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    Some "quality of life" ideas

    Hey Mr. Tony(admin) – props on the site. Huge improvement over the other non-subscription boards I have frequented. I’m excited for the many possibilities this can make for the online Ute community.

    I just have a couple suggestions I’d like to put out there I haven’t seen mentioned yet – mostly common ones I like to have for forum navigation:

    1) A button on the bottom that either takes you to the top of the page or allows you to navigate back out to the sub-forum or to the next thread.

    2) Perhaps bolding new posts in a thread, or fading out old posts that have been ‘read’ so that you can quickly find the new discussions if you’ve missed a hot topic for a few hours or so (I know there is the new activity, but that just takes you to the newest post). With the indented replies (which I love) it can sometimes be hard to follow conversations if you don’t scroll through the entire thread again.

    3) The “like” or “upvote” button – I know some are scared this will lead to a mob mentality, or a swarming/circle jerk for unpopular opinions, but I think if you leave it as a “like” or “report” feature, versus a true “upvote/downvote” then you end up getting a better response and have that positive feedback people are looking for.

    4) keep kickin’ ass on this site.

  • Born-A-Ute-PDX

    I definitely agree with #2! That would be ideal.

    I will also throw out one additional question/suggestion for those of us who occasionally lurk from work… Is there a way to see the forum without the graphic of the stadium/fans in the left and right margins? It looks good, but would be cool to make it a bit more discrete when needed.

    So far, great site!

  • UteSteve

    Love the new site! I think it would be nice on the home page to contain a plethora of information about the upcoming game front and center (opponent, time, channel, etc). Also, maybe a Twitter/Instagram feed of all official Utah Athletics accounts for quick hitting updates.

  • joefan

    Another suggestion I have is to put an option in email settings to notify me of follow up-replies via emails instead of having to check it each time you post a reply on a thread.

  • joefan

    One more suggestion: providing a way for the “notify me of follow-up replies via email” to be auto checked in settings so I don’t have to click it every time I post.

    Thanks.

  • joefan

    One more suggestion. Setting for auto-checking the “Notify me of follow-up replies via email” box so I don’t have to do it every time.

    Thanks.

  • Tony

    Thanks for the comments. After one day I think it is amazing so far and it will get better over time. Thanks for the suggestions. I think a “like” button is good, and positive.

    I have yet to address the look and feel of the forum it is totally an out of the box setup right now. It will certainly improve.

    • Hockeybeard

      LIKE

    • Hockeybeard

      Look at you so quick with the “Like” button! Wish I could hit it multiple times!

  • execUTEioner

    It looks like the forum user names aren’t unique. Moose will have a field day with this.

    • AZswayze

      Is there a way to limit it to one user per IP to try to cut down on users having multiple accounts. I know some will use proxies and whatever, but at least it would be somewhat of a deterrent. I hate having to try to figure out who I’m dealing with constantly. The whole multiple account thing is just weird to me.

      • Hockeybeard

        @Hockeybeard @executeioner Man, you’re playing with my mind right now. I wasn’t sure how I was posting without posting…

        • execUTEioner

          @Hockeybeard Sorry to pick on you, just playing around. This could get generate confusion. Usernames or the display name, since it’s not actually displaying the username, should be unique and tied to an account, IMO.

          • AZswayze

            My god am I confused right now.

            • Hockeybeard

              Should I switch my handle executioner? would that help?

            • execUTEioner

              Confused about what? @480ute

              • AZswayze

                Dude, my head is about to explode.

              • AZswayze

                Now, can you please change yours back before we get stuck this way.

  • Tony

    Woa true security issue. And thanks for pointing out that we can hashtag users. That’s SO COOL! @hockeybeard

    • Hockeybeard

      @admin Just found it out – would be nice if there was an auto-fill feature for it, so you could just type the “@” and a couple letters and have a drop down to choose the user (incase you don’t remember precise spelling or something). Also, it tags the Username, not the display name – so some confusion potential there as well.

  • Crimson Clover

    I especially like #2, the ability to quickly find the new posts in a thread. Utezone takes you straight to the next unread post, which is great.

    You should probably add a donate feature at some point. I’d love to donate towards your efforts, but I realize that’s not your focus.

    • Tony

      Yes the username versus display name is very confusing, even for me. I’d like to get rid of the displayname and just go username.

      • Hockeybeard

        Seems like that would work a lot better and be more intuitive for signups.

  • GadValleyUte

    It would be nice if the top menu (Home/Forum/Members/Activity) was always visible instead of having to scroll back up to it to navigate from page to page. And if Recent Posts was its own button instead of in the drop down that would be nice.
    Thanks again for doing this. I’m sure you’re totally swamped, but so far I’m enjoying what you’ve got.

  • joefan

    Right now, posts are getting cut off on the right side of the browser on my phone.

    • Tony

      Yes the vertical mobile view needs some work. What kind of phone is it?

    • GadValleyUte

      This was happening on my iPhone 6 yesterday in both Safari and Chrome. It was kinds crummy. Landscape mode looked fine, but you couldn’t type anything so I had to constantly switch from landscape to portrait. Hopefully that will get fixed.

      • UteSteve

        Same here. Fixing this would be really helpful as I spend about 90% of my time browsing on my phone and I’m not a fan of landscape.

  • joefan

    Also, another suggestion would be to be able to upload images to the site. Easier to upload a picture from the file on your computer than to upload to imgur and copy the link, especially on mobile. Thanks for your hard work on the site so far.

    • Tony

      That one would be nice and I will be considering that. However, that one could REALLY eat up server resources and space, adding to the infrastructure needs and hosting costs. We’ll see.

      • Hockeybeard

        Perhaps an integrated feature with an imgur upload? Have imgur host the images, but a direct functionality from this site to imgur – not familiar enough with PHP to know if that is possible or not, but I have seen it on other sites.

  • THEeyepatch

    Hello all…

    Heard about this site on Utefans.net (cougarboard 2.0 lol) so I figured I’d check it out. Hope I can contribute to some intelligent conversations, breaking news, or what-not. I post on Block U as THEeyepatch. I don’t bother posting on SLTrib or DNews because it’s just a waste of my time going through the moderators but I do haunt both sites when I’m looking for a good chuckle.

    As of now I don’t see a line on Oregon but as I’ve posted on Block U, I believe the Utes can take this game. If there were a year to take down the Ducks, it’s this season!

  • Brettski

    Welcome! I think we’re all trying to figure out this new age of Utah message boards. I’m liking this place and hope it takes off.

    • THEeyepatch

      Thanks Brettski, yeah… so far so good. Now it’s just a matter if people hang around and more people join.

      • Hockeybeard

        The admin has stated he’s been swamped with a couple hundred new user requests over the last couple days, so I think the interest is there. The job now is on the users to make sure the discussion and community keeps up and supplies the topics.

  • Red Dawn

    Uniforms for Oregon?

    Does anyone know the uniform combo for Oregon? Seems like Under Armor would plan something special for this game.

  • Tomasina

    The Utes Equipment twitter usually posts them once the team has selected the uniform combination.

    Utes Equipment Twitter

  • NorthEZUte

    I think satin helmets with white jersey and white pants would look cool.

    • Hockeybeard

      If we can’t get approval for all red then I like this idea.

      All red vs. an oregon in their all green would really look good under the lights!

    • UteSteve

      This is what I want to see as well. Throwing a black mask on the satin red looks awesome too. Like this:

      Satin Helmet Black Mask

  • Tacoma Ute

    I miss the 70s, 80s and 90s. Red helmets, red jerseys and white pants at home. Red helmets, white jerseys and red pants on the road. Simple, effective, great-looking and Utah always looked like Utah.

    I realize that time is past though, for now at least. Hopefully the alternate uniform overkill will eventually cause a backlash And teams will go back to their classic unis and we’ll be able to turn on a game and instantly know what teams are playing without having to be told.

    • Red Dawn

      I would love it if they could find that same color scheme and do an exact replica (or close to it). I think it would be a cool tribute to those guys from that era.

      • Tacoma Ute

        Yeah, at least for one game and bring back some of the old legends to attend.

    • Hockeybeard

      This is what I think Tacoma looks like during uniform discussions…

      • Tacoma Ute

        Don’t get me wrong. I think a lot of the new uniforms and helmets look ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. I honestly do.

        They just don’t look like Utah. Then again there’s probably people older than me who think it’s not really a Utes helmet without the double block U.

        • Hockeybeard

          I know, I just needed an excuse to post that image…

          Honestly, I think the main reason teams are seen branching out into different uniform combos is because its completely and wholly superficial, but its something that excites the recruiting base. There is no performance increase, there is no substantial change because of the uniform (outside of the indirect benefit of any increased merchandise and retail sales), but it gives the recruits something to talk about and be excited for.

          Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the U came out next year with a Gray uniform or accent on some of their stuff.

          • Tacoma Ute

            I’ve been expecting the gray version for a couple years now. We already had a basketball version. Maybe we could call it “Dress Like Wazzu Night”. 😀

    • norm

      Yeah, and back then it was a HUGE deal when they wore all red against TDS. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade things now overall, but I remember when it was a big deal and really exciting when they would switch up the uniform combination once the entire year by wearing all read. Now a new uniform means it’s just another week. Kind of takes away from it being special.

      …excuse to post a couple of old images of the all reds from the 80s:

      Utah 80s uniforms
      Utah 80s uniforms

    • norm

      Yeah, and back then it was a HUGE deal when they wore all red against TDS. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade things now overall, but I remember when it was a big deal and really exciting when they would switch up the uniform combination once the entire year by wearing all read. Now a new uniform means it’s just another week. Kind of takes away from it being special.

      …excuse to post a couple of old images of the all reds from the 80s:

      Utah 80s uniforms
      Utah 80s uniforms

      • FormerUteSax

        I love the all red, but I’m not a fan of those black stripes

        • norm

          Actually, I agree. These two are the best of all time, in my opinion:

          Utah all red 80s

          Utah 80s red white

  • Bob Sacamano

    I’d assume Oregon will be wearing green. They have a season long “what to wear” section that is telling their fans to wear green this weekend. What to wear

    • Tacoma Ute

      Oregon wearing green? No. That won’t work. That’s their team color. That won’t impress recruits. 😉

      • UteSteve

        To be fair they will probably look more like a glow in the dark green highlighter than their “actual school color” green.

  • Tacoma Ute

    I think a compromise would be in order. Classic Ute uniform combos in 9 games, alternates in the other 3. That would keep us oldies happy who have had the classic look ingrained in our gray matter for decades. It would also allow for a little bling and flash for the recruits.

    Also, if they didn’t change it up so often it would seem like more of an event when they did wear alternates as opposed to wondering every single week what the team will look like.

    • NorthEZUte

      I’d really love to see the throwbacks in more than one game this year. Those are too sweet for one-offs in my opinion.

      • Wilson's Mustache

        They look great & I really wish Utah’s regular uniforms were more like them. They are clean & sharp looking.

      • Tacoma Ute

        I love the classic uni that Eddie Johnson is wearing in UteSteve’s icon.

  • rbmw263

    Hoping for all white. All red would look sweet if they were in all yellow

  • TorontoUte

    Seems like they saved their special unis for the homecoming game against cal (throwback), which are pretty sweet imo

  • LiquidUte

    The uniforms work because they’ve got us all talking – generating some hype. If they were always the same then it would just be one less thing to talk Utes about around the virtual watercooler. That said, White, White, White, White this week please.

    • BioUte

      I’m ready for the White helmet. I think I like our bowl game look last year better than the All Whites though.
      Bowl UnisAll Whites

      • GadValleyUte

        I loved the candycane look. Maybe we reserve that for the holiday/bowl season?

  • utejeph

    Love the throwback uniforms that were announced for Homecoming. Would like to see something like that for our “normal” uniforms. For this game I want all white with White helmets.

    • LiquidUte

      Yep, and white facemasks. Quad-white.

      • rbmw263

        +1

    • LiquidUte

      Although triple white with black facemasks would be a sick storm trooper look.

      • Mr Chainsaw

        Then our quarterbacks would have an excuse as to why they can never hit a receiver…

  • UteInsider

    They will be wearing all whites with the white facemask. Stormtrooper look.

  • Henry Johnston

    Kick offs

    Is anyone else concerned with Phillips inability to reach the endzone with his kickoffs?

  • mexiUte

    Not until we lose… It’s a little concerning, but until it matters I think we have to let him do his thing.

    • Henry Johnston

      I still like PHillips as our field goal kicker, it just seems like we should have someone that can kick the ball into the endzone.

      • Hockeybeard

        I will be fine up until its reported he is supposed to be kicking it out of the endzone and has not been able for whatever reason (injury/psychology/etc.)

        He has displayed ample leg strength in preceding years, so I’m not sure if this is a Morgan Scalley design to try and stop the returns before the 25 yd line, or if its a mistake by Philips.

  • 1Colonial

    Explain to me especially with the altitude in slc, why Phillips can’t or shouldn’t be kicking it out of the endzone.

    Couldn’t agree more with this topic and its concern. Phillips seems to be like a Jeremy Olsen type? Lack of focus? Idk. But I sure am frustrated if its a coaching thing but because that usu kick to the 40 was bad.

  • UteSteve

    I know at one point Whitt mentioned the shorter kickoffs were by design. The idea is to get good hang time and drop the ball inside the 5. Usually when this is executed perfectly (including good tackling) they are able to tackle the kick returner before he reaches the 25. Not sure if that’s what happening right now, but it has been explained in the past.

    • Tomasina

      I know that two years ago, Phillips didn’t have the leg strength to get it to the end zone. Last year after working out in the off-season, he was able to boot it out of the end zone. I am wondering if he left off on some of the strength training this off-season, and isn’t able to do it any longer.

      I just think that his kicks look more similar to two years ago, than last year.

      • UteSteve

        I hope it’s not a strength issue as I get the impression Andy is a pretty hard worker. You could be right though…perhaps he got too confident in his abilities after all the praise he’s been getting and took it easy over the offseason. I trust the coaches to get it worked out one way or another.