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  • BruceB
    Founding Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 180
    • Des Moines WA
    • Pit Barrel Cooker
      Weber Original Kettle Premium 22" Copper - 2015
      Brinkmann 4 burner gas grille (older, stout, and still working well!)
      Slow 'n' Sear
      CDN DSP-1 dual sensor probe therm
      Maverick ET-732 therm
      Thermapop digital therm (x2 red and white)
      Thermapen - orange
      Little Chief electric cold smoker (lots of salmon thru this!)

    #16
    When you are in one of the subforums, such as 'General discussion', and the thread titles are shown, somewhere next to the title I would like to see the pages listed with an option to go to the last page. Here's an example from another forum, the icon indicates a multi-page thread, and you can select one of the beginning pages, or just click Last Page

    (1 2 3 ... Last Page)


    In a similar vein, when you are in a thread and want to go to the last page to see the most recent posts, a "Last Page" option would be great instead of having to type over the current page number or use the vcr controls to navigate to the last page.
    Something like this -
    Page 1 of 854 1 2 3 11 51 101 501 > Last

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    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      This MAY be doable...

    • Lost in China
      Lost in China commented
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      This is a feature of Drupal and I don't think it can be changed.
  • ribeyeguy
    Charter Member
    • Jun 2015
    • 1290
    • S. E. Wisconsin
    • Weber Platinum Performer, 18"WSM, Smokenator, Slow 'n Sear.

    #17
    Specifically in the "Show us what you're cooking" thread I'd like to be able to reach into my screen and grab a sample of every picture posted. What do you think, is there a way to make that happen?

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    • mayapoppa
      mayapoppa commented
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      Well that didn't work...
      Maybe I request the ability to post .gifs in comments?
      In the meantime...http://giphy.com/gifs/cheezburger-ca...-nqnKLdvSJEsiA

    • JohnF
      JohnF commented
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      Right click save photo as XXXXXXX

    • ribeyeguy
      ribeyeguy commented
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      No, I meant reach in and grab an actual sizzling sample to taste. Sorry guys, it was a joke. Although, if there's an IT guy out there that can make it happen Meathead needs to hire him!
  • scottranda
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 1644
    • Charlotte, NC

    #18
    Separate the private messages from the "@ mentions." And make improvements to the mentions to ensure it works better than it does today. Sometimes they don't get picked up.

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    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      Can you elaborate? I'm not following you.
  • David Parrish
    Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
    • May 2014
    • 5043
    • Charlotte, NC
      • Slow 'N Sear Kamado (SnSK)
      • Lots of grills that work with Slow 'N Sear
      • LOTS of digital thermometers (my fav)
      • LOTS of accessories
      • Favorite Beer - Fat Tire
      • Favorite Bourbon - Woodford Reserve
      • Favorite White Wine - Cakebread Chardonnay
      • Favorite Red Wine - Yes, Please
      • President/Owner - SnS Grills

    #19
    Originally posted by scottranda View Post
    Separate the private messages from the "@ mentions." And make improvements to the mentions to ensure it works better than it does today. Sometimes they don't get picked up.
    My experience with the @mentions is that it's browser dependent. It works great for me when I use Firefox. It doesn't work at all when I use Chrome. Perhaps it's a plug-in or extension I've installed in one browser but not the other, I'm not sure. The moral though is that it works as long as the browser/plug-in/extension doesn't interfere with it.

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    • Nate
      Charter Member
      • Apr 2015
      • 3813
      • Quarantined
      • INFO
        ~Known as: Nate
        ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
        ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


        SMOKERS & GRILLS
        ~Grilla Original Grilla
        ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
        ~Pit Barrel Cooker
        ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
        ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
        ~Weber Q1000


        THERMOMETERS
        ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
        ~Thermoworks Thermapen
        ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
        ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
        ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
        ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
        ~Maverick ET-733
        ~Maverick XR-50


        ACCESSORIES
        ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
        ~Slow 'n' Sear
        ~Drip 'n' Griddle
        ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
        ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
        ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


        DRINKS
        ~Sweet Tea
        ~Bourbon
        ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

      #20
      I agree with the location idea. I wish there was a way for people to at least disclose a geographic area, IF THEY WANT TO, in order to better communicate with nearby people for gatherings, competitions, etc... maybe you could join multiple areas if you were in a kind of boarder area or overlap area.

      Also I wish there was a way to better filter things... for instance... if I am in "today's post", which is where a lot of people spend time, that there was a way to hide topics that continue to pop up that you might not be interested in.

      As a side note... My wife and I have a Smart TV but don't subscribe to cable, sat, etc... we mostly just use hulu. The smart tv has a youtube app and a simple web browser... I have bookmarked AR on the browser so I can watch the pit's video series. Whatever format we are using works and I hope that keeps up. It is so much better watching hour and half long videos on the tv than computer. I do wish there were some more member videos either on here or youtube channel.

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      • Nate
        Nate commented
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        Meathead , was just thinking if there is a way for YT its easier to watch on mobile devices & AR could create different playlists like your kingsford series, reviews, interviews, how tos, etc... a lot of neat things you could do. If not on YT then maybe something more user friendly/formalized here.

      • RichBrew
        RichBrew commented
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        I LOVE the idea of the videos being in a format viewable on a smart tv.

      • Nate
        Nate commented
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        RichBrew , I'm able to pull up the videos here on the pit series forum by using my web app on my smart tv. Have to log into the pit as normal.. just takes a while without a keyboard and mouse... but a friendlier version would rock.
    • fuzzydaddy
      Charter Member
      • Nov 2014
      • 4949
      • Winchester TN
      • Hardware
        Slow N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
        22" Weber Kettle.
        Slow N Sear, DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
        Chimney starters.
        PartyQ.
        Joule.
        GrillGrates, GrateGriddles.
        Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
        ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

        Consumables / Favorites
        KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks)
        Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins.
        SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
        MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

      #21
      Currently when you tag someone in a post by typing @(user name) it doesn't work properly in all cases. Example: There is a user "smokeyboy" and a user "smokeyboy man", if you type "@smokeyboy man" you actually tag "@smokeyboy" if you don't click on the name from the popup, and if you do click on the name from the popup, it moves it to the beginning of your post.

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      • Meathead
        Meathead commented
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        Yeah, I don't think there is a fix for this unless we prevent members from putting spaces in their user names.

      • gcdmd
        gcdmd commented
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        You could do like some sites do and have underscores in place of spaces
    • scottranda
      Charter Member
      • May 2015
      • 1644
      • Charlotte, NC

      #22
      Not sure how to do it, but create an Amazing Ribs vCard or something of the like to share the website easily to those who've never heard of AR before. Like one of those "bump your phones" to give them the contact. Business cards with AR's info would be awesome, but this might cut down costs and you can allow all to use it.

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      • scottranda
        scottranda commented
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        Theoretically, you can track who shared AR the most.
    • scottranda
      Charter Member
      • May 2015
      • 1644
      • Charlotte, NC

      #23
      Allow for more than one picture for our user profile. Right now, we only get one picture which is our avatar. I'd like to see a few different pics of Pit members (if the post it), so we can see what they look like, or pictures of their BBQ setup.

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      • scottranda
        Charter Member
        • May 2015
        • 1644
        • Charlotte, NC

        #24
        Facilitation of Google Hangouts between members??? Set weekly or monthly hangouts.

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        • Meathead
          Meathead commented
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          I like this!

        • Lost in China
          Lost in China commented
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          This would only affect users who are also signed up for that service. Is there enough of an overlap between "Pit Users" and this service's users to be worth the effort?
      • David Parrish
        Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
        • May 2014
        • 5043
        • Charlotte, NC
          • Slow 'N Sear Kamado (SnSK)
          • Lots of grills that work with Slow 'N Sear
          • LOTS of digital thermometers (my fav)
          • LOTS of accessories
          • Favorite Beer - Fat Tire
          • Favorite Bourbon - Woodford Reserve
          • Favorite White Wine - Cakebread Chardonnay
          • Favorite Red Wine - Yes, Please
          • President/Owner - SnS Grills

        #25
        Originally posted by fuzzydaddy View Post
        Currently when you tag someone in a post by typing @(user name) it doesn't work properly in all cases. Example: There is a user "smokeyboy" and a user "smokeyboy man", if you type "@smokeyboy man" you actually tag "@smokeyboy" if you don't click on the name from the popup, and if you do click on the name from the popup, it moves it to the beginning of your post.
        You can use the format@"username with spaces here" (including the double quotes) and that will tell the system that the whole username is within the quotes.

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        • fuzzydaddy
          fuzzydaddy commented
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          Thanks. Didn't know that!
      • RichBrew
        Club Member
        • Feb 2016
        • 59
        • Buford GA

        #26
        Support for a mobile app, like forum runner. They have a vbulletin plugin. The mobile site is decent, but the apps seem quicker and easier.

        http://www.forumrunner.net/?p=faq
        Last edited by RichBrew; March 31st, 2016, 10:33 PM. Reason: Add link

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        • Meathead
          Meathead commented
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          We looked into this and in order for it to work we need to make The Pit public. For obvious reasons, we can't do that.

        • RichBrew
          RichBrew commented
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          Does the entire forum have to go public? Maybe announcements or something could go public, and have a separate members only section.
      • RichBrew
        Club Member
        • Feb 2016
        • 59
        • Buford GA

        #27
        Also, the little icon for jumping to the latest unread post is small, very difficult to use op iPhone/iPad
        Attached Files

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        • BruceB
          BruceB commented
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          Where is this?

        • RichBrew
          RichBrew commented
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          Added an image. It's the little blue circle to the left of 'slow'. It wouldn't hurt to make it easier to find too!
      • bep35
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 281
        • Pierre,SD
        • 1987 Weber Kettle (Still going!)
          2004 Cookshack Smokette (The original!)
          2012 Weber Genesis (Wonderful for steaks and chops!)
          2014 Pit Barrel Cooker (Lovin it!)
          Thermoworks Thermapen
          Thermoworks Mini Handheld Thermocouple & Meat Needle Probe
          Various other wireless remote thermometers

          Beer...Bud Light (Timeless)

        #28
        Mobile App would be nice. Probably outside of what you're able to do.

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        • Jaytee
          Jaytee commented
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          Tapatalk integration (it works with vBulletin) would provide a ton of functionality including a mobile app.
          https://siteowners.tapatalk.com/

        • David Parrish
          David Parrish commented
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          Pork Lord it's VERY easy to post pics here using your phone. Huskee has written instructions on this that can be found in the Welcome and Announcements channel.

          Jaytee tapatalk isn't possible because The Pit is a private forum.

        • Jaytee
          Jaytee commented
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          Pit Boss as far as I can tell Tapatalk supports private forums. might be worth investigating further, it would give you several of the suggestions on this thread...
      • mgaretz
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 787
        • San Ramon, CA
        • Mark Garetz
          Rec Tec pellet grill
          Weber Genesis Gasser
          Maverick ET-732 and Thermapen and others

        #29
        The page number buttons would be nice to have at the top in addition to the bottom.

        Increase the character limit on comments. Allow emoticons in comments.

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        • David Parrish
          David Parrish commented
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          mgaretz here are my thoughts on the comment system, and why it is the way it is (post #17). I think 300 is a very good #.
          https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...comments/page2

        • mgaretz
          mgaretz commented
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          So if I post something I've cooked and someone posts a comment wanting to know what I did, you'd prefer that I quote it and post the recipe downthread? That takes up more space and disconnects the comment spatially from the question.

        • David Parrish
          David Parrish commented
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          If a person wants to engage in a discussion about your cook, and your cook is the topic of the thread, then they should post their question as a reply. If it's off the topic of the thread then you two should chat by comments while everyone else continues the on topic discussion through replies.
      • mgaretz
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 787
        • San Ramon, CA
        • Mark Garetz
          Rec Tec pellet grill
          Weber Genesis Gasser
          Maverick ET-732 and Thermapen and others

        #30
        Originally posted by Pit Boss View Post

        My experience with the @mentions is that it's browser dependent. It works great for me when I use Firefox. It doesn't work at all when I use Chrome. Perhaps it's a plug-in or extension I've installed in one browser but not the other, I'm not sure. The moral though is that it works as long as the browser/plug-in/extension doesn't interfere with it.
        Works fine for me in Chrome

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        • David Parrish
          David Parrish commented
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          Yep after pondering this a bit more I realized it's just my home laptop where chrome gives me mentions grief. Must be a plug-in, extension, or something else I've got installed.

        • Jon Solberg
          Jon Solberg commented
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      Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

      maverick PT55 thermometer

      A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

      Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


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      slow n sear

      The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

      Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


      Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

      the good one grill

      The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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      The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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      Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

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      The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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      The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

      The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

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      The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


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