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Cool, new look

Love it!

Well done Grant & Susan.
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I agree! Looks and feels great! Congratulations!
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Good one!
Very nicely done.

Being a bit dense it took a few clicks to find the latest posts. Thankfully traveling has helped me adapt to change.

And it's not written in Hindi, so quite easy to figure out.

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Had the same problems finding my way around...Gps didn't work so I actually had to THINK! Great looking new format! Well done guys!
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Thanks, great to hear you guys like it! It's always a worry when you do something so new and different. Lots more to come now that we have a solid base to build on.

We've had a couple of minor bugs to swat, but nothing fatal, so it's looking good!

huge sigh of relief....
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I'm neutral on the new look: appears fine, previous experience suggests caution. But....is it just me, or has it suddenly become a real pain to post long private messages? Sometimes I want to communicate something that can't be conveyed in a mere 1000 characters.

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Very impressive, much more inviting in general and I would assume it will appear more user friendly for newcomers to the site.
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I'm neutral on the new look: appears fine, previous experience suggests caution. But....is it just me, or has it suddenly become a real pain to post long private messages? Sometimes I want to communicate something that can't be conveyed in a mere 1000 characters.

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Must be just you, sorry! Or was it a VISITOR message you wanted to leave?

Private Messages have a limit of 7000 characters - that's a lot!

Visitor Messages had the default limit of 1000 - now bumped to 2000. No one has commented on it before, so kudos to you!

We last had a new look about 7 or 8 years ago, and there were a lot who complained - but they came around eventually. I hope you end up liking the new look!
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Very impressive, much more inviting in general and I would assume it will appear more user friendly for newcomers to the site.
Another positive vote, great, thanks!
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Looks terrific Grant, just a few more weeks to let everyone adjust and then it's all over. I'll bet you will be glad to get back on the bike
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Or was it a VISITOR message you wanted to leave?
Funny, I never noticed the distinction. I've had two "visitor" messages, both from members. I doubt they noticed the difference either. I've also had scores of private messages.

Now here's something weird for you to contemplate: when I go to the list of my two visitor messages and click on the username for one of those two, I get his visitor messages, i.e., messages addressed to him, not me. When I click instead on the username of the other member, I get the message he sent to me (and my replies), as it should be.

I know you love chasing down these weird little anomalies. Right?

I'm a slow adopter of anything new. I'm sure I'll adjust in time, and I'll come to view the old layout as antiquated, quaint and/or ridiculously inefficient. I'll post here when that happens--give me two weeks.

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I like it

nice and clean and very easy to navigate... and I managed to log on straight away.

Congrats to all the hard work that goes into a major re-design

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Hi Grant,

It looks good and a major upgrade to the old one. But don't let your developers off the hook just yet. The site needs to be heavily optimized as your front page alone is 1.16MB in size and it has 61 unnecessary http requests. This means extremely slow performance on not-so-great connections and ultimately hurting you in the long run by losing visitors and advertisers.

The next very important thing that they should do is to enable gzip compression to reduce static file transfer size. That alone would knock down the page size by 150kb.

If you need help relaying this stuff to your guys, let me know.
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I have to say i really like the new look-for want of a better description-it feels 'warmer'!
Good job.
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