A Couple of Problems with the New Site
I've noticed a couple of things about the new update that are a bit problematic. First of all, before the site was converted to it's new form today, I posted a reply/question on one of the threads I had started earlier in the week. Now, my post along with 5 or 6 others that were present in the same thread are nowhere to be found. That is quite frustrating, since I was really waiting for a reply, and now it seems like so many of the posts are gone. Also, on another thread that I started, it says there are 17 answers (which there are) but only some are showing, and all the others are not there. Is anyone else having similar problems or have solutions?
There are a LOT of problems they are going to have to fix.
Editing a post is a total DISASTER. Not to mention that I am in total disagreement with being able to edit others' posts. Quote and correct, yes. But change what someone else posted, without their consent, and it still carry their name as the author, BIG NO-NO! (To me, it doesn't matter that "Edited by ..." appears below. How do we know what the person edited?? Was it one punctuation mark? Was it changing an affirmative statement to a negative one, making the person say the opposite of what he originally said? Or did the editor totally rewrite the post, making it about an entirely different topic?? I feel strongly that only Administrators should be able to edit others' posts!)
How do you preview your post? The little skinny gray box below the typing window (about 2 inches wide on my screen) is almost useless.
Where are the colors??
The program does not recognize a single hard return, or more than two. This makes spacing very difficult and sloppy.
There is no way to see on the main "Answers" page what threads have new posts/comments, or who they are from. On the old site, you could see who the last post was from (and when, to know if you had read it or not, and if you wanted to). (There are certain forers whose posts I prefer to read. If I saw their name there, I would read the thread. If I saw certain others there, I knew it was a waste of time.) It looks like that's gone now.
There is no way to see on the main "Answers" page who posted the question. It only shows the avatar, and many members dont have or want avatars. And who has all the avatars memorized, anyway?? Especially the ones of members who change theirs regularly. So, most of the time you cant tell who posted the question without taking the time to open it.
The dates on the profiles are not working properly. They have been changed (my birth date, for example), and if you select a year without selecting a month and day (which some wish to do for sake of privacy), the profile indicates the prior year. My join date was changed.
In the translation section, when I click English to Spanish, I get an English to English rendering. It just repeats what I have typed in English.
I could go on and on. I think I'll just check out for a few days or more (i.e., go bye-bye) and see if they fix these things.
Two good additions are the links to DRAE (Native definition) and Wikipedia in the Dictionary section.
When I click on "My Questions" it appears that they are displayed in reverse chronological order (most recent first). However, the "My Answers" list displays in what appears to be chronological order (oldest first).
This should probably be changed so that both the questions and answers are displayed in reverse chronological order, as most people are more likely to be looking for their more recent posts than their older ones.
Also, there are no "First" or "Last" buttons to jump to the ends of the lists, so one must go page by page (two at a time, at the most) until he reaches the other end.
The same is true for the entire Answers section. With more than 1,000 pages of threads (if I am calculating right) it would take hours to get from one end to the other.
HI NIck, can you add the link to the thread?
Yes, Nick, I have seen it. And that is a real desaster! I told Eddy that Lazarus said I was right on something and have no proof now!
WEll, Christopher did point out the posting was disabled, we worked around it...but it did not stay put. Sorry, but those posts are gone.
The link to the Forum Rules on the FAQ page takes me back to the main Answers screen.
Whenever I post a response, I am taken to a text screen, from which there is no return to the other screens in the site, without logging in again. One time I used the "Back" button on my browser, and that duplicated my post.
It would be nice to have a PM link on the screen at all times, like on the old site, to be able to see when someone has sent you a PM. Otherwise, you could be typing away for hours and not know someone has sent you a message, or you have to go to your My Page every 2 minutes to see if there is one there.
Aww, well that's too bad. I posted it before 4:00 pm EST, but it's not a big deal. I'll just post the question again in that thread. Also, I figured out the other problem - I didn't see the "Next Page" button.
Any site will a few "kinks" to work out but I have enjoyed exploring this new and improved site!!
Yes, here it is: http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/10180/verbs-accompanied-by-prepositions. It is totally missing your response (talking about disagreeing with Lazarus with "enseñar") and then all the posts that came after that, including another question of mine.