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Folks as you know we made massive change late yesterday, the culmination of 9 weeks of solid full-time development. The worst part there was bug in the Forum Read/Update system which made all the cool work look wrong. I have just published the fix for this (well it is still uploading as I write this but will be loaded before I press Submit).

The system will now show you exactly down to the followup that you have not read. So you will not have to open all Replies (as it appears at the moment). The little animated Circle will lead you to the exact sections you have not read yet. So if it shows Updated then there will be something in the thread you have not read, open the thread and the animated circle will show you which reply or replies you have not read. Open the Reply and the unread followups will show a comments icon (In writing this I believe it should be the same animated circle, so may change this later).

This updated status function is linked to your profile so no matter what device you are using if you are logged on your Updated statuses will be fully synced.

Anyway have a play with this now corrected (what I wanted it to do version of the system). It will make much more sense now, I believe.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 12:10

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 12:10
Thanks for all your hard work David. It sounds as though it has been a big job, so it must have been disappointing to have that update function not working properly. Hopefully all the nay-sayers will now feel a bit more comfortable. Overall (and assuming that you would fix what was obviously a glitch) I like the new streamlined look. Its easy to navigate around and from my experience so far runs and displays much better on our Android devices. Not so keen on how the blog photos display though - hopefully that will change over time. Oh, and I would like this reply box to be a bit bigger please! I will have a closer look over the next few days and give you more detailed feedback on any issues we spot. Hope you and Michelle can have a bit of a break over the weekend.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 15:54

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 15:54
Val,

All forum entry boxes now 3 times bigger - plus the new expand buttons. Blog will happen in due course but they will be fixed.

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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 12:11

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 12:11
Thanks David, yes, that's better.

I like the clean look and I like the way it presents on mobile devices.

But, along with many others, I think it needs a button to open all replies in a thread. If you want to contribute to a busy thread that you haven't been to before, you have to click on every reply to open up all the contributions to see if you have anything new to add. That may be 10 or 20 or more clicks and scrolling, depending on how many replies there are.

A single button to do that would answer 95% of the critics. Is it do-able?

Apart from that, I think it's great.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 16:02

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 16:02
Frank,

New button is now loaded a three click function - click once opens un-read, click again opens all, click again closes all open.

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 18:13

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 18:13
Perfect, David, thank you. It works a treat.

Someone in another thread asked if it could have a choosable default mode, the setting to be stored in the user's profile. That would be neat.

As others have noted too, the spell checker seems to be missing.

Also, any chance of an edit button, perhaps time limited, or in the case of an opening post, disabled by a reply, or in the case of a Reply, disabled by a Follow-up?

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 20:13

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 20:13
...... or in the case of a Follow-up, disabled by the next Follow-up.

Such a system would allow posters a brief period to correct errors, but once a Reply or Follow-up has been posted, no chance to alter a post and change the context and make irrelevant following posts or follow-ups.

Logic seems simple, but probably not the coding.

I have no doubt you're up for it, David, if only for the challenge :-)

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 12:33

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 12:33
David, whilst you are on updates could you reinstate the return to the place in the menu when you exit a thread like the the old forum? It's a pain returning to the top of the menu each time. That was one of the advantages of your forum that the others do not have.

Also are the like buttons going to be returned?
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 12:38

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 12:38
The "Like" button is at the bottom of the post page, its a thumbs up now.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 14:10

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 14:10
Peter,

That is an oversight - I missed it and will put that back in shortly.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 15:55

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 15:55
Peter,

This has now been installed and all Return button and top link will go to where you left off.

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 12:37

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 12:37
That seems to have fixed the issue David, working very well indeed.
I like the format, simple to use, quick to use with the ability to see what has been viewed/read or added to since my last look.

Its working well on iPad and iPhone with screen size adjustment good.
On my desktop with Windows 10 and running MS Edge displayed on 23 inch wide screen monitors the site does not open to full screen width.
Not that its an issue as the page is so much cleaner and clearer to view.

All up its very good, well done.
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 13:14

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 13:14
Gday David , good job , just one thing , when the 'forum index' button is pressed, the thread i have just read does not return to the top of the list , as in the past.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 14:11

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 14:11
Muzbry,

As mentioned above to Peter that is an oversight - I missed it and will put that back in shortly.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 15:53

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 15:53
Done - publishing now.

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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 14:19

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 14:19
The photos in the Blogs section still cover up some of the text or sometimes the text appears at the side of the photos in columns of one to three letters wide. This happened in the old style Exploroz also.
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Reply By: Trevor&Verna - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 15:58

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 15:58
I am finding the thin, black type on the grey background (on each of the buttons) a bit difficult to see with my crook eyes,
Maybe its just me.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 16:04

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 16:04
What devices are you specifically using as this may help me reproduce or see it more like you are.

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Follow Up By: Trevor&Verna - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 16:50

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 16:50
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 20:28

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 20:28
Another small thing, David.

At the top of an opening post there is an underlined link to Forum Index.

At the bottom of the post in the line of buttons, the Forum Index is a button.

I think it would be better if the top one was consistent with the bottom one - ie, both appearing as buttons. Just for consistency.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 20:39

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 20:39
There is a button one under the initial thread and at the bottom. The one in link at the top is actually to maintain consistency with the rest of the site - you will see this if you pop into places, classifieds or shop etc - in fact anywhere when you are not on an index page.

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 20:49

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 20:49
OK. Makes sense.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 20:45

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 at 20:45
Much, MUCH betterer :)
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Reply By: Mark H16 - Saturday, Oct 03, 2015 at 12:00

Saturday, Oct 03, 2015 at 12:00
Liking it a lot.
Can now see threads with updates and read the new posts without having to reread the entire thread to find the last post I read.
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