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Ahhh Everything has changed!

I love change, but everything is so large now, i liked the compactness of the old forum pages.
Can only see a few posts or comments at a time, i feel like i've got my monitor set up to preschool!

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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I like it, but your right the screen seems bigger which ultmately helps old buggers like me  21

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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In the forums at least the comment area feels cramped and small, it also makes it harder to flick through and read comments because they take up much more space. Annoyingly on my tablet I cannot zoom out and make the text smaller, the default appears to be smallest I can make things and I can only make text bigger.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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I do like the new style though, the text and colours are nice (although a little of the old charm is lost in the new crisp design).

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enrique [2255 posts] 2 years ago
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backflipbedlem wrote:

i liked the compactness of the old forum pages... Can only see a few posts or comments at a time,

Yeah, I agree... Is it possible to make the text on the page smaller like before? I kind of find the new light blue font really hard to read too...

drheaton wrote:

... the comment area feels cramped and small, it also makes it harder to flick through and read comments because they take up much more space....

Ditto.

drheaton wrote:

... the old charm is lost...

Yeah... I kind of like the old one better... This scheme feels like the site is about clouds or it has something to do with dreaming or it's about angels or something ethereal with its pale blue sky look and its light blue font...  1

By the way, it took me a while to find the Fantasy Cycling link... why is it off to the right all by itself?...  7

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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ohhh I like the read newest post button. very useful when on a mobile device and reading the exceptionally long forum scorum thread  41

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cactuscat [284 posts] 2 years ago
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can we put everything back to the way it was?

i'm guessing not, eh

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dave atkinson [6142 posts] 2 years ago
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might strip the inside sidebar out of the forum pages. quite a lot of threads don't have tags so a lot of the time it's redundant

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benji p [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Woh... not really thrilled... something's off... Kind of liked the old look better...

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act1969 [29 posts] 2 years ago
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Arrgh my eyes! what font is it supposed to be...

??? with a nasty hint of cleartype

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enrique [2255 posts] 2 years ago
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enrique wrote:

... I kind of find the new light blue font really hard to read too...

So much better with the darker font... Thanks... How about a smaller font, too, so we can read more of a page without having to scroll down?... Although maybe it's not the size of the font, maybe these comment boxes are just bigger and occupy more space on the page... There seems to be a pretty big white strip of space to the right of the comment boxes which seems empty and unused... Is it meant for ads?... I don't know.. I just find myself scrolling much more than with the former layout... Thanks!...

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netclectic [130 posts] 2 years ago
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The post author details seems to take up far more space than it needs to.

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STEVESPRO 79 [531 posts] 2 years ago
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Sorry guys but this is awful......Nothing wrong with how it was.....  20

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 2 years ago
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Much better.

Only people with Post counts over 1000 are taken seriously.

Everyone... get used to it.

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monica [24 posts] 2 years ago
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I liked the old forum better... A lot easier to read...

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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You used to be able to click to the topic just before and after the one you were viewing within just the Fantasy Cycling section of the forum?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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This is what the new look looks like to me, for reference this is on my nexus 7 which is how I usually access the site.

The style is great but the actual content I come to the forum for is tiny and I cannot resize it, this is the smallest text will go. Just resizing the page elements would go a long way to helping and I'm not sure what changed but on the old site I could zoom in/out to my hearts content to resize the text to my liking, now I can't zoom out further than this.

I've also added a comparison of the old style using the fantasy pages to give some context.

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enrique [2255 posts] 2 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

This is what the new look looks like to me...

Nice comparison... If I could set it up these are the pages I'd show for comparison with today's forum layout:

http://web.archive.org/web/20121101002304/http://road.cc/content/forum/6...

http://web.archive.org/web/20130218130455/http://road.cc/forums/fantasy-...

Anybody know how to display these pages or screenshots of them here in the forum like drheaton just did? Do you have to use the img tags? Any explanation would be useful...

I really don't think there was anything wrong about the old layout. This one looks just a little more modern, but I think its only because of the color scheme and its use of a bigger bolder maybe more modern font. I don't think it adds anything but a more fresh look because of the colors... I preferred the other layout...

It is functioning a little differently than the other forum, though, it isn't just a cosmetic change, is it? Was it changed for the different functionality or just to modernize the look and feel?

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enrique [2255 posts] 2 years ago
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enrique wrote:

... There seems to be a pretty big white strip of space to the right of the comment boxes...

Well, that's gone  1

enrique wrote:

... How about a smaller font, too, so we can read more of a page without having to scroll down?...

Ok, a smaller font, too!  1 Ok, how about maybe changing the light blue color of every other comment box? Kind of hard to get used to and a little hard to read...

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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Just realised there is now a like button for posts!

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James Warrener [1080 posts] 2 years ago
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I can't get my Strava charts to work in my signature... what's gone wrong ?

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simon F [993 posts] 2 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

You used to be able to click to the topic just before and after the one you were viewing within just the Fantasy Cycling section of the forum?

This appears to be back but... it seems to be all topics, not just the ones in the current subforum so still not that useful.

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enrique [2255 posts] 2 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

... the old charm is lost...

enrique wrote:

Yeah... I kind of like the old one better... This scheme feels like the site is about clouds or it has something to do with dreaming or it's about angels or something ethereal with its pale blue sky look and its light blue font...  1

I just realized the new format is also on the site main page. Shows you how much I look at the main site, I guess. I hate to say this to people whose work I really admire, but, I think the site lost a little of its edginess with the new colors and layout... I feel bad admitting it 'cause I know criticism can hurt...

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monica [24 posts] 2 years ago
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Here's a little bit of blue, a more modern font and a cool use of white space that reminded me of maybe what this might strive for:

http://www.ozy.com/presidential-daily-brief/pdb-3034

I actually got there by folllwoing a link from cyclingnews.com.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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One thing I feel should be changed is the variable width of comment boxes in the forums.

This is particular prevalent in the Binche-Chimay-Binche thread where the comment box only appears to be as wide as the text in the comment leading to all sorts of differnt width boxes as people list their teams. Just don't like the look of it and think a consistent box width would look better.

Also, I was kind of hoping for something to stop people from editing posts hours/days after they'd been submitted in order to show it as unread again and try and prompt a response to something that had otherwise been ignored... *cough* *enrique* *cough*.

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netclectic [130 posts] 2 years ago
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monica wrote:

Here's a little bit of blue, a more modern font and a cool use of white space that reminded me of maybe what this might strive for:

http://www.ozy.com/presidential-daily-brief/pdb-3034

I actually got there by folllwoing a link from cyclingnews.com.

Sorry. but that right there is my worst nightmare. If road.cc ends up there then I for one will not be back.

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 2 years ago
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netclectic wrote:
monica wrote:

Here's a little bit of blue, a more modern font and a cool use of white space that reminded me of maybe what this might strive for:

http://www.ozy.com/presidential-daily-brief/pdb-3034

I actually got there by folllwoing a link from cyclingnews.com.

Sorry. but that right there is my worst nightmare. If road.cc ends up there then I for one will not be back.

That blue IS nice though  3

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monica [24 posts] 2 years ago
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tony_farrelly wrote:

That blue IS nice though  3

Yeah, I like it. Pretty!  1

netclectic wrote:

If road.cc ends up there then I for one will not be back.

I actually like it a lot, but I think the layout should be made much more compact and the fonts small like the Road.cc site was until recently.

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lakeland bimbler [17 posts] 2 years ago
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I've left this a few days to see if my initial impressions changed after some use but alas...I still hate it!  2

I generally view the site on a tablet (galaxy note 10) - on the old version I could see pretty much the whole main page on a single screen and zoom to my hearts content. The layout was pretty logical and easy to use and the "scrolling" latest news section at the top gave a good overview of any updates without taking up too much space.

Now one headline takes up nearly the whole screen. I have to scroll endlessly to find anything and I cant zoom in or out. The text is stupidly big.

The layout seems clumsy and not particularly logical (lots of repetition).

Road.cc replaced bike*****r and cycling***S as my site of choice about 8 months ago but since the change I seem to find myself back there much more.

Sorry to be a luddite as I'm sure tons of work has gone into this but I really don't think the change is for the better.

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dave atkinson [6142 posts] 2 years ago
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So far I've learned:

The bigger text is good (less)
The bigger text is bad (more)
The new design is good
The new design is bad (about equal)
The post ordering is good
The next/previous should be restricted to the current forum
Strava charts don't seem to work (but veloviewer ones do)
Some people are seeing variable width comments (not me though, on any platform)
Probably need an option for non-mobile view on mid-sized devices

anything else?

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enrique [2255 posts] 2 years ago
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Dave Atkinson wrote:

... anything else?

Can you add an option to add polls to the forum, like the cyclingnews.com forum does? Then you can tabulate results, like how many visitors like the new look, without relying on people having to comment. I think only die hards comment, but maybe you'd get more opinions from a simple poll...

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