Site's new interface problems 98SE

Sony / Pcg-fx120
August 21, 2010 at 10:57:44
Specs: Windows 98SE; XP; Vista; Windows 7, 700mhz / 128mb
Problems with the new interface on this site, which was changed sometime beteen 8 and 8:30 a.m. PST on Aug 19.

Generally, some things are less user friendly than previously.

It was easy to add a Topic (thread) to your tracked messages list previously - you could do that at the top of any Topic (thread) that was clicked on in a forum.

Now it's not so obvious how you do that.


- your settings
must be set to enable
Automatically add my replies to My Computing.Net
- if that's not already enabled, you need to click on Set/Change after enabling it
(Set/Change would be better positioned under all the choices rather than where it is; that's the same situation as previously.)

I didn't need to have that enabled previously.

OR - at the bottom of the saved messages list, there's this...

Add new message to your list using the unique number, etc.

I'm using Netspace Navigator in 98SE because it works better than IE 6.x SP1 does in 98SE, especially when I use a plug-in for it to block most of the ads on Computing.Net.

Generally on the web, there are only a small number of web pages that do not display properly in Netscape that I must use IE 6 SP1 with.

With the previous interface, Netscape worked fine on the Computing.Net site.

The lists of Topics (threads) in a forum no longer display properly in Netscape. The lines are shifted to the right, the part of the lines that should be on the right is behind whatever is on the right side of the page. The blue Answer this buttons are not fully visible, on the far right, if there is something on the right side of the page.

This SOMETIMES happens in Netscape ...

- when I click on a Topic (thread) in a forum

- or - when I search on the web and click on a link to a Topic (thread) that's on Computing.Net,

the entire text in the first post in the Topic (thread) no longer displays properly in Netscape. The lines are shifted to the right, about half of the text is overtop of whatever is on the right side of the page. The rest of the posts in the thread display fine.

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August 22, 2010 at 09:54:19

The red flag next to the title of the post will now add it to your message list.

As for support for Netscape browser, the other site was never intended to support it either. I realize it may have worked in that browser, but that browser is too old for the site to generally support. Google has stopped supporting IE6, let alone even older browsers.


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August 22, 2010 at 11:46:57
Thanks for replying.

The flag icon replaces the binoculars icon ?

I can certainly remember what the flag icon is for, but what about "newbies", and other people who were familiar with the previous interface ?

Icons, that aren't the same appearance for the same purpose as used elsewhere, aren't as user friendly as text is, such as when it's on buttons, unless you can easily find out what they're for.

Would it be possible to have text appear when one holds the cursor over icons, such as

- "Add thread to tracked threads"
when it's over the flag icon
- "Edit your post"
when it's over the notepad like icon ?

I don't NEED to use 98SE, but I have kept on using it because I rarely have to fix problems with the existing 98SE operating system installation, malware seems to no longer do any harm to it (I connect to the web thru a router), and I can easily tell someone who is still using 98SE or previous back to 95 how to fix things in 98SE and previous when I'm running it.

I will continue to Netscape in 98SE because even with the problems I now see on the Computing.Net site, because it still works much better that IE 6 SP1 does.

Of course, eventually, I'll have to stop using 98SE.

Yahoo still works fine in IE SP1 and Netscape in 98SE, though, of course, some web pages don't display properly.

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August 22, 2010 at 12:55:16

Good idea! I added a tooltip when you hover over the flag, much like the edit tooltip.


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August 22, 2010 at 14:59:19
That's an improvement !

I'm getting the binoculars icon in IE 6 SP1, and the flag icon in Netscape, each with a tool tip, in 98SE (and the flag icon in IE 8 in XP), even after re-booting.
(I have to set my YesScript Java script blocker plug-in in Netscape to enable Java script on Computing.Net, in order to see the tool tips.)

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August 22, 2010 at 15:19:13

Hold down control and hit F5 in the browser still showing the binoculars. That'll do a full reload.

Its the flag image for everyone now, that other icon is just cached for you.


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August 22, 2010 at 15:24:12
"Hold down control and hit F5 in the browser still showing the binoculars. That'll do a full reload."

That worked !

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