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Thread: The board is switching to new software. Need your help testing.

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    Administrator Admin's Avatar
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    I'm going to switch the board to new software in the near future. I'm still working on finishing some of the functionality, but hopefully everything will be complete in a week or so.

    Here is the new layout:

    http://www2.quiltingboard.com/s-1-1.htm
    http://www2.quiltingboard.com/t-29085-1.htm

    Aside from completely changing the internals, I removed all icons and other clutter to make the pages load faster. I also simplified the layout as much as possible and increased the font size to make it easier to read.

    You can log in there using your current password.

    The databases are separate, so anything you post over there is not going to be reflected on the current board. But please log in and try using the board (try browsing/posting/sending pm's etc.) and let me know if you see any errors.

    Hopefully, we'll be able to catch any major bugs in the new software before actually switching the board.

    Right now, I just want to move away from the old software because it seems like new problems are popping up almost every week.

    Once the new software is up and running with basic functionality I'll be able to add new features.

    I already added a few things that were requested in the past:
    - birthday listings in user accounts
    - ability to search for a user on the user listing page
    - ability to see if you PM was opened by the recepient
    - quick reply box at the bottom of each thread's page


    Please login to the new board and test it out:

    http://www2.quiltingboard.com/login.jsp



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    Hi! I'm happy to test. Already on the new board. I like the new look! :)

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    I like the new look also...and its nice to have the larger font for my tired eyes.

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    Hmmm it won't let me log in....I keep getting a invalid password message :(

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    Hmmm it won't let me log in....I keep getting a invalid password message
    I'll pm you a temporary hash instead of password.

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    Me too, getting invalid password.

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    Comments in just looking through it -

    It loads a lot faster on dial-up. YAAAY!!!

    Some of the avatar pictures are not showing up on mine.

    From the "Private messages" page as accessed from the top of the page, I did not see the option of a new message. While going through the member list is a nice option, it adds an extra step to most of the pms I send.

    Bookmarks are missing.... found them, but had to look myself up in member list and go through public profile.

    The colors remind me of the late 80s - Miami Vice style.

    No more file size limits for avatars listed in the profile section

    No more option to watch a topic?

    More smilies
    :D

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    Some of the avatar pictures are not showing up on mine.
    What do you mean?

    From the "Private messages" page as accessed from the top of the page, I did not see the option of a new message. While going through the member list is a nice option, it adds an extra step to most of the pms I send.
    I'll see about adding that option.

    Bookmarks are missing.... found them, but had to look myself up in member list and go through public profile.
    I removed the bookmarks. Not sure if people are actually using them, so I just kept the old bookmarks in the profiles.

    The colors remind me of the late 80s - Miami Vice style.
    LOL. Is that good or bad?

    No more file size limits for avatars listed in the profile section
    Nope.

    No more option to watch a topic?
    I'll need to think about a way to implement it. It turns out a lot of people click the watch link without realizing what it does. And once they start getting e-mail notifications, they complain about the e-mail they receive.

    So for now, the notifications are going to be sent only to people who posted in a thread.


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    Super Member Katrine's Avatar
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    Thank you Admin, I'm now in and off to explore.

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    I can't login either. :-(

    I like the bookmarks in this one, I use them a lot. And I use the "watch this topic" button a lot too. :-)

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