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How do you like the new EOGN webpage?

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  • 23 Dec 2020 2:39 PM
    Reply # 9448679 on 9279668

    My preferred way of reading the Newsletter is to view this week's Plus Edition Newsletter in HTML format. With the old design if I wanted to view other subscribers' comments about a particular article I would just click the link at the bottom of the article I'm currently reading to immediately open a version which included any comments. But with the new design there is no link to click. Instead, I need to scroll to the top or bottom of the HTML page I'm viewing, click the link to open the EGON website, when that opens click the search item, and enter enough of the article title to open it and view the comments. When I'm done inspecting any subscriber comments I can go back to my HTML page of articles but having scrolled to the top or bottom of the page I have to scroll again to find the place where I had been reading when I decided to view comments. For me, the old design with links embedded in each article was preferable.

  • 26 Dec 2020 12:54 PM
    Reply # 9452221 on 9279668

    ---> With the old design if I wanted to view other subscribers' comments about a particular article I would just click the link at the bottom of the article...

    With the new version, click on any email title in the email message you receive. That will open the article online and will display the comment(s), if any, at the bottom of that article.

  • 28 Dec 2020 3:04 PM
    Reply # 9470773 on 9279668

    This doesn't work for me Dick. The article titles in the weekly email message I receive are not active links. I can read the titles but clicking doesn't work. However I can click the link just above the article titles that says "The following are Standard Edition articles available to everyone at: https://eogn.com" and that opens a new browser tab in which the article titles are clickable links. But that list does not include all the articles that were in the email. For example, the 28 Dec email includes an article "Melungeon Genealogy" which is not on the newly opened browser tab. So I still think the old method that had an active link at the end of each article in the HTML weekly newsletter was preferable.

  • 30 Dec 2020 2:22 PM
    Reply # 9517742 on 9279668

    ---> This doesn't work for me...

    I just tested it on the daily email I received this morning and it worked perfectly for me. I clicked on the article title, The Mystery of Deceased Hiker ‘Mostly Harmless’ Is At Long Last Solved, and after a delay or 3 or 4 seconds, that full article, along with a picture, appeared on my screen.

    I don't know why it works for me (and probably for thousands of others) but doesn't work for you. However, I would be suspicious of the software being used in your computer to read the email message. Just as a test, try a different web browser.

  • 31 Dec 2020 1:10 AM
    Reply # 9528682 on 9279668

    Dick, I normally access the weekly Plus Edition Newsletter in my email client, which is Thunderbird on a Win 7-64 Pro machine. That email shows the full content of the Plus Edition article and has a list of Standard Edition articles at the bottom of the email. The names of the Standard Edition articles are not active links, just text. I use the link just above these article titles to open the EOGN website on a Firefox browser, and on the page that opens I click on the Plus Edition link, then "Weekly Plus Edition Newsletters in HTML Format" and "This Week." That opens page https://filedn.com/lwhnSvLzTkI41rItzEOPak0/newsletter/thisweek.htm where I read the week's articles, both Plus and Standard Editions. While reading these articles in Firefox there is no way to post a comment or see any user comments about a particular article, either via a link at the bottom of each article where the suggestion is made to do so (where there was a link before the redesign) or from the article's title in the Table of Contents at the top of this HTML page (which are also not active links).

    In support of this discussion I opened the weekly email in Firefox instead of Thunderbird. Same result, the article list at the bottom of the page are inactive text, not links. I also opened the weekly email in the Chrome browser with the same result.

    Finally, I used the Chrome browser to open the HTML This Week articles that I normally view with Firefox. Same result, no way to go directly to a place where I can post a comment or see other users' comments.

    Perhaps the Plus Edition email that I am receiving differs from the Standard Edition email that you tested to get a different result. Or maybe it's your Mac vs my Windows.

    Please understand that this is not a major problem, it's just less convenient than it was before the redesign. But you asked "How do you like the new EOGN webpage?" and my answer has to be "Not so much" as far as this particular feature is concerned.

  • 7 Jan 2021 11:01 AM
    Reply # 9746691 on 9279668

    I miss seeing that list of older messages that used to be at the bottom of the daily newsletter.  Now I have to search harder to find messages that I may have missed.

  • 19 Jan 2021 3:09 PM
    Reply # 9878886 on 9279668

    I do not like it at all. i cannot find my way to the articles I want to read,  HELP!

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