New Forum Layout
Tizu Jan 7, 1:04 p.m.
Ok! They fixed that oldest / newest first issue. Making progress. :)
Tizu Jan 7, 9:09 a.m.
Something else that's annoying is I reported a bug yesterday, regarding the oldest / newest first issue....now I get a single page for either Oldest first or Newest first, there's not multiple pages like it used to be. I reported it again, but it seems the folks handling the coding need some help.
Tizu Jan 7, 9:03 a.m.
Luckily I haven't seen any obtrusive ads on the new layout, they are all over to the side from what I've seen. The layout itself is decent, but not great...they could have done much better in my opinion.
Gunnstigator Jan 7, 8:52 a.m.
I hope WRAL fixes the bugs in the system before they roll out the new format. I haven't even tried it yet, as I'd rather wait until it goes live.
I've noticed more obtrusive ads here as well - some of them flash on and off and are distracting. "Lucky" for me, I have old technology - I use a laptop we got in '09, so I don't have any ipad or android issues, but I've also had to re-post some posts that seem to have disappeared.
@70 - I've experienced the spyware issues recently, and I keep getting notices about popups, which I have blocked. Frequently, if I've searched for something on-line, ads for those items appear on the sides of this forum.
Tizu Jan 7, 8:44 a.m.
I've only used my tablet / phone (Android) a handful of times to post here, mostly because you have to go to the "Full Site" to post, which makes it more difficult to navigate. If their app / mobile site would give the same posting ability without hindering the look and feel of it, that would be much better. I keep suggesting changes to this new layout...but only a couple have been changed...you'll see tomorrow what I mean.
I had them change the number of characters shown when you quote someone...now, you see maybe 50 characters (if that) and you have to choose "Read More" to see the full comment, even if it's only a few characters longer. The layout is ok, but I think the forum / comments sections leave a lot to be desired.
It does appear the moderators are viewing this thread, though, as one response I got indicated they are watching the "New Forum Layout thread" to see the feedback...but they also indicated the best option would be to use the green Feedback button on the right side of the page.
unc70 Jan 6, 4:42 p.m.
The ads are using an Apple option that is normally used on the iPhone, iPad, etc. to switch from the web version to a specific application if one exists, including the option of getting the app through the AppStore. These particular ads send you to the AppStore without you doing anything, not even clicking on the ad. The ads are being rotated through, usually being displayed near the bottom of the page. The code embedded in the ad is being execute when the ad displays and periodically thereafter, even when the ad us not currently being displayed.
A related problem involves ads when place a transparent overlay on top of the entire web page so they can intercept mouse and keyboard actions and this track everything the user does on the site. Spyware. Many of these on PCs have used Flash. We are now seeing these routinely that target iPhone and Android systems. A common effect seen with these us that "focus" is lost and the screen seems to lock up.
ooksucks-1 Jan 6, 3:20 p.m.
Android here and none of those problems. In fact, I don't recall having those problems on our ipads either.
unc70 Jan 6, 2:27 p.m.
I forgot to mention that the problems I have using the iPhone sometimes cause the loss of whatever I had been trying to post. I have similar issues on Mac and PCs and Linux where I have had to re-enter what I was posting, but those are much less frequent.
Not up to DHHS quality yet.
Tizu Jan 6, 2:14 p.m.
No way this thing is ready by Wednesday. There's so many little nuances and glitches. I'm glad I've been using it so I'm used to it and know what they are, but still it's very annoying. Simple coding issues is all it is.
Some times the comment box is on the bottom, other times it's at the top. Sometimes page numbers for a topic are displayed, other times the button Newest / oldest is displayed, but watch out...when you select one, it doesn't appear you can change it back regardless of what topic you're on.
Note to WRAL Moderators - Don't make it live, fix all the bugs first.
unc70 Jan 6, 2:01 p.m.
This site has technically been deteriorating over the last couple of years. On top of all the obvious things, their push for ever-more-intrusive advertising has recently become much worse. The latest problem affecting me involves "use" of the iPhone on wral sites. Some of the aggressive ads will switch from the iPhone Safari browser directly to the Apple AppStore, positioned to download / buy some game or the other. Sometimes keeps happening every few seconds, even with no action on my part. The ad "image" is really a complex program of many thousands of lines, much of it designed to circumvent privacy and security settings.
Maybe the new version will kill off the few non-trolls who still post about sports. Probably leave just the paid trolls hired by Pope and Koch brothers still posting in political areas.
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