Computing.net Usability Changes

February 7, 2012 at 10:49:31
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Hey there Computing.net users!

As you can probably see by now, Computing.net is making a few minor changes to improve usability in the forums here to improve both readability and navigability. We're hoping to make things a bit more simple and easy to understand for new and long-time users of the site by emphasizing the content of posts and making threads more uniform. We'd love to hear from you on what you think of these new changes - or if you have any recommendations of your own for how we can improve.

Thanks in advance for your feedback!


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#1
February 7, 2012 at 10:51:42
Hey,

Just an FYI, you might need to hold down control and hit F5 (or however your browser does a full reload) to see the changes. The idea behind them is to make it easier to see separate postings. In the old design, they sort of bled together.

Justin


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#2
February 7, 2012 at 13:21:34
Justin, someone has given you a -1 score. (not me)

So the frame around the post is the new change?


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#3
February 7, 2012 at 13:37:41
OtheHill,

Yes... that's it.

Justin


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#4
February 7, 2012 at 15:32:27
This change looks fine to me.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
February 7, 2012 at 15:41:53
Thanks!

Justin


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#6
February 8, 2012 at 13:11:43
The frame around the post looks fine,but phasing out the post number is not a good idea.

In long threads it is common to refer to a previous post by its number, the same to point to a post inside another thread. This may cause confusion.


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#7
February 8, 2012 at 14:00:35
I agree with IVO. I didn't even notice the response number is now missing. I refer back to response numbers all the time. I notice many others do to.

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#8
February 8, 2012 at 15:00:38
Ooops. I didn't notice the response number had gone AWOL either. I think it was very useful and would be best restored.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
February 8, 2012 at 16:23:12
Hey all,

We went back to the old design (number included)... It turns out the new design wasn't as effective as we thought!

Thanks,
Justin


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#10
February 8, 2012 at 21:24:16
Justin... you got your -1 again, I just gave you a +1 to negate it. We have a joker methinks!

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#11
February 8, 2012 at 21:33:34
Ewen,

It seems so!

Thanks,
Justin


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#12
February 15, 2012 at 12:59:09
Justin...

Didn't we used to be able to click on the "X answers" string to open the thread?

That's where my eyes go as I'm checking to see if threads I'm involved in have been updated.

First I scan the Subject Lines then slide over to the number of answers to see if it's changed.

I could be nuts, but (I think) I recall that I could then move my mouse to where my eyes are and click the "X answers" string.

Has that changed?


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#13
March 5, 2012 at 07:34:02
"control and hit F5"

& Shift+F5 and/or Shift + (clicking) Reload/Refresh for other browsers, depending.. Like bypassing the cache for Mozilla (for a complete refresh).

:)

PS. My link above might've been a sucky example, btw. xD


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#14
March 5, 2012 at 08:08:04
On IE and Chromium browser, just F5 to refresh. Probably same on Google Chrome as it was based on Chromium.

For Firefox - Ctrl+F5 worked for me. Shift+F5 didn't flash the page off then on again.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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