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    Sometimes I use TC on my phone and I can't edit a post without it making a seperate post with the alterations instead of updating the old one. It's a very, very, very minor issue that hardly bothers me but just to answer to the OPs prompt.

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    I primarily use a laptop and then a tablet.

    The only feature I would like to see is a notification when someone has replied to one of my responses. But that's nitpicky. I'm happy here.

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    Desktop.



    I've been a longtime member for a different blog site that also used the same vblog or vbulletin, but the owner/admin likes to tinker with the settings.
    That site is using vBulletin™ Version 4.2.1;
    TalkClassical is using vBulletin™ Version 4.2.5.



    The tabs at the top of the page have been configured slightly differently (e.g., there's a "3 Days Posts" tab). So, under the site banner, instead of TalkClassical's

    What's New . . . . . Forum . . . . . Blogs

    it has

    Forum . . . . . What's New . . . . . Band Alumni ˘ . . . . . 3DaysPosts . . . . . Shoppe . . . . . Chat . . . . . MyEmail



    The second line of tabs, instead of

    ActivityStream . . . New Posts . . . NewGroupMessages . . . NewEvents . . . NewBlogEntries . . . MarkForumsRead

    It has

    NewPosts . . . PrivateMessages . . . FAQ . . . Calendar . . . Community ˘ . . . ForumActions ˘ . . . QuickLinks ˘ . . . WhereAreTheyNow . . . Wiki[band name] . . . AdvancedSearch

    This collection of tabs actual overwrites itself if your browser window isn't wide enough.

    The ˘ denotes a dropdown menu:
    The BandAlumni opens a dropdown with all of the many former band members.
    Community gives links to Albums, Friends & Contacts, and BlogMembers.
    ForumActions gives links to MarkForumsRead, GeneralSettings, and Profile.
    QuickLinks gives you Today'sPosts, SubscribedThreads, OpenContactsPopup, ViewSiteLeaders, and Who'sOnline.



    That site has many, many more emoticons available, but doesn't allow special characters like ñ or é or ü. If you try, it simply shows up as a ?. So, instead of "Dvořák", you'll get "Dvo??k".

    It allows unlimited editing of posts/comments, which is quite nice for fixing typos, or fixing links that later go dark. There are also several different custom "skins" available (not really a useful feature, but it's nice to have a choice). At least once they've had a member say farewell to the site in anger, and delete all of his posts. However, any posts of theirs that were "quoted" in someone else's "Reply With Quote" will have the quote as it appeared when it was quoted.

    That said, that OTHER site has occasional glitches, and sometimes a combination of characters typed into a comment will trigger a command that makes a comment page disappear (so it's possible that page 5 of 15 pages will simply give you a blank screen instead of posts 61-75. Of course, you can reset the number of posts seen per page, so you can force posts to display; e.g. if post 64 is the glitchy post, you could still see posts 71-75 if you set your posts/page to 10.)

    There's one glitch I've noticed on THIS site. Occasionally when I attempt the "Multi-quote" feature the multi-quotes will continue on and give the multiple quotes when attempting a different ReplyWithQuote in a completely different thread. The multiple quotes should delete themselves after one use. Of course, as an intermittent glitch, it's tough for an Admin or Mod to isolate the problem..
    Last edited by pianozach; Mar-10-2021 at 19:33.

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    I have had a very good experience with this website.

    I access it solely through a very old, but still quite functional, Macbook notebook computer.

    Some people might think that the site's appearance and functions seem a bit 'dated.' But others of us might actually like slightly [or even greatly] 'dated' things. Such as my antique Mac. Or classical music.

    Over the years I have seen many websites attempt to 'update' their appearance and functionality, often at great expense and with great fanfare. But in many cases, such 'updates' have actually made the sites less attractive and more inconvenient or annoying than before. Similar to the debacle when Coca Cola replaced its original recipe with the 'New Coke' in 1985.

    Nothing is perfect, and if we think hard enough many of us could find minor things about TC that we might like changed or 'updated.' But, in my humble opinion, this is an excellent website that serves its purposes very well as is. It really does not need any tinkering with all the attendant risks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post

    The only feature I would like to see is a notification when someone has replied to one of my responses. But that's nitpicky. I'm happy here.
    Yeah, in an ideal world that'd be nice but I make do just fine without it just like yourself. I actually use the "Like" function as a way of pinging people to start/continue a conversation when I reply to someone's post.

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    Laptop at home. Never tried it on my phone. If it's slow at work I log in. Haven't been fired yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciManeIsTheNewWebern View Post
    Sometimes I use TC on my phone and I can't edit a post without it making a seperate post with the alterations instead of updating the old one. It's a very, very, very minor issue that hardly bothers me but just to answer to the OPs prompt.
    I use a phone with a TC desktop interface and don't have that problem editing posts. Of course one only has some limited time to do that. I didn't look for too long into the mobile style before switching over to what I was used to.
    Last edited by Serge; Mar-26-2021 at 17:02. Reason: no reason :)
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    I would like a customizable NEW POSTS button that I can include only those forums and sub-forums that I wish to be involved in, and ignores all the other forums.
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    Not easy. I wrote a URL to get all except the polls subforum:

    Code:
    https://www.talkclassical.com/search.php?do=getnew&exclude=62&contenttype=vBForum_Post
    I then stuck this on the bookmark bar. It takes a great deal of diving around in the depths of the forum to get the sub-forum numbers, but it can be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taggart View Post
    Not easy. I wrote a URL to get all except the polls subforum:

    Code:
    https://www.talkclassical.com/search.php?do=getnew&exclude=62&contenttype=vBForum_Post
    I then stuck this on the bookmark bar. It takes a great deal of diving around in the depths of the forum to get the sub-forum numbers, but it can be done.
    I don't know the language, so tried a crude method that did not work,

    Code:
    https://www.talkclassical.com/search.php?do=getnew&exclude=community-forum/=vBForum_Post
    However, I see there are a few threads in there that I follow, so maybe I have to approach this differently. Maybe exclude Community Forum but then bring up those I still want to follow as subscribed threads.
    Last edited by SixFootScowl; Jul-12-2021 at 06:07.
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    Here is the code to search for new posts not in community area that works

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    https://www.talkclassical.com/search.php?do=getnew&exclude=11&contenttype=vBForum_Post
    Here it is as a URL

    https://www.talkclassical.com/search...e=vBForum_Post

    This excludes the polls subforum as well

    Code:
    https://www.talkclassical.com/search.php?do=getnew&exclude=11,62&contenttype=vBForum_Post
    You can get the forum numbers by starting a new thread in the relevant area. The address bar, before you post shows

    Code:
    https://www.talkclassical.com/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=11
    for a thread in the community area. Once you've got the forum number (the bit after the f ), just close the tab so you don't post a thread. It's a bit tedious but it does work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    I would like a customizable NEW POSTS button that I can include only those forums and sub-forums that I wish to be involved in, and ignores all the other forums.

    We used to have that feature, like, 10 years ago or so. It was very handy as one could de-select forum areas they wished to not see. I think it developed bugs and had to be removed; I don't foresee it ever returning, not if we continue to use vBulletin.

    We are experimenting with another app on our sister site, MIMF.
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    It is too bad that when someone is on your Ignore list, you still see the threads they create.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    It is too bad that when someone is on your Ignore list, you still see the threads they create.

    True, but you don't see the content ...

    Sadly there are no other options to hide what you do see ... Sorry.
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