So how is it?

I know there isn’t a finished style, and we’re missing a ton of things (image gallery, white papers, etc), but so far, how do you like it?

i’m lovin’ it

I am already starting to like the many new vB features, and I can’t wait until everything is added. Will it be done before 1-10-04 or don’t we know?

Overall it’s better, but I can’t wait for the return of the galleries/chief delphi color. :cool:

Hopefully well before that.

If they keep to their word, Jelsoft will release the new style by Friday, and I have Monday off of work to devote to the site. So, I should have a good size chunk of it done before January.

It got a little confusing with the lack of a portal page, after I’ve gotten used to it for a while. Other than that, I think everyone is working fairly well. New features are useful and not confusing. I look forward to having everything in Chief Delphi colour and style again!

One thing I am a little worry about is people who do not want to use thread style and used to linear style will not be able to take advantage of the organizational ability of thread style. That in and of itself isn’t too bad, except when the linear people start posting in thread style discussion you start getting messages with multiple topics and the structure of the discussion start breaking apart. Well, it’s a minor concern anyway, because I haven’t really seen anything so far, and a lot of people like to use the hybrid view. So I would encourage everyone to use that view. Maybe set it to the default view and people can change it to linear if they want to.

edit The other things I miss is looking up members base on their team number. And then there is the count down page as we are getting closer to FIRST season again. You know little features that was useful. But those takes time to come back, so I am going to wait patiently. edit

Other than that, everything is going pretty good. I just hope the existence of post count wouldn’t encourage people to post more than they ought to. Maybe the reputation points will have some effect on them. Everything just started a few days ago, so it’s hard to see what’s going to happen.

Time will tell…

yea like ken i am totally confused without the portal page.

I like it though. so far so good

My only suggestion for the portal page is a login box right on the page (similar to how the login box it one the index twice). That would make logging in quicker and easier than ever before.

Honestly i gotta say i’m not a fan, I really liked the old version better.
Can’t quite put my finger on why, though.

Please don’t hurt me Brandon

Love it, but I cant’ wait to get the features back. Seems exactly like the Beta vB3 Chief Delphi you had set up awhile back, but it will be nice to get rid of this purple.

I’m not a huge fan. There’s so much stuff… I don’t even see a use for a lot of it. Heh.

Overall, I love the new system. The toolbar at the top with the PM information and the new posts link is REALLY helpful. I’m even starting to like the purple :yikes:.

My only problem with the new system is the reputation points. Within 24 hours many people, including a very well respected person that should know better, were abusing the system. I understand the purpose behind the system, but right now it is turning out to be mostly a popularity contest. Perhaps we should just get rid of it? Or at least impose some more control over it, maybe only letting moderators give reputation points or implementing some sort of appeal system.

I really don’t see how it can be abused. Brandon described the reputaion system here, and it looks pretty fair. A person can try to give as many negative hits to another as they’d like, but there’s criteria for when each will count and how much it will even be worth when it does count.

It will all work itself out in the end, I’m sure.

Agreed… it will take time to sort itself out, but over time, the system should be fair and sustaining. Yes, it will be a little skewed at first, but that should sort itself out as the reputation system gets more use.

Certain people are giving positive reputation points to their friends and negative points to people they don’t like. This doesn’t matter too much when the person doing it is just your average poster, but when it is someone who’s been around a while and has posted a lot, then the rating has a much bigger impact. Normally one would think that those kinds of people would be mature enough to restrain themselves, but as many people’s reputations show, that’s not the case.

Remember, no matter how “god”-like you think a person is, we’re all still human.

Does the reputation thing even make much of a difference here? It doesn’t effect how much you can post or what you can post (yet?), and most people are smart enough not to judge people by just some little counter. I see it more as a helpful tool for the user, rather than other users because that person will know if things they are posting are liked/not liked by people.

I’m paranoid, so if it’s me your talking about, I can tell you all reputations I’ve given out have been to people who I deem good posters who post well, help lots of people, and have good ideas.

In short, there’s nothing wrong with that. I didn’t want to get into it here, so I put my comments in a thread that I thought was more appropriate.

I know it doesn’t officially matter yet, but it does have the potential to cause a lot of problems. I really don’t care about my reputation score that much, but I’m sure other people do. Its really not very nice to see that you “have had a little shameless behavior in the past,” especially when you haven’t done anything to deserve it. This gets even worse when you see that the people that gave you the negative reputation have a good reputations because all their friends have been rating them well. It just seems like it will be a huge popularity contest, and I know we’ve all gotten enough of that in high school :rolleyes:.

The reputation system is there to encourage posting useful things and discourage spamming the boards. When people use it for other reasons, it can’t do anything but hurt people’s feelings. That’s not something we need here.

I hate to bring back the past again, but look here:

what about it?