Upgraded TDIClub forums

romad

Top Post Dawg
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Location
Palermo, State of Jefferson/Prescott, AZ
TDI
2005 Jetta GLS Wagon "Cranberry"
Due to the different sizing with this software vs the old one I have removed the fuel economy section to lessen the length. We will see if that makes this a little better for the shorter posts for now.
Any possibility of allowing the use of smaller type size in that area? I tried pasting in 10 pt but the software just enlarged it.
 

BobnOH

not-a-mechanic
Joined
May 29, 2004
Location
central Ohio
TDI
New Beetle 2003 manual
Tremendous job with the changeover, record time as well.
The one feature I don't like is how it takes me to my last unread post. I almost always need to review what the OP was about. I do know I can click the OP person to go directly to Post #1, just lazy.
 

Nuje

Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2005
Location
Island near Vancouver
TDI
2015 Sportwagen; Golf GLS 2003; 2016 A3 e-tron
Oh - please don't change that. It's much easier to scroll up a couple posts to get the gist of where the discussion was, than to scroll through tens, hundreds, thousands of posts to get to where I left off reading.
 

VW Derf

Administrator
Joined
Jul 3, 1996
Location
Richmond, BC, Canada
TDI
2010 Blue Graphite Pearl Golf Variant
The one feature I don't like is how it takes me to my last unread post. I almost always need to review what the OP was about. I do know I can click the OP person to go directly to Post #1, just lazy.
In the topic listings for each topic there is the date of the original post. Click on this and you will go directly the the initial post. If your screen is to narrow, perhaps a phone in portrait mode, this is unfortunately not available.
 
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Ludachris

New member
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Jun 5, 2020
Location
California
TDI
Touareg - Soon
I'll have a look at threadloom as compared to elastic search, but for major updates I may try to hold off until the next version of Xenforo has a couple minor releases before migrating to that and then adding on some add-ons. Back with vBulletin I was burned on occasions with too many mods. Perhaps I'm not as adventuresome as some here on the forums with their mods and conversions. ;)
Same here, I completely understand. The nice thing about the search is that you can always revert back to Elasticsearch/Enhanced Search if Threadloom goes away. But I get where you're coming from.
 

BobnOH

not-a-mechanic
Joined
May 29, 2004
Location
central Ohio
TDI
New Beetle 2003 manual
I don't like it as well as the old either, but in this world software is sink or swim, you must always have an upgrade strategy.
I will say Fred and Co. have done an excellent job with this. That other TDI forum took months and it's still not right.
Last week my local library told me I can not download books to my Fire HD after October. My $10,000+ CAD software updated to 64bit 5 years ago, we're on revision 14 and it's still as buggy as an old piece of fruit.
 

Nuje

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Joined
Feb 11, 2005
Location
Island near Vancouver
TDI
2015 Sportwagen; Golf GLS 2003; 2016 A3 e-tron
I don't particularly like the new layout either - was way more comfortable with the old one - but the new software is better in just about every regard.
Mobile-responsive matters (make your browser window really skinny to see what happens...then try that on the old format; not happening).

And then photo upload, while different, is again SO much better. See this thread, for example, where the poster even warned HUGE PICS...which in the old format would've been three screens wide, probably. Here - perfectly formatted.
 

Rob Mayercik

Veteran Member
Joined
Dec 19, 2001
Location
NJ, U.S.A.
TDI
2002 Jetta GLS, Baltic Green/Beige
I am noticing the width of the post only follows a widening browser window up to a point, then the "margins" start expanding instead. Doesn't bother me as I don't normally go full-width/fullscreen for this forum, but I think it is probably why some complain about wasted screen space. I'm guessing there's some sort of "maxwidth" parameter for the thread area somewhere, and that it's not something that users can individually control?
 

VW Derf

Administrator
Joined
Jul 3, 1996
Location
Richmond, BC, Canada
TDI
2010 Blue Graphite Pearl Golf Variant
I just wanted to say a few words regarding the last few comments. I too liked the old format for somethings, but at the end of the day, it was not possible to continue with vBulletin 3.x and we had to move on. The new version (vBulletin 5) was not an option for me as it is riddled with bugs (over 1000 last time I read), it is not that similar to the old system and I do not feel confident in it's future. As mentioned before, I evaluated a number of different forum software systems and one criteria was it similarity to the old system, and that brought us here. Posts quantity before and after the migration are similar.

Once the server migration this weekend is completed and I get some other background issues resolved, I can get back to addressing some of the previous User Interface (UI) suggestions as I'm hoping we can tweak it to work even better for the membership.

Please check the current list here of items to be deal with here: https://forums.tdiclub.com/index.php?threads/upgraded-tdiclub-forums.509435/#post-5610107 as well as the list of items I am considering here: https://forums.tdiclub.com/index.php?threads/upgraded-tdiclub-forums.509435/post-5610108. Keep suggestions coming and I'll see what can be addressed. Also there is an update to Xenforo coming in the next few months which seems to help with some of the suggestions already mentioned.

While I'm mentioning updates, I'm still looking for some volunteers to help get the PDFs and howtos from the old picture section migrated into the new Resources Section. I feel we can really make that a better location for people to easily find all the great documentation the membership has created over the years. If you are interested, please contact me directly.
 

Fix_Until_Broke

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 8, 2004
Location
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA
TDI
03 Jetta, 03 TT TDI
Seems we've lost some pictures/links in an old thread...All were hosted on the TDI picture server. Is there something I need to or can do to fix this?

 

VW Derf

Administrator
Joined
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Location
Richmond, BC, Canada
TDI
2010 Blue Graphite Pearl Golf Variant
Seems we've lost some pictures/links in an old thread...All were hosted on the TDI picture server. Is there something I need to or can do to fix this?
There was something weird with the original post in Vbulletin as the image references were recursive:
Code:
[IMG][IMG]http://pics.tdiclub.com/data/500/medium/4in_Short_Turndown.jpg[/IMG][/IMG]
I had to go back to that thread there (I have access to this until mid October) and clean up the way the images were imbedded and once that was done it is working again.
 

VW Derf

Administrator
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Location
Richmond, BC, Canada
TDI
2010 Blue Graphite Pearl Golf Variant
I scanned your posts and found a bunch of missing images, but it turned out to be the graemlins vBulletin used so now that is fixed for everyone. :) If there are any important posts it might be worth a quick scan just in case, but I believe it is all in good shape as I think your issue was a one time or very infrequent thing.
 

Fix_Until_Broke

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 8, 2004
Location
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA
TDI
03 Jetta, 03 TT TDI
Thanks again Fred - Just randomly going through some old threads (nice trip down memory lane :)) and found a few others. Maybe these just haven't been fixed yet or ???. I did re-load/refresh the pages after reading the above post, but still no images...





It seems like if a thread has "working" pictures, in it, all the pictures are working, if the link is broken in a thread then all the pictures I put in that thread are broken. Not sure if this helps or not?

Again - Thank You for all the behind the scenes work you do to keep this going!!
 

VW Derf

Administrator
Joined
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Location
Richmond, BC, Canada
TDI
2010 Blue Graphite Pearl Golf Variant
Yes, this past while working on the migration has taken me down memory lane more than once. ;)

Your posts have been fixed where the images still exist. One posting had ones posted a different resolutions (I had already forgotten how annoying it was that images would take over your screen) so I'm guessing it was deleted or a duplicate.. I don't suspect there are too many more, but if you find any, please let me know. A PM is fine as not to clutter things up. The same goes for others if you notice pictures not loading (and you are sure they were hosted on TDIClub and not an external provider), let me know and I'll see if I can't fix it.
 

bhtooefr

TDIClub Enthusiast, ToofTek Inventor
Joined
Oct 16, 2005
Location
Newark, OH
TDI
None
So it looks like the problem with the TDI News/Tech RSS feed isn't the RSS feed at all - it looks like that subforum isn't in a moderated mode any more.

Newbies are posting straight to it, and they're appearing in public view immediately, instead of being held for approval.
 

hskrdu

Veteran Member
Joined
Oct 17, 2003
Location
Maryland and New England
TDI
2003 Golf GLS 4D 5M, 2015 GSW SE 6M
So it looks like the problem with the TDI News/Tech RSS feed isn't the RSS feed at all - it looks like that subforum isn't in a moderated mode any more.

Newbies are posting straight to it, and they're appearing in public view immediately, instead of being held for approval.
So, when you opened the air filter housing, there was actually no filter inside, and unfiltered air was going straight into the engine?
 
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