I think were all suffering a form of complacency just not the threatening type,
I agree with the geek & not the old guard this format is gr8 there is no change
to any of the forums,
Kudos to all involved!
@amkeew here's your with interest
For years, the forum members complained that the bbPress software we were using was out of date and didn't have all the features of every other forum. Editing posts was a pain, and formatting was nearly impossible. There were no community moderation features, so we had to have moderators constantly scanning everything for spam links, which happened on a daily basis.
We picked Discourse because it is the only forum that is built for the future and being actively developed from the point of view that forums need to be changed from the ground up. The feature set is perfect for what we need, and using the forum is quite easy once you get used to it - better than anything else.
Sadly we had a minority of members that weren't interested in switching and learning a new forum package, even though many of the same people were the ones saying they wanted a better forum software.
You can still engage with others on here - in fact, you can engage even better than before.
It is a dramatic change from the old forum format. But I think for the better. Granted that it takes a little time to be able to navigate all the corners of the forum, but give it a few weeks and I am sure you will be OK.
I can understand that you are a bit discombobulated at first, but then look at all the new nifty features we got that make posting, editing, attaching things, etc. so much easier than in the old forum. There are still a few bugs and some functions are not yet fully operational (e.g. image upload). But I am sure that this will soon be ironed out.
I ended up with over 17.500 posts in the old forum - but it was not always easy. I wished a few times that quotes, picture uploads, editing functions like bolding were available. Now we have all that and I am happy.
"Why the change"? ...
Why another thread about the same thing. Can there just be a sticky so people can voice their gripes?
Like a: "Hey tell us why you hate the forum change!" sticky!
It's unlikely that people will end up using the sticky thread anyway - people that want to gripe like to create new threads. Most of the time, there is a similar thread about 5-10 items down the list, so instead of just reading and trying out the new forum, they immediately post their dislike.
My feeling is that after a week, anybody that actually uses the forum will realize that it's vastly better than before, and the people that hate it for some unknown reason will go away. The dust will settle quickly.
The old site had ads, the old site was... old. As discourse says so nicely, what in computing hasn't changed for 13 years?
Only forums... they are out of date, and for the effort these guys have put in I think that they deserve a knighthood. I'm not saying that you don't have to be extremely happy with it, but at least have some respect for what they are doing. They are really changing what forums are about... They are innovating and reinventing an old rusty feature of the web.
I give you this link - http://www.discourse.org/about/
And @codinghorror or @sam or anyone else on the discourse team, I commend you on creating something like this. I can say that I most certainly would not have ben able too. I would go as far as to say, in computing terms, you guys are like Usain Bolt... nobody can catch you, nobody can stop you!
And finally I would like to thank @geek for implementing this site, for having the guts to say, change is what we need, and choosing discourse. Haters will hate, but I think that this was one of the best decisions for HTG.
Many to you all
That's one thing about Discourse, I refuse to use any banner advertising here. It's all about building the community. We may someday have some type of ads, but that's wayyyy in the future, and we'll make sure they aren't awful.
And I will NEVER ever use those obnoxious in-text popup ads that most forums use. Just awful.
I don't mind ads, as long as they are not... IN YOUR FACE ads, A subtle one is fine, just don't break forums posts with them or anything. Of course the best is no ads,, but i guess you have toi keep the site running with some revenue
That is really true. On some forums, even as a member, you are constantly being harassed by pop-ups if you only move your cursor a bit over the page. And what makes it even worse is that you cannot close those buggers. You can only move them to the side to be able to read the posting. Yukk.
Might I suggest when you do consider allowing advertising it is of the inanimate sort?
I cannot start a topic and this place does not work on my S3 as the old place did. Also, too many bells and whistles. If I can't start a topic or use HTG from my S3, then I am frequenting other places more often.
What does 3 to go for title mean?
Discourse definitely doesn't work really well on mobile phones at the moment. I'm sure it will be fixed in the future, but for now, it's designed for desktops and larger tablets.
People... give yourselves "TIME". You'll come to appreciate the wonderful improvements made in this interface.
Hey ,@amkeew, I'm supposing you're still using that 2 pound mobile phone of the late 70's.
Look at the "Smart phones" talk about BELLS & WHISTLES!
Move on MAN...
Hey, everybody is entitled to their opinion. If somebody doesn't want to view the site on their phone, I can't blame them for not wanting to come around more. It's not an optimal experience right now.
TIME! "Paris was not built in a day"
I think that was Rome, LOL.
Read this thread, man.
And it was from our own geek.
Bells & whistles don't move me, however "awesome" they are and how much 'research' has gone into them.
UR right... although it was an honest mistake, I mixed it with the French expression... Rome English, Paris French...
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