Originally Posted by Renn Brown
Originally Posted by Princess Kate
BTW, while the main page is interesting and I want to explore it more, I have to say I am surprised that the boards have become (IMHO) needlessly complicated and glitchy. The bugs can be fixed, but the design issues vex me. I am not sure what was wrong with vbullitin, because this one just runs slowly, and has more steps than necessary
Example: using an image on the board, when you push the button now, there is a delay while this box pops up, which is hard to read, and the first option is to load an image off your hard drive and save it to an album. For 99% of images on the board I ever post, I use a URL (mostly to link to my photo bucket), instead I have to click over an extra step and this whole process involves many more clicks
The integration of images into the editing process is also wonky. Now rather than having clean mark up to type around, you have the actual image itself in your face as you compose, and because the actual "reply" window has been shrunk (there used to be an option to go to a seperate reply page where you had more room to work), it's extremely hard to figure out where you are in your post
I am sad to say that I have found the NEW MB to be extremely frustrating, and difficult to use. The old mark up was simple and clean, and the NEW MB seems to hardly load on my iPod. I used to check the site and the board 50 times a night from my iPod. Last night I did it once, and gave
Kate, the full-page editor is available by clicking the large "Full Page Editor" button in the top right of the "Reply" section. Perhaps watching the video would illuminate a few things for you (not that I wish to subject anyone to my voice for any extended amount of time).
As for image posting, the extra click you lose to moving to the image link tab should be saved by not being forced to open up an entirely separate image service and linking to it. I understand if you feel the need to catalog all of your linked images somewhere or something, but for the vast majority of users it is a much more streamlined process to integrate an image into a post.
I promise, give it a week or two and you'll develop the same muscle memory and prowess with the new platform that you'd developed with the old.
Thanks for the full page editor tip, I'll check out your video when I get time
As for images.. it's not just the extra step. It's that I have to wait for some applet to load and then insert the image into my post as a giant image, rather than concise mark up I can type around. I used to be able to quickly enter the markup on my own, but now it's become this whole involved process.
Opening up an entirely separate image service and linking to it? I CHUD from a work computer. The images I use are NOT on a hard drive. They come from the web. To avoid hotlinking, I use a photobucket so that CHUD won't get virused or something, but who has the perfect image for a given post on their hard drive at a given moment? Images are on the web, and hotlinking (either to photobucket or other locations) is where 99% of the images used on this site come from. This is not easier by any step of the imagination
The muscle memory is one thing, but the fact is that many of these functions now are prone to errors, require load times, and are generally difficult to use
I like the main page, but again, I feel this is a step backwards for the board. I don't like having to say that, and I don't say it to complain, I say it because it's the truth from where I'm sitting and I thought you guys would like to know
Good luck with fixing the bugs, and I hope this redesign turns out to be a success for CHUD