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Good evening all! :)

In the very near future ASF is going to undergo some signficant changes, so I thought I should give you all some advance warning.

Quite soon I will be upgrading the forum software to a newer, more sophisticated version that offers more features that I am hoping many of you will find useful. I will also be introducing a brand new website design.

In brief, some of the additional features that the new forum software will offer are:

1. Groups

In the past, many ASF members have expressed a desire to organise groups of like minded individuals based on particular interests or geographical location. The current forum software does not really support this, but the new forum software will. Any ASF member will be able to start a group that can be public or invite only. There will be a special "Groups" area where people can browse existing public groups and an area devoted to each particular group where members can have discussions specific to their group and organise get togethers.

Individual groups will be moderated by the person who created it. The group creator will also be able to send out notifications to other group members, although like most options this can be turned off should you not wish to receive them.

2. Albums

ASF members will be able to create their own personal image collections in the form of albums.

These can be charts, photos or any other images you would like to build a collection of. They can either be public, private or accessed only by your friends (see Friends and Contacts below). Individual images can be captioned by the owner and others who have access to your album images can comment on them. The owner of the album can remove any inapproriate comments or report them if they are in violation of the site rules.

Images in your albums can be easily be added to forum posts by using the now familiar BB code.

3. Friends and Contacts

A friendship is a mutual, two-way relationship between two ASF members. It is initiated by one user and accepted by the other.

A contact is a one-way friendship. This could be where the other person does not accept the friendship, a friendship request is pending, or you do not wish to be friends at this time but want to show them as a contact only.

Your friends and contacts are displayed on the 'Contacts and Friends' page in your User CP. Your friends are also displayed in your profile page.

I will be trialling a Facebook style footer chat that will enable ASF members to chat directly with their ASF friends, either one on one or as a group, although this may not appear immediately.

4. Facebook integration

ASF will be introducing Facebook like buttons to individual threads so those who use Facebook can let their Facebook friends know about particular threads on ASF. Those who don't use Facebook can simply ignore these.

5. Support for iPhones and other mobile devices

At the moment, ASF is not easily navigated by those browsing the site with their iPhone or other mobile device. This is about to change. There is one existing app called Tapatalk that enables the easy browsing of forums using supported forum software. There is also a dedicated app on the way designed specifically for the forum software ASF will be using. More details on that as they come to hand.

6. Twitter integration

All new threads created on ASF will be published to ASF's Twitter page so those who use Twitter can follow us to keep up to date with new content. ASF members and visitors will also have the option to "tweet" ASF threads and posts to their own Twitter feed.

7. Tags

Tags are a useful way to search for threads with similar subject matter and content. This complements the normal search system, which searches only for certain words or phrases and/or posts by specific users.

To use tags, you add words or phrases to threads to help describe the content. For instance, if the subject matter is 'technical analysis' then you can add the tag 'technical analysis' to the tag list. But you could also add tags like 'support and resistance', and 'pivot point' (depending, of course, on
the nature of the thread).

This will categorize this thread with all other threads that have matching tags, whether or not they have the word 'technical analysis' in them.


As I mentioned above, this is just a brief overview of some the new features that ASF will be offering in the very near future. Once they are introduced you will be free to explore them at your leisure and I will be starting a new thread where I will be answering questions from those who have specific concerns or queries. :)

I expect there will be minor teething problems when the new forum software and website design is introduced and probably a transitional period of a week or two where minor tweaking and small adjustments will need to be made. I ask everyone to be patient during this time.

I imagine the new website design will also take a little getting used to, although I done my best to ensure that it is simple, clean and easy to navigate. There are, however, some significant differences from the forum as it currently exists.
 
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Sounds like exciting stuff Joe, the forum was getting a bit old in the tooth, so any upgrades (as long as there aren't too many bugs) sounds good. I assume all the old threads are going to be imported into the new software?
 

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Sounds good Joe glad I got my new iPhone on order !!

ASF is a great place to share education, research,and ideas we all thank you and look forward to the new website.

Is that enough characters now ? LOL
 

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Hi everyone,

Well as you can all see, ASF has a new web design. We have also upgraded to the latest version of the forum software, so there are many new features that were not previously available with the old version.

I'm currently very busy tweaking the settings and making minor changes but I thought I would open the forums up so you can all take a look around. Things have changed, but not all that much. Most of the changes that you will notice are cosmetic in nature.

I realize that it is going to take some time until we iron out all the issues with this new design, so if you notice anything strange going on please let me know about it in this thread. This is the largest single change ASF has experienced in its six and a half years of operation so please bear with me. Please note that right now this is all very much a work in progess, but I thought I should open up the forums and let you all back in to have a look around.

I am open to feedback and suggestions regarding the new design. Please post any comments that you may have in this thread.

For those who regularly embed YouTube videos into their posts, please note that the old
 
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well, it's quite different, I sort of liked the older one

missing the quick search by title, now have to go the Advanced Search and fill out a form :(

Like the new logo Joe.
 
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Hey. Joe Blow

If you fellows can make these changes to the ASF and they all work.

Whats the chances of coming to Qld. and sorting out the Qld. health software problems?

I got more faith in you blokes doing it, than Bligh.

Cheers. p.s. the new look is great!!!
 

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well, it's quite different, I sort of liked the older one

missing the quick search by title, now have to go the Advanced Search and fill out a form :(

Like the new logo Joe.

Quick search by title will be back momentarily. Lots of tweaking to do yet!
 

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Hey. Joe Blow

If you fellows can make these changes to the ASF and they all work.

Whats the chances of coming to Qld. and sorting out the Qld. health software problems?

I got more faith in you blokes doing it, than Bligh.

Cheers. p.s. the new look is great!!!

Many thanks for the kind words! :)

The new look is still very much a work in progress. Still lots of little annoying bugs to iron out!
 

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There are also still some minor issues with the site search that are being worked on. Should be fixed soon.
 

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There are also still some minor issues with the site search that are being worked on. Should be fixed soon.

The search index is currently being rebuilt from scratch so it may be a couple of hours until your searches return the results you are looking for.

The site may also experience a little slowness during this time as rebuilding the search index is a very server intensive process.
 

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Congrats, Joe!

As an IT fossil, I can appreciate the amount of preparation that must have gone into this change-over. And to find it's all been done in one short night - A**Mazing!

As regards wishes: I'm often using the "New Posts" option and find, the list is sometimes extremely short. It would be very handy if we could have an additional selector - maybe a drop-down - "since yesterday", or even more specific.
 

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As an IT fossil, I can appreciate the amount of preparation that must have gone into this change-over. And to find it's all been done in one short night - A**Mazing!

It has been literally months of non-stop hair pulling with frustrating delay after frustrating delay. A lot of planning went into this changeover as I wanted to minimise website downtime and any inconvenience to ASF users.

However, there are still a lot of bugs to be ironed out and hopefully about a week from now we should have gotten rid of most of them!

As regards wishes: I'm often using the "New Posts" option and find, the list is sometimes extremely short. It would be very handy if we could have an additional selector - maybe a drop-down - "since yesterday", or even more specific.

Click on the "Today's Posts" option in the "Quick Links" drop down menu. :)
 

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Very pretty.
Ill be able to work it all once I pass my IT degree.

Nice job very prof.
 
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Looks great Joe, I'm a fan. Congratulations.

One bug I found is the link for the December leader-board for the stock picking comp just links back to the home page for some reason.

edit: I just found the working link to the leaderboard in the top right of the home page :)
 

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Thanks for the positive feedback! :)

However, I have also picked up on around a dozen bugs of varying annoyance that I am in the process of making a list of for the designer to deal with tomorrow.

Unfortunately, doing a massive software upgrade and design change like this is kind of like bulldozing a house only to immediately build another one right on top of the wreckage. Inevitably there are pieces of broken glass and shattered concrete sticking out from all kinds of places. So I ask everyone to please be patient and bear with me. I am very determined to identify and fix every single issue as quickly as possible.

Most importantly the new forum software is working fine. Virtually every issue I have picked up on is directly related to the new design. This version of the forum software is brand spanking new and thankfully we are no longer stuck in 2007 but are completely up to date and the new software updates (and new features) will be coming thick and fast.

To those who want to access ASF from their iPhone or other mobile device, a whole new world has opened up to you. A dedicated app is coming soon, but for now take a look at Tapatalk, which is free if you just want to browse ASF. If you want to post from your mobile device it costs a couple of dollars.
 

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Looks great Joe, I'm a fan. Congratulations.

Thanks! :)

One bug I found is the link for the December leader-board for the stock picking comp just links back to the home page for some reason.

Yes, the URL of this page has changed permanently. Tomorrow I will do a global search and replace of the entire forum database and change every instance of the old URL to the new URL.
 
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Gotta say Joe, not a fan at all.. seems too tiny.. like the font and the front page the middle column should be wider I feel. I guess I just really liked the old one and it worked fine. Only constructive criticism though!

Thanks Joe.
 

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Gotta say Joe, not a fan at all.. seems too tiny.. like the font and the front page the middle column should be wider I feel. I guess I just really liked the old one and it worked fine. Only constructive criticism though!

Thanks Joe.

Fair enough. I expected negative feedback would come in as well, and I understand that not everyone is going to prefer this new look. :)

There is still a lot of tweaking to be done and I think there is room for improvement. I have a list of about a dozen design issues that I will be emailing to the designer today, so I appreciate all feedback, good and bad.

To those who aren't sure about the new design, please give it a few weeks. There are quite a few minor changes to come and there is a good chance that it will grow on you as the bugs are ironed out. I've been a member of quite a few forums that have changed their design unexpectedly. Initially, it was a bit of a hassle to get used to a new way of doing things, but in all cases after a month or so I found I could barely remember what the old design was like and had completely adapted to the new one.
 
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