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Upgraded TDIClub forums

romad

Top Post Dawg
Joined
May 27, 2011
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
Joined
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

Veteran Member
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.
 
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