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PostNew Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Walking in a Winter Winckleland » Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:49 pm

The People's Committee of Action Presents...
GRcade Discourse Test Server.

https://grcade.minty14.net/

The people's committee needs your feedback!

You can sign in with your own name, but for security reasons you'll need to request a password reset on the new site to get logged in.

Please test out the Discourse features, and see how your favourite threads look in this modern software environment.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Somebody Else's Presents » Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:51 pm

It does NOT like my current username. I was thinking of changing it anyway.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Errkal » Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:57 pm

I quite like it, will take some getting used to some stuff but it’s nice.

Also, I love being able to heart stuff. It feels so old that gr doesn’t have the option, sometimes you want to show appreciation it a whole post is over kill so the heart is perfect.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Mafro » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:14 pm

Somebody Else's Problem wrote:It does NOT like my current username. I was thinking of changing it anyway.

I think Minty said something about Discourse not being compatible with usernames with spaces for logging in, but you can set your display username to use them or something like that.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Minty14 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:24 pm

It was Winckle that spotted it, but yeah, that's right. Can't have spaces in login names, but you can in display names. I guess as the current platform doesn't differentiate, it automatically substitutes underscores.

You should see what happened to <]:^D :lol:

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Jenu-All I Want For Christmas » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:27 pm

How does one login to this?

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Minty14 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:28 pm

Jenuall wrote:How does one login to this?

You have to request a password reset I believe.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Cheeky Devlin » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:01 pm

Couple of thoughts so far.

Spoilers do not work right now. So that means staying clear of stuff you don't want spoiled as it will show the contents of spoiler boxes as it doesn't understand the [ spoiler][/spoiler ] tags.
EDIT: They do kind of. You select the cog icon and choose "Hide Details".

It's very different from the way things are now and I'm not 100% how I feel about it.

I do think there is a lot of wasted space on my screen (Literally about 50% or more is blank) either side of posts. I'd like it to take advantage of the space better as I primarily read the site on my PC, not my phone (Though that does get used as well).

I want our Smilies back. We only recently got Capn Scotty and it's far too soon to abandon that. :capnscotty:

Logos - Easily one of our defining features is our custom logos, so I would like to see that be more prominent on the page.

It's certainly slick and it's going to take time to get used to, but I think with some tweaks it'll be a good base to move on with.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Saint of Killers » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:09 pm

A dark theme at some point would be lovely.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Minty14 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:20 pm

Saint of Killers wrote:A dark theme at some point would be lovely.

You can try it now :)

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Green Gecko » Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:22 am

Somebody Else's Problem wrote:It does NOT like my current username. I was thinking of changing it anyway.

Your username should have been converted to Somebody_Else's_Problem or Somebody_Elses_Problem - not sure if it likes apostrophes either. I had the same thing, but your username will display normally - there are two different fields.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Somebody Else's Presents » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:28 am

Green Gecko wrote:
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:It does NOT like my current username. I was thinking of changing it anyway.

Your username should have been converted to Somebody_Else's_Problem or Somebody_Elses_Problem - not sure if it likes apostrophes either. I had the same thing, but your username will display normally - there are two different fields.


There's a character limit, too, so I'm Somebody_Else_s_Prob

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Vermi Claus » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:38 am

Don't like the layout of the main page, too much unused space, and the topic list on the right just seems unnecessary.

Also, will we be no longer able to have sigs attached to our posts? Didn't see any just now.

Oh and the actual post boxes are too narrow.

The layout generally reminds me of when YouTube changed theirs and i quickly reverted to the previous version.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Walking in a Winter Winckleland » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:44 am

The topic list on the right is one of my favourite features. It makes the forum look active and fresh, makes less clicking to dedicated subforums necessary.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Karl_ » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:34 am

Winckle wrote:The topic list on the right is one of my favourite features. It makes the forum look active and fresh, makes less clicking to dedicated subforums necessary.

I agree with this. I think it's user-customisable, so people who want either just forums or just topics can do that(am I right about that?).

The just topics view is cool too as it gives you a very compete, straightforward overview of all recent activity. You could conceivably just use that page, it seems very convenient!

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Walking in a Winter Winckleland » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:41 am

Yeah the front page is totally customisable in your user preferences, you could turn off the latest posts view if you want.

Cheeky was correct to point out a lack of decent spoiler tags, so I installed a plugin that blurs spoilers - https://grcade.minty14.net/t/spoilers/85560/11 check it out.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Jenu-All I Want For Christmas » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:56 am

Quite like the custom background you can put on your profile, although not sure anyone will ever really see it!

Played around with links and images and stuff last night and there certainly seem to be some quite cool things you can do with markup, BB code, HTML etc. :toot:

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Dual » Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:06 am

Does this have emoji support?

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by OrangeXMS » Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:14 am

Winckle wrote:Cheeky was correct to point out a lack of decent spoiler tags, so I installed a plugin that blurs spoilers - https://grcade.minty14.net/t/spoilers/85560/11 check it out.


I don't think "making an image still visible but very blurry" is a particularly good implementation of spoilers, which should completely hide something unless explicitly opened/revealed. Like that example, while spoilered I can still see it's a picture of a cat. If people were posting spoilered character reveals in a thread (like smash bros for example), people are going to get spoiled when they don't want to, because even blurred out characters will be recognisable. Another example would be someone posting a NSFW image - heavily blurring it isn't good enough. Also, if you browse without javascript, it's unspoilered. That's the opposite behaviour to spoilers here (or other places like resetera) where without js spoilered things are hidden.

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PostRe: New Forum Software Test Live - Please check it out!
by Walking in a Winter Winckleland » Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:28 am

I'm going to come out and say it OR, if you browse without javascript, don't expect anything to work.


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