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About Amy

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    Crochetville Co-Owner
  • Birthday March 29


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  • Location
    The Rocket City
  • Interests
    crochet, knitting, scrapbooking, beading, reading, sewing
  • Occupation
    Crochetville Co-Owner and Social Media Director
  • How long have you been crocheting?
  • Favorite things to crochet
    prayer shawls, garments, handbags
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  1. Abbyroselou, as Sharon mentioned, our site focuses on issues related to crochet. We have some members from Australia, but they may not end up seeing this post. You'll probably get more useful advice by asking your question in a forum that is based in Australia so people will be more familiar with the business you're asking about. A forum with a broader focus, such as shopping in general or just home goods, might also be a better bet than one focused on a particular craft like crocheting. Do you crochet? If so, we'd love to have you join in our crochet discussions.
  2. You want to have a YouTube link in your signature? Just edit your signature to put a link the same way you do in a post: Type in the text you want to appear: Super-Duper Fabulous Video Select all that text with your cursor Click the link button in the signature toolbar (to the left of the quote marks) Type or paste in the video link You can no longer just paste a youtube link directly into a signature, as it will embed the video. Let me know if you need more help.
  3. I never use my phone to come to the forum, so I'm very glad to know the forum is now easier to use. That was one of the improvements in version 4 from version 3: making the forum easier to use on mobile devices.
  4. @Avon Lady Collette and everyone, feel free to grumble all you like about the frustrations of having to adapt to a totally unexpected change. Donna and I are just as frustrated as many of you are. You don't want to hear the griping Donna and I did with each other about this change being forced upon us with no opportunity to prepare ourselves and everyone here. The air was blue, I tell you! We truly don't mind comments about general frustration, I promise. A few comments have been hard not to take personally, so it's important to us that everyone really does understand we didn't undertake these changes maliciously or just willy-nilly with no sound reasoning behind the decision. The problem could not have come at a worse time, actually. It happened when I'm preparing for a major local event on June 10, planning to move Crochetville into a new actual brick-and-mortar studio location on June 1, going on vacation May 12-19, and getting ready to teach and vend at a fiber festival this coming weekend, all while Donna was dealing with a fungal infection in her eye last week and dealing with end of school year stuff as PTA president. But I have a few days before the fiber festival and Donna's eye is getting better, so hopefully this week will be a bit easier for responding to problems and figuring out solutions!
  5. No problem at all answering questions! We've sent our own questions to the software people, so we're right there with you! Hopefully, it won't take too long before people start getting comfortable enough to just start clicking and trying things. Don't be afraid to do that, because you can't really break anything on the forum. If you end up setting something in a way you don't like, we can help you figure out how to undo it. I'm just waiting for the posts like, "Hey, everyone, look at this cool new thing I just figure out we can do here with the new software!" I don't know what these cool things might be myself, but I'm assuming they're probably there since this was a major upgrade from version 3 to version 4.
  6. @magiccrochetfan, yes, and you can set the filters so unread item links take you either to the top of the page or to the first unread comment.
  7. Unfortunately, there is no current option to display the date a thread was started from within the "unread content" view. We could pay a developer to create a plugin that would do that. I'm not sure the date provides enough benefit to make it worth the cost. Is this something that is vitally important to anyone?
  8. This new software has changed the "friends" feature which you could access through another member's profile. The Friends feature showed both people as being friends of each other. I'm pretty sure the friends from the old software version did not transfer over to this new version. The new version of this is called "Follow Member." It is more like following someone on Twitter, Instagram, or even Facebook. You can follow anyone you wish, but they will not automatically be following you back. It is up to each individual to choose whom they wish to follow. As you see the names of your old friends pop up in posts, you may want to click on their profile and Follow them.
  9. Darski, what do you mean by "less sophisticated?" I think the new software has a much cleaner, less cluttered look to it. You mentioned below about something related to photos. Are you wanting to see the photos displayed at a smaller size, and then have to click on them to see them larger? They are being displayed as smaller than their actual size, but I agree the current size is pretty big. Some people like seeing the photos very large right in threads, others like seeing a much smaller image and having to click to enlarge. Donna and I are still discussing the optimal display size for photos. We'd love to hear suggestions from all of you. If you don't know the pixel size to recommend, just give an approximation like: half the width of the screen when I have my browser window fully open on my laptop. Any kind of description will help us. As far as I can tell, no functionality was removed in the software upgrade. Things may work a little differently, but we can still do most, if not all, of what we did before. Barf emoticon. Wow. That's a pretty strong statement, and I'm not really sure how to take that. We really are doing the best we can to get things running smoothly around here. I'm a bit concerned that your statement of us deciding to use the forum crash to change stuff makes it sound like we made changes just for the heck of it. I want to reassure everyone that was not the case. The board software we were using had reached its end-of-life: the manufacturer was no longer going to be supporting it. That means the cyber-bad-guys could create ways to hack site using old software, and the manufacturer wouldn't be creating any patches to prevent it from happening. That happens a lot with this type of software, browsers included: old versions will only be supported for so long. We've known for awhile that we would need to upgrade the forum software sometime in the next couple of months. We thought we would have time to install the new software in our test forum so we could familiarize ourselves with how it works as it's a major change from version 3.X.X to version 4.X.X. Unfortunately, the unexpected forum crash took that opportunity away. So now we're all learning how everything works together. It isn't helping that the new forum back-end default settings are sometimes quite different from old defaults, so we've been doing a lot of tweaking behind the scenes to keep things working correctly. We didn't do anything to restore the pics and PDFs. The forum software may have moved them to a new location, and they may have been inaccessible for a short time as background processes are running. The background processes to update all database records are continuing to run, so we may continue to have some short-term issues with things not working right or not being in the right place yet, until all these background processes are complete. The forum database is so huge, that no one knows how long this is going to take. You can still do this, but it's just slightly different than before. Add all your photos in to your post. Scroll back up in your post and place your cursor where you want a particular photo. Then scroll back down to the photos and click the "+" button on the one you want to insert. It's the same process, but now there's just a + to click and not the tab that said "insert photo." (Or whatever it actually said. I always amaze myself at how quickly I forget exactly what something used to look like!) You can go ahead and use the quote feature and just delete out any photos or text you don't want to appear in the quote. Same as usual. If you have any problems, suggestions, questions, or comments related to the software upgrade, please post a message over in the Board Help section. I've created a thread over there to keep track of reported issues and how they were resolved. Again, Donna and I appreciate everyone's patience as we work through any upgrade-related issues together. I hope we can all be a team here and support and encourage each other until 1) we get any problems worked out and 2) we're all used to the new way things work. There are some really good things associated with moving the forum off of our old server and into the software company's "Community in the Cloud." All the trouble some people had with the server software thinking they were up to something hinky and blacklisting their IP address for no valid reason should stop. I'll personally be very glad to see an end to that particular recurring problem!
  10. I have some very exciting news to share with everyone. I will be opening studio space in Huntsville, AL with a friend of mine, Roo Kline. We will be moving in on June 1. Our grand opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, at 2:00 PM. I'd love it if some of our forum members could join us! SPARKLE Studio will be a working / teaching studio, featuring me of Crochetville and Roo of Moonwood Farm. We will be focusing on fiber arts and mixed media, including crochet, weaving, spinning, knitting, dyeing, fiber prep, and more. Our goal is to help everyone find that spark of creativity hiding inside them and bring it fully to life. All of the inventory we have available to purchase at shows will now be available at SPARKLE Studio. We eventually hope to have an online store for some of our items as well. Website: Facebook: Location: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment 2211 Seminole Drive, Studio 103 Huntsville, AL 35805 Hours: W-TH: 12-6 pm Fri: 12-8 pm Sat: 10-6 pm Sun-TU: CLOSED
  11. I haven't been able to find a way to make the date the thread was started display. I've asked over at the Invision forum to see if anyone can help. If you're seeing just a list of individual new posts, it sounds as if you've clicked on "All Content" under the activity stream tab. To see a list of threads with new content, click the "Unread Content" link instead.
  12. I thought it might be a good idea to keep a list of which problems people have reported and how they've been resolved. If you have an issue to report, please post it as a new topic here in Board Help. Before posting a new issue, check here and in other threads to see if the problem has already been reported and fixed. Feel free to leave a comment in an existing thread about an issue. Photo inserting issues: This works similarly to the old software. Add all your photos to your post. Scroll up into your text and position the cursor where you want a photo to appear. Scroll down to the photo(s) you want to insert and click the + button in the order in which you want photos to appear. You may need to scroll back up and see if you want to add paragraph returns between photos. Photo uploading issues: software people changed image handling method Profile photo issues: changed back-end settings Signature issue with embedded YouTube videos: All YouTube video links will automatically embed now, including in signatures. Solution: Edit signature to remove embedded link. Add text description (example: Super-Stupendous video), then use the link button in toolbar to add a link to that text.| Signature--Find to edit: Click triangle by name at very top of forum. Under Settings, select Account Settings. Click Signature link in left-hand sidebar.
  13. @redrosesdz Can you see the likes now?
  14. OKay, now it's doing it to me, too. Let me check and see if that's a setting on the back end (as I just had to update some other settings) or if it's just the board being flaky while background processes continue to update.