New NARGS Forum - Issues, Question, Suggestions

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Lori S.
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-10-27

I had an error too last night after attempting to show a quote also - this was in the "What do you see in your garden walks" thread.  It wasn't the AJAX HTTP error; instead, it said the photo could not be loaded as it was probably larger than 16 MB... although both photos were actually less than 100 kB.   I had to "Save" the message without photos, then was able to add the photos one by one, saving in between.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-12-14

This post of interest for forum Moderators.  I set a topic for "No Comments" (thus locked).  I'm trying to remember, but if I remember correctly, if a topic was locked, a forum Admin or Moderator still had a reply button to add new posts (because they're Admins).  Under the new NARGS Forum, if close a topic to comments, it closes it for myself and other Admin Moderators to reply, although the Edit button should still function for you (moderators).

So, the only way I see to add new posts to a locked topic, is to temporarily unlock the topic by editing the first message and allowing comments, make your post, then go back and re-lock the topic by setting it back to no comments.  It's an inconvenient work-around, but it will work.  To avoid forumists posting while the topic is unlocked, best to have the message mostly composed in a text editor beforehand.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Lori S.
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-10-27

Here's a report of not being able to renew membership via the new site facility:

https://www.nargs.org/comment/23477#comment-23477

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Daniel Dillon
Title: Guest
Joined: 2012-09-28

Mark McD wrote:

I primarily use Firefox 9.0.1, not Internet Explorer.

Browser version can sometimes be relevant. Firefox 9.01 was released in Dec, 2011. Firefox 22 was released in June, 2013. In addition, Internet Explorer has become known as the 'problem child' of the web browser family. I do check some things in Internet Explorer when developing a web site, but I don't browse the internet with it. I use Firefox mainly, Chrome, and on my Mac, sometimes Safari. On my PC, I use Firefox and Chrome.

Daniel Dillon (artist) & Esther Wrightman (gardener)
St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Mark McD
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-12-14

I should've been more explicit in my browsers used; on my laptop I use Firefox 22 (browser set for auto-updates), it's my work laptop so only use it to view Nargs Forum or other non-work related web sites as a test, it also has the latest Chrome and IE.  I have 4 VDI (virtual desktop machines) that I work on, again, each with the three Browsers at latest version. On my older home PC, I maintain Firefox at a version that works with FAFSA, have just one more year of filing on FAFSA (notorious for being browser finicky and incompatible, no matter what their browser specs say).

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Daniel Dillon
Title: Guest
Joined: 2012-09-28

All users can now change their username. Previously, just members could.

Daniel Dillon (artist) & Esther Wrightman (gardener)
St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Daniel Dillon
Title: Guest
Joined: 2012-09-28

Just added to the "Fitlered HTML" format in CKEditor (the wywiwyg text editor):

  • Autogrow (text editor will elongate downward with your message)
  • Font Selector
  • Font Size
  • Font Colour
  • Spell Check

Right-Click Copy is a browser function vs. Ctrl-C is an operating system function. As far as I know (a euphemism for I don't really) Internet Explorer allows both.

The "(Reply to #3)" header text will be moved farther to the right momentarily.
 

Daniel Dillon (artist) & Esther Wrightman (gardener)
St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

RickR
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-09-21

Until this new forum system came about, I never realized the difference between the "post reply" and reply" buttons.  I know that other non-nargs forums have these different reply buttons, but I never thought much about it. But since I am moderator here, I investigated.  I think the nuance here, "reply to message #blah blah", is lost to the casual forumist.  I don't think many people know the difference.  I think there are a lot of people (including myself before I realized the difference) who erroniously use the "reply to message #blah blah" when they post a general message, and vice versa. 

 

This inadvertent erasing of other posts by association is a bad thing.  In addition, on forums like this or SRGC, a "reply to message #blah blah" almost always contains useful information relevant to the general topic subject.  Relevant information that is beyond the content that actually associates with the message #blah blah.  General discussion is compromised.

 

Another thing I forgot to mention regarding the edit function:

Why does the heading still say "Post New Reply" when you are in the edit mode?  It should say "Edit Reply", or some such.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Daniel Dillon
Title: Guest
Joined: 2012-09-28

RickR wrote:

Until this new forum system came about, I never realized the difference between the "post reply" and reply" buttons.

We can change the text on the 'Reply' button to 'Reply to this post', or something to that effect, and 'Post Reply' could be changed to 'Reply to Original Topic', or whatever.

RickR wrote:

Why does the heading still say "Post New Reply" when you are in the edit mode?  It should say "Edit Reply", or some such.

We can also change the text "Post New Reply" to something more logical. Would you like "Edit Reply"?

Daniel Dillon (artist) & Esther Wrightman (gardener)
St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Daniel Dillon
Title: Guest
Joined: 2012-09-28

Mark McD wrote:

Daniel: what corrective actions can be taken to find the photos that existing in the old forum, that have been missed by the data import, to get them restored?  Similarly, can a scripted "search and replace" be done to fix the hundreds of NARGS Forum urls from the old form, to correct the path to work on the new forum?  Or, are the hundreds of broken URLs too different to be automatically fixed, thus stay broken? Please advise.

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New one (9.):  Lori mentioned this earlier.  When I deleted a topic today (it was just a redirection type of message created after I split a topic in the old forum), it throws me out to the root of NARGS.org, not sure why it does that.  I was in the "Unanswered" topics view, which I like, a good reminder to taken action on such topics, but deleting a topic there should remain in that view, not throw me out to NARGS home page.

I will look into both of these items.

Daniel Dillon (artist) & Esther Wrightman (gardener)
St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

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