New Platform - What do you think?

Discussion in 'For New Members' started by tulsajeff, May 24, 2010.

  1. It's ok

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  2. I love it

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  3. I don't like it at all

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  4. I'm not sure yet.. I'll let you know later

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  1. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Kinda fugly, but much better than the Florida Sportsman's Drupel site. Loads kinda slow for me too.
     
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    we need a simple how to page.  I have been with out any luck been trying to load qview.  Also the new posts seem to new go away just pages of them.  I will figure it out in time and sure it will be good.  Bu
     
  3. athabaskar

    athabaskar Smoking Fanatic

    Still kicking tires here. I have visited another forum that uses something similar to the old platform for over ten years so the change is pretty odd feeling.
     
  4. hannibal

    hannibal Smoke Blower

    Still playing and learning, but it seems to be very nice. Seems pretty easy to use.

    Something to note, though the new design is great, the members here make the forum what it is. Everyone seems so nice and very helpful. That is what got me to join and keep posting. The new features on the site are just sauce on the ribs. (Seemed more appropriate than "the icing on the cake.")
     
  5. papad

    papad Smoke Blower

    Imagine my surprise.

    I'm away from the site for a week and when I come back, it's completely different.

    So, I've been sitting here for about an hour looking around and I have a couple of questions.

    1.  I can insert photos directly from my computer, but have not been able to do it from my photo hosting sites. (Photobucket, Imageshack and Shutterfly)  All I can get is a link to the photos. Is it not possible any longer?

    2.  A lot of the members had photos, avatars and other things in their signatures. And some had those Weather Stickers (which I really liked) , but now they don't appear to be there any longer.  Is this also no longer possible? It appears that you can only edit text, unless I'm missing something.

    As for the new format, I don't dislike it, but I need a little time to get used to it.
     
  6. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Papd, try reading this,It explains the pics very well...

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/94625/picture-post-tutorial
     
     
  7. papad

    papad Smoke Blower

    Thanks JaxGators.

    That's where I was going wrong. I was using the wrong code. I'll give it try.

    Update:

    Works with Photobucket and Imageshack but not Shutterfly.
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2010
  8. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well, the more I use it, the more I like it!

    I especially like the ease of uploading photos directly.
     
  9. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    still getting used to it.  so far its ok,  kind of slow moving around, and the format is definitley different and something to get used to.

    All in all I think it will be ok.
     
  10. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am getting use to it not that I figured out the whole picture thing.
     
  11. dasmoker

    dasmoker Smoke Blower

    I am sorry to say I am hating it. I hate that almost 1/2 of the available space is not chopped off by ads and such.  I really do love this site, but not to the fanboy extent where it can do no wrong. I find myself not wanting to come here to read under the new layout.  Shame, because this was my 1st stop for all things meat.  Now its my 3rd or 4th choice.  Its a sad day. :(

    Put the ads on the top or the bottom, why do they need so much freaking real estate?
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2010
  12. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    Become a premier member and there is an option to turn off ads.

    Ads stink, but they do generate revenue for the site.  I would consider myself a "fanboy" because there is more to the site now that just the forums.

    I guess I'm able to look past the ads and see the functionality that is now available that was not available in the old site.  I'm not here to convince anyone to jump on the bandwagon and become a fanboy but the substance of this site is so much better than others out there right now.
     
  13. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    I'm also still getting used to the new site and am willing to give it a fair trial. However, my first impression is not so good.  on the old forum, i went directly to a page with the threads that were new or updated since my last visit. 
     
  14. dionysus

    dionysus Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    You're kidding right??  Definitely different but I wouldn't say "so much better" by any means.  New format is not so great, way too distracting now.
     
  15. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Very distracting. Looks more like someones blog page than a forum. If anything, ads should be consolidated say the side or the bottom of each page. The layout and flow is too scattered. Keep forum related items separate from the commercial ones.
     
     
  16. To me the old site was so much more user friendly. I don't like it at all. the people here are fantastic and the info is superb. but this new site i just don't know. to many ads. to much jumping from here to there.    
     
  17. mudduck

    mudduck Smoking Fanatic

    i'm with you may be it will get better the ads don't bother me so much when i try to come to the

    site i get error
     
     
  18. dionysus

    dionysus Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Meat Hunter, I like your signature. I could tell you but I suspect you already know  [​IMG]
     
  19. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree, alot of ads, but if that keeps the site free I can live with it.  As for becoming a premier member to have the option to turn them off,  I dont pay for any of the net forums I post on.

    In regards to SMF content being better than other bbq sites,  I think it is a good site, but I belong to 2 others that are just as good,  where I post, or end up varies from day to day. 

    like any change the new format will take some time for me to get used to. 
     
  20. ol' smokey

    ol' smokey Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Great upgrade!!!!!!!!! Small issues exist but I'm sure given time they will dissappear. Good job to all who were involved in this. [​IMG]Sorry I can't give enough points.

    Well done
     

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