I have a ticket open for some users not being able to access garages. Let me bump it and get a fix for ya.Just tried to add a picture to 'my garage' but I don't have permission to do so? My membership is paid up, if that's relevant.
Also I am a 'browser reader' rather than a specific topic reader. Before, I could look at all the topics and see at a glance if there were any new interesting threads. Now I must pick a topic by title only and the open it to see if there are any interesting things to read. Then I have to back out and pick another topic by title only and see if there is anything there. Yeah, I know there is a 'new posts' feature but this is not the same thing. The site seems much less inviting in this format. If you are a single topic person (say you read ONLY '66 Spider and up') then it's OK otherwise it's like having to open every drawer in a filing cabinet to see what's in there.
I use an iPad FWIW
Bill, well said for all of us that liked Simon's design and appreciated his dedication to the marque and the upkeep of the bb. Simon was not a corporation and as I said in the beginning, a corporate takeover of the site would never be the same; and it has not been. Autoguide has proven themselves true to the prediction and driven many long-time Alfisti away.Having been a member of this forum since the beginning, I fell in love with the format, the layout, the look, the quirks and the beauty in the simplicity of this site and looked forward to visiting it EVERY day.
It is (was) one of the few Automotive sites that truly was different, just like our cars.
I'm not saying this major change (none needed for 12 years) is not gong to work and make this site even better. I'm just not sure a corporation the size of this one, with no real connection or passion to our marque, will be able to understand the value of "uniqueness" and the passion we have for our cars.
Time will tell, but for now this new"formula" makes this site look just like the Mazda, Nissan, Ford, BMW etc. sites that I visit and also seems to be exclusive rather than inclusive. It appears to leave many of us cold.
As far as I'm concerned, it was a labor of love from one person with a passion and Simon got it right from the beginning.
1. The social media links are to use your login from there to post to the site if you are a new member. Facebook could not handle any of the options or the amount of data we have here.I was. I'm on desktop now. ... you're not giving me a lot of options here.
Question 1: why do I need to link to social media? Couldn't we just move this whole thing to facebook and get rid of this intermediate step?
Question 2: Why the font change? The blockish look is cold, unfriendly, and harder for me to read.
One quick comment. The site response speed is good but that was never really a problem for me since I run ABP and that kills off the ad loads anyway.
I've been here a long time as well.It is (was) one of the few Automotive sites that truly was different, just like our cars.
I'm not saying this major change is not gong to work and make this site even better. I'm just not sure a corporation the size of this one, with no real connection or passion to our marque, will be able to understand the value of "uniqueness" and the passion we have for our cars.
FYI - you can opt out of the new mobile look by sliding out the side menu and choosing "Exit Enhanced View"After using the new format for a few days I find that it's OK when used on my desktop computer (although more wasteful of screen space than the old version). I do like the drag and drop feature for attachments, however. I really didn't have any complaints about the old format, so, while I appreciate the attempt to spruce up the look of the BBS, it's not really any easier to use on a desktop computer other than the method of adding attachments.
The mobile version of the new BBS remains another story, however. It's just terrible. Poor navigation, poor organization…and just awful to look at and to use. It's current iteration may be a bit less buggy than the trial mobile version that was up for the past few months (which nearly always seemed to hang when I tried to switch to the old desktop version) but is still unacceptably confusing and slow, even when using wi-fi. But now, since the new desktop version doesn't seem to scale correctly on a small screen and is virtually unusable on a smart phone, I've even lost that option. I'm now stuck with the mobile version which I hate, if I'm away from my desk.
I am seriously thinking of deleting the ALFABBS bookmark from my iPhone. Frankly, the totality of the changes to the website are to me, clearly negative.
Yes, I see. Apparently there are THREE versions of the web site display that can be used on a mobile device: the "enhanced mobile view" which I find absolutely horrible; a list view mobile version that you can only get to by clicking on "Exit Enhanced View" and filling out one of the "reason for changing" choices (it's still buggy, BTW); and the "Full Version" that is found at the bottom of screens and attempts to load the desktop view on a mobile phone but is now unusable because it doesn't scale properly.FYI - you can opt out of the new mobile look by sliding out the side menu and choosing "Exit Enhanced View"
Thanks for the info, I will just touch on your reply.You asked for feedback, so here's some, in response to what seem to be the list of reasons for making these changes (from post #1 in this thread):
1) The site should be significantly faster.
Good, but not sure if I noticed. I did notice that editing typed text in the message reply box is much slower than before, quite painful.
2) The site will work much better in mobile and tablet views
Mobile version of this site before and after is terrible. Way too many clicks required to do anything.
3) The homepage is bright, crisp and clean.
Doesn't seem much different and I abandoned it long ago anyway, given that content there rarely changed, if ever.
4) Garages will be featured on the site
Not something I'm interested in.
5) Users will be able to register with Facebook, Twitter or Google+
Absolutely not interested in this. Why is this of any value anyway?
6) The side bar can be hidden in your user options.
Probably will hide it as it's kinda redundant.
7) Another new great feature is the @Mention user plugin. You can tag members by simply using the @ symbol.
Not really sure what this is; will have to read more about it. If it's a way to track what other users are posting or when you've been quoted in another thread, why is this a new feature? The old style allowed this already, no?
8) Drag and Drop image uploader
Haven't tried this yet, but anything to improve the old awkward and non-intuitive way to upload photos would be an improvement
Overall it seems like this was a lot of work to fix what wasn't really broken.
Thanks, I will share with the team.Yes, I see. Apparently there are THREE versions of the web site display that can be used on a mobile device: the "enhanced mobile view" which I find absolutely horrible; a list view mobile version that you can only get to by clicking on "Exit Enhanced View" and filling out one of the "reason for changing" choices (it's still buggy, BTW); and the "Full Version" that is found at the bottom of screens and attempts to load the desktop view on a mobile phone but is now unusable because it doesn't scale properly.
The only version that is remotely useable to me on my iPhone is the list view. But I am annoyed at all of the steps and frozen screen it takes to get there. The default (enhanced) version is completely unacceptable.
You want feedback? Dump the "enhanced mobile view" completely. Virtually ALL of the comments on it in threads on this forum are negative. I can live with the other changes and more obtrusive ads they bring along for the ride if I have to.