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Forum Update - March

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MSE_TineMSE_Tine MSE Staff
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Hello,

We hope you’re finding your way around our new home and starting to get to grips with some of the new features.


As promised, we just want to update you on the some of the work we’ve been doing since migrating over to the new platform. 


Thanks to your constructive input, here are some of the snags we’ve already managed to fix/improve:

·      HTML redirect for links affecting certain threads

·      Date stamps on Mobile view

·      Badge overlapping content in Mobile view

·      Unable to use “cog” to access functions in Mobile view

·      Easy linking to individual posts (FAQ to follow!)

·      Ignore functionality completely hiding posts from ‘Ignored Posters’

·      Issue with historic deleted PM’s

·      Increased max post length

·      Fixed notifications not appearing

·      Fixed 'edit' for first post in thread

·      Removed the duplicate post count on each post

·      Removed duplicated badges on profile view

·      Data stamps and displays on posts, threads and thread list views


In the pipeline and soon to be delivered, we’re also: 

·      Returning ability to skip competitions from list view (we'll also make it possible to mark them as entered here too)

·      Investigating sorting, filtering and expiring options for Competitions Board

·      Increasing time allowed to edit and delete own posts (not posts starting threads)

·      Creating easily accessible lists of Board Guides by Boards


In the longer term, here are a few more things we aim to do - this isn’t the complete list, but we just want to give you a good idea of what we’re planning: 

·      Layout of profile page for posts/threads made

·      Badges

·      Post counts display

·      Bookmarking/subscribing when posting

·      Daily digest mails

·      Make it more obvious when a post is thanked/Comp-limented


We hope you can see - and benefit from - the huge amount of work going on behind the scenes. We couldn’t do it without your input and patience – it’s a big, time consuming job to renovate our Forum and it won’t happen overnight.


From the outset, we’ve always said we want to hear your suggestions for improvement because we want the Forum to flourish and continue to be a unique, MoneySaving font of knowledge! 


But we’re sad and disappointed to say that some of the posts on the snagging thread, as well as direct messages sent to the MSE Team, haven’t been constructive. Some have been rude, aggressive and unhelpful. The first rule of being on the MSE Forum is - be friendly. When brought to our attention, we won’t tolerate posts or language that break this fundamental rule. 


With this in mind, we’ve deleted the offending posts and we will take action against any individual who breaks our Forum rules, which could include having your posting privileges permanently removed, without notice or explanation. 


We’ve also tidied the snagging thread up to remove any posts reporting duplicate snags. If you spot anything new, please report it directly to the Forum Team and they will respond as quickly as they can. 


Thank you for your feedback so far, and remember, wherever you are on the MSE Forum, keep your posts friendly, respectful and helpful. 

MSE Tine     
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  • duncanthedogduncanthedog Forumite
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    Still would like the Thanks button on the whole Forum rather than the way it is at the moment.
    I know you said it would not be on non money saving board but in point of fact, it already is on some but not others.
  • frankiefrankie Forumite
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    rugmaker said:
    Thank you for the update. Is being able to see the start of a thread by hovering also on your list for the future please?

    Ditto this. I often now do not look at threads as often once open they are not relevant. So much better when we could get a good sense of the post content without having to waste time opening it
  • luvchocolateluvchocolate Forumite
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    frankie said:
    rugmaker said:
    Thank you for the update. Is being able to see the start of a thread by hovering also on your list for the future please?

    Ditto this. I often now do not look at threads as often once open they are not relevant. So much better when we could get a good sense of the post content without having to waste time opening it
    Definitely the above, or posters try to give a better title ...not "help" etc
  • TildaplumTildaplum Forumite
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    thank you very very very much for all your hard work on making the new forum better
  • edited 6 March at 7:12PM
    mamanmaman Forumite
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    edited 6 March at 7:12PM
    I'm sorry to hear that you've received rude messages tine. My posts have certainly been critical  but I hope not offensive.
    I agree worth rugmaker that hovering over the title of a new thread to get the gist is extremely useful and I'd like to see that reinstated.  My other two priorities are: emojis and text features.
    Emojis are used very much for trying to add the missing facial expressions/ Tone of voice when posting. It really helps keep the site friendly and poilte. The new site has a very poor range of emojis and they seem to work randomly. Sometimes clicking on an emoji brings the picture, sometimes the characters only and sometimes emojis appear when you don't want them but have used a colon in text. 
    Text features are very limited. I'd prioritise the return of colour options and font size.
    It would help if this thread could be made more obvious to everyone who uses the site. I'd willingly swap it for Welcome Back every time I log on. 


  • MisslayedMisslayed Forumite, Board Guide
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    @maman 🤰Can you use your keyboard emojis? 🤗🍰🧁🤔.  👍👏🏻👏🏻🧜‍♀️🧚🏻‍♂️
    Hi. Martin has asked me to tell you I'm a Board Guide on the Competitions, Site Feedback and Campaigns boards. I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an abusive or illegal post then please report it to [email protected] (it's not part of my role to deal with abuse). Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com.
  • MollyRMollyR Forumite
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    I agree with Maman about the emojis.  It can be a problem on many such forums, unless corrected, that if one wants to set up a list in the format:
    A )
    B )
    C )
    then if you don't put a space before the bracket you get:
    A)
    B)
    C)
    The way around this (and I have done this myself on a couple of forums which I administered) is to alter the text symbols underlying the emojis so that they are not triggered by combinations which are very common in written text - e.g. putting a colon before each one, so that the dark glasses one would only appear if one typed :B).
  • 10_6610_66 Forumite
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    Please can we have the individual post numbers back?

    It helps so much when you want to refer to a particular post in a thread (which you may not necessarily want to quote, but to which you wish to refer other members of the forum for information).
  • MollyRMollyR Forumite
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    10_66 said:

    Please can we have the individual post numbers back?

    It helps so much when you want to refer to a particular post in a thread (which you may not necessarily want to quote, but to which you wish to refer other members of the forum for information).
    There is a way around this, although it's a bit clunky.  Click on the name of the poster of the post you want to refer to, and go to their profile.  Select Replies, and look for the particular post in the list you will see.  Click on that post and it will open.  Copy the URL from the location bar in your browser, and this can then be posted into your own post as a link - a live clickable link if you use the HTML option and put in the <a href="...">...</a> tags.

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