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Issues with the new style RRS feed

  • Question

  • Any way to adjust the font color and size of the subject line?  It hurts the eyes and is distracting.

    Can you make the "Ask a question" more obvious?  I totally did not realize it's now orange and on the right side of the web site.  It was much more obvious before. 

    How do you start a discussion and not a question?

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:12 AM

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  • Okay it appears that you can't change the type until after you post.

    Also can there be a sticky announcement at the top of the forums that discusses the changes?  I was expecting just some hotfixes to fix bugs, not a major visual change like this.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:14 AM
  • Which page are you describing the subject line being distracting? Thanks for the feedback on the ask a question button. On most pages it's the only big orange thing, so we hope it is actually more obvious. You can only start a discussion by clicking ask a question and then choosing discussion on the new thread page, this hasn't changed in how it works for a couple of years. Some forums only support questions. Someday we want to change this whole system, maybe have a specific space for discussions vs q&a, keeping them separate, but we don't have any schedule for that sort of change.

    Community Forums Program Manager

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:16 AM
    Answerer
  • The problem is it's way over on the right hand side.  On a large 24 inch monitor it's way over on the right hand side.

    Old style:

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:21 AM
  • HI Susan !

    Seems a bug after 2/13 update. This only happens in TechNet Forum "Resources for IT Professionals > Forums Home > Using Forums Forums > Forums Issues (not product support) ".

    I have verified it with other MSDN Forums its working fine.

    Hopefully Brent will look into this.

    Also, have a look at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/reportabug/thread/917c6efe-e5f6-47b7-8ed7-ad1f0072c115

    Thanks, Hasham

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:22 AM
    Moderator
  • New style:

    It's lighter and the subject line harder to read.  Ah this forum doesn't support discussions, only questions.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:23 AM
  • I'm seeing it in all Technet forums.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:26 AM
  • The orange button is just way over on the far right side.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbusinessserver/threads

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:29 AM
  • This is the Metro Style. You can find some MSDN forums using this style like Windows UI Design for Metro style apps.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:33 AM
  • Okay but I'm not running Windows 8 here, just trying to answer people's questions. 

    It's weird, I'm hitting metro and non metro depending on how I enter the forums.  Is there a way to make it non metro and choose that?

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:37 AM
  • It took me several minutes to find the Post-Question button too.

    Call it Metro or whatever trendy thing you like.

    The bottom line for me is, it hides things in plain sight.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:39 AM
  • You will get Metro or not Metro depending on what forum you visit, but one forum will always display the same (let me know if you find this is not the case).

    The good news is that we already passed your feedback to the UX team, so give for granted that your voice has been heard J

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:44 AM
  • It's not.  If I go to a non metro forum first and then go up the tree structure, it stays non metro.

    Like I can flip this forum from metro to non metro depending on how I enter.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:46 AM
  • Enter via the Home Server forum - http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/WindowsHomeServer/ go up the tree structure and back down to this forum, I stay on non metro.

    If I google/bingle "reportabug technet" and enter directly into this forum I get metro.

    Depending on how I enter, I get different fonts.  The orange button on the far side stays the same, the font does not.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:48 AM
  • Also it's a bit harder to tell where you are in the tree structure.

    The non metro the folder structure is blue/hyperLink colors.  The new way all words are grey and it's not clear that they are acutally hyperlinks.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 7:33 AM
  • Right, this forum is shared across TechNet, MSDN, and the Microsoft brand, so it would look different based on which domain you visit the forum from. Thanks for the feedback on the fonts, etc. It'll help us improve going forward. 

    Community Forums Program Manager



    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 8:45 AM
    Answerer
  • It's lighter and the subject line harder to read.  Ah this forum doesn't support discussions, only questions.

    You can change the type after you post.

    It supports questions on first round because the forum is for reporting issues. Do you think it should support both when originally posting the question (like other forums)?

    Thanks!


    Ed Price (a.k.a User Ed), SQL Server Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 2:42 PM
    Owner
  • The problem is it's way over on the right hand side.  On a large 24 inch monitor it's way over on the right hand side.

    This issue that the "Ask a Question" button is harder to see... is an excellent issue. You might want to start a separate thread on it, add it as a feature request (or reversion)... because the Metro style does not require that the button be moved further away from the eyeline.

    Thanks!


    Ed Price (a.k.a User Ed), SQL Server Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 2:49 PM
    Owner
  • Okay but the orange new ask a question is still orange across all three.  On the blue Microsoft brand, orange and blue do not go together well in a color pleasing manner. 
    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 3:19 PM
  • The new way all words are grey and it's not clear that they are acutally hyperlinks.

    That happens if you have already visited that linked page.   If you don't have it in your History the link would be blue.   They don't override your Hover color, e.g. FWIW mine is Red and I can still see it.   Hmm... maybe not.   In the next post (after yours) there are some Edited by... links which do not underline or turn red when I hover on them.   YMMV.

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    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 3:30 PM
  • No, it's consistently grey for me when on the Metro style.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 4:13 PM