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About hermann

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  1. Do these look like diamonds to you

    All posts/topics re this subject merged into this one thread.
  2. Hi KittyKat, Our traffic is as strong as ever and continues to grow, but yes the amount of posting has decreased. I believe both of these trends are due to the increase of mobile devices, which make it very easy to surf & find information at any time (thus leading to high traffic), but make it more difficult to type & post (due to teeny tiny screens/keyboards). Re your Forum ideas: we do have an "insider's forum" but it is only available to A-List, as for "how-to's", I feel it is covered within the massive amounts of postings already existing. All one needs to do is search, and ye shall (usually) find. We've been around for 18 years, so there's a very good likelihood these topics have been discussed & covered several times. Of course if you think up a topic that isn't covered, it's easy to start a new discussion... "Buy/Sell/Trade" we do have the classifieds, but maybe it should cover "wanted to buy"? We're living in interesting times for sure. Sometimes it feels like every bit of knowledge in our increasingly small universe is now contained within our computers...
  3. I get by with a little help from my friends :). The reality is, if Neil or Davide or any other well-known members nominate you, then you'd be in.
  4. From your other thread it sounds like you're starting to become a member of the trade, therefore all those rules would apply to you. Probably the most effective way for you to use Diamond Review is to contribute as a member of the trade, and once you become better known within our community and your contributions reach a certain threshold, you can join A-List and get those benefits. The idea is that while you're not permitted to outwardly self-promote by pasting link after link to your e-bay pages & so forth, you can certainly become a well-known and helpful member of our community who is known to specialize in X, Y, and Z, and then when someone need X, Y, or Z, they will instantly think of you. For example, if you needed a jewelry appraisal, who's the first person you would think of? Neil, probably. Yet Neil has never ever self-promoted outwardly. We just know him to be an incredibly knowledgeable and helpful person, and he's a very nice guy too. So we go to him. That's how it works.
  5. Major across-the-board upgrade

    Hi everyone, today I took care of some minor issues as reported by several users following the major upgrade last month: Fixed uploading of images. Prior to the fix, the size limit was 1MB. It has been increased to 10MB. Uploading (as opposed to linking) is the preferred way to post images. Blocked ability of an OP to delete an entire thread, including posts by other users. This was a new setting with the new version of the software that came with a poor choice for a default. In any case, it is fixed now. Signatures are back. This is only available for A-List Members, Jewelers, and Appraisers. Default avatar is user's initials. Consistent with current UX practices & expectations. Upgraded to latest forum software. Just house-cleaning. While upgrading, I also noticed some styling issues on Chrome, that were present even after hitting the "Refresh" button. It appears some of the old pre-upgrade CSS files were stuck in the cache. It took a full browser "clear cache" to fix. Just FYI to anyone having issues on Chrome. Thanks to everyone who reported issues!
  6. Thoughts on this diamond?

    Cleaning house today; just a quick update, the issue of uploading images has been fixed.
  7. In general I much prefer you (and everyone else) upload images directly into this site. Notwithstanding any hiccups from the recent upgrade, we can handle images, and are happy to do so, to avoid exactly this issue.
  8. Thoughts on this diamond?

    What kind of file were you trying to upload?
  9. Hi all, We have completed a major forum upgrade AND server upgrade. In a nutshell, here is what was done: Server moved to Google Cloud infrastructure. We've always prided ourselves in providing a fast website, and now we are leveraging Google's speedy infrastructure to power Diamond Review as well. Full upgrade of software stack. We're now running the latest Linux, the latest webserver, the latest database, etc. Full upgrade of forum software. Our forum vendor released a major upgrade a few months ago, and we are now running it. This required a full reimplementation of the styling, to fit Diamond Review. I think the new forum software looks & feels awesome, and I hope you agree! Full conversion of website to modern middleware. Parts of Diamond Review were still using the very old CGI framework. No longer. https is now standard. All access to Diamond Review is now strongly encrypted, for extra security & peace of mind. Lots of new extras: Upgraded monitoring, enhanced backups, new CRM system for incoming requests through "Contact Us", and much more. We have thoroughly tested everything. However, if anything looks funny or does not appear to be working as expected, please first click "refresh" on your browser and clear your browser-cache first, then if the problem persists, please do report it to us. Thanks, Hermann DiamondReview.com
  10. The Best Online Jewelry Shop

    Yep. Gone.
  11. Urgent Advice Needed

    Hi all, just a gentle reminder, please keep the discussion civil. Remember -- Be Nice.
  12. Looking To Decide Between 3 Diamonds - Please Help

    Welcome to Diamond Review! There's a link labeled "Forum Rules" on the top left of your browser. Those are the formal rules. Avoiding "the wrath of Hermann" :-) is easy..... just be nice! That's captured in the last rule, which says:
  13. Ideal Princess Cut

    It is indeed. Neil, with your permission I would be happy to add this to a tutorial page (most of which are in sore need of updates anyway!)
  14. Budget For Princess Cut?

    Welcome, Bryan!