New Look Forum?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by menziep, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. menziep macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2006
    Ive been on the MR's forums for a while now and would like to know if there will be a updated forums look.

    The current one is alright i just think it could do with an update.

    Please Post Your Comments
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    Bored today?

    anyways, there have been discussions on this before. and the forums do not need to be updated, (in my opinion at least) simply because the current look is easy to look at, and simply functional without excess.
  3. cwedl macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2003
    Go to your control panel "User CP" and go to "edit options" from here go to the bottom to "Miscellaneous Options" you can have the choice to change the forum skin. I have mine set to Mac Rumors Skin but you can change the skin to standard. Two option! what more would you want:D ...
  4. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Leave it as it is... it's pretty minimal and inoffensive and we don't need bells and whistles.
  5. verozov macrumors regular


    Jan 8, 2005
    Columbia, SC
    I do think it's okay, but it would be kind of cool to have an updated look (at least in colors). Something possibly Digg-like, clean and simple but newer looking. If this ever did happen, however, it would be best if there was an option on whether you wanted to switch or not.
  6. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    You can have whatever skin you like as long as it's Mac Rumors skin. :p :p
  7. menziep thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2006

    Yes i am bored (Sorry!)

    Anyway i just saw the looks other forums had thats all.


  8. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    Yeah...that image in your last post isn't showing up...:confused:

    EDIT: Now it is! I still like MacRumors skin tho...
  9. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    MR could do with a nice Slashdot-like upgrade with softer edges and that glossy look.
  10. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    It's nice to update the look of a site once in a while, menziep. I think some minor changes could be made to freshen up MacRumors' face.

    In any case, no major changes planned at the moment. We don't want to shock anyone by making massive changes, nor do we want to imitate other sites.
  11. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Leaving arguments of aesthetics and style to one side, if I had two criticisms from a visual and usability point of view they would be:

    1) There are too many dark and medium grey rules (lines) and frames used to delineate areas on a page... it's a little cluttered. Personally, I would prefer something a little cleaner, maybe somewhere between this and what we have now. Possibly following on from this...

    2) The main forum page is becoming a little unwieldy. A design that would have suited a smaller forum has now become a mass of too much visual information possibly leading to some confusion for newcomers... do feel that the main forum titles (e.g. Mac Hardware, Special Interests) have become a little lost in the mass of information there.
  12. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    I disagree because I'm used to the way it is now. All the visual clues (post containers, etc.) are ingrained in my brain. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! :p

    I know change can be good, but nothing too shocking please. I think it can be cleaned up a tad, but overall it seems to work well.

    Agreed. I very rarely use that page. In fact I went there today and didn't recognise half the forums. :eek:
  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I'm still waiting for those 1-3 pixels of signature graphics, so I can annoy everyone. :p

    Change for changes sake can sometimes backfire.

    Make changes and drive people away, or lose some of the soul -- because you try to be hip or an advertising medium like more than one Mac page.

    Right now, the pages don't steal the show from the content.

    However some cleanup and minor issues are always welcome.
  14. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    And the buttons for quote and reply with quill pens... quill pens? On a tech forum?

    I mean, there's retro and there's just plain odd. :D
  15. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Surely *you* know that pen & paper are more powerful than anything a computer can do. ;)

    Plus they could be high-tech Kevlar-reinforced epoxy quill pens with titanium alloy tips. A space-age pen of sorts. :p
  16. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    Agree wholeheartedly, I have always disliked forums that have too many categories and forums in them, just because it looks cluttered.
  17. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    like it?​

    try here to install it if you're wanting it.

    Josh made the skin, see here for more details on it and installing it in Safari instead of FireFox.
  18. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    A Call to Action!

    I think the fact that the increasing frequency of threads in the Site and Forum Feedback Forum that address some concerns about the gestalt, if you will, of MR indicates that some action needs to be taken
  19. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    I am relatively new to the site (although I have been visiting and posting more frequently in the past few weeks) and I am intimidated by the main forum site. It is much easier for me to search for a forum topic or just look at the topics that are posted on the main site. An update would be nice as the grey is a little oppressive and there are a lot of lines. Besides the color, I appreciate the ease-of-use and the layout.
  20. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Handy tip

    You can click the unlabeled buttons [​IMG] at the tops of sections of the main forum page to collapse those sections. Less clutter!
  21. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I've seen other forums that look much cooler at first (don't worry, I didn't actually post in them) but they soon became pretty frustrating. What I like about the MacRumors skin is that it's so simple and doesn't get in the way of the actual content (when we actually have content). :cool:
  22. Lau Guest

    I dreamt about this last night (further proof that I am a total saddo). It had all been changed to be centre aligned, old skool dark grey gradients everywhere with tiny buttons and horrible fonts. Arn, please don't do this, it was dreadful. :p

    I like the forums BV linked to above, nice and clean. :)
  23. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    I'm always surprised at how conservative and resistant to change most Mac users are.
  24. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    An update would be cool, But I think some people assume update means overhaul and everything is different. Some new colors and a slightly changed layout might be a good thing. Just as long as the house isn't torn town and rebuilt, Just the kitchen remodeled.
  25. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    I'm going to vouch for a change as well.

    The main forum page is too full of info for me. I end up just refreshing the main page and looking for new stuff on there (don't know if the right sidebar is updated that often).

    This is what I end up doing:

    1) Look on the main page.
    2) Open new tabs for all the threads on the front page that interest me.
    3) Answer each thread, or read through them
    4) Go to main page, refresh and repeat.

    There has to be an easier way than that. Maybe I just haven't experimented enough. Maybe we could use a "New threads" page?

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