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post #361 of 686

There are a lot of things I like about the new website. It definitely takes a while to get used to change, but I think it's pretty good overall.

There's just one thing -- the individual posts are enormous! Each post takes up half my computer screen, so I'm constantly scrolling. It's pretty annoying, and it makes it hard to read long threads. Is there any way to shrink the boxes?

Also, I would really like to still have the option of changing skins. (MDC tan rules!) smile.gif 

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Originally Posted by HappyMommy2 View Post

I agree with a PP that the software is getting the zip somewhere else.  My Oscar Meyer ad lists my specific town, and so I went to my account settings to change to 00000 .... but my field is empty.  Hmmmm....

 

Also - I tried to write this *below* the quote..... and it wouldn't let me.

 

I agree with others that the administrators are working very hard, thank you so much!!!!

 

 


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Originally Posted by Ola_ View Post


I expect that it's probably localized based on your IP address.  Lots of websites do this as it's an easy way to find out where you are, this comes from your internet service provider.  You can see what yours is displaying as if you go to websites such as this:

http://www.ip-adress.com/

 

I agree it is looking at IP address for some stuff (the location of the store where I can purchase some Oscar Mayer turkey changed to a different location when viewed at work through a different internet provider). But I am pretty certain it is pulling info from the local computer. It showed me a Zappos ad for the exact pair and color of snow boots I purchased this weekend - seems a little too coincidental. So I believe it is looking in cookies and/or internet history.
 


Edited by JElaineB - 11/11/10 at 9:37am
post #363 of 686

Didn't I read somewhere that the co op board would be reopening? And if so when?

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How do I get to my user CP?  I cannot seem to find it...

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The UserCP is now labeled My Profile at the top left of the page --

 

mdcprofiletab.JPG

 

Hmmm there is supposed to be a screenshot there. Can you see it?

post #366 of 686

I cannot do ANYTHING on this site without a serious issue of freezing.  I tried to change my avatar-frozen, post-possible freezing, just looking at a thread is giving me freezing issues.  I am using an Acer laptop with Vista(yuck I know) and Firefox, I am not having this issue with any other sites but this one.  It's super glitchy and for some reason my computer is having some serious issues with it.  Help I miss the old MDC and am really not liking this transition sinc eI barely can view the site at all.

 

I know that you guys are working hard on this, but what is going on?

post #367 of 686

How do we leave feedback for swaps?  It has a box for item URL and it won't let me use a swap thread as the url.  It has to be a thread started by me or the person I am leaving feedback for.  It also won't let me leave it blank.

post #368 of 686

I'm pretty upset over not being able to control how many posts I see per screen in  a thread.

 

 

I assume that more posts per thread is to force more page views for advertisers?

 

Because for some of us it's a serious usability issue to have to keep clicking through pages.   

 

As a matter of fact, showing more post per page could be considered a disability accommodaiton for people with mobility concerns or people using screenreaders. The redesign has already made the site even less accessible to people with disabilities, and that's just the icing on the cake.  Thanks for putting your advertising needs over basic usability.

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Quoting myself just to say thanks! I think I'm figuring it all out now. I understand now that the little red box with the number in it disappears each time I visit that particular thread. So I can just glance at my user CP, see which of my threads have red boxes by them, and click directly on the thread title to be brought to the first unread post. Then the red box disappears until someone else adds a new post. Got it. Cool.

 

The choppiness thing I've read is being worked on. Cool. And regarding the page being so wide.... I'll just have to ask my software/computer nerd husband to help me with that.  Because when I use our other computer, mdc fits perfectly on the screen. So it's obviously some sort of computer setting.

 

Thank you & thank you again! Off to explore some more...
 

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Originally Posted by zjande View Post

~When I go into my profile to check my threads I've subscribed to, it only lists them all. I want to see which ones have had new posts added to them since my last visit. I can't sit here every day & scroll through the thousands of threads I've subbed to over the years to see if there's been a new post. How can I see threads I've subbed to that have new posts since my last visit? I apologize if I'm missing something obvious.

 

(Also, I see little red boxes with numbers in them next to some of my subscribed threads when I'm viewing my user cp. What are they for?)

 

~My 2nd problem is that the whole site is terribly choppy. When I scroll down a thread, it's so choppy that I can't see what I'm looking for. I have to sit & wait for the page to appear (load?) in order to see if I've scrolled to where I want to be or not.

 

~I can't view the whole page on my computer screen. In order to click on my username to see my user cp, I have to scroll the whole page to the right just to see it. And I have to scroll to the right each time I click on a new thread in order to read each post all the way to the right.

 

 smile.gif

post #370 of 686
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Originally Posted by savithny View Post

I'm pretty upset over not being able to control how many posts I see per screen in  a thread.

 

 

I assume that more posts per thread is to force more page views for advertisers?

 

Because for some of us it's a serious usability issue to have to keep clicking through pages.   

 

As a matter of fact, showing more post per page could be considered a disability accommodaiton for people with mobility concerns or people using screenreaders. The redesign has already made the site even less accessible to people with disabilities, and that's just the icing on the cake.  Thanks for putting your advertising needs over basic usability.

 

 

I think post per page is the one thing that's going to get me. I was wondering the same about it being done this way for advertisements.

 

It was mentioned up thread that the huddler people are watching these threads-- I do very much hope that they return this feature-- heck! I would even pay for it.
 

post #371 of 686

Sigs:

 

I can't get smilies to show up in my sig no matter how much I edit. Am I doing something wrong or is this a common problem at the moment? I see some users with smilies in their sigs so I'm kind of at a loss :-)

 

Not a big issue, just curious. Thank you!

post #372 of 686
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Originally Posted by texmati View PostIt was mentioned up thread that the huddler people are watching these threads-- I do very much hope that they return this feature-- heck! I would even pay for it.
 




Actually, that might be a good idea of one of the features to include for subscribers, since we lost a few features in the changeover.

Geofizz - thank you!!
post #373 of 686
Originally Posted by Arduinna View Post

 

Didn't I read somewhere that the co op board would be reopening? And if so when?


 

 I don't have a time frame on that. It is something we are planning.

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Originally Posted by savithny View Post

I'm pretty upset over not being able to control how many posts I see per screen in  a thread.

 

 

I assume that more posts per thread is to force more page views for advertisers?

 

Because for some of us it's a serious usability issue to have to keep clicking through pages.   

 

As a matter of fact, showing more post per page could be considered a disability accommodaiton for people with mobility concerns or people using screenreaders. The redesign has already made the site even less accessible to people with disabilities, and that's just the icing on the cake.  Thanks for putting your advertising needs over basic usability.



Agreed - The text is also not good with visual disabilities. It's VERY hard to see since there is very little contrast. As someone who NEEDS the higher contrast and a non-white background due to visual difficulties, if it's not fixed very quickly I'll be moving on to another board.

 

I would think that this site would be subject to ADA requirements as a public web site, wouldn't it?

post #375 of 686

Between not getting updates on threads, even after visiting them, not being able to figure out how to make it so that I automatically log out rather than staying logged in,  and all my old subscriptions suddenly not sending me updates, I'm really annoyed with the changes.

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Originally Posted by georgia View Post

 

If you click the thread name itself on your subscription page, this will take you to the first unread post to you by default.

 

OK, can I say that I love this feature! I read through 15 pages of this thread last night, and was really pleased to go to the spot where I had left off. Very user-friendly.

 

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Originally Posted by aweynsayl View Post

ok, so i entered a 00000 zip and a false DOB, and, while the oscar meyer ads are now gone, there are still some "ad-like things" appearing.... "reviews" of products. this, to me, counts as advertising. is there not a way to get them out of the way too, so i can see my threads in my whole window?


Unfortunately, those appear to be 'features' of the site, and so you can't get rid of them. A number of us have complained. Apparently these are supposed to be reviews by MDC members, so they should be relevant, but since my kids are now well past diaper-baby wearing-toddlerhood, I wonder just how many would be relevant.

 

There is an option in your user profile under "edit account details" where you can make it "full width" -- it still leaves the product reviews, but it is better.

screenshot.jpg
 

post #377 of 686
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Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post


 



Agreed - The text is also not good with visual disabilities. It's VERY hard to see since there is very little contrast. As someone who NEEDS the higher contrast and a non-white background due to visual difficulties, if it's not fixed very quickly I'll be moving on to another board.

 

I would think that this site would be subject to ADA requirements as a public web site, wouldn't it?


This site is owned by a small business.

 

What sort of background/text colors work better with visual disabilities? 


Edited by JessicaS - 11/11/10 at 12:12pm
post #378 of 686
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Originally Posted by georgia View Post

 

User badges for Supporter members are being checked by the software folks tonight. Not everyone who is a Supporter currently is showing the correct badge, but this is being addressed and fixed if hasn't been already. Again, thanks for your patience.

 

When should we expect our badges? I'm not seeing mine yet. OK, OK, it's only 12 hours after you posted, but inquiring minds want to know.

 

Thanks!

post #379 of 686
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Originally Posted by LynnS6 View Post

 


Unfortunately, those appear to be 'features' of the site, and so you can't get rid of them. A number of us have complained. Apparently these are supposed to be reviews by MDC members, so they should be relevant, but since my kids are now well past diaper-baby wearing-toddlerhood, I wonder just how many would be relevant.

 

There is an option in your user profile under "edit account details" where you can make it "full width" -- it still leaves the product reviews, but it is better.

screenshot.jpg
 

 

Some of the categories on the review list aren't baby gear. There are also categories for books, garden tools and kitchen gear. If people wanted more categories that is certainly something we can look at adding.

post #380 of 686
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Originally Posted by LynnS6 View Post



 

When should we expect our badges? I'm not seeing mine yet. OK, OK, it's only 12 hours after you posted, but inquiring minds want to know.

 

Thanks!



 I don't really have a time frame on that. They have a lot of technical glitches they are working on atm.

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