Thank you for the helpful feedback. It's just this sort of detailed note-taking that helps us (and it isn't just me) sort through some of these issues.
I'm glad to note many of the problems you had before appear to have gone. In your newest post, you note:
1.) On the Monachos Discussion Community page at the top, the headings: Main; Patristics; Monasticism; Liturgics; Community; Special; and New are on two separate lines. In the white area next to the search box are the first five headings and the last two are in the brown area below (on top of the welcome back, post counter, etc., line. And, all that you can read of the Community heading is the 'Comm' with the rest of the word behind the search box.
Thank you for this - which Anna has also noted. This is an issue with the main menu in the new styling, independent of the forum itself (though obviously connected, as in the new style the forum displays properly as part of the whole site design, rather than as a completely separate entity that has been styled to look close-to-identical to the main site, as has been the case in the past.
The main menu bar 'compressing' so that it appears on two lines, rather than one, is a result of it being displayed on low-resolution monitors (or in especially narrow browser windows), where it cannot fit all seven menu items in the width provided -- it compensates by moving the extra items down a row; but this is clearly no good, as they are then off the menu bar.
This is a known issue at the moment, and we're looking into a fix for it. I'm not quite sure how that fix will work, but something will be discovered. I apologise to all those on low-resolution monitors, who may be experiencing this annoying bug at the moment.
Again this is due to low monitor resolution: since there is not much room on the screen, the drop-down menu being a bit lower on the page means that when it opens, it extends down to the bottom (or, in very, very low resolutions) beyond the bottom of the screen and requires some scrolling.
2.) Down below this area in the drop down menus with the arrows: Community; My Account; New Posts; Search etc. . . . When I click on the Community button there the drop down menu that has Forum, Messaging, and Social tabs is down almost off of the screen so that I cannot just click on whatever, but I have to scroll down to expose these categories in order to click on one of them. It used to just be right there so you could go "click-click" and be where you want to be.
This should only really be an issue for those whose monitors are down at around 800 x 600 resolution; but I admit that if this happens to be the resolution you are using, it's an unhappy situation.
I'll see what we can come up with.
The profiles have been a problem since the 2008 server software update, and I realise this is ongoing. I am hoping to spend some time myself trying to fix it over the weeks ahead, as I consider profiles an important part of the Community environment, and this problem is a serious one. My difficulty in addressing it in the past has been that I've never been able to re-create the problems others have on any of the machines I use to test the design; however, having seen various screen-shots that readers have sent in, I can now at least see the problem directly (even if I'm not entirely sure what's causing it).
3.) The personal profile pages are only displaying what can be viewed on the large block on the left hand side, the other five blocks to the left cannot be seen.
I'm hoping to re-code the profile pages in a way that should prevent such issues in future. But this may take me a few weeks.
The ratings features are always a mixed bag, and I'm aware that some people like them, some don't. The thread ratings system is integrated into the software itself (and already working under the new beta styling); the 'thumbs up' feature is an extra we added in a year or so ago, which was met with a generally positive response.
As far as the thumbs-up individual post rating feature (that is missing), as well as the five-star thread rating system goes, it would be okay with me if both of these disappeared completely. Just as bold-faced font is annoying to some, these features really are annoying to me for the most part, and sometimes, counterproductive, I think . . . and in the case of the thread rating feature sometimes misleading in terms of reflecting the content and quality of a given thread, as opposed to simply how someone feels about a given topic.
I agree that either (or both) can be misleading. The thread ratings in particular (i.e. the stars) can be misused: one can simply give a poor rating when one disagrees with what is being said; a strong rating to what one personally likes (or even one's own threads); failing to use the rating as an indicator of the usefulness of the thread for other readers. The thumbs up system on posts I think is less prone to misuse: one can only indicate thumbs up (i.e. not down), one can only do so once per post, and one cannot give one's own posts a thumbs up -- so this serves as a fairly good indicator of people liking the contents / approach of a given post. Of course, nothing is a fool-proof indicator: there are many good posts for which people simply don't click the button, etc.
On this matter I am very open to feedback from all members. We needn't necessarily have either of these in place, and can remove them if this is the majority wish. Do please let us know in this thread.
INXC, Dcn Matthew