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How To Guide For The New Forum

cyberealitycybereality Posts: 19,294 Oculus Staff
edited April 2016 in General
Hey everyone!

I realize change can be difficult, so I want to share a quick guide on how to use the new forum.

First off, if you want to switch between the different forum areas, click the drop-down menu on the upper right-hand side of the forum. It will say "Community" with a down arrow. Click on the down arrow and choose "Developer", for example, to go to the developer section. This same menu is also used for the different international language forums.

To create a new discussion topic, click the "New Discussion" menu button on the top right. Be sure to pick a category it should go in, for example "General" or "Off-Topic". Enter the topic title and the post content. And click "Post Discussion".

To comment on a post, just use the comment box area at the bottom of the thread. You can also interact with posts in varying ways with reactions. You can, for example, "Like" a post to show your appreciation. There was a "Dislike" button, but people were abusing it so it was removed. If you see a post that is spam or abusive, please private message one of the moderators with a link to the comment.

Your post may be flagged as spam by the automatic spam filter, and require moderator approval. If this happens, please don't just double-post the same message over and over (these will be detected as spam as well). Just wait a few hours for a mod to approve the post, or send me a PM and I can do it for you. I can also verify your account, so you are exempt from the spam filter in the future.

Editing your own posts is possible. Just click the gear icon on the black bar above the post and choose "edit". Please keep in mind that deleting your own posts is not currently supported. If you wish to delete a post, you can edit it and put in "[deleted]" or something like that, or send me a PM and I can delete it for you.

New topics you have not visited will be in bold title text in the discussion list. If you click them, they will become unbold and have a slightly darker background. If new posts are made, they will become lighter with bold text again. There is also a small yellow bubble with a number to show you how many new posts were made since you last visited the thread. After clicking you will be taken to the newest post available.

You can "bookmark" any discussion thread by clicking the orange star icon on the right-hand side. This will give you forum notifications when people respond to that topic. It will also give you access to your bookmarks on the top right header if you have a few particular discussions you wish to follow.

To post YouTube videos, you don't have to do anything special. Just post the YouTube video URL in your post on it's own line and it will automatically become an embedded video. Since the forum uses the HTML5 YouTube player, videos will even work on your mobile device.

Have a link to a particular Twitter post? Just post the URL on it's own line and it will embed the tweet. People can see the images or interact with the tweet directly inside the forum.

If you wish to post an image, you can click the paper document icon above the post area and either paste the image URL or upload a file from your computer. It will be inserted into the post and resized to correctly fill the space. You can also drag and drop images directly from a file explorer window into the forum post box. It also seems to work if you are on a website (like Google image search) and right-click, do copy image, then paste it into the post area.

We now have a Badge system. These are sort of like achievements you gain by interacting on the forum. For example, making a certain amount of posts, getting a certain amount of Likes, adding an avatar image, etc. You may also notice the star icons next to your name. There are currently 5 Levels that you can unlock based on how much you interact on the forum. Everyone starts at Level 1 and you can move up the ranks just by interacting with people in the community. Check the Activity tab on the top of the forum to see how you stack up in the leaderboard.

You can also add tags to posts near the bottom of the post area. Use popular tags or create your own.

RSS feeds are available on a per category basis. Click "Categories" on the top menu, then click the orange wave icon on the right next to the category you wish to follow. Separate from RSS, you can also mark an entire category as "read" by clicking the gear icon on the right and choosing "Mark Read". The "Hide" functionality does not appear to be working currently, but I can look into it.

Please feel free to ask any questions here in this thread if you are confused or need help with this new forum. Thanks again for your continued support of Oculus and the VR community and hope you have a good time.
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  • maxpare79maxpare79 Posts: 1,649 Volunteer Moderator
    There are no upload image options Cyber only Image URL....unless I need to manually type the path to the image on my PC...
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 19,294 Oculus Staff
    @maxpare79 OK, maybe there is a permissions issue. Let me check that.
  • michaeltiesomichaeltieso Posts: 5
    Virtual Boy (or Girl)
    Well done on the new forums! I love it!
  • Percy1983Percy1983 Posts: 1,168
    3Jane
    I did like before being to see all the threads I was involved in and if more posts have been made, is this possible now?
  • maxpare79maxpare79 Posts: 1,649 Volunteer Moderator
    edited March 2016
    @maxpare79 OK, maybe there is a permissions issue. Let me check that.


    Made you a screenshot via an image hosting website...

    http://postimg.org/image/uw3jof83h/
  • EarlGreyEarlGrey Posts: 854
    Art3mis
    They surely look stylish, newfangled, but.... I'm addicted to the old forum style because I'm old fashion.


  • rotamirotami Posts: 114
    Art3mis
    Great work guys!
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 19,294 Oculus Staff
    edited March 2016
    Percy1983 said:
    I did like before being to see all the threads I was involved in and if more posts have been made, is this possible now?
    New topics you have not visited will be in bold title text in the discussion list. If you click them, they will become unbold and have a slightly darker background. If new posts are made, they will become lighter with bold text again. There is also a small yellow bubble with a number to show you how many new posts were made since you last visited the thread. After clicking you will be taken to the newest post available.
  • ThreeDeeVisionThreeDeeVision Posts: 2,060 Volunteer Moderator
    It is growing on me.  Much better than a dark background with light text (that really makes my eyes freak out).
  • PatimPatamPatimPatam Posts: 288
    Hiro Protagonist
    Congrats on the new forums! Couple of suggestions though:

    1- I like the idea of separating the forums between community, developers, etc but i really think that the button to toggle between them should be at the top of the page, not at the bottom of various links and a list of categories (with variable size depending on where you are), where you have to scroll down to even see it..

    2- I think in general the font size for the mobile site is adequate.. but could you reconsider the size for normal posts on the full site? Or at least being able to configure it if you are not on mobile?

    On my monitor if most internet pages / forums are the equivalent of size 10 in MS Word, this is like size 24, waaay too big for my taste. In this very post i can read only about 18 lines of text without scrolling.. on a 2560x1440 monitor :|
  • PatimPatamPatimPatam Posts: 288
    Hiro Protagonist
    3- Also, is it not possible to edit submitted posts?
  • ThreeDeeVisionThreeDeeVision Posts: 2,060 Volunteer Moderator
    3- Also, is it not possible to edit submitted posts?
    Yeah, just click the little gear in the upper right of your post.
  • PatimPatamPatimPatam Posts: 288
    Hiro Protagonist
    Ah ok thanks ThreeDee! Didn't see it because i didn't have the mouse pointer hovering my own post..
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 19,294 Oculus Staff
    Congrats on the new forums! Couple of suggestions though:

    1- I like the idea of separating the forums between community, developers, etc but i really think that the button to toggle between them should be at the top of the page, not at the bottom of various links and a list of categories (with variable size depending on where you are), where you have to scroll down to even see it..

    2- I think in general the font size for the mobile site is adequate.. but could you reconsider the size for normal posts on the full site? Or at least being able to configure it if you are not on mobile?

    On my monitor if most internet pages / forums are the equivalent of size 10 in MS Word, this is like size 24, waaay too big for my taste. In this very post i can read only about 18 lines of text without scrolling.. on a 2560x1440 monitor :|
    Good feedback.

    1. Yes, this was one of the last things we added (separating consumer and developer sections) so it could use more design love. We'll be working on a better solution hopefully in the next week or two.

    2. Some people have mentioned that the font size is too big. I actually like the size as it is easier to read for me compared to the old forum (I'm on a 1600P monitor). I often find forum text too small, but maybe we can find a good middle ground.
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 19,294 Oculus Staff
    File uploading has been fixed. Thanks.
  • dm18dm18 Posts: 25
    Lawnmower Man (or Woman)
    I feel a whisper in my ghost
  • andrewtekandrewtek Posts: 964
    Art3mis
    How do we access the development dropdown on mobile?
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 19,294 Oculus Staff
    andrewtek said:
    How do we access the development dropdown on mobile?
    Sadly you can't right now. But that is one of the things top on the list to fix. For now, I'd recommend going to the URL directly, like from here: https://forums.oculus.com/developer
  • ThoemseThoemse Posts: 171
    You can't distinguish a dev from regular posters. If the Icon is supposed to give it away that is too far fetched. On the PC it looks like one of those dreadful mobile versions of a regular forum. 
    It's also a lot more unclear than the old one. I understand the new buttons and the design - all part of the oculus corporate identity. I still don't like it.

  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 19,294 Oculus Staff
    edited March 2016
    Thoemse said:
    You can't distinguish a dev from regular posters. If the Icon is supposed to give it away that is too far fetched. On the PC it looks like one of those dreadful mobile versions of a regular forum. 
    It's also a lot more unclear than the old one. I understand the new buttons and the design - all part of the oculus corporate identity. I still don't like it.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "distinguish a dev". This was never a feature on the old forum. Do you mean development posts? Because the "Developer" section of the forum is sort of sectioned off and if you just come to the site directly from forums.oculus.com you will only see the "Community" section of the forum (for consumers).

    I honestly think the new design is pretty good and a huge improvement over the old forum. It's different, for sure, and may take some time to get used to, but I think it's better overall. Once you know how it works, and what all the buttons do, etc. it should be no problem. And it's a living site. There are still small (and not so small) bugs and issues we'll resolve over time. Thanks.
  • joanjoan Posts: 119
    Hiro Protagonist
    Percy1983 said:
    I did like before being to see all the threads I was involved in and if more posts have been made, is this possible now?
    New topics you have not visited will be in bold title text in the discussion list. If you click them, they will become unbold and have a slightly darker background. If new posts are made, they will become lighter with bold text again. There is also a small yellow bubble with a number to show you how many new posts were made since you last visited the thread. After clicking you will be taken to the newest post available.
    I think Percy1983 was referring to the small star that appeared inside the topic icon, that let you know that you did participate in a specific discussion, regardless of there being new posts or not.
  • EliteSPAEliteSPA Posts: 1,416
    Wintermute
    edited March 2016
    The contrast is too high, dont like the black bars it looks little bit kiddy for me, and no signature anymore? thats a shame. The rest looks cool, is like FB, why doenst surprise me that?  :p

    Anyway I see that you updated your pic CR :smile: 
  • ScawenScawen Posts: 588
    Trinity
    edited March 2016
    When editing text, if I press CTRL+left or right arrow, I just want to move the cursor to the previous or next word, but in this text editor the cursor moves to the start or end of the line, which makes it quite hard to edit my text.

    Otherwise the new forums are not too bad but the text and black bars are just too big, maybe should be scaled down a little so the bars aren't bigger than the avatars.
  • joanjoan Posts: 119
    Hiro Protagonist
    edited March 2016
    Scawen said:
    When editing text, if I press CTRL+left or right arrow, I just want to move the cursor to the previous or next word, but in this text editor the cursor moves to the start or end of the line, which makes it quite hard to edit my text.
    Ditto. This is frustrating as it's ingrained in finger memory. Selecting by word with CTRL+Shift+arrow also doesn't work and select all the way to the start/end of the line.
  • EliteSPAEliteSPA Posts: 1,416
    Wintermute
    CR, unanswered stays @ 178, I click there but is empty.
  • joanjoan Posts: 119
    Hiro Protagonist
    edited March 2016
    It seems the entire "Answers" part of the site was merged into the development forum, however most of those questions seem general and could probably be redirected to "Support"?
  • maxpare79maxpare79 Posts: 1,649 Volunteer Moderator
    Hey Cyber quoting doesn't work on my Android Phone (using Chrome)...when I try to quote someone it just writes "Null" in my comment...
  • MaruluMarulu Posts: 129
    Art3mis
    edited March 2016
    First of I have to say I like the new style, but I miss signatures.

    I just noticed that there is a star next to my name and when I hover over it, it says "level 1".

    What is the meaning of this?
    How does one earn levels?
    Is this similar to the badges/level system in Steam?
  • JeffBailJeffBail Posts: 163
    Art3mis
    2- I think in general the font size for the mobile site is adequate.. but could you reconsider the size for normal posts on the full site? Or at least being able to configure it if you are not on mobile?
    Second! The font is way too big. I'm using Firefox on Windows 10.

  • crim3crim3 Posts: 385
    Nexus 6

    In Firefox (more exactly, Pale Moon) I see the mobile version of the site. With Internet Explorer I see the normal (desktop/laptop) site.

    I suspect many people is complaining for the new layout but what they are seeing is the mobile version on their computers due to this.

    What's telling Firefox to the server for this confusion to occur?

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