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post #1 of 150
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It’s been months in the making, but here we are, the brand new AVS Forum. Welcome! With a shiny new coat of paint and a slew of new features and functionality made possible by the Huddler community platform, this is the biggest upgrade AVS has seen since the AVSForum.com site was launched back in 1999. We hope you like what you see, and please pardon our dust as we listen to your feedback and continue to improve things in the coming weeks.

 

While change can be disconcerting and scary, this upgrade is significant on a whole variety of levels, and I should stress that we did not make this move without a lot of careful thought and planning. Hosting a community as large as AVS is no easy task (you wouldn’t believe the frequency of hack attempts we had to fight and the number of patches we had to implement to keep the site running). We thoroughly searched for a platform that could truly meet our needs, and we found that in Huddler. Not only for what the platform offers today, both in terms of functionality and stability, but what it represents down the road as we continue to improve and evolve AVS. Huddler is deeply committed to AVS, and that’s extremely important to the future of the site.

 

It was also incredible challenging to make changes to the site’s design – mainly because so many of you have so graciously made this place your Internet home and have gotten used to everything exactly as it was over the years. But again, we felt it was necessary – and about time! -- to bring the site up to today’s standards. We tried carefully to preserve the AVS experience while giving the site a slick new look that’s easier to navigate. We hope you agree that it’s an amazing step forward.

 

But bottom line, everything you see here today is in the interest of making sure AVS remains the best community on the web for you, the home theater enthusiast. Without you, AVS would be nothing. And we deeply appreciate your ongoing support – especially through a change as major as this. Thank you!

 

But while I have your attention, I’d like to give you a sense of some of the features of the new site, though there are so many enhancements that you’ll discover for yourself as you use it. 


The Homepage: Although most members are eager to jump right in to the forums, we’ve set out to make the homepage an exciting new place to see amazing content as well as all the recent forum activity. The strength of AVS lies in the community, and we'll be working on new ways to surface the best content on the homepage so it can be seen by everyone.

Thread Pages: As you’ll see, the thread list and thread pages aren't too different from what they were before, expect for better looking. We worked hard to keep the core AVS experience as consistent as possible. I’m sure you don’t mind.

Reviews: As you all know, member reviews are a key component of AVS. Now, I know we have tried review systems in the past and they didn’t really live up to our expectations. Well, we feel that on the new platform we finely have a system that fits very well. Also, there are new product pages that aggregate details, reviews, thread discussions, and more about a product all in one place. Threads will always be an important part of the review process, but we can also use the new product taxonomy (the classification system) to do so much more.

Galleries: Along with regular uploads, there are now community albums where people can collaborate on building out galleries like “My Home Theater” or “My DVD Collection” for the rest of the community to see. The new platform also has new ways to discuss and share these photos across the site and view galleries by popularity.

 

Articles: Sometimes the best content on AVS was really hard to find, so we’ve been working on new article templates for things like Owner's Guides, Tweaks and Tips, and a whole bunch of other content ideas we have in mind. Currently, there are a few helpful FAQs and guides to using the new platform under the "Site FAQs" articles section.

 

Lists: In the past, lots of members would show off their gear in threads, often by using their signature files. On the new site, however, people can showcase their theater components by putting together actual lists using the product database and even see theaters with similar components. We intend to do lots more with this down the road.

Mobile: We're also working on an entirely new HTML5 solution to go with the new site. It’s not live for the launch, but you can expect it shortly after. Designed from the ground up with power users in mind, this is definitely something to be excited about.


Those are just some of the features I’m pleased with, but honestly, there’s no substitute for using the site for yourself and playing around with everything. But do us a favor and be patient with us – we know there are bound to be some bugs and things that got missed in the transition, and we’ll be working as fast as possible to address them. Then, once you’ve had some time to get to know the new site, please give us your feedback – we want to hear it, good or bad. Because while we firmly believe this is a major step forward for AVS, we won’t truly be proud of our work until you, the community, tell us the same.

 

We welcome your feedback in this forum... Platform Launch and Discussion

 

Thank you.

post #2 of 150
I'm loving it. I love the option when scrolling through forum areas to view your last post in a thread and it automatically goes to it. Long overdue! cool.gif
post #3 of 150
Already missing the previous format, it was like an old friend, but I'm sure we'll all adjust quickly and wonder how we managed without all the new features.

Jason
post #4 of 150
Congratulations for all the hard work guys, I love the new format. Will take some time to really get used to it but I love it!cool.gifsmile.gif
post #5 of 150
I look forward to becoming familiar with the new format and trying the new features. Thanks for all the hard work!
post #6 of 150
I'm sorry to say that I hate the new format.

The "old" blue background was very easy on the eye, the current white one is tiring. Is there a way to customize that?

Edit: found the Forum Black setting...

Also, the width of the useful part of the page is much narrower, resulting in less items by page, the forum needs now almost twice as much scrolling as it did before.
post #7 of 150
Hey robena,

There are certainly some areas we're actively working on to reduce scrolling and space, but I was hoping to provide some help in doing so now wherever possible with this guide (the link will jump you to the settings). Your feedback is definitely heard loud and clear, but there are a few things I hope we can help out with to try and change that for the better.
post #8 of 150
Congratulations on the successful migration; the new site looks great! I continue to learn so much on a daily basis from these forums; thanks for all you do to keep this place running. smile.gif
post #9 of 150
Really enjoy the redesigned site. After being in the Beta for it I had trouble going back to the original style. Great work, keep it coming.
post #10 of 150
A Huddler "upgrade" is the reason I stopped visiting Home Theater Forum. The narrow columns, illogical/broken search, etc. made it unusable. I'll give it a chance again, but I'm not optimistic.
post #11 of 150
Looks great except the DOZENS of "Xs" on the side, top and bottom, by "Xs" meaning the "sponsor" links (my firewall blocks them) , I thought being a registered member removed some of those, but there are too many

I know you need sponsors to keep the site going but the sites feel like a spyware site with all those adds.. sorry
post #12 of 150
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Originally Posted by robena View Post

Also, the width of the useful part of the page is much narrower, resulting in less items by page, the forum needs now almost twice as much scrolling as it did before.

Hi Robena!

There is a preference to make all the pages in the forum area full-width so they take up your entire window.

From any thread page, just click the "Preferences" link near the top, then select "View Forums Full Width" = Yes

Thanks for posting! We really hope you enjoy exploring the new platform!

Andy
Huddler Team

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post #13 of 150
Thanks for both answers about scrolling.
post #14 of 150
Just wanted to say the new website is awesome! Congrats on the hard work guys!! Look forward to more.
post #15 of 150
The new website looks great.
One thing though >>>
The 'Report this forum post to a Moderator' flag looks confusing. I keep thinking that the button is a broken link to an image. I would recommend putting the button in the upper right corner.
post #16 of 150
I like the new layout, good job everybody.
post #17 of 150
So far, I like the new layout.
Thanks for all the hard work you all have put into the site.
post #18 of 150
It's probably the firewall here at work but the new site is painfully slow. Seems like it never stops loading up images and ads after switching threads and catagories. I'll need to check at home later to see if there's a difference.
post #19 of 150
Congrats on the launch, David and team!
post #20 of 150
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Originally Posted by amoergosum View Post

The new website looks great.
One thing though >>>
The 'Report this forum post to a Moderator' flag looks confusing. I keep thinking that the button is a broken link to an image. I would recommend putting the button in the upper right corner.

Yeah, its a pretty prominent visual element there that should not have to be used too often. Does it have to be that color red to stand out so much? After a few weeks can it be a different color so its not so distracting?
post #21 of 150
Hi
I know it was a lot of work and thank-you. I'm still poking around to check things out.

I guess my only thought are it would have been a perfect time to tidy up the sub-forums. They appear to be all in tact as was.

I still think it would have been nice to have a section for AVRs and integrated amps. A section on power amps and pre/pros.

An all encompassing stereo section for turntables cdp and YES cables.

Staying with the time and what I know nothing about but want to learn is computer/digital audio. From equipment to how to get started. A section here would have been great.

A entry level section to help those folks. No offense to anyone but so many posts now are I'm looking for 5.1 for $350. What do I get? Nice to help those folks of course but AVS is feeling more and more entry level with the "it all sounds the same". "I want 5.1 for $350" ect. An entry level spot and tips for folks wanting to get into audio on a budget would be nice.

Mfg threads in one sub-forum like all Classe all Arcam info here. Instead of searching forums for brand topics

So in general a revamp for the sub-forums would have been golden. But thanks for the hard work on the face lift. I know it was a lot of work.

Rick
post #22 of 150
Hi,

I don't know why people always want to change things. Sigh...

Anyway there seems to be a lot more wasted space. Four 1 line posts take up my whole screen.

In many new designs too much space is allocated to basically static information (like all the information to the left of a post) and the essential information (the post itself) becomes awash in a sea of white space. Another example of this is in the list of forums where the description is taking up valuable space - yes its nice for newcomers but as a long time member I don't need to see this information over and over again.

To me these sites are all about obtaining information in the most efficient way possible and the layout should not stand in the way - such as requiring a lot more scrolling.

Whatever.
post #23 of 150
I know everyone is busy getting the new site up and running. Which seems to work really well.
Any idea when the new classifieds will be up and running?

Thanks
Brad
post #24 of 150

Now that I've tweaked the settings (getting threads centered onscreen using Preferences), the makeover is.....okay. I have noticed that spell check isn't working while writing posts. The misspelled words are underlined as usual, but the lists of correct spellings/alternate words does not appear when moving the pointer to the word.

 

If there's anyway you can restore the old dark blue background of AVS Retro, it's would be very much appreciated. That color made reading better better than the black background I selected. Thanks for all that you and your team has done.

post #25 of 150
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Originally Posted by BRADH View Post

I know everyone is busy getting the new site up and running. Which seems to work really well.
Any idea when the new classifieds will be up and running?
Thanks
Brad


They are.... http://www.avsforum.com/f/208/classifieds

It can be found in the drop menu and also down the forum list. We hope to make this more stand out as it was before.

Thanks
post #26 of 150
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Originally Posted by David Bott View Post

They are.... http://www.avsforum.com/f/208/classifieds
It can be found in the drop menu and also down the forum list. We hope to make this more stand out as it was before.
Thanks

Thanks David,

I looked thought that I had looked everywhere for them. I looked in all the wrong places biggrin.gif.

Great job on the new format.

Brad
post #27 of 150
David: Miss you and Alan from being a presence on the forums. When you guys left, that was when the forum really changed!
post #28 of 150
The format war ruined much of the commraderie around here. It has been four and a half years and a certain self proclaimed evangelist still gets my blood boiling. Doesn't really matter at this point since our hobby evolved from primitive low-res pan-n-scan copies with bad audio to HD video with lossless soundtracks. This is what enthusiasts envisioned twenty years ago.
post #29 of 150
The AVS apps on my iphone and ipad stopped working. Is there a fix coming?
post #30 of 150
Congrats on the new upgrade forum! Change is good and I dig the new streamlined look!

Here's to more years of audio and video hobby reading/interaction fun! smile.gif
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