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I do like the recent book activity list.
The main large issue I see is the lack of the recently released/recently caught list on the bio page.. that is very very important to have! They are easier to spot on the left hand side vs. the right hand side. Is there a way to get it to show 5 books again?
Another issue is on the Go Hunting page the sites per city seem to now be listed in alphabetic order rather than order of most recent release. In cities with lots of locations used within the past X days (And therefore red) that could be problematic.
I think there a a few small issues like these that need to be worked out, but the overall look I really do like! It is a nice clean look. Thanks for all the hard work :)
I'm using Firefox and I dislike the way a particular book with a lot of JEs looks. Too crowded, not enough of a break between various JEs.
For some reason I've gone back to my old (and I mean OLD!) profile pic.
And my lovely space-saving dropdowns on my profile (which took a while to find) no longer work. Boo! I'll have to rewrite them all as one long list, which will take up a lot of page space. And we seem to have lost some CSS styles on the TBR/RES/TRAV links, which is also making a mockery of my profile.
With the "recent book activity" on my profile, I'd like to know *what* the recent activity is. (I think it's the most recent registered, the most recent caught by me, and the most recently released. But I'm *guessing* which is never good.)
I do like the "Immediate Release" option on the wild releases, it was a pain sometimes with the timezone. And I am happy that when I go to http://www.bookcrossing.com/mybookshelf and I'm not logged in, it actually sends me to the login page, instead of just saying I should be logged in first. (Well, duh.)
It's going to take some work to get my profile working again, and currently I'm not terribly happy with it all. But I'm sure it'll settle down and I'll get used to it. Eventually.
Formating is fine on IE8, but my eyes are tired after a (relatively) short session (poor contrast between background and typeface). Ah well, I don't spend much time there anymore anyway.
I'm reserving judgment, but the problems registering and releasing books, and the inability to search my shelf, may be deal-breakers. I'm hoping those things will change.
One of the things I love about LT is that they haven't bought in to the "2.0, lots of graphics, minimal text" nonsense. Apparently, BC has. And I don't like it.
Although, now I come to actually *try*, I'm getting an error of "Error: Some inputs were NOT valid. Please correct and try again." when I try to submit my changes. (WTF? What bit of my JE precisely is not valid? It was all perfectly valid when I first wrote it some weeks ago.) And none of the line breaks are showing on the actual JE itself, making it look pretty icky.
DAMN. I hate the loss of being able to search my own bookshelf! Although I can put my username in the filter box, and that seems to work. Actually, no it doesn't. I put in "hedgehog", limited it to my shelf, got my result, but when I click through, it's not to the book on my shelf, but to global overview, whereupon the whole thing falls over with an error message.
Yeesh, that was the most useful thing they had on the site! BRING IT BACK!
Although, now I come to actually *try*, I'm getting an error of "Error: Some inputs were NOT valid. Please correct and try again." when I try to submit my changes.
Yes, that's the problem. I'm hoping, from the fact that there's an error message rather than the lack of an "edit entry" link, that it's a fixable bug, rather than an intentional change.
Although I can put my username in the filter box, and that seems to work. Actually, no it doesn't. I put in "hedgehog", limited it to my shelf, got my result, but when I click through, it's not to the book on my shelf, but to global overview, whereupon the whole thing falls over with an error message.
And, if you weren't the one to register the book, you get "no results".
Ugh, yes. The new BXing site is so fugly!
So I've tried using the site more, and I'm quite disappointed with it. I mean, I know that all new launches will have some bugs but I can't believe this new incarnation of BXing is such a MESS. I can't do *anything* on the site, it seems.
Registering new books: I usually use pre-numbered labels, and those don't seem to be working. I can't edit them and get error messages when I try to use them.
Old Journal entries look wonky because line breaks have suddenly disappeared. The idea of going back and editing everything makes me cringe...but apparently I can't do that anyway, since editing journal entries leads to an error message.
My wishlist is completely messed up. 9/10s of it is missing, and what remains are the books I had deleted or marked as a granted wish.
Friends? I don't really use the friends feature, but now I apparently have 50 friends. No idea how *that* happened.
For some crazy reason, the avatar I've used for the past 5 years disappeared and the one that replaced it is one I don't even remember using on BXing!
Book sorting: They forgot/elected not to add the 'in my possession' option to book sorting, which I use a *lot*. Uber-lame.
So yeah. Not impressed. I feel like I can't even use the site at the moment. It looks like Matt is out trying to fix the bugs, but I am honestly quite stunned that this many made it out with the website.
Also, I logged onto the beta.bookcrossing.com site several times in the past few months, and I do not remember this ugly layout. Was it really there for testing all this time?
And the search facility is quite, quite useless.
I suppose that we will get used to it - at least I can release books still; but it thinks that I live in Casablanca.
And my shortcuts to the site no longer work which is a nuisance but I can set new ones, I guess.
Love the way I can add covers, even for books I didn't register (as a pp mentioned, I'm very surprised this is permitted!).
Didn't realize one could edit book details for books one didn't register -- going back to fix a few egregious misspellings before Matt changes that.
(ETA: Wow! The worst one has been changed already -- wonder if it was by support or by one of the many previous readers?!)
(lilithcat, aren't those new bookplates terrific? Especially the one with the orange cat on it.)
I haven't tried releasing yet, but it was quick and easy to register a book, and I love the fact that I can upload my own covers for those that are missing.
The forum is taking a while to understand and set as I want it - and I'm not at all keen on all those avatars; the old system was better, where my own posts were highlighted, and I could see on my profile whether anyone had answered my posts.
>16 Megi53: new bookplates? must check those out, though I still have a huge stock.
I know Matt is listening to the feedback - there is a place on the forums for people to say what they find wrong and he is working really hard to fix each thing.
Hope this helps a bit!
I noticed it's difficult to even read the forums, because I can't mark messages as read - - it just doesn't do anything. And I sure don't want to waste my time rereading messages.
Shame, I'm due to refresh my wings this week, but I'd hate to have them broken while the site is still so buggy!
Hopefully it'll all settle down and some of the new "features" will go away while I'm not looking and fretting at the site.
I *had* to edit my profile picture before I left the site. That ugly picture of me they put up yesterday came out of a very old folder. I was not a happy camper when I saw it. :)
And I have a link to send myelf a private message. I can see myself using that a great deal ...
At least there is a dropdown for my extended profile now - everything which had disappeared is now back - as long as I click the little arrow.
I have surprised myself with being more open to change than I expected to be so although there are changes I am struggling with personally, I am prepared to hold off my complaints until I can see the integrated package.
All in all, it is the books and people that I go to BookCrossing for so I will put up with a lot to keep that going. After all, I met most of you there in the first instance!!
But! Just about everything else on the site frustrates me. In its current state, it's just not very functional at all. Like some of you, I'm laying low & avoiding the site for the most part, except for making journal entries. If they can get these bugs worked out & put back most/all of the previous features, then I might be happy. I realize it's a lot more work than you might think to revamp a site, but they really, really should've held off before releasing this. I fear this can only hurt the BC community, with all the negative comments I'm seeing.
I so totally agree. Anyone new to the site will never return, that's for sure. These are not few and small bugs they're trying to fix.
I can't stand going there now, and I've been there for years. I'm only thankful that this didn't occur prior to three book festivals that I did with my local DC area BookCrossing group in which we registered and released probably close to 3,000 books in three months. Today I couldn't even add one person to one of my bookrays.
Does anyone else find the small, pale font particularly annoying? I can enlarge the font on my computer but then the display doesn't fit my screen size. It's really hard (and tiring) for me to read.
Yes!! I find my eyes get tired and sore very quickly.
- we can now delete double-posts in the forum
- we can search for cover pics or post our own (though this feature isn't working well for me, it defaults onto amazon.fr for the search)
- there is no longer that annoying flickering ballycumber on my travelling books
That error page comes up quite a lot, in various circumstances, but if I try again, and again, I usually get what I want.
It is easy to change the font size with control and mouse wheel. At first I found all the avatars in the forum annoying, but now I don't even notice they are there. My eyes must be selective-viewing enabled.
I would like to be able to search books on my shelf, and some way of seeing my posts, because I can't remember from one day to the next where I have posted.
I'm sure they'll fix that function sooner or later (...probably later).