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Rammikin
post Mar 17 2012, 09:10 PM
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I find the GMC forums to be a great resource, but here are some random observations about the forum after using it for a while.

- Organization

Maybe it's just me, but I find the organization of the discussions to be hard to understand. I knew this GMC Feedback discussion was somewhere in the forum, but it took me five minutes to find it because it's under the heading "Vintage GMC", which is described "old threads and posts, covered in dust and cobwebs". That doesn't sound like somewhere you'd go to post some new comments about the forum smile.gif I know there's a thread somewhere that has archived video lessons, but I gave up trying to find it after 10 minutes. The Community Activities group of discussions seems to be a mix of obsolete and current activities? In general, it just seems like the organization could use a review to see if it can be made easier to find things.

- Performance

Did something change with the forum software a few weeks ago? Recently, browsing through the forum is much slower than before for me (Safari 5.0.5). When I click on a forum or discussion, I'm first presented with a page of unformatted text for a second before the display flashes gray and then jumps to the correct page. Looking at it more closely, I can see it's my bookmarks that are displayed for a second or two as unformatted text when I click, before a forum page appears.

- Editing

Maybe I'm overlooking it, but I don't see a way to edit a post. I know I've done it before though, so maybe it's an oversight on my part? Maybe editing is not permitted after a reply? hmm, I can edit this post. But other posts I've made recently don't show an edit button.

- Searching

Again, maybe it's me, but I can't find a way to search the forum in a sensible way. Most internet forums permit searching by various means, sorting of the results, display of brief summaries of each hit, choice of post/topic results, etc.. Unless I'm overlooking something, the GMC forum doesn't have any of these features?

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post Mar 17 2012, 09:39 PM
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I agree with a few of these things, but I have just dealt with it. Let's see what Kris says. smile.gif


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Kristofer Dahl
post Mar 18 2012, 05:32 PM
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Very cool feedback here -

QUOTE (Rammikin @ Mar 17 2012, 09:10 PM) *
- Organization

Maybe it's just me, but I find the organization of the discussions to be hard to understand. I knew this GMC Feedback discussion was somewhere in the forum, but it took me five minutes to find it because it's under the heading "Vintage GMC", which is described "old threads and posts, covered in dust and cobwebs". That doesn't sound like somewhere you'd go to post some new comments about the forum smile.gif I know there's a thread somewhere that has archived video lessons, but I gave up trying to find it after 10 minutes. The Community Activities group of discussions seems to be a mix of obsolete and current activities? In general, it just seems like the organization could use a review to see if it can be made easier to find things.

The easiest way would be to post site feedback here. We are about to close the vintage GMC board to avoid confusion.

My thinking is that the less amount of sub boards we have - the easier it will be to navigate the forums.

QUOTE (Rammikin @ Mar 17 2012, 09:10 PM) *
- Performance

Did something change with the forum software a few weeks ago? Recently, browsing through the forum is much slower than before for me (Safari 5.0.5). When I click on a forum or discussion, I'm first presented with a page of unformatted text for a second before the display flashes gray and then jumps to the correct page. Looking at it more closely, I can see it's my bookmarks that are displayed for a second or two as unformatted text when I click, before a forum page appears.

I do not believe something performance related has happened - however you might have added more bookmarks recently? That could be causing it (especially if you are on a slower Internet connection).

Now I have to say that added bookmarks really shouldn't load in the background for every page load. I will forward this to a developer. Thanks again for the feedback.

QUOTE (Rammikin @ Mar 17 2012, 09:10 PM) *
- Editing

Maybe I'm overlooking it, but I don't see a way to edit a post. I know I've done it before though, so maybe it's an oversight on my part? Maybe editing is not permitted after a reply? hmm, I can edit this post. But other posts I've made recently don't show an edit button.

I believe that members can edit the first 30 minutes after the initial post.


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- Searching

Again, maybe it's me, but I can't find a way to search the forum in a sensible way. Most internet forums permit searching by various means, sorting of the results, display of brief summaries of each hit, choice of post/topic results, etc.. Unless I'm overlooking something, the GMC forum doesn't have any of these features?

Now that's a very good point - I use the general site search for the forum. (this one)

However there are two more advanced searches available (number 1 and number 2)

I will think about how/if to make these search options more easily available.

Please keep the feedback coming - I already think this thread will have an impact on how the site will look/work in the future smile.gif


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post May 6 2012, 01:41 AM
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Is there any news on the forum browsing performance problem?
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Bogdan Radovic
post May 6 2012, 10:31 PM
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QUOTE (Rammikin @ May 6 2012, 02:41 AM) *
Is there any news on the forum browsing performance problem?


We are aware of the issue but the engener hasn't fixed it yet.


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post May 8 2012, 06:15 AM
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I actually have a question as well. I notice that the teachers can post GP files, but the students can't. May I ask what the reasoning behind this is?


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Bogdan Radovic
post May 8 2012, 01:39 PM
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QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ May 8 2012, 07:15 AM) *
I actually have a question as well. I notice that the teachers can post GP files, but the students can't. May I ask what the reasoning behind this is?


Hi - we have tested this and it is possible to upload guitar pro files as an attachment (posted as the student).
Could you please try it and let us know how it goes? More details/screenshots are welcome.

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post May 8 2012, 01:46 PM
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I posted my first youtube video on this site earlier using Firefox 12.0 on win7. I was able to open the youtube widget and post the videos but the widget would not close for me when i hit the x (???) in the top left corner of the widget or the cancel button. I figured maybe "toggle side panel" would get rid of it but it didn't. I had to preview my post to close the widget (i.e. reload the page).
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post May 8 2012, 02:04 PM
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QUOTE (greatwhitepine @ May 8 2012, 02:46 PM) *
I posted my first youtube video on this site earlier using Firefox 12.0 on win7. I was able to open the youtube widget and post the videos but the widget would not close for me when i hit the x (???) in the top left corner of the widget or the cancel button. I figured maybe "toggle side panel" would get rid of it but it didn't. I had to preview my post to close the widget (i.e. reload the page).


Thanks a lot for this report!
We are on it.


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post May 9 2012, 02:45 AM
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Oh, you are right. Maybe I just need to keep my eyes a little more open in the future. Thanks, Bogdan!


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