rant: worst site upgrade ever
This site went from the least reliable forum I actually liked to use (the old site) to much worse.
A few examples from just 1 hour of playing with this.
It messes with the formatting of what I write. White spaces are there for a reason. Having to use the undocumented double return to get a single blank line is just bad site design. Of course even this is buggy and unreliable, since sometimes it takes 1 extra line other times 2 or 3.
Navigation is obfuscated. It should be very obvious where you are and how to go up one level..
Who's bright idea was it to sort by the date the thread was created instead of the date of the last post to that thread?
Getting logged out while editing a message was fun. Thankfully I learned from the old site to not post directly in to the forum software here but to write it in notepad and paste it in. Oh and no I do not have this issue at other forum sites.
I tried for 20 minutes to the ever so complex task of adding an avatar and failed. No I am not particularly stupid, but this site made me feel like it. First it was where is the silly thing (the avatar)? Obviously is is in my profile or in my account. it is in neither place and there is no way to navigate between these various pages about you. Found it finally, and of course the size and pixel count is hidden in light gray on light gray. Eventually noticed that. Resized the image and of course the crypic and useless error message of
Very informative. That'll help lots with the trouble shooting.Edit Avatar
An error was encountered while attempting to assign your image
Then of course the BIGGIE. And yes there is an issue bigger much of the site being broken, buggy, unreliable and counter-intuitive. This is now the slowest site I have ever tried to use "ever". Everything takes 2-3 times as long as the next slowest site. I am not exagerating. I am not anti-daz.
I can not recall a worse "upgrade". What is better? Nothing I care about. What is worse? Pretty much everything.
It is so ridiculously bad that I assumed you did not support my browser (chrome). So I tried several others (opera, IE9, ie9 64bit)
A few pointers on the basics of design:
Give us 1 page which is about us. Give us links within that 1 page to other relevant sub-pages. Give them relevant and clearly understood names.
Write things which are important in clearly readable text. Not hidden away in light gray on light gray.
Make it very obvious where we are in the site and how to get to any other place we might want to simply and easily.
Do not monkey with the formatting. Allow us to use relevant white space to write messages which are actually readable.
Default settings should be rational ones. For example, a sort order which makes sense.
If you can not bring this one up to the sorry state of the old one at least bring back the old dinosaur. It was dated, ugly and buggy. But it was far better than this.
Calling this one a mess is put it very mildly. If this actually went through any reasonable level of QA, someone needs a talking to. If it didn't get tested before going live, well then.... How can any rational person trust a business with money if this is their best professional effort, and in fact the only means we have to interact with this business?