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This new format

Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 11, 13 at 20:51

Don't know about you but I'm not liking this. Shrink what counts to make room for more annoying ads. Hogwash if you ask me.

Also there needs to be more color contrast or something in the background...yuk.

This post was edited by fruitnut on Mon, Feb 11, 13 at 20:53


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I couldn't agree more! Does anyone ever even look at the adds on here??? I never even noticed adds until now! Maybe that's what there trying to accomplish?


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It is kind of different.I use to see ads but haven't seen any for about six months.
I have this program called Adblock Plus and I think that's what is doing the blocking.It's free,I think they ask for donations.
It seems ads were still appearing while I had the program,but then they stopped.It could be self adjusting,because I didn't play around with it too much. Brady


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Does look a little pallid, but the page layout is an improvement; the posting area is now fixed width. Text width of 600 pixels is considered ideal for computer reading.


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Its too bright, the graphics are horrible and the ads are larger. What could be worse? Mrs. G


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Ads? Uh...oh... GW was one of the reasons why I changed from IE to Firefox with the ad-block plugin.

Does look a bit washed out, though......


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I was really sick of looking at the default web font they always had, any font change is a big improvement to me. I have an ad blocker (downloaded and installed due to this site only) and would recommend it to any user of this site. The one annoying thing about the new format is long titles wrap around a lot - thats a design error they should fix.

Scott


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I agree, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.


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  • Posted by ericwi Dane County WI (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 12, 13 at 9:46

For whatever reason, on my 'puter, the old format and the new format are for practical purposes the same. I barely noticed the change. I still see ads, but they are about the same size, and in the same position.


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I don't care for the white background, but other than that it's fine. I use AdBlock Plus and don't see ads at all.


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I don't mind it at all. Once I got used to it I actually find it easier to read. And I don't get any more ads than I always have. On the whole I feel it is an improvement.


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Is Adblock Plus only available for Firefox and Chrome?


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The big blank space does look kind of odd, but with AdBlock that's the main difference.


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  • Posted by mksmth oklahoma 7a (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 12, 13 at 16:13

firefox and ad block here. I see no ads.

it is too bright I think.


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It's funny, I see people saying it looks too bright.. on my ipad it looks exactly the same as before, just a different font and different nav bar at top. Oh, and there's a better format to see the title of a thread, who started it, and when the last response was. The background has alway been white for me. Well, I suppose every has a different set up so things look different to each of us.


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After getting virused a couple years ago by a pushed advertisement, I installed a program called NoScript. It allows ME to control what scripts run on my pages. So all I can say is: What ads? :)

A real improvement, would be the ability to make an automatic jump to 'First Unread' like every other forum seems to have.

This post was edited by MrCaballus on Tue, Feb 12, 13 at 17:28


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The maker of Adblock Plus has had numerous requests to have it work for Internet Explorer,but says it is very difficult and it probably won't happen.


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I like GardenWeb it is free so i don't care what it takes to keep it going.Free is Free


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I like GardenWeb it is free so i don't care what it takes to keep it going.Free is Free


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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 12, 13 at 18:50

Gardenweb may be free. But we provide all the value. Without our posts they have nothing. We're providing them a living. That's how I see it anyway.


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I am with you, free is great. I make it a priority of mine to always find the bright side of any situation and that is where my focus is.

Seeing the glass half full instead of half empty is a great way to live especially in my line of work :)

My best wishes to everyone!


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HATE IT!

Carla in Sac


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It does seem kind of bright to me. The aseptic feeling just doesn't match well with growing things in dirt.


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Damn, this *is* bright! On my desktop, anyway. Looked perfectly normal on my Kindle Fire though. I'm usually on there these days so I don't much care about the changes. Seems mostly the same, with bigger ads, which are typically blocked. No big whoop here.


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Another improvement is that the pages actually finish loading--I swear that in the previous format, the address bar at the bottom of FireFox would display various urls for minutes on end.

Yes, the wraparound titles are clunky--looks like the "clippings" is assigned the same vertical space and is squeezing the title.

Perhaps the above-mentioned portable computers have default background settings to some off-white shade to save battery power.

There is "too bright" chatter on the Computer Help forum also.


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Really?! TBH there are no changes at all besides the background and the search etc has been modernized. Sure its a bit different from the black header, but other then that there is no difference once you scroll down past that.

And I dont notice any difference in the number of adds. I see 2. The biggest difference I notice is that the site looks cleaner, more modern and i barely notice any size difference.

If anything it wasnt enough of a change. Im still having problems receiving notifications, and its still the same forum format from 10 years ago.

I appreciate the clean up admin. I know even if the changes look small and cosmetic they arent always easy to do.


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For us old guys with old eyes, the added contrast makes for easier reading. Any change takes some getting used to, and this is the first real appearance change since "Spike" started GardenWeb many years ago. Al


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  • Posted by glib 5.5 (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 13, 13 at 11:08

I always had a white background. The fonts have changed. Noscript with Firefox leaves a big gaping hole on the right where ads used to be, it is just a bigger hole now.

Actually this site is pretty good. There are sites which force me to change permissions, but this one is completely self-contained and will not get stuck trying to call an outside website that has been blocked. I am happy with Gardenweb, we provide content but they make it free, and it is now reasonably robust. It is a win-win situation.


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I actually like the background, it's soft on both my Mac and my PC. I have AdBlock enabled on Firefox, so I don't see the ads. So, non-issue for me. Yes, I do thing the posting frame should be widened, it's a bit narrow, and that would make scrolling through a thread easier - more width and less length.

What I'm more interested in, is the improved search feature coming, and also if GW could allow posters to add multiple photos, instead of just one (better than no photos, but still, not optimal). In order to add multiple photos, posters need to know how to upload to a photo-sharing site, then understand how to copy the correct code string (HTML code, and not the direct link or IMG code). Pain to have to instruct new forum members on how to post multiple photos in a post. And yes, I agree, it would nice to be able to sort the messages so you can get to the "latest unread message" per user as many other forum formats provide. That way, you can pull up all the posts that you haven't read since your previous time.

Patty S.


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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 13, 13 at 16:50

Maybe I'm adjusting already. But I think the margin is a little darker than a couple days ago.


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The color gradient has changed today. Initially it went from lima bean to white, now goes from lima bean to pastel green.


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If you don't want to see ads, install the add-on called "Adblock" for Firefox or Chrome. Works great. Didn't even realize there were ads until a few of you mentioned them, because i never see them.


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I don't mind ads so much as long as they don't flash, mover or make noise.


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To the powers that be. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !
I understand that in a capitolistic system the bill must be paid and as long as it is free to me I'm a happy camper. Thank you for your time and persistance.


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