FYI I sent a bug report to moosesalon AT javaranch DOT com, via email. Perhaps I should have posted it here, first / instead / too?
Anyway, here's the gist:
When looking at a permies forum post (in new beta view, which loaded automatically for me today, which is cool), I clicked on the "I like" link above the bumper stickers on the post.
That got me to the bumper stickers page on JavaRanch.
That page says to go to your profile, to select your bumper stickers.
The word "profile" is a link.
I clicked on the "profile" link, and it took me to a familiar-looking login page.
I tried to login, and kept being told my username/pw was wrong.
It took me a few minutes to realize: the Login page was to JavaRanch, not Permies!
So, what I think should change:
Change the bumper sticker page, so that if the user comes in from permies, and clicks on "profile," they are taken to their permies profile, rather than JavaRanch site / login.
Why I think it should change:
It’s misleading for the bumpersticker page to lead the permies user into JavaRanch territory, and not link them back to their own permies profile.
FYI – after having realized my mistake, I went back to the permies forum post I had been reading, to see if I could login to permies.com OK, and noticed that OVER THERE (permies), I was already logged in!
AND....Thanks for everyone's work on the beta site and the new features!!!
Yes, it is rather confusing that the link leads to Java ranch. It might just be that they haven't made one customized for the permies people yet. But, it's not the only informational link that leads to Java Ranch. If you click on the "What do these icons mean?" next to the emoticons, you get taken to Java Ranch, too, and that's been the case for years. It has always confused me, too, especially since they have more and different (and often, I think, better) emoticons than we do.
Funny -- I hadn't noticed that, in the past. Or if I did notice it, somehow the visual cues didn't lead me down the garden path to try to login to JavaRanch.
Thanks for noting that!
It's not really a change in approach, perhaps?
I just perceived it as a change, due to the beta format and the introduction to bumper stickers, perhaps?
But it sure did lead me astray for awhile and think "Hey! What's going on?! I can't log into permies!"