Speed is the #1 criteria

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Speed is my #1 criteria. Speed of finding answers, getting answers, posting questions, and just general page loading.

I view these forums almost exclusively from my daytime job. I can't be see as continually web surfing. I need to get an answer to particular questions quickly. So page load speed is important.

This is why the current forum is so great- just text, hardly any css, no javascripts, no images, no avatars, no advertising, no Flash/flash. I also need a way to see as much as possible of each topic on screen at once. Currently I can see almost all current topics without scrolling my page. I can see if my post is answered, or new posts are there, etc. Having to scroll 3 pages with lots of wasted space time consuming. Having only 1 page worth of topics, but with tons of fancy frames and wasted space and such so I only see, say 15 topics per page, will kill me. I'd rather see 50 or 100 topics listed on one page than need to load multiple pages. Perhaps a pref to show XX items per page if need be.

I am against avatars, long signatures, javascripts, and wasted vertical space, and Flash.
I also HATE grey text. All text should be BLACK. Unless it is grey for a real reason, like a legal disclaimer or something.
I would like to be able to upload screenshots to be able to clarify problems, that is one thing I will accept if it's a tiny bit slower.

Sorry to sound like a rant but in order to do my job I need these forums to get answers. Having them crash n burn like the last time would be a big problem.

Thanks,
Chris

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Speed is the #1 criteria

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Speed is my #1 criteria. Speed of finding answers, getting answers, posting questions, and just general page loading.

I view these forums almost exclusively from my daytime job. I can't be see as continually web surfing. I need to get an answer to particular questions quickly. So page load speed is important.

This is why the current forum is so great- just text, hardly any css, no javascripts, no images, no avatars, no advertising, no Flash/flash. I also need a way to see as much as possible of each topic on screen at once. Currently I can see almost all current topics without scrolling my page. I can see if my post is answered, or new posts are there, etc. Having to scroll 3 pages with lots of wasted space time consuming. Having only 1 page worth of topics, but with tons of fancy frames and wasted space and such so I only see, say 15 topics per page, will kill me. I'd rather see 50 or 100 topics listed on one page than need to load multiple pages. Perhaps a pref to show XX items per page if need be.

I am against avatars, long signatures, javascripts, and wasted vertical space, and Flash.
I also HATE grey text. All text should be BLACK. Unless it is grey for a real reason, like a legal disclaimer or something.
I would like to be able to upload screenshots to be able to clarify problems, that is one thing I will accept if it's a tiny bit slower.

Sorry to sound like a rant but in order to do my job I need these forums to get answers. Having them crash n burn like the last time would be a big problem.

Thanks,
Chris

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YES to all of your points.

That is the ONLY format and modus operandi that is of any use to me too.

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A tiny disagreement - 'hardly any css' actually slows things down. A decent external stylesheet and we wouldn't need all the clunky table code.

And I suppose we've just got used to all that gunk at the top of the page that needs scrolling past every single time.

These forums aren't *entirely* perfect 😉 Useless search function, too.

I would like improvements but I'm bored with making requests that either get slapped down with 'you can't expect poor widdle John to do everything' or, quite possibly, ignored entirely.

As has been pointed out, the message at the top of each forum does not read as an invitation to contribute opinions, and I'm not even sure they are wanted. We have no concrete proposals, still, and no confirmation that anyone gives a hoot what we want or don't.

Hosts contributing either admit, like Oz, that have really no more information that we do or posture around pretending to know. So we're just flailing about, really.

I'm dropping in now and then to see if that changes.

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> We have no concrete proposals, still, and no confirmation that anyone gives a hoot what we want or don't.

When we do have concrete proposals, then we'll be able to see what concrete response there has been to the views expressed here. Let's be optimistic - the seemingly long delay in publishing the concrete proposals might be due to the time taken to change some things in the light of what's been discussed here. Or not. I don't know. We'll see.

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How I wish that that will turn-out to be the case but unfortunately I don't share your optimism at the moment because we had every indication, so far, that they are just taking the easy way out by sticking with the standard unpalatable fare as offered by Jive.

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My optimism is indeed a personal trait. You may be right to think otherwise.

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