02-27-2012 10:31 AM
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  1. David Lundblad's Avatar
    The absolute scariest part of our site to mess with is the Forums. We have 600,000 plus members using them a LOT. You guys and girls know them inside and out, and I’m sure you have a million-and-one things you’d like to see improved.

    I’m also sure you have become very comfortable with the current look and feel.

    Rest assured then, that our design team is taking this very seriously and nothing will change without first giving you the opportunity to properly give us feedback.

    Cory has basically been running the forums by himself up until today - and done a bang-up job too. It feels timely (we’re growing members fast!) and relevant to add our design team to the task of making them really rock.

    Why are we touching the forums?

    Well, there are some issues with readability that we’d like to tackle as a matter of priority. At the moment it’s difficult to quickly locate and read the thread title as well as the post content. Page elements that are not so important have very strong colors and are currently drawing attention away from the important content.

    In the long term we want to change the forums more; better information hierarchy and structure, better thread layout, easier login and registration, reduce clutter and better profiles are but a few of projects coming up.

    We need you!

    We wont get it right every time - sometimes we’ll do a change that you won’t agree with (even hate!). That is the nature of change. Believe us when we say that every update we do we try to make it a better user experience. Even when we find it necessary to add, say, another ad space or features for new aspiring members to keep things running smoothly.

    We promise to be as open and honest about these changes as we are about improving the user experience for our members.

    And we hope you will not hold back on your comments and feedback.

    Phase 1 changes

    Ok, first the feature change - we removed the Multi-Quote and News Tip buttons on each post. Are you guys using these? Our user testing shows very little activity there.

    Secondly, we just changed font sizes, colors and background colors to highlight what was important on the threads. We’d love to get your feedback on this too.

    Check out the attached image for the new skin

    02-24-2012 11:24 AM
  2. Paul627g's Avatar
    Multi quote is a valuable tool to a user that is properly using the tools provided to them. If you come into an area with multiple posts of the same situation or very similar its a nice feature to have.

    News tip.. I think this is a feature we can live without.
    02-24-2012 12:54 PM
  3. fringetrooper's Avatar
    No comment as yet...
    02-24-2012 12:54 PM
  4. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    I may be missing something, but I don't see the "attached image"...?

    I have never used the "new tip" button, but the multi-quote can come in handy at times, especially for those of us that are more likely to answer questions than ask them, even if I don't use it very often. I could easily live without it, but that's my 2.
    JLG1985 likes this.
    02-24-2012 12:55 PM
  5. jj14x's Avatar
    I may be missing something, but I don't see the "attached image"...?
    me either..
    02-24-2012 12:56 PM
  6. socarwolverine's Avatar
    I can't see the attached image either, it might be my work blocking it, but usually it'll tell me if it is.
    02-24-2012 12:56 PM
  7. dmmarck's Avatar
    I may be missing something, but I don't see the "attached image"...?

    I have never used the "new tip" button, but the multi-quote can come in handy at times, especially for those of us that are more likely to answer questions than ask them, even if I don't use it very often. I could easily live without it, but that's my 2.
    Me neither, can't see it.

    I use multi-quotes all the time; news tips....not so much.
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    02-24-2012 12:57 PM
  8. youngzayiles's Avatar
    There is no attached image.
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    02-24-2012 12:58 PM
  9. majorpayne's Avatar
    First, I can say I have never used a Multi Quote system but i might be a minority.
    Second, The font colors , sizes and backgroud must be subtle as i haven't noticed them (unless in image that i don't see)

    third, image is not attached but this might be my firewall/VPn stopping me from seeing it even.
    02-24-2012 12:58 PM
  10. donavan's Avatar
    Agreed, keep the mulit quote, ditch the news tips.
    02-24-2012 12:58 PM
  11. enthuz's Avatar
    I think the Multi-Quote button needs to stay as it is handy tool to combine replies of like information. I too agree that the News Tip button can go away.

    Where is "Check out the attached image for the new skin"?
    02-24-2012 12:58 PM
  12. edgesalon's Avatar
    Sorry I do not see the image either !
    02-24-2012 12:59 PM
  13. Knyte's Avatar
    I may be missing something, but I don't see the "attached image"...?
    Don't see any attached image either
    02-24-2012 12:59 PM
  14. gabbott's Avatar
    I've used multi-quote and think it adds use to the forums. News tip... not so much.
    02-24-2012 12:59 PM
  15. mrbanks's Avatar
    I think the Multi-Quote button needs to stay as it is handy tool to combine replies of like information. I too agree that the News Tip button can go away.
    02-24-2012 01:00 PM
  16. ghess517's Avatar
    Have seen a couple posts with different fonts, but not the multi quote.
    02-24-2012 01:00 PM
  17. bdfull3r's Avatar
    i still see multi-quote, news tip, and NO attached image
    02-24-2012 01:02 PM
  18. FrankXS's Avatar
    I would like to see the Multi-Quote feature stay.

    -Frank
    02-24-2012 01:02 PM
  19. nene8626's Avatar
    need help
    02-24-2012 01:04 PM
  20. Devinator's Avatar
    I honestly never even noticed Multi-Quote was there. I was doing it on my own with copy and paste. Now that I know it's there, I will use it. However, many times when I have multiple quotes within my post, it's to break down and quote different parts of someone else's post for clarity. But, I definitely see use for Multi-Quote, and look forward to using it now that I know it's there.

    I never use News Tip.

    Still no image...
    02-24-2012 01:06 PM
  21. kcls's Avatar
    Not seeing any changes. No new fonts, sizes, and multiquote and news tip are still present. Also not seeing the attached image.
    02-24-2012 01:07 PM
  22. ben71r's Avatar
    Can't see it either.
    02-24-2012 01:12 PM
  23. icu's Avatar
    I'd just like to add that I've not been able to locate the attached image as mentioned in the OP.
    02-24-2012 01:12 PM
  24. crazy_skier's Avatar
    No image
    02-24-2012 01:13 PM
  25. rraman3110's Avatar
    Agreed, keep the mulit quote, ditch the news tips.
    Agreed.
    02-24-2012 01:15 PM
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