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New Forum Platform - Ask Me Anything

Hey there Tom's Community users!

I'd like to open the floor to any questions at all you might have concerning the new forum platform. You can ask me anything, and I will answer, until your curiosity is entirely and completely satisfied.

Fire away!

-Joe
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  1. So when is the launch date? :whistle:

    Sorry but I had to! :lol:
  2. Q. When is the launch date?
    A. Soon™
  3. Soon™ < Joe is that a copy and paste...lol
  4. Q. How does one get trolled by moderators on the new forums?
    A. Post your thread and remain patient. A moderator will be along to troll you shortly.
  5. jpishgar said:
    Q. How does one get trolled by moderators on the new forums?
    A. Post your thread and remain patient. A moderator will be along to troll you shortly.


    I'm going to preserve this for future use :D
  6. A cheeky one for you, Joe. Could we possibly have a marker beside any sub_forum entry on the Forum main page showing there are threads in there with posts added since our own last contribution?
  7. That'd be a bit tougher, considering the number of subforums, Saga. We divide the forums into Supercategories (Hardware, Software), Categories (CPUs, Windows 7) and Subcategories (Intel i5, Configuration & Customization). I do believe we allow for tracking on categories right now.

    Here's one I had earlier:

    Q. What's the difference between "Unanswered" and "Solved" exactly?
    A. "Unanswered" are all threads without Replies. "Solved" are threads that have had a Best Answer selected.

    Q. What's the difference between a Question and Discussion thread?
    A. The Question threads are asking for a specific answer, usually a tech support style post. Discussions ask for input, feedback and interaction, and have no right or wrong answer.
  8. jpishgar said:
    Q. When is the launch date?
    A. Soon™


    How about.... as we approach 'soon', will you be providing a more concrete launch date?
  9. The_Prophecy said:
    How about.... as we approach 'soon', will you be providing a more concrete launch date?

    Yeah... we're all just so eager to know!
  10. The moment I have a precise launch date, I will be shouting it from the rooftops. You will know it quite quickly. :)
  11. jpishgar said:
    The moment I have a precise launch date, I will be shouting it from the rooftops. You will know it quite quickly. :)

    That's great news! :D
  12. Will we be able to hide the right column again, Joe?
  13. The right-hand column won't be collapsible upon launch, but we're hoping to make this happen in short order after roll-out, based on feedback from the community so far.
  14. i read a post in the forum that said points are being eliminated.is this true?
  15. Yes, this is true. Points are going away, and will be replaced by a more accurate system. You can read more about that here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/87-68-introducing-reputation-system
  16. Beta might be down at the moment, Stealthinator.
  17. Will there still be an OPTION to enable or disable email notifications? I don't think there should be since that would make it easier for people to return to their posts, if it's just on by default.
  18. Here's one: Because I'm anal about the Opinions and Experiences sub forum and generally move posts to the correct sub forums, will there be a way to notify the individual their thread has been moved and then provide the NEW address of their thread?
  19. The system could be programed like that.
  20. Email notifications off is my preferred setting so on/off is important.
  21. Q. Will there still be an OPTION to enable or disable email notifications?
    A. Yes! Absolutely! Found under "Forum options" in your profile page in the new platform.

    Q. Will there be a way to notify the individual their thread has been moved and then provide the NEW address of their thread?
    A. I believe the new notification includes the updated URL. I will check to confirm.
  22. jpishgar said:
    Q. Will there still be an OPTION to enable or disable email notifications?
    A. Yes! Absolutely! Found under "Forum options" in your profile page in the new platform.

    I guess that remians the same, then... :??:
  23. Joe, thank you for the personal email!

    You are our fearless leader!
  24. Same here looking forward to the change.
  25. Had to! Wouldn't want our elites caught unawares. :)
  26. Can't access the beta , tried on Chrome. Error code 87.
    The switchy button is in the top right corner but when pressed to select the TH Beta no check mark appears next to it and the world circle goes to blue for 10 sec then returns to a pale blue color and no check mark next to TH Beta. I also have IE9 but havn't tried that yet.
    Guess I'll have to wait for the change and figure it out then. Do we have a date yet or is it still "soon".
  27. IE 9 isn't working either , just changed the proxy in that. Is the beta working and is there anything I have to do further to access the beta , like wave a magic wand or something. Maybe "Open Sessame" will work.

    Nope that didn't work either.
  28. jpishgar said:
    Had to! Wouldn't want our elites caught unawares. :)

    No more politically correct "Humble servant" stuff - Fearless Leader sounds better!
  29. Having issues as well, using Chrome. Far as I can tell the proxy has worked, but cant see any changes to the forum. Is the Beta down or is there something that might be wrong at my end?

    Good to see that the community that's been fostered in the Toms forums have a role in how the site will develop.
  30. Will the webpages load faster and more efficiently in the new platform?
  31. inzone: Copy/paste this into the Automatic Configuration URL area of your Switchy Proxy setup: http://m.bestofmedia.com/i/proxies/proxy.beta.pac
    Let me know if that still doesn't work.
    When you guys activate the proxy, be sure to access the forum as you would starting out, by going to tomshardware.com and then clicking on Forum. Any recent threads posted here wouldn't end up showing up, depending on what stage the migration was in.

    "Fearless leader" sounds too close to "Glorious leader". I'll have to get a big pair of goofy sunglasses and a beige jumpsuit and walk around the forum pointing at obvious things. " This, what's this? Ahh, a post. Yes, yes. Very well."

    Q. Will the webpages load faster and more efficiently in the new platform?
    A. Speed is increased markedly for forum load times. We've also got another thing in the works which will be a super-huge perk to registered members only that should speed up the browsing. I'll reveal that in time, but you could probably guess it pretty accurately. ;)
  32. Still nothing , the url is in there and saved , when you click on the globe it shows the TH Beta and when the mouse hovers over that it shows the url that I just added. When I click on the TH Beta the small window closes and the globe turns blue for 10 to 15 sec and then reverts to it's original pale greyish color and the forum is still the same.
  33. jpishgar said:
    I'll reveal that in time, but you could probably guess it pretty accurately. ;)

    No... I don't think I can :(
  34. The Stealthinator said:
    Will there still be an OPTION to enable or disable email notifications? I don't think there should be since that would make it easier for people to return to their posts, if it's just on by default.


    You have to be kidding - right? If I can't turn off email notifications it's goodbye to the forum as far as I'm concerned.
  35. Right click on Switchy, go to Options.
    Add a new Profile. Type in "TH Beta" where it says "Profile Name".
    Select "Automatic Configuration".
    Make sure the Auto Config URL there says : http://m.bestofmedia.com/i/proxies/proxy.beta.pac
    Make sure "No Proxy for ?" says: localhost; 127.0.0.1; <local>
    Click "Save".

    Left-click the globe icon. Select "TH Beta".
    Navigate to www.tomshardware.com. Click "Forum". That should work. If it doesn't, you might have something funky going on with proxies.

    Quote:
    If I can't turn off email notifications it's goodbye to the forum as far as I'm concerned.


    You will be able to turn on and off email notifications. This isn't something we're considering changing.
  36. jpishgar said:
    Right click on Switchy, go to Options.
    Add a new Profile. Type in "TH Beta" where it says "Profile Name".
    Select "Automatic Configuration".
    Make sure the Auto Config URL there says : http://m.bestofmedia.com/i/proxies/proxy.beta.pac
    Make sure "No Proxy for ?" says: localhost; 127.0.0.1; <local>
    Click "Save".

    Left-click the globe icon. Select "TH Beta".
    Navigate to www.tomshardware.com. Click "Forum". That should work. If it doesn't, you might have something funky going on with proxies.

    Quote:
    If I can't turn off email notifications it's goodbye to the forum as far as I'm concerned.


    You will be able to turn on and off email notifications. This isn't something we're considering changing.


    Well thank goodness for that.
  37. That just causes so many threads to be half solved, because the OP isn't bothered to come back and post or maybe he/she can't, or doesn't know how to.
  38. Stealth, that shouldn't happen if they're left on by default and if the OP doesn't know how to turn off notifications, and I suspect many first-time posters will not have found that one out.
  39. Stealth, that shouldn't happen if they're left on by default and if the OP doesn't know how to turn off notifications, and I suspect many first-time posters will not have found that one out.
    I guess, but more effort should still be put into the issue I mentioned earlier...
  40. jpishgar said:
    Right click on Switchy, go to Options.
    Add a new Profile. Type in "TH Beta" where it says "Profile Name".
    Select "Automatic Configuration".
    Make sure the Auto Config URL there says : http://m.bestofmedia.com/i/proxies/proxy.beta.pac
    Make sure "No Proxy for ?" says: localhost; 127.0.0.1; <local>
    Click "Save".

    Left-click the globe icon. Select "TH Beta".
    Navigate to www.tomshardware.com. Click "Forum". That should work. If it doesn't, you might have something funky going on with proxies.

    Quote:
    If I can't turn off email notifications it's goodbye to the forum as far as I'm concerned.


    You will be able to turn on and off email notifications. This isn't something we're considering changing.



    Everything is fine up untill the left click on the globe and select TH Beta. It just won't put the check mark on TH Beta , the globe changes color to a darker blue for a short time like it's trying to do it but then it reverts to the pale color and there is not check mark next to TH Beta. Is there supposed to be? Either way it doesn't switch the proxy.
    I'm going to try deleting Chrome and reinstalling to see if that does anything.
  41. That's really strange, inzone. I would almost recommend trying an alternate browser before deleting Chrome and reinstalling, if Chrome is your primary.
  42. the real question is when will it be operational? :D
  43. Soon™. The last major things we have now are stress-testing and some minor server glitches.
  44. "Ancient" is a title for forum members that have been with Tom's Hardware a long time.

    I request the title be changed to "Ancient One". The term "Ancient One" carries a bit more weight and special meaning. Sci-Fi, Fantasy, RPG, and Steampunk fans will understand and relate to it. In addition, "Stargate SG-1" fans will recognize it instantly. The single word "Ancient" does not convey the desired meaning. For some it simply means old and nothing else.

    Thanks!
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