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  • Koho
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    SO I am not a big message board/twitter/facebook type, so forgive the lack of understanding of the lingo, but on the old version, there was a way for people to leave a personal message/comment about one of your posts. Can't remember what it was called. Is that still here, or does one have to set something up, join a payed version, give up your soul, bow down to Ed or do something else to be able to do this? Or is it there and I'm just too stupid to see it? (Not only don't I facebook or tweet, I don't even own a cell phone yet!!!)

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  • J.D.
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    Would this be the thread to submit questions? Or should I pursue a different avenue? One enhancement I think everyone would like is if you could click on a team's name on the scoreboard page and it brought you to their main page.

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  • Biddco
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    People don't like change. Especially when the change has many kinks to fix. Once the kinks are out everything will be better than before.

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  • HumRsky
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    Now that the mobile site is back up, I like it better.

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  • sshablak
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    Hate the scoreboard

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  • huskyfan
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    the new mobile site is very nice! hang in there Ed! computers! I've never seen a new system installed that worked the first time out.

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  • bostonewe
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    Originally posted by aparch View Post
    Well, someone's reading the thread. There is now a "Switch to Mobile Style" link on the top, and my iPod has a different look to the site than before. It loads a more streamlined version rather than the bulky full site.
    Originally posted by Moose98 View Post
    the mobile site is a huge improvement now on my iPhone. thanks a lot!
    Agreed on both of these! The new mobile site is a vast improvement.

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  • Moose98
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    the mobile site is a huge improvement now on my iPhone. thanks a lot!

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  • Ed Trefzger
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    I think we've ironed out the situation with links to teams, stats, etc. All of the pages starting with /scoreboard, /stats, /team, /rankings, /box, /conference all are routed through third-party software that allows us to embed these statistical pages within WordPress (which is what is now running the content areas.) That single software plugin was failing and that was causing those links all to fail. I reverted to an older version of the plugin and that fixed it. We've also made adjustments to our site caching software which should help.

    When I have a chance, perhaps over the weekend, I'm going to start a tech blog on the site to share updates on stuff. I do want to get the bugs squashed as there's some new stuff you'll really like that I'm dying to get launched.

    As far as the reasons for the change, primarily it was to get the site onto WordPress for the bulk of the content so that we could leverage its developer community and so our writers could post their own content. Our D-I writers, who were writing once-weekly columns, are now writing a column and at minimum three blog posts a week, so that we have more and fresher content from them. We've got other things planned, yes.

    The biggest part of this undertaking was importing 15 years of content, about 20,000 articles, into WordPress, and converting almost that many years of statistics.

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  • Ed Trefzger
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    Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    However, information might have calmed down the threads that have sprung out all over the forum containing mostly negative comments from a broad spectrum of the community. I assume that you have also received a deluge of email.
    You're right about the information. I've been too focused on the work at hand so I'll suggest it to others. I've gotten helpful emails and I've gotten nasty ones. Way too many profanity-laden nasty ones.

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  • Ralph Baer
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    Originally posted by Ed Trefzger View Post
    I don't have time for a lot of comments on this. We did test things but not under full load. The broken URL problems and load issues stemmed primarily from a WordPress plugin that kept corrupting the database. We have had numerous problems with third-party software that did not reveal themselves until we went live. It has not been fun or easy.

    We have a one-person part-time tech staff responsible for maintaining all of the servers and doing all of the development whose hours each month work out to being paid less than minimum wage. Trying to fix these issues has not been fun. But if you all like, you mail email the owner and ask him to fire the tech "staff." At this point, he would be overjoyed.

    The reason it wasn't done in the off-season is that there are just so many hours part time and it took the off-season to get everything done.
    Sorry, Ed.

    My comments were based upon the way it looked to me as a user and enjoyer of both parts of the site and the information contained therein. I am not an expert -- far from it -- of what went on to change things, as I am too old to have had training in the languages used. I just generalize from what I do know. I do understand that things can work differently under load.

    Remember that, to the best of my knowledge, we had no advance warning of what was going to happen. Should we have been informed? I don't know the answer to that. Certainly many other sites are modified without forewarning. However, information might have calmed down the threads that have sprung out all over the forum containing mostly negative comments from a broad spectrum of the community. I assume that you have also received a deluge of email.

    I do think that the look and feel of most of the main site is a significant improvement, but initially almost none of the links worked, and some still don't work. Some of the changes, I do not regard as improvements, but others might regard them as improvements, and in any case I will probably get used to them as it has only been a couple of days

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  • bothman
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    Based on my limited experience on the site thus far, I would say this is a step backwards.

    That said, let's have some perspective. If Henry Ford had asked a wide-range of Americans what they needed to improve their lives / experience....they would have all said faster horses.

    Perhaps there is a grand plan here that will make sense in the coming weeks / months

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  • Ed Trefzger
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    Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    It's hard to understand why this wasn't done in the offseason. They both installed a new version of vBulletin and changed the site itself. It seems like they didn't beta test the site itself at all because almost nothing worked correctly at first. I can't blame them for most of the problems with vB.
    I don't have time for a lot of comments on this. We did test things but not under full load. The broken URL problems and load issues stemmed primarily from a WordPress plugin that kept corrupting the database. We have had numerous problems with third-party software that did not reveal themselves until we went live. It has not been fun or easy.

    We have a one-person part-time tech staff responsible for maintaining all of the servers and doing all of the development whose hours each month work out to being paid less than minimum wage. Trying to fix these issues has not been fun. But if you all like, you mail email the owner and ask him to fire the tech "staff." At this point, he would be overjoyed.

    The reason it wasn't done in the off-season is that there are just so many hours part time and it took the off-season to get everything done.

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  • Nick Papagiorgio
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    Originally posted by gochiefs View Post
    This site has been very slow on Friday and Saturday nights since the "upgrade".
    It's been slow on Friday and Saturday nights since Al Gore invented the interwebs.

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  • gochiefs
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    This site has been very slow on Friday and Saturday nights since the "upgrade".

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