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Fodors, what have you done to my favorite travel discussion board? Ugh!

Fodors, what have you done to my favorite travel discussion board? Ugh!

Old Apr 1st, 2001, 12:21 PM
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It stinks! Fodor's why did you tinker with a proven winner?
Old Apr 1st, 2001, 12:24 PM
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IF you think it stinks, why don't you be more specific? PErhaps your complaints would be addressed. JUst a suggestion.
Old Apr 1st, 2001, 12:53 PM
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Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Kwitcherbitchin.
Old Apr 1st, 2001, 03:03 PM
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I searched for Florida topics and got lots of old threads (like most recent post 10/01/00). So I searched by most active and there were no responses - hard to believe. What am I doing wrong? I needed no orientation to the old site - I just got on. I'm hoping this is just your idea of an April Fools joke. I vote thumbs down!
Old Apr 1st, 2001, 03:17 PM
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Someone else said this before, but you have to make sure you're in the U.S. forums. And then click on "date" after you get the results, which first come up by "score." Sometimes "score" brings up older threads.
Old Apr 1st, 2001, 04:00 PM
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I think it works great! Good job!!!
Old Apr 1st, 2001, 09:50 PM
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Love the new board! The speed and the new features are very helpful. I also got a problem when I tried doing a search on "new york", but a search on just "york" brought up all the new york posts.

If you want to change the size of the text and you're using Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to View>text size and change it. Don't know how to do it in Netscape.
Old Apr 1st, 2001, 10:05 PM
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Give yourself some time to get use to this new format. Much quicker and flexible once you get the hang of it.
Old Apr 2nd, 2001, 11:58 AM
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It was a pleasant surprise not to have to type in my name and E-mail address [I'm not a great typist].
Old Apr 2nd, 2001, 12:58 PM
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Today, I must regretfully part company with my friend, OO, and register a "nay" about the new format. Count me among the folks in love with the old ... like the good ole days, can I please have back the good ole format? One of my concerns: someone said that if you search on "Florida", you will see only messages containing the word Florida ... is that correct? How can I be sure I see all messages that apply to a particular state or country? Assistance, please.
Old Apr 2nd, 2001, 02:16 PM
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Well, you might ask me why I do not like this new format so I have copied and pasted what I get everytime I try to type in Louisiana or New Orleans in the US - search forum box today...........
Now, wouldn't this tend to irritate some people? But I will be patient as some of you have mentioned and maybe I can get it to give me more info than the below statement...if any of you have any help suggestions for me I would greatly appreciate it...in the meantime, I will keep searching for my old posts in hopes that I can retrieve all the useful info people gave me...
Obviously not all of you are having a problem using this site and I am not sure what makes a difference...

Error Occurred While
Processing Request

Error Diagnostic

The time taken to process
your request has exceeded
the allowable limit of 30
seconds. Please notify the
server administrator (using
the mail link below) that this
error has occurred.

Note: You can override the
request time limit by adding
a 'RequestTimeout'
parameter to the URL used
to request the page (e.g.

Date/Time: Mon Apr 02
17:10:27 2001
Browser: Mozilla/4.7 [en]
(Win95; I)
Remote Address:
HTTP Referer:
Query String:
fid=1&tid=0&start=1&rows=50&sort=scoredate&searcht ext=New%20Orleans

Old Apr 2nd, 2001, 02:27 PM
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Cathie, I was having the same problem you were but I got it to work when I put it in double quotes, "New Orleans".
Old Apr 2nd, 2001, 02:35 PM
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Pablo, thanks so much - I will try that and see what happens....
Old Apr 2nd, 2001, 05:54 PM
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The improvements are mostly great but it is a bit harder to find some things as referenced before such as if the posting doesn't actually have the specific word in it. By this I mean if you put in Illinois you will not get the posts that only mention Chicago.
Old Apr 2nd, 2001, 06:41 PM
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Maybe I was wrong for printing things before but I found it helpful before going to the Florida Gulf Coast to print posters' recommendations for seafood restaurants. Now, I find I cannot print--I just get a message saying there is no page to print. Is there some law against printing off forums?
Old Apr 3rd, 2001, 04:42 AM
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Some good stuff, but bring back the state select...when you type in a State you only get references where the state name is in the string...and you miss 95% of the content we are looking for...this is an example of web designers doing their creative thing at the expense of the use of the site...keep in mind why this sit exists in the first place! Go back to the old and do some usability studies before you launch "new and improved!" again...
Old Apr 3rd, 2001, 05:43 AM
Danny Mangin
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Hello All --

I'm going to post this note from all of us at Fodors.com into several of the many threads about the new forums.

We've been working feverishly on your requests. Users have noted some of the changes we've already made; other solutions should appear shortly, including one to the problem of small print for Mac users.

The Forums FAQ deal with several of the questions users have posted in this thread, including how to print. (The FAQ are on the Travel Talk home page, near the bottom, though I'll ask the indefatigable Aisling to move them higher on the page when she arrives this morning.)

Also addressed in the FAQ is the biggest problem people seem to be having with the new forums (though the situation is the same as before): When you do a search, you need to make sure you're in the correct forum (U.S. to search North Carolina posts, for example, or Europe for Hungary posts).

One of the most frequent complaints about the old forums was the inconsistency between the results of a text search and using the "topic select" (country/state/topic) drop-down menu. The results users got typing "Italy" into the text box often varied greatly from the ones they got when selecting Italy from the drop-down topic-select menu. Many users found this confusing. So we combined the text search and topic-select to make it essentially one big search (my apologies to our tech staff if I've simplified this too much).

The main reason the results varied was that all users don't select a topic when posting a new message. So users often couldn't find posts they remembered seeing about Italy, for instance, because the original posters hadn't selected Italy.

What's clear from your post-switchover comments, though, is that many of you used *only* the topic-select menu. You may have been getting many fewer posts about your topic, but as Tom Ward and others have rightly pointed out, there was an advantage: the ones you did get were more specific.

We're all "aim-to-please" types here at Fodors.com, so we're looking for a quick way to restore topic select, and I think we'll succeed.

More later. Thanks for all your feedback.

Yours truly,

Danny Mangin
Editorial Director

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