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  • Anyone given up their P since the ”upgrade”?
  • Premier Icon angeldust
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    So, if the cake is free, but walking into ADSA to buy the cake makes ASDA money, do I get to complain if they use raspberry rather than strawberry jam, and the guy behind the fish counter is an asshat?

    Or do I need to start shopping at Tesco?

    Premier Icon the-muffin-man
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    You can’t buy anything from STW at the minute – the shop is borked too! 🙂

    newrobdob
    Member

    Zokes – I am the same as you pretty much

    I did try and become a P last year but unless I did a direct debit they weren’t interested, didn’t seem bothered about taking my money and I’m glad that effort didn’t succeed now

    On my work PC’s the ads don’t show – they do on other sites but our work setup just hates STW.

    I’m not at all surprised the upgrade has been a nightmare, this site has been an old relic for years and when they employed people recently they were offering a pittance.

    Don’t even think the powers that be care about the user experience, they certainly don’t care about any sort of customer service. If something big isn’t done very soon it’ll get worse and worse until people move elsewhere. Then one day there will be a post explaining that the forum or whole site is shutting down, blaming everyone but themselves.

    [awaits banhammer]

    Premier Icon Drac
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    You’re not supposed to have the shades Jamie.

    Premier Icon angeldust
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    In 6 months time will this place be like Bikemagic?

    tjagain
    Member

    I am sure they do care and are very unhappy about the situation as this forum provides a lot of revenue.  Equally the window to get it sorted is not infinite and its much harder to gain a good reputation than lose it.

    To me this place is more like a symbiosis like lichen.  STW is the fungi providing the structure and shelter, We are the algae providing the food.  Neither will be as successful without the other.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    /Waits for the mushroom reference.

    Premier Icon andybrad
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    TBH i think its all getting a bit much.

    yes its not working.

    yes its not the end of the world.

    yes the communication is very poor.

    I hope its getting fixed?

    I hope its not done irreparable damage?

    Premier Icon Drac
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    It is getting fixed but there are other issues they are dealing with too not just for the format of the forum.

    boriselbrus
    Member

    Cougar,  your link to the log in page is great at the beginning of a session.

    Unfortunately though I get logged out mid session,  sometimes halfway through writing a post.  The first I know about it is when the page loads very very slowly and it’s all ads.  Then it’s go and put the kettle on until the log on button loads.

    Apart from you and Drac,  no one from STW has even acknowledged the issue,  let alone fixed it.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Is that sill happening borielbrus?

    whitestone
    Member

    There was a post a while ago (talking maybe six months) from Cougar/Drac/the powers that be that the forum session ID which is basically what keeps you logged in has a maximum life of two weeks. I get logged out at about that frequency.

    Remember the session ID is specific to each computer/browser so if you log in at work then that’s a different session ID to logging in on your phone/tablet or home computer. So you might be getting logged out multiple times but only once per device per fortnight.

    slowster
    Member

    I would be interested to know how the malware and porn redirects fit into the ASDA cake analogy. I suppose you could think of it like having two ranges of cakes, a Premier range and a Value range. The Value range is like the Premier range, but made in a dirty factory without the basic hygiene controls. Every so often you find that your Value cake contained the remains of a dead mouse and you’ve just taken a bite of something which may put you in hospital.

    As for the distinction between Premier and non-Premier users, both generate content which is what attracts other users and is the lifeblood of the forum. It’s only my own vague impression, but it seems to me that the most interesting, humorous and/or engaging posts are on balance more likely to come from non-Premier users (maybe that’s just my own bias, and I certainly don’t include myself in that group, but if someone is paying for the privilege of being a Premier member, maybe that affects their perception of their own posts and of their value and how they post).

    Incidentally, I’ve seen it said often that STW threads frequently appear quite highly on Google search results (and for a very diverse range of subjects). I presume therefore that some significant ad revenue is generated by visits from non-forum members as a result of those high search result rankings. A few days ago I tried to use Google (i.e. site:singletrackworld.com + search terms) to find an old thread, but without success, even though I am able to find the thread by trawling through my own posts on STW and then using the # link to get to the thread . I suspect that the update of the forum has resulted in some (many? most?) threads no longer being picked up in Google searches. If so that might have significant implications for ad revenue.

    I suppose you could think of it like having two ranges of cakes, a Premier range and a Value range

    There’s a third type of cake.

    The Fun Sponge  😉

    jonnyboi
    Member

    oh well played sir.

    FWIW I had to log in AGAIN to post that.

    jonnyboi
    Member

    It is getting fixed but there are other issues they are dealing with too not just for the format of the forum

    It’s good of you to provide that update, but it shouldn’t have to come from you in the first place, and I don’t see why it has to be so cryptic.

    Premier Icon bodgy
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    I really fancy some squirty cream. It was the pancake thread that got me thinking about it, but this cake thing is only making it worse.

    boriselbrus
    Member

    Yes,  my laptop has stayed logged in for ages – well over a month I think.  Phone and tablet is random,  sometimes several times a day,  sometimes not for several days.  Certainly not a regular once a fortnight thing.

    Premier Icon v8ninety
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    Have just renewed my P. I have faith (optimism) that this place will continue to thrive. Also the alternative is FaceAche, and that place is a LOT more sinister and corporate, not to mention shit, and I don’t want to go back to it…

    oldnpastit
    Member

    It’s like going to the supermarket, choosing a nice looking cake, going to the checkout, paying for it, and then going home. Then, when you’re sitting down with your friends, half-way through eating your cake, the supermarket management burst in, and stick their fingers into the cake and wipe it on your walls, and then accuse you of being ungrateful.

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    Since the prickly subject of the “logging out” issue has reared up again (I promise that this will be the last time I say anything on the subject) .. I have been logged in now on an Aus Surfing Website forum for well over a year and never ever been logged out….(as an example, I visit it daily as I do here)

    Honestly, and that’s my t’ing with STW..

    It’s claimed that a “routine” not controlled by STW logs you out every couple of weeks on what ever device you are on.. and I simply don’t believe that excuse. STW must control the issue but we’ve been told on multiple occasions that it’s simply not their fault or in their control.. and I simply don’t believe em’. It don’t a’ppen anywhere else…

    But, I mentioned on a number of occasions now, that I simply resign myself to the fact that we get booted out of here so when the user logs back in again it’s logged as a “new user”/”impression”/”visit” etc.. and the stats go up.. Which is pretty galling TBH.

    Premier Icon angeldust
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    ‘but it seems to me that the most interesting, humorous and/or engaging posts are on balance more likely to come from non-Premier users (maybe that’s just my own bias, and I certainly don’t include myself in that group, but if someone is paying for the privilege of being a Premier member, maybe that affects their perception of their own posts and of their value and how they post).’

    Just to say that I have a ‘P’, but being a premier member is nothing to do with the perception of the importance of the nonsense I post on here. Or anything to do with the forum at all. It’s simply because I subscribe to the magazine. No other reason. I have to say I completely ignore if others are premier members or not.

    I’ve never noticed anyone else read anything into it? It might be just you. 🙂

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    I’m a bit critical of ST at times but I have to say I’m not really feeling the hate for the forum at the moment.

    I like the better way (for me anyway) that the forum works on an iPad Mini. It took me a few goes to get used to posting images and video but overall although my forum useage has dropped somewhat the only downside I’m really seeing is less content on here.

    And it is the content on the forum I come here for, hence my keeping my digital sub. I’m issues will be resolved as Mark needs the income to keep the staff paid and to fund his e-bike habit.

    whitestone
    Member

    @bikebouy If you are on Chrome then you can see when the session that keeps you logged in will end. Click on the three dots in a column at the right hand end of the toolbar, select “Settings”. At the bottom of the tab that appears click on “Show Advanced Settings”. The first section is entitled “Privacy” and under that are two buttons, click on the left hand one – “Content Settings”, in the dialog box that appears, click “All cookies and site data”. There’s a search box in the top right of this dialog box, type “singletrackworld” (without the quotes) into that and you should get one hit.

    Click on it and it will expand showing all the cookies that STW store in your browser. At least one of these will have “logged” or “sec” in its name. Click on one of these and you’ll be shown when you’ll be logged out. In my case on this computer I have these values:

    Created: Friday, 2 February 2018 at 08:46:38
    Expires: Friday, 16 February 2018 at 20:46:38

    So I’ll need to sign in again sometime Friday night. I’ve also got Firefox running on this computer and the expiry date for the equivalent session cookie is:

    Tue 27 Feb 2018 02:08:17 GMT

    I’ll have a different expiry time on my machine at home.

    Edited to get rid of the forum adding rogue HTML tags.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    It’s claimed that a “routine” not controlled by STW logs you out every couple of weeks on what ever device you are on.

    By whom?  No-one’s ever claimed that ever.  The session cookie lasts for a fortnight, or at least it did on the previous software.  What was “out of their control” was those who claimed to be logged out multiple times a day, STW were unable to replicate the issue.

    We did eventually track down a glitch in the way cookies were being written (ironically in the login page I linked to earlier), though I suppose that’s academic now.  I must test the new version at some point.

    when the user logs back in again it’s logged as a “new user”/”impression”/”visit” etc.. and the stats go up.. Which is pretty galling TBH.

    I’ve no idea whether that’s the case or not, so I’m absolutely certain that you don’t.  It sounds an utterly ludicrous notion to me though and I’d be highly surprised if that’s the case.

    whitestone
    Member

    I’m not a WordPress expert but a quick bit of searching gives this nugget:

    The default WordPress behavior for logging a user out is to make a login session cookie that expires in 48 hours or when the browser is closed. If the “Remember Me” box is checked, WordPress will give you 14 days before forcing you to authenticate again.

    Now there are plugins that let WP admins extend this but it would seem that they haven’t been installed.

    sbob
    Member

    Hmmm, I certainly have to log in more frequently than I used to.

    Not bothered as I only use the forum from the safety of my double bagged laptop which I guess is quicker and easier to re-log in on than a smartphone or tablet.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    The default WordPress behavior for logging a user out is to make a login session cookie that expires in 48 hours or when the browser is closed. If the “Remember Me” box is checked, WordPress will give you 14 days before forcing you to authenticate again.

    From memory, the behaviour on the old forum was:

    If “remember me” is ticked, you get a persistent cookie which lasts for 14 days.

    If it is not ticked then instead you get a session cookie which lasts until you close the window.

    … in theory, at any rate.  Chrome does something froody with session cookies which makes them persist beyond the life of the window, you’d to either restart your browser or PC to properly reset them, I can’t remember which.

    The glitch I discovered with the patient help of a couple of other forum users occurred on the login page.  If you clicked the redirecting link I posted earlier and were already logged in, it overwrote the persistent cookie with a temporary one.  I wasn’t affected even though I use that link all the time because I very rarely close down a browser so the cookie was continually being refreshed.

    There may well have been something else that we never got to the bottom of too of course, I doubt this scenario applied to everyone who was affected.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    tjagain wrote:

    I am sure they do care and are very unhappy about the situation as this forum provides a lot of revenue.  Equally the window to get it sorted is not infinite and its much harder to gain a good reputation than lose it

    They were told there was an issue right after the upgrade happened – I’m generously assuming here they expected the untested system to work so this was a surprise, rather than that they knew it was broken and JFDI instruction was issued despite that. At which point they could have followed the advice given by the professional devs on here and backed out the change for further testing rather than ploughing on courageously*. They’ve been told time and time again that this isn’t the way to do a software upgrade. However the reaction to that appears to be a head/sand interface. They might care about all the negative sentiment on here, but it seems they don’t care sufficiently, don’t appreciate how real an issue it is and/or have trouble prioritising.

    Drac wrote:

    It is getting fixed but there are other issues they are dealing with too not just for the format of the forum.

    This is one of the big issues right here. Trouble prioritising. You fix the issues you already have first. You don’t change too many things at once to limit the number of issues you have – you manage the transition via intermediate stages if necessary. Oh, and if you really are forced to change a lot of things at once you do a lot of testing.

    *see Yes Minister

    For information, yes I am still using the forum, I’m still quoting and formatting text, but that’s only with the aid of the extension I’ve helped to develop and typing codes in by hand. I still have no buttons, no working preview and can only use smileys by typing the codes I remember. The list of posts you’ve made still isn’t as useful as it was. It’s a pain. Of course it’s a double edged sword – at least not having the buttons means the new scripts aren’t automatically adding lots of gobbledegook when I quote 😆

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Heh, I’ve just tested it and that glitch is still there.  Marvellous.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Cougar wrote:

    Heh, I’ve just tested it and that glitch is still there.  Marvellous.

    Well it is a relief to know they’ve not got rid of all the old functionality in the upgrade 😆

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Trouble prioritising.

    It’s always very simple when you’re on the outside looking in, isn’t it.  STW’s perception management is probably a greater failing.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Well as I pointed out, they’re the ones who have generated lots of other issues for themselves at the same time as the forum needing fixing. I’m sure other things are considered more important, though correct prioritisation includes recognising what is immediately important to the business.

    hammyuk
    Member

    Cougar – makes no f*** difference whether you close a window or leave it permanently open on a device.

    It logs you out whenever it feels like it.

    Five times today on iPhone on safari.

    Twice on the laptop.

    Oh and an interesting glitch – iPhone, safari “return” gives a new line BUT does not capitalise the first letter anymore.

    see!

    you have to manually add it.

    Like this.

    hammyuk
    Member

    And seriously?

    42s to load that reply above on a military system with a download of over 100mb/s is ridiculous.

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    Don’t have a pop at me Cougar, I appreciate your point but you are wrong. Just accept that we get, and have been, logged out constantly over the years, and admit that there are forums out there that once you click “remember me” it actually does it’s job and you remain logged in.

    We had this conversation last year, and it has remained to this day the same issues.. and I am not the only one who got cheesed off about it.

    I said last year the reason for rescinding my P and it purely fell down to the point of the constant log in/out issues the site has, and continues to have.

    Bless you for backing yourself up, and STW, but the issue remains and I’m not sorry TBH that you or you’re DEV Team can’t fix it because as we are fully aware there does seem to be a lack of interest around that particular issue.

    And it remains, and no doubt will remain.

    So, backfooted remarks pass right on over my shoulder as they did last year when the issue was poo-poo’d. It’s a minor inconvenience to you and a workaround handed out.. incidentally admitting the issue exists.. and we continue to this day and tempers fray.

    Yet, I’ve gotten used to it. I have accepted that being logged out, to have to log back in again, is all part of the user experience we engage in whilst on here.

    And as I said I promised I’d not bring it up, but being provoked at this particular time during the initiation stage of a rollout seems fair point to make to see if during the log of issues you have.. perhaps it’s one you may be able to fix..

    Seems a reasonable request, one for the book of work the Devs have to work through.

    No need to get snarky, just accept the issue.

    Premier Icon angeldust
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    If these things are ‘non-issues’, why would they ask you to promise to not bring them up?

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    Yeah, you didn’t read the post did you.

    Premier Icon angeldust
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    Not convinced you read mine either? Seems like you thought I was having a pop. I wasn’t.

    dragon
    Member

    This by TJ

     <span style=”color: #444444; font-size: 16px;”>I am sure they do care and are very unhappy about the situation as this forum provides a lot of revenue.  Equally the window to get it sorted is not infinite and its much harder to gain a good reputation than lose it.

    </span>

    Is the most important comment here. It’s been weeks now since the ‘upgrade’ and time is slowly running out. Right now this is how not to do crisis management.

    Christ it is virtually impossible to post on here using Android. Far, far worse than Windows desktop.

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