Community Updates - February 2019

Hello all,

Sorry for not updating anything recently on the Community - a lot of the team have been very busy with Big Garden Birdwatch.

However, our team of web developers have been busy making some improvements based on what you've been asking us. In this update we've been focusing on the layout of the forum posts. In the next 24 hours, you'll see the following changes:

  • Pagination - We have now added pagination, which lets you skip forward or back either a page at a time, or to the beginning or end of a thread immediately.
  • Discussion order - Adding pagination has allowed us to reverse the thread order, which is the other big change many of you have been asking for, so the oldest posts appear first and the newest appear last. Without pagination we had switched this around this to make it easier to see the latest posts but have now switched it back which should make it easier to follow the flow of a thread. 

There are also some smaller changes to the layout of the posts themselves and the reply function.

  • Quoting - The biggest of these changes is probably how quoting works; the drag-to-quote feature has been replaced with a simpler system, similar to how it used to be.

If you want to quote on a previous post, then:

  • Click on the ‘Reply’ button beneath that post which opens the reply box
  • Then click on the ‘Use rich formatting’ link which will take you to a new page with all the advanced layout options
  • Beneath the original post is a link to ‘Quote’. Click this and the quoted post appears in the text box for you

Many thanks for your ongoing feedback - we are working through all the great ideas for improving your Community experience as quickly as we can.

Elliott.

p.s. I also know there are a few concerns with the current rate of Moderation within the Community - this is being looked at and I hope to be able to update you further in the coming days.

    • Pagination - We have now added pagination, which lets you skip forward or back either a page at a time, or to the beginning or end of a thread immediately.
    • Discussion order - Adding pagination has allowed us to reverse the thread order, which is the other big change many of you have been asking for, so the oldest posts appear first and the newest appear last. Without pagination we had switched this around this to make it easier to see the latest posts but have now switched it back which should make it easier to follow the flow of a thread. 

    That is brilliant Elliott

    Thanks to you and all the team for helping us out

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  • Sounds good Elliott, nice to hear some people have been working in the background on this.

    Jim

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  • Really pleased to hear about the changes Elliott so thanks for the update and look forward to their implementation as we were beginning to lose a lot of regular members/posters on here and the amount of activity on this new platform had dropped considerably due to the frustration of following threads and posting, etc..       Photo dimension defaults are still a nuisance if the tech guys/gals can take a look at some stage  !    Thanks again,  it does sound like progress is being made to make this a more user friendly platform.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Thanks you so much, it will make a huge difference to the forum & personally will be great for me too!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Hopefully when more people come back new members haven't got to welcome each other like here community.rspb.org.uk/.../hello

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  • Thank you, Elliott. I'm really pleased that you are taking on board our concerns. I think most of us have realised that the BGBW was a preoccupation with your limited staff resources so have been patient.

    Curiously, I quite liked the the new quoting system which allowed one to quote from anywhere in the thread. However, it seems I was in a minority so will bow to the majority view.

    Photo dimension defaults are still a nuisance

    This is my greatest bugbear. If people accept the default when posting photos they are so small that you inevitably have to enlarge them. This can be quite a slow process. Adjusting the size in the image dialog box when posting is frankly a pain. I think if the default size could be set to fill the space available it would, in most cases, obviate the need to enlarge them. 

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    Regards,Tony

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  • Thanks for the update Elliott. Ian

  • In reply to TeeJay:

    Curiously, I quite liked the the new quoting system which allowed one to quote from anywhere in the thread. However, it seems I was in a minority so will bow to the majority view.

    I was with you on that too, a much better quoting system. So there were at least two of us

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    Cheers,

    Bob

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  • Good news Elliott, fingers crossed it will simplify life for everyone :-)

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  • Elliott B said:

    There are also some smaller changes to the layout of the posts themselves and the reply function.

    • Quoting - The biggest of these changes is probably how quoting works; the drag-to-quote feature has been replaced with a simpler system, similar to how it used to be.

    If you want to quote on a previous post, then:

    • Click on the ‘Reply’ button beneath that post which opens the reply box
    • Then click on the ‘Use rich formatting’ link which will take you to a new page with all the advanced layout options
    • Beneath the original post is a link to ‘Quote’. Click this and the quoted post appears in the text box for you

    Selective quoting is still available but requires a full quote and then deletion of parts that you do not require. I much preferred the new system of highlight and Quote.

    It's good to see the return of the Sig block

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    Cheers,

    Bob

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