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Hey Hey! I told you all I'd be here messing with things once it started getting cold! Brbrrrr

 

I have been working on updates to the website pages, which will soon have to be matched with the forums...again.

You can preview my work on the new site platform at the 'GUIDES' tab from our homepage.

 

Still a work in progress(disregard graphics,color scheme,and other things that may not be properly set), but eventually I hope to phase out all of the old content into the new platform. Eventually

 

For those who use the Forums - Here is how they are being affected.

 

- Visual Changes

Things won't look Exactly like the website pages - But I like to try to at least make them look related.

 

I'll be putting the Community pages project on hold for a little while, and will be removing the tab for it.

 

Also, since the blogs are currently seeing very little use - we'll be removing the tab for them as well.

 

Both sections will still be accessible in an undecided location, elsewhere on the Forum homepage.

 

The navigation tabs at the top of the forum will again, match the rest of the website.

You'll see extra promotions for the forums on the website pages, so no trouble finding us.

 

Have to implement advertisements again(will be minimal)

 

edit: I also just made the rank images smaller - they are mostly just for fun anyways.

I may remove them all together, but retain the ranking for it's permissions. Going to try smaller for now.

 

- Functional Changes

I'll be making it easier for New Recruits to access the buddy groups.

I think like 3 or 4 posts and some profile information is sufficient for me to determine if a user has joined to spam.

Even though I've had a couple bypass the 15 post limit already... they seem very determined to get just one link.

New members that attempt to spam or post links still, and will always get banned without question.

That is one area that homie don't play. :bcb_mad:

 

Because we'll be making it easier to access, the posting requirement will be strongly enforced. Accountability is required after all.

Members who fail to post in the buddy groups regularly will be demoted, and lose access.

 

Last but not least -

I have to shut us down sometime this weekend (12/14-12/15) to install an update. Hopefully it won't take more than a few minutes if I do it properly. There's always that chance for things to go wrong, but we do have backups :) I will post an announcement with countdown to alert anyone using the forum at that time to save or finish their posts.

 

Phew- That's it for now :salut


Jason

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Yes, THANKS for all you do!:bcb_smile

 

I have to share dream I recently had. I dreamt that Denise emailed me and said she was removing me from the board due to lack of posting. I was so sad and shocked that she was going to do that to me. We've been BCB for long time and I love BCB!

 

So glad it was just a dream, but I have to say, it got me back here, LOL!


Trudie

HW: 195.6/SW: 195.6

CW: 133 PGW: 138 WWGW: 155

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No problemo!

 

That is a funny story about the dream! Haha. Nothing to worry about like that.

 

I'll only be targeting users who have very few posts (

 

Not worried about anybody who has actually used the buddy groups that may have disappeared for a prolonged time.


Jason

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Do we really need that graphic on the left side of every page? It's not very pretty either.

Really thanks for keeping us together and giving us a place to be.


 

She was warned.

She was given an explanation.

Nevertheless, She persisted.

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Yes. thanks for all you do, but that graphic on the left side is HORRIBLE. It's especially bad when using the iPad. It takes up 1/3 of the viewing space. Please, make it go away!!


Ann

SW: 158.6 Dec 2010

G.W. 137

 

C.W. 125, Dec. 7, 2018

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All I see is the BCB babe in the tank. You don't mean her? I missed her, that was on my old sweatshirt (remember those?)


lost 18.0 since December, its my journey

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Yes, that's what it is Cheryl, but it takes up too much of the screen, especially on smaller devices like iPads. It'd be much better running across the top.


Ann

SW: 158.6 Dec 2010

G.W. 137

 

C.W. 125, Dec. 7, 2018

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Good to know about the size of the graphic and position on mobile devices, thank you! I have no way to test that myself, I only use a pc.

 

The graphic is just a temporary place holder I planned to modify - my wife hates it too, she thinks it's scary, lol.

 

Everything you see is a work in progress.

 

I did plan on using the sidebar in the layout... It should take less than 20% of the screen, and will eventually house easy navigation links (and better graphics). I might have to reconsider, or see if I can modify it or remove it for mobile users.

 

Actually - we have a different template for mobile users...

Down at the bottom of the page on the left, you should see a dropdown box that says 'VB4 DefaultStyle'.

You can click the dropdown and select DefaultMobileStyle

 

Should work in the mean-time.

 

Additionally I will create another 'style' that you guys can select that is based off a template without the sidebar to use in case there are problems while I am making changes. I'll name it something Obvious like..NoSideBarStyle or something


Jason

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Our tank girl has been removed for right now.

 

I'm thinking we may see her back annoying unregistered members, telling them that she'll go away if they sign up. :bcb_grin

 

bcb_girl.jpg

REGISTER NOW AND I'LL STOP BLOCKING YOUR SCREEN!


Jason

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I set the sidebar margin to 15% instead of a the measured 180 pixels. Did that have any effect on the Ipad?

 

It might make it overlap....

 

How does the navigation at the top look? are the links and buttons in-line?


Jason

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Thank you. It's much better, although still a bit of overlap of the navigation on the top.


Ann

SW: 158.6 Dec 2010

G.W. 137

 

C.W. 125, Dec. 7, 2018

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Looking forward to the changes. Thank you for keeping this site going


Positive thinking gets positive results!!!!!!!

 

Dottie HW: 210.4 SW:203.6 WWG:141 CW: 108.5 (5-1-14)

 

Made lifetime in 2003 and have maintained.

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Still working on the top navigation overlap issue. I found a site that 'simulates' Ipad/iphone and other smaller devices - so I should be able to make sure things are working ok for those that are using them. It is an increasing trend that I do plan on tailoring our development to.

 

Thank you all for the feedback!


Jason

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Looks great on the I pad right now. Who's online and birthdays seem to be missing.


 

She was warned.

She was given an explanation.

Nevertheless, She persisted.

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I temporarily removed the 'what's going on' block while I modify it and find a new placement. It will be back soon! Glad things look good.


Jason

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It is fine on the iPad, but now on my PC, I have to scroll to the side to get the entire window. Still, progress, eh? LOL


Ann

SW: 158.6 Dec 2010

G.W. 137

 

C.W. 125, Dec. 7, 2018

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I would please like to make a request that the recipes be easier to find. I have such trouble locating them. Thanks in advance.


JeanetteSki

 

 

 

 

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Two steps forward!

 

The scroll bar should be gone and hopefully everything fits now on your PC.

I'm guessing you're display resolution is set at 1024x768?

 

For the recipes - I changed the name to include Recipes as the first word to make it easier to spot. I tried moving it to the top of the category also but it causes problems. I'll look into a new icon for it maybe.

 

Hopefully that helps!


Jason

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Yep, scroll bar is gone. Thanks!! I have no idea about resolution, but you are probably right. LOL


Ann

SW: 158.6 Dec 2010

G.W. 137

 

C.W. 125, Dec. 7, 2018

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