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Exciting Forum Updates This Week

Erin Holohan Haskell
Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
edited January 2021 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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  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,563

    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
    edited January 2021
    Our updates will launch between 11 AM and 12 PM EST today. Hold on to your hat. ;)
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  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,490
    I like it! Thanks, Erin.
    Retired and loving it.
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  • Yes - I like the new display. Nice on the eyes.
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  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,506
    I don't see a 'Mark All Viewed' button. Is it gone for good?
    steve
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262

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

    We'll look into this. Thanks, @STEVEusaPA.
    President
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    STEVEusaPABillyO
  • Pumpguy
    Pumpguy Member Posts: 630
    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 Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
    We'll bump up the text size. Thanks, @Pumpguy.
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    JUGHNE
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,317
    Lol, Unfortunately my old eyes are finding the print size a little small.

    New Year!!!

    New Updates!!
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 21,857
    I like what I see
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  • Canucker
    Canucker Member Posts: 722
    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
    DanHolohan
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,726
    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 Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
    Thanks for all of the feedback and suggestions. We'll be making more adjustments in the coming days.
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  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,699
    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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  • BillyO
    BillyO Member Posts: 277
    Good stuff going on here
  • Le John
    Le John Member Posts: 222
    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 Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
    edited January 2021
    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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  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,607
    Loving the orange headlines returning after a short absence 😅
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  • Le John
    Le John Member Posts: 222
    edited January 2021
    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
  • Gsmith
    Gsmith Member Posts: 431
    Has the “mark all read” button been removed? I found it helpful.
  • Sal Santamaura
    Sal Santamaura Member Posts: 526
    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.
  • luketheplumber
    luketheplumber Member Posts: 149
    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.
    I just earned my GED and am looking for a apprenticeship with one of these steam gurus on this site!
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
    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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  • WMno57
    WMno57 Member Posts: 1,230

    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.
    I DIY.
  • iced98lx
    iced98lx Member Posts: 68
    edited January 2021
    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 Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
    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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  • Kafox15
    Kafox15 Member Posts: 99
    I'm still getting a max of 10 results when using search. Do you know when this will be resolved?
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
    @Kafox15, the Search has been fixed. Thanks for your patience.
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  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 1,797
    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 Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
    Thanks, @Intplm. I'll send you a PM to get more info so we can troubleshoot this.
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    Intplm.
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,453
    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 Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
    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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  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 11,021
    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.
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,453
    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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  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 11,021
    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.
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,453
    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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  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 11,021
    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.
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,453
    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.

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  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,262
    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.
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  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 11,021
    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