annoyances with web interface

It’s annoying that:

(1) I have to enable javascript to participate

(2) even though I’m running a supported version of opensuse (11.2), the forum search box is rendered partly outside the window (and if I expand the window to the right, the search box moves further to the right so it’s still clipped!)

(3) the forum search box only searches the subforum, so I have to repeat my search multiple times (or perhaps I have to click on the unhiglighted “Advanced S.” text - why do you suppose that only advanced users can cope with a forum-wide search)

just letting you know …

On 01/25/2011 11:36 PM, djh-novell wrote:
> (1) I have to enable javascript to participate

there is an alternative…participate via nntp, see
http://forums.opensuse.org/faq.php?faq=novfor#faq_nntp

[not that the issue you raise shouldn’t be solved…but that is not
likely to happen…]

> (2) even though I’m running a supported version of opensuse (11.2), the
> forum search box is rendered partly outside the window (and if I expand
> the window to the right, the search box moves further to the right so
> it’s still clipped!)

that does not happen here…and, i’ve never heard anyone mention
that symptom before…so, i have to guess the problem is on your
machine somewhere (but this is not a help forum so i won’t start
trying to help here…except to say, don’t run the browser in full
screen, and try to turn off desktop effects, and maybe look into using
a new graphics driver)…

> (3) the forum search box only searches the subforum, so I have to
> repeat my search multiple times (or perhaps I have to click on the
> unhiglighted “Advanced S.” text - why do you suppose that only advanced
> users can cope with a forum-wide search)

ha! advanced search is not for advanced users only…try it, it will
work for you…one search can search every forum and sub-forum…

but, i prefer using google…because it is faster, more thorough and
FAR more capable/flexible…all you need to do is polish up your
googleFU and also use the site specifier of “site:forums.opensuse.org”
in your search string…then you can also use OR and + or - and and
and and…

lots of ways to skin these cats…

> just letting you know …

i guess TPTB will be happy for your considered feedback…while
waiting for it to change to your liking, give my suggestions a try…


DenverD
CAVEAT: http://is.gd/bpoMD [posted via NNTP w/openSUSE 11.3, KDE4.4.4
release 3, Thunderbird3.0.11,]
“It is far easier to read, understand and follow the instructions than
to undo the problems caused by not.” DD 23 Jan 11

Like DenverD I do not have the rendering problems you have. IMHO you should follow his suggestion and start a thread in a help forum about you having a rendering problem. Of course with a more details about the browser you use, etc. I think you are a bit to quick to blame the Forums software (though I admit that it has it’s flaws).

On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:36:02 +0000, djh-novell wrote:

> just letting you know …

Thanks.

#1 and #3 are part of the vBulletin software installation, and as DD
mentioned, massive amounts of customization to remove that are unlikely
to happen because that impacts are ability to update the software for
(for example) security updates.

For #2, what browser are you using, and what plugins are installed (if
any)?

Jim

Jim Henderson
openSUSE Forums Administrator
Forum Use Terms & Conditions at http://tinyurl.com/openSUSE-T-C

I’m seeing the cropped forum search dropdown also. Since re-sizing the Firefox window doesn’t affect the cropping, it’s not related.

Firefox 3.6.13 (latest)
OpenSUSE 11.3

I only skimmed the page source briefly, determining that object placement isn’t explicitly declared in the client source, my guess it’s likely in the page stylesheet (and depending on whether any server side processing is being done, can be something else as well). My guess is that the “Forum Tools” and “Search Tools” are grouped together, the horizontal placement just needs to be re-configured not either justified right or something like 90% to the right, it needs to be defined something like 80% to the right.

Tony

On Sun, 06 Feb 2011 16:06:02 +0000, tsu2 wrote:

> Firefox 3.6.13 (latest)
> OpenSUSE 11.3

Can you post a link to a screenshot of what you’re seeing? Also, are you
running any plugins in FF?

Thanks,

Jim


Jim Henderson
openSUSE Forums Administrator
Forum Use Terms & Conditions at http://tinyurl.com/openSUSE-T-C

Edit: Hold on, the image link isn’t displaying as expected. I’ll re-deploy to another site…

Here is a screenshot, I’ll leave the image posted until the problem is resolved.

http://sites.google.com/a/su-networking.com/su-network-consulting/temp

Although I have a number of Firefox plugins installed (who doesn’t?) I can’t imagine any of them causing this kind of error. As I noted, this probably only involves specifying a different horizontal parameter for the objects in whatever schema document is being used to generate the page.

Tony

Here is a screenshot, I’ll leave the image posted until the problem is resolved. Although the browser window is smaller than the static dimensions specified in the code, that doesn’t affect the way the searchbox is cropped. Maybe if the display was fullscreen at some incredibly enormous resolution the box might not be cropped but what you see in the screenshot has to be typical.

Although I have a number of Firefox plugins installed (who doesn’t?) I can’t imagine any of them causing this kind of error. As I noted, this probably only involves specifying a different horizontal parameter for the objects in whatever schema document is being used to generate the page.

Tony

https://sites.google.com/a/su-networking.com/su-network-consulting/_/rsrc/1297277850015/temp/OpenSUSEForumSearchbox.png

On Wed, 09 Feb 2011 19:06:01 +0000, tsu2 wrote:

> Although I have a number of Firefox plugins installed (who doesn’t?) I
> can’t imagine any of them causing this kind of error. As I noted, this
> probably only involves specifying a different horizontal parameter for
> the objects in whatever schema document is being used to generate the
> page.

I see the image - the reason I ask about plugins is that I have a ton
installed in FF myself, and occasionally one will get an update that
causes weird display issues. Can you reproduce it starting FF in safe
mode? That would eliminate any plugins causing the problem.

Jim


Jim Henderson
openSUSE Forums Administrator
Forum Use Terms & Conditions at http://tinyurl.com/openSUSE-T-C

On Wed, 09 Feb 2011 19:17:35 +0000, Jim Henderson wrote:

> On Wed, 09 Feb 2011 19:06:01 +0000, tsu2 wrote:
>
>> Although I have a number of Firefox plugins installed (who doesn’t?) I
>> can’t imagine any of them causing this kind of error. As I noted, this
>> probably only involves specifying a different horizontal parameter for
>> the objects in whatever schema document is being used to generate the
>> page.
>
> I see the image - the reason I ask about plugins is that I have a ton
> installed in FF myself, and occasionally one will get an update that
> causes weird display issues. Can you reproduce it starting FF in safe
> mode? That would eliminate any plugins causing the problem.

Also, what resolution are you running at?

Jim

Jim Henderson
openSUSE Forums Administrator
Forum Use Terms & Conditions at http://tinyurl.com/openSUSE-T-C

On Wed, 09 Feb 2011 19:18:53 +0000, Jim Henderson wrote:

> Also, what resolution are you running at?

Scratch that, duplicated at 1280x1024. Doesn’t affect staff because
there’s an additional menu for us that keeps the search dialog on the
screen. I’ve reported the issue to be addressed.

Thanks again for the report and the screenshot (I’ve referenced it in my
report of the issue).

Jim


Jim Henderson
openSUSE Forums Administrator
Forum Use Terms & Conditions at http://tinyurl.com/openSUSE-T-C