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FAQ - Board Policies & Information => How to Use the Blueboard => Topic started by: Verla Kay on March 28, 2017, 01:16 PM

Title: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Verla Kay on March 28, 2017, 01:16 PM
The Blueboard has changed!

Its new look is due to the installation of a fully responsive theme. You will find that the Blueboard will now automatically change sizes according to the computer or device you are using for access. You should no longer need to scroll from side to side, trying to read what is on your screen. Your Blueboard Management Team and SCBWI’s tech team have been working hard for many months to make this changeover as smooth as possible for everyone on the board.

I’m sure many of you will have some questions about this new theme, and we will try to answer your questions here, in this thread, as quickly as possible,  to help your transition to this new theme be as painless as it can be.

Some questions we anticipate you will have immediately are:

Where are the Unread Posts buttons?
What happened to my profile?
Where is my Private Message center?
How do I log off?

You will find all of these things that used to be in the menu at the top of the Blueboard under your Name on the right-hand side of the board. Just click on your name to access all of these areas and/or features of the board.

Something you may notice right away is that you no longer have to scroll down to the bottom of the board to access the Forum Stats, see the list of members currently on line, or to see the most recent posts on the board. These items are now in a sidebar on the right-hand side of your screen. (They may be in a different spot on a phone screen.)

We have tried to keep the colors of boards as close to the old ones as possible. SCBWI Only areas are still green boards, SCBWI PAL boards are still purple, open areas of the board are still blue, etc. You will most likely notice right away that the color of the Registered Members Only area of the board has changed to a different blue - aqua. This will alert you when you are posting that you are in a more secure area of the board – only registered members of the board can see these areas, unlike the regular blue boards, which are open for viewing by  everyone on the internet.

Thank you, Everyone, for your patience and understanding as we all work through this important change for our wonderful Blueboard.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Verla Kay on March 28, 2017, 03:43 PM
Here are some more tips for you:

If there is a section of the boards that you NEVER look at and NEVER want to see, click on the ^ arrow in the menu of that board and it will collapse, so next time you come to the board you won't have to scroll past all of those boards - just the category header. If you decide at some point that you want to see what you are missing, click on the ^ again and the boards will all return for your perusal.

If you are suddenly getting notifications about posts on the board and don't want to get them, go into your Profile (under your name in the menu on the board) then go to Modify Profile,  Account Settings, click Notifications and unclick Turn Notification On When You Post Or Reply To A Topic. That should stop the notifications.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Verla Kay on March 28, 2017, 04:28 PM
Feel free to ask questions in this thread about the new theme, Folks. We are here to help anyone who needs it!
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Mrs. Jones on March 29, 2017, 01:36 AM
Under "Modify Profile" I was able to change the "look and layout" of the board to resemble the previous board, but only on my desktop where there is a box right above the "smiley set" viewing option. On my laptop that option doesn't appear.

Or is there something I'm missing?
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Verla Kay on March 29, 2017, 02:06 AM
You shouldn't be able to change the theme. :poke The old theme will soon be removed from the board and if anyone is on it when it is removed, that could be a real problem!  If anyone is still seeing their name up on the top left of the board with, "Hello, <your board name here>," then let us know IMMEDIATELY so we can correct the problem! Your name should be on the upper RIGHT hand side of the board in the menu.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Dionna on March 29, 2017, 03:42 AM
Is our profile pic and signature, with a lot of white space around and below it, supposed to be centered and at the top of the comment box?
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Mrs. Jones on March 29, 2017, 04:13 AM
You shouldn't be able to change the theme. :poke The old theme will soon be removed from the board and if anyone is on it when it is removed, that could be a real problem!  If anyone is still seeing their name up on the top left of the board with, "Hello, <your board name here>," then let us know IMMEDIATELY so we can correct the problem! Your name should be on the upper RIGHT hand side of the board in the menu.

Ha! When we were "testing" I changed mine!  :hiding Anyway, now the option isn't there on my desktop and my theme is back to the board default, so all is good.  :flowers2



Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Ree on March 29, 2017, 04:41 AM
Thank you, administrators, for all you do. I really appreciate your time.

Ree
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Vonna on March 29, 2017, 05:34 AM
Dionna, that is part of the resizing feature. If your window is full screen on a laptop or desktop, your avatar should be on the left as usual. When the screen is reduced, the avatar moves to the center.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: AnnH on March 29, 2017, 08:22 AM
I think this is going to take some getting used to -- I'm a slow learner.  ;)
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: AngieJonesDraws on March 29, 2017, 08:36 AM
I think the message board update looks really nice. Good job.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Verla Kay on March 29, 2017, 08:41 AM
We know it will take a little time to get used to this new look, Ann, but with so many people accessing the web from tablets and phones these days, we really needed to have our wonderful Blueboard using a theme that would be fully responsive to accommodate those kinds of devices.

The entire Blueboard Management Team has been working non-stop for the better part of a year now to find, test and work the bugs out of this new theme. At first it did NOT want to play nicely with SCBWI's database, but SCBWI's Tech Guy, (:thankyou, Josh!) worked tirelessly with the original developer of the theme to mold it into something that not only "plays nicely" with SCBWI's database, but that also has as much of the look and feel of our old theme as possible.

Some things, of course are different, but we have tried very hard to make sure that many of the features and look of the board that are the most important and useful to everyone have been retained and are still available on this new "Nebula" theme.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: AnnH on March 29, 2017, 08:45 AM
Oh, I'm sure I'll get used to it, Verla. It looks great. As I said, I'm just a little slow. I don't even have a smartphone!  ;D
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Cathie on March 29, 2017, 08:48 AM
I love the new look of the board! Thank you all for working so hard to make it better.  :goldstar
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Verla Kay on March 29, 2017, 08:49 AM
:giggle I don't have a smart phone, either, Ann.  :phone But a lot of people, do!
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Barbara Etlin on March 29, 2017, 10:10 AM
Did you eliminate the number of posts or am I just not seeing it?
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Verla Kay on March 29, 2017, 10:33 AM
We are talking about that right now with the Tech guy, Barb. They are missing!
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: AnneB on March 29, 2017, 01:41 PM
Is our profile pic and signature, with a lot of white space around and below it, supposed to be centered and at the top of the comment box?

Dionna, that happened to me last night on my laptop screen. I'd somehow resized the typeface. When I bumped down the size, the layout reverted to normal (avatars to the left).

Today I had to bump down the size again, not because the avatars were in the middle, but because regular text was coming across like 14 pt and wasting screen real estate. Hasn't been a problem the rest of the day and I've been in and out, but haven't changed browsers or rebooted, so I don't know if this will be an ongoing issue.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: mrh on March 29, 2017, 01:46 PM
Did you eliminate the number of posts or am I just not seeing it?

Barb, you can find it under Forum Profile/Show Stats. Would be nice to not have to "dig" for it, though.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Vonna on March 29, 2017, 01:54 PM
You can also find it by clicking on the poster's name by the avatar.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Barbara Etlin on March 29, 2017, 04:49 PM
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You can also find it by clicking on the poster's name by the avatar.

Thanks, Vonna!
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Verla Kay on March 29, 2017, 04:50 PM
I deleted an entire board that was never used anymore. It had problems and questions about the original merger and no one had posted in it for at least a year. We no longer needed that board... so I dumped it when we made our change. It should only have affected the post counts of Administrators and Moderators.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Dionna on March 29, 2017, 07:45 PM
Just wanted to thank you, Verla, and the tech team for all the hard work in reformatting the board.  :flowers2
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Verla Kay on March 29, 2017, 10:52 PM
Thanks, Dionna. It was definitely a huge collaborative effort by your entire Blueboard Management Team and SCBWI's Tech guy, Josh. Many, many hours have been spent testing and improving the theme to get it where it is today. And we are all very proud of how well the transition went AND how encouraging and understanding all of YOU have been in accepting this important change. We truly believe it improves this board for everyone.
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: Barbara Etlin on March 30, 2017, 10:10 AM
Thanks for all your hard work, Verla, Josh, and mods and admins! It looks great!  :flowers2
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: JFriday on April 01, 2017, 06:52 AM
Thank you Verla, Josh, and everyone for all your work. This place is so much a part of life for many of us, and it's only because of your tireless efforts.  :yourock
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: mflaherty on April 03, 2017, 09:53 AM
This is great! Thank you so much for all your effort and time to make this wonderful resource for everyone.

I have one question...where is the link to check all unread messages since last visit?
Title: Re: The Blueboard has CHANGED! HELP!
Post by: AnneB on April 03, 2017, 10:31 AM
I have one question...where is the link to check all unread messages since last visit?

Click on your screen name at the very right of the navy blue bar at the top of the page. Not intuitive, I know. The Powers That Be are trying to see if it can be moved somewhere visible.