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Hi folks, I hope you are all doing well!

After a busy few months, I've got some more time on my hands and this means I can concentrate on Garden Pond Forums a little more :).

This thread is create to make a list of changes, bug fixes and improvements - as well as your suggestions! :D So please do reply to this and let me know what you think would improve this site, or comment on existing ideas.



Ideas so far (completed items marked as "done"):
  • Adding a post "thanks" button to reward useful advice. - Done
  • Automatic resize of large images. - Done
  • Consider moving the experience and current pond lines (as seen in sig) to appear as mouseover boxes - meaning that we can add a little more information in a standardised format, without taking up space. This would also encourage users to fill in this information.
  • Gallery software upgrade. - Done
  • Site rules / guidelines update.
  • FAQ for common topics.
  • Trader Ratings / Feedback System.
  • Possible extra forum sections for garden pond types (small/large).
  • Larger category fonts - Done
  • Sig limited for users with under 25 posts. - Done
Please let me know if you've got any other suggestions :)
 
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Thanks for the replies folks :confused:.

I didn't know it wasn't possible to edit your own posts - it's now on the list. I'll have a look in to this tomorrow when I start working on implementing these.
 
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In some sites I've been a part of, they give users at least an hour to edit posts after they've been posted. Other sites give complete full access to change whenever.
 

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Yep, I've just had a look and the setting for editing posts is set to 10 mins - which should allow for corrections just after posting :).
 

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Automatic large image resizing is now active :)
 
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Ian said:
Yep, I've just had a look and the setting for editing posts is set to 10 mins - which should allow for corrections just after posting :).
Unlimited would be great! If that is an option. It would be easier for anyone doing a step by step "how to" DIY. I forgot some info I should have added.
 

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I'll see if I can enable unlimited editing in the DIY and article section :).

Also, it's probably about time we got the article section linked on the main menu up and running. So we'll get another thread going soon where we can pick out some of the best threads and move them to the articles section as properly formatted articles with pics :D.
 

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I have always been available to edit on request and I also take the liberty to correct spelling at times.:rolleyes:
 

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LOL but we come through when asked ..
 

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I've added the post "thanks" button now, so we'll see how that goes. It's added on a trial basis for now to see how it works out.

I'm going to be away for some time next month, but upon my return I'll be looking in to re-organising the site guidelines and perhaps the site itself. :)

jethro13 said:
just wanted to say thanks for all the time you spend improving this forum
You're welcome Jethro :)
 

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I've updated the first post with a few new possibilities that I'm looking in to. The first new addition is a FAQ which will link to authoritative posts already made in the forum on common topics - this should help those people looking for common topics.

The second is the possibility to add extra forum sections for the different size garden ponds. We've got some users with quite large ponds that have different requirements for upkeep to those with small garden ponds, so it may be worth differentiating between these on the site. Thankfully, we've got experts in both areas so we should be well covered :fish:.

I'm drawing up a useage / guidelines page for the forum, as there aren't any that are easily accessible at the moment. This will include tips on how to upload images and use the site, as well as clarify policy on signatures and advertising.

Other things I'm looking in to at the moment include the gallery software. I'm looking at upgrading this if possible, as the current solution isn't ideal. It would be nice to have it more integrated with the main forums, so I may add a sidebar with more information on recent galleries (plus other information).
 
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Thanks Ian, this is a great site. The last site I was on, the owner pulled the plug on it one day, so I was very happy to find this one. Great bunch of people on here. And very knowledgeable.
 

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You're very welcome :D

I've just bought some new gallery software for the forums, and I'm in the process of moving it over now. :fish: It should be complete in the next few hours, there are a few more tweaks I need to make to it.

One of the neat new features is the "gallery" tab in a user profile, so if that user has uplodated any images it will allow you to browse them.

That's one more item off the "to do" list ;).
 
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