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David Ashby - Moderator09/07/2013 13:34:59
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Just a little 'heads up' folks. This site is about to have a refresh and a new appearance, soon, possibly at the end of the week.

Here's how it'll look:

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There are a few more tweaks so what's above isn't final but basic functions won't really change, the forum will be unchanged too so navigation shouldn't be a problem.

All MyTime's community sites are seeing this change and I've been keen to make sure that Modelflying wasn't the first so I'm assured that the bugs have been sorted. wink 2

 

 

Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 09/07/2013 13:39:20

Martin Harris09/07/2013 13:43:32
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I'd guess this has something to do with a glitch an hour or so back where clicking on a forum thread logged me in to and subscribed me to the Popular Patchwork (with a similar appearance to "our" new site) and Hi-Fi News groups?

Although my interest in Hi Fi is marginal, to say the least, membership of the Patchwork quilt group will not do what's left of my "street cred" any good whatsoever!

Edited By Martin Harris on 09/07/2013 14:06:11

David Ashby - Moderator09/07/2013 14:13:07
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Posted by Martin Harris on 09/07/2013 13:43:32:

I'd guess this has something to do with a glitch an hour or so back where clicking on a forum thread logged me in to and subscribed me to the Popular Patchwork (with a similar appearance to "our" new site) and Hi-Fi News groups?

Although my interest in Hi Fi is marginal, to say the least, membership of the Patchwork quilt group will not do what's left of my "street cred" any good whatsoever!

Edited By Martin Harris on 09/07/2013 14:06:11

 

A model flyer? Street cred? smile

No, nothing at all to do with it Martin so they tell me. 

 

 

Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 09/07/2013 14:13:36

Martin Harris09/07/2013 14:15:30
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Hmmmm

Martyn K09/07/2013 14:33:57
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No flashing adverts How do the advertisers feel about that?

Martyn

Martyn Johnston09/07/2013 15:12:13
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I post quite a lot on the forums and I do quite a lot of it in works time (when nobody's watching !).

Is this an ideal opportunity to ask your web-designer techy blokes to remove the display of the 'time' of each post. Displaying the 'date' is OK, but the 'time' could be incriminating.

I've seen other places where they display the time if the post was withing the last 24 hours; but only the date if it is older than that. That seems quite sensible.

That way I could ask some of my colleagues to go and read my build-log without dropping myself in it

Just a suggestion.

Thanks.

Martyn

IanR09/07/2013 15:34:27
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I think its truly wonderful how the computer fraternity keep themselves employed and bringing in the money by convincing the rest of us of the need to constantly up-date (I won't say "improve" ) their wares. Of course there are major improvements like broadband speed increases etc but it remains to be seen whether or not this site's changes are a genuine improvement or simply change for change's sake. Or should I say "change for the sake of a few thousand quid more in the kitty."

Whatever happened to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"?

 

Edited By IanR on 09/07/2013 15:35:21

Bob Cotsford09/07/2013 15:50:49
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Posted by IanR on 09/07/2013 15:34:27:

Whatever happened to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"?

Edited By IanR on 09/07/2013 15:35:21

obviously not this site that you are referring to then?cool

David Ashby - Moderator09/07/2013 15:52:33
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Posted by Martyn K on 09/07/2013 14:33:57:

No flashing adverts How do the advertisers feel about that?

Martyn

Ad's haven't been added to the new template Martin.

Concorde Speedbird09/07/2013 16:31:29
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It looks good, just needs a giant picture of Concorde above the logo!

CS

Martyn K09/07/2013 16:43:43
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Posted by David Ashby - RCME on 09/07/2013 15:52:33:
Posted by Martyn K on 09/07/2013 14:33:57:

No flashing adverts How do the advertisers feel about that?

Martyn

Ad's haven't been added to the new template Martin.

Thanks David

Personally, I don't have a problem with adverts - it was the flashing that I (and others) found irritating. I understand that in this modern day and age, web sites have to pay for themselves - and (including the cost of maintaining them), they are not cheap. I do hope that the change does not have any long term detrimental effects that ultimately would affect all of us.

Apart from that, I like the layout - nice and clean - I tust it will be just as easy to navigate.

Martyn

Concorde Speedbird09/07/2013 16:47:25
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Posted by IanR on 09/07/2013 15:34:27:

Whatever happened to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"?

I have heard this saying a lot, I personally do not like that saying, and not just for websites etc. Anything can be improved even if it is working as it is. So it could have something added to make it better or even something taken away. An example would be the Packard Merlin, the Rolls Royce Merlin had served British fighters well in earlier years but when Packard started building them they changed it, and engineers will tell you that the Packard ones were better. People should be out looking to make things better since there is always room for improvement.

CS

Vecchio Austriaco09/07/2013 17:36:50
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Hope we see no adverbs over text in the new one

all the best VA

Paul Marsh09/07/2013 17:43:47
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I do have a OPPO Blu-ray.DVD Player, though.

Chris Bott - Moderator09/07/2013 17:46:27
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CSB you're absolutely right, there would never be any progress anywhere would there?

But I think the phrase really refers to us engineers who just cannot help ourselves and allways meddle, trying to add features to something that works perfectly, we tend to keep going, adding and adding until eventually the original concept is lost, or it really doesn't work properly at all. Of course that's the only way we know we've gone too far

IanR09/07/2013 17:51:23
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CS, as I said, some changes, like Increased broadband speeds or Packard Merlin engines, are worthwhile improvements. But, in the same way that AOL has recently changed its appearance making it necessary to learn the new layout for absolutely no improvement in performance, other changes are completely useless. As I said, it remains to be seen how the new look modelflying site will perform. If it removes the glitches that Bob aludes to above then great.

As regards "if it ain't broke..." imagine that one of your beloved ic engines is running as sweet as can be. You'd be daft to start tinkering with it for tinkering's sake. No, leave well enough alone and get on with flying which is why you've got the engine in the first place. Of, course, if someone comes up with a more powerful, more fuel efficient engine...

The "if it ain't broke..." saying is aimed at daft beggars who might otherwise spoil a good thing. Let's hope our much-loved (by me, anyway) website isn't spoiled.

Ian (not a luddite, really)

Vecchio Austriaco09/07/2013 17:52:18
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A - Chris - we don't meddle - use the right words - we call it continuos improvement and innovationlaugh

VA

IanR09/07/2013 17:53:19
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Chris,

Snap.

Ian

Peter Miller09/07/2013 18:24:19
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Maybe, just maybe, they might correct the mess when peoples posts are covered by the adverts on the right.

No, that would be useful so it won't happen.

Probably be the same mess as the AOL update whci I am suffering from.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator09/07/2013 18:34:15
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Guys, the ads covering the text happens for one reason only - people insisting on inserting photos without probably reading the instructions! As I've said many times - where we see them we fix them - not by any magic super power given only to mods but by the simple exercise of editing the offending posts and reinserting the pictures correctly. Mods spend a lot of time doing this!

But obviously we can't be everywhere - it very dissapointing when we go into a thread and find that not only is it "mucked up" but its probably been like that for weeks! In all that time didn't one person - quick enough to complain here - think to just send one of us a PM and ask us to sort it out?

BEB

PS If it ain't broke it hasn't got enough features yet! Right on CSB (BEB the engineer!)

Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 09/07/2013 18:35:13

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