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Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

What's new at DU! (updated Dec 6 2011)

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Welcome to the latest DU software preview! This is a preview of our new message board software.

Please be aware that since this software is still under development a number of features that you currently enjoy on DU are not available on DU3 Preview at this time, but rest assured they will be included in the final release.

The following is a list of working improvements that are included in this preview version of the software. Think of this as the foundation upon which the new DU will be built.

NOTE: This thread will be continually updated as new changes are made to the software.

Latest update: Dec 6 2011
Previous updates: May 17 2011, Feb 16 2011, Jan 20 2011

What's new at DU

Too many things to mention

Seriously, there have been a vast number of changes we have made to the software since the last revision -- and since we didn't write them all down at the time it's pretty much impossible for us to recount them here. So we'll just say, for everything you need to know to post on the new DU: click here.

--Updated May 17 2011--

Forum and group rearrangement

Most of the DU2 forums you've come to know and love (and of course, hate) are still present on DU3, but we have made a few fairly significant changes. First, only a few forums are now referred to as "forums". These are:

* Announcements
* Latest Breaking News
* General Discussion: Political Videos
* General Discussion: Recommended Reading
* General Discussion: Soapbox
* The DU Lounge
* DU Help & Meta-discussion

Everything else on DU is now referred to as a "group". There are some good reasons for this that we aren't going to go into a lot of detail about at this time. But don't worry -- unlike DU2, groups on DU3 are now open to everyone. You no longer have to be a donor to post in a group.

New forums

You'll have noticed from the list above that along with a few cosmetic adjustments we've also made some fairly significant changes to the "classic" lineup of DU forums. The most important of these are:

General Discussion
We have separated the General Discussion forums in a new way which we hope will make it easier to find the type of discussions you're looking for. Instead of General Discussion and General Discussion: Presidential we now have General Discussion: Recommended Reading and General Discussion: Soapbox.

GD Recommended Reading is here: http://www.du3preview.com/?com=forum&id=1016
GD Soapbox is here: http://www.du3preview.com/?com=forum&id=1002

The old DU2 forum Editorials and Other Articles has been rolled into General Discussion: Recommended Reading and the purpose of this new forum is for cross-posting stories and articles found elsewhere on the Web. In this regard the forum is something of a hybrid between the old Editorials and Other Articles forum and the General Discussion forum.

The new General Discussion: Soapbox forum is for posting your own thoughts and rants on politics, issues, and current events. Need to get something off your chest? Just saw a teabagger getting demolished on cable news? Presidential speech coming up at any minute? Post about it here.

DU Help & Meta-discussion
You may not have asked for it, but you're getting it anyway -- DU finally has a dedicated forum to talk about DU. Admit it, it's what half of you come here to talk about anyway.

DU Help & Meta discussion is here: http://www.du3preview.com/?com=forum&id=1240

As well as providing a space for meta-discussion, this forum is also intended as a place for newbies and DU veterans alike to ask questions about the site's features and functions and receive answers from those in the know, including the DU Administrators who will participate regularly in the DU Help & Meta-discussion forum to answer questions.


About this forum/group

Confused about the purpose of a specific forum or group? Unsure if your OP will be considered on- or off-topic? Every forum and group now features an "About" page which you can get to by clicking the "About this forum" or "About this group" buttons which appear in the bar with the large blue "Post a thread..." button near the top of the page.



These pages describe the exact purpose of the forum or group along with a wealth of other information and statistics. Note that the forum and group descriptions also appear on the main Forums & Groups page.

My Subscriptions

One of the other major upgrades that's been implemented since the last preview is the My Subscriptions page. You can visit your My Subscriptions page by clicking the My Subscriptions tab at the top of any DU3 page.

The My Subscriptions page currently lists the most recent threads from every group that you have subscribed to (in future versions you'll be able to subscribe to other DU members and keyword tags). Essentially it creates a customized Latest page that only shows you threads from the groups you're interested in. We believe that this will help to make the groups much more active.

Note that you can only subscribe to GROUPS, not to FORUMS. This is because the content in those forums moves so fast that it would quickly flood your My Subscriptions page and make it redundant with the Latest page.

You can subscribe to any group by visiting the group and clicking the "Subscribe to this group" button found next to the large blue "Post a thread..." button near the top of the page.



Once you click that button, the group will be added to your My Subscriptions page. (The button will then change to read "Unsubscribe from this group" in case you subsequently want to unsubscribe.)

As well as appearing on the My Subscriptions page, groups that you are subscribing to will appear in the main site navigation in the left-hand column of every page, as well as on your Forums & Groups page.

Group organization

All group listings have been updated and are now categorized, and groups are assigned to both primary and secondary categories. For example, the "LGBT Civil Rights and Activism" group is assigned to the "Gender & Orientation" category, and also to the "Activism" category. Categories can be found on the Forums & Groups page. (If you think we put your favorite group in the wrong categories, please let us know.)

Navigation improvements

Layout memory
If you view the Forums & Groups page in Browse mode, you'll notice that each of the top-level sections can be expanded and collapsed so you can view the page the way you want it. The software will now remember how you organized the page so you won't have to change it every time.

The main site navigation in the left-hand column of every page has also been programmed to work this way. You can expand or collapse each of the top-level sections and the software will remember how you last left it.

User functions
In order to reduce clutter, the functions that appear next to members' usernames on their posts are now hidden by default, but can be toggled on or off by clicking the username. (This includes the member's post count.)


Self-delete function

You can now self-delete any of your own posts at any time, whether they are an OP or a reply. If an OP is self-deleted, all the replies will remain intact but the thread will be automatically locked with an explanation. Self-delete also completely deletes a post's edit history. Look for the "Self-delete" link in the bottom-right corner of any of your posts (don't worry -- if you click the link, you'll be taken to a confirmation page before the post is deleted).



Automatic mobile device detection and "Preferred format"

The software will now recognize if you are visiting the site from a mobile device, and if so will automatically display the site in Mobile format. If you want to override this setting, you can change your "Preferred format for mobile devices" in the Preferences section of your My Account page. You can also set your "Preferred format for regular web browsers" -- so whether you're visiting DU on a mobile device or from a regular web browser, you can set your default view to Standard, Wide, or Mobile formats. The choice is yours.


--Updated Feb 16 2011--

Avatars and signature lines

Avatars and signature lines are now available and can be selected and edited from your My Profile page. Just click the My Profile link which can be found at the top right of every page. (Please note that it is not possible to upload your own avatar just yet, but that functionality will be included in the final version.)

Emoticons

Emoticons are now working on DU3 Preview -- and we've added some new ones. For a full list of emoticons and their codes, click here. (Please note that the list of emoticons currently opens on a new page and you will have to hit "Back" to return to your post -- the emoticons list will be better integrated in the final version of the software.)

Wide format

There is now a Wide format version of DU3, which removes the left-hand navigation bar on many pages and stretches the site layout to fit the full width of your monitor. The Wide format is a little closer to the original DU layout. You can change formats at any time from the Preferences section of your My Account page. Just click the My Account link which can be found at the top right of every page.

Mobile format

For smartphone users there is now a Mobile format available. This is a radically different format which is optimized for smartphones and other mobile devices -- but you can still use Mobile format in your computer's web browser if you like. You can select Mobile format at any time from the Preferences section of your My Account page. Just click the My Account link which can be found at the top right of every page. (Please note that while Mobile format is currently working, it's not fully functional yet. In particular, we have not yet programmed functionality to automatically detect when you are visiting from a mobile device -- for now, you must manually choose the Mobile mobile version from your My Account page.)

My Posts

My Posts is now available -- just click the My Posts tab at the top of any page. The new DU3 My Posts page is different from the old DU version. Here are the main changes:

* The new "Replies to me" column lists the exact number of direct replies to your post.
* If there are replies, you can click the little arrow to show the title and poster of the replies, right there on the My Posts page.
* When there are new replies, the arrow turns yellow. (Click the "Mark as read" button to reset icons to white.)
* Posts now kick to the top of the page when there are new replies, just like in a regular forum.
* The page can be sorted either by the time that you posted, or by the time that someone replies.
* We no longer have a 48 hour time limit on the My Posts page. The new time limit is... infinity!


--Updated Jan 20 2011--

Under the hood

DU3 has been built from scratch by the DU administrators, with a great deal of attention paid to every detail and every aspect of the user experience. Our emphasis has been on perfecting the core functionality of the Democratic Underground discussion forum.

The software has been programmed using fully standards-compliant HTML and CSS code, so your web browser won't get slowed down by errors. The site layout is now handled entirely by CSS so pages will load faster.

DU3 also takes advantage of today's modern web browsers, allowing us to provide functionality that does not exist in the old software.

Navigation

User-friendly tabs give quick and easy access to the most important pages of the site. The tabs indicate if you are on that page.

New left-column navigation gives you instant access to all of the forums and groups on the website.

Page numbers have increased in size to make them easy to read and easy to click, and pagination shows "Prev" and "Next" links.

The Latest page

The Latest page can now be sorted and filtered in various ways. As well as the default Latest Threads view, you can now sort by Most Discussed, Most Viewed, and Most Replied.

You can filter the Latest page to show all forums and groups, just the main forums, just the topic forums, just the groups, and a number of other different ways. (Note that this feature does not currently remember your preference, but that functionality will be included in the final version.)

There is now an RSS feed for the Latest page. (In fact, there are now individual RSS feeds for EVERY forum and group.)

The Lobby (now "Forums and Groups" )

The Lobby is now known as "Forums and Groups." There are two ways to view this page: Browse Mode and Show All Mode.

Forums and groups are listed together by topic, which makes it easier to find similar forums and groups that might interest you.

Browse Mode displays the total all-time number of messages posted in each forum or group, as well as the total number of messages posted in each forum or group during the past 30 days. Browse Mode also displays the title of the most recent thread posted in each forum or group.

Forums and threads

Forums now show the start time and time of last reply for each thread without having to click an extra link.

The "mark" function has been improved. The traditional method of marking a forum (after marking, new posts are displayed with yellow icons) has been retained, but you now have the option to highlight the 10 newest replies to each thread instead. If you choose this alternative, then whenever you view a thread then only the 10 most recent replies will be displayed with yellow icons.

A large "Reply to this thread" button now appears at both the top and bottom of each thread.

The "Thread info" button gives you useful information about each thread.

Replies to threads are now slightly indented making it much easier to see who is replying to whom. In addition, the top right corner of each post now displays the username of the person being replied to as well as the post number, again making it easier to see who is replying to whom.

The number of views that a thread has received is now displayed in-thread.

Single-post mode clearly shows the title of the thread at the top of the page, and a link to the Original Post.

Every post shows a link to its location in-thread, and also a "permalink" to see the post by itself.

Posting

The new Post page features a wide input area for writing your message subject -- no more side-scrolling.

When you preview your post, it actually looks like your post -- same font, same formatting, same everything.

You now have unlimited time to edit your posts (previously there was a one hour edit window after which posts could not be edited). Each post has a public edit history which displays all the edits that have been made.

User registration and log-in functions

Although user registration is currently turned off during this preview period, the user registration and log-in functions on DU3 are much more robust. You can select the password you want at the moment you create your account, rather than having one assigned by the software and then changing it later. You can easily retrieve your username, password, or both if you have access to your email address. A security question feature has been added.

Other functions

You can now send an alert without leaving a thread. The "Alert abuse" link will allow you to send an alert directly from any post.

You can easily edit your profile information without leaving your profile page.

The software sets a maximum screen width which makes it easier to read on very wide screens.

Much shorter URLs make it easier to link to pages.

The software sets a relative time for visitors who are not logged in (for example, "Last reply: 4 hours ago" ) and the exact time if you are logged in (for example, "Last reply: 9:30 AM" ).

Contextual buttons change depending on which page you are viewing. You don't see the same icons on every page any more.

Missing features (don't worry, they're coming back)

Right-column Latest Breaking News feed on Latest page
Journals
Polls
Account management
Bookmarks
Full profiles including post count
DU Mail/Inbox
"My Forums" (this will return under the umbrella of "My Subscriptions" which we will talk about at a later date)
Advanced search function
Ignore
Spellcheck
Printer-friendly pages

While these features are not currently implemented in this preview version of DU3, we expect all of them to be present in the final version.

Also note: the list of forums and groups on DU3 is not completely identical to the list of forums and groups on DU. This will be fixed in the final version.

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Reply What's new at DU! (updated Dec 6 2011) (Original post)
EarlG Apr 2011 OP
Tx4obama Apr 2011 #1
Skinner Apr 2011 #2
Turborama Apr 2011 #23
grahamhgreen Apr 2011 #52
Kali Apr 2011 #3
Schema Thing Apr 2011 #4
AlecBGreen May 2011 #99
ornotna Apr 2011 #5
Divine Discontent Apr 2011 #6
pinto Apr 2011 #7
NYC_SKP Apr 2011 #8
MrMickeysMom Apr 2011 #9
NV Whino Apr 2011 #10
Tx4obama Apr 2011 #11
NMDemDist2 Apr 2011 #12
rpannier Apr 2011 #24
grahamhgreen Apr 2011 #53
Kali Apr 2011 #76
woo me with science May 2011 #97
Renew Deal Apr 2011 #42
hlthe2b May 2011 #98
Matilda Apr 2011 #60
Wednesdays Apr 2011 #66
Wednesdays Apr 2011 #67
pacalo Dec 2011 #106
L0oniX Apr 2011 #13
SoCalDem Apr 2011 #30
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2011 #65
MilesColtrane Apr 2011 #14
Lucian Apr 2011 #15
intheflow Apr 2011 #16
Catherina Apr 2011 #17
starroute Apr 2011 #18
Catherina Apr 2011 #19
struggle4progress Apr 2011 #20
Tx4obama Apr 2011 #21
rpannier Apr 2011 #22
Tx4obama Apr 2011 #25
Electric Monk Apr 2011 #26
cry baby Apr 2011 #44
Tx4obama Apr 2011 #27
Occulus Apr 2011 #28
EarlG Apr 2011 #49
csziggy Apr 2011 #29
rasputin1952 Apr 2011 #31
Laelth Apr 2011 #32
ladyVet Apr 2011 #33
myrna minx Apr 2011 #34
xor Apr 2011 #35
EarlG Apr 2011 #48
woo me with science May 2011 #101
Auggie Apr 2011 #36
wtmusic Apr 2011 #37
Irishonly Apr 2011 #38
hunter Apr 2011 #39
targetpractice Apr 2011 #58
Coyote_Bandit Apr 2011 #40
EarlG Apr 2011 #47
chimpymustgo Apr 2011 #56
grahamhgreen Apr 2011 #82
TahitiNut Apr 2011 #91
Coyote_Bandit Apr 2011 #59
Renew Deal Apr 2011 #41
cry baby Apr 2011 #43
rrneck Apr 2011 #45
RKP5637 Apr 2011 #46
TygrBright Apr 2011 #50
Skinner Apr 2011 #73
Dappleganger Apr 2011 #51
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2011 #63
grahamhgreen Apr 2011 #54
intheflow Apr 2011 #62
snot Apr 2011 #69
grahamhgreen Apr 2011 #81
snot Apr 2011 #70
PeaceNikki Apr 2011 #55
Skinner Apr 2011 #74
LVT Apr 2011 #57
Kurovski Apr 2011 #61
Celtic Raven Apr 2011 #64
snot Apr 2011 #68
cynatnite Apr 2011 #71
Skinner Apr 2011 #75
WheelWalker Apr 2011 #72
Odin2005 Apr 2011 #77
EarlG Apr 2011 #84
freshwest Apr 2011 #78
Skinner Apr 2011 #83
freshwest Apr 2011 #87
intheflow Apr 2011 #88
sellitman Apr 2011 #79
Skinner Apr 2011 #80
d_r Apr 2011 #85
northoftheborder Apr 2011 #89
d_r Apr 2011 #86
nxylas Apr 2011 #90
Control-Z Apr 2011 #92
Elad Apr 2011 #94
Elad Apr 2011 #93
Make7 Apr 2011 #95
Tripod Apr 2011 #96
tomm2thumbs May 2011 #100
woo me with science May 2011 #102
Zenlitened May 2011 #103
louslobbs May 2011 #104
Terra Alta Dec 2011 #105
realFedUp Dec 2011 #107
realFedUp Dec 2011 #108
bigwillq Dec 2011 #109

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

1. Missing feature

Will the new version allow for embedded YouTube videos?

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

2. Yes!

That's yet another feature we have not programmed yet.

Welcome to DU3!

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Response to Skinner (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

23. Hi Skinner, I have a question related to the embedding of vids...

If we are going to be able to embed videos, would it be possible to have a "Documentaries Forum" to go alongside the "Political Videos Forum"? Or is this something that should go through the process of forming a new "Group"?

Congrats and thanks to all 3 of you for all the hard work you have been and are doing to make this the best forum on the internet.

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Response to Turborama (Reply #23)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

52. I like that idea, and love the indented "reply" threads!

I also hope the videos will still be on the home page.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

3. cool-o, man

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

4. who moved my muthafuckin' cheese?

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Response to Schema Thing (Reply #4)

Tue May 17, 2011, 08:47 PM

99. Is this an obscure Ween reference?

If so, bravo!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

5. This looks awsome

I really like this new layout. Looking forward to the finished product.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

6. Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore...

We must be over the rainbow!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

7. Love the edit time / edit history change.

You now have unlimited time to edit your posts (previously there was a one hour edit window after which posts could not be edited). Each post has a public edit history which displays all the edits that have been made.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

8. What The???

OK, I'm invisible, right?



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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

9. EarlG

You RULE!

Just what a wanted for a 10th birthday... new stuff!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

10. Seems to be east coast time

I'm sure that will change with finished product, but this is looking really good.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

11. Regarding: 'Each post has a public edit history which displays all the edits that have been made'

I'm not sure if I like that idea.
I usually make tons of mistakes and edits,
if everyone can see all my mistakes it's going to be embarrassing <blush>

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

12. no worries Tex,

we love ya anyway and hiya neighbor!

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

24. i do agree with you, but for different reasons

Periodically, I have made some inflammatory statements that I changed after I had posted.
I'd prefer they remain unavailable to anyone.

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Response to rpannier (Reply #24)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

53. I strongly agree, it will allow us to be more civil to keep it the way it is.

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Response to rpannier (Reply #24)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

76. reply to agree

some times a self delete is the fastest way to "maintain civility" if ya know wut Ah mean.

If it is still hanging there for all to see...

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Response to rpannier (Reply #24)

Tue May 17, 2011, 03:22 PM

97. This is actually a really good point.

I have done this, too.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

42. I'm not sure I like it either.

I typed something, then changed my mind about the tone and editted it. I don't like that it's still there.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #42)

Tue May 17, 2011, 03:35 PM

98. I think we have all done that. I'd vote for the self-delete feature, but not sure about

edit history being posted.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

60. I'm in agreement - would like my errors to remain hidden.

Please rethink this one, admins.

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Response to Matilda (Reply #60)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

66. Maybe distinguish between editing to correct typos & syntax, and editing to change the tone?

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

67. Not just potentially embarrassing, but it could also clutter up replies/threads terribly.

nt

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 8, 2011, 08:41 AM

106. I make a lot of mistakes, too, & don't like my edit history shown, either.

For posts that are edited in order to maintain civility, what's the use in editing if the parts edited out are still viewable?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

13. Why does my icon look like a nipple?

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

30. Looks like Sorry marker to me

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #30)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

65. That's what that is! I knew it reminded me of something... :D

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

14. Wow

These pages load wicked fast!

I'm going to have to install a seat belt on my computer chair.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

15. Cool.

 

So far, I like it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

16. Will we be able to search our journals?

That's a function I've always dreamed of.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

17. I love everything I'm seeing so far but a special thank you for changing the edit time.

You're awesome.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

18. Are recommendations gone completely?

For most purposes, I won't miss them -- but there are always a few threads which present a really interesting news item or editorial and get lots of recommendations but little or no discussion. Those are often the most intellectual and analytical pieces, and I'd hate to miss them because everybody is too awestruck by their brilliance to have much to add.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

19. This is great! I love the all the filters. Thank you, thank you! n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

20. This looks nice

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

21. Well now what I've played a bit....

I believe I will like all the new features,
but I like the looks of the old DU better.
On the old DU I like the ICONS at the top of the page and the links at the top of the page better than having them on the left side of the new page, new page seems too scrunched up.




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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

22. Not bad

But where's my flying car?
The future is supposed to have flying cars and robots that make breakfast

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

25. Regarding the individual comments

Where the words are that say: View profile Read journal Send DU Mail Ignore
if you had the little icons like on the old DU instead of words, then there would be less 'blue' and it would be easier on the eyes.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

26. You've obviously put a lot of thought into this, but there are still some rough edges.

For example, I notice that replying to your post shows your post as a wall of text with html code mixed in. /b /font etc.

I don't mind doing some beta testing for you though (see above).

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #26)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

44. I found that, too...it makes the OP a bit hard to read. nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

27. I found a BUG

Two parts of the BUG

1) Click on the link on the left side of the page that says:
General Discussion: Presidency
okay now look up at the blue heading line that says: DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion
the word Presidency is not there at the end of that line and it should be.

2) Now click on one of the posts there where you are
and then go to the top and click on the link that says: General Discussion
you get an error message that says:
Query failed: SELECT *, UNIX_TIMESTAMP(posted) as posted FROM zzforum_Pres_ WHERE id = 'idency (Forum)'

Probably because it is the General Discussion: Presidency forum and not the General Discussion forum.





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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #27)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

28. I was just going to post that exact bug

I can confirm that that specific bug occurs when taking those particular steps.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #27)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

49. Thanks

FYI we'll be making plenty more revisions before we're ready to unveil a proper beta version of this software for bug testing, so there's no need to worry too much about errors like that at the moment. But I appreciate you pointing it out.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

29. This is really nice forum software - but no Rec/Unrec? (Just kidding)

I really like the whole change. Thank you!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

31. Amazing...

I can recall the changes over the years, from the Stone Age to the Space Age in a decade; you guys are always ahead of the curve in development...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

32. Impressive. Most impressive.



-Laelth

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

33. more proof that DU is awsome!

I'm always a little afraid when a site/message board makes big changes, but I have to say this is looking good so far! Really bumps it up another huge jump.

Thank you!



OH! And Happy Birthday, Democratic Underground!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

34. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.

This is really exciting.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

35. Looking good... but where the hell are the over-sized fonts, rounded corners and unneeded AJAX stuf?

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Response to xor (Reply #35)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

48. We wanted them...

But as Jim Robinson pointed out at Free Republic, it costs literally MILLIONS OF DOLLARS to include those things

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Response to EarlG (Reply #48)

Wed May 18, 2011, 10:34 AM

101. ...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

36. Love the navigation on the left side...

and I love the tabs at top and being able to edit what threads appear. Smart upgrades.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

37. Love it - lean and mean.

The best board on the 'net is getting better.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

38. This is very cool n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

39. It's lopsided on my small screen...



Opera 11, custom skin / Ubuntu

Not so bad on larger screen.



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Response to hunter (Reply #39)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

58. Yeah that lefthand navigation causes a lot of whitespace. n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

40. I really like this - but I have a request

Would it be possible to upgrade the ignore list functionality?

Specifically, would it be possible to add (1) a date field showing when the DUer was added to the ignore list and (2) a field to either note the nature of the commentary or link to the specific thread that led to adding the DUer to the ignore list.

Sometimes when I put someone on my ignore list it is because I don't ever again want to read their commentary or interact with them. I want to permanently isolate myself.

But far, far more often when I add someone to my ignore list it is with the intention of removing them from that list after a few weeks or months - or after a particular issue is no longer being prominently discussed. I want a temporary time-out.

These added features would make it much easier to use the ignore list to make the distinction between permanent isolation and a temporary time-out.

Just a thought for your consideration.

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Response to Coyote_Bandit (Reply #40)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

47. Thanks for the suggestions

We're going to be reviewing each missing DU feature before we put them back into DU3, and many of them will be overhauled or upgraded. Ignore is one of the features that is likely to see some improvements.

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Response to EarlG (Reply #47)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

56. Will it be possible to "follow" certain posters - not to stalk - but there are some posters, I like

to know their thoughts on issues.

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Response to chimpymustgo (Reply #56)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

82. +1

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Response to chimpymustgo (Reply #56)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

91. Ditto

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Response to EarlG (Reply #47)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

59. Great!

I've appreciated how the functionality of DU has evolved through the years. My experience here has generally been quite positive. I attribute that to the functionality of the board and to the dedicated efforts of the admins and mods.

As someone who is visully impaired, I'd also like to suggest that you make options available to view DU pages in normal, large and extra large fonts. Even though I always use the large font setting I find that there are times when I resort to changing the zoom level in my browser to read various things. I am only partially sighted in one eye and the vision in my other eye does not correct to 20/20. I know this doesn't affect the vast majority of the folks here on DU - but it would be a really nice option for those of us who are impacted.

Thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

41. Hey, this place looks great.

Keep up the good work! I'm happy to test anything for you.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

43. Happy Birthday #10!! Thank you David, Dave, and Brian!

New DU lookin good!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

45. Nice work! nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

46. This is very nice!!! Excellent job!!! n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

50. Wow, guys! Tres cool!

I'm impressed!

Can't wait to see it when you're done.

One question: On the Home page, where the graphic that now says "What's New on DU3" with Grovelbot's handsome puss, what will appear? Will we get a list of latest LBN posts? Greatest stuff? Advertising (and that will leave a big blank spot for those of us with AdBlock Plus...)? Latest videos? What?

curiously,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #50)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

73. It'll probably have similar content to what we have on "old" DU.

Most likely the latest posts from LBN posts.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

51. Very happy with the new setup...

thank you, I know you probably don't hear it enough but I really appreciate all of the hard work which is going into this effort. And just thanks for being all-around great folks!

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Response to Dappleganger (Reply #51)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

63. I couldn't have said it better...

Here's to DU.3! *toast* *hi*

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

54. Great! Have you thought about adding Twitter, Facebook, Stumbleupon, Digg, Delicious, etc, buttons?

In fact, what about creating a DU button for use on other sites?

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #54)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

62. I swear I remember this existing at one point.

It was around the time they added the rec/unrec which also noted how many actual recs and unrecs there were. This only lasted a very short time. And when they took away the unrec count I think the share function went, too. I don't think I dreamed that, but I seem to be the only one who remembers it.

But yeah, I'd love to have that be available.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #62)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

69. +1

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Response to intheflow (Reply #62)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

81. How bout a DU button on other sites, so you could "DU" something, similar to facebook "Like"?

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #54)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

70. +1

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

55. Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

Is this thing on?

I like it, BUT, I hope the OP would show all the HTML and will be formatted in the final release.

Nice work, EarlG!!

Oh, also... a question: will users be able to see more than 48 hours in "My Posts". It's be nice if we could configure that at a user level. For some of us, 48 hrs is 1 or 3 posts while for others it's pages.

Just wondering!!

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Response to PeaceNikki (Reply #55)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

74. Yes, users will be able to see more than 48 hours of posts. (nt)

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

57. This preview looks marvelous on my DROID

My internet access is mostly mobile these days and I must say this looks marvelous. I had not signed in for the longest time but now with this new look and feel I will find the experience comfortable and worth staying.

Thanks again for the great update.

As far as bugs go, I am confident any found will be resolved.

Posted from DROID2

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

61. EVERYONE

How did...oh...I...Oh.

Never mind, my mistake.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

64. Love the indented replies

Makes it easier to follow.

Off to see what else is new.

Happy 10th B'day!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

68. Looks great!

I am super-impressed. We are very lucky to have you.

For what it's worth, the main new features I'd love to see would be to make composing O.P.'s and replies more like blog posting, with buttons to more easily add bolding, italics, indentations, and especially links -- AND the ability to paste quoted text in, preserving all those same aspects from the original, copied text.

If I had to narrow it down to one thing, it would be to do whatever can be done to make it as easy as possible for people to provide LINKS to sources.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

71. I like it...

Any idea on when we get to move in and call it home?

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Response to cynatnite (Reply #71)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

75. Unfortunately, it's going to take a while.

We need to program a bunch of functions that exist on the old DU, but don't exist yet on DU3.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

72. I'm going to need to sleep this off nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

77. We need BBcode formatting buttons!!! PLEASE!!!

One thing that has always annoyed me about DU is that BBcode has to be entered by hand, there are no buttons to easily bold, italicize, and put text in a quote box. DU needs it ASAP.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #77)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

84. We hope to include that in the final version (nt)

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

78. What Will Happen To Our Current Journals?

Many thanks Skinner and all of you,

For providing this forum for us. It means more than I can say to those of us who didn't agree with the Selection of 2000. I wish I'd found my way over here much sooner.

As far as the new format, it looks great, but I'm concerned about the remark that 'Journals' will be 'coming back.'

Should we copy our current Journal entries to our computers during this process to prevent their deletion?

I'd been deleting links and writings as I put them in my Journal for safe keeping.

Just a note here will be fine, whatever way you guys have to do this is great.

I think that other posters with Journals might like an answer to this question as well.

Much respect and highest regards.




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Response to freshwest (Reply #78)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

83. We are not going to delete the content that is in your journals.

To be honest, we're not sure exactly how we will be handling the stuff in your journals. But we know we're not going to delete it.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #83)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

87. Thanks for the reply

And for making this a great place to communicate.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #83)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

88. That's great to hear.

I reference my journal all the time (though I wish there were an easy way to search my journal instead of always having to scroll through all the pages backwards). But other than that, I cherish my journal and would have been sad to lose its contents.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

79. How about a Mobile Version?

For iPhone & Android & Blackberry?

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Response to sellitman (Reply #79)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

80. There will be a mobile version. (nt)

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Response to Skinner (Reply #80)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

85. I have a dumb phone

all my friends are yuppies, but I'm just a nopie.

I hope the mobile version will work on dumb phones, too!

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Response to Skinner (Reply #80)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

89. Yeaahhhh! An App. Just what I've been wishing for!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

86. I like it

thanks for the hard work

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

90. Will we still have to type in HTML tags?

Whoops that's already been covered upthread

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

92. Is there a place to report bugs?

Am having a problem with contractions. Can\\\'t, won\\\'t, haven\'t. I didn\'t type those slashes. I\'ve tried to remove them. The program won\'t let me.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #92)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

94. This should be fixed n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

93. Deleted message


Response to Elad (Reply #93)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

95. Okay, what rule did you break?

And who deleted your post?

j/k

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 03:41 PM

96. I'm new on DU.

I've enjoyed DU very much. I have read the new version post, and I'm looking forward to DU 3.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2011, 07:36 AM

100. cool cool cool


quickie comment - to test the works

would be cool if the 'preview' button took you back to your post vs. to the top of the original post... but that may already be in consideration so just mentioning

thanks for the D3PREVU!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2011, 10:37 AM

102. It is marvelous.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2011, 03:57 PM

103. Just a thought on CSS... Line Height seems a bit cramped, at least for these old eyes. :) - n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2011, 06:54 PM

104. Excellent upgrades

thanks DU for all that you do.
Lou

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Dec 7, 2011, 12:34 AM

105. I look forward to the changes.

Been waiting a long time for DU3. Thanks for all the hard work y'all have done!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Dec 8, 2011, 10:18 AM

107. Will enjoy "self-delete" and mobile feature

thank you

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Dec 10, 2011, 10:56 AM

108. Continuous journal

Haven't read through all the facts about new DU but
would like the old journal to continue into new.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 08:49 PM

109. How do you hide a thread?

Sorry if it's included in the info. above.
I don't see it.

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