Site Upgrade & Feedback 2016

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Site Upgrade & Feedback 2016

Postby trilobyte » Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:41 pm

I'm sorry for the short notice, folks, but we are most likely looking at tonight for a lengthy site outage in order to upgrade the site's software.

Ideally I would have liked to give people more advance notice, but with the upcoming Main Sale the message board will likely have much heavier traffic for weeks and months to come.

The update has been installed and tested quite a bit on another server, so we should hopefully have eliminated (or at least minimized) any surprises. The upgrade could be done in as little as 6 hours, but I'm giving us plenty of room at 12 hours to allow for the site's databases to update and re-index.

I appreciate your patience, and hopefully we'll have a pretty amazing new site to show you tomorrow.

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Raoul » Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:58 pm

Thanks for all your time and hard work on this, Trilo. Fingers crossed that it goes as smoothly as a software upgrade can go.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby trilobyte » Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:21 pm

Thanks, I hope so too!

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby trilobyte » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:18 pm

And... we're back! I'm very sorry about the extended downtime, a few of the pieces of the puzzle took a little longer than expected to bang into place.

Please feel free to send me a PM or post a reply in this thread with any hiccups or issues you encounter.

One thing that jumps right out to me is the placement of the pretty new toolbar. I'm working on getting that fixed asap.

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby trilobyte » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:22 pm

You will notice that there is no longer a button for embedding videos... that's because you should not need to use a bbcode for that. Just paste your youtube, vimeo, etc URL and the site will handle all the legwork for you.

I'll post more about features and functions after I finish getting some of the stuff sorted out, and maybe get a little sleep :)

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Skuzzy61 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:22 pm

Phew! Was having withdrawl!
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby JohnEBGud » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:34 pm

Looks good so far. Having myself migrated platforms and moved BBSs between servers, I appreciate the hard work and effort. Thanks!
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Elliot » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:38 pm

Your efforts are majorly appreciated, Sir Trilobyte!
I have failed to find a link to the main website, such as used to be in the top left corner of ePlaya. Am I looking in the wrong spot, or is it still in the works?
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby trilobyte » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:38 pm

Thank you very much, I had some really great support.

The toolbar issue has been resolved, no more giant gap between the pretty buttons and where you type in your messages.

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby trilobyte » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:39 pm

Good catch, Elliot...

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby mudpuppy000 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:56 pm

Looks pretty nice. Is there a way to change the font/background colors? Grey font on grey background gives me a headache.

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Elliot » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:58 pm

What is "atomicfireball". I received one notification for that, as opposed to the regular ePlaya, and I had to sign in -- which did take me to the thread in question.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Papa Bear » Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:13 pm

mudpuppy000 wrote:Looks pretty nice. Is there a way to change the font/background colors? Grey font on grey background gives me a headache.


I second that question - for whatever reason (presumably contrast), I'm finding text in the new look to be more difficult to read.

Looks great otherwise, though!

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Skuzzy61 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:21 pm

Kind of hard to tell where one post ends and the other starts. Guess I am used to alternating colors for each post. It could be the color scheme exacerbating it.

Kudos to the team though. I know how nerve racking moves like this can be.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Jackass » Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:24 pm

It's kinda bright in here...The two tone beige was a bit easier on the eyes. Nice work with the new look. (change is always a challenge)
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Skuzzy61 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:28 pm

Ahhh, that is what it is. The background color is too light, or the foreground color (post panel) is too light. Damn, that sounds stupid. How about there seems to be a lack of contrast between the post panels and the background color? Yeah,...that sounds like I might have engaged my brain before typing.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby trilobyte » Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:53 pm

Thanks for the feedback. This is actually higher contrast (between bgnd and text) than the old site (with its darker background), but we'll take a look at some of the background shading when we get a chance, as well as alternating backgrounds in each post.

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Jackass » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:12 pm

At first glance I had read the thread title as Site Outrage, as if it was being scheduled...lol, funny
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Elliot » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:16 pm

I agree the gray on gray is difficult to read. It may be so that the previous edition was "better" by some standard, but human eyes are finickier than any man-made stuff.

And I agree the posts all seem to run together. Granted, a big colorful signature like mine solves the problem, but it is not reasonable to expect all ePlayans to set up such a thing.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Just_Joe » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:49 pm

Can you add "go to last post of thread" capability in the mobile view?
It's available in the desktop view with a little box.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Eric » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:57 pm

I also agree on the need for darker text & better separation of posts, but overall I'm really liking this. It's all fresh & new without destroying the ePlaya we love (I still remember the bitching from the then current crop of "old timers" because of the switch to this format in '03, which happened the week before I joined)

A temp fix on the color issue - anyone can change your text color when you post. Just like we can do when we switch it to red or blue, we can switch to black (I know, not a real fix, but I don't know when fixing the issue is going to fall with the main sale coming up) - just type out your post, when you're finished you highlight it all, choose the "font color" button (to the left of the little box that says "normal") and choose black in the upper left corner.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Raoul » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:08 pm

Just_Joe wrote:Can you add "go to last post of thread" capability in the mobile view?


That functionality is there. It's just on the left hand side of the thread title instead of the right.

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Patsh » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:49 pm

Looking good, Trilo! It'll take a bit of getting-used-to, as most things new.

Still can't locate my old 'subscribed' topics, though... I'll keep looking.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Ratty » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:16 pm

I lovin it Trilo. Of course I'm totally lost but it will all become clear in time. I'll spare you all the fun effects available on the toolbar. They are calling to me. Must resist.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Elderberry » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:57 pm

Definitely worth the wait! Job well done Trilo.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Raoul » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:39 am

Yeah, upgrade looks and works great! Maybe it's my display, but the contrast looks fine to me. Very easy to read, and I find the lighter background to be a bit easier on the eyes than the previous version. Thanks again for all the time and effort you put into this!
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby trilobyte » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:27 am

Nice spot, Raoul. It works when you're logged in (if you haven't, the site doesn't know what you've read and what you haven't), and the icon only shows up if you've read at least some of the posts in that thread.

When I get a chance I'll start posting some threads showing off some of the features, functions, and changes. In the meantime, keep playing around and check out some of the goodies. Currently I'm digging the notification system the most, it lets you know when posts are made in subscribed topics, and even when somebody quotes you in a post (you can change your notification settings in the User Control Panel).

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Ratty » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:36 am

Just testing the font color.

Trilo, some of your posts are in black font.

Hummm. I put one sentence in black font and the entire post came out in black instead of grey.


This is typed within the brackets.

This is NOT.
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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby trilobyte » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:30 am

Thats' generally how the font colors/bbcode thing works, Ratty. That has not changed from the previous version of the site.

I've made a minor adjustment to the font color, making it a little darker.

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Re: Site Outage: March 15th 8PM to March 16th 8AM

Postby Jackass » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:11 am

There are a lot of nice, new features for making snazzier,eyecatching posts...playtime!
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

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