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by FireGryphon
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Man, I took a few weeks off to see if things would get better, and I come back to... I agree, having a torrent of negativity and expecting them to listen to it every single time is impossible. Crazy stuff. I wish someone would have said something early in the thread to warn about this happening. @TR...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Gosh, the tone of these responses is getting a bit heated. There’s some pretty hurtful things I read up there. Sorry if I offended anyone personally with my question. I genuinely thought it was a logical next question to ask in this process.
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

There are some who condemn the new design and just leave. On the other extreme there are people who say it’s OK, the new owners care, they’re making changes, so let’s stay. Both opinions have merit. One doesn’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water, but at the same time, I don’t consider th...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I think they recognize it's in their best interests to foster community and get more people to regularly participate. What is the evidence of this? That's why the contributors have stressed the need to integrate the forums into the front page like the old design. These things don't happen overnight...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

This might sound kind of harsh, but it's reality: that kind of thinking implies that the TR regular community can keep the site afloat. It can't; TR has been a money-losing proposition for quite a while now, and the writing has been on the wall for a long time now. The new ownership seems more conc...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I was bored this afternoon and read this entire post. The roll out of the new design was a poorly timed mess other than that I see no real reason to complain. Yeah the new owners didn't introduce themselves, but does it really matter ? If they are going to provide funding to improve the site , expa...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I don’t understand how you get all of that from my last paragraph, but I don’t disagree with anything you said. Like I said, I’m hopeful, but you do sound a bit more hopeful than I.
by FireGryphon
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

You assume too much. That they are professionals doesn't necessarily mean there was any forethought put into anything; likely quite the opposite. It's very possible that someone with no knowledge of TR was "assigned" the job, and told to do some generic set of tasks. If said person was/is...
by FireGryphon
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Yeah, fish is right. There is a good reason for why things are on hold, but they'll be moving early next week again. Depending on how things go I may even write more frequently, SO YOU CAN START GETTING EXCITED! I LOVED YOUR GOG ARTICLE AND CANNOT WAIT FOR MORE! Am I the only person who doesn't kno...
by FireGryphon
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

( If no one objects, and a mod/admin feels inclined, here's a suggested sidetrack post list to move to a new thread, tentatively dubbed "Forum software (and JavaScript)": Redocbew 736 excession 774 776 779 781 Mr Bill 782 784 785 788 789 FireGryphon 790 791 795 796 799 Captain Ned 800 tan...
by FireGryphon
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

PS: Edited my post above after you quoted it. (Why full-quote? Makes reading threads more difficult. :)) Just a guess, but since the web page is so awful now I’ve been only looking on my phone, and it’s tough to edit text with an on-screen keyboard, such as whittling down quotes, so I’ve just been ...
by FireGryphon
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I still have mIRC... somewhere.

Also, what does Gyromancer do for the site? How do I not know this?
by FireGryphon
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

The new owners have made some huge mistakes but at the same time, we're less than a week into the takeover and the real proof will be how they react to the feedback from the writers and the community. I'll be popping back occasionally just to see how progress is going. Unchanged, as it is now, TR i...
by FireGryphon
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Whatever coulda-woulda-shoulda Monday morning quarterbacking is going on now, let’s not forget the present, where the site’s new ownership still hasn’t addressed the community. Maybe they don’t read the site and see how a majority of the complaints mention that one of the biggest problems is lack of...
by FireGryphon
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

FWIW, if we had any idea how big of a cluster the "transition" would be, I would stopped promoting subs instantly . I kept what I knew quiet out of respect for Adam and he was caught just as much by surprise on Sunday as the rest of us. How you feel is fully justified and I sincerely apol...
by FireGryphon
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

And now my biggest regret is not knowing the situation and subscribe to help keeping this afloat :( I suppose many gerbils are in this boat. I feel like I’m subscribed to a site that I didn’t know. I feel duped. The new management lurked for a while before making its move, and none of us even knew ...
by FireGryphon
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Here's the thing everyone: I'm no Lovecraft expert, but I think the analogy to draw is that we're dealing creatures that are barely aware of our existence. Fortunately, they're actually human, and they can be reasoned with, but we're starting from scratch and an abundance of patience will be requir...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Just woke up one of my computers and saw the old version of the site cached. I screenshot the entire front page so I could remember it. The site currently looks like a pre-alpha test. How does anyone produce work like this for money?
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Maybe we could abandon the site altogether and just be a phpbb forum. There are a number of thriving communities like this.
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Most of my complaints these days about Wordpress are with crappy plugins doing random crappy things. There's a lot of those, so take note TR staff. Do not assume that widely used plugins will be sufficiently battle tested just because they're widely used. I found this out the hard way many years ag...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I genuinely hate to say it, and I mean no rudeness/ill will whatsoever, but I'm out if this is to be the new UI/design for any length of time. I know a lot changes have gone on behind the scenes over the years, and especially recently, but this feels very much like "nail in the coffin" ki...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

If you think about it, the old layout had a top border with stuff (hot threads, etc.) and three main columns (articles/reviews), news, and comments/tweets). This can be replicated with Wordpress and other CMSes out there to some degree. It’ll just take some tweaking.
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Suggestion: for reviews, news posts, etc. make more of a distinction between article text and the ‘you may also like’ stuff that follows it. Have the background be a different color, make the text and graphics smaller, etc. so it’s clear that information is extra. Also, page navigation for articles ...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different... (new)

The previous CMS was working just fine, why’d it have to get switched? I mean, we could have just gone back to TR 1.0 from many years ago that was a scrolly blog style format but still had a lot more information density, and it had comments and threads easily accessible at the top. This really does ...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different... (new)

Well this is terrible. All I see on my phone now is a blog-style scrolling list of articles. Where are the top comments and recent forum posts? It’s as if the community is gone from TR, and quite frankly, that’s the strongest part of the site, and always was. I understand if a custom CMS is too much...
by FireGryphon
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$
Replies: 24
Views: 1466

Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

I don’t think I ever spent over $200 on a graphics card, and my current GPU is soldered to my motherboard. I think I spent $180 on my Rage 128 Pro 32MB card, and my more recent Radeons were probably around $200. My first few computers came out together, so I don’t know what the exact cost of the Tri...
by FireGryphon
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

With all of this great industry insight and informed speculation flying around this thread, can anyone venture a guess when hybrids or EVs will reach price parity with ICE?
by FireGryphon
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 205811

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I’m a huge capitalist but lately I’ve been working on a theory: the compensation of the highest paid employee in a company should not exceed twice that of the lowest paid employee, including part timers and contractors. It’ll never happen this way, but it makes me happy to think about it. You're no...
by FireGryphon
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 205811

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Boeing 737 MAX: New Issue Could Delay Aircraft's Return ... "A source familiar with the situation told the BBC: ""During simulator testing last week at Boeing, FAA test pilots discovered an issue that affected their ability to quickly and easily follow the required recovery procedure...
by FireGryphon
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 205811

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

It is indeed nasty, but it's a stupid childish prank. We all did plenty of dumb crap when we were kids. The police and media are going after her like she's public enemy number one. They're gonna slap a young person with a felony and years in prison?? Years?? Violent criminals who have actually hurt...
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