Hello Everyone,

Good news!!! As requested by the community members, the IREF dev team is rolling back UI elements. All recent changes and the details of the roll back are mentioned below.

Regards,
TiWi
We had upgraded the IREF platform on 14th Sept 2016. This upgrade has multiple benefits which we were about to rollout one by one:

    SEO improvements
    Nested comment on posts
    Social Login (using facebook, google etc)
    Live updates
    Blogs
    Remove dependencies on many third party plugins (this is very critical)
    Much stronger security

    With the upgrade IREF has seen many metrics improve. For example: Post upgrade, IREF is getting significantly higher traffic because of the improved SEO (Search Engine Optimization) on the new platform. Further, one of our key metric for to measuring growth is new user registration (Actual Sign ups / Sign Up page impression). This has also increased.

    However, many of our senior and veteran members did not like the new user interface. The community has complained about issues with search, speed, subscription, posting errors, etc.

    I would like to reassure the entire community that the IREF engineering team is working very hard to address all these concerns. In light with our goal to delight all our customers at every step, IREF has decided to roll back the following features one by one to old ones. (The exacted details are at the end of this message)

    Some of you may already know this… However, I would like to reiterate that --- Over the years, IREF has built a very strong Product team (Engineering, QA, Operations, Moderators and Marketing) with some of the best talent in the country. We are all here with a common vision to build and grow the best Real Estate Forum in India. It will take this team at least a week or two to roll back these features. While these changes are being made, we request all of you to have patience and support us.


    Note: We have gone through every user complaint on the forum to compile this comprehensive list. We are rolling back to old ones one by one:
    LIST:

    1. Pagination on the top of the thread page to go to the next/previous pages – Already COMPLETED.
    2. Forum Background Color - Reverted to old - Already COMPLETED
    3. Instead of NCR forum on city header (only) on the top of the page, splitting NCR into Gurgaon, Noida, Greater Noida as it was earlier.
    4. Column titles on the forum pages will be changed to old ones as shown (Currently they are above the blue line)

    5. Extra spacing between two forum names on homepage will be removed as that of old one.
    6. Getting back our old feature "Search Inside a City forum"
    7. Subscribe Icon was changed to a "Button", Button gives a better visibility hence this feature will be retained.
    8. Option to go to the First and last page of a thread will become more visible and accessible (as that of old) on city forum near thread name.
    9. Sorting Threads option on City Forum Page will be reverted to show up in the bottom, currently it was newly added in the filter option.
    10. On City Forum Page - Sort by Last Post Date option will be made visible (Old) which is currently added in Filter options on the top.
    11. Number of posts and Views will be shown near a thread title as it was shown earlier.
    12. Profile of a post author will be shown as per the old one (Will try to remove reputation and get back number of likes received)
    13. Post Titles for every post will be shown as it used to show up in old UI.
    14. Number of Likes on a posts will be shown with usernames of people liking it.
    15. Comment and Quote option will be made more visible and with the same color.
    16. Comment and Quote will be made visible to logged out users as earlier.
    17. Similar Threads will be shown at the bottom of a thread page.
    18. Tags on a thread will be shown in a tag cloud
    19. Indication of new messages (PMs, etc) showing up by your name at top right, will be shown in dropdown. No need to click inside a dropdown to view notifications category wise.
    20. Forum loads faster now, will be much faster as that of old one once the rollback is completed.
    21. Search is improving day by day, all the fixes are done. Will work with much efficiency after the UI rollback.
    22. Taptalk issues will be resolved and will respond much faster.
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  • Very much appreciate the time taken to write this and the fact that Housing is showing they have listened to the community and aim to please. Many companies wouldn't do such - but instead would tell users to suck it up, to trust the administrators, they know best - etc etc. It takes good people to truly care about the community members and their opinions.

    I do want to say, in regards to #20 - yes the forum is moving much quicker which makes everything else more bearable. For me, dealing with the change was tough enough, but that it was sooooo slooowww made me truly hate everything. Now that I can navigate at a nice pace it's not as bad - though do appreciate the listening and the rolling back of important aspects listed above.
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  • Quick Update on UI rollback process,I have listed down successfully rolled back (11 out of 22) features below (retaining the same index numbers as mentioned above). Most of the remaining features are ready and are being tested, will go live with those very soon. Will keep you all posted on the same thread.

      LIST:

      1. Pagination on the top of the thread page to go to the next/previous pages – Already COMPLETED.
      2. Forum Background Color - Reverted to old - Already COMPLETED
      4. Column titles on the forum pages will be changed to old ones as shown (Currently they are above the blue line) - COMPLETED


      5. Extra spacing between two forum names on homepage will be removed as that of old one. - COMPLETED
      7. Subscribe Icon was changed to a "Button", Button gives a better visibility hence this feature will be retained. - COMPLETED
      11. Number of posts and Views will be shown near a thread title as it was shown earlier. - COMPLETED
      16. Comment and Quote will be made visible to logged out users as earlier. - COMPLETED
      17. Similar Threads will be shown at the bottom of a thread page. - COMPLETED
      18. Tags on a thread will be shown in a tag cloud - COMPLETED
      20. Forum loads faster now, will be much faster as that of old one once the rollback is completed. - COMPLETED (Performance has improved tremendously)
      22. Taptalk issues will be resolved and will respond much faster. - COMPLETED (All tapatalk users please note )

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  • Originally Posted by TiWi
    Quick Update on UI rollback process,I have listed down successfully rolled back (11 out of 22) features below (retaining the same index numbers as mentioned above). Most of the remaining features are ready and are being tested, will go live with those very soon. Will keep you all posted on the same thread.

      LIST:

      1. Pagination on the top of the thread page to go to the next/previous pages – Already COMPLETED.
      2. Forum Background Color - Reverted to old - Already COMPLETED
      4. Column titles on the forum pages will be changed to old ones as shown (Currently they are above the blue line) - COMPLETED


      5. Extra spacing between two forum names on homepage will be removed as that of old one. - COMPLETED
      7. Subscribe Icon was changed to a "Button", Button gives a better visibility hence this feature will be retained. - COMPLETED
      11. Number of posts and Views will be shown near a thread title as it was shown earlier. - COMPLETED
      16. Comment and Quote will be made visible to logged out users as earlier. - COMPLETED
      17. Similar Threads will be shown at the bottom of a thread page. - COMPLETED
      18. Tags on a thread will be shown in a tag cloud - COMPLETED
      20. Forum loads faster now, will be much faster as that of old one once the rollback is completed. - COMPLETED (Performance has improved tremendously)
      22. Taptalk issues will be resolved and will respond much faster. - COMPLETED (All tapatalk users please note )



      Members are still facing issues with Tapatalk -

      https://www.indianrealestateforum.com/forum/city-forums/pune-real-estate/9993-indian-stock-advice-trading-strategies-trends-market-predictions-amp-regulations?p=2447092#post2447092
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    • TiWi3 years ago
      Thanks for reporting the same, I have asked the user for the screenshots to have a look at the Login and subscribed thread issues because both are working fine on iOS and android apps and I am unable to reproduce the error.
  • Update :

    COMPLETED TASKS:
    1. Pagination on the top of the thread page to go to the next/previous pages
    2. Forum Background Color - Reverted to old
    4. Column titles on the forum pages will be changed to old ones as shown (Currently they are above the blue line)

    5. Extra spacing between two forum names on homepage will be removed as that of old one.
    7. Subscribe Icon was changed to a "Button", Button gives a better visibility hence this feature will be retained.
    8. Option to go to the First and last page of a thread will become more visible and accessible (as that of old) on city forum near thread name.
    11. Number of posts and Views will be shown near a thread title as it was shown earlier.
    12. Profile of a post author will be shown as per the old one , We are working on getting back likes in a profile.
    13. Post Titles for every post will be shown as it used to show up in old UI.
    14. Number of Likes on a posts will be shown with usernames of people liking it.
    15. Comment and Quote option will be made more visible and with the same color.
    16. Comment and Quote will be made visible to logged out users as earlier.
    17. Similar Threads will be shown at the bottom of a thread page.
    18. Tags on a thread will be shown in a tag cloud
    20. Forum loads faster now, will be much faster as that of old one once the rollback is completed.
    21. Search is improving day by day, all the fixes are done. Will work with much efficiency after the UI rollback.
    22. Taptalk issues will be resolved and will respond much faster.

    PENDING:
    3. Instead of NCR forum on city header (only) on the top of the page, splitting NCR into Gurgaon, Noida, Greater Noida as it was earlier.
    10. On City Forum Page - Sort by Last Post Date option will be made visible (Old) which is currently added in Filter options on the top.
    19. Indication of new messages (PMs, etc) showing up by your name at top right, will be shown in dropdown. No need to click inside a dropdown to view notifications category wise.

    After discussing with few of the senior, veteran members and moderators, I have added a few more UI changes to complete rollback process, these changes are as follows:
    1. Quoted content should be more grey.
    2. Offline and Online colors should be changed to Red and Green
    3. Comment, Like and Quote Buttons should be rectangular as it was earlier. - Already Completed

    The above mentioned Pending changes would go live by this Friday.

    Also, we are trying our best to get back following 2 features, but these following 2 features will need some time to work properly as VBulletin has internal search which does not work as that of Google, sometimes it misbehaves so our developers are writing our own algo to get best matched results for the search.
    9. Sorting Threads option on City Forum Page will be reverted to show up in the bottom, currently it was newly added in the filter option.
    6. Getting back our old feature "Search Inside a City forum"

    So by the end of this week we will be done with all the rollback except search inside a forum option.
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  • Great glad to see progress!
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