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« on: January 06, 2013, 05:30:56 PM »
Ugh.  Why??

Hopefully this isn't the final version.  The dark navy blue backdrop to all the text is a real eyesore, as it creates some nasty contrast with the comparatively bright buttons, boxes, and text (much of which is a pale yellow/orange, making the contrast even more garish.)

And the new organization, with everything labelled "General," "Specials," and "Child Board" is ridiculous and unnecessary.  Talk about overcomplicating things.  Please reconsider.

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Re: New forums
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013, 05:43:53 PM »
Ironically, I wanted to include you in the focus group that had a saying in these changes. Unfortunately, you were never available on skype to talk about this. And you sure know I did try to reach you out several times.

This is obviously not the final CSS style sheet, and the divisions are to make areas simple. Directors and forum members had a saying in this. Quite frankly, it was way too many boards in the wrong places.

We're still working on this.


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Re: New forums
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013, 05:58:12 PM »
Yeah, I just noticed the WIP announcement.  As for the reorganization, thankfully I'm not a layperson and actually know what a "child board" is, but you're probably going to run into a lot of people confused by that term, and confused by the fact that you now have to click MORE times to access stuff that used to be available right on the main forum page.  It's a pretty solid rule of thumb in web design that any time you're adding clicks to a process, you're having a negative impact on overall functionality.  Incidentally, the same thing can be said of adventure game interfaces (cough cough...COGNITION...cough.)  ;)

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Re: New forums
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013, 07:34:16 PM »
My fault, I was transitioning to the new CSS and I was in a hurry to simply get a *readable* layout lol. Our CSS Master is cracking his knuckles at the style as we speak. Once we get the main look out of the way we will handle all the nice-to-haves. (Youtube embedding, making wording more clear, a chocolate fondue for teh Asylum...)
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Re: New forums
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2013, 09:06:52 PM »
No longer the ugly white, ugly light blue, ugly black and then whatever other shade of blue (insert here whatever color from today)

It's back to its great pooptastic grey color now, everyone can sleep at peace. However CSS style sheet is not done yet, so please continue to be patient with us. Thank you.





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Re: New forums
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013, 04:45:05 AM »
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I vote for this.
CC would only let us have it once a month tho'! :'( :P
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Re: New forums
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2013, 04:34:24 PM »
He doesn't need to know :P




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Re: New forums
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2013, 04:45:49 PM »
He has ways of finding these things out. :sneaky:
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Re: New forums
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2013, 04:47:41 PM »
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Re: New forums
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2013, 05:11:02 PM »
UNLESS YOU EMAIL HIM WITH THIS, he won't know. And if he does know I'll tell Mike to switch it to the blue that Lamby loved oh-so-much in the first place :P

Then we will all be blind and chocolateless-ly. Or something.


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Re: New forums
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2013, 07:10:53 PM »
What can I say?  I'm a sucker for alternating shades of gray.  ;)

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Re: New forums
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2013, 07:32:55 PM »
Admit it, Lamb, you like all 50 of them. :P

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Re: New forums
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2013, 10:35:13 PM »
Admit it, Lamb, you like all 50 of them. :P

I was wondering if someone would go there.  ;)

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Re: New forums
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2013, 10:28:29 PM »
...Why did you guys move the messages thing and all unred posts thing so low? It was fine where it was a few minutes ago, y'know right underneath my avatar all neat and seeable.

Well, if you're going with that, then I'm enlarging my avatar again.

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Re: New forums
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2013, 10:34:17 PM »
I'm guessing it's just an alignment issue that'll probably be fixed. The CSS seems to be minutely different every single time I visit the forums, so I wouldn't take corrective action just yet. XD

EDIT: And look, the alignment is being messed with as we speak. :P
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Re: New forums
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2013, 11:33:18 PM »
Yes, I apologize for the mess.

In a very serious note, this has truly taken longer than expected which personally makes my frustration grow as well. I've got nothing to say that will excuse this, just thank you for being so patient about all this.


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Re: New forums
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2013, 11:37:01 PM »
Say, don't stress. We know you (...and hopefully some other people. Please tell me there are more people working on this than just you. D:) are trying your best to make this work, and it's coming in small changes rather than one giant forum outage, so I think it's going well. The person most being inconvenienced is you and your stress level. <3 :hug:
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Re: New forums
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2013, 12:03:41 AM »
It's not me working on the CSS code. I did try but without dreamweaver I am at loss trying to understand, I've got to leave it to the programmers.

In fact, this wasn't even in the plans because the idea was to update the forums because it hadn't been taken care of in years. Ideally, from SMF1 to SMF2 all that was meant to happen was just adapt the old design into the current one. There's no redesign happening for the forums, just updates and maintenance.

The frustration comes that something that was scheduled for 2 days it's taking about 6 days and it's just going slower than I wish it would. Those who know me, do know that when we do forum updates they go live when we did them. And when it comes to web it's nothing but a platform for content coming.

So updates are delayed, content is also delayed but days are still going by, I just feel there's no excuse to this, so all I can say is sorry and feel like a complete idiot about it. I feel regardless of how much appreciation some of the community may feel for me or the team, it's still a responsibility and it's like we're failing.

To me, the community means everything. Our forums are our world, so of course it's sort of a big deal to me and frustration grows by the day.


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Re: New forums
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2013, 08:48:27 AM »
Well, not sure if all of the updates are done, but the CSS is looking back to normal. :)
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Re: New forums
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2013, 12:48:36 PM »
I love the new forum. :) The quotes are so much more readable now.
 
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