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Same Old Shane
(@same-old-shane)
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New Updates coming to the Prusa Community Forums!

Hi,

for the last several months, we have been working on the updates to the forum and before we put them online, we would like to share them with you. Our aim was to improve the overall responsiveness and add several features, which would make the navigation through the threads and posting easier.

Our web developers put in a lot of hours to get code to work together with the existing structure and added some very nice new features. There is a lot of changes both visible, but also under the hood which were a group effort between user feedback and suggestions from our web developers to improve the forums and other changes for our moderators to make the forums easier and faster for everyone. 

Each significant change visible to the user is described below and we still have more planned for the future, but as always, we look forward to how we can improve the forum for the Prusa community. So please post any feedback on the new additions, or changes you want to see below.

Summary:

  • Forum Notifications and an Announcement section
  • Slimmed-down appearance
  • New topic labels (new & answered)
  • Directly go to the first unread message in a thread **
  • Improved search algorithm and search function
  • Ability to share short and long links to articles
  • Multi-quote feature
  • Quick-quote a selection
  • Preview your post 
  • Other changes and updates

 

Forum Notifications and an Announcement section

In the main menu on top of the forum, we have a new live notification button. It is a bell, on the far right side. Here you will get new notifications for new answers, likes, and votes. A number will appear next to the bell when you have a notification so you can easily see it and respond when you want.


Also, there is a new announcement section in the top menu that will be an all-in-one location for any updates and posts from Josef Prusa and other team members, so you can have one page to see all recent updates from us (printer announcements, new firmware releases, PrusaSlicer, ...).


Showing the new announcement and notification sections

 

Slimmed-down appearance

With the home page listing the main forum sections, it now shows the 5 most important subsections for each printer, improving the experience for all members, but especially for those who visit the forum on a phone or tablet. It gives a better overall visual appearance to the forums. When you click on the printer a new page with all subcategories will show up. 

Old forum on the left, new "compressed" structure on the right

 

New topic labels (new & answered)

Now, when you are browsing threads, new topics will have a "NEW" label next to them. For threads that have been answered and are considered as solved, you will see an "ANSWERED" label next to them. 


The new labels are located to the right the topic title in the list.

Directly go to the first unread message in a thread

For new topics, threads and posts, when you start reading and either reach the end or leave mid-way through and return the post will show the last page you were on so you do not need to scroll and find the last spot you left off on. This feature will only work on newer content and can not be carried over to the older posts unfortunately. For older posts, it will return to the start of the thread. 

 

Improved search algorithm and search function

We have tweaked the search engine to provide more accurate results, also when you press the search icon (magnifying glass) on the top right, it will open up the search field with the text cursor active in the field ready to go.  


After clicking on the magnifying glass, it will open the search bar with it being active.

Ability to share short and long links to articles

We are adding an ability to share long and short URL for each post, so if you would like to share your post on social media, it is now easier and the link doesn't occupy half of the screen.


Showing off the new short and long links to share on social media.

 

 

Quick-quote and Multi-quote feature

You can now use multi-quote when you are replying to a post. You can either double click on a paragraph and you will see the “ icon. You would then press that and it will add the selected words would press the quote button on each reply you want to reply to in one post instead of a single post for each quote. 

Showing the quote icon to be used to add a section of a thread to reply to.

 

The same method can be used for a quick quote option when you want to comment on one section of a post. When you press the “ icon, a reply window will open and the text you selected will be added. 

 

Preview your post 

Now there is an optional preview of your post so you can see how it will appear in the forum before it is actually posted. This comes in handy if you create a post with multiple sections, pictures. For example your latest print project.


Now you can get a quick preview of how your post will look.

 

Other changes and updates

  • While editing a post, the forum no longer scrolls down but edits it directly instead. 
  • While pasting text to the post editor, only bold and italic are allowed.
  • Long user names are now shortened and followed by several … so that they do not affect the layout of the new site. 
  • Rich Text editor for your signatures to give our users more control and creativity with their forum signatures.
  • When you make a comment to a thread, you are automatically subscribed to that thread so you can be notified of updates and can easily find the thread on your own profile page. 

 

We have more upgrades for the community in the works. Interactions to a seamless, fast transition between active and archived posts for users who are looking for posts on older printers, to many more options that will bring the community to a new level of interactions. We hope that you like the new improvements and if there is any more that you would like to see in the forums, please let us know. 

One last important piece of information regarding the forum update, all these optimizations and new features will require shutting down the forum temporarily. You will be notified about the upcoming maintenance in the "Announcement" section.

Looking forward to seeing your feedback!

Shane

 

Shane (AKA FromPrusa)...
Posted : 14/07/2021 12:48 pm
Diem
 Diem
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RE: New Updates coming to the Prusa Community Forums!

Can we now attach .3mf files to a post?

Cheerio,

Posted : 14/07/2021 4:23 pm
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locktec
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RE: New Updates coming to the Prusa Community Forums!

From what I have seen magnificent work.

Posted : 14/07/2021 5:57 pm
BogdanH
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RE: New Updates coming to the Prusa Community Forums!

All these changes are much needed and very welcome (quick quote being my favorite). I'm also happy to notice that updates won't change forum's visual appearance much.

[Mini+] [MK3S+BEAR]...
Posted : 14/07/2021 7:21 pm
jsw
 jsw
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RE: New Updates coming to the Prusa Community Forums!

How about being able to edit a post without that 5 minute or so window?  Even if only for users with some kind of a significant history?

Posted : 14/07/2021 8:06 pm
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Same Old Shane
(@same-old-shane)
Admin
Topic starter answered:
update.. Forum is now updated

Just a heads up that the changes have been complimented and should work now.

Shane (AKA FromPrusa)...
Posted : 14/07/2021 9:29 pm
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
Illustrious Member
echo

I would echo this.  

Posted by: @jsw

How about being able to edit a post without that 5 minute or so window?  Even if only for users with some kind of a significant history?

 

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Chuck H
3D Printer Review Blog...
Posted : 15/07/2021 1:02 am
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cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
Illustrious Member
echo

I would echo this.  

Posted by: @jsw

How about being able to edit a post without that 5 minute or so window?  Even if only for users with some kind of a significant history?

 

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Chuck H
3D Printer Review Blog...
Posted : 15/07/2021 1:03 am
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jsw
 jsw
(@jsw)
Noble Member
This is a test title.

More feedback:

I just replied to a posting in a thread with a specific title.

It would not let me post until I supplied a title for that post, which I did and which did not appear in the post after it posted.

Ditto for this post.  It is nagging me to enter a title before it will let me post.

Posted : 15/07/2021 6:17 am
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towlerg
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Noble Member
.3mf files

 

Posted by: @diem

Can we now attach .3mf files to a post?

Cheerio,

+1

Posted : 15/07/2021 9:40 am
towlerg
(@towlerg)
Noble Member
arse

 

Posted by: @jsw

More feedback:

I just replied to a posting in a thread with a specific title.

It would not let me post until I supplied a title for that post, which I did and which did not appear in the post after it posted.

Ditto for this post.  It is nagging me to enter a title before it will let me post.

 

+1

Posted : 15/07/2021 9:41 am
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
Illustrious Member
concur

 

Posted by: @diem

Can we now attach .3mf files to a post?

Cheerio,

+4.  

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Chuck H
3D Printer Review Blog...
Posted : 15/07/2021 10:37 am
Diem
 Diem
(@diem)
Noble Member
I hate this bit

Posted by: @jsw

More feedback:

I just replied to a posting in a thread with a specific title.

It would not let me post until I supplied a title for that post,

The mandatary, unused, title is a real PITA.

Also that bell at top right is both distracting and useless as it does nothing that I cannot find elsewhere.

Cheerio,

Posted : 15/07/2021 11:32 am
Neophyl
(@neophyl)
Famed Member
Useless title

Got to agree about the title on replies.  A title requirement for new posts is fundamental but on a reply it either shouldn't be required or it needs to be auto filled in with the threads original title.

Don't mind the bell though. 🙂

Posted : 15/07/2021 11:57 am
fuchsr
(@fuchsr)
Noble Member
x

Yeah, not sure how the unused, obligatory title for replies slipped through testing. But this seems like an easy one to fix.

And +1 for attaching 3mfs. It feels like every other response to a problem is "attach your 3mf, and don't forget to ZIP it".

All in all, great to see that the Prusa team is continuing to improve this forum. The user-to-user support available through it is after all one of the main benefits of the Prusa ecosystem.

 

Posted : 15/07/2021 12:35 pm
Same Old Shane
(@same-old-shane)
Admin
Topic starter answered:
title

Hello all, I am looking into the title bit and the other comments and requests and will work with the devs to see what can be done or get some answers and will reply back as soon as I have a answer

Shane (AKA FromPrusa)...
Posted : 15/07/2021 1:42 pm
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
Illustrious Member
Title

 

Posted by: @same-old-shane

Hello all, I am looking into the title bit and the other comments and requests and will work with the devs to see what can be done or get some answers and will reply back as soon as I have a answer

On one of my forums, it is autopopulated to “re: [title]”

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Chuck H
3D Printer Review Blog...
Posted : 15/07/2021 4:05 pm
BogdanH
(@bogdanh)
Honorable Member
reply

Just noticed that links and bold text appear the same way. That wasn't the case before... before link was automatically written in bold orange, I believe -I think, that way link was more eye catching.

[Mini+] [MK3S+BEAR]...
Posted : 16/07/2021 6:57 am
Neophyl
(@neophyl)
Famed Member
title

Anyone else having trouble with the attach file button ?  I just replied to a post and tried to attach a small zip file and it did nothing.  No upload and nothing indicating it was attaching anything.  The Add Media button worked though which is what I ended up using.

Posted : 16/07/2021 7:38 am
towlerg
(@towlerg)
Noble Member
bum

The user-to-user support available through it is after all one of the main benefits of the Prusa ecosystem.

I wondered if Prusa realized this, most 3d manufactures seem to rely on facebook which not only a cancer on our society but totally unfitted for the task. But as Prusa have gotten round to smoothing the edges of the board, I guess they do realize.

BTW it's still asking for a title

Posted : 16/07/2021 9:04 am
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