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IPB Update July 2013 (to version 3.4.5) - SUGGESTIONS Only

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buyerninety

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Please consider changing the default choice in the second drop-down box in;
http://www.msfn.org/...sort_order=desc
to be "Show Registered Only", not "Show All Users".  
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A desire to see what Registered members or friends are online can be satisfied by viewing the
Registered members listed at the bottom of;
http://www.msfn.org/board/
This desire can also be satisfied by clicking the "show full list" link and viewing;
http://www.msfn.org/...sort_order=desc
although you are delayed by having to change the default choices in the 'Sort by' Drop-down menu's.
Specifically,
[A.] change the choice in the first drop-down menu box from 'Last Click' to 'Member Name' and then click
'Update' (= thereby registered members are automatically listed first, then followed by Guests),
OR
[B.] change the choice in the second drop-down menu box from "Show All Users" to "Show Registered Only"
and then click 'Update' (= thereby Guests not shown at all).  
A point to be made is that having "Show All Users" as the default choice in [B.] above is of
questionable value.
The default of "Show All Users" will give a first page almost certainly only listing 'Guest's' - with
(Registered) members listed anywhere in the following pages (of say around '60 following pages'!).
(I assume that "Show All Users", when sorted with the default of "Last Click" was intended to convey an
indication of what topic the majority of all users were viewing at any instant... reasonable for a website Board
with few users visiting and a limited number of forums with limited topics.)
For MSFN however, with many forums and 1000's of topics, the default listing of "Show All Users"
is of no great value. (Possibly it could be of some value to some user if that user were running a script
to download all, say, ~60 pages and collate what the majority of users were viewing at some snapshot in
time, or collectively over some time period.)
I would suggest it would be more useful to Registered members to have the default choice in [B.] above to
be 'Show Registered Only" - therefore satisfying the desire of seeing only which 'Registered members'
and/or 'Friends und Staff' are Online WITH THE USEFUL ADDED BONUS of no delay to see
what topic they are
currently viewing/posting in.
(Suggestion a low priority to be sure.... slip into the pile somewhere...)

 

Much later EDIT;

@xper

http://community.inv...t/#entry2219660

 


Edited by buyerninety, 10 November 2013 - 09:19 PM.



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Before the Forum change, it used to be possible, in a long thread, to go to a specific page in the thread by typing the page number in a box.

 

That functionality seems to have disappeared? If it still exists, please point me toward it. If it no longer exists, please consider bringing it back -- if you're in a long thread and wish to look for something that appeared some 30 pages ago (and for the sake of argument, let's say that you're looking for an image or that you don't remember enough details to perform a useful Search), now it involves a lot more clicking to get there.

 

--JorgeA

 

UPDATE: Thanks to a certain Forum Member (thank you), I have learned that you can click on where it says "Page X of YY" and then select the exact page number desired. But unless you happen to run the mouse cursor over it, there is nothing on the screen to suggest that this text is anything but regular, unclickable black text. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would benefit from having some visual cue that that's actually a clickable link.


Edited by JorgeA, 25 October 2013 - 01:43 PM.


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In the Forum Rules webpage;

http://www.msfn.org/...ated-must-read/

under this heading;

"5. Images in signatures"...etc.,

is seen this incorrect statement;

"Members with slow connection can disable other members' signatures when reading posts by going to: My Control - Options - Board Settings."

Suggest substituting the following statement so new Members are provided with the current apparent hierachy of directories;  

"Members with slow connection can disable other members' signatures when reading posts by going to: Forums/Your Username/My Settings/'Ignore' Preferences.

(Whereupon the Member would see and check the box next to "Ignore all signatures when reading topics and personal messages".)

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Note 1; Although the displayed text in the UserLinks bar actually reads 'My Control Panel - Settings - 'Ignore' Preferences , that hierachy of directories shown in the Userlinks bar should not be quoted, as it is likely to cause the Member to look initially for a link titled 'My Control Panel'; no such link is visible (not until the member is already within the following link, 'Settings')... therefore quoting the hierachy of directories shown in the Userlinks bar' would act only to probably confuse the Member... until the Member figured out that naming conventions in IPB Board are not consistent... (Nod to jaclaz, here).

 

Note 2; I would further suggest that using "Your Username/My Settings/'Ignore' Preferences" is more likely to be quickly

understood by a new Member than using "Your Username - My Settings - 'Ignore' Preferences", slashes being a more

commonly seen way of representing an apparent hierachy of directories - unsure  why hyphens were the preferred method

of the IPB 'forum rules' template drafters...

 

Note 3; Including 'Forums' as the first mentioned directory in the hierarchy helps to avoid the situation where the new Member

clicks on his Username ANYWHERE ELSE in the board (e.g. in Posts or [number] current users online), which merely transfers

the member to his 'Overview' page...


Edited by buyerninety, 26 October 2013 - 12:48 AM.


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In the Forum Rules webpage;

http://www.msfn.org/...ated-must-read/

under this heading;

"5. Images in signatures"...etc.,

is seen this incorrect statement;

"Members with slow connection can disable other members' signatures when reading posts by going to: My Control - Options - Board Settings."

Suggest substituting the following statement so new Members are provided with the current apparent hierachy of directories;  

"Members with slow connection can disable other members' signatures when reading posts by going to: Forums/Your Username/My Settings/'Ignore' Preferences.

(Whereupon the Member would see and check the box next to "Ignore all signatures when reading topics and personal messages".)

 

Will see to getting it changed.


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