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Title: Forum Maintenance
Post by: duncan on August 01, 2019, 04:43:54 PM
Greetings AHA Forum Users-

We are currently doing some maintenance on the AHA Forum which may cause some issues with logging in and other functionalities. Thank your for your patience as we work through these.

We will let you know when maintenance is complete!

Cheers,
Duncan
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: natez on August 01, 2019, 05:13:02 PM
Thanks Duncan!

We are working out some authentication issues as well - if you see a 'session timed out' error please try clearing all cookies and/or a fresh browser window. If you continue to have issues feel free to post to this thread.

-Nate
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: duncan on August 01, 2019, 07:28:04 PM
Our first round of updates is complete. You'll notice some slight visual/layout changes when on desktop, as well as a much more mobile-friendly experience when using the forum on your smartphone.

We are still working on the avatar issue.

If you experience issues/bugs/quirks, feel free to post them here or shoot me an email duncan (at) brewersassociation (dot) org

Cheers!
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Robert on August 01, 2019, 08:51:49 PM
Hey, will the "activity tracker" and list of who's online at the bottom of the page be back?  Has it moved somewhere I haven't found it?
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: denny on August 01, 2019, 08:57:27 PM
Hey, will the "activity tracker" and list of who's online at the bottom of the page be back?  Has it moved somewhere I haven't found it?

I can see it but I use a different shell than users on the forum.  Nate?
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: oginme on August 02, 2019, 11:32:36 AM
Hey, will the "activity tracker" and list of who's online at the bottom of the page be back?  Has it moved somewhere I haven't found it?

I noticed this missing a well, which is a shame as slogging through each individual board is not as easy or user friendly as being able to catch up on latest activity. 
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Robert on August 02, 2019, 12:01:23 PM
Hey, will the "activity tracker" and list of who's online at the bottom of the page be back?  Has it moved somewhere I haven't found it?

I noticed this missing a well, which is a shame as slogging through each individual board is not as easy or user friendly as being able to catch up on latest activity.
And if this is supposed to be a community, it's nice to know who's around.  I see there is a new dropdown option to check for updated posts, but forum activity being invisible is disappointing.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: duncan on August 02, 2019, 02:17:07 PM
Thanks for the feedback on the activity log, guys! I'll add that to the list.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: jeffy on August 02, 2019, 07:00:23 PM
I hope you put the unread topics button back.  It used to bring up a list that made it a lot easier than what happens now.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Robert on August 02, 2019, 07:36:59 PM
I'm finding the gray font color in quoted posts is so pale it's just about illegible, about as bad as that low contrast problem in Zymurgy a while back.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: duncan on August 02, 2019, 08:20:01 PM
Thanks again for the feedback!

I have logged requests for the following:
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: jeffy on August 02, 2019, 08:30:29 PM
Thanks again for the feedback!

I have logged requests for the following:
  • darken quoted text color
  • bring back the "Users Online" footer
  • bring back the "unread" link to see what you threads you haven't seen yet
I found the recent unread topics in a menu by clicking my user name.  It just took a little investigating to find it.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Robert on August 02, 2019, 08:45:46 PM
The cleaned up mobile experience is a real improvement overall.  I think the dropdown is easier actually.  (Liking the cleaned up look in general, on the desktop too.)  And it is way easier to post from the mobile version -- doing it right now.   :)

(After registering a couple of complaints I figured I'd better say something nice.  Thanks for all your work, guys, and your responsiveness to feedback!  Looking forward to seeing this when it's all dialed in.)
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Slowbrew on August 02, 2019, 08:52:17 PM
Maybe I'm just being picky today but is the forum title banner and the big flashing ads that together take up 3/4 of the screen new?  If yes, not something I would consider an improvement.  If no, then I should I should probably go back to sleep.

Paul
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: riceral on August 02, 2019, 11:31:44 PM
I'm finding the gray font color in quoted posts is so pale it's just about illegible, about as bad as that low contrast problem in Zymurgy a while back.

Yes, I agree totally.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Robert on August 03, 2019, 12:35:03 AM
Maybe I'm just being picky today but is the forum title banner and the big flashing ads that together take up 3/4 of the screen new?  If yes, not something I would consider an improvement.  If no, then I should I should probably go back to sleep.

Paul
They are rearranged, used to be two banner ads next to each other instead of on top of each other.  Does look like it takes more room now.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: KellerBrauer on August 03, 2019, 11:26:34 AM
Overall, I like the new look and feel.  The login was a bit different and it took me a minute to fine the New Posts along with the link to follow the posts I’v contributed to, but overall it looks great!  Very nice work!
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: leejoreilly on August 04, 2019, 12:25:42 PM
I'm finding the gray font color in quoted posts is so pale it's just about illegible, about as bad as that low contrast problem in Zymurgy a while back.

+1
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Robert on August 07, 2019, 05:00:23 PM
Thanks again for the feedback!

I have logged requests for the following:
  • darken quoted text color
  • bring back the "Users Online" footer
  • bring back the "unread" link to see what you threads you haven't seen yet
Progress?
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: mainebrewer on August 09, 2019, 10:51:09 AM
Where did the "mark all forums read" button go?

Really like the darkened "quote" text.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Robert on August 09, 2019, 11:47:42 AM
Love the new look and feel now!  Great work.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: goose on August 09, 2019, 12:55:07 PM
Thanks for darkening up the quoted text box, Duncan.  Makes it way easier to read!
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: jeffy on August 09, 2019, 01:53:49 PM
Thanks for darkening up the quoted text box, Duncan.  Makes it way easier to read!
Yes, and thanks for putting the unread posts button back.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: philm63 on August 09, 2019, 04:12:56 PM
I've seen recent posts with pictures so I know some are able to upload images, but I cannot post pictures currently. Is it possible there is an image upload problem that is specific only to certain users? I'm one (of likely several) who have indicated I could not update my avatar, but also I cannot upload images. I've posted to Pimp my System twice now and promptly removed the post due to the images not showing up.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Robert on August 09, 2019, 04:30:09 PM
I've seen recent posts with pictures so I know some are able to upload images, but I cannot post pictures currently. Is it possible there is an image upload problem that is specific only to certain users? I'm one (of likely several) who have indicated I could not update my avatar, but also I cannot upload images. I've posted to Pimp my System twice now and promptly removed the post due to the images not showing up.
We can't upload images directly to this forum.   They either have to be hosted by a third party like photobucket, etc. and you can link them, or, much simpler, post to the forum using Tapatalk and it will do it for you.   Just select the mountain, select a photo, and hit send.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: philm63 on August 09, 2019, 04:59:17 PM
I was using the "Insert Image" button and providing hyperlinks to Photobucket for my image files as I'd done in the past - it had always worked for me until recently. To be sure I'm not completely nuts, I'll try it now to confirm. Here is a picture of a wall in my basement before the recent brewery build:
 
(https://s827.photobucket.com/user/philmason69/media/01%20Sink%20Wall%20-%20Before_zpsjgz9nrru.jpg.html?sort=3&o=10)

Did it work?

EDIT - when I click on this post to edit it, I can see the URL between the [img] thingies, but I cannot see the picture that is represented at Photobucket for this link.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Robert on August 09, 2019, 06:14:35 PM
I was using the "Insert Image" button and providing hyperlinks to Photobucket for my image files as I'd done in the past - it had always worked for me until recently. To be sure I'm not completely nuts, I'll try it now to confirm. Here is a picture of a wall in my basement before the recent brewery build:
 
(https://s827.photobucket.com/user/philmason69/media/01%20Sink%20Wall%20-%20Before_zpsjgz9nrru.jpg.html?sort=3&o=10)

Did it work?

EDIT - when I click on this post to edit it, I can see the URL between the [img] thingies, but I cannot see the picture that is represented at Photobucket for this link.
Nope, I can't see your picture.   I can see the link in the text when I quote it, but no picture.  Seriously, this frustration is exactly why I installed the Tapatalk app on my phone.  I usually use the web to browse the forum, but posting from Tapatalk is the only way I've ever managed to include an image.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Kevin on August 10, 2019, 03:03:44 AM
Bring back the mark all posts read option on the main forum page.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Robert on August 10, 2019, 03:34:32 AM
Bring back the mark all posts read option on the main forum page.
It is available under your login dropdown, under unread topics or updated posts.  I guess looking around for things and readjusting is the price of a cleaner layout.  Slightly more annoying to me is not being able to see, immediately on the left margin, which subforums have new posts, in the mobile view (it's still there on the desktop.)  But it is much more manageable on mobile devices,  so fair enough.  Just check for unread topics in the login dropdown.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: Kevin on August 10, 2019, 03:41:59 PM
Bring back the mark all posts read option on the main forum page.
It is available under your login dropdown, under unread topics or updated posts.  I guess looking around for things and readjusting is the price of a cleaner layout.  Slightly more annoying to me is not being able to see, immediately on the left margin, which subforums have new posts, in the mobile view (it's still there on the desktop.)  But it is much more manageable on mobile devices,  so fair enough.  Just check for unread topics in the login dropdown.

Not convenient. So now I have to click the drop down... then click another link... then click another to mark them all read. Just put the mark all posts read back. One click and done.
Title: Re: Forum Maintenance
Post by: mainebrewer on August 10, 2019, 04:07:54 PM
Bring back the mark all posts read option on the main forum page.
It is available under your login dropdown, under unread topics or updated posts.  I guess looking around for things and readjusting is the price of a cleaner layout.  Slightly more annoying to me is not being able to see, immediately on the left margin, which subforums have new posts, in the mobile view (it's still there on the desktop.)  But it is much more manageable on mobile devices,  so fair enough.  Just check for unread topics in the login dropdown.



Not convenient. So now I have to click the drop down... then click another link... then click another to mark them all read. Just put the mark all posts read back. One click and done.

Amen!