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Offline Oceanrower

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« on: August 09, 2019, 07:27:09 pm »
Dear God. What the hell have you done to the forum?

Just logged in and it's green. Very green. And all over the place. If that's the future, I don't want it!

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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 07:41:17 pm »
Nothing has changed for me...

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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 07:42:48 pm »
Hey, sorry you don't like it.  We're just testing at the moment -on mobile phones.  You should be able to get the normal theme up by going down to the bottom and looking for desk top view - I think.  Just in from a long, long day but will offer a better explanation tomorrow.

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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2019, 08:34:37 pm »
Dear God. What the hell have you done to the forum?

Just logged in and it's green. Very green. And all over the place. If that's the future, I don't want it!


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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2019, 08:45:09 pm »
 Desk top version for me.......hate the greenery thingy

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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2019, 09:51:33 pm »
To boost Google search rating, a website needs to have a mobile friendly version.

My guess would be that the green mobile page is a first iteration / trial version, perhaps even automated by a new Web host?

In its current form, it may induce headaches or an epileptic fit and the content it is displaying isn't very useful, but I can see how it could work very well once it has been properly developed.

I'm always zooming in and out and pressing the wrong button on my phone, so I'm pretty sure I'd swap to using the mobile friendly version once it's done.

For now though, I'm glad I found the "desktop" button at the bottom of the page!  :o
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2019, 09:54:53 pm »
Oh dear!  My desktop is fine, but my tablet brought up the dreaded green screen  :(  Sorry, but not an improvement in my opinion.

Ah! Found the desktop view button and thank goodnes it works   :)
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Re: Forum
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2019, 10:42:48 pm »
Ugh... mobile version is currently horrendous, uninformative and pretty much unusable, switched to desktop view to get back to normality. Hopefully whatever you're testing will be improved very soon..😐
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2019, 11:14:18 pm »
Maybe it's a simulation of what the world looks like on a Sunday morning after some late night earnest 'cave discussion' over the odd sip of Evian water?

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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2019, 11:32:20 pm »
I am neutral on it but can I request you make the favicon a picture of Tim Allens face

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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2019, 11:50:00 pm »
Much prefer the desk top....green one is too much like taptalk or whatever it's called.

However, if the colour was toned down....similar to desktop, it might be a alternative modernization that works

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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2019, 11:57:48 pm »
Yeah the new mobile version is awful.

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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2019, 12:07:30 am »
It’s much better than the website on a phone. (But that’s my opinion)

Main thing, it’s different! Oh god! Things that are different.

One thing I have noticed on the “mobile version” when your on some (or all) of the boards you can scroll all the way to the right and it doesn’t stop you.

(I’d rather it keep you on the forum posts)
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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2019, 12:10:36 am »
 Hi All, please bear with us. It's just a trial, apologies we should have let you know.
Sadly if we don't have the forum 'mobile friendly' for the great god Google then we don't appear in searches. If UKC doesn't appear in searches then 16 years of collective caver knowledge is harder for cavers to find - though try looking for something posted on facebook 16 days after it was posted... anyhow, I digress - please give us a day or two, thank you andhave a great weekend, Pegasus :)

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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2019, 07:43:30 am »
I agree the colour is slightly violent, but actually it does work and work reasonably well on my phone.

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« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2019, 08:55:02 am »
It was a bit of a shock at first, but it's perfectly fine to use. Change is good! (Unless it's Brexit of course).
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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2019, 10:53:59 am »
It's great to get your feedback on the mobile theme.  Unfortunately we are forced to deploy a mobile friendly version of the forum otherwise Google ignores us in searches.  A third party system like Tapatalk just isn't recognised.  Since Googles warnings earlier this year we have noticed the forum appearing less and less on Google searches where as before it often came out top. 

We have launched Q at the problem and he has acted quicker than we thought trying out a live mobile friendly version straight away.  It appears that the choice is more limited and we cannot use the current theme UKcaving is known for.  Also many of the functions we take for granted on Ukcaving do not work on mobile themes, just getting the logo at the top and a news item on the front page is difficult.

We already dismissed the free versions as being too basic and are now trying versions that cost in the hope they are more sophisticated.  Q has managed to get this new version to do some of the things we want but not all.  Clearly the colour is a problem too.

Change of some sort is on the way and hopefully we can find a solution that everyone can get on 'board' with.  Do keep your thoughts coming.

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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2019, 02:05:08 pm »
Always unpopular, I very much prefer this on my tablet. The desktop version is annoyingly difficult to navigate with clumsy thumbs, though I never tried tapatalk.

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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2019, 02:22:17 pm »
I manage to survive till I get home and on the computer.... ::) :lol:
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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2019, 02:42:25 pm »
  try looking for something posted on facebook 16 days after it was posted

This is actually really easy - everything ever posted in the SUSS facebook group has been archived in a searchable database (even the absolute dross)

The search functions on both UKC and facebook leave something to be desired tho - could do with the wiki updating (given limitless time and money I guess)

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« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2019, 10:05:30 pm »

The search functions on both UKC and facebook leave something to be desired tho - could do with the wiki updating (given limitless time and money I guess)

...which we don't have  :(  I'm away this week (camping in a field in Derbyshire, please let it stop raining) - so please bear with us folks as we research, experiment etc with a mobile version, thank you  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #21 on: August 11, 2019, 09:52:52 am »
LOVE THE GREEN !

Offline Ian Ball

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« Reply #22 on: August 11, 2019, 10:24:24 am »
I use the search function on UkC and I like it, helped/entertained me many a time.

I load the forum straight to "unread posts since last visit" zoom in so I can accurately press the 'new' button at the end of the thread title, (of the ones I want to read).  Annoys me  when you accidently press on the poster, or page one of a ten page thread.


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« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2019, 08:50:57 pm »
Sorry about the green forum - my fault! It actually should have been blue so not sure what's going on there. I've turned it off for now.

As Jane and Tim have said, we're just testing some new stuff to help it work on mobile devices better. It's been good to hear some feedback and ideas anyway. Unfortunately there are limited options for mobiles - the forum is quite complex and has grown a lot  which means that not all features are going to be able to work on mobile devices.

Please bear with us, if you see a change in the next few days/weeks it's probably just testing. We'll make an announcement about any permanent changes.

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« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2019, 11:12:19 pm »
could do with the wiki updating (given limitless time and money I guess)

Could it? I thought wiki's could be updated by anyone, there's been a Sock on there for a few years now...

https://ukcaving.com/wiki/index.php?title=Clubs_a-z

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Might be an idea to pull your finger out 2xw?
 I think this change was made around the time that the Technically SG got corrected ;) two can play games.
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