@Arghus I think the difference is that I’ve been signed up to Reddit for a few years now but never ‘got’ it. But because boards was offline for so long I ended up finding an app I liked for it. I started organising my subreddits and I’ve created multireddits for myself. It’s now my go to before boards because of the downtime and now because of how inaccessible mobile is.
When I pop onto boards now I scan the first page. If nothing interesting I leave. I can’t deal with trying to find anything and even as I type this the draft saving pops up in front of what I’m typing. It’s infuriating. I love boards for being Irish, discussions related to ireland and for getting specific help. Reddit doesn’t quite fill the gap but it’s helping and has opened up other areas for me to read
It doesn’t take many like me who find a new normal (sorry I couldn’t resist!)
And a week or so of using r/Ireland made me think that the place is terribly overrated. It's not that bustling with activity, most of the threads aren't that interesting, discussion isn't great overall - the format sucks for it - and whatever about the many user unfriendly features of this version of boards it's still better to look at and has far more functionality than reddit. Reddit is just plain ugly. Boards isn't what it was, that's for damn sure, but it's still streets ahead in terms of what it offers than r/ireland.
Yeah I really don't get the reddit love and I'm on a few subs there. Not r/Ireland though. I don't think I've ever posted there. Read it a fair bit down the years. I could be wrong but always got the impression it was a bit Politics.ie revamped as far as the vibe went. Which is grand if that's your bag. Though it seems to have had an uptick in popularity in the last fortnight.
Few enough were innocent in the past, few enough are innocent in the present, we just don’t know why yet.
Ya, boards is a lot quieter since the update, and whilst some will say the weather is the cause of that, that wouldn't have lead to this amount of a drop. To me the week offline and then this abomination are the cause of it, and I don't think you can fix this site fast enough to stop it. It's rollback or this site is done for imo.
I always found reddit very difficult to use. The posts just seem to be all over the place. Much easier to read the posts here, even with the recent change.
I got promoted as well. Don’t know what it means either. Very pleased for some reason, but now worried that relegation is an option😄.
Finding it hard to navigate new site, but I’m not great at that sort of stuff anyway. Probably work it out is six or seven years so I’ll keep at it.
one hour downtime today,
fingers crossed they'll just revert to the old Boards.ie
(any management reading this? - please do)
Ok I'm getting cross with it now 😡
I find that I naturally skim read posts now and they seem very uninteresting. Think it’s a combination of the layout, colour but also how quoted posts are shown - much harder to follow a thread unless you invest time. Or maybe it’s that some good posters haven’t come back.
If they can fix the following:
Then I think they'll have restored the key functionality that will see use increase again. If they don't then I'm sorry to say I think the place will see a decrease in traffic.
I can't exactly put my finger on why it's so bad.
Normally if the content is there I'd be happy enough and wouldn't be one to get overly upset about a few click extra here and there. A forum I read and post in a fair bit has definitely slowed down and I'm not coming here as much. I feel oddly distanced from the discussions now for some reason?
And it's not r/ireland that's winning me over. I don't get the format at all.
This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself.
Unfortunately the new format is far less intuitive and I find myself connecting far less.
Many forums are dying (I guess replaced by Facebook groups or other social media), and I fear the new Boards format will not help at all.
Was any user testing done before (such as through a focus group)?
Is there any way to go to the first unread post in a thread? That's vital for any enjoyment of the site for me.
Maybe it's there somewhere and I'm just too old to find it.
I can see the comments section on the mobile version but not on the PC version (Chrome browser), maybe my browser needs updating or that feature is off on the PC version at the moment.
Have they made it impossible to close your account ?
It's not available in settings anywhere yet.
They've said an email to [email protected] will start the process manually.
Desktop here mainly - no list of my comments available.
Is it not just possible to revert to the old interface? This is horrid
Weird one here? You have just made two posts. If I hover the mouse over your username on the second post the View Profile/Send Private Message drop down appears below your username on your previous post.
Wake me up when it's all over.
Hopefully the shutdown later today will fix some of the issues, still prefer the old boards.
It is not just a new interface. All of the data has been moved to a new platform. One that is based outside the EU so god knows what the GDPR implications of that are.
A week was enough for me to lose my muscle memory habits of just checking boards when I have a spare minute during the day.
I don't mind the new layout per se, I can see potential in it, for example "Save Draft" looks like an interesting feature.
However things are just harder to find, I replied to a thread on latest threads earlier this morning, and I cannot find it now. Following Forums/Threads are completely broken (hoping fix comes soon) and marking threads/forums as read is compounding this. TBH if that was fixed, it would help 99% of the problems I have with it.
Have just tried that, you're right
I find it impossible to know if its dead or not, so overly difficult to navigate around!
You gotta jump through some manual hoops!
Not ideal, but still looks a lot better imo
crap layout and not user friendly especially on mobile with no option to switch to desktop. No drop down menus/list of categories and topics
I miss easily being about to find out who has quoted me so that I can reply. If they've gone to the trouble of replying to me, I generally like to reciprocate unless they are one of my very small list of ignored users. I also miss being able to search for my favourite forum members easily. These things actually do matter to me when using this site and I'm not finding either that easy. And I only like using the site on my laptop. My phone - I'll use it reluctantly but it looks awful and is not easy to use. So that's pretty much out for me.
Maybe the things I miss seem petty but the internet is a tough town. It doesn't take much to lose one's attention.
No idea but i won't be hanging around to find out.
The Vanilla software running Boards is made by a Canadian company, but according to the footer down there 👇️, it's still hosted by Digiweb, who are Irish, so I don't think there's any changes in this regard to when it was running on vBulletin (a US company).
To those saying roll back, that's clearly not going to happen. The fundamental architecture behind the old system was crumbling, something had to be done. The issues we're seeing now are mainly interface ones. They're the ones users notice the most, but are also easier to fix. There's also a certain amount of getting used to anything new to contend with.
I've certainly been frustrated by a few things (some glitches when posting, no way to delete a post, no Subscribed forum list, threads aren't automatically bookmarked when you post, some layout issues), but there are some positives too - uploading images is much better now, there's more icons, posts you're writing get auto-saved as drafts. I'm willing to give it some time for both the team to fix things and for me to get use to it.
I'm on a few specific, what are they, subs?, on Reddit - but only because they're the only active places with up-to-date discussion about the particular topics that I've found. I've never posted there - I don't even think I can. I don't like the interface at all, and the general atmosphere there doesn't appeal to me. I don't look in the r/Ireland bit at all, no interest.
Oh, one thing Boards need to fix is the "Like" button. I know things are a bit quieter at the moment, and that could be the downtime, the migration, the weather or a combination of all 3, but I definitely think there's less "thanks" being given out by people, and I think that's at least partly down to the button being called "Like" now, with a Facebook thumb-up. It make it look like if you click on it, it'll somehow post to FB, which may be making people wary of doing so. I think they should rename it "Thanks" and change the icon - it's the Boards way. I think they should also get rid of the Twitter and FB sharing icons. I know they're almost obligatory, but we're all here because it's not Facebook or Twitter.
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.
Don't like it. I am naturally averse to change so I kept reminding myself to give it a chance and I'll get used to it and it'll all be fine.
Here's what I still don't like:
... Totally disconnected from previous contributions. Old posts are lost. I'm sure they're there, but I can't find them. 'Thanks' etc are all gone. (I can find the threads where I posted, but have to trawl through to find posts.)
... Much harder to get to the little corners I used to visit.
...Peering at small text while arctic vastness occupies huge portions of the screen.
... In general, in a way I can't quite pin down, the site seems much bigger. Everything is further away, harder to see and less personal. It's like being lost in a massive hypermarket in a foreign country in the fog.
... There seems to be a general lack of traffic to generate anything to read or respond to. I think this is the biggest difficulty. I'm sure all the "where's my stuff" and "how do I..." difficulties will be resolved, but when I glance down the front page nothing asks to be clicked.