Thoughts so far?

March 24, 2011 in Site news

How are you liking the new

LOG-INS: We see that there are a few isolated log-in issues, we’re working to fix those. If you’re having trouble logging in, send me an email ( with your username, any error message you’re getting, and if you’re logging in with your account or another account ID such as Facebook. But before that, try completely quitting out of your web browser and restarting your computer. If you’re still having problems, drop me a note.

POST VS. REPLY: If you want to reply to another post, make sure you click the ‘reply’ link below the post. In your account setting you can choose to be notified by email when someone else comments on that post or replies to you.

TOPICS: Are there other topics you’d like to see? The suggest for ‘Around the home’ was made for things like cooking and gardening. Thoughts?

We know it will take some getting used to, but  this platform offers much more that the previous way of doing things. Let us know what you think.


24 responses to Thoughts so far?

  1. So far, I’m adjusting to the format. When I log in, I go straight to “activity” which gives me an overview of who posted what in which topic.

    “Around the Home” sounds like a good topic.

  2. At present, I completely dislike it. That’s just me, though; some people dislike forum-style setups, and others like them. I happen to be someone who doesn’t.

    However, I’ll be checking in periodically to see how things take shape. I believe in giving things a chance.

  3. I’m just going to keep watching what others are doing to see if I can figure it out. It seems confusing to me. I don’t understand the “Post Update” and I think some may be using that to “Reply” so you don’t know what they are replying to. What is the “Post Update” and when would you use it?

    Forums and Topics are also confusing to me. Where would you post? It almost seems like a running stream of random comments to me.

    Sorry, I don’t mean to be negative, I’m just giving you my take on it so far. I’ll keep checking in and watching and maybe I’ll figure it out. Maybe it’s just me! 🙂

    Around the Home sounds like a good topic. Maybe a Health topic too.

    • Posting an update in a topic is starting a new discussion thread, I could go into the Sports topic and post a link and my thoughts, then others could reply to it.

      • Updates and forum threads aren’t quite the same though. Both create a threaded discussion, but the forum threads seem more robust to me. For one, a person can edit a forum post/reply but only has the option to delete an update. For typo prone people like me who substitute one appropriately spelled word for another (or omit words), that’s a BIG negative for updates.

        Secondly, update replies are seen as part of the original update while thread replies are seen as new activity. When one navigates via the Activity tab alone (to avoid having to click 50 million different things), that makes a difference. A thread reply will automatically bubble up to the top of the Activity tab while an update reply will stay nested below the update (sorted by the original update time instead of the update reply time).

  4. One more thing, maybe a FAQ or HELP area would be good.

  5. Whoaaaa Jamie! I just got it to work!!! Yipee!!! I had to go to one of your old posts on, log out, and low and behold, here I am!!!

  6. If I sign in at to comment on a story then switch over here, it does not accurately detect that I am signed in using my account. If I sign in here and switch over to to comment on a story, it does work. I suspect there’s a cookie for the domain that is not getting set when one logs in via story comments on

    MsKim, the biggest difference I can see between updates and forum threads is you can edit threads but you can’t edit updates. Oh, and forum replies show up at the top of the the Activity page while update replies do not seem to move the update to the top of the Activity page. Overall, I am leaning towards preferring forums for back-and-forth exchanges, while using updates just for status updates, like the “Say It” field on the old blog site.

  7. Thanks Shwaine, I’ve passed that bit on to the developers.
    And don’t forget that when you’re in a topic, there is a pull down at the top right where you can filter the topic any way you want. I’ve got mine set to ‘Show Updates’ so the most recent is a top and reply fall under the original post.

  8. I just don’t get it. Must be an age thing, but I can’t figure out how to move around.

  9. Um, what? I just googled “bakersfieldtalks” and came back to this site and now suddenly I’m recently active. I suppose it’s only because I didn’t have the good sense to log out yesterday.

    I just wanted to take a look around, not be thrown up into to “recent profile page.” Sheesh.

    Oh, and BTW, this new format is a {edited}. At least for simple minds like me 🙂

  10. “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    What? That is my first comment on this site … What is the standard? I saw nothing in the new terms that indicated advanced moderation.

  11. Can we have a separate topic just for the “Today in ___ this stuff happened?” I like looking at those, sometimes, but I’d rather relegate them to their own corner than keep them in the middle of “everything else.” Does that make sense?

  12. I am thoroughly confused by the layout of this site.

    1) What does “members” mean? Do you have to be a member of a topic to post something? If so, why?
    2) I was trying to read through the category “All the Rest” and comments are all mish-mashed and not clustered together by the post topic. EXTREMELY confusing and hard to follow.
    3) I haven’t encountered the posting/editing problems I see others have mentioned, but this is only my first (and possibly only) comment that I’ve written.

    On the plus side — NO CAPTCHA!

    I’d like to try to give this new site a fair chance, but I don’t have a lot of patience for a site design that seems this user unfriendly to me.

    • theColorNine, when you click on a topic, you’re really seeing a topic-wise version of “Recent Comments” from the old site for forum threads (only updates are threaded there). So forum threads are just like Recent Comments from the old site, organized by comment date not threaded by blog. If you want to see the threaded discussions, click the “View” link next to the forum thread comment or the thread title, just like you had to on the old site to view a full comment.

  13. Do cyan and yellow on a white background make a very readable page?
    Maybe I’m just getting old.

  14. The semi-transparent tabs at the top of the page (Home, Activities, etc.) overlap the “Part of the Network” graphic. Not sure if this is a site quirk or a browser quirk, but I’m thinking it’s a site issue with the formatting. Happens on Safari 5.0.1 on my G4 and on my Droid X with Dolphin Mini forcing desktop version. Not a functional issue, just a visual one 🙂

  15. The overlap should be gone. You may want to do a shift-refresh, but let us know what page you’re seeing it on if it’s still there.

  16. Looks to be gone now, looks much nicer 🙂

  17. A few more observations:

    The page layout seems to be inflexibly designed for 1280 pixels wide or more. Unless I spread my browser window out *really* wide, I get a horizontal scroll bar. In my opinion, horizontal scroll bars shouldn’t happen until the width becomes less than 800 pixels, even 640. It should be able to compensate for widths less than 1280.

    Next, I noticed that a newly started topic is almost indistinguishable from comments on topics, when looking at the Activity. It may be beneficial to highlight newly started topics in some distinctive way.

    Also, I thought it was unusual that a really long update, such as the Library update, displays the full text of the update, whereas newly started topics were abbreviated in the same manner as are comments. Perhaps if you take my suggestion for highlighting newly started topics, updates could be highlighted in a similar yet distinctive fashion.

  18. Gube – Can you be more specific? We’ve made many improvements since launching the site in an effort to make it a positive experience for all our users. We’ve seen steady traffic growth and more and more regular users returning and using We continue to make improvements and are always looking for feedback.

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