs in posts are being centred. This can't be intentional. Is it just me? I'm using IE8.
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Wasn't there a "More Statistics" link somewhere on the old homepage? I can't find it anywhere now.
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Having the list of threads centrally rather than left aligned is my reason for going back to the old version.

Instead of running your eye down a list, now you have extra work to do just to locate the start of each thread title.

Edit: I see this misalignment issue is everywhere, even fragments of paragraphs in posts are being centred. This can't be intentional. Is it just me? I'm using IE8.
Seeing the same central alignment of post text and thread titles. Using IE 7 on Windows XP.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:39 AM   #8
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Clicking on a thread in the Portal takes you to the top of the thread instead of where you left off reading the last time.
This is a big problem IMO. I would prefer to use the new format, even though I like it less, because I want to see what my posts will look like to most others.

But if I need to make the extra effort to find where I left off in a thread, I'll just use the old format.

IMO, unless there is something I don't see yet, the new format is a step backward.

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Please be patient - we are working to resolve these issues. Posting specific info about bugs however is very helpful. Tweaks are in progress.
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Seeing the same central alignment of post text and thread titles. Using IE 7 on Windows XP.
Most text is aligned as centered, however some is now left and right aligned. No consistent pattern seen when navigating between dissimilar pages.
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Misdirected Link

I poked at all of the Useful Links, which w*rked fine except this one.

Under Useful Links, Advertise found at bottom of Page, clicking on Advertise took me to here
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Some positive feedback...the Last 20 Posts (Live) feature, found in the menu on the left side of the Portal page, is excellent.
This is where it takes you.
http://www.early-retirement.org/forums/vaispy.php
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Freebird, that feature has always been there...

Note: the auto update of the last 20 posts isn't working in the new version. Andy and Janet are all over it...
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I like the new look personally.

One thing I noticed is that the star ratings under people's avatar has been replaced with those little "rep power" squares. I had no idea what "rep power" meant until I googled it. The star rating seemed to be tied solely to a poster's prolificacy, but "rep power" seems to be merit-based. So the question is, how is our "rep power" rating determined, and how can we influence another poster's "rep power"?
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I'm new here but I really like the design and looks of the new version.
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Freebird, that feature has always been there...

Note: the auto update of the last 20 posts isn't working in the new version. Andy and Janet are all over it...
I must have been asleep in the recliner again...

No criticism intended, I'm just poking at links and trying them out.
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:47 PM   #17
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List of To Do Items (so far):
- Portal links going to first post not last read post
- Meet Our Team page not working
- Scrolling posts on the iSpy page not working
- Some text center aligned and not left aligned
- Advertising Link not working
- Remove Rep Power Squares (these were not being shown on the old skin and simply confuse people. We also do not use the rep power the way the software was built, we use the feature to power our Thanks system making the squares redundant (similar to the stars)

I will begin working on this momentarily and post back as I make progress.
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I think I prefer left justified (vs center), but no big deal either way. I think the new look is great!
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Hey Andy,

Old format is correct width on screen. New format is about 20% larger to the right. Any advice?

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So why is the 'Top' button hidden? It's there but the skin downplays it. I would prefer that it be boldfaced.


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