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Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2018 - 02:01 AM UTC

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Well, the reply button is still non functional. I 1st posted on this issue 6 months ago, and it was "broken" way before then. I've gotten posts that Jim's working on the code, Jim's moving across country, takes time to relocate and setup his office, etc.

The issue is still the same, a feature that allowed us to post a comment quickly while still staying in the News, Features, etc. now has become a chore going back and forth, so I don't bother to leave a comment, which really defeats the entire process of having an online site to talk about modeling.

I suggested that Jim just turn the feature back on until he has time to work on updating the code, but that hasn't happened. It's at the point now where I'm starting to really think that the feature is gone for good. if so, then I'll reserve my posting when I'm in the individual forums if I remember to do so then.


Joel



Hai Joel,

Yep, quite annoying and the list of shortcomings, bugs ... that have not been tackled for 10+ years is very long.

I basically switched of and am no longer posting regularly because of the pictures saga, gallery not fucntioning well and much too small and then the photobucket issue.

Also here it may be relatively simple to apply a temporary solution and increase the gallery space for users. I also don't understand why this does not happen.

It was said that staff_jim is working on a complete overhaul of the site, and that is a huge pile of work, not in the least because too little was done for too long a time.

Let's stick around and see what happens




Drabslab,
I've been around since 2010, and honestly have seen very little in the way of improvements, just more adds. Like many members this isn't the only modeling site I belong to, so I can compare them to each other.

As you said, we have by far the smallest picture size of any site period. I've been told it's to save bandwidth, and keep the costs down, but every other site manages that issue nicely. I've had friends stop by as guests to checkout a build, and were amazed at the size of the pictures we have.

The whole Gallery concept is archaic and thus outdated. The only time I've ever bothered with it, is to post two pictures of my finished model for a campaign. Other then that I've never gone there for anything. And using it isn't the easiest thing to do.

I've been told in private conversations that the site functioned so it has been left as is. Now it's literally so far behind the times it's not even funny.

Even this reply box shares needed space with ads that take up about 1/3 of the available width. The space to the left is for Scale Modeling sponsors, there is an ad banner, and then the generic ads on the right.

It would be helpful if Jim posted where he is with the site updates, and what is planned moving forward.


Joel


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Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2018 - 01:24 AM UTC

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Well, the reply button is still non functional. I 1st posted on this issue 6 months ago, and it was "broken" way before then. I've gotten posts that Jim's working on the code, Jim's moving across country, takes time to relocate and setup his office, etc.

The issue is still the same, a feature that allowed us to post a comment quickly while still staying in the News, Features, etc. now has become a chore going back and forth, so I don't bother to leave a comment, which really defeats the entire process of having an online site to talk about modeling.

I suggested that Jim just turn the feature back on until he has time to work on updating the code, but that hasn't happened. It's at the point now where I'm starting to really think that the feature is gone for good. if so, then I'll reserve my posting when I'm in the individual forums if I remember to do so then.


Joel



Hai Joel,

Yep, quite annoying and the list of shortcomings, bugs ... that have not been tackled for 10+ years is very long.

I basically switched of and am no longer posting regularly because of the pictures saga, gallery not fucntioning well and much too small and then the photobucket issue.

Also here it may be relatively simple to apply a temporary solution and increase the gallery space for users. I also don't understand why this does not happen.

It was said that staff_jim is working on a complete overhaul of the site, and that is a huge pile of work, not in the least because too little was done for too long a time.

Let's stick around and see what happens

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Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2018 - 12:35 AM UTC
Well, the reply button is still non functional. I 1st posted on this issue 6 months ago, and it was "broken" way before then. I've gotten posts that Jim's working on the code, Jim's moving across country, takes time to relocate and setup his office, etc.

The issue is still the same, a feature that allowed us to post a comment quickly while still staying in the News, Features, etc. now has become a chore going back and forth, so I don't bother to leave a comment, which really defeats the entire process of having an online site to talk about modeling.

I suggested that Jim just turn the feature back on until he has time to work on updating the code, but that hasn't happened. It's at the point now where I'm starting to really think that the feature is gone for good. if so, then I'll reserve my posting when I'm in the individual forums if I remember to do so then.


Joel
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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 04:41 AM UTC

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Do you mean that working on new code happens on the production server and not on a separate development server?




That's not a good practice. Definitely not industry-standard.
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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 03:03 AM UTC
Considering the huge amount of work required to overhaul a site, and the many bugs and other gremlins that are embedded in the curent code for many years now... I expect to see some change in about 8 to 10 months from now.

So patience is the key

OK, things could haev been done differently, with continuous improvements and small updates over the years, but that is water under the bridge.

I just hope that whatever update comes brings a solution for the most nasty shortcomings such as the gallery problem.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 09:03 AM UTC
Hi Joel

if it's important to you, you're quite right to flag this to ensure that it stays high on Jim's list of to-dos when he gets back to work after his house-move.

I've raised a few laughs among my volunteer team at Oxfam if they ever apologise about nagging that things need doing - I always tell them that I rely on them to nag me and "order" them to continue to do so. I frequently face multiple equally important tasks competing for attention, and I have no doubt it's the same for Jim at Kitmaker.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 08:45 AM UTC

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Nothing is perfect and even as a subscriber I do not expect it to be.
This is a terrific site and the administrators do such a great job I think they really need applause. It is far from easy to maintain and monitor a web site, even though it does seem like a matter of a few clicks to do wonderful things.
What can be an inconvenience to some is often a great headache to fix.
Let be...

My tuppence Ha'penny worth.

Karl.



Karl,
You completely lost me on your post. This isn't a yesterday issue, it's been since April, and most likely much longer.

I've been around along time, and consistently one of the most prolific posters and build bloggers on the Aeroscale Site. I've done everything I can to promote the site and help it grow. But that's not the issue.

This issue has nothing to do with any of the Admins nor the jobs that they all do on a consistent basis. It's a software issue that can just as easily be turned back on until Jim has the time to continue with his updating.


Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 08:24 AM UTC
Nothing is perfect and even as a subscriber I do not expect it to be.
This is a terrific site and the administrators do such a great job I think they really need applause. It is far from easy to maintain and monitor a web site, even though it does seem like a matter of a few clicks to do wonderful things.
What can be an inconvenience to some is often a great headache to fix.
Let be...

My tuppence Ha'penny worth.

Karl.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 05:10 AM UTC

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I originally posted back on April 5th that the Feedback button was still broken, making it necessary to go to the actual post in another forum to post my reply. I received a few posts that Jim had to disable this feature during site upgrades, and others posted that Jim is in the process of selling his house and moving across the country to New Hampshire. Why continue to do upgrades to the site software if you won't be able to complete them in a timely manner due to a major move? By now I'm assuming that Jim has made his cross country move, and has settled into their new home.

Well, it's now July 18, 2018, and the feedback button still is disabled. Why? Honestly at this point, I really don't see it being fixed any time soon.

It was a very handy tool to post your comments on several new items without having to go to a different forum each time, then back to the original forum.

Joel



Joel

I know that Jim is working updating the site, and this takes time as there are some major changes coming. Unfortunately, Jim has not had the time to work on this as he has just moved from one side of the country to the other. He is in the process of getting set up, and I do believe that the work will start again in getting these changes done.

Kevin




Kevin,
Thanks for the update. It's a function that I use to use quite often, and do find that the extra few steps does become an issue after a while.


Joel



I agree Joel. I used to post comments or questions all the time. now I don't bother.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 01:54 AM UTC

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I originally posted back on April 5th that the Feedback button was still broken, making it necessary to go to the actual post in another forum to post my reply. I received a few posts that Jim had to disable this feature during site upgrades, and others posted that Jim is in the process of selling his house and moving across the country to New Hampshire. Why continue to do upgrades to the site software if you won't be able to complete them in a timely manner due to a major move? By now I'm assuming that Jim has made his cross country move, and has settled into their new home.

Well, it's now July 18, 2018, and the feedback button still is disabled. Why? Honestly at this point, I really don't see it being fixed any time soon.

It was a very handy tool to post your comments on several new items without having to go to a different forum each time, then back to the original forum.

Joel



Joel

I know that Jim is working updating the site, and this takes time as there are some major changes coming. Unfortunately, Jim has not had the time to work on this as he has just moved from one side of the country to the other. He is in the process of getting set up, and I do believe that the work will start again in getting these changes done.

Kevin




Kevin,
Thanks for the update. It's a function that I use to use quite often, and do find that the extra few steps does become an issue after a while.


Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 01:40 AM UTC

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I originally posted back on April 5th that the Feedback button was still broken, making it necessary to go to the actual post in another forum to post my reply. I received a few posts that Jim had to disable this feature during site upgrades, and others posted that Jim is in the process of selling his house and moving across the country to New Hampshire. Why continue to do upgrades to the site software if you won't be able to complete them in a timely manner due to a major move? By now I'm assuming that Jim has made his cross country move, and has settled into their new home.

Well, it's now July 18, 2018, and the feedback button still is disabled. Why? Honestly at this point, I really don't see it being fixed any time soon.

It was a very handy tool to post your comments on several new items without having to go to a different forum each time, then back to the original forum.

Joel



Joel

I know that Jim is working updating the site, and this takes time as there are some major changes coming. Unfortunately, Jim has not had the time to work on this as he has just moved from one side of the country to the other. He is in the process of getting set up, and I do believe that the work will start again in getting these changes done.

Kevin
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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:44 AM UTC
I originally posted back on April 5th that the Feedback button was still broken, making it necessary to go to the actual post in another forum to post my reply. I received a few posts that Jim had to disable this feature during site upgrades, and others posted that Jim is in the process of selling his house and moving across the country to New Hampshire. Why continue to do upgrades to the site software if you won't be able to complete them in a timely manner due to a major move? By now I'm assuming that Jim has made his cross country move, and has settled into their new home.

Well, it's now July 18, 2018, and the feedback button still is disabled. Why? Honestly at this point, I really don't see it being fixed any time soon.

It was a very handy tool to post your comments on several new items without having to go to a different forum each time, then back to the original forum.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 06:32 PM UTC

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If you watch the latest "Mail Call" videos, you will hear about Jim selling his house and future move (to New Hampshire I think).




Honesty, I don't watch Jim's mail call videos, or even his in box video reviews as I've never seen any value in anyone's in in box reviews these days.

If Jim is busy selling his house and packing up the contents, I wish him well with that massive endeavor. But why not turn back on the posting till he can get back to the programing? Like I said, all it does is discourage members from leaving comments as going back and forth is a pain in the butt. These days it sure seems that there is even less posts then previously.


Joel



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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 03:21 PM UTC
If you watch the latest "Mail Call" videos, you will hear about Jim selling his house and future move (to New Hampshire I think).
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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 08:24 PM UTC

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I just posted on the AMK F-14D update, and once again I had to go to the forum post to reply, then manually back to the news forum. After a few times of this, I just moved on, and tend not to post anything unless I'm dying to say something.

It's been nearly two months since I posted about the feedback button still not working. Kevin posted that Jim is working on an improved code for a better overall experience, and had to disable this function to do so. I just can't believe that it's taking month after month after month to do this.


Joel



Relax Joel, It isn't worth it getting upset about this.

I guess there are simply too many other things to do.

For myself, I decided to wait for an improved system and limit my contributions for the time being. It makes me fail a few campaigns, but I already failed campaigns for other reasons that have nothing to do with technology.

Also, don't underestimate the amount of work required to update this site. It has barely evolved during many years (e.g. the gallery problem is there since the beginning) and now the accumulatd amount of work must be huge.

Don't forget that there is only one programmer.

At the end, it leaves more time to do some actual modelling.





Drabslab,

Agreed on all counts. Just that I've always like to post comments on the news, new items, and features, but now it's just to much effort, so I rarely do. Unfortunately, the members who this directly effects are the contributors, not the readers/lookers.


Like you, I just post less then previously. As for the gallery, the only time I ever used it was for 2 pictures of my finished model for a campaign. Other then that I never go near the place.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 04:57 PM UTC

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I just posted on the AMK F-14D update, and once again I had to go to the forum post to reply, then manually back to the news forum. After a few times of this, I just moved on, and tend not to post anything unless I'm dying to say something.

It's been nearly two months since I posted about the feedback button still not working. Kevin posted that Jim is working on an improved code for a better overall experience, and had to disable this function to do so. I just can't believe that it's taking month after month after month to do this.


Joel



Relax Joel, It isn't worth it getting upset about this.

I guess there are simply too many other things to do.

For myself, I decided to wait for an improved system and limit my contributions for the time being. It makes me fail a few campaigns, but I already failed campaigns for other reasons that have nothing to do with technology.

Also, don't underestimate the amount of work required to update this site. It has barely evolved during many years (e.g. the gallery problem is there since the beginning) and now the accumulatd amount of work must be huge.

Don't forget that there is only one programmer.

At the end, it leaves more time to do some actual modelling.

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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:22 PM UTC
I just posted on the AMK F-14D update, and once again I had to go to the forum post to reply, then manually back to the news forum. After a few times of this, I just moved on, and tend not to post anything unless I'm dying to say something.

It's been nearly two months since I posted about the feedback button still not working. Kevin posted that Jim is working on an improved code for a better overall experience, and had to disable this function to do so. I just can't believe that it's taking month after month after month to do this.


Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 11:32 PM UTC

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Jim is in the process of updating the code with some new features and it needed to be disabled during the process. He working to give us a new experience, so a little patients will be needed.

Thanks



Do you mean that working on new code happens on the production server and not on a separate development server?

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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 11:27 PM UTC
Jim is in the process of updating the code with some new features and it needed to be disabled during the process. He working to give us a new experience, so a little patients will be needed.

Thanks
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 08:15 PM UTC
Every time I go to reviews, news, features, every thread still has this instead of the quick reply box working.

"We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks."

It worked for years on end, so it's not a new software addition. So why did it stop working, and why is it taking so long to fix?

It's a quick and easy way to post rather then having to be redirected to the thread in it's appropriate forum, then have to manually go back to where one was and tab down to the next item. After a item or two, I've had it and just move on to the regular forums I follow.

Joel