Jump to content


Basschat features - an FAQ and update


32 replies to this topic

#1 ped

    Général d’Armée

  • Administrators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,667 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:York

Posted 21 September 2011 - 06:05 PM

Hi folks

Well, it seems the transition to the new software has been easy for some, less so for others. Whilst I know that the proportion of you having issues is small, I though it would be a good idea to update you and let you know where we are.

First of all, the 'notifications' (little icon next to the envelope in the top right hand side of the screen) shows a notification every time someone replies to a thread you have 'followed' (either by posting in a thread, starting a topic or clicking 'follow' in any topic or forum).

It SHOULD behave in a way which shows one notification for the update, i.e 'Tom and 5 other people have replied to...'. At the moment, it doesn't. This is the software's fault, and we are waiting on an update to fix it. For the time being, you might as well turn them off if it bugs you (like if you have notifications for a really busy thread) until we fix it.

Email notifications are apparently similar, behaving in the same way (several emails). This too will be fixed. I have turned off email notifications by default in your 'settings' tab so they shouldn't bother you for now. I just have emails for PM's, personally - the new system lets you read the PM in the email so you don;t have to open the website if you're on a mobile, for example.

'View new content' area!

It's the new name for the 'view new posts' bit. And it's much better.

On the old site, if you posted a thread and it fell down the forum, it would be hard to find again unless you manually bookmarked it in your browser. In the new 'view new content' area you can filter to show threads in different ways. Most importantly you can display 'threads I have participated in' which is like a list of threads you have posted in. You can go to the first unread post in these threads by clicking the star icon next to the thread title.

Click the orange bars on the left hand side of the 'view new content' area to play around. To de-activate the filters, click them again.

Mobile version

The mobile version of the site was OK but because of the problems with notifications and the like, we disabled it and have allowed the full site to display. Soon, we will have a dedicated mobile site which hatches our theme which works nice and quickly on mobiles and let's you read your PMs and view the forum. You will also have the option to view the full site, should you wish.

Attachments

We had some problems using Amazon servers (or something) for attachments so they kept on breaking. We should have fixed this any time now so they should work fine.

Browser problems

It's very difficult to answer why one person's screen has a button in a different place, and it will take time to test the forum on different platforms. If you see something weird, please report it. More about this later.

Calendar

Will be installed soon

The theme's too bloody bright!

Well, it's not easy to change, unfortunately. I can't afford it at the moment and if you think about it, and look at the size of the white area, it's the same as looking at MS word. Not too bad, really. The old forum was white too, probably whiter, on balance. Sorry if you don't like it, I hope you'll get used to it. One day we'll have another option perhaps but it's not a top priority.

Why did we upgrade, anyway?

A good question, and totally valid. The problem was that the old forum was becoming a nightmare to manage with it's older system of spam filtration and other things I don't understand. The upshot is that mods were banning hundreds and hundreds of spoof accounts every day and we simply had to upgrade to the latest and most secure software.

What if I have a problem

Please post a thread in the site issues area. Have a look first to make sure you aren't repeating anything which we are already aware of. As soon as you post the problem, we'll be aware of it and will be working on it, so don't be dismayed if it looks like you're being ignored.

Speed

We are doing well at the moment, after a shaky start (see Amazon problem above). A server upgrade will be necessary soon to secure this speed for the foreseeable but it's a big jump financially and after paying for the upgrade and giving HMRC all my money I haven't got much available. I think we have something like 2/3 of capacity left so it's nothing urgent. I'll start washing the neighbours car and start shining shoes.

Thanks

Finally, a word of thanks. I know some people HATE change, and it's never easy to please everyone. I have had lots of messages of support from members who have really helped give me (and the team) a bit of a boost. Please be patient and hang in there. We'll do it.

ped
Find us on Facebook and Twitter

#2 wateroftyne

    SHAZAM!

  • Global Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,524 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Geordie Delta

Posted 21 September 2011 - 06:08 PM

Cheers, Ped & co.!
Basses: Fender '71 Precision Fretted (rosewood) | Fender '71 Precision Fretless (rosewood)
Amplification: 2 x TKS Engineering 112 cabs | MESA Walkabout | Ibanez Promethean P5110


Bands: The Billy Mitchell Band | The Lindisfarne Story | The Caffreys | The Steve Daggett Trio | Rosie & the Hips

See all my basses here | Watch video clips of them here | Design for print and web | Hey! I've got feedback!

#3 EssentialTension

    Zig Zag Wanderer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,661 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brighton

Posted 21 September 2011 - 06:18 PM

There often isn't enough appreciation of what is being done to keep this site operating. So well done Ped and the rest of the team.
DAVE - My Feedback

Fender Precision - Lakland Decade - Squier Bass VI - Takamine B10 - Hora Thomann 22 Upright - Mesa Walkabout Scout 1x12 - Phil Jones Bass Briefcase

#4 nottswarwick

    Very Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,449 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Nottingham

Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:18 PM

Indeed. It's a free site, I think we should all be grateful.

FFS, it's not rocket science to use and I for one think it is LOADS better - one of the best platforms out there.

Thank you :-)
THIS IS ME- GUITAR BASS AND DRUM TEACHER

MY FEEDBACK

Modified Yamaha BBN4 with G&L jazz pickups installed
Hohner Jack Custom
Genz Benz GBE750 and NEOX212
Genz Benz Contour 500 210 combo
Gallien Krueger MB200
Gramma Pad

#5 Marvin

    Hyper elite mega member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,290 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:22 PM

View Postnottswarwick, on 21 September 2011 - 07:18 PM, said:

Indeed. It's a free site, I think we should all be grateful.

FFS, it's not rocket science to use and I for one think it is LOADS better - one of the best platforms out there.

Thank you :-)
Exactly. Nail and head thingy :)

#6 BB3000S

    Fully fledged member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 474 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sweden

Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:26 PM

The new look has started to grow on me, and many of the new features are great!
Good work!
Playing for time.

#7 arsenic

    Basschat Armadillo

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 430 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Wolverhampton

Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:26 PM

Just to add my thanks to Ped and the rest of the mods.

The upgrade was smooth enough, and the problems are being worked on - OK, bugs and issues with the software are reliant on the company providing solutions.

All in all, I think this is a result.

#8 Paul S

    Is this the custom member title?

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,496 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:North Thames Delta
  • Interests:Music,other stuff.

Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:42 PM

Yup - top job.

Quick question - anyone know where the Wiki is?

#9 arsenic

    Basschat Armadillo

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 430 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Wolverhampton

Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:46 PM

View PostPaul S, on 21 September 2011 - 07:42 PM, said:

Quick question - anyone know where the Wiki is?

No link on the site now, but exists here http://wiki.basschat.co.uk/

#10 nottswarwick

    Very Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,449 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Nottingham

Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:50 PM

To add to the detractors on here we also have folk on Facebook thinking the world has ended as that has changed a bit too.

Come on folks embrace the change lol
THIS IS ME- GUITAR BASS AND DRUM TEACHER

MY FEEDBACK

Modified Yamaha BBN4 with G&L jazz pickups installed
Hohner Jack Custom
Genz Benz GBE750 and NEOX212
Genz Benz Contour 500 210 combo
Gallien Krueger MB200
Gramma Pad

#11 Blademan_98

    The Underdogs

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,020 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Buckinghamshire
  • Interests:Playing Bass and riding bikes. Probably not at the same time......

Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:52 PM

It is a great job :) well done Ped and team.

Keeping the site free keeps it alive.

I think that all of the users of the site should show a bit of appreciation.
Fender Jazz
Squier Jazz Fretless
Hohner Headless

http://www.lemonrock.com/underdogs

#12 Marvin

    Hyper elite mega member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,290 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:02 PM

View Postnottswarwick, on 21 September 2011 - 07:50 PM, said:

To add to the detractors on here we also have folk on Facebook thinking the world has ended as that has changed a bit too.

Come on folks embrace the change lol
Facebook is different :)

#13 nottswarwick

    Very Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,449 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Nottingham

Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:04 PM

Not really in the sense that it's free and you are not obligated to use it
THIS IS ME- GUITAR BASS AND DRUM TEACHER

MY FEEDBACK

Modified Yamaha BBN4 with G&L jazz pickups installed
Hohner Jack Custom
Genz Benz GBE750 and NEOX212
Genz Benz Contour 500 210 combo
Gallien Krueger MB200
Gramma Pad

#14 Paul S

    Is this the custom member title?

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,496 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:North Thames Delta
  • Interests:Music,other stuff.

Posted 22 September 2011 - 10:23 AM

View Postarsenic, on 21 September 2011 - 07:46 PM, said:


No link on the site now, but exists here http://wiki.basschat.co.uk/

Ah, great, thanks.

#15 Doctor J

    Very Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,328 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 23 September 2011 - 11:07 PM

Well done to Ped and the team, I think the new features are a big step forward. Thank you very much for all your hard work.

#16 Hamster

    Fully inebriated member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,718 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Various pubs in Surrey
  • Interests:Free Beer

Posted 23 September 2011 - 11:17 PM

Apart from Ben, none of the 'staff' here are really wizards when it comes to all the tech stuff that makes the board work. We're all learning about the new features at the same rate as everyone else, and understanding how to give advice about how to optimise individual settings.

I for one think it's fantastic, as the new spam filters mean that I don't spend up to 2 hours a day sifting through the new registrations which we've been doing since January. Now I have time to actually read the forums and enjoy the place once more!

:)

#17 grumble

    Soap Distant

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 403 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:It seemed like a good idea at the time
  • Interests:Incessant quotations from 'Now We Are Six' through the mouthpiece of Lord Snooty's giant poisoned electric head.

Posted 23 September 2011 - 11:41 PM

>Now I have time to actually read the forums and enjoy the place once more!

Selfish b*st*rd ! Get back on your wheel and keep the site running, enjoying the site is purely for us (non-) paying members :)
Graham

Proudly redefining the expression "Crap Bassist" since 1975

'You gotta have some bottom for the music, makes the top make sense, gives meaning to the sides'
Gil Scott-Heron 1949-2011

#18 dmccombe7

    Very Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,512 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Lanark

Posted 25 September 2011 - 03:36 PM

Liking it a lot.
Lot of effort by the team so well done.

One small query though with regards the For Sale sections.
Why not have a button that allows the OP to delete the post when the item is sold.
That way it saves important storage space.

Just a thought.

All the best.
Dave
Basses :-
Warwick Thumb NT 89 (EMG's), Overwater Progress 6 custom fretless, Overwater Contemporary J4, Fender Jazz, Jaydee Roadie II fretless, Peavey Cirrus Tiger eye 5, Epiphone Thunderbird.
Amps :-
GK 1001RBii, GK MB-200, 2x Bergantino AE112, Bergantino HT322.
Effects :-
Aphex Comprressor, Roland GT-6B

FEEDBACK :- http://basschat.co.uk/topic/137230-feedback-for-dmccombe7

#19 EssentialTension

    Zig Zag Wanderer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,661 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brighton

Posted 25 September 2011 - 03:40 PM

View Postdmccombe7, on 25 September 2011 - 03:36 PM, said:

Liking it a lot.
Lot of effort by the team so well done.

One small query though with regards the For Sale sections.
Why not have a button that allows the OP to delete the post when the item is sold.
That way it saves important storage space.

Just a thought.

All the best.
Dave
Because many of us want to see a record of what sold for how much etc - it's a good guide to pricing and to what might sell and how fast.
DAVE - My Feedback

Fender Precision - Lakland Decade - Squier Bass VI - Takamine B10 - Hora Thomann 22 Upright - Mesa Walkabout Scout 1x12 - Phil Jones Bass Briefcase

#20 dmccombe7

    Very Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,512 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Lanark

Posted 26 September 2011 - 12:12 PM

View PostEssentialTension, on 25 September 2011 - 03:40 PM, said:

Because many of us want to see a record of what sold for how much etc - it's a good guide to pricing and to what might sell and how fast.

Valid point.
Hadn't thought about that.

Cheers for reply.
Dave
Basses :-
Warwick Thumb NT 89 (EMG's), Overwater Progress 6 custom fretless, Overwater Contemporary J4, Fender Jazz, Jaydee Roadie II fretless, Peavey Cirrus Tiger eye 5, Epiphone Thunderbird.
Amps :-
GK 1001RBii, GK MB-200, 2x Bergantino AE112, Bergantino HT322.
Effects :-
Aphex Comprressor, Roland GT-6B

FEEDBACK :- http://basschat.co.uk/topic/137230-feedback-for-dmccombe7

#21 ped

    Général d’Armée

  • Administrators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,667 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:York

Posted 26 September 2011 - 12:16 PM

Also I think they are good for search engines too. To be honest I don't think forum threads take up much room at all so it's cool. Always good if the user amends the title to 'SOLD' though.

Cheers
Find us on Facebook and Twitter

#22 BigBeatNut

    Very Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,315 posts
  • Location:London

Posted 26 September 2011 - 06:01 PM

View Postped, on 26 September 2011 - 12:16 PM, said:

Always good if the user amends the title to 'SOLD' though. Cheers

That gets my vote. I get irritated when edits go further than that though, e.g. title wiped out, or last price wiped out, or (worse) entire first post reduced to 'mods, please delete'.

One for the wishlist: Something to prevent all of the above.

Andy

#23 Fitz666

    Fully fledged member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 139 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Dunfermline, Fife

Posted 06 October 2011 - 10:35 AM

Loving the revamped site.

1 question though, where it the "Mark Forum Read" button?

I cant find it....

#24 BigBeatNut

    Very Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,315 posts
  • Location:London

Posted 06 October 2011 - 11:07 AM

View PostFitz666, on 06 October 2011 - 10:35 AM, said:

Loving the revamped site.

1 question though, where it the "Mark Forum Read" button?

I cant find it....

Right at the very, very bottom of the page ... "Mark Community Read" (does it for the whole of Basschat)

Andy

#25 LiamPodmore

    Ummm..... I play bass?

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,500 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bolton, Greater Manchester
  • Interests:Anything that sounds good, and some things that don't. Oh, and those computer things, i like them too.

Posted 06 October 2011 - 11:27 AM

Also wanna throw my appreciation to the Basschat team, you've done one hell of a job, and still are doing. I kind of know how much hassle it is doing something like this, especially with a huge change happening too, as its just happened where i work (Apprentice IT Technician at a school) and we're still learning.

Liam
Instruments:
1986 Fender MIJ Precision|2010 Fender Squier Jazz Bass Deluxe V|2007 Ibanez GSR200|Yamaha FJX720SC|
Amps:
Warwick ProFet 5.1|Gear4Music 25B|
Effects/Pedals:
Boss TU-2|MXR M80|Marshall JH-1|Pedaltrain Nano|
Random Stuff:
AudioSpares & Control Cables|Elixir Strings|Fender & Dunlop Straps|

My Photography: Facebook Flickr

A Little Bit Outlaw: Youtube Facebook Twitter

#26 ped

    Général d’Armée

  • Administrators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,667 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:York

Posted 06 October 2011 - 01:42 PM

Thanks Liam. We have a big list of jobs still to do and I'm beavering away most evenings on it. Ben has done all the technical stuff and is working really hard but he's been away for the last few days.

Thanks for the support

ped
Find us on Facebook and Twitter

#27 charic

    Horklown Extraordinaire

  • Administrators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,814 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:St Neots, Cambridgeshire

Posted 06 October 2011 - 03:13 PM

You gave him the keys to the cage?

I'll call the warden now

Posted Image



The fretboard is your playground


No Fingering Or Slapping Allowed!



BC T&C's



Forum Behaviour Guidelines


#28 Gary Williams

    Fully fledged member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 206 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:West Sussex

Posted 17 October 2011 - 10:29 AM

Gotta I love the new site!

Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere or is an ongoing issue but I still don't receive an email if someone sends me a PM or responds to a thread. I have applied all the ticks in the right places in my settings....

Any suggestions?

Gary :0)
Basses:
1972 Fender Precision Bass
1976 Fender Jazz Bass
1980 MusicMan Stingray
2000 Fender American Vintage 57 Precision Bass
2010 Sadowsky Metro UV70 5 string
2004 MusicMan Stingray 5
1978 Gibson Ripper

Amps:
Mesa Boogie 400+
Mesa Boogie 1516 Road Ready EV Loaded
Avalon U5
Ampeg SVT VR
Ampeg SVT 810 AV
MarkBass CMD 102P
MarkBass STD151HR

Posted Image

My Feedback

#29 Son of the Wear

    Fully fledged member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 58 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sunderland - home at last!

Posted 20 November 2011 - 09:26 AM

Great job - thanks!

#30 BassBus

    Fool Status

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,625 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Riever Country
  • Interests:Ehm, basses and busses

Posted 20 November 2011 - 09:49 AM

Just think, if the world hadn't changed through history we wouldn't even have anything to complain about. We wouldn't even have Basschat. :)

I think the new site is very usable. Takes a bit of time to get used to anything new but I like everything about it. Keep up all the good work Ped and team. I'll join those who really appreciate it.
Coffee tables by Status, Overwater and ACG

http://www.reverbnat...m/grahamblanche ............... BassBus Feedback...........Counselling





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users