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New Forum software thread. . .

Discussion in 'Tech Support, General Q&A, Site Feedback & More' started by Rat Finkenstein, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. cziv


    Nov 24, 2005
    Forum home page is much easier now. How about some wall papering the color of the robin's egg blue in your BF logo Spark? Things will be so much better when you add a contrasting background color.

  2. Liveitloud


    Jul 1, 2006
    If you notice on the vBulletin forum site at the bottom left they have all kinds of color selections for the page as well as the text. Some of them are ugly as hell but you get the idea what can be available. I think eventually there will be plenty of views to suit everyone. I kinda like the look that it is now although I do feel like I have just walked in from a snow storm. :)

  3. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    Forum list looks much better,the colors are the worst part now.
  4. JTR357

    JTR357 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 10, 2007
    Looking better every day:thumbup:
  5. morestag

    morestag Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 7, 2007
    Correction. Can sort the view but the "show threads" button does not work. Love the new look. Much easier to read IMHO.
  6. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    Looks like the only choice is black background or bright white.
    I like the Halloween but the black background would get old fast.
  7. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod

    Mar 15, 2000
    Here is what I'm talking about. In the modified section below, it's a lot easier to trace/read a subforum view because so many words don't get in the way. "Started by," for instance, repeats needlessly all the way down the page. And I'm wondering if some of the material contained under post title could be "columnized" elsewhere. I realize that what I've done is a throwback to the old subforum view, but boy, was it easier to take in at a glance.

  8. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    You are right.I was wondering what made the thread list look so cluttered but could not figure out what it was.
    It would be much easier to scan the list your way.
  9. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod

    Mar 15, 2000
    That left side of the page just needs more white space for thread titles to do their work. Giant envelope icons could be made smaller, "Started by" could be eliminated, and the other info could be moved elsewhere. The stand-alone author beneath the title (in the three I altered above) creates an extra line which does some good work in terms of creating that white space.
  10. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    I've temporarily right justified the thread author's information and page links. Let me know if that works better for you.
  11. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    I am not bothered at all by what looks like crowding to you. But if the actual thread title were larger and bolder than the "started by" information, I think that would solve your problem.

    Personally, I like the started by date. It's a first look at what might be a resurrected thread.
  12. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    Hard to believe something so small could make that big of a difference.
  13. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod

    Mar 15, 2000
    In Large Print, it looks like a move in the right direction to me.
    Still though, things pile up on the right side of that column because of (a) the big font size, (b) the "Started by" text in every listing, (c) long usernames.
    I don't suppose there's any way to stack some of that info or get rid of the Started by blurb? I admit I know nothing about what you can control in vBulletin.
    BTW, I looked in Default view too, and everything is still left justified.

    Kevin, thanks for listening and trying different things. The feedback loop here has been really encouraging.
  14. Dobokob777


    Feb 20, 2008
    Sadly this does look like facebook. So much for familarity being a good thing. The colors are hidious, the layout is flat, and looks like every other forum, links were broken due to changes in the design. The SQL may be better for the design of the database, but this new interface gives me a headache also. Just another reason not to renew when the time comes.
  15. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod

    Mar 15, 2000
    Spark, more food for thought. Like I said, I don't know how much control you have over where things can sit, but I played around a little more.
    To me, the layout in the modified (Photoshopped) area below looks like a nice compromise of keeping the info and making the subforum view readable and clean.
    Might require that you have an entirely new column for Started by and start date though...

  16. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod

    Mar 15, 2000
    To add... I just logged in through http://www.bladeforums.com instead of my usual back channels.
    The forum view there looks great and does a lot of what I'm arguing for above.
    Could the individual subforums eventually look like this?

  17. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    I have mine set so those 2 side bars are not showing.Looks more like the old forum that way.
  18. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    I think the whole change is great. Working pretty darn good for me. I only have two MINOR repeat MINOR issues and that is that I can't get the frickin green circle with a left pointing white arrow to indicate that I have a post in a thread to stay put or appear at all AND

    "Next to the "Quick Navigation" bar at the bottom of the page there is now a button that says "Top". Can we get that changed to "Go" like it used to be so that it takes you back to the sub-forum front page listed in the bar? It is especially useful after posting a thread."

    Take yer time Spark. I know yer a busy man. Maybe we can work it out somethime this up-coming week. If it turns out it can't be worked out, it sure as hell won't spoil anything.

    Thanks for the Forum.
  19. RetiredGuns


    Mar 13, 2009
    I see a ton of improvement!
  20. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod

    Mar 15, 2000
    Yeah, but I'm talking about the subforum views. Not the main forum overview.

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