66 Replies Latest reply on Jul 10, 2013 6:02 AM by turboscrew

    What do you think of the new forums?

      We are excited to offer this new way to connect with AMD experts.  The intent is to make it easier for you to get answers to your questions, track discussions that you are interested in and connect with people that can help you, or that you can help.  Let us know what you think.

        • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
          sschuberth

          To be honest, I find the new forums quite confusing. The whole structure seems very unclear and nested to me. And at first I was also confused that new and old forums seem to run in parallel. I guess I would have preferred if AMD had used a well-known / established forum software like phpBB or IP.Board instead of whatever is now used.

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            • Re: What do you think of the new forums?

              Thanks for your comments, I appreciate your candid response.  I expect you are not alone.  They will take some getting used to for sure since they are so much different from the standard phpBB forums that we all know and love.  We trust that with time and more use, you will enjoy these new forums.  We are keeping the old forums up temporarily to give everyone a chance to acclamate to the new forums ("Jive") platform, and redo your links as needed.  You will notice that on the main page of this forum devgurus.amd.com, you will find all of the same categories as were in the old forums and all of the content has been migrated over.  And the idea is that the correct answer will be easier to see at a glance, and you will be able to connect with people who are helpful.

               

              We have created some learning aids, which can be found in the Getting Started area, and we would encourage you to use them to learn more about the capabilities within the new forums.  If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to ask.

               

              Thanks again!

            • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
              bingo88

              The new forum design is, well, I have to get used to it. However, there are some translation issues in the German language version (for example in the preferences screen the German equivalent for "On" is "An" and not "Am"). And I can't change some of my profile information like programming languages, country, state, name. At least I couldn't find any other place where I could change these information.

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              • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                Marix

                Quite confusing, but I think the layout is something everyone will get used to. I really like answer rating system and the question marking system for threads. This is a huge step from the old forums. What I currently miss is some read/unread state so I know which threads updated since my last visit.

                  • Re: What do you think of the new forums?

                    Glad to hear you like the rating system. 

                     

                    Regarding the read/unread state.  You may find what you are looking for regarding the read/unread state in the "What Matters: Activity" area (see the icon of the running man at the top right).  This will show you everything new/unread from people in your "friends" list and in any thread that you have contributed to.

                     

                    If you want to keep track of a thread without contributing to it, you can "track" the thread by clicking on the  "Track in Communications" in the right hand column of the thread you are interested in.  Then the unread responses will be recorded in your What Matters: Communications" (see the icon of the person with the thought bubble at the top right of the screen).

                  • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                    thesmileman

                    Can you please give an option to make the content wider? I have a 4k monitor and you are only using about 30% of the pixels. It takes forever to scroll through things like this even on my 1920x1200 the main bar is so skinny and with all the pictures and content on the left and right side it is very very skinny.

                     

                    Also it is very bright but maybe there is a way to change that.

                    • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                      DimaNovikov

                      The most funny thing I have found is that in my profile is written that I work in Aerospace and defence industry. Actually I have never worked there and what is even more funny, I have not found how to change this part of my profile.

                        • Re: What do you think of the new forums?

                          See if you can go into your profile settings on developer.amd.com https://ssl-developer.amd.com/membership/Profile.aspx and change your entry.  It is possible that when you originally signed up it defaulted to the first option in the industry field. 

                            • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                              DimaNovikov

                              Oh yeaр, it works. Thanks. Although I have not found a freelancer there .

                              • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                laobrasuca

                                hi stroia (what a strange nickname for such a beautiful face)

                                 

                                well, I've tried the profile change thing, but I still see the old info on my details (privacy configuration). Do I have to wait sometime after editing the profile at https://ssl-developer.amd.com/membership/Profile.aspx in order to see the changes in the profile at http://devgurus.amd.com/people ? By the way, it would be better if we could change all these stuff in only one place, preferably in http://devgurus.amd.com/people which is more straightforward to think about.

                                 

                                and another thing, it seems that the email visibility is marked as "for all" in the profile preferences. I've got some spams after this forum change and could understand why until I see my profile. It would be better if the visibility was something like "for friends" by default.

                                 

                                as for the forum change in the big picture, I'd say, I can get used to. The threaded thing is a little confusing (last post does not necessarily appears at the bottom if you answer to someone's post), but we can change that in preferences, so. The only annoying thing is like some others said, when clicking in a link provided by a search engine, we are redirected to the http://devgurus.amd.com/welcome instead of pointed to the thread itself.

                                  • Re: What do you think of the new forums?

                                    The nickname is my first initial of my first name and my last name, Troia.  I am aware that it is a slang term in Italian which is not so desirable, but not much I can do about that, but perhaps I will change my nickname since this is a world wide community

                                     

                                    Glad to hear that you will be able to get used to the new format.  If the orginial poster marks an thread as "answered"  then that will get posted to the top so that it is easier to see at a glance, and as you said you can change those settings in your profile options if you'd rather see the discussion in order. 

                                     

                                    The profile information integration will improve over time.  This is our first integration with Jive, so all of your feedback is helping us decide where to improve.  I will pass along your comments to Jive regarding the email default settings as well.

                              • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                Raistmer

                                I think that new forums too heavy for my C-60 APU based netbook. Page updates too slow and it's annoying. Make it faster and more lightweight, please.

                                look nice, but slooow...

                                • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                  Meteorhead

                                  I have posted in the old forum that in Firefox I got NV and Intel OpenCL forums bookmarked, and they both got their fancy logos which is provided by the site, but the AMD forum has no logo. I know this is most likely the least of your concerns, it just seems somewhat unprofessional, that even a stinky webshop has it's own logo in the URL bar, but not AMD...

                                   

                                  Other than that, I think there's a lot more feature in this forum, it just takes time to get used to, which eventually we will.

                                  • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                    Marix

                                    There is another thing I stumbled upon. Currently I am being swamped by notification emails. Is there some option to only get one notification email per thread until the next visit. This is the way it was in the old forums. I looked for such a setting in the Settings-Area, but haven't found it. (Using german version.)

                                      • Re: What do you think of the new forums?

                                        You can change the email options in the "Preferences" section.  To go there, click on the little arrow next to your name in the upper right hand corner of the page and select "Preferences" (I'm not sure of the German translation). On that page is all of the email settings.  You can turn them all off, or pick and choose which things you'd like sent in an email.

                                         

                                        Hopet his helps.

                                      • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                        l.schubert

                                        Please make the old forums available for reference again. Each Google result which points me to some thread in the old forum redirects me to http://devgurus.amd.com/welcome I'm using the Google cache atm but this is annoying.

                                        • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                          vvelichkov

                                          Congratulations for the fresh revamp of the forums! This was long time overdue :-)

                                           

                                          The only negative feedback I have so far is the page loading speed - a way too slow!

                                           

                                          I am on a 100Mbps Fiber connection, my PC is a top-end custom configuration and still - it takes 5-6 seconds to load each page that is not cached locally by the browser.

                                          I don't believe the latency from Europe to US is an issue - this is a web site, not a FPS MMO :-).

                                          And just for the record, my latency is between 150ms and 170ms, which is pretty OK, I believe even for playing an MMO :-)

                                          I've tried IE 9.0, Chrome 16, Firefox 7 - it is all the same.

                                          • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                            Myrmecophagavir

                                            I've noticed something strange when creating new topics. If you're editing text, and you press ctrl+shift+left cursor, the word to your left gets highlighted as you'd expect. But press left again while keeping ctrl and shift pressed, and the word becomes unselected. From then on, continuing to press left results in more words being added to the selection as you'd expect; but the last one stays deselected.

                                             

                                            This seems to happen unpredictably. I've only seen it with the last word in a post, which is usually where I want to start selecting. But after pasting some text in it starts working again. Seems to be 100% reproduceable when starting a post from scratch though. Tested using IE9 on Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1.

                                            • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                              Myrmecophagavir

                                              Also, how do I change my email address? There's no option to do so from the user interface.

                                               

                                              Strangely, the address specified there isn't even the one it's sending notifications to! Must have multiple addresses stored somewhere in your db without showing them here?

                                              • What do you think of the new forums?

                                                I have been looking into this one.  It could take a few weeks for search engines to crawl these forums and start showing the right links.  We are looking into possible options to make the links redirect to the right threads, but haven't found a workable solution yet. 

                                                • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                  KNeumann

                                                  Hi,

                                                   

                                                  just wanted to shortly share my experience with this forum. I'm quite new to it, so you can weigh my comments as you wish.

                                                  Just like some previous speakers said, I find the new forum style quite confusing. It seems that everyone is switching to this new design (the new nvidia forum is quite confusing as well). But I don't like it very much. I like the old threaded/structured style more.

                                                  Anyway, it's a good thing that the forum-page is faster than the amd-page (going off-topic I know, but the amd site is so annoyingly unresponsive and slow - that's a no go).

                                                  Also I appreciate the time you people from amd put into the forums here. Keep that up and you will always be my first choice when it comes to GPU/Vector processing

                                                  • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                    jaskij

                                                    Just registered, but there is a part I didn't want to forget to post.

                                                     

                                                    Being a CS student, I went and registered here, as I will soon be learning OpenCL under AMD APP SDK. But the job drop-down list didn't let me choose 'student' as a job, so now it looks like I'm a teacher at my university, which is just too wrong for me.

                                                    Could you please add 'student' to the list for jobs?

                                                     

                                                    For visuals, the topic list feels a bit cramped, but I must second KNeumann, the forum does feel very fast

                                                    • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                      notzed

                                                      Missed this earlier, but I have some observations now i've been using it:

                                                       

                                                      - forum index is too narrow.  makes it difficult to read, even on my lo-res laptop that means only about 50% of the screen width is used for useful information.

                                                      -- everything on one page, with a very slow 'more ...' button means i never bother going past the first page

                                                      - everything is super slow and super cpu-heavy.  it makes my laptop hot and whine.  and no, i'm not going to change browsers just to access a forum ... (so it's not a connection issue, and not just a server lag issue)

                                                      - the editor, which was the weakest part of the previous forums as well, is still completely broken.

                                                      -- pasting text seems to take forever (well, it isn't instant by any stretch)

                                                      -- it causes a weird refresh of the input box, a flash, and often sends the cursor somewhere unexpected

                                                      -- sometimes it pastes twice

                                                      -- (i'd prefer a simple html 'textarea' input box with no extra processing - the khronos forum editor is ugly but at least it lets me type and paste)

                                                      -- takes a while to load

                                                      - everything is just spaced out a bit too much

                                                       

                                                      However, it's  a big improvement over what was there.

                                                       

                                                      The editor and the speed issue are the big ones.

                                                        • Re: What do you think of the new forums?

                                                          Thanks for your detailed feedback.  Some things are already on our list for the next update, like forum widths. We have had mixed reviews on the page speeeds... some say it is slower and some say it is faster, so the more details you can provide on your platform the better.  With the mixed feedback, it makes me think it could be platform dependent. 

                                                           

                                                          Regarding the editor.  The HTML option is there if you look in the upper right hand corner of the text box.  Have you noticed buggy behavior while in that mode (or in the "advanced editor" mode)?

                                                           

                                                          Glad to hear that you still feel like it is an improvement over the old forums though

                                                            • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                              notzed

                                                              I'm using the html editor by default, i don't like the advanced editor.

                                                               

                                                              The slowness is obviously platform dependent - my 6 core/HT workstation can cope, but then again i can have 4 cores hard locked and not even notice on that thing ;-).  But for the forums I'm usually using firefox 3.6.x on a dual-core laptop, and don't like the newer versions so wont be changing any time soon (it's the one in this distro anyway) -  and most of the intarwebs run just fine on it.

                                                          • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                            SillyRob

                                                            Hey, just a minor feature request: GLSL / HLSL syntax highlighting for code sections.

                                                             

                                                            Regards.

                                                            • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                              TiguSoft

                                                              Previous forum was good. I'm not big fan of change...
                                                              Also, impossible to find this page easly - googling "amd forums" (for me) gives lots of other 3rd party forums instead this on

                                                               


                                                              Actually scratch that.
                                                              It is very bad.

                                                               

                                                              I come here to resolve problem with Linux drivers for Radeon not working, by asking a question on Forum.
                                                              Instead I see some "zones" and there is no zone for linux nor for drivers that I see instantly, anyway they are not the forums.. are they?

                                                              • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                                moozoo

                                                                I don't like it. Not one little bit.

                                                                Between the side margins and the side panels 2/3rd of the screen space is gone.

                                                                I rather side panels like "Actions", "Popular Tags", "Top Participants" , "Space Overview", "Unanswered Questions" went away. Actions should be a narrow menu at the top.

                                                                I want the full width screen width for recent topics.

                                                                  • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                                    Raistmer

                                                                    moozoo wrote:

                                                                     

                                                                    I don't like it. Not one little bit.

                                                                    Between the side margins and the side panels 2/3rd of the screen space is gone.

                                                                    I rather side panels like "Actions", "Popular Tags", "Top Participants" , "Space Overview", "Unanswered Questions" went away. Actions should be a narrow menu at the top.

                                                                    I want the full width screen width for recent topics.

                                                                    +1

                                                                  • What do you think of the new forums?

                                                                    Thanks for your input moozoo.  We have added this to our list of things to improve, so that the core content takes up most of the page instead of having fixed widths on the margins and center content. 

                                                                     

                                                                    In the meantime, you might want to play around with viewing "content" from the "Browse" area (see the top right link "Browse".  The format of that page is closer to what you are looking for, however there are set filters for that content, so you'll have to play around with it to see if it is something useful for you.

                                                                      • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                                        Raistmer

                                                                        stroia wrote:

                                                                         

                                                                          In the meantime, you might want to play around with viewing "content" from the "Browse" area (see the top right link "Browse".  The format of that page is closer to what you are looking for, however there are set filters for that content, so you'll have to play around with it to see if it is something useful for you.

                                                                        Most peoples use forums as instrument, not as "how I spend my day" goal.

                                                                        So better to have convenient defaults and not force peoples to spend time for finding relevant info, changing settings and so on.

                                                                        What was wrong with old forums (besides disgusting message editor) ? Why AMD broke working thing and create something that hard to use ?

                                                                      • Re: What do you think of the new forums?

                                                                        Needs a way to change your email address or a way to delete your account. I also think it might be illegal to force people to agree to a TOS to disable email alerts. For those of us that were forced to get an account years ago to get the SDK.

                                                                          • Re: What do you think of the new forums?

                                                                            Hi Sc00bz,

                                                                             

                                                                            We are in the process of changing the auto email updates so that they don't automatically happen.  To change your email address, you need to login in to the developer.amd.com site and edit your profile there https://ssl-developer.amd.com/membership/Profile.aspx.  We are also in the process of updating the Jive profile so that it contains a link back to the developer.amd.com profile for easier access.

                                                                             

                                                                            Thanks,

                                                                            Sharon

                                                                              • Re: What do you think of the new forums?

                                                                                That brings me to a registration page? This is awesome "Membership in AMD Developer Central is free, but the benefits are priceless." 404 benefits not found. Can you just pretend like I'm a spamming bot and delete my account? I'd like it deleted because you don't know what security is I doubt you even hash passwords since you don't know how to hash the "secret answer" to the "secret question". I'm glad I never give real answers: What is your mother's maiden name? My is a 30+ character string of random. I feel sorry for those that truthfully answer those because of companies like yours.

                                                                            • What do you think of the new forums?
                                                                              Raistmer

                                                                              How to browse new forums with "newest comes first" order? I spend few minutes to find a way to copy url of newly created thread after I leaved it. Browse mode shows "most popular" and only "most popular". Please, bring back time-of-reply based order and make it even if not default but at least AVAILABLE order!

                                                                              • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                                                Raistmer

                                                                                Browse discussion: don't you think that filter for zones is required.

                                                                                Being in OpenCL mode and hitting browse I get this thread as first browse element. Do you really think it's right effect?

                                                                                More: ok, you bring whole forum site at screen and leave up to user to filter relevant info. But [b]where[/b] filter by zones ? Nowhere!

                                                                                Filter by tags is nice of course, but why you define such entity as "zone" (OpenCL zone and so on) and not offer filter based on this entity selection???

                                                                                Forums ordering, thread ordering are complete mess in this new look!

                                                                                • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                                                  amdaudiovideo

                                                                                  Well I'm not an AMD expert by any stretch....though I have successfully used AMD processors and built several powerful DAW based systems....my knowledge base is in Pro Audio production and not programming in a computer language, guess my language is the product of music. So you developers don't look down your nose at us end users because without us you wouldn't have as much of a purpose...hehe!

                                                                                  I think this developer forum is potentially a fantastic place for AMD and it's partners to come together in a solution solving, innovating line of communication. I'm here for many  reasons but my main reason is get AMD to allocate a special team formed for the purpose of stealing market share from Apple in the area of High-End Audio and Pro Video solutions. There is no such resource for us High-End Creation power users in the AMD community and I find that unacceptable and I am on a mission to see AMD position itself as a leader in this modern world of DAW's and DVideoW's. So yes I'm very excited to be here and I truthfully hope I can achieve the results I'm after by showing AMD they can be a huge part in the vastly growing DAW and Video production community. AMD has the technology and the innovation to do it if we can just get rid of a few stiffs and their high paid salaries off the golf course and put together something that makes APPLE sniff our direction with their nose in the air wondering who this newcomer is that has the audacity to be the new ART pros and take a portion of their profits.

                                                                                  • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                                                    donpellegrino

                                                                                    I would prefer phpBB.

                                                                                    • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                                                      Raistmer

                                                                                      After few months of usage I think new forums just awful. Really. They ugly, they waste useful screen space, they offer crazy formatting, they slow on C-60 APU (AMD, you advertize this APU as "HD internet", but it can't handle your own forums ! I see difference each time I open from netbook or from desktop PC).

                                                                                      You spent money, you spent programmers time just to get such very inconvenient and completely unneeded for real forum work upgrade... Pity for you. And pity for all like me who forced to use this c..p! I waited more than half year for some improvements - nothing, sorry for rough language but boil point reached

                                                                                      • Re: What do you think of the new forums?
                                                                                        turboscrew

                                                                                        I'm so new here, that I don't really have experience.

                                                                                        Now at first, the forum is so much different than any other forums I know that it's hard to figure out what to find and where, and how to use this forum.