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  • #174792

    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    Looked on google for that message…got to reinstall wordpress it said….no idea how but if it has no visible problem, i’ll try an ignore it

    #174827

    vincentM
    Participant

    This is not the fault of members. It is the fault of the company supplying the digital goods

    I am no legal eagle but If one buys something that is not fit for purpose then a total refund can be demanded.

    I have found these basic functions are lacking I am sure there are more

    No PM Function

    No quote function

    No ‘Report’ button

    No Private messaging

    No ‘Preview message’ function

    No User List and who is online

    No search facility

    No Poll creation

    No ‘share’ function’ for social media

    No Message rating

    Can’t change Avatar

    But all these are minor problems alongside the forum’s lack of user friendliness, and the fact that basic function that have been included are not easily identified and accessible

    As shown in this example

    Simple Blue SMF Theme Template

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    #174860

    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    As for code, it is a side effect of copying then pasting. I never used them. They automatically appear

    You should always make a habit and paste ‘unformatted’. Then you can add links. It is the same on Blogger which is why we get different text sizes appearing on posts.

    #174861

    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    It is the fault of the company supplying the digital goods

    It is not anyones fault. The company did the job the job they were paid to do.

    It wasn’t their job to do any webdesign.

    It was their job to get us up and running again so we could get the Standard out and very importantly save all of the archives.

    To recover the files and disinfect them and install a WordPress site.

    They saved the data including subscriber info and made it all safe.

    They didn’t charge too much or too little.

    There is much more to the website than just the forum.

    We can do a different design model later in-house for the site but the emphasis is on free, opensource and surveilance free software.

    As we are stuck with this one for the time  being we’ll have to learn to love its quirks and in my case learn from its quirks.

    Some of the stuff you have detailed can be added but all in good time.

    There is a Search facility on the site.

    Why do we need any of this below?

    No ‘Report’ button

    You can use the ‘Contact forum admin’ if there is a problem.

    No Private messaging

    Some members are happy about that

    No User List and who is online

    Why should there be, is the internet not intrusive enough?

    #174900

    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    Matt, my snags have either appear to been fixed by your good self, or the magic of computers has done it.

    #174901

    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    VM, Libcom has a forum far better than our own but they also have little traffic. Same amount of regular posters as us and not many new visitors from the public.

    I think SPGB members are wearying of talking to ourselves, hence the few participants.

    So rather than improving the appearance of the forum, i’d suggest we look again at its purpose.

    It is not reaching out to our fellow-workers and attracting them to make enquiries about our ideas (albeit there are a couple of notable exceptions) Making it more user-friendly could help but i’m not too hopeful.

    It’s not providing a fulcrum for members to debate and discuss topics apart from a handful of us who believe disagreements are a healthy process of acquiring further knowledge.

    However, i have come to appreciate the forum’s usefulness in sharing information and interpreting it. A quick survey of the popular threads indicate this.

    Perhaps as an Information and Data-bank might be a better reason for this forum’s existence.

    For comradely chit-chat perhaps we can devise something else as i think the SOCIAL part of the SOCIAList Party is important.

     

    #175630

    vincentM
    Participant

    Alan I agree with some of what you say .

    I think the ‘proboard’ or discussion forum is rapidly being replaced with social media such as ‘twitter’ ‘facebook etc but my point is that the forum is not fit for purpose.  If I brought a washer or laptop from Comet and they didn’t work as they were supposed to I for one would not be satisfied with ‘We did our best’  . I’v always returned faulty items to the vender

    However, just ignore me I was merely offering an opinion.  If the party is satisfied then so am I 😉

     

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    #175633

    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    It is early days yet and it will continue to evolve as long as we keep it comradely.

    Yes it was me sweeping up the rogue code off your posts.

    I needed to be sure nothing was inadvertently  being imported. It looked OK, but I am a wee bit paranoid at the moment. 🙂

    #175634

    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    Matt, i hope you don’t mean you will have to permanently re-edit my posts so not taking up your valuable time. If it is, i’m content with the inconvenience and others will just have to bear with it.

    I know full well the hard work you put in behind the scenes (or should that be screens )  i don’t want to distract you from that

    #175636

    Dave Chesham
    Participant

    “I know full well the hard work you put in behind the scenes (or should that be screens ) i don’t want to distract you from that.”

    The bottom line is that he shouldn’t have to; imagine we were an organisation lacking the expertise possessed by Matt and others…

    #175652

    vincentM
    Participant

    Matt said:

    “There is much more to the website than just the forum.

    We can do a different design model later in-house for the site but the emphasis is on free, opensource and surveilance free software.”

    Thanks for the explanation Matt, I understand it a bit more now.

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