New Platform - What do you think?

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

  1. It's ok

    0 vote(s)
  2. I love it

    0 vote(s)
  3. I don't like it at all

    0 vote(s)
  4. I'm not sure yet.. I'll let you know later

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  1. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't mind the ads at all. IMO they should be prominent. They help the site make money, and keep it free for the majority of the members.
  2. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm not a fan...I was just cruising around and checking it out, and it's rrrrreeeeaaaallllyyyyyy sssssllllllooooowwwwwwwwww!  And then all of the sudden I was hijacked and taken to some pop  up screen...not cool.  I don't believe that I clicked on anything...I was just dumped into an advertiser's page...maybe there are ads that automatically pop up if you roll over them like on photobucket??  I dunno.  I'll try to remain patient, but my first impression is this....

    YIKES!!  What Happened??
  3. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Been on here 24x7 for the last several days and I have yet to see a popup. Not sure what happened either buddy but I can tell you that most of the ads right now are served up by google and we have the option of blocking certain ones if we need to. The next time that happens, send a screenshot or something so we can do some investigating.
  4. que-ball

    que-ball Smoking Fanatic

    I've had the opposite experience of BBQ Engineer.  Lately with the old site I would get hijacked to a Ron Popeil infomercial as I was navigating the forum.  With the new site, that hasn't happened.  Still withholding my vote, since I assume we only get one, but thumbs up so far!
  5. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I have not voted but I do have a comment or two.  I loved the point system we had with the vbulletin site, the specialty signatures & the different fonts that were available.  But in return, I absolutely love the image uploading ease, the introduction of the wiki format & album creation.  Give & take I guess but so far, so good.  I am liking it.  It is just going to take some getting use to[​IMG]
  6. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everything is good!  One question, any way to customize 'your view'.. i.e. make the type font larger, lol... this old age ain't gettin' me nowhere fast, y'know.. now I gotta follow directions and can't read the dang script!
  7. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Heya Pops.  How are you??  I hope you are fine.  


    Whoops....didn't read that clear enough.  You want views not replys.

    Had to delete my answer as it did not apply.
    Last edited: May 26, 2010
  8. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    In both Firefox and IE browsers, you can "Zoom In" the page.  I do this occasionally in Firefox, and it will remember the "Zoom" setting whenever you go back to a site.
  9. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    still thinking on it i miss the animated smileys we had in the test mode and all the acronymns!!![​IMG]
  10. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Jeff, in the poll i chose the "its ok" option, i still really havent had time to spend on it to get fully acclimated... but the more time i spend on it the better it seems... like anything new, you have to give iot a shot before passing judgement. i think its gonna be ok!!!
  11. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I like the look, but it slows me down just a bit on my lousy satellite internet.
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Actually this is my first post on this new platform. I've been here a few times, but this is the first time I'm going to try to post.

    It's going to take me a long time to get used to this, and find everything. Chalk it up to being 61 years old, and working outside & in construction all of my life. I'm not going to blame the new platform-----YET!

    However, it really scares me to read from a few members about them having to post "HTML" Code to get something right. That would be a great reason for someone like me to EXIT ![​IMG]

    As for the advertisements--------I have a one track mind with tunnel vision------I don't even notice the ads, unless I read a comment about them. Maybe it's because of this 27" screen???[​IMG]

    A lost Bearcarver
  13. I am like most here and like the changes, but still getting used to the site layout.  It took me a while to figure out the old site the first few weeks after I found it...then got all my settings the way I like it.  About every day I find something new and change it to my liking.

    So really, no difference from the old site - other than layout. Still get great advice, still get to read a massive variety of smoking related info, still see whiners, still see cheerleaders, still...etc.  It is not the old site, hence the "new",  but some of the features and benefits are a giant leap forward.  pictures, for instance:  loaded from the camera to computer, then to photobucket, then to the thread - now I get it straight from my computer - EASY!

    As for changes...I like it, not everything, but most.   I will give it time before I run away crying. Actually, I'm leaving right now to set my smoker up for 3 chickens, then I'll be back to add q-view and continue on with my looking around and finding out new things and discovering other hidden features that make me go "Ah ha!"

    Thanks all!
  14. athabaskar

    athabaskar Smoking Fanatic

    I use google chrome as my browser and I find it sort of glitchy with the new platform. Also, going backwards (back button) don't always take you where you have been. I'm using the site a lot less since the switch. Hey, you asked.
  15. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    I see the problem. you're using Google Chrome[​IMG]

    My wife loves Chrome but for me it is constantly giving me problems. At any rate.. I have also noticed the back button thing and I will report that (now that you brought it back to my memory).

    I will go report that right now.. before I forget again![​IMG]
  16. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm using Chrome as well, and so far no problems.
  17. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    finding pictures in threads really slow to appear.   really slow.
  18. I find it really odd that sometimes it won't let me copy\paste links into a post without it having to pop up another box to re-paste the link into.  I am on tons of fourms for work and have never experienced something like that.

    I second the picture threads loading super slow, but maybe it has to do with the size of images that are being uploaded as I believe that the site doesn't automatically optimize them the way that photobucket does.  But that is just an assumption, I didn't check them all to make sure they were uploaded here... but regardless, it's slow.

    Something that is more annoying to me than it probably should be is the "all new posts" and "mark forums read".... I liked the way it was on the old site where if I mark all forums read then click all new posts... it said "there are no new posts"... whereas on the new platform it shows page after page of read posts.  Again, it's just something I'll most likely just have to get used to.

    I second, third and fourth the part about wanting to change the main background color to something besides bright white... it is killer after browsing the forum alot... but on the good side, I get more work done at work now that it burns my eyes... haha!

    Anyway, my 2 cents.
  19. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

    I'll second that, other than that not bad at all.
  20. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good to me. Especially if you can post up the occasional pic without jumping though all kinds of silly hoops and have to post it on another site somewhere first.

    I never was a big fan of vBulletin anyway. To me their software always seemed a bit half baked and they seemed to always fall a little short on delivering what they promised. Both for the users and to those hosting the site.

    The change looks good, nice design too. It's easy to navigate and easy to read and is very legible. Sometimes folks tend to get a bit carried away with style over function. You haven't done that so kudos.    

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