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    Your forum layout is a disaster

    Sorry, but I have to say it and I am very surprised nobody has mentioned it before. It is very inconvenient to search and post here. You need to change your forum layout, that's probably the worst layout I have ever seen. That's why I have stopped posting recently.

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    Hello,

    Thanks for the comment, which I'm admittedly reading with a pinch of bemusement, given our platform (vBulletin) is conventional and practically all of the other anthropology or genetics-related sites either run it or an equivalent. But there's always room for improvement.

    We cannot review and perform the necessary adaptations without precise feedback (hyperbolic statements don't inform us of anything other than "I don't like it"), so please respond to the following queries:

    It is very inconvenient to search and post here.
    The "Search" function here works the same as in any other vBulletin forum. I use it frequently without issue. What precisely do you find inconvenient about it?

    You need to change your forum layout
    What specific element of our layout is substandard, in your view? Do you have any specific suggestions which we can consider?

    that's probably the worst layout I have ever seen.
    It's rather standard for a vBulletin-run forum. Are your issues specific to our site's layout, or the generic presentation offered by vBulletin? Do you have any specific suggestions which we can consider?

    Opening the discussion up to the community - Do you agree with Geb...'s opinion on the above?

    I do encourage readers to chime in, as we (the team) won't have any other means of gauging how happy you are with your forum experience on this point. Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by DMXX; 05-01-2019 at 10:02 AM. Reason: added a few lines

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    No, personally I find it very 'standard'. My only gripe is having to wait 60s for each search
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruderico View Post
    No, personally I find it very 'standard'. My only gripe is having to wait 60s for each search
    Thanks for this, Ruderico. It's been added to the jobs list. Will look at ways to speed up the search time period. Will let the community know when we've made the necessary changes.

    Any further comments regarding the forum's layout and/or appearance, everyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruderico View Post
    No, personally I find it very 'standard'. My only gripe is having to wait 60s for each search
    Especially when the 2nd "search" was because the slow response makes you think you didn't submit the first one (usually when I click "New Posts".
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    Layout is pretty good I'd say. For searching I do use external methods by preference sometimes...
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    I too am very unclear what the OP has specific problems with

    for what ever its worth, I think 'Regular-Okay' is certainly how I would vote

    about the only thing I have noticed, is the occasional slow response for when you click on something, but that is often as much about time of day, traffic on the net generally or the site specifically and some such...I know I have far less problems on this forum (meaning small inconvenient waits for instance) from my much better home computer rather than the dopey gov. intranet set up I have at work...none of which is the fault of the forum of course

    anyway, every computer thingy could use a bit of a tweek I guess, so I do hope folks that have specific problems let the bosses here know...they cant fix shit if they dont know it exists, eh?


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    Here's a small layout issue. I very often use "Activity Stream" followed by "New Posts" - very convenient to see the broad range of Forums which are active. However, the space for the post title is rather small so the title is often truncated, sometimes to the point of not really being able to recognize what's going on. More space for the title, less space for the other fields would be my preference. And/Or wrapping long titles so the full title is visible.


    A recent example: on my 12 inch Macbook I see the title
    "Towards a better modelling of NorthWest"

    while the full title is
    "Towards a better modelling of NorthWest Europeans in Global 25"
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMXX View Post
    What specific element of our layout is substandard, in your view? Do you have any specific suggestions which we can consider?
    Your previous layout was much better:
    1) Easier to see the newest threads and responses. The overview on the first page was much more clear in my opinion.
    2) Buttons are terrible. The quote button - you have to search for it. The thanks button - I am not sure where it is ? Those small signs under posts. Seriously, that's convenient for you ?

    I am surprised that some like it. But I am glad that I have finally said it.,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geborgenheit View Post
    Your previous layout was much better:
    We haven't changed our layout to any significant degree since launch, Geb. The only changes we've made since 2012 was through re-organising a few sections, changing the banner and updating the section icons. I've been the supervisor (or implementer) of all those changes.

    I have a hunch that you may be inadvertently viewing the forum through one of the other skins. Our applied default is "Bittenfruit_Fluid". If you happen to view the forum on a mobile device (phone or tablet), your browser may automatically select our "Mobile" skin, which has a depreciated layout.

    If you can look at the bottom-left of any page on the site during your current online session, please inspect the drop-down list and ensure "Bittenfruit_Fluid" has been selected.

    Please get back to us regarding whether that's been the underlying issue here.

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