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Posted on 03/06/2008 7:53:34 PM PST by John Robinson

What do you think? Suggestions, comments, complaints?


TOPICS: Announcements; Free Republic
KEYWORDS: aintbroke; archives; dontfix; easybreezy; eek; faq; fr; freerepublic; frsearch; search; searchfrsearch; sisepuede; thxsjimandjohn; userinterface
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To: John Robinson

Lol! OMGosh! Thanks for clearing up that the FR changes were intentional, John! Lol! For the life of me, I could not figure out *what* settings I had changed! I was getting ready to ask the mac thread folks if I might have done something to my imac, being that I am only a 9 week old to an Apple product. Whew!

But hey...I’m going to start going through all of these posts to see if anyone has laid out what all the changes are. If any FReeper who’s been keeping up with this whole thread can ping me to a post where this has already been spelled out, I’d be very, very appreciative. The kids are home from school today (woo-hoo! Snow in the DFW area!) and they are already back outside and zinging snowballs at each other.


601 posted on 03/07/2008 7:35:22 AM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: John Robinson
I have a suggestion that I hope will be helpful to rss feed users. Currently the news feed on "Comments" are presented as:

#postNumber: FreeperName on "articleTitle"  
I primarily scan news feeds for article titles and secondarily for who's comment it was. So I propose the following:
#postNumber: "upTo32charOfTitle---------------" -by- FreeperName
Or perhaps do without the post number as it doesn't have a lot of meaning outside the context of the particular article:
upTo32charOfTitle--------------- -by- FreeperName
Thank you for all the hard work!
602 posted on 03/07/2008 7:36:51 AM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: John Robinson

How about a small button that shows a JS tooltip onclick if javascript is enabled and degrades to a flat html page?

I imagine you’d want to do a stripped down, roll your own kind of solution rather than using something like Prototype, which would add too much to the page size, but as long as you don’t go too crazy with the bells and whistles, it shouldn’t take up a lot of space.

A lean, stripped down tooltip script might be good for a bunch of things around here to help explain how things are used.


603 posted on 03/07/2008 7:38:57 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (Careful guys, someone spiked the Mitt KoolAid.)
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To: restornu

See the

Home Forum Pings Mail More ... __(Your name here)_____________ [GO]

on the top right hand side of the page. Then hit GO. I don’t think there is any other way to find posters. I’ve been reading the thread and that is the best I have done.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:restornu/


604 posted on 03/07/2008 7:42:30 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Both dim candidates promise change and/or hope. I don't think the USA can afford their message.)
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To: John Robinson

Re: Full

Bless you, bless you, bless you!!!!


605 posted on 03/07/2008 7:46:51 AM PST by null and void (I slept better when I thought our betters actually were better...)
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To: John Robinson

where is the Eternal Happiness link?


606 posted on 03/07/2008 7:48:05 AM PST by woofie (Impeach whoever is the next President)
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To: Mariner; John Robinson

Dittos, I like the old style better but will adjust.


607 posted on 03/07/2008 7:50:42 AM PST by JZelle
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To: STARWISE; John Robinson

Yes! I am turning cartwheels here!

Also there is a new tab called “full” that wasn’t here last night.

T H A N K Y O U!!!!!!!!!

It’s getting there....and it DOES look spiffier! :D


608 posted on 03/07/2008 7:52:48 AM PST by LUV W (“Life is a precious gift from God, and we should embrace it.” \:D/)
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To: STARWISE; John Robinson

Thanks for pings, SW:)

I’m getting used to it- but I’ve learned how conditioned I’ve become to looking at FR in certain ways, and how much I resist change. I keep thinking I’m missing what’s really going on.

The top of the page(s)...just LOOKS wrong, somehow!


609 posted on 03/07/2008 7:53:00 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Liberty Valance
Q:How many people does it take to change a light bulb in Austin?

A: 10. One to change the lightbulb and 9 to tell you how cool the old one used to be.

LOL! That is perfect!

610 posted on 03/07/2008 7:54:08 AM PST by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: TomGuy
== I hate having to scroll halfway down the page just to see the ‘breaking news’ headlines in the sidebar. That sort of defeats the purpose of having ‘breaking news’ as a sidebar item.

Click on "more", upper right side of window, and then subscriptions.

You can decide which category comes up first and on down the line.

This Link will take you to it for now.

611 posted on 03/07/2008 7:54:39 AM PST by Syncro
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To: TomGuy

AMEN! AMEN!

Though I’m for all refinements John thinks up.


612 posted on 03/07/2008 7:57:16 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: John Robinson

Works for me.


613 posted on 03/07/2008 7:57:59 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Syncro

Placemark


614 posted on 03/07/2008 8:01:51 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (We need 2 pills, one to prevent cancer , one to prevent old age...HURRY! I am past 60!)
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To: Ann Archy; pollywog
You can exorcize the ghostly aspect by clicking on “more”, top right side of window.

Then click on “subscriptions” and then under “style” choose colors.

Have fun!

615 posted on 03/07/2008 8:03:14 AM PST by Syncro
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

I’ll be re-reading the thread as well. Isn’t there some place where all the changes are spelled out?

I want to know where my search box went!


616 posted on 03/07/2008 8:05:06 AM PST by Timeout
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To: null and void

I still don’t understand what ‘FULL’ does. ;-{


617 posted on 03/07/2008 8:05:34 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: TomGuy
Where did they hide the ‘post a new thread’ link?

At the bottom of each thread (left side), and on the sidebar to the right of the categories under "browse by forum"

618 posted on 03/07/2008 8:06:11 AM PST by Syncro
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To: Earthdweller; John Robinson
What ever happened to the view counter?

I agree, an excellent feature.

619 posted on 03/07/2008 8:07:17 AM PST by Syncro
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To: John Robinson

I still can’t find a person’s posts. That was the most fun for me, checking on various posters and seeing what they had to say and seeing who the admin moderator told to “knock it off” over the past couple days. I tried something someone had suggested in the upper right but all I’m getting are titles.


620 posted on 03/07/2008 8:07:31 AM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: Vermonter
"Comments" lets you see the header only: thread title, the post#, its author, who it was addressed to, the forum, date and time, but not the comment itself.

"Full" lets you see the header and the full text of the comments.

621 posted on 03/07/2008 8:12:00 AM PST by null and void (I slept better when I thought our betters actually were better...)
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To: MinuteGal
How do we look up a poster as we did before?

Any window with the search window in the upper right, just put

by:username, click go

and you should get their comments.

You can choose full or brief.

622 posted on 03/07/2008 8:14:39 AM PST by Syncro
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To: Fawn
The colors can be chozen by you by going to “more”, “subscriptions” and under “style” change the colors to girl friendly.
623 posted on 03/07/2008 8:16:38 AM PST by Syncro
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To: null and void

So, it’s like ‘Latest posts’ on steroids.
Thanks!


624 posted on 03/07/2008 8:16:42 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: Syncro

Every time I try that, typing in “by:end times crusader” it changes to this “title:by:end times crusader”. Do you know what I’m doing wrong?


625 posted on 03/07/2008 8:17:46 AM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: Vermonter

‘Zackly!


626 posted on 03/07/2008 8:18:34 AM PST by null and void (I slept better when I thought our betters actually were better...)
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To: John Robinson

Horrible; evrything is harder to find - now I don’t even have a search window.

Response time is slower, I have >6MBS everywhere else.

I come here to read, not to play Hide and Seek.


627 posted on 03/07/2008 8:21:57 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: don-o

That little rectangle is distracting, isn’t it?

I imagine he uses it so he can scroll reall fast and find his posts, and marvel at how cool they look

It’s so distracting to me that it says to my brain, pass over this one, it’s too hard to read

I did read a couple to see if it was worth such greatness to be boxed up so nice, and decided to pass on them from then on.

:>)


628 posted on 03/07/2008 8:22:26 AM PST by Syncro
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To: John Robinson
Just out of curiosity, when does Israel get "Discussions pertaining to Israel"?

  Germany
germany
  Discussions pertaining to Germany
  Israel
israel
 
  Japan
japan
  Discussions pertaining to Japan

629 posted on 03/07/2008 8:23:38 AM PST by null and void (I slept better when I thought our betters actually were better...)
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To: sitetest

Click on news/activism on the sidebar, then on on any tab at the top to get what you want.

Comments is what I choose


630 posted on 03/07/2008 8:25:53 AM PST by Syncro
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To: John Robinson

The only thing that really bothers me is the sidebar.

The teensy, pale, crammed-together print is hard on my grandmotherly eyes.


631 posted on 03/07/2008 8:26:11 AM PST by TxGrandMom
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To: John Robinson
Can we please have the old site back?
632 posted on 03/07/2008 8:27:22 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: John Robinson

I see “search” in the upper left corner —— when I am into a particular post.

But where is the “search” on the general “comments” page?

As for me — I don’t like change. The tried and true is what I am comfortable with. A couple of changes back, I liked it when there was one line in the color ‘red’. It was distinctive.


633 posted on 03/07/2008 8:30:14 AM PST by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: ozarkgirl
If you got that posters posts or articles, just click on “comments” at the top of the page.

This

by:ozarkgirl

worked and got your posts, by clicking on comments after I got to the page of your stuff

You can also click on articles, and look at the threads you have posted

634 posted on 03/07/2008 8:34:08 AM PST by Syncro
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To: John Robinson; Syncro
I don't understand the difference between the "Articles" and "Activity" tabs. With either choice, articles come up... what's the difference?

When searching for FReepers' posts, we now have the extra step of having to type in by:FReeper in the search box, then another extra step of having to click on "Full" to see the full posts of that FReeper (it defaults to "Comments", all we see are links).

If I want to do another search of a different FReeper's comments, I have to get back to the 'Latest Posts' page and do the search box thing all over again. There used to be a MUCH more fluid way to do search after search of FReepers' comments... now there's all these extra frustrating steps.

I only have the 'Breaking News' sidebar (set in my preferences). When I click on a title and check out the thread, then go back to browsing as usual, the Title/link I clicked on didn't change color. So I have this block of text of the same color in my sidebar, and I don't know what threads I've visited before.

In the Popular Keywords, only Obama is in red for some reason, the rest are in navy blue, some are bold, some not. I don't know if this is intentional.

Perhaps in "My Preferences" we can choose between the "old style/non-techie FR" and the "new style/techie FR"? (I prefer the old)

I appreciate your efforts, John, but I was very happy with FR the way it was before. The only request I've had for awhile was to re-instate the "By Sender" function in FReepmail, to make it easy to search for FReepmails by sender.

635 posted on 03/07/2008 8:34:21 AM PST by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: Old Professer

Put “search window” in the search window, and you will find the search window

JK, *ducking*

Search function is at the bottom left of each thread, and at the top of each topic page


636 posted on 03/07/2008 8:35:39 AM PST by Syncro
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To: John Robinson

Looks real good, John. Bravo Zulu.


637 posted on 03/07/2008 8:35:41 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: SE Mom; LUV W

I’m also a bad creature of the familiar.
Hopefully, the front page will come
back to some semblance of the old.
At least, I learned how to search.

I know they’re hard at work on these
new upgrades... we just gotta hang in
there til all the tweakings done ..;)


638 posted on 03/07/2008 8:35:55 AM PST by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Vision; Exit148
Can we please have the old site back?

Amen to that... :-(

639 posted on 03/07/2008 8:36:13 AM PST by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: Syncro
WHen I went to MOre/My Subscriptions I get this:

Breaking News (News/Activism)
Front Page News (News/Activism)
Editorial (News/Activism)
Activism/Chapters (News/Activism)
Announcements (News/Activism)
Extended News (News/Activism)
Free Republic (News/Activism)
~~~
WHen I go to another section, it allows me to pick from 3 themes....black, blue and a freeper made one. I chose the freeper made one and nothing changed.

640 posted on 03/07/2008 8:36:50 AM PST by Fawn
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To: mfccinsd

Thanks .. that doesn’t seem to work for me .. ;(


641 posted on 03/07/2008 8:36:58 AM PST by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Vision

What’s the matter? Afraid of CHANGE are you? Have Hope...


642 posted on 03/07/2008 8:37:37 AM PST by Fawn
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

But even when seeing the users posts, it is now just the threads they are posting on, not their actual posts anymore, therefore one must click on each thread?

Correct? Is that what you are getting?

This is a huge difference, and not a good one.

Has FR responded to this complaint? (I haven’t read the whole thread)

Thanks!


643 posted on 03/07/2008 8:37:42 AM PST by roses of sharon (Who will be McCain's maverick?)
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To: Fawn

You should see this

Weight Count Style

Under style, you can pick colors or “swatches”, which are mystery colors you have to choose to see what they are


644 posted on 03/07/2008 8:39:44 AM PST by Syncro
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To: Fawn
It's not the change but the almost total loss of ease of use. Font is too small. Harder to search. I have to squint.
645 posted on 03/07/2008 8:39:48 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: STARWISE
we just gotta hang in there til all the tweakings done ..;)

There was no need for any "tweaking" of FR, IMHO. It wasn't broke, so why "fix" it? If this continues I may have to take a little "vacation" from this site...

646 posted on 03/07/2008 8:40:12 AM PST by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: Syncro

Thank you for the help but I’m still not getting it. I’ll work on it more at home. If I go to “comments” tab and put by:synchro, I get posts-test. If I try other people I end up with either test, or articles (even when I’m on comments). Seems the only one that works is when I put by:ozarkgirl. :)

Thanks again. I’ll keep working on it.


647 posted on 03/07/2008 8:41:31 AM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: roses of sharon
I found that if you do the "by:poster" search, when you get to the thread page if you click on the "comments" tab, it will give you the recent posts of that poster and the live link to take you to those posts.

Hope it works for you.

648 posted on 03/07/2008 8:42:05 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (We need 2 pills, one to prevent cancer , one to prevent old age...HURRY! I am past 60!)
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To: roses of sharon
you can choose at the top of the page


649 posted on 03/07/2008 8:42:25 AM PST by Syncro
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To: Vision
Font is too small. Harder to search. I have to squint.

You need to get Lasik, or change your screen name...

650 posted on 03/07/2008 8:43:29 AM PST by null and void (I slept better when I thought our betters actually were better...)
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