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Has the 1 week downtime & move to vanilla killed this place?



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,524 ✭✭✭ sporina

    the site is woeful.. I would not know where to begin with its faults.. feck all right with it..

    any hope of it improving???? thats what I wanna know

  • Registered Users Posts: 38,846 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail

    I'm not sure that is true. Boards is on the hosted version of Vanilla as far as I can figure. They are getting support for vanilla for the move which lends credence to that. Vanilla don't do that for people on the free version. The text at the bottom has not changed since before the move. To my mind they just copied the text from the previous version and didn't bother to update it

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,919 ✭✭✭ Gregor Samsa

    Good point about the footer. None of the links in it work.

    Just came across another annoyance. I can't edit the quoted text above to highlight a particular bit. Usually for a reply like this I wouldn't quote your entire post - I'd just pick out the specific relevant bit like "to my mind they just copied the text from the previous version and didn't bother to update it" that I'm replying to. That's annoying.

  • Registered Users Posts: 38,846 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail

    it certainly is. another annoyance to add to the list.

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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    The excess white space is highly off-putting alright - does not work well AT ALL for reading a forum imo 🤮

    The old style was far "tighter" which suited a mainly text site.

    Another thing (of many) is that only full posts can be quoted - not just parts of them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 38,846 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail

    Not only would there be people willing to beta test there would be people willing to test that actually do that for a living. I'm not sure they did any beta testing at all.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 11,526 Mod ✭✭✭✭ JupiterKid

    Can I just say that whilst the migration and site revamp have been below par and might well have negatively impacted the number of regular posters, posts like some on this thread which offer nothing but criticism, frustration, anger and negativity do nothing to help the admins in terms of constructive feedback.

    It's like a mirror image of the Current Affairs forum, where negativity, judgmental attitudes, ignorance, anger, and bitterness seem to predominate much of the time.

    Perhaps the admins could set up a survey to see how the users of Boards want the site to develop going forward as a way to mitigate all the problems associated with the migration. One thing is certain: it was not thought through properly.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 128 ✭✭ motionwaves

    Bring back the old website. It was better

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,405 ✭✭✭✭ Strumms

    Yes, digging shouldn’t be necessary really though...

    should be a button on the top of every page, top right beside the search, notifications, messages and smiley face.. Just a button ‘AP’ ( all posts ) or whatever to bring users conveniently to a list of their x number of last contributions...

    in my view that would make a big difference in reverting the forum to a more user friendly experience.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,337 ✭✭✭ Feisar

    Can someone explain to this luddite what is meant by "architecture crumbling". Surely if it worked yesterday it'd work today?

    First they came for the socialists...

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,337 ✭✭✭ Feisar

    Also, I'm a little sad that all the attachments and thanks from the old site are gone. That's a lot of Irish internet history lost. Maybe they can migrate them back over at some point.

    (In the quote box it didn't seem to bring that bit with it, maybe it did)

    Feeky McGee's exploits gone forever!

    Edit - I had to quote the whole post, I couldn't see an option to pull the bit I wanted and it didn't even quote said bit.

    First they came for the socialists...

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,393 ✭✭✭ mrslancaster

    Current users showing as 4239 all the time, not even 1 extra or less, bit odd.

  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Tilden Katz

    I know! I am hating that I have to quote the whole post and can't even bold text the part I'm interested in highlighting.

    I don't know, this feels like sabotage. Does somebody want this site put to be bed? Or are we just being drama queens and the masses are using this away with little hassle?

  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Tilden Katz

    I don't agree. The userbase is a very important part of a site like this working. There's plenty of constructive criticism here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,287 ✭✭✭ Man Vs ManUre

    Bring back Marathon this Snickers tastes like sh1t.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 31,716 ✭✭✭✭ Mars Bar

    I've seen this observation posted time and time again and I'm wondering why people are even interested in it?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,080 ✭✭✭ antimatterx

    I was primarily a boards touch user. Since the relaunch I haven't really posted much, and the threads I follow (such as Crypto) seem dead. It's just so difficult to use, there's no differentiation in posts when there's a new post to read (new posts use to bold the thread card, now they're all bold all the time.)

    It's just not easy to use. I suspect traffic has fallen off a cliff tbh.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,930 ✭✭✭ Stone Deaf 4evr

    The very fact that there isnt a button on the font page to take you directly to your followed threads is baffling. I managed to find it via a random sticky I stumbled across

    Outside of that, I've all but stopped using the touch site as navigation is so obtuse, it borders on being something that was purposely designed to be hard to use.

    whole sections of subforums seem impossible to find now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 765 ✭✭✭ ger vallely

    I haaaattttteeeeee it, hate it, hate it, hate it. Is this it? Will it improve? It's ugly and not pleasant to navigate on a phone. Eugh. True the weather has something to do with people being occupied elsewhere and the downtime probably got people up to other stuff. But this new look, it's the oldest new look ever. Like shopping in Dunnes for decent clothes. It's like 1990.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,393 ✭✭✭ mrslancaster

    Maybe it would be interesting to see how many are using the new site even with all the issues.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,009 ✭✭✭✭ Cienciano

    If it's like most places I worked, every dumb idea is considered at the meetings, no one wants to be seen as "negative" so no one speaks out. Tested by a few people who don't use the same features 99% of people uses so they think it's fine. Top it off with no one in power admitting it was shít because then they admit they fúcked up.

    You can't click on a username to see their previous posts, how the hell do you multiquote, your own posts are buried somewhere, mobile site is terrible, it's hard to see when a post was even made, you have to use desktop which has loads of white space.

  • Registered Users Posts: 58 ✭✭ HoliyMoliy

    Not a fan of the new site. Finding it very hard to navigate and find forums.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,718 ✭✭✭✭ jmayo

    Sorry Jupiter Kid, but when the design is an unmitigated shambles, the migration took weeks and is a shambles, then the users have a right to gripe and complain.

    This site would be nothing without it's users, something the site owners seem to be endeavouring to proof.

    Our contributions, however bad some of them were or however much some people disagreed with them, over the years helped build this site.

    We are not alone users, we are a commodity to this site that can be harnessed for the profit of the owners.

    And as they say if you aren't paying for a product then you are the product.

    There appears to have been no proper testing of the layout, no market testing, nothing.

    I would like to know who was the eejit that signed off on the new boards site layout?

    I would also like to know how much the developer(s) charged for this abomination?

    Oh can someone let us know when they finish school so some of us can avoid hiring them in the future. ;-)

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,823 ✭✭✭ Quantum Erasure

    still slow...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 30,904 ✭✭✭✭ listermint

    Still not slow for me. Faster than the old touch site by miles. And posting is lightening.

    Again I still don't like all the white or finding my forums. The hidden likes and search all goosed.