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  1. arn, Jun 1, 2015
    Last edited by triptolemus: Aug 27, 2015

    arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Let's try this as a wiki. I realize there are a lot of changes. Let's try to consolidate feature requests here. I can't promise all will happen. But we will at least consider each one, and prioritize it based on feasibility and importance.

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        • for each point of discussion within this concise wiki area, it’s highly likely that you will find at least one post expanding upon that point
    • at the foot of every wiki post there’s the History button
    • the history for this post includes the name of each editor √

    Feature requests and ERs (enhancement requests)

    # of posts per thread customization
    • plugin available -- looking into – arn.
    Exclude forums from New Posts
    Sorting of replies by poster within thread when clicking on 'number of replies' in thread lists.

    Allow the forum to show the number of likes
    • instead of x, y and 3 others.
    Include reasons for editing
    • as that is not a core feature of XenForo, it will be difficult to add - arn.
    Restore the functionality and compactness of the forum page.

    In each forum, show the latest post.

    Offer a gallery view for threads that include many pictures/images.

    As all signatures can be hidden, so there should be options to hide avatars; to hide images in threads (and how those features worked in the previous version of the forums)
    Specify original poster in thread.
    • done.
    Add automatic post merging for consecutive posts.
    • we had this in the old software where a member would post 2x, it would automatically merge the posts.
    Improve the 'Insert Quotes…' review dialogue. should be more descriptive
    Add 'go to last post', in addition to, last page link on the 'History' page and other areas where it would make sense.

    In conversations, allow attachments
    • not just URL images.
    Allow us to designate location as in the old software. We are located all over the world. In many cases this helps us understand different perspectives.
    • if a person chooses to publicise his or her designated location, then the whereabouts are shown at his or her profile page, and and visible elsewhere (overlays within topics, and so on)
    • please see the previous paragraph, and discussions on the subject
    • done.
    Wherever a person’s location is not already shown with their avatar, add that location
    • below the avatar.
    Allow repetitive metadata (locations, dates of joining, 68030 and so on) to be hidden whilst viewing topics
    Date and time formats should be user preferences
    • e.g. day-month-year instead of month-day-year.
    Allow thread author to edit thread title
    Clarify how multi-quoting works.

    Allow attachments to be created using the URLs of online images.

    Vastly reduce the rendering overhead in Safari so that it's performance is comparable to the old forum.

    Allow up to 100 posts per page.

    On a thread index page allow 100 threads to be listed.

    Add 'News Feed' to main forum menu items
    • this link allows members to see what posts members they follow have made.
    Add option to receive forum alerts as push notifications.

    Add button to 'Cancel' the post you are composing deleting any auto-saved text and multi-quote data
    • wasn't really needed in the old system where you could just abandon a post
    • with auto-save, it can come back to haunt you …
    • because
    In search results: excessive abbreviation too often reduces the value of search results
    Disable text coloring or add an option the override these colors. It can hamper readability.

    Add the ability to multi-quote people whose comments appear on different pages of a discussion
    • I'm not too hopeful for this
    • as far as I know, this worked from the outset.
    Allow for the post/wiki editing window to be resized
    • the ability to make vertical adjustments would be greatly appreciated.
    Bring back daily e-mail notifications of the activity that occurs in a specific forum whether they were new posts or replies
    • with the old forum style, I was able to set certain forums that I followed to send me a daily email notification (of all the new and reply threads in that forum for that day).
    Allow for nesting of comment replies instead of everything flatly ordered in time. Each non-reply post would be the head of a sub thread and if you are interested in that point being made, you can expose the replies to it and participate. This way, we would know instantly whether someone already made the response to a post we would like to make and we can skip over off-topic replies and all the replies to that off-topic post. Nesting would significantly lower the number of pages to read through and should significantly lower the number of people making the exact same point all throughout the thread.


    Dataloss: leading white spaces are sometimes lost from code.

    Dataloss: – en dashes converted to control characters, U+0096 (start of guarded area). Whether some ellipses … were also wrongly converted, I don't know.

    Attributions may be incorrect
    • ‘… said:’ may present the wrong person’s name.
    Shortcut on iOS saved to homepage for MacRumors is now updated to XenForo blue logo, not MacRumors logo.

    Status indications may be incorrect
    • "online status" doesn't work properly
    • you can see some people's activity even when online status is supposed to be off.
    Whilst drafting a new topic, the 'Insert Quotes…' option may fail to appear. Topic resolved.

    A nonfunctional drag handle within a edit dialogue that should be probably be expandable.

    Keywords for search (a.k.a. Search Everything) are lost when preparing to refine the search
    • some time after that point was added, enhancements became noticeable.
    OS X forum category also has a sub-forum called ‘OS X’
    • maybe turn that forum into a category with sub-forums OS X Yosemite, etc. like before?
    The bold, italic, and underline buttons don't always click on and off to represent whether they are selected
    • iPad issue.
    When a formatting button is clicked in the editor at the bottom of a thread, the top/bottom arrow floater appears, obscuring the right side of the text box
    • iPad issue.

    Style issues/requests

    Circular avatars are too dislikeable
    • I think we'll live with this for now, for simplicity sake – arn
    The circular border on an avatar does not look great on non-Retina devices. Wonder about:
    • increasing the stroke width
    • user preferences (options) to increase that width, or to have no stroke.
    Increase the resolution of avatars.

    Avatars show up as squares rather than circles when used to indicate that you have posts in the thread (placed as a smaller 'sub' avatar to the Original Poster's avatar in a list of threads).

    Option to view thread lists in a more compact form.

    Better differentiation of quoted text. Suggestions:
    • combination of indent, italics, gray box.
    Move edit and response button
    • from bottom left
    • to a position that will not interfere with the flow of a thread
    • Maybe to the top right, like shown in this example (Tinypic link)
    … same for list of people who 'liked'.

    Smaller default font size
    Replace the Verdana typeface with something else.
    • Maybe later. The whole site has been Verdana for so long, it's hard to change – arn
    Dividing line between posts be actually between all post material
    When the location text under user's avatar is more than one line, the new line is not left aligned with the rest of the text.

    Animated GIFs as avatars
    • everyone gets an avatar, so we decided to avoid animated gifs for now – arn.
    Remove the gratuitous whitespace
    • especially the cursor-length padding between posts.
    Fix the huge ads on iOS
    • preferably swap them out with something less real-estate happy
    • at least differentiate them more
    • their bleed into posts is very distracting.
    Swap out the green with something more consistent with the rest of the site, like the dark blue (or red to match the MR logo?)
    • The colors are different in every section - arn.
    Links in search results should look more like links
    • Working on this - arn.
    - Add a dark mode
    • Considering this - arn
    - add Lthe ability for users to switch to 24H time mode (done via languages according to the XF forums)
    • done
    Red scroll to bottom button should go to last post on page. (On an iPad, the up arrow is redundant, as one can just tap the top edge of the screen to get that.)

    Topic listings that use emphasised (bold) text may be misinterpreted as unread topics.

    Break out the forum link into a separate column in thread lists
    • currently it is inline with the thread author and time, in the same font size, weight and color - difficult to quickly identify.
    Fix the poster avatar
    • they look very low quality, especially on Retina display.
    Bring back custom Retina smilies
    • instead of the XenForo defaults.
    Make everything significantly more compact
    • at least twice as compact vertically
    • maybe three times.
    On one site that uses vB, where they have the posting box at the bottom of threads, there is a "Go Advanced" button that is approximately the same as the "More Options…"
    • the big difference is that when you click "Go Advanced", it has an implicit Preview Post built in
    • please do this, it would help a lot.
    It seems like XenForo has the ability to support User Name changes. If so, yes please.


  2. dilap macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2014
    London, UK
    @arn is it possible to do the likes as numbers, and when you press the number it shows who likes it?
  3. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2011
    The Netherlands
    Hi @arn, great opportunity for all of us to make a 'change'! :cool:

  4. leesweet macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2009
    Northern Virginia, USA
    This one may really be impossible but I just figured out that the 'line dividing posts' doesn't. The time of the post is above the line, and the content below. Ick. Anyway to actually have a divider between posts? (Or change that light blue to something you can actually see? :) )
  5. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere

    Let me at the very outset thank you for the great job you have done with the new UI.
    I would consider extremely useful the following features:
    1. Exclude forums from New Posts, this way users can eliminate "hundreds" of threads dealing for instance with "may delivery, june delivery etc." of certain products.
    2. Sorting of replies by poster.
  6. Raid macrumors 68020


    Feb 18, 2003
    Doing a lot of browsing today with the new forum UI and in addition to the features Arn has mentioned; I'd request that a "posts per page" display option in user preferences be added (if possible). I miss that ability already.
  7. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    Two things...

    Attached Files:

  8. arn thread starter macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I think 17 is last page.

    Ya, the links should be more linky.

  9. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Would love to be able to view threads that have many pictures in it as galleries instead. Some threads are just more interesting for the pictures and not the individual posts. There must be something to accommodate this!
  10. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    I agree, especially the post your ____________ threads.

    I would honestly like reporting of threads/posts to be more informative. More specifically, why a certain post reported may not be removed. I'd also like more diversity training for the moderators. They really let a lot of insults go simply because it's not an insult where they come from.
  11. leesweet macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2009
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Minor thing, but the favicon or whatever controls what gets saved on iOS (shortcut to your home page) ends up not with the old Macrumors now, but XenForo blue logo. Not exactly great branding. :) (I'd call this a bug?)
  12. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Hi @arn
    Mentioned this elsewhere, but it might have got missed with all you have going on today. On the old forum we had the Forum/Sub forum links at the bottom of the page. Now if I want to read another thread in this section I have to scroll to the top of the page to do that. Could the shortcuts be reinstated at the bottom (where one naturally finishes reading).
  13. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    Yeah it was but I went back a few pages and the little arrow only jumps a few pages at a time. Having a jump to the end button sure would be handy.
  14. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Too soon to start implementing changes - I personally think people need to just adjust to the new site over next few weeks and any real issues that aren't merely subjective preferences will raise there head and can be fixed.

    After 10 years using this site, these changes whilst a little strange initially are for me and I'm sure many other long standing users / contributors are breath of fresh air.

    Thanks Arn / DoctorQ and all the gods, admin and staff.
  15. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    MOD NOTE: We actually have new tools to provide feedback to thread reporters and are experimenting with them as we get used to them. Stay tuned.

  16. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    This comment alone is an improvement! Thank you so very much! In the past, moderation recommendations were always followed by a, "We're doing our best, if you don't like it, leave!" mentality.

    I really really REALLY appreciate the reply and the effort on that front.
  17. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030


    Jan 10, 2007
    I'd like the ability to "ignore" specific forums (like the Apple Watch) so that when I am viewing new posts, I don't have to have to sift through all the Apple Watch posts.
  18. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Is it possible to have it notated under a user's avatar that they are the original poster when they reply to their own thread?

    This is especially useful in topics where the OP requires help and or when there's a long, interesting thread and you're trying to see if there's been a resolution to the issue.
  19. arn thread starter macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    yep. we'll do that.
  20. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Thank you!

    Also, is it possible to make the red arrow that pops up at the bottom right while your scrolling take you to the last post on the page instead of the bottom of the page? Every time I click the arrow I end up scrolling back up to the last post.
  21. Clix Pix, Jun 1, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015

    Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    As the day has worn on and I've been able to spend more time on MR today, I'm feeling more and more at home -- at first it was kind of like being in a house where suddenly all the furniture had been moved around and repositioned.....even though I was familiar with Xenforo from its utilization on another site. The furniture had been moved in THIS "house" and it still took a bit of adjusting! Overall, though, I feel that this was a wise and good move. I think in another week or so we'll all be saying, "wow, this is great, so much better than vB, why didn't we do this a long time ago?" LOL!

    Oh, almost forgot why I was posting. Will there come a day when animated .gifs are able to move again? My "sparkly" avatar isn't quite as sparkly as it used to be since it's now still rather than animated. Not complaining, really, just an observation......

    Oops, just noted the mention of this in the first post here. OK, that's fine, no hurry..... You guys have enough other stuff on your plates at the moment! :)

    "- animated gif as avatars?
    Since everyone gets an avatar, we decided to avoid animated gifs for now - arn"
  22. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I'm not going to go as far as being completely comfortable in a week, but it's been a rather smooth transition even in the back end. It is rather disconcerting to have everything in different places than one is used to and not having some of the tools we are used to at our fingertips.

    I recently took a new job that had me working part of the time in a building where I had previously worked for over a decade. I can't count the times I walked right into what used to be my office before remembering that it was now occupied by my supervisor! Fortunately he was rarely in his office. Now a year and half later, I still almost pulled off the freeway at the wrong exit due to muscle memory.

  23. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    in the thread list page, it is possible to jump to the most recent post of a thread by clicking on the time it was posted, on the far right (waht previously was an arrow).
    however this works only when logged in.
    Is there a reason for this? it seems a functionality useful also when non-logged in and for guest visitors
  24. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Our minds and muscle memory do strange things at times, don't they?

    Considering the size of this site, its complexity, its very large member population, I'd say that yes, this has been a very smooth transition overall! I suspect, though, that for me it was a little easier than it might have been had I not already been familiar with Xenforo somewhere else.
  25. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Just so everyone is aware, we already don't have to:

    How to browse MacRumors with normal square avatars again!

    Agreed with @ardchoille50 though, I'm still hoping for a setting to toggle this, mainly for mobile devices.
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