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I am going to guess the upgrade has a lot to do with admin function and tools than just an upgraded look. we went through this on a off-road site I help moderate. People hated it at first, but it grew on them. for us, the admin staff, it made managing of the forum a hundred times easier and gave us many options and tools that we were lacking.
What change back are you talking about for the smilies? All of the old smilies should be in the advanced mode if you click "more" on the right side.
Sorry, perhaps I misinterpreted an earlier reply to a post similar my original in this thread... the "smilies" (or at least those labeled "Generic Smilies") are now smaller, and "toned" unstead of the solid, high-contrast colors. As such, it is very hard to distinguish what they are. For example the "wink" looks just like the "talking" one, and the "eek" is only barely noticeable as being different. (See the examples below.) Likewise, "unhappy" "smile" and "red face" though more distinquishable, are still so similar as to need a hoover by the mouse and the "title" just to make sure what they are. These same "smilies" in the old format were very distinctive by comparison.
I realize that my "eyes" are a bit older, but hey, I do have new glasses and they are fitted exspecially for viewing my computer! I doubt that I'm the only one who has the same perception. (That's a "smile".... not an "eek" or a "frown" [wink]
i too always linked to the ridgid home page to allow for product links. so a direct link to the home ridgid page would be great. there's only so much my ridgid bible can help me with. then i need the links.
smileys are 1/2 the fun and so far the new smileys are hurting.
a thanks and an agree button will allow other to know we appreciate their efforts and agree with the post.
i guess we just were spoiled with the old format and time will tell what we do with this one.
I tried to reply to a post from my iPhone last night and it wouldn't reckonise that I had trped and text. It said something like, "Please type one more letter before sending." I am limited with time and normally I cruise the forum in bed.
I do like the changes and I'm sure any bugs will be ironed out soon!
Okay, I've been looking at the new changes for a few days now and at least a couple of times a day. I really don't like this "baby blue, bably pink" color scheme that you are using on the topics. They are just to pale/faded and though not really impossible, I find that I have to really look hard to see what the difference is between old and new topics. The color change is just too subtle and on "unread" topics the light colors just don't show the logo diffences with much distinction.
AND, what makes a subject "Hot" as opposed to those that are not? I guess I don't get that.
Bottom line here is that these graphic changes that have been made do NOT show me much in the way of improvement and IMHO are a step back. Like other forum members, I too miss the "Thanks" button.