Dislike of the new forum...

Is it just me, is is the new forum a step backwards? This seems to be more of a blog format than a forum format.

There is a lot of wasted screen real estate. On my screen, I can only see 4 topics before I have to scroll down. On the old forum, and other forums I'm on, I can see a good 15+ topics  before needing to scroll.

If you post on multiple forums, it is now much more work to post on this forum since the embedded bbcode image links no longer work.

Pictures in posts are much smaller.

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Andy I'm with you 100% I don't like this format at all. I can't find the search feature and find the layout cumbersome and annoying. Upon posting a question about locating the search feature (I'm lookin for Smokin'O's baked bean recipe), folks replied as to "3 little bars, magnifying glasses on the top left, top right, using a different browser, etc.  Bottom line, if you need a 15 minute refresher course to locate a recipe or find your way around this forum, folks are simply gonna walk away.

Stewart, this isn't serving your intended interests....IMHO

-topchef

 

Hi Andy, hope all's well you these days. Thanks for the tip on Keri's beans...the recipe looks interesting...will definitely give them a try.

In another post, I mentioned finally finding the search feature, which was hidden behind a banner saying my time zone may not be correct. Silly, I know but it had me pulling my hair out for 15 minutes. I still prefer the old style forums we had but I suppose this has more eye candy/bling for the millennials.

I have been silent as I've wanted to give this new "whatever" a fair chance.

After several days usage I have to say I'm loosing interest in it.

It's just too hard to navigate and see whats up.

Hopefully if this continues we can find somewhere else to migrate to.

Poor us, Poor us.................

I guess so far I'm ok with it. It does take some getting used to, but I don't think anything is hidden or especially hard to find, just different. I wish the replies to less-recent posts were more prominent to find, but it's just knowing where to look. I do like that I can see what posts and replies I have not yet read. I often wanted that before. I'll give it the benefit of more time and call out, if necessary, really stupid features, if I find them. I'm not so concerned about changes in the pic posting process, maybe because I haven't really tried it yet

I know for myself, the older I get the less I like change. Having said that, sometimes change is for the good and given enough time to get used to something new is all it takes. I actually found posting pictures to be easier than before and although I haven't explored all of the new and how to do a deep search for older posts, I think in the end all will be good and most if not all will be happy. I might be wrong, but I think I've seen a lot of new members join as well.  Just my $.02

Hey everyone. Our old forum platform (.eve) is no longer a forum host. We had no choice but to migrate to a new system. Our new platform (hoop.la) is the most comparable forum host and allows us to make changes without writing HTML.

That being said, Christa and I are trying VERY HARD to make this forum as much like the old one as possible while still taking advantage of the new features Hoop.la has offered us (keep in mind, this is a new platform for us too, not just you). Below, you will see an image with some information on Forum Navigation and Profile/Settings Navigation. Maybe this will clear up a few questions/frustrations I'm seeing. 

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Thanks for the quick tips. No disrespect to everyone at Cookshack. I know you guys & gals are learning a new platform. I guess my big beef is that the new platform is more like a blog, rather than a forum. Almost every forums I'm on makes maximum use of the amount of screen real estate. This new site looks more like a blog to me. 

The Cookshack "forum" shows me only four topics before I need to scroll.

Another popular forum I'm on shows me 16 topics before i need to scroll. 

 

Hopefully the new platform is customizable enough to be able to make it look like a forum again.

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Try this, not sure if it will work for you but it’s a effort anyway.

go to your profile

click on the “likes” tab

and see if any content shows up, I don’t have any but perhaps some of your recipes followed with the transition.6FEFD949-03C1-4BB7-BE25-AB0A2A0EB31F2D0A273A-E0A1-4BF3-A565-9F1B5B130262B6FF1CBB-8F5A-450D-81FD-F81A597C7E97

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I am a long time member of the forum, and long time user of Cookshack products.  I use to be here every day or two.  I do not like this new format, and will not use it.  I need to replace some wood for the SMO45, and SMO66.  I will find another source for my wood.

 

Mike. sorry to see you go, you've been a good contributor here. If I can't change your mind about cutting off CS entirely (I am also not a fan of the new format but am encouraged that CS is willing to keep working on it), can I suggest The Charcoal Store for wood of all types?

I agree the old forum was good, but apparently CS decided to spend some $$ on a new platform and is now trying to see what mods are available/allowed with it. I'm guessing we users are stuck with this at least for a while pending CS's attempts to see what leeway they have in the software they bought. The survey results so far seem to be heading for a somewhat better format, but still constrained by the overall platform design.

I have been trying to like the new forum format., and not having much success  I have even visited the hoop.la site to see what it is all about.   There is a lot to read (see the link) so this may take a lot of time to get it right.  For now though, I am disappointed.  I have been a member since 2012 and will stick it out for the foreseeable future.  Time will tell.

https://www.hoop.la

On a side note: I wrote to CookShack and they responded quickly.  I now understand that they had no other option (but I still don't like it).

"Our old forum provider has technically not been in service for years but was still allowing companies to use the old platform through a different provider. That provider has phased out our old platform. "

 

It seems CS lacked enough detail and knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of what they signed up for. I wonder if the tech support they got setting it up really took the time to understand the needs of the users, and as you say, the vast resources easily available on the old platform. I can just hope there are unexplored capabilities on this new platform that can be utilized to improve the experience.

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