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  1. jshaw42

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    It has been several weeks since the update and there are still myriad problems with the Galaxy S7 forum that have not been addressed. How can one praise bad performance?
     

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    Please fix the login on the computer side. The typed text stays black and the entry field is black, so you can't see what you are typing.

    Thanks
     
  3. Thom

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    The Tasker sub-forum is now gone. The threads now appear in Android Apps & Games. Anyone with a link to it will get a Page Not Found error.

    The new Tasker location is ...
    http://androidforums.com/apps/tasker.704/

    ... Thom
     
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    Continuing a conversation in a Tasker thread started before Wednesday is a challenge.

    http://androidforums.com/devices/motorola-droid-turbo-2.1273/
    previously took me to Motorola Droid Turbo 2
    currently takes me to Motorola Droid Turbo 2

    http://androidforums.com/forums/tasker.1930/
    previously took me to Tasker
    currently throws Error 404

    http://androidforums.com/apps/tasker.704/
    previously ?
    currently takes me to Tasker

    Is there going to be a revision that will map the old Tasker reference ...
    http://androidforums.com/forums/tasker.1930/
    ... to the new Tasker location ...
    http://androidforums.com/apps/tasker.704/

    Will the footer in ...
    http://androidforums.com/forums/android-apps-games.4/
    ... be revised to once again reference Tasker and have a link to ...
    http://androidforums.com/apps/tasker.704/
    ... If the old to new mapping was installed then all that would be required is to display the link again.

    How do I move a thread to the new Tasker area?

    ... Thom
     
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  6. Rob

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    I want to thank everyone for their patience and willingness to hang in there while we get the new web version sorted. It won't be long now- we're super close. There is also a new app version with a new feature that should address a lot of the complaints. I'm super excited.

    The team will be talking today about the remaining/outstanding issues and hopefully will have enough whittled down to set a tentative launch date for the theme. I'm hoping the magic will happen next week.

    Two important points I want to make:

    (1) We made these changes to the app and website because we think it's 100% better for the future of our site, staff, members, and visitors. Things may have seemed fine on the surface, and I can understand why loyal members would want to keep things status quo, but (due to a number of reasons) it would be unsustainable to continue Android Forums under the given conditions. We made a bold and strategic move to innovate, not simply for the sake of change, but because we know we can do better and NEED to do better to thrive.

    (2) Tapatalk. The truth is that Tapatalk is largely the reason we're forced to make these changes. They've siphoned users and revenue from forums big and small, making very underhanded and shady company decisions along the way that have benefitted their business and screwed their forum partners. They've grown to their current size by climbing on the backs of forum owners and it's gotten to the point where I've said enough is enough.

    At some point soon, we will be completely disabling Tapatalk. I have been unconcerned with the AndroidForums.com experience when browsing through Tapatalk precisely because that company is the root of many of our problems. It may hurt us initially, but a complete separation from Tapatalk is the only way that Android Forums can reach its full potential (and perhaps survive). We'll be amputating an arm, and it seems terrible, until you put it into context and realize this difficult decision will prevent disease from spreading and ultimately save our life.

    I realize this may be an unpopular decision, and for some people it may be the final straw that pushes them to a competitor, but it's a decision I'm confident in making. Sometimes leaders need to make unpopular decisions when they feel it's the right thing to do: this is one of those times. I'm confident that looking back, this will be an incredibly positive turning point in the history of Android Forums.

    I want to thank everyone who has participated in this thread so far. I know you wouldn't be here and offering criticism if you didn't want the site to succeed, so I thank you for sticking with us. Keep bringing on the feedback, critiques, opinions, ideas, and whatever else you've got on your mind.

    I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL WE FINALLY LAUNCH THIS THING!

    It won't solve everything, and nothing ever will, but I'm pretty excited about what we've put together. And it will only get better with time!
     
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    Thanks for the update... Its a transitional time for Android Forums, and I'm going to reserve all judgement until after the new things have been rolled out and we've had at least a couple of weeks to break old habits and try things out the new way.
     
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  8. Rob

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    JUST A GLIMPSE...
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    SOON
     
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    Thank you for the information. The old structure grew out of the period where was a war going on between the un-root-ed and root-ed communities. It resulted in a nightmarish structure that has been cumbersome to maintain for years. It had to change.

    I have two recommendations for trivial tweaks that would help while the transition is still going on ...

    On the main page while the transition is still going on change the (See All) link in the Android Tablet section to point to ...
    http://androidforums.com/devices/list/
    ... that is the same as the Android Phone section link.

    Add a redirect while the transition is still going on for Tasker from ...
    http://androidforums.com/forums/tasker.1930/
    ... to the new Tasker location ...
    http://androidforums.com/apps/tasker.704/
    ... so people could find the new area by entering the old address. With this tweak anyone accessing the page at the old address would be redirected automatically to the new area.

    ... Thom
     
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    Uh oh... I'd better start redesigning the T-shirts...

    [vroam]

    :D
     
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    I'd love me an Android Channels t-shirt.

    <----------------------runs
     
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    Both are now present. Excellent. Thank you.

    ... Thom
     
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    Is there any way to know what content has been purged? I've run into a couple of threads with references to other, perhaps older, threads that drop a 404. I try to search for the older threads but with zero results. Granted, the latest was a lounge thread with probably no activity for a while, but some of them do contain relevant technical information.
     
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    I haven't been here in quite awhile and maybe this feature was disabled some time ago but I can no longer figure out how to do it.

    Mark in San Diego
     
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    Hi @ZepTepi I moved your post to the main thread about our site redesign. :thumbsupdroid:

    We're in the middle of some changes, I'll tag @stevealbright and @Phases about being able to search individual subforums/device forums when everything is complete. :)
     
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    Thank You Kate!:)
     
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    Yeah the ability is currently lost - but on it's way back soon!
     
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    There's t-shirts? I'll buy a t-shirt. Got a link?
     
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    Possible bug, the mini avatar that appears when you reply to a thread might not be showing up on threads created from the app.

    Right now in the feedback forum I replied to someones question but it only shows the default green Bugdroid avatar attached to new app posts.

    1.png
     
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    That'll work for me. When you actually click on the thread you see whose there.
     
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    I would LOVE to provide you with a link!

    However, I've been asking for two years for permission to sell AF t-shirts. AF would get the majority of the profits. I have never gotten permission. So, my design sits there...

    :)
     
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    I quoted your post over here. I think the post below addresses your question at this point.

    Here is a link to the post if it is easier to read with the quoted posts it is responding too for context.
    http://androidforums.com/threads/important-huge-update-to-androidforums-com.1112286/#post-7477532
     
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