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Discussion: Have Your Say on New EC Features!

Discussion in 'EC Monthly Spotlight: April 2021' started by Hawk, Mar 26, 2021.

  1. Suitsme

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    That’s great! This is what Facebook needs. More privacy.
     
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    Weird question, when you guys update EC will the website be down for a while, while you update stuff etc?
     
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    Lemony’s question brings up a new question for me:
    Will all the old posts be transferred to the new? My posts are a good way for me to see my progress, and they are only here. Plus I look at old posts before answering user’s questions, so I can get a better sense of who they are and what they’ve asked before, to better shape my response.
     
  4. Chip

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    Every post from the original EC, all the way back to 2004, is here in this current version, and the same will be true when we upgrade. That's one of the reasons the upgrade takes forever to plan, and a long time (I think it was about 48 hours when we upgraded the last time around).

    As for the update process, likely there will be two separate ones: The discussion community (which is the really huge one) and the front end, where the articles are. The front end will probably happen before the forums are updated, simply because it's less work. But both are on the roadmap.
     
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    When you do plan for the upgrade could you please let us know what date it is.
     
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    A chat room maybe?
     
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    That's actually probably the very first enhancement you'll see. Sooner than you might think.

    We'll definitely announce it. An upgrade for the discussion forums is barely in the "we know we need to do this" stage, so no planning or work to do it has even started. It's likely end of this year at the very earliest.
     
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    A bit late to the party, but I just want to add my two cents here.

    I love the forum the way it is. So it's good that you're basically trying some tech enhancements while maintaining its essence.

    I love the EC community the way it is — conversations here don't happen at light speed without any thought process among people who are full of hot air. This place is completely different from social media and from most one can find online. Therefore, I don't think there should be an EC profile on any social networking sites. Anyone who wants to get here will get here. This is a sanctuary, an LGBT+ sanctuary. Plus, a poorly maintained social media profile generates a bad image (and a good maintenance of a profile takes a lot of work) — the forum I've used the most in my life tried to have its social media endeavour a few years ago and it took roughly a year for all the profiles to become ghost towns.

    I love that you respect the privacy of your users. I can use this community by only giving you an email address (and no personal information), logging in with Tor, to a website that doesn't contain malicious Javascript from big tech companies. If that wasn't the case, I would have used that as an excuse to not join the site 1 year ago. So I obviously love that, for instance, when you think about video features, you think about not using YT.

    As for the front end, while I like the design and *love* the two pictures (they're so cute!), it clearly needs some updates. If I recall correctly, some of the instructions for new members were out of date when I first joined or at least didn't make a lot of sense to me at the moment. And you have a lot of great written pieces in the forums that you could include as resources in the front end page or simply link them from there. I remember that, before I joined, I had to spend hours browsing the forums in order to find the hidden gems that I needed to read.

    Regardless of all this, the important thing is that this wonderful site keeps existing for many, many years. :heart:
     
    #48 Lyman, May 11, 2021 at 1:55 PM
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    I've just remembered some more things I love about the way it is.

    No adverts and no videos! It means each page doesn't take half an hour to load on my old Mac!