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Exciting Forum Updates This Week

Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
edited January 15 in THE MAIN WALL
You're going to see some exciting forum updates this week. We're working hard to improve your experience here and after these updates the forum will be easier to use, especially on mobile devices. We'll also have better search tools.

Thanks in advance for your patience as we launch these updates today and tailor them throughout the week to get the best fit for the Heating Help community. Feel free to send me a PM if you have any questions along the way.
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  • EdTheHeaterManEdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 1,636

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  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
    edited January 11
    Our updates will launch between 11 AM and 12 PM EST today. Hold on to your hat. ;)
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  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 15,163
    I like it! Thanks, Erin.
    Retired and loving it.
    Erin Holohan Haskellluketheplumber
  • Yes - I like the new display. Nice on the eyes.
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  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Member Posts: 4,743
    I don't see a 'Mark All Viewed' button. Is it gone for good?
    steve
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531

    I don't see a 'Mark All Viewed' button. Is it gone for good?

    We'll look into this. Thanks, @STEVEusaPA.
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  • PumpguyPumpguy Member Posts: 436
    Text of posts has smaller print size than before. Might be a bit harder on the typical older eyes that usually read these posts.
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  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
    We'll bump up the text size. Thanks, @Pumpguy.
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  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 8,123
    Lol, Unfortunately my old eyes are finding the print size a little small.

    New Year!!!

    New Updates!!
  • hot_rodhot_rod Member Posts: 14,425
    I like what I see
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  • CanuckerCanucker Member Posts: 659
    Folks, you can increase the font size on your device without having to ask @Erin Holohan Haskell to do it. 
    You can have it good, fast or cheap. Pick two
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  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 14,203
    I'd suggest that the list of threads on the main page should show who started a thread as well as who posted the most recent reply.
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  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
    Thanks for all of the feedback and suggestions. We'll be making more adjustments in the coming days.
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  • KC_JonesKC_Jones Member Posts: 4,562
    I use the site on mobile most of the time, on mobile the text seems bigger and easier to read, so I’m really liking the change.
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  • BillyOBillyO Member Posts: 251
    Good stuff going on here
  • Le JohnLe John Member Posts: 193
    Nice Job @Erin Holohan Haskell looks so smooth! 

    I’ve been trying to post from a mobile device But don’t see the pencil icon at the bottom of the screen like in the previous version. Forgive me - what am I doing wrong? 
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
    edited January 12
    Thanks! @Le John if you scroll all the way down, you’ll see an orange button for New Discussion. I’ll see if we can move this higher on the page. 
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  • ethicalpaulethicalpaul Member Posts: 2,617
    Loving the orange headlines returning after a short absence 😅
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  • Le JohnLe John Member Posts: 193
    edited January 12
    Thanks! @“Le John” if you scroll all the way down, you’ll see an orange button for New Discussion. I’ll see if we can move this higher on the page.
    Oh - I see it now. I was used to the old style where the pencil was always visible on the bottom of the browser window regardless of the page you were on. I read this site like I read the news so Very thankful for this site.
    Erin Holohan Haskell
  • Gary SmithGary Smith Member Posts: 359
    Has the “mark all read” button been removed? I found it helpful.
  • Sal SantamauraSal Santamaura Member Posts: 319
    I'm always outside the mainstream. :) This update, like those that have occurred on many sites in recent years, seems intended to make things better suited for phones. Such changes always degrade the experience on desktop/laptop PCs. Oh, well, I'll survive and get used to it.
  • luketheplumberluketheplumber Member Posts: 120
    I Like it but its definitely gonna take a little bit to get used to.
    I'm going to check this out on my phone.
    Learning about Steam and Hot Water Heating Systems. Will Soon be looking for an apprenticeship in Steam Heating as soon as I Graduate.
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
    Thanks for the feedback. We're still working hard on more edits.

    @Sal Santamaura, please PM me with your concerns regarding desktop and I'll see what we can do.
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  • WMno57WMno57 Member Posts: 162

    I'm always outside the mainstream. :) This update, like those that have occurred on many sites in recent years, seems intended to make things better suited for phones. Such changes always degrade the experience on desktop/laptop PCs. Oh, well, I'll survive and get used to it.

    This May will be the 60th year anniversary of Newton Minow's Vast Wasteland speech.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_and_the_Public_Interest

    We have been dumbing everything down to the lowest common denominator for far too long.

    Not sure what the answer is. I like the depth of knowledge on this site. I think it is possible to accommodate both small and big screen users. Wikipedia seems to do that well.
  • iced98lxiced98lx Member Posts: 29
    edited January 12
    The form for a new post seems to be within a container with a needlessly small max width set:


    It'd be ideal if that were removed and we had a little more space to write the post width wise:



    Otherwise the updates are excellent.
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
    Thanks, @iced98lx. It's showing mobile view on desktop and it shouldn't be. We plan to fix it soon.

    Thanks for everyone's patience as we improve.
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  • Kafox15Kafox15 Member Posts: 63
    I'm still getting a max of 10 results when using search. Do you know when this will be resolved?
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
    @Kafox15, the Search has been fixed. Thanks for your patience.
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  • Intplm.Intplm. Member Posts: 1,257
    Hello @Erin Holohan Haskell I've noticed that the advertisements in the new format are partially covering up posted content. Have you been made aware of this already? Otherwise, I like the new format. It is looking good !!!!!


  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
    Thanks, @Intplm. I'll send you a PM to get more info so we can troubleshoot this.
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    Intplm.
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 11,481
    If someone mentioned it and I missed it I'm sorry, but I now have to manually mark my notifications as read.

    It used to be if I looked at them, they automatically became seen / read. Honestly, it's the only beef I have with the new format. I did prefer the old one, but I don't mind this one besides the notification thing and it's on both desktop running Chrome and my phone running Chrome.
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  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
    Thanks, @ChrisJ. The notification panel has a glitch that we're working on. There is a dot next to each notification that will (when fixed) disappear once a notification has been clicked on/viewed. You can also click on the Mark All Read at the bottom of the panel.
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  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Member Posts: 7,914
    I have the ad overlap also.
    However on my desktop, if I leave the zoom at 250% for large print, yea..old guy here,
    then the right hand column ends up below the LH, have to scroll down to see it.

    Previously could toggle over to the right to see that ad and misc info.
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 11,481
    JUGHNE said:

    I have the ad overlap also.
    However on my desktop, if I leave the zoom at 250% for large print, yea..old guy here,
    then the right hand column ends up below the LH, have to scroll down to see it.

    Previously could toggle over to the right to see that ad and misc info.

    Maybe get a bigger monitor so you don't have to have everything at 250%? :wink:
    Stuff looks pretty big on a 32".
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  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Member Posts: 7,914
    I have a 28" monitor. I run at 200-250 for larger pictures
    At 175% then the RH and LH items are side by side.
    I-pad also has the over lap of Ads. Increasing with zoom, ads still over lap.
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 11,481
    JUGHNE said:

    I have a 28" monitor. I run at 200-250 for larger pictures
    At 175% then the RH and LH items are side by side.
    I-pad also has the over lap of Ads. Increasing with zoom, ads still over lap.

    I know it doesn't help you, but I haven't noticed any overlapping ads.
    Do they do this at 100%?

    Do glasses help?
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  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Member Posts: 7,914
    I am mainly pointing out changes to the format.
    At 175% things look as they did.
    Above that then ads are stacked below text.

    Didn't I mention all this above?? Would glasses help you Chris? ;)

    I have new glasses and just had cataracts removed.
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 11,481
    JUGHNE said:

    I am mainly pointing out changes to the format.
    At 175% things look as they did.
    Above that then ads are stacked below text.

    Didn't I mention all this above?? Would glasses help you Chris? ;)

    I have new glasses and just had cataracts removed.

    I wear glasses and I view everything at 100%.
    Things aren't usually laid out to be viewed at 200-250%.

    I asked if glasses would help because perhaps they will not. It wasn't intended as an insult or sarcasm.

    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,531
    The website was built to respond to screen/window size and the right column will bump to the bottom under certain conditions.

    I appreciate you all sharing your perspectives on how the update is shaping your experience here. Thanks for helping us improve.
    President
    HeatingHelp.com
  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Member Posts: 7,914
    What was handy was having the LH column fill the screen and being able to drag the lower curser to the right to see the RH side.
    I can cope, maybe it is my computer.

    Chris, no offense taken.
    ChrisJ
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