Greetings from the new Stella Culinary Web Developer!

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Greetings from the new Stella Culinary Web Developer!
Hello all,

My name is Robert, and I am helping Jacob to get Stella Culinary more organized, have more features and just improve things overall. I will also gladly answer questions, and try to fix things as I see them.

A couple of things I want to try and tackle are:

1) Getting rid of or simplifying the editor so posting forum topics and images will be more intuitive.  

2) Facebook login and commenting.

Jacob and I have been discussing some other topics that I will probably expand upon them at a later time, but for now one of the bigger ones is a term glossary.  Basically a way to be able to get some insight on certain terms used in the videos, podcasts and other sections on Stella Culinary.   

I do have a couple questions to ask that might help get some more community feedback.

1)  Should a new forum for website feedback be made, or would the off-topic forum be fine?

2) What do you want in the editor for posting forum topics?  I am basically asking if you want just simple bold, italic and maybe some font settings.  Or do any of you use things like indents, lists and similar things? Uploading images should be easier as well, and I am thinking about the best way to implement better more intuitive uploading.

I think I'll leave it at that for now.

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Greetings Robert and welcome to Stellaculinary.com.

For the most part, I find the site fairly intuitive, but as you have learned, things can be easier.  I do use lists and bullet points when posting recipes, but for some reason the last point in a list seems to lose the indent.  

It is more difficult to post images than it really should be.  Having to post a link from an external site like Photobucket, etc. takes time and is a bit difficult for some of the newer members to tackle right off the bat.

I also find that having to set the image size to make sure you are within the 500 pixel width a bit cumbersome as well, particularly if you want to post multiple images in a table format.  Anything you can do in that area would be a help.

Also, in order to delete or cut and paste any text is a problem.  It pops up a window where you have manipulate the text.  Totally a waste of time.

I would suggest you create a separate forum topic for website feedback as we tend to use the "off topic" postings for areas regarding discussions about food, recipes, techniques, equipment, tools, etc.

I'm sure others will have feedback to add so this will give you a start.  I am really happy to have you on board as I know Jacob has struggled with these issues in the past and quite frankly I would prefer (as I am sure he would) to focus on content.

Again, welcome Robert!
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Hello and welcome, Robert.

It's hard to say which direction to take with the editor. Most forum packages use BBCode, but this one uses HTML. For Joe User, the HTML may seem alien and daunting, even with the WYSIWYG editor. In fact, most of the time, people comment about difficulties with including pictures in messages even though the editor has a very simple button for doing that. Of course, a big part of that problem may be that services such as ImageShack and PhotoBucket present links using BBCode when someone says they'll be posting in a forum. Then, when those people DO attempt to use those links (which already have BBCode IMG tags around them) here, they wonder why they don't work. Thus, the first thing that would probably make life easier for most of the site's users would be to replace the WYSIWYG HTML editor with something that uses BBCode to which more people may be accustomed.
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Greetings Robert,

Glad you will be able to sort some things out for Chef.

My thoughts are:

CKEditor works but isn't that intuitive, but is the default for Drupal. I guess one would have to request changes of CKEditor or change HTML editors.

I find the the fixed table width columns create too much dead space on the right and left hand portions of the screen. That is one of the limiting features of embedded pics. Just not enough width to show the full pic.

I don't find a Recipe menu, or 'more' on the Newest Recipes. I have to search for any recipe other than the 5 Newest.

The create a PDF for a menu includes a lot of HTML code that isn't filtered out, like <LI>, etc.

It would be nice if you could filter out EXIF GPS meta data for pics also. Not sure if that is possible from Photobucket, etc.

Overall I really like the site, especially changing the number of entrees for a menu. Like anything, there are items that could be improved.

Thx,

Jay
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[whispered request] Can you make the Search window on the home page with better contrast in the lettering _within_ the search box, as well as the color distinction relative to the main page body. It really is used I'm sure a zillion times. Also, make the input box bigger, since you're under the hood already. :) Rob, the carping critic. [/whispered request]
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 Hello and welcome Robert.
I would like a "save" function that would allow me to temporarily save a post to my hard disk. This would allow long posts to be left and resumed later. Other ways of doing this are tedious.

 

I agree with Elliot that you should start a new topic for your work. I think it would benefit you with easier access

and no unrelated posts getting in your way.

 

Good luck.

Brian

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Hey Robert, thanks for all the work you do on the site!

 

I'm fine with the editor as is, I use most of it's functionality. Perhaps make the "plain text editor" more obvious an option to use for people that don't want to mess with all the other features.

 

The one big feature I would love to see, and I'm actually quite shocked that isn't already included is "reply with quote".

 

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