Upgrade Thread :)

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  1. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    Ok, the first part of the upgrade has been completed. This is a work in progress! Feel free to discuss the upgrade here, ask questions, let me know about features you are missing, etc. I'm learning as I go too. This will help me compile a wish list of things that need to be added back in. Or, you can let me know about features you've always wanted but we never had. The new version may have more possibilities.

    Ongoing list of things to fix:
    • Add more links to view New/Recent Posts
    • Make Log in / Sign Up link larger
    • Fix old smilies / add new smilies
    • Pinned posts need some sort of separation
    • Find a workaround: Posts that have been read disappear from list of "New Posts" (use the Recent Posts link)
    • Ability to edit posts? (this should be enabled)
    • Report link is missing on posts (to report spam)
    • Add ability to ignore forums so they don't show up in the new posts list
    Wish List (Things that are not currently possible/available):
    • Ability to set and save font/color preferences for posts
    I added a FAQ here:
    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/index.php?threads/faq-for-new-forum.192722/
     
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  3. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

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    It will absolutely take some time to get used to something new--but I love the look!
     
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  4. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    Yeah, it's hard for me too! I don't know where anything is.
     
  5. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

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    We'll figure it out!
     
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    So far, so good. I've undergone many changes to my school website, so I know that this will feel totally natural in a week.
     
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  7. ms.irene

    ms.irene Connoisseur

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    Looks good, I just can't find the button for "find new posts"?
     
  8. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    On the navigation bar at the top, there is a link that says "New Posts" or "Recent Posts" under the Forums heading.

    On the main page, there is also a widget on the right side that lists new posts. You can see the latest ones or click on the New Posts heading to see them all.
     
  9. Peregrin5

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    Wow. Is all I have to say.
     
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  10. mrachelle87

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    I don't do change!
     
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  11. DizneeTeachR

    DizneeTeachR Virtuoso

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    My avatar is gone?!? I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I am not a social media person so this all seems so weird to me...LOL!!!
     
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  12. a2z

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    Had to majorly alter my preferences.
    Opinion is still out, but I appreciate all of your hard work Amanda.
     
  13. a2z

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    The white on black font for things like Recent Activity is very hard to read because of font size and thinness of white lettering.
     
  14. DizneeTeachR

    DizneeTeachR Virtuoso

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    Will there be a tutorial somewhere to figure out some of the settings & what not? I appreciate all the hard work, but I like to make sure I have my settings correctly done as well.
     
  15. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    Most of the avatars got moved over, so I'm not sure why yours didn't. :( Yours may have been added when the forum was even older and it didn't know where to find it. I'll see if I can fetch it from the old site and upload it manually for you.
     
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    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    The old technology didn't support a lot of things (such as a mobile friendly design) and this version will give us the ability to move forward. Just bear with me... we're working with an almost out-of-the-box version at the moment.
     
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    What preferences did you have to change? Knowing what you're having to fix will help me know if there are defaults that I can fix too.
     
  18. DizneeTeachR

    DizneeTeachR Virtuoso

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    Yay it's back!!! Thanks!!!!
     
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    Any chance of editing the css to make the Login or Sign-up floating element larger? Took me about 10 seconds to find where to log in, it was pretty small on my resolution.
     
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    Good point! This is the type of thing I need suggestions for. This reminds me that the first time I signed up on a Xenforo forum, I couldn't find it either! There's actually a big blue "Sign Up Now!" button on the right sidebar that takes you to the login form, but I'm going to update it so it's more clear.

    EDIT: Made the login/sign up link larger and now it also floats when you scroll down. Next, I'll figure out how to fix the Sign Up Now button.
     
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  22. Peregrin5

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    By the way, my 'wow' was a good 'wow'. I like the changes. It looks very clean and fresh.

    I did want to mention, maybe shading pinned threads a different color. In the old forum, they were separated a bit from the regular threads. It's harder to distinguish between them now. Giving them a different shade (other than the normal white) might help.
     
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  23. TeacherGroupie

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    Unless there's something I'm missing, it's no longer the case that one can find a link to New Posts on absolutely every forum page. I'd settle for said link being added to one's profile, since that's a tidy dropdown... but having to pop back to some other page to access it is gonna cramp my style.
     
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    It's up top of at least this thread page. It's just a matter of finding it.

    May I also add how amusing I find it that there are lists for number of members, guests, and BOTS at any given time?
     
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  25. TeacherGroupie

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    I think it isn't on people's profile pages, for example, from which "New Posts" in the place to which you point is conspicuous by its absence. Whimper.
     
  26. Amanda

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    I'll figure out a better way to link to New and Recent Posts. It's always on the black navigation bar under the Forums tab. Therefore, if you are in the "Members" section, for instance, you'd have to click "Forums" to open up that tab and see the new/recent posts link again.
     
  27. Caesar753

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    When we click on one of our "watched threads", is it going to jump directly to the first unread post?
     
  28. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I haven't looked around much, but do we have a dashboard or CP area like before where we can see subscribed threads, inbox, settings, etc. all on one screen? That's always where I put my bookmark since I care most about the threads I'm participating in or watching.
     
  29. Amanda

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    Try your "News Feed":
    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/index.php?account/news-feed

    If you go to the black navigation bar, over on the right side you will find your name which drops down a menu with all the important links. Next to that, you'll see a mail icon that links to your private messages (or "conversations") and Alerts (when someone quotes or likes your post, etc.)
     
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  30. adeeb

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    Great work on the new design! I really like it. I think the top navigation bar contrasts too much with the rest of the site, though. Can you try changing it to a medium gray? Here's the CSS:


    Code:
    .navTabs
    {
        background-color: rgb(90, 90, 90);
        border: 1px solid rgb(90, 90, 90);
    }
     
  31. swansong1

    swansong1 Virtuoso

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    Ok...I'm enjoying wandering around the new site. It's pretty self explanatory, but here's my question.

    I don't know what Robots are. Obviously, they all look like search engines. but can someone explain?
     
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    In the old days, it would just say there were a bunch of "guests" on the site, but it can differentiate now and identifies the ones that are bots. They are usually search engines spidering the site.
     
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    What is the purpose of "spidering the site" and does it do any harm?
     
  34. Amanda

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    No, the robots listed are not malicious. They are just looking at the pages to put them on the search engine.
     
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    Well now, that make sense. I have learned something new today!
     
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    Thanks for implementing my suggestion, Amanda! I hope you and everyone else likes it.
     
  37. yellowdaisies

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    I was wondering about this as well. Thanks for asking - and thanks Amanda for answering! Now that the information is so readily available, I'm pretty surprised by how many lurkers we have at any given time, especially in the evenings - wow.
     
  38. SpecialPreskoo

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    OK...this is different. Going to take some getting used to... LOVE the LIKE option! :D Now, to figure out what kind of avatar I want!
     
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    It looks really good! Very clean and crisp. I like the new header. Thanks, Amanda, for your work on this awesome space for us all to use. :)

    One thing that I do miss is being able to see the pages on threads next to the thread title without hovering over the thread. Is there a way to get those back?
     
  40. SpecialPreskoo

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    LOL and a "warn" button?! That could be interesting. :D Or is that just something us Mods see?
     
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    Is editing a post an option anymore?
     
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