Software update

Started by Dungeon Master, November 22, 2022, 10:31:20 PM

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Dungeon Master

Hi all

The GMG forum software has been updated to the latest version 2.1.3. This is a bare-bones install with no modifications of customisations. As such it will look a little generic. The functionality remains the same, and all boards, topics and posts should have been transcribed. Over the next few days, I will customise the forum to improve the look and tailor it better for our members.

Why was the update necessary? The old version was not being maintained with bug fixes and security patches, so it was becoming vulnerable to bots and malware. The old version was never designed to be viewed on small devices, such a phones and tablets. The buttons were too small for fingers, and some functionality was not available. The new version flows smoothly from full desktop size to tiny phone size, while keeping functionality.

New features:
Alert notifications
WYSIWYG editor
Draft messages (write now, revise and send later)
Mentions of @otherusers
Drag and Drop attachments
Improved moderating functions
GDPR compliance (essential for European standards)
Security updates
Backend server compatibility improvements

Please let me know if you notice any issues.

cheers
Rob

Madiel

Goodness, it looks different!

But logged back in no problems. And I don't think that's just because I'm so local.  :laugh:

EDIT: Actually, the location field seems to have gone, which is interesting.
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Herman

It's been so long ago, I don't even know what my password is...
Let's see if this works.
Herman

Florestan

Quote from: Madiel on November 22, 2022, 10:52:13 PMGoodness, it looks different!

Very different, actually.

I don't see my avatar at all but this is the least of the problems. I don't see "Read Unread topics" and "Read Replies to Topics You Visited" anymore. Honestly, it's worse than the previous version but what option do I have except get used to it?  ;D
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Dungeon Master

Many of the changes will take a while to get used to, especially for oldies such as myself. You may need to enable or re-enable certain features within your profile. 

Papy Oli

Joining the queue of old folks having to get used to the new (neater) layout  ;D

Working ok so far this end (UK). Definitely seems faster on the laptop. Will check the mobile later.

Only had to re-set my local time in the profile settings for now.

Olivier

Madiel

Quote from: Florestan on November 22, 2022, 11:28:43 PMVery different, actually.

I don't see my avatar at all but this is the least of the problems. I don't see "Read Unread topics" and "Read Replies to Topics You Visited" anymore. Honestly, it's worse than the previous version but what option do I have except get used to it?  ;D

I can see your avatar, and both of those things are in the top right hand corner.
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Florestan

Quote from: Madiel on November 23, 2022, 12:58:21 AMI can see your avatar,

I can see all avatars too. What I mean is that in the old version my avatar was permanently displayed in the top left corner. Now in the top left corner it's only my username and if I click it a pop up appears with my avatar and the forum settings.

Quoteand both of those things are in the top right hand corner.

Thanks. I had noticed them right there earlier.

Actually, the new layout is the same as that of Talk Classical. It will take a while to get used to it but it's not really a big problem.


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pjme

"Many of the changes will take a while to get used to, especially for oldies such as myself. " - indeed....

But it all looks nice & neat. Reading is easy.

Peter - the Low countries.


Madiel

Quote from: Florestan on November 23, 2022, 01:25:33 AMI can see all avatars too. What I mean is that in the old version my avatar was permanently displayed in the top left corner. Now in the top left corner it's only my username and if I click it a pop up appears with my avatar and the forum settings.

Ah yes, I see what you mean.

Technically, the avatar IS there next to your name but it's absolutely tiny. If I squint I can just make out my glowing lyre.
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Spotted Horses

That was a surprise! Good to see it's back, I was concerned that Elon Musk had taken over GMG. :)

Florestan

Quote from: Madiel on November 23, 2022, 01:34:40 AMAh yes, I see what you mean.

Technically, the avatar IS there next to your name but it's absolutely tiny. If I squint I can just make out my glowing lyre.

Ah yes, I see it now. A magnifying glass would help.  :)
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Lisztianwagner

Wow, surely different, but not bad at all! After a little confusion because of the new layout, it's easy to get used to this.
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Harry

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Unmtil now I do not get emails from GMG, although I put all the settings in the right position I think!
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absolutelybaching

#14
I appear to have lost my silver subscriber badge in the update, though the subscription is still correctly shown as active in my profile.

Could that be fixed, please?!

PS: it's not just me. Vandermolen has lost his, too, for example.
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Jo498

My pw was remembered through the change, so this worked well. The new features sound nice. The new look will take me some time getting used to it, although for some reason it does look oddly familiar, I think I was in another forum with a similar design years ago, in some ways it seems more old fashioned (like early 2000s) than the old look
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Florestan

Quote from: Jo498 on November 23, 2022, 03:30:41 AMin some ways it seems more old fashioned (like early 2000s) than the old look

Yes, the old look was decidedly better.
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George

QuoteThe old version was never designed to be viewed on small devices, such a phones and tablets. The buttons were too small for fingers, and some functionality was not available. The new version flows smoothly from full desktop size to tiny phone size, while keeping functionality.


For this reason alone, thank you, Rob! This new one looks and works so much better on my phone!
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Pohjolas Daughter

Thank you so much Rob for all of your efforts in keeping this forum alive, safe, and functioning well.  :)

PD

Spotted Horses

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on November 23, 2022, 04:16:14 AMThank you so much Rob for all of your efforts in keeping this forum alive, safe, and functioning well.  :)

PD

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