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Do people like this new format?

MadMom's picture

Just read the other threads (post #67811, reply #1 of 33)

Just read the other threads (if you can) and weep. Patience is called for. I try to remind myself that we didn't like the old format when it was introduced, so perhaps...

BonnieinHolland's picture

Patience? I have no patience (post #67811, reply #2 of 33)

Patience? I have no patience with this color orange. It makes my eyes woogey and hurts. What were these people thinking of? Bonnie

Gretchen's picture

Got me (in the "what were (post #67811, reply #3 of 33)

Got me (in the "what were they thinkin' dept.") and a lot of the rest of us. Not NEARLY just the orange!!

I think it will be real interesting to see if they WILL change the color. It would indicate a MAJOR flaw of theirs in decision making and design. Will they "admit" it and change or stonewall it.

Gretchen
DonnaDoll's picture

Have you tried "search"? I (post #67811, reply #4 of 33)

Have you tried "search"? I can't find anything. I always liked the fact that I could find a thread where a recipe was being discussed and read the various opinions and experience. Is the search function totally gone? TIA...

AnnL's picture

The search function is (post #67811, reply #5 of 33)

The search function is supposedly coming...a few days? Weeks? Why would they launch the site during the holidays without the search function?! Freakin' unbelievable!

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ozark's picture

"The search function is (post #67811, reply #6 of 33)

"The search function is supposedly coming...a few days? Weeks? "Why would they launch the site during the holidays without the search function?! Freakin' unbelievable!"

I agree. I want a refund for my web site membership! Without search its worthless.

 

Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional!

Jean's picture

But doesn't the web site (post #67811, reply #7 of 33)

But doesn't the web site search work? I think it's just the CT forum's search that is out of commission.

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Ozark's picture

Hadn't tried that. Looking (post #67811, reply #9 of 33)

Hadn't tried that. Looking for a recipe I posted but lost when my hard drive went a month ago. This site is very... I won't say in mixed company.
Rick

 

Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional!

Jean's picture

Then you do want to search (post #67811, reply #10 of 33)

Then you do want to search here. What was the recipe? Maybe someone saved it.

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Ozark's picture

It was a gorgonzola cream (post #67811, reply #11 of 33)

It was a gorgonzola cream sauce. Very rich, serve with prime rib or tenderloin. Reduce cream to half and add the cheese at the end. Don't remember the seasoningsd.

 

Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional!

RDA's picture

Hi Ozark, Search on (post #67811, reply #27 of 33)

Hi Ozark,
Search on FineCooking.com is alive and well; use it to find recipes or articles as you normally would. It is simply the forum search that takes a little time to get going. Your membership to CooksClub is unrelated to your membership (free, by the way) to CooksTalk. Members of CooksClub pay for premium content and access to the FC archive online. CooksTalk comprises a community of passionate cooks, it's free, and in a few days will be entirely searchable.

StevenHB's picture

They said that it would take (post #67811, reply #14 of 33)

They said that it would take some time for the indexing process to index all of the content migrated from the previous site. The migration process is difficult - it takes time to copy the old information and it can be a problem if the old stuff is still changing while you're trying to migrate.

So, you end up with an "outage" while the data is copied and, in the case of search, a functionality deficiency while processes like indexing run.

OTOH, they could have gotten the design better before pulling the trigger (if I were running it, I would have had a sample of the new format and invited some of us to pilot test it. Then, they'd have gotten feedback on what was missing and addressed that feedback before switchin).

That said, I have to continue to point out that it is free to us.

Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible
MadMom's picture

Stephen, it is free, but that (post #67811, reply #15 of 33)

Stephen, it is free, but that is no excuse for it being sloppy. I agree that more testing, and perhaps beta testing by people here, would have been in order. They could have then explained the deficiencies they couldn't fix, and fix those which were "fixable." As someone pointed out in another thread, every time you touch a customer, you reinforce your brand for better or for worse.

AnnL's picture

How many of us started buying (post #67811, reply #20 of 33)

How many of us started buying the magazine because of being here at CT? I know I did. I first found the gardening forum and didn't even know there was a magazine. After participating in the forum for a few months, I started getting the Fine Gardening. Then, when I started lurking over here, I started buying Fine Cooking. I'm sure I can't be the only one.

But, it's kind of like the downgrades in the magazines themselves. They're taking away what makes the unique to become more "standardized" or whatever.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Doodabug's picture

I am depending on you and (post #67811, reply #8 of 33)

I am depending on you and others to make it better because I am at a total loss. Glad I got on here before the change or I might never learned to cook. I went to Doodabug Needs Help and can't find the last post there. Dallas

FL.Cook's picture

To Doodabug,hopefully this (post #67811, reply #13 of 33)

To Doodabug,hopefully this will work. Go to your profile then click om activity. I think that everything you posted, going back to when you joined should be in there. I hate this new website and have been trying my darnest to work it out! Not easy, and I too am glad that you learned to cook before this changed!!

Carole
mireille_c's picture

I never stay in forums having (post #67811, reply #16 of 33)

I never stay in forums having this kind of format.
I was a fan of About.com forums, but stopped going there after they changed for a similar format.
Will try to adjust, because I loved this forum here, but I'm not sure I will.

MadMom's picture

We would hate to lose you, (post #67811, reply #17 of 33)

We would hate to lose you, because you have been a great resource, especially to those of us who are trying to go gluten free, or at least limit our gluten intake. I hope you will stick around and see if things improve. This is a great bunch of people, and we're all struggling with the new format. Perhaps someone at Taunton will listen and hopefully make it better? I understand saving money wherever possible, especially in this economy, but hate to see such a horrible thing foisted on people who would have been willing to make it better if we had been asked.

kathymcmo's picture

As ticked off and (post #67811, reply #18 of 33)

As ticked off and disheartened as I am about this, I do think we have to give Taunton some time to do the design adjustments to the software that they should've done before going live. Figuring in the holiday slowdown, they should be able to appreciably improve things by say the end of Jan or early Feb. If that is their aim. I will be awaiting how they respond to this uniformly negative reception on all the forums.

Jean's picture

I'd be willing to bet they (post #67811, reply #19 of 33)

I'd be willing to bet they fully expected a negative response--human nature being what it is. :)

Oh Lord, there's a flashy ad. Spare us!

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
mireille_c's picture

I'm all lost when it's a long (post #67811, reply #23 of 33)

I'm all lost when it's a long thread.
It always shows the beginning of the thread, no way to know where are the read and unread.
Grrrrrrr......

Gretchen's picture

Ads, re Jean Fortunately i (post #67811, reply #28 of 33)

Ads, re Jean

Fortunately i don't get any ads. I guess my pop up blocker works very well, and apparently overtime here!! ;o)

Gretchen
mireillec's picture

"We would hate to lose you, (post #67811, reply #29 of 33)

"We would hate to lose you, because you have been a great resource, especially to those of us who are trying to go gluten free, or at least limit our gluten intake. I hope you will stick around and see if things improve. This is a great bunch of people, and we're all struggling with the new format. Perhaps someone at Taunton will listen and hopefully make it better? I understand saving money wherever possible, especially in this economy, but hate to see such a horrible thing foisted on people who would have been willing to make it better if we had been asked."

Madmom,
I just saw your post to me. Thank you very much. An other reason I hate this forum format. We can't retrieve anything.

Doodabug's picture

I miss the unread messages to (post #67811, reply #21 of 33)

I miss the unread messages to me. I could have easily missed your response. A pain to keep going to my profile to find High Interest. Takes more time and awkward this way. Thanks Dallas

CANDILADY's picture

My first time on the new site (post #67811, reply #22 of 33)

My first time on the new site and I am having a really, really hard time with it. To difficult to navigate. I liked the old layout with the clearly defined topics in clearly defined groups.

casualcook's picture

I held off commenting until (post #67811, reply #24 of 33)

I held off commenting until now. But I have to say I dislike this format immensely. I've come here several times and left, unable to find the new posts, or to see what subsections had been updated with new posts. Everything looks the same. In the past, I could come quickly, identify which threads had new posts, read them and get out. This no longer possible.

And if I can't read the posts quickly, then can others find them and update them? Are we going to get quick replies like before? Not that I'm a regular poster, but i do read all of the replies several times per day and I do follow the site. I won't be anymore, sadly. I do enjoy the knowledge base of cooks we have here.

tones's picture

I am going to try again to (post #67811, reply #25 of 33)

I am going to try again to post. I do not understand any part of this new format. It is so frustrating and I do not have the time to continue trying to figure it out. I do not even see a place to say submit or post. I lost the message I worked on for a few mins. because I clicked on preview and then there was nothing that I could see to acknowledge that I was ready to post. Is there a thread or page to read directions for using this site now?

Jean's picture

A good place to start is (post #67811, reply #26 of 33)

A good place to start is reading the FAQ in the list under your name at the top left of the page.

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Jean's picture

Well, My patience is used up (post #67811, reply #32 of 33)

Well, My patience is used up for now. Call me if things get better here. I can't waste any more time here. I have Christmas stuff to get done.

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need