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30 March 2002 | Me

Posted on 03/30/2002 1:02:28 AM PST by Nogbad

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To: Nogbad
Sorry but don't like the new format.
51 posted on 03/30/2002 1:32:11 AM PST by RamsNo1
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To: John Robinson
Personally, I like layout. And regarding the sidebar for breaking news, etc, more times than not, it was used for stories that the poster thought important and not really breaking news.

You have a great site and I for one appreciate the upgrades and improvements you've made.

52 posted on 03/30/2002 1:32:28 AM PST by unbiasedtruth
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To: Lucas1
LOL--that was quick, thanks Powers that Be! I didn't care for the flag bar--patriotic, but that's not really a problem around here, and it does take up a lot of space...and perhaps could the Breaking News be optional?
53 posted on 03/30/2002 1:33:12 AM PST by Pistias
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To: Nogbad
THE FONTS ARE PAINFULLY SMALL. GOOD GOD FOLKS, I'M MMMMEEELLLLTTTIIIINNGGGG!!!!

Ifeel like a good friend just croaked.

54 posted on 03/30/2002 1:33:21 AM PST by zarf
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To: unbiasedtruth
The sidebar for breaking news is what made the site so good and handy and easy to navigate...the story was right there..you hit refresh see if anything MAJOR is going on. It was great. THIS SUCKS.....
55 posted on 03/30/2002 1:33:59 AM PST by Lucas1
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To: Happygal
I thought that it was just an OPTION .

This is just AWFUL ! FR is now utterly USELESS !

56 posted on 03/30/2002 1:34:02 AM PST by nopardons
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To: leadpenny
At some point in time, all the abuse and humiliation and oppression becomes an overwhelming numbing, debilitating and paralyzing personal pathology.

It was March 3, 1983 for me.

57 posted on 03/30/2002 1:34:50 AM PST by ArneFufkin
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To: nopardons
I've been here more than 4 years...

I'm lost...

58 posted on 03/30/2002 1:35:47 AM PST by DB
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To: nopardons
It was soooooo nice for them to ask our opinion :) I guess they don't care. Weird...just weird! This is like trying to rummage through a sack of old newspapers looking for a certain story. SUCKS
59 posted on 03/30/2002 1:35:54 AM PST by Lucas1
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To: Hank Rearden
Agreed. Yuck. Clutter.
60 posted on 03/30/2002 1:36:24 AM PST by piasa
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To: unbiasedtruth
"You have a great site and I for one appreciate the upgrades and improvements you've made."

I remember you. You used to put the apple on the teachers desk, eh?

Glad you like the change....I wish I did!

61 posted on 03/30/2002 1:37:02 AM PST by Artie_Kay
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To: Jim Robinson;John Robinson
Slow loading--looks nice, but unwieldy...perhaps a My Preferences option for the bandwidth-impaired?
62 posted on 03/30/2002 1:38:45 AM PST by Pistias
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To: Lucas1
Good Morning,

Click on topics and suscribe to 'Breaking News' and any other heading you'd like to appear in your sidebar. I have used the beta version all week and am already used to it. Just have a bit of patience, I think you'll like it. Good Luck!

63 posted on 03/30/2002 1:39:38 AM PST by Quilla
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To: ~Vor~
I agree completely:

I vote "no" too....I liked the sidebars with breaking news and headlines....I don't have alot of time to read before going to work, and it was nice to be able to glance down the titles and pick and choose what interested me....this is terrible!

64 posted on 03/30/2002 1:40:43 AM PST by Petronski
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To: John Robinson; All
How do you find someone in the forum? It doesn't appear you can do that anymore. That was a very important feature.

Does anyone know?

65 posted on 03/30/2002 1:41:39 AM PST by Drew68
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To: jimmyBEEgood
I do Jimmy, but let's break down this McDonald's soft drink scam .... all beverages, over an 8-10 minute period are indistinguishable ... yes, there is a subtle taste difference between Coke and Sprite. Is it Sprite, or Cherry Coke? Hmmm. Look, they say it's Coke, but they could be buying cases of generic cola over at Sam's Club. And that RC Cola is way past it's ninth life .... where the hell is Rivero when we need a conspiracy? The dirty little consumer research secret is that we all love the taste of wax.
66 posted on 03/30/2002 1:43:00 AM PST by ArneFufkin
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To: ArneFufkin
It was March 3, 1983 for me.

I'll bite?

67 posted on 03/30/2002 1:44:23 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Nogbad
Calm Down!

You can have Breaking News in your side bar if you want it. You can have any type of news you want there. Take some time to get used to the new layout.

While I'm not exactly thrilled with the design, there are some nice new features.

68 posted on 03/30/2002 1:45:01 AM PST by John Farson
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To: Nogbad
I don't want a pretty face, I want information. I don't want slow-loading pretty graphics, I want information. White space does increase readership, I want the white space back. There's too much wasted screen real estate.

This isn't a question of not liking change, it is a question of not liking unnecessary and less-than-desirable change.
69 posted on 03/30/2002 1:45:07 AM PST by pt17
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To: Nogbad
THIS MUST BE AN EARLY APRIL FOOL JOKE, LETS HOPE SO!
70 posted on 03/30/2002 1:45:14 AM PST by fred flinch
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To: DB
I've been here , lurker and member for almost 4 years; just a few months shy of.

This hurts my eyes terribly, is giveng me a migrain, takes FOREVER to load, looks like garbage, and is no longer of any use. It is NOT compatable with WebTV . I doubt that I'd like it much better, on a computer, and I am NOT going to use one.

This is NOT FR anymore. It is something that has all kinds of fancy / useless bells, whistles, patriotic geegaws, and hurts the eyes. Computer geeks and suckups may claim to like it ; but, THIS is NOT what FR was supposed to be all about.

71 posted on 03/30/2002 1:45:32 AM PST by nopardons
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To: Kalashnikov_68
Click on 'search' and in red type at top of page you will see 'find user click here'.
72 posted on 03/30/2002 1:45:48 AM PST by Quilla
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To: Nogbad
EVIL IS UPON US! At least let us choose between the old and new formats! I can't find anything any more!
73 posted on 03/30/2002 1:47:04 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Sandy
"And there's no "Find in Forum" link"

I just found it.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/finduser
74 posted on 03/30/2002 1:47:07 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Lucas1
Yeah, wasn't is NICE of them to ask ? (/sarcsm)

It's much, much MUCH worse than combing through old neswpapers. This has now become about 98 % more bother , than it's worth.

If FR had looked and worked like this, 4 years ago, I wouldn't have bothered with it.

75 posted on 03/30/2002 1:49:11 AM PST by nopardons
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To: Lucas1
Since you put it that way... I agree!

I like the old system. I can still remember it as if it were here yesterday.

In any event, this controversy might be the thing that pushes CFR off the front page at FR.

The replies are coming in fast and furious!

76 posted on 03/30/2002 1:49:13 AM PST by Ken H
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To: Kalashnikov_68
Click anyone's screen name, and when you get to their personal page ... see if you can slime a peeping Tom cheap shot of course ... but there's a place you can type in another screen name. You can see where they posted last.

If you are looking for some software where you know exactly where every other individual is at all times ... hey they're having Mossad tryouts at the community center on Saturday. The only entry requirement - your positive attitude!

77 posted on 03/30/2002 1:50:20 AM PST by ArneFufkin
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To: nopardons
C'mon ...
78 posted on 03/30/2002 1:52:14 AM PST by ArneFufkin
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To: Quilla
I will NOT ever " like " it ! IT STINKS ! IT LOADS INCREDIBLLY SLOWLY ! IT HURTS MY EYES AND IS GIVING ME A MIGRAINE ! DID I MENTION THAT IT STINKS ?
79 posted on 03/30/2002 1:53:04 AM PST by nopardons
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To: Nogbad
Sorry, I like it and it seems to actually load faster for me and yes, I am on dial-up. The WebTV stuff will need to be fixed though since so many people use it.

Any time you change things people have issues. Just be patient and let the powers that be respond to these problems. I would venture that FR does not have a full QA lab and focus group testing. Let these hard-working guys have some credit for a nice looking site.

80 posted on 03/30/2002 1:53:32 AM PST by wireplay
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To: Nogbad
BUMMER!

I don't like it!!!!

81 posted on 03/30/2002 1:54:24 AM PST by ST.LOUIE1
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To: nopardons
IT HURTS MY EYES

Mine too.
82 posted on 03/30/2002 1:55:09 AM PST by pt17
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To: Petronski
Agree about the left column. The American Flag graphic slows down scrolling significantly! The headline fonts are too small in relation to the paragraph of posting text beneath. The empty left hand "gutter" column distracts the eye from catching the headlines, forcing you to refocus on the successive headlines. Actually, not empty, the colors in the flag graphic overwhelm the eye/brain attention as you quickly try to scan down the now too small headlines.

I looked at the BETA, but had no idea that such a flawed implementation was so close to being used. It will probably cut down on my FR viewing since its getting too hard to SCAN for news in all of the new graphics clutter. Bye the way, I've got DSL and it still takes to long to load the latest posts, too much time spent painting the left gutter column American Flag.

My suggestion would be to kill the left gutter column and put any admin/control info to the right. If this keeps up soon the FR presentation (not content) won't be much better than UBB sites.

83 posted on 03/30/2002 1:55:33 AM PST by dvwjr
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To: nopardons
You should have seen the forum 5 or 6 years ago. The server was painfully slow... so slow I didn't bother signing up until years later. There was a huge list of topics (many of them duplicates) in a left-side frame.

IMO, the new forum features should have blended in with the old format.

Oh well... 'this too shall pass'.

84 posted on 03/30/2002 1:55:41 AM PST by John Farson
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To: John Farson
Yeah, some really LOVELY new features, such as instant migraine, loading time, during which I find I need a hair cut, and an almst TOTAL incompatability with what I use, to acess FR.
85 posted on 03/30/2002 1:56:22 AM PST by nopardons
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To: Nogbad
I hate it. Is FR going mainstream, mass market? When's Dan Rather getting a deadicated post site?
87 posted on 03/30/2002 1:56:55 AM PST by Leisler
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To: Nogbad
I would prefer the old layout. It was faster and and easer to sort thru the info here on fr. Please bring back the headers only of the articles. Im not intersted in seeing the snipits of the content. it takes to much scrolling to see my daily news.
88 posted on 03/30/2002 1:58:10 AM PST by ezoeni
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To: leadpenny
Nonsensical, silly foolishness.

If I had to guess what I did that day ... I was selling 8 mhz and 4 mb RAM Radio Shack Computers and probably being forced by my friends/thugs/masters to find a 25 cent beer night and maximize the value.

89 posted on 03/30/2002 1:58:51 AM PST by ArneFufkin
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To: nopardons
ROTFL, well, look at it this way... since it posts a whole comment on the front page there, I can write one of my three-mile long responses and smack the whole thing right up there in front of everybody on the main page instead of having it hid on a thread, where it dies.

I will be cursed roundly for hogging main news space. : )

90 posted on 03/30/2002 1:59:03 AM PST by piasa
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To: ezoeni
Just go into your preferences and change it.
91 posted on 03/30/2002 1:59:16 AM PST by wireplay
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To: Rintense; mtngrl@vrwc; lawgirl; OhioWfan; Miss Marple
Where's my profile? WHERE'S the DOSE?

HELP!!!!

92 posted on 03/30/2002 1:59:31 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: ArneFufkin
C'mon ... WHAT ?

THIS IS GARBAGE ! IT STINKS ! IT HAS MADE FR VIRTUALLY USELESS !

93 posted on 03/30/2002 2:00:13 AM PST by nopardons
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To: Quilla
Click on topics and suscribe to 'Breaking News' and any other heading you'd like to appear in your sidebar.

Been there, done that...

I normally leave cookies disabled unless I'm posting. Now I cannot get a breaking news sidebar unless I have cookies enabled. I have no desire to leave cookies enabled, because I'll ultimately forget to turn them back off. Therefore, despite the fact that the "Breaking News" sidebar technically still exists, in my case, it is effectively gone. Bummer.

Unless I am mistaken, lurkers that have not yet registered will also not see the breaking news sidebar. IMHO, this is not a good feature.

94 posted on 03/30/2002 2:00:58 AM PST by InfraRed
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Yeah, after looking around I find it mildly ironic that this post actually belongs here. Ah, well, I'm sure the bugs will get worked out...
95 posted on 03/30/2002 2:01:00 AM PST by Pistias
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To: John Farson
You should have seen the forum 5 or 6 years ago. The server was painfully slow... so slow I didn't bother signing up until years later. There was a huge list of topics (many of them duplicates) in a left-side frame

I remember when the forum communicated via Strip-O-Grams.

96 posted on 03/30/2002 2:01:09 AM PST by ArneFufkin
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To: Leisler
I just gave 50 bucks to fr Im not happy wiht this new layout. please change it back
97 posted on 03/30/2002 2:01:11 AM PST by ezoeni
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To: wireplay
"Any time you change things people have issues. Just be patient and let the powers that be respond to these problems."

Not so. People do have issues with unnecessary change...not all change.

This is unnecessary change!

The "Powers That Be" wouldn't need to respond to problems had they made sure the problems were addressed before the roll out of the new format. What else should they expect?

98 posted on 03/30/2002 2:02:16 AM PST by Artie_Kay
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To: nopardons
Your prolific input is testament to your ability to overcome all odds I guess.
99 posted on 03/30/2002 2:02:45 AM PST by ArneFufkin
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To: wireplay
With this new layout, does your screen have a "jerking" type scroll or does it scroll "smoothly" when you push the scroll button on your computer?
100 posted on 03/30/2002 2:03:23 AM PST by Ken H
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