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  • Perspective from someone who has been around.. and around

    Posted by Sharon_T on March 29, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    I wanted to take some time to peruse the new site before making too many comments. Please know these are my own personal opinions and I am sharing them because I know I was personally guilty of making some assumptions about the direction of the forums but having had a few days to really get into it, I am finally ready to give some feedback.

    First, those of us who have been here for a number of years have seen several site changes. Some have been great. Some not so great. But one thing has been constant – at least in my opinion – Tony, Levi and the TAC team truly have a passion for helping us become the kind of guitar players we want to be. Every iteration of a new application has been an attempt to increase our enjoyment and grow our skills.

    Things I like about the new site –

    The clean look is refreshing and honestly I like seeing the faces of folks I know. Especially since most of the pics I have seen so far are bringing back a memory.

    Yay for the name change of “Get Unstuck” to “Community Support”. That is exactly what we do best – we support each other. We lean on and learn from each other. All the conversations about gear, guitars, straps etc are still conversations to be had.

    I like being able to easily “reply” to a thread or to a specific comment within a thread.

    I like being able to “favorite” a thread for easy recall.

    I like having the greater control of playback speed instead of just slow/medium and fast.

    I like the pop out picture feature.

    I know there are some things missing like being able to differentiate between read and unread comments. Speed is a major problem. I was initially thinking beause couldn’t comment with a *like* it was problematic but now I reply with an icon. It really means the same thing and really doesn’t take any more or less time to do it. I do miss the ability to hover over a post and be able to see it without having to go into the thread. Messaging isn’t really great but But if you had been here from the beginning, these features weren’t available from then.

    Finally, I am not trying to be a Pollyanna or cheerleader. I am just a former IT professional who has looked at this from the lens of developer and manager who knows that change is hard and it is easier to miss what you had when you still don’t know what you now have.

    I am willing to give this some time to be finessed. If you haven’t
    watched the video that Tony put out (located at the top of the page)
    please give it a watch. It might help you feel more comfortable with
    navigation and understand a little about the streamlining of the forums.

    • This discussion was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  Sharon_T.
    Sharon_T replied 3 years, 1 month ago 15 Members · 25 Replies
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  • BrianSantos

    Member
    March 29, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    👍

    • punder

      Member
      March 29, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      🤟<div>Takes a few more clicks, but okay. 😃</div>

      • Sharon_T

        Member
        March 29, 2021 at 8:26 pm

        😂 Fair enough…

  • Dom_T

    Member
    March 29, 2021 at 8:32 pm

  • N-lightMike

    Member
    March 30, 2021 at 3:09 pm
    "But one thing has been constant – at least in my opinion – Tony, Levi and the TAC team truly have a passion for helping us become the kind of guitar players we want to be. Every iteration of a new application has been an attempt to increase our enjoyment and grow our skills." 😍

    I can’t read that and just reply with an emoji. I have to say thank you so much. I know things have been a little shaky and there are some concerns. But for me, it’s really important to stay focused on the reality. And that’s the reality, that Tony and Levi and the team want to help us. In fact, they have a <i style=”font-weight: bold;”>passion for helping us. It just doesn’t get any better than that. And when I remember that, everything else that is going on is just… well… nothing more than another reason to take a deep breath.

    It also helps me when others speak out about their appreciation. It makes me feel connected and gives me hope. It even validates the thoughts and feelings I have, keeping me rooted in that attitude so I don’t waver.

    So thank you @MommaTAC . 🤗

    MG 😀

  • AttyTJ

    Member
    March 31, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Thank you Sharon. Insight and perspective can produce light bulb moments. Yours did, @mommatac

    • Sharon_T

      Member
      March 31, 2021 at 8:15 am

  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    March 31, 2021 at 8:34 am

    🧙‍♀️

  • ErikBog

    Member
    March 31, 2021 at 8:47 am

  • Marty73

    Member
    March 31, 2021 at 8:57 am

    It still feels like a cold dark cave…. 😟😎

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  Marty73.
    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  Marty73.
    • ErikBog

      Member
      March 31, 2021 at 11:55 am

      helping you shine some light @Marty69 💡and hoping for better days or at least some kind of signal from the TAC Team that they are adressing these issues. Or not. Either way: I’d like to know. Till then: trying to keep calm and play on.

    • Sharon_T

      Member
      March 31, 2021 at 3:21 pm

      Hang in there Marty… the more I am on the forums, the more I am thinking that part of the problem is the lack of speed in the site. Once that is resolved, then some of the other concerns we have can be looked at.

  • Brian_P

    Member
    March 31, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Have a Golden Pick @MommaTAC

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  Brian_P.
    • Sharon_T

      Member
      March 31, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      😃 I actually have 2.. from the first 2 ALF’s aka Jamboree

  • Brian_P

    Member
    March 31, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Here it is – forum wouldn’t let be upload it in the last post!

    • Sharon_T

      Member
      March 31, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks lol

  • Michelle-PSL

    Member
    April 1, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Enjoyed reading your perspective. I’m willing to be a little more patient. My only true issue is the super slow connection speed, and getting kicked off the site at night due to some error. And I miss checking in when I’m at work.

  • Alfred

    Member
    April 2, 2021 at 5:21 am

    Glad I finally read this post. These headaches (the ones the dev team are feeling) and the long hours away from the family are why I quit programming. It is nice to hear similar thoughts to mine expressed. It is hard to impress folks that all they can do is be patient and trust the issues are being attended to. This was a pretty major rollout, including a significant data migration (I still have nightmares about those) from one data structure to a new one, let alone any myriad application layers that could be bottlenecking, and on, and on.

    I’ve been booted several times myself during practice even. There have been small changes that show they are listening. And though it is hard to believe, performance has had at least a marginal bump since the launch.

    So at least from my perspective it isn’t cheerleading but a realistic insight into how these things roll out in reality. I’m sure I’ve come across as a cheerleader a few times but… My experience is what it is. So 60-90 days of patience from me, and I will try to encourage others to do the same.

    • KathyCP99

      Member
      April 2, 2021 at 5:26 am

      Currently trying to combine trying to be patient with feeling incredibly grumpy 😡 – can’t pretend it’s going very well …..

      • Alfred

        Member
        April 2, 2021 at 5:44 am

        @KathyCP99 see another reason to not be a programmer any more… Now if I upset someone, it is usually just one person instead of hundreds, and I don’t have to work 16+ hours a day to set it right 😀

      • KathyCP99

        Member
        April 2, 2021 at 5:50 am

        Smart move @Alfred!

    • Sharon_T

      Member
      April 2, 2021 at 9:03 am

      👍 Yeah.. I hear you.

  • MoochasPoochas

    Member
    April 4, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Great comments. I totally agree.

  • LMG_73

    Member
    April 4, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Hi @MommaTAC

    I totally subscribe your post.

    Been a TAC member since jan17. Not the most active one. Been in and out due to work-related things… But I never quit being a member. TAC rocks. Met Tony online, (helped me to choose my guitar). Been with Acoustic Tuesday Show since its very beginning.

    Three things kept me here.

    1. Tony and the team. The constant support, the positiveness.
    2. The philosophy of having a guitar gym daily workout.
    3. The community itself.

    Over this 4 year, lots of things have evolved. Ok, we are witnessing a major evolution. Some things are better others are not that great. But, for me at least, those 3 points are a constant. They keep unaltered.

    I do not have the heart to say to the guy that always encouraged me (us) and never told me to keep my day job due to the “stinkyness” of my playing.

    Is the site slower? Definitely.

    Is green a much prettier color than orange? Of course, it is.

    Will I miss the “gamier” aspect of the old site? Well, not really… never was much into it…

    Tony and the team are here. The community is here.

    Lets put some blisters in those fingers.

    • Sharon_T

      Member
      April 5, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      👍

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