Rachy Ramone's picture

Home page nagivation issue - layers/background

Not sure if I can describe this properly, bear with me!

Since the upgrade, I can't get directly to the My Spot options.

The line of options - My Spot, News, Groups etc - is so long that Quiz and News are now being shunted onto a second line, but Quiz seems to have priority over the drop-down list of My Spot.

So, when I click on My Spot, a transparent drop-down list appears (clashing with Quiz, looks like a layer issue) and as soon as I move the cursor onto the drop-down list, it disappears and I am left with the Quiz heading.

At present, the only way I can make it work is to use Control- to shrink the text so that the headings are just on one line, click on My Spot - Unread, then use Control+ to enlarge the text so that I can read it.

Oddly enough, if I tile the window, then drag the arrow to resize it, the headings don't shuffle round to fit the window, they just disappear off the edge.

Odd, huh?

I'm using Firefox 24.0.

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landgirl's picture

Browser

That does sound like a browser issue. The display is perfect for me in Chrome, you could give that a go.

lavateraguy's picture

I'm using a wider display ...

... so I don't (yet) have that problem, but I can reproduce it in Chrome if I reduce the window size.

Major Bombylius's picture

I was just about to report

I was just about to report the same problem. I'm also using Firefox. Quite frustrating. I hope it can be fixed quickly. It seems there are more and more problems like this and they don't get resolved quickly so it's going to put a lot of people off using the site.

Ray Turner's picture

Response Time

Perhaps more than the speed at which faults are rectified being an issue, and they are, is the lack of response to complaints on the forum. It used to be if any one of us so much as raised a peep an iSpot team member would answer in post at the latest the following day, we now see entire threads without any comment at all. Please if it’s broke acknowledge it, even if that means having to admit it may not get fixed until the next build or whatever.

Indecently I’m running Firefox 24 I also have a screen resolution of 1680x1050, I’m not experiencing the problem described.

Ray

Ray

marksteer's picture

I reported same problem a few

I reported same problem a few days ago and was asked to confirm my browser - I'm on Mozilla Firefox - confirmed but no feedback since and still same problem now! I refuse to use Chrome don't see why I should!

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

Mydaea's picture

Another illustration of the

Another illustration of the lack of care in designing this site. Validating a few pages shows a mass of elementary coding errors (syntax incompatible with the Doctype, missing alt strings for images, unclosed tags etc., that would not be acceptable in a school exercise), and if the site designers are not checking for these (it takes seconds) it is no surprise that they have not thought about browser compatibility. It is easy to check browser behaviour (and it is inexcusable that Firefox rendering should not have been checked), but since the beta testing for the whole "improved" site has been a mess, no-one will have noticed until too late.

Rachy Ramone's picture

Glad it's not just me...

... so thanks to everyone that's responded so far.

That's an interesting point, about how the iSpot developers used to respond to the forums quickly, and no longer do so. It certainly seems that a response - even "errr, we don't know but we'll look into it" - immediately defuses the indignant and outraged tones.

Personally, I really, really wish that "they" would tell us BEFORE they are going to do something new, so that we can brace ourselves for it.

In a perfect world, they'd make the new site available in a temporary location and allow us to play-test it before they release it. Think how much better the Quiz would have been, with just a day or two of testing by us! You have only to read the forums of that time to see how many people were utterly annoyed by it, and I do think that part of that annoyance is having it dumped on us.

At least with prior warning, there need only be one thread on the subject!

As for the lack of validation, pff! my own website is not very jazzy, but is 100% W3C school-compliant, and if I can do it, I don't see why a "professional" site designer can't!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

Rachy Ramone's picture

I've found a back door!

Have just discovered, quite by accident, that I can also click on My Spot underneath where you sign in. This jumps me straight to the Unread tab.

Although I must have read

"My Spot
My Profile
Log Out"

...about a thousand times, I had never read it properly before - oops!

But my comment about the faults to the main line of headings still stands.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

Ray Turner's picture

???

I’m not quite sure what to say ;-)

What’s the front door then?

Ray

Ray

Rachy Ramone's picture

*rolls eyes*

The Front Door is the obvious way to get in, ie the horizontal list of headings running across the page.

Perhaps I should say that to me, the obvious route was the headings across the page. I hadn't actually realised that there was also a "My Spot" option underneath my name, once I'd signed in.

"There are times when I think I'm not as bright as I think I am."

*crawls off to hide under a rock*

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

Martin Harvey's picture

Menus

Thanks for the info on what is happening with the menus, duly logged and will be fixed as soon as we can.

In the meantime the best solution for the My Spot issue is to use the alternative link on the right-hand side of the page, as suggested by Rachy Ramone.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

marksteer's picture

Thanks iSpot team - problem

Thanks iSpot team - problem with dropdown menu from main My Spot heading seems to have been fixed!

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

Rachy Ramone's picture

Fixed!

Back on my own PC today, and it's all working beautifully, thank you!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY