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Stratics Forums going through changes?

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Old Man of UO, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. I've noticed changes to the general Stratics forums listings, icon and link changes. One Icon that was there and isn't at the moment was for post rating. Is this really a good idea? I thought this was suggested in UHall in the past and the general consensus thought it was a bad idea. Won't this get abused, especially if someone has a beef and alternate log-ins?

    I'm also getting database errors now and then. What other changes are planned?
     
  2. Saunders

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    And the UO forums page has gone: I can't browse just UO forums. Should I cry?
     
  3. Wenchkin

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    Someone thought it'd be funny to give the forum hamster some sherry and see if he liked it. Apparently the answer was "very much". Give it a few hours and some strong coffee...he should be functioning properly again ;)

    [sensible answer - actually I'll wait for someone who is sensible to post what that is, but I wouldn't worry. Someone is bound to have a plan and a screwdriver]

    Wenchy
     
  4. Bazer

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    also noticed the buttons now appearing under our posts....
     
  5. Taylor

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    Excellent! Looks like Stratics forums is keeping up with forum community trends. The simpler URLs will make it easier to navigate forums, the trackbacks and social networking buttons will increase forum visibility.

    Good changes, I'd say.

    P.S. Here's an anchor to UO Stratics Forums: http://vboards.stratics.com/#uo-stratics-forums.
     
  6. Tazar

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    I have to wonder if Sherry the mouse liked being given to a hamster..... :gee:
     
  7. After a couple of those screwdrivers that Wenchy was talking about, I'm sure that Sherry didn't mind at all.
     
  8. Lord Chaos

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    2005 welcomes Stratics, hehehehe. :thumbup1:
     
  9. DevilsOwn

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    *sigh*


    can't see just a UO listing.... you know, the kind where on the right hand side of the screen you can see which post was last commented on...... I get the entire Stratics list, even when clicking your link Syrus
     
  10. Beer_Cayse

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    yup - I don't like it either. Also, in forum tools I still can't mark forums as read - which makes return visits difficult to determine what threads had activity since last visit.

    Yes it has been reported but I have yet to see it fixed. I'm not the only one either.
     
  11. Rotgut Willy

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    I don't like how now I have to go into each individual forum to see if there's been a new post since last I checked.
     
  12. Wenchkin

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    Well, you can always subscribe to forums, then you'll get a list of them that shows what was posted last in your control panel.

    Go to the forum you want, up at the top click the drop down Forum Tools button. Select subscribe.

    Wenchy
     
  13. Lord Frodo

    Lord Frodo Grand Poobah
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    That link takes you back to the Stratics Forums main page not the UOStratics Forums main page. Please fix this.
     
  14. Looks like either that page was unpublished, changed or deleted. I'm thinking it was probably a View to display the most recent thread in each forum, and they are working on the View.
     
  15. Beastmaster

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    I wish they'd fix the link I reported broken a MONTH ago! The only response has been from Petra, and that was to say she reported it. Is this a problem stemming from the new management, TGN or whatever?
     
  16. Lord Frodo

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    Was on the Baja Forums and I hit the Shard Forums at the top of the page hoping to ge the UOStratics Shard Forums page and it took me to the Stratics Forum main page. This is so messed up.
     
  17. Lord Chaos

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    The new management is a heck of a lot more responsive than the previous management.
     
  18. Taylor

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    It's an anchor. Yes, it's the main page, but it jumps straight to the UOForums section.
     
  19. Lord Frodo

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    Sorry but it does not. It takes you to the top of Stratics main page. So we can no longer go to UOStratics Forum main page and see just UO Forums to see what is new to all the shards for UO only. We now have to pick each shard for the Stratics Forum main page. Whose bright idea was this?
     
  20. Lord Frodo

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    So all these links are broken now?
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums > General Forums > UO Tech If you click on General Forums it takes you to Stratics Forums main page
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums > Professions Forums > UO Tamer If you click on Professions Forums it takes you to Stratics Forums main page
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums > Event Moderator's Discussion Forum > Baja EM Forum If you click on Event Moderator's Discussion Forum it takes you to Stratics Forums main page
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums > Trade Forums > UO Trader's Hall If you click on Trade Forums it takes you to Stratics Forums main page
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums > Shard Forums > UO Baja If you click on Shard Forums it takes you to Stratics Forums main page

    So we are no longer able to look at these pages only
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums > General Forums
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums > Professions Forums
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums > Event Moderator's Discussion Forum
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums > Trade Forums
    Stratics Forums > UO Stratics Forums > Shard Forums

    Thanks for these great changes Stratics. UO is the largest Forum on here and now we have to visit your main page to do anything UO related.
     
  21. SirZ

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    What the fu...

    Return old links! Delete this static trash...
     
  22. Madrid

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    The term why fix something that ain't broke comes to mind. Not liking having to visit the main page when all I want to do is look at the UO Stratic Forum Threads.

    I'm not liking the new feel at all.:confused:
     
  23. Lord Frodo

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    At the top of this page there is a "New Posts" link and it lists 500 posts. Went and displayed the first 200. Out of the 200, 193 were UO related (97%). So why do we need to go to Stratics main page all the time. Every body should be going to UOStratics main page when first coming here.
     
  24. Taylor

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    What browser are you using? I've tried it with IE and Chrome and it takes me directly to the UO Stratics Forums section.

    http://vboards.stratics.com/#uo-stratics-forums
     
  25. It takes you to that SECTION but it doesn't take you to the page showing the last active thread in each UO Forum. It's was handy for the less active forums to see which thread was last posted.
     
  26. Lord Frodo

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    IE8 And I had no problems yesterday and others are having the same problem as I am.
     
  27. JC the Builder

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    Since every forum does it, those buttons have no meaning. If there is an interesting topic then someone will input it manually on those sites. No one is going to up-vote them because thousands/millions are submitted every day.
     
  28. Beer_Cayse

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    for threads I respond to, sure. How about determining threads that have a) been added or b) have activity but I haven't responded to it? In the case of B I might want to follow the discussion without subscribing.

    Mark Forum as Read function allows me to do a scan, mark the forum and in both instances above I will know if activity occurred the next time I visit the forum.
     
  29. Beer_Cayse

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    It's the EA philosophy! I agree ... stuff that was working fine is now a POS IMO.

    Screw it ... I'm outta this place. I can't have the simple things that make life in here decent ... I'll just go play or whatever.
     
  30. Taylor

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    Interesting. I'm on an older version of IE. Sorry it's not working for you. :(
     
  31. Beer_Cayse

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    FF 3.6.8 and it was fine yesterday. Today it suxxorz. Also the link address of http://vboards.stratics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3 would take me in a page to ONLY UO related items, show last response in the forums with activity indicator.

    It now goes to the full Stratics forum list and jumps to a bookmark for the top of the UO list - no clue as to what forums had activity other than UHall and a couple others. not good at all.

    Mark Forum as Read in Forum tools has been broken for some time now and myself and at least 1 other poster have been in discussion with Petra who has relayed to the tech support. Still broke ...

    Almost like some of EA philosophy has rubbed off here.
     
  32. Beer_Cayse

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    FireFox 3.6.8 at work and home. IE6 at work. Both work browser are responding as noted by complaints in this thread. I will be home about 5 PM EDT and can test with FF 3.6.8 and IE8.
     
  33. SirZ

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    I thinking about it too.
    Forum has become inconvenient to use.

    Admins think about search engine optimization, but forget about users. It's a wrong policy.
     
  34. hen

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    Did TGN know that UO was going Free-To-Play when they bought Stratics?
     
  35. Mapper

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    :( I'm sure they'll get it sorted, Have to make a mess to clean up as they say. :p
     
  36. Lord Frodo

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    Everybody on here has the same problem as me. I have been using IE8 for a long time nad nothing has changed from last night (last one on computer) to now (first one on computer) You are the only one that is working right and the rest of us are broken.

    Your link takes us to Stratics main page with UO Stratics Forum at the top of the page. What is does not do is take us the the UOStatics Forum page like it used to. That is our point. UO is Stratics. We are about 90% if not more of your customer base and we want to see UO, not all the other stuff, like your main page. We want our MAIN PAGE (UO only) back.
     
  37. Taylor

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    Whenever I click the link provided, it takes me to the Stratics main page, then immediately jumps down to the UO Forums section.
     
  38. Lord Frodo

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    You are right. IT DID NOT DO THAT YESTERDAY. Did Stratics change this? Do we now have to go to Stratics main page to get to UO. We no longer get to see UOStratics and everything that has changed in UOStratics. Can not see UOStratics Shard Forum page that lists all the shards and see what is going on on all the shards. We now have to ga to each shard to do this. Same thing with General, Professions, EM, Trade, Guild. Why should we have to go back to Stratics main page that shows us very little information?

    PLEASE CHANGE IT BACK!
     
  39. Sevin0oo0

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    Maybe it's just me, but for those of you who say it works...
    I went to that "Anchor" page, where is New Players Corner?
    Clicking General Forums doesn't show it either (hxxp://vboards.stratics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=36)
    There are no direct links w/ anything similar.

    UHall doesn't use a link like that either.
    hxxp://vboards.stratics.com/uhall/ = hxxp://vboards.stratics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=35

    I use Seamonkey 2.0.6 w/ IE8 user agent
     
  40. Lord Frodo

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    Went to Stratics.com and UOStratics.com and there is nothing about these changes to the forums. Thank you for the heads up. Is this intended or are the forums broke?
     
  41. kelmo

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    *shrugs* I have not noticed much of a difference. Maybe I navigate the site differently.
     
  42. kelmo

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    New players corner was changed to players corner some time ago.
     
  43. Lord Frodo

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    So can you go to the page UOStratics Shard Forum and all it showed you were the different shards for UO (only)? We could yesterday and now we can't. Where is the notice that Stratics was changing how the forums worked?
     
  44. YEA! It's fixed!

    I knew they could... well, hoped they could! :)
     
  45. Lord Frodo

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    YEA! The sad part is they wouldn't admit it was broke. I wounder if it was a change they wanted to do to see how many would say anything about it. Test failed.:gun:
     
  46. Sevin0oo0

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    Thanks Kelmo, I went there not knowing that, it looked pretty interesting, like a mini uhall. i'll certainly be more active in there than i have - tips & tricks even for vets
     
  47. Petra Fyde

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    It wasn't 'broke'. An addition that had been made to the forum had an unexpected side affect, causing it to function differently.
    No one, to the best of my knowledge, refused to admit it was broken. I refrained from commenting one way or the other till I could contact the right person to ask about it.
     
  48. Schuyler Bain

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    This is what I do, I load up my "User Control Panel (User CP)" with the forums I frequent and always start my browsing there. Of course it sounds like the issue has been resolved so we can all go back to our preferred ways of browsing UO Stratics.
     
  49. Schuyler Bain

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    This has been driving me NUTS the past several weeks. Apparently only a small portion of members use this function, but I use (or used to use) it every time I view the forums. Makes it so much easier to see what is new or has been updated with new posts.

    Here's hoping it is resolved at some point. Glad to see Basara and I are not the only ones missing this feature!