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Message 21 of 57 (473 Views)

Re: Feedback on new look of forums

11-16-2013 11:17 AM in reply to: BlackBox_

BlackBox_ wrote:

... the gray navigation bar in the upper right, which keeps extending to the left each time you go down into a category of forums, rather than being docked to the left, and extending right (which is greatly prefered).


Also regarding the gray navigation bar, all nesting levels show in white, except the current level, which is subdued in a medium gray... This should be reversed, the current level should standa out more than the preceding levels, no?

 

Separately, if the gray navigation bar were docked to left side, there would be room to move the user links (i.e., messages, user name/account, Edit Account, etc.) to where the gray navigation bar is currently (under "Browse by product", or even in the blue ribbon itself?), as currently, the bottom of the "Community Feedback" image header (just above "Post Message") is +/- one-third of my screen's available display. Much too large. More content, less space taken up by pretty pictures please.

 

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Message 22 of 57 (472 Views)

Re: Feedback on new look of forums

11-16-2013 11:21 AM in reply to: Neilw

Neilw wrote:

Why are the frames in the thread list so large? There is plenty of room for more topics per screen. I tried setting my text size to small but it has no effect on the frame size. Is there a setting to control the frames?


1+

 

Each member's post looks like a 3 x 5 note card on my screen; far too large for the small posts, IMO.

 

+/- 1" at the top of posts to show the thread title, who we're replying to (which I commented on already), and the Options drop-down. Then another +/- 1" at bottom of each post for Add tag, kudos, and Reply, Quick Reply buttons. Should be as thin (tall?) as the gray naviagation bar, no?

 

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philip.s
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Message 23 of 57 (447 Views)

Re: Feedback on new look of forums

11-16-2013 04:10 PM in reply to: Neilw

Hi Neil,

 

There is not currently an available setting to adjust frame size, however we are looking into potential changes on the backend which would result in reduced sizes.

 

Thanks for the feedback and please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns!



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Message 24 of 57 (444 Views)

Re: Feedback on new look of forums

11-16-2013 04:33 PM in reply to: BlackBox_

BlackBox_ wrote:
There should be a means by which to make a general thread post, not replying to anyone specifically (which in the code-behind, I suspect that means replying to the OP for threading purposes), but also the 'general reply' button should be available from the bottom of the thread's posts as well, so one does not need to first read through the posts (to the bottom), and then scroll back to top to select the general "Reply" button, only to have to navigate to the end of all posts (and pages?) again to see if they've accidentally made a Typo, etc.

Not every post one makes is in response to the last post made, which is often observed, purely out of convenience for getting to the nearest "Reply" button, which is not clear, and is often confusing in a "Why would they respond with that to my post" kind of way.


That's a great suggestion, and agreed that the situation you detailed has happened to most of us more often then not. Just added it to the list :smileyhappy:



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Neilw
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Message 25 of 57 (411 Views)

Re: Feedback on new look of forums

11-16-2013 10:34 PM in reply to: philip.s
I see the frame size has been adjusted. It is quite an improvement but there is still too much unused real estate in my opinion.

I do appreciate the fast response so kudos for that.
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Message 26 of 57 (414 Views)

Re: Feedback on new look of forums

11-16-2013 10:43 PM in reply to: donovan.cox

I just noticed that when using the Quick Reply dialogue, the Post button remains faded even after typing my reply. I was expecting it to turn to a bright color to indicate it was active, so I figured there was something else I needed to do to activate it. The only button that looks active is the Quick Reply button so I concluded I need to pick it again to complete the reply. When I picked it I was taken to another reply dialogue and lost my edits. Please make the Post and Cancel buttons look active when a reply has been entered in the input box.

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camilo.lemos
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Message 27 of 57 (393 Views)

Re: Feedback on new look of forums

11-17-2013 01:53 AM in reply to: Neilw

Hi Neil,

 

We'll look into making the Post and Cancel buttons more visibly active once you start typing your reply.

 

Thank you for your feedback!



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Message 28 of 57 (377 Views)

Re: Feedback on new look of forums

11-17-2013 12:53 PM in reply to: donovan.cox

Way too much wasted space. All over the internet people are figuring out how to make web sites adaptive to all devices, I often use an older laptop with a screen size of 800x600, I spend more time scrolling left to right and up and down than reading posts, if i'm lucky I can just get 2 messages on a screen, it can take 8 clicks in the navigation bar to read through a thread and 8 more to move back up to the top so I can find my way back to the main forum page. I physically measured it, a one line post takes up 5mm of screen the whole message with that one line of text actually measures 105mm. Whilst it is nice too know how many posts someone has made, their favorite web site or personal blog, their shoe size and what they had for dinner, I actually read the posts for the content, and is it really necessary to reapeat the threads title for every post, surely that could be a fixed line at the top along with a navigation bar for ease of use. But at least we still get the free porn.

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Message 29 of 57 (370 Views)

Re: Feedback on new look of forums

11-17-2013 01:23 PM in reply to: steven-g

+1 on reducing the wasted space.... way too much scrolling, even on a HD monitor.

 

Keeping with that theme, I suggest moving "Report Inappropriate Content" back to the bottom line with "Tags" and "Kudo" (where it used to be) instead of making short posts 3 lines longer than they needs to be.

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Message 30 of 57 (368 Views)

Re: Feedback on new look of forums

11-17-2013 01:25 PM in reply to: steven-g

Thanks, steven-g.

"I actually read the posts for the content."

Me, too. And believe me, even on a 27" monitor the new forum is mostly just white.

To go to the core of the issue, it beats me why Autodesk decides to stick with a solution that clearly is *not* working, instead of having something that would
a) take the burden of administration away from the admins and partly to the members - collaborative control does work, when properly implemented
b) eliminate the spam issue altogether

Startups manage to do this, by simply using the right tools. I've lost faith that Autodesk would get it right, ever, as long as they stick with last years tools. Something in the chain is wrong.

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