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i chatted in shouts with Zorba
today about this .. apparently, most of you see posts in your threads in chronological order .. i do not
.. i prefer to see the oldest post in a thread at the top .. this can be controlled under Profile/Preferences with two check boxes
Show most recent posts at the top.
Show most recent personal messages at top.
thus, for me, the original post with the attached board image is always the last post in the thread
, i.e. at the bottom requiring me to scroll though all posts in order to even see the board image .. this partially explains to me why other conversations on related topics have been so confusing
for example, i have long argued that poll questions involving a backgammon position could be greatly enhanced by including the board image in the question itself which can be done, but requires an extra step by the creator of the poll which is not terribly user friendly .. the principle reason i have tried so hard to convince others to use that approach is to avoid having to scroll to the last (for me) post
in the thread to open and view the attachment .. now, i understand that for you, who see posts in oldest first order, this is neither an issue nor much of a problem Zorba
suggested that i simply reset my preferences to match theirs and perhaps yours .. while that may sound simple enough, isn't that a lot like asking me to order and eat vanilla ice cream instead of my favorite, chocolate, because then you won't have to ask me what i like?
regarding my use of GNUbg, i cannot believe how often people have jumped all over me for using GNUbg to simply:
a) view the board image with a more familiar look or
b) enjoy seeing an analysis and or rollout for myself before others have posted it
i have grown very accustomed to my GNUbg and JavaFIBS interfaces .. i have customized the GNUbg board and pieces such that they are very similar, i.e. red and white pips and bearing off toward the right .. each time i view Zorba's board four steps are required for me to really "see" the problem before i can attempt solving it:
1) finding the attached image (at the end of my thread)
2) enlarging it
3) adjusting to the different appearance and
4) adjusting to the different direction
all of us do that, but for me i find the process so distracting and annoying that it diminishes the fun of going through these moves and questions .. when Zorba
recently added the GNUbg ID for the position, that enabled me to view the problem in GNUbg which i really prefer and eliminating 3 of the most annoying 4 steps .. time wise, all i have to do is copy and paste the ID and it is done .. that alone made me a very happy camper, but i also have the benefit of being able to confirm in GNUbg parlance with which i am most familiar the suggested correct move or decision .. when i was as tired as i was last night, both of these i find particularly useful
regarding the problem i had with the GNUbg ID, Zorba
indicated there is a known problem with these position and match ID's in GNUbg for situations like this one when the cube has been thrown .. so, i was doubly frustrated last night when i couldn't "see" the problem in the way in which i am accustomedso, that is where i am coming from .. i like reading posts in a newest first order; i am not cheating, just using GNUbg as my problem viewer; and i am neither afraid to offer a suggestion for improvemet or express myself as i have amply demonstrated stog
, now i think i know how you feel .. it is not yet 11 AM here and i am ready to lift a pint or two .. however, it sure is nice to not be typing in the blind because your fix for IE 8 works great .. cheers to all