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#1 gav240z

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 05:00 AM

Forum look and feel will return to normal shortly, just performed security upgrades to the server and forum software.

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 05:46 AM

Feels very spacious...I like.

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 06:35 AM

It finally fits a widescreen
I spoke to Lurch about this at the BBQ at Gordon's place.
Please keep it this way  :D

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 06:53 AM

+1 to keeping widescreen if possible :)

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 08:05 AM

+2 for the wide-screen version too :)

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 08:51 AM

+3 for 16:9

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:49 AM

I like the new format....Its not as obvious while I am checking at work........until the pics show up :)

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 11:22 AM

Yup i prefer it this way as well and since I am a teacher you know I am always right  :P :P

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 03:02 PM

Gav, is it possible for users to choose their theme in the user preferences (like some other forum systems).

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:11 PM

Gav, is it possible for users to choose their theme in the user preferences (like some other forum systems).


Yes it is possible, but for the sake of simplicity I'd rather keep it to 1 theme. I'm going to go with a relative width, so it will adjust based on screen size. The problem with wide forum layouts is that large chunks of text become difficult to read due to the very long lines of text. For readability its best to have 12-16 words per line.

Also since I've been given a Nexus One Phone and I use it to check the site frequently I noticed that having a fixed width layout is a bit of a pain.

What's the main reason people want the wider ratio? Is it so large images fit? I'm just trying to keep consistency in site navigation and feel throughout all pages of the site.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 05:49 AM

So I've updated the layout to be consistent with the rest of the website. Its slightly wider than before and should expand wider for widescreen users.

Are you guys who wanted the wider format happy with it?

Also I haven't extensively tested to make sure the layout is ok in all browsers. So if you have any display issues, please let me know.

You can either send a screenshot or tell me what Web Browser you are using. Will test IE7 when I get home.

Hope you like the new look and feel.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 06:15 AM

Now that you have narrowed it done it actually looks cramped. the wider was much easier to read in my op
I am using google chrome

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 06:52 AM

Now that you have narrowed it done it actually looks cramped. the wider was much easier to read in my op
I am using google chrome


I've actually made it slightly wider again because it was too narrow on my home laptop (I was making adjustments at work on a widescreen).

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 07:06 AM

well the latest changes make it hard to read when you click on the "Show unread posts since last visit" which I use all the time :( by latest I mean whatever happened overnight with the theme change - it was ok the other day when nice and wide and after the first upgrade/change.


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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:00 AM

I like the new design and the new layout is perfect for me :)

I used to use the new posts/threads thing as well, the one that just listed the threads in order of the most recent post. Other than that it's looking great :)

I noticed hybrid z is upgrading their software too...

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:53 AM

works well in safari 4 , sunrise and firefox. I think the wider forum looks better because most people have widescreen based laptops and/or monitors. and as such get used to having their monitors filled with information. I certainly like the new direction that is for sure.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:01 AM

I preferred the version before this one

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:18 AM

I preferred the version before this one


Was it specifically the page width you preferred or other design elements like the buttons, colours etc..?

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:24 AM

well the latest changes make it hard to read when you click on the "Show unread posts since last visit" which I use all the time :( by latest I mean whatever happened overnight with the theme change - it was ok the other day when nice and wide and after the first upgrade/change.


Mike can you elaborate on what you mean by hard to read? I've attached the "show unread posts since last visit". To me however it looks fine.

Just a reminder also it might be a good idea to use a hard refresh (shift+F5) to make sure your browser updates its cache to the latest version of the forum theme. Otherwise you might get strange results.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:48 AM

I like the new design and the new layout is perfect for me :)

I used to use the new posts/threads thing as well, the one that just listed the threads in order of the most recent post. Other than that it's looking great :)


I agree, but Gav is it possible to put the posts/threads like it was before at the bottom of the page?
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P.S thanks for all you do Gav without it we would just be a loose band of redneck Zed lovers but with the forum we are a highly organised band of redneck Zed lovers! ;D




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