Feeling incredibly sad/angry re: new bds

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Feeling incredibly sad/angry re: new bds
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:31am
I hate this. It's terrible. We are all under a lot of stress with w&p for our moos and this is the last thing I need. I feel like I've been betrayed by ParentsPlace and that they are trying to make it MORE DIFFICULT for me to visit with my online support group. It's incredibly difficult to use and you can't see all the discussions, the "title" is shorter so you can't fit as much, the icons don't show in outline view, and it's all just awful.

WAAAHHH!

Alison w&p for Maddie 9 months

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:47am
I agree. I think we are going to have a lot of lurkers/infrequent posters not get the support they need because the boards are too hard to navigate.

I also am unable to bring up the boards on my crappy computer at work (another reason to quit my job! LOL!). So I may be a little MIA the next couple weeks.

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:56am
I SOOOO AGREE!!! WAAAAAHHHHH!!!
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 11:35am
What were they thinking?!! I agree - one of the best things was being able to navigate the board at a glance. I also hate the shortened titles... Am going to lurk on other boards to see what the reactions are...
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 11:40am
I totally agree!! It's very impersonal, IMO. It's like the difference between going to a party at someones house where people are in different rooms. The party is fun and you can travel from room to room seeing what's going on but not really finding the room you want to be in and feeling like you're "intruding" and taking forever to find where you want to be. However, it's more fun going to, say, a wedding where it's all in one big room and you can "see" everyone and everything going on and see where you want to go mingle at a glance and everyone feels welcome. Does that make sense? I feel like we've lost that open party. I was practically in tears this morning thinking that I would be losing a lot of cool friends here. I still say we will lose people (not the die-hards though) and scare a lot of newbies off before they have a chance to establish a closeness or gather the support they need.

I'm incredibly disappointed! I've already been out on the net searching for a replacement. There's just not much out there.

Sadly,

Armella and Camryn

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 12:07pm
I kind of like the new boards. It's taking some getting used to but it has some neat features that I think actually help me navigate the board faster. For example, I added this and my playgroup board to my favorites and if I click on the link to my favorite boards it tells me how many new messages there are since I last logged in and even if any of those new messages are in response to ones I have posted. I also like the little drop down box that lets me see the messages I've recently viwed so I don't have to go searching for something that I was just thinking of. Another feature I like is if you've read some of the messages in a thread and then a new one is posted, if you click on the original message it brings you right to the new message. Now, I'll agree, some of it seems a little clunky and weird but the more I look around the better I like it.
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 12:22pm
The favorites is nice, but Explorer has this nice little feature where you can save your favorites in a folder called Links and it gives you buttons across the top just above the Address bar that is your hotlink to the board. It's a LOT faster than the Favorites link. And the feature that shows the number of messages posted to me didn't work for me. When I clicked on that link it just brings me to some other post on the board. I also don't like the feature that jumps you to the new post. I like to scan all the other replies again as a reminder of the discussion at hand and what was said. It's much harder to do with this new system. If it wasn't for the fact that I've signed up to coordinate the next round of Secretmoo, I would probably drop out of here fairly quickly. It's too slow and cumbersome. And the Outline View is atrocious! It takes forever to load! Can you imagine how long it's going to take in a year when there are 50,000+ messages because the board never archives!!!! Forget it! I'm afraid for this board and certainly hope I'm wrong when I say they will lose a lot of people.

So sad,

Armella and Camryn (4/1)

Armella

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 12:52pm
ITA! I really tried to go into this with an open mind this morning - and more than anything, I wanted to give it a shot because I am not willing to give up my friends here. Now, I'm petrified that my friends will leave me because the board is so kludgy.

I hate the outline feature - it takes way too long. Sometimes I pop on the board just to see what my friends are doing, so I scan through to see if anyone's name pops up - OK, maybe it makes me a bad person to seek out certain people, but when I'm crunched for time, there are some people that I think I may have more to say to than others. Sorry. By the time the outline feature opens, the 5-minute window of opportunity I had is gone. When I have more time, I can go through the links and respond at my leisure, but sometimes I just don't have that time.

To be honest, I'm glad I'm not pumping anymore, because there is no way I'd find time to read this board and pump on my "breaks" - at least now I can waste my breaks trying to find my friends here.

Please, ladies - I know it sucks, but I don't know what I'll do without you. Don't leave!

HUGS!

Kristen (the crabby one), alum for Vicky

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 1:24pm
I'm not going anywhere, Kristen!
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 1:48pm
ITA, I like the new format. I think if we have a poll in few weeks "who likes the new format", the number of likers will increase.
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 9:23pm
Alison, I was feeling the same way yesterday. . .

Yesterday when I first signed on during a "quick" break that I had allowed myself, I was mortified to see this mess. There is no good way to see the newest discussions without going through every topic, there are no more topic lines and what does show up is so trunkated and cut off that the whole concept of lurking and getting the gist of a conversation from the nt posts is gone, and everything takes forever to load. I was in the crabbiest mood I've had in a while and was utterly devistated that what I look forward to during the day as my break had turned into yet another stresser.

Since then, I've played around a little bit and am getting a little more used to it, but am still not happy. I'm not quite ready to leave, but I'm not thrilled. I totally agree with Armella that the "party" atmosphere is gone because we're no longer all in one big room where we can listen in and join everyone else's discussions. It's like everyone is huddled in small groups whispering and you have to horn your way into every circle just to hear what it's about before deciding if you even want to join in.

I also agree that it will get even more confusing and cumbersom as more messages get posted without archiving. It will make outline view all but useless if you have to scroll through hundreds of posts just to get to the next discussion topic area. Armella, I agree that outline view by topic would be much better, although the whole topic idea is really segregating.

Anyway, I guess I'm done. I was practically in tears yesterday when I posted, and I'm calmer now, so I guess that's a step in the right direction. I just don't want to lose the friends I've made here.

Calli alum for Katie one year this week, mommy to Claire 4 years.

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