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Message 1259096 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 20:00:16 UTC

Someone is having "fun" with the board just now.
Previously when typing in the reply box you could drop out of the box and scan to the post you were answering, now you have to change windows to do it. I'm not sure that is an improvement as we will see more "quote and reply" type posts - even when replying to the preceding post
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Message 1259099 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 20:07:36 UTC - in response to Message 1259096.

Someone is having "fun" with the board just now.
Previously when typing in the reply box you could drop out of the box and scan to the post you were answering, now you have to change windows to do it. I'm not sure that is an improvement as we will see more "quote and reply" type posts - even when replying to the preceding post

I was noticing that as well. I normally do quote for my reply's. However, I was thinking that you would see more than just the single post you were replying to.
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Message 1259110 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 20:48:54 UTC

Yes, obvious someone is still monkeying. Instead of pages and next at the top I got a long list of Unread message #XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX at the top, none of which were links.

David Anderson may be a good coder, but he is terrible at UI. He should take his salary and pay Apple to do the UI on BOINC!

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Message 1259115 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 20:58:14 UTC

As I have found many times, the people writing the code are very often not the ones using it every day.

Still I suppose it's their board they can do what they like.

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Message 1259117 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 21:00:33 UTC

Another BROKEN feature needed for the word game.

It used to be when you hit preview it loaded the rest of the thread, so you could see if someone else hit post before you did. Gone. It will cause a lot of confusion in the word game as the posters won't know if they are posting in sequence anymore ...

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Message 1259119 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 21:09:57 UTC - in response to Message 1259117.

Another BROKEN feature needed for the word game.

It used to be when you hit preview it loaded the rest of the thread, so you could see if someone else hit post before you did. Gone. It will cause a lot of confusion in the word game as the posters won't know if they are posting in sequence anymore ...

Also useful in the "count to Thread"

I wonder if these as " side effects" of other changes and not changes in themselves.

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Message 1259132 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 21:31:05 UTC - in response to Message 1259050.

The way the preference was implemented previously, if you hadn't visited the forums in a week and a particular post had 100 new entries, even if you had the "display only X" set to 35, you would still have to wait for the entire page to load because it would still show all 100 new posts.

I actually liked that feature. Every now and then some thread in Number Crunching would grow over night with more new posts than I had set the display only X setting.

Clicking the Show all posts or whatever it is called forgets which ones I had not read previously so that was inconvenient if I did want to read all the new posts.

With this change, people on slow mobile connections can at least change the number to something meaningful and only have to load X many posts per page without having to wait forever.

There is easy workaround for that. Just open a new tab for each thread you want to read. Threads will then load nicely in background. I'm doing that right now even though my Internet connection is far from slow.

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Message 1259134 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 21:36:00 UTC - in response to Message 1259117.
Last modified: 11 Jul 2012, 21:37:03 UTC

Another BROKEN feature needed for the word game.

It used to be when you hit preview it loaded the rest of the thread, so you could see if someone else hit post before you did. Gone. It will cause a lot of confusion in the word game as the posters won't know if they are posting in sequence anymore ...

There was a race condition before and there is nothing you can do about in except asking mods to lock the thread while you prepare your post.

Even with the old version two people could have written reply and checked if there were any new posts and then hit the Post reply button at the same time.

edit: It would be nice if it jumped to the last page / first new post after posting to thread.

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Message 1259154 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 22:40:59 UTC - in response to Message 1259119.

Another BROKEN feature needed for the word game.

It used to be when you hit preview it loaded the rest of the thread, so you could see if someone else hit post before you did. Gone. It will cause a lot of confusion in the word game as the posters won't know if they are posting in sequence anymore ...

Also useful in the "count to Thread"

I wonder if these as " side effects" of other changes and not changes in themselves.

Well thread You'll just have to eyeball it and if someone gets that number before You do, just get another, that's all I can think of right now, as that's how the peanut roasts out here.
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Message 1259163 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 23:32:39 UTC

Also now forums very very slow!!
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Message 1259183 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 0:17:07 UTC

Looks like DA is working on implementing page numbers at the top and bottom of the thread. At least over at beta currently.
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Message 1259187 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 0:53:28 UTC - in response to Message 1259183.

Looks like DA is working on implementing page numbers at the top and bottom of the thread. At least over at beta currently.

Sounds like DA is branching out into Web Design...
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Message 1259211 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 3:17:37 UTC - in response to Message 1259183.

Looks like DA is working on implementing page numbers at the top and bottom of the thread. At least over at beta currently.

I'm seeing it here, too, on some of the longer threads.
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Message 1259223 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 3:45:06 UTC - in response to Message 1259134.

Another BROKEN feature needed for the word game.

It used to be when you hit preview it loaded the rest of the thread, so you could see if someone else hit post before you did. Gone. It will cause a lot of confusion in the word game as the posters won't know if they are posting in sequence anymore ...

There was a race condition before and there is nothing you can do about in except asking mods to lock the thread while you prepare your post.

Even with the old version two people could have written reply and checked if there were any new posts and then hit the Post reply button at the same time.

edit: It would be nice if it jumped to the last page / first new post after posting to thread.

The user setting for this has been there for a long time.
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Message 1259238 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 4:36:36 UTC - in response to Message 1259211.
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Looks like DA is working on implementing page numbers at the top and bottom of the thread. At least over at beta currently.

I'm seeing it here, too, on some of the longer threads.


But it is not taking you to the new posts yet, even when you just posted to the thread it takes you to the first page again.

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And marks your own post as new in thread.
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Message 1259240 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 4:52:51 UTC

I don't like this at all. Nothing was broken before. I like to see the original OPs post and just read the posts I haven't looked at before.
This doesn't help us Mods one bit.
Has someone alerted Mr DA to this thread?
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Message 1259243 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 5:11:44 UTC - in response to Message 1259025.

Oh my, oh my, that was not an improvement. Until it's changed back to the old style, I've set my community prefs to "1000 Display this many messages per page".

Problem gone, until there is a thread with more than 1000 posts.



That's what the cool guys are doing, so I hear?
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Message 1259259 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 6:01:44 UTC - in response to Message 1259240.

I don't like this at all. Nothing was broken before. I like to see the original OPs post and just read the posts I haven't looked at before.
This doesn't help us Mods one bit.
Has someone alerted Mr DA to this thread?

I feel the same way Uli, yawn, sorry tired from being baked in a can, er mobile home.
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Message 1259266 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 6:24:56 UTC - in response to Message 1259240.
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I don't like this at all. Nothing was broken before. I like to see the original OPs post and just read the posts I haven't looked at before.
This doesn't help us Mods one bit.
Has someone alerted Mr DA to this thread?

Feel free to PM him.
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_user.php?userid=432107
Or on BOINC
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/dev/show_user.php?userid=138

I leave it as an exercise to find his e-mail addy on the staff page.
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Message 1259267 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 6:27:04 UTC

I did the same fix Stene Arne did, I upped my "show x posts" to 750, problems solved.

I'm curious, if they are really trying to make the forums more mobile friendly, why not add tapatalk forum access like myself and several others have mentioned (in my short time here it's been mentioned 3 times that I've noticed).


Using an existing forum application that exists on iOS and Android, seems like a better solution. I hate loading this forum on my phone, regardless of how many posts show, that's hardly the issue.
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