|Peter G. Shaw||24/05/2010 12:30:22|
986 forum posts
As you say, the thread is somehow messed up. For example, the headline banner is in the wrong position (just above John Shepherd's latest post and obscuring the bottom of the post above.
But to answer John's point about responsiveness of the moderators etc, there have been two or three issues lately which aroused complaints, and which have been very quickly acted on. I don't think your point John is particularly fair.
John, I like your idea of copying the post before hitting "Add posting". It seems even easier than my method. I'll try it with this post.
Peter G. Shaw
|Peter G. Shaw||24/05/2010 12:31:38|
986 forum posts
Your idea works re copying before sending. I like it. Many thanks.
|Kelvin Barber||24/05/2010 12:57:24|
44 forum posts
|The problems with this thread have now been sorted, thank you all for your patience!|
|1926 forum posts|
this is one of the friendliest and most helpful forums I have come across however there are problems that need addressing.
I may have used many forums in the past and do know something about etiquette and the use of them but that doesn't make me an expert on the way in which this particular software works so as far as that is concerned I cannot help, I suggest that the software providers who should be the experts on this one, are the ones to help there.
As for the point about pasting in using the facility on the top of the authoring box, I made the point earlier about a help facility. In this respect this forum software is one of the most primitive I have encountered. Most forums have a help and/or 'read this first' facility which covers the basic processes and technical aspects involved in using the forum which the newcomer can consult in order to use the forum. I must admit it took me a while to figure out why pictures weren't embedding when I used the facility to do that, I then discovered by experiment and logic that the location and extension must be provided. I should just have been able to consult a help facility but if there is one it appears to be quite well hidden.
When Mitch, who started this thread, had his problems he should have been able to consult a help facility and sort it out quickly, instead he had to write here and you had to point out the answer to his problem, Another dissatisfied customer and public carping!
I'm not trying to be critical but constructive, and point out the flaws. I'm sorry if it sounds negative, I can assure you it is certainly not intended to be. I really like this site and the contributors and thought that when Kelvin was appointed it would free you up to write more of your articles such as 'The Practical Engineer' which I used to look forward to when the site first started. However it appears not. The forum seems to be the only 'live' part of the site now (except for the for sale and wanted ads).
As others have said before, get the IT bods onto it and try to sort out the annoying shortcomings so we can all enjoy the experience without the annoying niggles.
With best regards
|Gone Away||24/05/2010 18:17:02|
|829 forum posts|
In this respect this forum software is one of the most primitive I have encountered.
A small point perhaps, but could someone check to see whether there is an English dictionary available for the software (as opposed to American)?
|David Clark 1||25/05/2010 07:46:06|
3357 forum posts
I am glad you liked the Practical Engineer articles.
I used to do The Practical Engineer, Introduction to CNC and The Editor's Page in ME but kept getting complaints they were to hard to understand.
I could not see why as I was very careful and very thorough writing them but stopped because of the complaints.
Perhaps I will do some more after I have got the next special out of the way.
Edited By David Clark 1 on 25/05/2010 07:46:25
|1926 forum posts|
I liked your articles a lot and had no problem with understanding your writings. I also liked your beginners guide with the Stuart build and wish that you had kept it up. Especially as I just bought a 10H kit and was looking forward to the guidance.
Looks like I'll have to work it all out myself now .
there probably is but the software designers like as not couldn't be bothered. I think it was Oscar Wilde who said that the English and Americans were two nations divided by a common language
Edited By Terryd on 25/05/2010 11:42:49
Edited By Terryd on 25/05/2010 11:43:36
|John Olsen||04/07/2010 07:07:36|
|988 forum posts|
Well, I have been using forums of various sorts since about the early 1990's, including some of the old dial up Bulletin boards. So this is not as bad as some I have seen. However, could somebody please do something about the timeout. It seems to take no time at all for the system to decide you should be logged out, which is annoying when you have been working on a learned and erudite post for the benefit of the other readers. (Well, I would like to think so anyway.) Ok, I am working around this by using notepad, which avoids any problems from Word, but it should not really be necessary.
|Richard Parsons||04/07/2010 08:26:51|
645 forum posts
It is not always the fault of the web site techies. Some of the problems are caused by the interactions of the web-site, the web browser, fire walls, anti virus programs etc. In addition you can get problems with your ISP etc
There was a problem with the cut and paste from MS word until a few weeks ago but this has been corrected. This was dictated to MS Word then ‘copy and paste was used to transfer to the website’s editor. This allows you to use all the facilities and power of MS Word (spell check etc), keep a copy and then if you need you can edit your own post.
You can chenge and add to your post
Edited By Richard Parsons on 04/07/2010 08:27:32
|1006 forum posts|
Slightly off topic but, fpor those ot you experiencing problems with cutting and pasting from MS Word, try installing Notepad++
This is a verycomprehensive, feature rich replacement for notepad, witho0ut the overheads of a 'Word processor'. i.e. its output is still raw text. It is also sensitive to many scripting languages, such as xml, java vbscript etc etc.
We use it heavily on all of our hosting servers (I work for an ISP), and find it both lightweight and user friendly.
On a more thread based note, I have never experienced a problem logging in nor do I get the page not found type of errors.
I do occasionally get logged out and a feature that the sys admins could incorporate is a check box on login to say 'keep me logged in until I log out'. This could be set to expire after a 'reasonable' time of inactivity.
Cutting and pasting usernames and passwords is not a practice I would recommend or condone, as, as many have said, it is so easy to introduce spurious characters.
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