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Hello everyone,

 

We are getting ready to upgrade our forum software and refresh the overall look and feel of the website. The new software will provide more features and better user experience.

 

It should have no effect on users, except for one small change:

 

Display name and login name will be merged, and display name will be used. Some members use different names for Display name and login name. After the upgrade, you will have an option to login with your Display name or your email (other members will still see your display name). If you want to change your login name now to be the same as your display name, please PM me and I will do it for you. If you don't do it now, you will just have to change the way you login after the upgrade.

 

At this point we are looking for volunteers to do some beta testing. As a reward, we will provide a one month free access to all our services (or one month refund) to a tester who will provide the best and most comprehensive feedback.

 

Please feel free to ask questions and provide feedback.

 

April 26 update:

 

We switched to new server tonight, and apparently it is causing some emails to go to spam. If you stopped getting emails please check your spam folder. While we are investigating, please add a filter as a temporary solution.

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The new website is now live. We re-designed the content and upgraded the forum software to IPS Community Suite 4. The forum provides dozens of new features and enhancements to existing features.

 

Some of the highlights of the new website and forum:

  • Better and faster user experience.
  • Fully responsive design looks great on desktop and mobile.
  • A member now has the ability to follow another member
  • The New Content area shows an auto-updated stream of all content from across the community, with customizable filters.
  • A comprehensive search engine, enabling users to find content from across the community. With a wide range of filters available and the ability to drill down by content type, finding relevant content is simple.
  • @mentions: Members can now notify other members by typing their name to mention them - the perfect way to ensure a member sees something they might otherwise miss. If you type an @ symbol and then start typing the name of a member, an autocomplete menu shows so you can quickly then click on the user and they'll receive a notification that they've been mentioned.
  • Automatic Saving: The editor auto-saves each and every post you write. If you accidentally navigate away from the page, your post content can be recovered, so that if you come back later you can continue right where you left off.
  • Two new Notification settings introduced: instant notifications and HTML5 browser notifications. Members can now get pop-up notifications even when not active in that window at the time.

 

 

You can see all new features here.

 

Many thanks to Stephanie Motz who designed the new website, 03E team who implemented it, and our webmaster Daniel Nevo.

 

You are welcome to post your feedback and comments.

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nice to now be able to follow a topic directly in the mobile version without having to switch to desktop. :-)

is it possible now to follow an entire section such as earnings trades discussion (and not have to manually subscribe to each new topic, which can often cause the user to miss the first few posts if they are not quick to subscribe), like some members wanted?

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, equus said:

nice to now be able to follow a topic directly in the mobile version without having to switch to desktop. :-)

is it possible now to follow an entire section such as earnings trades discussion (and not have to manually subscribe to each new topic, which can often cause the user to miss the first few posts if they are not quick to subscribe), like some members wanted?

 

 

 

Mobile version is now fully responsive and much more user friendly.

 

No you still need to follow each new topic. However, since there is now an option to follow members, you can follow me, in which case you will get notifications about all my posts regardless which topics you follow. There is also an options of instant notifications which should be faster than email. If you select it in  Notification settingsyou get instant pop-up notification when something posted. it's a very cool feature, try it.

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This is because I quoted you, and members "Someone quotes a comment or post I made" setting is set to instant notification by default.

 

 

@equus Here is another cool feature: when I mention someone he will get notification as well 

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One thing I'd like to request: please can we have the old formatting back on emails?

The new format is quite hard to read with only about 5-6 words per line. The old format was easier to read with 11-12 words per line.

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4 minutes ago, SteadyOptions said:

@equus  are you referring to desktop or mobile?

Kim it could be related only to the trade alert emails which are showing in small font and/or not word wrapped. I noticed this yesterday from my iPhone. See attached pic. Discussion items on mobile are formatted and presented perfectly.

 

 

 

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The issue is not with font size, which was fine in both old & new formats, but with the wide margins on the left & right. This makes it harder to read because it shoehorns the text into a narrow funnel. Keep the current font but it would be good if webmaster could remove the excessive margins. I attach old format as an example where text uses the whole real estate of the screen. It's a non-trivial issue when you read dozens of posts each day this way!

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20 hours ago, 4REAL said:

Kim,

For topics with multiple pages, in the previous version one could click on button "go to first unread post".

Is there a possibility to add this in the new version ?

thanks

 

@4REAL I finally figured this out because it was frustrating me too. On the "Unread Content" page, beneath the comment is a time stamp (right next to the number of replies). The time stamp is also a link. If you click that link you can go to the last comment. That's about as close as the "go to the first unread post" as I have found.

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18 minutes ago, craigsmith said:

@4REAL I finally figured this out because it was frustrating me too. On the "Unread Content" page, beneath the comment is a time stamp (right next to the number of replies). The time stamp is also a link. If you click that link you can go to the last comment. That's about as close as the "go to the first unread post" as I have found.

 

@craigsmith   Thanks for figuring out.

This feature is not entirely the same (especially if there are multiple new posts). But it is close and it saves time.

And since the new version separates the unread and read post with a  blue line (if there are multiple new posts), one can quick distinguish new from read posts. 

 

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Writing at the airport with my Galaxy S3.

Here's another comparison of old & new. Old emails were packed with information on the top page - meaning as soon as you opened the email you instantly saw most or all of the content.

With new emails the actual content is not visible on the top page and you have to scroll down each time for the reveal.

The new format has a Steady Options link in a grey box that takes up nearly a quarter of the screen. Since everyone already knows the Steady Options homepage, my feeling is that this is probably not needed.

I loved the old emails for their simplicity and practicality, they were able to inform quickly and efficiently. Hope the new format can replicate all these good points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After 3 weeks of using the new website and realizing there are bugs with any system change, I really like the new website. The automatic alerts we get when someone sends a message is great and it is nice not to lose a draft reply if you decide to visit another place on the website. I know there are people indicating they have issues with alerts but the only time I have an issue is when I forget to follow a discussion or trade.

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35 minutes ago, SteadyOptions said:

 

@optionideasLooks like you started following the trades forum only an hour ago.

 

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i just reset all my notifications an hour ago, logged out , set them again, and logged back in.  So I will respond if I don't get a notification on the trade forum.

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56 minutes ago, BobS said:

After 3 weeks of using the new website and realizing there are bugs with any system change, I really like the new website. The automatic alerts we get when someone sends a message is great and it is nice not to lose a draft reply if you decide to visit another place on the website. I know there are people indicating they have issues with alerts but the only time I have an issue is when I forget to follow a discussion or trade.

I'm glad you like it. We put a lot of effort into it. The IPS forum software considered one of the best on the market, and the new version is better than ever. Their support is very good as well, as indicated by the speed they resolved the latest emails issue (which was non trivial at all).

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Kim, 

Got no TRADE alerts in the last days by e-mail.

in fact last TRADE alert I got was ORCL, Thursday last week (June 9)

 

E-mail alerts for the discussions I follow come through.

 

Could you look into this ?

thanks 

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Kim,

What do you mean " you are not following the trade topics" (see screenshot)

Since I am member (almost 2 years) I follow the trades topics from start and I NEVER changed it.

 

 

 

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You need to follow each new topic to get updates from that topic. As mentioned in Welcome to SteadyOptions and Frequently Asked Questions :

You will need to specifically follow each forum you want to get updates from. When you follow the forum, you will get an email about every new topic in that forum. If you are interested getting emails about new posts in that topic, you will need to follow that topic.

 

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Well I can personally confirm as long as you follow @SteadyOptions you get the trade updates.  I took the risk on the ORCL trade and didn't follow the post but got the update.  Great for anyone that want to cut out the noise and not get an email every time someone replies in a thread.

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Following a member is one of the new features that I mentioned at the beginning of this topic.

 

There are few other nice features, and I recommend that members review the full list of features to take a full advantage of the new software.

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On 6/16/2016 at 1:16 PM, zafh said:

Well I can personally confirm as long as you follow @SteadyOptions you get the trade updates.  I took the risk on the ORCL trade and didn't follow the post but got the update.  Great for anyone that want to cut out the noise and not get an email every time someone replies in a thread.

 

 

doesn't this mean you'll get everything steadyoptions posts, even if he's replying to someone else?  Just curious

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Yes, but IMO that is better than getting everything everyone posts on topics you follow, ends up with too much noise. Also if you forget to follow a trade you still get the update when KIM posts.

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I've been away for a while but am now starting to spend more time on the new website. I'm observing that the website is difficult to use on my laptop because even before i start scrolling down 25% of my screen is wasted with a deep banner at the top (and one which remains ever present even when you scroll down). 

A question I have for the designers: what is the benefit is using up so much screen real estate with what is essentially white space? It might look good on a huge monitor but on a portable laptop with 800 or so vertical pixels as a user you end up scrolling, scrolling, scrolling all the time.

I've taken a couple of screen shots and used red to try and illustrate the vast white space that seems to be inefficient use of space. As a user i am not so interested in how pretty the screen looks, much more important is readability and ability to access the information quickly and easily.

 

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This is what I see:

 

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Not sure why you see a different screen. In any case, it is not different from different version of the forum and I don't understand why this is even an issue. You need to have some spaces between the text. 

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On 6/30/2016 at 7:29 PM, SteadyOptions said:

Not sure why you see a different screen. In any case, it is not different from different version of the forum and I don't understand why this is even an issue. You need to have some spaces between the text. 

I'd love to be able to see what you see, your screenshot shows a much more attractive layout than my screenshot, both in terms of colours and use of space. I have tried different browsers (latest Mozilla, Chrome, Opera in Windows 7 both on my desktop & laptop PC) but result is always the same as my screenshot, somewhat unattractive & dysfunctional. How can I see what you see?

I do agree you need to have spaces between the text. My point is that the formatting is showing an excessive amount of space, not just in the top banner but also in between paragraphs, which in my screenshot is double the normal space.

Would be great if your designer could take a look at this.

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