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Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Phillip, May 31, 2011.

  1. Fraggline

    Fraggline Well-Known Member

    It's a sleek new appearance, and I gotta say...gee, ever have that problem when there was something that you had to say and then you forgot it? Ugh.
    But it was something I really liked about the forum. Maybe it'll come to me.
  2. Fraggline

    Fraggline Well-Known Member

    Maybe it was the "like" feature---there have been a lot of posts that I've admired.
    I do agree with some people that it'll take some getting used to. I'm not one who welcomes change a split second after I see it, and there was one thing that I miss about the old forum: whenever somebody replied to a thread I had replied to, a little message would appear in my e-mail, and it began with "Dear Fraggline..." How sweet! MC as a personal friend!
  3. Fraggline

    Fraggline Well-Known Member

    I keep posting with extra ideas, don't I? Well, I'm almost done. :3

    Anyway, overall, the change, I believe, is worth it no matter how many things were lost. It's just so cool, and, as has been said before (and I concurr), Philip is working hard to make this forum a good place. So thanks, Philip!
    Gonzo's Hobbit likes this.
  4. KirbTreelo05

    KirbTreelo05 Well-Known Member

    Wow, when I read Muppet Central Forum was gonna go through some changes, I wasn't expecting this!


    The forum looks really nice! I love that we can embed things now instead of linking to them. I also like how we can have bigger avatars now (A little disappointed I couldn't have my animated Tutter gif work when I tried to make it my avatar, but it's all good. :smirk: ) The liking posts feature pretty neat too! ^^
  5. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Wow i've arrived at this late i see. I've read it all ... some positive, some negative .. and i think somewhere along the way someone threatened to throw Phil naked to rabid wolves ... which is ermmm, different.

    I sympathise with a lot of what everyone is thinking. I do like the idea there is some kind of facebook/twitter social media intergration as everybody is using it now days and it all links back there so is going to help spread the word about the Muppets and MC .. which is MEANT to be the sites goal from day one. I hope something is sorted for Webtv and mobile phone users as, as part of that goal, it'd be nice if everyone had access to MC.

    As for the other ways it is built around a social media "experience" (ie active feeds and rewards and stuff) thats fine as long as those who aren't into that can just ignore it and continue to just post on the forum as they usually would ... remember not everyone is tech savvy and we have lots of "older" and "younger" members here.

    The one thing i would agree with that others raised is PLEASE make some kind of borders around each post, showing clearly when one starts and one ends (rather than a faint line) as that is making it very hard visually to read .. if you can even do that with this software. Also the new design as it doesnt have any kind of frame around it really makes the "black" borders a lot more noticeable than before - could things not be expanded a little.

    I like the integration of pictures and videos. I just hope the size of those pictures will be kept to a small size so that we aren't forever scrolling down endless pictures. Also i think i read somewhere that we are staying with the old signature rules yet i'm still seeing pictures in signatures. I really don't like pictures in signatures, it looks messy. The larger avatar is a nice enough treat!

    Just on the points Jamie was making about people offering to help give a bit more "life" to the main MC site and offering to write things, draw things etc and getting a less than enthusiastic response. Not digging at anyone here, lifes way too short for that, but he makes a good point. I know this site isn't (technically) "ours" and whether it has turned into a commercial venture or a fan venture (albeit run by a hardcore Muppet fan) is probably a bit of a blurry issue but for many of us, regardless, Muppet Central is probably the longest thing we have ever been involved with in our lives (it is for me!), many people have grown up, got married and had kids through the course of their MC "history" (including the webmaster!) so it's a very very special place which people can be forgiven for getting passionate about and i just really would appeal to the people running MC to look back on that press release Phil wrote in 1998 about honoring and respecting the Muppets, keeping Jims vision alive and giving fans a place to read about and discuss the latest happenings. Great work has been done over the last 13 years. It's not an issue of needing to give up any "management" of the site but it'd just be nice if with the effort thats gone into revamping the forum in time for the Muppets new movie and new "beginnings" also leads into looking at how the actual site can be given more "fresher" content so that all the new (and returning) fans coming to the site soon have plenty to read and given the chance to contribute to as i think that would be a great way to raise awareness of Jim's work and the Muppets legacy rather than people logging on, flicking through and seeing the latest editorial (which was written in 2003!). The whole thing with the knowledge people have here could be nothing short of AMAZING, and no matter how much some of us have in our lives now i'm sure many would still give up their time just because it's MC and it's special to us all .. so if anything is possible .. nows probably the ideal time to make it happen!
  6. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Nice to see you Luke! Changes in this area will be rolled out very soon.

    Absolutely, as I mentioned previously this upgrade isn't just about the forum. In the future, we'll be making it much easier for everyone to contribute to not only the forum but the entire site as well. From a technological standpoint, the forum needed to be upgraded first though.
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Gee, we're finally given a great feature, and you guys had to go and complain about it, and now it's been taken away from us. Herumph.
  8. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Are you referring to signatures? We announced back on June 4 that for now signature rules would stay the same as before. Thanks for your understanding.
  9. Krazedmuppet

    Krazedmuppet Well-Known Member

    PHHH disapear for like a year and a half and what do you do? you change everything around!!! J/K looks good Phil :)
  10. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Sounds exciting, looking forward to it! :)
  11. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Ha HAH! Started a new fic and was just able to post the entire first chapter with no problems. Thank you Philip!

  12. bingboingcutie

    bingboingcutie Well-Known Member

    This forum is awesome!! How do I get my avatar to not be so fuzzy anymore, though??
  13. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    If you have a larger version of this pic...try resizing it. Since the new forum, most of the avatars are a bit larger which caused them to get pixalated. That is what I had to do, but I also polished mine up in photoshop and added my MC name on it.
  14. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    1. I now absolutely love the forum. See, whenever my hotmail, facebook, etc changes all the sudden...at first I hate it. But then my eyes get used to it, and I grow to like it. The old 2002-2011 MC was starting to feel a bit rigid layout wise, didn't pop. So I really appreciate the new integration

    2. Good to see you back Luke!

    3. I think Phil has had pretty thick skin. Especially after the unfortunate late 2002 time period where everyone was taking shots at Phil(sadly I was not immune to the adding t the commentary and I apologize for that) I think Phil has done amazingly well about taking a neutral tone. He doesn't have to do this. He's long been busy with his own projects that Im sure are much more important than this site.

    If Phil has his own management style, thats fine. It's a web democracy. Look how independently other sites have sprung up. I think Tough Pigs had some growing up to do(I'll leave it at that), and now they're doing a series of interviews on youtube with some of the top Muppet performers. Same with The Muppet Mindset. I credit MC with single handedly helping to foster and bring back a lot of our Muppet love; but as much as I still have a bad taste left from feuds with old Tough Pigs, I believe their Wiki site is one of the greatest Muppety things ever. And I absolutely love The Muppet Mindset's endless coverage, enthusiasm and democratic approach to daily content by whoever wants to.

    Point being, if you dont like Phil's approach, it's not a be all end all website. That said, I think it's good for Phil to listen to some ideas/criticism which I think he's doing
  15. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Aww...Feel the Beaker love.

    I too have gotten used to this forum style -- the one thing that I do notice is that I tend to get in here, check my 'alerts' look at the threads I'm planning to read, post, and get out. I don't tend to stick around browsing along lazily from place to place anymore.

    Still...maybe it pays not to be so lazy anyway!
  16. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Glad you are getting use to the new forum.

    This may help if you aren't already using it... The "What's New" link at the top of the page will show all the threads that are "new to you". When you "hover" over a thread title, you'll see a preview of about the first 100 characters or so from each post. This makes finding discussions that interest you much easier than reading them one by one.
  17. MuppetsFan4Life

    MuppetsFan4Life Well-Known Member

    It's so different! I'm seeing it for the first time, and it's so new to me! I think I'll get used to it, though. To be honest, I kinda miss the old forum.
  18. Ruahnna

    Ruahnna Well-Known Member

    Okay, I confess that I did not read ALL 220 posts in this thread before writing, but here's my two cents worth, in bits and pieces.

    I miss being able to "see" who is in the same thread with me. I LIKE being able to see where folks have just been when I look for them. (Although it's maybe just a little bit creepy that I can.)

    I love, LOVE, LOVE that I DO NOT have to "hand-italicize" ALL of the italicized words in my postings. You have NO IDEA how much time that took and how often I missed one, or several.

    I, um, THINK I like the private conversations. I'm still working on it, still trying to get the hang of it.

    That's it so far, except to say, "Thank you, thank you and thank you for TRYING to please us and for WANTING to please us. We appreciate you!"
  19. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    I haven't read the other posts in this thread either (oops!), but I gotta say, when I returned about a week ago after a long hiatus, I was impressed!! Still am. :D You guys have done a fantastic job of updating the site, and then some! I especially love being able to "like" others' posts, but more than anything, the image insertion feature, that ROCKS!!!

    Cheers Phil, and great job to all who contributed!!
  20. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Well-Known Member

    I think if it were possible to have something of a "classic" view option available, whilst keeping all the new features but reverting to the old look of the site, it would go down a treat with those who still prefer the older aesthetic.

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