FAQ: Using the new forum Software (Jan 2017)

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

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    After we completed the forum upgrade on Jan 12, 2017, quite a few things changed, so this thread is a place where we will document and list some of the ways to work with the new forum software that are different.

    NOTE: If you are getting a small popup with an Internal Server 500 error, this is likely related to CSS caching. Please CTRL+F5 to hard reload the page.

    Replying to Topics
    First, when replying to a topic, you have two choices. Each post has a reply button (shown here):

    If you click this, you will get a reply that quotes the post. You can delete this in the edit box, but by default it is included. If you leave this in your reply, you can easily click the back arrow in the quote (shown below), to return to the quoted post after clicking reply.
    https://www.sqlservercentral.com/Forums/Uploads/Images/64afc29d-0d66-4556-a144-a287.jpg
    The plus (+) button to the right of the reply button enables multiquote. This will ensure that the quotes inside of the post you are replying to are included as subquotes in your message. Again, you can delete these.

    There is another reply button at the bottom of the thread. This will give you a blank reply message.

    Both of these will put your reply at the end of the thread. We do not support multi-threaded discussions.

    Reporting Posts
    There is a flag icon at the bottom of each post (not thread), to report SPAM. If you hover over the flag, the Report Post text comes up. Clicking this reports the post. The forums will automatically hide posts if enough people report them.
    https://www.sqlservercentral.com/Forums/Uploads/Images/53d8e7aa-e046-408f-9789-e299.jpg
    You can also like and share the link with the other icons.

    Profile
    Your profile is now located near the top of the forum pages on the right side.
    https://www.sqlservercentral.com/Forums/Uploads/Images/e758b6b7-cbe8-43a4-98da-6309.jpg
    Clicking this will drop down a number of sections. If you select any of them, you will get a window open where you can change your profile.

    Messages
    Private messages are accessed using the envelope to the right of the profile link above. As with the profile, a drop down opens with your inbox, but clicking any message will take you through to the messaging boxes (inbox, sent, deleted).

    Search
    The search is at the top of the forums. If you click the Forum Search, a text box pops up where you can enter search terms

    This post will get updated over time with additional items. Please feel free to suggest any.

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 993770

    This thread is a really good idea.  A really good FAQ would be how to post code that preserves indentation and avoids overly large line spacing. 

    And, yeah... feel free to delete or hide this post to avoid unnecessary clutter in it.  Only your usage FAQs should be allowed to persist so newbies can get onboard quickly and without having to weave though posts like this one.

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
    "If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."--Red Adair
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not."
    When you put the right degree of spin on it, the number 3|8 is also a glyph that describes the nature of a DBAs job. 😉

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems

  • xsevensinzx

    One Orange Chip

    Points: 25531

    All I want to know is how in the world did Jeff get his gif to work in his avatar and mine is failing. 🙂

  • drew.allen

    SSC Guru

    Points: 76431

    When responding to a long post, I sometimes like to interleave my answers in the places that I'm responding to.  I used to be able to just add a closing quote, type my response and then insert another opening quote.  That isn't quite working the way that I expect it to now.

    Also can we fix the text for when a post has been removed.  It currently says "This topic may has been removed...", but "may" takes the infinitive form of the following verb, so it should be "This topic may have been removed..."

    Drew

    J. Drew Allen
    Business Intelligence Analyst
    Philadelphia, PA

  • Luis Cazares

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    xsevensinzx - Friday, January 13, 2017 10:59 PM

    All I want to know is how in the world did Jeff get his gif to work in his avatar and mine is failing. 🙂

    You need to have over 40K points. :hehe:

    Luis C.
    General Disclaimer:
    Are you seriously taking the advice and code from someone from the internet without testing it? Do you at least understand it? Or can it easily kill your server?

    How to post data/code on a forum to get the best help: Option 1 / Option 2
  • Koen Verbeeck

    SSC Guru

    Points: 258858

    Posted in the thread, but I'll repeat it here:

    It seems there seems to be some issue with the points.
    I seem to have over 900 points in the last 30 days. I'm quite certain that I didn't do that much points (even answered that many questions).
    There's also a guy who has over 10,000 points in the last 30 days (there are only about 6,000 QotD points), so that is very remarkable, but probably very unlikely.

    Maybe an issue with the voting on posts? For example, if I give a thumbs up on a post in this thread, every time someone posts in this thread, that points is double counted? 

    Need an answer? No, you need a question
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  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

    Points: 714311

    There was a data migration, and a date stamped on those, which means that some older users (I think no longer active) got a lot of points awarded in the last 30 days, but not more points (or not many more) than before.

    I need to update a post on the point categories as they've changed slightly.

  • TomThomson

    SSC Guru

    Points: 104707

    Couldn't the topic options button have an unsubscribe/cancel subscription option on it?   I can remember reading posts about this in one of the forums years ago, so slightly surprised it hasn't happened.

    Tom

  • YSLGuru

    SSC-Insane

    Points: 21297

    What happened to the MY POSTS link that was in the forums of the old site that let you quickly access/review your past posts?

    Kindest Regards,

    Just say No to Facebook!
  • Sue_H

    SSC Guru

    Points: 89811

    YSLGuru - Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:37 PM

    What happened to the MY POSTS link that was in the forums of the old site that let you quickly access/review your past posts?

    Try going to your profile and then select Replies under the big wasted space thing with all the colors. That seems to serve the same purpose.

    Sue

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 993770

    xsevensinzx - Friday, January 13, 2017 10:59 PM

    All I want to know is how in the world did Jeff get his gif to work in his avatar and mine is failing. 🙂

    It may be because my original GIF was exactly 80x80 pixels so there is no growth or shrinkage.

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
    "If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."--Red Adair
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not."
    When you put the right degree of spin on it, the number 3|8 is also a glyph that describes the nature of a DBAs job. 😉

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems

  • drew.allen

    SSC Guru

    Points: 76431

    I'm no longer getting unread posts in a bold font.  I also used to be able to hover over a link and get an arrow that would take me to the first unread post in that thread, but I'm not getting that either.  Was something updated over the weekend or is this from the fact that I marked all forum posts as having been read?  If the latter, is there a way to turn that off?

    Drew

    J. Drew Allen
    Business Intelligence Analyst
    Philadelphia, PA

  • Sean Lange

    SSC Guru

    Points: 286386

    Liking a post is a little bit odd. Once you do it shows me only my profile as a person who recently like the post but not others. Even stranger is that when others like a post of mine I can't see who it was. Kind of defeats the purpose to sort of show the users but not really. I would suggest an all or nothing concept. SO only display the count. We should show only the count or show all the details.

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  • Thom A

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    Points: 98102

    I'm actually wondering if the Like button(s) are bloating people's points. I've noticed that since the new forums have come out I've probably earned about 700 points (700!). That's almost half what I already had.

    I had a look at my activity, and yesterday I got 52 points (1 accepted answer (12), 2 replies (2), 5 posts reported (5), 1 - (1), and 16 liked posts (32)). It doesn't seem to be every day I get a large amount of likes, but I'm getting at least 5/6 a day which is 20 or so points a day O.o

    I'm all for showing active members,and those who contribute, being easy to recognise (points mean more active), but I don't want my "points" to make me look like I'm much active (or contribute way more) than I am.

    Thom~

    Excuse my typos and sometimes awful grammar. My fingers work faster than my brain does.

  • Sean Lange

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    Points: 286386

    Thom A - Monday, February 6, 2017 1:37 PM

    I'm actually wondering if the Like button(s) are bloating people's points. I've noticed that since the new forums have come out I've probably earned about 700 points (700!). That's almost half what I already had.

    I had a look at my activity, and yesterday I got 52 points (1 accepted answer (12), 2 replies (2), 5 posts reported (5), 1 - (1), and 16 liked posts (32)). It doesn't seem to be every day I get a large amount of likes, but I'm getting at least 5/6 a day which is 20 or so points a day O.o

    I'm all for showing active members,and those who contribute, being easy to recognise (points mean more active), but I don't want my "points" to make me look like I'm much active (or contribute way more) than I am.

    I just liked your last reply and you gained 2 points from that. Seems that points may mean even less than they did before. :hehe:

    _______________________________________________________________

    Need help? Help us help you.

    Read the article at http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Best+Practices/61537/ for best practices on asking questions.

    Need to split a string? Try Jeff Modens splitter http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Tally+Table/72993/.

    Cross Tabs and Pivots, Part 1 – Converting Rows to Columns - http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/T-SQL/63681/
    Cross Tabs and Pivots, Part 2 - Dynamic Cross Tabs - http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Crosstab/65048/
    Understanding and Using APPLY (Part 1) - http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/APPLY/69953/
    Understanding and Using APPLY (Part 2) - http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/APPLY/69954/

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