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Forum Progress Report 2

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Thank you again for all of your feedback on how to improve the new forums. Hopefully you saw both OUR APOLOGIES and OUR RECENT PROGRESS REPORT. As we've mentioned, we are working to address your concerns about the usability and design of the forums. Once again, we cannot say enough how much we appreciate your patience. Here's what we're doing, specifically.

Topic hovering. Many of you expressed an interest in being able to hover over a forum topic and see a sneak preview of the text, and as you'll see we have already implemented that.

Photos. We have fixed this issue so photos should be displaying in all new posts. Please email us forums [at] if you experience any challenges. Photos will continue to display as links in old posts prior to the forum relaunch, however.

Seeing who's online. As requested, we have reactivated this feature. It is visible at the bottom of the forum main page.

Ad placement. Although we can't do away with these altogether (someone has to pay the bills!), we have moved these down as per your requests.

Accessibility of forum topics. As per some of your requests, we have added topics to the forum drop down menu, in addition to the left text links.

Inappropriate post flagging. A button has been added to clearly flag offensive posts, and we will evaluate and delete as necessary.

Font size and excessive white space. Many of you have mentioned that you find the font too small, so our designer is working on new typography choices that will be easier to read. We hope to introduce those changes within the next week. The default font size for posts (and for the text box when you're composing replies) has been increased already.

Tool bar placement. The toolbar lets you sort your posts the way you want. We are redesigning this so that options are more visible and will be moving it to the top of the page above all of the posts for ease of use.

Post order. We are planning to change the default order from most recent to oldest to mimic the old forums. However, all users will still have the option to choose the order they prefer. We are considering a hyperlink on all posts to allow you to easily go to the original post in a specific thread, as well.

New posts. Along with the font size, white space and tool bar placement, we are also working on a visual solution to make a "new posts" button more visible and easy to access.

Post comment button. Several people mentioned that they had to click twice on this, so we are fixing it. For now, please be patient when you click submit. It may take a moment or two to reload the page with your submitted post.

We are utterly committed to making these requested changes as quickly as possible, given all of site demands. We are extremely grateful for your input and your patience and encourage you to keep sending your feedback as we make these fixes. Thank you again for making these forums such a vibrant and engaged community.

Mike Zimmermann



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