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Frederik Magle
May-13-2011, 13:07
I have just upgraded MIMF to the new vBulletin version 4. It is a major upgrade with lots of new functionality - including personal blogs for all members! As you can see it looks a little strange (The old design was incompatible with vB 4 so this is a rough "re-creation"), but it will be improved.

Also, there are going to be some teething problems for sure. I apologize in advance - please reply with any problems, errors, bugs, you experience or if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Frederik

JONESEY
May-13-2011, 13:15
ahh, excellent, it wasn't just me going mad - things have changed!!!!.

Bug / error / whatever I don't know, but I'm finding it difficult to see messages containing quotes - they are coming up just White.
Also can I link my blog to this page somehow?

Frederik Magle
May-13-2011, 13:37
Thanks for letting me know about the quotes, Jonesey! I've changed the background color so it should be readable now.

I'm not sure if there is an automated function linking your blog to posts. You can always put a link in your signature though.

Krummhorn
May-13-2011, 14:59
Frederik,

Looks really nice ... and so far, seems to drive nice, too.

Dorsetmike
May-13-2011, 21:12
One problem I find is the drop downs under Forum Actions, Quick Links etc are almost unreadable black on dark blue until you scroll through each one, I suppose in time we'll get used to what options are under which heading, but I think it would be much easier if they were easily visible.

Ghekorg7 (Ret)
May-13-2011, 23:35
Wish success with this new appearance !
A little strange at first, but I believe will be better as we explore it .
So far it runs ok here, but I'll try some things in the morning to get the feel of it .
Best
Panos

Mat
May-13-2011, 23:45
I'll second Mike's opinion.

And who is this Admin person that keeps adding new articles? It's not anyone from the forum staff, is it?

Krummhorn
May-14-2011, 09:58
I'll second Mike's opinion.

And who is this Admin person that keeps adding new articles? It's not anyone from the forum staff, is it?

Kind of sort of yeah, but no ... When the forum was born, the first user, by default, was called Admin, which was really Frederik. Then 'Admin' created the username "Frederik Magle", who then got others to join and create their own usernames.

With the forum software upgrade (a seriously major upgrade I might mention) just completed, there are lots of new features ... one being the "Home" page which is still in development (ergo the Latin text) and by default, the forum software is creating new "Article" threads by its 'creator'.

You are not the first member to express concern on this particular feature ... I have been able (I think) to turn that off for the moment. Being as how my log in for the forum shows everything (and I mean, literally, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g) I have no way of knowing what this now looks like, after I made a change in the ACP, to the regular users. Hopefully, those new articles have been suppressed, at least for the time being, until we can tweak those settings.

With each forum software upgrade comes some unexpected things ... believe me, we are working all the issues on a priority basis ... things like the 'articles' getting tweaked, is a low priority at the moment, hence why I was (hopefully) able to turn them off for regular members.

We appreciate all the feedback from our members.

Frederik Magle
May-14-2011, 19:32
I've changed the header and navbar. Hopefully it is more readable now.

Please keep reporting if you find any text difficult to read, thanks. Lars and I will be working on setting up the CMS ("Home")as soon as the basics are working :)

Mat
May-14-2011, 22:14
Lars, thanks for a detailed answer to my post. I do understand it was a major change; it will take time to get used to it and find our way round it. I spent half an hour yesterday trying to choose colors for text, backgrounds, etc on my profile page :crazy:

I have one issue. When I log in on my account, the forum doesn't show the usual bar in the upper right corner and all the other features on the screen right away. It seems like I haven't logged in at all. I have to refresh the page to get everything back in order. It's been this way for some time now (it started before the upgrade).

Also, I wouldn't mind if it was possible to block all these articles from appearing in the Unread Posts section (I've seen some today).

Frederik, the navbar is much more readable now. Thanks for the changes. Oh, you might have a look at the Top Posters page. The user names come up invisible.

Krummhorn
May-15-2011, 01:35
Lars, thanks for a detailed answer to my post. I do understand it was a major change; it will take time to get used to it and find our way round it. I spent half an hour yesterday trying to choose colors for text, backgrounds, etc on my profile page :crazy:

I have one issue. When I log in on my account, the forum doesn't show the usual bar in the upper right corner and all the other features on the screen right away. It seems like I haven't logged in at all. I have to refresh the page to get everything back in order. It's been this way for some time now (it started before the upgrade).

I too am having the same symptom ... I tried resetting the Firefox browser's "about:config" without any success. That cured it before when I was having the same problem on my XP machine ... maybe Win 7 handles the refresh rate different.



Also, I wouldn't mind if it was possible to block all these articles from appearing in the Unread Posts section (I've seen some today).

Hmmm, I need to delve into that further.



Frederik, the navbar is much more readable now. Thanks for the changes. Oh, you might have a look at the Top Posters page. The user names come up invisible.

Frederik Magle
May-15-2011, 11:11
Frederik, the navbar is much more readable now. Thanks for the changes. Oh, you might have a look at the Top Posters page. The user names come up invisible.

You're very welcome - thanks for alerting me about these problems. I've fixed the background color on the top posters page.

I'm afraid I don't have an answer for the "having to refresh to show login" problem. I don't experience it myself after this upgrade, though I have experienced it on occasion. Currently I'm on Firefox 4.0.1/ Mac OS X.

We'll be looking into the prolems with CMS articles - maybe turning it off until we can set it up properly.

el_supremo
May-15-2011, 22:51
I have trouble distinguishing between the icon that means an unread thread and the one that means there are new posts in the thread. There is very little difference/contrast between the two and the background. I find I'm always checking the dates of the threads to be sure whether there really are new posts in them.
Is that something you can change? Perhaps make the "new posts here" icon a deeper blue (or hot pink, or ... ).

Thanks
Pete

Contratrombone64
May-16-2011, 01:27
Well - I like the new format and will embrace it (have no option really). In seriousness, I like it.

Krummhorn
May-17-2011, 08:10
. . . I have one issue. When I log in on my account, the forum doesn't show the usual bar in the upper right corner and all the other features on the screen right away. It seems like I haven't logged in at all. I have to refresh the page to get everything back in order. It's been this way for some time now (it started before the upgrade).


I too am having the same symptom ... I tried resetting the Firefox browser's "about:config" without any success. That cured it before when I was having the same problem on my XP machine ... maybe Win 7 handles the refresh rate different. Hmmm, I need to delve into that further.


You're very welcome - thanks for alerting me about these problems. I've fixed the background color on the top posters page.

I'm afraid I don't have an answer for the "having to refresh to show login" problem. I don't experience it myself after this upgrade, though I have experienced it on occasion. Currently I'm on Firefox 4.0.1/ Mac OS X.

Ahah ... :clap: ... I think I found the culprit ... changed a little setting in the ACP (added no-cache HTTP headers) and that seemed to resolve the refresh rate.

Let us know if this solved that issue for you or not, Mat.

Dorsetmike
May-17-2011, 11:37
Couple more minor niggles, the "Report" and other icons along the bottom of posts are barely visible, dark grey on blue, some have text as well which is visible.

The options at the top are a bit inconsistent, sometimes "Mark all threads read" shows then when clicked the "Forum Actions" then becomes visible and you have to then select Mark all threads from that.

Mat
May-17-2011, 23:40
Let us know if this solved that issue for you or not, Mat.

Yup, it works fine now. I don't have to hit F5 anymore. Thanks, Lars.

By the way, is it possible to change the settins so when I press "Reply With Quote" it opens the text in the advanced window (as it's been so far) and not in "Quick Reply" window?

Krummhorn
May-18-2011, 03:09
:) Mat, glad to hear that solved the refreshing of the forum pages ...

As to the reply with quote, it defaults to the basic editor ... mainly because most people don't want, or need, the extra tools to reply with.
There is a button at the bottom right "Go Advanced" which when clicked upon will open up the advanced window for reply. It's only one additional mouse click, and is what I do most of the time.

Mat
May-22-2011, 12:45
^^ Ok, that's fair enough.

I have two more issues. When I go to Unread Posts, it is hard for me to distinguish between the posts I'm subscribed to and the rest of them. And I think before the upgrade, after logging in, there was also a visible distinction between new posts and those that "haven't been changed (not sure if this was the exact word) since my last visit". Is it possible to get that feature back?

And the last thing (at least for now ;)), would it be possible to move the Quick Links drop down to the Welcome Bar in the upper right corner as it was before the upgrade? This way we would have all the most useful functions within one area. I realise though it would affect all users, and not all of them might like the idea.

JHC
May-22-2011, 23:42
I notice that HTML and Image BB Code is not allowed in signature, is that for any particular reason ?

Dorsetmike
May-23-2011, 00:28
I also notice animated gif's are not allowed in signatures, I'll admit I've seen some rather horrendous ones at times, but I was thinking more on the lines of2071, which I use on other forums


Although this http://bestsmileys.com/toliot/7.gif does have a musical component, like things are really humming?

JHC
May-23-2011, 01:29
Mike, It cohttp://bestsmileys.com/toliot/7.gifuld become annoying after seeing the same thing time after time. perhaps that is the reason

Krummhorn
May-23-2011, 07:58
I notice that HTML and Image BB Code is not allowed in signature, is that for any particular reason ?


I also notice animated gif's are not allowed in signatures, I'll admit I've seen some rather horrendous ones at times, but I was thinking more on the lines of2071, which I use on other forums

The enabling of HTML is considered a security risk in vBulletin terminology ... it can also cause higher server loads

As for 'animation' it is only allowed in avatars, not signatures ... and then only those members with 500 or more posts have that capability. Why they are not enabled is a mystery. I'll have to check on that.

Dorsetmike
May-23-2011, 11:41
I can see it being a problem with larger animateds as Colin says, however possibly a limit of 1 animated with a size limit, as for an animated avatar, that does have some possibilities.

Krummhorn
May-23-2011, 15:54
Limits for those are: 500 (H) X 100 pixels (W) ... or 20 KB, whichever is smaller. Reason height is extended is that there is more vertical space to the left of the posts.

These cosmetic issues will eventually be solved ... as with any software upgrade there will be be idiosyncrasies ... this particular upgrade was a very major update (from v3.8.4 to v4.1.3) and caused some havoc with various 'mods' we had in place that are no longer compatible with the new software version.

Once we get all the major fires extinguished, we will start working on the more insignificant minor ones.

JHC
May-23-2011, 22:47
We will keep you busy Lars have no fear lol even too busy for http://bestsmileys.com/toliot/7.gif

Krummhorn
May-24-2011, 06:44
Cool ... I'm counting on it, Colin ... after all - no job is ever complete until the paperwork is done :lol:.

As I told Frederik long ago when he first promoted my to his staff here ... I'm in it for the long haul ... and I am. This place (MIMF) is a very special place, the likes I have never seen in any other fora - It's the people who make MIMF what it is.

JHC
May-25-2011, 00:39
This place (MIMF) is a very special place, the likes I have never seen in any other fora - It's the people who make MIMF what it is.

You are spot on Lars and have you noticed that sometimes we even talk about music.

Krummhorn
May-25-2011, 02:21
We do, Colin ... and we do that very well, too.

And, congratulations on being the first member to start their own Blog here.

teddy
Jun-02-2011, 14:23
Slowly getting used to the new format. Mike had to point out to me the "report" and "reputation" buttons. Could you not change the colour of these to make them stand out more.

PS anyone want to buy some pearls?

teddy

Krummhorn
Jun-02-2011, 14:58
Slowly getting used to the new format. Mike had to point out to me the "report" and "reputation" buttons. Could you not change the colour of these to make them stand out more.

It's on our fix list ... I'm having trouble seeing them, too, and I have more buttons in that area than the regular members do.


PS anyone want to buy some pearls?

:lol: ... we see those, too ... and thanks for the reports everyone :clap:. Those cretins get permanently banned and their posts removed, plus they get reported to an international spam database site, which enables all forum mods/admins to be notified.

I found a commonality on the numerous 'pearls' one ... and just added a block in the ACP settings ... :devil:. We will always win, ya know ... always. :cheers:

Mat
Jun-26-2011, 15:18
Hey, just wanted to let you know about a few places where the text is still hard to read. I highlighted the tricky bits.

JHC
Jun-26-2011, 23:02
You guys should eat more Carrots

Krummhorn
Jun-27-2011, 00:41
I hate raw carrots ... cooked ones are okay. :rolleyes:

There are other areas that we have notated where the contrasting colours need adjustment. I found the tool with which to change those, but a little chicken to try anything without some training from Frederik. It would be my luck the whole forum would suddenly change to purple with pink polka dots.

JHC
Jun-27-2011, 03:40
It would be my luck the whole forum would suddenly change to purple with pink polka dots.
Try it for a day, lol, not much activity to day has everyone hibernated??

teddy
Jul-07-2011, 21:04
Geting used to the new format. After two weeks away am spending extra time on the forum to really familiarise myself with the changes. No bad comments up to now.

teddy