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September 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm #4505
I don’t expect an exact date, just a rough idea.
I’m going to try and be patient, but have to say that at this point I’m a bit frustrated.
So far the new site is difficult to navigate, and I can’t get functions such as hyperlinks to work. I can’t get my avatar to fit into the new format. I see no option for a signature line… Basically this site doesn’t run like any other site that I visit. I’ll admit that I’m not the most computer savvy individual, but I’ve always been able to navigate in other forums. Maybe I’m old school, and am stuck in the old school types of forum formats, but so far this site seems ridiculously difficult to navigate threw.
Like I said, I’m going to try and be patient, but there will come a time when I may conclude that this site is dysfunctional, and then I’ll probably be gone for good… As far as I can tell many regular members have either already come to that conclusion, or they haven’t even taken the time to bother trying to register on the new site. There are many members that used to post here several times a day that are still AWOL… Granted, this is just day #2 of the new roll out, but I have concluded that things are not looking good at this point.September 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm #4520
Hey Lunker, most everything is “rolled out”, but its not optimized (you may mean it the same way), what I mean by that is we have a few features to roll out like a mobile version of the site, etc. but we are trying first to rectify the optimization and sign on issues. The speed is really, really bad right now, its not where we want it, so that is a high priority, there is also still some sign on issues or account syncing things.
That’s the longer answer, the short answer is any day. We have about 20 IT folks locked in a room plugging a way (I would post a pic, but its not pretty:) ), they aren’t leaving until its at least reliable, and faster. Believe me when I tell you, these folks have worked really hard, and no one is happy about the issues we have had at launch, they all wanted to celebrate a successful launch and some (who are hunters) were looking forward to joining the conversation. Its frustrating for all of us, but we will get there.
Thanks for sticking with us!September 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm #4524
When you say “most everything is rolled out” is that to say that the state forum, and the campfire forum are going to stay in the jumbled state that they’re in now?
The states used to be laid out in alphabetical order, and were laid out like the rest of the forums. The Campfire section was also laid out like the rest of the forums.
There were some other issues I mentioned, such as the avatars. If my chosen avatar doesn’t fit in the circular format I’m out of luck.
Then there’s the hyperlinks. I tried to get a link to post and couldn’t get the sites tool for links to work, nor could I get the link to work by directly pasting in the post. Do you know if that issue has been addressed yet?
Then there’s the signature line. If most of the new features have been rolled out I’m going to have to conclude that there isn’t going to be a sig line option in the new forums.
Another thing I’ve noticed is the sites edit feature. I don’t know how much time we have to edit a post, but it seems like it’s a short window to get any editing done.
I haven’t mentioned posting pictures yet is because I have my own method of posting pics that doesn’t involve the sites tools. After I post this maybe I’ll try posting a pic, I’m hoping that there won’t be any issues.
I’m going to be patient because over the last 5 years I must have read a 1000 complaints from members complaining about this sites functions, and operations, among them by far the biggest complaint has been the sites speed. I guess at this point, even though I was very angry when I first tried to deal with the new site, some of the issues seem to be clearing up. So I feel that if the powers that be at NAHC are trying to upgrade the site to give it’s members a better experience I should give them some time to work the kinks out.
I can only hope at this point things will get straightened out. For us old timers that aren’t as computer savvy as many of the younger members this new site roll out has been less than a pleasant experience.September 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm #4530
Thank you Lunkerdog, I appreciate that approach. And no, short answer is those features are the sorts of things we are learning from members and want to implement. So, I posted in another thread after I pulled all the “Hunting Lodge” threads out to a top level. I was going to wait and see what others thought about that approach, but sounds like most think that is easiest.
That said, I will pull out the “Campfire” posts, but still wait a bit on the “States” only because that will make the page really long, and I want to make sure that is a consensus feeling. You can access each state by clicking on the state name under the “States” category… that may have been a feature that wasn’t clear. That text is also pretty small, would it be helpful if we made the states larger, or would it only really help to break them out? If its the latter, I would like to play with a different layout so folks can minimize the states if need be, or add a separate “states forums” so they aren’t all co-mingled with the other forums. Do any of those approaches sound appealing?
On the editing of the forum posts, I thought you had an un-limited time frame, but let me take a look. We are working on signature lines, and I don’t have a concrete ETA on that, but will keep you updated. Want a couple of the other issues ironed out before pulling a guy for that.
And pics are something we will roll out later too, we disabled it until the servers are faster so it doesn’t bog you all down, but interested to see your approach.
Thanks again!September 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm #4539
Thanks for the prompt response.
As far as pics go, I couldn’t get my own method to work, but was able to get the sites tools to work in the Whitetail forum, it took a couple of tries to figure out which photobucket link to use, but I got it to work. I always had trouble using the old sites tools for pics, that’s why I developed my own method to begin with. I like this new sites tools for pics, it’s much easier than my method.
I have been in the Minnesota forum, but thus far only one other Minnesota member has found his way into the new forums. I can only hope that changes. I’m not sure how lengthening the page will effect site operation, but having the states jumbled up, tho bearable, is a bit of a pain.
As far as the mobile app. goes, one of our most frequent posters, CKell, always used his phone to post in the old forum, maybe that’s why he hasn’t shown up in the new forum yet.
At least for me things are getting better here in the new forums, I’ll just have to poke around the site for awhile to get familiar with it’s operations… Who says that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks??? I’m proof that you can!!!
I don’t know if I’m right or not, but it seems to me that many members may be having a hard time getting into the new forums. I may be wrong, but it may be worth looking into, remember that many of us are older, and not as familiar with computer operations as many of the younger members are going to be.
Which brings me to another issue I’ve been having. Some times when I come back to the site it recognizes me, and other times I have to log back in. Most sites have a “Remember Me” option when you log in. If these new forums have that option I’ve not found it yet.September 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm #4550
Cool, we will make it easier to post pics soon too, once we have the speed we need.
And yes, you are right, we identified the “Remember Me” function and are on it… should be corrected soon. Hopefully sometime tomorrow. As always, thanks for the constructive feedback!September 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm #4572
If you can get the speed up on this site you’ll be a hero in the eyes of many (once we figure out how to navigate the new site) As I said, by far that has always been the most common complaint from the members here.September 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm #4593
Oh, I know I have been here a while, so its definitely a priority of mine! We had a minor breakthru this afternoon that helped some, but also allows us to throw more horsepower at the site tomorrow. Tonight over night we will be tweaking a few settings to better optimize, we tried some during the day, but because traffic is higher then, the site started to really crawl, so we didn’t want to disrupt any more than we have already, so we opted to move those other changes to tonight. We will get it going faster for sure!September 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm #4619
I hope it works KeyMan yer committed now.
If it doesn’t work many here will want you to be committed!!!September 25, 2013 at 7:39 am #4632
Keymaster writes: “We have about 20 IT folks locked in a room plugging a way”
FILL THE ROOM WITH WATER AND DROWN EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM FOR SCREWING UP A PERFECTLY GOOD SITE AND FORUM!!!September 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm #4733
Hey all, speed is still the primary issue, we are rolling out some changes this evening, I will try to get a full list. We did create a mobile version of the site for those with mobile devices only m.huntingclub.com still testing it a bit, and then we will auto recognize your device and render that version instead.September 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm #5202
“Hey all, speed is still the primary issue”
You have changed the speed. Wrong way though. The idea is ti INCREASE the speed. If you are still working on your primary issue, the secondary fixes will be a Christmas gift we can look forward to.I just can’t believe you could implement something in such a shoddy state.September 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm #5224
When I worked in web development we would alpha and beta test every single part of the system before a rollout was even considered. After that the load testing would begin. If there was a glitch that effected the user experience it was fixed before any users got a peek at the site. It is obvious that was not done in this case. A 60 or 90 day pilot test with a couple hundred real users was probably needed too. In the corporate world heads would roll for this pathetic excuse of a website.October 2, 2013 at 4:42 am #5369
It appears one of the big problems is the load on the system. At 5:30 am when there are very few users on the system I am moving around with no problems. Later in the day when there are more users online it bogs down to where it is unusable. This is only one of many problems but I believe you have to fix the load problem first.
I think the best solution is to go back to old website and do some testing on this site and fix the bugs.
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