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Multi-person conversations
Posted by Aratus on Saturday, September 28, 2013 4:21 AM

I'm having problems creating conversations with more than one person now the forum software has been changed.    Existing conversations can still be replied to, but I can't see how to start new ones.    Has this been omitted/ not implemented, or have I not found the right way to do it yet?

 

 

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Sunday, September 29, 2013 9:24 PM

I find it interesting and a bit disconcerting that questions concerning this matter either on  the main forum or in private messages to Astronomy staff have so far gone unanswered.  I certainly hope this isn't going to be some sort of precedent.

---Poppa Chris---

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Posted by Aratus on Monday, September 30, 2013 6:52 AM

I am assuming that this will be picked up on Monday morning eastern time, Poppa Chris.  

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Posted by leo731 on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 1:03 PM

I too have discovered that I am unable to post private messages to multiple friends.  This ability is key to enjoying this site as it allows us to share our thoughts to multiple friends without having to write out a message multiple times.  There are after all times when I would like to talk to my friends off the open forum. 

A nebula in the eyepiece is worth two in the Atlas.

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Posted by Timthelder on Wednesday, October 02, 2013 8:07 PM

If changes are not made, I think there are measures being taken by some fellow members to move our multiple conversations 'off-site.'  Where they will also be a less moderated as well.  May be the start of some beautiful friendships.

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Posted by Aratus on Thursday, October 03, 2013 4:37 AM

That would be unfortunate, but it has to be said that the forum has now lost much of the broad usefulness with this software switch, unless this is just a bedding in problem.   It might be helpful if that could be clarified.    Anyone?      At the moment this is a retrograde step, and I can well understand people looking elsewhere.

To be fair the multiple conversations on this forum were never moderated, and I am led to believe that they are private too.    It seemed the perfect solution for a group of friends made here to talk about any subject they wished without breaking forum rules.

Aratus

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Posted by Timthelder on Thursday, October 03, 2013 7:26 AM

The forum software automatically 'edits' key words.  Including PM's.  Some may approve of this, but I do not.

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Posted by Aratus on Thursday, October 03, 2013 10:34 AM

That's true.  The posting bit of the software filters words whatever their destination.    The only time they have caused annoyance to me is when they filter perfectly innocent words.   The program has a distinctly 'dirty' mind Big Smile

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Posted by zachsdad on Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:37 PM

I have inquired about this and have been told the programmers are looking into it. I will keep you informed of what I hear.

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Posted by Aratus on Thursday, October 03, 2013 3:25 PM

Thanks Zachsdad.  A ray of hope!

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, October 03, 2013 4:18 PM

zachsdad

I have inquired about this and have been told the programmers are looking into it. I will keep you informed of what I hear.

 

Three cheers for Terry!  A moderator who really looks after the rest of us in the forum proletariat!

Big Smile

---Poppa Chris---

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Posted by Aratus on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:46 PM

Any news on this ?   I think we are all being very patient over this, but with an apparent limit of 200 posts, and no way to start new ones it is beginning to get urgent.

Aratus

Location:  North West Devon, UK

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Celestron Nexstar8i (8" SCT).

Celestron Skymaster binoculars 15x70

Other:0.63 & 0.33 correctors. X2 & X4 barlow.

Imagers: Meade DSI & Celestron NexImage.  Canon EOS 550D

 

 

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Posted by Karri Ferron on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 5:03 PM

Update from our programmers: The percentage of users that actually had used the “multi-user” message functionality prior to the site redesign was very low, so it was removed to make the process for sending messages less complex for the average user.

 

However, based on the reaction by our core, we're putting it back in. It's a bit of a complicated process, though, so it could talk a while.

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 8:17 PM

It's wonderful to be counted among the "core".  Cool

I'm sure you will find us to be patient.  We have tried a number of methods to keep our friendships and interaction alive and well but the Multi-PM just cannot be replaced.

Heck, Karri.  We may even invite you in once it gets up and going again!  It really does bring the experience here up to a whole new level.

---Chris---

---Poppa Chris---

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"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

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Posted by leo731 on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 8:36 PM

Thanks Terry and Karri.

I was feeling very glum about losing this but now I am feeling much better!  Smile, Wink & Grin

L

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Posted by Aratus on Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:59 AM

Karri

Many thanks for affirming the value of this facility, and those who use it.    It is a perfect solution for folk who have met on the forum and who wish to discuss things beyond the remit of the forum, or who wish to open up about themselves in a smaller group.

I can only give my own experience, but I visit the site much more often because of the group conversations than I would for just the forum topics alone.   Perhaps a higher profile of this facility will increase the site hit rate.

There are a couple of other issues that have arisen with this change.   On the conversations, the other posts are blacked out while trying to reply.  This means you can't read what you are responding to.   The disappearance of the spell checker has been noted.    Also the location of each member is no longer automatically displayed against their post. (although I note that some people have worked out how to do it).  It is sometimes essential to know where someone is located in the world to tailor the response to a question.

 

 

 

Aratus

Location:  North West Devon, UK

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Celestron Nexstar8i (8" SCT).

Celestron Skymaster binoculars 15x70

Other:0.63 & 0.33 correctors. X2 & X4 barlow.

Imagers: Meade DSI & Celestron NexImage.  Canon EOS 550D

 

 

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Posted by leo731 on Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:21 AM

I actually listed my location at first as "Above Ground" but that seemed a bit too dark but point well taken Aratus. Can't wait to get back in the groove. 

L

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Posted by Aratus on Thursday, October 17, 2013 3:51 PM

I guess after all this time I know were you are Mr Leo, so that doesn't count.Big Smile

It is good to be 'above ground' - long may it continue for us all. Yes

Aratus

Location:  North West Devon, UK

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, October 17, 2013 5:26 PM

Aratus

Karri

Many thanks for affirming the value of this facility, and those who use it.    It is a perfect solution for folk who have met on the forum and who wish to discuss things beyond the remit of the forum, or who wish to open up about themselves in a smaller group.

I can only give my own experience, but I visit the site much more often because of the group conversations than I would for just the forum topics alone.   Perhaps a higher profile of this facility will increase the site hit rate.

There are a couple of other issues that have arisen with this change.   On the conversations, the other posts are blacked out while trying to reply.  This means you can't read what you are responding to.   The disappearance of the spell checker has been noted.    Also the location of each member is no longer automatically displayed against their post. (although I note that some people have worked out how to do it).  It is sometimes essential to know where someone is located in the world to tailor the response to a question.

 

 

 

 

[quote user="Aratus"]

Ditto on every single word!!!

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

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Posted by Karri Ferron on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 8:33 AM

Don't worry, I didn't forget about you. Our programmers are swamped with another website redesign, but they should finish fixing this in the next week or so.

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Posted by Aratus on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:38 PM

This is good news.   Many thanks.

Aratus

Location:  North West Devon, UK

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 2:35 PM

Karri:  You will let us know when the fix is complete, won't you?

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

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Posted by Karri Ferron on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 2:50 PM

As soon as I know, you'll know Big Smile

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Posted by Karri Ferron on Thursday, November 07, 2013 8:06 AM

There is a new field in the private message window that allows a user to add additional recipients now. It works by typing in their name into the text box. Keep in mind that only users that the logged in user has access to send a message to will appear in the dropdown results. In other words, if a user has their preferences set to only allow friends to message them and you are not on their friends list, they will never appear in the dropdown.

 

Happy group messaging!

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, November 07, 2013 8:09 AM

Big Smile Thanks, Karri!!!  Woo-Hoo!! Big Smile

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"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

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Posted by leo731 on Thursday, November 07, 2013 11:00 AM

Thanks Karri.

L

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Posted by Timthelder on Thursday, November 07, 2013 7:31 PM

Also a big round of applause from the 'cheap seats." 

I fully understand how changing a site's format can sometimes be a huge undertaking.

Tim.

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