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Revamped forum?

#1 Post by Steve Harrison » Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:08 pm

I think I read that the website/forum is getting a new look. True?
Would it be a good time for another thread on suggestions like the last time we revamped the forum?

I think to me the most basic change that would improve the useability would be to allow pictures of larger size to post. Limiting the size makes me have to resize every single picture and it's a pain. Some guys can't do it at all. Jim Liberty has never posted a picture (much to our detriment,..he's got some great ones I'll bet) and I believe it's because of the size limitation.

Yes, we got a trade section in classifieds, and I was an advocate for that. It's not very populated nor has much traffic. What maybe would be better would be just to allow the word "trade" in the regular classifieds and ditch the separate area for trade only.

Others will surely chime in on the search features, etc. But I've never had much problem with searches,...can usually find what I'm after. Anybody else thinking of suggestions?

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Re: Revamped forum?

#2 Post by C J Murray » Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:52 pm

Watch out! Most of Liberty's pics are porn! Lots of wet t-shirts.

How about links that we can click instead of the copy and paste BS?

How about a MUCH better search function?

How about a MUCH better pm system?

I'm sure they are working on these and more.
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Re: Revamped forum?

#3 Post by Trevor Gates » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:25 am

Yes Steve, Gordon wrote about it in the most recent magazine and Greg mentioned it in this thread:
http://porsche356registry.org/356talk/1 ... l?start=15

Here are some of my ideas on how to improve the website from my post on Oct 11, in this thread:
http://porsche356registry.org/356talk/1 ... l?start=15
Trevor Gates wrote: My general impression is that there is a LOT more that can be done to expand/enhance the 356 Registry forum before expanding it's online presence to FB. Some ideas, most of which are not new:
1. Make website links hot.
2. Be able to post videos, not just links to YouTube.
3. Link a member's profile to other parts of the website, so others can easily see their gallery of pics, ads (both for sale and WTB), what technical articles they're contributed to the site, etc.
4. Have a buyer/seller feedback section.
5. Set up a separate section to discuss club business (non 356 technical issues).
6. Open up the forum so you don't have to be a paying subscriber of the magazine. Yes I know this one has been beaten to death, but it was probably one of the most divisive/worst decisions the Trustees at that time could have made.
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#4 Post by Tom Sinclair » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:45 am

Look into Tapatalk too. Folks can then post to and follow the forum on their "smart"phones.

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#5 Post by Steve Harrison » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:49 am

I'd second all these suggestions. And one I'd add is that I actually liked the old first incarnation of the classifieds,...where you could post comments just like a forum thread. There was a back and forth to it, not just a static ad of something for sale. It made for good conversations about authenticity, fitment, application, etc. Yes, maybe some people didn't like the "chatter" about the stuff they were selling, but I'd say let it roll. If what you're selling is the subject of a debate, all the better,..what better publicity haha.
Also, I remember discussions of if something was original or repro.,..and I'd welcome those discussions. Wouldn't you want to know if what you were looking at was a repro?..you know,..what people thought about it. And if you're the seller, wouldn't you want to know the same?...even if it came out in the forum discussion, there'd be no shame in that if you were a straightforward fellow selling something and there was a discussion of it's originality. Why would that be bad?
Basically, the classifieds would reflect the conversations held in real life at swap meets, parking lots, and garages across the country. Again,...how could that be bad?

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#6 Post by Trevor Gates » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:57 am

Good one Steve, I'm in total agreement!
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#7 Post by Greg Bryan » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:50 am

I did get some clarification regarding the website update from the webmaster. While the 356 Website itself will be completely refreshed, the 356Talk forums will change very little - that is, the website will continue to use the same underlying program that is used now for the talk forums. The developers are aware of the strong desire for hot links and the ability to post larger file size pictures, the main reason many can't or don't post pictures.
I will champion these and other talk forum features at the member meeting in early March at the Sheraton.
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#8 Post by Steve Harrison » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:04 am

Thank you Greg for your efforts. I hope you are successful in getting the picture size thing to the forefront. I for one think that the picture size limitation is the single most prominent issue limiting the mechanics of the forum at this point. Searches work ok if you learn the ins and outs and there is also a "work around" by using Google. The picture size limitation has no work around except resizing everything first. Then you've got to download, separate file, etc. It's a pain.

Everyone loves the pictures in the posts best. There'd be more if it was easy,... straight from camera chip to forum site.

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#9 Post by Rosemary Sampson » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:37 am

Greg Bryan wrote:............................the 356Talk forums will change very little - that is, the website will continue to use the same underlying program that is used now for the talk forums. ...............................
If that program does not support hot links it should be dropped. Unanimously. All we need do is implement 1994 technology.

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#10 Post by Greg Bryan » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:30 pm

While I'm in an area that I know very little about, as far as I know the current system used for 356Talk will support hot links - I think the issue is that they expose the forum to mischief by giving a path into the system for viruses and other nefarious stuff. All such forums must be constantly managed for this type of activity, so it may be more a manpower issue in what is essentially a voluntary organization. Nonetheless, other forums seem to be able to manage hot links, so I hope the webmaster can figure out how to do so here on 356Talk.
Picture size limitations are probably a function of server space cost - although with that being said, I agree that maybe this should be an area where more of our limited resources can be applied. It is a royal pain to resize and manipulate pictures - and is beyond the limited computer abilities of many of our members. I believe there are programs that automagically reduce the size of files as it processes them into a site, but I have no idea regarding the complexity of implementation.
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Re: Revamped forum?

#11 Post by Jim Liberty » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:40 am

Greg, I have been a big supporter of being able to post pictures like I can do on e-bay. What ever you can do to push this has my backing. I've never been able to make it work.

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Re: Revamped forum?

#12 Post by RC Gilmour » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:54 am

RTFM

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#13 Post by Brian OKelly » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:04 pm

RC Gilmour wrote:RTFM

I had to Google that one :D

I use this on my phpbb forums to resize photos automatically.

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/ ... e_resizer/

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Re: Revamped forum?

#14 Post by Mike Ruddy » Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:31 am

One way of uploading photos onto the Registry forum is to host them yourself. This way you can have more control over how your images appear.

To do this you will need to open an account (free) with a hosting site like Photobucket or Flickr.

I prefer Photobucket, you might like Flickr.

http://s194.photobucket.com/

http://www.flickr.com/

You can then upload your chosen pictures from your PC into your 'library' in a similar way to how you upload pictures to the forum here. Then you can change their size, crop them and edit them... if you wish.

Each image is given it's own url tag which you can then copy and paste into the reply box here on the forum.

An image tag looks like this,

[img]htt//i7.photobucket.com/albums/y256/Mike/pic01.png[/img]

The code is wrapped round with [img]at%20the%20front%20and[/img] at the end. (I slightly altered the code above so it doesn't just show up as a picture. :wink:)

If you use a smart phone there are Flickr and Photobucket apps that tie into your account so you can do all this on the go.

Hope this helps.

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#15 Post by Pat Daily » Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:43 pm

How is the revamped website coming along? Any idea when? Hope we can have live links to other places.
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