Forum Redesign?

Apple Key

macrumors 6502a
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Jan 4, 2012
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I was wondering why the forums haven't had a redesign to match the updated design of the website. Is it a limitation of the forum software? Is something currently in the works?
 

LostSoul80

macrumors 68020
Jan 25, 2009
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Has the website's design changed?

vBulletin allows the use of any theme you can buy or find for free, so this is not a problem at all.
 

rdowns

macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
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Like Apple, MacRumors no longer cares about its pro users. :D
 

Apple Key

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jan 4, 2012
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I'd love to see some fancy CSS3 rounded corners and updated images to match. Slight adjusting of the colors...
 

cerote

macrumors 6502a
Mar 2, 2009
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Change can anger some(many) people. Seen it with a redesign of another site.
 

Comeagain?

macrumors 68020
Feb 17, 2011
2,190
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Spokane, WA
Yeah it looks a bit boxy and 90s. It'd be cool if the colours and design were smoother, more muted and rounder :)
Welcome to vbulletin.

A big change would just confuse so many members. Think about how many stupid threads there are. Every one of those were created by someone who is going to be so confused, they won't know where to post.
 

Intell

macrumors P6
Jan 24, 2010
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Inside
MacRumors did undergo a slight updating within the past six months. Had lots of feedback, both bad and good. Mostly new colours and changing of the page width.
 

andalusia

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Apr 10, 2009
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Manchester, UK
From the look of it, I seem to be one of the few who thinks that the forum design doesn't need changing. It works, it does what it needs to.. why fix what isn't broken?
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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I come here for the content, not the container. I think it looks fine the way it is.
 

SandboxGeneral

Moderator emeritus
Sep 8, 2010
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9,400
Detroit
I like the current look, it's simple, easy to use and minimalistic. If there were a redesign, I'm not opposed to it, so long as it maintains the minimalistic look and feel.
 

Apple Key

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jan 4, 2012
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I'm not thinking a complete redesign and restructuring (which I agree could confuse users). Keep the layout the same, just some minor adjustments to the look and feel.

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I don't care about the design, much more about the content. So I am happy with the existing design even it looks a bit old.
You are happy, and yet you think it looks old? I am not suggesting that the content take the back burner to the design.

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Change can anger some(many) people. Seen it with a redesign of another site.
Same thing happened when this site was redesigned a little while back. However, overall people seem to be happy and things have since settled down.

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I've seen sites die and members leave on other forums, MR works, it's plain functional and bells and whistles do not appeal to me one bit. As posted, why fix what isn't broken?
If Apple thought like this they would never release an updated iPhone. The reason to update it is to keep it fresh, which stands a good chance of increasing the user base of the site. Believe it or not, people do care about the design (whether they take the time to consider it consciously or not).
 

charlieegan3

macrumors 68020
Feb 16, 2012
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U.K
Why not just freshen things up a little? You don't need a major redesign to make it look more modern.

-Colors are fine and clean, either leave them alone or allow user themes.
-Buttons are looking a little dated though, wouldn't mind some new ones with nicer colors.
-Give users a place to add in system info on their profile (like sevenforums)
-show the number of user posts as opposed to "6502a" etc, and/or a reading of how active they are, like avg. posts per day.
-also not sure why join date is so important that it needs to go here? make it optional
-Icons for each section on the forum HP, e.g. the iphone folder has its own picture.

most of these are just ideas, could get a lot of tips from sevenforums though.

The other forums that are really nice are the stack exchange lot and although they might not count strictly as "forums" they have some great features.
 

Mr. Retrofire

macrumors 603
Mar 2, 2010
5,039
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www.emiliana.cl/en
I come here for the content, not the container. I think it looks fine the way it is.
Ouch!

The buttons & the design look like from 2002. I still cannot see who said "thanks" (i can in other forums), only the "stupid" up/down vote buttons. They call this a helpful design?

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@charlieegan3:
Yes, stackexchange looks nice, if you need a quick overview.
 

arn

macrumors god
Staff member
Apr 9, 2001
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I was wondering why the forums haven't had a redesign to match the updated design of the website. Is it a limitation of the forum software? Is something currently in the works?
Why not just freshen things up a little? You don't need a major redesign to make it look more modern.

-Colors are fine and clean, either leave them alone or allow user themes.
-Buttons are looking a little dated though, wouldn't mind some new ones with nicer colors.
-Give users a place to add in system info on their profile (like sevenforums)
-show the number of user posts as opposed to "6502a" etc, and/or a reading of how active they are, like avg. posts per day.
-also not sure why join date is so important that it needs to go here? make it optional
-Icons for each section on the forum HP, e.g. the iphone folder has its own picture.

most of these are just ideas, could get a lot of tips from sevenforums though.

The other forums that are really nice are the stack exchange lot and although they might not count strictly as "forums" they have some great features.
I'm with you.

I would like a forum refresh. In fact, ideally I'd like a dramatic forum refresh. vBulletin is a bit dated in general. I've thought about how the forum should evolve both in style and functionality.

The ambitious version of doing a forum refresh would be very ambitious and would likely piss off some of the regulars.

Of course, these all take time. vBulletin is also a bit of a beast in terms of skinning and maintaining. I have a group that might be able to do it, so there is some progress in that front.

arn
 

BreakGuy

macrumors 6502a
Nov 23, 2009
817
0
NZ, South Pacific
I'm with you.

I would like a forum refresh. In fact, ideally I'd like a dramatic forum refresh. vBulletin is a bit dated in general. I've thought about how the forum should evolve both in style and functionality.

The ambitious version of doing a forum refresh would be very ambitious and would likely piss off some of the regulars.

Of course, these all take time. vBulletin is also a bit of a beast in terms of skinning and maintaining. I have a group that might be able to do it, so there is some progress in that front.

arn
Why not just change things one at a time over a space of a few months instead of all at once? Then the regulars will have to put so much effort into adjusting to the new forum.
 
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