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Submitted: Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 17:16
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Perhaps we have missed something (we have been travelling for a couple of months!) but what has happened to the forum? Why is it now in kindergarten font? Why is it so difficult to read a whole thread? Perhaps there is a previously published convincing explanation that we have missed. We would be pleased if someone could direct us to this. The forum now seems to be extremely user unfriendly. John and Lynne
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 17:34

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 17:34
Kindergarten font! Lol! Maybe, but it's not that bad! A major change after 10 years is a shock I guess. Michael
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Reply By: Member - John - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 18:21

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 18:21
John, you should have seen it before the "expand un read" button was added. I am like you, it is very user un friendly. The change happened a few weeks ago and I very nearly left ExplorOz because of the changes. The additions have made it a tad more friendly, but am still not happy with the changes. Enjoy.....................
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Reply By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:07

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:07
Agree J & L clicking on each individual reply is a bit painful....What was that Roman Army statement about changing things just to give the appearance of progress????
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:09

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:09
G`day John & Lynne,
I was a doubtful at first, but I reckon it`s pretty good since I now open the thread, then scroll down to the last "reply"and then open all replies from the last one (bottom one) upwards until they are all open. You now have much the same setup that the previous Forum had.

Just read the post and the replies in the order they were posted. Bingo!

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Follow Up By: TomH - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:16

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:16
Why not click on expand EXPAND UNREAD twice and they will all open
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Follow Up By: TomH - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:17

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:17
Why not click on EXPAND UNREAD twice and they will all open

Sorry typo
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Follow Up By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:18

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:18
Good idea Scrubby, never thought of that
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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 20:16

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 20:16
G`day Tom H,

Probably because I have been using my method since the change the Forum format, and before David added them, I hadn`t noticed the "Expand Unread" or the"Expand All" buttons.
Now I can get the same result quicker, thanks.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:57

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 19:57
John & Lynne,

Read these threads for a bit of history on the change: 130477, 130481, 130492, 130483 & 130468.

Brought out all the "Chicken Little's" but not sure if any took their ball 'n ball and haven't been back.

I like it!

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Reply By: Member - WBS - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 21:11

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 21:11
I have to say I grappled with it for a bit and wasn't all that enamoured with the new look. I was confused and bewildered, acommon problem with us old folk. I was never going to walk away but at first I didn't use it as much as I did pre change.

Having persisted I am coming to terms with the new layout and format. I can't say I like it as much as the previous version yet, but it will grow on me I'm sure.

I read about the reasons for the change that Michelle gave and I can cope with them. To be honest I guess I am just more resistant to change these days. I don't regard it as user unfriendly just different. The content is still all there and I really like the plain and simple font.

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 23:31

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 23:31
Well, it's OK I guess, or at least I'm becoming accustomed...........BUT...........
How do you now 'un-watch' Watched Threads ????
It seems the only way is to open each Watched thread and click again on the 'Watch' button. A slow and clumsy way to deal with a number of watched threads at a time.
The old way was to go to the list of watched threads on one's Homepage and simply click them off one-after-the-other.
Currently, on the Homepage, selecting 'Forum Watched' brings up the full list of Threads on watch but I can find no way to delete any from that list. Clicking on the "Watched" notation simply opens the Thread and clicking on the "Clear" button at the top simply returns to the Forum Index.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Monday, Oct 26, 2015 at 16:56

Monday, Oct 26, 2015 at 16:56
I have just had to clear out my own watched threads. I just used the "Clear All" button as all in my list were all achived and I didn't want to bother keeping them watched.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Oct 26, 2015 at 18:01

Monday, Oct 26, 2015 at 18:01
Well Michelle, could you please send me a "Clear All" button because all I have on my Watched List page is a "Clear" button (see below) and when I press that, all it does is take me back to the Forum Index page and does not clear any Watched Threads! Besides, I don't want to clear all watched threads, I want to clear selected watched threads, possibly half of those in my list as we were once able to do. Pleeese.

p.s. I'm using Safari browser on a Mac. Might that be the reason?
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 at 13:02

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 at 13:02
Hmm that is strange. I clicked "Clear" and it removed them all from my watched list.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 at 13:06

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 at 13:06
Allan, I take that back... it removes them then puts them back, how strange!!!. I didn't notice that yesterday, sorry!! Ok definitely a bug there.I will report it so David can investigate.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 00:12

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 00:12
The new format is brilliant in my view.
Clean, clear and concise.
I can see what I want in the way I want, no need to troll through the whole thread.
Can scan the topics that have been changed since I last looked and select those I am interested in.
I reckon David has done a top job with this new format.


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Follow Up By: maurice b - Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 00:51

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 00:51
Im wondering why when you post a reply to a thread that was posted a few days back why that post doesnt move up to the top of the list .It appears to stay in line of date of original post which can be many pages back and remain unread by many readers. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 01:02

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 01:02
Go to settings and change your preference to show thread by date rather than thread number.
Then any additions made to a thread will take it back to the top.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 01:05

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 01:05
Sorry, meant to say, "search and options" in the grey bar at the top of the forum.
Then change the setting to display by thread number or date.
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 10:27

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 10:27
Has a fresh look, is easy to read and navigate. Still learning though but happy with the changes nevertheless. Surprised that other oldies like me cannot cope. Just make sure you pick your aged care home early otherwise the adjustment could be catastrophic!! LOL.
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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 12:12

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 12:12
As with all changes (the same as moving house!), it takes a while to grasp where everything is in the new setup.
You get used to it. I wasn't enamoured initially with the new setup, but it's quite satisfactory in operation, once you've used the new format for a while.

I think you will find the site change came about, due to the need for the site to accommodate the wide range of communication devices used today, and the proliferation of mobile smartphones in use that require a different and simpler format, as compared to a desktop or laptop.

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