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Gatherings Upgrade: Same forum, new look

vicky_north's picture

The Gatherings forum will move to a new and improved platform the week of Nov. 16.

What does this mean for you? The new Gatherings forum will feature:

• A new clean look

• Improved Google search

• Improved member profiles

• Read messages without logging in

• Archive discussions will still be available

• Upgrades to raise the forum to industry standards

As part of a planned site-wide upgrade we’re moving our forums to a new platform called Drupal. The forums are the first area of our Web site that will benefit from this new technology.

We're sorry we don't have more details for you at this time, but stay tuned to ThreadsMagazine.com for more information in the coming weeks. I will share more information as soon as it becomes available.

Thank you in advance for your patience during this transition.


Edited 11/4/2009 4:32 pm ET by vicky_north

gailete's picture

(post #24138, reply #1 of 93)

Glad to hear about the not logging in part. My visits here are way down now that I have to remember a log in.

Ceeayche's picture

(post #24138, reply #2 of 93)

Looking forward to it.  Though it's one of the cleanest sites I frequent, so I'm curious about the plans and looking forward to an enhanced Gatherings experience.

"Ceeaychelle"
Greet each day with Joy.  Embrace your blessings.

"Ceeaychelle"
Greet each day with Joy.  Embrace your blessings.

Palady's picture

(post #24138, reply #3 of 93)

It's super of you to post a-headsup on the coming changes. 


Though I'm a bit hesitant as to how the "new" will be to navigate, I can appreciate the need to upgrade, what to me, is the best ever format.  Threads has hung in there with it far longet than have others.  What was done with those had many discontinuing their visiting.   But maybe that was waht had to be accomplished.


Nov 16 will be enlightneing to be sure!


nepa 


 

Ckbklady's picture

(post #24138, reply #4 of 93)

Hello!


Maybe I'm not so tech-savvy, but did the site change over? I see a dotted line like a sewn seam through the tan brocade bar up top, but no other differences. I still have to sign in every time, too (not that I mind - it keeps my brain working).


I've had some issues with Windows 7 where I don't have the same functionality as I do in Firefox or Google Chrome, so I put the lack of change here down to that for a while.


I must say, if you did revamp the site and it visibly changed this little, kudos to you!


Thanks,


Ckbklady

vicky_north's picture

(post #24138, reply #5 of 93)

We have not had a change over quite yet. We want to be sure that none of your archived material is lost, so we are working to move over that information. I will give you all an update when we have a solid date for the switch. I believe it will be sometime next week.

Ckbklady's picture

(post #24138, reply #6 of 93)

Thanks for the note back - I was starting to think that I or the computer needed to be rebooted! And I bet there's at least one person out there who was glad that I asked the stupid question so they didn't have to, LOL.


I'll watch for your update. Thanks!!


Ckbklady

gailete's picture

(post #24138, reply #7 of 93)

I thought it was supposed to have been done a week or so ago, but I wasn't sure. I too am having to sign on every other time I come on and hopefully that will be gone when the changeover happens or at least the button that asks if we would like it to remember our info will be working. It would be so much easier if all sites had the same parameters for passwords but they don't, so it means so many variations and different passwords, I had to give up and most of them are written down in a recipe box so I can find them when needed. I doubt many people would want to hack into my account here!

vicky_north's picture

(post #24138, reply #8 of 93)

Hello All,

We are now planning for the Gatherings forum upgrade to occur on Monday, November 30th. If this date changes, I will be sure to update you with any new details. On the morning of the 30th, you will be redirected to a "coming soon" page while we do a final backup of archived forum content.

We want to be sure that the transition goes smoothly, and that nothing is lost in the move. I will update you with any new details as they become available.

Thank you for your patience,

Vicky

KharminJ's picture

(post #24138, reply #9 of 93)

Hey, Vicky!

I just now thought of something really important that your last post brought to mind: You said you're carefully saving all the archives - I hope we'll be able to get to those posts from our existing bookmarks!! I know I'm not the only Gatherer with literally hundreds of posts and threads bookmarked for future reference.

Thanks for keeping us updated with what's going on with our home-on-the-computer! And have a Happy Turkey Day!

Bright Blessings, too ~ Kharmin

vicky_north's picture

(post #24138, reply #10 of 93)

Hello All,

It looks like we will be switching over to the new Gatherings forum tomorrow. Around 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, December 2nd, the Gatherings forum will be redirected to a placeholder page, while we do a final archive of content from the current Gatherings forum. The entire process should be complete sometime mid-afternoon when the new forum will be up and running. During this transition time, there will be no access to archived forum content and you will not be able to post new content. We appreciate your patience during this time and can't wait to show you the new and improved forums.

Kharmin: Unfortunately we can't set up redirects for each post (there would be thousands), but we have included an easy way to look up existing posts using the old message id (found at the end of your bookmarked url).

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I will try to answer to the best of my ability. I will post again when the new forums are up with details about the new features.

Thanks,

Vicky

vicky_north's picture

Hello All, The forum upgrade (post #24138, reply #11 of 93)

Hello All,

The forum upgrade was a success and we are back up and running. There are a few new features to explore, but you should otherwise find that your profile and posts are preserved.

You can log in using the same e-mail address and password that you've been using all along. However, you do not need to log in to read forum messages anymore. You are only required to log in if you want to make a new post or leave a comment on an existing post.

If you had someone listed as a "friend" in the old system, you are now "following" them in the new system. "Following" someone is a lot like bookmarking their profile.

At the moment, search will not return any results. It will take a few days to completely index the new system. After the index completes, search will be a lot better than before.

If you're looking for a post by a specific person, you can click on their profile to access all of their posts.

To find a bookmarked post from the old system, enter the message id number (found at the end of the url) into the "Search for an Archived Message" box to the right and hit submit.

Find more information about the new features on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page (http://forums.threadsmagazine.com/faq). If you have any other questions, not found on this page, please do not hesitate to ask. We hope that you will enjoy the new forum features, and that you will continue to share your great sewing ideas and stories with us.

Thank you again for your patience during this transition.

Vicky

vicky_north's picture

There have been a few (post #24138, reply #19 of 93)

There have been a few questions about how to post a new forum thread (add forum topic) and how to reply to a message.

To post a new forum thread choose “Add forum topic” in the upper left side module. It is the second link under “Home”. You can choose which forum you would like to post into (feedback on threads, gather for a chat, general discussion, etc.) using the dropdown menu, add a subject line, and the body of your text. Hit save when your post is complete.

To reply to a message use the reply link located at the bottom of each post.

Please let me know if you have any other questions about posting.

Thanks.

sewelegant's picture

I do not know how to enter a (post #24138, reply #78 of 93)

I do not know how to enter a "comment" so I will just press enter.
That didn't work.
Preview looks good but thats not what i want'
how about save?

sewelegant's picture

what's wrong with just saying (post #24138, reply #79 of 93)

what's wrong with just saying "post" (save doesn't make sense to me)

vicky_north's picture

We are planning to change the (post #24138, reply #80 of 93)

We are planning to change the language on the buttons. This is high on the list of feature changes and we hope to get this done next week.

stillsuesew's picture

For the moment I am lost. (post #24138, reply #12 of 93)

For the moment I am lost.

Sancin's picture

Oh dear, the print is pretty (post #24138, reply #13 of 93)

Oh dear, the print is pretty small. Clean, but small! Will one be able to post a message without having to log in for each message? I had to go searching for my password as previously it was automatically loaded. I guess it is going to take awhile to get used to!
Will we be notified if there is a response to our message as previously?
Gulp

vicky_north's picture

You will still have to log in (post #24138, reply #14 of 93)

You will still have to log in to post messages, but you no longer need to log in if you want to read messages. I know changes take a little while to get used to, but it was past time for us to upgrade the technology. We have tried to replicate the old forum as much as possible.

To get e-mail notifications of replies to your posts and comments, make sure that the Subscribe button is checked when you first make a post. On each reply there is also a check box at the bottom to select if you would like to be notified of comments.

UPDATE: The subscribe button is not on the post form at this time. You can only request notification of comments on a reply.

An easy way to navigate the new forum is to try “recent topics” and “recent replies” up in the top left corner.

Please don’t hesitate to ask anything about the new forum. There are no stupid questions. We are all trying to adjust to the new system together.

-Vicky

marymary's picture

Vicky, I don't have a (post #24138, reply #15 of 93)

Vicky, I don't have a Subscribe button on my screen. All I have is "Save" and Preview". Am I looking in the wrong place? It is also a bit confusing to have "Save" as the way to Post."

vicky_north's picture

This is just the first step (post #24138, reply #16 of 93)

This is just the first step in launching the new system. We will be updating with new features and some changes soon. I will be sure to request a change for the language on the "save" button to make this clearer.

You are also correct that the subscribe button has been left of off of the original post form. I have updated the FAQ page to reflect this.

You can easily subscribe for comment notifications when you write a reply to a post by checking the box at the bottom of the form. Hopefully we can have this added to posts as well, and have this resolved right away.

marymary's picture

It would be helpful to have a (post #24138, reply #17 of 93)

It would be helpful to have a "Subscribe" button without having to add a reply. Sometimes, I want to read what others have to say without making a reply, particularly when I don't know the answer to a question.

Thank you, Vicky, for paying attention and responding to the comments from the Gathering Members.

vicky_north's picture

I completely understand. This (post #24138, reply #18 of 93)

I completely understand. This will hopefully just be a short term problem, but adding your own reply would be the easiest way to subscribe for notification until this is figured out.

Thank you for hanging in there with us, while we get all of the bugs worked out.

Reconstrukt's picture

Like the new look, seems like (post #24138, reply #28 of 93)

Like the new look, seems like a more modern forum now. Excited to see what other new features are in store for us!

Jean's picture

In the old forum we could (post #24138, reply #20 of 93)

In the old forum we could upload photos and graphics to our posts. Will this be possible now?

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vicky_north's picture

Yes, the section below the (post #24138, reply #21 of 93)

Yes, the section below the text box where you can "Attach files to this comment" is where you can add photos and graphics to your post.

When creating a new post you can "attach images" or "attach files" using the attachment tool located below the body of your text.

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Jean's picture

Oh, there it is!! Thanks. (post #24138, reply #22 of 93)

Oh, there it is!! Thanks. Testing.

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
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Jean's picture

Oh, there it is!! Thanks. (post #24138, reply #23 of 93)

Oh, there it is!! Thanks.

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Jean's picture

Uh oh, after you post it goes (post #24138, reply #30 of 93)

Uh oh, after you post it goes back to the top of the thread--not a good thing. Can that be fixed? And I don't see an edit button either. Sigh.

ETA There's an edit button. Yeah!

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
vicky_north's picture

I was just about to reply and (post #24138, reply #31 of 93)

I was just about to reply and let everyone know the edit button was fixed. I wanted to be sure that it was showing up for everyone before I let you know. Thanks for the update. We are also compiling a list of all the major requests and will try to add features to make the forum better as soon as possible. I agree with many of the suggestions and I promise it will get easier as we make some of the changes.

Meg's picture

How to we navigate to other (post #24138, reply #24 of 93)

How to we navigate to other message boards (Cookstalk, for example). We used to be able to slide from one to another, but today the entire message board appears different and there seems to be nowhere to select another Taunton message board.

I don't do change very well, but this is not even looking like the "same message board" as previously advertised. Or perhaps it was simply an overly large day at work for me...?