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I have only two issues with the new design:
1) Tactics Trainer will fail to acknowledge my move about 1 in ten tactics. I make a move and 'nothing happens', but the board is now frozen. I have no way to end the tactic except to restart the trainer, losing the last tactic. This seems primarily to be the case when I make my move very quickly...which is the point.
2) Going through an analyzed game is much more choppy than it used to be. Often I will click on the next move, only to click again a second later because I thought I missed it. Another second and 'bang-bang' the analysis makes two moves...now I have to click back,which often 'sticks' as well. This problem did not exist in the prior version.
These two issues are very frustrating, the rest of the changes seem fine.
These two problems existed for me in the last version. A long time ago it worked fine, and then they made a change. After that If I made a move too quickly it would freeze up, so I now pause a bit after the computer makes its move.
As far as this issue is for me, it's just as buggy as it was before.
Today was a wild day. The biggest change to Chess.com we've had in 5 years. You can read more about my thoughts here: http://www.chess.com/news/big-change-today-6465
Anyway, all day we've been reading feedback, answering questions, and working with our members on bugs. You have been VERY helpful - thank you!!
First time I saw this. I don't know if this was fixed, but the change messed up the rendering in IE. Here's an example image captured after the upgrade:
In the old design I don't remember a single case where Tactics Trainer did not have the "View Analysis & Source" page. I have now checked my most recent 20 or so problems, and none of them has it.
Can someone name a problem where the analysis IS there?
Most problems have this after you solve it.
Analysis & Source
The new format has it only show up sometimes, which is weird, whereas before the link was always there. Not all of the problems had a Analysis & Source. And some only had the analysis, usually older games from years back.
No, brusselsshrek, each tactics trainer problem has never had a View Analysis & Source page, if that's what you mean. I think that at least out of those problems that I face, about 70% had that page in the old design, and about 70% still do.
Like I said above (or in a different thread?), open up the Analysis Board. We've integrated the analysis data there so you can play it out as you read it.
Under LEARN / Game Explorer: why is it that the ECO codes drop off so quickly? Here's an example from the Petroff: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Qe7, and already there's no code being displayed!!
Something I'd hoped might have been fixed in this brave new world is headcount: it seems by and large that the c.c computers are good at adding but poor at subtracting, so group member numbers are almost always overstated. Surely it should not be all that difficult to conform published numbers with actual numbers on a continuing basis ...
And while I'm on the subject of headcount, it makes rather a nonsense of things to tell us e.g. that there are more than 110,000 Australian members of chess.com if our admins are only able to identify and communicate with 100 pages worth - i.e. just 1,000 of them.... This, with respect, is rather farcical!
Another feature I'd dearly like to see is the name of the admin on each side who creates or accepts a new team match challenge. In large groups, it's often the devil of a job to find out who to talk to on the other side while a match is in the registration phase ....
I prefer the old layout. The old layout I think was a nicer combination of contrast to read a little better (If I remember I think there were beige or dark yellow backgrounds mixed with white spacing). This layout has a little too much white... that works okay on a sheet of paper, but it's a little too bright and looks more plain and spaced out... I thought the dark yellow windows for text was a nicer contrast.
I also dislike the new live chess indicators.... now I notice if someone is in live chess, there is either a green or orange square... a square? It used to be a nice symbol with a radar antenna to show they are online, and I thought that was much more nicer.
I also notice there doesn't seem to be as many navigation links in this layout, maybe because I'm still getting used to the new layout... but if I remember, I think the old layout had more backtracking and navigation links to navigate all over better, this layout I find myself manually using my back, forward, and refresh keys on my own browser more often.
If it's not broke, don't fix it, I like the old layout... or maybe you can make it dynamtic and offer users to pick which layout they see when they log in.
Quitting groups. I cannot find the button. Where is it moved?
...I like the old layout... or maybe you can make it dynamtic and offer users to pick which layout they see when they log in.
You could change that in the old layout.
Click your screen name at the top and go to themes. You can pick someones, or edit it yourself there.
I think the background color for beige is #F5F5DC
For trophies, it would be nice to have either mouse-over text or in-page text for who gave it or what event the trophy was won in.
Now if there was only somebody here who cared what we think.
please put back next turn
OK, now I understand what you've done, and I'll tell you: you've made it worse. Now the "Analysis & Source" link is NOT on the initial page, but is only visible when you enter Practice Mode.
For example, the following is the tactics page:
In the past this used to have an "Analysis & Source" link. No longer. It only has "Try this problem" and "Show solution". I don't want either of these, I want to see the "Analysis & Source".
This is now only available on:
With the old format it was pretty clear where it was.
With the new format, I have not been able to find it for a month, and have spent many forum posts trying to find out where it has gone.
This is not progress.
Aha! Quite right. We'll add it back to the basic (non-training) problem-view ASAP. Thank you!
I also agree that the Analysis & Source has been valuable in the Tactics Training, so it'll be valuable to add it back!
Re the team vote chess page: it would be helpful to have an indicator ahowing whose turn it is, as in ordinary turn-based games.
I liked the old "SEND A TROPHY" page better. Trophies at the top, message at the bottom. It was easier to manipulate.
In the player statistics on the Online Chess home page (love those stats, BTW!), I think it would be great if we could show recent "Time/Move" (e.g., over the last 90 days) instead of, or even better in addition to, Time/Move over the entire course of the player's chess.com lifespan. Can you do this?
Click "Start Training" from Chess Mentor, and you begin training in a new window. Start training from Tactics Trainer, and you begin training right there in the same window. The Tactics Trainer behavior is new since the site redesign, and it's no longer consistent with Chess Mentor's behavior.
I'd like to see the two behave in the same way, whichever way it goes, because the inconsistency annoys me. I'd strongly prefer to see Tactics Trainer revert to opening the problem in a new and separate window, like Chess Mentor's former and current behavior.
If in doubt about which way to go, you could always throw another configuration option on the fire. Configuration bloat is an unavoidable consequence of having too many blasted users. I hate users sometimes. Software is so much easier to design without their whining, don't you think?
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