Suggestion, forum design

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by articcine, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. articcine macrumors regular

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    I must say, I do like this forum, the only problem is, I thinks it looks messy. The variable in discussion boards is brilliant, and a great function which obviously needs to be there. What I'm talking about is the design, like colours, fonts, and basically how the boards look. I find it hard to stay in the forum for a longer time, because I feel I need to be consentrated to even skim through thread titles. Maybe I'm the only one who don't appreciate this very much? Just a suggestion.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I like the simple look of it ...

    What specific suggestions did you have in mind?
     
  3. articcine thread starter macrumors regular

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    contrasts..

    Colour-contrast to help distinguish between threads and post. Two colours could be white, and a light grey colour, for every other thread and post. That way it looks more tidy and more comfortable for the eye to navigate.
     
  4. R94N macrumors 68020

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    I think the 'neutral' or 'quiet' colours (not quite sure how to put it) we have at the moment are fine in my opinion. It's not distracting.
     
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    The site looks fine to me. It's easy to read and appears professional.
     
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Lemme guess. Just finished your first web design course? :D
     
  7. articcine thread starter macrumors regular

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    No ;)
    Usually I don't really care about pages' web design, there would just be nice with contrasts.
     
  8. vincenz macrumors 601

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    It's not "pretty," but it's functional. I think that matters more than anything else with a forum this large.
     
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  11. jimsowden macrumors 68000

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    This site does look quite dated. From a simple visual standpoint, the emboss stroke on EVERYTHING (I'm looking at about 10 right now typing this) is a dead giveaway that it's early 90s forum design that hasn't been updated. The cornucopia of beige doesn't help either. Do I really want to have the option to left orient this post? Or why is the submit button in the middle of another field below this, why isn't it just right under the text box? It's just needlessly complicated and mismatched.
     
  12. articcine thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm glad you agree Jimsowden. You were way better to explain as well.
     
  13. gr8whtd0pe macrumors 6502a

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    Basically because it is using Vbulletin's default graphics and layout... remember the site wasn't even update to 3.8 until recently and they are currently on 4.2. However Vbulletin 4 is ugly imo.
     
  14. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Don't change a thing. Current design is simple, user friendly, and easy on the eyes...all three being UCD must haves.
     
  15. Mitchelino macrumors 6502

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    I think the forums are fine the way they are, but it wouldn't hurt to have more options under the "Quick Style Chooser" at the bottom of the page.
     
  16. jamied95 macrumors 6502

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    If the forums aren't updated alongside the new site design, I'll be disappointed. It's not that I don't like beige, it's just I don't like beige.
     
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  18. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    The one thing I would suggest adding is a hover-over to see what different threads are about. Other forums I use have this feature and it helps me to quickly get an idea of what a poorly-titled thread might be about without having to click on it and open a new page.

    The overall look...nice and simple and it works for me. :D
     
  19. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I had a thought the other day for MR. Perhaps there could some banner space added on the spy and forum pages below the navigation menu bar (User CP, FAQ/Rules, Community etc...) and above the forum directory tree, which would hold a decent sized MRoogle banner and a note to use it before posting.
     
  20. gr8whtd0pe macrumors 6502a

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    That is a default Vbulletin option that they must have turned off for some reason.
     
  21. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Is it in the version we use? (3.8.6)
     
  22. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

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    Just checked the version number of another forum that does have this feature, and, yes, they're on 3.8.6. Hovering over the thread link shows a box with the first few words of the first post.
     
  23. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    It is indeed a very handy feature. I would love if we could use it here.
     
  24. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I, for one, strongly dislike thread preview hovers, as I always find them getting in the way while I'm trying to view other thread titles.

    There are a number of other folks on the forum staff who feel the same way, which is likely why it has never been implemented.
     
  25. gr8whtd0pe macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, it was back on the old 3.6 version they used as well. I guess it saves the servers or something? IDK. My forums handle it okay..
     

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