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Forum redesign - what do you think?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / April 28, 2005 3:46 AM PDT

We are still working out some kinks, so bear with us (yes, I know, the font is too small). Please check them out and let me know what you think. Your feedback is appreciated.

-Lee Koo
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Thought about redesign
by Mac McMullen / April 28, 2005 4:33 PM PDT

Aside from the font size, hope the ability to "mark all
as read" will reappear.

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It's still there, but at the bottom
by TONI H / April 28, 2005 10:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Thought about redesign

We've requested that they either move it back to the top or make it available at both top and bottom. If you need to get to the bottom of the page quickly rather than scroll, right click in the scrollbar, choose BOTTOM from the menu and you jump there immediately.


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Marketing ploy................
by Mac McMullen / April 29, 2005 10:10 AM PDT

Kinda like making you walk thru the casino to get to
the restaurant.

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why profiles?
by Amos16 / April 28, 2005 6:46 PM PDT

Hi - I did like the previous layout better. And putting "see profile" next to each post only confuses: you click on the wrong name or letter. Profiles are important if they are about moderators, not about everyone who submits a question. And those who seek them can always be directed to them as in the past. The font does not change much, plenty of "air" (white space) around it somehow belittles the message, I would tighten it up. Thanks for asking. Amos.

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The profiles are there
by TONI H / April 28, 2005 10:07 PM PDT
In reply to: why profiles?

(clicking on the name of the poster takes you there, too, so having it duplicated next to their name is redundant and unnecessary) in order for other members to see the layout and components of your computer system so when offering help in the computer forums, we have information handy about their hardware, etc. in order to help them more. Many people forget to give us specs about their system when asking for help so the profile, if they've filled it out, gives us what we need information-wise.


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well since you asked...
by dmuise48 / April 28, 2005 11:11 PM PDT

The font size is fine. I can read it and I'm OLD (a far cry from 16). There's no need for the "see profile" link, tho, since it goes to the same profile when you click on the name. No link = no profile, right? Seems intuitive to me.

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I couldn't get passed the lack of word wrap
by what_now3 / April 29, 2005 12:23 AM PDT

Perhaps my operating system is too old for the control commands to wrap lines. The need to scroll left/right as well as up/down to read is a pain.

iBook, 9.2, I.E. 5.1 Mac (R)

Also hope I haven't been Pharmed to this page. The registration already had my login info (I had selected keep my info) but said "error can't confirm user and/or password". I had previously logged in and when I return the 2nd time all I needed was to click the "LOGIN" but this 3rd time, no go.

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Just to add
by what_now3 / April 29, 2005 12:44 AM PDT

The login page addressed me by login name. I therefore assumed just pressing
Login on the 3rd time would repeat the action of the 2nd login, instead of requiring
reentering name and password.

And I doubt it was Pharming but anything not "logical" brings thoughts of the creeps
and their new and improving tricks.

(Again, I added the Paragraph marks, forgot on the original entry.)

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CNET Forum Redesign
by Bold_Bern / April 29, 2005 12:47 AM PDT

Lee - The new CNET Forum is a much improved platform to explore Q&A's on Macs. So little attention has been paid to we Apples in most coverages. Keep up your good work!!
Bern Schulin (

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by Mikael Brasen / April 29, 2005 1:50 AM PDT

Dear Sirs,

I find it perfectly all-right, it?s a pleasure using your sites.


Mikael Brasen

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Forum redesign
by jr13000 / April 29, 2005 4:01 AM PDT

Hey great job. Reads easier but needs larger print.

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by humebudde / April 29, 2005 4:25 AM PDT

I personally feel that the multiple links to a memebers profile from his/her cnet name AND from "see profile" are redundant and unecessary and just get in the way. I sometimes click the person's name by accident which I realize is just an inconvenience, but it is nevertheless irratating. Solution: do away with the link from the person's name, and just leave the "see profile" as the only link to the memeber's profile.

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Further Explanation for my suggestion
by humebudde / April 29, 2005 4:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Suggestion

Just wanted to add that I think leaving the link to the memeber's profile from "see profile" and doing away with the link from the memeber's name is more desirable (than vice-versa) becauese the member's name is directly under the name of the post and is therefore more likely to be hit by mistake than the "see profile" which is slightly to the side.

Beside that, I find the new design an improvement over the old one. I personally don't have much of a problem with the size of the text. Thanks for asking for out input, I just hope your listening.

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Wasn't there
by what_now3 / April 29, 2005 5:35 AM PDT

"next message" and ......
(title box dropped the above,
glad I checked.)

previous message" buttons?

It is a waste of time scrolling down to the 3rd, 10th, 13th messages to get to the "next" unread message.

How about a "back to the top" link that works.

Actually, what were the changes to notice except what is missing?

And also I find no login advantage to "selecting" the "remember my name and password".
Even though the "Welcome" recognizes me with the "What_now3" user name, it wouldn't allow
me to connect with just pressing the Login button. Had to rekey email and password.

Again I add paragraph breaks so I can read the message in one screen w/o scrolling
both left/right AND up/down

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Ooops, just scrolled all the way to the right
by what_now3 / April 29, 2005 5:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Wasn't there

and found the missing links. I guess that scores a point. Still asking is it just my system
on my 12" screen or is every one having to scroll waaaaay right to see if there is anything there.
Is there an I.E. or CNET setting to correct this for me?

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Forum redesign
by Ferdron / May 1, 2005 5:14 PM PDT

I personally think it is outstanding.
I know it is not finished yet,I wonder how is it going to like when it is finished.
I do not have a problem with the size of the fonts, I think they are a reasonable size.
Keep it it up you guys are doing a wonderfull work.

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Font problem for me is if I want to do a quick print drop.
by what_now3 / May 2, 2005 12:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Forum redesign

I must copy/paste any message idea to a Word document. If I just print from the screen I get a 4 pt font.

The screen read is fine EXCEPT it puts the window too wide for an easy read. I don't believe it is my browser setting since this is the only site to give this challenge. Not sure if I had a 21" screen that I could view without the dance of: Scroll, Scroll Right, Scroll, Scroll left, repeat umpteen times.

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This place doesn't "sign off"
by what_now3 / May 2, 2005 12:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Forum redesign

If I were using a public machine, my user name would still be there for the next user. I did "deselect" --Remember my etc.

I shut down the I.E. I guess I would need to clear the cookies and/or log off the machine to wipe the name.

Last week, I just hit the Login and was back up. Thank goodness that seems to have changed. Just imagine what mischief someone could do to my good name on the forums. I might get banned. Oh my.

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(NT) (NT) what's your name
by ruby patterson / May 17, 2005 9:08 AM PDT
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