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21 hours ago, shades said:

I can read individual threads and see the main listing of forums, but,

 

when trying to see the main FFA page. Weird.

 

EDIT: Turns out I had "Expanded Mode" on (next to the "Start New Topic" button on the forum main page). Clicking the Expanded Mode button breaks the server's rendering the FFA.

Thanks for this. I wasn't able to get on using Chrome until I changed this.

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On 1/11/2021 at 12:01 PM, shades said:

I can read individual threads and see the main listing of forums, but,

 

when trying to see the main FFA page. Weird.

 

EDIT: Turns out I had "Expanded Mode" on (next to the "Start New Topic" button on the forum main page). Clicking the Expanded Mode button breaks the server's rendering the FFA.

Same here. Were you able to "expanded mode" turned off? If so, how?

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Just now, VandyMan said:

Same here. Were you able to "expanded mode" turned off? If so, how?

Go to another forum, like the Shark Pool. Next to the "Start New Topic" button are two others, one with 4 horizontal lines === and one with dots and lines • ------ 

 

Click the one with 4 horizontal lines === to go back to Condensed View

 

It should save and work on the FFA now.

 

It's a locally saved cookie so you may have to redo it if you clear cookies and again on every separate device.

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Good and bad. I do like some of the changes here, especially the quotes being shortened with an option to expand the quoted section if I want to see the entire quote. That's good.

Agree with others about wasted horizontal space.

Running at 1080p on a desktop inside a thread, the comments section is barely over half the available width. Huge empty bars on the left and right, plus the width consumed by the thread stats, causes each comment to be taller than it would if it used all the width available. Taller comments requires more scrolling.

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On 1/11/2021 at 8:50 AM, Wildcat said:

I have this persistent reCAPTCHA logo at the bottom of my screen. Clicking on it brings up privacy terms, but it still won’t go away. Is there a way to get rid of it?

 

On 1/11/2021 at 9:33 AM, The General said:

Me too. 

If someone figures out how to get rid of this please bump this post.

Thanks.

This please. 

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There's been far more problems since the "upgrade" for me too.  That doesn't include the issues with the presentation, such as the little box with some basic info about the thread on the upper right that makes the entire page shrink by 1/3.  Is this going to get fixed or is this the new reality of this website?

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On 1/13/2021 at 4:52 AM, Mrs. Rannous said:

Can you put the pretty pointless sidebar across the top- or nowhere?  Then we could have the actual text fill the screen again.

Also, we need the ability to edit our posts.

And lastly, how do I unexpand the expand part of a post?

If you are using AdBlock Plus or similar, you can block forums.footballguys.com##.ipsLayout_sidebarright

That will suppress the sidebar

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42 minutes ago, Keerock said:

If you are using AdBlock Plus or similar, you can block forums.footballguys.com##.ipsLayout_sidebarright

That will suppress the sidebar

:blackdot:reminding myself to try that

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1 hour ago, Keerock said:

If you are using AdBlock Plus or similar, you can block forums.footballguys.com##.ipsLayout_sidebarright

That will suppress the sidebar

 

 

Can confirm, works in the Brave browser with their built-in filter.

 

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5 minutes ago, Mrs. Rannous said:
2 hours ago, Keerock said:

If you are using AdBlock Plus or similar, you can block forums.footballguys.com##.ipsLayout_sidebarright

That will suppress the sidebar

So now the user has to modify the site?  Nice.

Well... technically you are just modifying the way your browser renders the site.  PitA either way.  But at least it works.  Wish I could find a way to do the same with the reCAPTCHA...

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8 minutes ago, Keerock said:
15 minutes ago, Mrs. Rannous said:
2 hours ago, Keerock said:

If you are using AdBlock Plus or similar, you can block forums.footballguys.com##.ipsLayout_sidebarright

That will suppress the sidebar

So now the user has to modify the site?  Nice.

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Well... technically you are just modifying the way your browser renders the site.  PitA either way.  But at least it works.  Wish I could find a way to do the same with the reCAPTCHA...

Persistence!  Block these... 

forums.footballguys.com##.grecaptcha-badge
forums.footballguys.com##.grecaptcha-logo

 

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6 hours ago, ex-ghost said:

C'mon, someone read this thread and make some changes. We have a new president who is making changes, be like Joe (Biden).

Maybe if we start a political discussion in here, someone will notice.

Millard Fillmore was an idiot.

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On 1/21/2021 at 9:44 PM, ex-ghost said:

C'mon, someone read this thread and make some changes. We have a new president who is making changes, be like Joe (Biden).

This is a great post.  We know Biden is a hero to FBG management so maybe they will take action.

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I have three requests:

1) Change the format of the "Mark as Read" button, so I quit clicking on it thinking its unread messages.

2) That little icon that was on top of the tab that had FBG open? Its gone now and is generic gray. I routinely keep 47 tabs open and finding the FBG tab is much harder without the cartographic clues.

3) Please allow a way to hide all that new stuff on the right side of the page. It was mildly interesting at first, but now its just a waste of screen space and slows to the page load.

 

eta Thank You

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On 2/22/2016 at 11:25 AM, GregR said:

For the new board software, making a list of tips and how to based on the Bored Discussion thread. So people don't have to try to read that whole thread to find answers. Maybe best if we keep discussion there and only post new tips here.

Please post any tips that were missed.

 

Filter by Posts I Replied To

This is working now that the indexes that it runs on have finished rebuild.  You can do this from a forum page with the top right Sort By button -> Custom and then change the Filter to posts you replied in. You cannot bookmark the URL for the Sort By filter to revisit, but if you keep the window/tab open you can refresh it once you've set it.

Another option that you does work for bookmarking the URL, is to click on your Activity tab at the top and under My Activity Streams choose Content I Posted in.  A sample bookmark for this would be this link

 

Go To First Unread Post

Click on the circle or star next to the post to jump to the first unread post. It has always worked this way on desktop, but now mobile works the same rather than the thread title taking you there.

 

Go To Last Post in Thread

The timestamp of when the thread was last posted in is a link that jumps to that last post.

 

Nested Quotes, Quote Multiple Posts

Invision changed their boards to only have 1 nested quote by default, because having too many made it unreadable, particularly on mobile. You can include multiple separate quote boxes though. To include more than one, just click the + next to Quote on the posts you wish included. A new button will then appear at the bottom to include all of the quotes.

You can also highlight a post and hit the "Quote This" that pops up and it might include more of the previous quote(s).

 

Removing a Quote Box When Typing a Reply

Mouseover or highlight the quote box and there will be a new box top left for moving the quote box. Click and then delete or backspace to remove it.  You can also control-right click over the quote box to bring up a menu with a few options including deleting it. You also can Select All (control-A) and then delete everything in your reply.  Deleting quote boxes in the editor may be broken on iOS.  If so you could always post it and then edit the post and remove it there.

 

Text From Old Post Keeps Appearing in Reply Box

Invision meant this as a feature, saving a draft within the browser so you can go to other pages if you want, come back, and continue the post.  Have to manually delete the previous text at least for now.

 

Link Directly To a Post / Post Number

The software currently isn't showing what numbered post in the thread each post is. But you can still get the URL directly to the post from the timestamp of the post.  For quoted posts the 'back" arrow on the far right of the quote is a link to the quoted post as well.

 

How Do You Do a Spoiler?

Same as before, put the word spoiler in brackets [] and close it with /spoiler in brackets, with your text in between them.  If you have multiple spoiler boxes, having returns or links inside of the spoiler when you first create the post can cause problems as it seems confused on which tags go together. To avoid this, create the post with the spoiler boxes but without returns or links inside any of the spoilers. Once they are all created and appear properly, edit the post to put the missing content back inside of them.

 

Prevent Spoilers From Showing Text Early

For text in a spoiler box... using the normal menu in the reply window to do italics, bold, etc, may cause any normal font words that follow the bolded/italicized to show up before the spoiler is opened.

It looks like you can avoid this issue two ways if you need bold or italics in there. First is you post it with all the words in normal font, then edit it to add the bold, etc.  Second, if you manually add the bold/italics instead of using the menu it seems to avoid the bug.  Wrapping the text with i and /i inside brackets [] for italics, and b and /b inside brackets for bold.

 

What is this New Twitter-like Mention Thing?

You can mention people by typing the @ sign and a few letters of their name and then selecting them so it looks like this: @Greg Russell. They will get a Notification of your post, so it is a way to draw their attention to it.

 

Does Searching Work?

Just heard indexes finished rebuilding for searches, so they should be working on older posts now. You can also still use Google, search for site:forums.footballguys.com and then whatever other search terms you want.

 

Can We Get More Likes?

They are unlimited now.

 

Cannot View a Thread With a Symbol in the Name

Threads from the previous board version that used symbols in the titles will not display now. You can create a new thread for it, then use Report and say in the report what the old thread was, and ask the mods to merge the old thread into your new one, after which everything should work in the new thread.

 

Turning Notifications On/Off

Turn notifications on or off by clicking on your name top right, then Account Settings, and then Notifications. You can also choose what things you want a notification to occur for.

 

Can We Change Number of Threads Per Page?

Threads per top forum page cannot be changed in the software, it's locked at 25 in this version.

 

Will There Be Pictures Now?

We won't have that ability going forward, it is being disabled as soon as it can be. No idea if current images will just disappear or what, so if you don't want it lost should probably stick with the URL.

 

Editing a Thread Title

There is just one editor now so you no longer need to go to a separate full editor to change a thread title. Just hit Edit on the original post and the title can be changed there.

 

How Does Marking a Forum as Read Work?

The Mark Forum Read button that for awhile was right beside the Start New Topic button has been removed. It is tied to the Start New Topic location by the software, so can't be moved somewhere out of the way. But can be disabled which is what was done. There is also an option to mark the entire site as read, but it is more out of the way so was left in place.

However you can still mark a forum as read from the Our Forums page.  The icon to the left of each forum will mark that forum as read.

 

 

Different Formatting Options in the Editor

There are three different editor menus for things like text formatting, a Small, Medium and Large, with different button sets. Which you see depends on whether you are mobile or desktop, and on the width of your browser. Exotic screen resolutions in particular can cause problems and you may get the Small editor with few options even in a wide browser. On desktop, if you try resizing your window, both to max size, and also making it tiny, you can generally get it to switch to the full editor.

 

@greggr @Joe Bryant @FBG Moderator

Can you update this first post with hacks/tips to make the latest rev more useable?

Does anyone monitor this thread?

It seems like its been a long, long time since any question in here got a response.

Thanks

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39 minutes ago, cosjobs said:

@greggr @Joe Bryant @FBG Moderator

Can you update this first post with hacks/tips to make the latest rev more useable?

Does anyone monitor this thread?

It seems like its been a long, long time since any question in here got a response.

Thanks

Thanks for tagging me in this. That's always a much faster way for us to see things. We probably should start a new thread on this.

For now, there won't be any changes to what we currently have as we just try to make sure it's stable. I'm sorry, but it's definitely not something where we can take requests from everyone and implement all the requested changes.

I know it's not the answer everyone would like but for now, we're pretty much stuck with the forum in exactly it's current state for the foreseeable future. I'd rather be honest and just let folks know what is possible for us with Invision. 

 

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