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Joy Report 6 Aug 2012 14:33

Sylvia, I think I have also requested that they look at and at too :)


SylviaInCanada Report 6 Aug 2012 00:58

I'm one of those who also tested the beta site ..... and sent several emails priaisng certain aspects but also saying how awful I found the background colour on the boards. GR did tome it down slightly from the original stark white ........... but this very pale grey is still too glaring.

I have sent yet another email to "theteam"!

Joy ....... I suggested that they look at FTF :-D

BTW................ it seems that most anti- comments have been removed from the GR Wall on FB



Joy Report 3 Aug 2012 08:20

That is interesting, Rose. :)

Still I look at genes reunited and and see a considerably better appearance on the latter. I have again quoted rootschat as I joined it at about the same time as genes reunited.

However, I appreciate that we were told it would take perhaps a day or two for the improvements to the appearance here.

There are several points of view on facebook that would be worth reading.

By the way, for information: my eyesight is normal.


Peter Report 2 Aug 2012 20:37

#At least Phil has given a reasonable explanation of some of the things thathave happenned, and are being worked on (we hope), but isn't it timesomeonee on GrR explained the lack of announcements rangine from the removal of the old tree, with apparently less than 2 hours notice, the elimination of the link to the old tree, as provided in other posts, to the latest changes in both appearance and c olour - or lack of it, andd the last changes in virtually every aspect of the site.
Phil, just one additional item for you, why can't we have a "list" that has at least ssome semblance of order to it ?


Rambling Report 2 Aug 2012 20:12


"I like the advanced search and quick search boxes, good colouring and very clear! Nice!"

yes indeed that was MY feedback on the 23rd July, the original may be viewed upon request! Selective editing from:

"Hi team , re Phil's update on board, I have had a look at the changes.

There is still not enough distinction between the threads...the eye is drawn automatically to the body of the thread ( black) and not the heading (green)

The pale green is still too indistinct, even though the background is 'slightly' better, member's names just fade away to my eyes. Black text is much better for both the 'topic' and members name as well as the thread text imo, having to look at two different colours is distracting and a strain on eyes.

Font still appears small for me, a little bigger would be better, but I accept this may be down to my eyesight.

I like the advanced search and quick search boxes, good colouring and very clear! Nice!"

Prior to that I also said

"2nd response because I have looked again, the pale green for topic heading and poster names against white is totally useless, SO hard on the eyes, I for one will not be able to cope with it"


Joy Report 2 Aug 2012 19:53

Email received:

We've had a makeover!

Dear Joy Kentish Maid,

Genes Reunited will soon be celebrating our 10th birthday, so we thought it was about time we gave the site a makeover. After taking on board some very helpful feedback from our members, we have come up with a fresh, new look that will make discovering your family history even easier.

What changes have we made?

Don‘t worry, we haven‘t made any complicated updates, we‘ve just made a few improvements so the site looks fresher, cleaner and easier to use.

New logo - we've updated our logo.

Colour - you‘ll notice the colour of the background and font has changed. This makes the text easier to read and gives the site a brighter look and feel.
Layout - we've moved a few things around, so you should find it easier to navigate around the site to find what you‘re looking for.

Some feedback!

I have just looked at the new site - I found it clearly explained and easy to navigate. I look forward to working on it soon.
I like the advanced search and quick search boxes, good colouring and very clear! Nice!

This is the first of many exciting changes we have planned over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for new updates and extra features.

We hope you like the new design, and most importantly we hope you‘ll find it makes the site easier to use.

The Genes Reunited Team

"Colour - you‘ll notice the colour of the background and font has changed. This makes the text easier to read and gives the site a brighter look and feel."

- the first sentence: correct; the second sentence: incorrect. Yes, it is brighter, but too bright.


HeyJudeB4Beatles Report 2 Aug 2012 19:36

Yes Rollo I do fancy it is a tad less white and bright but I thought my sight was so impaired from yesterday that my eyes were deceiving me ;-)

I still think the tree colours are naff as are the twee girls and boys heads but as I hate the tree anyway it is less of a bother to me because I just don't look at it any more.

And I still don't think GR listen to anything anyone says - they just do their own thing and to Nick's homeplace with anyone else!


Rambling Report 2 Aug 2012 19:22

Rollo, I don't get Ivory white...not unless you know some odd elephants? lol

Just out of interest, in what shade do you see the words "single word search" under 'Quick Search'?


Silly Sausage

Silly Sausage Report 2 Aug 2012 19:15

I shouldnthavetokeep m oving th brightnesswhenorte xst iUsedth is site I donthaveto on anyother I use.


RolloTheRed Report 2 Aug 2012 19:12

Well they have fixed it with a rather cool ivory white.

Here are some other sites which have made the same choice. It is boggling that they could not get this sorted in the first place. 0/10 for the visitors to Shoreditch and golden bananas too for the usual suspects. Anyway now we can move on to the next exciting event.

Like :-)


Cynthia Report 2 Aug 2012 18:49

Well Rose, whoever it was can just go and test on someone else - I have enough probs ;-) :-D

Don't know about FR Ann.....haven't been on there in yonks. Can't be bothered somehow...... :-S

I think SylviaInCanada has said it's pretty awful but I'm not sure why.


AnninGlos Report 2 Aug 2012 17:35

In objecting to the brightness and colour scheme on the boards I am most certainly not objecting to change. As a retired civil servant I became more than adapted to change in my working life and realise that things would become stagnant without it. My objection is based purely and simply on the headache I get after being on here for fifteen minutes. Something that never happened before on here or on any other site. I actually dont have too much problem with text size though, just glare. And having reported this immediately I looked at the Beta site Ithought something might have been done about it.
I don't go on FR, is that the same colour scheme?


Rambling Report 2 Aug 2012 17:12

Cynthia, I doubt that it's someone who doesn't like you lol, just a thought that perhaps someone was testing out the rr on a duplicate post just to see if GR are hard at work? ;-)


Rambling Report 2 Aug 2012 17:10

Yes Cynthia, I saw you had posted twice and then when I came back a bit later it has been 'requested for review' , most odd :-S


Cynthia Report 2 Aug 2012 16:55

You're welcome Elizabeth. It was Gins who first posted the advice so I can't take all the credit.... :-D

Just back from doctor's with OH to find a message from GR advising me that I have had a post removed. At least they told me which post it was.

Did someone actually RR it Rose? I had no idea it had posted twice because I logged out just after posting. Of course I would have removed it - I usually do if that happens. Also, it only usually happens when the site is slow to respond :-S

I guess someone doesn't like me......sob :-(


ElizabethK Report 2 Aug 2012 16:26


Many thanks for that-got the emoicons back :-)


Rambling Report 2 Aug 2012 15:09


I know Cynthia's post came up twice, but it really didn't need reporting, I am sure she would willingly have removed it on her return :-)


LadyScozz Report 2 Aug 2012 14:53

I managed to read one page of postings, then everything went blurry and my eyes started to water, AGAIN.

i'm typing blind here, hope it makes sense.

too difficult for me to see, I'll look at GR once in a while, but if it's still like this in two weeks I',m [pulling the plug


Rambling Report 2 Aug 2012 14:19

Cynthia there's two of 'me' registered in the same birth year

but only one Mary Ann Alice Copas birth :-D


Porkie_Pie Report 2 Aug 2012 14:10

Mmm Don't think so Jonesey :-( I wear glasses just to see i can't see a barn door without them and in need reading glasses for reading :-P

Roy :-D