May 19, 2016 at 11:17 am #267
Mike, I finally figured out how to post a new topic. I had to switch from Internet Explorer to Firefox in order to figure out what really is quite simple. Now, I’m posting using IE. Thanks for your help!May 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm #273
Happy to have you on board. What can I do to make the learning curve easier for folks?May 19, 2016 at 8:19 pm #285
Here’s my observations in answer to your questions about the learning curve. For a new topic, there’s a rectangular box that says, as I recall, “Create New Topic in ____.” Right under it is a rectangle with places to click for various things. I only recognize the delete button, but there are others. Then there’s a large blank area. There is no box around the blank area that would easily suggest you’re supposed to type in it. Also, no hint with the word, “Message.” Under the blank message area is another rectangular box that is labeled, “Tags.”
My problem was that with Internet Explorer, I didn’t realize that the larger blank area was where I was to type the message. When I saw the same images with Firefox, I immediately recognized it as a message box.
Probably just my eyes, but if you can’t put a box outline in the message area, maybe you could add something to the Hint you put at the top right. Totally up to you.May 19, 2016 at 9:24 pm #286
I changed the background color, so that the boxes stand out a bit more, but I’m not sure I can add text above or in the box to say “your message goes here”. (That should be possible, but is beyond my WordPress/BBPress skills at this time.)
I’m still working on getting a menu bar at the top of the page, the instructions I’ve got for adding one don’t seem to be working. When I get a manu bar, that should address some navigation issues.
May 20, 2016 at 8:55 am #300
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Mike, I think changing the background color did it. The boxes are easily visible now. This should help people who are not technologically savvy or posting on a forum for the first time.May 28, 2016 at 4:49 am #461
Mike, just wanted to let you know that your little daily tweaks are being noticed – a little easier to see and use each time you do something. Thanks for all your doing. I hope you’re having fun with it, tooMay 28, 2016 at 9:29 am #464
Thanks for noticing. I think I’m close to done with the tweaks for now. I have a different layout in mind but that’ll take a bit of time to develop and debug. (I also ran across a minor problem with the bbcodes and the current layout yesterday while writing my latest blog post, I don’t know what’s causing it but I did eventually find a workaround.)
I’d rather spend time working on new content and promoting the site. I have several upcoming blog posts in mind, including one on baker’s math that may wind up being part of a series on kitchen math, and one on roux. I may do one on sauces inspired by what I learned from James Peterson’s award-winning book on the subject.
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