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Thread: New USA7s Forum coming in early 2021

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    Thanks for the time and effort guys!!

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    Thanks for all you do guys to maintain this site! Looking forward to seeing the new look.
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    The behind the scenes hard work is appreciated.

    Looking forward to new interface.

    Thanks all!
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    I have started a new thread here that will serve as the single view of the truth for the timeline and need-to-know information for our move to the new hoster and forum platform. It will be updated with additional information as we get closer to the dates.

    -John
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    Personal opinion: IF it fits the theme/direction of the forum I do advice adding a GIFFY type plug where you can easily search and embed reaction posts into gifs. Between most messengers, Facebook, slack and other main stream social media platforms it's a nice addition that people are used to and tend to expect to have.

    I know I personally enjoyed having it when I tried the Xenforo.
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    Invision allows you to paste the link to a gif in the editor and it will automatically embed it in the post -- no need to click a button and go through an upload menu, or manually type in HTML or BB tags. So if you find a gif you like when doing a search on Bing or Google, it's very easy to add it to your reply. We can consider adding a plug in that gives people pre-canned choices searchable within the native environment, but there a number of other things we are working on that will take priority.

    Once the new forum is live and people have a chance to use it, we'll create a dedicated thread for upgrades/improvements to capture the various ideas.

    -John
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Invision allows you to paste the link to a gif in the editor and it will automatically embed it in the post -- no need to click a button and go through an upload menu, or manually type in HTML or BB tags. So if you find a gif you like when doing a search on Bing or Google, it's very easy to add it to your reply. We can consider adding a plug in that gives people pre-canned choices searchable within the native environment, but there a number of other things we are working on that will take priority.

    Once the new forum is live and people have a chance to use it, we'll create a dedicated thread for upgrades/improvements to capture the various ideas.

    -John
    Excellent. The internet paradox is that a few extra clicks is equivalent to a monumental task that discourages most people from doing that work, I fully support in the future having a more native plug. (google isn't too friendly for gif searches/picture links ever since they disabled DIRECT linking the picture, but rather they relay to the source link)

    If sourcing from https://giphy.com/ directly will still embed them, it could be a temporary compromise.


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    I didn't see that there is a native Giphy plug in that is turned off by default in the Demo site. It's now on and works. Took about 60 seconds. What else do you want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    I didn't see that there is a native Giphy plug in that is turned off by default in the Demo site. It's now on and works. Took about 60 seconds. What else do you want?

    -John
    Well..

    Since you ask I'll share my thoughts. All depend on what your goal/drive is for the site.

    #1 thing to have is means of driving new content and for it to be available to visitors as we all know.

    We all go to ~6 regular sites when we are on the computer, see whats new and if there is nothing new, we move on. When I go to USA7's and click "new posts" and nothing pops up, I go off to check other forums.

    One HUGE thing that I wanted to have and implemented to make the forum more upto "modern times" of visual browsing is to have pictures from each thread show up in the feed. It was the best of both worlds IMO of keeping it a forum but also having pictures in part of your feed. So you'd see a title and any pictures that the post might have would be posted below the title for you to preview. Don't have examples on hand but can find if necessary.

    Landing page is nice to have but it requires upkeep. If nobody is motivated to do it, everybody's better off without it.
    Tagging a person - likely is part of the new interface when you can "@" somebody in a post and it will ping the person.
    Giphy integration - discussed above
    Copy and paste embedding of pictures. I know you're trying to keep data costs down and by default you become the host when you do that but it's a nice feature.
    Good auto resizing - I've fought with this for a while on my forum but when it works its very satisfactory. With so many huge pictures and phones taking huge pictures it's nice when there is an auto resize that will ensure you never post a huge picture, plus it makes it nice to browse when all pictures are consistent.
    Easy phone uploading - huge issue. No idea how that gets handled by the new system. Very annoying to share content that we all have on our phones if it fights you over it. Tapatalk was a nice compromise for vB but was still hardly ideal. Endless forum battle.


    Things that won't work for this community IMO
    Likes/dislikes/reputation
    Tags - they work in theory but they won't be used enough to be useful
    Chat box
    Gallery - not needed if there is an easy way to upload from phone
    Different title rankings depending on posts/etc

    I can think of more as time goes on. It's been a few years since I wrestled with this.

    With all that said, I'm well aware how much work it is to volunteer your time and implement and troubleshoot any new implementations. You asked and I shared some opinions on the matter. I had an idea of what I wanted out of the forum when I was in the design stage and worked towards that vision. I'm not sure what you've got in mind overall. If I had to narrow it down to 2 biggest targets 1) easier phone upload implementation/posting 2) more visuals such as picture preview in the thread listings.
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